TO THE EASTERN EDGE OF THE TIBETAN PLATEAU
- Insight into the Kham region of Tibet
- The Bhuchu La Pass at 16,075 feet
- Trek to the remote Konka Monastery
- Views of the sacred Minya Konka peak
- The Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu
At 24,785 feet, Minya Konka is a peak sacred to Buddhists and the world’s highest peak outside of the Himalayas. This exciting trek follows the pilgrimage route to Konka Monastery below the base camp for Minya Konka. An inscription at the monastery translates as ‘To behold it (Minya Konka) is worth 10 years of meditation’. When Joseph Rock came here in 1930 to survey the mountain, he caused great consternation among the Royal Geographic Society when he sent a telegram to London stating that the mountain was the highest in the world with his measurement of 30,250 feet. The error in measurement was only laid to rest two years later when a better equipped American team came to make a second survey. During the survey, two of the party succeeded in reaching the summit, then the highest peak ever climbed and still today viewed as a remarkable achievement given the difficult nature of the climb. Although Minya Konka is the undoubted centerpiece of this great trek to a little-visited mountain region of Sichuan, there is much more to the trip than this photogenic mountain. The distinctive regions of western China and eastern Tibet each have their own unique dialect, customs, architecture clothing styles, art, and music. This trip will provide you an insight into the rural life of the Kham region and also of the Minyak people who inhabit this region.
The Minya Konka Trek (Camping Trip) is part of our Classic Himalayan Trek Series. In 2021, we are also able to arrange this trek beginning on any date during the months of April, May, September and October for a group of 2 to 10 people.
Day 1: Arrive in Chengdu. Afternoon visit to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center.
Day 2: Travel to Ya’an and Kangding
Day 3: Excursion to Pao-Ma Mountains
Day 4: Begin Minya Konka Trek
Day 5: Trek to the Riwoche Valley
Day 6: Excursion to the Xiaogongga Glacier
Day 7: Pasture Camp
Day 8: The Bhuchu La Pass
Day 9: Konka Monastery
Day 10: The Tsemi La Pass
Day 11: Return to Chengdu
Day 12: Depart Chengdu