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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