Upon your arrival at Xining airport you’ll meet your driver, your guide and fellow travelers and drive to Machen county (~7hrs drive). Enjoy the beautiful views along the way. On the way you’ll visit Ragya monastery, Qinghai province’s second biggest Buddhist monastery. It is still home to 500 monks. You’ll have a look at the Yellow River banks below. In Machen county, you’ll settle for your first night camping.
After breakfast, you’ll start your trek towards the Amnye Machen Base Camp (~12km, 6-7hrs walk). You’ll pass by two beautiful lakes that the local nomads call the Golden Lake and Silver Lake. Then you’ll keep walking along the valley with magnificent views upon the Amnye Machen higher peaks, and the glaciers surrounding it. Tonight, you’ll settle your tents next to a nomad winter camp location.
Today you’ll keep trekking, enjoying the views upon the beautiful snowy peaks surrounding you. Your steps will take you to Halong Valley (12km, 6-7hrs walk). You’ll settle your tents on a grassland near a Tibetan nomad family camp. Take the chance to go and visit the family and learn more about their high altitude lifestyle.
This morning, you’ll start your last day of trek (14km, ~7hrs walk). You’ll cross the river, pass by a few nomad families camps and ascend up to the Yi pass, over 4300m high. You’ll walk down on the other side, in Yilong valley where some other nomad families also live. You can also pay them a visit and install your tents close to a nomad winter camp location.
Today, you’ll meet your driver who will take you to Golok airport, where you’ll take your flight to Xining. In Xining you’ll take your flight back home.