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Minya Konka Trekking

  Expedition Summary  
Trans Tibet offers a trekking expedition into eastern Tibet's High mountains, which are dominated by the 24,179-foot Minya Konka. This region of eastern Tibet, now a part of Sichuan province, is known to Tibetans as Kham. The accessibility of these mountains, coupled with their location deep in the heart of Tibet, makes this expedition a unique opportunity for whom loving trekking, meanwhile our clients could enjoy the pristine Tibetan folks and mysterious Tibetan culture.

Experience Required:
As in any physical endeavor, fitness is the most essential ingredient for success. In general, a love of mountains and hiking is all that is required. One should be physically fit, meaning that one should be capable of walking a full day with a day pack. If you have any questions about your qualifications or abilities, those questions can be readily answered through a phone conversation with one of our guides or a detailed E-mail with our manager.


Day by Day Itinerary

Our trekking expeditions in the Minya Konka region can be customized to fit a particular group's
Eastern Tibet's highest peak, 7,556 meter Mt. Minya Konka-first climbed in 1932. (Mount Minya Konka, Tibet)
interests, budgets and schedules. We can emphasize trekking activities if the group has a great interest in trekking, or we can emphasize the region's cultural riches if that's where our interests lie. Or we can design an itinerary that neatly balances the adventure and cultural aspects of travel in the Minya Konka region.


Day 1: Arrive Chengdu
We will arrive in Chengdu, the capital city of China's Sichuan Province. Chengdu is located near sea level, so we will face no acclimatization problems here. We will be met at the airport by our local staff, who have arranged our transfer by bus to the Hotel. The afternoon will be free for you to explore downtown Chengdu at your leisure. In the evening, we will meet for a group dinner, where we will sample the local Sichuan cuisine. Our horsemen now is stand by at Minya Konka Range, Eastern Tibet.


Day 2: Chengdu to Kangding
In the morning, we will depart Chengdu for Kangding, the former capital of east Tibet. Our drive will take most of the day.


Day 3: Kangding to Laoyulin and on to First Meadow Camp
Early in the morning, we will depart Kangding for the town of Laoyulin (3100 m), which lies at the head of the Moxi Valley. After assembling and preparing our pack animals, we will begin our trek into the Moxi Valley, making approximately 5 hours' progress before reaching our camp site for the day. The Moxi Valley landscape is characterized by pine forests framed against a background of high 6090m peaks. These peaks mark the beginning of the Da Xue range. We will camp for the evening in a meadow (3607m) near the Gyazi River.


Day 4: Meadow Camp to Yak Herder's Camp
We will continue our southward journey through the Moxi Valley. As we walk, our horses will follow, bearing our supplies. To the east as we journey will be a 6090-foot high wall, formed by the peaks of the central Da Xue range. To the west will be a dense fir forest. We will walk for roughly five hours through an increasingly impressive landscape of mountains, rivers and meadows. We will stop for the evening at a camp near Tibetan yak herder's tents, at an elevation of 5714m. For those interested in trying one of Tibet's staples, 'pur-cha' (or butter tea), the opportunity will surely present itself here.


Day 5: Yak Herder's Camp to Glacier Camp
After finishing breakfast, we will begin an uphill ascent, eventually reaching a plateau at 4192m. We will cross the terminal moraine of Gyazi Kankar, which towers 6093m above us.Relatively early in the day, we will reach our campsite, which is situated in a meadow (3900m) beneath a glacier. We will spend an additional day at this campsite -
spectacular camps of the trip. We will spend the extra day enjoying the splendor of our surroundings as we become acclimatized for the upcoming crossing of the highest pass that we will face on this trek.


Day 6: Rest Day at Glacier Camp
We will be free during the day to explore some of the surrounding side valleys, taking in the wildlife and wildflowers of our high alpine setting. The photographers among us will enjoy the spectacular scenery, while the sun seekers among us will enjoy the opportunity (weather permitting, of course!) to lounge in the sun. And, best of all, without a lot of effort on our part, we will be accomplishing something very important: acclimatizing ourselves for the following day's crossing of the Bu-Chu La pass.


Day 7: Glacier Camp to Stream Camp
We will get an early start on the day's trek in order to assure ourselves of reaching camp at a
Mount Minya Konka (Eastern Tibet).
relatively early hour. The ascent to Bu-Chu La requires effort, but it pays off in spades. The summit of the pass, at 4816, offers some of the finest views in all of eastern Tibet. On both sides, to the south and to the north, are the huge walls formed by the glaciated peaks of the central Da Xue range. Lording over them all is the massive summit of Minya Konka (7590m). To the west are the seemingly endless expanses of the eastern Tibetan plateau. After enjoying our time at the summit, we will descend into one of the most beautiful sections of the trek. In the spring, the valley we traverse will be dotted with blooming alpine wildflowers, including the blue poppy, the clematis, the white rose and the jack-in-the-pulpit. Our camp for the evening will be alongside the Bu-Chu stream (4000m).


Day 8: Stream Camp to Yak Herders Camp
In the morning, we will set out on the last southbound segment of our trek, passing through deeply wooded valleys interspersed with meadows on the way. We will camp for the night at a yak herder's clearing, at an elevation of 3680m


Day 9: Yak Herders Camp to Meadow Camp
We will reach the fork in the Bu-Chu River, at the point where it pours out from the glaciers of Minya Konka. From that point, we will turn east, passing through stunning rhododendron forests. Those joining us for our springtime treks will experience the riotous color of 22 rhododendron species simultaneously in bloom. We will camp in a meadow (3314m) for the night.


Day 10: Meadow Camp to Minya Konka Monastery
We will continue through the rhododendron forests before suddenly coming upon the courtyard of the ancient Minya Konka monastery (3884m). Looming above the monastery is the truncated summit of Minya Konka (7590m). We will spend a memorable night here in our camp beside the monastery.


Day 11: Minya Konka Monastery to Zemi
After marveling at the morning alpenglow on the stupendous west face of Minya Konka,
depart our camp and begin retracing our steps for part of the day, until we reach our next camp, which is located near Zemi village (3656m). No one will object to having a second opportunity to traverse this stunning terrain. For the night, we will camp near one of eastern Tibet's most picturesque villages, Zemi. A handful of Tibetan families live here in huge stone houses.


Day 12: Zemi to Yulongshi Valley via the Zemi Pass
A largely uphill walk from the village of Zemi to the Zemi Pass (4661m) will be our main focus of the day. The top of Zemi Pass is, like the Bu-Chu La, a fine vantage point from which all the mountains of eastern Tibet can be viewed. After crossing the pass, we will begin our descent into the Yulongshi Valley, where we will camp for the evening (4143m).


Day 13: Yulongshi Valley to Liu Ba
The Yulongshi Valley is relatively well-populated. We will pass through a typical Tibetan village
every couple of miles. Our destination for the day will be the town of Liu Ba (3640m). Today's trek will be fairly ambitious and will involve a relatively long day of walking. Depending on our progress, we will either stay in a small guest house near Liu Ba or in Kangding.


Day 14: Kangding to Chengdu
We will ride back to Chengdu for an overnight stay in the Lhasa Hotel. After we enjoy a group dinner in the evening, there will be time to sample some of Chengdu's lively night life.


Day 15: Fly Home
After breakfast, we will transfer to the Chengdu Airport, where we will connect to our various international flights.

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