‘Discovered’ in 1928 by the famous Austrian-American explorer Joseph Rock, the three 6000m peaks of Yading in eastern Tibet are one of Asia’s most spectacular and pristine mountain sanctuaries. Sanctified over 300 years earlier by the fifth Dalai Lama, local Tibetans still revere them as emanations of the three main bodhisattvas of Chenrezig (compassion), Jempalyang (wisdom) and Chanadorjee (power) and believe that embarking on the pilgrimage (or ‘kora’) that encircles their majestic, snow-capped summits purifies a lifetime of negative karma.
From June 19 to July 02, 2016, Hong Kong-based adventure specialist, Whistling Arrow, will be leading a small-group expedition to trek the eight-day route and, as part of an awe-inspiring cultural and wilderness experience, will also be actively hunting for the fabled and elusive Himalayan blue poppy. In 2015, while recceing the region, various species of poppy were spotted including the extremely rare (excuse the Latin) Meconopsis horridula and Meconopsis autumnalis.
There is no other plant quite as unambiguously blue as the Himalayan blue poppy
The trek is a physical challenge and involves crossing six high altitude passes between 4,500 and 5000m in height. However no technical mountain skills are required – only a good level of physical fitness and the resolve to undertake the adventure of a lifetime.