|Alpine Programme||Bird Watching||Culture and Buddhism|
In order to satisfy each kind of mountaineering request we offer conventional and challenging tours of any duration:
More than 600 bird species are on the Sichuan’s bird list. In general, Sichuan can be divided into three extremely different bird-watching areas: The moist and subtropical Sichuan Basin, the cold and arid Tibetan High Plateau, and the transitional borderline between both. The dramatical change of climate at the borderline creates a habitat for many endemic species. Upland birds include many birds of prey, rose finches, the endangered black-necked crane and many more. Laughingthrushes, warblers and gamebirds prefer the lush and dense mountain forests, and highlight the bird’s list of Sichuan. Our permanent tour programme includes:
Our cultural journeys mainly visit the two Tibetan cultural provinces Amdo and Kham situated on the eastern part of the Tibetan High Plateau. The culture of Amdo and Kham visibly differs from the Tibetan heartland. We offer you the opportunity to experience the characteristics of their landscape, religion, people, and traditions by trips to monasteries, sacred lakes and mountains, to villages and pastures of the Ngolok or Zoige tribes. While taking part in traditional festivals and rites you will learn the Tibetan way of life, make acquaintance with Lamas, nomads, horsemen, etc., and last but not least understand the spirit that the wide highland pastures and snow-capped mountains are bearing inside.
You are searching for a particular animal, plant or mineral? Or you are making a research on cultural or biological features? We support you with organization, logistic, language, contact, formalities, and other services. For further information please contact us via email.
Our tour guides speak English, German, and Chinese. Local guides translate from and into Tibetan, if necessary.
Each single tour will be accompanied by a professional guide or interpreter.
Our birding guides have a rich ornithological knowledge. The guides for cultural journeys have a profound
knowledge of Tibetan culture and religion. On trekking tours our service includes professional alpine
leadership by experienced mountain guides and at least one local guide.
ACCOMMODATION and MEALS
Accommodation generally depends on the type of tour:
Tents: We use 2/3-person tents and base camp tents. Each participant is welcome to help with
setting up, taking down and maintenance of the tent!
On trekking tours, at the base camp, and on other out-door activities, the meals are prepared by an experienced out-door cook.
Only the items you need on a daily hike such as a camera, pharmaceutics, sunglasses etc. have to be carried by yourself in a little rucksack. Other luggage and heavy gear will be transported by our ponies. For long distance rides we use motorized vehicles, e.g. van, jeep, or train. On some routes we arrange one or two horseriding days, particularly when crossing the vast high plateau. Special knowledge of ponyriding is not required.
We always bring a first-aid-kit on our tours (oxygen, bandages, pain-killers and alternative remedies)
to be able to cope with emergency cases or sudden illness.
Due to a high grade of individual customer service we need your detailed requirements and ideas for your planned tour, in order to design the most adequate proposal and appropriate price quotation. Prices of already arranged tours usually are listed in the detailed tour description.