Travel destination 



Dec 23-Dec 30th, 2020


Culture orientation 

Group size

Maximum 8 PAX

Tour summary 

  1. Lodging standard: clean, good heating, hot water shower, locally owned

  2. Transportation and road condition: 4WD car, paved road.

  3. Average temperature: - 20 c / 15 c. Sunny mostly during the days, and temperature drops at night. Expecting snows.

  4. Average attitude: 2300 m - 4500 m. The areas for over night stays are between 2300 m - 3600 m. The highest mountain pass is 4500m .

  5. Meals: local cuisine, please let us know if you are vegetarian or have allergy to certain foods.

  6. Starting and ending points: Xining Airport in Qinghai province / Kangding Airport (Sichuan province)

  7. Tour leader: Tashi Phuntsok, veteran trekker, photographer, trilingual and well versed in Tibetan Buddhism, folk culture, history and geography

  8. Driver: TBD (one of our experienced drivers) 

  9. Size of the tour: 4 - 8 people private arrangement. 



Tashi Phuntsok, veteran trekker, photographer, trilingual and well versed in Tibetan Buddhism, folk culture, history and geography

Qinghai 青海: 
Probably you have heard about QH already but for many this amazing region is still quite a new destination. The landscapes and cultures in Qinghai give you some incredible travel experiences  that you may not find anywhere else in China.  


The highlight of this particular 7-day trip is Amney Machen Holy Mountain. It takes you to reach the high peaks in the plateau, but, you also get to see a variety of the landscapes -- vast grasslands, colorful canyons, farming lands, and valleys. You will also meet the people of the land -- monasteries, homestay at the village, local restaurants, and if the weather allows, picnic and short hikes. 


On route to reach the holy Amney Machen, we will fist travel across the towns, villages, and grassland and stop for a short ice walk on the frozen Qinghai lake. Standing at the Amney Machen mountain pass at 4600m high, you will have a close look at the Rikar Dongshang glacier, shining under the sun. Descending from the high peaks, you arrive at the warm valleys via the Longyang Gorge where the Yellow River runs through some colorful canyons. You will visit the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and the remote retreat sites where Buddhist practitioners stay for meditation for months. You will have tea with the monks at the their homes, and stay one night at a Tibetan village. Qinghai is a multicultural region, we will have some good food choices of Tibetan, Chinese and Muslim cuisines.


So the winter is cold here, you will expect a general temperature of below zero, some of the places you visit will be even 20-30c under zero degree. But since the sunlight is abundant and weather dry, so during the day, it can be very pleasant. The night (of course on a snow and windy day) is cold. However,  since all the hotels we selected provide 24-hour heating and hot shower facility, also our vehicles are 4WD cars with winter tire and wheel chains in case of snow, it will be a comfortable trip. Our professional tour leader will company you during the entire trip. We'll also make fresh coffee, bring yak cheese, imported red-wine and snacks, and stop by the good spots for picnics when the weather allows. 

Brife itinerary 
Xining-Qinghai Lake-Chabcha (Chin:Gonghe)-Longyang Gorge-Trika (Chin: Gui De)-Machen (Chin: Ma Qin)-Amnye Machen snow mountain-Rikar Dongshang Glaciers-Xining


Things that you need to bring for the trip


  1. Cap / Woolen hat (covers neck and face from wind and sun).

  2. Outdoor wind-proof jacket (for temperature / -15- -20c under zero).

  3. Fleece (for temperature / -15- -20c under zero).

  4. long-sleeves under layers (at least one long-sleeves for protection from Sun).

  5. wind-proof trousers or thick jeans.

  6. Trekking winter boots (waterproof is the best option. If it’s brand new, pls wear and get used).

  7. Woolen socks

  8. Thin layer of gloves and plus bring another pair of warm gloves


  9. Backpack, 20-25L (for your daily items, raincoat, packed lunch, water bottle, backpack rain cover).

  10. Water bottle (pls bring 1 or 2. We will fill water one time before the trekking each morning and carry by ourselves).

  11. Sun block (SPF50+, PA+++).

  12. Lipstick for sunscreen and moisture.

  13. Sunglasses.

  14. Camera, and extra batteries for camera 

  15. Hand sanitizer.

Original Price: $715 per person

Price: $550 per person (30% off) group booking minimum 4 pax
Price: $597 per person (20% off) Single booking


Price includes:

  1. Accommodations with daily breakfast (heating and hot shower )

  2. Private transportation

  3. Experienced Tour leader

  4. All expenses of meals and tea settings at the private homes

Price does not include: 

  • Any international or national flight tickets 

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Entrance fee for festivals

  • Tips for driver and guide


Mt Amnye Machen
Rikar Dongshang


Amnye Machen or Machen Bomra is a scared site for both Tibetan Buddhists and Bon partitioners. It has 13 peaks and the east peak meets with Rikar Donghsang glacier which is the second largest glacier around the mountain.