During this journey you will encounter at first hand local Tibetan custom, landscape and culture. This particular Tibetan area of Amdo is located only a few kilometers from the capital city of Xining, in the Qinghai province. This trip combines a discovery of historical places, the monasteries of Kumbum, Drotsang and Gönlung and you will also have the opportunity to visit the birthplace of the 10th Panchen-Lama. In addition, you will share some special time with a local family in a lovely Tibetan village, and then also visit a nomadic camp.
- Your Tibetan guide who will introduce you to his/her culture.
- A homestay with a Tibetan farming family in a local village.
- Meet a Tibetan nomad family at a nomadic camp.
- Discover some of the most important historical sites around Xining.
Day 1: Arrival in Xining (2,275 meters above sea level)
- Your local driver and guide will meet you at Xining airport and you will go to your hotel where you can relax for a while. Today and depending on the time of your arrival you will visit some Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist temples in the center of Xining.
- Overnight: hotel.
Day 2: Xining – Yadzi (1,920m)
- Distance: 300 km. Approximate travel time: 5 hrs.
- In the morning, you will visit the monastery of Kumbum Jampaling (Taer Si in Chinese). This is one of the six most important monasteries of the Géluk school of Tibetan Buddhism. Founded in 1560, it was built at the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Géluk tradition.
- In the afternoon, you will drive to Yadzi (Xunhua in Chinese) a region inhabited by the Tibetan and Salar people. The Salars are originally a people from Central Asia who came by the Silk Road and settled in this area of Amdo and intermarried with the Tibetan women. The Salas are Muslim, however their language and traditions have many elements of Tibetan culture. You will also go to a small village where a Tibetan farming family welcomes you.
Day 3: Yadzi
- Today is a day of immersion in the life of Amdo Tibetan farmers. You will discover their daily life and participate if you wish, to their work in the fields and other daily tasks. You can also take stroll through the village or countryside.
- In the afternoon, you will go to the birthplace of the 10th Panchen Lama (the second most important reincarnated lama lineage after the Dalaï-Lamas). You will visit the house where he was born, which is a beautiful traditional Amdo farmer’s house. You will also visit a newly built stupa nearby.
Day 4: Yadzi – Drotsang (2,275m)
- Distance: 180 km. Approximate travel time: 3 hrs.
- Drive to Drotsang (Ledu in Chinese) through grassland where Tibetan nomads live. You will stop on the way to meet some nomads and learn about their lifestyle.
- Visit Drotsang Dorjéchang monastery, it was built in 1392 by Lama Sangye Tashi Samlo and funded by the Chinese Emperor Zhu Yuan Zhang during the Ming Dynasty. This Tibetan monastery with Chinese architecture evokes the palace of Chinese emperors and is beautifully decorated with ancient Chinese-style paintings.
- Overnight: Hotel.
Day 5: Drotsang – Xining
- Distance: 270 km. Approximate travel time: 4,5 hrs.
- On the way to Xining, you cross the Gönlung region (Huzhu in Chinese) where the largest number of Tu people live (the Tu are people of Turkish origin and Buddhist religion). Today you will visit the Gönlung Jampaling Monastery of Géluk tradition, built in 1604 after the passage of the 4th Dalaï-Lama en route to Lhasa. This was one of the most influential monasteries in the region.
- Overnight: Hotel.
Day 6: Xining
- Visit the Museum of Tibetan Culture and Medicine. This large museum displays an exhibition of thangkas and material related to traditional Tibetan medicine. On the upper floor there is a remarkable 618m long thangka, illustrating in a systematic, detailed and artistic way almost all aspects of Tibetan culture.
- If you have time, you can also visit the Tibetan market and walk through Xining’s shopping and food market streets.
- Overnight: Hotel.
Day 7: Departure from Xining
- Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
Please note that the transportation time is an estimation and doesn’t include stops to go to toilets, take pictures… The travel time might also be longer related to weather, road constructions or local traffic police policies.
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Price for a group of 6 persons:
US$ 1,068 per person in dual occupancy
US$ 1,264 per person in single occupancy*
This price includes
- The transfers mentioned in the program, by private vehicle with driver
- Accommodation, breakfasts included
- Lunches and dinners (drink included: tea or mineral water)
- Entrance tickets for sites included in the program
- Services of an English-speaking Tibetan guide
This price excludes
- Your Chinese visa fee
- Health and accident insurance
- Medical or repatriation costs
- Domestic and international airfares and/or trains tickets
- Extra expenses due to circumstances beyond our control
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Tips for guide and driver
* For homestay, it is not possible to have an individual room.
Following hotels or similar:
Xining : Jinjiang Inn Hotel (2*)
Drotsang : Renhe Business Hotel (3*)
Please note accommodations listed are rated and assessed by Global Nomad
1* = Basic accommodation
2* = Simple and clean
3* = Nice, very comfortable
Homestays – Very limited comfort. There are no bathrooms, a basin and hot water will be provided for washing (hands, face, teeth, etc.). There are very basic Tibetan style toilets outside.
We reserve the right to modify the itinerary should circumstances beyond our control, namely those related to the specific situation of Tibetan areas, require us to do so.
It is strictly forbidden to talk about political matters with guides and Tibetans in general. This could have extremely serious consequences for them, the driver, the local agency and all agencies’ employees. Likewise, it’s forbidden to bring anything that could make local authorities unhappy.
During the trip, clients must follow the instructions of the guide and of the local agency.