Mount Kailash Yatra

Kailash Saga Dawa Trip

An exciting Cultural experience

Kailash Saga Dawa Tour is one of the most popular festival tours in Tibet, known as Kailash Saga Dawa Festival tour. Mount Kailash is a sacred site in Western Tibet which has great mass of black rock soaring to over 22000 ft. Kailash Saga Dawa tour begins in Lhasa, the holy city to the Tibetan people and the capital city of Tibet, visiting the historical sites of the Potala Palace and Jokang temple which are the world heritage sites of the Unesco. The grand monasteries of Drepung and Sera monastic college. During Kailash Saga Dawa tour, on the way, you will be enjoying the most beautiful view of Yamdrok turquoise lake, Noejin Kangsang mountain and it's glacier. Historical old town of Gyantse and it's giant Kubum pagoda stupa. The largest monastery of the Tsang region, Tashi Lhunpo which is also the seat of the Penchen Lama, the second highest Lama of Tibetan people. Continue Kailash Saga Dawa Tour through the wilderness of the Tibetan plateau, nomad camps, beautiful stream river, wild animals, great Himalayan mountain range, beautiful lakes and many mountain passes, and you will finally reach to the destination of great Mt Kaialsh and Lake Mansarovar.

Destination: Tibet
Trip Routes: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse -Saga - Mansarover - Tarpoche- Diraphuk - Zutrul Phuk - Darchen - Mansarover-Baryang-Saga - Shigatse - Lasha
Activities: Trekking and Sightseeing
Season: April to October

Group Size
14 days
4900m (16076m)
Moderate to Strenuous
Trans Alps Adventure
The Journey Begins Here

Saga Dawa Festival - Full Moon Tour

Saga Dawa Festial is celebrated each year on the full moom day of fourth lunar month of Tibetan calender. This is one of the very important religious festival in Tibet. During the periof of Saga Dawa, people from around the world come to Mount Kailash to perform Kora. A giant flagpole at Tarpoche is taken down ritualy and replaced by a new one. The colourful flag pole raised high and pointed towars Gyandrak monastery. The main day of Saga Dawa festival in 2020 is on the 5th of june. Each year people from all over Tibet gather here that day to attach their prayer flags they brought from home to pray. As per Buddhist literary sources the Saga Dava festival is celebrated to honour the life of Lord Buddha. It is said that - Lord Buddha, Light of Asia, at the time of his death had requested his fellow follower and everyone to be happy and strive to follow his teachings for living a noble life.

Mountain Sun Valley will manage your enitre travel plan to explore the Saga Dawa festival 2020. To reach our main destination Mount Kailash and Manasarover lake we will continue Kailash Saga Dawa tour through the wilderness of the Tibeten plateau, nomad camps, beautiful steam river, great himalayan range, beautiful lakes and many mountain passes. This religious journey full of Culture and Natural beauty will enrich you with joy and happiness and fill your heart with excitement.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Lhassa (3650m/60km).
    You will be warmly welcomed by our Tibetan guide and driver and accompany you to the holy city of Lhasa along with the view of Bharmaputra, known as Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibetan.
  • Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing: Potala, Jokang temple and Bharkor.
    Visit Potala Palace, winter Palace of the Dalai Lama, Jokang temple, the oldest and most sacred temple of Tibet, Bharkor, the ancient Bazzar in Lhasa and the most oldest and sacred pilgrimage trail in Lhasa.
  • Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing: Drepung & Sera monasteries.
    Visit Drepung monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet and one of the six biggest monasteries of Gelukpa sect in Tibetan Bhuddhism. Sera monastery, the scond largest monastery of Tibet and it is very interesting to watch the monks debating in the monastery during your Tibet travel.
  • Day 4 Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse.(3950Mts/ 280Km )
    You will start your tour at around 9Am from your hotel and then drive towards Gyantse through 3 big mountain passes, Kampa La, Karo La, Simila respectively. Karola is the highest pass among them which is over 5000Mts with it's most beautiful glaciers, beautiful Yamdrok lake emerged as coral color from the top of Kampala pass. You will have your lunch at Nakartse country which is just between the Yamdrok lake and Karola glaciers. Visit Gyantse in the afternoon.
  • Day 5 Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse. (3900mts/ 90Km )
    Morning visit a Tibetan carpet factory in Gyantse to witness how the Tibetan Carpet is made of and then drive from Gyantse to Shigatse, visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery. After visiting Tashi Lhunpo monastery, you will walk around the monastery and finish your Kora at the foot of Shigatse Dzong where there is a beautiful local market.
  • Day 6 Shigatse-Lhatse- Ngamring Tso-Saga(4640m/440km).
    After breakfast, continue your Kailash pilgrimage by crossing several mountain passes including Ngamring la 4650Mts and some beautiful villages on the way. The road condition is good and it will take you around 8 hrs to get to Saga.
  • Day 7 Drive to Mansarovar-Chiu Gompa (4750m/435km).
    We follow the road towards Kailash in breathtaking landscapes with some beautiful Tibetan nomad camps and many animals on the grass lands. We follow the road towards Kailash in breathtaking landscapes with some beautiful Tibetan nomad camps and many animals on the grass lands. Reaching Lake Mansarovar and Kailash, it is an amazing view of Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar lake when you see them from Chaktsalkang for the first time. You will feel extremely peaceful, calm, joyful and great when you see beautiful Lake Mansarovar and Mt Kailash right in front of you
  • Day 8 Enjoy Kailash Saga Dawa festival at Tarpoche-Dharchen.
    The Saga Dawa festival is to commemorate the birth, death and enlightenment of Buddha Shakyamuni. Thousands of Tibetan pilgrims gather in Lhasa, circumambulate the Lingkor (Outer circumambulation), Bharkor(Middle circumambulation) and Nangkor (inner circumambulation) including the Potala Palace.They also climb to Bumpari and Gephel Utse in Lhasa to make incense and prayer flag offerings. At the same time, during the Saga Dawa festival, thousands of pilgrims and tourists also gather at Mount Kailash and they raise a great prayer flag in Tarpoche in order to pay homage to the great deeds of Buddha.
  • Day 9 Tarpoche - Dira Phuk. 18Km 5210m
    Today is the first day of your Kailash Kora which is totally around 53Km. You start your Kailash Kora from Tarpoche. You will see Trulku monastery on your leftside up on the hill side during your first Kailash trek. You can also see ibex and blue sheep running in the rocky hillside while you are walking and then you will reach Dhira Phuk which was a monastery before but nowadays you can only see the ruins of the monastery as the monastery was destroyed in the cultural revolution.
  • Day 10 Trek to Zutrul Phuk(4810Mts) via crossing Drolma la pass(5636Mts/15KM)
    Today is the second day of your Kailash trek which is indeed the hardest day during those three days Kailash trekking. You will have to climb up to the top of Drolma La pass which is 5636Mt. There will be three sloppy hike to get to the top of Drolma La pass from Dhira Phuk and then pretty steep down hill with rocky path all the way down to the Zutrulphuk valley. On the right side of the Drolmala trail, there is a small lake called Thukje Lake, meaning compassionate lake. Zutrul Phuk was the cave where Mila Repa and Nagro Bonchung debated for their religion sects and nowadays, it is a small monastery. CampZutrul Phuk was the cave where Mila Repa and Nagro Bonchung debated for their religion sects and nowadays, it is a small monastery.
  • Day 11 Trek to Dharchen and then drive to Mansarovar-Baryang-Saga, 4450Mts/435.
    Today is the easiest and last day of your Kailash trekking as you will trek down in the valley with beautiful distant scenery of Rakshas Tal lake. From here you will depart your Yak men and kind Yak and meet our Tibetan drivers. Continue your Mt. Kailash journey back towards Lhasa.
  • Day 12 Saga-Lhatse-Shigatse, 3900Mts/405Km
    It's in the vastness of the Changtang, Tibetan plateau, that we measure the Tibetan space from where suddenly emerge herds of gazelles or Kyang, wild donkeys.
  • Day 13 Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa (3650Mts/ 430KM )
    Start your Tibet tour early in the morning and drive along the Bharmaputra river with a landscape of sandy hills, villages, and Rulak Yungdrung ling at the other side of the river. Rulark Yungdrungling is a Bon monastery in the Tsang regiong. You will have lunch in a small town called Nyenmo which is the border point between Shigatse and Lhasa . Free afternoon for shopping.
  • Day 14 Drive from Lhasa to Lhasa Gongkar airport.(3600Mts/ 60Km )
    End of the trip

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What's Included

  • Accommodation at 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu. (Possible to upgrade to 5 star with extra Cost)
  • Sightseeing of Kathmandu city with Pashupatinath darshan.
  • All three vegetarian meals (B/L/D) in both Nepal and Tibet Part.
  • Accommodation in guest house in Tibet Part.( as FEC Rule)
  • 3 star Hotel in Darchen (as FEC Rule)
  •  Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Simikot round trip flight ticket.
  • Simikot- Hilsa- Simikot helicopter flight
  • Two night 3 star hotel in Nepalgunj.
  • Basic equipment support, Tibet group Visa Fees, Permits.
  • Tourist transportation at Tibet by Bus.
  • Supporting truck to carry equipment.
  • English speaking Tibetan guide.
  • All necessary travel permit as per our Itinerary.
  •  All entrance fees.
  • All Government Taxes.
  • First- Aid Services.
  • 1 duffel Bag, 1 kit Bag,1 Jacket , Per person.
  • Nepali staffs (Sherpa service) on 5:1 basis.
  • Mineral water and other necessary assistance.

What's Excluded

  • Travel insurance / Rescue and evacuation service, if required.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Nepal re-entry Visa fee (if needed)
  • Asthapad visit fees if required.
  • Horse riding during the Parikrama, if required. 
  • Air ticket to Kathmandu & return back to home. (International flight ticket).
  • Extra Hotel charge in Kathmandu if early return from Tibet.
  • Any additional cost due to natural calamities and unforeseen circumstances.
  • Visa splitting charge and extra transportation cost, if returning early from Tibet.

Equipment List


  • long sleeve hiking shirt
  • fleece jacket
  • Goretex rain jacket
  • Down jacket


  • Synthetic or merino long underwear bottoms
  • A pair of waterproof rain or snow pants
  • A pair of fall or winter weight softshell pants

Feet and head:

  • Four pairs of wool hiking socks (keep one dry pair for sleeping)
  • Boots or trail running shoes.
  • Gaiters for snow and mud.
  • One synthetic or wool winter hat
  • Sunhat.


  • A day pack (10-20 liters)
  • One liter water bottles
  • Mid-weight winter gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Chapstick or lip balm
  • Sun lotion
  • Diamox – for altitude sickness (consult your physician beforehand)
  • Bottle of oxygen
  • Small packs of tissues
  • Cell phone or camera
  • External battery charger
  • Hand sanitizer bottle
  • Chocolates, Chewing gum and dry fruits
  • Around 3500 RMB for Horse ride if you dont walk for Parikrama
  • A set of trekking poles
  • A sleeping bag liner
  • Single-use heat packs for keeping your hands and feet extra warm
  • Hot heating bags

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Visa Information
Flying out to Tibet requires a Chinese visa and a Tibet Travel Permit which can both be acquired in Kathmandu with the help of a travel company (Tibet via Nepal). A valid visa for China isn't the same as a Tibet Travel Permit. Those with a Chinese traveler visa will at present need to apply for a Tibet travel permit. The permit is still required for remote foreign traveler travelling to Tibet from territory China. To obtain the permit you have to book a guide for your whole trip and pre-organize private transport for trips outside Lhasa. The trip outside Lhasa likewise requires extra permits which are arranged by the travel agent you are going with.

Chinese Visa — you can apply for one from a Chinese Embassy 
Group Visa — who entry from Nepal to Tibet after Tibet tour traveler can visit China mainland with valid group visa.
Individual Visa will be cancel when we apply for group visa (if visa is in the passport)
Tibet Entry Permit — it is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and is an absolute necessity for outsiders entering Tibet.
A few people who wish to travel to specific areas in Tibet must also obtain:
Travel Permit — it is required when you are planning to movement to closed areas in Tibet. These are issued after you land in Tibet.
Military Permit — it is acquired to travel to some militarily sensitive regions.

Safety Guidelines
•    Have at least 2 copies of Tibet Permit.
•    When you feel uncomfortable due to altitude change or have any troubles, report to your guide promptly.
•    Spend few days in Lhasa for acclimation and always follow a gradual ascent when travelling to higher places to avoid attitude sickness.
•    Refrain from heavy drinking and smoking.
•    Respect the religion, customs and avoid taboos in Tibet.
•    In most places, cash is only accepted. Do prepare enough and small change.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In how many days would I finish Mt. Kailash Parikarma and how long it is?

Holy Kailash parikarma is approx 52 kms trek to be completed in 3 Days. Nightstay in Dirapuk & Zuthul-puk.

What is the best time to travel?

Holy Mt. Kailash yatra starts in the last week of April till September every year.

How many days would I need to hire the Horse and a Porter during the whole trip and how much it costs?

If you do not want to trek you can hire horse for parikarma. Parikarma (kora) that is for 3 days. 

What are the hidden charges i.e. to be paid direct?

 Additional expenses incurred due to delay, Accidents, Natural disaster & Political action. Following are the charges not included during yatra.

  • Yak and Yak man cost
  • Rescue or evacuation if need, Tibet visa separation cost
  • Travel insurance, drink, laundry, Telephone/fax, Additional transportation cost.
  • If you are not going for Kailash Parikrama due to any reason and staying back at Darchen for three days, you have to pay extra cost  for accommodation and food in Darchen.
How much amount we should carry?

In Kathmandu you may use USD OR Indian Currency. For Tibet you will need Chinese Yuan only. for 11 days in Tibet we suggest you to carry approx Yuan 2500-3500 Per Person. Which you may need for emergency and to pay for horse during Kailash Parikrama. You can exchange Yuan in Kathmandu or in Tibet border. Most of the yatri exchange their currency in Nepal-Tibet border.

How about accommodation facilities ?

5 Star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and guest house accommodation in Tibet.

Do you provide some equipment?

We Provide:

  • Camping Equipments
  • Sleeping bags
  • Down jacket
  • Oxygen Back-up & Gaymo Bag
  • Walking stick
  • Water bottle
Is it essential or good to commence the tour on a full moon day?

You can commence your yatra any day. Some people prefer to reach at Mansarovar or Kailash on full moon day.Its upto you.

Can we take children with age group below 10 years?

Yes, you can take children along with you at your own risk .Children and adult price is same.

Will one oxygen cylinder be sufficient for four of us?

Our team will provide oxygen cylinder in emergency.You may buy small portable cylinder in Tibet.

If we are not feeling comfortable or physically fit for parikarma then what we will do.

In such case, you must stay back in Darchen for 3 days and wait rest of the group in Darchen.

Do you have any age restriction?

No, we do not have any age restrictions. If you are physically fit you may travel but sometime Chinese Authority do not permit for people aged 70 and above to do the parikrama. We insist every one to consult with their doctor and must mention that you are going to high altitude. Many of old aged people travelled with us and have successfully done the parikrama.

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