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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 symbols. 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 the Saga Dawa festival in 2020 is on the 5th of June. Touch Kailash Travels and tours will manage your entire travel plan to explore the Saga Dawa festival 2020. Tour is covering Lhasa and other historical cities of Tibet. Tour starts from a 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 seen crystal clear.

Our main destination Mount Kailash and Manasarovar reach via Kerung border 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 meters Dolma La pass. You also have the option to take personal helper and pony at this part. Finally, explore the Saga Dawa Festival and drive back to Kathmandu via Kerung Boarder.   

 

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:27 May 2020:- Arrival in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel (1350m)

Day 02:28 May 2020: Day in Kathmandu. Visa and trip preparation. Overnight at Hotel

Day 03:29 May 2020: Drive to Shyaprubesi and overnight at Local tea house (117km - 7 Hours, 2250m)

Day 04:30 May 2020: Drive from Syaprubesi to Kerung (40 Km - 2 Hours, 2900m) Overnight at Guest House

Day 05:31 May 2020: Drive to Saga (390km - 6/7 hrs, 4500m) Overnight at guest house

Day 06:01 June 2020: Drive to Manasarovar (277 km - 6/7 Hrs, 4590m. Overnight at Guest house

Day 07:02 June 2020: Exploration of Lake Manasarovar and drive to Darchen (40km - 1Hrs, 4575m). Overnight at Hotel

Day 08:03 June 2020: Kailash 1st Day Kora Derapuk. ( 47 km Driving, 14 km walking /6 Hours – 5000m) Overnight at Mud House

Day 09:04 June 2020: Kailash Kora 2nd Day Juthulpuk 4750m (19km – 8/9 Hours) Overnight Mud house

Day 10:05 June 2020: Trek to Chongdo and Drive to Darboche valley. Exploration of Saga Dawa festival. Overnight at guest house in Darchen

Day 11:06 June 2020: Drive back to Saga (7 hours). Overnight at guest house.

Day 12:07 June 2020: Drive to Kerung (5/6 hours) and Overnight at Guest House

Day 13:08 June 2020: Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14:09 June 2020: Departure

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 0127 May 2020:- 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 the touristic hub (Thamel) you can plan to buy your personal equipment for your trip. Our guide will help you. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 0228 May 2020: Day in Kathmandu. Visa and trip preparation. Overnight at Hotel Touch Kailash Travels and Tours will take care of your visa and other necessary documents. Trip briefing, and do the final packing for the Trip. You also have option to visit some historical places in Kathmandu valley.

Day 0329 May 2020: 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 a local tea house after your long drive on the bumpy roads.

Day 0430 May 2020: Drive from Syaprubesi to Kerung (40 Km - 2 Hours, 2900m) Overnight at Guest House Drive to Kerung from Shyaprubesi. Cross Nepal Tibet border and finish immigration formalities. You will meet your Tibetan guide and further drive to the first town of Tibet, Kerung. Overnight at a guesthouse in the village of Kerung.

Day 0531 May 2020: Drive to Saga (390km - 6/7 hrs, 4500m) Overnight at guest house We continue our trip to Saga, a town in Tibet. After 6/7 hours of drive from the village of Kerung through Lhatse and Sang sang, pass several lakes, towns and high plateau nomadic sites we reach Saga, where we will be staying overnight at the best available accommodation. The home of the Panchen Lama, which is essentially a walled town with cobbled and twisting lanes that revolve around a magnificent monastery.

Day 0601 June 2020: Drive to Manasarovar (277 km - 6/7 Hrs, 4590m. Overnight at Guest houseYou can have the first view of Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar from here. We reach the Manasarovar Lake and overnight at the guest house. Manasarovar is the highest lake of freshwater, a place of pilgrimage, attracting religious people from Nepal, India, Tibet, Russia, and other neighboring countries. Taking bath at Manasarovar and drinking water from here is believed to clean all the sins. You have the option to explore Chui Gumba and Hot spring near Manasarovar.

Day 0702 June 2020: Exploration of Lake Manasarovar and drive to Darchen (40km - 1Hrs, 4575m). Overnight at HotelWe explore the Manasarovar Lake and continue our drive to Darchen, Darchen is known as the base camp for Mt. Kailash. Overnight at the best available accommodation at Darchen.

Day 0803 June 2020: Kailash 1st Day Kora Derapuk. ( 47 km Driving, 14 km walking /6 Hours – 5000m) Overnight at Mud HouseAnother 7-kilometer rough road till the valley of the god. Start walking about 14 kilometers and reach Derapuk. North face of Mt Kailash. We stay overnight at the guest house in Derapuk.

Day 0904 June 2020: 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 meters. start your walk early in the morning. Almost flat land walking till the base of Dolma La. Hard uphill near from pass and reach 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 Juthulpuk Monastery and overnight at Mud House.

Day 1005 June 2020: Trek to Chongdo and Drive to Darboche valley. Exploration of Saga Dawa festival. Overnight at guest house in DarchenMorning visit at Juthulpuk Monastery. Start all flat walking about 6 kilometers up to our driving crew. Further, drive to Darboche valley and observe and celebrate the Saga Dawa Festival. All the Tibetan gather here for the final day of Saga Dawa Festival. It is also difficult to get accommodation here for newly arrived people.

Day 1106 June 2020: Drive back to Saga (7 hours). Overnight at guest house. After concluding the Saga Dawa Festival morning rituals, we will start our drive back to the town of Saga. After 7 hours of driving on paved roads, we arrive at Saga, where we will be spending the night in a guest house.

Day 1207 June 2020: Drive to Kerung (5/6 hours) and Overnight at Guest House We will continue our return to the Nepal-Tibet border of Kerung. After 5-6 hours of driving, we arrive at Kerung. Overnight at guest house.

Day 1308 June 2020: Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel. The Tibetan guide will arrange all the necessities for the immigration formalities in the early morning. We will be crossing the Nepal-Tibet border and drive to the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu through the same way of Langtang National Park.

Day 1409 June 2020: DepartureOur representatives will drop you at the International Airport for the final departure after concluding the Saga Dawa Festival trip. You can as well chose to rest and continue with any other activity 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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