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Tibet Tour in July and August 2017— Festivals and Events

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As the top of Tibet’s peak tourism season, July and August of Tibet offer tourists both fascinating picturesque natural scenery and rich Tibetan festive activities. Especially Shoton festival, the most important festival throughout Tibet, attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world to Lhasa. Making a Tibet tour in July and August can experience profound Tibetan culture and the festal atmosphere of Tibet. The grassland of northern Tibet also welcomes its golden time with thousands of flowers in bloom and blue Namtso lake like a blue pearl on the Tibetan plateau. The annual Nagchu Horse Racing Festival held in August attracts thousands of Tibetans and tourists to the grassland to have fun together.

July and August are also considered as the best time to visit Tibet because the weather is fine and you can go anywhere of Tibet. But it is best to book train/air tickets in advance since it might be difficult to get one due to the large demand.

Festivals in July and AugustThe most popular Festivals (you can see and experience)

tibet universal prayer day

Universal Prayer Day/Dzamling Chisang

The Tibetan Festival, Universal Prayer Day or Dzam Ling Chi Sang is a Tibetan Buddhist festival celebrated on the 15th day of the fifth month in Tibetan Calendar. It is a time for spiritual cleansing. On the Universal Prayer Day, Tibetan people go to the tops of local mountains to burn incense and hang prayer flags. Thus, it’s also called as World Incense Festival, which will fall on July 9 in 2017.

Dzam Ling Chi Sang was originally meant to commemorate Guru Rinpoche's subjugation of the local deities and the founding of Samye Monastery. In Lhasa, there is the spectacle of large amounts of 'Sang' being burned up on the hills of Chakpori, Bumpari (on the southern side of the Kyi-chu) and Gephelri ( behind Drepung Monastery ), etc. 'Sang' is a Tibetan 'ritual fireworks'. There is a variety in selection of material for Weisang, like branches pine and cypress, leaves of herbs such as Artemisia argyi and heath.

yushu horse racing festival

Yushu Horse Racing Festival

Yushu Horse Racing Festival held in Qinghai is a traditional Tibetan Festival in Amdo Tibetan Area. The festival is usually celebrated in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Region from July 25 to August 1 each year.

Horse Racing is quite popular in Tibetan Area. Yushu Horse Racing Festival is one of the top three horse racing festivals in Tibetan area. The other two are Ngachu Horse Racing Festival and Litang Horse Racing Festival. The Yushu Horse Race Festival takes advantage of the warm weather, so the valley floor has lush green grass suitable for long-distance horse races and tent camping.

chokor duchen festival

Chokor Duchen Festival

Chokor Duchen Festival is one of the four great seasonal festivals (Losar, Saga Dawa, Chokor Duchen and Lhabab Duchen) celebrated by all Tibetan Buddhists. During those times, it is believed that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times.

Chokhor means “Prayer Wheel” or “Dharma Wheel”, the common religious objects in Tibet, and Duchen means “great occasion” in Tibetan. This festival held in Lhasa on the 4th day of the 6th month of Tibetan calendar celebrates Buddha’s first sermon at Sarnath near Varanasi in India. Many pilgrims climb the Mt. Gyambu Utse, the peak behind Drepung Monastery, and also the ridge from Pabonka to the Dode Valley, to burn the incense and hang prayer flags. The festival is also called Drukwa Tsezhi.

Tradition has it that Buddha was not convinced through his own reflections that teaching what he had discovered through his meditations would be of any benefit to others. It took the intercession of the great gods, Brahma and Indra, to persuade him to do so for the benefit of all sentient beings. The Buddha then addressed the five people who had been his companions during the time spent with the forest yogins concerning the Truth of Suffering, and the other Noble Truths.

tashilhunpo monastery festival

Tashilhunpo Monastery Festival

As an important religious Tibet festival with a history over 500 years, Tashilhunpo Monastery Festival, also known as Buddha Exhibition Festival in Tashilhunpo Monastery enjoys high popularity among local Tibetans and tourists. The Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival usually erupts for three days in the middle of the fifth lunar Tibetan month, from May 14th-16th in Tibetan Calendar every year. Different Buddhas are exhibited on each day during this festival.

Events culminate with the unveiling of a huge four-storey-tall Thangka (religious painting) on a tower behind the Tashilunpo monastery. The whole exposition zone spreads over 1,000 meters, decorated by silk and satins.

ganden thangka unveiling festival

Ganden Thangka Unveiling Festival

The Ganden Festival is held on the 15th day of the sixth lunar month of Tibetan Calendar in memory of the enlightenment of Tsongkhapa, a well-known Tibetan religious philosopher. During this festival, Ganden Monastery would display its 25 holiest relics, which are normally locked away. A large offering ceremony accompanies the unveiling.

The highlight is that Ganden's monks would hang enormous thangka from the special wall at the northern corner of the monastery where it can be seen from the surrounding countryside. Thousands of people would circle the monastery, enter inside to view the Buddhas, pray, and get blessed, and then they go outside to sit on the hill or try to get close to the wall where the big and vividly woven thangka is displayed. Some poor people would walk for weeks to get to the place before sunrise that day.

litang horse racing festival

Litang Horse Racing Festival

Litang Horse Racing Festival in Kham Tibetan Area is a traditional Tibetan festival held on from August 1 to August 7 every year in Litang County, Sichuan province. The Litang Horse Racing Festival is the most celebrated holiday in the Eastern Tibetan Plateau. Khampas from all over the Tibetan Plateau come to trade, celebrate and ride. Khampas are nomads that are Tibetan and are usually herders.

During the Litang Horse Racing festival horsemanship and horse races are held upon the Tibetan Ponies. These small and fast horses are raced and shown to see who owns the best horse. The horse festival is significant because it helps to establish socio-economic hierarchy in Khampas who participate. A lot of honor and prestige is placed on who owns the best horse. A very large tourism business has been built up on adventure trips and tours provided by companies who cater to individuals who are interested in horses and horsemanship. These companies travel around Tibet taking groups of tourists throughout the different villages hosting horse festivals. This benefits the nomads' economy as well as the rest of China's economy.

xiangxiong cultural festival

Xiangxiong Cultural Festival

We know that August is the high season of Tibet tour, with ceremony of the hilarious Tibetan traditional festival Shoton and Horse Racing Festival. But there is another great festival in Tibet also falling in August, that is, Xiangxiong Cultural Festival in Ngari where you can visit the relics of Guge Kingdom, holy Mount Kailash, sacred Lake Manasarovar, spectacular Zhada Earth Forest, beautiful Panggongcuo Lake and so on. The Xiangxiong festival usually lasts for the whole August.

Xiangxiong, also Shang Shung, is an ancient culture and kingdom of western Tibet that dates back more than 1300 years. According to historical records, Xiangxiong Kingdom once dominated central and western Tibet, and its culture has influenced the philosophies and practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Now, the local government has established a tourism festival based on its rich cultural heritage.

nagqu horse racing festival

Nagqu Horse Racing Festival

The Nagqu Horse Racing Festival is the grandest annual event in northern Tibet. Tens of thousands of herdmen gather on the vast grassland dotted with tents to enjoy the horse riding competition, yak race, tug of war, stone-lifting and Tibetan operas.

August is the golden season for tourists to sightsee the vast and beautiful green grassland covered by flower. During this time, the grass is the tallest and the weather is most accommodating to those who enjoy the great outdoors. This festival is also an exhibition and trading of local stuff among Tibetan people.

Few days before the opening ceremony of Horsing Race Festival, traditionally dressed and decorated Tibetans living on this immense grassland gather at Naqu County to set up their tents around horse racing track, hundreds of tents stand and are packed there within a few days, as if a crowed temporary city suddenly appeared on grassland.

shoton festival

Shoton Festival

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".

Early in the morning, Drepung and Sera monasteries will hang a piece of huge thangkha and then after that most of the Tibetans will go to Norbu lingkha to watch Tibetan opera dancing and then spend the rest of the time with their families by having a picnics. The festival is a great occasion for both Tibetans and tourists.

Tibet Small Group Tours Departing in July and AugustFixed departure join-in group

DepartingGroup Tours Available to JoinPrice FormStatusEnquire
2016-07-0110 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour by trainUS12905 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-014 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5802 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-018 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS10508 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-017 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS11502 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-044 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5805 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-046 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS8503 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-048 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS10509 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-047 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS11507 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-0410 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour by trainUS12908 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-046 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS8506 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-084 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5802 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-086 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS8506 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-088 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS105027 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-087 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS11502 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-086 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS8502 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-124 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5804 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-126 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS8507 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-126 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS850Available Enquiry Now
2016-07-127 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS11508 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-128 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS105018 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-125 Days Lhasa Small Group Tour with Three Major MonasteriesUS6801 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-154 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5804 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-156 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS8504 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-158 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS105023 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-157 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS1150Available Enquiry Now
2016-07-156 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS8503 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-1510 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour by trainUS12904 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-1515 Days Kailash and Manasarova TourUS19907 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-1610 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour by trainUS1290Available Enquiry Now
2016-07-184 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5805 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-186 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS850Available Enquiry Now
2016-07-188 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS105012 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-187 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS11509 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-1810 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour by trainUS12909 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-186 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS8504 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-206 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS8503 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-206 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS8507 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-224 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5802 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-226 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS850Available Enquiry Now
2016-07-225 Days Lhasa Small Group Tour with Three Major MonasteriesUS6804 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-228 Days Central Tibet and Namtso Small Group TourUS10507 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-228 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS105018 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-2215 Days Kailash and Manasarova TourUS199023 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-227 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS11507 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-226 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS8501 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-254 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5805 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-256 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS8502 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-258 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS105016 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-2510 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour by trainUS129013 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-257 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS11506 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-256 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS8508 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-288 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS105020 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-286 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS850Available Enquiry Now
2016-07-284 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5806 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-07-287 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS11502 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-014 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS580Available Enquiry Now
2016-08-016 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS8503 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-018 Days Central Tibet and Namtso Small Group TourUS10505 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-018 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS105021 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-017 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS115012 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-016 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS8502 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-0110 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour by trainUS129016 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-015 Days Lhasa Small Group Tour with Three Major MonasteriesUS6802 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-0510 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour by trainUS12907 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-054 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5804 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-056 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS8501 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-058 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS10509 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-057 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS11501 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-056 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS8504 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-077 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS11501 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-076 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS8501 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-074 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5801 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-0710 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour by trainUS129018 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-076 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS850Available Enquiry Now
2016-08-078 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS10507 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-084 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5802 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-086 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS8507 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-088 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS1050Available Enquiry Now
2016-08-0815 Days Kailash and Manasarova TourUS199026 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-087 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS1150Available Enquiry Now
2016-08-086 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS850Available Enquiry Now
2016-08-116 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS8505 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-114 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5801 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-117 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS11007 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-118 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS105030 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-1110 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour by trainUS12907 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-118 Days Central Tibet and Namtso Small Group TourUS10502 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-117 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Trip without EBCUS9901 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-144 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5804 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-147 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS11505 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-145 Days Lhasa and Yamdrok Lake Small Group TourUS75010 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-148 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS10506 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-1410 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour by trainUS12903 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-158 Days Central Tibet and Namtso Small Group TourUS10502 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-1510 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour by trainUS12905 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-154 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5803 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-156 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS8502 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-158 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS105022 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-157 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS11507 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-156 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS850Available Enquiry Now
2016-08-184 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5804 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-1810 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour by trainUS12909 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-186 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS8502 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-188 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS10502 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-185 Days Lhasa Small Group Tour with Three Major MonasteriesUS6801 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-208 Days Central Tibet and Namtso Small Group TourUS10509 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-224 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5803 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-226 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS8502 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-228 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS105010 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-227 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS11507 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-226 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS8505 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-2317 Days Kailash Manasarovar Full Moon Tour & Guge Kingdom ExplorationUS21909 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-234 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5805 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-264 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5502 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-266 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS8002 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-2610 Days Lhasa to EBC and Namtso Lake Small Group Tour by trainUS12402 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-268 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS99012 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-267 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS1100Available Enquiry Now
2016-08-266 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS8203 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-294 Days Lhasa Impression Small Group TourUS5504 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-296 Days Lhasa and Lake Namtso Small Group TourUS8006 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-298 Days Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Small Group TourUS99013 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-297 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Small Group TourUS11002 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-295 Days Short Visit to Samye Small Group Tour by TrainUS7204 ConfirmedEnquiry Now
2016-08-296 Days Central Tibet Culture Small Group TourUS820Available Enquiry Now

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