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17-Day Spiritual Journey through central and western Tibet to join the most significant Buddhist festival in Tibet ( The Saga Dawa Festival )

Christian celebrates Christmas, Muslims celebrates Eid, Hindus celebrate Diwali and finally Buddhist celebrate Saga Dawa.

Why Saga Dawa is important?

There is one very important reason to celebrate Saga Dawa, Lord Buddha Shakyamuni.

This is the month Buddha Shakyamuni came to our world, this is the month of Buddha Shakyamuni's enlightenment and finally, Buddha Shakyamuni reaches the Parinirvana.

Three important festivals for a follower of Buddha Shakyamuni happening in one month making it the most important festival for Buddhist. 

Best months to acquire merit

Since it is a very auspicious month so in this month every Buddhists should take this opportunity to acquire lots of good merit from our body, speech, and mind.  

Tibetans Spiritual activities

In this month, many Tibetans will avoid eating meat, making kora to monasteries, prostration around Jhokang Temple and Potala Palace and chanting as much as we can. 

Beauties of this festival

Many festivals are celebrated by eating lots of meat and drinking lots of alcohol and playing games but the beauty of Saga Dawa festival is Buddhist avoid to do those things since Buddhist believe these things are creating more negative karma so Buddhist focus doing more meditation, reading scripture and giving alms or money to beggars, in conclusion, Buddhist do all their best to train their mind with compassion. That is the main beauty of this festival. 

 

 

Highlights of the Tour

You will start by exploring the holy city of Lhasa for 3 days with Jokhang, Tibet’s most famous temple. From there, you will explore Barkhor Square, Sera Monastery and the Potala Palace, Tibet’s most iconic building.

From Lhasa, you will then journey through central Tibet to Yamdrok Lake, the Karo La Glacier, Gyantse, and Shigatse’s Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. You will then make your way over the Gyatso La Pass at over 5200 meters before arriving at Mt. Everest Base Camp.

From Rongphu Monastery and from base camp itself, you will get up-close views of the world’s highest peak. From Everest Base Camp, you will explore the little-visited region of Ngari in far western Tibet. The 3 days trek kora with 52km is a great adventure to purify the karmic debts.

Enjoying the beauties of one of the last Kingdoms in Tibet ( The Guge Kingdom and Toling monastery in Tsaparang town ) border near Ladakh.

From western Tibet, you will then make the journey back to Lhasa, where the journey will conclude.

This is a great tour for Travelers who love nature, trekking and the spiritual beauties in Tibet.

Travelers can also read our article on the Saga Dawa Festival in Tibet.

Bonus Notes

If more than 3 people booked together, discount 200 US Dollar per person. 



Tour Type: 17-Day Spiritual Group Tour

Group Size: Min 4 People / Max 16 People

Tour Duration: 17 Day

Price: 2,600 USD

  1. All travel permits for Tibet
  2. English speaking Tibetan tour guide
  3. Pick up and drop off by airport bus
  4. All transportation in Tibet per itinerary, a vehicle for the trip outside of Lhasa, taxis inside Lhasa
  5. Vehicle tolls and Vehicle repairs(if necessary)
  6. All administrative fees
  7. All meals and accommodations for your guide
  8. All lodging listed in the itinerary
  9. Breakfast each morning
  10. Entrance fees for the places listed in the itinerary 
  11. One time welcome meal for the group
  12. One box of mineral water plus shared 
  13. Oxygen tank in the car
  1. Transportation costs to and from Tibet
  2. Chinese visa fees and passport fees
  3. Lunch and dinner
  4. Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs etc)
  5. Tips to the driver and guide

June 7th, 2019

Day1. Lhasa Arrival [3650m]


Upon arrival in Lhasa you will be welcomed by your English-speaking Tibetan Guide and Tibetan Driver who will bring you to your hotel. Acclimatization to high altitude: please, drink lots of water and take plenty of rest in order to minimize altitude sickness. 

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 400 meters from Jhokang Temple

June 8th, 2019

Day2. Lhasa Sightseeing


We begins visiting Jokhang Temple, the most sacred monastery in Tibet. It was founded in the 7th century by the first great Buddhist king Songtsen Gampo. Later you can explore the surrounding Barkhor old quarter and spend time walking around Jokhang Temple following pilgrims from all over the Tibetan plateau. In the afternoon we go to Sera Monastery, one of the three great universities of Gelugpa Sect. We will attend the debating session of the monks.

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 400 meters from Jhokang Temple

(B)=breakfast

June 9th, 2019

Day3. Lhasa Sightseeing


Today we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Potala winter palace was built in the 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama. Provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms, and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, built in the 18th century by the seventh Dalai Lama. It’s tradition to do the picnic in its beautiful garden and perform opera dances during Shoton Festival (August-September).

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 400 meters from Jhokang Temple 

(B)=breakfast

June 10th, 2019

Day4. Lhasa – Shigatse [354Km, 3840m]


Adventure starts: we drive West to reach the second largest city in Tibet. At first, we cross Kampa-la Pass [4797m] and then Karo-la Pass [5050m], where Mt. Noijin Kangsang [7206m] glacier lies near the road. In the middle, we enjoy the unreal turquoise waters of holy lake Yamdrok-Tso. Then we stop in Gyantse town, where we visit the considered best Tibetan art paintings in Kumbum Stupa inside Pelkor Chode Monastery. Also, we admire the majestic Gyantse Dzong (fortress) overlooking the valley. Finally, we reach Shigatse before dinner.

Overnight at 4 star Gesar Hotel

(B)=breakfast

June 11th, 2019

Day5. Shigatse – New Tingri [250Km, 4300m]


The journey to New Tingri involves crossing the high pass of Gyatso La [5220m] and the opportunity to view Mt. Everest and the Himalayas for the first time. Before, we visit Sakya Monastery which is is the principal seat of Sakyapa Sect founded in 1073 and one of four major Schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Its powerful abbots governed Tibet during the whole of the 13th century until they were eclipsed by the rise of the Gelukpa Sect. Its Mongolian architecture is different from that of temples in we have seen before.

Overnight at 2-star Roof of the world hotel

(B)=breakfast

June 12th, 2019

Day6. New Tingri – Rongbuk [120Km, 5000m]


Exciting day today: we continue driving towards Rongbuk Monastery, located at the foot of the Everest and the highest monastery in the world. We enjoy amazing views of several peaks like Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Mount Everest from the top of the Pang-la pass [5150m]. 

Overnight in Black yak hair tent dormitory or Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse

(B)=breakfast

(No private bathroom, No Shower)

 June 13th, 2019

Day7. Everest Base Camp – Saga [300Km, 4490m]


In the morning we reach one of the major highlights of our trip, Mt. Everest North Base Camp [5250m] (trekking or take the bus). After spending some time at the base of Mt. Everest we drive North West crossing high passes with enchanting views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks like Shishapangma and wild Peikutso lake.

Overnight in Saga hotel

(B)=breakfast

June 14th, 2019

Day8. Saga – Lake Manasarovar - Darchen [490Km, 4556m]


Today we enter in the semi-nomadic regions of Tibet’s far west. We will enjoy the authentic Tibetan landscapes during this long drive journey through the biggest and highest plateau in the world. We follow Yarlung Tsampo River West (also called the Brahmaputra in India) until the lake Manasarovar, one of the three most sacred lakes in Tibet. Hindus believe that whoever bathes in it will clean all their sins and provide good karma. Drive 30km to Darchin.

Overnight at the guesthouse (dorm bed without bathroom)

(B)=breakfast

 June 15th, 2019

Day9. Darchen - Tsanda - the Guge Kingdom and Toling monastery ( 280 Km)


Today we will visit one of the last kingdoms in Tibet ( The Guge Kingdom )  Guge is located around 18km from the Tsaparang town. Tsaparang is the town where we will spend the night. Travelers can also enjoy the beauties of the Toling monastery.

Overnight in Guest house ( No private bathroom / No Shower)

(B)=breakfast

 June 16th, 2019

Day10. Tsaparang - Tadapuri hot spring - Darchen ( 300 km ) 


Today we will travel to Lake Manasarovar at the Chiu monastery for the night. On the way, we will visit the Tadapuri hot spring and the monastery.

Overnight in Guest house ( No private bathroom / No Shower)

(B)=breakfast

 June 17th, 2019

Day11. Celebrate Saga Dawa Festival at Tarboche with local Tibetans and Trek To Dira-Puk Monastery [20Km, 5-6h, 5050m]


Saga means Fourth and Dawa means Month so that is the main reason Saga Dawa is celebrating on every year Tibetan lunar calendar April 1st till April 15th and some will also celebrate till the end of the April. 

There is one very important reason to celebrate Saga Dawa, Lord Buddha Shakyamuni.

This is the month Buddha Shakyamuni came to our world, this is the month of Buddha Shakyamuni's enlightenment and finally, Buddha Shakyamuni reaches the Parinirvana.

Three important festivals for a follower of Buddha Shakyamuni happening in one month making it the most important festival for Buddhist. 

Today our trek starts from Darchen town and tracing the small trail in the clockwise circuit around the Mount Kailash at an average altitude of 4700 m with a duration of 20 km.

You will pass by many local Buddhist pilgrims doing kora along your way and several Bon pilgrims in the anti-clockwise direction.

After the 4hours trek, we will reach Tamdin(4780m) where nomadic tents serve simple lunch and boil water. From there it is only 4 km to Dirapuk monastery but between this stretches has the some of the best scenery of the entire kora.

Dirapuk was rebuilt in 1985 located
on the north side of the Lha-Chu River facing to the north face of the Mt. Kailash. Dirapuk name originally comes from a word Dira that means female yak horn and Puk means cave that in a mythical story says a female yak opened the cave.  

Overnight at Dirapuk guesthouse ( No private bathroom / No shower ) 

(B)=breakfast

June 18th, 2019

Day12. Trek To Zutul Puk Monastery, [18Km, 6-8h, 4820m]


Today is the most challenging part of the trek where we will cross two passes, though they are not too steep, the altitude is the main reason for tiring and slow, the duration is 18 km and the altitude is 4790 m 

After we cross Dikpyala 5000 m & Dromala 5500 m, the passes are remarked by heaps of prayer flags and Cairns.

Spending some minutes on the pass to view and relax is worth, as you are on the backside of the Mt. Kailash and offers a great view of Mount Kailash.

After the pass, you will hike down into the long valley and stop lunch at Shabjay Dakpo nomadic tent.

Zuktrulpuk monastery 4790 m, also known as miracle cave is built by two Religious figure Buddhist Jetsun Milarepa and Bon Jetsun Naro Bonchung.

You can witness the spiritual beauties footprint and handprint of Jetsun Milarepa inside the meditation cave. 

Overnight at the guesthouse 

(No private bathroom/ No shower)

(B)=breakfast

 June 19th, 2019

Day13. Trek To Darchen - Lake Manasarovar 0 Chiu monastery [30Km, 1h]


Today is the easiest day of the trek, the duration is 14 km from Zutrulpuk monastery to Darchen town. No any climbing up, it's all hiking at an almost flat altitude of around 4500m

After arriving at Darchen town, drive to Lake near the Chiu Bird monastery for the night.

Overnight at the guesthouse  (No private bathroom/ No shower)

(B)=breakfast

 June 20th, 2019

Day14. Chiu monastery- Saga [460Km]


After spending the morning at the Lake Manasarova exploring the lake, we will drive to Saga town. The duration is around 400km. On the way, we will stop for photos of sand dunes and beautiful natures.

Overnight at the guesthouse (No private bathroom/ No shower)

(B)=breakfast

 June 21st, 2019

Day15. Saga - Shigatse [450Km]


Saga is one of the bigger towns near the Mount Kailash region. From Saga, we will drive to Namring town via the northern route enjoying the beautiful landscape.

Overnight at 4 star Gesar Hotel

(B)=breakfast

 June 22nd, 2019

Day16. Shigatse – Lhasa [272Km]


Today you will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, built in the 15th century by the first Dalai Lama. Nowadays seat of the Panchen Lama. We recommend doing Kora around Tashilhunpo Monastery. Also, you can walk around the local market. After driving back to Lhasa through southern friendship highway.

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 400 meters from Jhokang Temple 

(B)=breakfast

June 23rd, 2019

Day17. Tibet Departure


Enjoy your last hours in Tibet exploring Lhasa on your own until your guide and driver meet you at the hotel to transfer you to the airport.

 

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