The Trail of the Tea Horse is an ancient part of the Silk Road that linked Yunnan and Tibet. Tea porters carried enormous bricks of tea along this road, traversing dramatic mountain passes, and in exchange, Tibet traded its coveted horses. Follow this trail from remote south west China, an area of incredible diversity in both landscapes and ethnic groups. Visit spectacular Lugu Lake in the remote northwest plateau of Yunnan, home of the matrilineal Mosuo people. The Mosuo community were largely sequestered from the outside world until recently and their ancient, unique traditions and culture are still intact.
Cross the mountains into Tibet, a land that is, above all, uplifting – both spiritually and physically. It is a land where the devotional dominates art, culture, architecture and politics on every level, and where Buddhism has settled more firmly than in any other country. Located on the “Roof of the World”, encompassing the highest points on the earth, it offers extraordinary landscapes and an almost otherworldly sense of tranquility. Little travelled, wild and sparsely populated, this tour to the remote, fascinating province of Yunnan and extraordinary Tibet is for the culturally curious.
Janice Liverseidge is a Director of the Royal Society of Medicine which provides over 400 cross specialty educational meetings each year and is the home of one of the largest medical libraries in the world. Earlier in her career she worked for the British Medical Association. She is also a registered Blue Badge Tourist Guide and regularly leads groups in London on medical history walks, tours of the Wellcome Collection and other healthcare locations plus provides music and art tours for the Foundling Museum and the London Handel Festival. Janice has travelled extensively including an eight month journey around India, South East Asia and Australia. More recent travels have taken her to South America, Burma, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
Ground only cost is US $4,816 pp sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)