Kailash Full Moon (Saga Dawa) Festival Tour


Trip Facts

Trip Code
HWT088
Trip Duration
10 Day(s)
Activities
Hiking, Culture
Start Point
Kathmandu
End Point
Kathmandu
Max Altitude
5613m
Group Size
2-12 Pax
Best Season
May to Oct
Difficulty Level
Demanding
Accomodations & Meals

  • 9 Nights Guesthouses (Tibet)
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 10 Lunches
  • 9 Dinners
Locations Covered

Overview


Mount Kailash- A Pilgrimage Site Mount Kailash is a sacred site in Western Tibet; visiting 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 the sole feature of being one of the world’s holiest places but least visited. This is extremely venerated and circled by thousands of pilgrims each year, never been climbed though. It is against religion and never been permitted. Full Moon Tour – Saga Dawa Festival Every year during the Full Moon period, a 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 about this festival is replacing the Tarboche Flagpole, the huge…

Mount Kailash- A Pilgrimage Site

Mount Kailash is a sacred site in Western Tibet; visiting 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 the sole feature of being one of the world’s holiest places but least visited. This is extremely venerated and circled by thousands of pilgrims each year, never been climbed though. It is against religion and never been permitted.

Full Moon Tour – Saga Dawa Festival

Every year during the Full Moon period, a 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 about this festival is replacing the Tarboche Flagpole, the huge pole that lies on the way to the Kailash circuit. Every year, the Flagpole is taken down and a new flagpole is established in the place. The pole replacing the event seen by all the locals and foreign tourists/pilgrims. People from different parts of Tibet visit this place and attend Saga Dawa Festival and attach their small prayer flag to the pole as good fortune. As per the Buddhist literary sources, the Saga Dawa Festival is celebrated to highlight the day when Buddha (Sakyamuni) join the enlightenment.

Join our Fixed Departures (2020/2021) to attend the Saga Dawa Festival

Join our Fixed Departure Group Join-in Tours to attend Saga Dawa Festival every year in western Tibet, Kailash. Joining this festival is to learn about Tibet culture 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.

Planning mount Kailash tour attending Saga Dawa Festival in 2020 or 2021? Here are the dates below:

The year 2020: Saga Dawa Festival falls on 5th June 2020 
The year 2021: Saga Dawa Festival Falls on 26th May 2021

Important Notes:

  • It is suggested to book your Full Moon Tour at Kailash as early as possible. Hundreds of people attend the special event, the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) can limit the permit issuance. So, it is wise to confirm your trip a few months prior to the festival date. Travel itinerary can be customized as per your requirement; however, some additional costs can be entertained for any private trips.
  • In 2021, We will leave for the Kailash tour from Kathmandu on 22 May 2021 (Saturday) as soon as we get the Tibet Group Visa (TGV)–  as the required TGV processing time is a minimum of 3-working days at the Embassy of China in Kathmandu. And we must need your original passport for the application. Therefore, your arrival in Kathmandu on 18th May (Tue) before 12 pm is a MUST. During your free time in Kathmandu, you may go for a short hike or tour around Kathmandu. We will request your original passport, one Passport-Sized Photograph, and a Completely filled-in Application Form (Visa Form will be provided by the Embassy).

Itinerary Expand All


Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Kerung Border (6-7 Hrs -155km/ 2,500m) O/N at Guest House

Note: As soon as we collect your Tibet Group Visa (TGV) at the embassy of China in Kathmandu, we will proceed to the Kerung border. It takes Six to Seven hours to reach the border.

Rest for Acclimatization in Kerung O/N at Guest House

Drive to Saga (230km – 6 hours) 4400m.O/N at Guest House.

Drive to Lake Mansarovar (370km – 7 Hours) 4500m O/N at Guest House.

Attend SagaDawa Festival at Tarboche

It’s only about 50 Kilometers to reach Tarboche, the driving time is one and half-hour. Tarboche is the main place for the performance of Saga Dawa Festival. Enjoy the Festival whole day and drive back to Darchen. Stay overnight at the basic guest house in Darchen. Accommodation at Darchen is in high demand on that day and we may have to drive to another place if necessary. The guide will make the right decision if necessary.

Drive to the valley of God and start Kailash Kora (making Circle). Reach Dirapuk (18km – 7 Hours) 4800m. Guesthouse/Tented Camp

The second day of Kailash Kora, reach at Zuthulpuk (4760m) via Drolma La pass, 5634m. (19km – 9 Hours) Guesthouse/Tented Camp

Last day of Kailash Kora /End of Kailash Kora. Drive back to Saga (16km walk with 3 hrs and Drive to Darchen then to Saga O/N at Guest House.

Drive back from Saga to Kerung O/N at Guest House

Note: – This tour itinerary is based on our fixed departure group join-in tour.  If you wish to make it a private one, we shall arrange and customize the itinerary as per your needs.

If you are not satisfied with this itinerary, you can still customize it as per your requirement.

What's Included


  • 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)

What's Excluded


  • 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.

Customer Reviews


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John UY . Jul 24, 2019
3 Country Tour - Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan

Hassle-free is the word. If you plan to visit these countries? Anup at Himalayan Windows is the guy you need to see. Almost a year of planning and he was on top of things every single time. Any questions? He answers. Any suggestions? He answers. Better yet? You don’t need to plan anything. Have him plan it for you! He even booked us a fine dining restaurant in which my…

Hassle-free is the word. If you plan to visit these countries? Anup at Himalayan Windows is the guy you need to see. Almost a year of planning and he was on top of things every single time. Any questions? He answers. Any suggestions? He answers. Better yet? You don’t need to plan anything. Have him plan it for you! He even booked us a fine dining restaurant in which my wife was really surprised! Thanks for that one, sir! Our only interest was Bhutan and they offer everything including visas. Then, he was kind enough to suggest Tibet and we were like, why not? Since it’s a neighboring country and we haven’t visited it either. We ended up booking the 3 Country tour. Including Nepal yes! Nepal was very entertaining and with our very educated guide Anish! He knew his stuff. Smiling fella! Minus the rain coz we missed our helicopter ride to see up close and personal the all-mighty Mt Everest. But don’t get me wrong. Even if Anup knew that our helicopter ride would be canceled he still showed up, at 6 am! He kept trying and calling constantly if there could be any possibility that we could do the tour but sadly no. That is customer service at its finest. Haven’t encountered such customer service like his. 5 stars on that! Tibet was something else. Altitude sickness yes but we managed. Karma our guide was very accommodating and will give us time to wander around on our own. Knows how to manage time especially visiting the Potala Palace. When he said he’ll meet us at 7 am. He was at the hotel right on the dot. Talk about punctuality! Bhutan was magical! The moment when you land. Everything is just a breeze. Even immigration was very friendly! I have no complaints! Sangay our guide was great! We felt like we weren’t tourists. More like friends. He explained everything perfectly. He even told us to roll down our windows coz of the fresh air. The hike to Tiger’s Nest is no joke but Sangay was there all the way. We have no negative feedback the whole time we were there in the kingdom of Bhutan. A must place to visit! Our only concern was the breakfast at Shambhala Palace in Tibet. To us, it was a cool experience to have Tibetan breakfast such as the tsampa but to the others, they might not be able to enjoy it. Fewer choices of food but that didn’t bother us. Eggs, toast coffee, and tea. No continental breakfast here but we were happy about it. The hotel is nice though! Loving the touch of every piece of furniture they have. Hi-tech shower! When we had dinner they have to fetch it from the other hotel coz the cook wasn’t there anymore. They didn’t say the kitchen is closed. They still provide. We were shocked! We felt bad for the guy delivering the food to us but we gave him a decent tip. Wish we knew all their names coz they were all very nice to us from the beginning when we arrived greeted with a smile and the day we left. The security guard even gave us bottled water on the way back to Nepal. We will surely miss those hardworking folks over there! Keep smiling! One word. Anup will do anything to make your trip a memorable one coz ours was. Even side trips such as having breakfast and having us tried all the dishes or snacks that we wanted to try! Also, even if we were at other Countries he keeps in touch thru WhatsApp just to make sure everything was still in order. He even kept on checking the helicopter ride when we were away! Thumbs up, sir! Hope your business will continue to grow and may you have more customers and friends to come! You are indeed an amazing travel consultant. Thanks again for having us and making our trip a memorable one! Thank   you all, Mr and Mrs. Uy
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Trip Information


PAYMENT & CANCELLATION 

Payment: 30% of the total tour cost is required as an advance deposit to confirm the tour with HimalayanWindows (HW). The remaining balance will be charged 7 days before the departure date. Payment can be made through Wire Transfer or Credit Card. We process your credit card payment securely and no extra fee is charged.

Cancellation: For cancellation more than 30 days before the Tour Start Date, No Cancellation fee is charged. For cancellation from 29 calendar days up to and including 4 calendar days before the Tour Start Date, a charge of 30% of the total invoice amount is charged. For a cancellation occurring within 3 days of the date of travel or No Show shall be charged 100% of the total invoice amount. Learn more about Terms and Conditions.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS 

Accommodation: Accommodation is in twin rooms in cities unless a special request is made for a single supplement with an additional fee. Accommodation is in twin or dormitory at lodges on the trek especially in a peak season, it is difficult to find single/twin rooms in the mountains. Our main focus is to provide clean and safe rooms to our valued guests.

Meals: Basically, every package we offer includes breakfast; lunch and dinner are provided based on the cost we offer on the tour. In Bhutan, every package is on a full board plan that includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. During the trek, we provide all meals where you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Nepal Visa: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Nepal needs to obtain a Nepal Visa. Nepal visa can be obtained on arrival and some countries need a visa before traveling to Nepal. Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Make sure to obtain a multi-entries Nepal Visa if you are planning cross country tours.

Check the latest update and requirements to enter Nepal post-COVID-19

Bhutan Visa Clearance: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Bhutan needs to obtain a Bhutan Visa Clearance before the travel to Bhutan. We obtain your Bhutan visa; you need to send your color scanned clear passport copy. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Before flying to Bhutan, a Visa Clearance will be sent to you from your tour operator, you have to print the clearance paper and show it at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during the Check-in. The original visa would be stamped into your passport upon arrival at the Paro airport. Learn more Bhutan travel info.

Tibet Group Visa (TGV): Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Tibet from Nepal needs to obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu through the help of a tour operator. Make sure to land in Kathmandu 3-4 working days before the travel date t process for TGV. If you are traveling from China, no TGV is required, a Chinese Visa & Permit are needed, though. Learn more about the Tibet entry procedure.

BEST TIME TO VISIT 

Nepal & Bhutan: Nepal and Bhutan share the climate from high mountains to the low land sub-tropical plains and jungles. Both countries have similar weather and ideal to visit at the same time of the year. March to April (spring) & October to December (autumn and early winter) are the best time to visit as the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder and June, July, and August (summer) are monsoon season.

Tibet: The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October as the weather is warmer, fresh, and sunny skies. November to March are usually very cold, but still possible to visit if the route is not blocked by the snow, especially in the regions like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, Mount Kailash, etc.

TRAVEL INSURANCE 

HimalayanWindows advises bringing proper Travel Insurance to all the travelers who are interested in traveling in the Himalayas. Travel Insurance is a policy that helps cover medical problems, emergency evacuation, theft, loss of belongings, last hour tour/ticket cancellation, etc.

FAQS


May I have general info about travel to Mount Kailash? If you are preparing for travel to Mount Kailash or Yatra, you are kindly requested to be fully aware that it is a really demanding tour where we will be spending most of the time at high altitudes. At least two months of regular exercise is recommended such as running, swimming, hiking, etc which help accomplish your Kailash tour successfully. Moreover, you’d… Read More »

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