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Horse Riding Festival in East Tibetan Plateau

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 16 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 10 people
Destination(s): China   Tibet  
Specialty Categories: Festival Tours   Cultural Journey  
Season: July - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1850 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2200 US Dollar (USD)

East Tibetan Plateau is inhabited by Amdo and Kham Tibetan. (Khampa) In this vast land, snow mountains waving endless, grassland enrolling to the edge of sky, sky blue as just washed by water, yaks feeding calmly, monasteries scattered in mountain and grassland, and friendly Tibetan grinning to visitors. It is the last land of unpolluted and purity, and it is also the idea please for heart purification, religious pilgrimage and close nature touching.

The Horse Racing Festival is the most celebrated holiday in the Eastern Tibetan Plateau. The Tibetans will come from far away and set tents to wait for the big days, here they will have their heart - jumping - out competition of horse riding, relax them in the ancient dancing shows, etc. In the racing festival the brave riders will show the audience their skills of horseback speed riding, shooting, picking scarlet on the fast running horseback, etc.

It is a best time of fashion shows. The handsome men and the women will wear their most beautiful folk dresses with valuable Jewelry, and they will support their heroes with thunder-like applauses and cheers. And it is also a good time for trade. Various Tibetan living wares are put on the stands for sale.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, July 21st: Arrive in Xining. Arrive in Xining, hotel check-in, and meet your tour leader at hotel in the evening.

Day 2, July 22nd: Xining - Tongren (Repkong). Drive to Tongren in the morning, and explore the monastery of Longwusi (Ronpo Gonchen Gompa) Wutun in the afternoon. The handcraft of Tongren is famous in Tibetan area.

Day 3, July 23rd: Tongren - Mado (Madoi). Drive to Madoi all the day via Maqin. Enjoy the Tibetan plateau and mountain en route.

Day 4, July 24th: Mado - Yushu (Jyekundo). Tibetan plateau is the paradise of wild animal. You may encounter a few wild donkeys in the wide grassland. In the late afternoon we will drop a visit in the Mani wall out of Yushu town. It is a wonder mixed with nature and religion.

Days 5 and 6, July 25th - July 26th: Yushu Horse Riding Festival Experience. We will stay here for 2 days in order to experience this grand ceremony of Tibetan plateau. You will enjoy the breathtaking skill of horse riding as well as enjoy the traditional fashion show and trade market. It is a carnival of Tibetan!

Day 7, July 27th: Yushu - Shiqu (Sequ). Drive to Shiqu all the day pass by the wide grassland with few people. Shiqu is the habitant of the Sun Tribal, also the origin of famous Tibetan Heroic epic, King Gesar. And you will enjoy the longest Mani wall in the world here.

Day 8: July 28th: Shiqu - Dege (Derge). Drive to Dege today via Manigango and drop a visit in famous Ningma Tibetan Buddhism (Red School), Dzogchen monastery en route. And today we will also climb over the mountain pass of Yulonglacuo, about 5200 m in sea level. Arrive in Dege in the late afternoon.

Day 9, July 29th: Dege Monastery Exploration. Dege is the important Lamaism base, the diverse monasteries of various section scatter in the mountains and valleys. We will firstly visit the grand Buddhism printing school in the town, which is still keeping the habit of printing scripture by wood-block. And Gongya Monastery in the country side is also worth of a visit.

Day 10, July 30th: Dege - Babang - Baiyu. Today we will head for Babang in the morning. Babang Monastery is one of the most famous monastery in Kham area. If we are lucky enough, we may see their Monlam festival. Continue to Baiyu along surging Jinsha river, the upper branch of Yangtze.

Day 11, July 31st: Baiyu - Ganzi. We will explore the ancient Baiyu monastery in the morning. It is the famous Red School Lamaism monastery again. In the afternoon continue to Ganzi.

Day 12, August 1st: Ganzi - Daofu (Dawu). Ganzi is the transportation hub of North Kham area, also the base of Gelupa Lamaism (Yellow School), some monastery are famous in Tibetan area. We will drop a visit in one of the monastery in the morning, and then drive to Dawu in the afternoon. Enjoy the beautiful Tibetan building of Dawu en route.

Day 13, August 2nd: Daofu - Danba. Drive to Danba in the morning. Drop a visit in Huiyuan monastery, and enjoy the valley of Bonsai garden, also admire the sacred peak of Mt. Yala.

Day 14, August 3rd: Danba Jiarong Tibetan Culture Exploration. Danba is the home of Jiarong Tibetan, which is a small branch of Tibetan with specific character of Qiang people. We will take you to visit Jiajv Tibetan village and the Tower style castle. If you are lucky enough, you may encounter their winner of beauty contest.

Day 15, August 4th: Danba - Chengdu. Drive to Chengdu, the metropolis of west China, also the big international flight hub, from here you can fly to HK, BKK and other countries. Enjoy a delicious Sichuan Cuisine at dinner.

Day 16, August 5th: Chengdu Departure. Tour finished. You can fly to other city.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- Double occupancy: $1850 p/p.
- Single supplement: $310.

Price Includes:
- All the accommodation (in twin bed room with private bathroom):
* In Xining and Chengdu: 4 star hotel
* In Tongren, Yushu, Dege: 3 star hotel
* In Mado, Shiqu, Danba: local guesthouse
- All the scenic spots entrance tickets listed in the schedule
- English-speaking guide
- Air-conditioned transportation of van
- All the meals: Buffet breakfast in hotel, Chinese lunches and dinners in local restaurants. Some day will be packed lunch due to local poor condition, and during the horse festival will have meals according to local condition
- Insurance of unexpected injury during travel with the highest refund of RMB 300,000 p/p (around $36,320).

Price Excludes:
- Flight to Xining or departure Chengdu
- Medicinal cost due to travelers’ own health
- Horse riding in Yushu
- Personal spending as shopping, films, etc.
- Pther cost we have not mentioned.

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