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Leisure Itinerary

This itinerary offers a higher level of comfort, while still providing an overview of Tibetan coulture. The accommodations are comfortable and the food delicious. Visit major monasteries, Thangka artists, and nomadic herders. This tour provides an authentic Tibetan experience, at a relaxed pace.

Your trip begins
in Xining with a shuttle from the airport to your hotel provided by your guide and driver. Accommodations for the evening will be a hotel in Xining.

The first day
will start with a trip to the Tibetan Medicine Museum. This will provide an in depth introduction into Tibetan medicine and culture. After the museum, we will travel to the infamous Qinghai Lake. We will relax and watch the sunset over this expansive lake and endless the grasslands. Tonight we will stay in a very comfortable Tibetan festival tent.

The second day
we return to Xining to visit the infamous Kumbum Monastery. This monastery was constructed to commemorate the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) School of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery is built around the tree that marks his birthplace. This bustling monastery is home to 400 monks and now comprises 41 ha. The roads leading to the monastery are lined with shops selling souvenirs, some antiques, and religious artifacts. This evening we will be dining at a Tibetan owned family restaurant.

The third day
we will travel to Rebkong, which is a monastery town with a large population of Tibetan monks. Rebkong is known for producing some of the Tibetan worlds most beautiful and famous Thangka paintings. Here we will visit the Rongpo (Rongwu) monastery and a Thangka art school. The Thangka art school will provide an opportunity to observe master Thangka painters practice their craft.

The fourth day
sees us travelling to Xiahe. This town has the largest population of Tibetan Monks outside the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Labrang Monastery and Kumbum Monastery (visited earlier in the week) are the two most important monasteries for the Gelug School outside of Lhasa. This monastery has a long and storied history and plays an integral role in Tibetan history.

On the fifth day
we travel to Langmusi. This picturesque and remote mountain village is a great place to be immersed in Tibetan culture. We will have the opportunity to wander through the countryside while listening to the local Tibetan legends. An option for the days activity is to do a horse trek.

The sixth day
we travel to Sogwo County. Here you will have the opportunity to spend time with local nomads. Enjoy butter tea and tsampa as you delve deep into the heart of Tibetan culture.

Days seven
we arrive in Drakar Tedzong. This is a very special place in Tibetan Buddhism. This modest monastery is set amidst spectacular scenery, and is not often visited by tourists. If we are lucky, we may spot blue sheep among the nearby mountains.

Day eight
is a travel day, departing Drakar Tedzong for Maduo. There will be ample opportunities for photographs of the stunning scenery.

Day nine
we will journey to the beautiful Zhaling and Eling Lakes to the source of the Yellow River. The lakes are both saline in chemistry. The journey takes us through the Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve. The reserve affords opportunities to see a variety of unique flora and fauna. On previous trips to this area, guests have seen the following birds: Little Owls, Plovers, Bar-Headed Geese, Peregrine Falcons, Terns, Golden Eagles. There are also a wide variety of mammals in the area, previous sightings have included: Wolves, Red Foxes, Wild Asses, Tibetan Antelopes, Pikas, and Himalayan Marmots.

Day ten
we traverse two of Asia most important and famous rivers, the Yangtze and the Yellow. As we continue our journey towards Yushu we arrive at the Bayakala Pass (4800 m). This pass is the highest elevation that we will reach while driving on our trip. We have an opportunity to visit the Gyanak Mani Stone Pile today. 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.

Day eleven
we travel to the Leba Valley to swim in a hot spring that has been developed into a swimming pool. After a relaxing swim in the pool, you will go to Nampa Nangze (Princess Wenchang Temple). Nampa Nangze was constructed to honor the Chinese princess who married the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. King Songsten Gampo is credited as the first person to bring Buddhism to Tibetans.

The final day
you depart Jyekundo via pre-arranged transportation. Bon Voyage!