The most established union of guides in town has been leading tourists on horse treks for years. You can tailor trips from one to five days. Expect limited English-language skills. Guides take care of everything: you won’t touch a tent pole or a cooking pot unless you want to. The only additional charge is entrance to the different sites and national parks visited on some trips.

However, in recent years we have received several complaints from readers about the company’s overly aggressive attitude towards some guests when disputes about payment arise, and about the treatment of its horses. If you do decide to stay in their guesthouse or go horse trekking with Shùnjiāng, make sure you are very clear about what you are getting, and for what price, before you commit to anything. For comparison you may want to also make enquiries with the less-established but well-run Qíqílè Mǎduì, although they are less accustomed to dealing with foreign tourists.