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Mount Kailash Saga Dawa Festival 2019

Mount Kailash Saga Dawa Festival 2019

Mount Kailash

The Saga Dawa Festival is one of the most significant religious festivals observed across Tibet, the festival falls on the 15th day of the 4th Tibetan lunar month. This auspicious day also coincides with three significant events in Buddha Sakyamuni's life, namely his birth, nirvana and death. Because the Saga Dawa festival falls on the holiest month of the Tibetan calendar, so it is believed that good deeds and prayers are multiplied thousand folds during this event. So we can see everyone immersed in prayers and trying to appease the Buddha during this festival.

Since Mount Kailash is revered as the axis of the universe and holiest mountain on earth by Buddhists and some other religions in Asia, so, during this holiest festival we can meet thousands of pilgrims from all over the world travelling to Mount Kailash to do worship and kora to accumulate their merits. The prayer flag pole replacing ceremony at the foot of Mount Kailash is 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. It is really fascinating to watch this event that is presided over by monks from the nearby monastery.

Day 1: Arrival upon Lhasa (9th, June, 2019)

Schedule Today: Arrive upon the holy city of Lhasa by train or flight, our local Tibetan guide and driver will pick you up at the train station or airport with a warm traditional Tibetan style greeting by presenting our guests the white silk scarf of Hada to wish you a safe and pleasant journey in Tibet. Then, transfer you to the hotel booked in the downtown, you have to rest and take it easy at your first day in Tibet in order to acclimatize yourself better for the upcoming tours. Rest in the hotel or stroll the Barkhor Street are options for the first day.

Lhasa Airport Qinghai-Tibet Train
Lhasa Airport Qinghai-Tibet Train

Day 2: Lhasa City Tour (10th, June, 2019)

Schedule Today: After breakfast in the hotel, we leave for the landmark of Lhasa - the Potala Palace, the palace was built in the 7th century by the King Songtsanganpo to welcome his wife Princess Wenchen from the Tang Dynasty, later it became the winter palace for the Dalai Lamas when the Great 5th Dalai Lama moved his residence here. Inside the palace are countless precious treasures that cannot be valued by money. In the afternoon, we will visit the Johkang Temple also built in the 7th century, this is the first temple in Tibet and also the pilgrim center of Tibet Buddhism, around the Johkang Temple is the bustling Barkhor Street with pilgrims from all over Tibet. It is exactly because of this Tibetan quarter - Johkang Temple and Barkhor Street, the city name of Lhasa (means “land of Buddha”) came from.

Potala Palace Johkang Temple
Potala Palace Johkang Temple

Day 3: Lhasa City Tour (11th, June, 2019)

Schedule Today: After breakfast in the hotel, drive 20 minutes to the Drepung Monastery in the western suburb of Lhasa. This monastery was built in the 15th century by the Yellow Sect of Tibetan Buddhism; it was the largest monastery in Tibet with monks' population more than 10000 at its heyday. Also, it served as the winter palace for the Dalai Lama first to the fifth until the Fifth Dalai Lama moved its residence to the Potala Palace. In the afternoon, we are going to visit the Sera Monastery on the northern edge of Lhasa city, this 600 hundreds old monastery though is not as large as the Drepung Monastery, yet its lively sutra scripture debating among the monks in the afternoon makes it distinctive. The interesting and exaggerating expressions and movements by the monks when they debate make this visit a unique experience.      

Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery
Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Day 4: Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse (360km) (12th, June, 2019)

Schedule Today: After breakfast in the hotel, leave Lhasa to Shigatse around 8:30AM. The first attraction we will see is the Yamdrok Lake which is also a holy lake in Tibet. Seen from the Gangbala Pass, the turquoise lake looks like a blue greenish belt embedded into the Himalayas. Drive on the well paved highway along the holy lake till the Karola Glacier that just stands imposingly beside the highway. And then we will visit the ancient town of Gyantse which features its ruined city wall, historic fortress and unique stupa and monastery, the small town though is only 270km away from the fast developing Lhasa, yet preserved well its authentic Tibetan flavor with a strong ancient Tibetan ambience different from other cities or towns. Drive another 90km to Shigatse afterwards. Stay overnight here.

Yamdrok Lake Gyantse Town
Yamdrok Lake Gyantse Town

Day 5: Shigatse / Tingri (230 km) (13th, June, 2019)

Schedule Today: In the morning, visit Tashilumpo Monastery which is the seat of Panchen Lama, the equally important religious figure in Tibet as Dalai Lama. The monastery was built by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, and inside the Monastery placed the highest statue of Buddha in Tibet which is 26.8 meters high. Afterwards, drive to Tingri, the nearest county to the EBC; acclimatize one more night here before reaching 5200 meters high.

Tashilumpo Monastery Tingri County
Tashilumpo Monastery Tingri County

Day 6: Tingri -  EBC (100 km) (14th, June, 2019)

Schedule Today: Today's drive is not long at all, we can have a really good sleep and wake up late, leave hotel around 10 AM after breakfast. On the way towards Mt. Everest, you can see 4 of the highest mountains over 8000 meters (Mt. Everest; Mt. Makalu; Mt. Lotse; Mt. Cho Oyu) in the world at the same time on the top of the Gyalpo-la pass, what a great view! Before arriving at the EBC, you will first visit the highest monastery in the world - Rongbuk Monastery, which is also a good position to watch the Everest; continue drive till the tent guesthouse area, check in the guesthouse, and then you can either trek to the base camp or take the green bus to the base camp. The sunset view is fantastic when weather is good. Wish you a good luck to see the sunset.

Rongbuk Monastery Mt. Everest Sunset
Rongbuk Monastery Mt. Everest Sunset

Day 7: EBC  - Saga (300 km) (15th, June, 2019)

Schedule Today:In the morning, if weather is good, you can choose to wake up early to watch the sunrise over the base camp. After breakfast, we will drive to western Tibet of Saga County directly. On the way, we can see the beautiful Peikutso Lake and Mt. Shixiapangma. Today, we will cover some bumpy part of road, but not very long.

Mt. Everest Sunrise Peikutso Lake
Mt. Everest Sunrise Peikutso Lake

Day 8: Saga - Lake Manasarovar  -  Darchen (510 km) (16th, June, 2019)

Schedule Today: In the morning you will head to Lake Manasarovar, Tibet's holiest lake which sits at 4590 meters. We will go on following the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra River going through vast expanses of grasslands before arriving in Paryang, elevation 4590 meters. And Lake Manasarovar is an important pilgrimage destination for Tibetans and Hindu’s from India and Nepal. From the lake, you can see Kailash in the distance. Then we will make the short drive to Darchen Town, the starting point of the trek around Mt. Kailash.

Lake Manasarovar Darchen Town
Lake Manasarovar Darchen Town

Day 9: Saga Dawa Festival & Darchen to  Diraphuk Monastery trekking(17th, June, 2019)

Schedule Today:In the morning after breakfast at your guesthouse, we will hit the road with floods of pilgrims to Tarpochen at the foot of the Mount Kailash, where the ceremony of prayer flagpole raising will be held around 09:30AM. You can see really lots of pilgrims from all over Tibet come here, along with some religious practise presided by the local monks, it’s really a great chance to experience an authentic Tibet culture today. After the festival ends, we will start the trekking trip to Diraphuk. On the road you will see the west face of Mt. Kailash appear from time to time. You may pay a visit to Chuku Monastery (4820m), founded in the 13th century by Gotsangpa Gopo Pel, a Kagyupa-sect master, is perched high above the valley floor on the hillside to the west. It bends so secretively into its rocky background you may not able notice it’s there. Diraphuk (Lhalung Dira) Monastery (5080m) sits in a superb location on the hillside north of the Lha-chu. It directly faces the astonishing north face of Mt Kailash, which from this angle appears as a massive, jet-black slab of granite ornamented with alabaster-white strips of snow. Three lesser mountains are arrayed in front of Mt Kailash: Chana Dorie to the west, Jampelyang to the east and Chenresig in the center.

Saga Dawa Festival Ceremony Mount Kailash Diraphuk Monastery

Day 10: Diraphuk - Dolmala Pass -  Zutruphuk Monastery trekking (18th, June, 2019)

Highlights: Dolmala Pass, Zutruphuk

Schedule Today: In the morning we will trek across a valley up to the Dolma-La Pass. Today’s trekking will be the most arduous part since Dolmala Pass is quite high at 5640 meters, plus today’s trekking length is around 20km, so we have to wake up early. By the late afternoon arrive at Zutrulphuk Monastery, the cave of miracles where the Tibetan poet-saint Milarepa once stayed.

Asending Dolmala Pass At Dolmala Pass
Asending Dolmala Pass At Dolmala Pass

Day 11: Zutruphuk Monastery - Darchen Trekking (19th, June, 2019)

Schedule Today: In the morning we will hike back to Darchen at some easy walk. And your car is waiting for you when you finishing the trekking.

Day 12: Darchen - Saga (20th, June, 2019)

Schedule Today: In the morning, we will head back to Lhasa by following the Brahmaputra River back to Saga as we pass through the nomadic regions of western Tibet.

Day 13: Saga -  Shigatse (450 km) (21st, June, 2019)

Schedule Today: Nothing special to visit, simply drive back to Shigatse.

Day 14: Shigatse  -  Lhasa (280 km) (22nd, June, 2019)

Schedule Today: Drive back to Lhasa along the road with Brahmaputra River flows along; the free time is on your own after arrival Lhasa.

Day 15: Depart from Lhasa (23rd, June, 2019)

Schedule Today: Tour ends, our guide and driver will drop you off at airport in Lhasa. Welcome to Tibet next time.

Quotation of this 15 days small group tour based different months in 2018 & 2019

April to June July to August September to Oct.15th  Oct.16th to March
USD 1750 P/P USD 1960 P/P USD1960 P/P USD 1730 P/P

Service Inclusions:

  1. Group pickup and drop-off service at airport or train station in Lhasa
  2. Well maintained tourists’ vehicle with an experienced driver
  3. An English speaking local Tibetan guide.
  4. Clean and comfortable hotel with breakfasts included, similar to 3 star standard hotel in Lhasa and Shigatse, 2 star in Tingri and Saga, 1 star in Darchen, very simple guesthouse near EBC and during the trekking days around Mount Kailash.
    Note: all our hotels are based on two beds room (per person per bed), if you want to (or have to) stay at one room by yourself, you have to pay the single room supplement fee by yourself.
  5. All the travel permits needed to travel into Tibet
  6. The entire entrance fee to all the scenic spots in the itinerary
  7. Travel insurance for accident only
  8. Government tax and service fee
  9. Water per day per bottle
  10. One welcome dinner in Lhasa

Service Exclusions:

  1. Lunches and dinners plus breakfasts while staying in EBC, Saga, Darchen and during the trekking.
  2. Yak, horse and porters if needed during the trekking.
  3. Transport fee into and out of Lhasa
  4. Tips to guide and driver
  5. Your other personal expense
  6. Bank service fee when you transfer deposit to us
  7. Single room supplement fee if ever
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