We have been back from Yunnan for over a month, but it has taken weeks to edit 4thousand photos, and not yet completed video. We experienced an amazing journey, and were graciously sponsored by Songtsam Lodges that hosted us at no cost. The owner Baima Dorje has established a series of lodges that introduces the traveler to scenery, culture and excellent interactions with the Tibetan people. He is extending these lodges into the heart of Kham Tibet along a route that ends in Lhasa, through wild untouched country where there are still tiger, snow leopard, Himalayan Takin, sambar, and the Shangrila of Tibet the Yarlang Tsangpo River Gorge that runs between two over 7,000 meter peaks (Nhamba barwa is 7650 meters or over 25,000 feet high). we hopefully will bring a group next spring for flowers, and next fall to explore deeper into the tibet, Myanmar and the Indian border.
Yunnan is not the typical China one hears about: instead scenic, clean, and warm, friendly Tibetans that make you feel like your family. My wife Djainiaty are completely amazed at what we experienced and saw, and the best part is I could bring her along to see rugged mountains from our bedroom window in Meili that would normally take you a long hard trek at high altitude with porters in Nepal to see. We stayed in tibetan five star lodges, food that was tibetan and tasty, organic. And at the eastern edge of the Himalayas, we experienced warm rain, and clear weather. It was like being in the BC coastal range, North Cascades, the okanogan, and the Fraser River gorge all mixed into on area where three rivers, the Yangtse, Mekong, and the Salween come close together north south separated by huge ridges.
This part of China is so diverse, and we encounterd 4 of the 25 ethinic groups, partook in a harvest festival in the mountains where tibetan, lisu and Naxi danced in traditional costumes. We witnessed a once a year Tibetan bhuddhist mask dancing, and i think i was the only foreigner in 2500 people, and hiked such diverse mountains with plant diversity that is astounding. so many species of rhodadendron and azalias, and flowers even in the fall colors. i will share in 10 parts on my newly started blog, so follow me if you would like to learn more. Yunnan China is like nowhere i have ever been...with some of the friendliest Tibetan mountain people i have ever met. We will enjoy sharing our journey with you, and share the history of the tea horse trail. Up to 57% OFF with Deal of the Day + FREE Shippingon orders of $35 or more at best buy coupon code 10 percent off