Highlights: 

On this trekking trip, you will learn a lot about Tibetan cultural, spirits, customs, history, different schools of Buddhism, the way of living of ordinary people on both pastureland and agricultural area of Amdo Tibet.

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Overview:
Regone: Amdo (Qinghai & Gansu)
Trip Length: 13 days 
Starts: Xining 
EndsXining 
Best season: June–Aug-early Sep.
Trekking: 4 Days
Road trip: 8 days.
Camping: 4 nights
Homestay: 1 night
Hotel: 7 nights 

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Day01.Xining Arrival in Xining airport from from Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu 15:00. We meet you at the airport and Transfer to hotel or we can drive to Karothang; Tibetan village and stay in a Tibetan home for the night.

Day02 Shakhyung Gonpa-Rebgong. Drive (about 9:00am)to Shakhyung Gonpa (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(50km). After visiting the Shakhyung Gonpa, we will drive to Rebkong. Hotel.

Day03: Rebkong 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, 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 Gonpa. 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. Around 5:30pm monks gather in their debate courtyard and you will see the debating course. Hotel in Rebkong

Day04.Trekking starts You will start the trekking from a Tibetan village called Gyalpo Gang. The valley of Gyalpo Gang filled with Tibetan villages like terraces in the rise filed. Their houses are built earth and woods. People are very hospitality. Each village has a small temple in the center of the village and with full atomospher. This trekking route we chosen was actually an old footpath used by pilgrims in the past. After passing the pass, you will be on a beautiful pastureland and you will see yaks and sheep along little houses of the shepherds. Camping on the grasslands.

Day05 Luchu Thang. Around 9:30 am. You will resume your trekking. There are Drogpas (people who live on live stocks) on your route so you may stop for some tea at their tents. There are several pass to pass but not a big pass. (approximately 3400m). You will see cairns on each pass. That indicates it’s the genuine pilgrim route in the past. Camping in Luchu Thang, near small villages.

Day06 Gomang Sakyi- Luchu’s summer pasture land (12KM / Proximately 5-6 hrs) In the morning about 9:30am our Tibetan caravan serviceman will drive about 8km towards south east of Luchu Thang and then at the pass called Bonpo Nyaka and after leaving the main road you will be dropped off. You will be again on your feet follow the footpath which leads to some Dropa(nomads) families and after 3 hours walking you will arrive on a pass called A kyab Nyaka.(3820m). From the pass you will have a gorges view of the distances mountains and valleys with diversity flowers. After saying ‘Ge ge so so lhagyalo” you will descend and walk through the valley. Camping at Gomang Sakyi.

Day07 Today- you will cross the border line of Gyalpo Luchu and Ganja you will also cross the a river for several times and eventually you will arrive at the end of the some valley and you will cross the river again to reach a widely open grassland. Now you are on Ganja grassland and you will camp near a hill called Ruthang meaning the hill,has a formation of a snake therefore it is called the snake hill. You will end your trekking trip here.

Day08 Labrang- (Xiahe) This morning, after loading everything on the vehicle and you will drive to Labrang, about 40 minutes drive from the camping site. Check in hotel and rest for rest of the day.

Day09. Labrang- At 10:10am. visit the Gonpa; Labrang Tashi Kyil monastery is somehow located near the frontier line has become stratigicaly an important gateway to Tibet. It is also one of the several largest monasteries in Tibet and founded by the first Jamyang Zhepa. There is a large community of monks in the monastery and they garter for assembling. You can see the monks debating in the late afternoon. The vibration of the monks chanting can be felt as you approach to the Sutra hall (the assembling hall). The printing house of Labrang is worth seeing.

Day10. Taktsang lhamo. (Langmusi) Drive to Tagtsang Lhamo and in the eveing visit monks Debating in Kirti Gonpa (monastery). Visit also The tigers' nest located up in the valley near Kirti Gonpa.

Day11. Sogdzong(Henan Xian)- about 60km drive along the Machu river, you will see a beautiful river  band . After leaving the river on the left, you will head for north, very reach grassland, where some Monglian tribs are inhabiting. en route you will visit a huage cave called Lhamo Ne Khang. You may also visit a Gongpa(monastery) near the town of Sogdzong. Hotel.

EDay12 Xining- Drive to Xining, en route visit Lo Dorje Drag in Chentsa(Jian ca) county. Lo Dorje drag is range of rocks on a hill. Its natural icons and formations are marvelous. There are also many caves for meditating

Day13 Departure.