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Kailash Saga Dawa Festival tour 2019 celebrates the birthday of Buddha, the most important event in the Buddhist world. The festival takes place every year on April 15, according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, but the entire month of April is dedicated to a series of fascinating and crucial events for Buddhists.

The festival takes place at the base of Mt. Kailash, and includes various cultural and traditional manifestations held in the proximity of Dharpoche. When the festival ends (after about 3 hours), participants will attend a kora (trek) and set a big prayer pole around which they will be saying prayers.

Mt. Kailash is considered to be the most sacred mountain in Tibet, so the region is crowded with pilgrims all year round. An overwhelming number of Tibetans and travellers come here by various means of transportation to celebrate the Kailash Saga Dawa Festival. The flagpole areas are situated at the foot of the holy mountain. Read our blog on Saga


Historical sights in Lhasa
Yamdrok lake and Karola glacier
Sights in Gyangtse, the cultural town
Panchen Lama’s Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse
Everest Base Camp
Lake Manasarovar
Saga Dawa Festival
3 days full-moon trekking around holy Mt. Kailash, 42 kilometersMeal (Breakfasts may included when staying in Lhasa & Shigatse)
Yaks, horses and porters
Any domestic & international train/flight fare (We can help upon request. No booking fee is being charged once the trip is confirmed)
Personal expenses

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Day wise Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Airport/ Train Station to Lhasa

    Upon arrival you will welcomed by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel in Lhasa. You will spend the day as you prefer, and take your time to acclimatize to the high altitude of 3650 meters. Around 6:30pm, your guide will take you to one of the best local restaurants to enjoy a welcome dinner with our staffs.
    Overnight: Heritage Hotel (Tibetan Styled)

  • Day 2 : Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

    The day starts with a visit of the historically famous Potala Palace, the Johkang Temple and a stroll along the crowded Barkhor Street. These places date back to the 7th century, and were built during the reign of Tibet’s 33rd King, Songtsen Gonpo, 647 A.D.
    Overnight: Heritage Hotel (Tibetan Styled)

  • Day 3 : Drepung and Sera Monasteries

    We will visit the Drepung and Sera Monasteries, housed by two of the three largest gelugpa schools in central Tibet. The monasteries were founded during 14th century. We recommend attending the monks’ debate held in the courtyard and admire the gigantic chapels.
    Overnight: Heritage Hotel (Tibetan Styled)

  • Day 4 : Pabongkha to Sera Monastery Day Hiking 17km

    We will take you to see the Pabongkha Monastery, an important historical monastery dating back to 7th century, and the birth place of Tibetan calligraphy, created by Tonmi Sambhota.

    This experience is followed by a hike over the active Sky-burial to the Tashi Choling Monastery, and a stop at the Takten Mediation Cave (4200m). Lunch (packed lunch) will be enjoyed here, along with a taste of the cave’s blessed spring-water.

    The day continues with a hike towards the Sera Monastery, where you will have a chance to capture a bird’s eye view of the Lhasa city.

    Overnight: Heritage Hotel (Tibetan Styled)

  • Day 5 : Set Out for Shigatse (3760m) Via Gyangtse 360km

    We will set out for Gyangtse, a rich cultural city in central Tibet, in the morning. During this journey, we will enjoy Yamdrok Lake with its deep blue water, from the top of the Kampala pass (3975m), and then we will head to the Karola Glacier(4960m) from the shore of Yamdrok Lake.
    We arrive at Gyangtse early in the evening, and visit the Pekor Choede Monastery. Then, we will drive another 90km through the farm villages.

    Overnight: Gesar hotel in Shigatse

  • Day 6 : Drive to Rongphu Monastery (5150m) 360km

    We will drive for about 6 hours to Rongpu Monastery, crossing rapid rivers and high mountain passes with altitudes over 5000 meters, and catch a glimpse of 4 majestic mountains with peaks that reach over 8000 meters (Mt. Lhotse 8516m, Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt. Qowo O-yag 8201m, and Mt. Makalu 8463m).
    Overnight: Rongpuk Guest House or Tent guesthouse.

  • Day 7 : Hike to Everest Base Camp (5200m), Then Drive to Saga (4500m)

    The day starts early in the morning, so we can enjoy the sunrise over the top of Mt. Everest. Then, we prepare for a 8km hiking to the base camp, (Option: You can also go to EBC in a local Eco-bus). Everest Base Camp is really a spectacular place, so be ready to embrace all it has to offer. We will then set out for Saga county 380km, but not before having lunch at Rongpu.
    Overnight: Saga Hotel or similar

  • Day 8 : Drive to Lake Manasarovar (4560m) 500km

    We will depart in the morning on a 500 km journey, on a smooth road to Lake Manasarovar, the victory lake in the Ngari region. We will also cross several rivers and Mayumla Pass (4600m), from where we can admire the spectacular panoramic views of the Himalayas. If we are lucky, we will see wild animals enjoying their life, free, on the world’s highest plateau.
    Overnight: Guesthouse at Chiu Monastery near Lake Manasarovar.

  • Day 9 : Visit Chiu Monastery & Manasarovar, Then Drive to Darchen 40km

    Today you will have the rare opportunity to talk with Guru Rinpoche in his cave, in Chiu Monastery at Manasarovar. While walk near the Lake, you will enjoy the chance to dip into its cold purifying waters.
    Early in the afternoon, we will drive to Dharchen via Leke Rashastha. Here you will find a famous Tibetan medical school where, if you want, you can consult with a Tibetan doctor about your health state. You are ready now to attend the famous Saga Dawa Festival and Kailash Kora that will take place tomorrow!

    Overnight: Guesthouse.

  • Day 10 : Enjoy Saga Dawa Festival, Trek to Drirapuk ( Outer Circuit) - 10km

    The Saga Dawa Festival is held at Darpoche, the start point of Kailash Kora. During the celebration, Tibetans hang their prayer flags on a vertical prayer flag pole. Lamas circulate around the prayer flag while reciting special prayers.
    When the ceremony ends, locals do their kora (trek). You will trek along, an easy path, to the 1st Prostration Point.

    Choku Gompa is considered to be the place where Buddha Shakyamuni left his imprints. Opposite the Choku Gompa was once the place of assembling for 500 Arhats – the spot where, according to the legends, Buddha Sakyamuni prayed and meditated in front of Mount Kailash.

    The gradually ascending path will take you then to Driraphuk Gompa. The terrain is easy to climb, but the high altitude might make it a bit more difficult than expected.

    Overnight: Guesthouse

  • Day 11 : Trek to Dzultripuk - 22km

    Around Kailash, you will encounter the most difficult section of your trek, especially when you will have to climb from Driraphuk Gompa, 5000 meter altitude, to Dolma La Pass, at 5670 meters. The atmospheric pressure is one-half over the pressure of sea level, so it is recommended to slow down to 3-5 steps, alternated with deep breaths (only 50% of oxygen) rather than collapse somewhere along the way.
    Dolma La Pass is a holy place where Lamas perform bardo rituals, and people symbolically leave behind pieces of their hair, nails, hats, clothes etc., hang up prayer flags and burn incense.

    After reaching this point, you will descend into a long valley that takes you to Zutrulphuk Gompa, where you can visit Milarepa’s Cave. Milarepa is Tibet’s most beloved yogi, and meditating inside this cave is one of the purest and most fulfilling experiences for Tibetans. Don’t forget to learn Milarepa’s mantra – Je milazhe pa dorje la sol badep so!

    Overnight: Guesthouse.

  • Day 12 : Trek to Darchen - 13km, Then Drive to Saga 500km

    The last section includes a fairly easy walking itinerary from Zutruphuk Gompa to Darchen. The Kailash pilgrimage officially ends at Dakini Dancing Ground, with a fantastic view over Lake Manasarovar in the background. Then, we will be crossing the grasslands drive back to Saga.
    Overnight: Saga Hotel. or similar

  • Day 13 : Drive to Shigatse 480km

    We will be crossing the grasslands, and come back down east to Saga.
    Overnight: Gesar hotel in Shigatse

  • Day 14 : Drive to Lhasa 280km

    Today is dedicated to a long journey to Lhatse along the northern route.
    Overnight: Gesar hotel in Shigatse

  • Day 15 : Transfer to Airport

    Transfer to airport, so you can connect to your next destination. Your Saga Dawa Festival Tour officially ends here.

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  • Hotel
  • Sightseeing
  • All necessary Tibet travel permits
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation (hotel & guest house)
  • All entrance fee
  • Pick-up & drop-off
  • Professional
  • Tibetan tour guide
  • A welcome dinner (with Tibetan cultural show)
  • Mineral water
  • Oxygen tanks in the vehicle
  • First aid & kit

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  • Meal (Breakfasts may included when staying in Lhasa & Shigatse)
  • Yaks, horses and porters
  • Any domestic & international train/flight fare (We can help upon request. No booking fee is being charged once the trip is confirmed)
  • Personal expenses

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Price & Rates

No of pax Age Limit Price per pax (Rs)
Adult Above 12 years $ 1890 / Adult

* Mentioned prices may vary depending upon date of travel, hotel availability, surge pricing and seasonal rush.

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Departure DatePrice/P.P in USDCurrently ConfirmedState
June 8, 2019 (Arrival Date)Just 1890 USD(5) TravellersAvailable &  Guaranteed!

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* Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
* Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.

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