If you are looking to get out of the city and sleep in the peace and quiet of the Tibetan countryside – this is the tour for you. Venture to Qinghai’s largest monastery, Rebkong Longwu monastery, and then sleep for 2 nights in an authentic Tibetan homestay as we enjoy the slower pace of life in the high mountains outside of Rebkong town. This tour includes a terrific half day hike and a dip in the local hot springs.
DAY 1: REBKONG8:30am - Pick up in your hotel in Xining9:00am - In the morning, drive 3 hours (122km) to Rebkong, a lively Tibetan town known for its monastery12:30pm - Eat lunch in town including some freshly made yak yoghurt1:00pm - Explore the back alleys of Longwu Monastery, Qinghai’s largest monastery, to find out what life as a monk is really like. Explore the origins of Tibetan Thangka art as many of the Thangka across Tibet are produced in this monastery.4:00pm - Drive 14km south of Rebkong to an authentic homestay set against a incredible backdrop of red rock canyons. This will be our cozy home for the next 2 nights.5:00 pm - Settle into Tibetan homestayDAY 2: VILLAGE LIFE IN THE TIBETAN COUNTRYSIDE8:30am - Eat breakfast at Tibetan homestay9:00am - Spend the morning learning about Tibetan village life and walking by Buddhist meditation caves1:00pm- Authentic Tibetan lunch with our homestay hosts1:30pm - Spend the afternoon soaking in a natural hot springs pool in the Tibetan countryside6:00pm - Dinner in our homestay7:30pm- Rest and enjoy the peace and quietDAY 3: DAY HIKE AND RETURN TO XINING8:00am - Eat breakfast at homestay8:30am - Drive to see Gartse Monastery, a small village monastery near the homestay10:00am- 2.5 hour hike to Lagha Mountain. Here we will summit a peak filled with prayer flags to get a great view of the village below.1:00pm- Last lunch in Rebkong2:00pm- Drive 3 hours back to Xining5:00pm - Finish the tour in Xining, drop off at your hotel or apartment.