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Kham Homestay Tours

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November 15, 2019

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12 Days
Availability : Apr 1st to Oct 30th
Chengdu
Chengdu
Min People : 2

Enjoy a comfortable Tibetan homestay in the nomadic and farming communities or monasteries in Kham, Tibet. You will learn first-hand from the local Tibetans about their culture, history, customs, and traditions in the intimacy of their homes and daily lives. This is one of the best ways to experience Tibet. You can go directly to your host sites or be part of a Tibetan Homestay Tour.

Tour Details

Minyak is a region southwest of greater Kham. The Tibetans who live here have a local dialect different from the language of the Khampa (the people of Kham). The Minyak region is known for its famous mountains, including the holy mountain Minyak Gangkar. There are also many traditional monasteries, ancient murals, and historical sites–including 600-year-old watchtowers. The Minyak area receives few tourists and requires no special permits, making it an ideal location for cultural immersion and free exploration. You will be able to find names of administrative villages in Minyak region, including Tagong, Dora, and Yoloshi around Kangding where you will be staying with Tibetan families.

Departure & Return Location

Chengdu (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Shared standard local hotel
  • Homestay Meal Plan
  • Homestay lodging
  • Internet where available
  • Tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Ground transportation

Price Excludes

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

Complementaries

  • Continental breakfast
  • 2 bottled water per day
  • Sleeping bags (if necessary)
  • A local phone per group
  • A Tibetan gift
  • Oxygen Tank
What to Expect

Enjoy a comfortable Tibetan homestay in the nomadic and farming communities or monasteries of Tibet. You will learn first-hand from the local Tibetans about their culture, history, customs, and traditions in the intimacy of their homes and daily lives. This is one of the best ways to experience Tibet.

  • Book your International flight early before price increases
  • Enjoy your hotel in urban areas than stay with Tibetan family
  • Drive up gradually from 508 metres in Chengdu to 2616 metres in Kangding
  • Immerse with culture by staying with Tibetan family as you travel
  • Enjoy home cooked and restaurant meals
  • Travel with an English speaking guide
  • Download for recommended packing list
  • Be sure to read about Tibet ahead of time
Itinerary

Day 1Chengdu

You will fly to Chengdu. Please be sure to send all your detailed flight information including the name of the airline, flight number, departure airport and arrival time, etc. We will have our staff waiting to greet you at the International Arrival Gate with a Conscious Journeys sign. If for some reason your flight is delayed or you are not able to find our pick-up person, be sure to have the phone number of our local staff that you can call or hotel address.

Day 2Chengdu & Panda

We will visit Panda Panda Breeding in the morning and explore Tibetan Quarter in the evening. 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 3Scenic Drive to Kangding

We travel along the ancient tea trading routes and will stop for lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. If we leave the hotel by 10AM, we should arrive in Kangding before 5PM (385-kilometer drive). After hotel check-in, we will have dinner at a local Tibetan restaurant and some of our friends and family members might be joining with us as well. Since we climbed from 508 meters in Chengdu to 2616 meters in Kangding, altitude may affect us a little so it will be a good idea to have some rest and self-reflection time at the hotel. At 7PM, several hundred of the locals come out to Kangding Love Song Square and dance. There is a large social gathering, which you could certainly join.

Day 4Kangding & Tagong

As local custom dictates, it will be appropriate for us to go to a monastery as the first activity of the trip on Tibetan soil and make some offerings (our guide will tell you how) to purify our intentions of the trip and prevent obstacles such as sickness! Kangding (Tibetan: Dartsedo) was the ancient trading center of Minyak region of Kham, Tibet. Today, it is a thriving city with a blend of Chinese and Tibetan culture. The city has several large Buddhist monasteries and a Tibetan museum. Nearby, the Paoma Mountain is a sacred site for the Tibetan Buddhists. Travelers can explore the mountain’s park and view the surrounding scenery. In the afternoon, we will drive to Tagong (12,139 Feet) for monastery experiences and stay with a local monk host.

Day 5Tagong Monastery & Orphanage

Tagong is a small Tibetan town with about 200 households that located about 100 km southwest of Kangding and Pal Lhakhang (many just called it Tagong Monastery) is the center of activities. Lhagang Monastery was built in 652 by the 33rd Tibet king of Songtsam Gampo and locals have later built over 108 white stupas behind the main temple and hundreds of prayer wheels all around the monastery. Pilgrims who are not able to travel to Lhasa visit Pal Lhakhang monastery as it houses the second most important Buddha Shakyamuni Statue in Tibet. With support from Tibetan Village Project, Tagong Orphanage trains about 40 boys annually with the goal of preserving Buddhist tradition. Travelers can spend 1 to few days in Tagong areas with the option of participating in temple activities such as meditation and daily kora (circumambulation), visiting a nearby nunnery, riding horses, hiking on the Tagong Grassland and volunteering at Tagong Orphanage.

Day 6 & 7Farming-stay in Dora Village

Dora is a small farming community in Kham, eastern Tibetan Plateau, which is located about 120 km from Dartsedo (Kangding) and it is the hometown of Conscious Journeys’ guide Tenpa. For travelers, Dora offers a panoramic view of the mountains and villages, easy-to-challenging hiking opportunities, daily meditation at a village chapel (or two nearby monasteries) with locals, endless mountain biking, and living like local Tibetans. You are welcome to volunteer in Dora by documenting wild plants, birds, and trails, which will serve as valuable educational information for travelers and locals to keep. You will stay with Tenpa’s Family and have access to hot shower and home grown vegetables.

Day 8 & 9Nomad-stay & Trekking Minyak Gangkar

Chatue is a 32-year-old son of a three-generation nomadic family from Yoloshi, which is the basecamp of famous Minyak Gangkar mountain in the eastern part of the Tibetan Plateau. His family herds about 200 dri (dri is female yak). They have a winter home, which is built in traditional Tibetan style, and live in a black tent in summer, which is made from yak hair.

Guests have the option of staying in a black tent or at a home. Both facilities have comfortable beds, hot water, and hot shower and offer home-cooked meals. Chatue’s home is ideal for nomadic homestay experiences. It is located at the basecamp of Minyak Gangkar Mountain, which offers spectacular views and hiking opportunities, visits or meditate at nearby Gongkar Monastery, or riding mountain bikes if you like, you may go on horse trekking.

Day 10 & 11Travel Back to Chengdu via Kangding

It takes about two days (about 6-8 hour day) from Yoloshi to Chengdu and you will have time to stop at scenic sites and go souvenir shopping. Kangding has a small airport that mostly used by government officials and locals as most travelers like to drive up to avoid altitude sickness. If you would like to take this 50-minute flight back to Chengdu from Kangding instead of driving, please be sure to coordinate this with us at least about 6 weeks in advance.

Day 12Fly Home or Consider Add-on Trips

For most working adults, 2-weeks has been about an average length of a trip to Tibet. However, many travelers take advantage of our Add-on Trips by traveling to other parts of Tibet such as Lhasa for few nights. For most travelers, Tibet is once a lifetime trip and they want to make most out of the time, cost and the experiences. If you would like to go home as planned, we will be happy to drop you off at Chengdu airport and say good bye for now.

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