Discover Amdo: Parent & Teen Journey

This special journey, designed for parents and teens aged 14-18 years, takes you to the less-travelled region of Amdo in Eastern Tibet, birthplace of the Dalai Lama.  Explore some of Tibet’s most famous monasteries, and experience traditional Tibetan life in an authentic village home-stay, hosted by our guide Tsering's family.

Beyond The Clouds Director, Fionna Heiton has been running Family Adventure style trips in Nepal for many years. She has also travelled in Tibet with her teenage twins who join her again on this journey. Our Tibet based team are highly experienced in working with young people and specialise in student and youth groups. You will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Tibetan guide who meets you in Chengdu and will really look after you, and play a special part in your Tibetan experience. 

Amdo is the little-visited nomadic region of north-eastern Tibet, where endless grasslands are dotted with black yaks and colourful stalks of Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags. Take your teenagers for an adventure holiday they'll never forget in remote eastern Tibet, learn about the rich Tibetan culture and Tibetan Buddhism, and see how different life can be on the roof of the world.  

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10 night journey
DEPARTS: Chengdu, china

Maximum elevation: 3,300 metres

Minimum group size: 4 people

Scheduled trip:

7th July - 17th July 2018

* Price is per person, based on twin/family share

Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here


  • International airfare to Chengdu (This can be arranged for you.  Please contact us for details)
  • China Visa
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.  Click here for an insurance quote.
  • Additional activities not included in the itinerary
  • Soft drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips for guide & driver

Trip Inclusions

  • All accommodation (Twin/family share - dormitory style in village homestay)
  • All meals 
  • Private bus and driver
  • Return airfares from Chengdu to Xiahe, Amdo
  • All entrance fees and activities as included in itinerary
  • Excellent English speaking Tibetan guide



We begin our journey in Chengdu, China, visiting the Panda Breeding centre and a historic Buddhist temple. Fly to Xiahe in Amdo where we stay overnight before travelling to our guide Tsering’s village for our authentic 3 night Tibetan homestay on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau ( 2,800 m). Experience village life,  and learn some new skills and soak up the rich traditional culture. From here we travel to Langmusi Monastery, in the sleepy town of Langmu.  Known as the "little Switzerland" of Tibet,  Langmusi lies in a beautiful valley surrounded by alpine forests and amazing mountain scenery.  We continue our journey to the town of Labrang, where the monastery is one of Tibet's most important, housing six monastic colleges with over 1600 monks in residence.   After visiting the monastery complex, walk the inner kora, which has the world's longest stretch of prayer wheels.     A short drive the next day takes you back to Xiahe airport, for your flight to Chengdu. 




Chengdu:   Arrive in Chengdu and enjoy a welcome dinner in a Tibetan restaurant           Driving time: 30 mins                                                                                                      Altitude: 485 m                                                                                                             Overnight: Chengdu                                                                                             


Chengdu:  Visit the Giant Panda Research and Breeding Centre. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the vegetarian restaurant inside Wenshu Buddhist Temple before exploring the temple complex. Optional evening at the Sichuan Opera.                                                               Driving time: 2 hrs                                                                                                           Altitude: 485 m                                                                                                             Overnight: Chengdu                                                                                                                     


Diebu:  Fly to Xiahe early in the morning and drive to Diebu town. In the afternoon visit a Bon Monastery.                                                                                                                 Flight time: 1 hr, 15 mins                                                                                                    Driving time: 4 hrs                                                                                                             Altitude: 2,300 m                                                                                                               Overnight: Diebu                                                                               

DAY 4 

Maigang Village:   Drive to Diebu valley and join Tsering and her family for lunch. Explore the village in the afternoon and learn about Tibetan culture in Amdo.                   Driving time: 30 mins                                                                                                       Altitude: 2,800 m                                                                                                         Overnight: Maigang (homestay)                                                     

DAY 5 

Maigang Village: Community services in the morning, followed by a chance to learn Tibetan cooking in the afternoon. Learn some Tibetan circle dances in the evening.         Overnight: Maigang (homestay)                                                                                                 


Maigang Village:  Day hike and picnic.                                                                                     Overnight: Maigang (homestay)                                                                                                 


Langmusi:  Farewell your host family and drive to Langmusi town. After lunch visit Langmusi Monastery.                                                                                                                       Driving time: 1 hr 30 mins                                                                                                           Altitude: 3,300 m                                                                                                               Overnight: Langmusi


Labrang:  Drive to Labrang, stopping en route to visit a quality Tibetan clothing factory.                                                                                                                                Driving time: 3 hrs                                                                                                            Altitude: 2,900 m                                                                                                               Overnight: Labrang                                                                                                                 

day 9

Labrang:  Visit Labrang Monastery.                                                                                            Altitude: 2,900 m                                                                                                               Overnight: Labrang 

day 10

Chengdu: Drive to Xiahe Airport and fly back to Chengdu.                                                 Driving time: 1 hr                                                                                                                           Flight time:  1 hr, 15 mins                                                                                                 Altitude: 485 m                                                                                                             Overnight: Chengdu                                                                                                           

day 11

Depart Chengdu