Nakchu Horse Festival; this twelve days tour combines four nights in the spectacular capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, with a seven nights tour of Tibet. First few days we spend time visiting Palaces, Temples, Stupas in Kathmandu. Afterwards we fly to Lhasa taking 75 minute excellent mountain flight over the Himalaya. Join a festival of Nakchu Horse riding. During the month of August over 10,000 people will cross high passes of more than 4000 m by foot, horse and jeep to make their way to Nakchu Racecourse, to run their horses, eat, drink and enjoy themselves during the annual horse festival holiday.
This racecourse, at 4500 m, is undoubtedly the highest located racecourse in the world. Crowded along the hillsides are white tents housing monks, pilgrims, nomads, and city dwellers who come from Lhasa and all over Hor, the urban and farming communities of northern Tibet. During this time of festivities and dance, everyone dresses in their finest and most colorful clothing and adorns themselves with chunks of gold and turquoise jewelry. After the races, we will camp by Lake Namtso-Chukmo, Tibet's largest saltwater lake, which is also considered one of its most sacred. Seventy km long and 30 wide, it takes pilgrims 18 days to complete a korla, around the lake. Lake Namtso-Chukmo is also home to migratory birds between April and November; if we are lucky, we may be able to see the rare black-necked crane.
What you will see during festival?
- Thousands of Tibetan nomad spectators.
- Beautiful horse racing and yak racing.
- Competators with Well dressed ethnic Tibetan attire.
- Yaks and horses are well decorated with Tibetan styles.
- Buying and selling of horse attracts thousands of Tibetans far away from other parts of Tibet.
- Tradition dancings and performance of Tibetan operas.
- Well trained Tibetan Herdmen displays horse riding skills.
- The grasslands are dotted with tents with full of Tibetan spectators forming a small town for a week.