Need an escape from city living? We just might know a place where your spirit can roam free.
Offering a captivating and utterly unique take on China’s remote Gansu Province, Norden, a traditional Tibetan camp, has opened in the Himalayan foothills. Located in a wildflower strewn landscape at 3,200 metre above sea level, Norden marries the timeless tradition of
the region’s nomads with touches of the 21st century. Just four Khullu-styled tents, each made from hand-spun yak fiber, and seven traditional log cabins, are scattered along the banks of a gently meandering river. Each boasts a private wooden deck, custom Tibetan furniture, local antiques and Norlha felted carpets, as well as polished wood floors, and European bedding. You’ll stay snug under yak felt while a wood furnace provides heat and an array of solar panels captures power from the sun.
After days spent exploring this vast landscape on picnics, guided walks and horseback tours in search of hares, marmots, gazelles and owls, join other guests for a spot of yoga in the meditation pavilion, a session in the Finnish sauna, or for story telling around the bonfire. There’s even time to visit Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery, the most important Tibetan Buddhist site outside Tibet and home to 1,800 monks. www.nordentravel.com