Dokham Journey is our latest trip package offering a unique journey to Kham in Eastern Tibet. The itinerary includes a visit to popular destinations such as the Surmang Dutsi Til, Namgyal Tse Monastery and Gar Monastery and enjoyment of the famous Yushu horseracing festival.
Surmang & Yushu Horseracing
Dokham Journey will take you to Kham with visits to Surmang Dutsi Til, the monastery of Chogyam Trungpa and Namgyal Tse Monastery of Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche and Yushu to enjoy the famous Yushu Horseracing Festival with local Tibetans. In addition, you will visit Gar Monastery of Garchen Rinpoche and learn from great masters and storytellers about the legendary king Gesar tradition and participate in ceremonial activities in Nangchen. The trip will begin and end in Chengdu where you will have an excellent opportunity to taste the local flavors of Sichuan and visit the world famous Panda Center. The journey is ideal for students of Tibetan teachers who want to make a pilgrimage and also for those who are passionate about sustainable community development and adventure travel or for those looking for a sense of self-discovery that travel to remote areas often evokes.
- Day 1-2: Chengdu and Pandas
- Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan, China's southwestern province, and a major hub for all Tibetan areas. The city has a large Tibetan population with a Tibetan Quarter which is very much a “little Tibet” on its own. Chengdu is famed for its Sichuanese cuisine, especially the hotpot. This is an excellent opportunity for visitors to taste the local flavors of Sichuan. Chengdu is also home to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation center where you can view the endangered giant pandas in their natural habitat. This is a major highlight for anyone touring China and is not to be missed!
- Day 3-5: Jyeku and Horseracing Festival
- Jyeku (Ch: Yushu) is home to Tibet’s three major rivers (the Yellow River, the Yangtze River, and the Mekong River) in the Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve, which is a major source of water for the Asian continent. Jyeku also has several important holy places including Trangu Monastery, Jyeku monastery and the largest mani stone (stones inscribed with the Buddhist prayer "om mani padme hum"). You will also enjoy the region's famous Yushu Horseracing Festival held annually from July 25th to August 1st. Locals take great pride in this celebration, especially as the community recovers from the tragic 6.9-magnitude earthquake that the region suffered in 2010. For lodging, guests have the option of staying at a local guesthouse run by the local abbot, Khenpo Tsering of Surmang Dutsi Ti.
- Day 6-8: Surmang
- Surmang is located in a vast alpine region, whose nomadic and farming community is one of the poorest in the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. For mountain enthusiasts and humanitarians, a visit to Surmang provides an opportunity to combine great hikes with humanitarian works in community development projects. In addition, we will visit the Namgyal Tse Monastery of Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche and Gar Monastery of Garchen Rinpoche. For students of Chogyam Trungpa, the spiritual master who played an integral role in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West and established the Shambhala International Community with 165 meditation centers around the world, the trip will have an added meaning as we will also visit Surmang Dutsi Til and have an audience with Chokyi Senge Rinpoche, the twelfth reincarnation of Trungpa Rinpoche.
- Day 9-12: Nangchen
- Nangchen was formerly one of Kham region’s five independent kingdoms. It is now administered as one of the six counties within Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Though remote and undeveloped, Nangchen is one of the most beautiful parts of Kham. It is also famous for its peaks including the Tana Mountain area which hosts the sacred Tana monastery and natural hot spring and is a stronghold of king Gesar tradition. Guests will also have an opportunity to experience Tibetan homestays with Jinpa, a well-respected local NGO, that is working to develop homestays to improve the livelihood of local communities.
- Day 13: Chengdu
- Chengdu's international airport is one of China's major hub for international travel with direct flights from many cities worldwide. Thus, for the convenience of our guests, we fly from Yushu to Chengdu. However, if you are going on extended excursions such as to Siling (Ch: Xining), Lhasa and other attractions in the Tibetan areas or mainland China, Conscious Journeys can work with you in advance and help you plan.
- Group meals
- Tibetan tour guide
- Ground transportation
- Logistical support
- Entrance fee to sight seeing venues
- Logistical support before the trip
- Domestic airfare between Chengdu and Yushu
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Chinese visa fee
- International airfare
- Tips for guides and drivers
- Personal expenses (including individual meals, phone, internet, etc.)
Tibet Trip…Customized Just For You
Please note Yushu Horseracing festival experience is offered with trips that fall within July 25th to August 1st annully. 2017 trip does not fall during the Yushu Horseracing. Instead, we will be traveling to Nangchen area to experience an element of Gesar tradition, monasteries and other festivals. Please contact us with your specific interest by filling out this Tailor Made Journey inquiry form so we can customize a Tibet trip that is right just for you!