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5 Days Luxury Tibetan Nomadic Camping Retreat at Norden Camp

Idyllic Vacation Beyond Words

"Welcome to Norden! A place between worlds, a place where Nomadic tradition dances with contemporary culture, ancient past evolves into a mindful future and a raw wilderness awakens the peaceful spirit, and a place where the journey begins upon arrival."

This is the sincere greeting from the Norden Camp’s founders - a Tibetan nomad Yidam and his Tibetan-American wife Dechen who are aiming to share the unknown splendors of Tibetan nomadic life with the outside world. So they founded Norden Camp, a wonderful nomadic-styled, luxury glamping camp.

Located on the winter pasture on the Sangke Grassland at 3,200 meters in altitude in Gansu Province, Norden Camp offers not only priceless natural luxuries like fresh air, Himalayan fed river water, vast grassland, rising snow peaks, but also back-to-earth camping experience with all the services, food and comfort more traditionally associated with 5-star luxury resorts. It also provides a rare opportunity to experience the authentic culture of Tibetan community. Only the lucky travelers have the rare opportunity to stay several nights at Norden Camp, as it is only operated in May~October and rooms are limited. You'd better book ASAP!

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Staying 4 nights in a luxury nomadic style tent or wooden cabin with comfortable bedding and pleasant amenities;
  • Many flexible activities to get close to authentic Tibetan community including joining local nomads' daily life, horse riding, monastery visiting, etc.;
  • Soak in splendid landscape of Tibetan plateau - vast Sangke Grassland, wildflowers, rising snow peaks afar, deep gorges, glimmering rivers...
  • Be addicted to delicious and unique food with Tibetan and European flavors which are cooked with local fresh ingredients.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Lanzhou - Norden Camp Arrival

Lanzhou airport/train station pick up then transfer to Norden Camp

Today is free for you to take a flight or train to Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu Province. Upon arriving at Lanzhou airport or train station, you will be welcomed by our local staff, then transfer to Norden Camp by a private car. Norden Camp is located about 250 km away from Lanzhou city. It usually takes about 4~5 hours to get to Norden Camp. The rest time after arrival is free for you to relax.

Lanzhou arrival idea: you can easily find domestic flights from Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzheng, Chengdu, etc. to Lanzhou. Lanzhou can also be reached by high speed trains from Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Zhengzhou, etc.

  • Tsepa Tent Home (accommodate 4 people) Tsepa Tent Home (accommodate 4 people)
  • Duplicate Tsepa Tent (accommodate 2 people) Tsepa Tent (accommodate 2 people)
  • Shing Cabi Home (accommodate 4 people) Shing Cabi Home (accommodate 4 people)

Day 2 Sangke Grassland Visual Feast and Horse Riding (B, L, D)

Today's highlight: Sangke Grassland, Horse Riding, Lungta Cooperative Visiting

Wake up to the gurgling sounds of the river and birds singing at the camp. Your restaurant is already ready to serve your breakfast. You will be impressed by the milk which is rich in nutritional value and reduced lactose content, produced by local yaks who graze in areas teeming with medical plants.

Today you are going to explore Sangke Grassland’s natural landscape and enjoy some nomadic experiences. You will be provided rare opportunities to ride a Tibetan horse on the grassland and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding hills, mountains and vegetation, also join local nomads from the Lungta Cooperative, and experience their daily lives by herding and riding yaks, and sharing traditional Tibetan dishes. The rest time is free for you to relax and have fun around the camp.

Lunch and dinners are provided at the camp.

  • Horse-back journey on Sangke Grassland Horse-back journey on Sangke Grassland
  • Local Tibetan and their yaks Local Tibetan and their yaks
  • Family reading time at Norden Camp Family reading time at Norden Camp

Day 3 Tibetan Labrang Monastery Visiting (B, L, D)

Today's highlight: Labrang Monastery

Enjoy your breakfast at the camp. The rest time before lunch is free for you to have fun. After lunch, you will be taken to visit Labrang Monastery, one of the most influential Tibetan monasteries in the world. It is also famous for having the most complete Tibetan Buddhism teaching system in China. The monastery is large in scale and magnificent in architecture style, enshrining a lot of huge Buddha statues and various exquisite sculptures, murals and magical instruments. Its pilgrimage corridor has over 2000 prayer wheels, as the longest of its kind in the world. In the southwest corner of Labrang Monastery, there is an ancient wooden bridge. Walking crosses the bridge and walking up to the hill, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Labrang Monastery and surrounding.

After the monastery visit, get back to your camp to have dinner and rest.

  • Labrang Monastery is one of the most influential Tibetan monasteries Labrang Monastery is one of the most influential Tibetan monasteries
  • Buddhism debating in Labrang Monastery Buddhism debating in Labrang Monastery

Day 4 Free Day (B, L, D)

Relax on your own or join activities you are interested in

You may need some personal time to explore things you are interested in or just want to lay down to enjoy the peaceful time here. So we won’t arrange any programs today. There are many experiences that Norden Camp offer, such as sauna, picnic, Norlha visiting (watching weaving, sewing, felting, product development and the outlet areas), etc.

  • Enjoy leisure time at Norden Camp Enjoy leisure time at Norden Camp
  • Milk is one of the specialties of Norden Camp's kitchen Milk is one of the specialties of Norden Camp's kitchen
  • Delicious Momo in Norden Camp Delicious Momo in Norden Camp

Day 5 Departure (B)

Send you to Lanzhou airport/train station

Farewell to the Norden Camp holiday! You will be escorted to Lanzhou to catch your flight/train back home or to the next destination. Looking forward to seeing you again in Norden Camp in the future.

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The quotation for this trip is from Request Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room or tent.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, room type, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2023.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.45. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Admission tickets for all attractions and activities covered in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary;
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed(“B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • Any flights/trains;
  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

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Photo gallery of this trip

  • Tsepa Tent Home (accommodate 4 people) Tsepa Tent Home (accommodate 4 people)
  • Duplicate Tsepa Tent (accommodate 2 people) Duplicate Tsepa Tent (accommodate 2 people)
  • Shing Cabi Home (accommodate 4 people) Shing Cabi Home (accommodate 4 people)
  • Horse-back journey on Sangke Grassland Horse-back journey on Sangke Grassland
  • Local Tibetan and their yaks Local Tibetan and their yaks
  • Family reading time at Norden Camp Family reading time at Norden Camp
  • Labrang Monastery is one of the most influential Tibetan monasteries Labrang Monastery is one of the most influential Tibetan monasteries
  • Buddhism debating in Labrang Monastery Buddhism debating in Labrang Monastery
  • Enjoy leisure time at Norden Camp Enjoy leisure time at Norden Camp
  • Milk is one of the specialties of Norden Camp's kitchen Milk is one of the specialties of Norden Camp's kitchen
  • Delicious Momo in Norden Camp Delicious Momo in Norden Camp

Most Important Norden Camp Trip Notes

1. Norden Camp location and how to get there?

Norden Camp is located in Xiahe County, Gansu Province. The nearest airport is Xiahe Airport which only operates a few flights from Chengdu, Xian, Yinchuan, etc. One can take a flight or train to Lanzhou city(can be reached from all major cities in China) first, then drive to Norden Camp. We will send a private driver to escort you.

2. What room types Norden Camp provide?

There are 13 tents and cabins in total including Tsepa Tents, Tsepa Tents Suite, Tsepa Tents Home, Shing Cabin Suite, Shing Cabin Suite, etc. All accommodations, including tents, have wooden floors and comfortable, quality bedding and private bathrooms. Please specify your preferred room types in your inquiry.

3. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included.

Your hotel fee includes breakfasts, lunches and dinners at the camp. All meals are cooked with local fresh ingredients with an exceptional mix of Tibetan and European cuisine. Chefs are well-trained.

4. Norden Camp only operates between May ~ October.

Norden Camp is only open between May and October. May is comfortably warm with temperatures of 12-16°C. Wildflowers cover the landscape in June, July and August when days range from 15-25°C. Fall arrives in September with temperatures of 6-12°C. October’s crisp, clear 10°C days give way to considerably cooler nights.

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