14 days
Duration
8/10
Physicality
US$ 468.00
Single Supplement

2020 Saga Dawa Festival

2020 Saga Dawa Festival is the most important annual festival in Tibet. The 15th day of the 4th month in the Tibetan calendar is the day that Buddha Sakyamuni was born and also the day he attained Nirvana. During this period, Tibetans go to 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 prayer flags replace it. During the flagpole ceremony, as the pole’s tip is raised and pointed east toward Gyangdrak monastery, monks of that monastery perform a special ritual. Music from long trumpets, conch shells, and other instruments welcome the rising flagpole.

  • Departure Date: one Departure on 2020 May 29th
  • A 30 days prior to the festival is needed for applying Tibet Travel Permits

Festival Date 2020 June 5th
Departure Date One departure only on 2020 May 29th
Arrive Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China
Departure Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China
Activity Religious festival, Trekking
Group size

Minimum 8 people, maximum 16 people

INCLUDED
Licensed English-speaking guide
Tibet Travel Permits
Accommodation based on double occupancy
Entrance fees to all sites listed in the itinerary
Arrival and departure airport transfers
Private Transportation
Breakfast
Walking and driving tour per itinerary
Yaks and Tibetan that to manage Yaks during trek
  • 8 – 9 people Tour: 8 yaks and 3 Tibetan to manage yaks
  • 10 – 12 people Tour: 10 yaks and 4 Tibetan to manage yaks
  • 13 – 16 people Tour: 12 yaks and 4 Tibetan to manage yaks
Included free baggage weigh 15 kilograms per participant
Breakfast
NOT INCLUDED
Medical costs China visa fees
Personal expenses Lunch and Dinner
Single supplement Personal Equipment such as mattress, sleeping bag
D1

Arrive in Lhasa

2020 May 29th Arrive in Lhasa airport, meet your guide, and then drive to your hotel. En route, we’ll visit to Nie-Tang Buddha, a Buddha image engraved in the face of the mountain. In the afternoon we’ll take a walk to Norbulingkar, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama.

Overnight: Tashi Nota Hotel | Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner

D2

Lhasa Visit

2020 May 30th We’ll visit Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and Barkhor Street.
Potala Palace , the winter palace of the Dalai Lama dominates the skyline of Lhassa atop the crest of Marpo Ri hill, the seventh-century Potala is considered Lhasa’s holiest destination for a pilgrimage. Going up the hill, a stone path leads to the 14-story, 1,000-room. Each day, thousands of pilgrims give the prayer wheels a clockwise spin as they make their way to the entrance.
The Jokhang Temple is the home of the statutes of the revered Buddha, Shakyamuni. While all Buddhist statues are adorned with colorful brocade, pearls, turquoise, coral, and silver, solid gold bowls of holy water rest before Shakyamuni as well as offerings of Yuan (money) and khatas (scarves) left by pilgrims.

Then after we will stroll around in the Barkhor street


Overnight: Tashi Nota Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

D3

Lhasa Visit

2020 May 31st Visit Sera, Drepung, and Nechung monasteries.
Sera Monastery, one of the Six Great Monasteries of Gelug Pa, located at the foot of Hill Tatipu. It is as prestigious as Drepung and Ganden, which had a longer history. Sera in Tibetan means “Wild Rose Garden” since opulent wild rose woods once grew around it.
Drepung monastery once housed 10,000 monks and if we’re lucky, we’ll ease into a dark columned hall to see and hear the lilting, booming chanting of the sutras, or sit under a willow tree and watch the monks engage in theatrical debate.
Nechung Monastery the seat of Nechung, Tibet’s State Oracle. Major decisions of the state are made in consultation with the Nechung Oracle.

Overnight: Tashi Nota Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

D4

Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse

2020 June 1st Depart from Lhasa, the first spot we will reach at after about 2 hours drive is Yamdrok Lake. We will have a unforgettable panorama view of this highland lake at Kangpa La (5,050 meters), then drive to visit Karola glacier via Simila then to Gyantse. There, you’ll visit the Gyantse Palcho monastery and Gyantse Kumbum ; after the visit,drive toward Shigatse for overnight.

Overnight: Tashi Choeta Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

D5

Shigatse to Saga

2020 June 2nd Today we will enter the West Tibet Plateau, which has an average altitude of 4, 800 meters. This is where the road leads to the “Belly” of the earth that the Buddhist thought about. The first night in West Tibet will be Saga, a small town that provides shelter and food for those pilgrims in the ancient time. Today, it became a modern small town with features of the “wild west.”

Overnight: Local hostel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

D6

Saga to Manasarovar lake

2020 June 3rd We will drive to reach the holy lake of Manarsaovar, which is a personification of purity per Hindu theology, and one who drinks water from the lake will go to the Abode of Lord Shiva after death. This holy lake lies at 4,556 meters above sea level making the highest freshwater lake in the world. The lake freezes in the winter and melts in the spring. It is the source of the Sutlej River which is the easternmost tributary of the Indus. Nearby are the sources of the Brahmaputra River, the Indus River, and the Karnali River (Ghaghara) which is an important tributary of the Gangdes River.

Overnight: Local guesthouse| Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

D7

Manasarovar Lake to Darchen

2020 June 4th It takes about an hour to cover the 30 kilometers from Manasarovar Lake to Darchen , where the trek begins. After arriving at Darchen, get ready for the trek.

Overnight: Local guesthouse| Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

D8

Saga Dawa Day

2020 June 5th Today is Saga Dawa Festival Day. Darpoche, which is also the start point of the Kailash cora trek, is the place to hold the holy ceremony of Saga Dawa. We will hike from Darchen to Darpoche Witnessing the whole process of Saga Dawa
D9

Trek Day 1 -- To Drira Phuk monastery

2020 June 6th After witnessing this festival program, we will follow along the Lha-chu valley, where we can see the southern region of Kailash. Load all your gear on the pack animal and walk about 4 to 5 hours by following along with the north bank to the camp that is opposite to Drirapuk Monastery .

Overnight: Local guesthouse| Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

D10

Trek Day 2 -- To Zutrul Phuk monastery

2020 June 7th Zutrul Phuk monastery is our destination for today. The highest point of the trek of Drolma La pass is about 5,700 meters above sea level. Starting from the camp, the trail is steep, strenuous; the altitude goes up rapidly, approximately 3 or 4 hours needed to cover the ascending distance of 6 kilometers around. When reach top of Drolma la pass, descending southeastward from the pass. This trail is rocky and steep, around 4 kilometers to reach the Lham-chu valley, where we continue southward for about 8 kilometers. Zutrul phuk is located by the trail on the slope of the mountain.

Overnight: Local guesthouse| Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner
D11

Trek Day 3 -- End the trek, Drive to Hor

2020 June 8th In the morning, we’ll walk along Zhong-chu valley heading southwest for about 3 hours, reach a trail junction, where our vehicles wait where we’ll end the Cora trek of Kailash. On our way back we’ll spend the night at Hor village, a small Tibetan village approximately 45 kilometers east of Darchen.

Overnight: Local guesthouse| Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

D12

Hor to Shigatse

2020 June 9th Today, we will drive along the Lhasa & Ali southern route, which we came through and arriving at Shigatse in the late afternoon, check in, rest

Overnight: Tashi Choeta Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

D13

Shigatse to Lhasa

2020 June 10th This is pleasant drive that will take another 6 hrs on the road. Then, we will arrive at Lhasa early, you’ll have your time free, check in, rest

Overnight: Tashi Nota Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

D14

Lhasa departure

2020 June 11th Your tour ends today, we’ll drive you to airport or train station for your departure

Overnigh | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

Lhasa to Kailash Driving Route, Click to view detail

Kailash Trekking Route, click the link to enlarge and view detail

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