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Amdo via Mt. Amnye Machen Biking & Hiking Tour

Amdo via Mt. Amnye Machen Biking & Hiking Tour

The heart of this journey is a trek around the central peak of the Amnye Machen range. Further highlights include Kumbum and Labrang, the two largest Buddhist monasteries of the Gelug order in Amdo, an excursion to Lake Kokonor, the largest salt lake on the plateau, as well as the renowned Rebkong school of Buddhist art. Combining the region’s cultural sights with a trek of moderate rigour, this journey offers wildderness trekking with an appreciation of Amdo lifestyle, culture, and religious art. Our journey begins in Siling ( Xining, from where we drive to close-by Kumbum Jampaling Monastery, founded by the 15th-century scholar-saint Tsongkhapa, whose teachings form the basis of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Together with the color and warmth of pilgrims and devotees, we pay our respects to this important monastic center. En route to Amnye Machen, we ride the famous Siling ponies along the shores of Lake Kokonor, largest salt lake on the plateau. Traversing vast expanses of grasslands in land-cruisers, we observe Golog nomads herding their yaks and sheep. On the way back from Amnye Machen, we make an excursion to the Rebkong School of Buddhist Art. Masters of traditional art work, Rebkong graduates are sought by many monasteries in Kham and Amdo. We have the chance to observe Thangka painters and other artists in action, and buy some art work. Our last stop in the highlands is Labrang Tashikyil, an important monastery and outpost on the cultural frontier where Islamic, Chinese, and Mongol influences converge with the Tibetan world. We visit the monastic university, with its hundreds of resident monks, and its numerous chapels and assembly halls. The trip ends in Lanzhou ( Gansu).

Trip Fact

  • Trip Duration: 25 Day(s)
  • Grade: Easy
Places Covered: Beijing,Amdo Labrang,Anyi Macheng,Xining,Kubum Monastery,Nagqu,Lhasa.
Maximum Altitude: 5550m
Best Season: Jan,Feb,March,Aprill,May,June,Aug,Sept,Oct,
Photo Sport: Amdo,Labrang,Kubum Monastery,Lhasa.

Day 01:FLY FROM AUSTIRA TO BEIJING OR CHENGDU
Local agent will warmly receive you at Beijing International airport and contune to take flight.

Days 02:AFTERNOON TAKE NOTHER FLIGHT TO LANZHOU
Arrival in Beijing, in the afternoon flight to Lanzhou. O/H Shangbala H

Days 03:DRIVE TO LABRANG COUNTY
Car transfer Labrang (280km, 6hours) O/H Pushon Hotel

Days 04:SIGHTSEEING
In the morning visit Labrang monastery, Then Car transfer toTongren (120km 3hours) O/H Tongren Hotel

Days 05:DRIVE TO TONGREN AND KUBUM MONASTERY
Car transfer from Tongren /Kumbum (230km, 4hours) after visit then to Xining (30km 1 hour) O/H Zhong Fa Yuan Hotel

Days 06:DRIVE TO DAWU
Car transfer to Xiadawu and prepare the Yaks and trekking facilies day

Days 07:START TREK
Circumulation Amnye Machen, day 01 O/H Camp

Days 08:TREK
Circumulation Amnye Machen, day 02 O/H Camp

Days 09:TREK
Circumulation Amnye Machen, day 03 O/H Camp

Days 10:TREK
Circumulation Amnye Machen, day 04 O/H Camp

Days 11:TREK
Circumulation Amnye Machen, day 05 O/H Camp

Days 12:TREK
Circumulation Amnye Machen, day 06 O/H Camp

Days 13:TREK
Circumulation Amnye Machen, day 07 O/H Camp

Days 14:TREK
Circumulation Amnye Machen, day 08, arriving in Xiadawu (450km hrs)

Days 15:DRIVE TO DERGE VIA PRINTING HOUSE
Car transfer to Derge via Derge print house O/H Derge Hotel

Days 16:DRIVE TO MARKHAM
Car transfer to Markham O/H Markham Hotel

Days 17:DRIVE TO CHAMDO
Car transfer to Chamdo via Champaling Monastery (245km 4hrs)

Days 18:DRIVE TO PANGDA
Car transfer to Pangda / Pashu (151km 3hrs)

Days 19:DRIVE TO PEOMI
Car transfer to Peomi (217km 4hrs)

Days 20:DRIVE TO BAYI
Car transfer to Bayi (255km 4hrs)

Days 21:DRIVE TO LHASA
Car transer, arrival in Lhasa via Pasumtso Lake (496km 7hrs)

Days 22:SIGHTSEEING
Vists Jokhang Temple, Bakhor Street,

Days 23:SIGHTSEEING
Visit Potala, Sera Monastery

Days 24:SIGHTSEEING
Visit Drepung Monastery, Summer Palace(Norbulingka)

Days 25:DRIVE TO AIRPORT
Flight Lhasa / Hongkong

Service Includes

01. BAREBONE TOUR ABOVE COST INCLUDES:
  • Support truck
  • Tibetan Guide 
  • Permit
  • Bed & Breakfast 4 nights in Lhasa and 1 night in Gyantse and 1 night in Shigatse BB(On Guest house) 
  • Entry fee into EBC for clients & truck
  • Airport pick up. 

02. ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR ABOVE COST INCLUDES:
  • Support Truck 
  • Land-cruiser
  • Tibetan guide 
  • All permit
  • Entry fee into EBC for clients & all transports
  • Bed & Breakfast 4 nights in Lhasa and 1 night in Gyantse and 1 night in  Shigatse BB(Middle class hotel) & Mandala Hotel 
  • Airport pick up in Lhasa (Land-cruiser with Truck)
  • Sightseeing in Lhasa & entry fees for monastery.
  • Cooks pick up from Zhangmu(By truck) 

03 .(GUEST HOUSE TOUR) ABOVE COST INCLUDES: 
  • Support Truck 
  • Tibetan guide 
  • All permit 
  • Entry fee into EBC for clients & all transports 
  • Bed & Breakfast in Lhasa and all to Border 
  • Airport pick up in Lhasa(Land-cruiser with support truck)

Service Excludes

01.Mountain bike 
02.Helmet 
03.Sleeping bag 
04.Airport Tax 
05.Any Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverage 
06.Emergency evacuation fee 
07.Insurance of any kind 
08.Baggage excess charges. 
09.Nepal re-entry visa fee and other expenses of personal interest.

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