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Grand Nagchu Horse Festival

Duration : 15 day(s)

The Naghchu Horse Racing Festival is grandest annual event in northern China's Naghchu Prefecture, the largest prefecturein Tibet Autonomous Region. It is hold in August 1st, lasting five or fifteen days. Ancient and popular Naghchu Horse Racing Festival is an irreplaceable item in especially for visitors who come to Tibet in summer. The Horse Racing Festival isan important folk festival in Tibet. People gather in Nagchu Town and construct a "tent city." Many dressing themselves and their finest horses in their best outfits, and thousands participate in thrilling horse races, archery and horsemanship contests. Other folk activities and commodity fairs are also held. The horseracing festival held in Nagqu is the grandest of the racing festivals held throughout Tibet. August is the peak season for Nagchu grasslands, with stiff winds and rain at night but the sun shining brightly during the day. Thousands of tents are setup in the vast grassland on the north side of Nagchu and many Nagchu herdsmen camp there.
No matter looking it from which aspect, Nagchu Horse Racing Festival is the most lively and beautiful festival in Nagchu. It is no doubt that horse racing festival is a season for love. People of Han nationality regard it as "Romantic". So, it is very common that people in pasture area regard horse racing festival more important than New Year's Day in Tibetan calendar. Before horse racing festival, herdsman in hundreds kilometers away will come to Nagchu with tents, beautiful national clothes and every kind of shinning jewels. Just in a night, many tents are put up around the horse racing meeting place, until it become a magnificent "city". Products change, art performance, every kind of folk sports (like tug-of-war, long jumping, hanging stones) and a serious of religious activities make this "city" become a real temporary city. The horse racing festival has a long history. It originates from the ancient military review in the Tubo tribe in the region. It is also the traditional occasion for horse trade. The buying and selling of horses at these fairs attracts Tibetans from near and far. Nowadays, the local government also attaches great importance to the occasion and considers it a good chance to promote the economic development in the region. Business talks are held and modern activities like fashion show can also be seen there. It has become a bright highlight in the tourism of Tibet.

Day 01: Fly to Gongkar airport. Transfer to Lhasa Hotel (BB)
Day 02: Sightseeing of Lhasa Hotel (BB)
Day 03: Sightseeing of Lhasa Hotel (BB)
Day 04: Drive to Namtso via Tsurpu Hotel/Guest House(BB)
Day 05: Drive to Nagchu Hotel/Guest House(BB)
Day 06: Witness NAGCHU HORSE FESTIVAL Hotel/Guest House(BB)
Day 07: Witness NAGCHU HORSE FESTIVAL Hotel/Guest House (BB)
Day 08: Drive to Lhasa Hotel (BB)
Day 09: FREE DAY Hotel (BB)
Day 10: Drive to Gyantse. Visit Samding Monastery en-route Hotel (BB)
Day 11: Drive to Shigatse . Visit Shalu Monastery en-route Hotel (BB)
Day 12:  Drive to Shegar. Visit Sakya Monastery en-route Hotel (BB)
Day 13: Drive to Rongbuk monastery. Excursion to Everest Base
Day 14: Drive to Zhangmu Hotel (BB)
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu Tour concludes. Hotel (BB)


  • Twin sharing accommodation as per the itinerary on bed &  breakfast (BB) basis.
  •  English speaking Tibetan Guide.
  •  Transportation as per the itinerary by necessary vehicle.
  •  Transportation: Kodari - Kathmandu
  •  Monastery entrance fee.
  •  Tibet Travel permits.
  •  Emergency mineral water in the vehicle.
  •  Emergency portable oxygen cylinder in the vehicle.
  •  Service of Porterage while crossing Friendship Bridge into Nepal (Nepal-China border).
  •  Trip briefing by Tibet expert & entertain question.
  •  Trip Information pack.


  •  Tibet Visa Fee (Acceptable in US$ cash only).
  • Airfare : Kathmandu- Lhasa (Fare as per availability range from US$ 440 to US$ 730 per person in economy
  • Travel insurance.
  • Expenses during any rescue operation.
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Alcoholic beverages & bar bills.
  • All expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Gratuity to staff.


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