Kailash Saka Dawa Festival Tour

Kailash Saka Dawa festival celebration date on June 9, 2017

Kailash Saka Dawa festival Tour is celebrating on the 15th day of the fourth month on the Tibetan calendar is said to be the birthday of Buddha Sakyamuni. On that day is Saka Dawa Festival (Saka Dawa Duechhen). Saka Dawa is the most important festival for Buddhism. In Hindu tradition, this month is called Vaisakhi and the full-moon day called Buddha Purnima. Sometimes, due to a discrepancy in the solar and lunar calendar, the celebration of the Buddha Purnima and Saka Dawa can differ as much as one month.

During Saka Dawa month, most of the important events in the life of Buddha happened. His birthday, accepting the vows of a monk, the day of his Parinirvana (Death) and most importantly, the day when he was enlightened all fall in this month. So it is believed that any merits that are collected during this month will have multiple effects. Therefore, avoiding negative deeds and engaging in positive deeds, especially during this month is advocated. The following precepts for 24 hours on holy day is recommended during this period. Not to kill, not to lie, not to steal and Not to take intoxicants. Avoid dark foods such as eggs, meat, onions, garlic, or radishes. There are many virtuous things you can do during this very special day (or any day). Put offerings on an altar, Meditate, Any Buddhist practice.

During this Saka Dawa month, at every monastery sutra are recited and ‘Cham’ dances are performed. It is said that good deeds in the month of this festival multiply 300 fold in return and this leads many people to donate large sums to the religious orders, monasteries and to the beggars that gather at this time of year. Gods in the heavens are believed to descend to the mortal world on this day. Incense is burnt in large scale and picnicking is enjoyed in the public parks. This is also the day when he died and attained Nirvana.

In Tibet, during this period, hundreds of thousands of people turn their prayer wheels on the street in Lhasa, and then paddle boats in the Dragon King Pool, and sing and dance in the afternoon. During the month of Saka-Dawa, marking Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and Parinirvana, many people join celebration and the monks in making tens of thousands of water bowl and light offerings to the Buddhas in the ten directions.

Every year on Saka Dawa day Nomadic biggest festival celebrates in Sarchung Na, Darboche on Mount Kailash Kora route. Huge Darboche Flag Pole is rise and put new lungta on flag pole. Many pilgrims from all over Tibet come to pay homage during this day. Travel during the festival is too rush and difficult to get rooms and Yaks. For the festival trip need to book in advance, to make sure visa and permit. Sometime Chinese authority seal border for tourist with period notice. Shambhala Holidays organize every year one group during Saka Dawa festival.

Trip Program

Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu O/N Hotel
Day 02: Visit historical sights of Kathmandu O/N Hotel
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj O/N Hotel
Day 04: Fly to Simikot and Trek to Dharapori O/N Camp
Day 05: Trek to Kermi O/N Camp
Day 06: Trek to Yalbang Gompa O/N Camp
Day 07: Trek to Tumkot Khola O/N Camp
Day 08: Trek to Thado Dunga O/N Camp
Day 09: Trek to Sher drive to Purang O/N Hotel
Day 10: Drive to Manasarovar Lake O/N Guesthouse
Day 11: Drive to Darchen O/N Guesthouse
Day 12: Saka Dawa Festival Trek to Dira Phuk O/N Guesthouse
Day 13: Trek over Dolma La pass to Zuthul Phuk O/N Guesthouse
Day 14: Trek to Darchen O/N Guesthouse
Day 15: Drive to Dongba O/N Guesthouse
Day 16: Drive to Lhatse O/N Hotel
Day 17: Drive to Shigatse O/N Hotel
Day 18: Drive to Lhasa O/N Hotel
Day 19: Sightseeing Lhasa O/N Hotel
Day 20: Sightseeing Lhasa O/N Hotel
Day 21: Fly to Kathmandu Hotel
Day 22: Kathmandu free day Hotel
Day 23: Drive to airport fly to Home

Trip Level

Difficulty 80%
Nature 70%
Culture 30%

Trip Cost

Trip Cost: USD —- Per person

Trip cost includes:

  • All arrival and departure transport
  • All ground transport during tour
  • Twine sharing basis accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Sharing basis room in Kailash Manasarovar region
  • All meals, Nepali staff Guesthouse or camping equipment during trek / Tour
  • Pick up from Nepal China border
  • Chinese visa fee, tour guide and all entrance fees
  • Domestic airfare
  • Upper Humla trek permit fees and DDC charges

Trip cost excludes:

  • International air ticket and Nepal visa fees
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and central Tibet
  • Travel insurance and cost of medical services of client
  • Tips for supporting staff (Tips is expected)

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