Ringha, between China and Tibet
Tucked away in a small village in Shangri-La, Banyan Tree Ringha is one of the most secluded hideaways set amidst snow-capped mountains, torrential rivers and tranquil lakes. Each of the luxury villas - two suites and two lodges - are constructed in traditional Tibetan cottage-style complete with intricate native woodcarvings, fireplaces and wooden balconies that look out onto the valley or river below.
Each Himalayan retreat comes with a private terrace, a handcrafted wooden hot bathtub and a rustic fireplace.
Enroll into the 'Spirit of Shangri-La' programme, designed as an all-inclusive package for the intrepid seeking exhilarating experiences in a frontier destination.
Despite the remote location, there's plenty to do during a stay in your luxury property at the Banyan Tree, Ringha: drive to Songzanlin Lamasery, Yunnan Province's largest Tibetan Buddhist lamasery and one of 13 famous monasteries in Tibetan Kham. Receive blessings from the High Lama and bring home a Tibetan Blessing Scarf known as a Khada. After your visit to a covert universe, drive on to the base of Shiga Mountain and take a walk through the deep gully, till the edge of the Napa Plains. End your tour with a delicious lunch at Dukezhong Old Town.
The visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world's longest, deepest and most treacherous gorges. It is so named because folklore has it that a tiger once leapt across the waters at the gorge's narrowest points to reach the riverbank opposite. Or wander down to Potatso National Park, an ideal setting for nature walks amid lush forest greenery that is home to a staggering variety of wildlife.