Greetings of 2011

  • Khampa Horse Festival !!


  • Tibetan New Year Festival !!


  • Shaman Festival in Tibet!!


 Botanic Tibet

Detailed itinerary

D1   Beijing/Xining
After lunch, visit the Tibetan Traditional medicine museum, where they keep so many Tibetan medicine tool and world longest Tangka.

D2   Xining/Achong Namdzong
Today we drive about two hours from Xining to Lijiaxia from where we take a 20 minutes boat ride to Achong Namdzong. Achong Namdzong is a very important nunnery in Tibet, also regarding history of Tibetan Buddhism.  During the time of persecution of Tibetan Buddhism under King Langdharma in Central Tibet, three great scholars managed to escape to Amdo with many Sutra to keep the lineage of Buddhism alive. When they arrived at Achong Namdzong they isolated themselves from the rest of the world for 20 years, just by hiding in some caves. During the reign of Langdharma’s successor those three scholars reintroduced Tibetan Buddhism in Central Tibet. So lots of Tibetan historians assume that without Achong Namdzong there would be no Buddhism in Tibet anymore.

D3   Achong Namdzong
The Achong Namdzong Nunnery is housing more than 200 nuns today. The nunnery was founded in 1870 by Lhama Drola. The nuns in Achong Namdzong are well known for their meditation. By staying overnight with nuns you will get to know a lot about nun’s every day life and you can also achieve some knowledge in basic meditation  

D4   Achong Namdzong/Repkong
Repkong is regarded as the home of Tibetan traditional arts. There we can find many locals who are involved in Thangka painting, appliqué and making clay Buddha.
Repkong is also well known because of the monasteries in its surrounding, such as Ronpo Gonchen, which has a more than 400 year old history, and houses nearly 600 monks those days; Sangshong Yago monastery and Sangshong Mago monastery are well known for Tibetan Buddhist Thangkas all over Tibet.

D5   Repkong
Today we will visit the great monasteries in Repkong, Rongpo Gonchen, Sangshong Yago monastery and Sangshong Mago monastery, Gomar monastery. In the afternoon we will visit a local smith, who is taking orders for Buddhist statues from all over Tibet .

D6   Repkong
Today we will spend a whole day in Sangshong Mago monastery. Tashi Tsering, a great master of Thangka paintings, will teach us the general knowledge of Thangka and demonstrate how to paint a Thangka from the very beginning to the end at his courtyard.  If time allows we also will experience the marvelous work of appliqué.

D7   Repkong/Henan(Sogwo)
Today we drive 160km to Henan county(Tib: Sogwo). In Tibetan Sogwo means “Mongolian”. Local nomads from this region are ethnic Mongolians, but they got tibetanised as they have been living in between Amdo nomads for several hundred years. Nowadays they speak Tibetan but still live in the traditional Mongolian yurt.

D8   Henan(Sogwo)
Sogwo are well known by making Tibetan traditional cloth and felt. Felt is a fabric made of wool fibers or animal hair matted together by steam and force without spinning, weaving or knitting. Such fiber includes wool, fur and certain hair fibers that mat together under proper conditions because of their peculiar structure and high degree of crease.
Today we will stay with a local family, who will demonstrate how to make traditional felt.  Today we will have lunch with the local family.

D9  Henan (Sogwo)
Today we will walk to Arok monastery, which is located 20km south-west from the town, by the river side. On the way we will enjoy lots of wild flower and have a picnic lunch. Our cars will wait for us at the monastery(or somewhere before the monastery), after having visited the monastery; we will take our car back to the hotel.

D10   Henan/Tsonggon/Golok
Machen County (Alt: 3800m). Another wonderful day for picturesque landscape on the way, we will see grassland with yaks and sheep, nomadic black and white tents. Along the Yellow River valley we will experience the red and Blue Mountains with colorful flowers, some barley land and forestry. The scenery is fantastic changeable geographically at every short distance. Machen in Tibetan means highest mountain of the Yellow River. The county is the homeland of the Tibetan Golok people, another strong tribe of Tibetan. The Goloks in the past were the most feared Tibetans because they made their living from plundering the caravans.

D11   Golok /Banma
Banma is the home for Goloks, we will visit some very old monasteries with distinctive feature that will deeply impress you for a long time. Today we travel about 10km down the road along one of the tributaries of the Yangtze to visit a monastery belonging to the almost extinct Jonang Sect, Yartangjia (Akyong gya) Gompa, which was founded in Western Tibet during the 13th century. Characteristically with three beautiful high Jonangpa Chortans, tower-like temples with big eyes on them that are worth the trip. The main monastery suffered damage in course of the Cultural Revolution and has not been rebuilt yest, but a group of monks still live and pray there. Another monastery nearby is the Nyingmapa Jangritang Gompa. In the middle of the site is a beautiful crafted brown wooden tower, a really artistic construction, which is surrounded with about a hundred stupa of all different sizes.

D12   Banma/Jigdril
Another day drives through the wildness of Golok. Today we will stop at the holy mountain Nyenbo Yurtse, the holiest mountain for Golok besides Amnye Machen.

D13   Jigdril/Mach
Today will be a long day drive through the rolling grass land. The area is known as the best pastureland in Tibet. We will cross the yellow river twice as the Yellow River turn abruptly, forming the first of its "eighteen bends" on its course.
Machu means “The Yellow River” in Tibetan; the river flows sluggishly in Machu and has many tributaries in the area. The bend area is also noted for its rich fauna and flower resources, and the Machu itself are regarded one of richest county in Tibet due to the huge mount of yaks, caterpillar fungus and the gold mine. The nomads of Machu are honest, optimistic, and friendly, the way of they are customs is the model among nomads in Amdo.

D14   Machu
Today in the early morning we go to a nomad family, so we can spend the whole day with them and observe their daily life routine. We will learn many things such as how to milk, how to make butter and cheese, how Tibetans use the yak dung for making fire, the difference between nomads from Sogwo and Machu is, that Machu nomads still stay in the huge black tent made of yak hair.

D15   Machu/Lamusi
Some 70km south-east of the county seat of Machu is the Taktsang Lhamo (Ch: Langmusi). It is located at the Gansu-Sichuan border while half the town is in Gansu and the other in Sichuan, distinguished by a stream flowing through the middle of the town.
Taktsang Lhama basically comprises two Tibetan monasteries, Lhamao Gonpa and Kriti Gonpa, both facing each other crosses the stream.
D16   Lamusi/Chone

D17   Chone/Labrang
In the morning we drive from Chone to Luchu, where we visit the monastery. After lunch we keep driving to Labrang, where we will visit Labrang, which was founded in 1709 by the first Jamyang Shelpa. It is the highest Tibetan Buddhist teaching center in East Tibet. Today the monastery is housing more than 2000 monks, and has 108 branch monasteries all over Tibet.

D18   Labrang - Ganjia-Labrang
Today we drive to Ganjia grassland, 25 km North of Labrang. The rolling grasslands are the best place for herding sheep and yak. The mutton and the sheep skin costume from Ganjia are well known throughout all Amdo.
A local tailor will demonstrate how to sew a traditional Quba dress made of sheep skin.  While watching the tailor working on a Quba we can enjoy our lunch picnic in a Tibetan tent.

D19   Labrang/Binglingsi/Lanzhou
Binglingsi is located in smaller Jishi Mountain, 35 kilometers south-west of Yongjing County in Gansu province. "Bingling" means "thousand Buddhas" or "ten-thousand Buddhas" in the Tibetan language due to during the Yuan Dynasty, (1271-1368 AD) it is become a Tibetan Monastery. The Grottoes carved into the cliffs of red sand-stones at both ends of Dasigou (valley).
Within and on the cliff are a series of winding walkways and stairs that will lead you around the site. The caves, carved out of the cliff's porous stone, contain over 700 statues, of both clay and porous rock, and hundreds of frescoes. Of the statues, the largest is a giant 27 meter-high seated Maitreya, the future Buddha, and the smallest is a miniscule 25 centimeters.

D20   Lanzhou/Beijing