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Shamalong Festival

5.0 (3)
days 14 days nights 13 nights
China
Difficulty
Moderate
Comfort
Basic
Basic+
Upscale
Weight limit
85 kg / 187 lb

Embark on an unforgettable horseback journey through Tibet, immersing yourself in its rich history and breathtaking landscapes. Your expert guide will introduce you to the local nomadic culture and take you to the vibrant Shamalong Festival, where you can witness the Khampas riders adorned in their traditional attire. You'll also have the opportunity to camp in remote areas, with your belongings transported by yaks, allowing you to fully embrace the rugged beauty of the region.

This trip provides a rare opportunity to experience authentic Tibet before it vanishes completely.

The price displayed is for groups 4 and more people. Total price  for 3 pax -  $3530 pp, 2 pax - $3930 pp

from US$ 2 950
per tourist for 14 days
Date of Travel
Number of tourists
up to 8 tourists over 12 years old
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Photo Angela L.
Angela L. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English, Chinese
We founded our company in 2004 out of a great love for nomads and nomadic culture. We own an Ecolodge, where we continue to support traditional arts and nomad-run trekking.

Tour highlights

Visit the Shamalong Festival
See the thrilling Tibetan races
Nomadic Culture
Meet the nomad families and join in their daily routine
Day in Chengdu
Visit this city and meet its most adorable residents - pandas!

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Meet in Chengdu and drive to Kangding. This small mountain city is at an altitude of 2600m and is mainly ethnic Han Chinese with a notable Tibetan presence and flair, particularly in its shops, restaurants and temples. For centuries it has been the meeting place of Tibetan and Chinese culture, and has served as a tea and yak hide trading center. It serves as last outpost before the wild Tibetan mountains and passes of the Chengdu-Lhasa highway and the Tibetan region of Kham. Spend the night above the city at at hotpsrings. (Yala Hotsprings Guesthouse, 3100 m, 4 hour drive, depending on road conditions)

Day 2
Riverside Camping
Day 3
Zhakra Yimsto
Day 4
Zhakra Hotsprings
Day 5
Gyergo Nunnery
Day 6
High Plateau
Day 7
Nomad Camp and Yibei Lake
Day 8
Ragni Lake
Day 9
Genup Gompa
Day 10
Day at Our Ecolodge
Day 11
Shamalong Festival
Day 12
To Chengdu
Day 13
Chengdu
Day 14
Departure
Difficulty
Moderate
Tour provider's comments

Horses: local Khampas Tibetan horses.

Tack: Tibetan leather saddles.

8 days riding. This trek is almost completely riding, with a few small spots of needing to walk downhill.

horse

Accommodation

Comfort
Basic
Basic+
Upscale
Guest House
2 nights
Tent
8 nights
Camp Site
1 night
Hotel
2 nights

Single supplement: + $820 pp.

1 night
Yala Hotsprings Guesthouse
8 nights
Tents
1 night
Nunnery Hut
1 night
Our Ecolodge
2 nights
BuddhaZen Hotel

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place

Sichuan Province, Chengdu

Tour conditions

Included

  • Tibetan English-speaking tour leader;
  • horses equipped with saddle and bridle;
  • cook;
  • yak team for luggage;
  • private minibus;
  • airport transfers;
  • accommodation;
  • meals.

Extras

  • flights;
  • beverages and personal extra;
  • tips;
  • insurance. 

Group size

up to 8 tourists

Duration

14 days
13 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • swimwear;
  • sleeping bag.
What kind of food will be served?
Cancellation of booking

Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 3 reviews
  • R
    Rick
    6 Aug, 2023
    about provider
    Angela is fluent in English, Tibetan and Chinese and excels at arranging travel plans that always go smoothly. With over 55 years of travel experience, particularly in remote areas, I can confidently say that the level of personal attention and follow-through on travel arrangements provided by Angela is unparalleled. If you are seeking unique travel experiences, your desires and plans will be exceeded here. Rick and Chris
    6 Aug, 2023
  • H
    Helmut
    24 Oct, 2022
    about provider
    Our trip exceeded our expectations in every way... THE HOUSE built in Tibetan style with Yaks roaming nearby, is eco-friendly and off-grid, using solar power for electricity and heating shower water. THE ATHOMSPHERE is warm and familial, with communal meals and a mix of international guests. THE MEALS sourced from the lodge garden, are delicious and varied. THE TEAM is friendly and multilingual, offering a range of activities such as hiking, horseback riding and temple tours. ANGELA who speaks English, Tibetan and Mandarin, is a fantastic host and leader. WHAT TO EXPECT 1: some noise in the mornings due to the wooden structure of the house WHAT TO EXPECT 2: occasional visitors taking photos in the garden. Angela handles this with grace, providing a separate area for visitors. Overall, a truly memorable experience
    24 Oct, 2022
  • T
    TTL1111
    18 Jan, 2022
    about provider
    If you're seeking an authentic Tibetan experience with some basic comforts, this is the ideal choice. Angela and her family have created a wonderful lodge that offers a memorable stay. Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed by Angela, her family and the staff. The lodge's location beneath Yala Snow Mountain, surrounded by a stream and grasslands, was breathtaking. Our plans for a horse trek were adjusted due to weather conditions. Our horse trek to the nomad camp was a highlight of our trip. Spending time with the nomadic family, learning about their way of life and enjoying local cuisine was unforgettable. The lodge's staff also accommodated us when we fell ill, providing a comforting vegetable soup for dinner. Throughout our stay, Angela's assistance and knowledge of the area greatly enhanced our experience. We are grateful for her presence in Tagong and recommend bringing a gift as a token of appreciation. Overall, our time at the ecolodge was made comfortable by the amenities offered, such as hot showers. Angela's English proficiency and insights into the region were invaluable in planning our trip. If you are travelling to Tagong, Angela's lodge is a must-visit for a truly enriching experience :)
    18 Jan, 2022
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Dates and Prices

  • from US$ 2 950
    6 – 19 Jul 14 days 13 nights
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