16-Day Saga Dawa Festival Tour at Kailash (Fullmoon)

The Kailash Saga Dawa Festival is a celebration of the Buddha’s birth. The entire month is filled with a series of important religious events surrounding this special day and though celebrations occur across the Buddhist world, the festival at the base of Mt. Kailash is truly unique. After opening ceremonies and prayers, pilgrims will begin a kora (circumambulation) around the base of Mt. Kailash, one of the holiest mountains in Tibet. This trek is set to take you on this special pilgrimage route at the time of the Saga Dawa Festival, which takes place on the 15th day of the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar (late spring / early summer). As this date may change in relation the the international calendar from year to year, please make sure you contact us ahead of time to verify dates.

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  • What's included :
    • All necessary Tibet travel permits
    • Transportation
    • Accommodation listed on the itinerary
    • English speaking Tibetan local guide
    • A welcome dinner with Tibetan cultural show at the arrival day
    • All the expenses for the guide and driver
    • 2bottles of mineral water each day
    • Oxygen cylinders
    • First aid kit
    What's excluded :
    • Meal (Breakfasts may included when staying in Lhasa & Shigatse)
    • Horses and porters
    • Any domestic & international train/flight fare
    • Personal expenses
  • Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa

    Arrive in Lhasa either by train or by plane. Your driver will deliver you to hotel in downtown.

    Day 2: Lhasa

    Visit Tibet’s iconic sites: Jokhang Temple in Lhasa’s famous Barkhor Square, the renowned Potala Palace, and Ramoche.

    Day 3: Lhasa

    Visit Tibet’s most famous Gelugpa monasteries: Sera and Drepung monasteries.

    Day 4: Day Hike to Pabongkha Monastery

    Hiking out to Pabongkha Monastery, a seventh century site renowned as the birthplace of Tibetan calligraphy.

    Day 5: Lhasa – Gyantse

    Breathtaking views as we cross the Kamba Pass (4795m) to have panoramic view of the sacred Yamdrok Lake. Crosse the Karo Pass (5010m) and visit Pelkor Chode Monastery Gyantse.

    Day 6: Gyantse – Shigatse

    Shigatse is home to Tashilhunpo Monastery, the historic residence of the Panchen Lama lineage of reincarnate lamas.

    Day 7: Shigatse – Rongbuk

    Head out for Rongbuk, the departure point for accessing Everest Base Camp.

    Day 8: Everest Base Camp – Saga

    Drive to Saga after enjoying the sunrise on top of Everest.

    Day 9: Saga - Lake Manasarovar

    Finally see Mt. Kailash as we head out west. Explore the holy Lake Manasarovar on the way.

    Day 10: Manasarovar – Dharchen

    Spend the morning at the lake before driving to Dharchen, the starting point for our trek.

    Day 11: Trek to Dirra Puk (Festival Day)

    The beginning of our trek on full-moon Saga Dawa Festival. The opening ceremonies involve the hanging of prayer flags and reciting of prayers, after which pilgrims and attendees begin their circumambulation of Mt. Kailash, a ritual in which we too will partake!

    Day 12: Trek to Zultrul Puk

    A tough day. We cross the highest point of our trip on the Dolma Pass (5700m).

    Day 13: Trek to Dharchen – Manasarovar

    Our last day will be an easy walk back to Dharchen where our driver will pick us up and take us back to Lake Manasarovar to spend the night.

    Day 14: Manasarovar – Saga

    Begin our return journey to Lhasa by driving back through Saga.

    Day 15: Saga – Lhasa

    Return to Lhasa for our last night.

    Day 16: Departure

    Our trip has come to an end! You will be delivered to the airport or train station.
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Book the at least before 2 weeks to have process your permit
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


English - Guide, English - Written

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Organised by Adventures In Tibet

Activity ID: V-27023P10

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