We are thrilled to announce an upcoming journey of a lifetime in the Western Wild Lands of China:
Sep 9-22, 2012.
Trekking in the Majesty of the Tibetan Plateau, A Qigong and Wilderness Adventure
This is an active, cultural journey, which will immerse you in the local flora, fauna, and majesty of the wilderness terrains as well as the cultural and culinary flavors. My friend and colleague, Karen Fletcher, who is the founder of QiDancing, will offer Qigong lessons and lead Qigong practices.
This Qigong & Wilderness Adventure is a trekking and qigong expedition into the heart of the Tibetan Plateau to experience the wild scenic beauty and teachings of the Himalayan Mountains and the vibrant culture of the local people who live there.
Dates: September 9-22
Fee includes: ground transportation, admission fees, local guides and horse packers, lodging, food for the trek, all breakfasts and lunches. Fee does not include: airfare (international or domestic), visa fee or tips.
Activities: trekking, service, qigong, cultural activities
This 14-day qigong and wilderness adventure will start on September 9, 2012 in Chengdu China, the capital of Sichuan province. Sichuan is the home of the giant pandas, delicious spicy foods, and the famous Sichuan opera – all of which we will take in before traveling across the Tibetan Plateau to Kangding. Kangding is a beautiful Tibetan village famous due to a well-traveled folk song. The elevation is about 8,400 feet, and we will stay there to do some day hikes while adjusting to the high altitude.
From Kangding, we head on to another more remote Tibetan village that will be the launching place for our trekking adventure. This village, Litang is at the foot of the Genyen Massif, a stunningly majestic mountain range that is the home of the glaciated Mt. Genyen, considered sacred to the Tibetans. In Litang we will have an optional service component to share about Western culture and/or English with the young children at local Tibetan, Rinchen Chuta’s language school.
From there, we will put on our packs and trek into the grand Himalaya, setting up a small base camp in front of the magnificent Lengu Monastery. This is one of the very few Tibetan monasteries which was not destroyed during the Chinese Cultural Revolution because of its remoteness. There we will enjoy several days of exploring the valley, receiving from the terrain, practicing qigong and hiking amongst the meditation caves that look out on the breathtaking granite spires nearby. Our journey will conclude by traveling south to Yunnan province visiting the mythical town of Shangri-La and ending up in this ancient and magical city on September 22, 2012.
We are so excited to share this trip as it encompasses such spectacular scenery, energy and amazing cultural diversity.
A few words about Qigong:
Qigong practice is a powerful way to both cultivate your own health and vitality, as well as develop your spirit and soul. In China, we will be using Qigong practices to tap into the teachings of the vast Lands of the Far East.
China, the home of a most powerful system of Chinese Medicine, of Qigong, of Daoism and many mystical arts, is born from its Lands, its mountains, rivers, trees, gorges, plateaus, and is channeled through its people. Qigong is one simple and profound practice to develop our innate abilities to more fully receive from our environment, our Earth – both energy and information – Qi. Come receive, experience, and explore in ancient, yet ever-evolving magnificent terrain!
Day 1: Our trip kicks off in Chengdu, Sichuan. We will use this day to explore the city, visit pandas, watch Sichuan Opera, and taste spicy and delicious Sichuanese cuisine. Chengdu is the capital of this province. It has a unique historical and cultural background and it is known for its relaxing atmosphere and slow urban pace. Parents are warned not to send their kids here for school in case kids “play” more than they study.
Day 2-3: We start our journey towards the Eastern Tibetan plateau and will explore Kangding. Kangding is a neat Tibetan town and is well know because of a timeless folk song called “Romancing Kangding.” It is an important trading hub from the ancient Tea-Horse trade route. Currently, it is much like a melting pot, displaying both Chinese and Tibetan cultures. We will visit some historical sites and stroll through the city on day 2 and take a day hike in Mugecuo National Park near Kangding on day 3. We’ll have a chance to see the highest peak of Sichuan, Gongga, from Mugecuo.
Day 4-5: On day 4, we arrive in Litang, which is situated at the base of Genyen Massif. The average elevation of Litang is 13,000 feet. Due to the high elevation we’ll spend time in this lovely town to acclimatize to the thinner air. We will also explore Litang’s Tibetan-style architecture, drink some yak butter tea, visit the biggest Tibetan monastery in Eastern Tibetan plateau to learn about Tibetan Buddhism, and interact with the friendly Tibetan locals.
Day 6-9: On day 6 we will trek into the amazing Genyen Massif and set up a base camp near the Legu Monastery, which was spared from the demolishment of religious architectures during the Cultural Revolution because of its remoteness. From the base camp, we have the view of the awe-inspiring sacred snow peak, Genyen. For the next several days we will have the opportunity to meditate in caves, practice Qigong, take day hikes, and simply enjoy the beauty of this natural terrain.
Day 10-11: We’ll travel further towards the heart of Tibetan Plateau and base ourselves in the town of Derong. Here we will explore the sacred land of Wengjia and check out how a Tibetan monastery was built and integrated into the natural rock faces among the soaring peaks.
Day 12-14: We arrive at our final destination Shangri-la, Yunnan. We will take hikes to explore the famous Meili Snow mountain, which is a sacred peak in the hearts of locals. In town, we will have time to wind down, take a stroll on the cobble stone paved streets in the old town, visit various museums and shop for souvenirs.
A few friendly reminders and suggestions (more info in our FAQs document):
- Our trip starts at Chengdu, Sichuan and concludes in Shangri-la, Yunnan. For your flights, we suggest you buy a round trip ticket from your near-by US city to Beijing, and buy a one-way ticket from Beijing to Chengdu and another one-way ticket from Shangri-la back to Beijing.
- Please pack light. You will be happier and as our major ground transportation includes public buses and 4-wheel drive vehicles, and we will use pack horses during our trek, luggage space is limited. If you have any questions about packing, please refer to our packing list and feel free to ask us.
- The areas where we will be traveling are remote, and therefore sometimes we may make changes to the proposed itinerary to accommodate unforeseen situations. We ensure that you will have life-long memories after this journey and we will ensure that you make your return flights!
Additional Media Reference:
1. A video “Chasing Ghosts and Dreams along the Tibetan Plateau.” This video depicts a climbing trip which takes place in Genyen Massif.
2. Photo Albums: