Kailash Saga Dawa Festival Tour

Kailash Saga Dawa Festival Tour

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Among the many festivals tour in Tibet, the Kailash Saga Dawa Festival Tour is very famous. Tibet is one of the most exciting places on Earth for trekking. The high altitude is challenging for some people and for some it is passion. The Tibetan topography with rugged terrain provides a different hiking experience. The moon-like landscape and the unique culture take the walk to a different level. Besides the geography, the culture, especially the festivals are very interesting to watch.

This 18 days trip in Tibet has the Kailash Saga Dawa Festival Tour as the major attraction. This festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar. This is the day when Lord Buddha was enlightened.

The moment of being part of this festival is like being part of a magical event, something that gets a total grip on all of your senses. Each year, they replace the Tarboche flagpole, a huge pole that stands on the Kailash kora, south of the mountain. Thousands of people from inside and outside of Tibet gather and erect the flagpoles to attach the prayer flags. The flagpole should stand perfectly upright, or else things are not good for Tibet. The whole ceremony is led by a Lama from the nearby monastery. It’s his job to make it work ‘right first time’.

Trip Outline

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Explore the city and prepare for the trek.
Day 03: Drive to Nyalam (3600m)
Day 04: Rest day
Day 05: Drive from Nyalam to Saga.
Day 06: Drive to Paryang.
Day 07: Drive to Manasarovar (holy) Lake.
Day 08: Drive to Darchen
Day 09: Drive to Tarboche. (Festival Day)
Day 10: Trek to Dehara Puk (5000m)
Day 11: Continue Parikarma over Dolma La Pass & Zutul Puk.
Day 12: Trek to Manasarovar Lake & overnight at Chu Gompa.
Day 13: Drive to Paryang.
Day 14: Drive to Saga
Day 15: Drive to Nyalam.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 17: Free day.
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu to reach another destination or fly back home with memories of the trip.

Starting Price

USD 2999 per person

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Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.

Day 2

Explore the city and prepare for the trek.

You can spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trek in the afternoon.

Day 3

Drive to Nyalam (3600m)

We will pack our breakfast and start early towards Kodari (China/Nepal border). We will reach Kodari in 5 hours and further drive to Zhangmu, where we will complete the frontier formalities. After completing the frontier formalities we will reach Nyalam for an overnight stay following the Bhote Koshi River. The total drive is 153 KM.

Day 4

Rest day


The day will be spent to explore the surroundings and acclimatize as we are going for a trek at a high altitude.

Day 5

Drive from Nyalam to Saga.

We will start our 7 hours drive after breakfast and drive past Labug-La 5150m. On the way, you will see lots of yak Herds, small Tibetan settlements, lakes and streams. We will reach Saga in the afternoon after crossing one of the famous rivers of Asia, Brahmaputra.

Day 6

Drive to Paryang

Far south you can see snow-covered peaks nearby you, lots of rocky peaks and sand dunes give you an ideal world. We are going to pass by the typical Tibetan and Western small towns of Zhongba, finally get to Paryang and overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 7

Drive to Manasarovar (holy) Lake.

This is the day with the longest drive on the entire trip. We can see the Holy Mount Kailash and the sacred lake Mansarovar by the late afternoon. The lake is situated 14950-ft/4558m above sea level and a village called Hor lies along the bank of the lake. The highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. The night will be spending at Guesthouse.

Day 8

Drive to Darchen

Today you can see thousands of people moving towards the festival site. The drive to Darchen, a market area for Chinese and Tibetan goods, for lasts for around 3 hours and after that, we will keep ourselves busy to see the preparations and the excitement of the people regarding the festival. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 9

Drive to Tarboche. (Festival Day)

The drive from Darchen to Tarboche lasts for less than one hour. You can also walk if you are interested but it is difficult and lasts for around 3-4 hours. This is the full moon day and the most important event of the festival. You see thousands of people attaching prayer flags on the flag poles. It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is everywhere with tons of blessing to you. Time and again the face of Kailash Parbat will be kept on appearing.

Day 10

Trek to Dehara Puk (5000m)

The trek to Dehra Puk is about 5 hours. We will start in the morning after breakfast. The trail is beautiful and has numerous waterfalls and the most exciting view of the Kailas’s North face. Make yourself for some very difficult walk as the trail goes up and down.

Day 11

Continue Parikarma over Dolma La Pass & Zutul Puk.

Today we will walk past the Dolma-La (pass) of 18600ft that lies in the middle of two valleys. We will walk past a place called and reach the Shiva-Sthal. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget you. Once your steps go down, Parvati-Sthal and Gauri Kund are on the way. By the late afternoon, you will arrive at Zuthul Puk (the cave of Miracles. The great ascetic Milarepa is supposed to have performed miracles here).

Day 12

Trek to Manasarovar Lake & overnight at Chu Gompa.

We will trek back to Mansarovar Lake and it is around 3 hours of walk. We will be picked up by the driving crew and then after a short drive around the lake, we will reach the Chu gompa for the overnight stay.

Day 13

Drive to Paryang.

Early in the morning today we again join for an overland day journey, along the way you will have again some of the best panoramic views. Upon arrival at Paryang, transfer to the hotel, and be refreshing and overnight.

Day 14

Drive to Saga

We will reach Saga in the afternoon after a drive of 6 hours.

Day 15

Drive to Nyalam

We will drive to Nyalam from Saga today and this is our last night in Tibet as we will head towards Kathmandu tomorrow. The drive lasts for 5-6 hours.

Day 16

Drive to Kathmandu

This is the last day at Tibet for you as in one hour after breakfast we will reach Kodari, on the Nepal-Tibet border. From the border we will drive along the Araniko Highway, built-in assistance of the Chinese government, to reach Kathmandu. It is a scenic 4 hours drive through hills and river valleys.

Day 17

Free day

This is a free day for rest and you can explore the heritage sites around Kathmandu on your own.

Day 18

Final Departure from Kathmandu

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

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Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.


Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Whats Included

  • Arrival/departure transfer by private vehicle as per itinerary
  • 04 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Guided heritage site was seen with all entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu-Nyalam-Kathmandu transfer by private vehicle
  • Decent accommodation in Tibet at the available places
  • All necessary tents, kitchen equipment and camping gear
  • Chinese VISA fees, Kailash Permit and Tibet travel permits
  • Land transfer( land cruiser/Tourist Bus) as per itinerary
  • Yaks and Yaks man during the Cora
  • All Veg. meals during the Tour
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket( if required)
  • Tibet Local guide and Nepali guide with supporting crew
  • Accommodation, Meals, wages, allowances, insurance, Medical, equipment for AMN Mountain Guide and required staffs

Whats Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Nepal re-entry Visa
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  • Riding Yak/Horse for Kailash Parikrama (direct payable to Yak/horse herder)
  • Meals in the city ( Kathmandu and highway)
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal nature expenses such as phone call, laundry, battery charging, hard and soft drinks etc
  • Personal gears & clothing (available for hire)
  • Travel insurance
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case, extra will be charged as per actual
  • Services which is not mentioned above include


Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:


  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.


  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities


  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers


  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash


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