Looking to get off the beaten track? This is the trip for you. Travel to hidden valleys on horseback to soak in secluded medicinal hot springs, meet nomadic Tibetan families, and travel to remote monasteries. You will experience the magic and beauty of the Tibetan wilderness on this trip.
The adventure trip beginsin Jyekundo (Yushu), Qinghai Province, where your guide and driver will pick you up from the airport. Depending on the arrival time of your flight you will have time to explore the area surrounding your hotel.
The first dayof your trip will provide an introduction to a variety of cultural elements in the Jyekundo area to help familiarize you with the culture of the local area. You will be visiting:
- The Gyanak Mani stone pile is composed of at least 2 billion hand-carved prayer stones. Considered one of the holiest sites in Kham, you will be surrounded by pilgrims and locals alike. An optional activity is to carve your own Mani stone with the help of a local artisan.
- Visit the Dondrubling Monastery, which is perched high up on a hill overlooking Jyekundo. Originally an ancient Bon (the Bon religion predates Buddhism) Temple, it is now home to 400 monks of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
- Trip to the caterpillar fungus (cordyceps sinensis) market. Travel to this bustling market to witness the unique and secret wheelings and dealings of the cordyceps trade.
- Visit the monument to the 2010 Yushu earthquake. A solemn and stark reminder of the adversity that the local residents have had to overcome.