The Gyangtse Dhamang Festival, also known as the Gyangtse Horseracing & Archery Festival began in 1408 which is the oldest festival in Tibet and generally falls on April 15-18 of the Tibetan calendar, this year from the 20th-23rd, July according to the Gregorian calendar. Traditionally, contests include horse races, archery, and shooting on galloping horseback, and so on. Nowadays, all kinds of entertainment and fairs have been added to this plateau carnival in Tibet, such as ball games, track and field events, picnicking, folk songs and dance, as well as barter trade. Religious activities also are part of the event..
Day 1: (20th, Jun): Airport (alt.3500m) → Gyangtse(alt.4040m) [B]
Day 2: (21st, Jun): Gyangtse (Dhamang Festival)
Day 3: (22nd, Jun): Gyangtse (Dhamang Festival) →Shigatse(alt.3850m)
Day 4: (23rd, Jun): Shigatse →Lhasa
Day 5: (24th, Jun): Potala Palace and transfer
Highlights: Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, Kumbum Stupa; Palkhor Temple (optional and self-paid);
Schedule: Picked up at the airport and offered a white scarf (called Kada) in a Tibet traditional way which brings you good luck. After that Drive to Gyangtse, up on the Kambala pass (4794m), you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso there, which is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. In Gyantse town, visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumpum, the most dedicate architectural wonder in Tibet. Stay in the hotel and expect the most stunning festival in Tibet to come.
Highlights: Opening ceremony of Dhamang Festival; Horsing racing contest; Tibetan opera, sports, dancing
Schedule: In the morning, drive to the venue where the festival is going and watch the opening ceremony of the Dhamang festival, after that there will be the highlight of day— horse racing and yak racing contests and other performances, including bonfire evening party.
Highlights: Archery, Barter trade market; Tashilumpu Monastery
Schedule: In the morning enjoy the breathtaking archery contest and buy some ethnical goods on the barter trade market for your relatives and friends. In the afternoon, drive 90 kms to Shigatse to visit Tashilumpu Monastery, seat of the Banchen Lama
Highlights: Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
Schedule: Today in the morning we will first drive 270 km along the Friendship highway back to Lhasa, and then we will visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Streetin the afternoon.
Highlights: Potala Palace
Schedule: In the morning, you will visit the world heritage site of Potala Palace which was constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet and later reconstructed and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas
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
Palkhor Monastery , Yamdrok Yumtso Lake , Tashilhunpo Monastery ,Potala Palace , Jokhang Temple , Barkhor Street