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Saga Dawa Festival Tour

Saga Dawa Festival is most distinguished Tibetan Buddhist festival - Saga Dawa festival is considerably illustrious among the people of various corners of the universe. Millions of them might have dreamt of bond with it as participants of this festival once in a lifetime. The suggested tour is ideal choice for those specific group having only limited time and no more interest for adventurous hard-hitting treks. We do definitely undertake your all through traveling with profuse delight and indulgence. Festival will take place at Tarboche on the first day of trekking. This is the most important festival of Mt Kailash, celebrating the enlightenment of Buddha. It takes place every year at full moon of the fourth lunar month. A giant flagpole is ritually taken down and the prayer flags are changed for new ones. After the flagpole is upright again, the Tibetans try to tell the future by watching its position. If the pole is erected straight it will mean happiness for all of Tibet.

Saga Dawa Tour Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. As you fly, the panoramic view of snow-capped Annapurna mountain range greets your sight. After the completion of Visa formalities, you have to come downstairs to collect Luggage and proceed to outside from terminal Building. Meet our representative who shows you name of our company “Cultural Treks & Expedition” then you will be transferred to hotel. You will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice at the time of check in at Hotel.

The tour operator, Managing Director will meet you in hotel and will brief about the trip. You should clear your dues before we proceed for the trip. You are free to relax or explore around the city in the very first day. Over night stay at Hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu: After the breakfast in the morning, our city guide will come to the hotel with vehicles and then we leave hotel to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the house of living Goddess Kumari, the ferocious Kal Bhairab, The Red Monkey God and hundreds of erotic carvings. Swayambhunath is the worlds most glorious Buddhist Chaityas. It is said to be 2000 years old.

Boudhanath is a huge Buddhist stupa located about 7 km east of Thamel. It stands on a massive mandala style platform and has features similar to the Swayambhunath, though it is bigger than Swayambhunath in size. It is said that this stupa was built during the 5th Century. Every year, Thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and neighboring countries visit Boudhanath, particularly in winter and Pashupatinath temple. Pashupatinath temple is the biggest Hindu temple. Over night stay at Hotel.

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa Gongar Airport: We transfer you to airport from hotel. Then we fly to Lhasa and upon your arrival in Lhasa, you will be transferred to Hotel. We start off with walking tour of Jokhang Monastery and the Bakhor market. The Monastery is the home of the statutes of the revered Budha, Shakyamuni. While all Buddhist statutes are magnificently robed in colorful brocade adorned with pearls, turquoise, coral and silver solid gold bowls of holy water. Over night stay at Hotel.

Day 04: Sight seeing in Lhasa, Potala: Guided sightseeing tour of Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Stunningly dominating the skyline of Lhasa atop the crest of Marpo Ri hill, the seventh-century Potala is considered Lhasa ’s most holy destination for a pilgrimage. Winding up the hill, a stone path leads to the 14-story, 1000-room, 23,000 square-foot palace. Each day, thousands of pilgrims give the prayer wheels lining the path a clockwise spin as they make their way up to the entrance. The Potala is a holy palace, but it is also an administrative and political complex.

It is comprised of the Red and White Palaces; inside the White Palace are two small sacred chapels, the Phakpa Lhakhang and the Chogyal Drubphuk. The Potala's most venerated Buddha statue, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, is housed inside the Phapka Lhakhang Drepung, the biggest monastic university. After a guided tour of the Potala Palace, we take you to see the Nechung Monastery the seat of Nechung , Tibet 's State Oracle. The oracle is the medium through which Dorje Drakden (Nechung), the principal protector of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government, communicates with His Holiness and the Kashag (cabinet). Major decisions of the state are also made in consultation with the Nechung Oracle. Over night stay at Hotel.

Day 05: Lhasa - Visit Norbulingka – Shigatse: (3900 m) After breakfast, we visit Norbulingka, the Jewel Park , Dalai Lama’s summer palace, it covers 100 acres with palaces, pavilions and a zoo. After lunch, we drive to Shigatse. Shigatse is the second biggest city in Tibet . We stay overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Drive from Shigatse to Lhatse: (4350m.) After early breakfast, we go to Visit The famous Tashillunpo Monastery in Shigatse, seat of the Panchan Lama, one of the six important Gelupa Monasteries in China, which was built in 1447 by the first Dalailama. Then we leave for Lhatse (308 km. Packed lunch will be served en route. Arrive at Lhatse. We stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 07: Drive from Lhatse to Saga: (4640 m) After early breakfast, we leave for Saga (300 km.) Packed lunch will be served en route. Dinner and overnight stay at Guest House/camping

Day 08: Drive from Saga to Prayang: (4520 m) After early breakfast, proceed for Prayang (200 km). Drive through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders. On this day, the road is quite flat; hence the drive will be comfortable compared to other days. Overnight at stay Hotel/Guest House /Camping

Day 09: Drive from Prayang to Chui Gompa Via Hor Quo, Mansarovar: (4560 m) After breakfast, we drive to Mayum River for 112 km and have lunch. Thereafter, we drive to Hor Quo (4560 m) 223 km. We continue driving crossing Mayum La pass (5200 m) and arrive at Hor Quo. Today is the day of lifetime, as we will have the first sight (darshan) of Holy Mt. Kailash and Holy Lake Manasarovar. Drive to Chui Gompa with circumbulation of Lake Mansarovar . Overnight stay in Camping/Guest House.

Day 10: Drive to Darchen: (4620 m) We will have a picnic lunch on the bank of Holy Lake Mansarovar. In the evening, we drive to Darchen, Located beneath the majestic holy Mount Kailash , Darchen is a small village with couple of guesthouses. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with Pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around. Darchen, the beginning and end point of the Kora. Over Night stay at Hotel/Guest House/Camping

Day 11: Darchen Saga Dawa (This date is the main Sagadawa Festival day)
The Saga Dawa Festival celebrates the day Lord Buddha Sakyamuni was born, achieved enlightenment and passed away. For over a thousand years pilgrims flock to Mt Kailash to replace the Tarboche flagpole, a huge pole that stands on the Kailash kora, south of the mountain. The whole ceremony is led by a Lama from the nearby monastery and Tibetans and buddhists gather here that day to attach their prayer flags they brought from home, to pray, and to help erect the flagpole. Over Night stay at Hotel/Guest House/Camping

Day 12: Darchen to Diraphuk Gompa (4860m). The Kora/Parikrama begins as we walk the 8kms to Tarboche and then we trek up to Diraphuk Gompa. Packed lunch will be served on the way. We walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt Kailash towering above us. We follow the river which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before we reach the 13th century monastery at Diraphuk. Overnight at our own camp or a lodge.

Day 13: Diraphuk Gompa to Zutulpuk: (4760m). We now leave the Lha Chu Valley and enter the Dolma Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Drolma La (5630m). It's a tough climb to the summit which is festooned with prayer flags but from there it is all downhill or flat to Zutulpuk, with views of one of the highest lakes in the world, Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion. As well as the monastery at Zutulpuk, there are several meditation caves and another cave containing an image of Milarepa. Overnight at stay Hotel/Guest House/Camping

Day 14: Zutulpuk to Darchen: On the final day of the kora/Parikrama we cross several streams, and follow an impressive gorge. Along the way we are once again treated to magnificent views of Kailash. We then enter the Bharka plain and it's about an hour's walk through this desert landscape to Darchen. Our vehicles await us, and take us back to Lake Manasarovar. Overnight at stay Hotel/Guest House/Camping

Day 15: Darchen to Praryang: Today is a long drive, about 300km, back to Praryang. We re-cross the Mayun-la and several rivers. Overnight at stay Hotel/Guest House/Camping

Day 16: Paryang to Saga: (4600m) We continue driving today along a 255km stretch of road to Saga, passing through the small town of Zhongba en route. Overnight at stay Hotel/Guest House/Camping

Day 17-18: Retrace the route as far as Saga before turning south.
Cross the grasslands, skirt the shores of beautiful Paiku Tso Lake and the towering mass of Xixiapangma (8012m) to the small town of Lao Tingri. Overnight at stay Hotel/Guest House/Camping

Day 19: The view of Mt. Everest from the world's highest monastery is incredible and from Everest Base Camp at 5200m, even more stunning. Overnight at stay Hotel/Guest House/Camping

Day 20: Everest base camp - Nyalam: Get a bird's eye view of the Himalayas. 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 at stay Hotel/Guest House/Camping

Day 21: Nyalam to Kathmandu: From Nyalam, we head back to the border town of Zhangmu. From Zhangmu, it's a short drive to the Friendship Bridge which spans the Bhote Kosi River and marks the Tibet / Nepal border. We say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and driver and walk to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari where Our Border guide will assist us to shift our belongings towards Nepal Side of the bridge.. After completing the re-entry formalities we continue the drive to Kathmandu which, depending on road and weather conditions, should take about 5 hours. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 22: Sight in Kathamndu, Bhaktapur and Patan: After breakfast, our city guide reaches in Hotel with Vehicles, then we drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur is one of the oldest cities in Kathmandu valley. It is well known as Living Museum. Old brick paved enclave of old Royal palace, Nyathapola Temple, Datatriya temple, exquisite artwork offers a picture of the grandeur of medieval Nepal. And Patan is located 7 km away from Kathmandu, this city has many 15th to 17th century, Hindu and Buddhist, monuments built during the Malla dynasty. The most important area with many monuments is the Patan Durbar Square.

Day 23: Last minute,
transfer to international airport for your final departure.

TRIP DEPARTURE DATES:

Tibet Tour & Trek Cost:   USD Per Person.


Tour Cost Includes:

  • All land transportation by Car, Land Cruiser, Van, Hiace & mini Bus (Airport/Hotel/Airport & expedition pick up & drop).
  • 4 Night’s Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at Bed and breakfast basis.
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur as per tour itinerary wiith English Speciaking tour guide and monuments entrance frees.
  • All three major meals B/L/D (provide continental food) prepared by our own Nepali Cook while on the Tibet tours & Trek. Accommodation in tented camp (twin sharing North Face tent or, normal trekking tent, dining tent, toilet tent, Kitchen tent, staff tent, sleeping mattresses, Table, chairs and Kitchen utensil etc.).
  • All transportation in Tibet by 4 WD Land Cruiser and support truck for the entire trip.
  • Yak and Yak man (handler) during your trek around Mt. Kailash (Kora).
  • 1 English-speaking expert Chinese or, Tibetan guide.
  • Private transportation from Kathmandu - Tibet border (Kodari – Nyalam).
  • Tibet visa, Kailash permit and all applicable taxes and entrance fees.
  • PAC bag (Portable Altitude Chamber) & first aid medical Kit.
  • All official taxes and service charge.

 

Tour & Trek Cost Doesn’t Include:

  • Personal transportation except above programs.
  • Major meals lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Personal clothing, tour equipments as well as sleeping bags. (required)
  • Personal Nature expenses. (Extra expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as sickness, accidents, road blockage, and other occurrences beyond our control.)
  • Emergency evacuation (If incase).
  • Drinks except tea and coffee.
  • Airfare: to & from your country.
  • Nepal entry, re-entry visa fees & international airport departure taxes. ((It is suggested you apply for a multiple entry visa for Nepal initially saving you the Nepal re-entry fee).
  • Personal travel insurance. (Liability for insurance against sickness, accidents, loss of baggage, loss of life etc.)
  • Tips for support crews.

 

Note:

  1. We need a name list of each member 60 days before the trip confirmation for flight reservation.
  2. Clear passport photocopy and a passport size photo of each member which should reach us 30 days before client's arrival in Kathmandu at info@culturaltreks.com ((jpeg or gif reduced to max. 25Kb per photo).
  3. If you wish to join tours or trekking in Kathmandu you have to arrive as per the given programs and if you wish join in Lhasa can also possible.
  4. If you are traveling in Nepal before going to Tibet, then you must apply for your Chinese visa in Kathmandu. We can get it within 2 days with your original passport.

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