FROM FIBER TO FASHION TEXTILE TOUR

AN EXCLUSIVE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

AMDO REGION, TIBETAN PLATEAU

 

4 DAYS, 2018 DATES: SEPTEMBER 27-30

10,500 feet up (3,200 meters) on the grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau...

 Nomads, Buddhist monks and thousands of years of culture...

Empowering our minds, bodies and the local community…

 

EACH TOUR IS LIMITED TO 12 GUESTS. 

PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

ANOTHER KIND OF LUXURY

Our four-day comprehensive textile tour will give you an exclusive behind the scenes and hands-on experience of Norlha Textiles. During our Fiber to Fashion Tour, we will begin to unravel and answer two vital questions to this sustainable fashion brand "why yak?" and "why in such a remote village on the Tibetan plateau?" Founder Kim Yeshi's dream had always been to do something to help the local nomads on the plateau and looked for a product that could utilize their craftsmanship and their raw materials once again. Yak wool seemed to be the binding factor to combine Kim's passion for textiles and her ideas for sustainable development. From the animal in the pasture, to the gifted hands of their artisans, Norlha's product is a result of the rich heritage of the Tibetan Plateau. With an ardent objective to keep employment in the village, their approach to sustainability is to support the local nomads by providing them with sustainable employment opportunities and a stable income, to keep families together and traditions alive. In a world where fast fashion dominates, they offer a product that will last a lifetime, and that will be shared with generations to come.

You are invited to join our textile tour experiencing the rich traditions of the Tibetan culture, which Norlha so passionately strives to preserve, explore the famous Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery and visit the Lungta local nomadic cooperative. Our textile professional, Laura Shirreff, will guide us on this journey of a lifetime. We will visit the atelier at Zorge Ritoma, where we will engage in extensive dialogue with the founder of Norlha, Dechen Yeshi, learning about the intricacies of Norlha from the fiber to the finished product. We will also get the rare chance to experience the exclusive Norhla fiber first hand through a hands-on felting activity. During our tour we will also have the opportunity to relax and recharge in the awe-inspiring natural environment and enjoy the luxuries and amenities of Norden Camp.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel, Orientation, Welcome Dinner


Staggered airport pickups from Xiahe Airport (XHE), Lanzhou Airport (LHW), and Lanzhou hotels. Settle in at camp, relax, and acclimatize to the altitude. Camp tour, orientation and welcome dinner. 


Day 2: Labrang Monastary Tour, Visit Local Nomads at Lungta Cooperative

Morning guided tour of Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery. Afternoon journey to meet local nomads at the Lungta cooperative and experience the yak-based delicacies. 

 

Day 3: Visit Norlha's Atelier, Tour with Dechen Yeshi, Hands-on felting Activity

 

Morning scenic drive to Zorge Ritoma. Lunch at Norlha's guest house. Afternoon tour and discussion with Dechen Yeshi. Hands-on felting activity with Norlha's exclusive yak fiber. Overnight stay and Norlha’s Guest House. 

 

Day 4: Final Farewells and Departures

Parting blessings and transfers to airports.

4 -DAY IMMERSION (per person)

Shared Tent: $1,100USD  |  Shared Cabin: $1,400USD |  Single Cabin: $1,800USD

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

 

2 Nights at Norden Camp, 1 Night Norlha Guest House
All Meals (Lunch/Dinner Day 1, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Days 2-3, Breakfast Day 4)
All Ground Transportation
All Activities & Guides
Access to Norlha's Exclusive Yak Fiber During the Tour 

TO BE ARRANGED BY GUESTS:

 

Airfare
We recommend flights into:
Xiahe Airpoirt (GXH), a 30-minute drive to Camp, accessible worldwide via Lhasa, Chengdu, and Xi'an (recommended site for Xiahe flight: www.ctrip.com).
Lanzhou Airport (LHW), a 4.5-hour drive to Camp, accessible worldwide via major Chinese cities. 

Visa
A Chinese visa is generally required to enter China (please consult your country's embassy and China visa policy). No Tibet Autonomous Region (T.A.R.) special permit is needed to enter this region of the Tibetan Plateau. 

Travel Insurance
Kindly consult your local travel insurance agency.

Incidentals
We recommend bringing extra spending money for additional food and alcohol, Norlha purchases, souvenirs, etc.

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