Finding Shangri-La Trek: Eastern Tibet
September 15 to 30, 2018 |USD 4450 pp
** This trip was recently nominated by the centenary edition of DestinAsian magazine as one of their 'essential adventure experiences' for 2018. **
This is a rare opportunity to join a pioneering trek into one of the most spectacular mountain sanctuaries in Asia. The aim of the expedition will be to forge a new approach route towards the sacred mountains of Yading; three stunning peaks, sanctified by the fifth and most pre-eminent of the Dalai Lamas, that truly deserve the moniker of the original 'Shangri-La'. Indeed, an original photographic account by Joseph Rock (a well-known historical explorer of the region), of his earliest travels to Yading, published in the July 1931 issue of National Geographic, likely inspired the fictional paradise written about by James Hilton in his 1933 novel - Lost Horizon.
And so, trekking with relatively low-grade support, our small team will explore an 'undiscovered' land of spectacular peaks, forested valleys and pristine lakes, on an 'unscripted' adventure through the wild Tibetan borderlands of western China. Along the way, we will be traversing terrain seldom, if ever, trekked by outsiders before. However, such scenic largesse will not come easy; this trip will therefore best suit relatively experienced trekkers who are seeking a 'first foray' adventure in the spirit of intrepid explorers of yesteryear - far from the Goretex-clad crowds that clog many other established routes in the Himalayas.
In short, this is about as far-removed from a white-labeled Everest base camp trekking tour as you can get!
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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Please note that Shangri-La is shown on this map as DEQEN.
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 On Exploratory Trekking With Us
I was looking to get off the beaten path (I didn’t care if there was even a path), experience raw adventure and cultures that no other group had experienced - to go to a place where peaks and lakes remain unknown, untrekked and unclimbed. Such adventures are hard to organise - getting the mules together, arranging contacts with local officials and generally smoothing the administrative and logistical details to get you into the nether reaches of Asia.
In this respect, Adrian is an integral part of the trip - very hands on and knowledgeable - travelling and adventuring with you to hidden valleys, villages and mountain passes where no organized trekking or climbing groups have ever been before. I'm already looking forward to our next wild adventure.