Kailash Full Moon (Saga Dawa) Festival Tour

13 Nights 14 Days
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Mount Kailash- A Pilgrimage Site

Mount Kailash is a sacred site in Western Tibet; visiting by thousands of Hindu pilgrims and travelers every year. It has a great mass of black rock soaring to over 22,000 ft. Mount Kailash has a sole feature of being one of the world’s most holiest places but least visited. This is extremely venerated and circled by thousands of pilgrims each year, never been climbed though. It is against the religion and never been permitted.

Full Moon Tour – Saga Dawa Festival

Every year during the Full Moon period, big mass of Tibetan people gather at Tarboche, Kailash to attend Saga Dawa Festival. This is one of the very important religious festivals in Tibet. The Saga Dawa Festival is celebrated on the Full Moon day of the fourth Tibetan Lunar Month. The most important thing of this festival is replacing the Tarboche Flagpole, the huge pole that lies on the way to Kailash circuit. Every year, the Flagpole is taken down and new flagpole is established in the place.The pole replacing event seen by all the locals and foreign tourists/pilgrims. People from different parts of Tibet visit to this place and attend Saga Dawa Festival and attach their small prayer flag to the pole as good fortune. As per the Buddhists literary sources, the Saga Dawa Festival is celebrated to highlight the day when Buddha (Sakyamuni) join the enlightenment.

Join our Fixed Departures to attend Saga Dawa Festival 2018

Join our fixed departure tours to attend Saga Dawa Festival every year in western Tibet, Kailash. Joining this festival is to learn about Tibet cultural and festivals. Check out fixed departure dates and join our group tours either from Lhasa or Kathmandu-Kerung to celebrate and enjoy this festival in Tibet.

Trip A Highlights:

Mount Kailash Tour Via Lhasa – Fly in Drive Out

Fixed Departure Date: 21st May, 2018– 04thJune, 2018

Arrive: Lhasa by flight/train from Mainland China/Kathmandu

Depart: Kerung/Gyirong (Tibet-Nepal Border)

No of Days: 15 Days

Saga Dawa Festival Date: 29th May, 2018

Tour Cost: USD 1880.00 (Full Board Basis)

Max. People in a group: 08 Pax

Route: Lhasa-Shigatse-EBC-Kailash-Kerung-Kathmandu (Detailed itinerary below)

Trip B Highlights:

Kailash Tour Via Kerung/Gyirong – Drive in/out

Fixed Departure Date: 24th May – 04th June, 2018

Arrive: Kerung/Gyirong (Tibet-Nepal Border)

Depart: Kerung/Gyirong (Tibet-Nepal Border)

No of Days: 12 Days

Tour Cost: USD 1680.00 (Full Board Basis)

Max. People in a group: 08 Pax

Route: Kathmandu-Kerung-Kailash-Kerung-Kathmandu (Detailed itinerary below)


Note: It is suggested to book your Full Moon tour at Kailash as early as possible. Hundreds of people attend the special event, Tibet Tourism Bureau can limit the permit issuance. So that, it is wise to confirm your trip few months prior to the festival date. Travel itinerary can be customized as per your requirement; however some additional cost can be entertained any private trips.

We need at least 2-3 working days to make this Tibet group visa done, your early arrival in Kathmandu is expected.

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Start from: Kathmandu/Lhasa
  • Trip Ends in: Kathmandu
  • Activities: Hiking, Trekking
  • Max. Elevation: 5613m

Trip Itineraries

  • Trip A: Mainalnd China/Kathmandu - Lhasa - Mount Kailash - Kerung/Lhasa Tour Itinerary

    21st May: Day 01: Fly to Lhasa in Tibet (3750m) / Hotel

    22nd May: Day 02: Lhasa sightseeing/hotel

    23rd May: Day 03: Lhasa Sightseeing/hotel

    24nd May: Day 04: Drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake and drive to Shigatse/hotel

    25th May: Day 05: Drive to Tingri (4349m): 238KM – Rongbuk (4980m): 109KM

    26th May: Day 06: Explore EBC & Drive to Saga (4,600m) 374km, O/N at Guest house/Tented Camp.

    27th May: Day 07: Saga – Manasarovar (4550m) 460km, – O/N at Guest house/Tented Camp

    28th May: Day 08: Explore Lake Manasarover then drive to Darchen (4,660m) 53km. O/N at Guest house/Tented Camp

    29th May: Day 09: Attend Saga Dawa Festival at Tarboche. O/N at Guest house/Tented Camp

    30th May: Day 10: Trek to – Dira Phuk (4,900m) 18km. O/N at Guest house/Tented Camp

    31st May: Day 11: Dira Phuk – Zutul Phuk (4,750m) 20km. O/N at Guest house/Tented Camp.

    01st June: Day 12: Zutul Phuk – Darchen (14km) – drive Manasarover- Pinchung (4,330m) 60km. O/N at Guest house/Tented Camp

    02nd June: Day 13: Drive to Saga O/N at Guest house/Tented Camp

    03rd June: Day 14: Drive to Kerung O/N at Hotel – Group of people traveling back to Lhasa can separate here.

    04th June: Day 15: Drive Kerung to Kathmandu (160KM). O/N at hotel.

  • Trip B: Kathmandu - Kerung Border - Mount Kailash - Kerung/Lhasa Tour Itinerary

    24th May: Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Kerung via Syabrubensi (6-7 Hrs -160km/ 3,500m)

    25th May: Day 02: Acclimatization day in Kerung/Gyirong.

    26th May: Day 03: Drive to Saga (230km – 6 hours) 4450m.

    27th May: Day 04: Drive to Lake Mansarovar (370km – 7 Hours) 4580m

    28th May: Day 05: Exploration around Mansarovar and drive to Darchen (40km – 1 hour) , the base of Kailash Mountain.

    29th May: Day 06: Attend Saga Dawa Festival at Tarboche. O/N at Guest house/Tented Camp

    30th May: Day 07: Drive to valley of the God and start Kailash Kora (Circle). Reach Dirapuk (18km – 7 Hours) 4900m.

    31st May: Day 08: Second day of Kailash Kora, reach at Zuthulpuk (4760m) via Drolma La pass, 5613m. (19km – 9 Hours)

    01st June: Day 09: Last/End of Kailash Kora. Drive back to Saga (16km walk with 3 hrs and Drive

    02nd June: Day 10: Drive back from Saga to Kerung

    03rd June: Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu via Syabrubensi (7-8 hrs)

    04th June: Day 12: Departure Hom


  • Hotel, Guest House or Tented Accommodation as per program.
  • Private Transportation as per the group size.
  • All necessary Tibet Travel and Trekking permit.
  • One English speaking Tibetan Guide.
  • All Sightseeing and Entrance fee.
  • Yak and Yak man during the Kora (02 Pax =01 Yak).
  • Supporting Truck (above 4 pax only) (if camping)
  • Meal on Full board Basis (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)


  • Travel and personal Expenses.
  • Flight/train fare (To and From Lhasa), Group Visa Fee
  • Sleeping bags and Mattress for the tent stay.
  • Insurance of any kind & Medical fee if Emergency.
  • Hiring porter/ horse.
  • Portable oxygen cylinders in of emergency.
  • Rescue and Evacuation Service
  • Any Additional cost due to Nature calamity and Unforeseen Circumstances and etc.

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