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Saga Dawa Festival and Kailash Tour

Trip Price

Per Person

Total Duration:15 Days

Destination:Tibet

Trip Grade:Moderate to Strenuous

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Transportation:Private Transportation

Accommodation:Hotel and Guest Houses

Saga Dawa Festival is an important Tibetan Buddhist festival, held every year on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, to celebrate Sakyamuni s enlightenment. Each year people from all over Tibet gather here that day to attach their prayer flags they brought from home, to pray, and to help erect the huge flagpole on the Kailash Kora.The whole ceremony is led by a Tibetan Lama from the nearby monastery. Hours before the actual rising of the flagpole from the ground, people circumambulate the flagpole and pray and throw wind horses (little pieces of colored paper with Buddhist scriptures on them) into the air. They help to remove last year’s prayer flags and attach new ones. As a visitor you are almost forced to follow them as they go around and around, time after time. Along the sides, on the slope of the nearby hills, a lot of people are sitting to watch the spectacle and there are musicians which play all the time on their horns and symbals. We can really feel a sudden great sense of happiness surrounding us.

Saga Dawa festival held for a month at around Tarboche valley of Kailash region. The main day of Saga Dawa festival in 2017 is on 9 June. Touch Kailash travels and tours will manage your entire travel plan to explore Saga Dawa festival 2017. Tour is covering Lhasa and other historical cities of Tibet. Tour starts from scenic Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. Exploration of Lhasa city including Potala palace and others during your one full day sightseeing. Drive towards west Tibet by crossing many other historical Tibetan cities and high passes from where high mountain views of Tibet and Nepal Himalayas are clearly seen.

Our main destination Mount Kailash and Manasarovar reach via Kerung boarder of Nepal. Stay overnight at typical Tibetan mud houses and take your foods from local restaurants. Mount Kailash Parikrama is the adventure in this tour, which is 3 days of trekking by crossing 5613 miter Dolma La pass. You also have option to take personal helper and pony at this part. Finally exploration of Saga Dawa Festival and drive back to Kathmandu via Kerung Boarder.   

 

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:30 May 2016:- Arrival in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel (1350m)

Day 02:31 May 2017: Day in Kathmandu. Visa and trip preparation. Overnight at Hotel

Day 03:01 June 2017: Drive to Shyaprubesi and overnight at Local tea house (117km - 7 Hours, 2250m)

Day 04:02 June 2017: Drive from Syaprubesi to Kerung (40 Km - 2 Hours, 2900m) Overnight at Guest House

Day 05:03 June 2017: Acclimatization in Kerung. Overnight at Guest House

Day 06:04 June 2017:- Drive to Saga/ Dongba (390km - 6/7 hrs, 4500m) Overnight at guest house

Day 07:05 June 2017:- Drive to Manasarovar (277 km - 6/7 Hrs, 4590m. Overnight at Guest house

Day 08:06 June 2017:- Kailash 1st Day Kora Derapuk. ( 47 km Driving, 14 km walking /6 Hours – 5000m) Overnight at Mud House

Day 09:07 June 2017:- Kailash Kora 2nd Day Juthulpuk 4750m (19km – 8/9 Hours) Overnight Mud house

Day 10:08 June 2017:- Kailash 3rd Day kora and reach at Darchen (6km walking and 7 km driving – Overnight at guest House

Day 11:09 June 2017:- Morning exploration of Saga Dawa festival in Tarboche valley and drive back to Lake Manasarovar or to Darchen for overnight

Day 12:10 June 2017: Drive back to Saga or Dongba. Overnight at Guest House

Day 13:11 June 2017: Drive to Kerung and Overnight at Guest House

Day 14:12 June 2017: Early in the morning cross Nepal Tibet boarder and drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel

Day 15:13 June 2017: Departure/ Rest Day in Kathmandu or any other activities in Nepal

Cost Include

  • Arrival and Departure arrangement  
  • 3 nights twin sharing hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast 
  • 1 Night tea house/ Guest House in Shyaprubesi
  • Accommodation in Kailash, in basic guest houses
  • Private transportation in Kathmadnu and in Kailash region 
  • Drop to Kerung from kathmandu and Pickup
  • Tibet travel permit and Tibet visa 
  • Entrance fees of lake manasarovar and Kailash 
  • Immigration formalities and luggage transfer 
  • English speaking Tibetan guide
  • Helper or Yak to carry luggages and goods during Kailash round
  • Warm jacket and sleeping bag in returnable based if you need
  • Duffel bag to put your goods/equipment

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in entire trip
  • Personal horse and helper during Kailash round
  • Personal expenses, Equipment, Insurance
  • All the extra expenses incase of delay permit from Tibet, late departure to Tibet because of Tibetan governement or any other cases which is not in our hand.    

 

Detail Itinerary

Day 0130 May 2016:- Arrival in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel (1350m)Arrival in Kathmandu. Our representative with pick up you from Tribhuban International airport and transfer you to the Hotel. Walking tour at touristic hub (Thamel) you can plan to buy your personal equipment for your trip. Our guide will help you. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 0231 May 2017: Day in Kathmandu. Visa and trip preparation. Overnight at Hotel Touch Kailash Travels and Tours will take care your visa and other necessary documents. Stay at trip briefing, make your final pack. You also have option to visit some historical places in Kathmandu valley.

Day 0301 June 2017: Drive to Shyaprubesi and overnight at Local tea house (117km - 7 Hours, 2250m)Start driving to Shyaprubesi from Kathmandu after your breakfast in Hotel. You will be inside of Langtang National Park today. Rest at local tea house afeter your long drive via Mountain road

Day 0402 June 2017: Drive from Syaprubesi to Kerung (40 Km - 2 Hours, 2900m) Overnight at Guest House Drive to Kerung from Shyaprubesi. Cross Nepal Tibet boarder and finish immigration formalities. You will meet your Tibetan guide and further drive to first town of Tibet, Kerung.

Day 0503 June 2017: Acclimatization in Kerung. Overnight at Guest House Involve in small hiking tour around Kerung. It will help to acclimatize your body in high altitude

Day 0604 June 2017:- Drive to Saga/ Dongba (390km - 6/7 hrs, 4500m) Overnight at guest house the home of the Panchen Lama, which is essentially a walled town with cobbled and twisting lanes that revolve around a magnificent monastery. Then be driven to Saga via Lhatse and Sang sang, pass several lakes, towns and high plateau nomadic sites on the way of your driving. Reach at Saga or to Dongba and transfer to Guest House.

Day 0705 June 2017:- Drive to Manasarovar (277 km - 6/7 Hrs, 4590m. Overnight at Guest houseYou can have first view of Mt. kailash and Manasarovar from Hore. Reach at guest house near at bank of the Manasarovar Lake and Overnight at guest house. Manasarovar is highest lake of fresh water is a place of pilgrimage, attracting religious peoples from Nepal, India, Tibet, Russia and other neighboring countries. Taking bath at Manasarovar and drinking water from here is believed to clean all sins. You have option to explore Chui Gumba and Hot spring near Manasarovar.

Day 0806 June 2017:- Kailash 1st Day Kora Derapuk. ( 47 km Driving, 14 km walking /6 Hours – 5000m) Overnight at Mud HouseMorning exploration of Lake Manasarovar. Start driving to the point from where we start walking towards Derapuk. About 40 Kilometer drive is well paved road till Darchen – A base of Mt Kalash and another 7 kilometer rough road till valley of the god. Start walking about 14 kilometers and reach at Derapuk. North face of Mt Kailash.

Day 0907 June 2017:- Kailash Kora 2nd Day Juthulpuk 4750m (19km – 8/9 Hours) Overnight Mud houseTough day today from Derapuk to Juthulpuk by crossing Dola Ma pass of 5613 miter. start your walk early in the morning. Almost flat land walking till base of Dolma La. Hard uphill near from pass and reach at Dolma La which is all covered with prayers flags. Then immediately start you walking downhill. Gauri kunda can be seen on the way after dolma La. Reach at Juthulpuk Monastery and overnight at Mud House.

Day 1008 June 2017:- Kailash 3rd Day kora and reach at Darchen (6km walking and 7 km driving – Overnight at guest HouseMorning visit at Juthulpuk Monastery. Start all flat walking about 6 kilometer up to our driving crew. Further drive to Darchen and transfer to hotel. you will feel much crowded area today. all the Tibetan gather here for final day of Saga Dawa. It is also difficult to get accommodation here for new arrival peoples.

Day 1109 June 2017:- Morning exploration of Saga Dawa festival in Tarboche valley and drive back to Lake Manasarovar or to Darchen for overnightMorning, drive to Tarboche valley to explore Saga Dawa Festival. Crowded of Tibetan lamas perform special activities base of their culture.

Day 1210 June 2017: Drive back to Saga or Dongba. Overnight at Guest House Same way drive back to Saga or to Dongba today.

Day 1311 June 2017: Drive to Kerung and Overnight at Guest House Drive back to Kerung via same way.

Day 1412 June 2017: Early in the morning cross Nepal Tibet boarder and drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at HotelYour Tibetan guide will manage to make all the formalities of Tibet immigration. reach at Nepal side and meet you guide. Drive to kathmandu via same way of Langtang National Park.

Day 1513 June 2017: Departure/ Rest Day in Kathmandu or any other activities in Nepal We will transfer you to Internationale airport for your final departure. You also can choose any other activities in Nepal.

Trip Note

This trip is group departure based. if you want to make it your personal tour, we can run as it your personal tour and itinerary can be customized as per your interest. 

Recommendations for Yatra

Trip insurance is important documents. Touch Kailash Travels and tours do not need your insurance policy for permit and visa confirmation. it is only for your secure and immergency. make sure your insurance cover travelling up to 5600 miter altitude and cover Emmergency rescue and Medical bills.  

Oxygen level is less at higher altitudes. The inclement weather and high altitude induces certain illness generally not encountered over the plains. Headache, nausea, lassitude, lethargy, breathlessness, general uneasiness [malaise], high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia are a few. It is common to all irrespective of the age, sex and physical fitness. Gradual acclimatization is the best answer. Tranquilizers, sleeping dose and strong anti-biotic must be avoided. Some of symptoms indicate that the body mechanism is readjusting to new environments. The best idea is deliberately slow down all the activities and follows the following rules:

  • Rest.
  • Relax-do not exert, be excited.
  • Reduce talking.
  • Walk slowly – adopt one third of your speed and space.
  • Keep your load light.
  • Walk for 15 minutes and rest for 5 minutes.
  • Whenever you feel uncomfortable, just stop; rest and relax.
  • Ignore the sudden outbursts of fellow pilgrims and avoid arguments.
  • Observe silence with smile.
  • Never go too high and too fast.
  • Consume plenty of liquids; never proceed with an empty stomach.
  • Chant a prayer or visualize everything around to suit your pleasant thoughts or put on the earphones and listen to your favourite music, bhajans, chanting etc.
  • Be careful not to catch a cold. It is better to be over clothed than under protected. En-route avoids taking bath or drinking water from Lake Streams or rivers, as your system is not conditioned for this.
  • Keep your boots/Ked inside tent. Protect yourself against dust and direct sunshine during the long stretches of driving. Face, feet and hands must be well protected.
  • The uneven ground, steep slope and slushy banks are full of potholes. Do not combine walking and sight seeing together.
  • Always listen to your guide or the one with experience. Never leave the group.
  • On this trip, over exertion is to be avoided and drinking plenty of fluids is recommendable. During winter, heavy warm clothing is a must.

 

  • Kindly consult your doctor and get yourself examined for this yatra
  • As Mount Kailash and lake Manasarovar is situated at high altitudes please start exercises like walking, jogging, yoga and other breathing exercises in order to have a successful yatra at least from a month before. 

DOCUMENTS:

  You are advised to own a small waist pouch or document bag to manage the following documents properly;

  • Passport with Photo copies, Photographs, Identity card, Diary for addresses, contacts, small notes etc.
  • Ball pens with spare refills Maps/Charts/Books etc.
  • Travel Cheques, credit cards & Currency.
  • Airline/Railway tickets/vouchers.
  • Any other document for personal purposes.

COMMON ITEMS

  • Big bag for putting your equipment and others
  • A small light trek bag
  • Water bottle / Thermos flask for hot water (1 liter).

Note: Touch Kailash Travel provide you big bag and small day carry bag for Yatra

CLOTHING

  • Enough clothing for the whole Yatra including 3 pairs trek suits/leisure wear/jogging troushers/4 to 5tea shirts/2 polar flees one light quilted /shirts/poloneck/salwar kameez etc. Do not over load.
  • Wool socks (around 4 pairs), thick tights, wool monkey cap, scarves, warm light gloves, scarf.
  • Wool/thermal long underwear
  • Rain wear (Umbrella or Raincoat)

Note: Down Jackets and Sleeping bags will be provided on returnable basis at Kathmandu for the Yatra

FOOTWEAR

  • Sports comfortable shoes/trainers (Good one Nike, Adidas etc). Have a spare one too
  • A pair of light Sleepers

TOILETERIES

  • Toileteries kit (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toilet rolls, towels etc).
  • Sun screen lotion/cream
  • facial tissues, wet once,

CAMPING ITEM

  • Tourch/Candle/match box/lighter/batteries
  • Knife
  • Plastic mug
  • Dusk masks/face masks

PERSONAL & GENERAL ITEMS TO MAKE YOUR JOURNEY ENJOYABLE

  • Any regular medicines that you take
  • Dark Sunglasses
  • Your favourite food which will keep you going including Nuts, biscuits, powder juice
  • Kapoor/Vicks/Inhaler etc
  • Binoculars/Camera/extra batteries
  • Milk powder for tea

FIRST AID KIT – ALSO INCLUDE

  • First aid kit (typical backpacking kit for minor injuries/ our guide also will carry).
  • Diamox/Aspirin/pain killers
  • Lip balm/Mustard oil/Vaseline
  • Plasters
  • TCP, salt, mint, Vicks for sore throats

 

Usefull Info

Governement of Tibet may change their rules and regulation regarding permit, Visa and entry of Tibet any time and it can be also at last hour of our trip. whatever complecation comes because of Tibetan governemnet, this kind of risk goes to clients personally.  

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Trip Highlights

  • Scinic Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa and back 
  • Driving in well paved road until base of Mount Kailash (Darchen)
  • Magnificent view of Tibetan and Nepal Himalayas
  • Pass over 5000 m passes with beautifull prayers flags and panaromic mountain view
  • 3 Days Mount Kailash Parikrama 39 KM walking (option: can take horse )
  • Crossing Highest Pass Dolma La (5613m) while in Mt. Kailash Parikrama
  • Holy Lake Manasarovar and hot spring 
  • Different view of Mount Kailash 
  • Exploration of Saga Dawa in Tarboche Valley 
  • Explore Tibetan culture, Society and landscap

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