Shoton" in Tibetan means sour milk banquet. As Tibetan operas are performed and Buddha paintings are exhibited at this time, it is also called "Tibetan Opera Festival" or "Buddha Exhibition Festival." The traditional way of starting the Shoton Festival is to show Buddha paintings. The main contents include Tibetan operas and gala parties, as well as wonderful yak racing and horsemanship display.
Day 1: (4th, Aug): Arrive Lhasa (alt.3650m) by air
Day 2: (5th, Aug): Escorted Tour to Lhasa Highlights [B]
Day 3: (6th, Aug): Lhasa Shoton festival [B]
Day 4: (7th, Aug): Lhasa Shoton festival & Lhasa→Damxung(alt.4200m). [B+D]
Day 5: (8th, Aug): Damxung Horse Racing Festival (B+L+D)
Day 6: (9th, Aug): Damxung → Namtso Lake (alt.4718m) →Lhasa (B+L)
Day 7: (10th, Aug): Lhasa → airport
Highlights: No visiting arranged today.
Schedule: Picked up at the airport and offered a white scarf (called Hada) in a Tibet traditional way which brings you good luck and transferred to the hotel and rest as much as possible for acclimatization and better to drink more water.
Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Schedule: In the morning you will visit the world heritage site of Potala Palace.
And in the afternoon you will visit the world heritage site of the Jokhang Temple (world heritage site), and then Barkor Street Market which is a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties around the temple. You could buy some presents for your friends or your families there.
Highlights: Buddha exhibition, Sera Monastey
Schedule: In the morning you will see the great exhibition of Buddha, and in the afternoon you will visit the Sera Monastery, if you are lucky you can watch the debate of scripture of Lamas in the monastery.
Highlights: Again enjoy the Local Festival Performance in Norbulinka, share the happiness with Tibetans
Schedule: See the get-together of the local people, Tibet Opera, some sports game like yaks racing, etc, and goods exchanges. In the late afternoon, drive 170km to Damxung to expect the coming of Horse Racing Festival on the vast grassland of Damxung in the coming day.
Highlights: horse race, archery and other recreational performances
Schedule: stay the whole day here to feel the true northern Tibetan landscape and tradition, in the evening you can also join in the bonfire evening party with local Tibetans to sing and dance.
Highlights: Namtso Lake
Schedule: Drive 80km to Namtso Lake from Damxung in the morning. When arriving Namtso Lake in the afternoon, enjoying the glory of the holy lake. By the lake, you can do the hiking around the lake and view the peak of Nyianchentangula (7162m). After this, drive back to Lhasa, on the way having a shot stop for the beautiful view of the grassland near Yangpachengto enjoy the sunset over the wild grassland.
Schedule: in the afternoon transfer you to the airport.
Airport or train station transfer: The free airport pick-up is at 3:20 p.m. These are the most common times in and out of Lhasa, but if you would like to schedule a different time enter/leave Tibet we will be happy to arrange that. Please ask your travel consultant for the price.
Accommodation: stay in comfortable hotels in Tibet
Meals: mainly Breakfast. See detailed itinerary for complete listing.
English Speaking Guide: All of our guides are local Tibetans with infectious smiles and a passion for sharing their homeland. From them you'll receive extensive information about the history, geography, culture, religion, traditions, art and music.
Vehicle Rental & Driver: All of our vehicles are well maintained and safe. Our drivers are experienced in driving in the Tibetan landscape. Vehicle type will be arranged according to group size.
Travel Permits: All Tibet traveling permits.
Entrance Fees: All entrance fees listed in the itinerary, (except optional sites) including vehicle and personal entry permit for Qomolangma Nature Preserve
Transportation to and from Tibet.
Other services of non-Tibet parts
Private expense like laundry, IDD calls, drinks in the room, etc.
Extra expenses incurred due to unexpected natural events (delays, road washouts, etc.)
Meals not specified in the tour itinerary
Tips for the tour guide and driver
Drepung Monastery , Norbulingka , Heavenly Lake Namtso, Nakchu , Sera Monastery , Potala Palace , Jokhang Temple , Barkhor Street