About Norden Travel


In Tibet people love to gather in a beautiful location for a simple picnic or a more elaborate affair lasting several days of camping in furnished tents with extravagant meals, offerings to the local deities and maybe even some horse racing. Whether modest or regal, these gatherings are always an opportunity for singing, dancing, playing games and decompressing.

This tradition is what Norden is founded upon. Surrounded by the majestic natural beauty of the Tibetan Plateau and immersed in profound culture, Norden takes you deep into the nomad experience with luxurious comfort and authentic Tibetan hospitality. A unique opportunity to fully enjoy the richness of the Tibetan Plateau, Norden is about comfort, luxury and life altering adventure.

Created by former nomads as a means to share their heritage with those beyond their borders Norden is owned and operated by local Tibetans


Yidam Kyap is a Tibetan nomad who saw the world and returned with the insight and knowledge to share the beauty of his land and heritage. He and his wife Dechen are the visionaries behind Norden Camp. The success of their concept lies on their ability to strike a delicate balance between comfort and cultural and ecological responsibility. Norden is  a living example of conscious luxury combined with sustainability and respect for the environment. 

Where is Norden Camp? 

Norden is located within the Tibetan Autonomous Kanlho Prefecture (Gannan) of China’s Gansu Province, near the celebrated Labrang Tshikyil Monastery (Xiahe). At 3,200 meters above sea level the Norden campsite, bordered by a meandering river, covers 11 hectares of pastoral grasslands that doubles as a grazing area for sheep and yaks during the winter. Sightings of hares, marmots, gazelles, pheasants and other colorful birds are common.


Getting Here: The camp is 30 minutes from Gannan Xiahe Airport (GXH), accessible worldwide via Lhasa, Xi'an, and Chengdu. The Camp is a 4.5 hour drive from Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport (LHW), accessible worldwide via all major Chinese cities. Comfortable private sedan and van transportation are available from both airports. 

Visa Requirements: A Chinese visa is required to enter China. No Tibet Autonomous Region (T.A.R.) visa is required in this region of the Tibetan Plateau. 


The weather in summer varies from 15 to 25 degrees centigradeSpring and Fall are beautiful, with warm sun, clear skies, and snow on occasion.

The local altitude is 3,200 meters.