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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)

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Horse Riding in West SichuanTour Name:         Horse Riding in West Sichuan
Tour Code:          M73D355
Duration:            14 Days & 13 Nights
Destination:        Chengdu, Kangding, Xinduqiao, Lhagong, horse riding on grasslands and mountains, Danba
Features:            This holiday particularly demonstrates the exceptional tableland of West Sichuan and makes your way into the Tibetan Khampa area. You will ride horses through splendid mountain peaks and across Tibetan grasslands. The journey starts from Chengdu, the metropolitan provincial capital and traverse zigzagging mountain way westwards to Kangding, traditionally a "border" town between the Tibetan and Han Chinese, then getting to Xinduqiao and Lhagong, the starting point of the horse riding. After the riding, an excursion to a beautiful Tibetan village in Danba will enhance your understanding of the Tibetan lifeway nowadays. 
Departure Date:
 From May to October 2018!
Tour Price:          From $ P.P

Itinerary Day By Day:

Day01 Arrival Chengdu
Today you arrive in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Greeted and received by your local guide and escorted to your hotel in downtown Chengdu. The rest of day is at your own disposal. Overnight at hotel in Chengdu

Day02  Chengdu / Kangding - Tagong (B, L, D)Lhagong Monastery,Kham,Sichuan
Internal flight to Kangding. This small mountain city is at an altitude of 2600m and is mainly ethnically Han Chinese with a notable Tibetan presence and flair, particular in its shops, restaurants and the lama local temple. For centuries it has been the meeting place of many cultures. It serves as last outpost before the wild Tibetan mountains and passes of the Chengdu-Lhasa highway and the historical Tibetan region of Khamba. Drive to Tagong (about 2hours), a small Tibetan town built around the Lhagang monastery, surrounded by meadows and almost exclusively populated by Tibetans. Visit Lhagang Monastery, a famous Nyingmapa monastery built in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) to commemorate the Han Princess Wencheng and Phags-pa, the Grand State Tutor of Tibetan Buddhism with Buddhism Institute inside, also named as "the small Lhasa Jokhang Monastery", is one of the 108 temples built during the reign of Songtsen Gampo in ancient Tibetan times. There is a sacred statue of 12-year old sakyamuni (Buddha) in the monastery, which have been brought by Princess Wenchen on her way to Lhasa. Overnight a local lodge

Day03 Tagong (B, L, D)Tagong Grassland,Kangding,Sichuan
One day spent on the grassland, seeing nomad camps and meeting local Tibetan people. Overnight a local lodge

Day04 Tagong - Gyerma (B, L, D)Tibetan Chorten at Tagong Grasland,Kham,Sichuan
Ride horse to Gyerma Village to see nunnery and sky burial site. Camp in the village

Day05 Gyerma - Hot Water Pool (B, L, D)
Horse riding on the grassland ascending to a natural hot spring called by local "Hot Water Pool". Camping for the night

Day06 Jara Yimtsuo (B, L, D)Horse Riding in Kham,West Sichuan
Ride to a turquoise alpine lake Jara Yimtsuo. Traditional kora (circuit) riding around the lake. Descend into the valley bottom to join your camp, nestled in a protected forest, offering spectacular views of glaciers. Camping for the night

Day07 Gyerma (B, L, D)
Riding back to Gyerma village on the pasture and revisit the surrounding area of the nunnery. Camp in the village

Day08-10 Horse riding on pasture (B, L, D)
Enjoy horse tour in the entire three full days on the Khampa pasture. The first day will cross the highlands of Tagong on horseback, open pastures that stretch more than 80km wide in front of us. Many nomadic families move here every summer with their herds. We encounter only a few nomad tents, sacred lakes and small isolated Buddhist temples before arriving at the camp of a nomadic family where we will spend the next two nights. The 2nd day followed by a leisure time in a Tibetan herder's home. We have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the daily life of nomadic gathering of yaks and calves, watching and taking part in the manufacture of butter and cheese. Encounter a simple, yet beautiful object lesson. No riding today. The third day will take us riding through the wildest part of the highlands to the camp of nomadic Gepshima, near one of the most famous sacred lakes. These lakes appear to be bottomless, and legends abound about nomadic camps disappear and reappear on other shores for hundreds of miles. Camping for the night
Tibetan Horseback Riding in Kham,West SichuanTibetan Horseback Riding in Kham,West SichuanTibetan Horseback Riding in Kham,West Sichuan

Day11 Genup Temple - Bamei (B, L, D)Tibetan Horseback Holiday in Kham,West Sichuan
This morning we cross the most populated highlands of Tagong by horseback. Arrive at Genup Gompa, a beautiful grassland temple located on a ridgetop above a deep river valley. Home to only about 20 monks, and far from a road, Genup Gompa has the feel of a traditional Tibetan grassland monastery. in the afternoon we ride in the valley to a dirt road where we shall meet with our driver. Transferred outside to Bamei. Overnight at a local hotel

Day12 Bamei - Danba (B, L, D)Tibetan Village,Danba,Sichuan
Leave for Danba and on the way you have photo stop to have a better view to holy Yala Mountain. Drive along the Yak River and get to Danba in the early afternoon. Danba is 1900 m locates at the east end of the Tibet Plateau. The local people are called Jiarong (Gyarong) Tibetans. It is said that they are the descendants of the people of the ancient Xixia Kingdom, who merged with the local people after they fled from Gansu and settled here. Danba has long been acclaimed as the Kingdom of Thousands of Ancient Blockhouses. This night you will stay at a local Tibetan's home at Jiaju Village.

Day13 Danba - Chengdu (B, L, D)Tibetan Towers,Danba,Sichuan
This morning we will drive to Suopo Village for the ancient stone towers. They were made of clay and block and look fine from outside with solid thick walls. later of the day we shall drive back Chengdu to enjoy a hotpot dinner in Chengdu. Overnight at hotel in Chengdu

Day14 Depart Chengdu (B)
Free till transferred to airport for your departure flight. End of your Horse Riding Journey in Sichuan.

Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room/tent (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a seasoned English speaking local riding/trek guide during the camping days and for culture visits as stated (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Adequate packing animals such as horses/or yaks and porters for baggages/outdoor gears during the camping;
08). Professional outdoor sleeping tents with mattress during the camping nights (twin shared basis);
09). Kitchen tent, toilet tent and folding table and chairs during the camping days;
10). Three meals a day prepared by professional outdoor cook during the horse riding / walking;
11). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
12). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

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