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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)

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Nagqu Horse Racing Festival in TibetTour Name:         Nagqu Horse Racing Festival in Tibet
Tour Code:          M82D286
Duration:            8 Days & 7 Nights
Destination:        Lhasa, Nagqu, Nam Tso, Shigatse, Gyantse
Features:            The Nagqu Horse Race Festival is the grandest nomadic celebration in North Tibet. The festival takes place annually in August. By then local Tibetan nomads and herdsmen gather on the grassland, dressed in traditional costumes and set up tented camps under the blue sky. You get to witness the Tibetan cowboys showing off their equestrian skills on the horsebacks. Along the way you will also enjoy the splendid alpine landscapes in the backdrop of snowy peaks and wild grasslands. Join this festival tour to know the Wild North Tibet.
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Arrive in Lhasa, be met and transferred to hotel. Free at own leisure for altitude acclimation. N/A  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel



Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel



Visit Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka Park and see monk debating at Sera Monastery. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel


 Lhasa - Nagqu

DrDrive to Nagqu along the paved Qinghai - Tibet Highway. B, L  Nagqu Hotel



Attend the Nagqu Horse Racing Festival. B, L  Nagqu Hotel

 Nagqu - Nam Tso

In the morning visit the Nagqu Horse Racing Festival, transferred to Nam Tso lake and watch sunset. B, L  Local Tent Hotel

 Nam Tso - Shigatse

Enjoy the sunrise over Nam Tso Lake, then drive to Shigatse. B, L Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel

 Shigatse - Gyantse

Visit Tashilunpo Monastery and Shalu Monastery on the way to Gyantse. B, L  Yeti Hotel

 Gyantse - Lhasa

Visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Chorten in Gyantse, transferred to explore holy lake Yamdrok before reaching Lhasa. B, L, D  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel


Transferred to airport for your departure flight. Trip ends.  B  N/A

Day01 Arrival Lhasa
You will be greeted and received by your Tibetan guide and driver with Hadda (snow white silk ribbon for Tibetan to greet distingue guests). Transferred to your hotel in the city and free at own leisure to acclimatize to the altitude.

Day02 Lhasa (B, L)Potala Palace
Today you will have a full day guided tour in Lhasa. You will first of all visit Potala Palace, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. Then you will admire Jokhang Temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. Walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit and do some shopping if desired. 

Day03 Lhasa (B, L)Drepung Monastery,Lhasa,Tibet
Visit Drepung Monastery the sacred land of Gelug Sect, which was established in 1416AD and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. After that you will be transferred to Norbulingka Park, the former Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas. Additionally you will be transferred to visit Sera Monastery, which was created in AD1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. Here in Sera, you have chance to see the grand occasion of the Buddhist monk debating at one big courtyard. Lunch served at a good local restaurant and dinner will be arranged at your hotel.

Day04 Day04 Lhasa - Nagqu (B, L)Grassland along Qinghai - Tibet Highway
Drive to Nagqu along the paved Qinghai - Tibet Highway. You will see cattle grazing at the pastures nearby road. A refreshing drive today.

Day05 Nagqu Horse Racing Festival (B, L)Nagqu Horse Racing Festival in Northern Tibet
You will enjoy yourself at today's Horse Racing Festival. You will see the colorful costumes and grand scenes of horse racing and cowboys showcasing their skills on the saddle.

Day06 Nagqu - Nam Tso (B, L)Nam Tso Lake in Tibet
In the morning you will visit the Horse Racing Festival and in the afternoon you will leave for Nam Tso Lake. With an area of 1,940 square kilometers, the Namtso Lake is largest salt-water lake of Tibet. In the lake, there are 3 islands, which is an ideal habitat for all kinds of aquatic life. One of the islands is made of calcareous sandstone. It is characterized by the stone pillars, natural stone bridges and the stalactite caves. The beaches of the lake are a beautiful natural pasture. Wild life is having a good time there. The Tashi Monastery on the Tashi peninsula, which stretches into the lake, is still wreathed by incense and the sound of dawn bell and dusk drum. In the Sheep Year of Tibetan calendar, thousands of pilgrims undergo the hardships to pay their homage to the holy lake. Also visit the nomads in yak hair tents who have been living on the pastures between the holy Nam Tso and Nyenchentangla. Watch sunset by the lake. 1N at local guesthouse or in tent

Day07 Nam Tso - Shigatse (B, L)Snowy Peak in Northern Tibet
Enjoy sunrise over the holy lake. Drive via Yangpachen to Shigatse (3880m), the second largest city with 40,000 inhabitants in Tibet and the traditional capital of the Tsang.

Day08 Shigatse - Gyantse (B, L)Tashilunpo Monastery,Shigatse,Tibet
In the morning you will visit Tashilunpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447AD and one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet. Then you will drive to Gyantse. On the way you will take a trip to Shalu Monastery noted for its ancient building complex of both Chinese and Tibetan styles. Upon arrival Gyantse check in your hotel and have a walk at the old street if desired.

Day09 Gyantse - Lhasa (B, L)Pelkor Chode Monastery,Central Tibet
In the morning you will explore the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby. Built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse, Pelkor Monastery is the only one large building complex in Tibet that old monastery and stupas are completely preserved and characterized as a monument. It is recorded 14,000 kilograms of copper was used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. The 8-storey stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameters contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. Kumbum Stupa opens 8 doors, which are decorated with relief sculptures of lively flying dragons, running lions and walking elephants. It is a master-piece of the joint efforts of the Nepalese, Tibetan and Chinese. Then drive out for Lhasa. You will pass by Simi La and the 5.010 m high Karo La before getting to the Yamdrok Lake, a beautiful turquoise alpine lake, is one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet has stunning scenery. Later of the day arrive in Lhasa and enjoy your farewell dinner at a fine local Tibetan restaurant with good food and good dancing and singing performance.

Day10 Depart Lhasa (B)
Free until check out and transferred to airport for your departure flight. Journey ends.

Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
01). All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Tibet local travel permits such as Tibet Entry Permit (TTB), Alien's Travel Permit (PSB) and Military Permit etc. when applicable;
08). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
09). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

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