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11 days Lithang Horse Racing Group Tour in 2018

Nov.-Mar. From USD 1850
Apr.-Oct. From USD 1450
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1. Based on double occupancy.
2. Comfortable hotels in cities and guesthouses in some remote places.
3. Flight and train are not included.
4. Tour cost is only for reference, please inquire for detailed quotation.
5. The more people, the cheaper cost.
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    In order to make it easier for you to choose the right trip, we have graded our trips with certain Trip Level System from 1 to 4 according to the degree of activities and altitude. We have also suggested the most suitable groups or individuals for each Trip Level.
    In the Trip Overview of each itinerary there is also a brief description of what the Trip is like.
    Our staffs at the Explore Tibet are always happy to answer any questions you have and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests and level of fitness.
    1. Easy
    Light walking and hiking that is suitable for all level of fitness, generally altitude range between 3500m/9800ft to 4000m/13000ft. Hotels and guesthouses accommodation.
    Suitable for family with kids and senior groups.

    2. Moderate
    May included moderate level of hiking, biking, horse riding and maximum altitude of 5000m/16000ft. Hotels and guesthouses accommodation.
    Suitable for family with kids bigger than 12 years, individual having average level for fitness.

    3. Moderate to Strenuous
    May include high altitude hiking up to 6 hours, long hour driving and sometimes overnight at around 5000m/16000ft, require a moderately high level of fitness, camping and basic lodging facility.
    Suitable for adult family, individuals physically fit and have experiences of high altitude trekking.

    4. Strenuous
    May include high altitude trekking and mountaineering, camping and basic lodging facilities, altitude range from 3600m/9800ft to 6000m/19000ft.
    Suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.

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Lithang Horse Racing Festival has been well known throughout Tibet for quite some time. During this festival, all the most talented riders will attend the race and show off their talents. The horse racing festival celebrations were cancelled for several years, but has been restarted recently.
 
Besides horse racing, there are a variety of cultural performances and traditional activities held throughout the festival. This is one of the best times to experience the Tibetan nomadic lifestyles and get a feeling for our rich cultures.
 
As this year's Lithang Horse Racing festival starts from Aug 1st, all our group members should arrive at Chengdu on July 29th and we leave from Chengdu on July 30th morning. We suggest all the members in the group to stay at the Chengdu Traffic Hotel on the July 29th which is where your guide will meet at 7pm in the lobby (of August 1st).
If you need any help to book the hotel or flights, please feel free to contact us.
This Tibet group tour starts and finish at Chengdu.
Note: THIS GROUP TOUR IS ONLY GUARANTEES IF THERE ARE 4 OR MORE PEOPLE SIGNED UP.
Tour Map Click on the map to enlarge
Dates Trip Outline Activity Accommodation
Jul 30th Chengdu to Lhagang/Tagong (3690m), 6hrs Today is a bit long drive through the sichuan-Tibet hwy Tianzhu hotel
Jul 31st Tagong - Lithang (4014m), 5 hrs Plateau mountain views Snow Lotus hotel
Aug 1st Lithang Horse Racing festival Horse Racing and cultural performances Snow Lotus hotel
Aug 2nd Lithang Horse Racing Festival (4014m) Continues enjoye the horse racing and other acitivities Snow Lotus Hotel
Aug 3rd Lithang -  Xinlong (3038m) approx 5hrs Tsoka monastery and stunning views of Tsoka lake Zhandui Hotel
Aug 4th Xinlong - Baiyu/Phalyul (3600m) approx 7hrs Yachen monastery and Drichu river Jin Ou Hotel
Aug 5th Baiyu - Dzongsar (3100m), approx 3hrs Dzongsar monastery and beautiful landscapes Mashod Guesthouse
Aug 6th Dzongsar - Derge (3188m), approx 4hrs Famous Derge Printing House Chola Hotel
Aug 7th Derge - Gerze (3390m), approx 6hrs Garze monastery and mountain views Yongkang Hotel
Aug 8th Gerze - Barkham (2500m), approx 6hrs Great Mountain views Gyarong Grand Hotel
Aug 9th Barkham - Chengdu (550m), approx 6hrs Get back to Chengdu and rest. Trip ends Holiday Inn or Traffic Hotel

Lithang Horse Racing Festival Group Tour Cost Table:

Group Size 4 to 6 People in the group 7 to 9 people in the group Single room suppl
Cost in USD USD1,850 per person USD1,450 per person USD250

Note: THIS GROUP TOUR IS ONLY GUARANTEES IF THERE ARE 4 OR MORE PEOPLE SIGNED UP.
          Single room supplement is compulsory to pay if no one sharing the room.

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Tour Cost Included:
- Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the itinerary;
- Private transportation with experienced local driver: Ranging from land cruiser to minibus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included);
- Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;
- Lodging: Tianzhu hotel in Tagong, Snow Lotus hotel in Lithang, Zhandui hotel in Xinlong, Jin Ou hotel in Baiyu, Mashod guesthouse in Dzongsar, Chola hotel in Derge, Yongkang hotel in Garze and Traffic Hotel in Chengdu (Hotel is based on double occupancy and dormitory at guesthouse);
- Full board meals during the tour;
- Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour(Check shuttle bus frequency below);
- Oxygen: One big Oxygen tank in the car (4L or 7L);
- Meals and accommodation for guide and drivers;
- Toll and parking fees:
- First aid kit;
Tour Cost Excluded:
-Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation (recommended to buy from your home country before you leave);
- Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);
- International and domestic flight/train tickets.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and tickets availability with our travel consultant);
- Gratuities for the guide and driver.
(30th July) Day 1. Chengdu-Lhaghang(Tagong) Elevation:3690m / 12,100ft DriveTime:6hours 
We will leave for one of the great sacred place for Tibetan Buddhists. Lhaghang Monastery, Lhaghang is set around 3750 meters above the sea level, This monastery is belong to Sakya tradtion of Tibetan Buddhism, and it was built by King Songtsan Gampo during 7th century.Lhagang Monastery which housed the most important statue of Shakyamuni, it is said has the same spiritual blessing of the one in Lhasa. Many Tibetan Buddhists would come and do pilgrimage here often.
Overnight in Tianzhu Hotel
 
(31st July) Day 2. Tagong-Litang Elevation: 4014m /13,170ft 
Drive Time:5hours
Today's traveling duration will be about 5 hours but the landscape between Yajiang and Litang is breathtaking. We will cross three passes that are over 4000m high from see level. We ride slowly and take time for photographing on the way. Historical Litang is a very famous place because it is the birthplace of the 7th Dalai Lama.
Overnight in Snow Lotus Hotel
 
(1st Aug) Day 3. Litang Horse Racing Festival
Today you will attend the festival and experience local Tibetan's life. The most exciting event is the horse race. The riders will take their beautifully adorned horses to participate in the races and show off their excellent horse riding skills, such as shooting at targets while galloping, etc.
Overnight in Snow Lotus Hotel
 
(2nd Aug) Day 4. Litang Horse Racing Festival
Keep exploring the horse race festival here in the morning, and in the afternoon, we will visit Litang monastery, which is just on the northern edge of town and belongs to the Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was founded in 1580 by the 3rd Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso.
Overnight in Snow Lotus Hotel
 
(3rd Aug) Day 5. Litang-Nyakrong(Xinlong) Elevation:3038m/9967ft
Drive time:5hours
We Leave for Nyakrong after Lunch, and we will visit a place called Tsoka lake,  a beautiful and crystal lake surrounded by amazing landscape and nice village .  There is also a monastery called Tsoka monastery , which was built in the year of 1358 by a lama called Purba Denzin.
Overnight in Zhandui Hotel
 
(4th Aug) Day 6. Nyakrong-Payul(Baiyu)Elevation: 3600m/11811ft
Drive time: 7hours
Our journey begins early in the morning, we visit Yachen Monastery on our way, also known as the Yachen Orgyen Samten Choeling, which was found by Akhyuk Rinpoche in the year 1980. This monastery is located in an isolated valley 4000m above sea level and Dzin Chu River flows through the monastery giving it a beautiful curving shape. With more than 10,000 monks and mostly nuns, this monastery ranks as the second largest Buddhist Institute at the present time. Before sunset, we will arrive Palyul.
Overnight in Jin Ou Hotel
(5th Aug) Day 7. Baiyu-Dzongsar(Maisu)Elevation:3100m/10171feet
Drive time:3hours
Today’s destination is Dzongsar Monastery, which was built in the year of 746. This monastery is famous for keeping its Tibetan philosophy teaching system from ancient times up until now. The current lama for this monastery is a world-known teacher, His Holiness the Dzongsar Jamyang Kyentse. In the late afternoon, we visit a local handicrafts center where, if you are interested, you can buy souvenirs for your families or friends.
Overnight in Mashod Guest House
 
(6th Aug) Day 8. Dzongsar-Derge Elevation:3188m/10459feet 
Drive time: 4hours
On the way to Derge, we will visit Palpung monastery, It’s been associated with Karmapas always as it is a Karma Gagye Monastery, like 16th Karmapa enthroned first here before left his main seat in Tsurphu Monastery in U-Tsang. Tai Situ and Karmapa connected very closely.
This Monastery is one of the three important Karma Gagye tradition monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Monastery used to home for over 1000monks, many incarnated Lamas. It has huge library with more than 324,000 texts and art collections over 10,150. Tai Situ is the founder of Karma Gagye painting style, and it was expanded well with a good fame.
Overnight in Chola Hotel
 
(7thAug) Day 9. Derge-Garze(Ganzi)Elevation:3390m/11122ft
Drive Time:6hours
Leave for Garze, a small Tibetan town with beautiful sceneries surrounding. The monasteries and nunneries, and villages are spectacular for many photographers. We will visit Kardzi monastery in the afternoon, which have 500 years of history. As your interest we are able to have a hot spring shower in the end of the day.
Overnight in Yongkang Hotel
 
(8th Aug) Day 10. Garze-Barkham(Ma’er Kang)  Elevation: : 2500m / 8200ft Drive time:6hours
Barkham, we will pass dense forest and beautiful mountains on the way to Barkham,the capital city of Ngawa Tibetan Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, a modern Tibetan town with population of 59000. Before arriving this town, we will visit a village called Zhuokeji, where we can explore the famous Gyarong Tibetan architecture.
Overnight in Gyarong Grand Hotel
 
(9th Aug) Day 11. Barkham-Chengdu Elevation:550m/1804feet
 Drive time:6hours  
Our Kham Cultural Explore Tour is comes to an end today as we arrive back in Chengdu and say farewell to your guides. We hope you enjoyed the tour and experiencing the rich culture of Tibet. We wish you a safe journey back to your home!
Overnight in Holiday in Express
Tour Cost Includes:
- Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the itinerary;
- Private transportation with experienced local driver: Ranging from land cruiser to minibus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included);
- Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;
- Lodging: Tianzhu hotel in Tagong, Snow Lotus hotel in Lithang, Zhandui hotel in Xinlong, Jin Ou hotel in Baiyu, Mashod guesthouse in Dzongsar, Chola hotel in Derge, Yongkang hotel in Garze and Traffic Hotel in Chengdu (Hotel is based on double occupancy and dormitory at guesthouse);
- Full board meals during the tour;
- Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour(Check shuttle bus frequency below);
- Oxygen: One big Oxygen tank in the car (4L or 7L);
- Meals and accommodation for guide and drivers;
- Toll and parking fees:
- First aid kit;
Tour Cost Excludes:
-Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation (recommended to buy from your home country before you leave);
- Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);
- International and domestic flight/train tickets.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and tickets availability with our travel consultant);
- Gratuities for the guide and driver.
Tibet is a country, which is totally different from any other places around the world, just because of its political sensitivity, rich culture diversity and peculiar geographical formation. Although this means it is not the easiest place to travel, which is also what makes it so special.
In order to make your trip worry free and indisputable, here we have carefully collected all the essential information that will give you a clear image of the trip as well as logistics during your stay in Tibet, this also will be helpful for your trip preparation before you leave, so please go through it and make sure you are well prepare for the trip, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our tour consultant or write us on [email protected]

Legitimate Claim;
As we mentioned above, Tibet is politically very sensitive and any political activities are restrictedly prohibited, so we always advising our clients to keep away from any political conversations or activities that bound against the policy of People’s republic of China. Your involvement in such activities would influence the whole group as well as future of all your guides, driver and the company. If any one does, then we have the full right to cancel the trip and we are not responsible for so caused hassle and costs.
 
Emergency contacts:
Being a responsible company, we are always available for 24 hours a day, in case if you need any emergency help. It is best to first call your designated travel coordinator or sales person (whose contact numbers are will be listed on your tour agreement), for any reason if you are not able to reach to him/her then please ring us on the below numbers;
Lhasa Head Office: (0891)-6305152 (the area code 0891 is not necessary if you are calling from Lhasa)
Chengdu Office: (028)-86262365
Note: office working time is 9am – 7pm from Monday to Friday.
Sonam Jamphel (Sales Manager) 0158890904080 or 013398000993 (Available for 24 hours a day)
 
Chinese Visa
Every one should have the valid passport (with minimum 6 months validity) and Chinese visa to travel into China and the Chinese visa is also valid in Tibet, generally the Chinese visa is can be applied either by your self or use a visa service agency in your home country, but the visa application and requirements are little vary in different countries, so please check with your regional Chinese Embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements.
NOTE; It is your responsibility to obtain the Chinese visa, so just for your information it is better not to list Tibet as your travel destination on your visa application form, just list Chengdu or Beijing, whichever your in-bound city is as your travel destination. If you enter Tibet from Nepal then you don’t need the Chinese individual visa and please check the next line for what you need.
 
If You Enter Tibet From Nepal
If you enter Tibet from Nepal, then the permit and Chinese visa formalities are slightly different, to enter from Nepal, you don't need the Chinese individual visa and instead you should obtain the Tibet group visa from Chinese Embassy in Nepal, you can’t apply it directly and you should have a local Nepalese agency to apply for it, so our Nepalese partner agency will assist you for that application, normally the application takes 2 to 5 working days for different cost and it only can be applied when you arrive in Nepal, because your original passport is needed along the applicationMore about the Tibet Group Visa and cost please check here
 
Tibet Travel Permit and Its Process
Tibet travel permit is compulsory for all the travelers to visit Tibet and it can be obtained within 15 days prior to the trip starting dates, once you have booked the tour with us, we will obtain it for you which is included in the tour package. We need clear scan copies of your Chinese visa and passports to apply for the permit.
For more detail and latest permit updates, please check here
 
Etiquettes and Taboos:
Cultural Considerations: Be aware that your cultural values may differ from those of locals. These may include different concepts of time, personal space, communication, etc., which are not wrong or inferior, just different. Making the extra effort to respect local customs and cultural differences will enhance your interactions with locals during your time in Tibet and contribute to building mutual respect between locals and tourists.
Appropriate attire: Most Tibetans are pretty conservative from our western perspective so it is always polite to wear long pants at all times (guys and girls). If you wear shorts in rural villages or in the Bakhor district in Lhasa you will definitely get stranger looks than normal! Women should wear long pants or skirts. Shirts should not be revealing and bras should be worn. Unfortunately, many tourists ignore these cultural norms and can be seen in towns and villages wearing shorts and revealing summer attire; while it may be comfortable, it is not appropriate, especially when visiting monasteries. Don’t be shy to inform other tourists of the proper dress for monasteries; perhaps they are not aware of the cultural considerations and etiquette.

Itinerary Disclaimer
Generally we adhere to the original itinerary that we described but sometimes little alterations can be born due to the situations that are beyond our control. On the other hand, in order to make our trip for your personal experiences and flexible, we allowed our clients to make minor changes by discussing with us (office staff) and guide (field staff). The trip detail itinerary is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destination or activities is by no means of guarantee that they will be encountered or carried due to the local circumstances and climate.
 
Keeping in touch with folks at home
If your family members or colleagues or friends want to connect with you during the tour, then you can either provide your guide mobile number to reach you during the trip or if you don’t know your guide number at the time, please don’t feel hesitate to provide our company contact numbers listed in the Emergency Contact section and we can find a way to reach you through guide mobile.
 
Meals
In order to provide you the maximum flexibility of what, where and when to eat, we generally doesn’t include meals in the tour cost except breakfast included at the hotels, but our local guide will suggest you good local restaurant per your requirements. In the cities like Lhasa, Tsedang, Gyantse, Shigatse and Zhangmu you can find good restaurants serve wide range of Tibetan food, continental food, Nepalese food, Indian food and Chinese cuisine, but in Tingri, EBC and in remote places, there is a limited choice for noodles and pan cakes. Approximate cost of a meal in Tibet is USD3 – USD10 per person/meal depending on your individual requirement.
 
Destination Guide Recommended Reading List:
Tibet is a unique travel destination with some special considerations. It is highly recommended that you undertake some background reading before travel to Tibet. The more you learn about your destination, the more rewarding your travel experience will be. While we include a recommended reading list, which you can refer to for in-depth information, the following is a recommended reading list that might be helpful for you.
Tibetan History | Tibetan Culture & Arts | Tibetan Religion |
 
Lhasa and the TAR:
  • Tibet: The Lonely Planet Country Guide
  • Trekking in Tibet: A Traveler's Guide by Gary McCue
  • Tibet Handbook: Moon Travel Guide
  • Fodor's Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan: Expert Advice and Smart Choices: Where to Stay, Eat, and 
Explore On and Off the Beaten Path
  • To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron
  • The Mount Kailash Trek by Constance Roos/Sian Pritchard-Jones
  • Trekking Tibet by Gary McCue/George Schaller
  • The Heart of the World, A Journey to the Tibet's Lost Paradise by Ian Baker
  • My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Neel 
 
Kham and Amdo regions:
  • Footprints Tibet Handbook by Gyurme Dorje
  • Lonely Planet China (See Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu Provinces)
  • Bradt Guide Tibet by Michael Buckley
 
Domestic Flights and Trains to Tibet
There is only one international flight to Tibet, which is from Kathmandu (Nepal), and then there are lots of flights from different cities in Mainland China like Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai and so on. Please Check Flight Schedule and Cost Here
There is no international train to Tibet and all the trains are from Mainland China like Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xining and so on. Please Check Train Schedule and Cost Here
 
Responsible Tourism Initiative: 
Tourism has the potential to have positive and negative effects on the local environment and peoples. Making a conscious decision about how you travel can make a difference. Whether you are traveling to the Amazon rainforest or to Mt. Everest Base Camp, taking the initiative to reduce negative impacts and help sustain local communities is the responsible thing to do. Read more how we practice Responsible Travel
 
How & What To Pack
It is important to pack light and effectively, specially when you travelling to a new place, you need to know some necessary items should be carry with, depending on the length of your trip and where you go, you can get away with a minimal amount of clothing. One medium-large backpack or rolling duffle and a day pack should be just right for a 2-4 week trip. We suggest you to check our packing guideline here

Complaint & Feedback
We are always trying to provide the best service that can achieve a memorable Tibet tour for you, but sometimes you might be dissatisfied with some arrangement as different people has various aspirations and requirement, so please let us know instantly and we will try to solve everything right away to avoid repeating mistakes unknowingly. As we are looking for every single opportunity to improve our services, so your valuable suggestions and constructive complaints are very much appreciated.
Free Airport Shuttle Bus:

In order to make it more convenient for our clients, we have arranged two shuttle buses a day, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. So when you are purchasing the flight tickets, please take the shuttle bus timing into consideration. Of course, if you don’t want to wait for the shuttle bus, we can arrange a private airport pick-up and transfer for you, this service costs USD60 per time.

Shuttle bus pick-up time at the beginning of the tour:
1st shuttle bus departs from the airport at 12:30 2nd shuttle bus departs from the airport at 16:00

Shuttle bus transfer time at the end of the tour:
1st shuttle bus departs from the hotel at 7:30am 2nd shuttle bus departs from the hotel at 11:00am

Note:
If you miss the free shuttle bus because of your flight delay or cancellation, then you will have to pay for the private airport pick-up, which costs USD60 per time. Also, please make sure to update your tour consultant about your new flight schedule.

Train station pick-up is totally for free, but sometimes you may need to wait for other travelers’ arrival around the same time.

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