First Descents of the Mekong River in China

If a segment of a river that has been run is not listed, it does not mean it has not been run - it only means we have not received information on a first descent. If you have information about a first descent that is not listed or if there are errors in the info shown, contact Pete Winn at

Mekong Overview
The Search for the Source of the Mekong
1994, Yangbi River, Earth Science Expeditions
1995, Yongbao Gorge of the Mekong, Earth Science Expeditions
1997, Manwan Gorge of the Mekong, Earth Science Expeditions
1999, Mekong Headwaters, Tokyo University of Agriculture
2002a, Mekong in NW Yunnan, Tokyo University of Agriculture
2002b, Moon Gorge of the Mekong in NW Yunnan, Elliott and others
2003, Dze Qu, Mekong tribuatary from north in Qinghai, Russian Team
2004a, Mekong in NE - Tibet, American, Chinese, Japanese & Australian team
2004b, Mekong in SE Tibet and western Yunnan, Mick O'Shea
2011, Ji Qu in SE Qinghai, Winn and Li families
2015, Ji Qu in SE Qinghai, Stauffer-Norris

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