Mount Kailash Saga Dawa Festival via Simikot

Duration: Days

Meals: Full Board During the Trek

Best Season: March - May & August - Mid-Dec

Transport: Private Vehicle and Flight

Max Altitude: 5630 m

Group Size: Min 2 Pax

Country: Tibet

Trip Grade
TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

Overview

May 1993 the governments of Nepal and China agreed to open the border between their countries. From that time on, travelers are able to make tours to Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar through Humla, Nepal’s most remote district in the Northwest of the country. This route is the shortest and most practical for trekkers in terms of elevation and distance. Besides that, it treats its visitors with astounding views and great richness in culture and history. The tour to Mt. Kailash starts from Simikot, situated at an elevation of 2910 meters, and climbs up to Nara La pass (4530 meters) before reaching the arid Tibetan Plateau. From Simikot it takes a 6-day’s journey to reach the Tibetan border town (Hilsa / Sher). This gives you plenty of time to acclimatize to higher altitudes. There is no direct air service from Kathmandu to Simikot. Travelers generally have to fly to Simikot via Nepalgunj, the regional hub of Western Nepal. Nepalgunj-Simikot flights only operate early in the morning, so we have one overnight in Nepalgunj to catch the early morning flight the next day. The tour (Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar tour) normally finishes at Zhang-Mu. It requires at least 20 days, but we can also finish your journey in Lhasa or extend it to other destinations. Saga Dawa Festival at Mt. Kailash


Saga Dawa Festival is observed as one of the most important festival in Buddhist society all over the world. This festival held each year on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar (May / June). This festival is celebrated in honor of Sakyamuni’s enlightenment. And this auspicious day coincide with three important events in Buddha’s life, Birth, Nirvana and death.

Route: Kathmandu / Simikot / Kathmandu
Mode of transport: Land Cruiser
Maximum elevation: 5630 m.

 

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu early in the morning
Day 02: Organization Tibet-visa – Sightseeing-Tour in KTM with guide/bus.
Day 03: Free day and shopping if needed anything for Tibet
Day 04: Transfer airport, flight to Nepalgunj in the late afternoon.
Day 05: Flight Nepalgunj – Simikot; and explore Local villages away from Simikot
Day 06: Start trekking day 01 (Simikot – Dharapori).
Day 07: Trekking day 02 (Dharapori – Kermi).
Day 08: Trekking day 03 (Kermi – Yalbang).
Day 09: Trekking day 04 (Yalbang – Tumkot Khola/village).
Day 10: Trekking day 05 (Tumkot Khola/village – Yari below Nara La).
Day 11: Trekking day 06 (crossing Nara La – Sher); meet cars, transfer to Purang / Taklakot.
Day 12: Drive from Purang to Manasarovar-Lake
Day 13: Explore day at Manasarovar, Visit Chiu Gompa, hiking to Gossul Gompa
Day 14Saga Dawa Festival in Darboche 
Day 15: Kora Mt. Kailash, day 1 (Darboche – Chuku Gompa – Drirapuk).
Day 16: Kora, day 2 (Drirapuk – Dölma La – camp 1 ½ hours before Zutrulpuk).
Day 17: Kora day 3 (camp – Zutrulpuk (visit Gompa) – Darchen); lunch; leave Darchen, drive to Hor Qu,
Day 18: Start for jeep-drive Hor Qu to Saga
Day 19: Jeep-drive Saga to Sigatse
Day 20: Drive Sigatse to Lhasa
Day 21: Fly to KTM and transfer to hotel.
Day 22: Departure

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Cost Includes

  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast on twin share basis
  • Sightseeing in KTM
  • Twin sharing basis hotel in Nepalgunj with Breakfast and Dinner.
  • Mules or porters for luggage up to Nepal – Tibet border from Simikot.
  • 2 men A framed tent during camping.
  • All meals during the trek in Nepal side
  • All meals during the tour in Tibet side 
  • Guesthouses accommodation in Tibet on twin sharing basis
  • Client airfare Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Simikot
  • Guide airfare Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Simikot
  • Cook airfare Kathmandu/Nepalgunj/Simikot and back
  • Client airfare Lhasa Kathmandu
  • Guide airfare Lhasa to Kathmandu
  • Humla restricted trekking permit.
  • Tibet special permits, visa letters and entrance fees.
  • Transportation in Tibet by new Van.
  • Camping staff till Tibet border
  • Camping equipments and cooking equipments in Nepal side
  • Insurances for Nepali staffs.
  • 1 Nepali guide
  • 1 Tibetan guide

Cost Excludes

  • Tibet Visa Fee US $ 114 per person cash.
  • Sleeping bags and mattresses.
  • Insurance and Emergency Rescue.
  • Personal beverages.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Domestic flight access baggage charge, limit is 15 kg only
  • In case of flight cancellation in Nepalgunj US $ 45 per person per day.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

Accommodation

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Luxurious rooms from 5 Star hotels are also made avaiable on demand in the cities on additional cost but remote regionss dont have such facilities.

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