TIBETAN HOOP EXCHANGE

 

AMDO, TIBET

OCTOBER 13-21, 2017

9-DAY EXCHANGE
Shared Tent: $2,250  |  Shared Cabin: $2,850  |  Single Cabin: $3,600


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

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

Empowering the local community through sport...

 

OVERVIEW

TIBET BASKETBALL
In every village and monastery across the Tibetan Plateau you will find nomads herding their yak and sheep, monks reciting their mantras, and Tibetans' engaging in their newest passion: basketball. Basketball has allowed Tibetans to connect with each other and the rest of the world, transcending local languages, cultures, and borders. With an extremely limited number of coaches and formal training, Tibetans relish at the opportunity to watch and learn from foreigners. During your time on the Plateau lead basketball clinics for youth, women, and men, and participate in the annual Norlha Basketball Invitational.

NORDEN CAMP
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. 


CUISINE
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. 


NORLHA TEXTILES
On Day 5 of the Exchange make the 2-hour journey to the remote village of Zorge Ritoma, home of Norlha Textiles and the Tibetan Hoop Exchange. 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. Tour Norlha's atelier, Ritoma village, join in cultural exchange programs with Norlha's local employees and the community, lead basketball trainings and clinics, and participate in the Norlha Basketball Invitational! 

 

YOUR IMPACT
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 the Immersion not only directly supports these initiatives, but your integration with the community via the game of basketball will have a lasting personal impact on many Tibetans. 


ITINERARY

Day 1
Travel

Staggered airport pickups from Lanzhou Airport (LHW). Acclimate to the altitude (5,000 feet) and time-zone. Dinner and evening accommodation with optional exploration of the city. Next morning scenic 4-hour drive up to 10,000 feet on the Plateau to Norden Camp.

Days 2-5
Glamping on the Grasslands

While lodging at Norden Camp we visit the monks of nearby Labrang Monastery, visit local nomadic families, try our hand at yak and horse-riding, center ourselves with yoga and meditation, and enjoy nature hikes, the sauna, and nightly bon-fires.

 

Days 5-8
Tibetan Hoop Exchange

We journey to and immerse in the remote village of Zorge Ritoma, participate in cultural exchange programs with Norlha Textiles and the community, lead basketball clinics and trainings, and play in the Norlha Basketball Invitational Tournament 

 

Day 9
Travel

Morning Departures to Lanzhou Airport. 

IMMERSION INCLUSIONS:

1 Night at Lanzhou Legend Hotel
3 Nights Norden Camp
4 Nights Norlha Textiles Guesthouse
All Meals (Dinner Day 1, Three Meals daily Days 2-8, Breakfast Day 9)
All Ground Transportation
All Activities & Guides
All Basketball-Related Events

TO BE ARRANGED BY GUEST:
Airfare

We recommend flights into Lanzhou (LHW), China which is accessible via major Chinese cities. 

Visa
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.

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


ACCOMMODATION

Norden Camp - Yak Khullu Tent
Two Twin Beds
Adjacent Detached Eco-Friendly Toilets
Stove Heating

Norden Camp - Log Cabin
Two Double Beds or King Bed
Ensuite Eco-Friendly Bathrooms
Stove Heating

Norlha Textiles Guesthouse
Two Double Beds
Ensuite Bathroom and Shower


YOUR BASKETBALL GUIDES

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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. 
 


LOCATION

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

 
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