How to Plan an Amdo Tibet Tour without Restrictions

On the North Eastern part of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau lies Amdo, a traditional region of Tibet that covers a large part of Qinghai Province and adjoins parts of Sichuan and Gansu Provinces. Historically, it was the birthplace of the 14th Dalai Lama. Amdo, means “Tail” in Tibetan. Located at the foot of Tanggula Mountains, Amdo is the main arteries of traffic in northern Tibet. Abundant topography and diverse ethnic culture make Amdo a charming place. Prestigious Tibetan Buddhist monasteries like Taer monastery, Labrang monastery, Longwu monastery, Langmusi add mystery to Amdo. Moreover, there is unique and integrated national culture, including Tibetan, han, hui, Mongolian, Qiang and other minorities, who coexist with Amdo culture. Do you want to unveil the mystery of Tibetan Amdo? Just follow us to travel to Amdo.

Part 1. Top 3 Best Hotels to Stay in Amdo

Top 1. Tianlong Hotel (安多天龙酒店

Amdo Tianlong Hotel is located at the intersection of Shenyang South Road and Anshi West Road in Amdo County. All rooms of this hotel are equipped with 100M telecommunication fiber optics, 24-hour hot water, long-distance telephone calls, and uninterrupted supply of ventilation. More importantly, each room has an independent oxygen supply system. For friends who suffer from high altitude sickness, this hotel's oxygen service is perfect for you. Additionally, Tianlong hotel is also the only hotel in Amdo areas that have elevators. However, the sanitary condition is not very good as it was remodeled by a commercial building.

Note:  If you are going to this hotel, you need to wait for a while while turning on the water heater, otherwise the water will not be very hot.

Top 2. Zangbei Holiday Hotel (安多藏北假日酒店)

Amdo Zangbei Holiday Hotel is located next to National Road 109 in Anduo County, 300 meters from the county seat. Established in July 2016, this hotel has 26 rooms with an area of 750 square meters. Among these rooms are 16 oxygen supply rooms and 12 air-conditioned rooms, each of which has a separate bathroom, 24-hour hot water, full WIFI coverage, and cable CCTV. The big separate parking lot in the hotel courtyard provides bring travelers great convenience to park. And the independent oxygen bar inside the hotel courtyard can relieve your pain of high altitude sickness.

Part 2. Must-see Attractions in Amdo You Can’t Miss

1. Cuona Lake (错那湖)

With an altitude of 4800 meters and an area of about 300 square kilometers, Cuona Lake is a big freshwater lake. Located in the heartland of the Qiantang Nature Reserve, this lake is a habitat for rare wild animals on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. According to legend, Cuona Lake was the bathing place of the Queen Mother of the West. To show respect to her, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet worship Cuona Lake in every Tibetan year of the Dragon.

Cuona Lake

2.  Gradandong Snow Mountain  ( 格拉丹东雪山 )

Gradandong Snow Mountain is a towering cloud-shaped ice peak. The huge mountain body is covered with a thick layer of glaciers. It is an inexhaustible Granada Snow Mountain and the birthplace of the Yangtze River. In the area around 6,000 meters above sea level, there are abundant spar. The scenic Zulken Sea is rich in fertile plateau scale-free naked carp. There are always a large group of snow chickens perched on the snow-capped peaks all the year round. On each hillside and the prairie at the foot of the mountains, all kinds of exotic flowers and plants are growing here.

I can clearly remember the last time I went to this mountain. Along the road, we saw so many wild animals walked on the roadside, such as wild yak, big head sheep, snow leopards, etc. The most impressive part is that a group of Tibetan antelopes saw our car coming, and quickly grab the road from our car and run up the hillside. I parked my car and looked at them. I never looked at them like this up close, cute Tibetan antelope. That is really an impressive tour.

Gradandong Snow Mountain

Part 3. Delicious Foods to Eat in Amdo

Tsering Teahouse : Tsering Tea house is very famous in Amdo, which is named by boss’s name, ‘tsering', who is good at talking and keen on public welfare. Tsering tea-house is famous for its sweet tea and authentic Tibetan noodles. Locals, whether they are rich or poor, love to come and enjoy the food.

Address: shenyang north road, Amdo county, nagqu district, Tibet autonomous region, close to the people's government of Amdo county
Opening hour: 8:00 - 23:00

Golmud kebabs : halal tastes great, here are authentic lamb, authentic lamb. It is located in the county, with convenient transportation and accommodation (Amdo hotel is at the gate), and opposite is the store and Internet cafe. It's very warm and this must be the best place you've come to.

Address: no. 3, south road, shenyang
Opening hour:Monday to Sunday 14:00-03:30

Part 4. How to Get to Amdo

Tourists can get to Amdo from Chinese cities of Chengdu, Lanzhou, and Xining. From these three cities there is convenient access to much of the region via land or air. If you are planning to travel to Amdo through land, you can take public buses or hire a private car. Public bus is suitable for individual visitor. Nowadays, buses are more convenient than most people think. More importantly, it can save you a lot of money. The private car is more suitable for visitors who are traveling in a group. Apart from bus, you can also travel to Amdo by air, which is very convenient.


Travelers' Questions Might Help

The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions please contract us, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

Mr. Ju*** from: 4 Days Lhasa Holy Landmarks Express
January 07, 2020 08:25

Hi, I plan to arrive in Lhasa on the 9th of March in 2020 by train and would like to do a 4 day tour. Unfortunately there are no tours scheduled between January and April, will there be tours added or are there not any planned?

Kind regards

Julian Franz

Answered by Helen
January 07, 2020 07:14

Hello Mr. Ju***,

    Thanks very much for your inquiry. We currently have no group tour in February and March, if you would like to travel Tibet in these months, we are able to arrange a private tour for you. While there are several confirmed departure date for the group tour in January and April, if your time is flexible, you may consider joining a group tour in April. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Warm regards.

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