Kina – Tibet

Den här äventyrliga och oerhört spännande resan börjar med ett besök i Tagong och den årliga festivalen. Hästfolk från hela Tibet med hästar, vallfärdandas hit, för att ta del av det färgsprakande evenemanget. Efter festivalen påbörjas det stora äventyret och en unik långritt över Tagongplatån (ca 4000möh). Packning och utrustning lastas på packhästar och i vissa fall yaker. Färden går i lugnt tempo, trots den höga nivån är det inte för mycket klättring. Färden tar Er genom ett helt unikt, otillgängligt och storslaget landskap där tillfälle ges att bekanta sig med lokalbefolkning och nomader. En storslagen äventyrsresa som genomförs endast i juli/augusti när klimatet tillåter. En chans att uppleva dessa otillgängliga områden medan de fortfarande är opåverkade av omvärlden.

Inkvartering & Måltider

Totalt 15 övernattningar, några på mellanklasshotell (måltiderna serveras då på restauranger), väl ute i obygden, under resten av resan bor Ni i tält, här lagas måltiderna över öppen eld.

Ridning

Totalt 7 dagars ridning med ca 3-6 timmar/dag. God ridvana är ej ett stort krav, dock är det nödvändigt att ha god kondition och gott hjärta och förmåga att kunna anpassa sig till vistelsen på hög nivå (4000 – 4700möh). Stillsam ridning utan högt tempo.

Flyg & Transfer

Flyg bokas med fördel med KLM till Chengdu.
Transfer hämtar på flyplatsen och ingår i resan.
Flygplatsskatt: Vid avresa betalas en flygplatsskatt som ej ingår i resans pris. Ca 35 US$

Övrigt

Visum: kostnader för visum tillkommer.
Temperatur:
 ca 24 grader på dagarna ner till några minusgrader på nätterna.
Deltagare: Max 10 deltagare. Greenways Travel bokar nordiska ryttare och våra partners i England, Holland och Frankrike bokar deltagare från respektive land. Det blir en trevlig blandning av nationaliteter. Om efterfrågan är stor, erbjuds fler datum.
Transport av bagage: Lätt packning i mjuka tygväskor. Packningen transporteras av packdjur då motorfordon inte kan färdas i dessa områden. Tempot blir relativt lugnt på grund av detta. Här är det helhetsupplevelsen som räknas snarare än tempot!
Komfort/inkvartering: Hotell i dubbelrum, enkla lodger och tältläger med knappa sanitära lösningar. Medtag egen sovsäck, liggunderlag, våtservetter och ett glatt humör. Åter på hotellen blir det skönt att bada/tvätta sig ordentligt.

2014

( Med reservation för eventuella ändringar )

Inkvartering, måltider, transfer och guider.
Ingår ej: Flyg, flygplatsskatt, visumavgift

Resans pris per person, anpassas till hur många bekräftade deltagare det blir i gruppen. Besked om exakt antal ges 30 dagar före avresa. Det går bra att få besked om bokningsläget i ett tidigare skede om så önskas.

TAGONGRITTEN
15 nätter / 16 dagar / 8 riddagar

SHAMALONGRITTEN
19 nätter / 20 dagar / 8 riddagar

 

Mer utförlig beskrivning på engelska

Obs! Programmet är preliminärt och därför reserverar vi oss för eventuella ändringar.

China – Tibet
The area around Lhagang (Tagong) is a nomad area, due to its high elevation.  Whereas most of Kham (an old Tibetan political and cultural designation, which is now in Ganzi Prefecture, Aba Prefecture, and parts of the TAR and Qinghai), is made up of low farming valleys surrounded by steep, high peaks, there are a few high plateaus where nomads raise yaks.  These nomads in large part moved down from further north in Golok (Qinghai), several hundred years ago.  They speak a language very similar to that of Golok, rather than that of the farmers of Kham.

The Lhagang area is 3700 meters at the lowest, and the highest parts of the plateau to the West are 4600 meters.  This large plateau has about 8000 nomads spread over a very large area, covered by grassland, marsh, and high lakes, some very deep.  To the east of the town and the lowest valley is the Zhara range.  Mt. Zhara Lhatse (5800 m) is an important sacred peak, said to be the offspring of Mt. Amnye Machen in Amdo.   Our trip spends time both in around the sacred peak and lake, sharing that tradition, and in the nomad grasslands.

Programme
Travel via plane, then minibus, then jeep towards a very isolated and untouched region of the Tibetan plateau. The equestrian part of the trip accounts for 8 days out of the total 16 because the approach to this distant region necessitates several days on poor tracks, and the same again on return. 2 days are given over to the incredible equestrian fair at Tagong.

You will be travelling in complete autonomy, with supplies ensured by pack horses.
Lodgings are in hotels with double rooms, and dinner in local restaurants in the more inhabited regions, then accommodation in guesthouses and eventually camps/bivouacs in tents (2 persons) and dinner prepared by a cook.
Meals:Whilst riding – breakfast (coffee, tea, bread, butter, eggs, fruits); lunch (picnics), and dinner with rice, vegetables and meat.

DAY BY DAY PROGRAM

Tagong Trail ( Shamalong Trail is a simular ride )

July 10  Arrival in Chengdu.  Dinner with guides and visit to Wenshu Yuan Temple complex.  BuddhaZen Hotel.
July 11 Fly to Kangding airport, and drive to Tagong.  Spend this first day acclimating and taking walks around the area. We will visit the Lhagang Gompa, which is famous for its origin:  The Wencheng princess was on the way to Lhasa to marry the Tibetan king.  At Lhagang, a Jowo Shakyamuni statue on one of her carts fell off on the the ground.  Some legends say the statue spoke aloud, asking to be left at the spot.  The statue is a copy of one at the Jokhang in Lhasa. The name Lhagang (Ch: Tagong) means “the place the gods love.”  A reprodution of this statue is housed here and makes the temple a important pilgrimage spot.
July 12 Experience the annual Lhagang Horse Race Festival, and all the rich hospitality such a time has to offer.   This is a much smaller festival than the original one in Litang, which hosted riders from all over Kham.  The Lhagang Horse Festival is a local affair and as such offers a glimpse of community in Tibet.  Family guesthouse.
July 13  Set out on horseback for Gyergo Nunnery, the area’s main temple for the nomadic people here.  Here there is a huge mani wall of carved stones, which has been in progress for 50 years, and which is the reason for the temple’s placement here. 2 hours riding.  Stay in Temple Guesthouse here with very simple facilites.
July 14  Ride to Zhara Lhatse Hotsprings, over the high Griffon Pass (4800 m) where one has a beautiful view (on a good day) of the high peak.  Then hike down into the back valley at the base of the peak.  (4 hours riding, 3 hours hiking downhill)
July 15  Ride to Zhara Yimtsuo (Turquoise Lake), and do a traditional gora around the lake, viewing the numerous small shrines and meditationc aves associated with lma Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje (19th century), who was said to fly from hotspring to lake.  Then return to the valley’s low point and camp in a protective forest of tall trees with spectacular glacier views. (1 hour hiking, 4 hours riding)
July 16  Ride back into the grasslands, over a lower pass, through “Empty Valley.”  Here we usually pass by nomad camps.  Return to Gyergo Nunnery, and stay another night in the Temple Guesthouse.  5 hours riding.
July 17 Travel across the Tagong area’s lowest valley, and cross onto the high plateau for which Tagong is most famous.  This high plateau is home to a large number of nomads, who are otherwise uncommon in this part of Kham.  The plateau is about 80 km wide, all roadless, and covered with nomad tents, deep sacred lakes, and small isolated temples..  Stay this night camped at the Dashika Nomad Camp.  6 hours riding.
July 18  Spend the day at Dashika Camp, learning skills such as yak herding, calf catching, milking, buttermaking, cheesemaking, and rope-spinning, and generally getting a feel for the life here.  Camp again at Dashika Nomad Camp.  (No riding.)
July 19-20  Ride across the uninhabited parts of the high plateau to Gepshima Nomad Camp, near one of the grassland’s more famous sacred lakes.  These lakes seem to be bottomless, and legends abound of nomad camps disappearing into one lake, only to reappear on the banks of another, miles away.  6 hours riding.  Camping.
July 21  In contrast to yesterday, ride through one of the Tagong Plateau’s most populated area’s, covered with black tents, to Genup Temple.  Genup is a small, isolated nomad temple which is only active in summertime.  It it aging, and one gets a feel here for Tibet’s religious past.  Stunningly positioned near the top of a high mountain overlooking low valleys, this temple was once one of the primary temples in the area, as far as skilled teachers.  6 hours riding.  Camping.
July 22  Ride down into the low valley, and meet our vehicle.  (2 hours riding).  Lunch in Bamei town, and drive to Danba.  Stay in family guesthouse in the lovely Danba Valley, home of the Gyarong Tibetans.  3-4 hour drive.
July 23  Drive to Kangding and visit the traditional medicine markets there, as well as Chinese-Tibetan fusion temples.   (5 hours driving)
July 24  Fly from Kangding airport to Chengdu.  Visit the pandas if you like.  Buddhazen.
July 25  Fly out to Europe.

Important
One should always be aware of the length of the outward bound journey, and of the limited comforts. Remember also that the altitude of the equestrian part is at 4100-4700 metres at least – but fairly level.

The team
From Europe (Paris) – a team member from Cheval d’Aventure will accompany, and in China, an interpreter – guide (French & English speaking) will attend. During the ride a Tibetan guide assisted by a local team for the horses, vehicles and cooking will attend.

Horses – level of skill required
This trip is aimed at competent riders, because it includes 8 days on horseback, but it is not necessary to be a rider of the highest level. The journey is essentially at walk.

On the other hand, it is necessary to be in good physical condition in order to adapt to the altitude, and the capricious weather conditions. This will not be a forced march, however, and altitude (up to 4700m) will be reached by degrees. You must respect rigorously the advice of the guides to adapt your behaviour to the altitude. If you are in any doubt (cardiac or respiratory problems, or hypertension) it is advised that you consult your doctor, and that you should prepare yourself with endurance exercises – walking quickly, jogging, swimming, cycling.

Climate
The climate is that of high plateaux, marked by a wide variance of temperature between day and night, and between sunny and overcast days. It is possible for the temperature to drop below zero at night in the high camps, and to rise to 24 degrees by day. If it rains for one or two days the temperature plummets to 5 or 6 degrees. Rain is sudden in onset, but not long lasting.

Health and formalities
Hepatitis A & B recommended

Visa
The validity of a tourist visa lasts in general for 3 months counting its date of issue. It authorises a stay of 1 month, effective from the date of entry into China.

Documentary requirements:
An up-to-date passport valid for more than 6 months after the return of the trip.
1 identity photograph, recent, black & white or in colour, 1 visa request form, filled in and signed. Ask for a tourist visa ‘L’.
Purpose of visit and destination: write Kunming Cost of visa (to be settled in cash) apr €35 for a single entry.
Delays in receipt:If your dossier is complete. The normal delay is 7 working days for an individual visa. Count on 10 days to be on the safe side)

Currency
The local currency is the Yuan (1 Yuan = 1 €)

This information, cannot be held to be our responsibility. The info can change! Verify it before departure.

Baggage
Limited to 20kg, everything in 1 or 2 flexible and strong bags (not suitcases). Any extra charge made by the airline will be met by you. Cabin baggage (max dimensions 56cm x 45cm x 25cm) cannot contain any cutting tool (knife, scissors, nail scissors, etc), and the quantities of liquids authorised for each passenger is limited to 100ml per container. It is recommended that photographic equipment, spectacles, medications or other objects without which one cannot manage (in case of loss) should be in hand luggage. Backpacks are not authorised on horseback (risk of severe trauma from hard objects should one fall on one’s back).

  • A very warm sleeping bag with Norwegian stile closures for temperatures below freezing
  • 2 jeans or jodhpurs according to your convenience
  • 1 heavy pullover, or polar fleece, one fine pullover (that you can put other things on top of)
  • T-shirts and blouses/shirts with long sleeves (protection from the sun)
  • A high altitude jacket, in down, or a parka
  • Scarf, gloves, woollen hat, broad-brimmed hat (protection from sun)
  • Waterproof garment, and 2 piece wind cheater
  • Walking boots with gaiters, lighter shoes for less taxing activity, but still suited for walking.
  • Flask, pocket knife, electric torch and batteries
  • High specification sun glasses
  • Toilet bag, sun cream (very high factor for lips and face in sufficient quantity)
  • Towel
  • Water will be at all camps, but moist wipes are often practical, toilet paper, small plastic bags will allow you to throw used articles in public dustbins
  • Your usual medication for pain, eye lotion, tricosteril, medication for gastric flu and intestinal trouble, tablets for sore throats, wide spectrum antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, disinfectant tablets for water.
  • Altitude-specific: Aspegic 1000, Duxil.
  • Mild sleeping tablets, Diamox or Aldactazine (prescription only – do not use except on the advice of your doctor).
  • Enough film for the whole stay, and batteries for photographic equipment.
  • Leisure wear (lighter trousers) for visits and travelling other than on horseback.
  • A pair of stirrup leathers if you have long legs: those you will get on site are difficult to adjust.
  • All this to be packed deep in your bags in waterproof plastic (for crossing rivers)
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