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Fly In Drive Out - Saga Dawa Festival

Trip Price

US$ 3350  |  INR 302500

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, 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. 

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:24 May 2023: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02:25 May 2023: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03:26 May 2023: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 04:27 May 2023: Kathmandu to Lhasa

Day 05:28 May 2023: Lhasa Sightseeing

Day 06:29 May 2023: Drive Lhasa to Shigatse – via Gyantse

Day 07:30 May 2023: Drive from Shigatse to Saga – via Lhatse

Day 08:31 May 2023: Saga to Mansarovar via Paryang

Day 09:01 June 2023: Mansarovar Exploration – drive to Darchen

Day 10:02 June 2023: Darchen - Yamadwar - Drirapuk (Kora starts)

Day 11:03 June 2023: Dirapuk to Juthulpuk (Drolma La Pass)

Day 12:04 June 2023: SAGA DAWA FESTIVAL

Day 13:05 June 2023: Darchen to Saga

Day 14:06 June 2023: Saga to Kerung

Day 15:07 June 2023: Kerung to Kathmandu

Day 16:08 June 2023: 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 0124 May 2023: 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 0225 May 2023: 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 0326 May 2023: 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 0427 May 2023: 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 0528 May 2023: 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 0629 May 2023: 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 0730 May 2023: 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 0831 May 2023: 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 0901 June 2023: 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 1002 June 2023: 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 1103 June 2023: 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 1204 June 2023: 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 1305 June 2023: 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 1406 June 2023: 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 1507 June 2023: 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 1608 June 2023: 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

Trip insurance is important documents. Touch Kailash Travels and tours do not need your insurance policy for permit and visa confirmation. it is only for your secure and immergency. make sure your insurance cover travelling up to 5600 miter altitude and cover Emmergency rescue and Medical bills.  

Oxygen level is less at higher altitudes. The inclement weather and high altitude induces certain illness generally not encountered over the plains. Headache, nausea, lassitude, lethargy, breathlessness, general uneasiness [malaise], high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia are a few. It is common to all irrespective of the age, sex and physical fitness. Gradual acclimatization is the best answer. Tranquilizers, sleeping dose and strong anti-biotic must be avoided. Some of symptoms indicate that the body mechanism is readjusting to new environments. The best idea is deliberately slow down all the activities and follows the following rules:

  • Rest.
  • Relax-do not exert, be excited.
  • Reduce talking.
  • Walk slowly – adopt one third of your speed and space.
  • Keep your load light.
  • Walk for 15 minutes and rest for 5 minutes.
  • Whenever you feel uncomfortable, just stop; rest and relax.
  • Ignore the sudden outbursts of fellow pilgrims and avoid arguments.
  • Observe silence with smile.
  • Never go too high and too fast.
  • Consume plenty of liquids; never proceed with an empty stomach.
  • Chant a prayer or visualize everything around to suit your pleasant thoughts or put on the earphones and listen to your favourite music, bhajans, chanting etc.
  • Be careful not to catch a cold. It is better to be over clothed than under protected. En-route avoids taking bath or drinking water from Lake Streams or rivers, as your system is not conditioned for this.
  • Keep your boots/Ked inside tent. Protect yourself against dust and direct sunshine during the long stretches of driving. Face, feet and hands must be well protected.
  • The uneven ground, steep slope and slushy banks are full of potholes. Do not combine walking and sight seeing together.
  • Always listen to your guide or the one with experience. Never leave the group.
  • On this trip, over exertion is to be avoided and drinking plenty of fluids is recommendable. During winter, heavy warm clothing is a must.


  • Kindly consult your doctor and get yourself examined for this yatra
  • As Mount Kailash and lake Manasarovar is situated at high altitudes please start exercises like walking, jogging, yoga and other breathing exercises in order to have a successful yatra at least from a month before. 


  You are advised to own a small waist pouch or document bag to manage the following documents properly;

  • Passport with Photo copies, Photographs, Identity card, Diary for addresses, contacts, small notes etc.
  • Ball pens with spare refills Maps/Charts/Books etc.
  • Travel Cheques, credit cards & Currency.
  • Airline/Railway tickets/vouchers.
  • Any other document for personal purposes.


  • Big bag for putting your equipment and others
  • A small light trek bag
  • Water bottle / Thermos flask for hot water (1 liter).

Note: Touch Kailash Travel provide you big bag and small day carry bag for Yatra


  • Enough clothing for the whole Yatra including 3 pairs trek suits/leisure wear/jogging troushers/4 to 5tea shirts/2 polar flees one light quilted /shirts/poloneck/salwar kameez etc. Do not over load.
  • Wool socks (around 4 pairs), thick tights, wool monkey cap, scarves, warm light gloves, scarf.
  • Wool/thermal long underwear
  • Rain wear (Umbrella or Raincoat)

Note: Down Jackets and Sleeping bags will be provided on returnable basis at Kathmandu for the Yatra


  • Sports comfortable shoes/trainers (Good one Nike, Adidas etc). Have a spare one too
  • A pair of light Sleepers


  • Toileteries kit (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toilet rolls, towels etc).
  • Sun screen lotion/cream
  • facial tissues, wet once,


  • Tourch/Candle/match box/lighter/batteries
  • Knife
  • Plastic mug
  • Dusk masks/face masks


  • Any regular medicines that you take
  • Dark Sunglasses
  • Your favourite food which will keep you going including Nuts, biscuits, powder juice
  • Kapoor/Vicks/Inhaler etc
  • Binoculars/Camera/extra batteries
  • Milk powder for tea


  • First aid kit (typical backpacking kit for minor injuries/ our guide also will carry).
  • Diamox/Aspirin/pain killers
  • Lip balm/Mustard oil/Vaseline
  • Plasters
  • TCP, salt, mint, Vicks for sore throats


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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