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Dharma Shaman Festival

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Dharma Shaman Festival

Join In Groups, Lost Trails, Epic, All

Dharma Shaman Festival

@Simone Sturla
Join In Groups, Lost Trails, Epic, All

Dharma Shaman Festival

Join In Groups, Lost Trails, Epic, All

Dharma Shaman Festival

Join In Groups, Lost Trails, Epic, All

Dharma Shaman Festival

Join In Groups, Lost Trails, Epic, All

Dharma Shaman Festival

Join In Groups, Lost Trails, Epic, All

Dharma Shaman Festival

Join In Groups, Lost Trails, Epic, All

Dharma Shaman Festival

Join In Groups, Lost Trails, Epic, All

Dharma Shaman Festival

  • Destination

    Qinghai

  • Trip duration

    6 days, 5 nights

  • Price

    From 11800 cny

  • Availability period

    18 Jul. 2022 - 23 Jul. 2022

  • Min/Max travelers

    Min.8; Max.16

  • Transport

    Private Van

  • Accommodation

    Well-selected 4 star hotels

It’s an electric atmosphere that spreads across different tiny villages. You will experience the fair, the society, the religion, and the opportunity to meet other people in the scattered neighborhoods. Be ready to see people laying on beds of nails with self-inflicted wounds, and drunken performances that whip the local crowds into a frenzy!

@Simone Sturla

This is our ultimate highlight, however, the more remote areas of Gansu and Qinghai you are going to explore will truly satisfy your thirst for exploration. On top of that you will be lead by an exceptional chaperon, Prof. Jeremiah Jenne. Rarely you will find most informative and fun Cicero on the China roads.

Read his Bio in our Tesimonial section. 

Dharma Shaman Festival

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The spiritual Dharma festival is held in the Tongren area of Qinghai, a province in north central China. This area is known for Thangkha painters whose works on cotton or silk appliqué usually depict Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. Tibetan Buddhism is practiced here. The festival held in villages is a ritual of physical strength and pain endurance with participants inserting needles into their flesh and inflicting cuts to themselves to celebrate adulthood. This 6-day program takes guests to witness this rather unusual event,  to explore ancient Amdo deep culture and spectacular sightseeing.

@Nicola Longobardi

Qinghai, China

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Day 1

PICK UP AT XINING AIRPORT, TRANSFER TO HOTEL

TIn the mid-morning we will meet you in the Xining XNN airport after baggage claim and then transfer 1 hour to our hotel in Xining. Xining is located at 2,300 meters above sea level and we will be gradually acclimatizing from here as move to Rebkong. 1:00pm- Lunch in Xining and then visit the local Tibetan History Museum to see the longest Thangka painting in the world at over 600 meters in length. This thangka tells the story o the Tibetan people and was painted by 100’s of local artists. 4:00pm- Rest in hotel and relax after a long flight. 5:30pm - Go out for an authentic Tibetan dinner in Xining and talk about the schedule for the week. 8:00pm- Settle into our hotel in Xining for a nice rest.

Food

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Accommodation

4 STAR HOTEL

Day 2

SHACHUNG MONASTERY

8:00am - Eat breakfast in hotel in Xining 9:00am - In the morning, drive 2 hours from Xining to Shachung Monastery. Shachung Monastery overlooks the Yellow River and sits on a ridge directly across from Kanbula National Park. Here we can learn about the history of the founder of the Yellow Hat Gelugpa Sect, Tsongkapa. 12:30pm - Eat lunch in a small town near the Shachung Monastery. 1:00pm - Short day hike in a village near Shachung Monastery as we walk the kora, the sacred pilgrimage, around the monastery and its dramatic holy cliffs. 4:00pm - Depart Shachung Monastery, drive to Rebkong at 2,600 meters. 6:00 pm - Authentic dinner in Rebkong 8:00pm- Sleep in a hotel in Rebkong.

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

4 STAR HOTEL

Day 3

REBKONG LONGWU MONASTERY, SHAMAN FESTIVAL

7:30am - Eat breakfast in hotel in Rebkong 8:00am - In the morning, drive 10 minutes into Rebkong to explore the back alleys of Longwu Monastery, Qinghai’s largest monastery, to find out what life as a monk is really like. Explore the origins of Tibetan Thangka art as many of the Thangka across Tibet are produced in this monastery. 1:00pm- Lunch in Rebkong 2:30pm- In the afternoon we will visit a local village outside of Rebkong to see the Shaman Festival 6:30pm- Dinner in Rebkong 8:30pm- Sleep in hotel in Rebkong

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

4 STAR HOTEL

Day 4

REBKONG SHAMAN FESTIVAL

7:30am - Eat breakfast in hotel in Rebkong 8:00am - Today we will spend the full day viewing and photographing the unique Shaman Festival. Each local village hosts its version of this festival and this ceremony has its origins in pre-Buddhist traditions of the animistic Bon Religion. The shaman of each village performs his own unique rituals and dances as he honors the local mountain gods and asks for the good health of the villagers and a successful harvest for his local community. At the height of the celebration, long needles are placed through the cheeks and into the backs of dancers to the beat of a goatskin drum. This releases evil spirits from within the bodies of the dancers. 1:00pm- Lunch near Rebkong town 2:30pm- In the afternoon we will continue our experience of the Shaman Festival. Across all of Tibet, this festival only happens in Rebkong. 6:30pm- Dinner in Rebkong 8:30pm- Sleep in hotel in Rebkong

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

4 STAR HOTEL

Day 5

GANJIA GRASSLANDS DAY HIKE

8:30am- Depart Rebkong, drive through high Tibetan grasslands for a short hike near the Ganjia Gorge at 3,200 meters. 12:30pm- Lunch near Ganjia Grasslands 1:30pm- Transfer to Grasslands for an afternoon hike starting at 3,200 meters and moving up through rocky gorges and past a Buddhist meditation cave. 4:30pm- Depart the Ganjia area to return to Rebkong 6:30pm - Check into hotel and rest (or if you are feeling energetic take an afternoon hike above the monastery). 7:30pm - Tibetan dinner in Rebkong at 2,600 meters 8:00pm - Return to cozy boutique hotel in Rebkong

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

4 STAR HOTEL

Day 6

DEPART XINING

8:30am - Eat breakfast in hotel in Rebkong. Spend the morning in Rebkong, viewing Tibetan thangka art. 11:00am - In the morning, drive 2.5 hours back to the Xining airport 12:30pm - Eat lunch along the road 3:00pm - Drop off at Xining airport for your evening flight out of Xining XNN airport

Food

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Accommodation

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Travel is an emotional experience, cherishing new corners and venture into unknown landscapes.
Respecting this and giving back to society has taken an important role in our endeavours in leaving only footprints and taking only memories.

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Well-selected 4 star hotels

Across the region, we selected lodging solutions in 4* Hotels.

Travel is an emotional experience, cherishing new corners and venture into unknown landscapes.
Respecting this and giving back to society has taken an important role in our endeavours in leaving only footprints and taking only memories.

To Know More
Jeremiah Jenne, PhD - your chaperon

Jeremiah is a writer and historian based in Beijing since 2002. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and taught Late Imperial and Modern Chinese History for over 15 years while also leading educational and research trips to every part of China. His essays and articles have appeared in The Economist, South China Morning Post, and numerous other publications. Jeremiah organizes historic walking tours of Beijing's most famous sites and less-traveled byways, and leads workshops on history, culture, and cultural adaptation for students, embassies, companies, and community groups. Along with David Moser, Jeremiah is also the co-host of the podcast Barbarians at the Gate.

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