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Kailash in Saga Dawa Festival

(Group Tour) From 2150 USD /person

15 Days Saga Dawa Kailash Pilgrimage – Lhasa, Shigatse, EBC, Saga, Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash

The festival of Saga Dawa marks the enlightenment of Sakyamuni, and occurs on the full moon day of the fourth Tibetan month. The festival is expected to last a month, during which a sizable number of pilgrims will turn out to celebrate it by staging various religious events, the most attractive of which is the circling around Mt. Kailash for worship. And this event is the most sacred way to show their deepest respect to Buddhism. At that time, not only can you see solemn Buddhist activities like chanting, dancing and playing religious instruments, and worship, etc. Tourists may have a chance to watch the Kailash Kora (circling around religious sites ) and join Tibetans to pray, offer tips to the poor, and tour monasteries, etc.

From 2150 USD/person

If you are planning to travel to eastern Tibet, Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, you are suggested to visit there during the Saga Dawa festival(The fourth month of Tibetan calendar, to memorize the birth, death and enlightenment of Sakyamuni ), the most important and grandest religious event in Tibet.

Tibetan Travel Guru,  Kunga

Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Lhasa
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.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 2

Lhasa sightseeing - Potala Palace/Jokhang Temple/Barkhor Street
In the morning, we are about to do the Kora(Circling religious sites while praying) around Potala Palace and Barkhor Street, both of which are highly iconic attractions of Tibet. Tourists can burn incense, and even kneel down and prostrate yourself in Jokhang Temple as well as along the kora route of Barkhor street. Not only is Barkhor street a well-known kora route, but also serves as an ideal place for commerce and sightseeing. You may listen to the mumbling of pilgrims and watch the bustling street full of people of all walks of life as tourists may sip your sweet tea in local tea house. Of course, a good bargain for a Tibetan souvenir is also a must for overseas tourists. Another important event of Saga Dawa festivities is to free living creatures, like small fish. In the afternoon, we can go to the local market and buy some fish and later set them free in Lhasa River. The rest of the day is for tourists to explore Lhasa freely.
Stay overnight in Lhasa

barkhor-street-kora
           
A devout prilgrim himself on the Barkhor Street
Day 3

Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery/Sera Monastery
Today, tourists 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 to 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, we continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most dramatic scene is the Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard mostly around 6:00 - 7:30 in the afternoon.
Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery                                                                          
                    Monks are debating Buddhist theory in Drepung monastery
Day 4

Lhasa-Yamdrotso lake-Gyangtse
Passing by the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley, Yamdro-tso lake, 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-highchorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome.
Stay overnight in Gyangtse

Yamdrotso lake
 
 Turquoise Yamdrotso displays its grand beauty
Day 5

Gyantse to Shigatse and Sakya
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.
Stay overnight in Sakya

Tashilhunpo monastery

Solemn Tashilhunpo monastery
Day 6

Sakya-Rongbuk Monastery
There is about 5-6 hours driving from Sakya to Rongpuk. The road is under construction. From Tingri to E.B.C the road is extremely bumpy and we have to pass the wild grassland, cross the torrent and high mountains. If it is in clear whether, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which are 8000m high or more, i.e. Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m) and Mt Mayalu (8463m).
Stay overnight at  Ronguk Guest House or Tent

Rongphu Monastery
                     
Take a sneak peek at Mt. Everest in front of Rongbuk monastery
Day 7

Rongphu Monastery-Everest Base Camp-Saga
We wake up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise from Rongphu, then to view Mt. Everest, whose scenery is fabulous and splendid. After walking, we need to catch the local bus and it takes about half an hour to arrive at Everest Base camp (Or you also can trek to Base Camp around 1.5-2 hours one way. It's more interesting and much warmer, but hard to breath because of low oxygen). Tourists can find good places to take pictures of the splendid Mt. Everest. Then in the afternoon go down from EBC and drive to Saga. The road condition gets worse 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.
Stay overnight in Saga

Everest Base Camp
         
 Tourists come to EBC to enjoy the ultimate beauty of Mt. Everest
Day 8

Move from Saga to Lake Manasarovar (500km)
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

Lake-Manasarovar
     
A pilgrim is praying at the bank of lake Manasarovar
Day 9

Spend a day around Manasarovar lake, then to Darchen
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 circling around the lake shore for the whole day with snow-capped mountains in the background. Meanwhile hundreds of swans gather on the lake, attracting hundreds and thousands of tourists from all over the world. In the afternoon, you will reach Tarchen.
Stay overnight in Darchen
Day 10

Trek to Drirapuk (Outer circuit) - 11km
There will be a traditional ceremony for Saga Dawa in the morning at the start point of Kailash Kora. You can visit monasteries and see hundreds of Tibetans gather at Chorden karpo(white stupa), Lamas chanting the prayers in traditional Tibetan style. Tourists can join Tibetans to hang prayer flags on the vertical prayer flag before it erected. Lamas circulate around the erected vertical prayer flag by reciting special prayer. After the ceremony, Tibetans 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. For this turn in the valley it is another two hours at least before reaching Drirapuk(4920m).
Stay overnight at Drirapuk (guest house)

Kailash-Kora
             
Pilgrims and tourists are circling around holy Mt. Kailash
Day 11

Trek to Dzultripuk - 22km
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 earlier 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 be decending staircase that brings 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 right side of the river and finally get to Dzultripuk (with miracle cave of milarepa). It is advisable to get there before other groups because limited number of rooms are available there in Dzultripuk. Take a good rest in the guest room and prepare for next morning's departure.
Camping
Day 12

Trek to Darchen - 11km
The tour guide will help you to arrange your time and ask him/her to visit the caves, the temple and shrines that have 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 end of the valley, the driver will come to pick you and take you back to Darchen.
Stay overnight in Darchen


 
Prayer flags are fluttering in the wind
Day 13-14

Drive from Darchen to Zhangmu
Crossing the grasslands, we 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 as if you were on top of the world.
Stay overnight in Zhangmu
Day 15

Zhangmu to Kathmandu
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.

Cost


Price Quotation: 2150 US$ per person

Discount: 3 travelers or more book the tour at the same time(5% off)
 

Services Included

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.  

 

Service Excluded:

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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