STRESS BUSTER TOURS
These tours are specially designed for busy city-dwellers and white-collar professionals, to help them escape from air-polluted big cities and stressful daily routine.
During these toura, you’ll be taken to the nearest Tibetan plateau area, to have a taste of wild Tibet, immersing in fresh pure air and open vast nature. Either being a shepherd wandering at the grasslands under blue sky, or an archer practicing in villages surrounded by rolling hills, each experience is unique, relaxing and carefree.
You’ll have chance to encounter innocent wild animals like marmot and hare besides yaks and sheep, or some fun-loving nomad Tibetans who are willing to teach you how to dance and ride horses in a Tibetan style. Staying at a Tibetan nomad home, you can enjoy typical Tibetan food such as Tsamba, buttered tea and fresh mutton, as well as listening to folk stories. Time here passes in a much slower pace, and local people are simple and direct— all these will make you feel easy and comfortable. After one of these tours, hopefully you’ll feel refreshed and energetic, ready to start anew.
(Please note that Sangke Grasslands are where the nomads dwell, and Langlun Village used to be the home of Tibetan soldiers who garrisoned their border with Han and Mongolia nationalities. Thus, horse-riding and archery are part of their traditional lives, although they are more like leisure or sports now. )
Stressbuster 6 Day Tour
Spend some relaxing days in an unexplored Tibetan village beneath a holy mountain, to have a taste of the nomad-agricultural life, immersing in wild nature.
On arrival of Xiahe, visit Labrang Monastery. Circle around the longest pilgrim path of Tibetan monastery, or hike along the mountains overlooking it.
Mt. Amnye Nangchen
Drive to Mt. Amnye Nangchen via Hezuo, on the way admire natural scenery. If you’d like, take a short walk for 1-2 hours before arriving at Tufang Village. Dwelling at a wooden cottage, have a chat with local Tibetans, and enjoy a dinner with local delicacies such as Juema Pork and fresh mutton eaten with hands.
Mt. Amnye Nangchen (riding horse onto the mountain)
In the morning you’ll ride a horse onto the top of the mountain, where Tibetan people burn aromatic plants to worship the god of Mt. Amnye Nangchen, and pray for good luck and fortune. Along the way you’ll pass through forests, rivers, rocky slopes until you reach the snow-capped summit (4636m). Before night head down to a ranch, camping or dwelling at a nomad cottage.
Mt. Amnye Nangchen (herding yaks and sheep)
In the spring time herding on the fragrant grasslands, perhaps accompanied with a local nomad herder. Here you can enjoy an intimate contact with wild animals such as Mongolian gazelle and marmot, even have a glance at a snow leopard rushing by. After digging wild vegetables and collecting firewood, feel free to try your hand at cooking and enjoy a delicious meal made of fresh local produces.
Mt. Amnye Nangchen (digging cordyceps)
Look for these valuable products only found on the Tibetan Plateau, enjoying the pleasure of digging it one by one on the mountain. Afterwards have a picnic with villagers, taste some local food such as Tibetan bread, Butter tea, yogurt, Yak meat soup with rice noodle.
Leave Mt. Amnye Nangchen, arrive Lanzhou via Hezheng. Return home with your gains and a refreshed mind and body.
Stressbuster 7 Day Tour
The Sangke Grasslands are where the nomads dwell, and Langlun Village used to be the home of Tibetan soldiers who garrisoned their border with Han and Mongolia nationalities. Thus, horse-riding and archery are part of their traditional lives, although they are more like leisure or sports now. Join this ancient community and witness and be part of their daily lives, customs and rituals.
Arrive Lanzhou or Xiahe
Stay overnight at Labrang Monastery or Sangke Grasslands.
Free day at Sangke grasslands
You’ll be introduced to a nomad family, and get familiar with their daily routine.
Be a highland shepherd
Just enjoys the day at grasslands the day starts with milking or collecting yak’s dung for cooking fire, and a breakfast with the nomad family. Afterwards, you may take an excursion, or try to guide sheep or yaks to the mountain. During the day you can
do whatever you want to do, including singing and dancing with locals.
Drive to the farmer’s village
On the way visit several tourist attractions, such as the Yellow River and Shachong monastery, the oldest monastery in Amdo region with a stunning view over deep valley. Stay overnight at a farmer’s cottage.
A leisurely hike along the hills around the village, or play archery with villagers.
Return to Xining
Flight back to home
Breakfasts, lunches, dinners
English-speaking, native Tibetan tour guide
Mineral water during the tour
Pick-up and drop-off
Transportation for getting around