If you are looking for a riding holiday which gives unprecedented access to some of the most untouched land in the world then the latest In The Saddle trip will tick all the boxes. The High Plateau Ride in Eastern Tibet provides an opportunity to ride on the ‘Roof of the World’ and be amongst one of the few to experience true nomadic life in this spectacular, vast, open landscape.
Tibet became part of China in the late 1950s and the routes you will follow on this wilderness trip lead you through the upland grasslands of what is now the Sichuan Province, where you will enjoy spectacular vistas from the highest plateau on earth and visit the remote Buddhist monasteries to get a feel for the local culture.
For intrepid equestrian explorers, visitors to In The Saddle’s High Plateau Ride will revel in the opportunity to spend time with local people, ride through the rolling hills that are framed by snow capped peaks of the Min Shan and Anye Machin mountains, and get a real sense of freedom as they partner with local Tibetan mountain horses known for being sturdy and sure-footed.
The fourteen night trip provides visitors with a true exploration of Tibet both on horseback and foot, including visits to the Panda Breeding Centre, the rare chance to have lunch with the monks in Amchok monastery or with a local Tibetan family, embrace the opportunity to learn about the cooking style and produce of the area and take a trip to the interesting town of Songpan.
The riding time can be very spiritual, giving guests the chance to reflect on life away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, whether it be sending ‘little prayers’ from the top of the peaceful holy mountain of Tiger’s Heart, or during a smoke offering ceremony at Chudong Sumna and Tso Gamma Labste – the holy seat of the protecting god. This trip will undoubtedly spark some level of emotion due to the empowering idyllic bliss of being literally, ‘on top of the world’!
Accommodation is based at the purpose built High Plateau Riding Centre in Amchok, as well as in local hotels and guesthouses. Prices start at £1,882 per person, based on 14 nights full board and includes all activities (flights to Chengdu not included).
To find out more about this exciting equestrian escape visit www.inthesaddle.com or call 01299 272 997 to speak to a member of the team.