A Sacred Buddhist Land: Exploring… (trip)

A Sacred Buddhist Land: Exploring the Tibetan Buddhist Renaissance

  • Xining Airport, China
  • Culture & Nature
China, Asia

Contact provider for price8 DaysYear-round
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: WildChina 12 people max
Though not well known to the outside world, the remote western province of Qinghai is a place held sacred by Tibetans. When Buddhism was under threat in China during the 12th century, Qinghai became the hiding place and spiritual home of many of Tibetan Buddhism’s most sacred scripts, teachings and artifacts. Qinghai’s hidden monasteries, centuries-old stupas and colorful murals offer an opportunity to witness Tibetan Buddhism in some of its purest and most original forms.

On our journey into the heart of this sacred province, we visit the birth town of the Dalai Lama and experience monastic life firsthand as we join groups of local monks on their pilgrimage walk. After admiring the artistic treasures found in monasteries and local arts schools, we immerse in Qinghai’s spectacular landscape of peaks and forests through a hike into Nanzhong Valley, the very cradle of the Tibetan Buddhist Renaissance.

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.


Day 1 – Arrive in Xining:
Arrive in Xining; visit Tibetan Medicine Cultural Museum and night market; overnight in Xining.

4-star Local Hotel (L, D)

Day 2 – Xining – Tongren:
Drive to Dangcai Village (Tibetan Buddhist), birthplace of Dalai Lama; visit Xunhuan town (Muslim); visit 10th Panchen Lama’s residence; overnight in Tongren.

Local Guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Tongren:
Pilgrimage to Longwu Temple; explore art of Nianduhu and Guomari monasteries; visit local fort and meet local residents; overnight in Tongren.

Local Guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Tongren:
Visit upper and lower Wudun monasteries; local arts schools and workshop; free exploration of local galleries or hospital; overnight in Tongren.

Local Guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Tongren - Nanzhong:
Drive to Kanbla National Forest; hike to Nanzhong Valley, cradle of the Tibetan Buddhist Renaissance; overnight nearby Nanzhong Nunnery.

Nanzhong Nunnery Guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Nanzhong – Kumbum Monastery:
Hike to Yellow River; visit Kumbum Monastery; view frescos and tangkas (Tibetan artwork); overnight nearby Kumbum Monastery.

Kumbum Monastery Guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Kumbum Monastery – Qinghai Lake - Xining:
Drive to Qinghai Lake; picnic lunch on sand dunes; visit grasslands; tea with local nomads; drive to Xining; overnight in Xining.

4-star Local Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Depart Xining:

Transfer to airport; end of journey.

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B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

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