Tibetan Camping Retreat

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4 Days
Lanzhou - Xiahe
Xiahe

Indulge in conscious, sustainable luxury in the Tibetan area of Gansu. You’ll stay in a camp staffed by local nomads, surrounded by summer flowers and wildlife. Embark on horseback or foot throughout the surrounding countryside and gaze at the stars during this camping getaway.

About this Journey

Experience luxury camping Tibetan nomad style in Gansu. Surrounded by endless miles of fields, abundant wildlife including foxes and gazelles, and summer flowers, you’ll stay in your choice of yak wool tent or log cabin and sleep under hand-woven yak wool blankets. Founded and staffed by local nomads, Norden Camp offers a chance to experience low-impact camping with a Tibetan twist. Indulge in some stargazing, go horseback riding through winter grazing lands, hike through the surrounding countryside, or visit a local nomad family. Norden Camp is the perfect place to escape from the everyday grind and reconnect with a simpler way of life.

What we love
  • Learning how to weave delicate yak wool fibers together at Norden Camp's sister project Norlha
  • Camping in the style of local nomads, sleeping under yak wool blankets and gazing at the star-filled sky
  • Sampling local Tibetan delicacies such as boiled lamb and sweet droma root
Where you're going
Xiahe map
Itinerary

Day 1 Lanzhou - Xiahe

Pass by Linxia’s (known as the “little Mecca of China”) unique architecture on the way to Norden Camp • Enjoy a welcome dinner of local cuisine

Day 2Xiahe - Labrang Monastery

Admire Labrang Monastery’s red walls and elaborate gold and copper colored roofs • Follow the pilgrimage trail around Labrang Monastery • Sit down to lunch with a local nomad family • Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure: relax in the camp’s spa, go horseback riding, or hike through the surrounding area

Day 3Xiahe Surroundings

Option 1: Learn from local women how to weave delicate yak wool handicrafts at the Norlha workshop, Norden Camp’s sister project • Option 2: Pay a visit to Gyenjia Village and walk on the old town’s mud wall and visit a local monastery and a famous religious cave • Hike through the camp’s verdant surroundings

Day 4Xiahe

Morning hiking and exploring the Tibetan grasslands at leisure • Afternoon flight to your next destination

Recommended Hotels

Norden Camp Gansu

Camp

Norden Camp, situated outside of Labrang in verdant surroundings, offers the opportunity to experience Tibetan culture and the outdoors in style and comfort.

Details

What’s Included

  • All overland transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments
  • All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers
  • Services of an English-speaking WildChina guide
  • Private chauffeur service to and from airport at start and end of your trip

What’s Excluded

  • International and domestic flights, domestic trains, plus relevant taxes
  • Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals, apart from those included in the itinerary, and alcohol
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
  • Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers
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