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Saga Dawa Festival Tour in Kailash

Kailash Saga Dawa festival is a significant Tibetan Buddhist festival, celebrates every year on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar.

The Grandest Kailash Saga Dawa festival tour takes us to the holy Mount Kailash during the biggest Tibetan festival of the year. Kailash Saga Dawa festival celebrated the day of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death. It attracts thousands of pilgrims from all around Tibet, India, Nepal and the world.

We will see the greatest diversity of Tibetan national dress as people wear their best clothes for the Saga Dawa festival.

Kailash Saga Dawa festival tour includes 3-day trekking around Mount Kailash as well. This is a pilgrimage route that every Buddhist and Hindu wants to complete at least once in a lifetime. On the first day of the trek, we will reach the main celebration area where we will see the change of the poles.

During the second day of the trek around Mount Kailash, we will walk over the highest pass of the trek – Dolma la pass (5,640 meters,18,600 ft). The third day of the trek will go along mountain streams through the gorgeous valley.

Tibet Kailash Saga Dawa Group Tour 2023 to Mount Kailash: June 4th, 2023. Saga Dawa festival tour (May 25th – June 4th, 2023) April 15th of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar.

Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu, Lhasa, Potala Palace, Shigantse, Saga, Manasarovar Lake, Darchen, Dira Puk, Dolma la pass, Astapad, Tirthapuri, Kerung Kathmandu

Fly from Kathmandu or Beijing, Shanghai, or Chengdu to Lhasa, upon your arrival at the airport, one of our tour guides greets you and transfer you to Lhasa. Overnight at the hotel.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Hotel
  • itinery-iconMeals: BB
  • itinery-iconPlace: Lhasa
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:3660m

Sightseeing tour of Lhasa city, visit Potala Palace, Sera monastery and Drepung monastery. Overnight at the hotel.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Hotel
  • itinery-iconMeals: BB
  • itinery-iconPlace: Lhasa
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:3660m

Continue sightseeing of the ancient Lhasa, visit Norbhulinkha Palace and Barkhor Bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Hotel
  • itinery-iconMeals: BB
  • itinery-iconPlace: Lhasa
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:3660m

Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse (3,900m) 380km, 6 hours. Overnight at the hotel.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Hotel
  • itinery-iconMeals: BB
  • itinery-iconPlace: Shigatse
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:3,900m

Drive from Shigatse to Lhatse (4,050m) 150 km 3 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Guest House
  • itinery-iconMeals: BB
  • itinery-iconPlace: Lhatse
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:4050m

Drive from Lhatse to Saga (4,450m) 300 km, 6 hours drive on a Van or Bus. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Guest House
  • itinery-iconMeals: BB
  • itinery-iconPlace: Saga
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:4450m

Drive from Saga to Lake Manasarovar (4,600m) 370km, 7 hours driving on a Van or Bus. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Guest House
  • itinery-iconMeals: BB
  • itinery-iconPlace: Manasarovar
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:4600m

The main day of the Kailash Saga Dawa Festival in Tarboche valley. We start driving early in the morning and explore the festival in Tarboche valley. Drive back to Darchen and Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Guest House
  • itinery-iconMeals: BB
  • itinery-iconPlace: Tarboche valley
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:4600m

Drive to the valley of God. Start Kailash Kora (trekking 4 to 5 hours). Reach at Derapuk (4,900m) and overnight at guesthouse.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Guest House
  • itinery-iconMeals: BB
  • itinery-iconPlace: Derapuk
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:4900m

The second day of Kailash Kora (trekking 7 to 8 hours). Reach at Juthulpuk (4,760m) via Dolma La pass (5,623m). Overnight at guesthouse.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Guest House
  • itinery-iconMeals: BB
  • itinery-iconPlace: Juthulpuk
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:4760m

The third day of Kailash Kora is the final day of the trek (trekking 3 hours to 6 hours drive). We trek from Juthulpuk to Darchen where our Van will be waiting for us. We drive back to Saga after collecting holy Jal/water from Manasarovar Lake.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Guest House
  • itinery-iconMeals: BB
  • itinery-iconPlace: Saga
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:4600m

Drive from Saga to Kerung (3,500m), 5 to 6 hours drive. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Guest House
  • itinery-iconMeals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • itinery-iconPlace: Kerung
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:3500m

Cross Nepal Tibet Immigration at Kerung. Further, drive to Kathmandu with Nepali transportation (6 hours). Transfer to your hotel. End service.

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Note: Tibet Kailash Saga Dawa Group Tour 2023, Departure Date for Saga Dawa Festival tour.

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  • small-thumbnails All necessary pick up and drops by a private Van or Bus
  • small-thumbnails Tibet travel permits
  • small-thumbnails Hotel in Lhasa with breakfast, sightseeing with entry fees
  • small-thumbnails English speaking Tibetan Guide and crew
  • small-thumbnails Kailash permits
  • small-thumbnails Guest house and basic hotels with breakfast on the way to Mt. Kailash
  • small-thumbnails Three days trekking around Mt. kailash with guide, etc…
  • small-thumbnails Transportation by luxury Van/Bus throughout the tour
  • small-thumbnails Yaks & Yak men during the trek (circumambulation around Kailash)
  • small-thumbnails All necessary travel & trekking permits
  • small-thumbnails Medical kit bag and Alpine Eco-Trek's duffle bag
  • small-thumbnails Pick up from Kerung boarder to Kathmandu
  • small-thumbnails Lunch and dinners
  • small-thumbnails Train fare and Air tickets
  • small-thumbnails Nepal entry visa fee
  • small-thumbnails Your travel insurance
  • small-thumbnails Rescue and evacuation service
  • small-thumbnails Personal expenses
  • small-thumbnails Bottled drinks
  • small-thumbnails Tips for staffs
  • small-thumbnails Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances.

Useful Information

Note: Participants of the trip must keep in mind that this is an adventure journey that takes you into one of the remotest corners of the Tibetan plateau where many unexpected and unpleasant events may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation, the itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of the tour conclusion should always coincide with the original plan.

Visa, Travel Permits and Documentation

Clients must have a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining. We will take care of all the Tibet Travel permits and entry permit procedures, once we receive a copy of your passport and advance deposit.


A Luxury bus or van will be your transportation throughout the tour. During the trek, we provide yaks to carry your personal gear. Extra yak/horse and yak/horse man can be provided (for an additional cost).


All meals during the Kailash portion will be provided. Our staff will cook delicious vegetarian foods include soups, rice, noodles, bread, curry, dal (lentils), potatoes, pickles, porridge, tea, milk, coffee.


Twin sharing rooms (single rooms available for an additional cost) in a standard hotel in the heart of Katmandu can be organized while in Nepal. In Tibet, very simple guest houses with shared rooms and basic toilet facilities (in case of heavy rush and emergency we do use tented camp as well) will be your accommodation. Our staff will attend to all the camping responsibilities.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude is a major factor in all of our Tibet Kailash tours. We often reach altitudes of over 5000m. This can have mild or severe affects on the body no matter what your level of health. Symptoms can include headache, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. The best way to prevent this is to stay extremely hydrated and conscious of how your body is functioning. We also have rest days to help the body acclimatize. Diamox is a prescription altitude medication (consult your doctor) that can help prevent symptoms. We also carry oxygen tanks and portable altitude chambers. Be sure each of you is traveling on your own risk. It’s recommended to have a file with your medical history on this type of trip with a recent medical report.

Physical Fitness

Although most of the trip will be done in vehicles, it is important that clients be in relatively good health. The trek around Kailash requires some demanding hiking and altitude can take a physical challenge on the body. We suggest clients start an exercise routine prior to the trip that includes hiking or jogging for a least an hour 3-4 days a week. If you have any concerns about the physical demands of the trip feel free to contact us, please. If you have any chronic health problems please consult your doctor.

List of Gears

  •  1 large duffel bag or backpack
  •  1 small backpack or day pack
  •  2 pair of warm synthetic or cotton pants
  •  1 pair light hiking pants
  •  2 pair long underwear tops and bottoms
  •  1 fleece/wool jacket / pants
  •  1 down jacket
  •  1 Sleeping bag
  •  1 set of light rain gear tops and bottoms
  •  1 warm hat and 1 sun hat
  •  6 pair of warm socks
  •  1 pair comfortable waterproof hiking boots
  •  I pair comfortable shoes (for wearing around camp)
  •  2 pair long sleeve cotton shirt
  •  1 pair warm gloves or mittens
  •  1 pair of sunglasses (100% UV protective)
  •  Sunscreen/lip salve (at least SPF 25)
  •  1 silk or polyester scarf (to protect neck from the sun)
  •  1 towel
  •  Water bottle 2/lts
  •  1 flashlight (w/ extra batteries)

Toilet items

Towel, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb/brush, razor, shaving cream, women’s items, toilet paper, etc.

 First Aid / Medical Kits

We provide basic 1st aid items but we highly recommend that please bring a well-stocked personal medical kit. The suggested items are below. Consult your doctor for all prescription medicine.

  • Band-aids, bandages, medical tape, Neosporin, and other wound dressings
  • Blister dressings, moleskin, spenco, 2nd skin
  • Cold and flu tablets / nasal decongestant
  • Antihistamine (for allergies)
  • Aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Imodium or Lomotil (anti-diarrhea)
  • Hydration powder
  • Throat lozenges/cough medicine
  • Small pair of scissors /tweezers/thermometer
  • Antibiotics (consult a doctor)
  • Full supply of all current prescription medications.

Further Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about the above trip. However, if you have any questions regarding the trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all inquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book this trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

Trip Reviews

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  • December 27, 2022

Mt Kailash Saga Dawa Festival tour 2018

It was our family trip that Alpine Eco Trek was organizing for us. We were a group of 18 members. Mr. Ram, the owner of this company and his team had been the most helpful since we emailed him our request for Mount Kailash tour during Saga Dawa Festival. We had a short period of time, and Mr. Ram was able to advise a well-planned itinerary that catered to most of our member’s wishes. The trip cost he offered us was very competitive and the services were excellent. We had to wait in Kathmandu for 2 days to apply the Tibet Chinese Visa and permits for the trip. Mr. Ram looked after all the necessary tasks so carefully and everything was on time. After receiving visa we flew into Lhasa from Kathmandu. 3 days and 2 nights in Lhasa for proper acclimatization, during these days we visited Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar and Norbulingka Palace. After that, we were on our way out to the sacred destination, western Tibet. There were several days of long but scenic and exciting road trips to finally reach Darchen, the small town where the holy 3 days Kora started. We climbed as high as 5600 m above sea level during the Kora, by God Shiva’s grace all went well and fortunately, no one in our team members had issues with high altitude sickness. Everyone completed the Kora on foot. We did not use horses or any other means of transportation to complete the Kora. We had a great Tibetan guide, his name is Mr. Dawa, he encouraged us to walk on our own pace and helped a lot, and without him, we could not complete the Kora. Mr. Ram was in touch with us to ensure that our journey was smooth and our hotel and living conditions were great. We also enjoyed the Saga Dawa festival, overall it was a great experience and we had a successful and enjoyable trip. Thank you, Ram Ji, for your precious time and great coordination.

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