7 days Shoton festival and Nagchu Horse Racing tour

Lhasa
⇀ Nagqu
⇀ Lhasa
Join in the two most famous Tibetan summer festivals - Shonton Festival and Nagchu Horse Racing Festival. See with your own eyes the local brave Tibetan herdsmen's skilled riding techniques while experiencing authentic Tibetan culture.
Type
Private
Duration
7 days
Theme
Festival
Trip code
TFT-05
Price
From ¥ 6,200 per person
Day 01 :
Aug. 4, Arrival at Lhasa [3,658m]

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

Day 02 :
Aug. 5, Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Potola Palace & Jokhang Temple

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.

Day 03 :
Aug. 6, Lhasa sightseeing (B)

Today is the first day of Shoton Festival, get up early and join with the locals to head to Drepung monastery, here you will watch the Big Thangka displaying which stands for the Shoton festival begins. In the afternoon head to Sera Monastery for the very exciting Buddhism scripture debating among the lamas, Big Thangka displaying may also happen in this monastery. Overnight at Lhasa. 

Day 04 :
Aug. 7, Lhasa sightseeing (B)

Today one more day in Lhasa to feel and enjoy the activities of Shoton Festival. Morning drive to Lhasa Race Course to see the exciting Horsemanship and Yak Race show, afternoon enjoy the Tibet Opera at Summer Palace - Nobulingka, afterwards pay a visit to Tibet Museum. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 05 :
Aug. 8, Lhasa / Namtso (4,700M, 240Km / 3-4 hours drive)

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).

Day 06 :
Aug. 9, Namtso - Nagchu (4,500M, 194KM, about 4-5 hours drive)

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. 

Day 07 :
Aug. 10, Nagchu Horse Racing Festival

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.

Day 08 :
Aug. 11, Nagchu / Lhasa (3,650M high, 338KM, about 5-6 hour drive)

Morning attend the Horse Racing Festival, afternoon drive back to Lhasa. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 09 :
Aug. 12, Lhasa airport /train station dropping off (B)

Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, end the trip.

Tour notes:

Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

Please contact one of our Tour Advisors to get a custom quotation made to your requirements.
All required government taxes and fees.
All required Tibet permits and domestic travel documents.
Where possible 3 star hotels will always be provided, if the city or town does not have then the local guest house or monastery guest house will be provided (i.e. tent / dormitory bed, no private bathroom etc.)
All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
Local Tibetan guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.

General exclusions:

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
Tips for your guide and driver.
Meals that are not specified in the tour itinerary.
Optional Attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.
Flight tickets or train tickets in and out of Lhasa (Please note: We can offer you train and/or plane tickets in and out Lhasa from all cities within China. Please check the latest price with us via email.)

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Comments

Oktobernardi Salam
Oktobernardi Salam
Fri, 05/13/2016

hai there can you send me the detail regarding this tour shoton festival and the horse racing for this september 2016 about the price and everything for 2 person

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Murphy Feng
Murphy Feng
Tue, 05/17/2016

In reply to by Oktobernardi Salam (not verified)

Hi Mr. Salam,

It's very nice to hear from you, and we'd love to help you plan you Tibet trip for this summer. I just sent you an email with some details about the Shoton Festival and Nagchu Horse Racing Festival of this year. Please check your inbox and I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

Cheers,

Murphy

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