Kailash Saga Dawa Tibetan Festival; May 16 – Jun 05, 2018

TibetFestival, Landscapes, Pilgrimage

Classic small group adventure from USD $5,499 per person.

Journey overland to Tibet and cross the ‘roof of the world’ to Kailash—Asia's most sacred mountain—in time for the amazing Saga Dawa Festival. You'll embark on a demanding multi-day trek around the holy mountain, which is said to bring good luck to whomever completes it, then join pilgrims and celebrate the renewal of the Tarboche flagpole. Explore Lhasa and experience unparalleled vistas of Mt Everest at its base camp. Full of cultural treasures, remarkable Buddhist monasteries, and the colourful markets of Kathmandu, this adventure truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

21 Nights
From USD 5,499Per Person

Trip Itinerary

This itinerary has been updated from an overland border crossing into Nepal, to include a flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu to end the tour. Damage to the Tibet-Nepal highway due to the 2015 earthquake has left roads closed, meaning a flight is currently the only way to travel between the two countries. It is unknown when the highway will reopen and no overland travel will be possible between these two destinations for the foreseeable future.

Arrive at any time.

Visit the Great Wall of China with time in the late afternoon to explore Beijing.

Take a guided tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square before boarding the Trans-Tibetan Railway to Lhasa.

Arrive in Lhasa in the evening. Take an orientation walk around Barkhor Square and start acclimatizing to the altitude.

Over three days, explore all Lhasa and the surrounding areas have to offer. Visit Barkhor Square, the Jokhang Temple, the Potala Palace, and either Sera or Drepung Monastery. With free time, opt to visit the local markets or find a teahouse to spend a few hours relaxing.

Meals included: Breakfast

Drive to Gyantse along the beautiful Yamdrok Tso lake.

Meals included: Breakfast

Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum, and Sakya Gompa.

Travel to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest in the world.

Exclusive Inclusions: Local Living Rongbuk Monastery Visit and Stay

Hike to Everest Base Camp in the morning. Later, make the scenic journey to Saga.

Take another travel day to reach Darchen, home base for the Kora Trek. Follow the road across grasslands for the first spectacular view of Mt Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.

Begin the kora from Darchen. Staying in basic guesthouses, the full kora takes 2.5 days to complete. The experience and scenery are well worth the effort.

Continue on the kora for the toughest stretch of the trek.

After completing the kora, relax in Darchen for the evening.

Experience the Saga Dawa Festival. Over 1,000 years old, this festival celebrates the day Lord Buddha Sakyamuni was born, achieved enlightenment, and passed away. Afterwards, drive south across the grasslands to Saga.

Travel from Saga to Shigatse.

Visit Tashilumpo in the morning. Later, head back to Lhasa.

Transfer to airport and fly to Kathmandu, Nepal. Enjoy some free time to get to know the city.

Depart at any time.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic
All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level Standard
Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating 4 - Demanding
Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

Trip Type Small Group
Small group experience; Max 14, average 10

Age requirement 12+
All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Price per person in SGD

  • $6,799 ~ Adult Twin
  • $819 ~ *My Own Room

*If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the booking process.


  • Local Living Rongbuk Monastery Visit and Stay, Rongpu Si
  • Great Wall entrance
  • Forbidden City tour
  • Trans-Tibetan railway
  • Kumbum visit
  • Potala Palace visit
  • Jokhang Temple visit
  • Sera Monastery visit
  • Yamdrok Tso visit
  • Tashilunpo Monastery visit
  • Sakya Monastery visit
  • Pelkhor Chode Monastery visit
  • Kailash kora
  • Lake Manasarovar visit
  • Saga Dawa festival experience
  • Everest Base Camp visit
  • Border crossing support
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodation Hotels/guesthouses (11 nights), very basic guesthouses (7 nights, possibly multi-share), sleeper train (2 nights).
  • Meals 4 breakfasts; allow USD $510-665 for meals not included.
  • Transportation Train, private bus, 4x4, walking.
  • Staff & experts Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Trip Map

Trip map for 21D Kailash Saga Dawa Festival

Trip map for 21D Kailash Saga Dawa Festival

Trip Dates

  • May 16 - Jun 05, 2018