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.
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.
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.
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:
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)