The real Guide to the Tibetan World ​!

Khampa Caravan’s social engagement runs under the project called Caravan Communities, an integral part of our business practice, reflecting both our core values and expertise.

Under this roof, we support economic, educational, cultural, and humanitarian efforts and organizations. Where appropriate, Khampa Caravan’s multi-lingual staff members also act as facilitators for NGOs working in our area.

We strive to integrate our community engagement into our business processes.

Trinyi Eco-lodge & Community Center

Located at the foot of Shangri-La’s Shika range, the Trinyi project was established in October 2001 by the villagers of Trinyi, with support and funding from WWF China, and facilitation by Khampa Caravan.

The eco-lodge and community center is inspired by what Tibetans traditionally called a "Chikhang" or "common house", an institution that disappeared during the various rural movements in China, particularly the Cultural Revolution. The traditional adobe-style architecture of the community center is typical of this part of the region of Kham.

Today, the Trinyi Eco-lodge serves as a model in reviving the grassroots pillars that used to bind communities together, while offering a venue to deal with the new pressures of change and tourist activity in the region. On the first floor are the living and dining area where the villagers serve visitors local specialties and stage cultural performances. The second floor consists of three bedrooms with five beds each.

With the community at its center, the Trinyi Eco-lodge is also a training and educational site where villagers learn new skills and take proactive actions to look after their eco-system. With its proximity to Shangri-La’s fast-growing town, the Trinyi center offers the youth an more positive alternative to mahjong and karaoke bars. A stupa offers inspiration to both old and young,

and a public basketball court has been built for the community. 

Dakpa Kelden Co-founder of Khampa Caravan and a Trinyi native, has been instrumental in facilitating this project between his village and WWF China. Khampa Caravan provides direct support by including Trinyi in our programs in Shangri-La: They often help to organize small-scale horse racing festivals, and all our trips of the Shangri-La Collection feature a homely "Nokho" (local hotpot) dinner at the Trinyi Eco-lodge, followed by village cultural performances. Invariably, guests are asked to participate!

Income earned from the dinner and cultural performance as well as other services benefits directly to the village. With such added income from cultural tourism, Trinyi Village (Tibetan for “fountain") can do more for education, health care, environmental preservation, and other vital needs.

Tashi Chomphelling School

The villagers of Nyithong appreciate Venerable Tashi Nyima's initiative, as well as it's hard to imagine: a monk starting a home when he has renounced everything. But the Venerable Tashi Nyima of Tashi Chomphelling Monastery in Nyithong did exactly that when he realized the lack of a proper learning environment for the young novice monks at his Karma Kagyud monastery. Perched on a steep mountain facing the Khawakarpo range, with the Nyithong River cascading into the Mekong below, Tashi Chomphelling is a typical Karma Kagyud monastery: it is tucked away from civilization, serving traditionally as a retreat venue for Buddhist practitioners.

In 1997, having spent a year studying Tibetan at Sumtsenling Monastery in Shangri-La, Tashi Nyima had the idea of setting up a school in his monastery. It went against his tradition somewhat, but he held fast to his vision. After serving as a treasurer (Tib. Nyepa) at Tashi Chomphelling for several years, he acted.

In the year 2000, Tashi Nyima returned to Nyithong and transformed his monk’s quarters into a “boarding school” for young monks. After obtaining the required permits for the "Tashi Chomphelling Education Center", he began by enrolling 26 novices of ages 11 to 25. He then put together a core curriculum in Tibetan language and grammar, calligraphy, astrology, and Buddhist liturgy, and went about the task of teaching what he had learned from his days at Sumtsenling Monastery in Shangri-La.

“The villages will have no one to go to when there is a drought. And when someone dies in a family, no one will know the rituals,” says Tashi Nyima. “Through this school, the young will learn what to do.”

Up to the date Tashi Nyima himself has been teaching for more than one decade, recruiting teachers from Palpung Monastery as well. Palpung is the traditional learning center of the Karma Kagyud School in Kandze Prefecture, Sichuan.

Khampa Caravan supports Venerable Tashi Nyima through its tour programs along the Mekong and Salween regions. We also take visitors to the school on our educational trips.

Lekerdo Primary School

Lekerdo is an isolated Tibetan village of some forty families of farmers and herders, located deep in the Genyen valley of Lithang county. It has had a primary school where until a few years ago, classes were conducted in the open courtyard and only during good weather. The classrooms were completely empty and the mud roof was run down by rain. Things at the school began to change thanks to Lobsang Tenzin.

Years ago, Tenzin began leading small groups of tourists through this region. And with the earnings of this activity, and the support from Khampa Caravan's friends, he has now redone the entire roof so that classes can be held indoors throughout the year. He also furnished the classrooms with ten sets of desks and benches which now accommodate thirty students. New window panes allow the students to stay warm during the ice-cold Tibetan winter. Khampa Caravan has been taking visitors to Lekerdo Village Primary School in order to support and benefit Tenzin’s initiatives. 

Other Projects: during the past years, Khamapa Caravan has been engaged in helping the local communities throw many different projects, many of them as part as its community service programs, that has allowed the organization to fulfill the following tasks:

•Green House Project - 2013

•Toilets in Rinha - 2013

•Nishi Primary School Library - 2014

•Kindergarden Library Wunun - 2014

•Construction of Waste pits: Trinyi and Bulun Villages 2015, Rinha Village 2014.

•Cook training program for villagers conducted on 2014 and 2015

•Guide training program for villagers - 2013.

•Cultural preservations platform at Losar traditional celebration - 2015.