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Ringa & Abuji Trek 

Discover the secrets of the old town of Shangrila, and then challenge your self with two trekking (in total 6 days) in the surroundings areas to explore the more remote and authentic spots of tibetan culture. 
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What’s included
Included:
•All the accommodations and meals during the tour
•English speaking Tibetan guide
•Deluxe transport
Not Included:
•Airfare
•Personal expenses
•Tips
•Other activities during the tour
•Medical and travel insurance
Prices
Price upon request

Day 1 Shangrila Cultural tour 
After breakfast we will visit Songzanlin Monastery, which is one of the 13 largest Gelukpa monasteries in Kham; built by the Fifth Dalai Lama in the 17th century. The monastery currently has about 500 monks who follow the predominant Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. We visit the Grand Assembly Hall (Dratsang), one of the colleges (Khamtsen) where we will meet monks from all over Gyalthang County. You will tour the monastery and confirm this with the guide and see if any of the religious ceremonies taking place at this time. We will specially meet a Lama in his chamber to talk about his monastic life. 

Later drive back to the oldtown. Visit Shangrila Association of Culture Preservation. www.shangrilaasociation.com 

Afternoon drive down to Trinyi village where people still lead their traditional lives based on agriculture and pastoralism. In the evening you'll enjoy a traditional hotpot dinner, made from delicious local ingredients, followed by traditional dancing and singings by the villagers(19:30). 

Transfer back to the hotel in the evening.

Day 2 Short Trek around Shangrila
Today we will do an acclimitisation 5.5 hour trek to Shikha range which is abit higher (upto 3800 metres). The trail is along the ridges of the main protector mountains of Gyalthang. We will climb up the ridges to reach the meadows of Tsowakha and then climb down to end the trek at Hamogu village. It will be a leisurely trek with gradual ascent and then a descent – a pretty straightforward trek going up and then coming down. The panaromic view from Tsowakha area is spectacular. For the more adventurous, you can climb up further to the base of the main peak (also called Shikha) all the way.

Another option for the group for this day will be to do the Napha lake trek which is also around ridges but at lower altitude – maximum 3600 metres. This trek is more interesting culturally and has more variety as it passes thru little quant villages and with constant views of the seasonal Napha wetlands which the route circles. Despite the lower altitude, the trek will take about 6-7 hours at a leisurely pace. Both are easily accessible from Gyalthang. Lunch will be a simple picnic lunch with fruits, boiled eggs, nuts and some Tibetan bread and mineral water . 

Day 3 to Day 7 Abuji Trek (Trek with camping) 
The Abuji is a range that can be viewed from Gyalthang’s Shikha and Napha area. The jagged peaks ore considered sacred by locals and below it is also a glacial lake that is considered one of the most holiest and powerful by the local Tibetans. In times of drought, monks from Sumtsenling trek to the region for rain calling rituals. Tibetans call it Tsonak (or Black lake) which partly explains the mystical power of these alpine lakes. 
The trek itself is for 5.25 days and will involve about 5 hours of trekking each day. Our trek challenge will be to make it over the Abuji pass as well as the Abuji lake. 
Our adventure begins  with a trek over the Eastern range sitting atop Gyalthang Dzong Hotel. We will visit Ringa Temple, one of the holiest sites in Gyalthang and then for next 5 days, we will trek through a changing terrain starting at 3300 and going all the way to 4300 metres when we cross the pass of Abuji mountains. Most of the trails will be along the trails set by the nomads who graze their cattle up in the mountains during the summer. The region is dense forested and because of the relative lack of roads there, the forests were comparatively well protected from modern government sanctioned harvesting since the 1960’s. There is rich variety of pine, spruce, fir growth as well as a year round blossoms of various flowers including Rhododendrons, azaleas, blue poppies, gentians, irises, edelweiss and the hills are also home to a rich variety of birds and animals including brown bear.
Along the trail we will be passing meadows and nomadic camps with great views which make for perfect camping sites. At one point on Day 3 we will also be perched on a spot where Tibetans burn juniper and put up prayer flags from which we will get a 360 degree view of the major ranges in Eastern Tibet including – Khawakarpo, Risum Gonpo with it’s three maginifcent peaks, Jade Dragon Mountains of Lijiang, Mt Haba as well as the Gaoli Gongshang of along the Burmese/China border.

Day 8  Trek ends, Shangrila 
We will trek the final portion for 2-3 hours today and then be picked up by our vehicles and then drive to the hotell. After washing up, we will have the afternoon free in the Old Town and then have get together for a farewell dinner with the main team members.  

•Shangrila old town

•Sumtsamling Monastery

•Shangrila Association of Culture Preservation

•Tibetan Hot Pot, dances and traditional songs at Trinyi Village

•Shika Trek or Napha lake trek

•5 Days Abuji Trek

•Tsonak (or Black lake)

•Abuji pass and Abuji lake

•Ringa Temple

•Nomads Camps

•360 degree view of the major ranges in Eastern Tibet including – Khawakarpo, Risum Gonpo with it’s three maginifcent peaks, Jade Dragon Mountains of Lijiang, Mt Haba as well as the Gaoli Gongshang of along the Burmese/China border.

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