Chinese tea and Tibetan horses were long traded on a legendary trail, known as 'The Ancient Tea Horse Road' or 'chamadao'. Led by Jeff Fuchs, an explorer, mountaineer and writer, you'll follow the trail back to its roots on this authentic and life-changing journey. Walking along tea's most ancient trade route, discover how the raw and unadulterated tea culture was born in subtropical Xishuangbanna and transformed into the fragrant Tibetan beverage of the fabled Shangri-la. Hiking through the forests of the first tea trees and stepping into the homes of descendants of the first tea cultivators, discover how tea has woven itself into the historical fabric of the three-dozen cultures found along its pathway to Tibet.
The Ancient Tea and Horse Road is a harsh 2,250km trail stretching from China's Sichuan Province to Tibet's capital city of Lhasa. The world's favourite beverage has enchanted monarchs and built empires. But it began as a simple thirst quencher for fieldworkers under the hot Himalayan sun. Following tea to its roots in Yunnan, famous for Pu-erh tea and with the largest population of minorities in China, you’ll discover how it has infused itself into the culture of the villages along its most ancient trading route.
You will have a unique experience to get to the heart of the culture and history of the Ancient Tea and Horse Road with your tour leader Jeff Fuchs, an award-winning explorer, mountaineer, writer and tea expert, fluent in both Mandarin and Tibetan. He is referred as the first documented westerner to trek the entire Yunnan-Tibet Ancient Tea and Horse Road.
Combing history, nature, wildlife, culinary and hiking adventures, you'll soon understand why National Geographic refers to the tour as a thirst-quenching 'Tour of a lifetime'.