Kailash Saga Dawa Festival 18 days
Tibet is one of the most exciting places on Earth for trekking. The high altitude is challenge for some people and for some it is passion. The Tibetan topography with rugged terrain provides a different hiking experience. The moonlike landscape and the unique culture take the walk to a different level. Besides the geography the culture, especially the festivals are very interesting to watch. Among many festivals in Tibet the Saga Dawa festival is very famous. This 18 days trip in Tibet has the Saga Dawa festival as the major attraction. The Saga Dawa festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar. This is the day when Lord Buddha was enlightened. But actually having been there, to me at that moment it was more like being part of a magic event, something that gets a total grip on all of your senses. So what's going on? Each year, they replace the Tarboche flagpole, a huge pole that stands on the Kailash kora, south of the mountain. Thousands of people from inside and outside of Tibet gather and erect the flagpoles to attach the prayer flags. The flagpole should stand perfectly upright, or else things are not good for Tibet. The whole ceremony is led by a Lama from the nearby monastery. It's his job to make it work 'right first time'
Itinerary in Details
Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2 –May 25, 2015: Explore the city and prepare for the trek.
You can spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trek in the afternoon.
Day 3 –May 26, 2015: Drive to Nyalam (3600m)
We will pack our breakfast and start early towards Kodari (China/Nepal boarder).We will reach Kodari in 5 hours and further drive to Zhangmu, where we will complete the frontier formalities. After completing the frontier formalities we will reach Nyalam for overnight stay following the Bhote Koshi River. The total drive is 153 KM.
Day 4 –May 27, 2015: Rest day
The day will be spent to explore the surrounding and acclimatize as we are going for a trek in a high altitude.
Day 5 –May 28, 2015: Drive from Nyalam to Saga.
We will start our 7 hours drive after breakfast and drive past Labug-La 5150m. On the way you will see lots of yak Herds, small Tibetan settlements, lakes and streams. We will reach Saga in the afternoon after crossing one of the famous rivers of Asia, Brahmaputra.
Day 6 –May 29, 2015: Drive to Paryang.
Far south you can see snow covered peaks nearby you, lots of rocky peaks and sand dunes give you an ideal world. We are going to pass by the typical Tibetan and western small towns of Zhongba, finally get to Paryang and overnight at local guesthouse.
Day 7 –May 30, 2015: Drive to Manasarovar (holy) Lake.
This is the day with the longest drive in the entire trip. We can see the Holy Mount Kailash and the scared lake Mansarovar by the late afternoon. The lake is situated 14950-ft/4558m above sea level and a village called Hor lies along the bank of the lake. The highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Night will be spending at Guesthouse.
Day 8 –May 31, 2015: Drive to Darchen
Today you can see thousands of people moving towards the festival site. The drive to Darchen, a market area for Chinese and Tibetan goods, for lasts for around 3 hours and after that we will keep ourselves busy to see the preparations and the excitement of the people regarding the festival. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 9 –June 01, 2015: Drive to Tarboche. (Festival Day)
The drive from Darchen tr Tarboche lasts for less than one hour. You can also walk if you are interested but it is difficult and lasts for around 3-4 hours. This is the full moon day and the most important event of the festival. You see thousands of people attaching prayer flags on the flag poles. It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is everywhere with tons of blessing to you. Time and again the face of Kailash Parbat will be kept on appearing.
Day 10 –June 02, 2015: Trek to Dehara Puk (5000m)
The trek to Dehra Puk is about 5 hours. We will start in the morning after breakfast. The trail is beautiful and has numerous waterfalls and the most exciting view of the Kailas’s North face. Make yourself for some very difficult walk as the trail goes up and down.
Day 11 –June 03, 2015: Continue Parikarma over Dolma La Pass & Zutul Puk.
Today we will walk past the Dolma-La (pass) of 18600ft that lies in the middle of two valleys. We will walk past a place called and reach the Shiva-sthal.Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget you. Once your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kund are on the way. By the late afternoon you will arrive at Zuthul Puk (the cave of Miracles. The great ascetic Milarepa is supposed to have performed miracles here).
Day 12 –June 04, 2015: Trek to Manasarovar Lake & overnight at Chu Gompa.
We will trek back to the Mansarovar Lake and it is around 3 hours of walk. We will be picked up by the driving crew and then after a short drive around the lake we will reach the Chu gompa for the overnight stay.
Day 13 –June 05, 2015: Drive to Paryang.
Early in the morning today we again join for overland day journey, along the way you will have again some of the best panoramic views. Up on arrival at Paryang, transfer to hotel, and be refreshing and overnight.
Day 14 –June 06, 2015: Drive to Saga
We will reach Saga in the afternoon after a drive of 6 hours.
Day 15 –June 07, 2015: Drive to Nyalam.
We will drive to Nyalam from Saga today and this is our last night in Tibet as we will head towards Kathmandu tomorrow. The drive lasts for 5-6 hours.
Day 16 –June 08, 2015: Drive to Kathmandu.
This is the last day at Tibet for you as in one hour after breakfast we will reach Kodari, on the Nepal-Tibet border. From the border we will drive along the Araniko Higway, built in assistance of the Chinese government, to reach Kathmandu. It is a scenic 4 hours drive through hills and river valleys.
Day 17 –June 09, 2015: Free day.
This is a free day for rest and you can explore the heritage sites around Kathmandu on your own.
Day 18 –June 10, 2015: Depart Kathmandu to reach another destination or fly back home with memories of the trip.
You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.
Price: USD 3050 per person | Minimum Group size: 04 pax
Note: Please apply for a multiple entry visa in the Nepalese Embassy/Consulate at your country or upon arrival at the airport.
- Arrival/departure transfer by private vehicle as per itinerary
- 04 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Guided heritage sight seen with all entrance fees in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu-Nyalam-Kathmandu transfer by private vehicle
- Decent accommodation in Tibet at the available places
- All necessary tents, kitchen equipments and camping gear
- Chinese VISA fees, Kailash Permit and Tibet travel permits
- Land transfer( land cruiser/Tourist Bus) as per itinerary
- Yaks and Yaks man during the Cora
- All Veg. meals during the Tour
- Sleeping bag, Down jacket( if required)
- Tibet Local guide and Nepali guide with supporting crew
- Accommodation, Meals, wages, allowances , insurance, Medical, equipments for AMN Mountain Guide and required staffs
- International airfare
- Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
- Nepal reentry Visa
- Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
- Riding Yak/Horse for Kailash Parikrama (direct payable to Yak/horse herder)
- Meals in city ( Kathmandu and highway)
- Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
- Personal nature expenses such as phone call, laundry, battery charging ,hard and soft drinks etc
- Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
- Travel insurance
- Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual
- Services which is not mentioned above includes