TIMELESS TIBET: A DIGITAL DETOX

 

AMDO REGION, TIBETAN PLATEAU

2017 DATES:
JUNE 8-13
JULY 14-19
AUGUST 18-23
SEPTEMBER 15-20

6-DAY IMMERSION (per person)
Shared Tent: $1,500 USD |  Shared Family Cabin $1,800 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...

Connecting with yourself, nature, and the local community...

 

OVERVIEW

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. 


TIMELESS TIBET: A DIGITAL DETOX
Disconnect from your electronic devices and the commotion of everyday life and retreat into the serenity of the Tibetan Plateau. Six days of mindfulness, purity, and timelessness where one will rejuvenate the mind and body, reconnect with oneself and nature, cleanse the spirit and nourish the soul. Visit the historic Labrang Monastery, share meals with nomadic families, try your hand at yak-riding and horse-riding, hike around the Plateau, quiet the mind with yoga and meditation, and take part in painting and Tibetan cooking classes. Great for individuals, couples, and families.


NORLHA TEXTILES
As part of the Timeless Tibet retreat visit 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. Tour Norlha's atelier, Zorge Ritoma village, and participate in a cultural exchange program with Norlha's local employees. 


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 this retreat directly supports these initiatives. 


ITINERARY

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

Day 2
Labrang Monastery Tour, Yoga & Meditation

Day 3
Visit with Local Nomadic Cooperative, Yak & Horseback Riding

Day 4
Visit Local Tibetan Village, Norlha Textiles Tour, Cultural Exchange Activities

Day 5
Hiking, Painting, Tibetan Cooking Class, Sauna & Massage

Day 6
Exit Orientation, Travel Departures


IMMERSION INCLUSIONS:

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

TO BE ARRANGED BY GUEST:
Airfare

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

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

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

Family/Suite Cabin (4-person)
55 square meters, Two Bedrooms with own ensuite Bathrooms + Common Room
Two Double Beds + King Bed
Stove Heating


LOCATION

Amdo Region, Tibetan Plateau (northeastern edge of Plateau)
Xiahe County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. 

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