Tsering’s Village

Attention: by choosing this selection, you are paying to book a private room on top of what you have already purchased previously (i.e. paying to not share a bedroom with another tour guest).
This is a six day Tibetan home-stay experience for those who desire an opportunity to truly absorb this ancient culture in Amdo Tibet. These six days maximize both the cultural and natural aspects of this majestic land and it’s people.

Designed as a quiet get-away far from the crowds of holiday tourists, enjoy being hosted for four days in the comfortable home of one of Extravagant Yak’s most accomplished guides: Tsering. She and her family represent the best of Tibetan hospitality and will proudly introduce you to traditional Amdo Tibetan culture in their comfortable home and authentic mountain village.

Amdo is found on the far eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau and contains the county of Ruoergai (Tibetan: Zoige) in the northeast corner of the county where Sichuan meets Gansu. Though largely a vast grassland home to nomadic communities, Ruoergai contains a small range of mountains where dozens of Tibetan farming communities have lived for centuries. One such community includes Tsering’s family.

Your Guide and Host at home in Tiewu: Tsering

6 Days

Dates: Yours to choose

Key Destinations

Muni Valley, Ruoergai grasslands, Tiewu village, Draga-na Gorge


Private vehicle with driving distance 1200 KM (Return)

Starts / Ends

Starts and end in Chengdu

  • All transport, including airport pick-up and transfers
  • Private vehicle and driver
  • Excellent English speaking guide
  • All meals, including drinks at meals (soft drinks and/or beer)
  • All accommodations
  • All activities and entrance fees enroute (per the itinerary)
Not Included
  • International airfare
  • Medical, travel, and trip interruption insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Activities not included on the trip itinerary
  • Souvenirs, laundry, items of a personal nature

DAY 1 - Chengdu to Songpan (Muni Valley)

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu

Only one hour's drive out of Chengdu and you will enter the mountains that begin the approach to the Tibetan Plateau. Your route follows a mountain canyon through the towns of Wenchuan and Maoxian where you will still see evidence of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake if you look carefully. Lunch will be enjoyed in the highland town of Songpan which still has a Tibetan style feel not unlike the wild west of America. Following lunch, you'll have a 30 min drive to neighbouring Muni Valley where you'll settle in to the comfort of Tibetan hospitality. The afternoon is ahead of you to enjoy the remote beauty and explore the paths around the village and ridges above. Distance: 280km.

DAY 2 - Songpan - Ruoergai (Tiewu village)

Today you'll continue further up and further in to the Tibetan Plateau and the grasslands of Ruoergai that support Tibet's ancient nomadic cuture. You'll see herds of sheep, goats, and yak spread out over miles of grassland spotted by the black tents of nomadic herders. Lunch will be enjoyed at the grassland outpost of Ruoergai, before continuing on across the vast plateau to reach the valley of Tiewu and the hospitality of Tsering's family home by dinner time. Distance: 320km.

DAY 3 - Tiewu village

After breakfast, Tsering will introduce you to the local culture as you tour the village and see the local women hard at work in the fields. Along the way, the surrounding pine forests and mountains make for many breathtaking views. Tiewu valley is known for the deer that live in the forest and it is a rare guest that doesn't catch sight of them. After lunch, a short hike to a nearby peak will afford a sweeping view of the whole valley. After a rest in the afternoon you'll have the option of making Tibetan momos (meat, vegetable, or potato filling wrapped in dough) along with Tsering and her family for dinner.

DAY 4 - Draga-na Gorge: half-day hike.

Today there is an optional half-day hike in a stunning gorge in an adjacent valley, with a picnic lunch prepared to enjoy in the outdoors. For those who simply prefer to relax in the quiet and comfort of Tsering's home with a good book, that is allowed as well. In the evening Tsering will offer a short introduction to Tibetan cooking for those who are interested, while those merely interested in tasting it are welcome too. Traditional yak butter tea will also be available for the truly strong in heart (and stomach)!

DAY 5 - Tiewu Village to Langmusi

After breakfast it is a 90min drive to the quaint tourist town of Langmusi . The Bailong River forms the border between Sichuan and Gansu and separates both the town and the valley into north (Gansu) and south (Sichuan). The Buddhist monasteries on each side of the valley offer beautiful views of surrounding mountains with alpine meadows and forests. There is also a muslim community in town which means Langmusi is a diverse mix of three cultures: Han Chinese, Tibetan, and Hui. After visiting the monasteries and enjoying the scenery, you'll enjoy some Muslim style noodles before settling into your guesthouse for the evening. Distance 80km.

DAY 6 - Return to Chengdu.

Rested and refreshed after several days in the mountains, this morning begins your reluctant departure back to Chengdu. During your scenic drive out of the mountains, descending the countless canyons and switchbacks through mountain villages, you'll be reminded again why Tibet has remained so cut off from the rest of the world for much of history. Lunch will be provided enroute and a celebratory dinner will be enjoyed together upon arrival back in Chengdu near the Jinli Ancient Street. Distance: 520km.