Horse Racing Festival of Litang and Nagchu 22 Days / 21 Nights
Trip Code: HAT83
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Day 01: 26th July: Arrival in Chengdu.
Day 02: 27th July: Chengdu sightseeing.
Day 03: 28th July: Chengdu-Leshan Giant Bhudda-Chengdu.
Day 04: 29th July: Chengdu-Kangding ( 256km, 7hrs).
Day 05: 30th July: Kangding-Xinduqiao-Litang (4200m, 295km, 6hrs).
Day 06: 31st July: Litang Sightseeing.
Day 07-08: 1st Aug - 2nd Aug: Litang Horse Racing festival.
Day 09: 3rd Aug: Litang-Xinlong-Gantse.
Day 10: 4th Aug: Gantse to Derge.
Day 11: 5th Aug: Derge Sightseeing.
Day 12: 6th Aug: Derge to Chamdo.
Day 13: 7th Aug: Chamdo Sightseeing.
Day 14: 8th Aug: Drive to Dengchen (4200m).
Day 15: 9th Aug: To Nakchu (4500m).
Day 16-17: 10th -11th Aug: Nakchu Horse racing festival.
Day 18: 12th Aug: Nakchu-Damxung-Namtso Lake.
Day 19: 13th Aug: Namtso-Damxung-Yangpacheng-Lhasa.
Day 20-21: 14th-15th Aug: Lhasa sightseeing.
Day 22: 16th Aug: Depart Lhasa.
Day 01: 26th July Arrival in Chengdu
Flight arrival in Chengdu (from Bangkok, or Singarpore), Shuangliu airport pick up and transfer to Jinjiang Hotel (5*).
Day 02: 27th July Chengdu sightseeing
A full day sightseeing in Chengdu: in the morning we will see the panda bears in China Panda bears research Center. Then visit Dufu Cottage and Wuhou Temple in Chengdu. Evening to Qingyang Palace, view the antique Sichuan Opera - “Face Changing”in “ShuFengYa Yun”, and taste typical Sichuan snacks. Overnight at Jinjiang Hotel (5*).
Day 03: 28th July Chengdu-Leshan Giant Bhudda-Chengdu
A full day trip to Leshan (170km one way, 3hrs roundtrip): Visiting Leshan Giant Buddha (the largest cliff carving Buddha in a sitting pose in the world (listed as bi-hermitage on nature and culture in UNESCO) and floatdown the river to view the panorama of the Buddha. In the evening, we can walk in the “Jin li” ancient street to enjoy the remarkable Sichuan folk items like clay sculpture, candied drawing, crafts, etc. Overnight at Jinjiang Hotel (5*).
Day 04: 29th July Chengdu-Kangding ( 256km, 7hrs)
We embark on an exhaustive 4WD adventure trip to Ya’an, Luding and Kangding (Dartsedo in Tibet 256km). Kangding is a medium-sized Tibetan town in Sichuan. Today's trip covers the attractions of Ngachu Gonpa Monastery, Dordrag Gonpa and Zhara Yutso Lake. Overnight in Kangding at Jiaotong Hotel (2*).
Day 05: 30th July Kangding-Xinduqiao-Litang (4200m, 295km, 6hrs)
Drive to Litang via Zheduo Pass (4298m), XinduQiao (bridge) and Yajiang. Overnight in Litang at Minzhu guest house or similar.
Day 06: 31st July Litang Sightseeing
Sightseeing in Litang: Litang Monastery (ChangQingchun in Chi), established in 1580 by the 3rd Dala Lama, Suonam Gyatso. It is the biggest Monastery of Yellow Hat Sect in Tibetan Buddhism in the Kham area with its magnificent architectures, various religion utensils, multiform and exquisite statues, etc. We take a walk in the old city of the town. Overnight at guesthouse or tent.
Day 07-08: 1st Aug-2nd Aug Litang Horse Racing festival
Join the great Litang Horse Racing Festival, overnight in Litang guest house.
Litang horse racing festival begins on 1st August officially.
Day 09: 3rd Aug. Litang-Xinlong-Gantse
Drive north-west to Xinlong, then to Gantse (330km), the traditional center of Kham, “Shangri-La” of Sichuan Province, overnight in Gantse Khampa Hotel.
Day 10: 4th Aug Gantse to Derge
Visit the Gantse Monastery and Dakin Monastery in Gantse, drive northwest to Dege via Manigonggar and Mt. Que’er (Sparrow, 5600m) as well as beautiful Xinlu Lake. Manigango has its exotic meadow with snow covered mountains and Xinlu Lake (4040m) a sacred ice-clogged lake with a great glacier beside it. It has a beautiful name in Tibetan called “Yilong Lhatso” which commemorates the legend of King Gesar and his lovely concubine.
Day 11: 5th Aug Derge Sightseeing
Visit Derge Parkhang (Storehouse of printing blocks), Conchen Monastery and Tibetan Hospital. Derge Parkhang is established in 1729 by Derge’s King Tenpa Tsering. It is Tibet’s largest center for producing and storing religious texts. Overnight in Derge guest house.
Day 12: 6th Aug Derge to Chamdo
Drive west to Chamdo via Jamda, Gangba Valley, Jinsha River and Mt. Dalama (dirt road, 360km), overnight in Chamdoat Kangsang Hotel or guest house.
Day 13: 7th Aug Chamdo Sightseeing
Visit the Jampaling Monastery and Karo Ruins in Chamdo, overnight in Chamdo.
Day 14: 8th Aug Drive to Dengchen (4200m)
Drive southeast along the Nagchu Highway in the northern grassland of Tibet, 108km to the Riwoche town (Ratsaka in Tibetan), visit the Riwoche Tsullakhang (29km north-east from town), an important offshoot of Taglung Monastery in Kham. Continue driving to Dengchen (148km). Overnight in Dengchenat Grain Department Guesthouse.
Day 15: 9th Aug To Nakchu (4500m)
In the morning visit the Bon monastery of Dengchen and drive towards Sok via Barchen (120km). Enjoy the fabulous views of Nyenchen Tanglha (Tangula) snow mountain range, nomad camps and yak herds in the northern Tibet grassland. Another 238km drive to Nagchu, the capital of Northern Tibet, where you are well and truly in northern grassland of Chhangthang. Overnight in Nagchuat Hotel or Tented Camp.
Day 16-17: 10th -11th Aug Nakchu Horse racing festival
Enjoy two full days in Nagchu and enjoy the biggest Horse Racing festival of Tibet held each year from 10th till 16th August.
Day 18: 12th Aug Nakchu-Damxung-Namtso Lake
Drive southwest to Namtso via Damxung and Chhangthang grassland, and heavenly lake, which is the biggest lake in Tibet and the second biggest salt lake in China as well as the highest lake in the world (4748m). It is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, playing an important role among Tibetans. Overnight lin a odge at lake side (basic accomodation with common toilet).
Day 19: 13th Aug Namtso-Damxung-Yangpacheng-Lhasa
Early morning, enjoy the view of the splendid sunrise lake side and walk around to the Tashi Heritages. Drive southwest to Lhasa along the Qinghai-Tibet highway, you can take a bath in the Yangpacheng hot spring en route (bath tickets are to be paid by yourself), it would be a unique experience for you to swim with background of snow mountains. Arrive in Lhasa, and overnight in Lhasa Hotel (4*).
Day 20-21: 14th-15th Aug Lhasa sightseeing
2 full days sightseeing in Lhasa with tourist mini-bus: Potala Palace, Jorkhang Temple, Barkhor street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Norbulinka.
Day 22: 16th Aug Depart Lhasa
In the morning, you are transferred to airport and fly out to Chengdu with connecting flight to Bangkok/Singarpore/Hongkong, etc. You can also fly directly from Lhasa to Beijing or to Kathmandu in the Kingdom of Nepal. Tour ends!!
- Accommodation in twin share.
- Daily Breakfast.
- All transportation by a 4WD Toyota Landcruiser Jeep.
- English speaking Local Guide.
- Tibet permits.
- Sightseeing Admission Fees.
- International and internal air fare.
- Airport Taxes.
- Chinese visa fee.
- Lunch and dinner except indicated.
- Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature.
- Travel & Health Insurance.
- Medical Immunizations.
- All extra expenses caused due to nature or unforeseen events.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Optional tipping to local staffs, hotels etc.
- Items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone etc).