From the sweeping grasslands of Amdo to the alpine valleys and sacred peaks of Kham, this unique journey involves a series of carefully planned walks (around 5 hours a day) through this fascinating region, accompanied by Dr Jamie Greenbaum

May - June 2017
Yellow River, Tibetan Plateau with possible extension to Lhasa

Take a journey less travelled to the heart of a region that until recently was virtually cut off from the outside world. The journey begins with a boat trip up the Yellow River to the famed Bing Ling grottoes which date back to the 5th century. From here venture up onto the Tibetan plateau to the town of Xiahe. Visit the famous Labrang Monastery, one of the six great monasteries of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism and which for the early part of the 20th century was by far the most important monastery in Amdo. Follow the summer pastures to an unexplored part of Tibet where a series of walks have been arranged to take in remote villages, dramatic scenery and nomadic culture only a few foreigners have laid eyes on. In the village of Langmusi, the colourful Geerdeng and Sezhi Monasteries reside, on the banks of the Bailong River. Join the Tibetan pilgrims flocking from the surrounding wilderness, as they uphold their vibrant traditions. Walk out to remote winter pastures where the nomads bring their yaks in to graze. Pass the first bend of the Yellow River to a very different alpine landscape, where towering 6000 metre peaks cast dark shadows into secret valleys below. Travel deep into the heart of Kham, a region inhabited by over 14 different ethnic groups and what was once a remote patchwork of over two dozen kingdoms constantly at war with each other.

For those who wish, the journey can be extended to visit Lhasa, the spiritual capital of Tibet. There are several flights a day between Chengdu and Lhasa.

‘…. A special mention to Jamie [Greenbaum]. He was outstanding both in his knowledge of China and his ability to communicate it….’

Trip price: £3460 per person includes round-trip airfare from London on British Airways, all domestic flights, hotel accommodation, most meals, all sightseeing and porterage charges. The single room supplement is £530. The price of the trip without the international flights London – Chengdu – London is £2990.

For a full in-depth itinerary with a day to day description and application details, please contact Distant Horizons on +44 (0) 151 625 3425, email: infor@distanthorizons.co.uk

NB. This RSAA tour is for members only. Those aged 70 and over must supply a medical certificate.

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