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 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.
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 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:
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.
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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.
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.
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 about 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.
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 are 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 seasons.
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.
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Mount Kailash – also known as the abode of God Shiva – one of the world’s most sacred holy places. It is a peak that has been believed to be the home of Lord Shiva – located in western Tibet. It is standing at the altitude of 22,000 ft (6,705m) where thousand of pilgrims do the Kailash Mansarovar tour (yatra) every year. Mostly, people to Kora (Parikrama) of Mount Kailash starting/ending from… Read More »