Amdo-Tibetan Culture and Scenery Paradise
Amdo, one of the three traditional Tibetan regions, is located on the northeast corner of the Tibetan Plateau (the other two are Ü-Tsang and Kham). Though most of Amdo lies in modern day Qinghai province, large regions also are located in southwestern Gansu province and northern Sichuan province. Amdo is broken up into 8 prefectures: Golog, Malho, Tsolho, Tsonub, Tsobyang, Tsoshar in Qinghai province, Ganlho in Gansu province and Ngawa in Sichuan province. Roughly 1.7 million Tibetans live in Amdo which accounts for over 25% of the total Tibetan population. Amdo was and is the home of many important Tibetan Buddhist lamas (or Monks), scholars who had a major influence on both politics and religious development of Tibet like the 14th Dalai Lama, the 10th Panchen Lama, and the great reformer Je Tsongkhapa.
Amdo is absolutely a great travel destination plan B if foreign travelers can not obtain Tibet travel permits. Amdo is not as touristy as Tibet (U-tsang) region and it is the real paradise to experience pure Tibetan culture and shoot photos. You can take Amdo culture tours in 2 to 4 days, and can combine 5 to 10 days trekking in your vacation.
The best season to travel in Amdo of Tibet is from May to October.
Our 18 days package listed below is combination of trekking in mountains and sightseeing in interesting towns and cities in the Tibetan Nomad people region. You will witness lots of beautiful landscapes, Tibetan Nomad life, grasslands, and mostly the traditional life style with nomad people, and horse riding, monasteries (sometimes police may block entry to few monasteries temporally, if this happens, you need to understand the situation, but alternatively we could visit few monasteries nearby which are allowed in).