Tibetan Plateau Workshop - 2021 - Sean Gallagher - Photographer & Filmmaker | Beijing, China
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From the highest mountains in the world, to the diverse landscapes of the highland grasslands and alpine glaciers and rivers, the Tibetan Plateau is one of the most beautiful places in all of Asia. This region will be the location for the return of Sean Gallagher’s Tibetan Plateau workshop in 2021.

Held over the mid-autumn festival holiday between 18-22 September, this photography workshop will serve as an introduction for participants to the Plateau, giving you an opportunity to explore the eastern part of the region, discovering its unique people, culture and landscapes.

Throughout your journey, Sean Gallagher will be at your side to offer advice on photographing the people and landscapes, along with providing you with insights into travel photography learnt during his time photographing for clients including National Geographic and The Guardian.


Start/End Location – Xining, Qinghai Province, China.
Date – 18-22 September, 2021 (Mid-Autumn Festival)
Level – Beginner to Advanced
Class Size – Limited to only 6 Participants*
Price – USD1,500.00 (RMB 9,800) (Single supplement: +USD200 (1280RMB)
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Once you have paid either the deposit or full workshop fee, please email Sean at [email protected] to introduce yourself and ask any additional questions.


Day 1 – 18th September

Travel to the capital of Qinghai Province, Xining, where you will be met by the team at either Xining airport or train station. You will be transferred to your accommodation, located in the the heart of Xining’s old city.

After everyone has arrived and is settled, we will meet for the first time in the afternoon. Sean will introduce the workshop and the journey ahead. In the evening we will have a group meal and visit a local street market.

Accommodation; Lete hostel
Meals Included: D

Day 2 – 19th September

We will have breakfast near the hostel in Xining and then leave for Shachong monastery, the first main location on our journey. It is about 2 hours from Xining, perched on top of the beautiful Amnye Shachong mountain where we will have incredible panoramic views of the Yellow River valley.

After visiting this site, we will drive to Adi town for lunch. In the afternoon, we will continue to drive toward Khamra National Park, one of the region’s great geological parks. We will also visit Namzong Tse hermitage where you can more spectacular views of the park. Later in the afternoon we will drive to Rebgong where we will stay overnight.

Hotel: Xinshijia Hotel
Meals Included: B, L, D

Day 3 – 20th September

After breakfast, we will explore the fascinating and beautiful Rongwu Monastery as the sun rises over the nearby mountains. Departing Rebgong, we will then drive to Labrang (Xiahe), traveling through the stunning Ganjia grassland, stopping to visit local Tibetan Nomads for the afternoon and photographing their traditional way of life.

Hotel: Snow Mountain Inn, or similar standard
Meals Included: B, L, D

Day 4 – 21st September

We will spend the whole day exploring the iconic town of Labrang, one of the most important religious and cultural sights in eastern regions of the Tibetan Plateau. We will get up early to catch the morning light and photograph pilgrims as they walk around the monastery offering prayers and prostrating. We shall meet again for lunch and then continue our exploration of the town and its monastery deep into the late afternoon, capturing the monastery at sunset.

In the evening we will have a final presentation and slide show of participants best images from the workshop.

Hotel: Snow Mountain Inn, or similar standard

Meals Included: B, L, D

Day 5 – 22nd September

Join Sean for an optional pre-breakfast stroll around Labrang to take advantage of your last chance to photograph the town at dawn. We will then have our final group breakfast and discussions as we prepare to depart Labrang and return to Xining.

Participants will be dropped off at either the airport or train station, depending on their travel arrangements.

Meals Included: B


* The minimum number of participants for this workshop is 4 people. If this number is not met by 14 calendar days before the workshop begins, the workshop will be cancelled. Full refunds will be given to participants who have paid any workshop fees, including deposits. Please note it is the responsibility of the participant to book travel tickets to and from Xining that have the option of cancellation and refund, in the event the workshop is cancelled for this reason.

– If you are just paying the deposit first, the full workshop fee is due 2 weeks (14 calendar days) before the start date of the workshop. If the remaining workshop fee is not paid by this time, it will be assumed you will not be attending and the deposit will be non-refundable and your workshop place will pass to anyone who is on standby for the workshop.

Please note, the price listed above includes:
– One-on-one and group photography tuition from Sean Gallagher throughout the trip.
– Private transportation throughout the trip to listed locations, plus transport to and from airport/train station in Xining.
– Accommodation with meals as listed above (B=Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
– English speaking guide.
– Entry fee for site visits.
– Water during trip.
– Logistical fees.

The price does not include:

– Flight/Train tickets to and from Xining
– Personal Travel insurance (mandatory for all participants)
– Alcoholic beverages and other food items not outlined above.

***Inclusion are sustainability are central to our workshops. In all available instances, we operate in a manner that is respectful of local indigenous cultures and peoples. We aim to operate with indigenous groups as much as possible in a way that both financially benefits them and respects those communities. Likewise, we aim to limit our environmental impact as much as possible and encourage participants to take personal actions to help reduce the workshop’s overall environmental footprint.***