18th Aug- 26th Aug 2018
from $8900 HKD
Crossing the Amdo grasslands
Trek amidst breathtaking landscapes and experience the rich culture of Amdo tibet
Join us to trek from the vast Labrang Monastery a major pilgrimage site for Amdo Tibetans, through the high grasslands where nomads tend their yaks during the summer, to the center of Tibetan Buddhist art, Rebkong Monastery.
The plan for this adventure is to explore this intriguing region of China by undertaking a 4-day trek from Labrang monastery, one of the largest in the Greater Tibetan region to Rebkong monastery, renowned for its Tibetan Buddhist art.
The route will take us through the Ganjia Grasslands where nomads tend their yaks during the warmer summer months, over a high pass and through small Tibetan farming villages. If conditions allow, there may be a chance to summit an unnamed 4500m peak en-route.
During the trekking phase we will be self-supported, therefore carrying all our kit and food and wild camping in tents.
Visit the town of Xiahe and explore the vast Labrang Monastery
Trek past yaks and semi-nomadic Tibetans in the Ganjia grasslands
Visit Rebkong Monastery to see the traditional Thangka artists at work
Summit a 4500m peak, conditions permitting
Minimum Fitness Requirements
Trek: up to 20km per day
Carry: up to 12kg per person
Altitude: up to 4500m
Terrain: Off trail, mainly rolling grassland, but steep and loose scree at times
Horizon Line Expeditions are achievable by anyone with a healthy lifestyle and a good level of general fitness. At a base level, you should be comfortable jogging for 30mins and walking for 7hrs in the hills carrying a 12kg pack. The biggest challenge of this trip will be dealing with the trekking at altitude and walking off-trail.
Get in touch with any fitness, health, kit or training questions which remain unanswered. Arriving without the minimum fitness requirements can jeopardise teammate's enjoyment and safety on expedition as well as others, so we ask that teammates are prepared appropriately
Accommodation will be in basic guesthouses and hotels in towns. During the trekking phase, teammates can leave a bag at the guesthouse in Xiahe at their own risk as they will be wildcamping in tents on the hillside.
Food in this region is a mixture of Chinese and Tibetan cuisine; simple in nature with rice, dumplings and bread. During the trekking phase we will cook locally-bought food.
The team will take a public bus to Xiahe to begin with, before trekking up into the hills and on to Tongren. On the way back, we will have a private vehicle to Lanzhou via Xiahe stopping en route at a few interesting sites.
The Trip Info Pack contains a reccommended kit list. The nature of the environment means that the kit required is similar to that needed for a multi-day camping trek in HK winter time, with a few extras for the colder and potentially wetter weather.
Professional Horizon Line expedition leader with full medical kit
2 day training in HK
All transport as outlined in the itinerary
All accommodation (i.e. guesthouse and tented) as outlined in the itinerary
All food (snacks and meals) and soft drinks
Guided tour of Labrang Monastery
International flights / travel to and from Lanzhou
Travel insurance (obligatory)
Visa where needed
Personal equipment - kit list provided in Trip Info Pack
Beverages and any costs of a personal nature