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Surmang Pilgrimage

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

Surmang Pilgrimage will take you to Kham, Eastern Tibet, with a visit to Surmang Dutsi Til, the monastery of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and Namgyal Tse Monastery of Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche, along with cultural experiences in and around Yushu.

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, and Namgyal Tse 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
  • Chengdu-Yushu Flight

Price Excludes

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

Complementaries

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

Shedra Consecration: 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). However, please don’t get your hopes too high as the event has been cancelled multiple times on a late notice. Consider joining us on this trip as a pilgrimage, and we will show you the best of what Tibet has to offer.

Trip Registration: To reserve a spot on this journey, you will need to complete trip registration of Conscious Journeys and send it along with $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 5% discount for early-bird registration by Feb 15th, 2019, 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
Itinerary

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 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 us. 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 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.

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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