Home Stays

Erthi Home Stay Trip


This trip is one of our most unique tours that we arrange in Amdo. This trip allows you to see how Tibetan families live in the farming regions. Erthi is a half-rural, half-nomadic village where they grow wheat, barley, rapeseeds, potatos, beans, and also raise herds of sheep, horses, cows, yaks and drils. This quite village is located on open plains with Amnye Hato, the mountain deity protecting  it from the back. You will stay two nights in the village helping with the daily work in the fields, herding animals, cooking and making breads etc…

 

Day 01: Xining-Kokonor Lake-Erthi Village, 220km, 4-5HRS.
Drive from Xining to Lake Kokonor (Chin: Qinghai Hu) via Shima Lhadun desert where a picnic lunch will be arranged. You will spend most of the time driving through large grasslands and rapeseed farms. At Shala Pass, you see nomads pasturing their animals on the grassland, and a marvelous panoramic view of grand Lake Kokonor meets the crystal clear sky. Continue driving another hour to Erthi village. Over night with a family in the village.

Day 02: Erthi Village.
Your host family will prepare traditional Tibetan food for your breakfast. After breakfast you will participate in the family’s seasonal work. In the evening cook with your family and enjoy your dinner together. If you are interested to know more about the area, the village elders will be pleased to chat with you. Over night at the same home.

Day 03: Erthi Village-Darkar County, 150km, 3HRS.

Have breakfast with your family, and bid them farewell, and get on the road to Darkar County (Chin: Xin Hai Xian) via gorgeous and expansive grasslands. Lunch in the county town and then drive another hour to Dralzong Monastery. The monastery, itself a hidden gem, means “white cliff of monkeys”. There is a 2-hour scenic hike around the monastery (the Kora for pilgrims), a gorgeous trail of rocks, deep valleys and thick pine trees. Please consult with your guide about the length of the Kora and whether it might be physically challenging for you. Over night in Darkar County.

Day 04: Darkar-Bhazong, 130km, 3HRS.
Drive to Bhazong (Chin: Tong De Xian) along the Yellow River. You will get a great panoramic view of the Baku Canyon before you reach Tong De. Over night in Ba Zong.

Day 05: Bhazong-Gui De-Xining, 280km, 4-5 HRS.
Drive from Bhazong to Trika Zong (Chin: Gui De Xian). Lunch in the warm valley of Trika, after lunch you’ll visit the old town of Trika built in 16th century, a site protected as a national heritage sight since 2001. Drive back to Xining. Tour ends.

Erthi & Mangra Home-stay Trip


This trip is one of our most unique tours arranged in Amdo. This trip allows you to see how Tibetan families live in the farming regions. The villages that you are going to in stay are half-rural, half-nomadic where they grow wheat, barley, rapeseeds, potatoes, beans, and also raise herds of sheep, horses, cows, yaks and drils. You will help in their daily work in the fields, herding animals, cooking and making breads etc. and have plenty of time to observe and chat with the villagers.

Day 01: Xining-Kokonor Lake-Erthi Village, 220km, 4-5HRS.
Drive from Xining to Lake Kokonor (Chin: Qinghai Hu) via Shima Lhadun desert where a picnic lunch will be arranged. You will spend most of the time driving through large grasslands and rapeseed farms. At Shala Pass, you see nomads pasturing their animals on the grassland, and a marvelous panoramic view of Lake Kokonor meeting the crystal clear sky. Continue driving another hour to Erthi village. Over night with a family in the village.

Day 02: Erthi Village.
Your host family will prepare traditional Tibetan food for your breakfast. After breakfast you will participate the family’s seasonal works. In the evening cook with your family and enjoy your dinner together. If you are interested to know more about the area, the village elders will be pleased to chat with you. Over night at the same home.

Day 03: Erthi Village-Kushuk Village, 150km, 4 HRS.
After breakfast say goodbye to your host and get on the road to Mangra County (Chin: Gui Nan Xian) via expansive grasslands, and the beautiful landscapes alongside of Yellow River. You will stay in a farmers in a small and quite village.

Day 04: Kushuk Village-Tsekog-Sogzong, 270km, 5 HRS.
In the morning after traditional breakfast, drive to Sog Zong (Chin: He Nan Xian) along the nomadic grasslands. Sog Zong is a populated with Mongolian migrants from old.  On the way you will pass Tsekog Zong (Chin: Ze Ku Xian), another nomadic county. Stay over night in Sogzong, you can either camp on the grassland or stay in a hotel.

Day 05: Sogzong-Tsekog-Rebkong, 190km, 5 HRS.
Drive from Sogzong to Rebkong (Chin: Tong Ren Xian), famous in Tibet for its unique art traditions for centuries. You’ll visit Rongwu Gonchen Monastery, a mother monastery of 35 branch monasteries in the region, and regarded as one of the most intellectually vibrant Buddhist institutes. Stay over night with a family in Rebkong.

Day 06: Rebkong-Xining, 170km, 3 HRS.
En-route to Xining visit Sang Ge Shong monasteries (Chin: Wu Tun Si), where you will get chance to see some of the most well-known local thangka painters, they will show you their works and offer you tea in their cozy court yard. Arrive in Xining in the early evening. Tour ends.

Rebkong Home Stay Trip


This tour specializes in the arts of Tibet.  You will stay with a family and learn about village life, Tibetan painting, sculptures, and architecture.

Day 01: Xining-Shachong-Rebkong, 200km, 4 HRS.
Meet your guide and drivers and drive from your hotel to Rebkong (Chin: Tong Ren Xian) via Shachong Monastery. This is one of the six great Gelukpa (i.e. Yellow Sect) monasteries of Tibet. Founded in 1567, it is where the founder of the Gelugpa, Je Tsongkhapa, received his monk ordination at age of six. One of the most hidden monasteries in Amdo, located on the top of Amnye Shachong Mountain, it is the home and academy of over 500 monks. There is a 2-hour scenic hiking trail around the monastery (the Kora for the pilgrims), where you can have a panoramic view of the yellow river running through the valley. Please consult with your guide about the length of the Kora and whether it might be physically challenging for you. Meet with your driver, and continue to drive to Rebkong. Rebkong is famous across Tibet for the outstanding scholarship in Tibetan Buddhism and its unique art traditions for centuries. Rongwu Gonchen Monastery, located next to the town, is a mother monastery of 35 branch monasteries in the region, and regarded highly as one of the most intellectually vibrant Buddhist institutes. Continue driving to Gyawogang village. Your host family will welcome you at their door. Dinner with the family.

Day 02: Gyawo Village.
Breakfast with the family, then take a short hike to Amnye Gyawo Mountain. Picnic lunch on at the mountain.  Return to your family in the evening.

Day 03: Gyawo Village-Rebkong-Labrang, 140km, 4 HRS.
After breakfast, say goodbye to your family and drive to Sang Ge Shong monasteries (Chin: Wu Tun Si), where you will get chance to see some of the most well-known local thangka painters, they will show you their works and offer you tea in their cozy court yard. Afterwards, you hit the road again and drive to Labrang via Ganjia grassland. You will arrive in Labrang in the evening. Over night in Labrang.

Day 04: Visiting Labrang monastery surroundings.
Labrang named after one of the greatest Gelukpa monasteries and higher institutes of Tibet, and literally means the Great Teachers’ Palace. Labrang monastery sits at 2900m/9500 feet with high mountains and alpine forests surrounding it.  Labrang is home and academy to over 2200 monks, and a popular pilgrimage destination for all Tibetans. After visiting the monastery, you will have free time to explore the town on your own. In the evening, follow local pilgrims to do a Kora around the monastery. Please consult with your guide about the length of the Kora and whether it might be physically challenging for you. Stay over night at the hotel.

Day 05: Labrang-Gartse Village-Xun Hua. 180km, 4 HRS.
Drive from Labrang to Weido county (Chin: Xun Hua Xian) via Ganjia, the expansive nomadic pastures where the nomads camp for summer. Arrive in Xunhua County where the major residents are Salar people (Muslims) and Tibetans. Dinner at a local Salar Restaurant. Over night in a hotel at Xunhua.

Day 06: Xun Hua-Xininig, 150Km, 3 HRS.
Visit camel spring, an important ancestral site marking an epic migration of the Salar People into the region. Salar people are of Turkish origin, and speak a Turkish-based language with borrowed vocabularies from Tibetan. The Town is lively shopping center for the region.  After lunch we drive back to Xining. The tour ends.