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Khampa Nomad Ecolodge and Arts Center

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Genong Village, Tagong District, Kangding County 626006 China
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Run by Angela and Djarga, now 11 kms from Tagong town, Khampa Nomad Ecolodge is a comfortable, eco-friendly, off-grid self-sufficient bed-and-breakfast, in the wide open pasturelands, with mountain views and amazing hiking, yet with easy 1-hour access to Kangding airport. We host top-rated horse and hiking treks, nomad tent stays, and artisan workshops; open year-round. The lodge is built with love in traditional style with modern amenities. Our focus is on local nomad food products, modeling rurally-appropriate eco-friendly technologies, and most of all, allowing for authentic experience and real connection to nomads, with experience in the region since 2004 (including founding and running the Khampa Cafe in Tagong from 2010-2014, though we are no longer connected to the cafe).
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Genong Village, Tagong District, Kangding County 626006 China
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TTL1111 wrote a review Oct 2019
Chicago, Illinois37 contributions1 helpful vote
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If you're looking for an authentic Tibetan experience while also hoping to have some basic luxuries, this is the perfect option. We cannot properly express how wonderful it is that Angela and her family have built this lodge and provide experiences for those visiting the area. We stayed at the lodge 3 nights over the course of 5 days in late August 2019. Our first night was spent at the lodge and Angela helped arrange transportation by SUV from Kangding. After spending time in Kangding, which is quickly turning into a somewhat Epcot center of Tibetan aesthetics, we were so pleased to arrive at this beautiful lodge underneath Yala Snow Mountatin and surrounded by a rushing stream and endless grasslands. We were greeted by Angela, her warm family, kind staff, and adorable pets. Dinner was a delicious meal of Tibetan specialities. On our second night, we were scheduled to do a horse trek and stay with the nomads at the high camp but the forecast had a great deal of rain, so Angela was very accommodating to help us reschedule and change around all of our arrangements. Instead, Angela arranged for us to stay with a local family in Daofu. On the way we stopped at the Bamei Stone Forest, which was incredible and surprisingly empty! Note that the stone forest is a magnetic field and so flying a drone is at your own risk. The ticket desk warned us that several drones had dropped out of the sky after signal interference. We also stopped for lunch at a restaurant in Bamei that she recommended. Everything was delicious! The homestay was a traditional Daofu style house built with large wood beams and ornately painted. The family we stayed with were wonderful and so hospitable. Do visit the monastery in Daofu if you are in town. Our third night was back at the lodge as we'd depart for our horse trek the next morning. Although the scheduled horse guide did not show up, Angela was luckily able to arrange something last minute with another guide. We rode about 3 hours up to the nomad camp with a quick lunch break that the staff at the lodge had packed for us. The nomadic family we stayed with were so kind. We spent the next few hours running around with the adorable, curious, and energetic kids, learning about milking yaks, and eating a delicious dinner of momos. If you do choose to spend a night at the nomad camps, do consider bringing something for the kids up there. While they are some of the happiest kids, they have so little. We brought a few books and mini bubble wands and they loved them. Pack lots of layers and bring toilet paper. It was frigid at night! The next day we rode down with our guide and horses to the end of the plateau and opted to hike down the rest of the way to best take in the epic scenery. The horse trek and homestay were some of our favorite experiences from 3 weeks in Tibet. On our last night at the ecolodge we were feeling a little under the weather, likely from being at a higher altitude at the nomad camp. Instead of participating in the large group dinner of pizza (which looked/smelled incredible!), the lodge staff was super accommodating and made us some delicious vegetable soup for dinner. At this point we found out that our flight from Kangding to Chengdu for the next day was canceled. A few others staying at the lodge were also affected, and of course, within minutes, Angela had worked out a new solution. We all shared a comfortable minivan back to Chengdu. We are so grateful that this lodge and Angela exist in remote Tagong. Having access to a hot shower before and after our homestay experiences made for a much more comfortable trip. Being able to communicate with Angela in English to plan our trip was extremely helpful. She's a wealth of information on the area, the people, the culture and is so integral in helping travelers maximize their experience in this area of Tibet. So if you're going all the way out to Tagong, please bring her a block of Brie in appreciation of all that she and her family do :)
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from AngelaLhagang, Owner at Khampa Nomad Ecolodge and Arts Center
Responded Oct 8, 2019
Ah, thank you for seeing the good in things! We just try to do our best, while somehow keeping things true to life around here... and that errant horse guide? Still working with him; Djarga is sure we can eventually get him to accept the requirement of total reliability. Hmmm. Sounds doubtful, but it has worked before. :)
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琇鈴 鈡 wrote a review Sep 2019
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For all the good reviews, I trusted my husband to come over to khampa nomad for a 2 night stay for its experience. An horrifying experience indeed. First of all, because of our lengthy stay in China and trying to keep cost low, we opted for the dorm room for 2 nights. Per person was 190 yuan so 2 night x 2 person was 760 yuan. For 760 yuan, I could have been anywhere with a bathtub with hot showers and room services plus massage anywhere in kangding area. But nope. We chose to suffer here. For 760 yuan for dorm beds, u DO NOT get hot showers. Instead u get a bucket of water, awaiting for the sauna's charcoal to heat it up. And its not upon anytime u want. The first day, we were really tired after travelling 10 hrs on the road looking forward to a hot shower. The guys told us, they only do it after dinner 730pm so u keep ur warmth longer and sleep better. I want my bath at 4pm! Wads wrong with it. So I requested a 2nd time at 530pm. They did up the suana and my hot suana and water is only ready an hour later at 630pm.. Dinner time is at 730pm. For a full meal is 110 yuan PER PAX. For a main meal only is 60 yuan PER PAX!  and surprise surprise! U dun get to choose ur main meal! U eat wadeva the majority of the guest or whoever pays more has chosen. Even when u can choose, u can't choose a different one from ur partner. So u are technically paying 60yuan X 2 for the same dinner. They serve it together in a table setting where everyone shares the main meal # soup in shangrila for 100 yuan in a pot that serves u HOT! The redeemable meal was the homemade American breakfast which is included in ur stay. Still, it's at 190yuan/night/person. And lunch comes with every paying dinner. The dorm room were cold and were without heating pad under the bed. We have to ask the guys repeatedly, again to come in to setup the fireplace. It will be warm enuff jus for an hour and ud better get to sleep within that hr. Otherwise ull freeze off or probably choked on all the smoke in the poor ventilation room. If u have sensitive gums, please dun brush ur teeth as ull just pain urself to death with the freezing cold water from the tap. So please bring ur listerine!!! If u don't have sensitive teeth, then ull probably just freeze ur hands everytime after a hand wash after toilet or teeth brushing. It's the same for the 2nd day we stayed there. Shower requested REPEATEDLY at 430pm (we have to request 3 times! to help us heat up the suana) and were only ready at 630pm, and worse this time the suana wasn't even hot! So we were really cold in the suana's room and having soap all over us. This really takes the cake and I have officially hated this place for the price I paid and came here to suffer WITHOUT BASIC HOT/WARM SHOWER AT ANYTIME I WANT! It's just the sense of value with the price paid. U know that the place ure situated in is cold, but there's no basic amenities to keep ur guest warm throughout. I felt that I came here for a 3d2n camp where there are timeline to follow for ur shower and playtime, having meals together. Totally relieving my high school experience!! U might really enjoy here if ure a foreigner looking for a familiar face and speaks to u in English and willing to pay 620 yuan for a very comfortable room per night. But knowing how to speak mandarin and travelled for over 20 days in this tibetant area, there are nicer areas with similar views, really warmth service and really good food with just a quarter of the price here, and definitely doesn't feel like a campsite. Will give this a miss. Good luck all!
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from AngelaLhagang, Owner at Khampa Nomad Ecolodge and Arts Center
Responded Sep 28, 2019
Hi, so sorry you didn’t have a good time! Sounds like it’s just not the place for you. Wish I could have done a better job explaining to you what it was like before you came. I thought it was clear on the website, but perhaps not enough! I also wish you’d let me know how unhappy you were here while you were here, so I could have resolved it. So surprised to learn this as I enjoyed your visit and had no idea. We are very dedicated to making you happy, so all you had to do was ask. If you felt the price was too high and this wasn’t for you, for example, I would gladly refund the whole or part of the stay, depending on what would make you feel ok about it. Please, anyone in the future who feels this way, please please please let me know. We run this business to make people happy, not unhappy. Just because what you find is not what you expected, does not mean we are trying to make you unhappy or grab your money unethically; other people often thoroughly enjoy the things you hated so much. It’s hard to figure out what’s best for everyone. So if you can communicate, it will make all the difference. Thanks for bringing this up — I hope people in the future will know to please communicate displeasure, so we can make it right. We well know we are providing an unusual stay, more focused on community involvement, ecological building, and personal authenticity than providing a “normal” place. We well know this is not for everyone. But believe it or not, many people love it for just its differences. We just need to know when it isn’t working for you.
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Renata Mirkova wrote a review Nov 2018
Chengdu, China249 contributions72 helpful votes
The lodge is in beautiful area, in the middle of nowhere, near Tagong. The lodge is agreat starting point for treks (longer or shorter), they also can arrange homestays with the nomads, which is a wonderful experience. The private rooms are wonderful (beautiful and with hot water supply), the common area is very good as well. The people running this place are very nice and helpful. The dorm room was quite cold, but the blankets were thick enough, so I slept like a baby anyways. And there was not much hot water in the shower, that's the price for being ecofriendly and self-sustainable. But there is always an option to heat some water up in the sauna and wash there. The accomodation as well as the food is a bit pricy in comparison with prices in China, but I think it is still worth staying here. I would come again... And I probably will!
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Response from AngelaLhagang, Owner at Khampa Nomad Ecolodge and Arts Center
Responded Nov 16, 2018
Thanks for this — don’t worry we’ll solve the hot water in dorm shower issue, as soon as we can make space for a big water heater! I’m glad you’ll come back! I feel I should explain about our pricing for everyone. We try to make our prices reasonable; of course you can find much cheaper accommodation and food in China, but not of the same caliber. You can always eat basic noodles or white rice with oily vegetables and industrial meat quite cheaply, but we offer homegrown salads you can trust, our own organic grass-fed butter and yak meat, homemade yak cheese with homegrown herbs, drinkable spring water, whole grain rice and bread, homemade desserts, and more. Our rooms are made, by our own hands, to the highest possible standard, and much more expensive rooms around the country have leaking toilets, clogged drains, sewer smell, unsealed windows, and no insulation— whereas ours is built lovingly and to North American standard. This simply can’t be done for the same price as cheap Chinese buildings, but it makes a huge difference in comfort. We’ve had many locals vehemently claim that we could and must double the price, but we want to keep prices low in order to make our place accessible to more people (and to keep our evenings full of interesting and varied conversation, because that’s what we love). Hope to see you again someday!
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sophiagebefuegi wrote a review Oct 2018
Vienna, Austria3 contributions
Angelas place brings you as close as possible to the local culture and nature of the tibetan plateau far off from the hussle of Sichuan. There is plenty to explore around the valley and the view from the house itself is breathtaking and includes a panoramic view of mount yala. I personally was afraid I couldn't find any remote places in the kham region but this place definitely fit the bill and you can base at least three times in total solitude from Angela's place without getting too repetitive. On top of it her ecolodge is a place where many great people from around the world meet and share their experiences. Angela goes out of her way to make people feel at home and understand the local culture. We hope that the environment there remains untouched and are quite sure to visit her and her family again.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Angela L, Owner at Khampa Nomad Ecolodge and Arts Center
Responded Oct 2, 2018
Thank you for this — so glad you enjoyed!
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Marta M wrote a review Sep 2018
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I was there with my friends two days ago. They dpeak english very well and always able to help us. We were no lucky to sleep there because was full, but we had breakfast and dinner every day. The food is really good and not expensive. The most good plate was the tibetan pasta!!
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Angela L, Owner at Khampa Nomad Ecolodge and Arts Center
Responded Sep 26, 2018
Oops! This review might confuse people looking for us. Surely you didn’t have breakfast and dinner here every day! It’s too far away from anywhere else to stay. Must have been somewhere else!
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ChinaSichuanGarzê Tibetan Autonomous PrefectureKangding County
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Frequently Asked Questions about Khampa Nomad Ecolodge and Arts Center
Which popular attractions are close to Khampa Nomad Ecolodge and Arts Center?
Nearby attractions include Tagong Grassland (4.1 miles) and Tagong Temple (Lhagang Monastery) (4.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Khampa Nomad Ecolodge and Arts Center?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Khampa Nomad Ecolodge and Arts Center?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Khampa Nomad Ecolodge and Arts Center?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Khampa Nomad Ecolodge and Arts Center?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.