- See the amazing Mani wall at Yushu, tens of thousands of stones with sacred coloured inscriptions
- Explore fabulous scenery and Alpine flora at its best including the famous Himalayan Blue Poppy
- Watch as the Tibetans embrace their festivities dressed in their finest costumes
- Visit a local Tibetan clan horse festival in Litang
Discover Amdo and Kham, part of historical Tibet. Here, for centuries Tibetan nomads have grazed their yak and sheep on the high mountain pastures of the plateau, which rises from 2000m to over 4,000m with mountain peaks of 5000m. The Chinese annexed this area in the 1920s but ethnically it remains part of Tibet. This is why some maps record place names in Chinese, while others record them in Tibetan. Here, Tibetans continue with their traditional way of life adapted to modern ways. Annual festivals continue and there are fewer restrictions than in the Lhasa region which can be closed to foreign visitors.
This tour is designed for the summer months when the alpine flowers will be at their best but we have also chosen these dates when there are two costumed Tibetan festivals. Journey through some major Tibetan grasslands, with the opportunity to experience Tibetan nomadic life and some of the changes that are gradually coming about. The weather will be warm and sunny with perhaps some short showers. It is said that in the Tibetan region one can experience four seasons in one day.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS GROUP TOUR?
The tour is accompanied by Gina Corrigan with 30 years experience in the Tibetan Region, aided by her very competent and knowledgeable Tibetan guide Duker Tsering who gives briefings on the monasteries.
Gina has travelled to China annually since 1972 and organised many specialist tours. In 1987, Gina designed her first textile tour to South West China and from then on was fascinated by the textiles and the region. She began collecting minority costumes and textiles from Guizhou Province. Her collection has been exhibited at many venues in UK and, in 1999, Gina’s initial collection was acquired and exhibited at the British Museum. Her later collection was placed at the Liverpool World Museum. The textiles were complemented by a number of books and publications all illustrated by her photographs. Gina first visited Tibet in 1982 when she travelled to Lhasa and Xigaze. In 1985 she attended festivals in Amdo and later travelled to Kham. She has continued to visit the Tibetan region annually exploring remote areas as they opened to foreigners. From 2009 she began researching Tibetan Dress and Jewellery, focusing on Amdo and Kham with her Tibetan guide. ‘Tibetan Dress in Amdo and Kham’ was published by Hali in 2017. Her Tibetan collection has recently been acquired by Liverpool World Museum. Gina lectures and travels widely in Asia.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION IN CHINA LIKE?
This is not a luxury tour and will be visiting remote regions of China, many of which are rarely visited, therefore, the accommodation will be based in simple local hotels. Rooms will have private bathrooms but will be different to western style standards.
IS THIS GROUP TOUR SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Lecturer.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
DO I NEED TO BE FIT TO JOIN THIS CHINA GROUP TOUR?
You don’t need to be physically fit as there will be no long trekking, however, the areas visited will be at an altitude of up to about 4,000 metres.
WHAT ARE THE ROADS LIKE IN CHINA?
Generally, good tarmac roads throughout but as the region is remote there may be times where roads are slightly bumpy.
DO I NEED TO BE A TEXTILE EXPERT?
No, while the emphasis will be on textiles and festivals, it is also a trip exploring the local cultural beliefs and traditions in the Tibetan region.
Can I extend my stay in China?
Yes, this can easily be arranged at the end or the beginning of the tour. Private travel arrangements with a car and driver will be provided and a private guide arranged for sightseeing. Speak to one of our experts for possible suggestions on what extensions would complement this tour.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.