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Kailash Saga Dawa Festival

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Pris: fr 32213 SEK
Startpunkt: Beijing
Slutdestination: Kathmandu

Journey overland to Tibet and cross the -roof of the world' to Kailash-Asia's most sacred mountain-in time for the amazing Saga Dawa Festival. You'll embark on a demanding multi-day trek around the holy mountain, which is said to bring good luck to whomever completes it, then join pilgrims and celebrate the renewal of the Tarboche flagpole. Explore Lhasa and experience unparalleled vistas of Mt Everest at its base camp. Full of cultural treasures, remarkable Buddhist monasteries, and the colourful markets of Kathmandu, this adventure truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Highlights

Witness pilgrims replace the Tarboche flagpole, hike the ancient Kailash kora, visit spectacular palaces and incredible monuments, arrive at Everest Base Camp

Transport

Train, plane, private bus, 4x4, walking.

Accommodation

Hotels/guesthouses (11 nts), very basic guesthouses (7 nts, possibly multi-share), sleeper train (2 nts).

What's Included

Great Wall entrance. Forbidden City tour. Trans-Tibetan railway. Kumbum visit. Potala Palace visit. Jokhang Temple visit. Sera Monastery visit. Yamdrok Tso visit. Tashilunpo Monastery visit. Sakya Monastery visit. Pelkhor Chode Monastery visit. Rongbuk Monastery visit and stay. Kailash kora. Lake Manasarovar visit. Saga Dawa festival experience. Everest Base Camp visit. Border crossing support. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

TRIP

Day 1 Beijing

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Beijing

Visit the Great Wall of China with time in the late afternoon to explore Beijing.

Days 3-4 Beijing/Lhasa

Take a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square before boarding the Trans-Tibetan Railway to Lhasa.

Day 5 Lhasa

Arrive in Lhasa in the evening. Take an orientation walk around Barkhor Square and start acclimatizing to the altitude.

Days 6-8 Lhasa

Over three days, explore all Lhasa and the surrounding areas have to offer. Visit Barkhor Square, the Jokhang Temple, the Potala Palace, and either Sera or Drepung Monastery. With free time, opt to visit the local markets or find a teahouse to spend a few hours relaxing.

Day 9 Lhasa/Gyantse (1B)

Drive to Gyantse along the beautiful Yamdrok Tso lake.

Day 10 Gyantse/Sakya

Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum, and Sakya Gompa.

Day 11 Sakya/Rongbuk

Travel to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest in the world.

Day 12 Rongbuk/Saga

Hike to Everest Base Camp in the morning. Later, make the scenic journey to Saga.

Day 13 Saga/Darchen

Take another travel day to reach Darchen, home base for the Kora Trek. Follow the road across grasslands for the first spectacular view of Mt Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.

Day 14 Darchen/Kailas Range

Begin the kora from Darchen. Staying in basic guesthouses, the full kora takes 2.5 days to complete. The experience and scenery are well worth the effort.

Day 15 Kailas Range

Continue on the kora for the toughest stretch of the hike.

Day 16 Kailas Range

After completing the kora, relax in Chiu Gompa for the evening.

Day 17 Kailas Range/Saga

Experience the Saga Dawa Festival. Over 1,000 years old, this festival celebrates the day Lord Buddha Sakyamuni was born, achieved enlightenment, and passed away. Afterwards, drive south across the grasslands to Saga.

Day 18 Saga/Shigatse

Travel from Saga to Shigatse.

Day 19 Shigatse/Lhasa

Visit Tashilumpo in the morning. Later, head back to Lhasa.

Day 20 Lhasa/Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport and fly to Kathmandu, Nepal. Enjoy some free time to get to know the city.

Day 21 Kathmandu

Depart at any time.

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