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Shaman (Luru) festival tour with trek 

Discover the ancient Shamanist ritual in the heart of Amdo Tibet

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Shamans demonstrating in a temple cort yard

It is an annual Shamanist festival only celebrated in several villages in Rebkong.  The ritual begins with the burning of incense for purification and inviting the deities to the temple  yard.

This trip features a close experience with the local life, rituals and Buddhist arts.  It begins with a  light trekking through the Tibetan village landscapes and camping in the mountains, from the eastern borderland where multi ethnicities reside together, and going westward and elevating gradually to the heartland of Tibetan Buddhist arts. At the end of the trekking road, we will arrive to witness an ancient shamanist ritual taking place in late July. We will then attend a workshop on the Thangkha painting, which is the most effective form of arts utilized in Tibetan Buddhism for worship, teaching and meditation. In the workshop, the monk artisan will talk about the views, theories and instruments, as well as the different traditions and appreciation of this art form. We will get hands-on to paint. For the evenings we will stay with the Tibetan families, enjoying the local foods, visiting the village temples.


Day 01 
Arrive in Xining. meet with our team. Welcome dinner at a Tibetan 
Day 02
Xining - Chuja Village. Camp at 
Day 03
Trekking. Camping

Day 04
Half day trek. After lunch, drive to Rebkong. Overnight in hotel
Day 05
Thangka work shop. Home stay

Day 06
Luru (Shaman's festival). Home stay
Day 07

Rebkong-Xining and ly out

Trip information

Region elevation and travel level

  • Elevation: 2200m-3100m /  6,600ft- 9,300ft

  • Trip level: moderate in physical challenge

Tour leader and transportation

  • Well experienced trilingual Tibetan tour leaders with more than 10 years of leading international clients.

  • SUV with A/C and space for luggages.

Accommodations and meals

  • Hotels with daily breakfast, 24 hr shower, standard toilets.

  • Tibetan homestay in beautiful wooden structure and decorations, indoor toilets, clean water and beddings, both traditional and modern beds available.

  • local Chinese, Tibetan and Hui Muslim food.

Food arrangements during the trek

  • Breakfast: eggs, locally backed bread, Yak yogurt, Jam, coffee, Tea

  • Packed lunch: sandwiches, apples, energy bars.

  • Dinner: pasta with Tibetan yak Gruyere.

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