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Saga Dawa Festival Tour


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5620m, Droma-la
Per Day Hiking:
4-6 hrs
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  • Sightseeing tour in UNESO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Visit Mansarovar Lake and get a close up view of Mt. Kailash
  • Be a part of the Saga Dawa Festival
  • Enjoy the view of people in their traditional costumes, traditional dances, prayers, chants and many other acts that reflects the rich Buddhist culture.
  • Get blessed with wonderful views of Tibetan terrain and mountains like Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar from Lalung La (5124m) and Shung La (5200m)


Saga Dawa Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in Tibet. This Festival is very important for the Tibetans. Tibetans celebrate this festival, in honor of the life of lord Buddha and his teachings, Saga Dawa festival. They celebrate this festival on the full moon day of fourth lunar month each year (as per Tibetan Calendar).
Lord Buddha taught to live a noble life. He told his follower to not offer flowers or lights over him after his death. He also taught that death is an ultimate truth and nothing lasts forever. Most important lesson was that, a human body is sure to disintegrate with the blink of time. Thus, during the tour you can learn rituals of Buddhist religion.

Saga Dawa Festival is a colorful festival. Buddhist pilgrimage around the world come to Mt. Kailash to perform Kora. During this festival the giant flagpole at Tarpoche is replaced with a new one. The colorful flag pole is raised high and pointed towards Gyandrak monastery. In this ceremony, monks perform various rituals with the traditional music. It is necessary that the flagpole always stand straight. Because, people believe that if the flag does not stand straight something bad will happen to them.

Moreover, for this festival people wear their finest traditional dresses and dance to the holy chant. One of the major highlight of this festival is the traditional drama of demons and good spirit. This is the time where people enjoy, eat, dance and cherish the moment. They remember Buddha and his noble teachings and enjoy the festival to its fullest.

So, if you are willing to be a part of this beautiful journey to Lhasa and enjoy this festival, come along with Himal Eco treks to add fun to your journey.

Itinerary Overview

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02: Obtain Chinese visa and Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
Day 03: Drive to Nyalam
Day 04: Acclimatization at Nyalam
Day 05: Nyalam – New Dongba
Day 06: New Dongba – Mansarovar
Day 07: Mansarovar – Tarchenv
Day 08: Attend Saga Dawa Festival at Tarboche
Day 09: Tarchen – Tarboche – Dirapuk
Day 10: Dirapuk - Zuthulpuk
Day 11: Zuthulpuk – Tarchen –Mansarovar - Dongba
Day 12: Drive to Nyalam
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 14: Farewell

Detail Itinerary

Land on the grounds of Nepal. A representative from Himal Eco Treks will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check in. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast included)

We will arrange for your Chinese Visa. Meanwhile, you can enjoy sightseeing tour to the UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. You will be guided to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. Explore the unique art, culture and history of Nepal in the UNESCO listed sites. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast included)

Today, we head towards Tibet. After six hours drive from Kathmandu, we reach Kodari, the China - Nepal Border. At the border we will continue with the immigration procedure & custom formalities. After completing the procedures, we drive towards Nyalam. Overnight at a guesthouse in Nyalam. (Breakfast included)

Today is a free day in Nyalam set aside for acclimatization! At this point, we are already at high altitude region and need proper acclimatization for our journey ahead. Therefore, we spend the day wandering around the city and visiting the places of importance. Overnight at a guesthouse in Nyalam. (Breakfast included)

Continuing our journey ahead, we drive towards Paryang. We pass through villages and camps of yak herders and drive on plains to Paryang. On the south, we can get the glimpse of the snow-capped mountains. Overnight at the guesthouse in New Dongba. (Breakfast included)

Today is the day with longest driving hours, however, it is an exciting day when we can get the first glimpse of Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Lake Mansarovar is the highest lake with fresh water. The turquoise colour lake is full of fishes. We can see the fishes moving inside from outside in the clear water of Mansarovar. The other major attractions around the Mansarovar lakes are Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandala and Lake Rakshash. This region contains gold and other mines. There are many hot springs embedded and is a home to several wild creatures. Overnight at a guesthouse in Mansarovar.

Lake Mansarovar is a holy lake that lies besides the holy Mt. Kailash. It is a tranquil lake that symbolizes bliss. It is said that the sins of people who bath in this holy lake goes way. Therefore, we wake up early in the morning and take a dip inside the water. After the bath, we head for parikrama around the Mansarovar lake in our land cruiser. After the parikrama, we head towards Tarchen. If we have enough time, we will visit Chui Gompa on the way. Overnight at the guesthouse in Tarchen.

The Saga Dawa festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 4th Tibetan month. It is amongst one of the important festivals celebrated in Tibet. This day coincides with three important events in the life of Lord Buddha i.e. birth, nirvana and death. It is believed that in this day, good prayers and deeds doubles and the bad deeds fly away. We can see people praying for the good and performing various cultural prayers and programs. The colourful dresses, masks symbolizing good and evil and the true payers make the whole environment vivid and vibrant. Overnight at the guesthouse in Tarboche.

Today, we actually start our Kailash yatra. The path starting from Tarchen is also known as Asthapath which means “Way of Faith”. We walk along a rocky cliff and pass waterfall to Dirapuk. The whole landscape is wild but alluring. The blue sky with hint of few white clouds is absolutely amazing. The random view of face of Mt. Kailash will add to our walking journey. The atmosphere around will give us a heavenly feeling. Overnight at a guesthouse in Dirapuk.

We continue our trail up until we reach Dolma La Pass. At Dolma La pass, the weather can be quite unpredictable. Therefore, it is recommended to cross the pass as early as possible to avoid storm and bad weather. From the top of the pass, we descend down to Gauri Kund. After visiting Gauri Kund, we continue our trek to Zuthulpuk Overnight at a guesthouse in Zuthulpuk.

Today is the last day of our parikrama. In the morning, we explore the temples, shrines around the Milarepa cave. Then we retrace our jouney back to Tarchen. From Tarchen, we drive in our land cruiser to Dongba. Overnight at a guesthouse.

We join the road that takes us to the Nepal- china border and drive towards Tingri. Moving forward from Tingri, we cross two high passes namely Lalung La (5124m) and Shung La (5200m). From the pass, we will be rewarded with spectacular views of the mountain peaks like Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. Leaving the pass, we descend down to Nyalam. Overnight at a guesthouse in Nyalam. (Breakfast included)

Leaving Nyalam, we drive towards the Friendship Bridge. We cross Bhote Koshi River i.e. the Chinese - Nepalese border. We bid our Tibetan crew a goodbye and walk towards Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari. We meet our Nepalese staff there and complete the re-entry formalities. Then we continue our drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast included)

Your guide will escort you to the airport before your scheduled flight. Hope you had a good time with us!

Service Includes

  • Our package is inclusive of all ground transport which includes airport transfers as well.
  • You will be assisted in acquiring visa to China.
  • Accommodation in three star hotel wherever available.
  • Tented camps or guesthouse wherever not available.
  • The package includes full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the tour
  • All the permit fees during the tour.
  • An experienced local guide.
  • Other government taxes and tourist service charges if any.
  • First aid kit

Service Excludes

Items that are not covered in the cost of trip price.

  • Meals which are not specified in the itinerary.
  • International flights (flight from your place to Nepal)
  • Chinese visa fees.
  • Accommodation at a three star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee.
  • Snacks, soft drinks and water during the trek.
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Your personal expenses for shopping, internet, telephone expenses, laundry and other recreational
  • Personal trekking equipment if any.
  • Tips to tour guide, porter or driver is not our responsibility. (Tip is subject to your judgment. Offering
  • tip is not a compulsion)
  • Travel insurance

Essential Infos

Regarding your visa and arrival

You can obtain Chinese visa on your own by submitting an application to Chinese Embassy/ Consulate General based on your State of residence. However, you may also apply for visa through us. Once you book your trip with us, we take care of the process regarding visa. We apply for your visa on your behalf. All we need is photocopy of your passport and photographs. Once your application is processed and approved, you need to pay the applicable visa fees. Upon your arrival, you will be picked up and escorted throughout the journey as per your itinerary.

Getting into Tibet

You can enter into Tibet via road or air. You can take a direct flight to Tibet or opt for a drive via Kodari border in Nepal.

Best time to visit

Any season would be best for a traveler depending upon the motive of travel. However, for any traveler who would like to have best views of Mt. Everest from the base camp, April to mid June and September to October would be the best time.


Accommodation in Lhasa would be in a three star category hotel. For rest of the places, expect very normal kind of food and accommodation.

Meals and drinking water

During your travel to Tibet, we provide meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner as per the itinerary. However, lunch and dinner while your stay in three star hotels is not included. The menus are limited therefore if you want to eat anything different then you should purchase it on your own.

Currency Exchange

The currency of Tibet is denominated as Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY)

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is highly recommended as it insures your risk against any kind of uncertainties during the travel.


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