26th July: arrival in Xining airport and meet your guide and driver and transfer to your hotel. .
27th July: Trostang Dorje Chang- Drive to Ledu and visit the antic temple; Trostang Dorje Chang. You can visit the old mural paintings books in the temple. The giant bell in Trostang Dorje chang is quite popular in the area. It has been partly damaged during the cultural revolution but still you see bell hanging in one of the temple.
28th July: Rebgong
The valleys of Repkong is home to the renowned school of Rebkong Art, one of the most highly esteemed traditions of Buddhist painting and sculpture in the Tibetan world. At the farming villages of Sengeshong yagotsang on the east bank of the Gu-Chu river, this morning, you will visit exquisitely decorated temples, and the studios of the villages and monastic artists where painted scrolls can be purchased. Most of the temples and monasteries of Amdo, which have been reconstructed in recent years, have commissioned works of art, including elaborated mural panels, from Repkong. In town, this afternoon, you explore the vast complex of Rongpo Gonchen, originally a Sakya foundation (1301) which was reconstituted as a Gelukpa monastery in the 16th century, and then you drive north along the west bank of the Guchu to visit Nyentok an Gonmar monasteries, where the majority of the monks hail from the Tu ethnic community. At Nyentok the most impressive building is the Jamkhang- containing a 13m Maitreya, while at Gomar there is a seven tiered stupa with multiple chaples dedicatd to the meditational deities of the four classes of the tantra. In the evening can visit monks debating in the courtyard
29nd July- 6th August : Lurol (Shaman) Festival
Lurol lasts more than a weeks time and Sakyil village the first villages that starts Lural in Rebkong and then the other villages and communities carry out respectively. Each village performs Luro for 3 days. Lurol is classified as Lhatse, Lutse, and Maktse. Lhatse comes the first and it’s main purpose is to fulfill the mountain spirits called Shidak. Lutse comes to the second and its main purpose is to fulfill the Nagas or water spirits by doing some series of offering. Maktse comes last and its main purpose to invoke all spirits for their help to pacify any conflicts or quarry or out comes of the country and community. Eventually they pray for a peace for all living beings.
All the men and girls from the community should be involved in the Fest and the best cloths and jewels of the year and are worn during the Fest.
07th August : Tashi Kyil
Drive to Tashi Kyil and visit the hermitage and day hike in the villages.
After driving about half hour from the Rebkong town, on the lifte, a dirt road leads straight up to a mountain and continue the zigzag road, You will find yourself on a cliff top and you can have fantastic view of all Rebkong valley as well as all the surrounds. There is a nice village with their faming lands. This is an ideal place to walk through. The walls are built earth solo and houses in side are built with wood. Tashi Kyil monastery is lays just few km away from the village. This is said to be the first monastery ever built, even before the Rongpo Gonchen. Its location is such peaceful and so beautiful. It is quite a hidden place that’s why it’s not known for tourists nor Tibetan pilgrims.
08th Aug: Akhyung Namdzon.
The town of Trika, there is temple called Yulha Temple. One of the Chinese warriors died and became a Yulha; mountain spirits. This temple is built particularly for him. It is interesting to see the offerings made by both Chinese and Tibetans.
Today, you drive towards east, following the Machu (Yelllow river) downstream and you will see some interesting red rock formations on the other side the river.
Shortly after the river side ride, the trial ascend on the Mt Shengpo(Seenpo) and a zigzag road leads to mountain top and some forest areas appears as driving down valley and there are several interesting Tibetan villages along road. Visit he the villages and then continue to the National park. Akhung Namdzon lies within the national park area. Visit the nunnery, and Nyingmapa Gonpa, a Dodzchen tradition.
09th Aug: Shakhyung- Xining airport
Drive to Shakhyung (Garuda) monastery, located on a Garuda-shape mountain with down looking sharp cliff on one side. From the top of the cliff you can have a spectacular view of the bands of Ma-chu (Yellow river). It’s one of the four principle Gelugpa (schools) monasteries in north Amdo as well as a major pilgrimage site for Tibetans, founded by ChosGyal Dondup Rinchen; the Great Master of Tsongkhapa. Visit some monks house and have some with the monks. In the afternoon drive Xining airport and depart.