Kham Pilgrimage


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14 Days
Availability : July 28th to August 8th
Max People : 14

 ​Kham Pilgrimage ​(formerly known as Surmang Pilgrimage) will take you to Kham, Eastern Tibet. Highlights of this journey including the Yushu Horse Racing Festival, mountains and monasteries, grassland and nomads and cultural immersion in and around Yushu as a personal pilgrimage to Surmang. This 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.

Tour Details

Discover the spiritual transcendence of Tibet’s sacred places and the rich cultural heritage of Tibetan Buddhism. Kham Pilgrimage will take you to Kham, Eastern Tibet. Highlights of this journey including the Yushu Horse Racing Festival, mountains and monasteries, grassland and nomads and cultural immersion in and around Yushu as a personal pilgrimage to Surmang. We will meet in Chengdu and then fly to Yushu, where our adventure on the Tibetan plateau begins. 

Departure & Return Location

Chengdu (Google Map)

Land Price


Price Includes

  • Shared 3-star hotel and homestay
  • A welcome dinner
  • Internet where available
  • Tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Ground transportation
  • Chengdu-Yushu Flight

Price Excludes

  • Airfare (International and Domestic)
  • Private room upgrade
  • Chinese visa fee
  • Restaurant Meals
  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuity


  • Continental breakfast
  • Sleeping bags (if necessary)
  • A local phone per group
  • An Oxygen Tank in a car
What to Expect

Yushu Horse Racing is scheduled around July 25th for few days and we will observe only the peak of the festival, not all functions such as governmental activities. Instead, we will visit local monasteries and do things around Yushu.

This is an adventure trip and you need to be healthy to be able to handle high elevation (Yushu is 3,700 meters (12,100 ft), where we will acclimatize few nights while we enjoy easy daily activities a starter.

This is an adventurous traveling experience on the Tibetan Plateau and the above itinerary is a plan. Things do get changed depending on weather, road conditions and travel restrictions. The comfort level of this travel experience is not the same as one in a developed country.

If you are a Shambhala community and a personal audience with Trungpa Tulku is important to you, we do everything we can to make that happen as it was the case for the last few years. However, please understand Trungpa Tulku has very unpredictable schedule and things do get changed last minute. For example, he often has to travel to pray if someone sick or died.

Trip Registration: To reserve a spot on this journey, you will need to complete trip registration of Conscious Journeys and send it along with a $500 deposit (which will apply toward your payment) either by email or mail.

Trip Cost:  $3,275 will cover most of your in-country expenses except for restaurant meals and personal items. We offer a 5% discount for early-bird registration by Feb 15th, 2020, and will offer a discount to those who need financial assistance, on a case-by-case basis.

  • We recommend you fly from Chengdu to Yushu and book it early
  • You should not do anything a day to acclimatize for 3,700 m (12,100 ft) in Yushu
  • Enjoy shared comfortable lodging with hot shower (or ask upgrade)
  • Good local restaurants available for meals
  • English speaking guide
  • Be sure to read about Tibet ahead of time

Day 1 & 2: Chengdu & 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 3-4Jyeku (Ch: Yushu) & Monasteries)

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. Our Tibetan local staff will receive you at the Yushu Airport, along with a car and driver and you will be escorted to the hotel.

Yushu Horse Racing Festival of Kham is one of the three most famous horse racing festivals in the Tibetan area. It starts from 25th, July and usually lasts for a week, even longer and will participate in the peak of the festival. This grand event involves horse races, yak races, tugs of war, the Tibetan equivalent of a weight-lifting tournament, eating and drinking as well as dancing and singing performances, display of traditional Tibetan costume, etc.

Day 5-8Surmang Dutsi Til

Surmang Dutsi Til is located about 120 km south of Jyeku and it takes about 4-hours for locals. However, we recommend treating this journey as a more of an overland drive and stop along the beautiful scenic spots: yaks, nomads, mountain pass and wildflowers. This portion of the trip is designed to provide a meaningful experience in and around Surmang and we will stay in Surmang for 3-nights. While you are in Surmang, you will have an opportunity to visit Shedra, main Lhakang and Dorjee Kunsang (upper Surmang) as well as possible audience 11th Trungpa Tulku. In addition, you may enjoy great hike, ride horse or simply enjoy the nature.

Day 9-11Namgyal Tse Monastery

Zurmang Namgyal Tse Monastery, which is situated in Zurmang Valley, near Surmang Dutsi Til, is the traditional seat of Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche. Rinpoche is the supreme lineage holder of the Zurmang Ear Whispered Lineage (zur mang snyan rgyud) and is head of monasteries in both Zurmang, Kham (Qinghai province) and Sikkim. He has taught the Zurmang Kagyu tradition extensively all over the world, and Zurmang centers can now be found in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Malaysia. Like many others, Namgyal Tse Monastery was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution and it has been largely restored under the leadership of current Gharwang Rinpoche. We will visit both monastery and nunnury and explore caves and local villages.

Day 12Drive Back to Yushu

As you drive back to Jyeku through some of the most beautiful grassland where we can stop to visit one or two monastries and nomad camps. Our goal is to arrive back to evening so you can rest and shop a little before flying back to Yushu on a day 13th.

As optional add-ons either before or after your main trip, you can extend your trip to Lhasa or take a 3-night excursion to the Dege area to visit Shechen Monastery, Dzogchen Monastery, and Dege Printing House. If you would like visit Dege area, you will travel there from Yushu on day 13th for 3-nights and fly back to Chengdu on day 17th. If you would like to go to Lhasa for 3-nights as another option, you can fly from Yushu to Lhasa directly. Cost of Add-on trips are not included in your main trip but won’t too much since you are already the country.

Day 13 & 14Fly back to Chengdu and Home

We will fly back to Chengdu from Yushu and do last minute gift shopping in Chengdu. This is also an chance for you to enjoy an evening dinner with newly friends and guides in Chengdu. Our staff will pick you up from your hotel about about 3 hours prior to your flight depature and make sure you get on your plane safe and sounds.