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A China Slideshow 2/25 eve at Wallingford Seattle

Don’t miss it!

We have hosted a slideshow in early Jan in Seattle and received much applause. Some participants want to share with their friends and some express lament of not being able to come…. So we have decided to do another one!

7pm on 2/25 Wide World Travel Store (4411 Wallingford Ave N., Seattle, Washington 98103)

This activity is also a featured event of Wide World Travel Store – a map & bookstore just for travelers.

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Karen Fletcher is our presenter. Through this slideshow, you’ll experience some of the Magic of CHINA! :-D  ~ Karen will take you on a journey through story-telling, breath-taking photographs and videos that will put you right in the heart of the Sacred Genyen Mountains in the Tibetan Plateau, leaping through alpine meadows and edelweiss flowers, laughing with the friendly monks at an 800 y/o Tibetan Monastery, smelling (okay, well almost smelling! :) ) the local cuisines, and enjoying the sunset skies while strolling the cobble-stoned streets of the ancient, no-motorized-vehicles-anywhere mountain village of Nuodeng! :)  Through this slideshow, you’ll enjoy an evening of travel to another part of our beautiful Planet and experience the diversity and oneness of our humanity and dreams…even from the comfort of Seattle!

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And China is so rich in the history, culinary delights, wisdom, generosity and mysticism embodied in these peoples and lands.

Those of you who would like to go to CHINA, we lead Qigong & Wilderness trekking trips in Western China and are passionate about sharing these places. We’re offering 2 Qigong & Wilderness Trekking Trips in Western China in Aug and Sept of 2014. We’d LOVE to take you with us! ♥  Trips are filling up so we encourage people to register if they are a YES to come :) .

For info on our trips:

Trekking in the Majesty of the Tibetan Plateau, Aug 16 – 30, 2014 

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Discovering the Lost Horizon ~ Active Journey into the Heart of Yunnan – Sept 14 – 27, 2014


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Nuodeng Yunnan - A Unique, Little-traveled Village

During Karen’s solo travel in China in 2012, she found this gene hidden in the mountains in Yunnan – Nuodeng old town.
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After much discussion, we have decided to include this destination in our Fall 2014 Discovering the Lost Horizon, an Active Journey to the Heart of Yunnan. We believe that to have true connections, we need to walk a bit farther and to act as a visitor who does not disturb but observe and learn the lives of the locals.

Nuodeng, a unique, little-traveled village outside of Yunlong. This is such a special place, much like it has been for hundreds of years with no “city” vehicles or noises, just the sounds of the mountain breezes, happy children, farm animals neighing, oinking and clucking. Nuodeng is famous for its salt and free-range, organic ham. During our Fall 2014 trip, we’ll spend 2 nights to explore the village, hike the hills, learn its history, meet with locals and will enjoy a trek out of Nuodeng on the old salt trading trail to meet our driver in the town of Yunlong.

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CHINA Slideshow! Experience the Magic of the Tibetan Plateau & Yunnan (2/25/2014)

Time: 2/25/2014, 7 pm
Location: Wide World Travel Store, 4411 Wallingford Ave N., Seattle, Washington 98103

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Karen Joy Fletcher will be presenting pictures, stories and videos of trekking in some of China’s most beautiful places. Come enjoy an afternoon of immersion into the high mountains of the Tibetan Plateau; meet the jolly, curious monks living in the 700+ y/o Lengu Monastery; share the wonder of sunrise on beautiful Erhai Lake in Yunnan; and enjoy the country children singing school songs in the mountains of Nuodeng village!

We Love China and the diversity, history, culinary delights, wisdom, generosity and mysticism embodied in these peoples and lands. Enjoy an evening of Travel from the comfort of Seattle :) !

And those of you who would like to join us on a adventure of a lifetime in 2014, we’ll also present some of the details of our upcoming Qigong & Wilderness Trekking Trips in Western China in Aug and Sept of 2014. We’d LOVE to take you with us! ♥

For info on our trips:

Trekking in the Majesty of the Tibetan Plateau, Aug 16 – 30, 2014
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/680951558600772/

Discovering the Lost Horizon ~ Active Journey into the Heart of Yunnan – Sept 14 – 27, 2014
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CHINA Slideshow! Experience the Magic of the Tibetan Plateau & Yunnan (1/5/2014)

Time: 1/5/2014, 4-6 pm
Location: OmCulture @ 2210 North Pacific St., Seattle, Washington 98103
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/374507726025893/

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Szu-ting Yi, David Anderson and Karen Joy Fletcher will be presenting pictures, stories and videos of trekking in some of China’s most beautiful places. Come enjoy an afternoon of immersion into the high mountains of the Tibetan Plateau; meet the jolly, curious monks living in the 700+ y/o Lengu Monastery; share the wonder of sunrise on beautiful Erhai Lake in Yunnan; and enjoy the country children singing school songs in the mountains of Nuodeng village!

We Love China and the diversity, history, culinary delights, wisdom, generosity and mysticism embodied in these peoples and lands. Enjoy an evening of Travel from the comfort of Seattle :) !

And those of you who would like to join us on a adventure of a lifetime in 2014, we’ll also present some of the details of our upcoming Qigong & Wilderness Trekking Trips in Western China in Aug and Sept of 2014. We’d LOVE to take you with us! ♥

We’ll have some yummy tea and nibbles to share ♥

For info on our trips:

Trekking in the Majesty of the Tibetan Plateau, Aug 16 – 30, 2014
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/680951558600772/

Discovering the Lost Horizon ~ Active Journey into the Heart of Yunnan – Sept 14 – 27, 2014
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/400816736708031/

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A Photo Journey Recapping Trekking in the Majesty of the Tibetan Plateau 2013

In summer 2013, LittlePo Adventures customized Trekking in the Majesty of the Tibetan Plateau for a group from the US Naval Academy. We had outstanding weather were able to visit a number of breathtaking scenic areas and interact with the unique culture of the region.

Below is a photo journey to live the moments. We are offering a trip to the general public in 2014 — Specific details of Trekking in the Majesty of Tibetan Plateau 2014

Mt ErMei –

The group practicing Gung Fu in a bamboo forest

The group practicing Gung Fu in a bamboo forest

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Seeking Enlightenment with Budda

Litang Sichuan –

Having Hand Made Noodles with a Tibetan Family in a Traditional Tibetan Hut

Having Hand Made Noodles with a Tibetan Family in a Traditional Tibetan Hut

Trekking In Genyen Massif –

In a Meditation Cave, Listening to Ancient Storeis

In a Meditation Cave, Listening to Ancient Storeis

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Resting Underneath Prayer Flags

Interact With Fellow Travellers -

Having made friends with a huge group of Chinese motorcyclists

Having made friends with a huge group of Chinese motorcyclists

Learning Tibetan Buddhism from a Monk

Learning Tibetan Buddhism from a Monk

 

 

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Trekking in the Majesty of the Tibetan Plateau Fall 2014

  • Dates: 08/16/2013 ~ 08/30/2013
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Price: $3100.00
  • Activity: trekking, cultural activities, sight-seeing, qigong (optional, see A few words about Qigong)

Overview:

This 15-day wilderness trekking adventure will start on August 16, 2014 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-known folk song. The elevation is about 8,400 feet, and we will stay in Kangding 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 close to the Genyen Massif, a stunningly majestic mountain range that is the home of the glaciated Mt. Genyen (20,354 ft), considered sacred to the Tibetans.

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 Lenggu 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, and hiking amongst the meditation caves that look out on the breathtaking granite spires nearby.

We then will travel  south to the city of Daocheng. Daocheng is a cute Tibetan city with a different flavor from Litang. We will explore the city and dance with the locals along with the wild Tibetan dance music. From there we can take an option day tour to Yading which is famous of the three astonishing snowy peaks which were believed to be three Guanyin’s (i.e. goddess).

After soaking in the majesty of the Tibetan Plateau, we will fly back to Chengdu from Daocheng/Yading airport.

During this fantastic trek, we also offer qigong lessons (optional but highly recommended. You will know why after you watched the qigong video below!!!) We are so excited to share this trip as it encompasses such spectacular scenery, energy and amazing cultural diversity.

Past Records:

  • A documentary of Trekking in the Majesty of the Tibetan Plateau 2013:

Inclusions & Exclusions:

Price includes the following: food during the trek, meals in town, all lodging (camping & shared hotel rooms), ground transportation, packhorses and horse packers, admission to parks (except for the optional tour to Yading), permits, bilingual guide, and Mandarin conversational lessons. The price does not include airfare (international or domestic – please read Note right below the tentative itinerary), checked baggage fees, visa fee, travel insurance, personal gear, immunization, personal snacks, drinks, and gratuity.

Physical Requirement:

The trek is supported by pack horses and porters. Participants will carry a day pack during the trek. A day pack should have water, snack, extra layers, rain gear, personal medicine and other personal items. Any avid day hikers will be able to finish the trip.

A few words about Qigong (check out the above video for Qigong in action!):

Qigong practice is a powerful way to cultivate our own health and vitality, and develop our spirit and soul. It also offers tools to receive Qi – both energy and information – from our environment. China is home to many healing and mystical arts, such as Chinese Medicine, Qigong, Daoism, all of which have been born from its Lands and channeled through its people. Qigong offers a profound way to tap into these teachings from its very source.

This Qigong & Wilderness trekking trip will cover a strong foundation of qigong, including the preliminary exercises for Zhong Yuan Qigong (ZYQ) Levels 1 and 2 and at least 2 of the main sitting and standing forms of ZY Qigong meditation. In addition, you will learn a comprehensive daily qigong “warm-up” and a wonderful set of exercises to cleanse the 12 meridians called the Eight Brocades. While the exercises are simple, they are powerful. They are tools you can use for a lifetime, both for your increased health and strength and as a self-development system. This foundation of qigong will also enable you to more fully receive, experience and explore China’s ancient, yet ever-evolving magnificent terrains, its people and culture.

Tentative Itinerary:1

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 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 known 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 near-by grassland on day 3.

Day 4-5: On day 4, we arrive in Litang, which is close to the 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 6-10: On day 6 we will trek into the amazing Genyen Massif and set up a base camp near the Lenggu 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, take day hikes, and simply enjoy the beauty of this natural terrain.

Day 11-14: In the morning, we will have time to wind down from our trek, take a stroll in Litang and shop for souvenirs. In the afternoon, we’ll travel south and arrive at the city of Daocheng which is also a Tibetan town but has a distinct flavor from Litang. In Daocheng we will explore the city and dance in circles with locals with Tibetan dance music. We then will explore the near-by scenic area, Yading, which is famous for the three snowy peaks believed to be the three sacred goddesses.

Day 15: This lovely expedition concludes in Daocheng and you can choose to fly back to Chengdu or take ground transportation. (Note Below)

Note: 

For the past few years our Trekking in the Majesty of the Tibetan Plateau had always concluded in Chengdu. We left Litang on Day 13, utilized ground transportation first to Kangding. On Day 14 we arrived in Chengdu. Yes, it takes two days of land travel from Litang to Chengdu and vice versa.

In late 2013, a new airport (Daocheng-Yading airport) near Litang has started to operate. Now it only takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to fly from Daocheng to Chengdu. Based on our past experience, it’s safe to say that people would prefer air travel than land travel. That’s why the 2014 Trekking in the Majesty of the Tibetan Plateau includes more activities at the end, concludes at Daocheng, and give participants options to head back to Chengdu.

Your Options:

1.

Since the expedition concludes in Daocheng, if you head back to Chengdu on Day 15, you will need to cover the cost.

The airfare can be somewhere around $200.00 – $350.00 one-way. And we will help you book your flight (There’s only one flight a day). Please bear in mind that the elevation of the airport is really high (~4,400 meters) so the flight can be easily influenced by the weather.

If you want to take ground transpiration, it will cost about $100.00 -$150.00 plus a night of lodging at Kangding and Chengdu.

2.

If you choose to take ground transportation and start to head back on Day 13, we’ll cover the ground transportation and both the lodging on the nights of Day 13 & Day 14.

Payment Info:

The price is based on a minimum group size of 6 trekkers.

Deposit: A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot. 50% of your payment is due on May 15 2014 . Full payment is due on June 15 2014.

***SPECIAL Discounts***

  • For couples, we’re offering $200 off the tuition if both are signed up by March 31, 2014
  • Groups of 4 signing up together, each person receives $150 off their tuition if signed up by March 31, 2014

Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel a trip, we will refund your payments less the following fees:

  • If you cancel 60 days or more in advance of your trip: $200;
  • If you cancel 30-59 days in advance: 50% of trip tuition.
  • If you cancel within 30 days or less: 100% of trip tuition.

We accept payments via personal checks or paypal:

  • Personal checks: please write to info@littlepo.com to request detailed instructions
  • Paypal: please select the option below and follow the instructions on the screen:


LittlePo Tibetan Plateau Trek





  1. LittlePo Adventures reserves the right to change the itinerary depending on the physical conditions of the participants, weather, how well the group acclimatize etc. Safety is the first priority.
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Fall 2014 Trip: Discovering the Lost Horizon, an Active Journey to the Heart of Yunnan

Erhai Lake Dali Yunnan

Erhai Lake Dali Yunnan

Fall 2014 trip alert: Discovering the Lost Horizon, an Active Journey to the Heart of Yunnan. Sept 14 – Sept 27, 2014. Co-led by Szu-ting Yi @ LittlePo Adventures and Karen Fletcher @ QiDancing: Two adventurous women ~ one a native from Taiwan, professional rock climber and author, and another an American anthropologist, writer and Qigong instructor ~ met and synthesized a dream that combines their shared love of the Wilderness, of China and Chinese culture and their love for active adventures that create lasting connections and inner transformations.

We had successful trips in this lovely place in spring 2011 and fall 2012 and we can’t wait to share this awesome experience with more friends! Check out our photo albums here:

Karen will be offering Qigong instruction and leading Qigong practices throughout the trip. See the section “A few words about Qigong” for more information on qigong and about what participants will learn. You can also view Karen’s website, QiDancing, for more in-depth information.

Sumtseling Monastery. Photo Credit: Rick Wicklund

Sumtseling Monastery. Photo Credit: Rick Wicklund

Overview:

Yunnan, literally means “south of the clouds,” is located in the southwestern corner of China. The climate of Yunnan is usually mild and pleasant. Its capital city, Kunming, is well known by the nickname “spring city.” Yunnan is situated in a mountainous area and has exceptional geographical features: karsts topography, deep mountain gorges, and distinctive canyons. In addition, Yunnan contains extraordinary cultural diversity as it is home to 25 different minority groups, and is home to one of the last matriarchal societies at LuGu Lake. Friendly people living a simple life, surrounded by amazing scenery of high mountains and countless lakes make Yunnan a unique paradise. Many believe that the utopia described in a best-selling book, The Lost Horizon, was inspired by Yunnan.

Our journey starts at Kunming, and quickly takes us on biking tour of Dali, with the expansive waters and impressive sky of Erhai Lake, small fishing villages, local markets, and delicious cuisine. We will also explore the ancient salt-trade village of Nuodeng, tucked high in the mountains with no cars or vehicles, only steep cobbled stoned pathways, horses, pigs, a village Chinese doctor, many friendly farmers, curious children and profound peace and beauty (also famous for its organic ham!)

Then we will travel to the small village of Shaxi, and hike up to stone temples built into the mountains with wild monkeys that may come to greet us if we’re lucky. Lijiang is the next stop to further explore some signature northwestern areas, including the stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge and Laojunshan National Park, all the while taking in the local culture, culinary style, and history of each place.

Our tour will focus on the traveling through and staying in the historic sections of towns of the region, where you can re-live the era of Dali kingdom among real residents. Qigong instruction and daily practice will be offered throughout this exciting adventure.

Dates: September 14-27, 2014

Duration: 14 days

Price: $3,100.00

Activity: Hiking, Biking, Qigong, Cultural Events

A few words about Qigong (check out the above video for Qigong in action!):

Qigong practice is a powerful way to cultivate our own health and vitality, and develop our spirit and soul. It also offers tools to receive Qi – both energy and information – from our environment. China is home to many healing and mystical arts, such as Chinese Medicine, Qigong, Daoism, all of which have been born from its Lands and channeled through its people. Qigong offers a profound way to tap into these teachings from its very source.

This Qigong & Wilderness trekking trip will cover a strong foundation of qigong, including the preliminary exercises for Zhong Yuan Qigong (ZYQ) Levels 1 and 2 and at least 2 of the main sitting and standing forms of ZY Qigong meditation. In addition, you will learn a comprehensive daily qigong “warm-up” and a wonderful set of exercises to cleanse the 12 meridians called the Eight Brocades. While the exercises are simple, they are powerful. They are tools you can use for a lifetime, both for your increased health and strength and as a self-development system. This foundation of qigong will also enable you to more fully receive, experience and explore China’s ancient, yet ever-evolving magnificent terrains, its people and culture.

Hanging out with a local Tibetan in his hut. Shika Snow mountain. Photo: Rick Wicklund

Hanging out with a local Tibetan in his hut. Shika Snow mountain. Photo: Rick Wicklund

Tentative Itinerary for Discovering the Lost Horizon, an Active Journey to the Heart of Yunnan

(Note: itinerary can change slightly due to weather conditions, group needs and fitness levels)

Day 1: Our Yunnan trip starts in Kunming, the capital city of the province. With pleasant weather year-round, this city has won the nickname of “the spring city.” Many westerners also refer it as “Seattle of China.” We encourage participants to come 2-3 days early to explore the sights of this city and let your body adjust to being in China.

We will arrive in Dali old town in the afternoon and have some time to explore the colorful and fragrant market place.

Day 2-3: On Day 2 and Day 3, we’ll embark on a bike tour circumnavigating the serene Erhai Lake. In the evening of Day 2, we’ll stay in the little fishing town, Shuanglang, which is located at the northeast corner of the lake. During this bike tour, we’ll have the opportunity to interact with local Bai minority folks, and if you dare you can try the signature dish of Bai cuisine (slightly roasted pork with the specialty dipping sauce.)

Day 4-6: We’ll meet up with our driver and head to the unique, little-traveled village of Nuodeng outside of Yunlong. This is such a special place, much like it has been for hundreds of years with no “city” vehicles or noises, just the sounds of the mountain breezes, happy children, farm animals neighing, oinking and clucking. Famous for its salt and free-range, organic ham, we’ll spend 2 nights to explore the village, hike the hills, learn its history, meet with locals and will enjoy a trek out of Nuodeng on the old salt trading trail to meet our driver in the town of Yunlong.

Day 7-11: From Nuodeng, we’ll head to Shaxi old town and Stone Treasure Mountain. Shaxi was a very important commercial hub of the ancient Tea Horse Trail. Yet unlike Lijiang, this city has not become a touristy “adventure hub.” Once the money-making salt wells dried out, this town has kept much of its historical authenticity. We’ll walk on the ancient stone bridge and streets and visit the near-by Stone Treasure Mountain to play with wild monkeys.

From Shaxi, we’ll head to Lijiang, another important hub of the ancient Tea Horse Trail. Many minority groups reside here, though the majority of the people are from the Naxi group. As Lijiang has become a bit touristy, we’ll stay in the neighboring, quaint old town called Shuhe, with cobble-stoned streets and clear-water streams running by the walkways, shops and local restaurants.  Shuhe will be our base camp to explore the following 2 side tours (each side tour typically takes 1-2 days):

  1. Laojunshan National Park. You might call this place the Zion of China. Both places have red rocks and display stunning land formations; yet they also have some distinct differences. Because of the interesting relative locations of mountains here in Laojunshan, in fall/winter months, people can witness the legendary three sunsets in a day. The Lisu minority group also resides here, and, in the evenings you might have the opportunity to dance with them and taste their homemade rice wine. We’ll hike in this magical place and explore the special scenery and cultural activities.
  2. If you come this far to Lijiang, you have to check out the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Yunnan is well-known for its steep mountain cliffs and deep-carved canyons. This geological signature of Yunnan had made traveling between villages difficult and therefore cultivated huge regional and cultural differences. Tiger Leaping Gorge is the representative location to witness the magical work of mother earth. We will hike along the river and awe the contrast between sharp peaks and ragging rapids.

Day 12-14: We will arrive at our final destination, Shangri-la. The majority of the people in this town are Tibetan. Before we enter Shangri-la, numerous stupas will welcome us along the road and soon we will see Tibetan-style houses decorated by prayer flags. We will have chance to take a stroll on the cobble stone paved streets in the old town, visit the largest Tibetan monastery outside of Lhasa and go to a museum to learn about Tibetan Buddhism and medicine. We will also hike in China’s first national park, Pudacuo. We then can wind down and take our memories from our trip of a lifetime with us back home.

Video: Laojunshan National Park

Payment Info:

The price is based on a minimum group size of 6 hikers/bikers.

Deposit: A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot. 50% of your payment is due on May 31 2014. Full payment is due on June 30 2014.

***SPECIAL Discounts***

  • For couples, we’re offering $200 off the tuition if both are signed up by March 31, 2014
  • Groups of 4 signing up together, each person receives $150 off their tuition if signed up by March 31, 2014

Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel a trip, we will refund your payments less the following fees:

  • If you cancel 60 days or more in advance of your trip: $200;
  • If you cancel 30-59 days in advance: 50% of trip tuition.
  • If you cancel within 30 days or less: 100% of trip tuition.

We accept payments via personal checks or paypal:


Fall 2014 Yunnan Trip




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Tibetan Trek - A Trip Documentary

This summer LittlePo Adventures hosted a group from the US Naval Academy for a two week expedition in Western China. We had outstanding weather and we able to visit a number of breathtaking scenic areas and interact with the unique culture of the region.

The above links is a recap of the wonderful 14-day active and cultural immersion journey – From Chengdu, Mt Emei, Kangding, Litang, Genyen Massif and more. This is one of our signature trips and we’ll host one next summer for the general public too. Stay tuned.

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Still Space - Come with Us to Explore the Tibetan Plateau Sep 16-30, 2013

We’re heading to China soon to lead a couple trekking trips in our beloved Tibetan Pleateau, specifically Genyen Massif and do some personal exploration and climbing as well. I have a few things to share with you,

First all, here are a couple videos Dave made when we climbed some peaks in Genyen Massif in 2011, and 2012. While we won’t do this type of technical climbing during the trekking trip, you can see the beauty of the Eastern part of Tibetan Plateau in these videos.

- First Ascent of Kemailong -

- Chasing Ghosts and Dreams along the Tibetan Plateau -

Second of all, I’d love to promote our trip in Sep, which still have openings and please help me to spread the words!

  • Trip: Trekking in the Majesty of the Tibetan Plateau
  • Dates: September 16-30, 2013
  • Cost: $2,850.00
  • Activities: trekking, sight-seeing, cultural activities

Overview:

This 15-day wilderness trekking adventure will start on September 16, 2013 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-known 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 close to the Genyen Massif, a stunningly majestic mountain range that is the home of the glaciated Mt. Genyen (20,354 ft), considered sacred to the Tibetans.

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 Lenggu 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, and hiking amongst the meditation caves that look out on the breathtaking granite spires nearby.

We then will travel south to the city of Daocheng. Daocheng is a cute Tibetan city with a different flavor from Litang. We will explore the city and dance with the locals along with the wild Tibetan dance music. From there we can take an option day tour to Yading which is famous of the three astonishing snowy peaks which were believed to be three Guanyin’s (i.e. goddess).

After soaking in the majesty of the Tibetan Plateau, we will fly back to Chengdu from Daocheng/Yading airport. (This airport is scheduled to operate in May 2013 but if it is delayed, we will bus back to Chengdu).

We are so excited to share this trip as it encompasses such spectacular scenery, energy and amazing cultural diversity.

For daily itinerary and more details, please visit http://www.littlepo.com/2013/03/28/trekking-in-the-majesty-of-the-tibetan-plateau-fall-2013/

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Introducing Adam Shepard's new book One Year Lived

 

As a website owner, I have received many emails asking me to promote their products. I ignored most of them even though they passed the spam filter which did require some efforts. However, I’m willing to post this article for Adam Shepard for his new book One Year Lived. The reasons?

  1. In the email, he addressed my name and spelled it correctly. (It shows great respect.)
  2. I agree with his premise “in this increasingly global world, it is essential that more Americans step foot out of the country.” (As an expat myself, I know it broadens one’s perspective to interact with other people from different cultures.)
  3. I just published my first book last summer so I understand how difficult it is to get your name out there. (well, it’s in Chinese so I’m not going to promote it here.)

One Year Lived is available at Amazon both in print and kindle version. Enjoy reading and if you don’t have a passport, it’s time to get one.

The website of One Year Lived.

One of Adam’s captures during his travel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFn7a6eEhb4&feature=youtu.be

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