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Trekking tour to Sacred Mountain: Mt. Yala(Aug.2014)



On Aug.2014, we went for a 6-day pilgrimage trekking tour to the sacred mountain: Mt. Yala. For centuries, Tibetan travel far away to the sacred places for the best wishes to their families and themselves. In Tibetan, the word for pilgrimage, nekhor, means to circle around a sacred place. Through circling around the sacred places, people believe that they could accumulate merit and get into contact with the sacred energies and liberating powers.




In our trip, we got closed to the traditional architecture in Jiagenba and Bamei Town. Along our road, we got to the most beautiful alpine lake: Zhara Yuchuo Lake and experienced the Tibetan nomads’ “Shabala” life, gained a view of snow mountains at Himalayan Vulture Spring and took a bath at Himalayan hot spring.




In our camping, we lived closely with local nomads, learned how to milk yak, herd sheep, riding horse as well as enjoyed the specialty like butter tea, yak jerky, swapped stories with them. Our local guide, Nurbu, was such a warm-hearted and knowledgeable man that he shared his stories and knowledge along the trip. Though time was so limited, we all had a lot of fun.





Day 1: Xinduqiao- Jiagenba

Fly to Kangding│ drive to Xinduqiao to check-in and have lunch│ drive to visit Jiagenba for Tibetan watchtowers(diaolou) and fortress-like houses│ drive back to Xinduqiao for dinner

Local Hostel(D)


Day 2: Xinduqiao - Tagong - praying stone pile- Himalayan Vulture Spring

Drive to visit Tagong Monastery│ drive to praying stone pile│ start 3-day pilgrimage trekking to Mt. Yala│ trek 5-6 hours to alpine lake and Himalayan Vulture Spring│ dining and camping

Camping(B, L, D)

Day 3: Himalayan Vulture Spring- Himalayan hot spring

Trek 4-5 hours across Damila Pass│ arrive at Himalayan hot spring to have a bath and get rest│ dining and camping

Camping(B, L, D)

Day 4: Himalayan hot spring- Zhara Yuchuo Lake

Trek to Zhara Yuchuo Lake,enjoy " Shabala"life│ see the natural beauty along the trip│ dining and camping

Camping(B, L, D)

Day 5: Zhara Yuchuo Lake - Bamei Town- Xinduqiao

Trek 3-4 hours to Karkog Valley, cross Karkog Pass to Bamei Town and see the Tibetan house building│ Tibetan culture and architecture introduced by Nurbu, our local guide│ have lunch in Bamei Town│ drive back to Xinduqiao│ farewell party

Local Hostel(B, L, D)

Day 6: Xinduqiao- Chengdu

Drive to Chengdu, then finish the trip


B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner


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