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Saga Dawa Festival Tour - 15 days

Saga Dawa festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 4th Tibetan month and is one of the most important religious festivals celebrated in Tibet. This auspicious day coincides with three important events in Buddha's life namely his birth, nirvana and parinirvana (death). Since the Saga Dawa festival falls on the holiest month of the Tibetan calendar, it is believed that good deeds and prayers are multiplied thousand fold during this event. So we can see everyone immersed in prayers and trying to appease the gods.

The Saga Dawa festival is truly a celebration that encompasses everyone into its fold casting aside all barriers of nationality, religion or color. In fact, being a part of this holy event is such a moving experience that you come back with a deep sense of inner satisfaction that stays with you for a long time. To be a part of the Saga Dawa festival, you just need to contact us and enjoy a vacation that would be memorable in every sense.

Itinerary:                                                                                                               

07th June 2011, Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel.
Pick up from airport transfer to hotel free and relax.

08th June 2011, Day 02: Chinese Visa Preparation Day, Overnight at Hotel.
Free day on which we will arrange a chinese visa and in the evening briefing about the trip will be given by our representative. If you want you can do a half day sightseeing of some places as per your interest,

09th June 2011, Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam (3750m) .
Journey begins at 5:30 am after having Breakfast in hotel of packed breakfast provided on the way. The road follows the river valleys of the Sunkosi and Bhotakosi rivers, passing through green mountains and cliffs. By the afternoon we get to the Tibetan boarder. Depending on the road conditions, we may stay in Zhangmu. If road conditions permit, we will continue 30km to Nyalam.

10th June 2011, Day 04: Rest Day for acclimatization.
A leisure day gives us a chance to relax and acclimatize at the high altitude.

11th June 2011, Day 05: Drive to Saga (4200m)
The road climbs up to the, La Lung (5124m) then drops down before heading western part of Tibet. Road to east goes to Lhasa , capital city of Tibet . The driving is difficult, but the stunning views of the Himalayas and particularly Shisha Pangma (8012m) more than make up for the rough travel. By late afternoon we will cross the Bhramaputra River and will be reached to Saga for shelter.

12th June 2011, Day 06: Drive to Paryang (4500m)
Our jeep passes through the gigantic valleys following the various rivers through the eye-catching view of grazing lands of yaks and sheep and Himalayan goat (Chyangra). The landscape is highlighted by snow capped peaks rising out of the distant sand dunes.

13th June 2011, Day 07: Drive to Lake Manasarovar (4560m)
We start the yatra after having breakfast. By late afternoon the drive through the green pastures and huge valleys gives way to the first view of Mt Kailash and Lake Manasarovar . We will drive to Thogu holiest bathing gate of Manas. It is believed that The holiest Lake mansarovar is the source of four great holy rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra, Sutlej and Indus River. It is said that Lord Vishnu floated in it for an eternity, dreaming, until the life force stirred, and out of the water's infinite potential sprang forth all of creation.

14th June 2011, Day 08: Drive via Tarchen (4600m) to Tarboche.
This day offers a wonderful opportunity to see the great lake Manasarover with mt . Gurula Mandhata (7728m) on south and Holy Kailash on the north. After holy bath drive to Tarchen( The base camp of Mt.Kailash ) via Chiu monastery and hot spring.

15th June 2011, Day 09: Visit Saga Dawa festival at Tarboche on the Full Moon Day.

16th June 2011,Day 10: Trek to Dirapuk (4900m)
Parikrama around Kailash begins at Tarboche . Our way of trekking passes numerous chortens as well as the sky burial site of the 84 Mahasiddas . We will also have wonderful views of cascading creeks, streaming water falls and the mighty west face of Kailash. We will pass the Chukku Gompa and in about 6 hrswe will reach to Dirapuk Gompa where we will set up camp or stay at the guest house on the basis of availability.

17th June 2011, Day 11: Trek to Zutulpuk Gompa (4790m)
Today is the hardest but holiest day of the pilgrimage. We will cross through a rocky expanse dotted with stone cairns draped with the clothes offered by pilgrims as a spiritual sign of death. Gaurikunda is one of the holiest sites to view/ visit from the top. Further hiking brings us to the accent up to Dolma -La pass (5630m). After a nice break at the top of the pass we will head down the steep trail to our eventual campsite at Zutul-Puk Monastery (the cave of miracles where Milarepa meditated) .

18th June 2011, Day11:TREK TO DARCHENG AND End & drive to Horchu,O/nt GH
End Kailash Kora 10 Kms approx 3-4 Hrs Trek. Drive to Paryang 270 Kms 6-7 Hrs. O/nt at Htl Paryang .

19th June 2011, Day12:DRIVE TO SAGA (4600m)
Drive to Saga 255 Kms 6-7 Hrs O/nt at Htl Saga.

20th June 2011, Day 13: Drive to Nyalam. Overnight stay at the hotel.

21st June 2011, Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the hotel.
This evening, you will be awarded by the certificate of Successful completion of the trip at the banquet of the hotel.

22nd June 2011, Day 15: Transfer to airport for final departure.

Note:
Clients should be in Kathmandu before 2 Days of final departure with 6-month valid passport. All the passport details should be send to us with in 30 Days before the date of Departure.

The Cost Includes:

-All transportation by tourist coach in Nepal part and Landcruser in Tibet part.
-The entire travel permit & Entrance permit of monuments in Tibet.
-Camping & Kitchen equipments, trek supporting staff (Trip leader, cook & Sherpas)
-Tibet part accommodation in guesthouse / tent, on twin sharing basis.
-All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) in tibet part.
-Accommodation on kathmandu on 3 star hotel on twin sharing room with breakfast.
-Sightseeing by landcruiser in Tibet with English speaking Guide.
-Momastry entrance fees.
-Yak & Yak man during Trek around Mt. Kailash Luggage only.
-All border clearance.
-General Medicine, Oxygen & High altitude.

The cost doesn't Includes:

-China Visa Fee , USD 125 & 149 for USA
-Lunch and dinner in kathmandu.
-Riding yak while circumambulation
-Accommodation for two nights to whom will be unable to Trek around Mt. Kailash
-All expenses of personal nature.
-Personal insurance & rescue if necessary.
-Personal beverages, Photography charge, Chinese visa fee, Nepal re-entry visa Fees.
-Emergency evacuation cost.
--Personal tips.
-Cost not mentioned in cost includes.

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