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Kailash Saga Dawa festival with Everest Base Camp Tour

Kailash Saga Dawa festival, which is excitingly celebrated in Kailash region on the full day of the 4th Tibetan lunar month, is the most significant religious festival of Tibet. This festival tour starts in Lhasa, the ancient capital of Tibet, where we will explore its legendary palaces and monasteries. We explore massive Potala Palace – a former palace of Dalai Lama. While driving from Lhasa to Kailash, we will stop at Shigatse and visit one of the largest monasteries in Tibet and then continue to Everest Base Camp. A visit to EBC will be highlight of the Lhasa portion.

  • Kailash Saga Dawa festival tour
  • Kailash Saga Dawa festival tour

After visiting Everest Base Camp we continue driving to Darchen and arrive in Kailash in time for the Saga Dawa festival during the full moon day. Saga Dawa Festival is the most renowned festival in west Tibet. This festival is expected to last a month, during which a large number Tibetan pilgrims from all over the country come to sacred Mount Kailash region to celebrate it by performing various ritual activities and the most attractive of which is the circling around Mount Kailash for worship. During this festival, we can observe everyone reciting the prayers and playing with the holy beads. The entire region at this time is deeply engrossed in this festive in spiritual atmosphere. It is believed that Saga Dawa festival is celebrated to highlight the day when Sakyamuni (Buddha) attained the enlightenment! 

Kailash Saga Dawa festival tour offers the most beautiful experience that everyone should have once in their lifetime. The most interesting thing to see of festival is replacing the Flagpole that lies on the way of Kailash around. Every year, this Flagpole is laid down and a new pole is erected in the place. This event is observed by all the locals and foreigners alike with wonder and awe. The whole event will be guided and ritually instructed by a local Lama (from the nearby monastery). It is tradition that the flagpole should stand straight or else it is believed to bring bad luck to Tibet.

Alpine Eco Trek invites everyone to come to observe and participate in Kailash Saga Dawa festival. Attending this festival is a great way to understand culture and lifestyle of the real people of Tibet. So come and create a memory that last for a lifetime.

Trip Itinerary

Kailash Saga Dawa festival tour – short itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: Obtain Chinese Visa and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa

Day 04: Lhasa sightseeing

Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa, visit Derapung Monastery and Sera Monastery

Day 06: Drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake visits the famous Gyantse Kumbum (300km, 7hours)

Day 07: Visit Tashilumpo Monastery and Sakya Monastery

Day 08: Drive from Lhaste to Rongbuk Monastery

Day 09: Rongbuk Monastery to Everest Base Camp and then Saga

Day 10: Drive from Saga to Lake Manasarovar

Day 11: Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen (60km, 2hours, 4560m high)

Day 12: Trek from Darchen to Derapuk Monastery (20 km, takes about 5 - 6hours)

Day 13: Trek from Derapuk Monastery to Zuthulpuk Monastery crossing Drolma-la Pass at 5636m (15km- takes about 6 - 7hours)

Day 14: Trek back to Darchen (14Km, 4- 5hours) and drive to Saga

Day 15: Drive from Saga to Shigatse or to Zhangmu Or Lhasa

Day 16: Drive from Zhangmu to Kathmandu

Day 17: Departure transfer to the airport.

Tour Cost: Please contact us and let us know the number of members in your group, the category of hotels you would like to stay with and any other special desires and requirements of yours. We will be glad to quote you the price as per your requirements.


  • Horse for personal use on Kora days is approx USD 300 per person extra
  • Extra ride for day trip to Astapad USD 40 per person extra
  • Extra day in Kathmandu USD 45 to 50 per person with 2 meals and twin sharing room.
  • Muktinath trip USD 650 per person including two nights in Pokhara, one night Jomsom and round trip flight to and from Jomsom with meals and private transfers.


Alpine Eco Trek highly suggests you to apply for Medical Insurance, covering emergency evacuation and all medical expenses are must for Kailash Saga Dawa Festival tour. So, please be insured prior to the holy journey to the Heavenly Abode of Lord Shiva.


Meals during your stay in Kathmandu are provided in package at the same hotel where you stay. Meals during the journey will be all vegetarian. Alpine Eco Trek's staff will serve you hot and delicious meal at every day breakfast, lunch and dinner on the way in Kailash Saga Dawa festival tour. We will provide you packed lunch while doing Kora around Mount Kailash. And, we also suggest you to bring some of your favorite dry foods, sweets and ginger and garlic Candies along the tour. 


Since our establishment, Alpine Eco Trek and Expedition (P) Ltd is a pioneer operator of Mount Kailash and Manasarovar tours. We have dozens of regular and trained tour leaders, guides, cooks, drivers and supporting crew engaged for a professional and reliable service. Extremely friendly, knowledgeable and experienced team and other first aid treatment trained crew will be there in your group to serve you and make your trip a memorable one for the rest of your life! 


We will provide transportation for Kailash Saga Dawa festival tour depending on group size like if there are below 5 we provide a Jeep, if 5 to 08 we provide a Van, if 08 to 16 we provide two vans, if above 16 up to 25 people we prove a deluxe bus.


During your stay in Kathmandu, we will provide you any kind of accommodation as per your needs. You can have a single, or double or family room in Kathmandu. We select the best categories of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels in Kathmandu. But accommodation in Kailash region is will be very basic.  Read more…


Normally, at higher altitude area in Tibet including Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarover, the amount of oxygen is less in the air. Certain illness such as loss of appetite, mild headache, nausea, tiredness, breathlessness, general uneasiness, high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia etc may be induced in the windy weather and high altitude area which generally is not encountered over the plains. This kind of symptoms can be seen in anyone irrespective of their age, sex and physical fitness read more ….


  • Small bag pack for 3 days trekking/Parikarma/ Kora around Mount Kailash
  • Sufficient warm clothing including warm down jacket for Kailash tour.
  • essential medicines (for minor injuries / life saving kits)
  • Any regular medicines that you have been prescribed
  • Toiletries kit (shop, Shampoo, Toothpaste, tooth brush)
  • Water bottle /Thermos flask for hot water (2litters bottle)
  • Hiking shoes good for walking 3 days Kailash Kora/trekking
  • Woolen gloves, Woolen socks (minimum 4 pairs), hand clove
  • Wool / Thermo cot undergarments, wind and water proof jacket
  • T-Shirt, long shirt and pants which is easier to be while doing trekking 
  • Sunglasses, Sun lotion/cold cream, Torch light, rain coat
  • Umbrella, walking stick, Sandal for use evening & morning
  • Sweets, Zinger / garlic candies or dry fruits, lozenges, etc… Read More...

Detail Itinerary

Kailash Saga Dawa festival tour – Detailed itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu Airport
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu International airport, one of our tour leaders will greet you and transfer to hotel in a private tourist vehicle. We will provide you with detail briefing about the trip and necessary things that you will need during journey. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Obtain Chinese Visa and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Our day begins with the sightseeing of the city. First, the breakfast will be provided in the hotel and then continue for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. You will visit some famous temples as Pashupatinath Temple and Budhanilkanth Temple. These both temples are most significant holy temples of Nepal in regards to Lord Shiva & Vishnu respectively. We will also visit some UNESCO World Heritage sites and Kathmandu Durbar Squares. In the afternoon return to your hotel and free time can be used for personal activities and other pre tour preparation. Regarding obtaining visa, our office crew will do all the necessary tasks and collect the visa from Chinese embassy and provide you at the briefing time. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa
After an early breakfast, we will be transferred to the international airport for an hour-long flight to Lhasa. The flight takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world terminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. After landing at Gongar Airport, our Tibetan guide will take us to Lhasa which is further 2 hours' drive. It is highly advisable to acclimatize for rest of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Lhasa sightseeing
After breakfast at hotel, today, we will start our day with the visit of Potala Palace which dictates the city of Lhasa.  It's a remarkable building that contains private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. The Palace existed here since the 5th or 6th century, but the present Palace was constructed in the 17th century in replacement of the old one. After visit the Potala Palace we will visit Jokhang Temple as well as Barkhor market. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa, visit Derapung Monastery and Sera Monastery
Breakfast will be provided from hotel's restaurant, the entire day today, we spend in visiting historic monasteries in Lhasa. Among one of them is Sera Monastery which is the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet. Within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study here. In the afternoon we will visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake visits the famous Gyantse Kumbum (300km, 7hours)
Beginning our adventure in the Himalayas, today we drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok where we will get an opportunity to visit the famous Gyantse Kumbum as well. Along the way we cross over the Kamba la and the Karo la passes with spectacular views. Then we drive to Gyantse, where we will visit the Pelkor Chode monastery and Kumbum Stupa followed by two hour drive to Shigatse. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Visit Tashilumpo Monastery and Sakya Monastery
Today, there will be an arrangement for us to visit Tashilumpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas. We can also see the monks of this monastery nice looking with their home-made traditional shoes. After spending few times here, we then drive to Sakya and visit Sakya Monastery, which is the main monastery at Sakyapa. We then walk around the monastery and then drive to Lhatse in the late afternoon. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Drive from Lhaste to Rongbuk Monastery
We will reach Rongbuk Monastery in about 5-6 hours driving from Lhastse. The road is under construction. Therefore, from Tingri to the road is extremely bumpy and we have to pass the wild grassland and cross the torrent and high mountains. If we are lucky enough,  in clear whether, we can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which are 8000m high or more, i.e. Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m) and Mont Makalu (8463m).Overnight at monastery guest house.

Day 09: Rongbuk Monastery to Everest Base Camp and then Saga
We wake up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise from Rongbuk and then to view Mt. Everest, whose scenery is fabulous. After walking for few hours, we will catch the local bus and it takes about half an hour drive to arrive at Everest Base camp. Then in the afternoon we go down from Everest Base camp and drive to Saga. The condition of the road gets worse from old Tingri and it runs parallel to the Himalayan ranges leaving the Bum-Chu basi. It then descends to the Saga. Stay overnight at guest house in Saga.

Day 10: Drive from Saga to Lake Manasarovar
From Saga, we will head through small dusty town of Zhongba among enchanting panoramic views, where scattered nomads tents are mingled with their herds of animals on the open plateau. We can see numbers of villages and camps of Yak herders with the distance view of snowcapped mountains, across the Mayun-la pass. And, if you are lucky enough, you might see many wild animals at the plateau grasslands. After our arrival at Manasarovar Lake, we will make our walk to Chiu Monastery which is the best point to see Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash. Overnight at guest house.

Day 11: Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen (60km, 2hours, 4560m high)
Today, we will wake up comfortably and find a proper place for holy dip in to Lake Manasarovar for all our pilgrims. After finishing holy bath and Homa/Puja, and taking lunch, we will make short drive about 40km to Darchen and prepare for the circumambulation around Mt. Kailash. Overnight at guest house.

Day 12: Trek from Darchen to Derapuk Monastery (20 km, takes about 5 - 6hours)
Today is the first day of our Holy Kora, the day starts with trekking from the Sershong and a steady walk with many other local pilgrims chanting and praying. We can see the Chuku Monastery up on the hillside from the valley. Then the trail leads to few ups and downs till we reach our camp at Derapuk where we will see many more Bon pilgrims circumambulating in the opposite direction (Anti clock-wise). We will spend the night at a mud house or fixed tent accommodation.

Day 13: Trek from Derapuk Monastery to Zuthulpuk Monastery crossing Drolma-la Pass at 5636m (15km- takes about 6 - 7hours)
Today our trek leads to much higher altitude of the holy path just beneath the Mount Kailash. The hiking will bring us to one of the highest point at Drolma La Pass, and the pass is quickly descends to the gradual field towards Zuthulpuk monastery. In Tibetan it means magical cave. This small monastery is connected to an interesting story of talent competition between Great Yogi Milarepa (Buddhist) and Naropa (Bon). Rest of the night we will spend here. Overnight at a mud house or fixed tent accommodation.

Day 14: Trek back to Darchen (14Km, 4- 5hours) and drive to Saga
Today is the last day of our Kora, the wind gradually comes out of the valley and the river will allow us to follow in to the Barka plain. Our trek stops at Trangmar, where a car can take us to Darchen, after lunch, we start our exciting drive to Saga, enjoy hot shower and cozy room. Overnight at hotel or guest house.

Day 15: Drive from Saga to Shigatse or to Zhangmu Or Lhasa
Today, we have two options, drive from Saga to Lhasa via Shigatse or to Kathmandu via Zhangmu. If we are driving to Zhangmu, we cross one of the most remarkable mountain passes, with prayer flags and wind- driven prayer wheels. Here you will truly feel as if you were on top of the world. Stay overnight in Zhangmu.

Day 16: Drive from Zhangmu to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we drive down to Tibet Nepal Friendship Bridge where we say good bye to our Tibetan guide and driver. We cross the bridge on foot and take another Nepali vehicle to Kathmandu; it is 5 hours scenic drive along the Arniko Highway. Upon reaching Kathmandu we will check in to same hotel and rest and relax of the rest time. Evening, we join a farewell dinner hosted by Alpine Eco Trek. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 17: Departure transfer to the airport
After breakfast we will be transferred to the Kathmandu International Airport to board our flight back to home. This is an amazing way to end a life-changing journey. Come join Alpine Eco Trek for this memorable trip.

Cost Includes/Excludes

Service includes:

01) All necessary airport arrival and departures and pick up from Kodari
02) Three night's accommodation in Kathmandu in 3/4 star standard hotel twin sharing room with full board meals.
03) Half day guided tour in Kathmandu as per mentioned in itinerary
04 13 night's accommodations in Tibet on private room sharing basis using guesthouse / Hotel
05) Kathmandu to Lhasa by flight
06) Lhasa sightseeing with tour guide and Van
07) freshly cooked vegetarian meals 3 times a day.
08) Supporting Nepali crew including our own cooks.
09) Permits for Kailash Kora (round).
10) Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved guide.
11) Private transportation in an eight seated deluxe van for clients and small truck for staff and food during the trip.
12) Kailash Permit
13) Camping equipments for kitchen, Shower
14) Sleeping bag/ Down Jacket if needed on Returnable basis.
15) Alpine Eco Trek's Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipments) & day carry hand bag
16) Experienced tour leader / co-coordinator from AET
17) ENOUGH Oxygen cylinder entire of tour
18) Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making round of Mt. Kailash.

Service Exclude:

01) Personal Pony Charges (will cost US$ 300 to 400 per pony and helper for three days)
02) Personal expenses like shopping, phone calls, extra drinks, laundry, yak etc.
03) Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities, flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc.
04) Tips to drivers, hotel staff.
05) Extra cost of transportation, Porterage etc involved due landslides, snowfall.
06) Services other than specified. Extra days stay at Kathmandu than 3 nights/ any other place.

Why travel with us?

Why travel with us?

Our Goal
At Alpine Eco Trek our goal is to provide an affordable Himalayan travel experience for our clients that is second to none, an experience that reveals the full beauty and grandeur of this magical and holy land. Our trips provide time for both adventure and reflection while establishing genuine and caring connections with our clients with the aim of providing insights into the people and places that make the Himalayan region so fascinating.

Conservation and Cultural Awareness
The Himalayan region is especially fragile, not only in terms of flora and fauna, but also with respect to the cultural and religious beliefs and customs of its people. At Alpine Eco Trek we follow a “tread lightly, leave nothing behind” philosophy that seeks to respect and honor the region and its people.

Guidelines& Considerations
Here are some guidelines and considerations that we believe will help you to choose a qualified travel company. If you keep them in mind when reviewing the many travel options you have, we believe you will choose Alpine Eco Trek to lead your next Himalayan travel adventure.

01) Before booking a trip be confident that your trip provider respects the land and culture in which you will be traveling, and that guides, porters and other staff members receive fair pay and are provided with proper clothing and footwear, as well as nutritious food and accommodations.

02) Make sure your company is registered with the appropriate local travel and trekking associations, that they are a certified company professionally established and operating under the laws of the land(s) in which you will travel.

03) Ensure that the travel company you select is fully knowledgeable about local environmental issues, and that they are sensitive to and aware of all issues pertaining to the inhabitants of the region.

04) Make sure that the company you choose attends to the small but important details of toilet arrangements, cooking fuel and rubbish disposal, first aid and,

05) That they have the appropriate travel insurance and abide by the regulations regarding operation of a travel and trekking company.

You can be assured that Alpine Eco Trek follows all of these guidelines at all times.


Mt. Kailash Tour Frequently Asked Questions

Question 01: Do I Need a Passport?
Yes, you will need a passport to travel Mt. kailash and Lake Manasarovar because Kailash is located in the Autonomous Region of Tibet, China.

Question 02: What about Chinese visa?
Please be informed that this is not regular Chinese visa which you would get on your passport is not valid at Tibet. Your travel permit and Visa for travelling to Kailash and Manasarovar is organized by our company with the help of our Lhasa partner. If you are Indian passport holder you need to provide us the original passport for visa application. Foreigners can send us their passport copies by email and we will apply their visa for Kailash here in Kathmandu with their passport copies. The visa charges differ depend on nationalities, contact us for more information on Visa and permits.

Question 03: How many days required for Mt. Kailash Tour Trek?
Answer: A journey to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar require 13 days by overland (Land cruiser or Van) and 10 days by Helicopter from Simikot Region. We are also organizing Lhasa Kailash Lhasa Tour.

Question 04: How we will be doing 13 days overland tour and how about 10 days by Helicopter from Simikot?
Answer: You will be doing 13 days Kailash tour by a deluxe Van or Land cruiser. From Kathmandu to Kodari (Nepal- Tibet boarder) by a deluxe tourist coach, while in Tibet new model Land cruiser or a deluxe Van will be used. The route for the trip will be Kathmandu – Nyalam – Saga – New Dongba – Manasarovar – Darchen – Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk – Darchen – Paryang – Saga – Zhangmu – Kathmandu.

For 10 days tour by Helicopter:
Kathmandu - Nepalganj - Simikot - Hilsa (by helicopter) - Taklakot - Mansarovar - Darchen - Dirapuk - Zuthulpuk - Darchen - Mansarovar - Taklakot (by land cruiser or Van)- Hilsa - Simikot (by helicopter) - Nepalganj – Kathmandu (by regular plane or private coach).

Question 05: In how many days would I finish Mt. Kailash Kora and long it is?
Answer: The holy Kora around Mt. Kailash is approximately 53 km trek to be completed in 2 nights 3 days. Night camping will be in Dirapuk and Zuthul- Puk.

Question 06: When is the best time to Travel?
Answer: The best time to travel to Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar would be from the last week of April till end of October every year.

Question 07: What is Land cruiser?
Answer: Land Cruiser is the most comfortable vehicle in Tibet, a four wheel driven Japanese vehicle. We accommodate maximum 4 tourists in one land cruiser.

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Further Information:
Our website contains as much information as possible about Mount Kailash & Tibet Tours and Treks. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

Trip Facts

Trip Name: Kailash Saga Dawa festival tour

Duration:  17 Days including KTM

Trip Code: AETKT-007

Activity:  Cultural and spiritual tour, trek and overland drive.      

Group size: Min. 02 to Max. 15 people.  

Max-Altitude:   5636m/18,500ft

Country: Tibet/China     

Transportation: Jeep, Van or Mini bus.                

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

Note: The best season to Travel Holy Mt. Kailash is from May to October; please try to travel always with a local and direct agent and small group – private departure dates available. All the travelers including Indian passport holders travelling to Mt. Kailash must be in possession of a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining.

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