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14 Days Mount Kailash Saga Dawa Festival plus Mt. Everest Tour

Experience the most Ritually Religious Festival in Tibet’s most Sacred Mountain Hidden in the Himalayas

Depart Lhasa on 4th, JuneOnce A Year Chance Price at USD 1700 P/P
Route: Lhasa-Shigatse-Mt.Kailash-Mt.Everest-Gyantse-Lhasa
Tour features: 1. Visit the Main Holy Cultural Landmarks in Lhasa
2. Whole Day Experience of Saga Dawa Festival by Mount Kailash
3. Six Days Sufficient Acclimitization before Trekking
4. Trekking around the most Sacred Mountain in Tibet
5. Explore Base Camp of the Highest Mountain in the World.

Day by day itinerary Price & Dates Tour Map

Day 1:(4th, June) Arrival upon Lhasa

Highlights: Arrival & Pick-up & Acclimatization

Schedule today: Arrival at Lhasa at airport or train station, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet

Warm Tibetan Style Pickup Service Warm Tibetan Style Pickup Service
Warm Tibetan Style Pickup Service Warm Tibetan Style Pickup Service

Day 2: (5th, June)Lhasa city tour

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang TempleBarkhor Street

Schedule today: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa - Potala Palace (video), the successive Dalai Lama’s winter residence since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism - Johkang Temple (video), where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNESCO. Afterwards, free time for you to wander through the Barkhor Street, the busiest street in old Lhasa quarter.

Potala Palace Johkang Temple
Potala Palace Johkang Temple

Day 3: (6th, June)Lhasa -  Shigatse

Highlights: Tashilumpo Monastery

Schedule: In the morning after breakfast, drive long the Brahmaputra River to reach Shigatse city to visit Tashilumpo Monastery which is the seat of Panchen Lama, the equally important religious figure in Tibet as Dalai Lama. The monastery was built by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, and inside the Monastery placed the highest statue of Buddha in Tibet which is 26.8 meters high. Our guide will help to get the PSB permit here today.

Brahmaputra River Tashilumpo Monastery
Brahmaputra River Tashilumpo Monastery

Day 4: (7th, June)Shigatse - Saga

Schedule today: In the morning we will drive to western Tibet of Saga County directly.

Western Tibet Western Tibet
Western Tibet Western Tibet

Day 5:(8th, June) Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen

Highlights: Lake Manasarovar

Schedule today: In the morning you will head to Lake Manasarovar, Tibet’s holiest lake which sits at 4590 meters. We will go on following the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra River going through vast expanses of grasslands before arriving in Paryang, elevation 4590 meters. And Lake Manasarovar is an important pilgrimage destination for Tibetans and Hindu’s from India and Nepal. From the lake, you can see Kailash in the distance. Then we will make the short drive to Darchen Town, the starting point of the trek around Mt. Kailash.

Lake Manasarovar Darchen Town
Lake Manasarovar Darchen Town

Day 6: (9th, June)Experience the Saga Dawa Festival by Mount Kailash

Highlights: Saga Dawa Festival

Schedule today: Today, we will stay at festival site where large ritual ceremony will be held, it will last almost the whole day for this festival, really a good chance to understand Tibetan culture and tradition at one time. Today is the day you can see the most avid pilgrims from all over Tibet and even India, Nepal and Thailand. Saga Dawa (4th month) Festival celebrates the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death, or attaining of Nirvana. It is the most important religious festival observed by the entire Buddhist world. Any merit obtained for the performance of a good dead or religious practice will be enhanced.

Saga Dawa Festival by Mount Kailash Saga Dawa Festival by Mount Kailash
Saga Dawa Festival by Mount Kailash Saga Dawa Festival by Mount Kailash

Day 7: (10th, June)Darchen - Diraphug (18km trekking)

Highlights: Mt Kailash, Lha-chu Valley, Chuku Monastery, Dira-puk (Lhalung Dira) Monastery

Schedule today: In the morning start the trekking trip to Dira phug.On the road you will see the face of Mt. Kailash appear from time to time. You may pay a visit to Chuku Monastery (4820m), founded in the 13th century by Gotsangpa Gopo Pel, a Kagyupa-order master, is perched high above the valley floor on the hillside to the west. It bends so secretively into its rocky background you may not able notice it’s there. Dira-puk(Lhalung Dira) Monastery(5080m) sits in a superb location on the hillside north of the Lha-chu. It directly faces the astonishing north face of Mt Kailash, which from this angle appears as a massive, jet-black slab of granite ornamented with alabaster-white strips of snow. Three lesser mountains are arrayed in front of Mt Kailash: Chana Dorie to the west, Jampelyang to the east and Chenresig in the center.

Mt. Kailash Trekking Mt. Kailash Trekking
Mt. Kailash Trekking Mt. Kailash Trekking

Day 8:(11th, June) Dira phug-Dolma La Pass (22km trekking)

Highlights: Zuthal Puk

Schedule today: In the morning we will trek across a valley up to the Dolma-La Pass. By the late afternoon arrive at Zuthal Puk, the cave of miracles where the Tibetan poet-saint Milarepa once stayed.

Mountain Kailash Trekking Mountain Kailash Trekking
Mountain Kailash Trekking Mountain Kailash Trekking

Day 9: (12th, June)Dolma La Pass-Darchen (14km trekking)

Schedule today: In the morning we will hike back to Darchen. And your car is waiting for you when you finishing the trekking.

Mountain Kailash Trekking Mountain Kailash Trekking
Mountain Kailash Trekking Mountain Kailash Trekking

Day 10:(13th, June) Darchen - Saga

Schedule today: In the morning, we will head back to Lhasa by following the Brahmaputra River back to Saga as we pass through the nomadic regions of western Tibet.

Darchen Western Tibet
Darchen Western Tibet

Day 11: (14th, June)Saga - Rongbuk Monastery - Everest Base Camp

Highlights: Lake Peikutso, Rongbuk Monastery

Schedule today: In the morning, if weather good, we can wake up to see the fabulous sunrise view over the Mt. Everest peak, then after breakfast, we will head to Saga County via Gyirong. On the road, you will pass Peikutso Lake, the beautiful turquoise Peiku-tso (4590m) is one of Tibet’s magical spots with stunning views of the snowcapped Shiishapangma (8012m) and the Langtang range bordering Nepal to the south. Stay in the guesthouse in Saga.

Peikutso Lake Rongbuk Monastery
Peikutso Lake Rongbuk Monastery

Day 12:(15th, June) Everest Base Camp - Shigatse

In the morning, if weather good, we can wake up to see the fabulous sunrise view over the Mt. Everest peak. Then drive back towards Shigatse, On the top of the Gyalpo-la pass you can see 4 of the highest mountains over 8000 meters (Mt. Everest; Mt. Makalu; Mt. Lotse; Mt. Cho Oyu) in the world at the same time, what a great picture.

Mt. Everest Sunrise Gyalpo-la Pass
Mt. Everest Sunrise Gyalpo-la Pass

Day 13: (16th, June)Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa

Highlights: Pelchor Monastery, Yamdrok Lake,

Schedule today: In the morning, drive to the historic town of Gyantse, there you will find the largest stupa in Tibet - Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelchor Monastery. Another important site in Gyantse is Dzong Castle which once was a battle field where Tibetan fought against British invasion. Later, head back to Lhasa via Yamdrok Lake, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess, on the Gangbala Pass, you will have a clear picture of this Tibetan holy lake in turquoise, in distance you can also see the snowcapped Summit of Ninjingkangsang.

Pelchor Monastery Yamdrok Lake
Pelchor Monastery Yamdrok Lake

Day 14:(17th, June) Depart Lhasa

Schedule today: Tour ends, our guide and driver will drop you off at airport in Lhasa. Welcome to Tibet next time.


Price Guide for 2017:

Only Available on 4th, June, 2017

Price for this 14 days Mount Kailash Saga Dawa Festival plus Mt. Everest Small Group Tour is USD 1700 P/P

What's included in this price?
1. All necessary permits to Tibet, including Entry Permit, Alien's travel permit, Military permit
2. Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary.
3. Meals as specified in the itinerary, marked as B, means breakfast.
4. Local tour Transfers, 4WD, Mini Van or Tourist Bus according to Group Size and seasons
5. Local Tibetan English-speaking guide
6. Accommodations:
    -Economy Hotel sharing twin room basis in major cities: Lhasa/Shigatse
    -Basic guest house in remote area or while trekking
7. Service Charge & Government Taxes
8. Arrangements include planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
9. Environmental bus between Rongbuk Monastery and EBC
10. Mineral water per bottle per day.
11. Necessary oxygen.
12. Airport/train station picking up and dropping off in Lhasa

 

What's excluded in this price?
1. Tips to tour guide and driver, you are suggested to tip them 7 USD/day in total.
2. Lunch and dinners are not included
3. Breakfast when not staying at hotel.
4. Full board during the trekking
5. Porters, trekking animals (Yaks or horse) during the trekking if you need.
6. Any train or air tickets in and out of Tibet

Only Available on 4th, June, 2017

Price for this 14 days Mount Kailash Saga Dawa Festival plus Mt. Everest Small Group Tour is USD 1700 P/P

What's included in this price?
1. All necessary permits to Tibet, including Entry Permit, Alien's travel permit, Military permit
2. Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary.
3. Meals as specified in the itinerary, marked as B, means breakfast.
4. Local tour Transfers, 4WD, Mini Van or Tourist Bus according to Group Size and seasons
5. Local Tibetan English-speaking guide
6. Accommodations:
    -Economy Hotel sharing twin room basis in major cities: Lhasa/Shigatse
    -Basic guest house in remote area or while trekking
7. Service Charge & Government Taxes
8. Arrangements include planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
9. Environmental bus between Rongbuk Monastery and EBC
10. Mineral water per bottle per day.
11. Necessary oxygen.
12. Airport/train station picking up and dropping off in Lhasa

 

What's excluded in this price?
1. Tips to tour guide and driver, you are suggested to tip them 7 USD/day in total.
2. Lunch and dinners are not included
3. Breakfast when not staying at hotel.
4. Full board during the trekking
5. Porters, trekking animals (Yaks or horse) during the trekking if you need.
6. Any train or air tickets in and out of Tibet

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Mt.Kailash Saga Dawa Festival Tour
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