Kailash Tour During Saga Dawa Festival

About Trip:

Saga Dawa Festival is the most important annual festival in Tibet. Festival is as per Tibetan calendar in the special occasion of Buddha Sakyamuni’s birth day. Saga Dawa Festival is a month festival but the main day of festival is one single day. Thousand of Tibetan Buddhist gather at Mount Kailash region week before and perform special worship together. Tarboche near Yamadwor or valley of the God in Kailash region is the main place where Special worship happens during Saga Dawa. Place become colorful with special Tibetan flags. Monks perform a special ritual. They play music from long trumpets, conch shell and from other instruments. This is also a day of changing flags at pole. They ritually take down prayers flags from pole and replace it. The main place of festival is in Tarboche valley near Mount Kailash wesak valley. Saga Dawa Festival also celebrates other places in Tibet. Crowded of peoples circumambulate Potala Palace in Lhasa. Peoples lined up at Drepung monastery to donate kitchen of monks staying in Monastery. Other main monasteries in Tibet get also crowded during one month Saga Dawa time.

New rules of permit and visa - Tour via Nepal 

There is changes in the rules and regulation of Tibet/ Kailash permit and visa for foreigners. We need at least 4 working days in Kathmandu to get final visa approval. following documents are require at the time of booking and at the end of the days. This is in the case of starting the trip from Kathmandu Nepal.  
- Passport copy by email 
- MRP size best quality digital picture with white background 
- A information form (we send you by email)
- Original passport before 4 days of trip starting from Kathmandu 
- A day to present in visa center in Kathmandu for Biometric  

Our 16 days Kailash Saga Dawa festival tour itinerary for 2023 is starting and ending at Kathmandu Nepal. We also can provide you itinerary starting the tour from Lhasa. We will have 3 full working days in Kathmandu for final Tibetan visa from Chinese Embassy. Another 2 nights is at Kerung for acclimatization before reaching highland of Kailash region. Crossing several high passes of over 5,000 miters, picturesque Himalayan views and scenic Tibetan landscape, beautiful lakes including holy Lake Manasarovar. 3 days Kailash circuit crossing via highest Dolma La pass (5,630m) is the tough days of the trip. Explore Saga Dawa Festival after complete your Kailash Parikrama/ Kailash circuit at Tarboche valley. Flow of local pilgrimage and pilgrimage from abroad gather in the region. Shortage of accommodation near of Tarboche valley, Mansarovar, Darchen and Derapuk is common during Saga Dawa.    

Reserve your seat for Saga Dawa festival Tour 2023. The main day of Saga Dawa Festival 2023 is on 04 June. Our itinerary meet main day of festival at Tarboche valley than proceed to Kailash Kora. Tour is small group joining starting from Kathmandu Nepal. Tour Itinerary can be customized for Private Tour. Find other departure dates for Kailash tour with us as per your time frame. We are running this tour from its best season May till September.  

Kailash Saga Dawa Tour from Lhasa is another option to join our small group tour or have your private customizes tour plan. You also have option to add Everest Base Camp and Guge Kingdom in your private tour plan. Start tour from Lhasa and end at Kathmandu Nepal and vise versa.           .  

Trip Facts:

  • Duration:16 Days (Description)
  • Trip Grade Moderate to Strenuous
  • Trip Cost:INR 1940
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Day to Day Itinerary:

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Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu. Your arrival should be before 12 pm to get three full working days for Tibet visa. Representative will receive you and transfer to Hotel. Collect your original passport and Picture. If your arrival will be late than 12am, you should plan to arrive previous day. Overnight at Hotel

Upon your arrival at Tribhuban International airport Kathmandu, representative from Tibet Kailash Travel/ Nepal Highland Treks pick up you and transfer to Hotel. We provide you 3 star category hotel in main tourist hub Thamel. Start Tibet visa formality. Handover your original passport, passport size of picture and fill a form for Embassy. If your arrival schedule late than 12, plan to arrive a day early, that is on 26th May.

Price Include / Exclude:

    • Arrival and departure arrangement    
    • Accommodation in twin sharing hotel / Guest Houses in Kathmandu, Kerung, Saga  
    • Accommodation in group sharing in Kailash Parikrama Mansarovar, Derapuk and Juthulpuk
    • Every morning breakfast
    • Tibet/ Kailash travel permit
    • Entrance fees of Lake Mansarovar and Kailash region
    • Immigration formalities 
    • Private and comfortable transportation as per group size in entire trip 
    • English speaking Tibetan guide
    • Free duffel bag for the trip
    • Sleeping bag in returnable based if you need
    • immigration formalities 
    • Emergency evacuation management in case of need
    • Any Air ticket 
    • Lunch and Dinner in entire tour 
    • Personal equipment, Insurance, medical expenses, emergency evacuation in case of need
    • Personal horse and helper if you need it during Kailash circuit
    • Upgrading of Accommodation. Tour package is including 3 star category hotels in Kathmandu. You can upgrade accommodations in Kathmandu to 4 star or to 5 star with extra cost
    • Upgrading in acommdoation at Kailash region at possible places 
    • Any Tipping to staffs 
    • Extra nights accommodation and other charge in case of early arrive in Kathmandu or Nepal side by any reason 
    • Extra cost for visa (American - $ 90, Candian $ 75, Brazilian $ 80, Argentina - $ 100 Romanian - $ 30) per person 

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  1. Accommodation
    Accommodation in Kathmadnu is in 3 star category Hotel on twin sharing. Local guest house in entire Kailash is in twin sharing and group sharing. Other than 3 nights (Mansarovar, Derapuk and Juthulpuk) there are standard guest houses availalbe and we are providing standard guest houses if we are able to make group size more than 5 pax. You do not need to sleep at tent the or at camp. We provide you best available guest houses in Kailash region. You still have an option to make upgrading of Guest house in Darchen. 
  2. Transporation
    Transportation from Kathmandu to Kerung boarder and back to Kathmandu is Nepali transporation by private bus or jeep as per group size. In Kailash is also with private and comfirtable bus/ van. It is depend on group size too. 
  3. Foods
    Our package including every morning breakfast. Lunch and Dinner is extra cost. There are choises of restaurants which are basically Chinese and Tibetan style. Very basic restaurants and tent houses are availalbe in Mansarovar and during the Kailash Kora.  
  4. Drinking Water
    Drinking water in the entire tour is with extra cost. You can buy bottled miniral water. Is is good idea to buy enough water in Lhasa and put in your bus. It is advice to drink at least 3 littlers water perday. 
  5. Toilet facilities
    Get clean toilet inside of your rooms in Kathmandu, Kerung, Saga and in Darchen. Toilet at rest of the Kailash region are very basic. It is outside of the room as a common use. Toilets are dirty due to lack of enough water. Peoples are using outside toilets freely in Mansarovar, Derapuk and in Juthulpuk. 
  6. Staffs
    The entire trip is handled by a professional Tibetan guide and drivers. There can be a extra staff from Nepal as another guide if group size is more than 10 pax    
  7. Trip insurance 
    We do not need trip insurance for official Kailash permit and visa. Travel insurance may need to cover your own expenses in the case of any emergency evacuation. It may more helpful in case of returning from middle way due to the health problem. Or may cover your expenses in the case of emergency evacuation.
  8. Emergency evacuation 
    Due to the health problem or any other problem, if anyone needs emergency evacuation that cost is the extra cost and all the expenses go to the person. We arrange all the needful services. Helicopter rescue in Tibet part is not allowed. Rescue have to done by driving in Tibet/Kailash part. Once you reach at Nepal site, Helicopter rescue is also possible.
  9. Hospital and Medical facilities  
    Kailash is the lack of Hospital and medical facilities. Only one hospital service is in Taklakot. Rest of other villages and towns are without any medical stores and Hospital. In the case of emergency, have to drive Taklakot for a hospital. The team from Tibet Kailash Travel bring basic medicines in the entire tour. Our leader and guides have basic first-aid knowledge. 
  10. Group size
    Kailash Saga Dawa Festival Tour is small group departure. It is based on minimum 5 peoples. If you want to make your own private tour we can customize tour itinerary. cost will be different. 
  11. Age limitation
    There is no any age limitation for Lhasa Kailash Tour. For Indian passport holder or origin Indian holding different passport, there is age limitation.  
  12. Communication facilities 
    There are local telephones facilities in entire Kailash, Tibet and Nepal. For your , mobile you need Nepali SIM card in Nepal site and Chinese SIM card once you enter Tibet. Chinese and Nepali sim card can buy after certain formalities and can recharge on the way. WIFI is available in Nepal part, central Tibet but not in Kailash region. You can connect internet facility with Chinese sim card. Mobile network doesn’t work only one day at Kailash Parikrama.
  13. Physical fitness and doctor certificate
    Physical fitness is important factor to make your trip success. But we do not need any doctor or medical certificate to obtain your Kailash Tibet permit and Visa. It is adviced that prepare your trip before 3 months of starting by doing some physical activities like jugging every morning.  
  14. Acclimatization
    Acclimatization in this tour is important and need before reaching at high altitude immediately or so fast. Kailash region is in high altitude which may make difficult for every visitor. Our itinerary is including enough acclimatization days in Kerung. 
  15. Extra activities  
    There can be possibilities of some extra activities during Kailash Yatra and Tibet Tour. Visit Chui Monastery and hot spring near Lake Manasarovar. Put one more day in the itinerary and reach at Charansparsa from North face of Kailash. Drive to Tirthapuri with extra cost. 
  16. Kailash Tour during full moon
    Kailash Yatra during full moon is not recommended. Most of the pilgrimages want to reach at Manasarovar or in north face of Kailash during full moon because of that overflow of peoples reach region. It can be lack a f accommodation and transportation. There are many bad experiences that Tibet government stops entering some group during the period. By this reason, peoples may get suffer.       
  17. Best season 
    Best season for Lhasa Kailash Tour is from end of April till September month. Small group departure can be at November month too. rest of other months are more cold and icy on the way. 
  18. Extra Expenses
    Kailash and Tibet tour is full board based tour operate by Tibet Kailash Travel. Although personal horse and helper during Kailash parikrama is extra cost in case of any one need. Accept that nature of personal expenses are in extra cost which is mentioned as cost including and excluding  
  19. Packing List
    You need one big bag to put your stuff that goes to back or upper part of the bus. Another small bag pack is always with you to put important things like money, water bottles etc. 
    Shoes and Shocks 
    You need comfortable warm shoes for entire yatra. Another spare shoe or sandal is needed to wear while staying at guest house. 3 pairs of warm shocks are enough for entire trip. You can wash it in middle of your Yatra.
    Wearing clothes
    Head cover hat, Mouth covering muff, Warm down jacket,  Wind proof jacket, Warm inner thermal, 2 pairs light T shirt, Warm sweeter or light weight jacket, Inner down thermal, Water and wind proof trouser, One or two long wear trekking paint, Whole body covered raincoat, Water/ wind proof warm glove, 3 pair comfortable underwear, Down sleeping bag.  
    Other accessories
    UV protective sun glass, Medium size quick dry towel, Head torch light with extra batteries, Lip care, Sun cream, Trekking stick, 2 litters’ water bottle, One small thermos water bottle. 
    Toiletries: Hand soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, Toilet paper
    First Aid kit box containing Paracetamol, bandage, antiseptic cream, Diamox or other tablet for altitude sickness, Small trekking knife, Some dry foods, Camera and its extra batteries, Mobile, and charger with small multi pins. 


  • Booking procedure
    - At least 6-month valid passport scan copy by mail 
    - Trip confirmation amount USD 300 per person. You can ask our bank details to deposit it or can paid by our credit card online system.
    - Trip booking form with your signature in term and condition  
  • Payment
    - Payment can make through Bank transfer, Credit card, and Cash
    - USD 300 per person at the time of booking confirmation 
    - Rest of the amount before starting your tour. Mode of payment can discuss by mail
    - Payment by credit card charge 4 % extra  
  • Term and condition
    -This is small group tour, There will be minimum 5 people. Group size can go up  
    - Rules from Tibet is not stable. It may change even at last hour of our tour starting. In this case whatever expenses we spend for your tour arrangement is not refundable. cancellation charge still is charged.
    - Group joining Lhasa Kailash Tour itinerary is fixed. Itinerary can be customized for private tour   
  • Cancellation policy 
    - Cancel your trip before 3 month is free 
    - USD 300 per person cancellation charge less than 3 months   
    - Full amount does not refund once you start the trip  

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