8 days Tibet Nagchu Horse Racing Festival tour
Upon arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, to be met and transferred to your hotel / hostel in Lhasa. Afternoon have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight at Lhasa. B=breakfast
Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have purposely arranged only to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Jokhang temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa, the circuit around it called Barkhor street, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Both of them are the focal points of pilgrims from entire Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today we will visit Drepung monastery in the morning and Sera monastery in the afternoon. Both Drepung and Sera monasteries are Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect monastic colleges. Drepung monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. Sera monastery is famous for its Buddhism philosophical debate practice, the clapping sound and aggressive expression of the monks are well worth to see. The rest of the day is for you freely explore Lhasa old town on your own. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today you will have about 3-4 hours pleasant drive to Namtso Lake, the driving will be in the vast northern Tibetan grassland, with magnificent views of the Nyenchen Thanglha snow mountain ranges. Pass by Damxung town, you will cross the high pass Largen-la [5190m], where you will have first view of Namtso lake. Namtso Lake is one of the highest and spectacularly beautiful lakes in Tibet. It is also the highest altitude salt water lake in the world. The water here is crystal-clear blue. Clear skies join the surface of the lake in the distance, creating an amazing view. Namtso Lake's touching beauty should not be missed by any traveler who visits Tibet. Its purity and solemn ness are symbols of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. In Tibetan, Namtso means 'Heavenly Lake.' It is considered one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Namtso is famous for its high altitude 4720 meters, vast area 1961 square kilometers and beautiful scenery. Upon arrival, you will have time to free explore the lake and enjoy the glory of the sunset over the lake. Overnight at Namtso Lake local tent guest house (dorm bed).
Morning enjoy the sunrise over the lake, free walk around to enjoy the peaceful moment before the flood tourists arrive. Afternoon head to Nagchu by driving in the vast Qiangtang grassland. Nagchu is the political and cultural center of the Northern Tibet, the annual Horse race festival is an important folk festival here. Overnight at Nagchu local guest house or tent guest house.
Today you will attend the Horse Racing Festival. The festival, held in August, the best time of the year, is attended by tens of thousands of herders coming on horseback from as far as hundreds of kilometers aways. Dressing themselves and their finest horse, thousands of herdsmen participate in the thrilling horse race, archery and horsemanship contest.Other folk activities and commodity fairs are also held. Overnight at Nagchu local guest house or tent guest house.
Morning attend the Horse Racing Festival, afternoon drive back to Lhasa. Overnight at Lhasa.
Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, end the trip.