Saga Dawa Festival in Kailash is celebrating on 5 June, 2020. Every year, we organize small group departure to Mount Kailash during Saga Dawa festival. 16 days tour starts and ends at Kathmandu Nepal. It also has option to start your tour from Lhasa, Tibet. Tour itinerary include days in Kathmandu for trip preparation and visa. Drive to Kerung boarder, about 8 hour’s adventure driving route through Langtang trekking area. Drive to Lake Mansarovar via Saga and Pariyang town. We will have enough time to visit Chui Gumba, to deep or take bath in Lake Mansarovar. The next destination Darchen is the last city in Kailash region. From here we drive to Tarboche valley where the main day of Saga Dawa Festival celebrates. After spending full day, we start Kailash Kora from next day. After 3 days walking around Mount Kailash, drive back to Kathmandu Nepal via Kerung boarder.
Small group joining Kailash Tour during Saga Dawa festival
Nepal Highland Treks operate small group joining tour to Kailash every year. Private tour cost is huge in Tibet and it may be hard to afford for everyone. We can provide you an opportunity to join our small group in Saga Dawa festival tour too. Comfortable group size is only foreigners. Our fixed tour cost is base on group joining. Tour cost including basic category accommodations on group sharing room in entire tour. It has also option to upgrade accommodation in deluxe guest houses on twin sharing. 3 nights’ accommodation of Manasarovar, Derapuk and Juthulpuk only have option of basic and group sharing guest houses.
If you want to make this tour as privately, we can provide you varies prices accordingly group size, services and also can customize itinerary as per interest. There are option to add extra spots like Everest Base Camp, Namtso Lake, Everest Base camp and Guge valley along with Kailash Saga Dawa Festival Tour.
It is option to extend your itinerary along with Kailash Tour. Guge Kingdom is ancient ruin valley near from Mount Kailash region. Another famous destination Tibet north Everest Base Camp is on the way from Lhasa to Mt Kailash. It is also a good option to add in your itinerary. The Namtso Lake, a day of 2 days trip from Lhasa is another option to add in your tour itinerary.
Day 01:10 Jun 2019 - Arrival in Kathmandu Nepal. Your arrival should at morning time up to 12 to handover your original passport for final Tibetan visa. Otherwise manage to arrive on 9th Jun. Transfer to Hotel
Day 02:11 Jun 2019 - Day in Katahmandu for visa preparation. You can explore UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel
Day 03:12 Jun 2019 - Day in Katahmandu for visa preparation. We may drive up to on the way of Kerung boarder. overnight at Guest House Hotel
Day 04:13 Jun 2019 - Drive Kathmandu to Kerung via Syaprubensi (7/8 Hours -140km/ 3,500m) Overnight at local guest house
Day 05:14 Jun 2019 - Kerung for acclimatization. Overnight at Guest house
Day 06:15 Jun 2019 - Drive to Saga (230km – 6 hours) 4450m. Overnight at guest house
Day 07:16 Jun 2019 - Drive to Lake Mansarovar (370km - 9 Hours) 4580m Overnight at Guest house
Day 08:17 Jun 2019 - Drive to Tarboche valley. Explore Saga Dawa Festival. Back to Darchen and Overnight at Hotel
Day 09:18 Jun 2019 - Start first day kailash kora. Reach at Derapuk and Overnight at Guest house
Day 10:19 Jun 2019- Second day Kailash kora. Reach at Juthulpuk via Dolma La pass. Overnight at Guest house
Day 11:20 Jun 2019 - Finish third day Kailash Kora and drive back to Saga. Overnight at Guest House
Day 12:21 Jun 2019 - Drive back to Kerung boarder and Overnight at Guest House
Day 13:22 Jun 2019 - Cross Nepal Tibet immigration (Kerung) and drive back to Kathmandu. overnight at Hotel
Day 14:23 Jun 2019 - Departure
Special Note: With the new rules of Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, they put your original passport and other documents from our office for 3 whole working days. So your arrival in Nepal should be either at morning time of 10th June or any time in 9th June. You should handover your original passport by 12 on 10th June.
Join Saga Dawa Festival Tour from Lhasa
We also operate joining group from Lhasa. You can reach at Lhasa from your place and join our group. Or have your own private tour. It is 15 days trip counting from your arrival and till departure dates. Tour route is Lhasa, Shigatse, Everest Base Camp Kailash and back again to Lhasa. You will get chance to explore major monuments in Lhasa, Shigtase, on the way driving and be at base camp of Highest peak Mount Everest. Tour for 2019 is from 10th June and till 24th June. Arrive at Lhasa is either by train or by flight. Train to Lhasa operates from major cities of China and flights to Lhasa are from major cities of China or from Kathmandu Nepal.
Tibetan visa and permit information for Saga Dawa festival Tour
There are different rules for Tibet travel permit and Tibet visa as per your travel route. If you reach at Lhasa from mainland China and make your Tour from Lhasa to Kailash you should issue Chinese visa from your country and send us Passport scan copy and Chinese visa copy so that we can issue Tibetan travel permit and send to you. Travelling Kailash from Nepal does not need to issue Chinese visa. You only send us your passport scan copy, with that we prepare Tibet travel permit. After you land in Nepal, we need your original passport, one copy of passport size picture and have to fill an embassy form to get Tibet visa. 3 full working days are require to issue Tibet visa from Nepal.
Booking procedure and documentation
- Nepal Highland Treks need your passport scan copy in the time of booking confirmation. As well as advance amount. It is in the case of starting your trip from Kathmandu Nepal
- If you like to start your trip from China, you need to send us your passport scan copy and Chinese visa copy
- Normal time of the booking is at least 25 days from the date of trip starting. We require booking as earlier as possible to make every thing on time.
- Start your trip from Kathmandu Nepal, need 3 full working day to prepare Tibetan visa. So your arrival should be 3 days earlier to handover your original passport. A passport size of recent picture is also require
Payment and cancellation policy
Advance payment of the tour is USD 200 per person. Rest of the tour cost is paid in the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. Advance payment can be paid by bank transfer or online (we will provide you link). Rest of the payment can be paid by any cash, Bank transfer or paying by credit card. Paying by credit card charges more 4 %.
- Cancel your tour after we apply permit in Tibet – cancelation charge is USD 200 per person
- Cancel your tour in less than a week time – cancellation charge us USD 600 per person
- Cancel your tour in less than 72 hours – cancellation charge USD 1000 per person
Day 110 Jun 2019 - Arrival in Kathmandu Nepal. Your arrival should at morning time up to 12 to handover your original passport for final Tibetan visa. Otherwise manage to arrive on 9th Jun. Transfer to Hotel Representative from Nepal Highland Treks will pick up from international airport and transfer to hotel. collect original passport and fill form of Chinese embassy for your final visa approval. Overnight at rest at hotel
Day 211 Jun 2019 - Day in Katahmandu for visa preparation. You can explore UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel It is visa reparation day. You can choose to explore Kathmandu valley. Explore major UNESCo heritage sites in Kathmandu. Also can choose day hiking tour around Kathmandu valley. Stay in trip briefing and final reparation of the tour.
Day 312 Jun 2019 - Day in Katahmandu for visa preparation. We may drive up to on the way of Kerung boarder. overnight at Guest House HotelWe receive visa from embassy and can plan to drive on the way for Kerung boarder. So that we enter early in the morning to Tibet. Stay at Nepal part either in Shyaprubesi or in Boarder site Timure, Ghattekulo.
Day 413 Jun 2019 - Drive Kathmandu to Kerung via Syaprubensi (7/8 Hours -140km/ 3,500m) Overnight at local guest houseDrive to Friendship Kerung Border from Kathmandu via Shyaprubensi. Start very early from Kathmandu with your packed breakfast to enter Tibet same day. Make immigration formalities in Nepal and Tibet Part. Enter to Tibet and transfer to Tibetan bus. Drive to Kerung and check in Guest house. Kerung is 24 kilometer from Nepal Tibet immigration.
Day 514 Jun 2019 - Kerung for acclimatization. Overnight at Guest house Acclimatization activities and rest in kerung. we make short hiking around the valley. which really help your body to move on altitude. take Lunch prepared by our cooking team than rest at guest house.
Day 615 Jun 2019 - Drive to Saga (230km – 6 hours) 4450m. Overnight at guest houseIt is driving via high passes with panoramic Mountain View. Decorative Buddhist praying flags at the top of passes are so unique and picturesque. Stop and view several lake views on the way. Reach at saga by crossing Brahmaputra River and overnight at guest house
Day 716 Jun 2019 - Drive to Lake Mansarovar (370km - 9 Hours) 4580m Overnight at Guest house Today is the day we can view Lake Mansarovar and Mount Kailash. it is long way drive to reach Lake Mansarovar. Lots of stops on the way to capture good pictures and visit local movement. we spend night today at bank of the Lake.
Day 817 Jun 2019 - Drive to Tarboche valley. Explore Saga Dawa Festival. Back to Darchen and Overnight at Hotel The main day of Saga Dawa festival. All the peoples and Lamas gather at Tarboche valley on the way to Kailash Kora today. we also drive to the spot and explore festival. stay almost whole day with locals, explore their activities
Day 918 Jun 2019 - Start first day kailash kora. Reach at Derapuk and Overnight at Guest house Start Kailash Kora from today. The first day of Kailash kora is starting from Tarboche valley after we drive shortly from Darchen. it is easy walking today to reach Derapuk (4,900m) fro where we view North face of Kailash.
Day 1019 Jun 2019- Second day Kailash kora. Reach at Juthulpuk via Dolma La pass. Overnight at Guest house Today is the hardest day of the trip. Walk about 23 kilometer and have to cross 5,645 miter Dolma La pass. it is about 10 hours walking. the first section of 5 hours is consider as tough uphill, another 2 hours downhill to the tea house and again more 3 hours flat land to reach Juthulpuk.
Day 1120 Jun 2019 - Finish third day Kailash Kora and drive back to Saga. Overnight at Guest House It is easy walking about 3 hours in flat land to finish Kailash Kora. After walking, we drive back with our car to Saga. Probably reach at Saga by evening only. Overnight in same hotel today
Day 1221 Jun 2019 - Drive back to Kerung boarder and Overnight at Guest House The same way drive back to Kerung today. We can stop on the way at scenic place to take picture and enjoying the nature. Stay overnight at Tibet part.
Day 1322 Jun 2019 - Cross Nepal Tibet immigration (Kerung) and drive back to Kathmandu. overnight at Hotel Early in the morning drive to Nepal Tibet immigration. Cross friendship bridge as immigration formalities both sides.. Tibetan guide and drive escort only up to Tibet part. Next to Nepal site, Nepali guide and driver will pickup. Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 1423 Jun 2019 - Departure Departure from Nepal or stay as long as you like.
10th June arrival in Kathmandu is the fixed departure date in 2019 for group joining. Saga dawa festival tour is once a year and main day of the festival, we are going to explore in Darboche valley near Mount Kailash. You also can make your own departure date and customized your trip itinerary in your private tour.
Starting your tour from Lhasa is also possible. Itinerary and dates will be different.
Accommodation in the trip
Accommodation at 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu twin sharing. Deluxe and best available guest houses on the way in Kerung, Saga and Darchen which is for 6 nights on twin sharing. Rest of 3 nights accommodation are in basic guest houses (Mansarovar, Derapuk and Juthulpuk). Upgrading your accommodation to more than 3 star in only possible in Kathmandu.
Foods and Drinks in the Tour
Every morning breakfast in the tour is including in the cost. Lunch and Dinner is extra. You are staying in touristic hub of Nepal in Thamel and lots of touristic restaurants are around your hotel with all kind of foods. Chinese and local Tibetan restaurants are available in Kailash region. Basic Tibetan restaurants are only available during Kailash Kora days, which is for 3 days. You may spend USD 200 – 300 for your Dinner and drinks in entire tour. Bottled mineral water is available in entire tour even on the way to Kailash Parikrama.
Extra expenses in the Tour
Cost of lunch, Dinner, drinks, Personal expenses, Personal horse or helper during the Kailash Parikrama in the case of you need, any tipping is extra cost in this tour. If you are fit to walk, you do not need to take any personal helper or horse during Kailash Parikrama. In the case of any emergency evacuation, personal medical expenses are extra from tour cost.
General Packing List
You are travelling in both temperatures. During the day time before reaching at Lake Mansarovar is hot and suddenly after sunset getting cold. Days are normally windy and you are suggesting covering your body properly to safe from heavy windy
What not to bring
- Any books, magazine that is about Tibet or Lama.
- Fresh fruits, Fresh vegetables
- Liquors like oil, Ghee