Shoton Festival


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6 Days
Availability : June 30th (Tibetan Lunar Calendar)
Lhasa Airport
Lhasa Airport

If you were to use the Tibetan lunar calendar, as we Tibetans do, It is not an exaggeration to say that Tibetan lives are filled with festivals and rituals, as there is something to celebrate all the time. We invite you to dress up like Tibetans do on the festival day and experience some of the bigger Local Festivals such as Saga Dawa, Tibet’s holiest month;  Shoton, Tibet’s Yogurt Festival; and horse racing.

Tour Details

Celebrate an Ancient Festival with Tibetans in Lhasa

Shoton is one of the most famous and renowned Tibetan traditional festivals in Tibet. Shoton literally mean yogurt in the Tibetan language. The festival is dates back to the 16th century and was a monastic ritual then. Dozens of monks were on retreat for a number of days, and monks are prohibited from killing or going out. Local people would donate yogurt to the monks after completion of the fast. The 5th Dalai Lama introduced Tibetan Opera performances to the Shoton festival, and Norbulingka is the official venue of the annual festival. Shoton begins on the last day of the sixth month in the Tibetan calendar and lasts for a few days. Prominent events during Shoton are thankga exhibitions at Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Thousands of people queue up in the early morning to have audience with the sacred thangka exhibition. Shoton is a showcase of typical Tibetan traditions for global tourists and explorers. Norbulingka is fully packed with people, and you will observe local people singing and picnicking with their loved ones.

Departure & Return Location

Lhasa Airport (Google Map)

Land Price


Price Includes

  • Shared 3-star hotel and Monastery Guesthouse
  • Tibet Permit
  • A welcome dinner
  • Internet where available
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • Ground transportation

Price Excludes

  • Airfare (International & Domestic)
  • Private room upgrade
  • Chinese visa fee
  • Meals
  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuity
  • Travel Insurance


  • Continental breakfast
  • Tibet travel map
  • 2 bottled water per day
  • Sleeping bags (if necessary)
  • An oxygen tank in the car
  • A local phone per group
  • A Tibetan gift
What to Expect
  • Book your international and domestic flights earlier to save the cost.
  • Lhasa with 3,650m ( 11,972ft) the sea level.
  • Climate: 12-220 (check latest weather
  • Shared comfortable lodging (or ask upgrade)
  • Meals from local restaurants and home cooking
  • Sleeping bag if necessary
  • English-speaking guide
  • Download for recommended packing list
  • Be sure to read about destination ahead of time
  • Laundries only in Chengdu

Day 1-2Acclimatization & Explore Lhasa

After a short flight over the Himalayan mountains, we will arrive in Lhasa where guests will enjoy a warm welcome reception. While acclimatizing to the altitude in Lhasa, we will visit Potala Palace and Sera monastery. You will enjoy attending monks debate session in the afternoon. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 3Shoton and Drepung Monastery

Yogurt festival is a major festival in Tibet and Shoton is in the first week of the seventh lunar month starts with the dramatic unveiling of a giant thangka of Sakyamuni Buddha early morning at drepung monastery. Thousand of pilgrims will make their way to the Thangka site among the crowd to make offerings and get blessing from the Buddha image. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 4Lhasa Norbulingka

Norbulingka was the summer palace of Dalai Lamas, during shoton norbulingka is crowded with picnickers and has a great park where traditional Tibetan opera performance are held. Families will visit Norbulingka early morning well prepared and will stay there whole day. Explore Dalai Lama’s summer palace. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 5Barkhor Street and Jokhang Temple

We will explore the city by walking around the Barkhor Square and mingle with the Tibetan pilgrims. We will visit Potala Palace, Jokhang temple to learn about Tibetan architecture, history, and culture.

Day 6Lhasa: Set Off

The trip concludes with a farewell dinner in Lhasa. We will drop you off either at Lhasa Airport for your flight or Lhasa Train Station as you have arranged. If you wish to explore other parts of Tibet, China or Nepal, we will be happy to work with you to arrange that. As always, we hope you had a wonderful experience with us in Tibet and be sure to stay in touch.

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