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Saga Dawa Festival 2024 May15

 

Join our Saga Dawa Festival 2024 May 15th Group Travel!

Hey there! Have you heard of the Saga Dawa festival? It's a super important celebration for Buddhists, and it happens on the 15th of the fourth month in the Tibetan Lunar calendar. This is the month when Buddha Shakyamuni came to our world, achieved enlightenment, and reached Parinirvana. It's like three festivals in one!

If you want to experience the festival, you should join us at Tarboche near Mount Kailash. We'll lift a giant Prayer flagpole and celebrate with the local Tibetans. And while you're here, why not take the opportunity to travel to Mount Everest Base Camp and even do the 52km trek Kora around Mount Kailash? It's a great adventure that can help purify any karmic debts.

Plus, you'll get to see the stunning beauty of the Guge Kingdom, one of the last remaining kingdoms in Tibet. This tour is perfect if you're a nature lover, a trekker, or just someone who appreciates spiritual beauty. So come on, let's celebrate Saga Dawa together!

Group Price & Size

2,780 US dollars Per Person

Minimum 4 People & Maximum 12 People 

Single room occupancy supplement: 550USD (hotels only)



Tour Type: Group Tours

Group Size: 4 to 12 People

Tour Duration: 17 Days

Price: 2,780 USD

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

Short Itinerary

Day1.Pick up and Transfer to Hotel

Day2.Lhasa Sightseeing (Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery)

Day3.Lhasa Sightseeing, Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace)

Day4.Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse, Shigatse

Day5.Shigatse, Sakya, New Tingri 

Day6.New Tingri, Rongbuk, Mount Everest base camp

Day7.Rongbuk monastery, Old Tingri, Phikutso Lake, Saga

Day8.Saga, Paryang, Darchen

Day9.Celebrate Saga Dawa festival, Trek to Dirapuk monastery

Day10.Trek to Zutrulpuk monastery 

Day11.Trek to Darchen, Tada

Day12.Guge Kingdom, Toling Monastery, Tada

Day13.Tada, Tadapuri, Lake Manasarovar

Day14.Lake Manasarovar, Saga

Day15.Saga, Shigatse

Day16.Shigatse, Lhasa

Day17.Depart from Lhasa

 

Detail Itinerary

May 15th 2024 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 to minimize altitude sickness. 

Overnight at 3-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city 200 meters from Jokhang Temple

Day2. Lhasa Sightseeing


We began 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 walk 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 monks' debating session.

Overnight at 3-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city 200 meters from Jokhang Temple

(B)=breakfast

Day3. Lhasa Sightseeing


Today, we visited the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. The fifth Dalai Lama built the Potala Winter Palace in the 17th century. It provides fantastic views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand staterooms, 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 picnic in its beautiful garden and perform opera dances during the Shoton Festival (August-September).

Overnight at 3-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city 200 meters from Jokhang Temple

(B)=breakfast

Day4. Lhasa – Shigatse [354Km, 3840m]


The 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 the holy lake Yamdrok-Tso. Then we stop in Gyantse town, where we will 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 reached Shigatse before dinner.

Overnight at 4-star Gesar Hotel

(B)=breakfast

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 visited Sakya Monastery, the principal seat of the Sakyapa Sect, founded in 1073 and one of four primary schools of Tibetan Buddhism.  Its Mongolian architecture is different from that of temples we have seen before.

Overnight at 2-star Roof of the World Hotel

(B)=breakfast

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


Exciting day today: We continue driving towards Rongbuk Monastery, located at the foot of 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 the Black Yak hair tent dormitory or Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse

(B)=breakfast

(NO private bathroom, No Shower)

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


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

Overnight in Saga hotel

(B)=breakfast

Day8. Saga – Darchin [490Km, 4556m]


Today, we enter the semi-nomadic regions of Tibet’s far west. We will enjoy the authentic Tibetan landscapes during this long journey through the world's biggest and highest plateau. We follow the Yarlung Tsampo River West (also called the Brahmaputra in India) until Lake Manasarovar, one of Tibet's three most sacred lakes. Hindus believe 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

May 23rd Day9. Celebrate the Saga Dawa Festival and Trek To Dira-Puk Monastery [20Km, 5-6h, 5050m]


Today, we will trek from Darchen to Tarboche for 2 hours and celebrate the Saga Dawa festival with the locals. (The full moon)

In the afternoon, we will trek to Dirapuk monastery from a small trail in the clockwise circuit around Mount Kailash at an average altitude of 4700 m with a duration of 20 km.

After the 4-hour trek, we will reach Tamdin(4780m), where nomadic tents serve simple lunches and boil water. From there, it is only 4 km to Dirapuk monastery, but between these stretches, there is 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 the north face of Mt. Kailash. Dirapuk's name originally comes from the word Dira, which means female yak horn, and Puk, which means cave; a mythical story says a female yak opened the cave.  

Overnight at Dirapuk Guesthouse

( No private bathroom / No shower ) 

(B)=breakfast

Day10. 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 the 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 it, as you are on the backside of Mt. Kailash, and it offers a great view of Mount Kailash.

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

Zuktrulpuk Monastery 4790 m, also known as the miracle cave, was built by two religious figures, Buddhist Jetsun Milarepa and Bon Jetsun Naro Bonchung.

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

Overnight at the guesthouse 

(No private bathroom/ No shower)

(B)=breakfast

Day11. Trek to Darchen - Tada  [270Km, 5-6h]


Today is the most accessible trek day; the duration is 14 km from Zutrulpuk monastery to Darchen town. No There climb up; it's all hiking at an almost flat altitude of around 4500m

After arriving at Darchen town, drive to Tada town, Tsanda or Tsaparang.

Overnight at the guesthouse  

(No private bathroom/ No shower)

(B)=breakfast

Day12. Spent a free Day at Tsaparang to visit the Guge Kingdom and Toling Monastery ( 36 Km)


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

Overnight in Guesthouse

( No private bathroom / No Shower)

(B)=breakfast

Day13. Tsaparang - Tadapuri hot spring - Lake Manasarovar ( 300 km ) 


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

Overnight in Guesthouse

( No private bathroom / No Shower)

(B)=breakfast

Day14. Lake Manasarovar Saga


After spending the morning at Lake Manasarovar exploring the lake, we will drive to Saga town. The duration is around 400km. We will stop for photos of dunes and beautiful nature on the way.

Overnight at Saga Hotel

(B)=breakfast

Day15. Saga - Shigatse [450Km]


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

Overnight at 4-star Gesar Hotel

(B)=breakfast

Day16. Shigatse – Lhasa [272Km]


Today, you will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, built in the 15th century by the first Dalai Lama. Nowadays, the seat of the Panchen Lama. We would recommend that you do Kora around Tashilhunpo Monastery. Also, you can walk around the local market after driving back to Lhasa through the Southern Friendship Highway.

Overnight at 3-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city 200 meters from Jokhang Temple

(B)=breakfast

Day17. Tibet Departure


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

 

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