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 picking up a new phrase in Tibetan or breathing at an altitude of more than 4000m, and also for the chance to create memories that will last a lifetime. 

Our Tibetan New Year Adventure will take place from

18 February to 25 February, 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
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Return Date
Friday, February 25, 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.

New Year’s Celebrations
Losar (Tibetan: ལོ་གསར་) is the most popular festival in Tibetan Buddhism and is also known as the Tibetan New Year. The holiday is celebrated on various dates depending on location: Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan all have various dates and traditions. The holiday is a New Year’s festival, celebrated on the first day of the lunisolar Tibetan calendar, which corresponds to a date in February or March in the Gregorian or Western calendar.

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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