Touch Kailash Travels & Tours
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Fly In Drive Out - Saga Dawa Festival

Trip Price

US$ 3780  |  INR 298000

Per Person

Total Duration:16 Days


Trip Grade:Easy

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Transportation:Private Vehicle / Aeroplane


Touch Kailash Travels and Tours crew will embark on a pilgrimage with you to the holy land of Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar for fourteen days, starting from Kathmandu. The tour starts off with visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal, and then we cross the borders to Tibet, exploring and making our way to the Holy Mount Kailash. We explore the Holy Mount Kailash and its sacred surroundings. Some major sites we will visit during this tour are Mount Kailash, Lake Mansarovar, Rakshasa Taal, Pashupatinath Temple, and more during the Full Moon, the auspicious occasion of Saga Dawa Festival in the holy lands of Tibet. The Saga Dawa Festival is on June 11 in 2025.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:31 May 2025: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02:01 June 2025: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03:02 June 2025: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 04:03 June 2025: Kathmandu to Lhasa

Day 05:04 June 2025: Lhasa Sightseeing

Day 06:05 June 2025: Drive Lhasa to Shigatse – via Gyantse

Day 07:06 June 2025: Drive from Shigatse to Saga – via Lhatse

Day 08:07 June 2025: Saga to Mansarovar via Paryang

Day 09:08 June 2025: Mansarovar Exploration – drive to Darchen

Day 10:09 June 2025: Darchen - Yamadwar - Drirapuk (Kora starts)

Day 11:10 June 2025: Dirapuk to Juthulpuk (Drolma La Pass)

Day 12:11 June 2025: SAGA DAWA FESTIVAL

Day 13:12 June 2025: Darchen to Saga

Day 14:13 June 2025: Saga to Kerung

Day 15:14 June 2025: Kerung to Kathmandu

Day 16:15 June 2025: Departure

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Cost Include


  • Tibet Permits
  • Tibet Visas
  • Special Kailash Mansarovar Permit
  • Applicable Entrance Fees to above mentioned places


  • All ground transportation in private vehicles
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off Service
  • Kathmandu – Lhasa Flight


  • 4* Standard Accommodation in Kathmandu, Lhasa
  • Twin Sharing Basis in Kathmandu, Lhasa, and Tibet, Group Sharing in Kailash Region

Support and Crew

  • Nepali Guide and Tibetan Guide
  • Nepali Crew Members in Kailash Region


  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (VEG)
  • Drinking Water (2 bottles per day)


  • KATHMANDU: Pashupatinath Temple, Guheshwori Shaktipeeth, Jalnarayan (Sleeping Vishnu) Temple, Thamel
  • TIBET: Lake Mansarovar, Holy Mount Kailash, Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, Jokhang Temple, Milarepa Cave, Drolma La Pass, Yamadwar, Gauri Kunda



  • Medical Kits
  • First Aid
  • Oximeter daily check (Pulse and Oxygen Level)
  • Enough Oxygen Cylinders
  • Other Necessary Equipment
  • Stick for Parikrama



  • Down Jacket on a returnable basis
  • Duffle Bag
  • Day Backpack

Cost Exclude

  • Personal Expenses
  • Pony – Horseman – Helper
  • International Airfare
  • Insurance
  • Emergency Circumstances
  • Extra Nights

Detail Itinerary

Day 0131 May 2025: Arrival in KathmanduOur representatives will receive you at the airport in Kathmandu, and guide you to the hotel in Kathmandu. Later, we will have a small briefing session on the trip, and meet the other group members, overnight at the hotel.

Altitude: 1400m
Meals: D
Distance: Inside Kathmandu Valley

Day 0201 June 2025: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Today, we'll take a tour of a few well-known Hindu temples in the Kathmandu Valley. We will visit the Pashupatinath, Gujeswari Shaktipith, and Jalnarayan Temple. Later, you can get some supplies for the Yatra if necessary. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Altitude: 1400m
Meals: B, L, D
Distance: Inside Kathmandu Valley

Day 0302 June 2025: Sightseeing in Kathmandu We will visit some of the major attractions in Kathmandu Valley today, while we wait on receiving our visas (FOR NRI). Explore the Doleshwor Mahadev Temple – the ‘shir’ head part of Lord Kedarnath in Uttarakhand. We will then visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the most preserved cultural heritage in Kathmandu, and return to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Altitude: 1400m
Meals: B, L, D
Distance: Inside Kathmandu Valley

Day 0403 June 2025: Kathmandu to Lhasa We drive to the Tribhuwan International Airport, and take a flight to Lhasa. We will receive you at the airport upon your arrival in Tibet and drive you to the hotel. The rest of today, go slowly so that you can acclimate to the altitude more quickly. For the lengthy trip ahead, keep in mind to drink lots of water and get plenty of rest.

Altitude: 3656m
Meals: B, L, D
Distance: 1.5 hours flight

Day 0504 June 2025: Lhasa Sightseeing Morning breakfast at the hotel, and we visit the capital city of Tibet, the old residence of The Dalai Lama, Potala Palace. We will visit the Potala Palace, approx. 3 hours in the old Palace Residence in the heart of the city. We will then head onwards to the Barkhor Street, then visit the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. Explore around the place, and back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Lhasa.

Altitude: 3656m
Meals: B, L, D
Distance: Around Lhasa City

Day 0605 June 2025: Drive Lhasa to Shigatse – via Gyantse Our route passes via Gyatse to Shigatse, the capital of the Tsang region, home to the Panchen Lama, the second pope in Tibet. Excursion to the Tashilhunpo monastery (founded in 1447) early in the morning, stopping at the temple of Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future, as well as other monastic temples. We will stop over at the Yamdrok Lake for a nice view of the gigantic freshwater lake. Hotel overnight stay.

Altitude: 3900m
Meals: B, L, D
Distance: 272km – 7.5 hrs

Day 0706 June 2025: Drive from Shigatse to Saga – via Lhatse Your route today will take you across beautiful, over 5000-meter-high passes. You are kept busy by various activities, such as lakes and nomads pursuing tens of thousands of yaks and sheep, while you drive across Tibet's mountainous and sandy terrain. By late afternoon, you will have crossed the Bramha Putra River and be at the characteristic Tibetan and Chinese town of Sag for the evening.

Altitude: 4640m
Meals: B, L, D
Distance: 449km – 6 hours

Day 0807 June 2025: Saga to Mansarovar via Paryang After our breakfast at Saga, we will be driving to the highest fresh water lake in the world, the holy Mansarovar Lake, lying at an altitude of 4558 meters, stretching wide with a pristine greenish-blue color. The holy lake is believed to be the resting place of Lord Bishnu. It is surrounded by Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandata, and the Lake Rakshasha (Rakshash Taal). The Rakshash Taal is believed to be created by the Evil King Ravan, and the locals believe the water is poisonous. Overnight at guest house around Lake Mansarovar.

Altitude: 4558m
Meals: B, L, D
Distance: 277km – 6 hours

Day 0908 June 2025: Mansarovar Exploration – drive to Darchen We will get into our spiritual selves, and perform some rituals (puja) at the bank of the holy lake mansarovar. Our staffs will provide a bucket of hot holy water for each yatri from the lake Mansarovar for bathing. After our puja and prayers, we will complete the Parikrama of the Mansarovar Lake on a Jeep, and continue to the base camp of Kailash, Darchen. It is a village town right in front of the sacred Mt. Kailash. Overnight at hotel.

Altitude: 4575m
Meals: B, L, D
Distance: 110km – 2 hours (Mansarovar Parikrama)
40km – 1 hour (Mansarovar to Darchen)

Day 1009 June 2025: Darchen - Yamadwar - Drirapuk (Kora starts) We will embark on a three – day parikrama. We first drive to the small settlement of Tarboche, also called as Darboche. It is the starting point of the Kailash Kora, and is also known as the Valley of Gods. Yamadwar, the gatewat of the God of Death, is located here in Tarboche. We will walk for a few hours to arrive at the settlement of Derapuk, settling right in front of the North Face of Mt. Kailash. Overnight and rest at a guest house.

Altitude: 4900m
Meals: B, L, D
Distance: 13km – 0.5 hours (Darchen to Tarboche Valley)
7km – 5 hours (Tarboche to Drirapuk)

Day 1110 June 2025: Dirapuk to Juthulpuk (Drolma La Pass) Among the three days of Kora, today is the longest and the most difficult day. We will be heading towards the village of Jarok Donkhang first, and hike towards the Shiva-stal. We will rest for some time, and take a steep downhill and get to the banks of Lham-chu Khir river. We catch sight of the Holy Pond of ‘Gaurikunda’. We reach the village of Juthulpuk, this place is named after. The famous cave of Juthulpuk, Zruthulpuk cave, also known as ‘the miracle cave’. We will also catch sight of the Buddha’s Footprints along the way. Overnight at a guest house.

Altitude: 4760m
Meals: B, L, D
Distance: 19km – 8/9 hours (Dirapuk to Juthulpuk)

Day 1211 June 2025: SAGA DAWA FESTIVAL Trek to Chongdo and Drive to Darboche valley. Exploration of Saga Dawa festival.
Morning visit at Juthulpuk Monastery. Start all flat walking about 6 kilometers up to our driving crew. Further, drive to Darboche valley and observe and celebrate the Saga Dawa Festival. All the Tibetans gather here for the final day of the Saga Dawa Festival. It is also difficult to get accommodation here for newly arrived people.

Day 1312 June 2025: Darchen to Saga After concluding the Saga Dawa Festival morning rituals, we will start our drive back to the town of Saga. After 7 hours of driving on paved roads, we arrive at Saga, where we will be spending the night in a guest house.

Altitude: 4640m
Meals: B, L, D
Distance: 470km – 9 hours

Day 1413 June 2025: Saga to Kerung Today will be a simple day. We drive in comfort and amazing scenery to Kerung, the last village town of Tibet to Nepal. We will be staying overnight and resting today

Altitude: 3000m
Meals: B, L, D
Distance: 170 km – 5 hours

Day 1514 June 2025: Kerung to Kathmandu After completing the immigration procedures at the Nepal-Tibet border, we will drive back to Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Afternoon souvenir shopping and overnight at the hotel.

Altitude: 1400m
Meals: B, L, D
Distance: 175 km – 8 hours

Day 1615 June 2025: DepartureOur representatives will drop you at the airport as per the flight timings, we conclude our Lhasa Kailash Tour with great memories.

Recommendations for Yatra

Embark on your Mount Kailash pilgrimage worry-free with our recommended Mount Kailash Travel Insurance. Tailored for the unique challenges of this sacred journey, it provides coverage for trip disruptions, medical emergencies, and unforeseen events. Prioritize your safety and peace of mind as you explore the spiritual wonders of Mount Kailash with our specialized travel insurance.

High altitudes pose challenges like lower oxygen levels, inducing symptoms such as headaches, nausea, lethargy, and breathlessness. These affect everyone, regardless of age or fitness. Acclimatization is crucial; avoid tranquilizers and antibiotics. Slow down activities, rest frequently, and reduce talking. Walk slowly, keep loads light, and observe silence with a smile. Consume liquids, avoid sudden exertion, and protect against cold. Don't bathe in streams, protect against dust and sun, and follow experienced guides. Prioritize rest, hydration, and warm clothing during winter.

Wi-Fi will be accessible in Kathmandu, but as we venture into the more secluded regions of Nepal, connectivity will be restricted. The tour guide will carry a satellite phone for emergency communication. Wi-Fi connection is more accessible in the Tibet region as well, while there are no such facilities in Mansarovar, and during the Parikrama. 

Options for e-sims are widely available in supported devices for cellular data, while mainstream social media including WhatsApp and Facebook are prohibited in China. The use of VPNs may allow for seamless communication with family back home. 

During May to September, temperatures in Nepal and Tibet range from 10 to 22°C during the day. Despite the moderate daytime temperatures, the intense sun at high altitudes can create a much warmer sensation. Nighttime temperatures may drop significantly, reaching as low as -5°C.

As altitude increases, the body requires time to adapt to lower oxygen levels through a process known as acclimatization. Proper acclimatization is crucial for maintaining health and ensuring a comfortable journey at high altitudes. Most individuals are affected by the reduced oxygen levels at elevations exceeding 2,500 meters. Diamox (Acetazolamide) has proven to be highly effective in facilitating acclimatization and countering High Altitude Sickness. Further details will be provided closer to the journey.

Please consult your doctor and undergo a medical examination before embarking on the Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar yatra. Given the high altitudes, it is advisable to begin exercises such as walking, jogging, yoga, and breathing exercises at least a month prior to ensure a successful journey.

The Touch Kailash Team will be providing a Duffel Bag, a 25l Backpack, and a Down Jacket (on a refundable basis), upon your arrival in Kathmandu. 

Carry a small waist pouch or document bag to organize essential documents:
- Passport with photocopies
- Photographs
- Identity card
- Diary for addresses and contacts
- Ball pens with spare refills
- Maps/Charts/Books
- Travel cheques, credit cards & currency
- Airline/Railway tickets/vouchers
- Any other personal documents


Common Items:
- Big bag for equipment
- Small light trek bag
- Water bottle/Thermos flask (1 liter)


- Enough clothing for the entire journey, including trek suits, leisure wear, jogging trousers, T-shirts, polar fleece, shirts, salwar kameez, etc.
- Wool socks, thick tights, wool monkey cap, scarves, warm light gloves
- Wool/thermal long underwear
- Rainwear (umbrella or raincoat)


- Sports comfortable shoes/trainers (Nike, Adidas, etc.) with a spare pair
- A pair of light slippers


- Toiletries kit (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toilet rolls, towels, etc.)
- Sunscreen lotion/cream
- Facial tissues, wet wipes


Camping Items:
- Torch/candle/matchbox/lighter/batteries
- Knife
- Plastic mug
- Dusk masks/face masks


Personal & General Items:
- Regular medicines
- Dark sunglasses
- Favorite food for energy (nuts, biscuits, powdered juice)
- Kapoor/Vicks/Inhaler, etc.
- Binoculars/Camera/extra batteries
- Milk powder for tea


First Aid Kit:
- Typical backpacking kit for minor injuries
- Diamox/Aspirin/painkillers
- Lip balm/Mustard oil/Vaseline
- Plasters
- TCP, salt, mint, Vicks for sore throats

  • The Currency for Nepal is Nepalese Rupee, while there are options to exchange at the airport, you may find better exchange rates at the numerous exchange centers in the Thamel Market. 
  • The Currency used in Tibet is the Chinese Yuan, US Dollars or other currencies are not accepted. 
  • While US Dollars and major currencies, including Indian Rupees, are accepted in Nepal, this is not the case in Tibet. If you intend to convert your money to Chinese Yuan, you can do so either at international airports or in Kathmandu.

This journey encompasses urban, rural, and remote areas in Nepal and Tibet, resulting in varying accommodations and amenities. Whether it's five-star hotels and guest houses or camping in the breathtaking Himalayan regions under the care of our staff, you can be confident that we will consistently offer the best possible facilities in every instance.

All Travelers must ensure that their passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of tour completion. 

  • Indian Passport Holders do not require a visa to enter Nepal
  • All foreign Passport Holders can get their 30 days multiple entry visa to Nepal at the Kathmandu Airport, or online from the Nepal Immigration Website
  • All Visas and Permits along with other needful documents for Tibet will be arranged by Touch Kailash Team

Usefull Info

The Saga Dawa Festival is a special festival celebrated in Tibet, every year on the full moon of May. For Mahayana Buddhists, this festival is the most important and sacred one since it marks the birth of the Buddha, his achievement of enlightenment, and his release from the material world.

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Trip Highlights

  • Holy Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site – Pashupatinath Temple
  • Sightseeing in Nepal
  • Exploration of the Capital of Tibet – Lhasa
  • Yamdrok Lake Visit
  • Saga Dawa Festival Exploration
  • Three Days Parikrama (kora) around Mt. Kailash
  • Drolma La Pass – 6714m
  • Exploration of Tibet and nomad lifestyle

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