Minya Konka Trek
China, Trek & Walk, 13 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,035 (land only) - from $2,795 (land only)
Direct flights from London with British Airways.
This holiday has been designed to take advantage of the new British Airways service from London Heathrow, flying direct to Chengdu.
- Trekking in a wild and remote area bordering eastern Tibet
- Minya Konka, the highest peak east of the Himalayas
- The distinctive Khampa and Minyak communities
- Trek across three high passes to the remote Konka Monastery
- The Panda Breeding Centre at Chengdu
Situated on the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau, Minya Konka (7556m) is the world's highest peak beyond the Himalaya. It is also a sacred mountain with its own pilgrimage circuit or ‘kora' like Mount Kailas in Western Tibet. This exciting new, high and wild 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 centre-piece of this great trekking holiday to a little visited mountain region of Sichuan, there is much more to the holiday 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 holiday will give you an insight into the rural life of the Kham region and also of the Minyak people who are an ethnic group distinct again from their Khampa neighbours. Combined with a fascinating journey through Sichuan province and with sightseeing in the city of Chengdu, including the Pandas at the world famous breeding centre, this is a world class adventure experience.
Is this holiday for you?
The trek to Minya Konka is not long or sustained but it travels through rugged country, generally at a high altitude and across high passes in excess of 4500 metres. The average walking day is around 6 hours with one longer day across the Bhuchu La (4850m) of 8 or possibly 9 hours. In general the underfoot conditions are good and we follow a well established trail used by thousands of pilgrims who visit the sacred Minya Konka and its monastery. Although short, this trek does present a reasonably tough proposition on account of the altitude. The trek is suitable for most regular hill-walkers and those with a good level of fitness.