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9 days Yushu Horse Racing Festival Group Tour

Nov.-Mar. From USD 1390
Apr.-Oct. From USD 1745
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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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Yushu horse racing festival is one of the most popular festival in the whole eastern Tibetan plateau, they are nomadic region and horse racing has been long in their daily life, it is also once in a year festival, where locals from all in that area, join together and perform different cultural show as well as traditional activities. After the festival, this tour will lead you to some of the most beautiful landscapes and valleys in the eastern Tibet where you will hardly see other tourists.
As this year Yushu Horse Racing festival starts from July 25th, all our group members should arrive at the Yushu on July 24th, our staff members will greet you at the Yushu Airport at your arrival, so far there are flights available only from Xining and Chengdu. If you need any help to book the flights, please feel free to contact us.
This Tibet group tour starts from Yushu and finish at Chengdu.
Note: THIS GROUP TOUR IS ONLY GUARANTEES IF THERE ARE 4 OR MORE PEOPLE SIGNED UP.

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Dates Trip Outline Activity Accommodation
Jul 24th Arrival in Yushu (3681m / 12076ft) Pick up and transfer to hotel, rest at hotel. Yushu A Ma Ho hotel
Jul 25th Yushu Horse Racing Festival Horse Racing and cultural performances Yushu A Ma Ho hotel
Jul 26th Continues enjoy the festival Horse Racing and cultural performances Yushu A Ma Ho hotel
Jul 27th Yushu - Dzachuka - Sershul (4240m), approx 4hrs Sershul monastery and piles of Mani stone view Sun Tribe or Black Tent Hotel
Jul 28th Sershul - Dzokchen (3800m) approx 3hrs Dzokchen monastery and beautiful landscapes Dzokchen monastic guesthouse
July 29th Dzokchen - Dege (3188m), approx 4hrs Famous Tibetan printing house Derge Chola Hotel
July 30th Derge - Dzongsar (3100m), approx 4hrs Dzongsar monastery stunning landscapes Mashod Guesthouse
Jul 31st Dzongsar - Gerze (3390m), approx 6hrs Garze monastery and mountain views Yongkang Hotel
Aug 1st Gerze - Barkham (2500m), approx 6hrs Great Mountain views Gyarong Grand Hotel
Aug 2nd Barkham - Chengdu (550m), approx 6hrs Get back to Chengdu and rest. Trip ends Holiday Inn or Traffic Hotel

Yushu 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 USD1,745 per person USD1,390 per person USD210

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: A Ma Ho hotel in Yushu, Sun Tribe or Black Tent Hotel in Sershul, Dzokchen monastic guesthouse, Derge Chola hotel, Dzongsar Mashod guesthouse, Garze Yongkang hotel and Chengdu Taffic Hotel (hotel rooms are based on double occupancy and guesthouse is dormitory);
- 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.
(July 24) Day 1. Arrival at Yushul(Yushu),  Elevation:  3681m/12076feet 
Drive time:20minuts
Our journey begins early in the morning for we have a distance to cover and many things to see on our way to Jyekudo the capital of Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province.
Overnight in Yushu A Ma Ho Hotel
Tibet Yushu Airport | Explore Tibet   Yushu Horse Racing Festival Tour - Explore Tibet
 
(July 25) Day 2. Yushu Horse race festival
The Qinghai Yushu Horse Racing Festival is a traditional festival that was held during the week of July 25th every year in the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province. This festival takes advantage often-warm weather, so the valley floor has lush green grasses suitable for long-distance horse races and tent camping. 
 
Yushu Horse Race Festival is not only the main festival of tourist attraction but also a living link to the traditions of the ancient Kingdom of Kham. Tibetans from all over the Kham region gather here for traditional sport, song, dance and costume show competition, therefore Yushu is also known as the Cultural Center of Khampa.
Overnight in Yushu A Ma Ho Hotel
Yushu Horse Racing Festival Tour - Explore Tibet   Yushu Horse Racing Festival Tour - Explore Tibet
 
(July26)  Day 3. Yushu Horse Race Festival
Spend one more day here to explore the famous Yushu Festival
Overnight in Yushu A Ma Ho Hotel

Yushu Horse Racing festival tour by Explore Tibet   Yushu Horse Racing Festival Tour by Explore Tibet

(July27)  Day 4. Yushu-Dzachuka(Shiqu)  Elevation:4240m/13910feet 
Drive time:  4hours
Leave early this morning to Dzachuka, but we have some amazing places to visit on our way to Dzachuka, such as Sershul Gonpa(1760),the largest Gelupa monastery in Kham region. Tibetan philosophy is kept very well in this monastery and the architectures of the temples are spectacular.   We will also explore one famous Mani Stone Pile called Palge mani, which  is 1.6km long, 3meters wide and tall. This Mani stone was originally built by Palge Rinppoche Sangmei Gyatso in 17th Century.  
Overnight in Sershul  Sun Tribe Hotel or Black Tent Hotel
 
Yushu Horse Racing Festival Tour by Explore Tibet   Tibet Kham Tours by Explore Tibet

(July28)  Day 5. Sershu-Dzokchen(Zhuqing) Elevation: 3800m/12476feet  Drive time: 3 hours
We will visit Shechen monastery on our way to Dzokchen,  Shechen Rabjam Tenpé Gyaltsen founded Shechen Monastery in 1695, though it is sometimes claimed to have been built by Gyurme Kunzang Namgyal in 1734. It’s been very influential in last two centuries to extending branches over Himalyas.
Dzokchen monastery is also one of the six important monasteries in Kham and the landscape here is amazing. 
Pema Rigdzin, the 1st Dzogchen Rinpoche (1625-1697) founded Dzogchen Monastery in 1675, which is located in the north of Dege County Town. It’s the root of “Great Perfection”, also known as “Atiyoga” in Nyimapa Tradition.
During the 5th Dzokchen Ringpoche ,Tubten Chogyi Dorje(1872-1935),Dzokchen Monastery had over 500  monks  and  it was estimated to 280 branches.  
Overnight in Dzokchen Monastic Guest House
 
Sershul Tour by Explore Tibet   Dzogchen tour by Explore Tibet

(July29) Day 6. Dzokchen-Derge(Dege)  Elevation:3188m/10459ft 
Drive time: 4hours
 After breakfast, we begin our today’s journey to Derge, the ancient cultural and wisdom center of Kham. We will drive through beautiful valleys thickly covered with forests and strong rivers dashing through narrow gorges. We will pass by small villages, stupa, monasteries; group of pilgrims, stone carved Buddhist scripts and images as quite common in all Tibetan areas.
Continue exploring this famous Tibetan town in Kham region and bustle around busy market.
Overnight in Derge Chola Hotel
 
Dzogchen monastery tour by Explore Tibet   Tibet Dege Tour by Explore Tibet

(July30) Day 7. Derge-Dzongsar(Maisu)Elevation:3100m/10171ft
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 Holinness 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
 
Dege printing House tour by Explore Tibet   Tibet Dzongsar Tour by Explore Tibet


(July31)  Day 8. Dzongsar-Garze (Ganzi)  Elevation:3390m/11122ft
Drive Time:6hours
We will 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 Garze monastery in the afternoon, which has 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
 
Manigango tour in Tibet   Garze Tibet tour by Explore Tibet

(1st Aug)  Day 9. Garze-Barkham (Ma’er Kang)   Elevation: 2500m / 8200ft  Drive time:6hours
The Scenery on our way to Barkham is fascinating, and the road is fine to ride. Barkham is the capital city of Ngawa Tibetan Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, a modern Tibetan town with a population of 59,000.
Overnight in Gyarong Grand Hotel
 
Pilgrims doing Prostration on the road   Gyarong Tibetan house by Explore Tibet

(2nd Aug) Day 10. Barkham-Chengdu Elevation:550m/1804feet
 Drive time:6hours
Our Great Kham Cultural 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: A Ma Ho hotel in Yushu, Sun Tribe or Black Tent Hotel in Sershul, Dzokchen monastic guesthouse, Derge Chola hotel, Dzongsar Mashod guesthouse, Garze Yongkang hotel and Chengdu Taffic Hotel (hotel rooms are based on double occupancy and guesthouse is dormitory);
- 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 sales@exploretibet.com

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)-6329441 (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 application. More 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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