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2020 Saga Dawa Festival Mout Kailash Kora in 15 Days

2020 Saga Dawa Festival Mout Kailash Kora in 15 Days

Lhasa/Gyantse/Shigatse/EBC/Lake Monasarovar/Kailash

15 DaysDuration
2-12 paxGroup Size
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Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp, Lake Manasarovar, Mt. Kailash

Brief Introduction

This 15 days Mt. Kailash pilgrimage tour at Saga Dawa Festival is a blend of wild nature, ancient culture and mysterious atmosphere. You will get a chance to explore the remote western Tibet, and accomplish the spiritual circuit. It is believed that human beings’ sins will be washed away by this means. Worshiped by 4 different Asian religions, Mt. Kailash is a divine destination of your “once in a life time” bucket.

Itinerary Details

May 29th Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa(3600m)

Included meal: None

Welcome to Tibet! Meet your local Tibetan guide in Lhasa airport or train station. The afternoon is for you to rest and adjust to the high altitude.

May 30th Day 2: Guided tour of Lhasa

Included meal: Breakfast, Dinner

View the landmarks of Tibet’s holy and sunny capital on a guided sightseeing tour.

Visit the Potala Palace perched on the Red Mountain in the center of Lhasa, once served as the winter palace of Dalai Lama in the 7th Century

See the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibet

Wander about on Barkhor Street which is the holy ritual circuit for Tibetan pilgrims as well as a bustling walking street lined with small shops

Sit down to an included dinner with your group

Enjoy a free evening in Lhasa to explore at your own pace.

Potala Palace
Potala Palace

May 31st Day 3: Guided tour of Lhasa

Included meal: Breakfast

Another day to immerse in Tibet’s Buddhism and culture.

Drive 8 km west of Lhasa to visit the Drepung Monastery, one of the three “pillars of Tibet”

Witness the monks debating in Sera Monastery, one of the great Gelugpa monasteries just like Drepung Monastery

Drink a cup of sweat tea or butter tea in local tea house just like the local Tibetans do

Spend a free afternoon exploring the city on your own.

Debating in Sera Monastery
Debating in Sera Monastery

June 1st Day 4: Lhasa-Gyantse(3980m)-Shigatse(3840m)(360km, about 6 hours)

Included meal: Breakfast

Drive to Shigatse, the second biggest city of Tibet.

Drive through Kambala Pass at a height of 4794m which is the first point to enjoy the great beauty of the Yamdrok Lake

Have a close touch with the Yamdrok Lake by going to the lakeside

Stop by the Karola Glacier, one of Tibet's three major continental glaciers

Visit the Pelkor Monastery that have the architecture characteristics of Han, Tibet and Nepal

Stay overnight in Shigatse and have a good sleep. There will be long driving the next day.

Yamdrok Lake
Yamdrok Lake

June 2nd Day 5: Shigatse-Rongbuk(4980m)-Everest Base Camp(5150m)(350km, about 8-9 hours)

Included meal: Breakfast

Forward to the Everest Base Camp today. Be prepared for the stunning scenery along the way. (Your guide will do the PSB application in the morning which might takes about 1.5hours.)

Explore the Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the Great Four centers of the Gelugpa tradition and the seat of the successive lineage of the Panchen Lamas

Drive through the Gyatso-La Pass & Gawu-La Pass where you can see the extraordinary view of the Himalayan Range and the main peaks such as Mt. Makalu [8463m], Mt. Lhotse [8516m], Mt. Everest [8844m], Mt. Cho Oyu [8201m] and Mt. Shishapama [8020m]

Pay a visit to the Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world with the residence of both monks and nuns

Enjoy the great beauty of the Mt. Everest and the nearby mountains, the tranquil and starry night

Tonight stay in the Rongbuk Guesthouse or tent guesthouse.

Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp

June 3rd Day 6: Everest Base Camp-Saga(4487m)(300km, about 8 hours)

Included meal: None

Get up early to catch up the sunrise and shoot great pictures. Start for Mt. Kailash and stay tonight in Saga town.

Stop by Peikutso Lake, the biggest lake in Shigatse area, where you might encounter Tibetan Wild Donkey, Black-necked Crane, Bar-headed Goose etc.

Be ware of the homeless dogs and always keep a safe distance with them.

Peikutso Lake
Peikutso Lake

June 4th Day 7: Saga-Lake Manasarovar-Darchen(4600m)(510km, 8-9 hours)

Included meal: None

Another long drive day along the deserted land but accompanied by lakes, snow mountains, sheep and yaks.

Pass by the Lake Manasarovar, one of the holiest lakes in Tibet

Have a good sleep tonight and prepare for the next three days expedition.

Lake Manasarovar
Lake Manasarovar

June 5th Day 8: Mt. Kailash Kora: Darchen to Dirapuk(5090m)(7km driving, 13km trekking)

Included meal: None

Transfer in an eco-bus to Sershong village where you can rent yak or horse for carrying luggage. On the way to the destination today, have a great view of the west and north face of Mount Kailash.

Come on the scene for the Saga Dawa Festival Ceremony during which the most important events is standing a new pole full of new prayer flags.

Saga Dawa Festival Ceremony
Saga Dawa Festival Ceremony

June 6th Day 9: Mt. Kailash Kora: Dirapuk to Zutulpuk(4820m)(18km)

Included meal: None

Meet the hardest day of the three days trekking. Climb the Dolmala Pass with an altitude of 5640m is the climax today. Be ware of the strong wind. Call it a day when coming to the Zutulpuk Monastery which is said been built by Milarepa to take shelter from the rain.

Locals doing the Kora
Locals doing the Kora

June 7th Day 10: Mt. Kailash Kora: Zultulpuk to Darchen(14km)

Included meal: None

Trek through some easy path and get back to Darchen around noon.

Mt. Kailash Trekking Route
Mt. Kailash Trekking Route

June 8th Day 11: Darchen-Saga(4487m)(500km, about 9 hours)

Included meal: None

Take in once more the stunning scenery of Mt. Kailash and make your way back to Saga.

View from Darchen to Saga
View from Darchen to Saga

June 9th Day 12: Saga-Sakya(350km, about 6 hours)

Included meal: None

Continue your journey to Sakya.( Or Gyirong if any of the group members leaves from Gyirong border to Nepal.)

View on the way to Sakya
View on the way to Sakya

June 10th Day 13: Sakya-Shigatse(160km, about 3 hours)

Included meal: Breakfast

Leave for Neapl or set out to Sakya Monastery.

See the remarkable Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals and Thangkas in Sakya Monastery

Spend some leisure time in Shigatse or explore the local free market.

Sakya Monastery
Sakya Monastery

June 11th Day 14: Shigatse-Lhasa(270km, about 5 hours)

Included meal: Breakfast

Travel back to Lhasa via China Nepal friendship highway and view the magnificent Yalung Zangpo River. Enjoy the last night in Tibet to pick up some special gift for loved ones or just relax.

Yalung Zangpo River
Yalung Zangpo River

June 12th Day 15: Departure

Included meal: Breakfasts

Transfer to Lhasa airport or train station for your flight home.

Includes & Excludes

What's included in this price?
Tibet Permit application and delivery
Airport and train station pick up and send off in Lhasa at specific times(3 times free airport pickup a day, train station pickup is always free)
Well-maintained vehicle(vehicle size to be decided according to the final group numbers)
Three star hotel for twin beds room in Lhasa and Shigatse, guesthouse dorm room in EBC and Mt. Kailash, local hotel twin room in other area
7 Breakfasts in hotel and 1 welcome dinner
All entrance fee to the scenic spots listed above, including the eco-bus to the Base Camp and Mt. Kailash
Experienced English-speaking local Tibetan guide
Government tax and service charge
Bottled water each day
Tourist accidental insurance
Oxygen supply in the vehicle
What's excluded in this price?
Transportation to and out of Lhasa
Meals not mentioned in the program
Tips to the guide and driver
Other personal expense
Yak or horse for carrying your luggage during the trekking

Date & Price

Price Quotation:

Comfortable Class May 29th 2020
price/person (USD) 1850
price/person (CNY) 12950

Single Supplement:

The above quotations are based on two tourists sharing one twin room. If anyone need a single room, the single room suppliment will be added.

Comfortable Class May 29th 2020
price/person (USD) 243
price/person (CNY) 1650
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