Yr 2020 Tibetan New Year Festival Tour
Lodging standard: 3-star hotel (clean, good heating, hot water shower, good and safe location, locally owned). 1 home-stay night at a village in Gyarong valley.
Transportation and road condition: 4WD car, paved road.
Average temperature: - 20 c / 15 c. Sunny mostly during the days, and temperature drops at night. Expecting snows.
Average attitude: 2300 m - 4500 m. The areas for over night stays are between 2300 m - 3600 m. The highest mountain pass is 4500m .
Meals: local cuisine, please let us know if you are vegetarian or have allergy to certain foods.
Starting and ending points: Xining Airport in Qinghai province / Kangding Airport (Sichuan province)
Tour leader: Tashi Phuntsok, veteran trekker, photographer, trilingual and well versed in Tibetan Buddhism, folk culture, history and geography
Driver: TBD (one of our experienced drivers)
Size of the tour: 4 - 8 people private arrangement.
People often say that the best time to visit the Tibet plateau is summer. It's true -- the weather is great and the pastureland is covered by abundant flowers in summer. Little known by the outside world, is that Tibet in winter is also a great time to visit. The landscapes display the majesty in its extreme weather with precipitous snow mountains and solemn waters. The local pilgrims gather at the monasteries to take part in the annual rituals that cleanse the misfortunes and clear away the obstructions of the past year, and observe the beginning of the new year. In the villages, the new year is celebrated with decorations, feasts, folk songs, traditional dresses and more. So it's definitely a good time for the visitors to see and experience the ways in which Tibetans express their views about time and social order in both religious and secular settings.
This itinerary covers primarily the eastern part of Tibet in Amdo region. It will take you to over a dozen monasteries and its surrounding villages, across six counties and three provinces. It's not merely to drive a long way through many monasteries. The string of the sites are carefully chosen to showcase the diversity represented in different religious traditions, as well as in each locality with predominant pastureland, farming or forestry landscapes. For example, one of the focal areas is Ngawa county (also spelled as Aba), where the monasteries of Gelugpa, Nyingma, Jonang, Bon, coexist together. How similar, or say, different do the rituals of the new year take place in these institutes of different linages? Also, how similar or different do people of high pastureland, and low valleys, living in earth-bound houses, stone-built houses or log houses celebrate the new year? This is going to be grandeur of a trip to witness Tibetan culture that is still vibrant and alive in the time of drastic changes.
Is it going to be freezing cold? No worries. We book decent hotels and home-stay night with good heating, and hot water for shower. The 4WD car is well equipped to drive across the distance. The road is well-paved. Your tour leader is very experienced, who has been guiding and managing tours for the past 20 years, and exceptionally detail-oriented in customer service. Check out a recent feedback about him! This trip is going to become one of your unforgettable journeys.
Cham & Thangka Display Rituals
Day 01 / Jan 28th
Arrive in Xining. Orientation dinner
Day 02 / Jan 30th – Day 06 – Feb 02nd
We drive from Xining to Shachong Monastery located on top of Mt. Amnye Shachong with scenic view of Yellow River valley. It is one of the major monasteries of Gelugpa School of Tibetan Buddhism.
We will then continue to Rebkong (the center of the religious arts in Amdo ) and spend next five days in to see the festivals in different locations.
Day 07 / Feb 03rd
Drive to Labrang via the open grassland of Gartse and stop to taste the nomads' home made yogurt. Arrive in Labrang monastery at noon. Visit Labrang Tashi Kyi monastery (the monastic university) in the after noon. Explore the town and local market.
Day 08 / Feb 04th
This is going to be a long and scenic drive (6-7hrs), through endless grasslands, nomadic towns, rivers and mountain passes.But you will have many chances to stop for taking rest, photograph, short walks and picnic (if the weather allows). We will arrive in Ngawa (Chin: A Ba) in the early evening. Check in your hotel.
Day 09 / Feb 05th – Day 13 Feb 09th
We will visit two Bon monasteries, Kriti Monastery and Se Monastery of Jonang tradition on the 5th. From the 6th till the 9th, we will visit festivals in both Bon and Buddhist monasteries.
Day 14 / Feb 10th
Drive from Ngawa toward to Barkham, we'll reach the valley of Gyarong region in the afternoon. The area is covered by forestry with the traditional stone houses and fortresses.
Day 15 / Feb 11th
Drive toward to Danba via Jinchuan, along the Jinchuan river. We will make stops at the ancient Bon and Buddhist temples and villages. We will stay with a local Tibetan family in Gyaju Village.
Day 16 / Feb 12
We will leave early morning for Kangding airport. Trip ends.
Please email us for the detailed day by day program.
Original Price: $3680 USD Per Person
Price: 2944USD Per Person (20% off)
Accommodations with daily breakfast (heating and hot shower )
Private transportation (4WD cars)
Experienced Tour leader
Lunch and dinner
All expenses of meals and tea settings at the private homes
Price does not include:
Any international or national flight tickets
Entrance fee for festivals
Tips for driver and guide