16 days
Duration
Mt. Kailash, Ngari
Location
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A FULL-MOON TOUR FOR SAGA DAWA FESTIVAL AT KAILASH – last minutes offer and grab the chance now!

Adventures In Tibet is going to offer the cheapest price for Saga Dawa Festival in 2017! Only one group with a maximum 8 people.

Authentic Saga Dawa festival tour organizing by local Tibet experts! Guaranteed Departure! 

Kailash Saga Dawa Festival celebrates the birthday of Buddha, the most important event in the Buddhist world. The festival takes place every year on April 15, according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, but the entire month of April is dedicated to a series of fascinating and crucial events for Buddhists.

The festival takes place at the base of Mt. Kailash, and includes various cultural and traditional manifestations held in the proximity of Dharpoche. When the festival ends (after about 3 hours), participants will attend a kora (trek) and set a big prayer pole around which they will be saying prayers.

Mt. Kailash is considered to be the most sacred mountain in Tibet, so the region is crowded with pilgrims all year round. An overwhelming number of Tibetans and travelers come here by various means of transportation to celebrate the Kailash Saga Dawa Festival. The flagpole areas are situated at the foot of the holy mountain.

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ARRIVE Lhasa airport/train station
DEPARTURE Lhasa airport/train station
TOUR COST 1940 USD per person
MAXIMUM TRAVELLERS 8 people in the group (Contact us for solo or private tour price)
GENERAL INFORMATION Adventure tour
HIGHTLIGHTS
  • Historical sights in Lhasa
  • Yamdrok lake and Karola glacier
  • Sights in Gyangtse, the cultural town
  • Panchen Lama’s Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse
  • Everest Base Camp
  • Lake Manasarovar
  • Saga Dawa Festival
  • 3 days full-moon trekking around holy Mt. Kailash, 42 kilometers
INCLUDED
All necessary Tibet travel permits Transportation (good condition mini-bus
Accommodation (Tibetan styled hotel & guest house) All entrance fee
Pick-up & drop-off Professional Tibetan tour guide
A welcome dinner (with Tibetan cultural show if possible) 2bottles of mineral water/day (1liter)
Oxygen tanks in the vehicle First aid & kit
NOT INCLUDED
Meal (Breakfasts may included when staying in Lhasa & Shigatse)
Yaks, horses and porters
Any domestic & international train/flight fare (We can help upon request. No booking fee is being charged once the trip is confirmed)
Personal expenses

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Additional information

DestinationLhasa and Beyond, Mt. Everest, Mt. Kailash
DatesJune
MonthJune
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Day 1: Airport/Train station to Lhasa

Upon arrival you will welcomed by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel in Lhasa. You will spend the day as you prefer, and take your time to acclimatize to the high altitude of 3650 meters. Around 6:30pm, your guide will take you to one of the best local restaurants to enjoy a welcome dinner with our staffs.

Overnight: Gangjion Hotel (***)

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Day 2: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor street

The day starts with a visit of the historically famous Potala Palace, the Johkang Temple and a stroll along the crowded Barkhor Street. These places date back to the 7th century, and were built during the reign of Tibet’s 33rd King, Songtsen Gonpo, 647 A.D.

Overnight: Gangjian Hotel

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Day 3: Drepung and Sera Monasteries

We will visit the Drepung and Sera Monasteries, housed by two of the three largest gelugpa schools in central Tibet. The monasteries were founded during 14th century. We recommend attending the monks’ debate held in the courtyard and admire the gigantic chapels.

Overnight: Gangjian Hotel

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Day 4: Pabongkha to Sera Monastery Day Hiking

We will take you to see the Pabongkha Monastery, an important historical monastery dating back to 7th century, and the birth place of Tibetan calligraphy, created by Tonmi Sambhota.

This experience is followed by a hike over the active Sky-burial to the Tashi Choling Monastery, and a stop at the Takten Mediation Cave (4200m). Lunch (packed lunch) will be enjoyed here, along with a taste of the cave’s blessed spring-water.

The day continues with a hike towards the Sera Monastery, where you will have a chance to capture a bird’s eye view of the Lhasa city.

Overnight: Gangjian Hotel

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Day 5: Set out for Gyangtse via Yamdrok Lake

We will set out for Gyangtse, a rich cultural city in central Tibet, in the morning. During this journey, we will admire Yamdrok Lake with its deep blue water, from the top of the Kampala pass (3975m), and then we will head to the Karola Glacier (4960m).

We arrive at Gyangtse early in the evening, and visit the Pekor Choede Monastery. Then, we will attend the evening program prepared at the marvelous Gyangtse stupa.

Overnight: Jainzang Hotel

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Day 6: Drive to Sakya via Shigatse

After a 90 km drive to Shigatse, we will visit the famous Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the seat of successive Pachen Lamas. After lunch, we will drive towards Sakya Monastery, which belongs to the Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. The school is associated with five famous scholars of Sakyapa, including Sakya Pandit.

Overnight: Clean Hotel in Sakya.

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Day 7: Drive to Rongphu Monastery

We will drive for about 5-6 hours to Rongpu Monastery, crossing rapid rivers and high mountain passes with altitudes over 5000 meters, and catch a glimpse of 4 majestic mountains with peaks that reach over 8000 meters (Mt. Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt. Qowo O-yag 8201m, and Mt. Makalu 8463m).

Overnight: Rongpuk Guest House or Tent guesthouse.

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Day 8: Hike to Everest Base Camp, then drive to Saga

The day starts early in the morning, so we can enjoy the sunrise over the top of Mt. Everest. Then, we prepare for a 1-2 hour trek to the base camp. Everest Base Camp is really a spectacular place, so be ready to embrace all it has to offer. We will then set out for Saga county, but not before having lunch at Rongphu.

Overnight: Saga Hotel or similar

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Day 9: Drive to Lake Manasarovar (500km)

We will depart in the morning on a 500 km journey, on a smooth road to Lake Manasarovar, the victory lake in the Ngari region. We will also cross several rivers and Mayumla Pass (4600m), from where we can admire the spectacular panoramic views of the Himalayas. If we are lucky, we will see wild animals enjoying their life, free, on the world’s highest plateau.

Overnight: Guesthouse at Chiu Monastery near Lake Manasarovar.

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Day 10: Spend a day by driving around lake Manasarovar, then drive to Darchen

You will enjoy a ride around Lake Manasarovar, and the chance to dip into its cold, but purifying waters. Moreover, today you will have the rare opportunity to talk with Guru Rinpoche in his cave, at Manasarovar. While driving around Lake Manasarovar, you will visit four very old monasteries.

Early in the evening, we will drive 30 km to Dharchen. Here you will find a famous Tibetan medical school where, if you want, you can consult with a Tibetan doctor about your health state. You are ready now to attend the famous Saga Dawa Festival and Kailash Kora that will take place tomorrow!

Overnight: Guesthouse.

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Day 11: Enjoy Saga Dawa Festival, Trek to Drirapuk (Outer circuit) - 10km

The Saga Dawa Festival is held at Darpoche, the start point of Kailash Kora. During the celebration, Tibetans hang their prayer flags on a vertical prayer flag pole. Lamas circulate around the prayer flag while reciting special prayers.

When the ceremony ends, locals do their kora (trek). You will trek along, an easy path, to the 1st Prostration Point.

Choku Gompa is considered to be the place where Buddha Shakyamuni left his imprints. Opposite the Choku Gompa was once the place of assembling for 500 Arhats – the spot where, according to the legends, Buddha Sakyamuni prayed and meditated in front of Mount Kailash.

The gradually ascending path will take you then to Driraphuk Gompa. The terrain is easy to climb, but the high altitude might make it a bit more difficult than expected.

Overnight: Guesthouse

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Day 12: Trek to Dzultripuk - 22km

Around Kailash, you will encounter the most difficult section of your trek, especially when you will have to climb from Driraphuk Gompa, 5000 meter altitude, to Dolma La Pass, at 5670 meters.  The atmospheric pressure is one-half over the pressure of sea level, so it is recommended to slow down to 3-5 steps, alternated with deep breaths (only 50% of oxygen) rather than collapse somewhere along the way.

Dolma La Pass is a holy place where Lamas perform bardo rituals, and people symbolically leave behind pieces of their hair, nails, hats, clothes etc., hang up prayer flags and burn incense.

After reaching this point, you will descend into a long valley that takes you to Zutrulphuk Gompa, where you can visit Milarepa’s Cave. Milarepa is Tibet’s most beloved yogi, and meditating inside this cave is one of the purest and most fulfilling experiences for Tibetans. Don’t forget to learn Milarepa’s mantra – Je milazhe pa dorje la sol badep so!

Overnight: Guesthouse.

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Day 13: Trek to Darchen - 13km

The last section includes a fairly easy walking itinerary from Zutruphuk Gompa to Darchen.  The Kailash pilgrimage officially ends at Dakini Dancing Ground, with a fantastic view over Lake Manasarovar in the background.

Overnight: Guesthouse in Dharchen.

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Days 14: Drive to Saga

We will be crossing the grasslands, and come back down east to Saga.

Overnight: Saga Hotel. or similar

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Days 15: Drive to Lhasa

Today is dedicated to a long journey to Lhasa via Shigatse.

Overnight: Gangjian Hotel

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Day 16: Transfer to Airport

Transfer to airport, so you can connect to your next destination. Your Saga Dawa Festival Tour officially ends here.
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A FULL-MOON TOUR FOR SAGA DAWA FESTIVAL AT KAILASH – last minutes offer and grab the chance now!

This is the most cheapest and authentic Saga Dawa festival tour with local Tibet experts! Guaranteed Departure & guaranteed hustle-free trip! 

Trip Route: LHASA – YAMDROK LAKE – GYANGTSE – SHIGATSE – SAKYA MONASTERY – EBC – SAGA – MANASAROVAR – FULLMOON SAGADAWA FESTIVAL – MT. KAILASH KORA – SAGA – LHASA

Trip Length: 16 DAYS COVERING BEST PLACES IN TIBEt

Inclusions:

  1. All necessary Tibet travel permits
  2. Transportation
  3. Accommodation listed on the itinerary
  4. Entrance fees in the program
  5. English speaking Tibetan local guide
  6. A welcome dinner with Tibetan cultural show at the arrival day
  7. All the expenses for the guide and driver
  8. 2bottles of mineral water each day
  9. Oxygen cylinders
  10. First aid kit
Departure Date Price/P.P in USD Currently Confirmed State
May 30, 2017 (Arrival Date) Just 1940 USD (6) Travellers Available &  Guaranteed!

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5 based on 1 review
November 13, 2015

The Saga Dawa Festival tour was better than we even thought! I still can’t believe we did so much in such a short time, but we did not feel stressed. We really loved the tour and would do it all over again in a minute! Thanks.

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