Saga Dawa Festival Join Group Tibet Travel

Mount Kailash

Saga Dawa Festival Join Group Tibet Travel

Hey there! Have you heard of the Saga Dawa festival? It's a super important celebration for Buddhists, and it happens on the 15th of the fourth month in the Tibetan Lunar calendar. This is the month when Buddha Shakyamuni came to our world, achieved enlightenment, and reached Parinirvana. It's like three festivals in one!

If you want to experience the festival, you should join us at Tarboche near Mount Kailash. We'll lift a giant Prayer flagpole and celebrate with the local Tibetans. And while you're here, why not take the opportunity to travel to Mount Everest Base Camp and even do the 52km trek Kora around Mount Kailash? It's a great adventure that can help purify any karmic debts.

Plus, you'll get to see the stunning beauty of the Guge Kingdom, one of the last remaining kingdoms in Tibet. This tour is perfect if you're a nature lover, a trekker, or just someone who appreciates spiritual beauty. So come on, let's celebrate the Saga Dawa Festival together! The Trip Advisor rating system has awarded us with a 5-star rating. Join us for an unforgettable adventure!

Group Price & Size

2,780 US dollars Per Person

Minimum 4 People & Maximum 12 People 

Single room occupancy supplement: 550USD (hotels only)

May 15th 2024 Day1. Lhasa Arrival

Upon arrival in Lhasa, you will be welcomed by your English-speaking Tibetan Guide and Tibetan Driver, who will bring you to your hotel. Acclimatization to high altitude: Please drink lots of water and take plenty of rest to minimize altitude sickness. [3650m]

Overnight at the 4-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold-star Shambhala Palace, located in the heart of Lhasa city, 100 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B)=breakfast

Potala Palace

Day2. Lhasa Sightseeing

We began visiting Jokhang Temple, the most sacred monastery in Tibet. It was founded in the 7th century by the first great Buddhist king, Songtsen Gampo. Later, you can explore the surrounding Barkhor Old Quarter and walk around Jokhang Temple, following pilgrims from all over the Tibetan plateau. In the afternoon, we go to Sera Monastery, one of the three great universities of Gelugpa Sect. We will attend the monks' debating session.

Overnight at the 4-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold-star Shambhala Palace, located in the heart of Lhasa city, 100 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B)=breakfast

Day3. Lhasa Sightseeing

Today, we visited the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. The fifth Dalai Lama built the Potala Winter Palace in the 17th century. It provides fantastic views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand staterooms, and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, built in the 18th century by the seventh Dalai Lama. It’s tradition to picnic in its beautiful garden and perform opera dances during the Shoton Festival (August-September).

Overnight at the 4-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold-star Shambhala Palace, located in the heart of Lhasa city, 100 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B)=breakfast

Yamdrok Lake full view Tibet Tour

Day4. Lhasa – Shigatse

The adventure starts: we drive West to reach the second-largest city in Tibet. At first, we cross Kampa-la Pass [4797m] and then Karo-la Pass [5050m], where Mt. Noijin Kangsang [7206m] glacier lies near the road. In the middle, we enjoy the unreal turquoise waters of the holy lake Yamdrok-Tso. Then we stop in Gyantse town, where we will visit the considered best Tibetan art paintings in Kumbum Stupa inside Pelkor Chode Monastery. Also, we admire the majestic Gyantse Dzong (fortress) overlooking the valley. Finally, we reached Shigatse before dinner.[354Km, 3840m]

Overnight at 4-star Gesar Hotel Deluxe Room. (B)=breakfast

Day5. Shigatse – New Tingri

The journey to New Tingri involves crossing the high pass of Gyatso La [5220m] and the opportunity to view Mt. Everest and the Himalayas for the first time. Before, we visited Sakya Monastery, the principal seat of the Sakyapa Sect, founded in 1073 and one of four primary schools of Tibetan Buddhism.  Its Mongolian architecture is different from that of temples we have seen before. [250Km, 4300m]

Overnight at 2-star Roof of the World Hotel (B)=breakfast

Gawula Pass

Day6. Pelber – Gawula - Everest Base Camp

Exciting day today: We continue driving towards Rongbuk Monastery, located at the foot of Everest and the highest monastery in the world. We enjoy amazing views of several peaks like Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Mount Everest from the top of the Pang-la Pass [120Km, 5200m]

Overnight in the Black Yak hair tent dormitory or Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse (B)=breakfast (No private bathroom, No Shower)

Day7. Everest Base Camp – Saga

In the morning, we reached one of the major highlights of our trip, Mt. Everest North Base Camp [5250m] (trekking or taking the bus). After spending some time at the base of Mt. Everest, we drove northwest, crossing high passes with enchanting views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks like Shishapangma and wild Peikutso Lake.[300Km, 4490m]

Overnight in Saga hotel (B)=breakfast

Mount Everest near Tingri

Day8. Saga – Darchin

Today, we venture into the semi-nomadic areas of Western Tibet. Amid the vast and elevated Tibetan plateau, we immerse ourselves in genuine Tibetan scenery. Our route traces the Yarlung Tsampo River towards Lake Manasarovar, one of Tibet's holiest lakes. Hindus hold the belief that bathing in this sacred lake purifies sins and brings positive karma. The journey covers 490km, reaching an altitude of 4556m at Darchin.

Overnight at 3-Star Himalaya Hotel (B)=breakfast

Mount Kailash

May 23rd Day9. Celebrate the Saga Dawa Festival and Trek To Dira-Puk Monastery

Today, we're setting off from Darchen to Tarboche for a leisurely 2-hour trek, joining the locals to celebrate the vibrant Saga Dawa festival beneath the full moon. Later in the day, we'll meander to Dirapuk monastery along a charming trail encircling Mount Kailash at a cozy 4700 m altitude, covering a distance of 20 km. Following our 4-hour stroll, we'll arrive at Tamdin(4780m), where cozy nomadic tents await, serving up simple lunches and hot water. A mere 4 km separates us from Dirapuk monastery, treating us to stunning vistas along the way. Built anew in 1985, Dirapuk sits gracefully on the north side of the Lha-Chu River, gazing at the majestic north face of Mt. Kailash. Legend has it that Dirapuk's name originated from 'Dira,' symbolizing a female yak horn, and 'Puk,' denoting cave; a mythical tale spins the yarn of a female yak opening the very cave we now revere. [20Km, 5-6h, 5050m]

Overnight at Dirapuk Guesthouse ( No private bathroom / No shower )  (B)=breakfast

Mount Kailash

Day10. Trek To Zutul Puk Monastery, [18Km, 6-8h, 4820m]

Today marks the most demanding leg of the trek, involving the traversal of two passes. While these passes are not excessively steep, the high altitude significantly contributes to the challenge, leading to a slow and tiring progression. Covering a distance of 18 km at an altitude of 4790 m, the journey entails crossing Dikpyala at 5000 m and Dromala at 5500 m. The passes are distinguished by numerous prayer flags and Cairns, offering a serene moment to pause, admire the breathtaking view of Mount Kailash from its rear, and rejuvenate.

Following the pass, a descent through a lengthy valley leads to a lunch break at the Shabjay Dakpo nomadic tent. At 4790 meters lies the Zuktrulpuk Monastery, also known as the Miracle Cave, which was constructed by two revered religious personalities: Buddhist Jetsun Milarepa and Bon Jetsun Naro Bonchung. Inside the meditation cave, visitors can witness the sacred imprints of Jetsun Milarepa's hand and foot, exuding spiritual magnificence.

Overnight at the guesthouse (No private bathroom/ No shower) (B)=breakfast

Tibet Darchen Tarchen town view of Mount Kailash

Day11. Trek to Darchen - Tada 

Today presents an excellent opportunity for ending the trekking, covering a 14 km distance from Zutrulpuk Monastery to Darchen town. The trek entails a gentle hike at an altitude of approximately 4500m, with no steep ascents. Upon reaching Darchen town, we will drive to Tada town, also known as Tsanda or Tsaparang. [270Km, 5-6h]

Overnight at 3-Star Ganggar Tise Hotel (B)=breakfast

Guge Kingdom

Day12. Spent a free Day at Tada

Today, we will visit one of the last kingdoms in Tibet ( The Guge Kingdom ). Guge is situated around 18km from Tsaparang town. Tsaparang is the town where we will spend the night. Travelers can also enjoy the beauties of the Toling monastery.

Overnight at 3-Star Ganggar Tise Hotel (B)=breakfast

The nature in Tibet

Day13. Tsaparang - Lake Manasarovar

Today, we will travel to Lake Manasarovar at the Chiu Monastery for the night. We will visit the Tadapuri hot spring and the monastery on the way (300 km).

Overnight in Guesthouse ( No private bathroom / No Shower) (B)=breakfast

Manasarovar Lake

Day14. Lake Manasarovar Saga

After spending the morning at Lake Manasarovar exploring the lake, we will drive to Saga town. The duration is around 400km. We will stop for photos of dunes and beautiful nature on the way.

Overnight at Saga Hotel (B)=breakfast

Shigatse Tashilhunpo Monastery

Day15. Saga - Shigatse [450Km]

Saga is one of the bigger towns near the Mount Kailash region. From Saga, we will drive to Namring via the northern route, enjoying the beautiful landscape.

Overnight at 4-star Gesar Hotel Deluxe Room. (B)=breakfast

Potala Palace

Day16. Shigatse – Lhasa [272Km]

Today, you will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, built in the 15th century by the first Dalai Lama. Nowadays, the seat of the Panchen Lama. We would recommend that you do Kora around Tashilhunpo Monastery. Also, you can walk around the local market after driving back to Lhasa through the Southern Friendship Highway.

Overnight at the 4-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold-star Shambhala Palace, located in the heart of Lhasa city, 100 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B)=breakfast

Day17. Tibet Departure

Enjoy your last hours in Tibet exploring Lhasa until your guide and driver meet you at the hotel to transfer you to the airport.

Tour Type: Group Tours

Group Size: 4 to 12 People

Tour Duration: 17 Days

Price: 2,780 USD

  •  All travel permits for Tibet
  • English-speaking Tibetan tour guide
  • Pick up and drop off by airport bus
  • All transportation in Tibet per itinerary, a vehicle for the trip outside of Lhasa, taxis inside Lhasa
  • Vehicle tolls and vehicle repairs(if necessary)
  • All administrative fees
  • All meals and accommodations for your guide
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Entrance fees for the places in the itinerary 
  • One-time welcome meal for the group
  • One box of mineral water 
  • Oxygen tank in the car
  • Transportation costs to and from Tibet
  • Chinese visa fees and passport fees
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs, etc)
  • Tips to the driver and guide

Short Itinerary

Day1.Pick up and Transfer to Hotel

Day2.Lhasa Sightseeing (Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery)

Day3.Lhasa Sightseeing, Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace)

Day4.Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse, Shigatse

Day5.Shigatse, Sakya, New Tingri 

Day6.New Tingri, Rongbuk, Mount Everest base camp

Day7.Rongbuk monastery, Old Tingri, Phikutso Lake, Saga

Day8.Saga, Paryang, Darchen

Day9.Celebrate Saga Dawa festival, Trek to Dirapuk monastery

Day10.Trek to Zutrulpuk monastery 

Day11.Trek to Darchen, Tada

Day12.Guge Kingdom, Toling Monastery, Tada

Day13.Tada, Tadapuri, Lake Manasarovar

Day14.Lake Manasarovar, Saga

Day15.Saga, Shigatse

Day16.Shigatse, Lhasa

Day17.Depart from Lhasa


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