Sacred Peaks Of Golok Trek: Eastern Tibet
July 5 to 17, 2018 |USD 4850 pp
The sacred peaks of Golok are a spectacular and 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.
The aim of the expedition, will be to not only explore this hidden land of shark-toothed peaks, lush glacial valleys and translucent lakes - but to do so with a purpose. And so, collaborating with us on this adventure will be Kyle Obermann, a well-known environmental explorer of China's western mountains (who will be joining us on the trek), and a couple of mutual friends, Tashi and Gengga, with whom we will work to advance their remarkable grassroots conservation efforts in these mountains.
Completely self-taught, these two remarkable Tibetan monks are currently compiling an ongoing ecological survey of the region in order to educate and encourage local nomads to treasure and protect the diversity of their unique Alpine biosphere. And so, in forging this pioneering route, our expedition team will assist them with documenting the many rare flowers, animals and birds that we encounter along the way. Finally, we are also discussing how best to pledge funds in order to meet the specific requirements of their project in future, such as the potential purchase of camera traps to help determine the exact number of snow leopard in this largely undiscovered range.
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 Hosts
We are very happy to be collaborating with Kyle and Adrian 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.