Monks on the Grassy Plains

3-Day Ganjia Grasslands Monasteries Tour - China

Prices from £418 pp

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Duration3 days / 2 nights (flexible)

LocationLanzhou - Xiahe & the Ganjia Grasslands - Lanzhou

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Take a deep breath of fresh mountain air in the valleys of China. Visit Buddhist monasteries, see clouds reflected in glassy highland lakes and watch yak herders at work on the vast grassy plains. It’s a beautiful hilltop world that feels totally lost in time. You’ll spend three days exploring the outpost of Xiahe and the rolling Ganjia Grasslands, crisscrossed by rivers and wandering sheep.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Transfers
  • Grasslands Excursion with English speaking guide

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Lanzhou - Xiahe

When you arrive in Lanzhou, you’ll be transferred by minibus to Xiahe, taking roughly 5 hours. On the way, you’ll grab some lunch in Linxia, a town tucked between the mountaintops. Reaching Xiahe, you’ll settle into your simple hotel near the golden-roofed Labrang Monastery. At an altitude of 3,000 metres, it’s a remote mountain settlement with a mystical atmosphere and the drifting scent of yak butter.

Lanzhou - Xiahe

Ganjia Grasslands Excursion & departure

Today, you’ll take the minibus to the elevated grasslands of Ganjia, climbing into the mountains and onto the plateau. You’ll cross a landscape packed with mirrored lakes, clear blue skies, babbling brooks, traditional villages and grazing yaks. Given the altitude, it’s quite literally breathtaking scenery. You’ll stop for lunch in a remote village, and then head back to Xiahe.

Ganjia Grasslands Excursion & departure

Spend the evening listening to chants drift from the monastery, relaxing with a cup of green tea and getting a first-hand glimpse of mountain hospitality. After two nights in your humble but friendly hotel, you’ll get your things together and a transfer will take you back to Lanzhou where you’ll continue on to your next destination.

Man at Great Wall of China

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"I was lucky enough to travel across China for two months and the more I explored, the more I loved; from its ancient towns to its futuristic cities. My top highlight has to be the mountainous scenery of Yunnan."

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