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Khora of Mt. Kawa Karpo   Tour Code:YUN003

The journey to Northwest Yunnan's Mt. Kawa Karpo, which towers above the town of Deqen, is in many ways, one of the best treks in the world. Throughout the expedition we will drive and hike from semi-tropical landscape to high alpine tundra, bathe in hot springs on the banks of two and perhaps three of the world's largest rivers, wander through climax old growth forests (some of the last in China), camp and trek around one of the most beautiful and unexplored mountain ranges in the world, and witness religious customs of several distinct races, culminating in our participation in one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimages on the planet.

We encourage you to stop at Merishui village and help the local Tibetans to repair their mountain trails and bridges. The trails and the bridges are used by Buddhism pilgrims to circumambulating the holy Mountain KawaKarpo. Trails and bridges are often washed out by summer flood and that causes big problems to both the pilgrims and local residents. This project is funded by ActiveChina and the local tour operators.

Day 1 Kunming
Fly to Kunming Airport, check in a hotel and tour the city.

Days 2-3  Shangri_la and Deqin
Shangri_la touring and acclimatization of high altitude. Drive to Padma Mountain pass. Great view of the Kawa Karpo Mountain.

Day 4  Start Trekking
Drive to Yangtza and meet the horse crew. Start trekking to Yongdje and camp by a village.

Days 5-12 Trekking days
Trek around this holy mountain of Tibetans. Following the pilgrim's steps circumambulating the holy mountain from Yantza to Merishui.

Day 13 Back to Deqin
Drive back to Deqin.

Day 14 Lijiang
Drive to Lijiang and overnight there.

Day 15 Lijiang
A realaxing morning in Lijiang, afternoon flight to Kunming.

Day 16 Kunming
Trip ends

--Most meals

--All entry fees and sightseeing

--All overnights in hotels and guesthouses with double occupancy

--First Aid Kit

--Private Transfers

--Roundway flights

--English Speaking guides

--Camping Staff

--Tents, sleeping mattress, dinnning tent and chairs

--Pack animals


--All services not mentioned and all items of a personal nature

--Tipping or gratuities to guides and drivers

--Mandatory international travel insurance

--Excursions other than those specified in trips

--Extra cost if  tour is delayed or changed due to reasons beyond control


        Mt. Kawa Karpo Khora
A Pilgrimage circuit Trek

GROUP SIZE : 2 - 12
START/FINISH: Kunming/Kunming
DURATION: 16 days, trekking and camping
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotels, guesthouses, camping
HIGHLIGHTS: Shangri_la, Tibetan town, pilgrims, Mekong, Salween and Yangtse valley.Kawa Karpo mountain
EXTENSION TRIPS: Beijing Extension
Chengdu Extension

Map of this Trip

"Our 10 days trekking around Kawa Karpo
mountain is so far one of my best treks. 
It's very interesting to walk with the 
Tibetan pilgrims from all over Tibet. 
I have trekked in many places in the world 
but this one is really my favorite."

~Erik - 

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