Home to thousands of yaks and the nomads that tend them, Qinghai and Gansu provinces used to belong to the Tibetan Kingdom. Their history still breathes in the many monasteries that dot their windswept plains and soaring red-rock mountains, offering both astounding natural beauty and exceptional cultural windows for those willing to stray into China’s more remote regions to find them. 

Our week-long trip can’t possibly cover all that Qinghai or Gansu have to offer, but we will certainly enjoy the highlights. A cross between wilderness and cultural exploration, our journey will take us to national parks, secluded temples, and village stays in a quest for authentic immersion.

While Qinghai and Gansu are known as the Gateways to Tibet, the area’s unique culture is also influenced by its large Muslim population and proximity to Mongolia. 

Still undisturbed by the furor of tourism, Qinghai and Gansu offer the chance for true adventure. Be prepared for challenges of every kind, whether breathing at an altitude of more than 4000 meters or picking up a new phrase in Tibetan, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Our Prayers in the Plateau Adventure will take place from

July 12th to July 19th, 2021

For full itinerary and further information on the trip, please download the information pack below.

Hiking Info & Difficulty

While we’re not preparing for a marathon hike, Qinghai’s rugged terrain and steep altitude will still provide plenty of opportunities for physical challenge. Flying into Xining will bring us immediately to a height of 2,275 metres (~7,500 ft) above sea level and our day trip to the Ganjia Grasslands summits at around 4,000 metres (~13,000 ft). While there is always a risk of mild altitude sickness, we have built the itinerary specifically to ensure that with good health, things should go smoothly. Every effort is made to ensure your wellbeing and safety; as long as you are in good health, stay hydrated, and get enough sleep, you should experience little discomfort due to altitude. 

10,600 RMB; does not include airfare
Departure Date
Monday, July 12, 2021
Return Date
Monday, July 19, 2021
How to Book
To express your interest and reserve your space, please email travel[at]thehutong[dot]com. Our team will share a registration form to complete, provide updated travel information, and answer any questions you have.

Tibetan Nomadic Culture and Lifestyle
Our program takes participants through the remote regions of Amdo Tibet into the high grasslands and monasteries that are the heartbeat of Tibetan nomadic culture. Eat a cup of tart yak yoghurt, walk under the tall golden spires of monastery halls and giant Buddhas, and trek through rugged mountains to discover how nomads have kept their ways alive for centuries in the midst of an often unforgiving high-altitude environment. With the opportunity to stay with local Tibetan nomads, we’ll have insight into their daily routines and learn to appreciate the richness of their culture.

Hutong trip leaders travel regularly to destinations to develop relationships with local contacts to provide the most authentic cultural experiences possible. As such, trip itineraries are subject to change, pending the discovery of an even better activity or destination. Itineraries may also be subject to change due to weather, traffic, or government policies.

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