A Tibetan folksong states:
A good steed is like a swift bird,
A golden saddle is like its feathers,
When the bird and its feathers are together
Then the highlands are easily crossed.
Kham was one of the two ‘provinces’ designed to keep out eastern intruders approximately 1,500-1,200 years ago, while the other one is Amdo (currently Qinghai province).
More than 850,000 local Tibetans lived in this enormous land, called Khampas. “Khampa” means the region in between Kangding and Batang in the southwestern region of Kham, the male of Khampa is often referred to as “Khampas.” This name is thought to be the “Warrior”, and has made a fearful impression on outsiders.
In China, most of the rivers flowing from west to East. However, in the East Tibet of Kham, the large and powerful rivers of Yarlung, Yangtze, Mekong, and Salween, flow from North to South, cut ting through the mountains forming deep valleys, and all the rivers parallel to one another. This area is also the only mountain range that travels North to South called “Heng-Duan Mountain Range.” It is named this because it cuts off the “connection” between the eastern and western parts of China. In the deep valleys, there are many fertile lands at the bottom of the gigantic cracks of the earth that grow barley, and other farm produce, which produce a massive harvest annually making Kham Tibet’s Granary.
Kham is a plateau that has lush valleys, alpine pasture, snowy mountains, hidden monasteries, but it is still a place that outsiders rarely visit. Please click below on the listed destinations that you’re interested in, or contact us, we will assist you in choosing between the travel destinations available.