Some video clips from past trips:
A glimpse into the first 10 days of journey through Western Sichuan China.
This is a short glimpse into the last three days of our 2014 trek in Western China. We left the city of Litang (4000 m) and drove north through the massive grasslands that contain thousands of yaks. Hundreds of families still live a traditional Tibetan lifestyle in this area. The participants on this trek were all from the Seattle area and enjoyed practicing Qigong (a practice of aligning the body, breath, and mind for health and meditation). We then continued to the border of TAR, soaked in hot springs and endured a bone jarring ride to the spectacular Cuopo Lake and the Jarjinjabo Massif.
The effects of global warming have all kinds of repercussions. The Lenggu Monastery, located in Western Sichuan, is one of the few monasteries to survive the cultural revolution due to it’s remote location. For over 700 years it has stood at the base of Holy Mt Genyen offering shelter for Tibetan monks who come there to study and pray. Recently changes in the hydrology, as the result of shrinking nearby glaciers, has reduced the flow of fresh water springs that the 200 monks rely on for drinking water during the winter months. As a result a new monastery is being built at the base of the mountains. Over the last eight years, I have seen the construction go from an empty field to a multi level structure. By far the most impressive features of the monastery are the incredibly detailed carvings on all the structural beams. Over 20 men have spent several seasons carving and sculpting these breathtaking works of art.
The summer of 2013 LittlePo Adventures hosted a group from the US Naval Academy for a two week expedition in Western China. We had outstanding weather and were able to visit a number of breathtaking scenic areas and interact with the people and enjoy the unique culture of the region.
Karen Fletcher practicing Qigong in the Genyen Mountains of Western Sichuan China.
Li Ming is located in Northwestern Yunnan Province, China. It is also the location of Laojunshan National Park. In October of 2013 I traveled there with Szu-ting Yi and Apple to explore and climb in the spectacular sandstone mountains of the region.