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SAGA DAWA FESTIVAL TOUR (KAILASH TOUR)

14 Nights/15 Days

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Overview

We operate guaranteed fixed departure for 2013/2014 Saga Dawa Festival Tour combined with holy Mt. Kailash-Mansarovar. Saga Dawa festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 4th Tibetan month and is one of the most important religious festival celebrated in Tibet. Saga means fourth and Dawa refers to month in Tibetan. It therefore occupied an important position in the Tibetan society held each year on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar.

This auspicious day coincides with three important events in Buddha’s life namely his birth, nirvana and par nirvana (death). Since the Saga Dawa festival falls on the holiest month of the Tibetan calendar, it is believed that good deeds and prayers are multiplied thousand fold during this event. So we can see everyone immersed in prayers and trying to appease the gods. Saga Dawa festival has been celebrated by the Tibetan Buddhists for past thousand years or so.

Saga Dawa festival has been celebrated in Mt. Kailash region, The Tarboche flag pole replacing exercise is also an interesting event that takes place during the Saga Dawa festival. As people from all parts of Tibet gather here for this annual event, they bring small prayer flags to attach to the big flag that comes up with the combined help of the onlookers that come to witness the event.

Note: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions and the health of Travelers can all contribute to change. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.

Fact File
Country Nepal/Tibet
Activities Cultural Tour, Sightseeing Tour
Trip Length 15 Days
Trip areas Kailash Mansarovar
Trip Starting Kathmandu
Trip Ending Kathmandu
Meal Plan Bed & Breakfast
Places to see Lhasa, shigatse, lhatse, saga, payang, baga, dingri, zhangmu.
Main attractions Culture, Mountain, Holy place, Lake
Difficulty Guest House, Lodge
Group Size Minimum: 2, Maximum: above 2
Season Mar to May & Sep to Dec
Elevation (meters): 5500 m
Range: Himalaya and tibet

Itinerary

Day 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
Arrive Kathmandu airport, you will be met and transferred to your Hotel. After refresh short briefing about the Saga Dawa Festival Tour.Evening welcome Nepali dinner with culture program and O/n Hotel.

Day 02: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN KATHMANDU
After Breakfast sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple the holiest Hindu Temple and the biggest Buddhist Stupa, after visiting back to the hotel, final preparation for the journey and O/n Hotel.

Day 03: KATHMANDUO KODARI (TIBET BOARDER)
Today is the first day of this excited Saga Dawa festival tour and Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar. Early morning after breakfast leave Kathmandu to for Nyalam [3300M]. We reach Friendship Bridge [Nepal-China Boarder].Walk along for 10 minutes to cross the bridge and there meet with our Tibetan English speaking tour guide and land cruiser driver, where all the immigration and custom formalities are ought to be accomplished. We proceed to Nyalam and overnight at hotel.

Day 04: REST DAY NYALAM
It is more a day for good acclimatization which is necessary for Kailash trekking journey. Free afternoon look around or simply enjoy hanging around the Tibetan town and overnight at hotel.

Day 05: LABUNG LA PEKU TSO
(Labug-La 5150m, Peku-tso and Saga, 232km distance transfer by 4WD land cruiser 4500cc) On the first long driving day over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keep you busy. By the late afternoon you will cross Brahmaputra River way to typical Chinese and Tibetan town, Saga, hotel will be the best one named Saga Hotel (local best hotel standard), 24 hrs hot water available, private bathroom.

Day 06: PARYANG
Far south you can see snow covered peaks near by you, lots of rocky peaks and sand duns give you an ideal world. We are going to pass by the typical Tibetan and western small towns of Zhongba, finally get to Paryang and overnight at local guesthouse best available.

Day 07: KAILASH MANSAROVAR
The longest driving day starts with full of excitement, by the late afternoon you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Manasarovar. A small village Hor is located near by Lake Manasarover. Holy-Manasarovar Lake is situated 14950-ft/4558m above sea level. The highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Kailash Parbat, Mt. Gurula-Mandata, Lake Rashekshi are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Night will be spending at Chu Gumpa Guesthouse.

Day 08: Attend to the Saga Dawa at Tarboche - Camp
You can see huge mass of Tibetan people are taking part for the Saga Dawa Festival. Their religious belief and devotion make you feel an amazing interesting together traditional Tibetan cultural reflection add value of your journey to be there in right time.

Day 09: KAILASH
It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; water falls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is every where with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will be kept on appearing. For 15 km trail it takes almost 7 hrs.

Day 10: ZUTHUL PUK
Hardest but Holiest day of your pilgrimage trek with Dolma-La (pass) of 18600ft between two valleys: Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget you. Once your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By the late afternoon you will arrive at Zuthul Puk (the cave of Miracles. The great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here).

Day 11: GUMPA
After 3 hours walking, all the driving crew will be waiting your arrival. We will have a free and final afternoon around the Lake Mansarovar. We can drive around this lake to enjoy the pilgrimage. Last night stop in Chu Gumpa Guesthouse beside the Lake Manasarovar.

Day 12: DRIVE MANSAROVAR TO PARYANG.
Early in the morning today we again join for overland day journey, along the way you will have again some of the best panoramic views. Up on arrival at Paryang, transfer to hotel, be refresh and overnight.

Day 13: DRIVE PARYANG TO SAGA (230km) 7-8 hrs.
Today is another driving day as we head towards Saga. Take in the sights of the small dusty towns along the way and up on arrival transfer to hotel, be refresh and overnight.

Day 14: DRIVE SAGA TO NYALAM OR ZHANGMU(245km) 6-7 hrs.
Early in the morning again loin for the day journey, today you will drive towards Nepal side Tibet boarder land town. Up on arrival there transfer to hotel, rest and overnight.

Day 15: DRIVE ZHANGMU TO BOARDER AND BACK TO KATHMANDU(245km) 5-6 hrs
Today is the last day of your adventure tour to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar for Saga Dawa festival. Our Nepal staff will meet at Friendship Bridge, help for Nepal custom formalities and drive 5-6 hrs to Kathmandu, end the tour and overnight in hotel.

Inclusions / Exclusions

Price: Please contact us.

PRICE INCLUSIONS:
Kathmandu Airport Pick up
Drop in Kathmandu Airport
All necessary ground transportation as per above itinerary
3 Nights hotel in Kathmandu
All necessary permits for Tibet
English Speaking Nepalese & Tibetan Guide
3 star nice Hotel in Saga, Paryang, Tarchen, Zhangmu and Kathmandu, rest of the places will be best guest house as per available
Yak and yak man for the Kailash region
Tibetan or Nepalese sharpa support or meals as per client requirement

PRICE EXCLUSIONS:
China Group Visa Fees
Lunches & dinners during hotel stays
Refreshments, bottled/alcoholic drinks
Any tips (hotels, restaurants, guide, driver, etc.)
Photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites
Nepal Visa (single/multiple entry visas available)
Insurance & emergency rescue charges, cancel or shorter down the tour by the weather, altitude sickness, or any political reasons refund wont be entertain, money wiring fees, and all not mentioned above etc..

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