Trekking in the secret valleys of Mt. Genyen
The heart of
this trip is a trek around Mt. Genyen, a pilgrimage site of immense local
importance on the Lithang-Bathang border in southern Kham. You are afforded
facets of nomad culture, popular religion, contemporary urban life and cultural
Day 1 Flight
to Kunming, sightseeing
sightseeing and tranfer to Hotel
Flight, Sumtsenling, and Short Acclimatisation hike
flight to Gyalthang (Zhongdian) 3300 m and transfer to hotel for some rest and
acclimatization. We will take a short trip to visit Sumtsenling monastery
overlooking the town .
Day 3 Drive
to Derong, thru Gonjo and the Yangtze gorges 7 hours
Drive to Derong
160 km, passing the Yangtze River gorge. We will make a stop to visit Gonjo an
artisan town where villagers make beautiful wooden bowls and alters with
exquisite carving and then continue thru the deep gorges near Wakha where the
ancient Caravan traders ferried their goods to Kungzera on the other side of the
Yangtze. overnight at Hotel.
4 Drive to trailhead and begin trek
drive to trail head 6-7 hours - Dongjung village 170 km, on the way passing thru
many beautiful local villages amid the watershed tributaries of the Yangtze.
5-6 hrs to Shinag. The path is filled pristine forests and flowers in bloom.
Shinag is famous for it is medicinal herbs, especially the caterpillar fungus
6-7hrs to Sha Tsonak Lake, surrounded by mountains and 40 different small lakes,
camping at lakeside.
6-7 hours to Trasong Shik a site where many nomads camp during the difficult
grazing season in winter.
hrs to Neygong Monastery in the Shambala Valley. The caretaker there will
describe many precious objects housed in the monastery and saved from the
Cultural Revolution, including a conch shell.
6-7 hrs to Karpuma. On the way we visit the hermitage cave of 1st Karmapa known
as Dhusum Khenpa (1110-93) located near the sacred Jampa Lhatso Lake.
7-8 hrs to Shupta, we will see Demchok Lake named after the main Kalachakra
deity and one of the largest alpine lakes in this region. Tibetans from Genyen
often come to this lake to pray, believing that it offers visions of their
hrs to Shupta hot springs, where you can enjoy a hot bath. Camping near the hot
Trekking 4 hrs
up and down 3 hrs to Shapta Lake, where you will enjoy great views of the
mountains, forest, rivers and especially wildflowers such as rhododendrons and
Trekking 5- 6
hrs to Tsethang grassland, passing Likadop village along the way. From Tsethang
you can have a breaktaking view of the mountains and pasture land. Camping
Trekking, Vehicle pickup
3-4 hrs to Dramla village, where our vehicle will be waiting for you. Then drive
4 hrs to Lithang, on the way stopping at a hot spring to relax and have a much
needed bath. We check in at Lithang hotel.
Lithang.We will visit Lithang monastery which is one of the ?¡ãGreat Thirteen?¡À
monasteries in the Kham region. Afternoon, we will stroll in the local market
and streets which has a taste of the ?¡ãWild West.?¡À Hotel
Day 16 Drive
Lithang to Chatreng, 204 km, 7 hrs. On the way visit Phanpur Monastery and see
changing terrain. Hotel
17 Drive to Gyalthang
the impressive Samphelling Monastery, we continue driving south to Gyalthang (Zhongdian)
(220 km, ~7hrs). We will have a farewell hotpot dinner at Khampa Caravan?¡¥s
home - Trinyi where the local villagers will host us at the Community Centre for
a night dance and relaxation.
18, Gyalthang sightseeing
19, Gyalthang-Lijiang drive
This morning we
board the plane to Lijiang, home of the Naxi people. We spend the day strolling
through the ancient city with its old narrow cobbled streets and the traditional
market. In the evening we attend the famous Naxi Music Performance. 4.5 hrs,
20, Lijiang Sightseeing
21, Lijiang / Kunming / Fly home
Fly to Kunming next morning (45 minutes) where we can do some last minute souvenir shopping, visit the Kunming Provincial Museum or stroll around Green Lake. Connect to international flights