Enlightened Athletics: High Altitude Mind & Body Training

6-Day Immersion



2017 DATES:
JULY 14-19
AUGUST 18-23

Shared Tent: $1,500 USD | Shared Cabin: $2,100 USD  |  Single Cabin: $2,900 USD

10,500 feet up (3,200 meters) on the grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau...

 Nomads, Buddhist monks, and thousands of years of culture...

Empowering your body, mind, and the local community...



For the casual or professional athlete or team, engage in mind and body training at over 3,200 meters (10,500 feet) amongst the vast and challenging hills of the Plateau. Six days of training alongside nature and the elements at altitude, discovering the power of meditation, introspection, and reflection in relation to your sport, and immersing yourself in the surrounding Tibetan culture and Buddhist influences. Daily physical workouts include plyometrics, calisthenics, long-distance running & sprints, hill-training, and body workouts at an altitude with 30% less effective oxygen. Daily mindful workouts include workshops on sports psychology, mental athletic training, meditation, and optimizing athletic performance.

Norden Camp offers urbanites from around the world the rare opportunity to experience authentic Tibetan culture, community and traditions in complete comfort. Managed by and for the benefit of grassland nomads, Norden Camp operates sustainably, without compromising the existing Tibetan Buddhist culture or our spectacular natural environment. Located at 3,200 meters (10,500 feet) above sea level, Norden Camp is situated 20 minutes out of Labrang, the famous Tibetan monastic town in the Tibetan Autonomous Kenlho Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. The 11-hectare site borders a meandering river and is home to gazelles, hares, marmots and foxes, and visited by a vibrant array of migratory birds. 

Norden Cuisine is based on the local pastoral lifestyle and the food derived from it, developing an innovative, culturally conscious cuisine rooted in tradition suitable for both meat lovers and vegetarians. The menu is based on local seasonal products. The area is untouched by development and the food that emanates from the pasture is organic by default. The milk from dris, (female yaks), grazing in areas teeming with medicinal plants is known for its high nutritional value and reduced lactose content and is the source of healthy and delicious butter, yogurt and cream. The pasture in summer abounds in local herbs, and mushrooms that can be collected daily and added to the menu. Bread is baked in traditional mud brick ovens and noodles are hand pulled and fresh at every meal, cut in different shapes according the recipes. 

As part of the Enlightened Athletics experience we will travel to the remote village of Zorge Ritoma and Norlha Textiles. Norlha, Norden's sister organization, is a groundbreaking social enterprise and one of the few luxury brands in the world merging cultural and environmental sustainability with the most sophisticated and enduring style. Norlha is internationally known for its innovation with yak textiles and its inclusion of local nomads in the whole process of transforming the yak. We will tour Norlha's atelier, Zorge Ritoma village, and join the Norlha Women's and Men's Basketball teams - a group of nomads turned artisans turned basketball players - in their athletic trainings. 

Norden Travel and Norlha Textiles' mission is to generate sustainable employment for former nomads while offering exceptional, uniquely Tibetan experiences and products. With nomadism on the decline and in a fragile state, Tibetans are left with no choice but to move into the large cities searching for work. Norlha and Norden's employment and skills training allows these Tibetans and their families to stay in their home villages, keep their traditions, and give to the world a product and experience they are proud of. Your participation in Enlightened Athletics directly supports these initiatives. 


Day 1
Staggered Airport Pickups, Arrivals and Orientation at Camp, Welcome Dinner

Day 2
Visit Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery, Yoga & Meditation, Mindful Athletics Workshop & Training

Day 3
Visit with Local Nomadic Families, Yak & Horseback Riding, Mindful Athletics Workshop & Training

Day 4
Visit Local Tibetan Village, Norlha Textiles Tour, Training with Norlha Textiles Basketball Team

Day 5
The Hike: Summit to the top of Norden's highest hill - a physical and mental test. Reward yourself afterwards with Sauna and Massage.  

Day 6
Exit Orientation, Travel Departures


5 Nights Norden Camp
All Meals (Lunch/Dinner Day 1, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner daily Days 2-5, Breakfast Day 6)
All Local & Airport Ground Transportation
All Activities & Guides
Personal Trainer


We recommend flights into:
Xiahe (GXH) - accessible worldwide via Xi'an or Chengdu, 30 minute drive to Camp
Lanzhou (LHW) - accessible worldwide via major Chinese cities, 4.5 hour drive to Camp

A Chinese visa is generally required to enter China (please consult your country's embassy and China visa policy). No Tibet Autonomous Region (T.A.R.) special permit is needed to enter this region of the Tibetan Plateau. 

Travel Insurance
Kindly consult your local travel insurance agency.

We recommend bringing extra spending money for additional food and alcohol, Norlha purchases, souvenirs, etc. 


Yak Khullu Tent (2 person)
18 square meters, Two Twin Beds
Adjacent Detached Eco-Friendly Toilets
Stove Heating

Log Cabin (2-person)
24 square meters, Two Double Beds or King Bed
Ensuite Eco-Friendly Bathrooms
Stove Heating




Willard "Bill" Johnson

Bill is a volunteer coach for the Norlha women's and men's basketball teams. After a nomadic basketball career playing in different countries he joined the nomads of the Plateau in 2015 and lives in Zorge Ritoma village most of the year. 



Amdo Region, Tibetan Plateau
Xiahe County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China.