Kham

The Kham area of Tibet is the wild, untamed west. Here you can still find tall, rugged, long-haired Tibetan men wearing colorful Tibetan robes riding about the grasslands on horses and motorcycles. The Kham people are historically warriors and fighters and even today you might find nomad with a huge sword tucked under the front seat of his car. But for all their history as fighters, these are some of the most curious, friendliest people on the planet.

Kham (Tibetan: ཁམས་, Chinese: ; pinyin: Kāng) is a historical region of Tibet covering a land area largely divided between present-day Tibet Autonomous Region and Sichuan, with smaller portions located within Qinghai, Gansu and Yunnan provinces of western China. This area holds roughly about 1.5 million Tibetans and accounts for the largest monasteries and the areas with the most monasteries per population on the Tibetan Plateau.

With yaks, wild donkeys, marmots, blue sheep, and Himalayan Golden Monkeys, Kham has a rugged terrain characterized by mountain ridges and gorges running from northwest to southeast, and collectively known as the Hengduan Mountains. Numerous rivers, including the Mekong, Yangtze,Yalong River, and the Salween River flow through Kham. Kham has many unclimbed 5000 meter peaks, verdant forests, and high grasslands where yaks and sheep roam free on the plains.

Under the modern administrative division of China, Kham includes a total of 50 contemporary counties of the People's Republic of China which have been incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan (16 counties), Yunnan (three counties), and Qinghai (six counties) as well as the eastern portion of the Tibet Autonomous Region (25 counties).

Kham was traditionally referred to as Chushi Gangdruk, i.e. 'four rivers and six ranges'. The Kham people have endured a tumultuous past, their sovereignty often encroached upon and marginalized by both Tibetans to the west and the Han Chinese to the East. The five main independent regions were the Kingdom of Chakla, Dege, the Kingdom of Lingtsang, Nangchenand the Kingdom of Lhatok. Other important polities included Nangqen, Chamdo, Batang, Mili, and the Hor States.

 

To discover Kham with us check out some of these links:

Four Sisters Mountain

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Shangri-La

Yushu

Kangding

Dege

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Incredible Northern Yunnan

7 nights / 8 days 2-15 $ Please Inquire USD/ person

BREATHTAKING YUNNAN PROVINCE

Yunnan means “south of the clouds” and you will discover why as you explore the misty mountains, gaping gorges, and colorful cultures of Northern Yunnan. Located on the threshold of the Himalayas, visitors [...]

September 11-20, 2018

Chola Mountain

9 nights / 10 days 4-12 $ 3500 USD/ person

Chola Mountain, altitude 6,168 meters, is part of the northern section of the Sharuli Mountain Chain in the southeastern part of the Tibetan Plateau. It is located in Dege County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province. [...]

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Mount Haba Expedition

6 nights / 7 days 1-20 $ 2000 USD/ person

Mount Haba, located in Shangri-La County, Yunnan Province, is the third highest peak in Yunnan Province located at 5396 meters above sea level. Mount Haba is particularly well know for its breathtaking scenery. Rising high above the [...]

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Four Sisters Mountain Peak Three

6 nights / 7 days 1-20 $ 1800 USD/ person

Four Sisters Mountain Peak Three is located in charmingly beautiful Northeastern Sichuan Province and is the third of the Four Sisters Mountains with an altitude of 5,355 meters. Peak Three is a more difficult and technical climb [...]

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Four Sisters Peak One, Peak Two, and Peak Three Combined

9 nights / 10 days 1-20 $ 2300 USD/ person

Four Sisters Mountain Peak One, Peak Two, and Peak Three are located in charmingly beautiful Northeastern Sichuan Province. Both Peak One and Peak Two are introductory high altitude peaks with moderate difficulty. Peak Three is a moderately [...]

Trekking Legendary Minya Konka

12 nights / 13 days 2-15 $ 2550 USD/ person
Mount Gongga, also known as Minya Konka by the local Kham Tibetans, is the highest mountain in Sichuan province, China. It is also known to locals as "The King of Sichuan Mountains".

Amdo Soul

11 nights / 12 days 2-10 $ 2207 USD/ person
Amdo is the traditional Tibetan region found on the northeast area of the Tibetan Plateau located in modern day Qinghai, southwest Gansu and northern Sichuan provinces. Amdo is home to over 25% of the total Tibetan population of China [...]

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