Saga Dawa Festival Mount Kailash

Saga Dawa Festival Mount Kailash

Saga Dawa is an important Tibetan Buddhist festival at Mount Kailash

This is the story about one of the most impressive moments we have ever witnessed anywhere. "Saga Dawa is an important Tibetan Buddhist festival, held each year on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, to celebrate Sakyamuni's enlightenment", that's what every guidebook will tell you. But actually having been there, at that moment it is more like being part of a magic event, something that gets a total grip on all of your senses. So what's going on? Each year, they replace the Tarboche flagpole, a huge pole that stands round of Kailash.

People from all over Tibet gather here that day to attach their prayer flags they brought from home, to pray, and to help erect the flagpole. The flagpole should stand perfectly upright, or else things are not good for Tibet. A Lama leads the whole ceremony from the nearby monastery. It's his job to make it work 'right first time'.

Day of Saga Dawa: People circulate the flagpole that is down on the ground now. They pray and throw 'wind horses' (little pieces of colored paper with Buddhist scriptures on them) into the air. They help to remove last year's prayer flags and attach new ones. As a visitor, you are almost forced to follow them as they go around and around, time after time. Along the sides, on the slope of the nearby hills, a lot of people are sitting to watch the 'spectacle' and there are musicians, which play all the time on their horns and symbols. 

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our team leaders will greet you and transfer to hotel. We will provide you a typical Nepali dinner with live cultural show. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Trip preparation day with half-day sightseeing of Kathmandu city
After breakfast, you will do a half day long sightseeing in Kathmandu including Pashupatinath temple and Buddhanath Stupa. After lunch we will have a time for final preparation for Kailash pilgrimage tour i.e. checking the equipment which will be used during the tour. If you need to buy a few things or rent something, our staff will assist you. In the evening, Chinese visa and Tibet permit will be handed over and brief you about the trip. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Kerung (2700m), 155km, drive 8 hours
Today is the first day of our adventure and holy trip to Mt. kailash. After an early breakfast at hotel, we start a scenic 8 hour journey to Tibet boarder. We cross the friendship bridge and meet our Tibetan guide and drivers. After all the immigration and custom formalities at the Chinese check post here, our journey continues to Kerung Village. We will spend the night at basic guest house.

Day 04: Rest day in Kerung for a proper acclimatization
Today is a rest day to have a proper acclimatization. Leisurely walk or we will be going for short trek which is in preparation for Kailash trek and it helps us to acclimatize fast. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Drive from Kerung to New Dongba (4600 m), 220 km, drive 6 hours
Breakfast at Kerung, we start our drive to New Dongba passing through many beautiful but traditional villages and camps of yak herders. We can see snow-capped mountain peaks on our far south. But most of the time, we will be driving on plains, hence a comfortable drive. We will enjoy hot tea after arriving in New Dongba. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Drive from New Dongba to Mansarovar (4558 m), 280 km, drive 6 hours.  
After having early breakfast, we will be ready for the longest driving day. Start a amazing drive to Mansarovar, en route we would be able enjoy the first view of Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. We drive further to holy Mansarovar (4550m), the highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rakshash are lying on its surrounding. Overnight at guest house near Mansarovar Lake.
Day 07: Drive from Manasarovar Lake to Tarboche (or Darchen) Camping
Day 08: Attend to the Saga Dawa at Tarboche - Camp 
Day 09: Start to the Kora, night camp at Dira Puk - Camp
Day 10: Continue Parikarma over Drom La Pass & Zutul Puk - Camping
Day 11: End Parikarma & Darchen camp
Day 12: Darchen - Manasarovar Lake
Day 13: Drive from Manasarovar to Paryang, night at guest house/Camping

Day 14: Drive back from Paryang to Kerung. 
On the way we will see the beautiful Pigutso Lake, enjoy good view of Himalayan range including Shisapangama. Overnight at Guesthouse in Kerung.

Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu (1350m).
Drive to Kathmandu via Shabrubensi. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 16: Transfer to Airport for final departure.  
OR you may extend the stay at Kathmandu for Mountain Flight, Manakamana road trip, or Muktinath tour by Helicopter/flight, Pokhara. Alpine Eco Trek and expedition (P) ltd. http// is ready to assist you in any trips.

No of Guests Price ( With GSG ) Price ( With ESG)

* All Price is Per Person Price

Cost includes:

  • Accommodation On Twin Sharing basis bed & Breakfast in 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with Italian guided.
  • Budget lodges or hotel in Tibet best available en-route very basic.
  • English Speaking Tibetan Guide
  • Privet Japanese Lancruiser Jeep + 1 Support Truck for carrying staff, food
  • Kathmandu - Nepal - Tibet border - Kathmandu privet land transfer
  • Yaks & Yak-Man For Porte Range During round Kailash
  • Sightseeing Tour and Everest Base Camp Permit
  • Kailash Permit Monastery Entrance Fees
  • All Tibet Travel Permit & Normal Tibet Visa Fee.
  • All Camping tent, Mat, Table & Chair
  • Guide, Cook & Kitchen Crews
  • Food- Breakfast, Lunch, dinner & Snacks
  • Gamow Bag (life saving device in case of altitude sickness)
  • Insurance for trekking crews
  • Farwell dinner

Cost does not include:

  • Nepal Re - Entry Visa Fee
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Bar bills & Beverage
  • Lunch & Diner in Kathmandu
  • Sleeping bag & Jackets as well as personal equipment.
  • Tipping
  • Phone calls & Laundry



Casual wears and comfortable walking shoes are recommended to travel to Tibet. Be sure to bring warm clothing as nights and early mornings can be quite chilly to downright cold. Indian woman Pilgrims strictly advisable no Sari. Bring all the film, medicine, cosmetics, personal toilet items etc. that you will need from home as these are difficult if not impossible to obtain on the way. A small first aid kit is also a good idea. Also quite useful to have a route map, to know where you are going and have been each day.

What to take: 
Winter wear: Gore-Tex material though expensive is highly recommended. Down jacket, raincoat or windbreakers, thermal under wears, Jackets, warm trousers & woolen shirts (cotton will also do), warm sweaters, woolen gloves, sun hat, sun glass, comfortable shoes, light leather boots in case of snow, woolen balaclava ('monkey cap') & scarf/dust mask to protect your eyes & nose from dust.

Bring with you: 
Snacks along the way. Chocolates, dry fruit, toffees, glucose; 'namkeen' etc. Strong water bottle & water purifying tablets. Personal medical kit and Diamox tablet (for high altitude). Sun glasses (to protect your eyes from UV, which is especially strong in high altitudes). Sun block or sun screen lotion, wet tissues (Fresh-ones are excellent to wipe off the dust), clothes-line/clips, needle & thread, deo-spray (handy for smelly boots/feet and for a round of spray in the toilet tent!), toilet paper, torch & spare batteries, daypack (small shoulder bag), Camera & films, Binocular.

This is one of the toughest high altitude road journeys on earth. You Must be physically fit - no two ways about that. Generally patients with asthma & heart problems have a problem acclimatizing to high altitudes. In your interests it is essential you should be examined by your doctor to know about your health condition and your ability to cope up with the rigors of high altitude travel for days in 'no road' conditions, extreme cold, dust, trekking to an altitude of 19500ft during the Parikrama, etc.

Altitude Sickness: 
As you are traveling over high terrain, you are likely to experience symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness (headache, loss of appetite, nausea, exhaustion, sleeplessness, breathlessness etc.) until your body adjusts to the elevation. This can take a couple of days or more depending on an individual. For this reason alone, we have made it mandatory to stay 2 nights at Nylam (12000ft) before moving on to the higher altitudes. Drink plenty of water, be calm, and do not exercise. Do not drink alcohol or smoke prior to and during the tour. We also recommend you carry a strip of diamox tablets. Do consult your physician on the dosage. We provide Gamow bag (a special equipment to prevent sickness from high altitude) on this tour.

The unit of Chinese currency is Yuan. USD 1 = 6.00 Yuan. 1 Yuan = INR 10.00 approx, Money can exchange at Bank of China at Zhangmu or from the locals at Zhangmu or Kodari. Exchange all you’re remaining Yuan at the end of the trip at Zhangmu itself before re-entering Nepal.

Risks & Liability: 
New Generation Trek & Adventure Pvt. Ltd. and its associates will put every effort to make your journey smooth and pleasant. However, all the tours in Tibet are conduct strictly under the rules & regulation of Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB). Therefore, New Generation Trek & Adventure Pvt. Ltd. and its counterpart shall not be responsible for any change and alteration in the program due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, delay issue of permit and visa, sickness or accidents. Any extra cost incurred thereof shall be borne by the clients on the spot.

All Inclusive Price:


Total Duration 16 days
Max Altitude 5700 m.
Difficulty Level Moderate