Saga Dawa Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in Tibet. This Festival is very important for the Tibetans. Tibetans celebrate this festival, in honor of the life of lord Buddha and his teachings, Saga Dawa festival. They celebrate this festival on the full moon day of fourth lunar month each year (as per Tibetan Calendar).
Lord Buddha taught to live a noble life. He told his follower to not offer flowers or lights over him after his death. He also taught that death is an ultimate truth and nothing lasts forever. Most important lesson was that, a human body is sure to disintegrate with the blink of time. Thus, during the tour you can learn rituals of Buddhist religion.
Saga Dawa Festival is a colorful festival. Buddhist pilgrimage around the world come to Mt. Kailash to perform Kora. During this festival the giant flagpole at Tarpoche is replaced with a new one. The colorful flag pole is raised high and pointed towards Gyandrak monastery. In this ceremony, monks perform various rituals with the traditional music. It is necessary that the flagpole always stand straight. Because, people believe that if the flag does not stand straight something bad will happen to them.
Moreover, for this festival people wear their finest traditional dresses and dance to the holy chant. One of the major highlight of this festival is the traditional drama of demons and good spirit. This is the time where people enjoy, eat, dance and cherish the moment. They remember Buddha and his noble teachings and enjoy the festival to its fullest.
So, if you are willing to be a part of this beautiful journey to Lhasa and enjoy this festival, come along with Himal Eco treks to add fun to your journey.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Obtain Chinese visa and Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
Day 03: Drive to Nyalam
Day 04: Acclimatization at Nyalam
Day 05: Nyalam – New Dongba
Day 06: New Dongba – Mansarovar
Day 07: Mansarovar – Tarchenv
Day 08: Attend Saga Dawa Festival at Tarboche
Day 09: Tarchen – Tarboche – Dirapuk
Day 10: Dirapuk - Zuthulpuk
Day 11: Zuthulpuk – Tarchen –Mansarovar - Dongba
Day 12: Drive to Nyalam
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 14: Farewell
Items that are not covered in the cost of trip price.
- Meals which are not specified in the itinerary.
- International flights (flight from your place to Nepal)
- Chinese visa fees.
- Accommodation at a three star hotel in Kathmandu.
- Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee.
- Snacks, soft drinks and water during the trek.
- Hot showers during the trek.
- Your personal expenses for shopping, internet, telephone expenses, laundry and other recreational
- Personal trekking equipment if any.
- Tips to tour guide, porter or driver is not our responsibility. (Tip is subject to your judgment. Offering
- tip is not a compulsion)
- Travel insurance
Regarding your visa and arrival
You can obtain Chinese visa on your own by submitting an application to Chinese Embassy/ Consulate General based on your State of residence. However, you may also apply for visa through us. Once you book your trip with us, we take care of the process regarding visa. We apply for your visa on your behalf. All we need is photocopy of your passport and photographs. Once your application is processed and approved, you need to pay the applicable visa fees. Upon your arrival, you will be picked up and escorted throughout the journey as per your itinerary.
Getting into Tibet
You can enter into Tibet via road or air. You can take a direct flight to Tibet or opt for a drive via Kodari border in Nepal.
Best time to visit
Any season would be best for a traveler depending upon the motive of travel. However, for any traveler who would like to have best views of Mt. Everest from the base camp, April to mid June and September to October would be the best time.
Accommodation in Lhasa would be in a three star category hotel. For rest of the places, expect very normal kind of food and accommodation.
Meals and drinking water
During your travel to Tibet, we provide meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner as per the itinerary. However, lunch and dinner while your stay in three star hotels is not included. The menus are limited therefore if you want to eat anything different then you should purchase it on your own.
The currency of Tibet is denominated as Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY)
Travel insurance is highly recommended as it insures your risk against any kind of uncertainties during the travel.