Saga Dawa Festival Tour

Festival, trek, Tibet. Celebrate Buddha, conquer Kailash, discover magic!

Duration Duration 16 Days
Meals Meals
  • 15 Breakfast
Accommodation Accommodation
  • 4-star hotel in Nepal
  • 3-star hotel in Kerung
  • Lodge in Tibet
Activites Activities
  • Kora Hiking
  • Sightseeing
  • Scenic Drive
Price Reduced US$ 3400 Price Starts From US$ 2900 Book Now
Destination Destination
Nepal and Tibet
Difficulty Difficulty
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
5640 Meter
Activities Activity
Start and Point Start/End Point
Best Season Best Season
Group Size Group Size
Minimum 1
Transportation Transportation
Private Vehicle
Activity Per Day Activity Per Day
5-6 hours drive

Overview of Saga Dawa Festival Tour

Experience the spiritual heart of Tibet on a breathtaking 16-day Saga Dawa Festival Tour that culminates in the sacred Kailash Kora, a circumambulation around the mythical Mount Kailash. Witness the vibrant pulse of the Saga Dawa Festival, celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Lord Buddha, immersing yourself in Tibetan culture and traditions.


  • Trek the legendary Kailash Kora: Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims for centuries, completing the 3-day circumambulation around Mount Kailash, a UNESCO World Heritage Site revered by Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains. Traverse stunning landscapes, conquer the challenging Drolma La Pass, and soak in the spiritual energy of this sacred journey.
  • Witness the vibrant Saga Dawa Festival: Dive into the colorful festivities in Tarboche, experiencing traditional rituals, chanting, singing, and joyous dancing. Witness the raising of the giant Tarboche flag and receive blessings from monks, immersing yourself in the heart of Tibetan spirituality.
  • Explore breathtaking landscapes: From the turquoise waters of the Lha Chu River to the dramatic north face of Mount Kailash, witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Tibetan plateau. Trek through valleys adorned with prayer flags, encounter nomadic yak herders and gaze upon snow-capped peaks piercing the clear sky.
  • Delve into Tibetan culture: Visit the ancient Tarboche Monastery, witness traditional Tibetan life in Darchen, and discover local handicrafts and souvenirs. Savor the unique flavors of Tibetan cuisine, from steaming momos to sweet rice cakes, and experience the warmth and hospitality of the Tibetan people.

This is more than just a trek; it’s a transformative journey:

  • Challenge yourself: Push your physical and mental limits on the demanding Kora, conquer Drolma La Pass, and find your inner strength.
  • Embrace spirituality: Immerse yourself in the sacred energy of Mount Kailash and the vibrant celebrations of the Saga Dawa Festival, experiencing inner peace and reflection.
  • Discover ancient beauty: Witness the timeless landscapes of the Tibetan plateau, untouched by modernity and steeped in history and cultural significance.
  • Forge lasting memories: Create unforgettable experiences with fellow pilgrims, sharing stories, laughter, and challenges on this unique journey.

If you seek adventure, cultural immersion, and a profound spiritual experience, this journey to Mount Kailash and the Saga Dawa Festival Tour awaits. Prepare to be awestruck by the Himalayas, captivated by Tibetan traditions, and transformed by the mystical energies of this sacred land.

Contact us today and start planning your pilgrimage to the heart of Tibet!

Saga Dawa Festival Tour Detail Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

    Saga Dawa Festival Tour – The Tibetan Odyssey begins with a warm welcome in Kathmandu, the captivating capital nestled at the foot of the Himalayas. According to your flight schedule, a representative from Peregrine will greet you at Kathmandu Airport and guide you to your comfortable hotel. After settling in and letting the jetlag fade, the vibrant tapestry of Thamel beckons. This bustling tourist hub, overflowing with color and character, unfolds like an open invitation to explore.

    Labyrinthine streets, lined with shops spilling treasures like Tibetan handicrafts and souvenir curios, await your curious steps. Let out your inner bargain hunter amidst the friendly stalls, or perhaps a connoisseur of local tastes, relishing the aromatic allure of steaming momos and thukpa. Soak in the kaleidoscope of cultures, where prayer flags flutter in the breeze, and the chatter of a hundred languages paints the air.

    As dusk paints the sky with fire, Thamel undergoes a delightful transformation. String lights weave their warm magic, casting an inviting glow on bustling cafes and restaurants. Indulge your palate with a rooftop dinner, where panoramic views of the city become your companion. Later, dive into the local nightlife, catching the rhythm of lively pubs or simply losing yourself in the captivating tapestry of humanity under a celestial canopy.


    • Hassle-free airport transfer and hotel check-in
    • Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Thamel
    • Discover unique souvenirs and local handicrafts
    • Sample delectable Nepalese cuisine
    • Experience the lively Thamel nightlife


    • Consider exchanging some currency at the airport or a money changer in Thamel.
    • Embrace the art of the bargain, but do so respectfully.
    • Download a Nepali phrasebook app for essential communication.
    • Comfortable clothes and shoes are your allies for wandering through Thamel.
    • Be prepared for the energetic buzz, especially during peak season.

    This is just the first chapter of your unforgettable Tibetan adventure. Let Thamel be your gateway to a journey filled with cultural immersion, breathtaking landscapes, and the enduring spirit of the Himalayas. Get ready to start on a voyage of discovery that promises to leave you mesmerized and transformed.

  • Day 2: Unveiling Kathmandu's Spiritual Gems and Majestic Durbar Square

    Your Nepali adventure takes a deeper dive into the city’s spiritual heart while also offering a glimpse into its rich historical tapestry. But before we begin, let’s address the visa formalities:

    Chinese Group Visa Submission:

    • A representative from our office will visit you at your hotel to gather your original passport and photo (1.5 inch X 1.5 inch) needed for the visa application.
    • You’ll be provided with a form to sign, confirming your trip details and authorizing us to proceed with the group visa application.
    • Based on this information, we’ll handle the complete group visa process, culminating in a final form that you’ll need to sign before submission.
    • Your passport will be returned to you only on the evening of May 17th. However, you can freely travel within Nepal without your passport – ensure you carry a photocopy and, ideally, a photograph of your passport for identification purposes.

    With the formalities out of the way, it’s time to delve into the soul of Kathmandu:

    Morning: A Pilgrimage through Sacred Sites:

    Pashupatinath: Begin your day at Pashupatinath, the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal, situated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. Witness the fascinating rituals and ceremonies that unfold here, a unique blend of life and death amidst the serene beauty of the temple grounds.

    Pashupatinath Temple premises
    Pashupatinath Temple premises

    Boudhanath: Next, immerse yourself in the spiritual aura of Boudhanath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. Turn the prayer wheels and immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance while worshippers walk around the stupa, reciting mantras and presenting their prayers.

    Afternoon: A Journey through Time at Kathmandu Durbar Square:

    Swyambhunath: After lunch, ascend the Monkey Temple, Swyambhunath, perched atop a hill overlooking the city. This ancient Buddhist temple complex boasts stunning views, golden pagodas, and playful monkeys that roam freely.


    Kathmandu Durbar Square: Finally, step back in time at Kathmandu Durbar Square, the historic heart of the city. Explore the intricate architecture of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, marvel at the Kasthamandap Temple, and wander through the bustling markets filled with local handicrafts and souvenirs.

    Temple Square - Kathmandu Durbar Square
    Temple Square – Kathmandu Durbar Square


    • Witnessing the intriguing rituals at Pashupatinath Temple
    • Circling the majestic Boudhanath Stupa
    • Enjoying panoramic views from Swyambhunath Monkey Temple
    • Exploring the historical treasures of Kathmandu Durbar Square


    • Dress modestly when visiting religious sites.
    • Make sure to take off your shoes before you go into temples and pagodas.
    • Be mindful of local customs and traditions.
    • Carry an umbrella, bottled water, and sunscreen.
    • Bargain respectfully when shopping in the markets.

    This day promises a vibrant tapestry of spiritual encounters and historical explorations, leaving you with a deeper understanding of Kathmandu’s rich cultural heritage. Get your walking shoes ready, immerse yourself in the city’s dynamic vibe, and get set to be enchanted by its historic marvels.

  • Day 3: Enchanting Bhaktapur and a Sunset Rendezvous with Nagarkot

    Rise and shine! Fuel up with a delicious breakfast, for today’s adventure takes you on a journey through time and breathtaking landscapes. Your destination: the captivating town of Bhaktapur, a living museum of ancient Newari culture, and Nagarkot, a mountain haven renowned for its panoramic sunset views.

    Morning: A Timeless Journey through Bhaktapur:

    As you leave Kathmandu behind, prepare to be transported to a different era. Nestled in the fertile Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, welcomes you with its terracotta rooftops, intricately carved temples, and narrow cobbled streets.

    Bhaktapur is an ancient Newar city to the east of the capital of Nepal - the city of Kathmandu
    Bhaktapur is an ancient Newar city to the east of the capital of Nepal – the city of Kathmandu.

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Step into the heart of Bhaktapur’s splendor, the Durbar Square. Marvel at the magnificent Nyatapola Temple, a five-storied masterpiece of Newari architecture, and be captivated by the Palace of 55 Windows, its gilded windows shimmering in the sunlight.

    Dattatreya Temple: Seek peace and serenity at the Dattatreya Temple, which is dedicated to the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. The temple’s intricate carvings and serene atmosphere offer a respite from the bustling streets.

    Pottery Square: Witness the age-old tradition of pottery making come alive at Pottery Square. Watch skilled artisans transform clay into beautiful pots, vases, and figurines, using techniques passed down for generations.

    Late Afternoon: Chasing Sunsets at Nagarkot:

    Leaving the charm of Bhaktapur behind, embark on a scenic drive uphill to Nagarkot, perched atop a ridge overlooking the Himalayas. As you ascend, witness the verdant valleys unfurl beneath you, a breathtaking prelude to the majestic panorama that awaits.

    Sunset Delights: Arrive at Nagarkot just in time for the grand spectacle of the sunset. Watch as the sky ignites with vibrant hues of orange, pink, and purple, painting the snow-capped Himalayan peaks in a golden glow. This moment, etched in your memory, will become a cherished souvenir of your Nepali adventure.

    Overnight in Nagarkot:

    Savor the tranquility of Nagarkot as you settle into your overnight stay. Breathe in the cool mountain air, indulge in a delicious local meal, and let the silence of the Himalayas lull you into a restful sleep.


    • Exploring the ancient wonders of Bhaktapur Durbar Square
    • Witnessing the intricate art of pottery making at Pottery Square
    • Unforgettable sunset views from Nagarkot
    • Experiencing the tranquility of the mountains


    • Wear comfortable shoes for walking the cobbled streets of Bhaktapur.
    • Carry a warm jacket for the cooler temperatures in Nagarkot.
    • Take advantage of the opportunity to capture the mesmerizing sunset with your camera.
    • Respect the local customs and traditions in both Bhaktapur and Nagarkot.

    Embrace the timeless charm of Bhaktapur and let the magic of Nagarkot’s sunset work its spell on you. This day promises an unforgettable blend of cultural immersion and breathtaking panoramas, leaving you with memories that will stay with you long after your journey ends.

  • Day 4: Awakening to Himalayan Splendor and Returning to Kathmandu's Buzz

    Greet the day with a breathtaking sunrise that paints the Himalayas in a kaleidoscope of colors. From your vantage point in Nagarkot, witness the dawn break over the majestic peaks, a spectacle that will leave you feeling amazed and humbled. Savor the crisp mountain air and the tranquility of the moment before enjoying a delicious breakfast, fueling you for the day’s adventures.

    Hiking Down to Changunarayan:

    If you’re up for an adventure, a fulfilling downhill trek is in store. The scenic path to Changunarayan, an old Hindu temple honoring Lord Vishnu, provides breathtaking vistas and an opportunity to soak in the area’s natural splendor. During your hike, enjoy the fresh air and the chirping of birds, and you might even spot some monkeys playfully leaping among the branches.

    Changunarayan Temple
    Changunarayan Temple

    Reaching Changunarayan:

    Situated at the base of the hill, Changunarayan Temple is steeped in history that reaches back to the 4th century AD. Discover the detailed carvings, marvel at the golden pagoda, and immerse yourself in the holy ambiance of this revered location. Allow the old tales echoed by the temple’s walls to capture your imagination and take you back to an ancient time.

    Return to Kathmandu:

    Whether you choose to embrace the invigorating hike or enjoy a comfortable car ride back to Kathmandu, the bustling energy of the city awaits. As you arrive, grab a delicious lunch and head towards Thamel, your familiar haven bustling with life. Spend the afternoon wandering through the labyrinthine streets, browsing for unique souvenirs, or simply relaxing in a cozy cafe, savoring the local sights and sounds.

    Preparing for Saga Dawa Festival Tour:

    As the sun dips below the horizon, the excitement for the upcoming Saga Dawa Festival begins to crackle in the air. Perhaps you’ll visit a monastery to join the evening prayers, immerse yourself in the preparations for the grand celebration, or relax and reflect on the cultural richness you’ve experienced so far.


    • Witnessing a breathtaking sunrise from Nagarkot
    • Hiking down the scenic trail to Changunarayan
    • Exploring the ancient Changunarayan Temple
    • Reuniting with the vibrant energy of Kathmandu
    • Immersing yourself in the anticipation for the Saga Dawa Festival Tour


    • Pack comfortable shoes and sunscreen for the hike if you opt for it.
    • Dress modestly when visiting Changunarayan Temple.
    • Be respectful of local customs and traditions in both Nagarkot and Kathmandu.
    • Carry local currency for shopping and dining in Thamel.
    • Learn a few basic Nepali phrases to enhance your cultural experience.

    This day marks a transition from the serenity of the mountains to the vibrancy of Kathmandu, all while preparing for the grand spectacle of the Saga Dawa Festival Tour. Embrace the contrasting experiences, let the anticipation build, and get ready to be swept away by the cultural richness that awaits you.

  • Day 5: Embarking on a Himalayan Odyssey to Kerung

    Rise and shine with the excitement of a new adventure! After a hearty breakfast fuels your spirit, embark on a breathtaking journey towards Kerung, a gateway to the mystical Tibetan plateau. Buckle up for a scenic drive that promises mesmerizing landscapes and cultural encounters.

    A Tapestry of Nature and Culture:

    The road to Kerung winds its way through the Langtang National Park, a jewel of Nepal’s biodiversity. Feast your eyes on verdant valleys carpeted with emerald forests, snow-capped peaks piercing the azure sky, and cascading waterfalls gushing with the energy of the mountains. Along the way, picturesque villages adorned with prayer flags and vibrant houses dot the landscape, offering glimpses into the traditional Nepali way of life.

    In between Kathmandu and Kerung
    In between Kathmandu and Kerung

    Crossing the Border:

    As you reach the Rashuwagadhi border checkpoint, prepare for a pivotal moment – crossing into Tibet. Immerse yourself in the formalities of immigration, a gateway to a new cultural realm. Once the formalities are complete, breathe a sigh of relief and step onto Tibetan soil, marking the beginning of your exploration of this unique land.

    Reaching Kerung:

    Upon reaching Kerung, settle into your comfortable guesthouse and let the Tibetan aura envelope you. At 2,700 meters above sea level, the town offers crisp mountain air and stunning scenery. Take a stroll through the streets, observe the local customs and traditions, and soak in the unique atmosphere of this frontier outpost.


    • Scenic drive through Langtang National Park
    • Crossing the Nepal-Tibet border at Rashuwagadhi
    • Arriving in Kerung, a Tibetan gateway town
    • Experiencing the unique cultural atmosphere of Kerung


    • Dress in layers for the changing mountain weather.
    • Acclimatize gradually to the higher altitude.
    • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
    • Carry essential medication and snacks for the journey.
    • Be respectful of Tibetan customs and traditions.

    This day marks the beginning of your Dawa Saga Festival Tour, filled with the promise of breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural experiences, and a journey into the heart of the Himalayas. Get ready to be enchanted by the charm of Kerung and the incredible experiences that await you in the Land of Snows.

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  • Day 6: Embracing Acclimatization in Kerung, a Cultural Tapestry at 2,700m

    While the excitement of witnessing the Saga Dawa Festival Tour and embarking on the Kailash Kora might be pulling you forward, today is dedicated to a crucial process: acclimatization. At 2,700 meters above sea level, Kerung serves as the perfect base to adjust to the higher altitude, setting you up for a successful and enjoyable journey ahead.

    Breathe Easy, Adjust Naturally:

    Instead of rushing towards higher climbs, embrace the slower pace of acclimatization. Listen to your body, take things gradually, and let the thin mountain air become your friend. Gentle walks around Kerung will help your body adapt to the new oxygen levels, allowing you to feel your best as you ascend further.

    Cultural Delights on Every Corner:

    While acclimatization takes center stage, use this day to delve into the fascinating culture of Kerung. Wander through the streets, observing the unique blend of Tibetan and Nepali influences in architecture, attire, and daily life. Immerse yourself in the sounds of prayer flags fluttering in the wind and the melodic chants emanating from monasteries.

    A Culinary Adventure:

    Indulge in the delicious Tibetan cuisine, a delightful blend of flavors and textures. Savor steaming momos with spicy chutneys, sample hearty Thukpa noodle soup, and take advantage of the unique Tibetan bread. Each bite is an invitation to discover the local culture through its culinary traditions.

    Beyond the Town Walls:

    Venture beyond Kerung’s embrace and explore the surrounding monasteries. Explore the ancient frescoes and intricate statues that whisper tales of Tibetan beliefs and traditions. Observe the monks performing their daily practices, giving you a richer insight into their spiritual lifestyle.


    • Gentle acclimatization walks around Kerung
    • Immerse yourself in the unique Tibetan and Nepali culture
    • Discover the flavors of Tibetan cuisine
    • Explore ancient monasteries and their treasures


    • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
    • Avoid strenuous activities during acclimatization.
    • Listen to your body and take rest breaks as needed.
    • Wear comfortable shoes for walking around Kerung.
    • Be respectful of local customs and traditions.

    Remember, acclimatization is not just a formality; it’s an opportunity to connect with the land, its people, and its culture. Embrace the slower pace, let Kerung unveil its treasures, and prepare yourself for the awe-inspiring journey that awaits on the path to Mount Kailash.

  • Day 7: Conquering the Road to Saga, a Tapestry of Landscape and Altitude

    Today, the road becomes your chariot as you embark on a scenic journey from Kerung to Saga, trading quaint charm for a taste of Tibetan grandeur. Buckle up for a 5-6 hour drive traversing 230 kilometers, where every turn unveils a breathtaking new vista.

    Ascending towards the Roof of the World:

    The road steadily climbs, leaving the relative lowlands of Kerung behind. Witness the landscape morph from verdant valleys to stark, high-altitude plateaus painted in earthy browns and grays. You’ll ascend over the imposing Thong La and La Lung hills, two sentinels guarding the path to Saga. As you gain altitude, feel the air thin and the sun intensify, a constant reminder of your journey towards the “Roof of the World.”

    Brahmaputra’s Majestic Embrace:

    Along the way, your faithful companion will be the mighty Brahmaputra River. This life-giving artery of Tibet snakes its way through the landscape, its turquoise waters carving through the rugged terrain. Watch it shimmer in the sunlight, a mesmerizing ribbon of blue contrasting with the stark beauty of the surrounding mountains.

    Blacktop Bliss:

    Unlike the rugged tracks of yesteryear, your journey today unfolds on a smooth black-topped road. This modern marvel allows you to relax and fully absorb the dramatic scenery, a welcome reprieve from the challenges of high-altitude driving.

    Approaching Thong La
    Approaching Thong La

    Reaching Saga:

    As you finally arrive in Saga, a bustling town perched at an altitude of 4,640 meters, a sense of accomplishment washes over you. Feel the cool, thin air fill your lungs, a testament to your successful acclimatization in Kerung. Check into your comfortable guesthouse, ready to embrace the unique charm of this Tibetan crossroads.


    • Scenic drive through rugged Tibetan landscapes
    • Ascending the Thong La and La Lung hills
    • Witnessing the majesty of the Brahmaputra River
    • Cruising on a smooth black-topped road
    • Reaching the vibrant town of Saga


    • Carry essentials like sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for protection from the harsh sun.
    • Pack warm layers for the changing temperatures at high altitudes.
    • Listen to your body and take rest breaks as needed.
    • Get excited for the upcoming Saga Dawa festivities in Saga!
    Shopping at Thong La
    Shopping at Thong La

    This day is more than just a journey; it’s a rite of passage into the heart of Tibet. Embrace the thrill of the open road, marvel at the changing landscapes, and savor the anticipation of witnessing the magic of Saga Dawa in this captivating land.

  • Day 8: Embracing Divinity at Lake Manasarovar, a Beacon of Tranquility

    The road now leads you to a place whispered in legends and revered by pilgrims for centuries – Lake Manasarovar. Prepare for a 6-7 hour drive that culminates in a breathtaking encounter with one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world, nestled at 4,590 meters above sea level.

    A Journey through Sacred Landscapes:

    Your journey unfolds amidst mesmerizing scenery. Snow-capped peaks pierce the azure sky, their reflections shimmering on the turquoise waters of countless glacial streams. Witness the vast Tibetan plateau stretch out before you, a canvas painted in shades of brown, ochre, and the purest white. Every mile brings you closer to the spiritual haven that awaits.

    Manasarovar Lake and Mount Kailash
    Manasarovar Lake and Mount Kailash

    Reaching the Holy Waters:

    As you arrive at Lake Manasarovar, prepare to be captivated. Its pristine waters, reflecting the majestic Himalayas, radiate a profound tranquility. Witness pilgrims circumambulating the lake, chanting prayers, and immersing themselves in its holy waters. Breathe in the crisp mountain air, infused with the scent of incense and devotion.

    Exploring the Mystical Shores:

    Spend the afternoon exploring the sacred shores of Lake Manasarovar. Dip your toes in the icy waters, said to possess cleansing and healing powers. Walk along the pebbled beach, collecting unique stones etched with stories whispered by the wind. Let the serenity of the lake wash over you, leaving you feeling renewed and connected to something far more significant than yourself.

    A Glimpse into the Untamed:

    Nearby, Rakshastal, a saline lake shrouded in local legends, presents a contrasting face. Witness its dark waters, mirroring the stark peaks that surround it, and listen to the stories whispered about its mythical inhabitants. This glimpse into the Tibetan belief system adds another layer of intrigue to your experience.

    Resting by the Glimmering Waters:

    As the sun sets, transforming the sky into a palette of vibrant, fiery hues, relax and feel at home in the welcoming comfort of your lakeside guesthouse. Savor a delicious local meal, share stories with fellow travelers, and let the magical aura of Lake Manasarovar lull you into a peaceful sleep.


    • Scenic drive through the Tibetan plateau
    • Reaching the sacred waters of Lake Manasarovar
    • Circumambulating the lake with pilgrims
    • Exploring the shores and collecting unique stones
    • Glimpsing the contrasting Rakshastal lake
    • Spending the night near the holy waters


    • Dress in warm layers for the cold evenings.
    • Be mindful of local customs and traditions around the lake.
    • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
    • Carry essential medication and snacks for the journey.
    • Take photos to capture the stunning beauty of the lake.

    This day marks an immersion into the heart of Tibetan spirituality. Let the holy waters of Lake Manasarovar cleanse your soul, embrace the breathtaking scenery, and prepare yourself for the culmination of your journey – the magnificent Mount Kailash awaits.

  • Day 9: A Serene Morning by Manasarovar and Reaching the Gateway to Kailash - Darchen

    The dawn at Lake Manasarovar paints the snow-capped Himalayas in a symphony of light, a mesmerizing backdrop for your final day before embarking on the Kailash Kora. Savor this precious time by the holy waters:

    A Morning of Blessing and Devotion:

    Early risers: For those seeking blessings in the golden light, witness the sun illuminating the majestic Mount Kailash across the lake. Participate in morning rituals by local priests, receiving their blessings and immersing yourself in the spiritual energy.

    Exploring the Shore: For those preferring a gentle exploration, wander along the serene shores of Mansarovar. Collect unique stones said to hold blessings, collect colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind, or sit in quiet contemplation, absorbing the tranquility of the lake.

    Darchen Village
    Darchen Village

    Journey to Darchen:

    As the morning unfolds, embark on a short drive to Darchen, the gateway to the Kailash Kora. This 3-hour journey promises a breathtaking finale:

    Kailash’s Unveiling: As you approach Darchen, prepare to be captivated. The magnificent Mount Kailash, revered as the sacred abode of Shiva, gradually reveals itself, its pristine peak piercing the azure sky. This first glimpse leaves you stunned, a promise of the spiritual wonder that awaits.

    Reaching Darchen: Arriving in Darchen, a humble Tibetan village nestled at the foot of Mount Kailash, marks a pivotal moment. Settle into your comfortable guesthouse, feeling the excitement and anticipation bubble within you.


    • Witnessing the sunrise over Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar
    • Performing rituals or exploring the serene shores of the lake
    • A scenic drive to Darchen with mesmerizing views of Kailash
    • Reaching the gateway to the Kailash Kora and feeling the anticipation


    • Dress in warm layers for the changing mountain weather.
    • Pack your hiking gear and essentials for the Kailash Kora.
    • Rest and acclimatize before the trek begins.
    • Be mindful of local customs and traditions in Darchen.
    • Embrace the spiritual energy and the excitement for the journey ahead.

    This day marks a transition from the serenity of Lake Manasarovar to the gateway of the Kora. Let the first glimpse of Mount Kailash ignite your spirit, and prepare to embark on a pilgrimage that will leave an indelible mark on your soul. The Kailash Kora awaits, promising breathtaking landscapes, profound spiritual encounters, and a journey of self-discovery.

  • Day 10: Immersed in Sacred Celebrations - Experiencing Saga Dawa at Tarboche

    Today, your Tibetan adventure takes a vibrant turn as you plunge into the heart of the Saga Dawa Festival at Tarboche. This auspicious day, commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Lord Buddha, promises an unforgettable cultural immersion:

    Reaching Tarboche:

    Leaving Darchen behind, embark on a scenic drive towards Tarboche, a village nestled at a lower altitude of 3,000 meters. As you descend, breathe in the warmer air and witness the landscape transition from stark mountains to verdant valleys dotted with prayer flags. Tarboche awaits, ready to envelop you in its festive spirit.

    Saga Dawa Festival Darboche
    Saga Dawa Festival Darboche

    A Tapestry of Celebrations:

    Witness the grandeur: Tarboche Monastery, adorned with colorful prayer flags and vibrant banners, pulsates with the energy of the festival. Witness monks engaged in traditional rituals, chanting powerful mantras and performing mesmerizing dances.

    Join the joyful throngs: Immerse yourself in the joyful atmosphere. Greet Tibetan locals and fellow travelers, sharing smiles and offering prayers. Participate in communal chanting, receive blessings from monks, and soak in the contagious spirit of devotion.

    Saga Dawa Festival Darboche Tibet
    Saga Dawa Festival Darboche Tibet

    Meals: Savor the unique flavors of Tibetan cuisine served during the festival. Indulge in steaming momos, flavorful thukpa noodles, and sweet rice cakes, all made with local ingredients and infused with the spirit of celebration.

    Cultural Highlights:

    • Witnessing the ceremonial raising of the giant Tarboche flag
    • Participating in chanting, prayers, and receiving blessings
    • Observing traditional Tibetan dances and cultural performances
    • Experiencing the vibrant atmosphere of the festival amidst stunning scenery


    • Dress modestly and respectfully, covering your shoulders and knees.
    • Be mindful of local customs and traditions during religious ceremonies.
    • Carry cash for offerings and to purchase souvenirs from local vendors.
    • Take photographs respectfully, avoiding close-ups of monks or rituals.
    • Embrace the joyful spirit of the festival and participate with an open heart.

    This day transcends beyond sightseeing; it’s an opportunity to delve into the heart of Tibetan culture and spirituality. Immerse yourself in the lively spirit of Saga Dawa, creating memories that will linger long after the festival’s vibrant echoes have subsided.

    Beyond the Saga Dawa Festival Tour:

    While attending the Saga Dawa Festival in Tarboche is the prime focus of this day, you may also have time to explore the village itself. Visit the Tarboche Monastery, its ancient walls whispering tales of Tibetan Buddhism. Stroll through the bustling streets filled with vendors selling local handicrafts and souvenirs. Let the sights and sounds of this unique Tibetan village complete your cultural immersion.

    Monks - Saga Dawa Festival Tour
    Monks – Saga Dawa Festival Tour

    Remember, this day is yours to tailor according to your interests and energy levels. Whether you fully immerse yourself in the festival’s joyous throngs or explore the village at your own pace, allow yourself to be captivated by the magic of the Saga Dawa Festival Tour in Tarboche.

  • Day 11: Stepping onto the Sacred Path - Beginning the Kailash Kora

    Today marks the culmination of your journey – the day you embark on the legendary Kailash Kora, the sacred circumambulation of Mount Kailash. Embrace the thrill of anticipation as you:

    Reaching the Valley of Gods:

    Leaving the vibrant world of Tarboche behind, you embark on a scenic drive towards Yamadwar, the “Valley of the Gods.” Witness the landscape morph from verdant valleys to stark, high-altitude terrain, with snow-capped peaks piercing the clear sky. Feel the energy shift as you step into this sacred realm, revered by countless pilgrims for centuries.

    Yama Dwar - The Door of the God of Death
    Yama Dwar – The Door of the God of Death

    First Steps on the Kora:

    At Yamadwar, excitement takes hold as you take your first steps on the Kailash Kora. Guided by your expert leader, you begin the 18-kilometer trek towards Dirapuk, a journey that promises breathtaking landscapes and profound spiritual encounters.

    A Tapestry of Beauty:

    Lha Chu’s Embrace: Walk along the banks of the Lha Chu River, its turquoise waters gushing with the meltwater from glaciers. Witness prayer flags fluttering in the wind, their colorful hues contrasting with the stark mountains in the distance.

    Kailash Kora the river Lhachu
    Kailash Kora, the river Lhachu

    North Face Majesty: Gaze upon the awe-inspiring north face of Mount Kailash, its ice-scoured pinnacles reaching towards the heavens. This dramatic vista, believed to be the abode of spirits, will leave you speechless.

    Inner Landscapes: As you walk, let your mind and spirit journey alongside your body. Meditate on the sacredness of the path, connect with the natural beauty surrounding you, and listen to the whispers of your inner self.

    Reaching Dirapuk:

    After a 7-hour trek filled with breathtaking sights and deep reflection, you arrive in Dirapuk, a village nestled at 4,800 meters at the foot of Mount Kailash. Settle into your comfortable guesthouse, feeling the accomplishment of your first day on the Kora and the anticipation for the challenges and wonders that await.


    • Stepping onto the sacred path of the Kailash Kora
    • Walking along the Lha Chu River and witnessing the north face of Kailash
    • Experiencing the stunning landscapes and meditating on the sacred journey
    • Reaching Dirapuk and feeling the accomplishment of the first day


    • Pace yourself and listen to your body during the trek.
    • Keep yourself well-hydrated by drinking lots of water and steering clear of alcohol.
    • Wear comfortable hiking shoes and layered clothing for the changing weather.
    • Be mindful of local customs and traditions on the Kora.
    • Embrace the challenges and accept them as part of the spiritual journey.

    This day marks the beginning of a transformative experience. Let the path of the Kailash Kora unfold before you, step by step. Embrace the beauty, the challenges, and the profound significance of this sacred pilgrimage. With each step, you move closer not just to your physical destination but also to a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you.

  • Day 12: Summiting the Challenge - Conquering Drolma La Pass on the Kailash Kora

    Today, the Kailash Kora throws down its gauntlet: conquering the Drolma La Pass, the highest and most challenging section of the entire pilgrimage. Prepare for a day of physical exertion, breathtaking vistas, and profound internal journeys:

    Early Start:

    Embrace the cool mountain air as you start your day before dawn. The pre-sunrise darkness adds an air of reverence as you embark on this significant portion of the Kora. Headlamps illuminate the path, creating a constellation on the ground against the vast, star-studded sky.

    Ascending through Jarok Donkhang:

    Pass through the tiny Tibetan settlement of Jarok Donkhang, its simple houses illuminated by warm yellow light. Witness the lives of local pilgrims who call this sacred valley home and feel a sense of shared purpose on this spiritual journey.

    Shiva Tsal:

    As you trek onwards, reach Shiva Tsal, a natural rock cave where the legend says Lord Shiva meditated. Absorb the mystical ambiance of this holy place, sense the energy of the many pilgrims who have visited before you, and take a moment to offer your prayers.

    Conquering Drolma La Pass:

    Now, the actual test begins. The climb to Drolma La Pass, at 5,634 meters, is steep and challenging. Thin air becomes your constant companion, and each step requires both physical effort and mental resilience. Yet, with each breath, the rewards unfold:

    Drolma La Pass
    Drolma La Pass

    Panoramic Majesty: Witness breathtaking views of Mount Kailash in all its glory. See the eastern face bathed in the golden light of the rising sun, its imposing presence leaving you stunned.

    Gauri Kunda: From the pass, gaze down at the turquoise waters of Gauri Kunda, a sacred lake believed to be the bathhouse of Parvati. The contrast of its vibrant color against the stark mountains will captivate you.

    Inner Triumph: Each step on this arduous climb is a victory. Feel your strength and determination grow, and celebrate your inner resilience as you reach the summit of the past.

    Descending to Zuthulpuk:

    The descent from Drolma La is as challenging as the ascent. Navigate the rocky terrain cautiously, using your trekking poles for support. As you descend, the landscape gradually changes, offering new perspectives on the majestic mountains.

    Finally, we arrive in Zuthulpuk, a village nestled at 4,760 meters. Settle into your guesthouse, tired yet exhilarated by the day’s challenges and the unparalleled beauty you witnessed.


    • Conquering the Drolma La Pass, the highest point of the Kora
    • Witnessing breathtaking views of Mount Kailash and Gauri Kunda
    • Experiencing the physical and mental challenge of the ascent
    • Celebrating your inner resilience and sense of accomplishment
    • Reaching Zuthulpuk and savoring the well-deserved rest


    • Begin your day early to dodge the midday heat and take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures.
    • Pace yourself and listen to your body, taking breaks as needed.
    • Dress in warm layers for the changing weather conditions at high altitudes.
    • Celebrate your progress with each step and enjoy the sense of accomplishment.

    This day is not just about conquering a physical challenge; it’s about pushing your limits, testing your strength, and discovering your inner reserves of resilience. Embrace the difficulty, soak in the stunning panoramas, and let the spiritual energy of the Drolma La Pass transform you from within. The Kora awaits, and with each step, you move closer to completing your pilgrimage and claiming your victory.

  • Day 13: Completing the Circle - The Culmination of the Kailash Kora

    Today marks the finale of your journey, the triumphant closure of the three-day Kailash Kora. Embrace the culmination of your physical and spiritual odyssey as you:

    Unveiling the Mysteries:

    Before dawn breaks, embark on a short yet captivating discovery near the Milarepa cave. Explore hidden caves and ancient temples adorned with colorful statues and vibrant murals. Delve into the lore and legends associated with these sacred spaces, adding a mystical touch to your final day on the Kora.

    Commencing the Final Climb:

    After a hearty breakfast, gather your strength for the final ascent. The three-to-four-hour climb may test your remaining reserves, but with each step, the sense of completion grows closer. Remember the lessons learned on Drolma La, pace yourself and celebrate your progress.

    Circling to Completion:

    As you reach the crest of the final climb, a wave of emotions washes over you. Witnessing the entirety of Mount Kailash from this vantage point fills you with awe and accomplishment. Take a moment to absorb the magnitude of your journey and the physical and spiritual transformation you’ve undergone.

    Returning to Darchen:

    Descend back to Darchen, carrying the weight of your experiences and the lightness of completion. The familiar streets now hold a new meaning, every corner echoing with the whispers of your pilgrimage. Share stories and laughter with fellow pilgrims, savoring the camaraderie forged on the shared path.

    White stupas at Mt Kailash
    White stupas at Mt Kailash

    Farewell to Saga:

    Bid farewell to the charming village of Darchen and embark on the drive back to Saga. As you journey through the Tibetan landscape, reflect on the memories you’ve collected: the breathtaking vistas, the profound challenges, the inner discoveries. Let the essence of the Kora remain with you, guiding you in the days and years to come.


    • Exploring the caves and temples near the Milarepa grotto
    • Completing the final climb and witnessing Mount Kailash in its entirety
    • Reaching the culmination of the Kailash Kora and experiencing a sense of completion
    • Sharing stories and celebrating with fellow pilgrims in Darchen
    • Reflecting on the transformative journey as you return to Saga


    • Begin your day early to escape the heat of the midday sun and enjoy the cooler morning weather.
    • Pace yourself and listen to your body during the final climb.
    • Savor the final moments on the Kora and be fully present in the experience.
    • Take photographs to capture the memories of your completed pilgrimage.
    • Express gratitude to your guides, porters, and fellow travelers for their support.

    This day marks the end of an outward journey, but the transformative essence of the Kailash Kora will remain with you long after you leave Tibet. Carry the lessons learned, the memories cherished, and the spirit of pilgrimage within you as you return to the world, forever changed by the magic of Mount Kailash.

  • Day 14: A Serene Descent - Returning to Kerung and Reflecting on the Tibetan Journey

    Today marks the final leg of your Tibetan adventure as you bid farewell to Saga and journey back to the border town of Kerung. Embrace the descent not just in altitude but also in the intensity of your experiences as you:

    Retracing the Road:

    Settle into your comfortable vehicle and embark on the return journey to Kerung. The familiar landscapes hold new meaning now, imbued with the memories of your pilgrimage. Witness the vast Tibetan plateau, the snow-capped peaks, and the winding Brahmaputra River, each vista echoing with the whispers of your trek.

    Mountain stream feeding into a tributary of the Brahmaputra, Tibet
    Mountain stream feeding into a tributary of the Brahmaputra, Tibet

    Leisure in Kerung:

    As you arrive in Kerung, a sense of closure washes over you. Enjoy some well-deserved leisure time before your departure. Stroll through the charming streets, browse through local shops, and soak in the unique Tibetan atmosphere. Savor a final Tibetan meal, appreciating the flavors that have sustained you throughout your journey.

    Reflective Moments:

    Use this time to reflect on your profound experiences. The challenges of the Kora, the breathtaking views, the spiritual encounters – let them all come back to you. Recall the lessons learned, the emotions felt, and the transformation you’ve undergone.

    Preparing for Departure:

    As the day draws to a close, pack your bags with souvenirs and memories. Bid farewell to Kerung and its welcoming people, knowing that a part of you will always remain in this mystical land.


    • A comfortable drive back to Kerung through familiar landscapes
    • Enjoying leisure time in Kerung and exploring the town
    • Reflecting on the transformative experiences of the Kailash Kora
    • Preparing for your departure and bidding farewell to Tibet


    • Purchase last-minute souvenirs or local handicrafts from Kerung.
    • Enjoy a final Tibetan meal and savor the unique flavors.
    • Reflect on your journey and write down your experiences in a journal.
    • Express gratitude to your guides, porters, and everyone who made your adventure possible.
    • Bid farewell to Kerung with a peaceful heart, knowing that you will carry its magic within you.

    This final day serves as a bridge between the intensity of your Tibetan adventure and the familiar world awaiting you. Use this time to integrate your experiences, savor the memories, and prepare to carry the spirit of Tibet within you as you return home. Remember, your journey may be ending, but the transformative power of the Kailash Kora will continue to guide you in the chapters yet to be written.

  • Day 15: A Touchdown in Kathmandu - Re-entering the Familiar and Carrying the Echoes of Tibet

    Your final day marks a return to civilization, a descent from the mystical realm of Tibet to the vibrant city of Kathmandu. Embrace the transition as you:

    Crossing the Border:

    Bid farewell to Tibet as you cross the border back into Nepal. Breathe in the familiar air, a blend of spice and incense, and witness the change in landscape from the high-altitude plains to the verdant valleys of Nepal.

    Kathmandu Calling:

    As you arrive in Kathmandu, a sense of homecoming washes over you. The bustling streets, the colorful temples, the friendly faces – all hold a new meaning after your Tibetan adventure. Settle into your comfortable hotel, feeling the weight of your backpack replaced by the lightness of memories.

    Reflecting on the Journey:

    Take some time to reflect on your transformative journey. Let the memories of the Kailash Kora, the Saga Dawa Festival, and the Tibetan landscapes replay in your mind. Savor the lessons learned, the challenges overcome, and the profound experiences that have enriched your soul.

    Celebrating Completion:

    Share your stories and celebrate your successful pilgrimage with your fellow travelers. Reflect on the friendships forged and the sense of shared accomplishment that binds you together.

    Last Glimpses:

    In your remaining hours, explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu, soak in the sights and sounds, and purchase last-minute souvenirs. Bid farewell to this captivating city, knowing that a part of its magic will forever remain with you.

    Departure and Beyond:

    As you board your flight, carry the spirit of Tibet within you. Let the lessons learned, the memories cherished, and the transformation experienced guide you in the days and years to come. Remember, your journey may be ending, but the echoes of Mount Kailash, the chants of the Saga Dawa Festival, and the warmth of the Tibetan people will forever resonate within you.


    • Crossing the border back into Nepal and witnessing the contrasting landscapes
    • Returning to Kathmandu and re-entering the familiar atmosphere
    • Reflecting on the transformative journey and celebrating your accomplishment
    • Exploring Kathmandu and purchasing last-minute souvenirs
    • Bidding farewell to Nepal and carrying the spirit of Tibet within you


    • Purchase gifts and souvenirs for loved ones back home.
    • Take some time to think about your experiences and jot down your thoughts and emotions.
    • Express gratitude to your guides, porters, and everyone who made your journey possible.
    • Carry the lessons learned and the spirit of Tibet in your daily life.
    • Return home with a renewed perspective and a deeper understanding of yourself.

    This final day marks the end of a physical journey, but the magic of your Tibetan adventure will stay with you forever. As you return to your everyday life, carry the echoes of Mount Kailash, the wisdom of the people, and the spirit of pilgrimage within you. May your journey continue, not just on a map but also in your heart and soul.

  • Day 16: Departure

    This covers your airport transfer service and concludes your Saga Dawa Festival Tour.


What's included

  • All land transportation
  • Tour guide in Nepal and Tibet
  • Accommodation as per an itinerary
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Chinese Visa, Tibet Travel Permit, and Kailash Permit
  • Entrance Fees in Nepal and Tibet
  • Applicable Taxes

What is excluded

  • International Airfare and Nepal Visa Fee
  • Lunch and Dinner in Nepal and Tibet
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal nature expenses like laundry, bar bills, beverages, phone call, internet etc
  • Tipping


Get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty of Nepal and Tibet, and rest assured – your accommodations will be just as delightful! Here’s a glimpse of what awaits:


Ramada Encore: Kick off your adventure in style at the Ramada Encore in Kathmandu. Picture plush beds, modern amenities, and a vibrant atmosphere in the heart of the city. Enjoy delicious meals, unwind by the pool, and soak in the cultural buzz from your comfortable haven.

Himalayan Villa: Nestled amidst breathtaking mountain vistas, the Himalayan Villa in Nagarkot is a symphony of serenity. Envision starting your day with a breathtaking vista of pristine, snow-covered mountains, snuggling beside a warm, flickering fireplace, and savoring the flavors of regional specialties. At the same time, the scent of pine gently perfumes the atmosphere.

Kerung Hotel: As you cross the border into Tibet, the Kerung Hotel offers a comfortable base for your exploration. This friendly hotel provides a convenient location, traditional Tibetan hospitality, and delicious local cuisine to fuel your adventures.

Other Parts of Tibet:
Basic Lodge: Immerse yourself in the authentic Tibetan experience with a stay in a basic lodge. These simple accommodations offer cozy shared rooms, basic amenities, and a direct connection to the local culture. Be prepared for shared bathrooms and simple meals, but embrace the opportunity to connect with the Tibetan way of life.


  • The specific accommodations chosen may vary depending on availability and season.
  • The description of a “basic lodge” in Tibet is based on the typical experience, but specific amenities and standards can differ.
  • Regardless of the choice, each accommodation offers a unique charm and a comfortable base for your exploration.

Let your imagination paint the picture: sunrise breakfasts overlooking the Himalayas, cozy evenings by the fireplace in Nagarkot, and sharing stories with fellow travelers in a traditional Tibetan lodge. The journey has just begun, and your accommodations are ready to welcome you with open arms (and cozy beds!). Please do not expect luxury in Tibet. Please carry your sleeping bag for Tibet.

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