Chyoger Tibet & China Treks




Treks, Tours & WorkshopsTibetan GrasslandsChinese Countryside


Guides, Translators, Hosts, Buddies:
who we are

MountainAll treks focus on getting to know local people.  Every
step of the journey, after your pick-up in Western China, there will be translators/guides to help you converse, chat, joke, and understand our hosts-– as well as to manage logistical affairs.

Your hosts will be local people:  in Tibet, a family of nomadic yak herders; in the Chinese countryside, peasant farmers; at Emei, temple monks and other mountain-dwellers.  


DjergaOur host in Tibet is Djarga Mira, a yak herder devoted to religion and living well.  He has an endless sense of humor and capability for organizing and solving problems.  He has lived all his 39 years in this village, as have his parents, grandparents, and so on. He is working on improving his Chinese language and enjoys studying English from Angela and from trekkers. He is a wealth of information on Tibetan religion, customs, folk tales, jokes, and thinking.  He understands how to share this information in a way that foreigners can understand! In 2006, he married Angela Lankford, who had visited his home yak camp many times!



Angela Lankford Angela is an American who grew up in a Colorado ranching community on the east side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  She spent her childhood and teens climbing, backpacking, doing forestry work for her father, and getting used to cowboy culture.  Then by strange circumstance she ended up getting a degree in Economics with an Environmental focus from Williams College, and joined the Peace Corps.  
The Peace Corps sent her to China, where she lived alone in a small Chinese town for three years.  She learned Chinese and got to know the countryside and its people.
During her first vacation in China, Angela met her Tibetan family and started spending time on the high grasslands with them.  One of few Westerners to have close contact and serious time with the nomad people, she has been very fortunate to meet such amenable people, and to hit the right time in Chinese history to get to know them well. 
She has been visiting the grasslands and studying them since December 2001.


Ju RuiJu Rui's English name is Janice. She is from Chongqing, a graduate of Southwest Agriculture University.  She was Angela's student and subsequently has become her good friend.  She possesses a keen, open, inquiring mind, and speaks English well.  She is a great guide and translator because she is primarily a student of life.  She is currently a graduate student at Sichuan University in psychoanalysis, with a focus on the relationship between Freudian and Buddhist philosophies.