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15 Days Trek Tour for Mount Kailash in Saga Dawa Festival 2024

15 Days 4-12 Pax Price from $827 per person
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Mt. Everest Base Camp - Saga - Mt. Kailash - Lhasa
Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Tashilumpo Monastery, Lake Manasarovar, Saga Dawa Festival 2024, Mt Kailash Trekking, Pelchor Monastery, Yamdrok Lake

Trip Day By Day

Day 1-3 Lhasa city tour
Day 4-5 Lhasa - Shigatse - Tingri
Day 6-8 Tingri - EBC - Saga - Darchen
Day 9-11 Kailash Trekking
Day 12-14 Darchen - Lhasa
Day 15 Depart from Lhasa

Tour Features

1. Visit iconic holy cultural landmarks in Lhasa
2. Explore the base camp of the highest mountain in the world
3. Trek with pilgrims around the holiest mountain in all of Asia
4. Experience unique and authentic Saga Dawa Festival 2024 by Mt. Kailash

Trip Overview

This epic 15-day Mount Kailash overland tour features an exploration to the Mount Everest Base Camp plus an authentic Tibetan Saga Dawa Festival before the trek around Mount Kailash.

What to Expect on the 15 Days Trek Tour for Mount Kailash in Saga Dawa Festival 2024?

The first three days acclimatizing visit in Lhasa allows you to see the iconic Potala Palace, Johkang Temple and other famous places at this holy city. Departing Lhasa, turquoise Lake Yamdrok is the first impressive place to see; while visiting the Pelchor Monastery in ancient town of Gyantse, you feel like arriving in the past with its walls and Dzong Castle in the surrounding hills. On day 6, head for the EBC, where you can enjoy your highest hiking, golden sunset and starry night. Then drive to sacred Mount Kailash and holy Lake Manasarovar that are surrounded by various myths and legends, the visit to those two places happens to be the Saga Dawa Festival which is one of the most important festivals celebrated in Tibet. The festival celebrates the birth, enlightenment and Nirvana of Sakayamuni. On the festival day, many pilgrims flood to Mount Kailash to watch the Tarboche flagpole covered in prayer flags is replaced. It’s a special experience to understand and get up close to the authentic Tibetan culture and religion. After experiencing the festival event, we will start the trekking around Mount Kailash. On the three days’ trek, you will see the beautiful sceneries from different sides of Mount Kailash, pilgrims doing full-body length prostrations and cross the high and enduring Dolma-La Pass.  

Enjoy the 15-Day Mount Kailash Trek in Saga Dawa Festival 2024

Considering Mount Kailash trekking has been one of the most spiritual pilgrimage walk in Asia, to trek it during the special Saga Dawa Festival 2024 to meet more devoted pilgrims and to experience the authentic event couldn’t be more impressive.

Tour Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 (16th May, 2024): Arrival upon Lhasa

Highlights: Arrival & Pick-up & Acclimatization

Schedule today : Arrival at Lhasa at airport or train station, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet

Warm Tibetan Style Pickup Service Warm Tibetan Style Pickup Service

Day 2 (17th, May, 2024): Lhasa city tour

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple,Barkhor Street

Schedule today : In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa - Potala Palace ( video ), the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism - Johkang Temple ( video ), where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNESCO. Afterwards, free time for you to wander through the Barkhor Street, the busiest street in old Lhasa quarter.

Potala Palace Johkang Temple

Day 3 (18th, May, 2024): Lhasa city tour

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Schedule today : In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5th Dalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery - Sera Monastery ( video ), where you can see the largest scale of sutra debating ( video ) among monks is famous all across Tibet.

Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Day 4 (19th May, 2024): Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Pelchor Monastery, Karo Glacier, Gyantse Pelkor

Schedule today : In the morning, drive to the historic town of Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake ( video ), according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess, on the Gangbala Pass, you will have a clear picture of this Tibetan holy lake in turquoise, in distance you can also see the snowcapped Summit of Ninjingkangsang. In Gyantse ( video ) , you will find the largest stupa in Tibet - Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelchor Monastery ( video ). Another important site in Gyantse is Dzong Castle which once was a battle field where Tibetan fought against British invasion. Continue drive to Shigatse and stay overnight there.

Yamdrok Lake Pelchor Monastery

Day 5 (20th May, 2024): Shigatse - Everest (340 km/ 7-8 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Tashilumpo Monastery

Schedule today : In the morning, visit Tashilumpo Monastery : In the morning, visit Tashilumpo Monastery ( video ) which is the seat of Panchen Lama, the equally important religious figure in Tibet as Dalai Lama. The monastery was built by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, and inside the Monastery placed the highest statue of Buddha in Tibet which is 26.8 meters high. Afterwards, we will head to Everest, then rest there well.

Tashilumpo Monastery Tingri County

Day 6 (21th May, 2024): EBC - Saga (300 km/ 6-7 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp

Schedule today : In the morning, we will visit Rongbuk Monastery. if weather is good, you can choose to wake up early to watch the sunrise over the base camp. After breakfast, we will drive to western Tibet of Saga County directly. On the way, we can see the beautiful Peikutso Lake and Mt. Shixiapangma. Today, we will cover some bumpy part of road, but not very long.

Mt. Everest Sunrise Peikutso Lake

Day 7 (22th May, 2024): Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen (510 km/ 8-9 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Lake Manasarovar

Schedule today : In the morning you will head to Lake Manasarovar, Tibet's holiest lake which sits at 4590 meters. We will go on following the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra River going through vast expanses of grasslands before arriving in Paryang, elevation 4590 meters. And Lake Manasarovar is an important pilgrimage destination for Tibetans and Hindu's from India and Nepal. From the lake, you can see Kailash in the distance. Then we will make the short drive to Darchen Town, the starting point of the trek around Mt. Kailash.

Lake Manasarovar Darchen Town

Day 8 (23th May, 2024): Darchen - Diraphuk Monastery trekking & Experience the Saga Dawa Festival  2024

Highlights: Saga Dawa Festival  2024, Kailash Trekking

Schedule today: Wake up early about 7:30, after breakfast trek 2 hours to the festival site where large ritual ceremony will be held, on the way you can see lots of pilgrims from all over Tibet and even India, Nepal and Thailand. Saga Dawa Festival  2024 celebrates the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death, or attaining of Nirvana. It is the most important religious festival observed by the entire Buddhist world. Any merit obtained for the performance of a good deed or religious practice will be enhanced. The ceremony will start around 10:30 and lasts about 3 hours. There you can see not only locals raise a very big prayer flag pole along with lots of religious rites performed by monks, but also even a temporary bazaar with many nearby locals come here to trade. It couldn't be more authentic to see such an event at this corner of Himalayas.

After seeing the festival, continue the trekking, most of trail today is along the rocky valley, on the road you will see the faces of Mt. Kailash appear from time to time. It will be around 6 PM to arrive at the guesthouse near the Diraphuk Monastery (5080m) which locates under the astonishing north face of Mt Kailash that from this angle appears as a massive, jet-black slab of granite ornamented with alabaster-white strips of snow.

Saga Dawa Festival North Face of Mt. Kailash

Day 9 (24th May, 2024): Diraphuk - Dolmala Pass - Zutruphuk Monastery

Highlights: Dolmala Pass, Zutruphuk

Schedule today : In the morning we will trek across a valley up to the Dolma-La Pass. Today's trekking will be the most arduous part since Dolmala Pass is quite high at 5640 meters, plus today's trekking length is around 20km, so we have to wake up early. By the late afternoon arrive at Zutrulphuk Monastery, the cave of miracles where the Tibetan poet-saint Milarepa once stayed.

Asending Dolmala Pass At Dolmala Pass

Day 10 (25th May, 2024): Zutruphuk Monastery - Darchen

Schedule today : In the morning we will hike back to Darchen at some easy walk. And your car is waiting for you when you finishing the trekking.

Mountain Kailash Trekking Day 3 Mountain Kailash Trekking Day 3

Day 11 (26th May, 2024): Darchen - Saga

Schedule today : In the morning, we will head back to Lhasa by following the Brahmaputra River back to Saga as we pass through the nomadic regions of western Tibet.

Darchen Town Western Tibet

Day 12 (27th May, 2024): Saga - Sakya (350 km/ 6-7hours on wheel)

Highlights : Sakya Monastery

Schedule today : Drive from Saga to Sakya Stay overnight in Sakya.

Day 13 (28th May, 2024): Sakya - Shigatse (160 km/ 3-4 hours on wheel)

Schedule today :In the morning, we will visit ancient Sakya town and you can tour Sakya monastery with amzing murals and huge collection of scriptures and statues.Then we are about to drive from Sakya to Shigatse.

Western Tibet Wild Donkey in western Tibet

Day 14 (29th May, 2024): Shigatse - Lhasa (280 km/ 5-6 hours on wheel)

Schedule today : Drive back to Lhasa along the road with Brahmaputra River flows along; the free time is on your own after arrival Lhasa.

Brahmaputra River Brahmaputra River

Day 15 (30th May, 2024): Depart from Lhasa

Schedule today : Tour ends, our guide and driver will drop you off at airport in Lhasa. Welcome to Tibet next time.

Price & Dates

The Tour quote is $1799 per person departing on 29th May 2024
What's included in this price?
1. Free group pick-up from airport & free group drop-off from hotel, BUT only three times available, surcharge (RMB 450) occurs if your flight schedule does not meet the free transfer time. Stay at airport for 1-2 hours to await other tourists is possible since this is a group pick-up service.
Group Pick-up Time at airport 09:30 - 10:30 12:30 - 13:30 15:30 - 16:30
Group Drop-off Time leaving hotel 06:30 from hotel 08:30 from hotel 12:30 from hotel
A. The drive length is about one hour between airport and downtown
B. It’s free to have pickup and drop-off between train station and downtown
2. English speaking local Tibetan Guide.
3. Well maintained vehicle throughout the whole tour.
4. Entrance fee to all the scenic spots mentioned.
5. All Tibet traveling permits concerned, such as TTP and PSB.
6. Clean and comfortable 3 star standard hotels with private bath room and breakfast in Lhasa and Shigatse, guesthouse or yak hair tent near EBC and during the trekking, basic hotels in Tingri, Saga, Darchen and Gyirong Town. The quote is based on 0.5 room per person, twin sharing.
Lhasa (Day1,2,3,14) Yak Hotel or Gangyen Hotel 3*
Shigatse (Day4,13) Gesar Hotel or Zangba Hotel 3*
Tingri (Day 5) Snowland Hotel or Qomulangma Hotel 2*
EBC (Day6) Guesthouse or Yak hair tent Basic
Saga (Day7,12) Saga Hotel 2*
Darchen (Day 8,11) TBD Basic hotel
Trekking (Day9,10) Guesthouse Basic  
7. Tour guide and vehicle's entry fee to Mt. Everest.
8. Oxygen supply on Vehicle.
9. Delivery fee of Tibet permits.
10. Guide and driver's food and accommodations.
What's excluded in this price?
1. Lunches and dinners, plus breakfasts from day 6.
2. Tips for the tour guide and driver.
3. Bank service fee when you transfer deposit to our company.
4. Transportation into and out of Lhasa.
5. Porters and packing animals during the trekking around Mt.Kailash if you need.
6. Air or train tickets into and out of Lhasa
7. Single supplement.
(The single supplement occurred when solo traveler stayed in a twin room alone. To help our solo travelers to save money, you may agree to share a room with another independent traveler. In this way, no extra charge is needed. We offer the opportunity for tourists to share a room with others during the tour. So they do not need to afford the single room supplement. When you accept this offer, we would assume that tourists are willing to share the twin room with any group member. The gender and age difference is not taken into our consideration. If you do mind these differences or are sensitive to accommodation with strangers especially with opposite sex, you may pay single room supplement for a single room when booking.)

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Mr. Ve*** from: 15 Days Trek Tour for Mount Kailash in Saga Dawa Festival 2024
May 05, 2019 16:42

When we start on day 10 from Drachme, can we leave luggage at the Basic Hotel in Darchen?

How much Chinese money shall I take on my trip in June?

Answered by Nancy
May 06, 2019 07:47

Dear Mr. Ve***,

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. Yes, you can leave your luggage in hotel or vehicle while you are traveling during the day, when you are doing the trekking, you can leave most luggage in the hotel as you would get back on 3rd day again. Except for the tour balance, for meal cost and tip to the guide and driver, you can bring 2500-3000RMB for it, which is around 350€ to 400€, but in Tibet you must use RMB cash as Euro cash is not acceptable there for business. Best regards for you.

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