Western Sichuan & the Tibetan Plateau!
July 16-28, 2021
Our adventure will
begin with a visit to
capital city of Sichuan.
We will then fly west to
explore the cultural
heart of Tibet. The
Tibetan Plateau has long been a place of fascination for
Western naturalists and explorers.
Our first destination in Tibet will be Tsedang near some
of the oldest villages and sacred sites in Tibet. They predate
Buddhism in this area by more than a thousand years.
Lhasa is renowned for its sacred sites, and has profound
spiritual significance to the Tibetan people. These include
Jorkang Temple, the Potala and Norbulinka Palace, the
residences of the Dalai Lama, and Ganden Monastery,
poised dramatically on a ridge that overlooks the upper
reaches of the Lhasa Valley.
We will also explore Namco Lake which lies in a basin at
15,500 feet elevation. Here the air is extraordinarily clear,
offering luminous vistas of glaciated peaks that encircle the basin. Semi-nomadic
families live here during
summer, tending their
herds of yaks and ponies.
Although the Tibetan
Plateau is quite high, we
will spend most of our
time at moderate
elevations. Lhasa is
11,700 feet above sea
level. After a few days,
acclamatize and do fine
at these elevations. Our highest point overall is the pass
that leads to Namco Lake at 16,900 feet. We will see the
eclipse at 15,000 feet. This excursion probably will set a
few personal altitude records for out travelers!
We hope that you will join us to explore Tibet. Space is limited, so please let
us know right away.
Margaret M. Betchart
Betchart Expeditions Inc.
For AAAS Travels, Sigma Xi & ACS Expeditions