Saga Dawa Special Tour - A Spiritual Pilgrimage through Tibet's Holiest Sites

Join us on an extraordinary odyssey with our Saga Dawa Special Tour, an immersive pilgrimage through the heartland of Tibetan spirituality. This unique journey invites you to witness the sacred trifecta of Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and passing, celebrated throughout the hallowed month of Saga Dawa.

Embark on a soul-stirring exploration that takes you through the ancient streets of Lhasa, where the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple stand as majestic symbols of Tibetan Buddhism. Traverse the spiritual trails around the revered Mount Kailash, engaging in the profound Kora pilgrimage, a timeless ritual embraced by devotees seeking blessings and enlightenment.

Experience the vibrant tapestry of Tibetan culture through visits to monasteries adorned with prayer flags fluttering in the Himalayan breeze. Immerse yourself in the rhythmic chants and prayers that echo through sacred halls, connecting you with centuries-old traditions.

As the full moon graces the heavens, participate in special ceremonies and festivities, uniting with locals and fellow pilgrims in a shared reverence for the teachings of Lord Buddha. This Saga Dawa Special Tour is not just a journey; it's a transformative experience, an opportunity to connect with the spiritual essence of Tibet and carry the blessings of Saga Dawa in your heart.

Come, be part of a celestial odyssey, where every step is a prayer, and every moment is a celebration of enlightenment. This is more than a tour; it's a sacred sojourn, inviting you to embrace the divine energy that permeates the breathtaking landscapes and ancient monastic sites of Tibet.

Fixed Departure 2023


Start Date   End Date Group Size (Min/Max)
May-14-2024 May-27-2024 1

Itinerary

Day 1. 14 May 2024:- Arrival in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel (1350m)
  • Arrive in Kathmandu, where our representative will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay in the vibrant city with a cultural touch at 1350m.
  • Explore Thamel, the touristic hub, and consider purchasing personal equipment for the upcoming journey.
Day 2. 15 May 2024: Day in Kathmandu. Visa and trip preparation. Overnight at Hotel
  • Spend the day in Kathmandu for visa processing and trip preparation.
  • Touch Kailash Travels and Tours will assist with visa procedures and handle necessary documentation.
  • Attend a trip briefing, ensuring everyone is well-prepared.
  • Optionally, explore historical sites in the Kathmandu valley.
Day 3. 16 May 2024: Drive to Shyaprubesi and overnight at Local tea house (117km - 7 Hours, 2250m)

After a hearty breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu, your Saga Dawa Festival Tour begins with an adventurous drive to Shyaprubesi. Departing from the bustling city, you'll soon find yourself immersed in the scenic beauty of the Himalayan landscape.As you journey towards Shyaprubesi, you'll enter the pristine and enchanting Langtang National Park, a haven for nature lovers. The park is known for its diverse flora and fauna, featuring lush forests, alpine meadows, and awe-inspiring mountain views. The road to Shyaprubesi, while captivating, can be challenging with its bumpy terrain. The journey takes approximately 7 hours, allowing you to witness the changing landscapes and the gradual transition from urban to rural scenery. Take this opportunity to rest and rejuvenate after the long drive, enjoying the warm hospitality of the tea house. Reflect on the day's journey and immerse yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds Shyaprubesi, preparing for the adventures that lie ahead on your Saga Dawa Festival Tour.

Day 4. 17 May 2024: Drive from Syaprubesi to Kerung (40 Km - 2 Hours, 2900m) Overnight at Guest House

Leaving the picturesque village of Shyaprubesi, your journey continues as you drive towards Kerung, the first town of Tibet. The route takes you through captivating landscapes, with each turn revealing breathtaking views of the Himalayan terrain. As you approach the Nepal-Tibet border, the landscape transforms, and you'll soon find yourself at the border crossing. Here, you'll go through necessary immigration formalities, transitioning from Nepal into Tibet. It's a significant moment as you step into a new country, marked by its unique culture and spiritual resonance.

Upon completing the border procedures, you will meet your Tibetan guide, a knowledgeable companion who will guide you through the upcoming leg of your journey. From the border, you'll proceed to Kerung, a charming town that serves as a gateway to Tibet. The village of Kerung, surrounded by scenic beauty, provides a glimpse into the Tibetan way of life.

For the night, you'll find accommodation at a guesthouse in Kerung. This is a wonderful opportunity to acclimate to the Tibetan atmosphere and prepare for the further exploration of this culturally rich region. Enjoy the tranquility of the village and anticipate the cultural experiences that await you on your Saga Dawa Festival Tour.

Day 5. 18 May 2024: Drive to Saga (390km - 6/7 hrs, 4500m) Overnight at guest house

We continue our trip to Saga, a town in Tibet. After 6/7 hours of drive from the village of Kerung through Lhatse and Sang sang, pass several lakes, towns and high plateau nomadic sites we reach Saga, where we will be staying overnight at the best available accommodation. The home of the Panchen Lama, which is essentially a walled town with cobbled and twisting lanes that revolve around a magnificent monastery.

Day 6. 19 May 2024: Drive to Manasarovar (277 km - 6/7 Hrs, 4590m. Overnight at Guest house

You can have the first view of Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar from here. We reach the Manasarovar Lake and overnight at the guest house. Manasarovar is the highest lake of freshwater, a place of pilgrimage, attracting religious people from Nepal, India, Tibet, Russia, and other neighboring countries. Taking bath at Manasarovar and drinking water from here is believed to clean all the sins. You have the option to explore Chui Gumba and Hot spring near Manasarovar.

Day 7. 20 May 2024: Exploration of Lake Manasarovar and drive to Darchen (40km - 1Hrs, 4575m). Overnight at Hotel

We explore the Manasarovar Lake and continue our drive to Darchen, Darchen is known as the base camp for Mt. Kailash. Overnight at the best available accommodation at Darchen.

Day 8. 21 May 2024: Kailash 1st Day Kora Derapuk. ( 47 km Driving, 14 km walking /6 Hours – 5000m) Overnight at Mud House

Another 7-kilometer rough road till the valley of the god. Start walking about 14 kilometers and reach Derapuk. North face of Mt Kailash. We stay overnight at the guest house in Derapuk.

Day 9. Day 09: 22 May 2024: Kailash Kora 2nd Day Juthulpuk 4750m (19km – 8/9 Hours) Overnight Mud house

Tough day today from Derapuk to Juthulpuk by crossing Dola Ma pass of 5613 meters. start your walk early in the morning. Almost flat land walking till the base of Dolma La. Hard uphill near from pass and reach Dolma La which is all covered with prayers flags. Then immediately start you walking downhill. Gauri Kunda can be seen on the way after dolma La. Reach Juthulpuk Monastery and overnight at Mud House.

Day 10. 23 May 2024: Trek to Chongdo and Drive to Darboche valley. Exploration of Saga Dawa festival. Overnight at guest house in Darchen

Morning visit at Juthulpuk Monastery. Start all flat walking about 6 kilometers up to our driving crew. Further, drive to Darboche valley and observe and celebrate the Saga Dawa Festival. All the Tibetan gather here for the final day of Saga Dawa Festival. It is also difficult to get accommodation here for newly arrived people.

Day 11. 24 May 2024: Drive back to Saga (7 hours). Overnight at guest house.

After concluding the Saga Dawa Festival morning rituals, we will start our drive back to the town of Saga. After 7 hours of driving on paved roads, we arrive at Saga, where we will be spending the night in a guest house.

Day 12. 25 May 2024: Drive to Kerung (5/6 hours) and Overnight at Guest House

We will continue our return to the Nepal-Tibet border of Kerung. After 5-6 hours of driving, we arrive at Kerung. Overnight at guest house.

Day 13. 26 May 2024: Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

The Tibetan guide will arrange all the necessities for the immigration formalities in the early morning. We will be crossing the Nepal-Tibet border and drive to the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu through the same way of Langtang National Park.

Day 14. 27 May 2024: Departure

Our representatives will drop you at the International Airport for the final departure after concluding the Saga Dawa Festival trip. You can as well chose to rest and continue with any other activity in Nepal.

What's Included

    • Documentation
    • Tibet Permits
    • Tibet Visas
    • Special Kailash Mansarovar Permit
    • Applicable Entrance Fees to above mentioned places
    • Transportation
    • All ground transportation in private vehicles
    • Airport Pickup and Drop Off Service
    • Accommodation
    • 3* Standard Accommodation where available
    • ADDITIONAL INR 20,000.00 PER PERSON | USD 250.00 PER PERSON for an upgrade to 5* standard Accommodation.
    • Twin Sharing Basis in Kathmandu and Tibet, Group Sharing in Kailash Region
    • Support and Crew
    • Nepali Guide and Tibetan Guide
    • Nepali Crew Members in Kailash Region
    • Meals
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (VEG)
    • Drinking Water (2 bottles per day)
    • Sightseeing
    • KATHMANDU: Pashupatinath Temple, Guheshwori Shaktipeeth, Jalnarayan (Sleeping Vishnu) Temple
    • TIBET: Lake Mansarovar, Holy Mount Kailash, Milarepa Cave, Drolma La Pass, Yamadwar, Gauri Kunda
    • Equipment
    • Medical Kits
    • First Aid
    • Oximeter daily check (Pulse and Oxygen Level)
    • Enough Oxygen Cylinders
    • Other Necessary Equipment
    • Stick for Parikrama
    • Clothing
    • Down Jacket on a returnable basis
    • Duffle Bag
    • Day Backpack
    • Hat

What's Not Included

    • Personal Expenses
    • Pony – Horseman – Helper
    • International Airfare
    • Insurance
    • Emergency Circumstances
    • Extra Nights

Preparing for a journey like the Saga Dawa Festival Tour, especially in the Himalayan region, requires careful consideration of the equipment you'll need. Here's a checklist to help ensure you have everything you need for a safe and comfortable trip:

Clothing:

 • Lightweight, moisture-wicking base layers

 • Insulating layers (fleece or down jacket)

 • Waterproof and windproof outer layer (jacket and pants)

 • Comfortable trekking pants

 • Thermal socks

 • Sturdy, waterproof trekking boots

 • Sandals or comfortable shoes for rest days

 • Hat for sun protection

 • Sunglasses with UV protection

 • Buff or scarf

Backpack and Bags:

 • Comfortable trekking backpack

 • Daypack for daily essentials during excursions

 • Dry bags or waterproof covers for electronics and documents

 • Duffel bag for porters or yaks (if applicable)

 • Compression sacks to save space

Sleeping Gear:

 • Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures

 • Sleeping pad for insulation and comfort

Accessories:

 • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries

 • Water bottles or hydration system

 • Water purification tablets or filters

 • Trekking poles for stability

 • Multi-tool or knife

 • Travel towel

 • Personal toiletries (biodegradable soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

Health and First Aid:

 • Personal medications and prescriptions

 • Basic first aid kit (bandages, antiseptic, blister treatment, etc.)

 • High-altitude sickness medication (if necessary)

 • Insect repellent

 • Sunscreen with high SPF

 • Lip balm with sun protection

 • Personal hygiene products

Electronics:

 • Camera or smartphone for capturing memories

 • Power bank and charging cables

 • International plug adapter

Documents:

 • Passport with necessary visas

 • Travel insurance documents

 • Permits required for the trip

 • Emergency contacts and important addresses

Miscellaneous:

 • Snacks and energy bars

 • Cash in local currency

 • Journal and pen

 • Small sewing kit

 • Hand sanitizer


Trip facts

  • Price
    USD 2400
  • Activity
    Trekking
  • Duration
    14 Days
  • Max. Altitude
    4380
  • Group Size
    1
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