Tibet small group tour

“A small group tour that takes you to remote villages, ancient temples, dramatic mountain ranges and sweeping grasslands, to help you get to grips with the culture and traditions of Tibet’s borderlands.”


Chengdu | Dujiangyan | Danba | Changping Valley | Zhokjye | Zorge Grasslands | Hongyuam | Langmusi | Xiahe | Lanzhou

Description of Tibet small group tour

Join a small group of likeminded travellers on this adventurous journey through Tibet’s borderlands, discovering ancient traditions and spectacular landscapes along the way. You’ll be guided by expert locals who’ll help you get the most out of your trip and you’ll also visit regions that rarely see foreign tourists – a stark contrast to the more popular destinations in western Tibet.

The trip focuses on the eastern edges of the Tibetan plateau, the birthplace of the current Dalai Lama, where you’ll find enclaves of traditional Tibetan culture as well as around 40 percent of China’s Tibetan population, and a dramatic landscape of mountains and grasslands.

Starting off in Chengdu, you’ll journey far into stunning alpine scenery of Danba and the Qionglai Mountains, spending time in remote villages and exploring much of the area on foot. Highlights include historic temples, Bronze Age remains and the fascinating Buddhist caverns of the Bingling Grottoes. You’ll also get the chance to enjoy lunch with nomads in the local grasslands and visit a local farmer in his home to see how tea is processed.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to each one of our trips, and as a responsible tour operator, it is something we are careful and steadfast about promoting. Each one of our guides are trained to uphold, promote and put into practice such responsible behaviour, especially in wilderness areas or whilst traveling to UNESCO heritage sites, which this China trip does do.

We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable bottles and we have partnered with Water-To-Go to have our very own bottles which we provide to customers at a discounted price. For the remainder of 2018 we will continue to include and supply water on all of our group tours, however to further demonstrate our commitment to reducing the plastic we have taken the decision to stop this practice from 2019. Water will still be easily available on tours, however it will be an additional cost. Rather like charging for plastic bags at the supermarket, we hope this new policy will help encourage more travellers to bring their own reusable bottle.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit.

We are promoting the natural beauty and ancient heritage of China through visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Bingling Grottoes. UNESCO Sites are chosen by the UNESCO committee and must "bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to civilisation", "an important interchange of human values" or be outstanding examples of major stages of Earth's history or ecological and biological processes in evolution. Visiting such sites helps sustain the ancient traditions and natural ecosystems of China.

The Impacts of this Trip

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that we have been committed to since our conception. It is part of our core sets of beliefs that these words are not simply scattered nonchalantly into our literature and on our website but moreover that they are central to each and every trip. Our adventures are therefore carefully curated celebrating all that is local from the people, to the culture. We believe that a successful trip delivers a unique and authentic journey for our clients, but furthermore benefits the people whose land we have the privilege of encountering.

On each Group tour we use local ground handlers. This means that all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. Such support can also be seen in our incorporation of homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of local guides and drivers into our itineraries, which ensures that the money you spend with us goes directly into the local economy and local community.

On day 3 we will visit a local farmer and be invited into his house to see how tea is processed. Tea in the area has been cultivated for over 800 years thanks to the fertile soils of Mount Nannuo. An excursion like this ensures an understanding of the cultural importance of tea to the people here and contributes to the local economy here.

On Day 5 we will walk to our accommodation in a locally-owned boutique guesthouse in Danba, contributing to sustainable tourism through a low carbon footprint and putting money into the local economy.

On Day 12 we will have lunch with local nomads along our walk to the Ganjia Grasslands to understand the culture and way of life in this less visited corner of China.


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