Day 1 → Drive to Rebkong
8:30am - Eat breakfast in hotel in Xining
9:00am - In the morning, drive 3 hours (122km) to Rebkong, a lively Tibetan town known for its monastery
12:30pm - Eat lunch in town including some freshly made yak yoghurt
1:00pm - 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 homestay, a beautiful traditional courtyard with an all wooden interior in the peaceful Tibetan countryside.
Day 2 → Hot Springs and Village Life
8:30am - Eat breakfast at Tibetan homestay
9:00am - Spend the morning learning about Tibetan village life and walking by Buddhist meditation caves
1:00pm- Authentic Tibetan lunch with our homestay hosts
1:30pm - Spend the afternoon soaking in a natural hot springs pool in the Tibetan countryside
6:00pm - Dinner in our homestay
7:30pm- Rest and enjoy the peace and quiet
Day 3 → Gartse Monastery and Lhaga Mountain Trek
8:00am - Eat breakfast at homestay
8:30am - Drive to see Gartse Monastery, a small village monastery near the homestay
10:00am- 2.5 hour hike to Lhaga 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 Rebkong
2:00pm- Drive 3 hours back to Xining
5:00pm - Finish the tour in Xining, drop off at your hotel or apartment.