Tibet Yoga Journey
Beyond The Clouds has created this unique Yoga Journey for you to experience yoga and meditation in the majestic land of Tibet, the ultimate spiritual destination. Untamed natural beauty, rich culture and unique local accommodation awaits you in this special corner of Tibet. Our carefully planned 10-night journey introduces you to Tibet’s stunning natural environment, ancient Buddhist temples and friendly and hospitable people.
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 a journey you'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.
10 NIGHT Journey
Departs: United kingdom**
Trip Dates: 21st May - 31st May 2019
Your teacher: Tara Geddes
Minimum Group Size: 6 people
Tara Geddes has been practising yoga for over 15 years and teaching since 2013.
Having discovered a passion for yoga during a spa break from the stresses of work, she went on to attend regular classes in her hometown of Aberdeen and ultimately to embark on the Yoga Scotland 500 hour teacher training course. Tara qualified as a Yoga Scotland teacher in June 2014 and currently teaches two regular classes each week as well as covering for fellow teachers as and when required.
Her classes are a general level suitable for all, being based on hatha yoga with some personal touches; all her classes include an element of pranayama, asana and relaxation. "Whilst I take my yoga very seriously, I think it is enormously important to have fun in class too! As will all things in life, it's all about balance."
* Price based on twin share accommodation. Single room supplement subject to availability
**Trip can be joined from other locations. Please contact us for more information.
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- Stopover hotel if needed
- China Visa
- Comprehensive travel insurance. Click here for an insurance quote.
- Additional activities not included in the itinerary
- Alcoholic or soft drinks
- Tips for guide & driver
- International airfares to Chengdu from the UK
- All transport including airport pick-up and transfers
- Private vehicle and driver
- All meals, including complimentary bottled water
- All accommodation based on twin share including hotels, lodges, luxury camping and a village home-stay.
- All entrance fees and activities as included in itinerary
- Excellent english speaking Tibetan guide
- Domestic flight (Chengdu-Xiahe-Chengdu)
- Yoga mats to use during the tour
Your journey begins with a day exploring the Chinese city of Chengdu. Visit the Giant Panda breeding centre and historical temples. The next morning, fly out over the clouds to Xiahe, a small town on the north-east corner of the Tibetan plateau. Xiahe is the jumping off point for your exploration into Amdo, one of the three traditional areas of Tibet. Amdo is famous for its vast grasslands and nomadic culture, two things that you will be experiencing plenty of during this unforgettable journey.
As you drive out into Tewo County to the town of Diebu, the incredible scenery of the Tibetan plateau is on full display - towering mountain peaks, gushing clear streams, and yaks dotting the rolling grasslands. From Diebu a day-trip takes you to the Zhagana "Stone Village", a small community of houses clustered at the bottom of an impressive stone mountain that resembles an otherworldly palace. Zhagana is a wonderland for photography and short hikes, and has many stunning locations in which to practice yoga.
Moving on from Diebu, you'll travel with your guide Tsering to her home village, where her family will host you in their home for two nights. Learn about the traditional Tibetan way of life as you help them to prepare meals, herd their yaks in the hills above their home, and take a mountain picnic. Staying in the village is a truly authentic experience with no western-style bathrooms, showers or internet.
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.
Your final two nights on the Tibetan plateau will be spent in comfortable nomadic-style glamping tents near Labrang Monastery. These tents are run by local Tibetans, who have furnished them to a high western standard, and provide a taste of luxury in the remote region. Enjoy a campfire at night, and listening to the wind blowing across the empty meadows. After a day trip to Labrang Monastery, the most important in Amdo, and featuring an inner kora with the world's longest stretch of prayer wheels, return again to the camp to soak up the serenity and view the sunset from your comfortable tent.
The next morning, return to Xiahe airport to fly back to Chengdu for one more night before departure.
Arrive in Chengdu: Arrive in Chengdu and transfer to your hotel near Wenshu Buddhist temple.
Driving time: 30 minutes Altitude: 485 m Overnight: Chengdu
Chengdu: Visit the Giant Panda Research and Breeding Centre in the morning, and in the afternoon visit Wenshu Temple and Jinli Ancient Street. Welcome dinner at a Tibetan restaurant.
Altitude: 485 m
Tewo/ Diebu: Fly from Chengdu to Xiahe, meet your driver at the airport and drive to Tewo County town. After lunch, visit a nearby Bon monastery.
Driving time: 4 hrs Altitude: 2,300 m Overnight: Diebu
Zhagana Village: Drive to Zhagana Village, 3200 m, set amongst stunning rock formations resembling a giant palace. Take a short hike to acclimatize, and find the perfect place to practice yoga in the mountains. In the late afternoon return to Diebu.
Altitude: 2,300 m
Tsering's Village: Drive to our guide Tsering's village, a traditional farming community located on top of a mountain. Explore the village and experience real Tibetan life.
Driving time: 1 hr Altitude: 2,800 m Overnight: Tsering's Village (Homestay)
Tsering's Village: Join the pilgrims for a morning walk, or help Tsering's sister to herd the yaks up the mountain. Take a short hike with Tsering's family and help to prepare dinner in the family home.
Altitude: 2,800 m Overnight: Tsering's Village (Homestay)
Langmu Monastery: Drive to Langmu Monastery, the largest in the region. Explore the monastery, and take a short hike.
Driving time: 2 hrs
Altitude: 3,325 m
Overnight: Langmusi Town
Nomad-Style Glamping: Drive to Labrang, and into the empty grasslands to find your nomad-style glamping tents ready and waiting. Relax and enjoy the serenity.
Driving time: 2.5 hrs Altitude: 2,950 m
Overnight: Labrang Glamping
Labrang: Visit Labrang Monastery, the most influential monastery in Amdo and home to thousands of monks. After the monastery, visit the local market to buy souvenirs. Return to the camp in the evening.
Altitude: 2,950 m
Overnight: Labrang Glamping
Chengdu: After breakfast in the camp, drive to the Xiahe airport and fly back to Chengdu. Free time in Chengdu to do any last minute shopping.
Driving time: 1 hr
Altitude: 485 m
NB: Daily yoga sessions will be incorporated in this itinerary.