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Saga Dawa Festival on 29 May 2018 in Tarboche Tibet

Saga Dawa festival: Buddhists doctrine regards Saga Dawa as one of the important religious festival that is enthusiastically celebrated on the full moon day of the Tibetan Lunar Month of April based on Tibetan Lunar Calendar throughout Tibet to celebrate the day when Lord Buddha attained Nirvana. During this festival, everyone recite the prayers and play the holy beads to appease supreme gods. It is believed that one will get good merits for good actions during this festival hence, every Tibetan people are conscious of their deeds for good action. In the similar way, evil deeds are multiplied when performed during that specific period.

A unique and fascinating practice of replacing the “Tarboche” Flagpole, the famous huge pole of many small prayers flags is the most important and interesting event of this festival done under the guidance of Buddhist priest, Lama. The upright position of the flagpole encompasses fortunate and if not erected straight is believed to bring bad luck to Tibet. Every year, hundreds of Tibetans people gather around with small prayers flag to contribute for huge single flagpole. The old is brought down and a new flagpole is erected in the same place during Saga Dawa. It is really fascinating culture you must not miss to witness at if you are in Tibet during Saga Dawa Festival.

The Saga Dawa Festival is the festival that unites people together despite of their class, religion, caste, ethnicity, nationality, race, age and gender difference. It brings Unity in Diversity in Tibet.

To be the part of this festival in Tibet is the best way to learn the Tibetan cultural values and assumptions. So, please come to join us in the trip to celebrate Saga Dawa Festival at Tibet. The travel Company Monterosa treks and expedition is here to arrange your pleasing journey.

Meeting point: After Arrival to Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu as per your time table, you will be received by our staffs.

Saga Dawa Festival by Helicopter  

22 May 2018 Day 01: You will be welcomed by your staffs at Tribhuvan International Airport and taken to Hotel. You will be staying overnight at hotel.

23 May 2018 Day 02: After breakfast will be guide half day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. After that, there will be orientation of Kailash Tour. In Afternoon, you transfer to domestic Kathmandu Airport and fly to Nepalgunja (450m). It is 55 minutes flight and then overnight stay at Hotel.

24 May 2018 Day 03: From Nepalgunja, 45 minutes flight takes u to Simikot (2950m). Take Lunch and in the afternoon walk up hill for acclimatization.

25 May 2018 Day 04: After having breakfast early in the morning, get down at Simikot airport to fly in a small helicopter with 5-6 seats from Simikot to Hilsa. It is 25 minutes flight. After crossing the Nepal-Tibet boarder drive to for 1 hour to Purang / Taklakot and stay overnight in hotel.

26 May 2018 Day 05: Drive for 3 hours to Mansarovar Lake (4580m). Circumambulate Mansarovar and take meal and drive to Darchen. You will stay overnight in 4 star Hotel.

27 May 2018 Day 06 Drive to Yamdwar (Tarboche) for 2 hours. It is the starting point of Kailash Parikarma. Trek to Dirapuk (4860m) by walking for 6-7 hours. Stay overnight at Shishapangma guesthouse.

28 May 2018 Day 07: Trek to Dolma La pass (5636m), Trek to Zutulpuk (4790m). It is 10-11 hours walk. Then, stay overnight at basic guesthouse in Zuthulpuk.

29 May 2018 Day 08: You should Trek to Chongdo then drive to Darchen, Stop hotel some time and then drive to Taboche to See Saga Dawa festival, Drive back to Darchen, Take Lunch and drive to Taklakot/ Purang.

30 May 2018 Day 09: In the morning, drive to Purang and Hilsa. From Hilsa, take Helicopter to Simikot. If available, take flight to Nepalgunja, and then Kathmandu, you will be transferred to hotel. But, if it is not possible any flight, you should stay 1 night in Simikot or Nepalgunja. So, Itinerary will be of 11 days.

31 May 2018 Day 10: You will be taken to Airport from Hotel for your final departure.

We do not have in our hand: A. whether condition B. Tibet visa and permit
You keep minimum 3 days extra for bad whether condition or wait visa from Chinese embassy in Kathmandu Nepal.
If cross itinerary, extra day addition cost per person USD 35 per day for meal and accommodation. It is only Nepal side.

Sagadawa FestivalCost: Join basis / Privet tour

NRIs / tourist: 5 Star Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu Nepali standard
Package A: American citizen per person USD 3000 + Visa fee USD 175 - Total USD 3175
Package B: Canadian citizen per person USD 3000 + Visa fee USD 155 - Total USD 3155
Package C: Other citizen per person USD 3000 + Visa fee USD 85 - Total USD 3085
Single Supplementary USD 350 (If take single room) but not every place in Tibet.

Cost Includes

  • Kathmandu arrival transfer to hotel - welcome drink, briefing
  • Half day sighteeinng in Kathmandu valley with guided tour
  • 2 nights hotel Kathmandu-all meals-2 bed room sharing basis
  • Hotels double bed sharing, guesthouse/mud house 4 bed room
  • Kathmandu - Nepalgunja - Simikot-Kathmandu-scheduled flight 
  • Simikot - Hilsa - Simikot(Charter flight 5-6 persons) 1helicopter
  • Tibetan guide for Kailash tour from Hillsa, Nepali team leader
  • Supporting cooking team - assistant Sherpa guide for Kailash
  • Life, medical insurance- Nepali team leader Kailash tour staff
  • Chef cook (who can prepare vegetarian dishes) cook & helper
  • All guesthouse / mud houses during Kailash -Mansarovar tour
  • Deluxe luxury air-condition coach(India passport holder/NRIs)
  • Sagadawa FestivalSupport truck carrying Kailash food, luggage and Nepali staff
  • Oxygen cylinder, mask - regulator Kailash for emergency use
  • Upper Humla permit for helicopter and clients trekking permit
  • Yak and yak man for mount Kailash Parikrama (Kailash Kora)
  • All entrance and conservation fee of Nepal and mount Kailash
  • A duffel bag, completed certificate for Mt. Kailash (if required)
  • Travel permit and Tibet visa Kailash tour all tourist, Nepali staff
  • Baggage allowed per person 15kg total who travel helicopter

Cost Excludes

  • Day back pack 3 days Kailash Parikram
  • Travel insurance for life and medical
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee for tourist/NRIs
  • Domestic excess baggage cargo cost 
  • Beverages(cold drinks & hard drinks)
  • Photography and telephone charges
  • Additional expenses incase-bad weather
  • Emergency evacuation expenses in case
  • Tips for Tibetan / Nepali guide and staff 

Packing list For Kailash Yatra

  • Sagadawa FestivalSmall back is pack for 3 days Kailash Round
  • Basic medicines (for minor injuries or life saving kit)
  • Any regular medicines that you have been prescribed
  • Toiletries kit (Shop, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brush)
  • Water bottle / Thermos flask for hot water (2 litters)
  • Sport shoes good for walking for Kailash round, gloves
  • Woolen socks (minimum 4 pairs) Torch light, rain coat
  • Wool / Thermo cot undergarments for Kailash tour
  • Shirt and pants which is easier to be while doing round
  • Sunglasses, Sun lotion/cold cream - Kailash tour
  • Sweets, Zinger/garlic candies, dry fruits, lozenges, etc
  • Enough warm clothing for mount Kailash  tour


  • Kindly consult your doctor and get yourself examined for Spiritual Kailash Manasarovar tour
  • As Holy mount Kailash & lake Manasarovar is situated at high altitudes please start exercises like walking, jogging, yoga meditation and other breathing exercises in order to have a make successful holy tour


  • Kindly get yourself a Travel medical insurance for this Kailash Manasarovar tour. Please make sure you cover yourself for emergency evacuation (helicopter), road transportation and hotel accommodation in the insurance.
  • Every tourist has Life, Medical, Rescue Jeep or Helicopter insurance before getting enrolled in Kailash Tour. Do insurance at home country.


Oxygen is less at higher altitudes. The inclement weather and high altitude induces certain illness generally not encountered over the plains. Headache, nausea, lassitude, lethargy, breathlessness, general uneasiness [malaise], high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia are a few. It is common to all irrespective of the age, sex and physical fitness. Gradual acclimatization is the best answer. Tranquilizers, sleeping dose and strong anti-biotic must be avoided. Some of symptoms indicate that the body mechanism is readjusting to new environments. The best idea is deliberately slow down all the activities and follows the following rules:

  • Sagadawa FestivalRelax-do not exert, be excited, make rest if need
  • Reduce talking each other
  • Walk slowly – adopt one third of your speed and space.
  • Keep your load light.
  • Walk for 30 minutes and rest for 5 minutes
  • Whenever you feel uncomfortable, just stop; rest and relax.
  • Ignore the sudden outbursts of fellow pilgrims and avoid arguments.
  • Observe silence with smile.
  • Never go too high and too fast.
  • Consume plenty of liquids; never proceed with an empty stomach.
  • Chant a prayer or visualize everything around to suit your pleasant thoughts or put on the
    earphones and listen to your favorite music, chanting etc.
  • Be careful not to catch a cold. It is better to be over clothed than under protected. En-route
    avoids taking bath or drinking water from Lake Streams or rivers, as your system is not conditioned for this.
  • Protect yourself against dust and direct sunshine during the long stretches of driving. Face, feet and hands must be well protected.
  • The uneven ground, steep slope and slushy banks are full of potholes. Do not combine walking and sightseeing together.
  • Always listen to your guide or the one with experience. Never leave the group.
  • On this trip, over exertion is to be avoided and drinking plenty of fluids is recommendable. During winter

Cancellation Policy

  • 50% cancellation charges of the rate package cost incase cancellation is received between 7 – 15 days of departure.
  • No refund in case cancellation is done after your Kailash permit and Tibet visa.
  • A client on his/her own will make no refund or adjustment in the event of interruption of journey after commencement of the tour.
  • Any changes in given itinerary requested by the client will be on chargeable basis.
  • Extra accommodation in Kathmandu over 2 nights for Helicopter and 3 nights for via Lhasa as per itinerary due to early arrival from home or Kailash, rescue charges, medical bills are bill direct to tourist.
  • If the trip is disturbed in case of Visa/ permit problem create from Tibet, or any other reason, which is not in our hand, it is client’s own risk and clients pay all the expenses. 
  • During the Kailash Manasarovar tour, if any tourist in case of sick or will cancel trip not doing complete tour, the package cost is 100% not refunded. 

Hotels & Guesthouses In Above Package:

Kathmandu = Hotel Radisson or Hotel Shangri-La
Nepalgunja = Hotel Cynett Krishna inn /Hotel Sidhartha
Taklakot = Hotel Himalaya or Similar
Manasarovar Lake = Guesthouse (basic dormitory room)
Diraphuk = Shishapangma guesthouse basic dormitory room)
Zuthulphuk = Guesthouse (very basic dormitory)
Hilsa Nepal = Guesthouse (very basic dormitory)

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