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Surmang Pilgrimage

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From$1,500
September 25, 2018

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6 Days
Availability : Apr 15th to Oct 30th
Chengdu
Chengdu
Min People : 2

We meet in Chengdu and then fly into Yushu, where we acclimatize 2-3 days before adventuring into Surmang Dutsi Til, Namgyal monastery and Shechen in Dege area. This is an ideal trip for followers of Chogyam Trungpa, the spiritual master who played an integral role in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West and established the Shambhala International. You should come this trip as a Tibet pilgrimage (not the Shedra Consecration to avoid disappointment).

Tour Details

Surmang Pilgrimage is an ideal trip for followers of Chogyam Trungpa, the spiritual master who played an integral role in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West and established the Shambhala International. We meet in Chengdu on Day 1 and then fly to Yushu where we spend few nights acclimatizing before adventuring into Surmang, Namgyal Tse and Shechen Monastery in Dege area. 

Departure & Return Location

Chengdu (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

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

Price Excludes

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

Complementaries

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

If you are specifically coming for the Shedra Consecration, you should not travel with us. After 2 years preparation, the consecration that supposed to happen in July 2018 got cancelled at last minute. We have no way of assuring planned 2019 consecration will not be cancelled.

Trunpa Tulku tells us the consecration will happen end of July or early August. Thus, Conscious Journeys scheduling its annual Surmang Pilgrimage trip for two weeks from July 28th to August 10th (which is same as 2017 trip). If the consecration happens, this will be good. If not, you can still experience Tibet without the consecration.

We have few great Tibetan guides in Yushu but some of them do not speak fluent English. If you would like to take one of our staff from the office with you, as people often do, be sure to request one early. This will make a difference with your experiences in Surmang in terms of communication and trust around Trungpa Tulku and local community members.

  • 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
  • Download for recommended packing list
  • Be sure to read about Tibet ahead of time
Itinerary

Day 1Fly to Yushu & Acclimatize

Our Tibetan guide will receive you at the Yushu Airport, along with a car and driver and you will be escorted the hotel. A family of Khenpo Tsering of Surmang Dutsi Til operates a small guesthouse in Jyeku and this will be a lodging option for you. We recommend you to rest in the hotel and do not do much as the certain increase in the elevation may cause you altitude sickness.

Day 2Explore Yushu

If you have arranged your schedule ahead of time, it is possible that Trungpa Tulku or other monks from Surmang Dutsi Til might be in Jyeku as they often come to Yushu for business affairs. You will have a full day to explore the town and we recommend you visiting Trangu Monastery, Jyeku monastery and the largest mani stone as part of the pilgrimage experiences.

Day 3Drive to Surmang

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. We will either stay in the monastery or with a family as lodging option is very limited in Surmang at the moment. Camping is always an option too.

Day 4Audience with 12th Trungpa

For most Shambhala Buddhist Practitioners, an audience with Chokyi Senge Rinpoche, the twelfth reincarnation of Trungpa Rinpoche, is the main reason for traveling to Surmang. We do everything we can to arrange an audience ahead of time. However, please do understand that Rinpoche’s schedule is often unpredictable as he is being pulled in many directions such as a death in a family that requires his blessings, unscheduled meetings and delay of his arrival into Surmang. Surmang Dutsi Til is Chogyam Trungpa’s main monastery for your pilgrimage and be sure to practice meditation with other masters there, mingle with monks and hike up to Dorjee Kyungdzong and the caves.

Day 5Drive back to Yushu & Explore it

Surmang is one of these places where you can spend 3-months, which some friends from Boulder have done that, or few nights might be too much as you won’t have confort of hot shower, comfortable beds and choices of gourmet food. However, locals will do everything receive you, care for you and invite you to stay as long as you like. Since Trungpa Rinpoche do not have a Chinese passport yet for him to travel to the West, he appreciates your visit and may even travel back to Jyeku with you as a way.

Day 6Fly back to Chengdu

As the Chinese government continues to develop Yushu as one of the key travel destinations, after the earthquake reconstruction, there are more flights available to Yushu from several cities: Lhasa, Xining, and Chengdu. We will make sure you get a flight back to Chengdu and arrange an airport pick-up so you have time to prepare for your flight home or wherever you might be traveling next day.

Customized Options

Is this not quite what you are looking for? With access to a vast network of Tibetan travel companies and tour guides on the Tibetan Plateau, Conscious Journeys offers an incredible range of experiences with customized trips for everyone. Please take a few minutes and tell us what you want by filling out this Tailor-Made Journeyinquiry form today.

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