Amdo Tibet

Shachong Day Trip


Shachong MonastaryDrive from Xining to Shachong Monastery. This is one of the six great Yellow Sect (Gelukpa Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism) monasteries of Tibet. This was founded in 1567. This is one of the most hidden monasteries in Amdo. This is home of 500 monks and it is located on the top of Amnye Shachong Mountain. There is 2 hours nice hiking around the monastery where you can see the yellow river runs through the valley. Please consult with your guide the length of the kora and how hard it is. After visiting this great monastery, return to Xining. Stop at Martsangdak monastery (Chi: Bai Ma Si) in on the way. This is one the oldest monasteries in Amdo also one of most important monasteries in the Tibetan history.

Gonlung Day Trip


Gonglong MonastaryDrive from hotel to Gunlong Monastery. This is an isolated monastery in Huzhu county. This is one of the 4 major pilgrimage sites in eastern Tibet. Visit the monastery and ancient caves. There are some very old hidden caves located on a very steep hillside. Prefect place for picnic and short walk in the forest near the monastery, Return to Xining in late after noon. Stop at Martsangdak monastery (Chi: Bai Ma Si) on your way back to Xining. This is one the oldest monasteries in Amdo also one of most important monasteries in the Tibetan history.

Eastern Amdo Tour


Eastern Amdo TibetDay 01

Drive from your hotel to Shachong Monastery, This is one of the six great monasteries of Tibet, This is also the mother monastery of the Gelugpa Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism where the founder of the Gelugpa received his monk ordination age of six. This special monastery is located on the top Amnye Shachong Holly Mountain. Where you can get a great panoramic view of the Yellow River valley. There is a nice two hour hiking you can around the monastery.
Please consult with your guide the length of the kora and how hard it is.
Meet with your driver, drive to Xunhua. Xunhua is home to the Salar people who originally came to the Tibetan Plateau from Uzbekistan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salar_people.

 

Day 02

Travel through a thick forest and stopping to visit nomads in Gangtsa town. Another great day for short hiking along the landforms near Rebkong(Chi: Tong Ren). Spend the night in Rebgong.


Day 03

In the morning visit the Thangka artists village and Sang Ge Shong monasteries (Chi: Wu Tun Si). Rebgong is famous for its Tibetan traditional Thangka paintings. In the afternoon visit Riwong Gonchen Monastery, a mother monastery of 35 other monasteries in the region. Over night at the same place.
Day 04

Drive from Rebkong back to Xining alone the yellow river. Visit Khamra National Park, This is the one of the biggest Geo-parks in China.  Arrive in Xining in the evening. Tour end

Tibetan Religious Arts Tour


Tibetan Religious Arts TourDay 01Drive from Xining to Rebkong (Chi: Tong Ren Xian). You will stop at Shachong monastery on the way. This is one of the six great monasteries of Tibet, This is also the mother monastery of the Gelugpa Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism where the founder of the Gelugpa received his monk ordination age of six. This special monastery is located on the top Amnye Shachong Holly Mountain. Where you can get a great panoramic view of the Yellow River valley. There is a great two hour hiking around the monastery. Please consult with your guide the length of the kora and how hard it is. Meet with your driver, drive to Rebkong. Rebkong is home to 35 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and is famous across Tibet for its unique art traditions for centuries.  Over night in Rebkong.

 

Day 02
Visit Sang Ge Shong monasteries (Chi: Wu Tun Si). Where you will get chance to see some of the most well-known local thangka painters, they will show you all their works and offer you tea at their cozy court yurt. After visiting these great places, then visit Gomar Stupa, the largest stupa in the regions. Return to your hotel in the evening. Over night at the same hotel

Day 03
You will travel to Labrang via Ganja or Dowa, This day you will travel through out some large nomadic regions where nomads live in their tents on their summer pastures. You will get a great testy Dril (female yak) yogurt in Gertse town. You will arrive in Labrang in the early evening. Over night in Labrang

Day 04
Labrang is one of the Amdo’s most famous monasteries located in the small town of Sangchu Zong (Chi: Xia He Xian). Labrang sits at 2900m/9500 feet with high mountains and alpine forests surrounding it. Labrang is a popular pilgrimage destination for Tibetans and is home to over 2200 monks. This is also one of the six great Yellow Sect (Gelukpa Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism) monasteries of Tibet. After visiting all the temples, then you will explore the town on your own. In the evening, follow local pilgrims to do a kora around the monastery. Please consult with your guide the length of the kora and how hard it is. Over night at the same place.


Day 05

You will return to Xining from Labrang Monastery. Arrive in Xining in the evening. Tour end

Baku Canyon & Dralzong Hiking Tour


Baku Canyon & Dralzong Hiking TourDay 01
Drive from Xining to Sumdo County (Chi: Tong De Xian). You will spend most of the time driving through some large grasslands and raps seed farms. You will have picnic on the opened rolling grassland. After lunch drive to Sumdo and over night in Sumdo County.

Day 02
Drive to Baku and cross Yellow River bridge. Then you start to drive into Baku Canyons. Once you reach to the top of the canyon, you can get a great view of the whole valley. Then drive another 2 hours to Tsekor Thang County (Chi: Xin Hai Xian.)

Day 03

Drive to Dralzong Monastery. This is one of the most hidden monasteries in Tibet. You will drive though a long gorge and endless grasslands. You can also do Kora around the monastery, This is about 2 hours hike and NOT recommendable for semi trekkers. Please consult with your guide the length of the kora and how hard it is.You will return to the town after visiting this great monastery. Drive another 2 hours to Chabcha. Over night in Xining.

Day 04

Drive to Shala Grassland, where you see nomads pasturing their animals on the grassland, where you can also see a marvelous panoramic view of Lake Kokonor. After spend your time and enjoy your picnic lunch, drive back to Xining. Tour end.

Amnye Machen Tour


Amnye Machen TourDay 01
Drive from Xining to Chabcha (Chi: Gong He Xian )via Lake kokonor (Chi: Qinghai Hu)and Shala grassland. You will spend most of the time driving through large grasslands and raps seed farms. You will have picnic on the Shala Pass where you will get a great panoramic view of the entire lake. After lunch drive to Chabcha County (Chi: Gong He Xian). Over night in Chabcha.

 

Day 02
Morning drive to Dralzong Monastery. This is one of the most hidden monasteries in Tibet. You will drive though a long gorge and endless grasslands. You can also do Kora around the monastery, This is about 2 hours hike and NOT recommendable for semi trekkers. Please consult with your guide the length of the kora and how hard it is. You will return to the town after visiting this great monastery. Then drive another 2-3 hours to Tawu Zhulma Town (Chi: Xia Da Wu Xiang). This day you will drive from 3200m up to 4200m. You will start to witness untouched nomadic lands where there are hundreds  of nomad families living in their summer black tents(yak hair tent). You will also start to see the Amnye Machen mountain range which is covered snow all around the year. You will arrive in Tawu Zhulma in the evening. Over night in a locally run guest house.

 

Day 03
Drive to Drakde La Pass (4600m) where you can get a close view of one of the 13 peaks of Mountain Amnye Machen, It is also one of the world highest snow mountains. Its elevation is estimated to 6,282 metres (20,610 ft).Then continually drive along the Halong Chu River. You will pass Chukarna village (White Stupa), This is a small nomadic community. Keep driving out of the mountains and arrive in Machen in the evening. Overnight in Machen.

 

Day 04
Drive to Xining (8hrs). You will drive to Rabgya Monastery. This is a great monasteries in the region and home of 1000 monks. It is the only sister monasteries Sera Monastery in Lhasa. Visit this great monastery, then continually drive along the Yellow River to Xining. You will go through some very narrow gorges and canyons. You will arrive in Xining in the evening. Tour end.

Amdo Insight Tour


Amdo Insight TourDay 01
Drive from Xining to Rebkong (Chi: Tong Ren Xian). You will stop at Shachong monastery on the way.
This is one of the six great monasteries of Tibet, This is also the mother monastery of the Gelugpa Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism where the founder of the Gelugpa received his monk ordination age of six. This special monastery is located on the top Amnye Shachong Holly Mountain. Where you can get a great panoramic view of the Yellow River valley. There is a great two hour hiking around the monastery. Please consult with your guide the length of the kora and how hard it is. Meet with your driver, drive to Rebkong. Rebkong is home to 35 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and is famous across Tibet for its unique art traditions for centuries. Over night in Rebkong.

 

Day 02
Visit Sang Ge Shong monasteries (Chi: Wu Tun Si). Where you will get chance to see some of the most well-known local thangka painters, they will show you all their works and offer you tea at their cozy court yurt. After visiting these great places, then visit Gomar Stupa, the largest stupa in the regions. Return to your hotel in the evening. Over night at the same hotel.

 

Day 03
You will travel to Labrang (Chi: Xia He Xian) via Ganja or Dowa, This day you will travel through out some large nomadic regions where nomads live in their tents on their summer pastures. You will get a great testy Dril (female yak) yogurt in Gertse town. You will arrive in Labrang in the early evening. Over night in Labrang.

 

Day 04
Labrang is one of the Amdo’s most famous monasteries located in the small town of Sangchu Zong (Chi: Xia He Xian). Labrang sits at 2900m/9500 feet with high mountains and alpine forests surrounding it. Labrang is a popular pilgrimage destination for Tibetans and is home to over 2200 monks. This is also one of the six great Yellow Sect (Gelukpa Tradition of Tibetan Buddshim) monasteries of Tibet. After visiting all the temples, then you will explore the town on your own. After lunch drive to Taktsang Lhamu (Chi: Langmusi). Taktsang Lhamu is a great place to do a short horse trek or to explore Tibetan nomadic life.

 

Day 05
Visit the monastery in the morning, then explore the surroundings by doing some short hiking near the monastery, additionally could visit a local eco-community center where you can get nice coffee and tea.
Over night at the same place.

 

Day 06
Drive to Barkham via some large nomadic regions. Barkham is heart of Gyarong. It was one of the 18 Tibetan countries in the ancient time, visit some of the ancient villages on the way. You will arrive in Barkham County (Chi: Ma Er Kang) in the evening. Over night in Barkham.

 

Day 07
Drive to Rongtrak (Chi: Dan Ba). You will visit many ancient watch-towers and stone-built houses. You will also visit some of the old Bon monasteries along the way. Arrive in Rongtrak in the after noon. Over night at Jiaju Tibetan village.

Day 08
Explore the region. This is a great place to see some of the Tibet’s incredible stone built houses and watch-towers. Over night in same place.

Day 09
Drive to Chengdu via Kulha Mountain (Chi: Si Gu Nian Shan). Arrive in Wolong in the early after noon. Visit Wulong  panda preserve. After visiting pandas, continually drive another 2 hours to Chengdu. Overnight in Chengdu. Tour ends.

Tibetan & Mongolian Cultural Connection Tour


Tibetan & Mongolian Cultural Connection TourDay 01

Drive from Xining to Rebkong (Chi: Tong Ren Xian). You will stop at Shachong monastery on the way. This is one of the six great monasteries of Tibet, This is also the mother monastery of the Gelugpa Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism where the founder of the Gelugpa received his monk ordination age of six. This special monastery is located on the top Amnye Shachong Holly Mountain. Where you can get a great panoramic view of the Yellow River valley. There is a great two hour hiking around the monastery. Please consult with your guide the length of the kora and how hard it is. Meet with your driver, drive to Rebkong. Rebkong is home to 35 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and is famous across Tibet for its unique art traditions for centuries. Over night in Rebkong.

Day 02

Visit Sang Ge Shong monasteries (Chi: Wu Tun Si). Where you will get chance to see some of the most well-known local thangka painters, they will show you all their works and offer you tea at their cozy court yurt. After visiting these great places, then visit Gomar Stupa, the largest stupa in the regions. Return to your hotel in the evening. Over night at the same hotel.

Day 03

You will travel to Labrang via Ganja or Dowa, This day you will travel through out some large nomadic regions where nomads live in their tents on their summer pastures. You will get a great testy Dril (female yak) yogurt in Gertse town. You will arrive in Labrang in the early evening. Over night in Labrang.

Day 04

Labrang is one of the Amdo’s most famous monasteries located in the small town of Sangchu Zong (Chi: Xia He Xian). Labrang sits at 2900m/9500 feet with high mountains and alpine forests surrounding it. Labrang is a popular pilgrimage destination for Tibetans and is home to over 2200 monks. This is also one of the six great Yellow Sect (Gelukpa Tradition of Tibetan Buddshim) monasteries of Tibet. After visiting all the temples, then you will explore the town on your own. After lunch drive to Taktsang Lhamu (Chi: Langmusi). Taktsang Lhamu is a great place to do a short horse trek or to explore Tibetan nomadic life.

Day 05

Drive to Machu County (Chi: Ma Qu Xian). Arrive in Machu in the evening. Over night in Machu.
Day 06
Drive Machu to Sogzong (Chi: He Nan Xian). This is a Mongolia populated county in Qinghai, you will see some untouched rolling grasslands along the way. Over night in Sogzong.

 

Day 07
Drive to Xining via Gomang and Trika county (Chi: Gui de Xian). Tour end.