Tea Horse Trail Adventure: Western China
March 30 April 7, 2018 |USD 2800 pp
This Easter trip is now closed, but we are happy to customize this adventure for private groups of at least 4 people, to suit alternative dates in 2018.
** Please note that the private small group trip planned in collaboration with Mozaic Club Hong Kong is scheduled to run from May 19 to 27 2018, and will follow the exact same plan as the one outlined below. **
This unique adventure re-traces one of the least explored sections of the ancient tea horse trail as it winds its way through the mountains of Yunnan. Historically, the epic journey along the fabled trade route took many months to complete and involved teams of muleteers carrying tea over the eastern Himalayas into Tibet where it was bartered in exchange for the plateau's rugged horses. While we won't have time to trek all the way to Lhasa (now there's an idea!), we will be offering our guests a real glimpse into a side of rural China that very few outsiders get to see. And so, along the trek itself, our team will stay in village farmhouses to immerse ourselves fully with our local host families and experience their rustic way of life.
The route is also only moderately challenging and so would also be suitable for parents who are keen to take their older children off the beaten track and have them actively participate in an authentic cultural adventure. On our travels to and from the trailhead, we will be visiting the well-frequented old towns of Dali and Lijiang, but once on the trek itself, through the foothills and villages of the region, we will be exploring a trail that typically sees no other visitors. So, why not join us, and a few other like-minded guests as we embark on a wonderful adventure you just won't find anywhere else.
Why Join Our Team?
This is a seldom-trekked route through rural Yunnan that will incorporate a degree of flexibility and spontaneity. The following is the outline daily plan.
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Rest assured we will be here to advise you (and any family members) on all aspects of preparing for, and participating in, this trip. Here are a few obvious places to start.
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Final Say From A Local Host & Previous Guest
The well researched and spectacular route through rural Yunnan, along with the local farm stays where we spent the night, made this trip a very special one for all of us. The trek combined some climbs with other more leisurely sections where we enjoyed wonderful panoramic views.
We also experienced direct insights into the lifestyles and customs of the local minorities which spiced up our trip the same way the chili flavored the local food. Our thanks go out to Adrian and his team who managed this trip “extraordinaire” and made our bunch of happy trekkers likely return clients on one of his distinctive treks.