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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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Mt.Amnye Machen Trek in AmdoTour Name:         Mt.Amnye Machen Trek in Amdo
Tour Code:          M69D322
Duration:            14 Days & 13 Nights
Destination:         Xining, Kumbum, Triga, Machen, trek at Mt.Amnye Machen, Tongren, Xiahe, Lanzhou
Features:            Mount. Amnye Machen has long been considered a sacred mountain and a place of pilgrimage for the Tibetans. This 14-day trek is a perfect combo of natural beauties and culture essentials along the way. Trekking over high mountain passes, you'll have spectacular views of the mountain and glacier nearby. You will have a daily 6-8 hrs walking, stopping to see some of the auspicious and holy sights along the way. The trek will take you to old monasteries and meditation caves, past prayer flags and wild sheep to see rock formations and cliffs, all at altitudes in excess of 4,100m (13,450ft.). The big chapels and stupa at Kumbum Monastery and Labrang Monasery will impress you deeply. 
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Day01 Day01 Arrival Xining
Today you arrive in Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Province. This city is mainly inhabited with Tibetan but also a home of Uigur, Kazak and Hui minorities. Transferred to your hotel in Xining.

Day02 Xining - Triga (B, L, D)Kumbum Monastery,Amdo
In the morning leave for Triga (Guide in Chinese). You will first of all drive to visit the Kumbum Monastery (Ta'er Si) of Gelukpa-sect. Sitting approx 27km southeast from Xining, Ta'er Si , also known as Kumbum Monastery in Tibetan, is acknowledged to be one of the six most important monasteries along with the Ganden, Sera and Drepung monasteries in Lhasa, the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse and the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe. Although not nearly as attractive as Labrang, and rather swamped by local tourists, Ta'er Si is nevertheless a good introduction for outsiders to Tibetan culture. Both as the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Yellow Hat Sect , and as the former home of the current Dalai Lama, the monastery attracts droves of pilgrims from Tibet, Qinghai and Mongolia, who present a startling picture with their rugged features, huge embroidered coats and chunky jewellery. Later of the day you arrive in Triga and visit ancient town and Chinese Confucian Temple. Overnight at hotel in Triga

Day03 Triga - Machen (B, L, D)
Driven to Machen and visit Ragya Monastery by the Machu River.

Day04 Machen - Sarlong (B, L, D)Mt.Amnye Machen Trek
Drive to Tsanak Somdu (Sancha kou) and crossing Ynima pass, where you will get the first view of the Mountain, meet with local trek crew at Tasnak Somdu, the starting point of the trekking clockwise. Trek about 15 km (6 hours) along the Yonkhor-chu River to Langri, Yongkhor-chu River is the place where the monks or Tibetan traditional Medical practitioners receive the blessing from Naga (Water god) after collecting herbs. You will often see the monks by the River doing the Medical prayers. Continue passing some nomadic houses set among sparse juniper woods in the hills around. Average altitude:4,100m / 13,450 feet, camping for the night

Day05 Trek to Tamchok Gongkhar (B, L, D) Mt.Amnye Machen Trek,Amdo
Trekking about 24 km (8 hours) today, pass the entrance to the Halong Langri-chu valley, pass Tamchok Gongkha La ( Damqiao Pass, 4,700 m/15,420 feet), the highest pass on this trekking, where you will see the local people offer incense and prayer flag to the holly mountain every morning. Also the best place for the view of the mountain and glacier. Average altitude: 4,400 m/14,435 feet), Camping for the night

Day06 Trek to Shima Tongpul (B, L, D)Mt.Amnye Machen Trek,Amdo
Today you will walk 20 km (7 hours) to the rock formation valley of Mowatowa where you will see lots of wild sheep and many other wild animals. It's said that the King Gesar also used to stay here and his one thousand stone heap offering still can be seen here. Average altitude: 4,300 m / 14,108 feet. Camping for the night

Day07 Trek to Jomo langra (B, L, D)Mt.Amnye Machen Trek,Amdo
You will hike 22 km (8 hours) to Deleni, visit meditation caves and the variegated cliffs of Goku Chenmo (which is said to mark the entrance to the "palace" of the protector Machen Pomra). Average altitude: 4,300m / 14,108 feet. Camping for the night

Day08 Trek to Jiashinongke (B, L, D)Mt.Amnye Machen Trek,Amdo
It is 14 km (6 hours) towards Jiashinongke today. You will follow the gorge of the Qushian River, visit Dolma Gur-chu spring and the spur where King Gesar was said to tie his horse. Average altitude: 4,300m / 14,108 feet. Camping for the night

Day09 Trek to Dadul (B, L, D)Mt.Amnye Machen Trek,Amdo
You will spend the last 4 days of trekking along the side of River Drakdar, which is to the NW of Mt. Amnye Machen, you can see some bushes along the trekking, and eventually you can come nearer to the edge of glacier. Trek about 15 km to Jiashinongke (6 hours), on the way visit Guri Gonpa, a branch of Dzongchen and Dodrub Chode of the Nyingma School. And also you will see the prayer flag. It's said the place is where Amnye Machen's younger brother Dadu Wangchuk lives. It is also the starting point for Tibetan pilgrims from west side. Average altitude:4,100 m /13,450 feet. Camping for the night

Day10 Trek to Chablong (B, L, D)Mt.Amnye Machen Trek,Amdo
Trekking 18 km to Chablong (6 hours), on the way enjoy the view of the grassland and primitive bushes. Average altitude: 4,300 m
/ 14,108 feet. Camping for the night

Day11 Trek to Hanglong (B, L, D) Mt.Amnye Machen Trek,Amdo
Trekking about 22 km (8 hours) to Halong-chu valley, pass the Drakdar Pass (Zhihede). The second highest pass on this trekking (4,700m / 15,420 feet), viewing the scenery of Weigele Glacier. Average altitude: 4,450 m / 14,600 feet. Camping for the night

Day12 Trek ends, driven to Machen (B, L, D)Mt.Amnye Machen Trek,Amdo
Trekking 18 km to Chorten Karpo (White Pogoda) at Chumarna where you will meet your driver. On the way, you will see the King of Geser's incense offering. Recently it was built as a monastery just by the Yichu River. In the afternoon you will drive 2.5 hours to Machen.

Day13 Machen - Tongren (B, L, D)Repkong Scenery,Amdo
Leave in the morning for Tongren. Tongren (Repkong) was in the past and is still today one of the most famous centre of Tangkha painting as well as the making of applique Tangkha.

Day14 Tongren - Xiahe (B, L, D)
You will tour Longwu monastery of Gelukpa sect which was initially constructed in Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) as a monastery of Sakya-sect and Wutun village the center of Tibetan Regong-Art, which is a successful mixture of religion and folk art. Later in the afternoon drive to Xiahe, a tiny bustling town nestles in a mountain valley at an elevation of 2,900m in Ganan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, southwest Gansu Province.

Day15 Xiahe - Lanzhou (B, L, D)Labrang Monastery,Amdo
This morning you will visit Labrang Monastery which was built in 1709 and is one of the Six Gelugpa Temples. Labrang Monastery was known as having 108 genera temples, and was considered as the center of the civil religion. It has preserved the best Buddhism teaching system at present. In 1982, Labrang Monastery was list as the key Cultural Relics Protection Site. Labrang Monastery has experience more than 280 years, and has built 6 Main Assembly Halls and 84 halls successively. According to its building form, Labrang Monastery owns Tibetan architecture, architecture compounding Han People and Tibetan. On the walls inside and outside draw many murals and pictures with Buddhism content. After the visit you will leave for Lanzhou and on your way you will visit Bingling Grottoes. The excavation of the caves could be dated back to about 1,700 years ago during the Western Jin Dynasty. Expansion has been taken in the following dynasties. Now you can see well-preserved 183 niches, 694 vivid Buddha statues, 82 clay sculptures and about 900 square meters (about 1,076 square yards) of colorful murals. Later of the day you arrive in Lanzhou.

Day16 Depart Lanzhou (B)
This morning you will be transferred to Lanzhou Airport for your departure flight to Beijing where you can catch your connecting flight home. Journey ends.

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 trek guide during the walking and for culture visits in the itinerary (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 trekking;
08). Professional outdoor sleeping tents with mattress during the trekking (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 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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