Saga Dawa Festival in Tibet
From 4360 $ per person
PLEASE NOTE: In 2014, the Chinese Government decided to restrict access to Mount Kailash during the period of the Saga Dawa festival in June. We cannot yet confirm whether the ban will remain till June 2015. We shall keep you posted.
Tibet evokes the spiritual and historical world, both the dark and bright images of Buddhism. A trip to Tibet is an elevation towards the mountains, a spiritual ascension beyond the earthly bounds.
From Kathmandu you will fly over the majestic Himalayas and land at Lhasa, the capital of the Kingdom of Tibet in the seventh century and current capital of the region of Tibet under Chinese administration. You will enter the heart of Tibetan culture using the famous Road of Friendship that leads you to Gyantse Darchen in a gorgeous mountain setting.
At the foot of the sacred mountain Kailash, you will participate in the biggest festival of Tibetan Buddhism: The Saga Dawa. This festival will be the highlight of your trip and will offer you unparalleled immersion in the Buddhist culture.
Then you will go hiking for three days in the area marked by very strong spirituality and follow the footsteps of pilgrims to many monasteries. You will get progressively closer to the Nepalese border and finish your trip in the mythical capital of Nepal: Kathmandu.
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Day 1 (03/06) : Arrival in Kathmandu
Land at Kathmandu airport where your driver will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. You will spend a night in the Nepalese capital before flying off to Tibet.
Day 2 (04/06) : Kathmandu - Lhasa (3700 m ) [1 H flight]
Take a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa over the Himalayan range. This flight offers an unforgettable view of the snowy peaks of the Himalayas! Once there, you will have a relaxing day in Lhasa to acclimatize to the altitude slowly. Night in hotel .
Day 3 (05/06) : Lhasa
You will acclimatize during the day to the altitude and be sure to drink plenty of water. You will walk around your hotel and discover the daily life of Tibetans in Lhasa.
Day 4 & 5 (06/ 06 to 07 / 06): Lhasa (3700 m )
During these two days you will discover the richness of the Tibetan culture. Accompanied by a guide, visiting monasteries and important monuments in and around Lhasa : Drepung , Jokhang , the Potala Palace and Sera. Nights at the hotel.
Day 6 (08/ 06): Lhasa - Gyantse ( 3950 m ) [7 hour drive]
You will go to Lhasa Gyantse via the famous so-called Friendship Road. You will discover stunning landscapes and walk along the shores of the beautiful Lake Yamdrok, the lake serpent and Kora La. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 (09/ 06): Gyantse - Shigatse (3900 m ) [3 H drive]
This day is dedicated to visiting Gyantse where Tibetan culture is still preserved under Chinese influences. You can also visit the beautiful monastery of Pelkhor Chode before taking the road to Shigatse, Tibet ’s second largest city and former capital of the Kingdom of Tsang . Overnight at hotel .
Day 8 (10 / 06): Shigatse - Sakya ( 4250 m ) [6 hour drive]
Today you will visit the imposing monastery of Tashi Lumpo. The surrounding scenery is magnificent! You will then go to Sakya where you will enter the sacred and historic walls of the monastery of Sakya . Overnight at hotel .
Day 9 (11/ 06): Sakya - Dzongba
You will now leave the road of Friendship to head to the Base Camp of Mount Everest . You walk through passes close to 5000 meters and enjoy an extraordinary view of the most beautiful peaks of the Himalayas : Makalu , Lhotse , Everest , Pumori , Cho Oyu ... En route, you will punctuate your journey with culture in the villages of Tash Dzom and Pasum and visit the monasteries on your way. Overnight at hotel .
Day 10 (12/06) : Dzongba - Darchen
You will continue your journey towards Darchen and in natural setting. Go for a hike to the monastery of Darchen ( 4560m ) . Overnight in camp .
Day 11 (13/ 06): Saga Dawa Festival
This is the big day when you will participate in the festival of Saga Dawa at the foot of the mysterious Mount Kailash. Saga Dawa is one of the most important festivals of Tibetan Buddhism monasteries and you will be celebrating religion with dances and mystical songs ... Night in camp
Day 12 (14/06) : Kora [ 6h ]
TREK You take the trail around the holy mountain of Kailash. Along 53 km, the legend says that one who performs 108 revolutions can then access Nirvana and thus leave the cycle of reincarnation . You will visit the monastery of Chuku before continuing northward. Going up the western bank of the Chu Kangjam, you will stop to visit Drira Phuk , the North Kailash temple . Overnight in camp.
Day 13 (15/ 06): Kora [ 7h walk]
TREK The first part of the walk is steep and connects the monastery of Drira Phuk to the Drolma La (5636m altitude). You will cross the cervix: a milestone that represents the passage from this life to a new life and mistakes are forgiven by the blessings of Drolma, the goddess of mercy. At the foot of the pass you will discover the beautiful Yokmo Tso, which is one of the highest lakes in the world. You will finally regain the valley of Lham Chu, 600m below. You will visit the monastery of Zutrul Phuk known as the ’’ Cave of Miracles ’’. Overnight in camp (full board).
Day 14 (16/06) : Kora - Chiu Gompa [ 3h walk]
TREK You will continue your journey to the West along the Zhong Chu. Then Kora (circumambulation) extends west to Darchen . Your trek ends at the foot of the Chiu Gompa Monastery dramatically perched on a mountainside. Overnight in camp .
Day 15 (17/ 06): Chiu Gompa - Dzongba
Back to Dzongba by the same route. Overnight at hotel .
Day 16 (18/06) : Dzongba - Zhangmu
You will hit the Friendship Road before leaving the Tibetan highlands and once again enjoy the extraordinary panorama of the Himalayas. You will approach the Nepalese border near Kodari. The landscapes changes with the colors and the vegetation becomes more dense. Last night in Tibet Zhangmu.
Day 17 (19/06) : Zhangmu - Kodari - Kathmandu
You will cross the Tibet - Nepalese border and continue your journey through the valley of Bhote Khosi. Arrival in Kathmandu with time to spare. Overnight at hotel.
Day 18 (20/06) : Kathmandu
Free day for sightseeing in Kathmandu, the city you did have not had the chance to discover at the beginning of your journey. This is also the time to do your last minute shopping in the tourist district of Thamel . Overnight at hotel .
Day 19 (21/ 06): Kathmandu - Flight International
Transfer to the airport . End of our services.