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Explore Kham & Amdo

Yushu Horse Festival

Home of the fierce warrior tribes & observe their traditional - Annual Yushu & Lithang Horse Race Festivals
Special Package tour to Eastern Tibet, Amdo and Kham, Tour with Central tibet and Eastern Tibet will offer all detail structure of Tibetan people from east to west, and landscapet from north to south.

Itinerary

Day 01. 20 July
Arrive in Xining and transfer to 4-star Xining Hotel.

Day 02. 21 July Repkong / Kumbum
A visit will be made to Kumbum Monastery, which has been well known for many centuries all over Tibet, only 30km away from Xining. Kumbum monastery was founded in 1560 to commemorate the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Yellow Sect. The monastery was built round the tree, which was the birthplace of Tsongkhapa. The Dalai Lama's brother was for a short time the abbot of this spectacular monastery with its great assembly where one can buy everything needed for monastic life, as well as antiques and tourist trinkets for visiting pilgrims. Perhaps one of the most interesting workshops is where they make the great metal images of the wheel of life and the deer, which usually surmount the temple roofs. Textile enthusiasts will be delighted to find various embroidery materials as some antique embroidery. One of the most interesting finds is the embroidered plait decoration the Tu people wear. Overnight Qinghai Hotel.

Day 03. 22 July Jianza / Kokonor
We drive for 5 hours to Kokonor, the biggest holy lake in Tibet and largest salt lake in China, covers an area of 4581 Square KM, four times big as Hong Kong. As early as three thousands years ago, Mongolia and Tibetan nomadic people believed that a hundred per cent of the holy lakes and the holy mountains contain unique treasures or minerals underneath. Those minerals give out a kind of magnetism or spirit to a few special sensitive Masters, like Shaman or Living Buddha, through whom to teach people on how to respect and protect natures in order to receive the good luck waves from those holy mountains and lakes to have a good fate of life. In May of 1578, King of the Mongols, Altan Qan gave the title Dalai Lama 3 to Sonam Gyatso at east shore of Lake Kokonor. The Living Buddha system of Gelukpa started since then. Overnight Qinghai Lake hotel**

Day 04. 23 July Kokonor / Madoi
Drive 330km to Mato, it means the place where the Yellow River originates. The road from here to central Tibet has been considered one of the most important roads for centuries. Overnight in local best hotel, but no hot water for shower and facility in the room.

Day 05. 24 July Madoi / Jyekundo (Yushu)
Drive 360km to Yushu (Tib: Jyekundo) County, alt: 3700m. Today's driving is exiting; we pass the first bridge of the Yellow River, the famous mountain pass Bayankala at elevation 5080m and upper reaches of the Yangtze River . Those landscapes present an amazing picture. Under the blue sky with white clouds, you see different types of mountains decorated with pray flags, beautiful grassland embellished with flock of yak and sheep, nomad's black and white tents, the colorful dressed Golok and Khampa people, while some different sects of old monasteries on the way without tourists to visit, which brings you back to the nature. Overnight Yushu Hotel** with facilities in the rooms and hot water for shower.

Day 06/07/08. 25, 26, 27 July Yushu Horse Festival
Today is the opening day of the Tibetan Horse Fair. Nomadic families and monks from the surrounding monasteries, dressed in their red robes and finery drive or ride into the camping ground and set up their tents for the festival. Everybody was dressed in his or her best chubas and jewelers. Itinerant peddlers come with their wares and local traders set up a big market. There is an opening parade of horsemen, floats from the monasteries, dressed in their finery and even costumes used for the lama dances. One of the most popular programmers during the festival is Tibetan dancing. Costumed girls and men whirl their long sleeves flying. The men's boots stamp out a strong rhythm and their ankle bells ring; the crowds roar their approval. The crowd also cheers Tibetan singers singing well-known melodies. Perhaps the most popular events are horse racing, acrobatic riding and shooting. Tibetan are fantastic horseman and the speed of the their small of their steeds is phenomenal. Recently competitions have been held for the best local costume. This gives a chance for men and woman to wear their smartest clothes and oceans of jellerys. As well as watching the various activities it is very pleasant to stroll round the fair and meet the local people who often generously invite you to tea and delicacies in their tents.

Day 09. 28 July
Drive 350km to Manigango, a very small and simple town as most of Tibetan houses are built with timber. Many nomadic families come here for shopping and to taste different food in this town which brings you a strong feeling of old post. On the way we pass Sershul monastery and one of the three important Nyingmapa monasteries Dzogchen Gompa, just 3km away from the main road and 53km to Manigango but it is hidden in a beautiful valley. (Tib: Dzogchen) monastery, one of four important Nyingmapa Monasteries in Tibet, they are Katork, Paiyul and Mindroling. It was built in 1684 on the advice of the Dalai Lama 5 and from its location and background with all year round snow-covered mountains, you can imagine how great and holly it was during past hundreds of years. All foreigners who came here said they were just in larger Switzerland, but altitude is 4023m. Overnight Communication Hotel. No facility in the room, simple but it's clean.

Day 10. 29 July
Before driving 110km to Ganzi, we must drive to the famous holly and one of the most beautiful Lakes Yilhun Lhatso located 15km from here on the way to Derge. Ganzi was once the largest and most important town in Kham area during the 17th century. Ganzi Gonpa is in town built in 1642 by Mongols. We must visit the oldest temple Den Gonpa, a very important protector monastery for the area. Khampa hotel or Golden Yak Hotel, with facilities and shower available in the rooms.

Day 11. 30 July
There are two roads, if there is no rain we should drive half day along a beautiful valley and visit one or two very old monasteries hidden in this valley. Overnight Xinlong Guest House**. Another is main road 300km to Xinduqiao (Tib: Dzongzhab) township, which is a transportation hub for truck drivers' overnight. Stay in the local best hotel but no shower and facility.

Day 12. 31 July
Drive 210km to Litang, which is honored as "Paradise on Earth " by local Tibetan and the city was built on beautiful grassland at altitude 4200m. Characterized by its large stone houses, people here is very proud of the birthplace of the Dalai Lama 3 and 7. We visit Litang Chode, built by Dalai Lama 3 in 1580. Overnight in Highland Pearl Hotel or other better Hotels**.

Day 13/14/15. 1st - 3rd August
We stay here for three days to enjoy the Litang Horse Race Festival, which is different from any other Tibetan areas.

Day 16. 4 August
Drive km to Damba, the place where Tibetan Gyarong live. Gyarong is another tribe, which is different from Golok and Khampa people. They speak their dialect and maintained unique way of life and culture for centuries. The dress is also distinctive. Most of the women wear multi-coloured embroidered headscarves and elaborate belts and aprons. Almost every family has its own blockhouse built with stones, ascending to heights of between 30-60 meters, which kept the powerful Sino-Manchu armies at bay for 10 years during 18th century. Government Guesthouse.

Day 17. 5 August
Drive 340km to Chengdu, at first part, the Tibetan and Qiang farmer's houses displayed at each side of the road are so varied and colorful with strong characteristic, based on different climates, traditions, religion sects and histories, some of them remind you old castles built in Middle Ages standing at the bank of the Rhine River in Europe. Overnight 4 stars Hotel in Chengdu.

Day 18. 6 August
Transfer to airport for departure flights.

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