At a Glance
A truly unique camping experience in the Tibetan Plateau
There are both tents and log cabins that are very comfortable with beds covered in yak wool blankets and soft rugs
Enjoy a range of authentic and immersive activities; have lunch with a monk, go hiking or horse riding and even visit a local textiles workshop run by the owner of Norden Camp
Sleep surrounded by miles of wildflowers and enjoy some of the best stargazing in the country
Norden is only open from May to October due to weather conditions
To start planning your vacation to Norden Camp
Open from May to October each year, Norden Camp is one of China's most astonishing accommodation options that's designed for those wanting to immerse in Tibetan culture and get away from it all. Owned by American Tibetan Dechen Yeshi, and her husband Yidam Kyap, the camp combines style with authenticity and at the same time is incredibly environmentally friendly.
The area combines brilliantly with Beijing, Xian and Chengdu to form a truly unique itinerary that blends old with new and city with wilderness. Designed for those who don't mind living without luxuries for a few days, Norden's yak wool tents and log cabins offer a simple level of comfort in true Tibetan style. Bathrooms are shared or showers are offered by buckets, and you'll sleep under yak wool blankets, eating local cuisine at night. It's definitely not for everyone, but is perfect for intrepid and adventurous travelers that want a glimpse into Tibetan life.
Surrounded by miles of wilderness enshrouded with wildflowers and home to hares, marmots, foxes, gazelles and birds, Norden feels, and is, truly remote. While you are there enjoy hiking, horse-riding, making your own yak, having lunch at a monk's house or with a local family or otherwise relaxing in the small spa. After a magical Tibetan dinner share stories around the camp fire and gaze at the stars before a cosy sleep inside your tent or cabin.
We feel this is a simple but stylish camping option that's incomparable in China. It's perfect for adventurous families or couples wanting to add something adventurous and unique into their itinerary in China.
There are yak hair tents and wooden cabins to choose from. The wooden log cabins, of which there are eight, are inspired by those found in Tibetan woodlands. They can accommodate double or twin beds and there is an option for adding an extra bed as well. These are solar powered with dry toilets and decks overlooking the grasslands. Inside you'll find European beds covered with soft yak hair blankets, wooden floors and cosy rugs. They are very simple but stylish and completely unique. The four tents are made using traditional yak hair; these are fun, comfortable and well insulated with proper beds covered in yak hair blankets. Inside you'll find a sink and an outside dry toilet. They are warmed with wood stoves, making them cosy and warm through the night.
We wouldn't recommend Norden Camp for young children as there are no specific facilities, but it's a great option for families with older children looking for adventure and an insight into a unique culture.
Choose from horse riding, trekking, visiting local Tibetan families, eating lunch with local monks, visiting local monasteries as well as relaxing. You can also enjoy bird watching and stargazing in this remote and very beautiful location.
Location & Directions
Located in the Tibetan Autonomous Kenlho Prefecture in China's Gansu province, Norden Camp is approximately 30 minutes from Labrang or four hours from Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu.
When to go
Generally the best time to visit Tibet is between April and October; Norden Camp is only open between May and October. From May the wild flowers are in bloom and the camp is covered in flowering bushes. During this time you'll have a greater chance of seeing pheasants, hares and other wild animals and temperatures with be warm and comfortable.