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ChinaNakchu horse festival and Tibet pilgrim journey 

  • Off the beaten track
In this itinerary we will visit Lhasa, Everest Base camp and the holy lake Namtso lake. If you are not used to the high altitude, then this is one of the best itineraries that cover the all the Lhasa main tourist sites like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor street, Drepung and sera monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and Shigatse Tashi Lhunpho monastery.Highlight: Each August, over 10,000 people wi...

In this itinerary we will visit Lhasa, Everest Base camp and the holy lake Namtso lake. If you are not used to the high altitude, then this is one of the best itineraries that cover the all the Lhasa main tourist sites like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor street, Drepung and sera monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and Shigatse Tashi Lhunpho monastery.

Highlight: Each August, over 10,000 people will get together in Nakchu grassland to celebrate their Horse-racing Festival, when they will run their horses, eat, drink and enjoy themselves during the annual horse festival holiday. Tourists can see much natural scenery like beautiful sacred Lake Yamdrok tso and karo glacier with beautiful views of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world from Everest Base Camp.

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Trip highlights
  • Horseback riding
    Horseback riding
  • Local population
    Local population
  • Local culture
    Local culture

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Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa

After arriving in Lhasa, local tour guide will welcome you at the airport/train station, then transfer the guests to the hotel. Acclimatize the high altitude in the hotel.

Shellong Manor (Lhasa)

Day 2: Lhasa

We will visit the Potala Palace, landmark of Lhasa and spiritual symbol of Tibet - you will join many pilgrims on your way to the top of a hill where this 13-storey architectural wonder is perched upon. 

In the afternoon, we visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Lhasa. As we make the inner circuit around the courtyard, spinning numerous prayer wheels as we go, we are swept up in the energy of the devout.

The rest of the time is left free for you to venture around Bakhor market, where you will feel you are right at the heart of Tibet.

Breakfast and lunch included

Shellong Manor (Lhasa)

Day 3: Lhasa

Since we have just made a sudden ascent from lowland to an altitude of over 3,700 meters (12,139 ft), today’s itinerary is not so tight.

Visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery. Drepung is about 8km west of central Lhasa, once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day's sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels.

​Sera Monastery sits at the foot of the mountains. One of the three main Gelupka monasteries in Lhasa, Sera is an important spiritual center for Buddhist monks. If we are lucky enough, we could watch the Lamas in their traditional theological exercise of lively debating.

Breakfast included

Shellong Manor (Lhasa)

Day 4: Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse

Drive from Lhasa to Gyangtse (3,950 m or 12,956 feet) and Yamdrok Tso Lake (4408 m), one of Tibet’s three holy lakes and located 110km outside of Lhasa.

At arrival at Gyantse visit the Pelkor Chode monastery and its associated Kumbum (three dimension mandala) temple. 

Drive back to Shigatse. It would be a long day for about 10 hours.


Day 5: Mt. Everest Base Camp

Drive to Lhatse where you can take lunch. Then drive to Shegar and if the weather is clear enough, tourists can view the Mt. Everest in the distance on the way back down.

After 4 to 6 hours, arrive at Rongbuk monastery, but on the way there, clients will pass Pang la Pass, one of the highest passes in Tibet at 5050m. From that pass, enjoy view all of the five highest peaks in the world.

Breakfast included

Camp de base de l'Everest

Day 6: Mt Everest Base Camp - ​Shigatse

In the morning, you can see the sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area.
Then we will visit the Rongbu Monastery - the unique highest monastery with nuns and monks living together. Finally, we will drive back to Shigatse.


Day 7: Shigatse - Lhasa

Today we will visit Shigatse-the second largest city in Tibet. We will have enough time to explore the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama built in 1447.

The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha and a tomb of the 4th Panchen Lama containing masses of jewels and gold. Then drive back to Lhasa.

shigatse, Lhasa

Day 8: Nakchu

Under good road conditions, the 315 km journey from Lhasa to Nakchu should take approximately 6 hours. Though the journey is long and at times arduous, there is no such thing as an ugly road in Tibet.

We will pass beautiful temples and shrines and encounter herdsmen and pilgrims as we traverse deep valleys and drive across rugged passes. We should reach Nakchu Grasslands by dusk, providing us with a wonderful opportunity to watch the sun go down while sipping hot tea and eating tsampa (the staple Tibetan food) with the nomads.


Day 9: Nakchu Horse Festival

Grab your horse or your camera, (we do not suggest both) and enjoy a long day of festivities and races at the annual Horse Racing Festival, which is held in August each year. 

In addition to the various equine events, such as shooting on horseback and cross-country racing, the festival also provides an opportunity to watch regional folk dances.

In the evening we will gather around the campfire for more singing and dancing.

Breakfast included


Day 10: Nakchu to Namtso Lake

In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Lake Namtso. On the way, clients can see Nyenchen Thanglha( snow mountain ranges )and lots of nomads tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated around the mountain side.

Namtso Lake is the Heavenly Lake which is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest salt lake. You can do a very relaxing trekking around the lake side and Tashi Island. To spend a night at lake shore is fantastic to see the stars.

Breakfast included

Lake Namsto

Day 11: Namtso Lake to Lhasa

Enjoy the clear morning at the lake shore; you can trek along the lake shore to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves. Drive to Dumxung to have lunch.

In the afternoon, tourists may enjoy Yangpachen hot spring (Optional) and have both indoor and outdoor swimming pool filled with hot springs water. Finally, head back to Lhasa.

​Breakfast included

Lake Namsto, Lhasa

Day 12: Departure

In the morning, transfer to the airport or train station!

We hope you enjoyed your trip!


LhasashigatseCamp de base de l'EverestLake Namsto

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August $3,340

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