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Amnye machen Trek

  •  Group Size: 2 to 6 people

  •  Elevation: Up to 4,900m

  •  Start & endpoints: Departs from Xining, and ends in Xining, Qinghai

  • Average temperature: 15-20c

  •  Best season: 1st June through end of September 

  • Service includes: Full board service

  • Trekking level: Challenging

Things that we prepare for the trek

  • Toilet papers.

  • Wet tissue.

  • Hand sanitiser.

  • Quick-dry hand tower.

  • Full camping equipment:

  • Tents.

  • Air mattresses for each person.

  • Air pillow for each person.

  • Camping lamps.

  • Dining sets (table and chairs).

  • Dining tent

  • Toilet tent.

  • All cooking equipment.

  • Plates, cups, bowls, spoons, forks, tissues.

Things that you need to prepare for the trek.
1. Cap/hat (covers neck and face from Sun).
2. Outdoor waterproof jacket.
3. Fleece (for morning and evening temperature / 10c-15c).
4. T-shirts, two (at least one long-sleeve for protection from Sun).
5. Quick-dry trousers.
6. Raincoat.
7. Trekking boots (waterproof is the best option. If it’s brand new, pls wear them and get used).
8. Cotton socks, two pairs.
1. Backpack, 20-25L (for your daily items, raincoat, packed lunch, water bottle, backpack rain cover).
2. Walking stick (1 for experienced trekker; 2 for beginner).
3. Water bottle (pls bring 1 or 2. We will fill the water one time before the trekking each morning and carry it by us).
4. Sunblock (SPF50+, PA+++).
5. Lipstick for sunscreen and moisture.
6. Sunglasses.
7. Headlamp (for your personal use. We provide the camping lamp for each tent).
8. Camera, and extra batteries for camera (no electricity during the trek).
9. Power bank for your cell phone charges.10. Sleeping bag.


Tour and trekking itinerary

Day 01 

Arrive in Xining. Meet with your team at the airport and drive to your hotel. Visit a local food street. dinner at the Mazhong restaurant. Overnight in Xining. 
Day 02
Leaving Xining after breakfast, drive toward Qinghai Lake. Two hours of driving. The altitude gained from 2,250m/6,750f. we will do a short hikes near the lake and visit Shala grassland. A picnic will be arranged at the grassland.  Arrive in Chabcha in the early evening. 

Day 03

Drive to Machen via Rabgya Monastery. This day you will spend the whole driving through some large grasslands. You will reach Rabgya Monastery afternoon. This monastery is located by the first band of the Yellow River, this is also the biggest Yellow Sect Monastery in the region of Golok. This great monastery has over 250-year of history, it has become home to 500 Buddhist monks. After visiting Rebgya, drive another 2 hours to Machen, The capital of Golok Prefecture. Stay at Dandar Hotel

Day 04

Drive to Tsanak Khamdo, The start point of the trek. Camp for the night 
Trail length: 7 km

Duration: 3 hours.
Overnight: Camping.

Day 05 (Trek 5-1)

Trek 8 hours to the entrance to the Halong Langri-chu valley and we will cross Tamchok Gongkha La Pass(4,600 m), the highest pass on this trek. Then trek on and camp.  The average altitude is 4,400 m. 
Trail length: 10 km
Duration: 6-7 hours.
Overnight: Camping.

Day 06 (Trek 5-2)
Trek over meadows, along the riverside with frequent views of the sacred mountain, trekking for 20 km (7 hours) descending on the western side to a valley of interesting rock formations, the middle of the valley of Mowatowa. Here there are several meditation caves including the Retreat of the Great Nyngmapa master Zhabkar Tsokdruk Ringdrol. You then descend to the plains of Nganggi Shogdeb . See the yellow sand dunes of Jema Dride. camp at 3800M.  
Trail length: 13 km

Duration: 6-7 hours.
Overnight: Camping.

Day 07 (Trek 5-3)

Trek for 8 hours, visit meditation caves, to Deleni, and the cliffs of Goku Chenmo,  Near the cliffs there are 2 rock towers Mopa and Torwa, offering 'torma' to the god. This marks the entrance to the "palace" of the protector Machen Pomra. Average altitude: 4,300 m. Camp for the night at 4000M.
Trail length: 20
Duration: 7-8 hours.
Overnight: Camping.

Day 08

Drive to Xining. Shower, repack and meet all for a goodbye dinner. 

Day 09

Drive to Xining airport and fly back home. The trip ends.


1,980USD/ 13,300RMB per person (private arrangement/ tour size: 2-6 pp)

  • Full board camping service for the whole trekking period.

  • Guide and camping staff.

  • Cook and kitchen staff.

  • Porters with the camping equipment.

  • All staff and porters’ insurance.

  • Restricted area trekking permit.

  • Hotel & guest house.

  • Meals

  • Staff, porters, and equipment transportation from DAY 04-09.

  • Oxygen cylinder with mask and regulator for emergency use.

  • Hotel reservation.

  • Airport pickup and drop.

  • Welcome and farewell dinner.

  • Travel agency service surcharge


  • All kinds of beverages.

  • Personal trekking gear.

  • Staffs tips.

  • Airfare, airport tax,  train fare

  • Personal entrance fee for any sight on the tour ( payable on the spot )

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