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Amne Machin Circumambulation Trekking Tour - 11 Days

Destination: Amne Machin Mountain Range
Duration: Eleven Day
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Transportation: Vehicle & Trekking
Best Travel Time:May., Jun., Jul., Aug., Sept.
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Amne Machin (or Anye Machin,Maqen Gangri, Animaqing Shan) is the highest peak

of a mountain range named Amne in the province of Qinghai in west-central China.Amne Machin is one of the four most sacred mountains in Tibetan region. An expedition to the sacred mountain of Amnye Machen Mountain Range in Qinghai following off-the-beaten track. We trek the Amnye Machen Kora in full circumambulation, feel the devoted spirits and walk the alpine track.

 


Amne Machin
Amne Machin, or Amnye Machen, reaching up to 6282 meters, is one of the four greatest

sacred mountains in Tibetan region. As prat of the Kunlun Mountain Ranges, Amne Machin is

located in Golog Prefecture in Qinghai, home to many of the Amdo Tibetans. Amne Machin is

Tibetan, in which Amne or Amnye means "great ancestor" and Machin or Machen means "the

giant mountain at the origin of Machu(Yellow River in China)".


Among the Amne Machin Mountain Ranges, the highest is composed by three major peaks, one

6254 meters, one 6127 meters and the highest peak soaring 6282 meters. There are total 18

mountains reaches over 5000 meters in Amne Machin. The highest 13 peaks have an average

elevation of 5900 meters. Amne Machin Mountain Range lies southeast to northwest, with

total massif 28 km's long and 10 km's wide. The water it provides is one of the major

sources of Machu. Amne Machin is also a sactuary of glaciers. Some 40 glaciers marching

downhill bit by bit over thousands of years. The biggest Halong Glacier is at its north

face. Plains around Amne Machin are beautiful lands of lakes, streams, wild animals and

herbal medicines.


Amne Machin is one of the nine original gods of the world. It is the protector of Amdo and

considered by local Tibetans the shrine of Avalokitesvara and the five hundreds arhat. In

the Epic of King Gesar, Amne Machin the god is believed to be the God of War and the

mountain was home to the King Gesar. God of Amne Machin, the reincarnation of wisdom and

greatness, is depicted usually in white armor, riding on white horse and with a silver

spear, protecting people from evil beings.


The pious Tibetan Buddhists hold strong belief in the god of Amne Machin. When there is

misfortunes and disasters, they will call on Amne Machin to come to their aid. During

festival season, people serve sacrifice and light aromatic plants to consecrate gods,

called Weisang. Every 12 years in Amdo in the year of Goat, Buddhists pack up to have a

circumambulation around the Amne Machin, it is called the Kora.

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
Price Price Instruction
US$1650/persons 1650USD/Person

Day 01:Xining - Gonghe
Start in the capital city of Xining and arrive at Qinghai Lake(Lake Kokonor), the biggest lake in China, famous for migrant birds. Lake Kokonor is Mogolian meaning bluish green sea. The name of Qinghai is from this lake. The lake is at the altitude of 3200 meters with 4000+ and 5000+ high mountains setting around. In summer and autumn, the lake is green and blooming with pasturing animals. Continue riding to the stopover town of Gonghe.

Meal: Lunch, Dinner           Overnight: Hotel


Day 02:Gonghe - Xiadawu
From Gonghe we ride for another day. Cross over the mountain pass of Ela(Jiangluling) before we reach Xiadawu. Mountain landscapes come into our eyes and we get our first glimpse of Mt. Amnye Machen from northwest. Amne Machin, or Amnye Machen, reaching up to 6282 meters, is one of the four greatest sacred mountains in Tibetan region. The word Amne Machin is Tibetan, in which Amne or Amnye means "great ancestor" and Machin or Machen means "the giant mountain at the origin of Machu(Yellow River in China)". At Xiadawu, huge prayer flags are hung on the road side waving at us. Camp at Xidawu and acclimatize for the altitude.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   Overnight: Camping


Day 03:Xiadawu - Chamulong
First day on our Amnye Machin Kora, we have an early start to cross the river before the flood comes at noon. Warm-up trekking day on the north face of Amnye Machen. Gentle ups and downs as the whole Kora: no strenuous climbing ups or downs. Arrive at Chamlong campsite on the river bank in the afternoon. (Approx 4h)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   Overnight: Camping


Day 04:Chamulong - Tzefugya
In the morning we continue our Amnye Machin Kora on the newly-renovated vehicular track with the Holy Amnye Machen on our right side. At a mountain ridge we get grand views of the Sacred Amnye Machen and the giant Halong Glacier under the many prayer flags. Among the Amne Machin Mountain Ranges, the highest is composed by three major peaks, one 6254 meters, one 6127 meters and the highest peak soaring 6282 meters. There are total 18 mountains reaches over 5000 meters in Amne Machin. The highest 13 peaks have an average elevation of 5900 meters. Camp at a meadow named Tzefugya by the river. (Approx 7h)
 
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   Overnight: Camping


Day 05:Tzefugya - Xueshan
Today we trek from Tzefugya to Xuehan along the melted river flow. Arrive the traditional Kora start point Xueshan in the afternoon and camp. Xueshan is also a base for local Tibetan nomads and a supply point for pilgrims. The pious Tibetan Buddhists hold strong belief in the god of Amnye Machen. During festival season, people serve sacrifice and light aromatic plants to consecrate gods, called Weisang. (Approx 6h)
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   Overnight: Camping


Day 06:Xueshan - Tsegonka
Trek south to the river valley. We may possibly run into some Tibetan cowboys along the trail and have optional family visit to a Tibetan if available. Arrive at Tsegonka and overnight camping. (Approx 5h)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   Overnight: Camping


Day 07Tsegonka - Kulang Kand
A long day trekking from Tsegonka towards Kulang Kando. While walking beside the river side, we may encounter groups of Tibetan pilgrims on their circumambulation journey, practicing their beliefs. After several river crossings and a total elevation gain of 600 meters(near 2000 ft), we reach our campsite Kulang Kando. (Approx 8h)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   Overnight: Camping


Day 08:Kulang Kando - Kumao(Gumao)
In the morning we start a gentle climb up and reach the high point where colorful prayer flags are tied together. Camera time for the vast highland views over the high spot. Weather changes quickly at such high altitude. Prepare for any storm or snow. We walk on the giant alluvial earth and see the panoramic spectacle of Amnye Machen. White cap stretching under the bluish shy in the distance, everything looks smaller here. In between prepare for river-crossing before we get to Kumao. (Approx 7h)


Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   Overnight: Camping


Day 09:Kumao(Guamo)- Chadhe
Start early in the morning to avoid the track being submerged by melted water from Amne Machin glacier. Spectacular alpine views all the way including snow mountains, pasturing animals and old glaciers. Walk northwest on the track and camp in Chadhe. Great Amne Machin views when looking back. (Approx 7h)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   Overnight: Camping


Day 10:Chadhe - Wenquan
Last day on Amen Machin trekking, walk to Xiadawu and arrive at noon. Optional visit to the splendid newly-built Buddhist monastery. Farewell our porter team and the holy mountain Amne Machin. Transfer to Wenquan for a hostel overnight. Optional hot spring bath after dinner. (Approx 4h)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner    Overnight: Hostel


Day 11:Wenquan - Xining
Ride back to Xining. Our Amnye Machen Kora trip ends.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

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