Tibet Overland Tour
This festival tour is not only to see the pristine beauty of the
region but also to experience highly colorful festival at the holiest
Mt. kailash Parbhat and Manasarovar .
Saga Dawa Festival SAGA DAWA is very important festival in the Tibetan society, which held each year on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar. This festival is celebrated in honor of Sakyamuni's and his enlightenment as well as his birth, has a special significance during the Year of the Horse. The 15th day of the fourth month on the Tibetan calendar is said to be the birthday of Sakyamuni, and the day when he died and attained Nirvana. During this period, hundreds of thousands of people turn their prayer wheels singing and dancing. Every year, they replace the Tarboche flagpole, a huge pole that stands round of Kailash. It is said that the flagpole should stand perfectly upright, or else things are not good for Tibet . So it has to result in the perfect upright position of the flagpole, A steel cable is attached to two trucks, engines are warmed up, and then, on the sign of the Lama, and they go backward, pulling the flagpole. To be able to control the movement, on both sides of the flagpole people pull ropes too, to prevent it doesn't incline to one or the other direction. Once the trucks start moving, it all go very fast, the flagpole is moving, the A-structures that were supporting it, fall down and it is all over. And then big magic occurs, the flagpole stands upright, and at that moment, thousands of wind horses fly into the sky... like an explosion of prayers going to the heavens. You can really feel a sudden great sense of happiness surrounding you.
The festival is observed by turning prayer wheels, having vegetarian lunch and a picnic and so on by the Mt. Kailash region. Folk entertainers will perform Tibetan tradition; they will pay their homage to Buddha, observe a vegetarian rule, refrain from killing domestic animals and give out alms during the month. People donate large sums to the religious orders, monasteries and to the beggars that gather at this time of year. During Saga Dawa, the karmic results of virtuous and non-virtuous actions are magnified and it is believed that the merit earned on this day is multiplied. As a result, the tradition in the Tibetan community is to make offerings to their temple, Lama, and their community. One important offering that is made is to poor people. Tibetans give money to the beggars also give money to save the lives of animals. For instance, giving money to the butcher to save the life of a sheep.
The Saga Dawa festival has been celebrated by the Tibetan Buddhists for past thousand years and to be there at this moment is more like being part of a magic event, something that gets a total grip on all of your senses and of course a powerful experience.
- Trip Itinerary
- Include / Exclude
Kathmandu to Nyalam 3750m. 150km
Drive to friendship bridge ( Nepal – China boarder) by private coach. After Nepal immigration and custom formalities cross the bridge and introduce with Chinese guide and land cruiser drivers then precede the journey to Zangmu, where all the immigration and custom formalities are ought to be accomplished then drive further to Nyalam. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
Rest day at Nyalam for acclimatization for further adventure journey
On the first long driving day over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet and crossing Labug-La 5050m and Peku-tso, lakes, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keep you busy. By the late afternoon you will cross Bhramha Purtra River way to typical Chinese and Tibetan town. Over night stay at Guesthouse.
Nyalam to Saga/4450m. 245 km
Drive on the wide valley following rivers and grazing land of yaks and sheep viewing snow covered peaks, lots of rocky peaks and sand duns give you an ideal world. Normally nomads and other mobile shopkeepers are attired by beautiful traditional costume, waiting your arrival with hot tea and other supplies along with big smile. Over night stay at guesthouse.
Saga to Paryang 4600m 230 km 7-8 hrs
The longest driving day starts with full of excitement; by the late afternoon you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Manasarovar lake. Arrive at Hore, a small village near by Lake Manasarover for the overnight. Over night at guesthouse
Paryang to Manasarover Lake 4558m. 277km 8 hours
The moment is here for which you are traveling there. Finally attend the Saga Dawa festival whole day and experience it for a lifetime. Over night stay at guesthouse or tent.
Puja and drive to Tarchen (14975ft) 40km
It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; water falls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that great God Shiva is every where with tons of blessing to you. Over night at tent.
Trek to Dehara Puk/5000m. 15kms. 7hrs
Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget yourself. On the way down you can see Parvati-sthal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By the late afternoon you will arrive at Zuthal Puk which is the cave of Miracles . The great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here. Over night stay at tent.
This is the hardest but adventure holiest day of the pilgrimage Yatra with Dolma-La (pass) of 18600ft between two valleys
Trek about 3 hrs and drive to Manasarovar. By the late afternoon you will be at your lodge/camp.
The last day of Kailash kora (Parikrama)
Drive to Paryang (277km) 7-8 hr
Drive Paryang to Saga (185km) 7-8 hrs
Drive to Nyalam or Zangmu (296km) 6-7 hr.
Drive down to Friendship Bridge and transfer to Dhulikhel.118 km 5-6 hrs
Transfer to kathmandu (32 km) 2-3 hrs.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis at Guest Houses & Camping Tents as per itinerary
- Landcruisers (4 Person in 1 Landcruiser Basis) and Support Truck
- Freshly cooked full board meals
- Dining / Kitchen & Toilet tents.
- English speaking Tibetan Guide
- 1 Nepali Team Leader
- Experienced Sherpa Staff
- Monastery entrance fees
- Yaks & Yak-men for Porterage during Kailash Parikarma.
- Gamow Bag, Oxygen, Basic first aid kit, 1 Satellite Phone
- Kailash Permit and Tibet / China Visa fee
Price Not Includes
- Nepal re-entry visa fee
- Travel Insurance
- Extra cost in the event of landslide
- for hiring porterage or arranging additional transportation and expenses of personal nature
- All kind of drinks (Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (Approx 10-12 USD
- Bar bills, telephone bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
- Tips to guide and porter
- All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. personal illness, strike etc.
How are we assisted in our transfer?
During the day of departure at the appointment time our officer meets you in the lobby of the hotel where you are staying. He will help you to transfer to the airport.
How many hours prior to the departure flight are we picked -up from the hotel?
You are picked from your hotel 2-3 hours before the time of your departure flight.
Accommodation in Kathmandu
We have chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria: standard of hygiene, standard of service, location, food standards and cost. Normally for trekkers we give three star level hotels in Kathmandu as well as in Pokhara (For Annapurna Trekking). All accommodation is based on twin sharing with breakfast.
How will be our trekking guide and porter, up to how much one porter carry?
We offer you an experienced trekking guide. He is in charge of your overall trekking. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. He is well trained in all aspects of trekking, high altitude medicine, first aid and emergency procedure. He is selected in terms of his professionalism. Remember that trekking guides are local citizens and their English may be basic and limited to trek related topics. About porters, they carry your luggage. They are also local citizens. Normally one porter carries 20 to 25 kg of stuff. Normally we provide one porter for every two trekkers.
Is this trip safe? Are there any dangers in the trip?
Nepal is absolutely safe country to travel. Our staffs do take every precaution to ensure the comfort and safety of the trekkers. Before 2006 when Maoist movement was going on, there was a kind of fear in few trekking destinations. But today they have also come to peaceful political stream. So there is no more any fear and need to give donation for any party.
Will my tickets be reconfirmed while I am on trek?
Now most of international airlines tickets do not need reconfirmation. If your tickets require reconfirmation, please inform our representative before you go trekking or tour. He collects it for reconfirmation and return to you after you come back from trekking or tours.
Is communication to home possible while on trek?
Trekking areas like Everest, Annapurna and Langtang, all most tea houses/ mountain lodges have telephone facilities. From there you can make international calls to your home and friends staying any part of the world.
How many extra days should I allow in case of flight cancellation?
If you are flying from a remote mountain airstrip like Lukla, Jomsom, Simikot, Taplejung and Dolpo, you should keep at least two spare days before your departure for home.
Is it possible/easy to get equipment on hire?
There are trekking shops at Thamel, in Kathmandu, where you can easily rent or buy items like sleeping bags, down jackets, walking sticks, rucksacks, duffel bags and other equipments on reasonable price.
Should I bring my own medicine?
Please consult your local doctor and follow his advice. However, if you are taking any particular medicines, it would be best to bring them with you.
Is a Trekking permit required?
The government of no longer requires a trekking permit for Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, and some other regions. However, conservation permit or National park permits are required for these regions. There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal, where trekking permits are required. But for trekking in any area you require to get TIMS Card. TIMS means Trekker’s information Management System. It costs USD 10 if you make it through trekking company. Otherwise it costs USD 20. We manage TIMS card to all trekkers going trekking with us.
How hot/cold does it get in a day?
As general rule, it is hot enough during the days to wear an open-neck shirt with shorts and you will not be cold. During the evening, it gets cold so, long trousers and a warm jersey is essential.
What kind of footwear will I need?
You will require a light weight pair of boots that have rubber soles with thick tread and good ankle support. Hi-Tech and Nike produces good walking comfortable shoes.
What alcoholic beverages are available in?
Nepal produces different types of bottled beers, which are excellent. They are very much like a lager. Some lodges have a good supply of local as well as foreign whisky, gin, vodka, rum and soft drinks. A local "wine" is produced in the hills which is served hot and resembles sake. If you have a special preference, buy it at a duty free shop on your way to Kathmandu.
Is Ethical Nepal Company’s trekking crew insured?
We have insured all our trekking staff (guide, sirdar, porters and others).
What about Travel Insurance?
It is mandatory that all Clients obtain travel insurance while travelling with the Company and this insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and emergency evacuation expenses. It is strongly recommended the coverage be extended to include cancellation, curtailment, loss of belongings and all other expenses, which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the Client. The Company shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects. We also let you know that Nepalese Insurance Company does not have travel insurance for foreign nationals. They have travel insurance only for Nepalese nationality. We advise you when you come to Nepal, please bring legal documents with you.
What happens in the event of an emergency?
Normally trekkers rarely have emergency case like serious mountain sickness. Because our staff do not let you have it. Sometime if there is an emergency incident a helicopter will be called to the spot. You will then be flown with our staff to Kathmandu and taken to the Hospital for treatment. But Helicopter rescue is costly. So we suggest all trekkers do travel insurance covering helicopter rescue and medical.
What happens if I get sickness during trekking?
To some trekkers when they go over 3000 m they may feel some affect of altitude sickness like shortness of breath and possibly a light headed which is fairly common. Sometime they may also get diarrhea as well as sprains and muscle aches. In such case our guide who is experienced in first aid treatment and high altitude sickness will advise you about any health requirements and also treat you. Altitude sickness is dangerous but it can be avoidable. If your follow a few simple rules you will not suffer from altitude sickness. Rules are trek slowly with your guide, drink at least two liters of water per day (not including beer or soft drinks), If you feel shortness of breath, a slight headache or dizziness, tell your guide and rest immediately. Lie down, drink water. If you are still feeling unwell you may consider going down a few hundred meters. Do not pretend you are okay, and do not go down alone. For further information of altitude sickness.
What is the best season for trekking in Nepal? And can I go trekking in the months of January- February and June- August?
The best time for trekking in Nepal is from mid September to early December and from March to April. Beside them in other months also you can do trekking in Nepal but in selected regions. In January and February the climate is colder. So, at that time high altitude trekking is not recommendable. For January and February, we suggest Langtang trekking, Ghorepani trekking, Jomsom Muktinath trekking. Likewise June July August is the rainy season in Nepal. During this time here occurs heavy rain fall. Mountain views are not clear. For this period we recommend Upper Mustang, Dolpo trekking. These are rain shadow areas where rain falls very little. June July August is also the best time for Tibet/ Lhasa Tour, Mt. Kailash Tour.
How long do we trek per day and how high?
Up to a maximum of 5-6 hours a day with lunch breaks along the trail. The maximum altitude is depends upon which trek you are going. In Nepal normally the maximum altitude of most of the trekking falls between 3500m to 5000m.
What kind of food will be served while on trek?
You will be served freshly cooked food during trekking. In all tea houses/ lodges along trekking trail Western, Continental and Nepali dishes are available. Three meals a day will be provided you in full board (Gold) package.
What equipments should I bring?
You should bring your personal wear like walking boots and sand shoes, sandal, a water-and wind-proof jacket, woolen shirts, T-shirts, a thick pullover, shorts/skirts and trousers/track suits. Thermal underwear is necessary for high altitudes and cottons are best for lower and warmer altitudes. Also don't forget a water bottle, sleeping bag, gloves, walking stick, knife and sewing kit, torch light with spare batteries, extra boot laces, sun glasses, sun cream, rain coat and personal medical supplies. Bring a duffel bag to put your clothing and equipments in. We provide you porter to carry your kit bag.
What is Camping Trekking? How is it organized?
In a camping trek you will sleep in our tents. The tents are roomy. The sleeping pads/ mattresses are comfortable. All food are prepared and served by our camping crew. Food you get is hygienic and fresh.
What is tea house trekking? How is it organized?
Almost in all popular trekking trails in Nepal (Everest, Annapurna, Langtang), local villagers have built tea-house lodges. In tea house trek you stay at those mountain lodges and have breakfast, lunch and dinner in their restaurant. Normally the tea houses are more like hotels with hot showers, continental and Nepali food and comfortable private rooms (twin sharing). If you stay in local hotels, you will also get an opportunity to interact with local hoteliers and their family members and get information about their lifestyle and culture.
Am I fit to Trekking? Should I do prior preparation to trek?
In fact you don't need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles to enjoy trekking. If you are reasonably fit, have a spirit of mountain journey and like walking, you are always qualified for any trekking in Nepal. You do not need any previous experience. However we suggest you some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking before you embark on journey.
Whom should I contact during their stay in Nepal?
We assign one of our officers to look after you, who constantly stay in touch with you during your stay in Nepal. We give you his mobile number. Or you may directly contact to our office number also.
Do they carry their luggage themselves?
According to airport rule as the visitors can meet our officer only outside the arrival lounge, you have to carry your luggage in the trolleys through the custom lobby up to the exit point on your own. After meeting our officer you can hand over it to him. He takes care of your luggage till your check in at the hotel.
How do I identify your Officer?
Our officer can be identified easily. They are standing with your name play card. After meeting you are taken to our private vehicle then transfer to the hotel. He also helps you in the hotel check in formalities.
Where are we receive after arrive at Kathmandu airport?
You are met just outside the arrival lounge of the Kathmandu International airport by our officer.
How much should I pay for visa?
Visa Valid for Fee 15 days US$ 25 30 days US$ 40 90 days US$ 100
What do I need to get my visa?
You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and the visa fee.
Can I get a VISA on arrival at Kathmandu airport?
Yes, you can obtain your entry visa at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu upon your arrival.
Do I need a visa to enter Nepal?
All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. You get Nepalese visa from Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your home country.