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Langmusi Tibetan Horse Trekking-Day Tour

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Venturing face-to-face with Amdo Tibetan nomads is an electrifying once in a lifetime experience while trekking through their age-old grasslands.
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Arivza wrote a review Sep 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia52 contributions6 helpful votes
The English speaking lady whom I met dealing the horse trekking was friendly and accommodating, managed to get my request for horse riding despite very last minute (I informed her around 9am, and the ride starts sometimes around 10.40am). Because of last minute, the Tibetan at the tent are not at the tent and couldn't prepare the meal, so she just bought something from the town to the trek. That is understandable. I paid 490 yuan for one day horse riding tour (I was alone with the guide). There is a small stable just 300 metre from their café and we took the horse from there, and then 'WALK' to the grassland behind the town. It is a long walk (about 1km-1.5km) I must say and definitely not encouraged. What they should have done was to just pick up the rider in town via bike or anything to the starting place close to the grassland. The ride from the starting point to 'the source of water' was extremely slow, the guide was eating and on the phone 90% of the time. The guide cannot speak English, so there was little to no interaction between myself and the guide during the horse riding. Once we arrive at the source of water, he just pointing with fingers to the source of water and asked me to walk towards it on my own. It wasn't far but was very inconsiderate since I paid him to be with me and guide me, what if I fall or get injury while heading to or at the source of water. It wasn't exactly a smooth ground, and the grass was extremely muddy. Not dangerous, but extreme caution is required. The guide should have walked with me, instead he lay near to the horse and then when I come back he was in deep sleep, even snoring. We stopped by a small house on the way back and ate the lunch, and had some rest, it was close to one hour rest. A bit too long and wasting time. On the way back I asked him (via Google translate) to go little bit quicker but not too fast and as long as it is safe. He did that for a while, then slowed down again. It rained little bit on the way back and I informed him to go faster and I don't tolerate rain well and easily get sick, and he ignored the request and he said 'little rain, little rain' and continue riding the horse extremely slow. The worst part is he just left me half way through to the town, about 1.5km to 1km more to town (the end of the grassland) and ASKED to walk back on my own. It is a loooong walk and extremely inconsiderate. Plus, it is also not an exactly safe part of town to walk on your own, relatively quiet and anything can happen. There are dogs here and there along the route, and got barked at some point. I was extremely angry for asking me to walk back on my own, alone under the rain. Another member of the Langmusi Tibetan Horse Riding with bike drove to the guide location, and drove directly passed me. I raised my hand to signal him to stop and perhaps I can talk to him to bring me back with him, but he just ignored me and drove past me. Very terrible. I did informed the lady handling the tour about this, but by the time she said she is getting taxi for me (after I complained about all these), I am already almost reach the town, and so mad and angry to even pick up call. We reached the end of the grassland near to the town around 3.30pm and yes, it wasn't exactly a full day horse riding tour and the entire ride go and back to the source of water with 'little quick but not fast' pace, can actually be done within 2-3 hours the maximum. Based on this review, you may decide whether to take the tour. Personally I highly discourage it.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from liyi7327, 总经理 at Langmusi Tibetan Horse Trekking-Day Tour
Responded Sep 3, 2019
from 10:40am to 3:30am, it is 5 hours. Take one hour lunch break out, it is a nearly 4 hours riding. The car you met is not the car I send to you. I send my husband to pick you up and he had met you one day in advance in my agency, so he knew you. He drove and watched carefully on the way, but hadn't seen you. I send him to pick you up around 3min after I got your message. So I think you have already outside of the quiet road when he got there. It is really a very short distance.
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jk. wrote a review Aug 2019
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Our group of 3 booked a day trip with Windhorse trekking (windhorse-trekking.com) in Langmusi, and our guide Sonam Gyamtso (+8615109441588) was amazing at organising our day. We had lunch in a yurt with a nomadic family and then started the ride around the Flower Ocean (beautiful grasslands full of flowers in July). His English was good, and so were his homemade yak yogurt and knowledge of the area!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from liyi7327, Manager at Langmusi Tibetan Horse Trekking-Day Tour
Responded Nov 25, 2019
We can be easily contacted by email langmusi@qq.com The correct website is www.langmusi.net
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Andrew wrote a review Jul 2019
Melbourne, Australia6 contributions1 helpful vote
Although I didn't actually get to do this trip this time because I had to travel home early, I still wanted to leave some feedback on this company. The owner was so helpful and honest. My many questions were answered with patience and detail through WeChat in perfect English and when I had to change my plans, my deposit was instantly refunded in full. I'm already planning an extended tour in Luqu for next June.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from liyi7327, 总经理 at Langmusi Tibetan Horse Trekking-Day Tour
Responded Sep 3, 2019
Thank you for your feedback. As the website says with a 3 days prior cancellation require, the booking can be cancelled with fully refund.
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mly1849 wrote a review Nov 2018
San Francisco, California6 contributions3 helpful votes
My friend and I went in September of 2017, first doing the 2-day bike tour followed by the 3-day horse trek. Both were phenomenal, tranquil, and among the most beautiful places I've visited. Bike tour: I would highly recommend the bike tour even if you don't care much for biking. The homestay and places you visit are worth it alone. In fact, we didn't even bike the first day due to rain (drove in the van) and still had a wonderful time. We visited tiny little Tibetan villages on the first day, followed by staying at the astonishingly beautiful homestay of the bus driver at the top of mountain. Our host was so incredibly friendly and nice, and really provided us a wonderful time. Both my friend and I speak Mandarin, and the host spoke some Mandarin as well, so we were able to communicate and ask him a lot of questions. I imagine as a non-Mandarin speaker, it will be a much more silent trip :) 3-day horse trek: This trek was life-changing. Being able to experience the authentic life of the Tibetan nomads was unlike anything I've done before, and something that I would 100% recommend if you haven't done before. The vistas were otherworldly, and so tranquil. I will say that our guide didn't really speak to us and was on his phone the whole time, but honestly the rest of the trek was so beautiful that this didn't really diminish our experience and still was one of the best trips I've ever taken. The actual homestay family was incredibly friendly and hospitable, despite the language barrier.
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Date of experience: December 2017
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Quakiquak wrote a review Oct 2018
Prague89 contributions24 helpful votes
Being a part of 12 member group, we went on a trek on foot, horses only carrying our sleeping bags. We had 3 young men going with us as guides, none of them spoke English (as common in the region). The country is stunningly beautiful, the hills, rocks, bloming flowers... also plenty of wild animals to be seen if one looks the right way. However, as stated in many reviews here, this is there people's livelyhood and they do not care about tourists (even though they get paid by them). One wonderful example of this attitude was lunch on the first day. We departed around 10 am and before 12 we reached a small encampment. We stopped there, our guides unloaded the horses, set them free, ate their lunch and went to sleep (!), without a single word to us. They slept for an hour until a local woman from a tent started calling us and serving lunch. Staying over night in the yurt was lovely, however, the locals seemed to be quite bothered by our presence. We began the next day's trek with over 2 hours delay from the agreed time, because our guides wouldn't wake up... I'm not saying it was bad - it was good and made for a great experience. I would even recommend it. I guess I'm just not chill enough to let the schedule go, sit in wet tent for hours and enjoy myself instead of stressing out about the planned mountain climb, daylight and silly stuff like that. My bad.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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