Tibet Saka Dawa Festival Tour - 14 Days

Tibet Saka Dawa Festival Tour

Saka Dawa - The Holy Month – Experience Joys of Tibetan Culture

Saka Dawa - The Holy Month – Experience Joys of Tibetan Culture

The fourth month of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar is called “Saka Dawa.” “Dawa” means “month” in Tibetan. Of the 28 major stars tracked in Tibetan astrology, “Saka” is the name of the star which is closest to the earth and thus most prominent at that time. Saka Dawa Festival is an influential religious festival in Tibet and now one of the most influential religious festivals of the Tibetans in Exile too. Saga Dawa is the special month in which the Buddha’s conception, birth, enlightenment, and Maha Parinirvana (Death) all occur. In particular, the full moon day, or 15th day, of the fourth month marks the holiest day in Tibetan Buddhism. It is the day of the Buddha’s Conception, Enlightenment, and parting into Nirvana. It is auspicious to perform meritorious activities on this specific day. The merit generated from these virtuous activities increases 100,000-fold on this day in Saka Dawa.

Tibet homestay will make the arrangement of your homestay with a family in which one of a member of the host family chooses to remain on a rigorous fast and do all the ritual meditation of the Saka Dawa, which include few rituals like you don’t speak for 24 hrs to anyone, a compulsory vegetarian diet for the period of the course which usually last for a couple of week and most of the time remain praying in the temple or the monastery where the host has taken the vow. The package is for 14 days and could be arranged anywhere in our locations. All participants should plan to be vegetarian for the entire package, regardless of whether vows have been taken or not. Saka Dawa Festival date is fixed for June 9th this year 2017.  

Outline Itinerary
June 02 Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
June 03 Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing in Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, O/N in Lhasa
June 04 Day 03: Drive Shigatse (3800m) 270 KM – 5-6 Hours
June 05 Day 04: Drive to Lhatse (4050 m), 151 KM – 4-5 hours
June 06 Day 05: Drve to Saga (4450m), 250 Km – 5/6 Hours
June 07 Day 06: Drive to Manasarover (4558m) 277km 4 hours
June 08 Day 07: Drive to Tarchen
June 09 Day 08: Attend to the Saga Dawa festival at Tarboche.
June 10 Day 09: Tarchen – Tarboche (13 km drive) – Dirapuk (4860m, 7km, 5/6 hrs trek)
June 11 Day 10: Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk (4760m, 22km trek).
June 12 Day 11: Zuthulpuk – Tarchen (10 km, 4/5 hrs) and drive to Dongba.
June 13 Day 12: Tarchen - Saga (4450m)
June 14 Day 13: Saga - Lhasa (3650m).
June 15 Day 14: Departure, transfer to Gongkhar airport.

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
Our local Tibetan guide will wait you at Lhasa airport holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashidelek (meaning hello with blissing), and be presented with a white Khada (traditional Tibetan ceremonial by give you a white scarf). Then transfer to hotel in Lhasa city. To rest well on your first arrival in Lhasa (3650m) is essential to ease Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS, also known as altitude sickness). Try your best to resist the temptation of going out.

Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing in Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, O/N in Lhasa
Tibetan guide will lead you today in Lhasa city sightseeing. we will see the main relics of Lhasa - Potala palace, Norbulinka, the first Buddhist’s temple of Tibet – Dzhokang, a statue of Dzhovo Shakjamuni, Barkhor Street etc. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Drive Shigatse (3800m) 270 KM – 5-6 Hours
Drive to Shigatse from Lhasa. Shigatse is the second biggest town of Tibet. View of Yamdrok Lake from on the way driving is highlight today.

Day 04: Drive to Lhatse (Altitude 4050 m.) 151 KM – 4/5 hours
Morning visit Tasilampo Monastery. The journey today brings you over two high passes with fine views of Himalayas. For overnight we stop in the town of Lhatse. Hotel.

Day 05: Lhatse- Saga (4450 m), 250 Km – 5/6 Hours
Driving day over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keep you make busy. By the late afternoon you will cross Bhramha Purtra River way to typical Chinese and Tibetan town, Saga for night. Guest House

Day 06: Drive to Manasarover (4558m) 277km 4 hours
Driving day starts with full of excitement, by the late afternoon you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Mansarovar. Here, a small village nearby Lake Manasarovar, we will spend a night there. Mud House.

Day 07: Drive to Tarchen
Morning Exploration of Lake Manasarovar and drive to Tarchen (4575 m) 40 km- 1 Hours: Manasarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning, we will be heading towards Tarchen. It is considered as a base camp for the Holy Kailash.

Day 08: Attend to the Saga Dawa festival at Tarboche.
The 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 parnirvana. 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 trying to please the god. Overnight at the Guest house.

Day 09: Tarchen – Tarboche (13 km drive) and trek to Dirapuk (4860m, 7km, 6-7 hrs trek)
After breakfast drive to Tarboche – starting point of Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also known as outer "Asthapath". It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is everywhere with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will be kept on appearing. For 7 km trail it takes almost 7 hrs. Overnight at the Guest house.

Day 10: Trek to Zuthulpuk (4760 m), 22km trek).
Today you will be climbing to Drolma-La Pass (5600m) and then descending gradually to Zuthulpuk (4760 m). Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Overnight at the Guest house.

Day 11: Zuthulpuk – Tarchen (10 km, 4/5 hrs) and drive to Dongba.
Morning free time to explore the caves, temples and shrine around Milarepa cave. After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting for your arrival. By late afternoon you will be at your lodge in Dongba. Overnight at the Guest house.

Day 12: Drive to Saga

Day 13: Drive to Lhasa

Day 14: Departure

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport and hotel transfers by private car/van depending on group size in Kathmandu
  • 2 Nights deluxe room in 3/4 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast on double occupancy.
  • Half day guided tour in Kathmandu as per mentioned in itinerary
  • Kathmandu – Lhasa flight ticket (economic class)
  • Accommodation at hotels 3/4 star in Lhasa, basic guest houses around Kailash.
  • Permits for Mansarovar and Kailash Kora (round).
  • Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved guide.
  • Private transportation in Van/Bus in during the tour.
  • Kailash Permit, Tibet (Chinese) visa fee
  • Camping equipment for kitchen, Shower
  • Sleeping bag/ Down Jacket if needed on Returnable basis.
  • Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipment)
  • Experienced tour leader / co-coordinator with each group
  • ENOUGH Oxygen cylinder entire of tour
  • Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making round of Mt. Kailash
  • Farewell dinner in one of authentic Nepalese Restaurant with Live culture show

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner during the tour
  • Personal expenses like shopping, phone calls, extra drinks, laundry, yak etc.
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities, flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc.
  • Services other than specified. Extra days stay at Kathmandu / any other place.
  • In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of tour, landslides, landslide & other uneventful event the extra charge for porters and transportation should be borne by you at the spot.
  • Tipping and gratitude to staffs
# Start Date End Date Status
1 02 May, 2018 22 May, 2017 Available book know
  • Small back pack for 3 days Mt. Kailash Parikrama
  • Enough warm clothing for Mt. Kailash Yatra / tour
  • Basic medicines (for minor injuries / lifesaving kits)
  • Any regular medicines that you have been prescribed
  • Toiletries kit (shop, Shampoo, Toothpaste, tooth brush)
  • Water bottle /Thermos flask for hot water (2litters bottle)
  • Sport shoes good for walking 3 days Kailash Parikrama
  • Gloves, Woolen socks (minimum 4 pairs), hand clove
  • Wool / Thermo cot undergarments, wind proof jacket
  • Shirt and pants which is easier to be while doing Kora
  • Sunglasses, Sun lotion/cold cream, Torch light, rain coat
  • Umbrella, walking stick, Sandal for use evening & morning
  • Sweets, Zinger / garlic candies or dry fruits, lozenges, etc

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Trip Facts

  • Max. Altitude: 5600m
  • Group Size: Min. 2 Pax
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Festival Date: 2nd June 2016
  • Accomodation: Hotel & lodge
  • Transportation: Fly in drive out
  • Booking procedure : Clear Scan Passport Copies+ Passport size photos

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