A new eco camp in China’s Gansu Province

Norden Camp’s tranquil mountain setting marries sustainability with luxury hits

A tent at Norden Camp in China’s Gansu Province
A tent at Norden Camp in China’s Gansu Province

The mountains of the Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture, in China’s remote Gansu Province, offer succour of a unique sort: pristine air, rare silence and a sense of endless space for contemplation. Norden Camp (www.nordentravel.com; from about £173), a lodge comprising four luxury tents and seven log “cabins”, operating until October 15 this year and thereafter annually from May 1 through to mid-October, is now the place to lay your head. Set on a plateau 3,200m above sea level, close to Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery (arguably the most important Tibetan Buddhist site outside Tibet itself), Norden marries sustainability bona fides – wood-burning stoves, solar power, bucket showers – with generous luxury hits. Besides the cloud-like European beds and Finnish sauna, guests benefit from the owners’ other business: the production of cashmere-like khullu textiles from yak hair for fashion houses such as Lanvin and Céline. So while monastery tours, horse trekking and grassland yoga are all available, so are gorgeous shawls, blankets and accessories – sold under the brand name Norlha (www.norlha.fr) – in the camp’s boutique.

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