Undiscovered East: Remote monasteries, Thangka Paintings, and Breathtaking Vistas
Amdo, along with ?Tsang and Kham, make up the three traditional states of Tibet. The region encompasses a large area within the Chinese provinces of Gansu, Sichuan and Qinghai --ranging from the Machu River (Yellow River) to the Drichu river (Yangtze River). Visit some of the least travelled areas of the Tibetan plateau with elevations of over 4200 meters. It is in this region that you will find the nearly extinct Tibetan Buddhist school of Jonang, with its unique ancient wood and stone monastic architecture. Whether it is trekking through the awe-inspiring mountain passes, watching sunset in the magnificent grasslands, or experiencing true nomadic culture, this "off the beaten path" region will have something for every traveller.
Off the Beaten Path: Traditional warriors, mountain hotsprings, and nomadic culture
A specialty of Gesartour, Kham is one of the three traditional states of Tibet and our home region. This remote region spreads accross the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan, Qinghai, as well as the eastern portion of the Tibet Autonomous Region. In ancient times, the best warriors of Tibet were sent to the Kham region to protect the border, and as a result Kham is known for their warriors.
Kham is steeped in rich history as the area is home to the oldest printing press in Tibet. Kham's rugged terrain is characterized by breathtaking scenery, sentinel snow peaks, deep canyons, mountain ridges and expansive gorges. The area has numerous rivers, including the Mekong, the Yangtze, and the Yalong Jiang rivers. With its significant Tibetan population, Kham is said to be one of the best places to experience true Tibetan culture. And as we are all from Kham, we have the ability to take you behind the scenes, and deep into the heart of Tibetan culture.
Roof of the world: rich history, sacred cities and spectacular views
?Tsang is one of the three traditional provinces of Tibet, the other two being Amdo and Kham. This most famous region of Tibet, and corresponds approximately to the present borders of the Tibet Autonomous Region. ?Tsang is the cultural heartland of the Tibetan people. The famous Potala and Norbulingka palaces are located within the borders of ?Tsang, in Lhasa. Jokhang Temple, perhaps the most holy temple in Tibetan Buddhism, is also located within ?Tsang.