Saka Dawa Festival Tour 2015

According to Tibetan tradition, Buddhists make pilgrimages to the holy mountains in the year of the horse and to sacred lakes in the year of the sheep. As the holiest mountain in Tibet, Mount Kailash (or Kang Rinpoche) in western Tibet receives much more visitors than usual in such a year, especially during Saga Dawa Festival which is held at the Kailash region in each April in the Tibetan calendar (around May or June in western calendar). The festival is also considered the most interesting and authentic tour event in Tibet each year.

Tibetan people believe that circling around holy mountains erases their sins. Among numerous sacred mountains in Tibet, Mt. Kailash is recognized as the holiest mountain in four religions: Buddhism, Bon, Hinduism and Jainism. It is said that one Kora (Kailash Circumambulation) around the mountain erases one's sins of a lifetime, and 108 Koras break the cycle of rebirth and assures one of nirvana at death. Moreover, it is believed that the Buddha of Sakyamuni was born in the year of the horse. If one goes to make the Kora in such a year, the merits will be doubled. One circuit will be equal to thirteen circuits made in other years.

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  • Cost Include/Exclude
  • Additional Information
  • Testimonials

Day

Date

Program

01

26/05/2015

Arrival Kathmandu and Drop to Hotel

02

27/05/2015

Day time Kathmandu City Sightseeing on your own and Evening Briefing of Tour

03

28/05/2015

Departure fro ktm, Drive to Nyalam (150km), 3750m, 7 hrs

04

29/05/2015

Rest Day at Nylam, 3750m:It is more a day for acclimatization. 

05

30/05/2015

Drive to Saga / 4450m: (Labug-La 5150m, via Peku-tso and Saga, 232km), 7 hrs 

06

31/05/2015

Drive to Manasarover (4558m) 277km, 8 hours 

07

01/06/2015

Holy-Manasarovara: At 14950-ft/ 4558m. Puja and drive to Tarchen (14975ft) 40km 

08

02/06/2015

Drive to Tarboche and Enjoy Saka Dawa Horse Year Festival with local Tibetan Once in a 12 Years

09

03/06/2015

Trek to Dira Phuk/4800m 

10

04/06/2015

Trek to Dzutulphuk / 4600m Crossing over Dolmala Pass (5600m) 

11

05/06/2015

Trek Ends and Drive to Paryang 

12

06/06/2015

Drive back to Nyalam

13

07/06/2015

Drive Back to Kathmandu via friendship bridge Kodari

14

08/06/2015

Free until airport time and drop off to Airport for final departure

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:12 Nights / 13 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser / Luxury Bus
  • Accommodation:Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Chalenging
  • Max. Height: 5600m
  • Start From: Kathmandu
  • End To: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: Spring / Summer / Automn

Trip Map

Saka Dawa Festival Tour 2015 map

 

PRIVATE TOUR COST AS PER OPTION BELLOW ONLY FOR FORIEGN NATIONALS:

Group Size

Organize using Land Cruiser

Tea House using Van (Budget)

01 Person

USD 5300

x

02 - 03 Person

USD 3250 Per Person

x

04 - 07 Person

USD 2200 Per Person

USD 1900 Per Person

08 – 12 Person

USD 1950 Per Person

USD 1500 Per Person

BOTH INDIAN AND FORIEGN NATIONAL MAY JOIN THE GROUP TOUR AS OUR GROUP DELARTURE FOR THE DATE IS ALREADY CONFIRMED.

FOR INDIAN NATIONALS JOINING GROUP BASIS - INR 99,000 PER PERSON
FOR FORIEGN NATIONALS JOINING GROUP BASIS - USD 2200 PER PERSON

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLIMENT - USD 250 FOR FORIEGN NATIONALS / INR 8500 FOR INDIAN NATIONALS


SERVICE INCLUDES:

Organize Tour Using Land Cruiser

Tea House Tour Using Van / Bus

  •  Hotels with breakfast while in Kathmandu
  •  Accommodation on twin sharing basis at Guest Houses and Camping Tents as per itinerary
  •  4500 Model Luxury Japanese Landcruisers (4 Person in 1 Landcruiser Basis) and Support Truck for group of above 4 pax
  •  Freshly cooked full board meals, Dining / Kitchen and Toilet tents
  •  English speaking Tibetan Guide
  •  Nepali Team Leader, Experienced Sherpa Staff
  •  Freshly cooked western meals,Monastery entrance fees
  • Yaks and Yak-men for Porterage during Kailash Parikarma
  •  Oxygen, Basic first aid kit
  • Kailash Permit
  • Tibet Visa Fee
  •  Insurance of all support crew
  • Hotels with breakfast while in Kathmandu
  •  Accommodation on twin sharing basis at Guest Houses and Camping Tents as per itinerary
  • Transportation by Van and Support truck for group of above 5 Pax
  • All food at Guesthouse (Prepared by Guesthouse staff)
  • One Nepalese Team Leader
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide
  •  Yaks and Yak-men for Porterage during Kailash Parikarma
  • Oxygen, Basic first aid kit
  •   Kailash Permit
  • Tibet visa Fee
  • Insurance of all support crew

 

SERVICE EXCLUDES:

Organize Tour Using Land Cruiser

Tea House Tour Using Van / Bus

  •  Travel insurance of client
  • Personal Expenses such as Telephone, Internet, Bar Bill, Laundry etc.
  •  Kathmandu city sightseeing
  •  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
  • Horse for personal ride (Aprox. $288 for 3 Days Kora) directly payable to Horse Driver
  • Airport pick up and drop
  •  Others which is not mentioned on the above included items
  • Travel insurance of client
  • Personal Expenses such as Telephone, Internet, Bar Bill, Laundry etc.
  • Kathmandu city sightseeing
  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
  • Horse for personal ride (Aprox. $288 for 3 Days Kora) directly payable to Horse Driver
  •  Airport pick up and drop
  • Others which is not mentioned on the above included items

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:12 Nights / 13 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser / Luxury Bus
  • Accommodation:Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Chalenging
  • Max. Height: 5600m
  • Start From: Kathmandu
  • End To: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: Spring / Summer / Automn

Trip Map

Saka Dawa Festival Tour 2015 map

 

COMPANY POLICIES

Booking Policy

Booking must reach us as early as possible. It is required 50% of total cost as an advance deposit along with a copy of your respective passport. And the rest of amount must be made before your tour departure dates at our office in Kathmandu.

 

Tour Cancellation policy

All notice of cancellation must be sent to our office in written, verbal cancellations will not be entertained,

  • 20 days Agent / 1and half month for direct client (before trip departure 10% of total deposit will be charged,)
  • 15 days for Agent / 1 Month for direct client (before trip departure 50% of total deposit will be charged,)
  • 10 days for Agent / 20 Days for direct client (before trip departure 90% of total deposit will be charged,)
  • 07 days for Agnet / 10 Days for direct  client  and less of departure date 100% of total deposit will be charged.
  • No refund for no shows and whatsoever reason.

RISK & LIABILITIES

Tibet Holidays Pvt. Ltd. and its associates will put every effort to make your journey smooth and pleasant. However, all the tours in Tibet are conduct strictly under the rules & regulation of Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB). Therefore, Tibet Holidays Pvt. Ltd. and its counterpart shall not be responsible for any change and alteration in the program due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, and cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness or accidents. Any extra cost incurred thereof shall be borne by the clients on the spot.

IMPORTANT PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION

Clothing:

Casual wears and comfortable walking shoes are the rule of Tibet . Be sure to bring warm clothing as nights and early mornings can be quite chilly to downright cold. Indian Pilgrims strictly no Sari. Bring all the film, medicine, cosmetics, personal toilet items etc. that you will need from home as these are difficult if not possible to obtain on the way. A small first aid kit is also a good idea. Also quite useful is a route map, to know where you are going and have been each day.

What to take:

Winter wear: Gore-Tex material, though expensive, is highly recommended. Down jacket will be provided by us alternatively one Jacket Gore – Tex is recommended, raincoat or windbreakers, thermal under wears, Jackets, warm trousers & woolen shirts (cotton will also do), warm sweaters, woolen gloves, sun hat, comfortable shoes, light leather boots in case of snow, woolen balaclava monkey cap & scarf/dust mask to protect your eyes & nose from dust.

Bring with you:

Snacks along the way. Chocolates, dry fruits, toffees, glucose; namkeen etc. Strong water bottle & water purifying tablets. Personal medical kit and Diamox tablet (for high altitude). Sun glasses (to protect your eyes from UV, which is especially strong in high altitudes). Sun block or sun screen lotion, wet tissues (Fresh-ones are excellent to wipe off the dust), clothes-line/clips, needle & thread, deo-spray (handy for smelly boots/feet and for a round of spray in the toilet tent!), toilet paper, torch & spare batteries, daypack (small shoulder bag), Camera & films, Binocular.

Health:

This is one of the toughest high altitude road journeys on earth. You Must be physically fit - no two ways about that. Generally patients with asthma & heart problems have a problem acclimatizing to high altitudes. In your interests it is essential you should be examined by your doctor to know about your health condition and your ability to cope up with the rigors of high altitude travel for days in no road conditions, extreme cold, dust, trekking to an altitude of 19500ft during the Parikrama, etc.

Altitude Sickness:

As you are traveling over high terrain, you are likely to experience symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness (headache, loss of appetite, nausea, exhaustion, sleeplessness, breathlessness etc.) until your body adjusts to the elevation. This can take a couple of days or more depending on an individual. For this reason alone, we have made it mandatory to stay 2 nights at Nyelam (12000ft) and a night in Simikot those who take journey of Helicopter before moving on to the higher altitudes. Drink plenty of water, be calm, and do not exercise. Do not drink alcohol or smoke prior to and during the tour. We also recommend you carry a strip of diamox tablets. Do consult your physician on the dosage. We provide Gamow bag depending on group size (a special equipment to prevent sickness from high altitude) on this tour and Oxygion without requiring group size.

Currency:

The unit of Chinese currency is Yuan. USD 1 = 6.20 Yuan. 1 Yuan = INR 7.50 approx; Money can exchange at Bank of China at Zhangmu or from the locals at Zhangmu or Kodari. Exchange all your remaining Yuan at the end of the trip at Zhangmu itself before re-entering Nepal. Exchange money with reliable and recommended person to be re-exchanged if found fake currency.

In case of Immergency
As you are traveling over high terrain it is much possibility to have physically discomfort. If you felt not to move forward and incase if you decide to move back will be charged evacuation cost additional from $800 to $1200 for land cruiser.

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:12 Nights / 13 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser / Luxury Bus
  • Accommodation:Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Chalenging
  • Max. Height: 5600m
  • Start From: Kathmandu
  • End To: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: Spring / Summer / Automn

Trip Map

Saka Dawa Festival Tour 2015 map

 

It was fabulous trip during my Saka Dawa Festival Tour with Tibet Family Tours and The Director Mr. Pema has been a generous person in organizing our lifetime journey. We had very good experience with the Tibetan guide, We had a wonderful veriety of dishes both Indian and continental during tour. We thank you for whole team of Tibet Family Tours specially Mr. Pema.

- Tapan Shill & Group Member (Culcutta, India)

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:12 Nights / 13 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser / Luxury Bus
  • Accommodation:Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Chalenging
  • Max. Height: 5600m
  • Start From: Kathmandu
  • End To: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: Spring / Summer / Automn

Trip Map

Saka Dawa Festival Tour 2015 map

 

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