2020 Katok Festival Tour Overview
2020 Katok Festival will have been held in Katok Monastery , which one of the six ‘Great’ Nyingma Monasteries in Tibet. The date of 2020 Katok Festival will be reconfirmed in the end of March 2020.
Katok monastery was founded by Katok Dampa Deshek, who was the younger brother of Phagmodrupa in 1159. The monastery had a reputation for fine scholarships and produced some of the greatest scholars in Tibetan history. During this festival, the last day of 22nd July will be the day for unfolding Thangkar, however, this program (Unfolding Thangkar) might be changed in the last minute.
Tour Price Overview
2-3 People: US$ 1,990.00 Per Person
4-5 People: US$ 1,750.00 Per Person
6-7 People: US$ 1,560.00 Per Person
Departure day: 2020 July 24th
|Festival date||2020 July 28th to 31st|
|Arrival||Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China|
|Departure||Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China|
|Activity||Culture tour, Tibetan Festival|
|Group size||Minimum 2 people, maximum 16 people;
Private group departure is available, please Contact Us for Group departure price
July 25th Chengdu to Xinduqiao
We will depart early, the drive to Kangding takes about7 – 8 horus, en route we will stop by some sites to stretch legs. Ya’an is a well-known location that grows excellent China Green Tea, we will visit local Tea planting field and see how people make tea (In Spring of March and April). The we will visit to Luding Iron Bridge, we will keep driving, via Kangding onto Mt Dzeto (4324m) then descending to Xinduqiao which is a small Tibetan village that is well-known for its picturesque view, overnight here
July 26th Xinduqiao to Garze (Kanze) County
Today, we begin our journey by driving to Lhagang town, where to visit Lhagang monastery and enjoy the great view of Lhagang pasture, then we will follow the valley the road curves onto Garze (Kanze) county, en route we will pass through Dawu County — a warm Tibetan town, its unique architecture make this town unique from other Tibetan towns. After a short visit to this beautiful town, we will continually head west to Luohuo County , and then drive along the road onto the Luo-guo-liang-dzi (4680m) to Garze (Kanze) County, which is about 3890 meters above sea level, we will visit to Garze monastery and Den Gonpa. overnight in Garze (Kanze)
July 27th Garze (Kanze) to Pelyul County
There will be a 10 kilometers drive from Garze (Kanze) to the road junction that leads to Pelyul, from which we’ll head into the valley passing a rocky mountain. En route we will detour to visit Yarchen Gar Nunery Buddhist Accademy. Then we will again regain to the main road heading to Pelyul, which is located in the forest area and surrounded by mountains on both banks of the Jinshajiang River at the Sichuan-Tibet border in which some Tibetans of the patriarchal clan live.
July 28th Pelyul to Katok Monastery – Katok Festival
We will drive along the east bank of Jinsar River heading south for Horpo village. Then, we’ll go in the forest valley, drive to the top of the hill, where Katok monastery located, and experience the mystery festival of Katok.In the evening, we will drive back to Pelyul county for overnight
July 29th Pelyul to Katok Monastery – Katok Festival
In the early morning, we will drive you back to Katok monastery, witnessing the festival, yo see the different religous performance; In the evening, we will drive you back to Pelyul county again for overnight
July 30th Attending Katok festival, Drive to Derge County
Today is the last day we will spend in Katok monastery, we will depart early to attend the festival for the great Thangkar unfolding if weather permits (Thangkar unfolding might be canceled due to bad weather). During the process that the great Thangkar will be carried by dozens of monks to the side slope of the mountain which face east. The Katok Festival shall be ended after this ritual. Then after, we’ll depart for Derge County, check in the hostel, and rest
July 31th Derge to Garze (Kanze) County
In the morning, we will visit to the three major sites of Derge printing house, Derge Gonchen monastery and Tangyel Lhakhang. Then afer, we will drive east to reach Mt. Trola, which is the highest point of this trip, the pass we’ll cross is 5,050 meters high. The view is superb and on the way we’ll stop by Yilhun Lhatso which is one of the most beautiful lakes in Tibet. Its shores are covered with carved Mani Stone. The mountain and rocks surrounding the lake are said to be a divine form of the Cakrasamvara Mandala for those that have pure vision to see them.
August 1th Garze (Kanze) County to Kangding
The drive from Garze (Kanze) County to Kangding is about 370 kilometers, approxiamtely 7 hours drive. En route we will detour of the religious site of Garta Shangba Lin monastery that 7th Dali Lama spend years to meditate in this monastery. The land that this monastery located is with a shape of Lotus. Therefore this place is also called “Lotus village”. Then after we will get back on the main road via Mt Dzetuo back to Kangding for overnight
August 2th Kangding to Chengdu and to depart
The drive on this day is pleasant,it will take about 4 hours to complete this drive,we will drive you directly to the airport for your departure