Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Kailash Saga Dawa Festival Trekking
Mt Kailash lies to the north west of Nepal , across the Himalaya in a region. Synonymous it lies in a land of extrems. Harsh yet beautiful spectacular yet foreboding, rugged, brooding and sinister but also sublimely serene Kailash can be reached although not always easily from kathmandu. The road is rough but the scenery is some of the most spectacular on the planet.
Kailash is surely the ultimate pilgrimage for all devotees Hindus and Buddhists as the mountain is sacred to Hindus and Buddhists
God in haven is believed to descend to the mortal world on this day. Incense is burnt in large scales and picnicking is enjoyed in the public parks. The 15th day of the fourth month on the Tibetan calendar is said to be the birthday of Sakyamuni, and the day when he died and attained Nirvana. During this period, hundreds of thousands of people turn their prayer wheels on the street in Lhasa and sing and dance in the afternoon.
Saga Dawa Festival on June 12 marks the birth, transcendence and death of Sakyamuni. Pilgrims and secular folks will visit Lhasa , Mt. Kailash and other holy sites and the festival is observed by turning prayer wheels, rising flags, performing ritual dance having vegetarian food. Folk entertainers will perform Tibetan tradition; they will pay their homage to Buddha, observe a vegetarian rule, and refrain from killing domestic animals.
Kailash Sagadawa Festival Trekking Itenieary:
Day 01: Meet at Kathmandu Airport & Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Sight-seeing of Kathmandu: Leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Back to hotel and stay.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,750m): We start our journey at early morning from our office. We will have a break fast at Dhulikhel after one and half hour drive. After driving at down hill river valley of Sunkoshi and Bhotekoshi. We arrive at the border about 11:00 am. After immigration formalitie at the Nepal side you will drive further to Zhangmu. Here are also immigration formalities from the Chinese side. From Zhangmu drive further to nylam for 2 and half hour. Overnight in Guest house.
Day 04: Acclimatization at Nyalam (3,750m) Overnight at Guest House.
Day 05: Nyalam to Saga (4,640m): (Labug-La 5050m, Peku-tso and Saga, 245 km): On the first long driving day over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keep you busy. By the late afternoon you will cross Bhramha Purtra River way to typical Chinese and Tibetan town, Saga for night
Day 06: Saga to Paryang (4,540m) 230 km 7-8 hrs: Jeeps and trucks roll on the wide valley following rivers and grazing land of yaks and sheep. Far south you can see snow covered peaks near by you, lots of rocky peaks and sand duns give you an ideal world. Depends on season, nomads and other mobile shopkeepers are attired by beautiful traditional costume, waiting your arrival with hot tea and other supplies along with big smile.
Day 07: Drive Paryang to Manasarover (4540m): The longest driving day (277km) starts with full of excitement, by the late afternoon you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Manasarovara. Hore, a small village near by Lake Manasarover
Day 08: Manasarovar to Tarchen or Tarboche (4700 m)
Day 09: Attend to the Saga Dawa Festival at Tarboche - Camp
Day 10: Tarchen to Dira Puk (5000m): After early breakfast, depart to Tarboche (starting point for Kailash Parikrama). It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; water falls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is every where with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Mt kailash will be kept on appearing.
Day 11: Cross Dolmala pass and trek down to Zuthul Puk: Continue Parikrama over Dolmala pass ( 5650m) this day is Hardest but Holiest day of your pilgrimage Yatra: Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget yourself. Once your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By the late afternoon you will arrive Zuthal Puk (the cave of Miracles . The great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here).
Day 12: Zuthal Puk – Tarchen – Manasarovar (4540m) After early breakfast, trek further for 10 km. (4 - 5 hrs) to arrive at the ending point of Parikrama where jeeps shall be waiting to drive the pilgrims back to Manasarovar.
Day 13: Manasarovar- Paryang (4540m) drive for aprox, 8 – 9 hours. Overnight in Guest house of tented Camp.
Day 14: Paryang to Saga (4640m) Drive to Saga aprox 8-9 hours overnight at Guest house of tented Camp.
Day 15: Saga to Nyalam: Drive to Nyalam aprox 8-9 hour, overnight at Guest house.
Day 16: Nyalam to Kathamndu: Drive back to Kathmandu which will take you aprox. 8 hour.
Day 17: Kathmandu free day, evening culture show with nepali dinner, hotel
Day 18: Final departure, transfer to airport
Price For The Trip:
The total cost for the trek or tour you decide you want to do will depend on several different factors. The type of accommodation you prefer in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara will make a difference to the overall cost (budget to 5 star accommodation) The mode of transport you prefer will also affect the cost of your package, for example prices vary greatly between flying versus private car/van, tourist or local buses. The number of guides and/or porters required will also affect the total cost of your trek. For these reasons the same trek/tour can vary in price quite substantially.
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Airport Pick up and Drop
Tibet Travel Permit, entrance fees
Twin share accommodation in respective hotels
Tours and transfers with English speaking guide
All land transport in 4-Wheel Drive jeeps
China Group Visa fees (US$ 58.00 per person)and For USA Nationality(US$142 per person)
Flight Ticket (Kathmandu-Lhasa/Lhasa-Kathmandu)
Departure Tax at Kathmandu airport (Rs. 1600)
lunches & dinners; refreshments, bottled/alcoholic drinks
any tips (hotels, restaurants, guide, driver, etc.)
photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites
Nepal re-entry Visa (multiple entry visas are available)
extras cost for up-grading rooms at hotels if/when applicable
Any cost arising from political disturbances, strikes, cancellation of flights, deviation in program, delays due to landslides/ road blockage or otherwise
Any services in Kathmandu/Nepal (hotels, transport, etc.).