Saga Dawa Festival gives you an absolute spiritual experience as the main point of the festival is to pray for long life of all holy gurus, as believed by Buddhists. This entire experience leaves you with a distinct feeling of reverence and self-satisfaction.
Saga means “the fourth” and Dawa refers to “month” in Tibetan. This festival is celebrated for the whole month and is one of the most significant festivals celebrated in Tibet and also in Nepal these days. This festival coincides with three crucial events in his life: birth, nirvana, and death. It is believed that the Saga Dawa festival falls on the holiest month of the Tibetan calendar, the good deeds and prayers are multiplied thousand fold during this event.
It is, therefore, hundreds of Tibetan people circumambulate around the Barkhor, Tsekhor(Circuit around Potala) and Lingkhor, which is a one form of good deeds. Tibetan people refrain from killing animals and giving out alms to needy people. During this festival, a large number of pilgrims come to Lhasa to visit the monasteries and take part in the ritual walk around the Lingkhor path. Being in the area during Saga Dawa is a rare opportunity, and not one that should be missed, therefore we have organized a Saga Dawa Festival Tour for you.
Saga Dawa Festival Tour offers you one of the ideal opportunities to see local people celebrating one of the most important festivals in the Tibetan lunar calendar, and a chance to experience this unique culture first hand. Visitors not only get to watch and experience the intense Buddhist activities, but they also get to join in with the prayers, kora, the offering of tips to the poor, and can spend time touring some of the monasteries of Tibet during this holy month-long festival. Celebrations are held all over Tibet, but one of the greatest and most famous can be found at Tarboche at the foot of Mt. Kailash. However, you are required a special permit to visit. We “Above the Himalaya” are very experienced in this, and we can help you quickly get the permits without any trouble.
Tour Duration: 17 days
Joining in: Tibet
Trip Grade: Moderate
Maximum Altitude: (5,245m)
Best time: Autumn (August, Sept, Oct), spring (March April) summer (May, June July)
Guide: Government certified tour & trekking Guide
Lodging: Twin sharing guest house/hotel accommodation private room. during the trekking sleeping on the tent, single supplement will be available by single supplement fee.
Food: Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (typical Tibetan cuisine )
Day 01: - Welcome at Kathmandu Airport
We will be present there at airport for your convenience to greet you and transfer to your desired hotel. As you become comfortable and freshen up after your long journey, you will be asked to pay your visit at our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 02: - Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam (3,750m).
Today our journey begins at right on time morning, take a breakfast at Dhulikhel, one and half hour drive from office. After breakfast we begin our journey with the downhill waterway valley of Sunkoshi and Bhotekoshi. We touch base at the outskirt about 11:00 am. After migration customs at the Nepal side you will drive further to Zhangmu. Here, additionally migration conventions from the Chinese side. From Zhangmu two and half hours head to reach Nyalam. Overnight at visitor house,
Day 03: - Acclimatization day at Nyalam (3,750m).
Overnight at guest house
Day 04: - Nyalam to Saga (4,640m):
On the first long driving day over the sandy and rough place where there is Tibet, different things like lake, travelers pursuing many yaks and sheep keep you occupied. Late evening you will cross Bhramha Purtra River approach to normal Chinese and Tibetan town, Saga for overnight.
Day 05: - Saga to Paryang (4,540m) 230 km 7-8 hrs
Jeeps and trucks move on the wide valley accompanying streams and touching place that is known for yaks and sheep. Far south you can see snow secured tops close-by you, bunches of rough crests and sand hills provide for you a perfect world. Relies on upon season, migrants and other portable businesspeople are attired by wonderful universal outfit, holding up your landing with hot tea and different supplies alongside enormous grin.
Day 06: - Drive Paryang to Manasarover (4540m)
Today is the longest driving day (277km) begins with loaded with fervor, by the late evening you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Mansarovar. Here, a little town close-by Lake Mansarovar
Day 07: - Manasarovar to Tarchen or Tarboche (4700 m)
From Manasarovar, we will head toward Tarchen or Tarboche following the path of Darchen. The drive from Darchen to Tarboche lasts for less than one hour.
Day 08: - Attend to the Saga Dawa Festival at Tarboche
Today is the day of full moon and the most important event of the festival. We will see many prayer flags and people chanting and praying around.
Day 09: - Tarchen to Dira Puk (5000m)
After breakfast, leave to Tarchen (beginning stage for Kailash Parikrama). It is one of the energizing days strolling along the wonderful rough bluffs; waterfalls with a few mists liberated blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is all over the place with huge amounts of gift to you. Time to time the substance of Mt. Kailash will be continued showing up.
Day 10: - Cross Dolmala pass and trek down to Zuthul Puk
Proceed Parikrama over Dolmala pass (5650m) this day is Hardest yet Holiest day of your journey Yatra: Once you achieve the top, simply do the holiest offering and take a seat for reflection to disregard yourself. When your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are en route. By the late evening you will arrive at Zuthal Puk (the hole of Miracles. The incredible parsimonious Milerappa should have performed supernatural occurrences here).
Day 11: - Zuthal Puk - Tarchen - Mansarovar (4540m)
After having breakfast, trek further for 10 km. (4 – 5 hrs) to land at the outcome purpose of Parikrama where jeeps should be holding up to drive the pioneers once more to Mansarovar.
Day 12: - Mansarovar to Paryang (4540m), about 8 hours drive. Overnight in Guest house of tented Camp.
Early in the morning today we again join for overland day journey, along the way you will have again some of the best panoramic views. Up on arrival at Paryang, transfer to hotel, and be refreshing and overnight.
Day 13: - Paryang to Saga (4640m), about 8 hours drive. Overnight at Guest house of tented Camp.
We will reach Saga in the afternoon after a drive of 6 hours.
Day 14: - Saga to Nyalam.
After having breakfast, we begin our trip by drive which takes about 8 hours. Overnight at Guest house,
Day 15: - Nyalam to Kathamndu:
Today is the last day of our Sanga Dawa celebration venture. After taking breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu which takes about 8 hours.
Day 16: - Free day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. You can also visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.
Day 17: - Final Departure Airport
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
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