TIMELESS TIBET: A DIGITAL DETOX
AMDO REGION, TIBETAN PLATEAU
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...
Norden Camp offers urbanites from around the world the rare opportunity to experience authentic Tibetan culture 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 outside of Labrang, the famous Tibetan monastic town in the Tibetan Autonomous Kanlho Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. The 11-hectare (27 acre) 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. Ours is an innovative, culturally conscious menu rooted in tradition, based on local seasonal products, and suitable for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. 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; it is the source of our 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.
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 to reconnect with oneself and nature will rejuvenate the mind and body, 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 the hills of the plateau, quiet the mind with yoga and meditation, and take part in painting and Tibetan cooking classes. Great for individuals, couples, and families.
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 entire process of transforming the yak. Tour Norlha's atelier and the village of Zorge Ritoma, and participate in a cultural exchange program with Norlha's local employees.
Our mission at Norden Travel and Norlha Textiles is to generate sustainable employment for former nomads while offering exceptional, uniquely Tibetan experiences and products. With nomadism on the decline and in an increasingly precarious state, many Tibetans are left with no choice but to move into the large cities in search of work. The training and employment provided at Norden and Norlha allow these Tibetans and their families to stay in their home villages, keep their traditions, and do work they can be proud of. Your participation in this retreat directly supports these important initiatives.
Staggered Airport Pickups, Arrivals and Orientation at Camp, Welcome Dinner
Labrang Monastery Tour, Yoga & Meditation
Visit with Local Nomadic Cooperative, Yak & Horseback Riding
Visit Local Tibetan Village, Norlha Textiles Tour, Cultural Exchange Activities
Hiking, Sauna & Massage
Exit Orientation, Travel Departures