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Our charity tour to help nomad families with dorm buildings for their kids’ studying in town (Jun.2014)

By: Grace

In June,2014, with the invitation from Zhaba to visit their nomad area in Tibet: Batang, a remote Tibetan residential area in the west of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan. We traveled to Sichuan and then trekked to beautiful natural mountain lands and to experience the local nomads’ life. There are 2 hundreds nomad families living at the huge mountains ranges and grassland with the altitude of 4100m. If the nomad kids want to study in the local primary school in Batang town of 2000m, their parents have to carry them on horseback down to the town. It normally spends 5-6 hours one way to the school. In 2012, in order to let the kids have a place to stay in the town nearby school, Zhaba initiated the dormitory building in the town which offers the dinning and living for free. It has helped some kids to stay at town.  But there are still some kids from the mountains have no room to stay. So Zhaba decided to build another dorm building. So we made this charity tour to help Zhaba to raise some money for his nomad tribe to have one more dorm building.

 

    

Itinerary:

7.15

Fly to Chengdu, stay at Chengdu.

Hotel:4 star standard

7.16

Fly to Daocheng in the morning, drive to Batang. Then horse ride climbing up to Tsoden. Camping overnight at Tsoden.

 

7.17

Local people get together to  make the ceremony for the opening of the horse race festival. After that have lunch, nomads show the different kind of horse riding skills and talents, and also have some other activities!

7.18

Morning sunrise view of Holy Mt. Tsonga Gang Ra, after breakfast, we trek around the Tsonga Lake. Then attend local traditional activities. Afternoon, local people perform some cultural performances with gorgous traditional! Great BBQ dinner party under the blue moon and stars in the evening.

Camping at Tsoden.

7.19

Horse ride down to Batang

Hotel: Local best

7.20

Drive to Xinduqiao. Have a lunch at Litang which is the highest town in the world! Stay at Xinduqiao.

Hotel: 3 star hostel

 

7.21

Drive to Mt. Gongga and have a western picnics with the great view of this famous snow holy mountain. After lunch, Nurbu take us to visit the local beautiful tibetan house and explore the folk lore here. Stay at Xinduqiao.

7.22

After breakfast, drive to Tagong Monastery where Nurbu will help us  to talk with local lama, after lunch, drive to Chengdu to end the trip!

 


   
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