Trip: Trekking in the secret valleys of Mt. Genyen

Trip Summary:

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 monuments.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 Flight to Kunming, sightseeing

Arrive Kunming, sightseeing and tranfer to Hotel

Day 2  Flight, Sumtsenling, and Short Acclimatisation hike

Early morning 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.

Day 4 Drive to trailhead and begin trek

Early morning 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.

Day 5 Trekking

Trekking for 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

Day 6 Trekking

Trekking for 6-7hrs to Sha Tsonak Lake, surrounded by mountains and 40 different small lakes, camping at lakeside.

Day 7 Trekking

Trekking for 6-7 hours to Trasong Shik a site where many nomads camp during the difficult grazing season in winter.

Day 8 Trekking

Trekking 4-5 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.

Day 9 Trekking

Trekking for 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.

Day 10 Trekking

Trekking for 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 future lives.

Day 11 Trekking

Trekking 3-4 hrs to Shupta hot springs, where you can enjoy a hot bath. Camping near the hot spring.

Day 12 Trekking

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 azaleas. 

Day 13 Trekking

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 there.

Day 14 Trekking, Vehicle pickup

Trekking for 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.

Day 15 Cultural tour

Sightseeing in Lithang.We will visit Lithang monastery which is one of the ?Great Thirteen? monasteries in the Kham region. Afternoon, we will stroll in the local market and streets which has a taste of the ?Wild West.? Hotel

Day 16 Drive to Chatreng

Drive from Lithang to Chatreng, 204 km, 7 hrs. On the way visit Phanpur Monastery and see changing terrain.  Hotel

Day 17 Drive to Gyalthang

After visiting 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.

Day 18, Gyalthang sightseeing

Day 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, hotel

Day 20,  Lijiang Sightseeing

Day 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