During the 18-day Tibet tour, you will venture into Tibet, experiencing Tibetan culture and the festal atmosphere. The grassland of northern Tibet is in its golden time with thousands of flowers in bloom and the Namtso lake like a blue pearl on the Tibetan plateau. The annual Nagqu Horse Racing Festival held in August has attracted thousands of Tibetans and tourists to the grassland.

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18-day venture out at Tibet

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During the 18-day Tibet tour, you will venture into Tibet, experiencing Tibetan culture and the festal atmosphere. The grassland of northern Tibet is in its golden time with thousands of flowers in bloom and the Namtso lake like a blue pearl on the Tibetan plateau. The annual Nagqu Horse Racing Festival held in August has attracted thousands of Tibetans and tourists to the grassland.

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Arrive in Sacred Tibet

Your guide welcomes you at Lhasa airport and take you directly to your hotel in the city center. Take time to get over the high altitude before starting your exploration in Tibet.

Notes: The tour will be started on August 1,2015 in order to meet the festivals held in the following days
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Leave for Nagqu Horse Racing Festival

In the morning, you will be transferred to Nagqu for the Horse Racing Festival (5 hours’drive). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Nagqu Grassland for the first glance of the Horse Racin Festival and then transferredd to the hotel for check-in.
Nagqu Horse Racing Festival is held in August every year, is full of interesting activities, including horse races, yak races, tugs of war, the Tibetan equivalent of a weight-lifting tournament, eating and drinking as well as dancing and singing performances, or the staging of Tibetan operas.

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Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Citicnaqu Hotel


Enjoy Nagqu Horse Racing Festival

you will experience the Nagqu Horse Racing Festival, where you will be delighted along with local Tibetans for the whole day. This very typical festival in Northern Tibet could be traced back to the 8 century when Gar Family was in power ruling Tibet on behalf of the Kings of Tibet Tubo dynasty. This festival is always held on August every year. In this one-week celebration, you will find games as horse racing, yak racing, wrestling, stone lifting, riffle/arrow shooting on horse back, and talk-show, show of the art of horse riding and so.
Overnight in Nagqu

 

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Lunch Included 

Citicnaqu Hotel


Keep enjoying the festival

You will have one more day to be entertained with all the activities held on the grasslands of Nagqu.

Meals/Accommodation

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

Citicnaqu Hotel


Nagqu-Dangxiong-Namtso Lake

Leave for Holy Lake Namtso

Today, you go for one of the three sacred Tibetan lakes, Namtso Lake. This blue sea which extends to almost 5000 meters above sea level will convert you to Buddhism. This enchanting landscape where crystal waters merge with perfect sky on a Tibetan Plateau is conducive to meditation. This unparalleled place where nature takes its course will cleanse the soul. On the way, you will make a stop at the eight pagodas in North Tibetan Pasture, and the Nagenla mountain. After visit the Namtso and its Zhaxi Byland, you will check in at the Namtso lodge for overnight.

 

 

 




 

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Namtso Lake Guesthouse


Dangxiong-Lhasa

Mount Nyenchen Tanglha & Yangpachen

Today, before you return to Lhasa, you will first visit the Mount Nyenchen Tanglha area, Mount Nyenchen Tanglha which is the highest peak of Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains, which together with the Gangdise range forms the Transhimalaya. With an elevation of 7,162m, Nyenchen Tanglha is the highest mountain of the Transhimalayan range. It has a topographic prominence of 2,239m and its parent mountain is Gurla Mandhata located 890 km east. Key saddle is at 4,923m  near the spring of Yarlung Tsangpo River (Brahamaputra). Then you will go to experience geothermal sources of Yangpachen and thermoelectric power plant that provides electricity to the people of Lhasa. In the midst of this vaporous universe, plain stretches out of sight before you. Nomads and yaks continue their lives, as they do not see it as just sources of water or boiling geysers. 
Overnight in Lhasa

 

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Tashilhunpo Monastery and New Palace of Panchen Lama

This morning, you will head to Shigtse(270km,5 hours). Upon arrival, discover the traditional residence of the Panchen Lama, Tashilhunpo Monastery. Giving the impression of a city, this huge monastery contains numerous treasures as a culturally important monastery in Shagtse. You will be impressed by the size of the copper statue of Maitreya Buddha, but also the richness of the materials used. Beauty will be the same for different stupas of Panchen Lama. A few hundred meters south of the monastery of Tashilhunpo, stop for a moment the new palace of Panchen(Gelsang Dechen Podrang Palace). In this newly renovated second Tibetan spiritual leader residence, you will discover impressive murals and frescoes. You will cross three large doors to finally arrive to the former private apartments of the Panchen Lama.
Overnight in Shigatse

 

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Natang Monastery and Sakya Monastery

Today, you will first visit the Natang Monastery where the first Danai Lama Gendun Zhuba had got ordained here and studied Buddhism for seventeen years. What makes Natang Monastery famous are the workshops for printing Buddhist sutras. In 1730, the local government of Tibet presided over the creation of the printing house in order to save and carry forward the Tibet ancient books and scriptures. After long-term efforts, Natang Monastery printing blocks has carved and printed a large number of Tibetan works, such as the Tripitaka " Kangyur" one hundred and eight pieces and the sparse Buddhist note " Tengyur" two hundred and fifteen pieces. And then you move to the Sakya Monastery, the first temple of the colorful cult. Arriving nearby, you'll be surprised at the unusual architecture of the place compared to traditional Tibetan monasteries. Once inside, you will discover some of the finest works of Tibetan art.
Overnight in Shigatse.

 

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Shigatse-Gyantse

Gyantse Dzong Fortress&Palcho Monastery

This morning, you will be driven to Gyantse. Stop at the Shalu Monastery, situated 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Shigatse, is a perfect combination of Han and Tibet architectural styles. It was built in 1087 by Jigzun Xerab Qoinnyai. In 1320, it was administered by Master Purdain Renqen Zhuba, a renowned religious scholar who compiled the Tenjur sutra, one of the classic woks of Tibetan Budhism. It is said that about 3,800 monks were drawn to his teaching. Therefore, the monastery became a holy site for many worshipers. Upon arrival, first visit the Palcho Monastery or Pelkor Chode Monastery , one of the few temples in Tibet to consolidate three Tibetan schools. In this monastery to the circular enclosure, you will discover magnificent artworks. The most striking architecture in the complex is the “Kumbum”  Do not miss to climb up the 14 floors of Kumbum Chorten, the largest pagoda in Tibet. Passing in its 76 rooms, you can admire the statues of 100,000 Buddhas. And then, climb Mount Dzongri to overlook the city and visit the anicent fortress of Gyantse Dzong. Amid the ruins, you will discover the glorious past of the city at the beginning of last century. On the top, you'll also get a breathtaking view of the valley below.
Wrap up a day trip by visting the Pala Manor, one of the most powerful local aristocratic families. There only for a relatively short period of time, this rich Tibetan family led thousands of slaves and lived in luxury and opulence. In the house you will see objects of everyday life and the methods used to enslave the slaves. This tour is a real enrichment to the ancient Tibet.
Overnight in Gyantse.

 

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Ye Ti Lodge in Gyantse


Gyantse-Tsetang

Yamdrok Yumtso Lake & Karola Glacier

Today, you will be driven to Tesdang. On the way, you will pass by just 300 meters from the foot of the Karola Glacier. You will notice that you can actually take a pass at 5400 meters above sea level. Making a stop here is recommended so that you can appreciate the splendor of the glacier, as its part of the Himalayas, and become aware of all its immensity.
Then stop at Samding Monastery, The Temple of Soaring Meditation" is a gompa built on a hill on a peninsula jutting into Yamdrok Lake about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) east of Nangkatse.It is associated with the Bodong and Shangpa Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Samding is the seat of Dorje Pakmo, the consort of the wrathful deity Heruka, who was the highest female incarnation in Tibet,and the third highest-ranking person in the lamaist hierarchy after the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama.
Before arriving Tsedang hotel, you will admire another one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet, the
Yamdrok Yumtso Lake. More than for its religious character as one of the four particularly holy lakes, this lake will seize the beauty of turquoise waters. Surrounded by snowcapped mountains and fed by numerous small streams, this lake contracts sharply with the surrounding mountain scenery, you cannot take your eyes off this dazzling immensity.
Overnight in Tsetang.

 

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Yumbulagang Palace&Trandruk Monastery

Today, first visit the Trandruk Monastery, one of the oldest temples that was built during the reign of King Songtsen Gampa. You will discover the temple in the center with the residences of monks all around in the traditional architecture. In one of the rooms, do not miss the Thangkas made from pearls, coral and precious stones. Then, the Graveyard of Tibetan Kings. Here, in the Graveyard of Tibetan Kings, the largest preserved imperial graveyard in Tibet, the nine recognizable tombs stand as reminders of the rich history and lore of ancient Tibet. Last, take a deep breath to perform the climb leading to the Yumbulagang Palace. Once there, you will not be disappointed with the effort; the entire valley with the traditional village and agricultural crops will extend out of sight. This deserves a moment in the first building built in Tibet.
Overnight in Tsetang.

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Samye Monastery and Qingpu Ashram

Today, go to the Samye Village of Tibet where the Samye Monastery is hidden. Arriving at the monastery, you cannot miss the particular form of all buildings, surrounded by a circular wall. The monastery, which is the official foundation of Tibetan Buddhism, is steeped in history. Strolling amidst temples let you soak up the atmosphere of sacred places. Then, make a stop at Qingpu Ashram Park, near the Samye Monastery. This will give you the opportunity to escape the daily heat of the region. Losing yourself in the middle of the lush vegetation and the sound of streams, you will discover some ancient Buddhist shrines.
 

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Tsetang-Lhasa

Mindrolling Monastery and Dratang Monastery

Today, you will be back to Lhasa. On the way, visit the Mindrolling Monastery belonging to the ancient Nyingmapa sect of red caps. At the entrance you can admire the perfect view from the front of the temple and the flagstones of the courtyard. for nearly 300 year, its monastic university has trained Nyingma scholars around Tibet. Before reaching Lhasa, visit the 11th-century Dratang Monastery, located 2 km off the main road in the Dranang Valley. This small Sakyapa monastery of only 8 monks is of interest mainly to art specialists for its rare murals, which combine Indian and inner Asian styles. Bring a torch to see the murals..

 

 

 

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Symbol of Tibet

If you are in Lhasa, it will be a pity for not visiting the Potala Palace. It is the symbol of Lhasa and important location for all Tibetans, the Potala Palace. Built at an altitude of 3,700m, the potala palace is now a museum listed as World Heritage Site.Once inside, you may see a line of visitors waiting to discover the incomparable treasures contained in this religious center of Tibetan Buddhism. You may be speechless at the sight of these works are so unique. Everything here is made of gold, silver and precious stones.
Then, you will visit the most sacred Buddhist temple in the eyes of Tibetans, the Johkang Temple. Before entering the various rooms of this vast place for pilgrimage, the roof of the monastery announces color. Here, everything is finely engraved along with gilded sculptures. the roof is covered with gilded bronze, tiles, figurines and decorated pavilions.

Last, stroll through the old neighborhood surrounding the Jokhang Monastery, the Barkhor Street. Some of its streets follow the path of prayers of pilgrims from all over Tibet, so you can see them bow every three steps. In this lively environment, admire the traditional Tibetan architecture and enjoy the market to find an array of typical souvenirs from Tibet!

 

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Shoton Festival in Drepung Monastery and Tibatan Oprea in Norblingka

On the second day of the festival is to watch the Buddha Show at the Drepung Monastery. In the dawn, a lot of Lamas of Drepung Monastery spread out the giant "Thanka" of Buddha. All Lamas read the scripture and pray, followers present Khada to the "Thangka", and touch the "Thangka" by forehead to show their devotion. Professional and amateur Tibetan opera troupes annually gather in the Norbulingka and perform various Tibetan operas. Along with the Tibetan operas and other religious activities, visitors can also watch yak races, horse races and dancing.
Overnight in Lhasa

 

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Romoche Monastery & Ganden Monastery

In the morning, you will visit Romoche Monastery which was first built by Han Chinese architects in the middle of the 7th century. Han Princess Wencheng took charge of this project and ordered the temple be erected facing east to show her homesickness. In the afternoon, start on the slopes of Mount Wangbur and there locates the birthplace of the Yellow Hats sect, the Ganden Monastery. This is where Tsongkhapa could formalize the Gelugpa School and disseminate his thoughts. As you walk into this holy place steeped in history, you will feel the importance of this religion for the Tibetan people. Stop in front of the tomb of this great master, a splendid golden stupa.
Overnight in Lhasa

 

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Tibetan Traditional Hospital & Museum of Tibet

This morning, you will first vist the Museum of Tibet. Covering an area of 23,508 square meters and with an exhibition area of 10,451 square meters.The museum gives a comprehensive show of Tibetan civilization and plays an important role to preserve cultural relics. Besides, it also serves as the place to hold seminars and to encourage the archaeological study of Tibet. For a better understanding of the tourists from all over the world, all the exhibitions here are introduced in Japanese, English, Tibetan and Chinese. Then, you move to the Tibet traditional hospital center. Originally built in 1916, Mentsekhang (also called 'Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute' at that time) was the place of research for Tibetan medicine and calendar calculations for the former local government. After a large expansion in 1980, it became the center for the treatment, training, research and production of Tibetan medicine. Covering an area of more than 40,000 sq meters (about 10 acres) and with a staff of 450, it is also the biggest Tibetan traditional hospital in that region.
In the afternoon, visit the Ani Tsankhung Nunnery is a nunnery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism in the city of Lhasa. It was built in the 15th century on a site that had been used for meditation by the 7th century Tibetan king Songtsan Gampo. The nuns support themselves through alms and manufacturing items such as clothing and printed texts. Last, visit the Tsurphu Monastery which is a gompa which served as the traditional seat of the Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. It is located in Gurum County. The monastery is about 4,300 metres (14,100 ft)) above sea level. It was built in the middle of the valley facing south with high mountains surrounding the complex.
Overnight in Lhasa.

 

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End of the trip

Free in the morning, you can continue exploring or take a rest before the guide pick you up at the hotel. Then you will be transferred to the airport for the flight home/next destination.

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Leave Lhasa

4 destinations

Travel 1200km

23 attractions and activities

Include

  • Natural and cultural heritage ( 22 )
  • The Constructions ( 20 )
  • Chinese Lifestyle ( 9 )
  • Chinese Art ( 15 )
  • Culture of Ethnic Minority ( 21 )


Arrive in Sacred Tibet

 

 

 

Accommodation

Economy: Shambhala Palace Lhasa

Leave for Nagqu Horse Racing Festival

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Accommodation

Citicnaqu Hotel


Enjoy Nagqu Horse Racing Festival

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Accommodation

Citicnaqu Hotel


Keep enjoying the festival

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Accommodation

Citicnaqu Hotel

Leave for Holy Lake Namtso

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Eight Pagodas in North Tibetan Pasture,Nagenla Mountain,Namtso Lake

Accommodation

Namtso Lake Guesthouse


Mount Nyenchen Tanglha & Yangpachen

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Yangpachen

Accommodation

Economy: Shambhala Palace Lhasa

Tashilhunpo Monastery and New Palace of Panchen Lama

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Tashilhunpo Monastery,New Palace of Panchen Lama

Accommodation

Economy: Shigatse Hotel


Natang Monastery and Sakya Monastery

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Sakya Monastery

Accommodation

Economy: Shigatse Hotel

Gyantse Dzong Fortress&Palcho Monastery

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Gyantse Dzong Fortress,Pala Manor,Palcho Monastery

Accommodation

Ye Ti Lodge in Gyantse


Yamdrok Yumtso Lake & Karola Glacier

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Karola Glacier,Yamdrok Yumtso Lake

Accommodation

Superior: Tsetang hotel


Yumbulagang Palace&Trandruk Monastery

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Yumbulagang Palace,Trandruk Monastery

Accommodation

Superior: Tsetang hotel


Samye Monastery and Qingpu Ashram

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Samye Monastery,Qingpu Ashram

Accommodation

Superior: Tsetang hotel

Mindrolling Monastery and Dratang Monastery

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Mindrolling Monastery

Accommodation

Economy: Shambhala Palace Lhasa


Symbol of Tibet

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:The Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Street

Accommodation

Economy: Shambhala Palace Lhasa


Shoton Festival in Drepung Monastery and Tibatan Oprea in Norblingka

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Norbulingka,Drepung Monastery

Accommodation

Economy: Shambhala Palace Lhasa


Romoche Monastery & Ganden Monastery

Breakfast Included 

Lunch Included 

 

Sights:Ganden Monastery

Accommodation

Economy: Shambhala Palace Lhasa


Tibetan Traditional Hospital & Museum of Tibet

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Economy: Shambhala Palace Lhasa


End of the trip

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Leave Lhasa

  • The Potala Palace

  • Jokhang Temple

  • Norbulingka

  • Drepung Monastery

  • Namtso Lake

  • Yangpachen

  • Samye Monastery

  • Yamdrok Yumtso Lake

  • Yumbulagang Palace

  • Palcho Monastery

  • Tashilhunpo Monastery

  • Gyantse Dzong Fortress

  • Nagenla Mountain

  • Karola Glacier

  • Sakya Monastery

  • Qingpu Ashram

  • Eight Pagodas in North Tibetan Pasture

  • Ganden Monastery

  • Trandruk Monastery

  • New Palace of Panchen Lama

  • Pala Manor

  • Mindrolling Monastery

  • Barkhor Street

Prices

Prices: Price may vary depending on the season, the price of transport and other external reasons. (Quoted in U.S. dollars and based on per person)

Classes 2 persons
Economy 4,370
Superior 0
Deluxe 0

General Price Inclusion of Private Tours

1. Entrance tickets fee as stated in the itinerary. 
2. Private and professional English-speaking guides for airport transfer and sightseeing during the whole trip
3. Private and well-conditioned car/SUV with a professional driver for transfer and sightseeing during the trip. 
4. 17 nights’ accommodation fee as stated in the itinerary in each city , with daily breakfast 
5. 16 lunches at quality, non touristy restaurants
6. two bottles of water each person each day.
7. Tibet Travel Permit and other related travel materials
8. No shopping stops. 
9. Service Charge & Goverment Taxes 
10.Travel Agency Liability Insurance.
Your entire tour is covered by the travel agency's liability insurance, the insurance is directly regulated by the National Tourism Administration of China. This insurance covers accidents that transpire as a result of any services caused by a travel agency. It doesn't cover any incidents or physical problems occurring outside of the tour period caused by clients themselves. We, therefore, recommend you purchase additional travel insurance in your home country before departure. 


Excluded from the General Price of Private Tours

1. Chinese visa application fee. 
2. Round-way domestic flighs enter and depart Lhasa
3. International flights fee 
4. Overload luggage fee. 
5. Tips for guides and drivers. 
6. Personal expenses. (such as room service, laundry, telephone bill...). The settlement of these expenses will be done when you check out. The deposit, which will be requested when you check in, will be returned on departure.

 


Notes

The Shoton Festival and Horse Racing Festival are usually held in August and this tour is only available for the above festivals in August of 2015
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