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Tibet Shoton festival and Tibet pilgrim trip

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Shoton Festival is one of the grandest traditional festivals for all Tibetan people. It is a celebration to mark the end of the monks 'Yarné, their hundred day summer retreat. This festival starts on the last day of the sixth month in Tibetan Calendar and lasts for a few days. "Shoton" in Tibetan means sour milk banquet. As Tibetan operas are performed and Buddha paintings are exhibited at this ti...

Shoton Festival is one of the grandest traditional festivals for all Tibetan people. It is a celebration to mark the end of the monks 'Yarné, their hundred day summer retreat. This festival starts on the last day of the sixth month in Tibetan Calendar and lasts for a few days. "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". 


In this trip we also can visit the world heritage sites of the Jokhang Temple and Potala Palace as well as the great monasteries in and around Lhasa. No matter if you travel independently or in a group, we take care of every aspect of your journey.

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Tour itinerary includes
  • City
    City
  • Learning activities
    Learning activities
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Local population
    Local population

Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa

After arriving in Lhasa, local tour guide will welcome you at the airport/train station, then transfer the guests to the hotel. Acclimatize the high altitude in the hotel.

Visited:
Lhasa
Accomodation
Shellong Manor (Lhasa)

Day 2: Visit Drepung monastery

Morning, visit Drepung monastery was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Cheojee a disciple of Tsong-khapa.

First day of the Shoton Festival in Lhasa. Thousands of Tibetan people gather at Drepung and Sera monastery. They come up, well dressed in their ethnic costume to see the famous Buddha Thangkas or “Mandalas” which depicts Buddhist deity scenes showing the life of the Buddha. 

Afternoon, visit Sera Monastery: one of the three great monasteries of Gelukpa sect in Lhasa-Ganden, Drepung and Sera. One of the highlights of a visit to Sera is the debating session from 3pm to 5pm attended by most of the monks. 

Visited:
Lhasa
Accomodation
Shellong Manor (Lhasa)

Day 3: Tibetan opera performance

Today we willvisit Norbulingka. Located in the western suburbs of Lhasa, it has been a palace for the Dalai Lamas to stay to escape the summer heat. 

Tibetan opera performance at Norbulingka Palace. Exciting horse race with the presentation of traditional horsemanship. Wonderful and unique yak racing. Men or women, young or old, dress in their gorgeous clothes. Colorful tents setting up everywhere. Tibetan foods and drinks served on their carpet in front of the tents. Lively dancing and singing by these fascinating people. 

Board : Breakfast.

Visited:
Lhasa
Accomodation
Shellong Manor (Lhasa)

Day 4: Heritage site of Jokhang Temple

Morning, visit to the world heritage site of Jokhang Temple and explore the bustling bazaar along the Barkhor Street.

Afternoon visit the Potala Palace. The original construction dates back to the 7th century, and was built by King Songtsen Gampo. The maze-like structure contains over a thousand rooms and is thought to house 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues. The massive structure contains a small world with a 13-storey castle rising over 117m high.  

Board : Breakfast.

Visited:
LhasaPotala
Accomodation
Shellong Manor (Lhasa)

Day 5: Papungka monastery

Morning visit Papungka monastery and start your hike to Sera through Meditation retreat center with a wonderful view of the holy Lhasa city and especially palace. Palace is the most symbolized figure of Tibet by standing over the Marpo Ri hill, 130 meters above the Lhasa valley, the large building consist of 1000 rooms, with chapels, residences and tombs of successive Dalai Lamas made it as a self-contained world. 

Visited:
Lhasa
Accomodation
Shellong Manor (Lhasa)

Day 6: Thousand Buddha images carving

After breakfast start a half day bike tour, comprises indispensable spiritual and cultural experiences by visiting countryside with bustling local streets, and holy Lhasa city gradually heads up to the east and pass through some villages of Tselgongthan. On the way back visit a thousand Buddha images carving on the mountain side and golden yak statue.  


Board : Breakfast.

Visited:
Lhasa
Accomodation
Shellong Manor (Lhasa)

Day 7: Glimpse of Yamdrok-yutso

Morning drive up to Kambala pass (4794m), you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-yutso and a wonderful view of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance.

After a unforgettable and fantastic views reach Nangartse for lunch. Then along the Friendship Southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit Pelkor monastery and the famous stupa; Gyantse Kumbum built in 1427 by Gyantse King. The 35m-high Stupa with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome makes it a stunning architectural wonder in Tibet.  

Visited:
LhasaGyantse
Accomodation
Gyantse  (Gyangze)

Day 8: Sakya monastery

Morning drive to Sakya (4 hours) and visit Sakya monastery, the head of Sakya sect. The southern monastery was established in 1268 and is designed defensively, with watch towers on each of the corners of its high walls. The northern monastery is located on north side of Trum Chu and was built in 1073 by Kon Konchog Gyelpo, a member of the influential Kon family.  

Board : Breakfast.  


Accommodation : Sakya hotel.

Visited:
Sakya

Day 9: Drive to Rombuk

Early morning, drive to Rombuk, the highest monastery in the world. If the weather is good in late afternoon hike to EBC and enjoy the view of Mt, Everest.  Next morning, visit Rombuk monastery; it’s the main Buddhist centre in the valley which was established in 1902 by a Nyingmapa Lama.  


Board : Breakfast.

Accommodation : Rombuk Guesthouse.

Visited:
Sakya

Day 10: Tashilumpo Monastery

Earlier drive back to Shigatse and evening visit Tashilumpo Monastery which was founded in 1447 by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama. Later, Lobsang Chökyi Gyalsten, the Fourth Panchen Lama, made major expansions to the monastery. Tashilumpo Monastery is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. The monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, the second highest ranking tulku lineage in the Gelukpa tradition.  


Board : Breakfast.

Visited:
Shigatse

Day 11: The Yarlung Tsangpo river 

Drive back to Lhasa, which is 280km from Shigatse and it takes 5/6 hours driving along the Yarlung Tsangpo river with beautiful views of countryside along the way.  


Board : Breakfast.

Visited:
Shigatse, Yarlung Tsangpo river
Accomodation
Shellong Manor (Lhasa)

Day 12: Departure Day

In the morning, transfer to the airport or train station, see off.  


Board : Breakfast.

Visited:
Lhasa

Lhasa Potala Gyantse Sakya Shigatse Yarlung Tsangpo river

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

For 2 Adults
Season Price Per Adult
Prices Starting From
November 2019 to February 2020 £2,280
March 2020 to May 2020 £2,380
June 2020 to October 2020 £2,490

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  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
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  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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