Last summer my friends and I explored Eastern Tibet for 8 days with a local Tibetan guide, visiting nomadic areas and horse-racing festival.
I'm looking forward to go to Tibet this summer again, this year I'm going to Shaman Festival in Repkong - this starts from 17th of July this year. One of my friend is looking forward to go to Mahlo Dzong Horse Racing Festival - from 1st of August. So she's looking for people to share the expenses, if anybody is interested in going to Amdo Tibet, please contact her!! She asked me to post my review from the last year trip, so if anybody wants to share expenses with her, please write to: email@example.com
Or if anybody's interested to go to Shaman Festival, we already have two people who's looking forward to go, and probably some more people will join.
Here's the review for the previous year trip:
We arrived from Beijing to a city of Xining, with no idea of what we gonna do and where we're heading to. A group of three of us from Denmark. Having realised that virtually NOBODY speaks English around, we decided to search for some travel agencies, though we heard that Chinese ones would be expensive and not so fascinating. We've chosen Tibet Mandala Tours as their prices and the suggested itinerary seemed most appropriate.
We were exploring Quinghai area of Amdo Tibetan region. Staying in a nomad tent with local yak and sheep herders was so much fun. First two days we went to Repkong, visiting the monastery and taking a long walk around the town. Next two days we stayed in the grassland area, watching the nomadic routine, enjoying REALLY tasty food, walking around the hills and grasslands, even had a chance to ride a horse - Tibetan horses are quite stubborn, yet even if I'm not the most experienced rider, I could handle that We weren't so happy with the weather next day, it was quite wet and windy, even though we were told to prepare some water-and-wind-proof clothes we , so we mostly stayed in a tent, drinking a lot of tea and eating Tibetan barley food called tsampa.
After two days we went to Mongolian area of Sogzong to watch the big Mahlo Dzong Horse Racing Festival.The area was truly huge, and their were many Tibetan (the mojority), Mongols and few Uygurs - all dressed up in their best traditional clothes. Surrounded by number of nomadic tents, the whole area was such a feast for the eyes and much more authentic, powerfull and interesting then you can imagine a horse race or any big sport event. It was more like a huge gathering where everybody were proudly celebrating their native culture.
We stayed there another three days and moved to Labrang, again through the grasslands and mountains. We visited a biggest monastery in Amdo, went through the circumambulation road with the locals and tasted the most delicious yak-meat dumplings in our lives! After we were hanging out in the town, there's many small shops with traditional goods, of course inspired with the Horse Race I wanted to buy one of that amazing vintage horsemen equipment, but my friends didn't let me "waste my money" - however this year I decided hard to get back and get some, at least as a souvenir.
From Labrang we went back to Xining, visiting some monasteries on our way.
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Going to Tibet for Horse Racing Fest! (Review on last trip included)