7 Days Shoton and Horse Racing Festival Tour

7 Days Shoton and Horse Racing Festival Tour
AugustBest Time
ComfortableTour Pace
5190mMax Altitude
Physical Demands
Lhasa-Namtso Lake-Nagqu-Lhasa
Share the happiness with locals in Tibetan folk-festivals This tour provides you an opportunity to celebrate the Shoton and Nagqu Horse Racing Festival with the local ethnic people. It could give you a special experience of mysterious Tibetan customs and a glimpse of Tibet’s traditions and colorful festival lifestyle.
D1: Arrival at Lhasa
D2-3: Shoton Festival Celebration
D4: Lhasa / Nagchu
D5: Nagchu / Namtso Lake
D6: Namtso Lake / Lhasa
D7: Departure transfer
Itinerary Details
Includes & Excludes
Tour FAQs
Itinerary Details

Day 01 Arrival at Lhasa by flight or train [3658m]

Jokhang temple, barkhor street, lhasaYou will be greeted by your Tibetan guide once you arrive in Lhasa Gonggar airport or train station. From airport to Lhasa city is 68km, around one hour and half drive will take you to the holy city Lhasa; from the train station it is only 15km and takes 20 minutes by drive. Afternoon, have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight in Lhasa. 


Day 02 Shoton Festival Celebration 

Drepung monastery, lhasa, shoten festivalShoton Festival is on this day. Get up very early in the morning, and go to Drepung Monastery, and find a good seat to watch the Sunning Buddha ceremony. Next, visit the Jokhang Temple, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, also built in the 7th century on the legendary pond of “Wothang”. And finish the day by taking a Kora around the Barkhor Street. Test your bartering skills with the locals in this push-and-shove economy, and you could join into the locals and share the happiness of Shoton Festival with them. 


Day 03 Shoton Festival Celebration 

Sera MonasteryToday you’ll wind your way up through the stunning, awe-inspiring Potala Palace. Built in 637 AD by Songtsen Gampo, it was the former winter residence for the Dalai Lamas and is truly a splendor of Eastern architecture. In the afternoon, watch the Tibetan opera, performed in Norbulingkha Summer Palace as part of Shoton Festival. Later after lunch, visit Sera Monastery, which is one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet. Within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study. Catch the interesting monk debating session.


Day 04 Lhasa/Nagchu, 330km, 6hrs drive 

Changtang, Horse racing, Shoten FestivalAfter breakfast, drive forward to Nagchu, the capital of Northern Tibet, where you are well and truly in northern grassland of Changthang. Have a good rest for the next day’s busy sightseeing & activities. Overnight at Nagchu Hotel or Tented Camp.


Day 05 Nagchu/Namtso Lake, 250km, 5hrs drive [B] 

Horse racing, Shoten FestivalToday, enjoy the biggest Horse Racing festival of Tibet, held each year from 10th till 16th August. Nagchu horse racing is a grandest horse riding competition in northern Tibet. Tens of thousands of herdmen gather at grassland outside of Nachu city on a vast grassland dotted with tents to celebrate the horse riding competition. After a grand opening ceremony, various activities will start, such as horserace, yak race, tug of war, lifting stones and performs Tibetan operas. Later after lunch, start driving to Nam Tso or Tengri Nor (heaven lake in Mongolian) along the northern route. When arrival, enjoying the glory of sunset over the lake. By the lake, you can view the peak of Nyianchentangula (7162m). It is said the holy lake and the holy mountain are a couple of lovers, who altogether guard the vast pasture and cattle. The wide open spaces, dotted with the tents of local nomads are intoxicating. If lucky enough, there is the opportunity to get a peek at the otherwise inaccessible nomadic life at the Changtang, Tibet’s vast northern plateau. Accommodation: Local Guesthouse 


Day 06 Namtso Lake/Lhasa 250km, 5hrs drive 

Namtso Lake, holy lake, Lhasa tour, lake tourAfter shot the amazing view of sunrise of the lake at Tashi Dorie peninsula, we drive back to Lhasa via Yangpachen with a different route. Upon arrival in Lhasa, free time at your own disposal. 


 Day 07 Departure transfer

Today, Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.



Includes & Excludes
What’s included in this tour package?
Transport: Private minivan or minibus with driver
Free Lhasa airport / train pick-up and drop-off
Twin-sharing / double room accommodation in Tibet
Local English-speaking Tibetan guide
All entrance fees of sightseeing places mentioned in itinerary
All necessary Tibet permits
Government tax
What’s excluded in this tour package?
Chinese Visa fee
Tips for the guide and driver
Flight or train tickets into and out of Lhasa
Meals not included in the itinerary: Lunch and Dinner
Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, etc
Tour FAQs

※What is a Private Tour?

 A Private Tibet Tour Package means you will have your own private guide, driver, and vehicle for your own disposal. You don't have to share the vehicle with others even if you are a single traveler. You would have full attention of your guide and driver. Our professional guide would love to share local culture, knowledge and stories.
Your private guide would also help you make an easier, comfortable, flexible and enjoyable tour. You can stop on the road to get a rest or take pictures during the drive. You have the flexibility of changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time at some tourist sites.
When traveling with your family or friends, a private tour would be your first choice.
※Arrival Pick-up / Departure See-off
We will arrange the private airport or train station pick-up and see-off for you. Upon your arrival in Lhasa, you can find our guide waiting at the pick-up area, holding a name sign, welcome you with a warm smile. You will be transferred to hotel. Drink more water, get enough rest, take some time to acclimatize to the high altitude on the first day of your arrival.
※Accommodation Choices
For private tour, we can arrange hotels according to your requirements. There are options of budget guesthouse, 3 star hotel, 4 star hotel, high-end luxury hotel or bouquet heritage hotel. If you have your own preferred hotel, just let us know, we will help you with the booking, everything would be arranged as per your interests.
※Meal Choices  
Our tour packages generally include breakfasts. Meanwhile, lunches and dinners are optional to be arranged either by yourself or by us.
It’s easy to find nice restaurants in Lhasa, and you could also ask for suggestions from your guide. They always know where you can find something tasty.
The price would be different according to different food:
1.      If you choose noodles, around RMB 10-15 per person.
2.      If you like some fast food like KFC, around RMB 20-35 per person. 
3.      If you prefer some food at a decent restaurant, around RMB 50-70 per person.  
4.      The local Tibetan hotpot, around RMB 80-100 per person. That is a really good one too! 
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Client Feedback

From Mr. Gerard Adrien From Mr. Gerard Adrien
GTT-D-2660, 29-07-2023

Hi Daniel. We are already on our way back to Shanghai. We would like to thank you for the great trip we had. Our guide Jampa and our driver did an excellent job. They are both very recommendable! We enjoyed the trip despite the altitude discomfort we experienced during the first 3 days. Thank you!

From Ms. Elena Maria Valisi From Ms. Elena Maria Valisi
GTT-V-3371, 10-09-2019

I highly recommend this agency. I travelled with other 2 couples who booked through different agencies and they paid a lot more to have less assistance, same hotels/tour/guide/car, less flexibility and no travel insurance included.