Norden Tibetan Camp is run and staffed by local nomads and offers the chance to connect with Tibetan culture whilst staying in comfort on the Tibetan plateau. Stay in one of the 11 comfortable guestrooms choosing between a log cabin and a traditional yak wool tent, both of which have wooden floors, wood furnaces for heating and are furnished using local antiquities.
Located approximately 20 minutes from Labrang, a monastic town in the Tibetan area of Gansu and around 3,200 metres above sea level. Bordering a picturesque river the camp is set amidst vast rural surroundings where colourful flowers bloom during the summer months and local nomads graze their livestock in winter.
A stay here is all about the experience - there is no fitness centre or swimming pool but who needs either of those when surrounded by such stunning scenery and fascinating culture. That said, the camp does have a sauna hidden amongst surrounding vegetation.
The Norden café also serves up some delicious regional cuisine based on local seasonal produce, much of which is cooked using traditional methods. Bread baked in a mud brick oven and hand pulled noodles fresh for every meal.
There are a whole host of outdoors and cultural activities to fill ones time at Norden Camp. Explore the surrounding countryside on foot or horseback taking in the wildlife, birdlife and flora that changes with the seasons. This region is rich in Tibetan culture with Labrang Monastery easily visited or it is possible to spend time with a Nomadic family, take lunch at a local monks house, camp out Nomad style under the stars and try out some of the local crafts.
A relaxing way to while away a few hours back at camp is a spot of night-time stargazing from the fireside.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Founded and set up by a Tibetan nomad this camp offers the chance to experience Tibetan cultures and traditions from an authentic and extremely comfortable base amidst sprawling unspoilt countryside.