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Trekking Nyenbo Yurtse to Alpine Glacial Lakes

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• Day 1: Xining  - Labrang 

Depart from Xining for Labrang in the morning. Our 5 hour drive will take us through the heart of Amdo’s grasslands and by many yak hair tents to see some of the last remnants of functioning nomadic culture in the world. Along the drive we can stop to eat some of the freshest yak yoghurt on the Plateau in Garze town. In the afternoon we will visit Labrang Monastery at an elevation of 2900m / 9512 feet. Labrang Monastery is a popular pilgrimage destination and has incredible alpine forests (rare on the high Plateau) and rich grasslands all around it.

Labrang is by far the largest and most influential monastery in Amdo and is Tibetan Buddhism's most important monastery town outside the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Today it has 1,500 active monks and nuns. As we explore in the afternoon we may have a chance to see the local markets and do some shopping for handicrafts and jewelry. Sleep in hotel in Labrang.
• Day 2: Labrang - Machu - Jigdril

Continue our drive through the remote grasslands of Gansu Province as we pass local beekeepers and their honey farms in fields of golden flowers. Today we will learn about nomadic culture and the essential relationship the herders have with their yaks. Sleep in guesthouse in Jigdril town.
• Day 3: Jigdril - Shutso lake (Trek start at the Shutso lake and walk about 3-4hours)

We will drive from the small Tibetan village of Jigdril to start the trek at the Shutso lake and walk about 3-4 hours. Make sure you bring good waterproof boots! The edge of the lake can be a little boggy from the runoff of the glacial lakes.  Sleep in tents on the far end of Shutso lake.
• Day 4: Trek to Rakyi Lake ( 6-7 HRS / Trekking)

Today is our longest and hardest trekking day as we work our way over a high pass under the main craggy peaks of Nyenbo Yurtse. The whole day involves about 6-7 hours of total trekking time with plenty of breaks for snacks and a nice picnic style lunch. Sleep in tents near the glacial lake.
• Day 5: Trek to Qiaotu along Rakyi lake. ( 2-3 HRS / Trekking) and then drive to Machu for the night.We finish our trek with 2-3 hours of walking out of the wilderness to a road on the edge of the park. From here we drive back to Machu town and sleep in a hotel to get clean from our adventure and get some good food in our bellies.
• Day 6: Machu - LabrangWe will retrace our steps back to Labrang town and get a last chance to shop at the authentic markets and eat some fresh yak meat dumplings at the best local restaurants in the area. 
• Day 7: Labrang - Xining
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Important Information
Departure Point
Xining, China
Departure Time
9:00 AM
8 days
Return Details
Xining, China
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • National Park fees
  • Bottled water
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Landing and facility fees
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
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My trip to Nyenbo Yurtse was actually in May 2017. The scenery is fantastic; it was a really enjoyable trek. Ben was able to get a pack horse to carry our bags even though it was caterpillar fungus season and the local nomads were busy harvesting. It made the trip even more
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