Saga Dawa Festival Mount Kailash
Saga Dawa Festival at Mt. Kailash (FT03)
Religious activity and trekking adventure
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|Festival Date:||It was fixed on 15th of April of Tibetan Calendar
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|Length:||21 days, check out detail progrm|
|Lodging:||17 nights hotel & guesthouse, 3 nights tent;|
|Meals:||All meals included|
|Activity:||Tibetan religious activity, overland adventure, and trekking adventure|
Saga Dawa is the most important annual festival of Tibet. The 15th day of April in the Tibetan calendar is the day that Buddha Sakyamuni was given birth; also the day he attained Nirvana. During this period, Tibetans from all over Tibet pour into this area of Mt. Kailash, two or even three weeks before this date. During this time, the giant flagpole at Tarpoche is ritually taken down and the prayer flags along its length replaced. During the flagpole ceremony, as the pole’s tip is raised and pointed east towards Gyangdrak momnastery, monks of that monastery perform a special ritual. Music from long trumpets, conch shells, and other instruments welcomes the rising flagpole.
Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa airport, pickup and transfer to your hotel, in the afternoon visit to Nrophuk link park – the summer palce for former Dalai lama
Day 2 & 3 Lhasa: In the morning visit Sera monastery, Chaqi monastery, Nechung monastery and Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and Ramoche temple.
Day 4 to D8 Arrive at Darchen via Shigartse, Gyantse, Sakya, Sangsang, Namring, Saga, Paryang, and Lake Manasarovar: About 5 days drive via Shigartse, Sakya, Sangsang, Namring, Saga, Paryang, and Lake Manasarovar finally reachs at Darchen, which is the entrance of Mt. Kailash. This spectacular souther route from Lhasa to Kailash gurantees superb views along the road, and encounters with antelopes…etc wildlife.
Day 9 Darchen: Witness the festival of Saga Darwa festival.
Day 10 Trekking to Drira Phuk monastery: Departure from Darchen, by vehicle to Darpoche, the entrance of Lha-chu valley, where we can see the south face of Kailash. Load up all gear to our pack animal at Tarpoche, then start trekking, about 4 hours hike following La-chu valley take north bank of the stream to the camp that opposte to Drira Phuk monastery.
Day 11 Trekking to Zutrul Phuk monastery: This is the second day of trek, also is the hardest day. The highest spot of this trek of Drolma La pass is about 5700 above the sea level. Start from the camp, the trail is steep, strenuous, the altitude goes up rapaidly, plan about 3 or 4 hours to cover this ascending hiking of 6km around is necessary. When reach top of Drolma la pass, descending southeastward from this pass. This trail is rocky and steep, around 4 km to reach at Lham-chu valley, where we continually southward for about 8km, Zutrul phuk is located by the trail on the slop of the mountain.
Day 12 Trekking – regain Darchen: Along Zhong-chu heading southwest, for about 3 hours around, reach a trail junction, where our vehicle wait, return to Darchen.
Day 13 & 14 Mt. Kailash – Guge Kingdom: The Guge Kingdom was founded in about the 10th century by a descendant of King Lang Darma, and was survived for about 700 years before disappearing mysteriously in the 17th century. The ruins lie on a hilltop near a river and cover 180,000 square meters. The Guge Kingdom is famous for its murals, sculptures and stone inscriptions, which are attached to the surviving structures. Around the ruins are weapons of the Guge people and mummies, which are probably Guge soliders, the only traces of the once glorious kingdom.
Day 15 to D20 Guge kingdom to Lhasa via Ali, Gerze, Tsochen, Sangsang, Shigartse, Gyantse: The return route is via the northern route between Lhasa and Ali, (Southern route is through Sangsang, Namring, Saga, Paryang, and Lake Manasarovar). The northern route is to cross Changtang plateau, en route the inhabited area along the road is dotted with lakes. When arriveing at Shigartse visit to Tashilhunpo Monastery, which is the seat of Panchen Lama – the second highest-ranking religious leader of the Buddhist religious order. Then to Gyantse, where to return to Lhasa by passing through Yamdrok Lake.
Day 21 Lhasa to the airport for departure.
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