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Hike The Ancient Tea and Horse Road with Jeff Fuchs 10D9N, Fully Guided

Hike The Ancient Tea and Horse Road with Jeff Fuchs 10D9N, Fully Guided

Hike The Ancient Tea and Horse Road with Jeff Fuchs 10D9N, Fully Guided


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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'.

Tour Map

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This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for more information and availability. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 


    The Ancient Tea and Horse Road: Chinese tea and Tibetan horses were long traded on the legendary Tea Horse Road. From the 6th century to the 20th century, people in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces traveled by foot and horseback with pack horses to exchange tea for horses with people in Tibet.

    Rivalling the Silk Road trade routes for importance, the Ancient Tea Horse Road is one of the highest and most precipitous ancient roads in the world, which has carried and spread civilisation and culture for centuries. With more than 10,000 kilometres in length, it's the longest ancient trade road in the world.

    Crossing dangerous mountains and rivers, invading the wild lands and forests of 'the Rooftop of the World', the mysterious Ancient Tea and Horse Road winds and wanders. Walking on the road, you'll see some 70 cm-deep ruts in stone slabs caused by the stamping of horses' hooves over the centuries, and many altars engraved with religious scriptures and mottos. The legendary road is full of its stories to tell.

    This is your unique opportunity to explore one of the most remarkable trade routes on the planet.

    Small Group: With a small group of 12 or less, you'll enjoy your China adventure with other like-minded wanderers, share your desire to get at the heart of and have authentic and life-changing experiences along the way.
  • Travel with Jeff Fuchs

    Your tour is led by Jeff Fuchs, an award-winning explorer, author, photographer, and tea purveyor upon the Tibetan Plateau. He is the first documented westerner to travel the Ancient Tea Horse Road.

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    After his eight month expedition along the legendary road, travelling over 5,000 kilometres through Yunnan, Sichuan, Tibet, Nepal, and India, Fuchs unveils one of the planet's most daunting journeys and most remarkable trade routes in his award-winning book 'The Ancient Tea Horse Road' with beautiful photographs and captivating stories.

    This is your unique opportunity to travel with Jeff in southern Yunnan and discover tea, mountains, mysteries, ethnic minority groups, local culinary and nature & wildlife that are tucked away from the modern world.
  • Food

    This trip offers unique opportunities to taste Yunnan (or Dian) cuisine, an amalgam of the cuisines of the Han Chinese and other ethnic minorities in China.

    Of China's 55 classified ethnic minorities, 51 can be found in Yunnan. As the province with the largest number of ethnic minority groups, Yunnan cuisine is vastly varied and offers gastronomic experiences for food lovers. You’ll learn how their own cooking styles relate to their culture and locality.

    Some culinary highlights on the trip:
    - Join Jeff Fuchs for a welcome dinner and enjoy his introduction to the Ancient Tea Horse Road.
    - Enjoy a dinner of local Hani minority cuisine.
    - Feast on local Bai minority cuisine.
    - Join the locals at Shangri-La Old Town for a cup of Tibetan Butter Tea.
    - Partake in a festive Tibetan-style farewell dinner (and maybe swap your cup of tea for a glass of local whisky)

    Please contact us if you have special dietary requirements. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • Experiences

    - An life-changing journey into the Ancient Tea and Horse Road with Jeff Fuchs.
    - Sitting down to a pot of tea with the descendants of the first tea cultivators.
    - Hiking through Aini minority areas and into the Ancient Tea Tree Forests.
    - Following the narrow, winding lanes of Shangri-La Old Town and joining the locals for a cup of Tibetan butter tea.

    Other Activities at Additional Charge:
    - Beijing tours
    - Shanghai tours
    - Guilin tours
    - Xi'an tours
    - Airport VIP transfers
    - Helicopter flights over the Great Wall of China
    - Cruising along Yangtze river

    Please contact us to tailor make your itinerary. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • DAY 4 - 5

  • DAY 6 - 7

  • DAY 8 - 10

  • What's included

    - All overland transfers with chauffeur and in-transport refreshments.
    - All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
    - All meals as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water (No alcohol included).
    - All services of English-speaking guide(s).
    - All accommodation, based on twin-share and including breakfast, service charge, and government tax.
    - Private chauffeur service to and from airport at start and end of your trip.
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    Please contact us for more information. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 


    Please contact us for more information. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Xishuangbanna, an autonomous prefecture in China's southwestern Yunnan province.
    - Major commercial flights or buses provide convenient access to Xishuangbanna.

    For hassle free and seamless transfers for your China trip, please contact us for transfer arrangements. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • Weather and Climate

    Yunnan has the subtropical monsoon climate with large daily temperature difference and clear dry and wet seasons. The average temperature, in the hottest month (July) is 19 ℃ ~ 22 ℃, in the coldest month (January) is 6 ℃ ~ 8 ℃. The best time to travel in Yunnan is in spring and autumn, especially March to April, and September to November.

    Dali Temperature

    Dali Temperature

    Lijiang Temperature

    Dali Temperature

    Shangri-La Temperature

    Shangri-La Temperature
  • Other Information

    OCT4 Pty Ltd trading as ONLY LUXE CLUB acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by ONLYLUXE CLUB.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    The participant agrees to indemnify OCT4 PTY LTD, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Not suited for children under the age of 8.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise OCT4 PTY LTD and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. OCT 4 PTY LTD and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which OCT4 Pty Ltd or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure OCT4 Pty Ltd will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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