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
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.
Day 2 (5th, Aug): Escorted Tour to Lhasa Highlights
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.
Day 3 (6th, Aug): Lhasa Shoton festival
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.
Day 4 (7th, Aug): Lhasa Shoton festival & Lhasa→Damxung
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.
Day 5 (8th, Aug): Damxung Horse Racing Festival
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.
Day 6 (9th, Aug): Damxung → Namtso Lake (alt.4718m) →Lhasa
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 Yangpacheng to enjoy the sunset over the wild grassland.
Day 7 (10th, Aug): Lhasa → airport
in the afternoon transfer you to the airport.
1. Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
2. All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
3. Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
4. Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
5. All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
6. All meals listed in the above itinerary;
1. Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
2. Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
3. Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
4. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
5. Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.