Traveling in western Sichuan is an awe-inspiring spiritual experience, but can sometimes become a wearisome experience. Thanks awesome accommodations like Khampa Cafe and Arts Center in Tagong, English speaking travelers have a great resource for travel guides, warm accommodations and delicious meals in western Sichuan.
The guesthouse also runs a tour company, Chyoger Treks, which is owned and operated by Djarga Mira and his spouse, Angela Lankford, who is fluent in Tibetan. Angela (who carries a small resemblance to a young Meg Ryan) grew up in a Colorado ranching community on the east side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
During our stay, we were treated to delicious yak burgers and homemade Chai after a four-day horseback riding trip with local nomads.
All of their treks focus on getting to know local people, including the opportunity to live with nomads in their tent homes (eating homemade yak butter) and living in a local monastery with monks in training. It is truly a once-in-a lifetime experience. LIving with the nomads was definitely the highlight of my western Sichuan travels.
All in all, Khampa is a one-stop shop for expert and novice travelers in western Sichuan looking for a place to stay for as little as $16 a night. Stay and travel with Khampa if you are looking for a unique and truly authentic Tibetan experience.