Qinghai-Sichuan Amnye Machen Kora Mountain Pilgrimage 15 days tour
Day 1, Arrive in Xining
You flight to Xining City in Qinghai Province.The city is situated on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau at 2200m. Today it is a quite modern city and there is little left of the old walled town that used to be the main trading station between China and Tibet and entrance to the Silk Road.
Day 2, Xining - Kokonor Lake
We drive for 4 hours to Kokonor, the biggest holy lake in Tibet and largest salt lake in China covers an area of 4581 Square KM, four times big as Hong Kong. As early as three thousands years ago, Mongolia and Tibetan nomadic people believed that a hundred per cent of the holy lakes and the holy mountains contain unique treasures or minerals underneath. Those minerals give out a kind of magnetism or spirit to a few special sensitive Masters, like Shaman or Living Buddha, through whom to teach people on how to respect and protect natures in order to receive the good luck waves from those holy mountains and lakes to have a good fate of life. In May of 1578, King of the Mongols, Altan Qan gave the title Dalai Lama 3 to Sonam Gyatso at east shore of Lake Kokonor. The Living Buddha system of Gelukpa started since then.
Day 3, Kokonor Lake- Guide
Drive 170km to Guide.Guide is located on the bank of the beautiful Yellow River. Most of the Tibetans in this area work half the year farming and the other half-year tending yak and sheep in the mountains. Guide produces many kinds of fruits and the landscape has particular characteristics.
Day 4, Guide - Machen
Drive 360km (8 hours) to Machen, altitude 3900m.Machen in Tibetan means: The highest mountain of the Yellow River. The county is the homeland of the Tibetan Golok people, another strong tribe of Tibetan. The Golok means: Marching strait ahead and never turn back your head. The holy mountain of Amnye Machen was revered by the Bonpo and Buddhist alike. It is also the home of the sacred protector of the Gologs, Machen Pomra. Overnight Xueshan Hotel or other better Hotel.
Day 5, Machen - Sancha Kou - Sarlong
Drive to Tsanak Somdu and crossing Ynima pass, where you will get the first view of the Mt. Amnye Machen, meet the local horses and yaks works at Tasnak Somdu, the first starting point of (Kora) trekking in clockwise. Trek about 15 km (6 hours) along the Yonkhor-chu River to Langri, Yongkhor-chu River is the place where the monks or Tibetan traditional Medical practitioners receive the blessing from Naga (Water god) after collecting the herbs. You will often see the monks by the River and do the Medical prayers. Continue passing some nomadic houses set among sparse juniper woods in the hills around, average altitude:4,100 m, camping at Sarlong.
Day 6, Sarlong - Tamchok Gongkhar
rekking about 24 km (8 hours), pass the entrance to the Halong Langri-chu valley, pass Tamchok Gongkha La pass ( Damqiao Pass, 4,700 m), the highest pass on this trekking, where you will see the local people offer incense and prayer flag to the holly mountain every morning. Also the best place for the view of the mountain and glacier. Average altitude:(4,400 m), camping Tamchok Gongkhar.
Day 7, Tamchok Gongkhar - Shima Tongpul
Trekking 20 km (7 hours) to the rock formation valley of Mowatowa. Where you will see lots of wild sheep and many other wild animals. It's said the King of Gesar also used stay here and his one thousand stone heap offering still can be seen here. Average altitude: 4,300 m, camping at Shima Tongpul or Kueke.
Day 8, Shima Tongpul - Jomo langra
Trekking 22 km (8 hours) to Deleni, visit meditation caves and the variegated cliffs of Goku Chenmo (which is said to mark the entrance to the "palace" of the protector Machen Pomra,), average altitude: 4,300 m, camping at Jomo langra.
Day 9, Jomo langra - Longpo
Trekking 14 km (6 hours) to JiashiNongke, follow the gorge of the Qushian River, visit Dolma Gur-chu spring and the spur where King Gesar was said to tie his horse. Average altitude: 4,300 m, camping at Longpo. You will spend the last 4 days of trekking along the side of River Drakdar, which is to the NW of Mt. Amnye Machen, you can see some bushes along the trekking, eventually you can come nearer to the edge of glacier.
Day 10, Longpo - Dadul
Trekking about 15 km to Jiashinongke (6 hours), on the way visit Guri Gonpa, a branch of Dzongchen and Dodrub Chode of the Nyingma school. And also you will see the prayer flag. It's said the place where Amnye Machen's younger brother Dadu Wangchuk lives. It is also the starting point for Tibetan pilgrims from west side. Alt:4,100 m, camping at Dadul.
Day 11, Longpo - Drikde
Trekking 18 km to Chablong (6 hours), on the way enjoy the view of the grassland and primitive bushes. average altitude: 4,300 m, camping Drikde.
Day 12, Drikde - Hanglong
Trekking about 22 km (8 hours) to Halong-chu valley, pass the Drakdar Pass(Zhihede). The second highest pass on this trekking.(4,700m), viewing the scenery of Weigele Glacier, average altitude: 4,450 m, camping at Hanglong.
Day 13, Hanglong - Machen
Trekking 18 km to Chorten Karpo (White Pogoda) at Chumarna where we meet the driver. On the way, you will see the King of Geser's incense offering. Recently it was built as a monastery just buy the Yichu River. In the afternoon drive for 2.5 hours to arrive in Machen. Xueshan Hotel or similar.
Day 14 Machen-Jiuzhi-Aba
Today,drive to Jiuzhi,afternoon,From Jigzhi to aba,to Barkam.overnight in Barkam.
today,from Barkam to chengdu.arrivel the hotel in chengdu,end the tour.