Sacred Peaks Of Golok Trek: Eastern Tibet
July 5 to 17, 2018 |USD 4850 pp
** Please note that Adrian & Kyle are scheduled to give a talk about this trip to the Royal Geographical Society in Hong Kong, on April 17, 2018 **
The sacred peaks of Golok are a largely unexplored mountain range in Eastern Tibet. Steeped in mythology, they are believed to be the birthplace of the legendary Gesar of Ling (a sort of Tibetan King Arthur) and worshipped locally as the topographical manifestation of a divine tantric mandala. The massif is also a regional epicentre of ecological diversity with over 700 varieties of plants and flowers, nearly 200 species of birds (including the endangered Black-necked crane) and approximately 40 snow leopards. Oh - and they are arguably the most spectacular mountains in Western China.
On our pioneering trek, to explore this 'hidden' land of shark-toothed peaks, lush glacial valleys and translucent lakes - we will be joined by Kyle Obermann, a well-known environmental explorer and photographer of China's wild western mountains. We will also be meeting a couple of mutual friends, Tashi and Gengga, two local Tibetan conservationists, for whom we will document any rare fauna and flora that we encounter along the way.
Completely self-taught, these two remarkable monks, are currently compiling an ecological survey of the range in order to educate and encourage local nomads to treasure and protect the diversity of their unique Alpine biosphere. And so, in forging this new route, our team will hopefully make new discoveries, to help further their remarkable grassroots conservation efforts in these mountains.
First and foremost though, this is an epic adventure into uncharted and awe-inspiring territory, and one that is quite simply - the first commercial trek of its kind. So, join us if you can, before the word gets out!
Why Join Our Team?
This is a pioneering route through a remote region of eastern Tibet that will require a considerable amount of flexibility and self-reliance from the team. The following is only the outline daily plan.
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Rest assured we will be here to advise you on all aspects of preparing for, and participating in, this trip. Here are a few obvious places to start.
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A Final Word From Our Tibetan Friends
We are very happy to be meeting Kyle and Adrian again next summer and look forward to welcoming all of you to Golok. All life is precious and we must continue to record and preserve all of the plants and animals in our beautiful mountains, from the smallest flowers to the largest cats. These lakes and peaks are also celestial dwelling places for some of the most sacred deities in Tibetan Buddhism, and must be cherished and protected for future generations to come.