Kailash Guge Saga Dawa Tour

Witness the biggest Saga Dawa festival, discover the century’s old Guge Kingdom, Manasarovar lake and 3 days Kailash Kora

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23 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5610 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 10
  • Best Time: Apr. to Nov.
  • Trip type: Culture & Adventure
  • Accommodation: Hotel/Camp

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Moderate

Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.

There is an ample explanation for regarding Mount Kailash – the highest mountain wholly within Tibet – as the holiest of all holy places. For Hindus, this awe-inspiring lone peak is the representation on earth of Mt Meru, the spiritual centre of their universe and a ‘world pillar’ 84,000 miles high, around which all else revolves. Hindus believe that Kailash is the home of Lord Shiva, who sits at the summit with his consort Parvati, otherwise known as the daughter of the Himalayas.

A three-day trek (Parikrama or Kora) around Mount Kailash over a 5630 meter Drolma La (pass), clockwise for Buddhists and Hindus, and anti-clockwise for followers of the ancient Bon religion, is said to erase the sins of a lifetime. To complete the Kailash pilgrimage, one should bathe in the sacred Lake Manasarovar, stunningly set on the Tibetan plateau bordered by the majestic Gurla Mandata.

On the journey to Mt. Kailash across the windswept Tibetan plateau, we will see cliff-top monasteries, wild-looking but hardy and hospitable Tibetans, yak caravans journeying over snowy passes, and the great peaks of the Himalaya in the foreground of grazing herds, yak skin tents and a glittering turquoise lake.

Journeying through Norbulingka, Sera and Drepung monasteries, Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and Barkhor markets, we gain in-depth understanding of Tibetan ancient cultures and civilizations.

Traveling in a comfortable 4WD Land Cruiser supported by a team of local camping crew and an expert local Tibetan guide, we journey through legendry monasteries and the fortresses of Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and other significant Tibetan towns and settlements over several high passes via the scenic NORTHERN ROUTE visiting much of far-western Tibet.

Driving across the wide open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau brings you to ‘Guge Kingdom’ (Tholing & Tsaparang), the archeologically significant remains of Tibet's ancient civilization. Marveling once more at the barren yet spectacular landscape of Tibet we continue driving to the serene and most sacred Lake Manasarovar, before completing a kora (loop trek) around Mt Kailash. From there, we re-cross the vast arid plains before heading south to the Nepalese border and returning to Kathmandu. The magnificent sceneries blending with the sights of ancient culture make this an amazing trip that remains sketched in our memories for a lifetime. Throughout the journey from the Tibetan Plateau to Kathmandu we enjoy splendid views, Tibetan food, and friendly people. The unique culture and warm hospitality, ironically, gives you the feeling you are on top of the world! And you are, virtually!

Kailash Guge Saga Dawa tour - Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival Lhasa (3660 meters).
Day 02 - Sightseeing tour in Lhasa.
Day 03 - Sightseeing tour in Lhasa.
Day 04 - Free day in Lhasa.
Day 05 - Drive to Gyantse (3950m). 260 km
Day 06 - Drive to Shigatse (3900m) 90 km.
Day 07 - Drive to Lhatse (4050m) 150 km.
Day 08 - Drive to Sasang 122 km.
Day 09 - Drive to Tsochen 355 km.
Day 10 - Drive to Gertse 268 km.
Day 11 - Drive to Gakyi 373 km.
Day 12 - Drive to Shiquanhe 112 km.
Day 13 - Drive to Tsada 295 km.
Day 14 - Excursion Guge Kingdom (Tholing & Tsaparang).
Day 15 - Drive to Tarboche.
Day 16 - Saga Dawa Festival at Tarboche.
Day 17 - Trek to Dira Puk.
Day 18 - Trek to Zutul Puk (4790m).
Day 19 - Trek to Darchen (4560m), drive to Lake Manasarovar (4560m) 35km
Day 20 - Drive to Paryang (4750m) 270 km.
Day 21 - Drive to Saga (4699m) 255 km.
Day 22 - Drive to Nyalam 250 km. Or drive to Xigantse.
Day 23 - Drive to Kathmandu (1400m) 180 km. Or drive to Lhasa.

For details itinerary please contact us.

Notice: Participants of the trip must keep in mind that this is an adventure journey that takes you into one of the remotest corner of the Tibetan plateau where many unexpected and unpleasant events may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation, the itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of tour conclusion should always coincide with the original plan.

Trip cost: The trip cost will vary depending on the number of person in your group, trip duration and standard of services required. Please contact us or send us a quick inquiry with your details to obtain a quote.

Service Includes

  • All necessary pick up and drops by a private jeep or van
  • Tibet travel permits
  • Hotel in Lhasa with breakfast, sightseeing with entry fees
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide and crew
  • Kailash, Guge kingdom permits
  • Guest house and basic hotels with breakfast on the way to Mt. kailash
  • Three days trekking around Mt. kailash with necessary accommodations, meals, guide porter, etc…
  • All vegetarian meals in Kailash portion
  • Transportation by luxury bus, van or Jeep throughout the tour
  • Yaks & Yak men during the trek (circumambulation around Kailash)
  • All necessary travel & trekking permits
  • Medical kit bag and Alpine Eco-Trek's duffle bag

Service Excludes

  • Train fare and Air tickets
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your travel insurance
  • Rescue and evacuation service
  • Personal expenses
  • Bottled drinks
  • Tips for staffs
  • Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances.

Essential info on Trek

Accommodation
Twin sharing rooms (single rooms available for in additional cost) in a standard hotel in the heart of Katmandu can be organized while in Nepal. In Tibet, very simple guest houses with shared rooms and basic toilet facilities (in case of heavy rush and emergency we do use tented camp as well) will be your accommodation. Our staff will attend to all the camping responsibilities.  

Food
All meals during the Kailash portion will be provided. Our staff will cook delicious vegetarian foods include soups, rice, noodles, bread, curry, dal (lentils), potatoes, pickle, porridge, tea, milk, coffee.  

Transportation
A Luxury bus or van or Jeeps will be your transportation throughout the tour. There will be 4 clients per vehicle and 1 driver. During trek we provide yaks to carry your personal gear. Extra yak/horse and yak/horse man can be provided (for an additional cost).

Visa & Documentation
Clients must have a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining. We will take care of all the Tibet Travel permits and entry permit procedures, once we receive copy of your passport and advance deposit.

Insurance
We recommend that all clients obtain proper medical and travel insurance prior to the trip. Make sure travel insurance includes emergency and rescue coverage.


Altitude Sickness

Altitude is a major factor on all of our Tibet Kaliash tours. We often reach altitudes of over 5000m.This can have mild or severe affects on the body no matter what your level of health. Symptoms can include headache, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. The best way to prevent this is to stay extremely hydrated and conscious of how your body is functioning. We also have rest days to help the body acclimatize. Diamox is a prescription altitude medication (consult your doctor) that can help prevent symptoms. We also carry oxygen tanks and portable altitude chambers. Be sure each of you is traveling on your own risk. It's recommended to have a file with your medical history on this type of trip with recent medical report.


Physical Fitness 

Although most of the trip will be done in vehicles, it is important that clients be in relatively good health. The trek around Kailash requires some demanding hiking and altitude can take a physical challenge on the body. We suggest clients start an exercise routine prior to the trip that includes hiking or jogging for a least an hour 3-4 days a week. If you have any concerns about the physical demands of the trip feel free to contact us please .If you have any chronic health problems please consult your doctor.


Personal Gear

The following is a list of the personal gear required for the above tour. Some items might be available for rental in Lhasa. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about gear.

List of Gears:
1 large duffel bag or backpack 
1 small backpack or day pack
2 pair warm synthetic or cotton pants 
1 pair light hiking pants
2 pair long underwear tops and bottoms
1 fleece/wool jacket / pants
1 down jacket
1 Sleeping bag
1 set of light rain gear tops and bottoms
1 warm hat and 1 sun hat
6 pair warm socks
1 pair comfortable waterproof hiking boots
I pair comfortable shoes (for wearing around camp)
2 pair long sleeve cotton shirt
1 pair warm gloves or mittens
1 pair of sunglasses (100% UV protective)
Sunscreen / lip salve (at least SPF 25)
1 silk or polyester scarf (to protect neck from sun)
1 towel
Water bottle 2/lts
1 flashlight (w/ extra batteries)

Toilet items:
Towel, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brush, comb/brush, razor, shaving cream, women's items, toilet paper etc.

First Aid / Medical Kits
We provide basic 1st aid items but we highly recommend that please bring a well-stocked personal medical kit. Suggested items are below. Consult your doctor for all prescription medicine.
1. Band-aids, bandages, medical tape, Neosporin, and other wound dressings
2. Blister dressings, moleskin, spenco, 2nd skin
3. Cold and flu tablets / nasal decongestant
4. Antihistamine (for allergies)
5. Aspirin or ibuprofen 
6. Imodium or lomotil (anti-diarrhea)
7. Hydration powder
8. Throat lozenges / cough medicine
9. Small pair scissors / tweezers / thermometer
10. Antibiotics (consult doctor)
11. Full supply of all current prescription medications.

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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