The festival of Saga Dawa marks the enlightenment of Sakyamuni, and occurs on the full moon day of the fourth Tibetan month. Saga dawa is particularly popular time to visit mount Kailash as Tibetan from every parts of Tibet gather in Darchen to celebrate it. Tibetans believe that more the number of circulation around the Kailash earns more merits in life. You can join in them, too.
Tour Type: Small Group Tour
Trip Advisor: Kunga
Updated this article on Sep 03, 2014
Upon you arrival, your tour guide will hold a board with your name on it to welcome you at the exit of the train station and escort you from the train station to your reserved hotel in Lhasa.
Overnight in Lhasa
In the morning, go to visit the famous Potala palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels, you will experience its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc. Tibet Museum is an important window to introduce the glorious culture of Tibet, as a free Museum in Lhasa, you should not miss it. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the holist temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty, 647 A.D, and its famous Barkor Kora, where you can buy or appreciate traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, Tibetan music instrument, Thangkas, and tradition tibetan clothes etc.
Overnight in Lhasa
Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was once home of 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung is famous for it was the government centre during the fifth dalai lama and later moved to the famous potala palace during the fifth dalai lama. After having lunch, continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is its Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard mostly around 6:00 - 7:30 in the afternoon.
Overnight in Lhasa
Passing by the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley, Yamdro-tso lakes, Karo-la Glacier roadside at 4960m, we move westwards to the second biggest city of Tibet, Shigatse, the area spiritually hosted by Pamchan Lama. The most important attraction for today is Yamdro-tso Lake, and Kubum monastery in Gyantse. Yamdro-tso Lake is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour and Kubum monastery has a 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome.
Overnight in Gyangtse
Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse in the morning. In Shigatse, you will visit the famous Tashi Lhunpo monastery where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future god) in the world. The monastery itself is abiding place for the successive Penchen Lamas. Then drive to the Sakya county where you can visit the famous Sakya monastery. The most interesting thing in Sakya sect is that the sect do not believe in reincarnation and the head of Sakya sect will wear white cassock and also marry and have children.Then take a good rest in Sakya.
Overnight in Sakya
There is about 5-6 hours driving from Sakya to Rongpuk. The road is under construction. From Tingri to E.B.C with the very rough road, pass the wild grassland, cross the rapids river and high mountains. If it is in clear whether, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which are 8000m high or more, that is, Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everes (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m) and Mt Mayalu (8463m).
Overnight in Ronguk Guest House or Tent
Early in the moring to see the sunrise from Rongphu, then to view Mt. Everest. The scenery is fabulous and splendid. After walking, arrive the place to get on the local bus then use half of an hour to arrive at Everest Base camp (Or you also can trekking to Base Camp around 1.5-2 hours one way. It's more interesting and much warmer, but hard to breath). Hike up to the top of the photo point to take pictures of the splendid Mt. Everest. Then in the afternoon go down from EBC and drive to Saga. The road condition worsen from old Tingri and it runs parallel to the Himalayan ranges. Leaving the Bum-Chu basin, it then descends into the depression of Peiku-tso (4600m), a cobalt blue lake.
Overnight in Saga
Then you are moving towards the Drongpa county, the region around the sources of Brahmaputra river, which is about 167km from the Saga town. Then you will reach a tiny and dusty town on the main road, with a couple of basic guest houses, restaurants and a small monastery called "Old Drongpa". Around the monastery you can see a pile of yak heads carved with "sutras" and "mantras" like "OM MA NI PAD MEY HUM" that is mantra of god of compassion. And new Drongpa is a small town with a couple of shops, hotels and restaurants. It is about 25km apart from the Old Drongpa. Then move towards the Baryang with 4750m above sea level and then drive to Lake Manasarovar.
Camp by the lake
You can relax around the lake shore and experience the natural beauty of the lake. In the summer time, flocks of swans will gather on the lake, bringing grace and life to the area. You can also see so many Tibetans and Hindus praying and circuling around the lake shore for the whole day, snow capped mountains on the background and hundreds of swans gathering on the lake, attracting hundreds and thousands of tourists from all over the world. In the afternoon, you will reach Tarchen.
Overnight in Darchen
There will be a traditional ceremony for Saga Dawa in the morning at the start point of Kailash Kora. You can see hundreds of Tibetans gather at Chorden karpo(white stupa), Lamas chanting the prayers in traditional Tibetan style. Tibetans hang their prayer flags on the vertical prayer flag before it erected. Lamas circulate around the erected vertical prayer flag by reciting special prayer. After finished the cermony, Tibetan peoples will start to walk about 52 km trekking circuit around Mount Kailash, commencing at Darchen (4574m) and crossing the Dolma-la pass on the second day of the three day walk. After two hours from Darchen, you come upon a grassy plain populated by nomads. There you can refresh yourself in nomadic tent and drink some soft drinks there. For this turn in the valley it is another two hours at least before reaching Drirapuk(4920m).
Overnight at Drirapuk (guest house)
The second day is the hardest and most tough circuit with the Dolma-la pass lying 6.4km ahead but 762m above Drirapuk. The peak of Dolma-la pass is about 5630m above sea level, so it is better to set off early in the morning as the sun rays break over the ridges above. After taking a rest at the peak of Dolma-la pass, you will decending staircase bringing you to Lhachu valley floor, taking about one hour from the pass. From here it is still four hours trekking to the today's final destination with no shelters on the way. It is better to walk on the rightside of the river and finally get to Dzultripuk (with miracle cave of milarepa). It is advisable to get there before other groups because limitted number of rooms are available there in Dzultripuk. Take a good rest in the guest room and prepare for next morning's departure.
The tour guide will help you to arrange your time and ask he/she to visit the caves, the temple and shrines that has been built around Milarepa's cave. The walk back to Darchen is easy and the exit from the valley can be reached within three hours. At the ending point of the valley, the driver will come to pick you and take you back to Darchen.
Overnight in Darchen
Crossing the grasslands, come back down east to Saga. Then cross one of the most spectacular mountain passes, topped with prayer flags and wind- driven prayer wheels. You will truly feel like you are on top of the world.
Overnight in Zhangmu
It takes about 5 hours to complete 130km rough asphalt road from Zhangmu to Kathmandu. Your Tibetan tour guide will see you off at the Chinese Border, and you can continue your trip in Nepal.
Price Quotation: 2150 US$ per person
Discount: 3 travelers or more book the tour at the same time(5% off)
1.Tibet Entry Permit, Alien's travel Permit, Military Area Entry Permit, etc.
2.Comfortable Tourist Vehicle althrough the trip.
- 2 - 5 pax, tourist mini van.
- 6 - 12 pax, 19 to 22 seats tourist bus.
- above 12 pax, 33 seats tourist.
3. Admission fee of All tourist sites listed in Itinerary
4. Professional Tibetan English speaking tour guide
5. Travel Agency Service Charge
6. Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance
7. All Accommodation
- Comfortable Class(3-star Lodging),standrad twin room with private bath room in Lhasa and Shigatse
- Poor Guest House at remote towns.
8. Trekking service: Tents or local guest houses, Yaks and Yak porters to suport the trekking, meals during trekking.
1. Lunches and Dinners beyond 3 days trekking at Mount Kailash.
2. Tips to driver and tour guide, 3-5 USD/day.
3. Chinese Visa
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