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Tibet Saga Dawa Festival

Saga Dawa is an important Tibetan Buddhist festival, held each year on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, to celebrate ‘Sakyamuni's enlightenment’, that's what every guidebook will tell you.  But actually having been there, to me at that moment it was more like being part of a magic event, something that gets a total grip on all of your senses.  So what's going on?  Each year, they replace the Tarboche flagpole, a huge pole that stands on the Kailash kora, south of the mountain.  People from all over Tibet gather here that day to attach their prayer flags they brought from home, to pray, and to help erect the flagpole.  The flagpole should stand perfectly upright, or else things are not good for Tibet.  The whole ceremony is led by a Lama from the nearby monastery.  It's his job to make it work 'right first time'.


Day 1 - Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu you will be met by our representative and transport to your hotel.

Day 2 - Kathmandu

The city sightseeing tour will include visits to Pashupatinath, where you may witness a Hindu cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River.   Boudhanath Stupa is the focal point for Tibetan Buddhist.  Here you will see worshippers circumambulate the stupa.  Swayambhunath or more commonly known as the  Monkey Temple sits atop a hill overlooking Kathmandu.  Here you will see temples and shrines to both Hindu and Buddhist beliefs and lots of monkeys.  No visit is complete to Kathmandu without a visit to Durbar Square one of the three Royal Durbar Squares situated in the Kathmandu Valley

Day 3 - Kathmandu - Nyalam(3750m)

Around 6am , we'll leave from Kathmandu. Take a breakfast in Dhulikhel afer 1 hr drive. Then another 3.5 hrs drive to Kodari border (2200m). We'll cross friendship bridge of Nepal - Tibet border & your Tibetan guide will lead trips from here. Drive towards Nyalam. The distance between Dzangmu and Nyalam is 30Km only but it will take 1 and half hrs to get there since the road is very adventurous in the gorge. On the way from Dzangmu to Nyalam, You will view a great gorge with beautiful green forest composed of different kinds of trees. During the monsoon, you can also view lovely water fall from different side of gorge.Nyalam is a small town with some government buildings and Tibetan district buildings. Overnight Guest House.

Day 4 - Acclimatization day in Nyalam

The reason we have chosen one rest day here in Nyalam is in order to successfully complete your trip from Kailash without feeling sick as you have acclimatized your body to the high altitude one day at Nyalam without any difficulty so during that day, you need to walk around the town up and down and drink more water for the preparation of the coming days journey. Overnight Guest House

Day 5 - Nyalam - Sasa (4600m)

Today you will drive around 6-7 hrs on a little bumpy road but the scenery is one of the most spectacular one during your journey to Kailash that you can see great Himalayan ranges and one of the most world popular snow mountain called Shisha Bangma (8200Mt) from the top of a pass called Thongla( 5200Mt). Besides a fantastic view of Lake Pekutso will be appeared on the way and you can stop for photos with lake and snow mountain behind the valley. Saga is a small town with some government and district Tibetan buildings. Overnight Guest House or Camp

Day 6- Saga - Paryang (4750m)  

Today, you will be driving in the valley with lots of nomad camps, Yaks and sheep are being grazed in the beautiful grass land. Once you see those nomads and their own live stocks, you will naturally feel the beauty of Tibet and her culture and custom. You will also see the longest river flow which is Bharmaputara flows all the way from western Tibet via Shigatse, Yarlung Valley, Eastern forest region of Tibet and finally emptied into the bay of Bengal.Baryang is a very small village with a few small shops, very basic guest houses and some families. Overnight Camp

Day 7 - Paryang – Lake Manasarover - Dharpoche

Today, you will almost have the same view as the view from Saga to Baryang.  The additional interest things that you can see today are several types of wild animals such as wild donkeys, wolves, foxes, ibex etc if you are lucky enough, I mean those wild lives are not certain that you can because sometimes they graze beside the main road, sometimes not that’s why I am telling, if you are lucky enough. Of course toady is also the most exciting day for you as it is the day of seeing the first spot of Lake Mansarovar and holy mount Kailash from a site called Chaktsal Kang where pious people do prostration to holy mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar.  Overnight camp.

Day 8 - Enjoy Kailash Festival

Saga Dawa festival is to commemorate the birth, death and enlightenment of Buddha Shakyamuni.  Thousands of pilgrims gather in Lhasa, circumambulate the Lingkor (Outer circumambulation), Bharkor(Middle circumambulation) and Nangkor (inner circumambulation) including the Potala Palace.  They also climb to Bumpari and Gephel Utse to make incense and prayer flag offerings. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists also gather at Mount Kailash. Overnight Camp

Day 9 - Darchen – Dira Phuk (4900m)

Today is the first day of your Kailash Kora which is totally around 53Km.   You start your Kora from Darchen and after about a 2 hrs walk, you will face Darpo Che where there is a huge prayer flag pole which is annually replaced by the pilgrimages on 15th of forth Lunar month, known as Saga Dawa festival, as well as Trulku monastery on your leftside up on the hill side. You can also see ibex and blue sheep running in the rocky hillside while you are walking and then you will reach Dhira Phuk which was a monastery before but nowadays you can only see the ruins of the monastery as the monastery was destroyed in the cultural revolution.  Overnight Camp

Day 10 - Dira Phuk – Zutrul Phuk (4750m)  

Today is the second of your Kailash Kora which is indeed the hardest day of your three days trek. You will have to climb up to the top of Drolma La pass which is more than 5000Mt. There will be three sloppy hike to get to the top of Drolma La pass from Dhira Phuk and then pretty steep downhill with rocky path all the way to the valley. On the right side of the downhill path, there is a small lake called Thuje Lake, meaning compassionate lake.Zutrul Phuk was the cave where Mila Repa and Nagro Bonchung debated for their religion sects and nowadays, it is a small monastery.  Overnight Camp

Day 11 - Zutrul Phuk - Darchen

Drive to Lake Mansarovar Today is the easiest and last day of your Kailash kora as you will trek down in the valley with beautiful distant scenery of Rakshas Tal lake .From here you will depart your Yak men and kind Yak and shift to jeeps.  Overnight Camp

Day 12 - Manasarover – Paryang (4750m)  

After morning visit around Manasarover, we'll drive towards Paryang. Overnight camp

Day 13 - Paryang - Saga (4600m)

Drive to Saga.  Overnight Guest house

Day 14 - Saga – Nyalam (3750m)

Drive to Nyalam.  This is our last night in Tibet.  Overnight guest house.

Day 15 -Nyalam - Kathmandu (1350m)

Today, we'll cross back Tibet-Nepal border. Our Tibet guide will handover group to Nepali representative. After clearing immigration procedure, we'll drive back to Kathmandu. On the way, we'll have lunch at Dhulikhel. Then 1 hour drive to Kathmandu.  In the evening will be farewell dinner with Nepali culture dance.

Day 16 - We will provide your transport to Tiribhuwan International Airport for your departure home.  

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