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Norden Camp Tibet, Gansu, China

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Birdwatching, hiking, and horseback riding in the plateaus
Dessert served next to a bonfire under the stars
Interiors adorned with regionally-produced decor

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The self-sustainable venture of a Tibetan nomad whose global travels inspired him to share his own heritage, Norden Camp breathes new life into the vastly impoverished autonomous region of Tibet. Set upon an 11-hectare plateau—in itself an untarnished testimony to the splendor of the region's nature—the site operates as a summer-only glamping experience, as during the winter it serves as a grazing area for local nomads.

Queen rooms start at $232

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Amateur birdwatchers will have, quite literally, a field day here—exotic pheasants and cranes frequent the campgrounds.

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  • Vibe and atmosphere

    Each experience is utterly tailored to guests' will, whether relaxing in the Finnish sauna or riding horseback over the flowers speckling the undulating hills. Meals are freshly prepared by a Swiss chef, who's on hand to whip up a mélange of native and western dishes according to each visitor's taste.
  • Overall look and feel of the rooms

    All of the seven cabins and four tents are built sustainably and run entirely on solar power. Yak felt and fiber feature prominently in each, and all are decorated with locally-made furniture and authentic antiques. In line with the environmentally-minded aspect of construction, showers are bucket-style, with hot water delivered directly to guests' doors.
  • Service style

    The site is staffed and run entirely by nomads, and any communication barriers—since this is as close to remote as one can get in China, English isn't necessarily prioritized—are broken down by smiles that convey warmth far better than words in any language.
  • Preferred room type

    The seven cabins are roomier than their tent counterparts, and two of them feature openable ceilings which allow for guests to cloak themselves under the hypnotic blanket of stars each night.
  • Unique property features

    The luxurious yak weaves, which are scattered throughout the property and provide natural insulation for the cabins, are all exclusively created by local nomads. Their distribution team is the Tibetan-American mother-daughter duo Kim and Dechen Sciaky-Yeshi—the latter is the wife of the hotel's owner, and, as the hotel’s acting manager, she’s brought the line (Norlha) to complement her second venture into supporting the local economy.
Area Highlights

Labrang

What goes on there

Unbelievably immaculate water surges directly from the streams of the himalayas; wildflowers blossom on colorful highlands; a steady flow of fresh air cleanses and replenishes weary travelers.

Who will love it

Intrepid campers and anyone who needs to escape urbanity

Where to go to feel like a local

Take an early morning stroll to watch the sunrise over the pond, and afterwards join the staff in visiting Buddhist monks at Labrang monastery.