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Saga Dawa Festival Tour


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5620m, Droma-la
Per Day Hiking:
4-6 hrs
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  • Sightseeing tour in UNESO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Visit Mansarovar Lake and get a close up view of Mt. Kailash
  • Be a part of the Saga Dawa Festival
  • Enjoy the view of people in their traditional costumes, traditional dances, prayers, chants and many other acts that reflects the rich Buddhist culture.
  • Get blessed with wonderful views of Tibetan terrain and mountains like Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar from Lalung La (5124m) and Shung La (5200m)


Saga Dawa Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in Tibet. This Festival is very important for Tibetans. Tibetans celebrate this festival, in honor of the life of Lord Buddha and his teachings, Saga Dawa festival. They celebrate this festival on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month each year (as per Tibetan Calendar).
Lord Buddha taught to live a noble life. He told his follower to not offer flowers or lights over him after his death. He also taught that death is an ultimate truth and nothing lasts forever. A most important lesson was that a human body is sure to disintegrate with the blink of time. Thus, during the tour, you can learn rituals of the Buddhist religion.

Saga Dawa Festival Tour is a colorful festival tour in Tibet. Buddhist pilgrimage around the world come to Mt. Kailash to perform Kora. During this festival, the giant flagpole at Tarpoche is replaced with a new one. The colorful flag pole is raised high and pointed towards Gyandrak monastery. In this ceremony, monks perform various rituals with traditional music. It is necessary that the flagpole always stand straight. Because people believe that if the flag does not stand straight something bad will happen to them.

Moreover, for this festival people wear their finest traditional dresses and dance to the holy chant. One of the major highlights of this festival is the traditional drama of demons and good spirit. This is the time where people enjoy, eat, dance and cherish the moment. They remember Buddha and his noble teachings and enjoy the festival to its fullest.

So, if you are willing to be a part of this beautiful journey to Lhasa and enjoy this festival, come along with Himal Eco treks to add fun to your journey.

Detail Itinerary

Land on the grounds of Nepal. A representative from Himal Eco Treks will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check in. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast included)

We will arrange for your Chinese Visa. Meanwhile, you can enjoy sightseeing tour to the UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. You will be guided to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. Explore the unique art, culture and history of Nepal in the UNESCO listed sites. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast included)

Another Day in Kathmandu for visa preparation. You have the option to take a tour around Kathmandu valley

Drive to Shyaprubesi. Stay overnight at the local guesthouse

Lake Mansarovar is a holy lake that lies besides the holy Mt. Kailash. It is a tranquil lake that symbolizes bliss. It is said that the sins of people who bath in this holy lake goes way.

The Saga Dawa festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 4th Tibetan month. It is amongst one of the important festivals celebrated in Tibet. This day coincides with three important events in the life of Lord Buddha i.e. birth, nirvana and death. It is believed that in this day, good prayers and deeds doubles and the bad deeds fly away. We can see people praying for the good and performing various cultural prayers and programs. The colourful dresses, masks symbolizing good and evil and the true payers make the whole environment vivid and vibrant. Overnight at the guesthouse in Tarboche.

Today is the last day of our parikrama. In the morning, we explore the temples, shrines around the Milarepa cave. Then we retrace our journey back to Saga.

Service Includes

  • Our package is inclusive of all ground transportation.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu at  Hote Vajra or similar with BB plan (single room basis).
  • Accommodation in Tibet in guesthouses with sharing room basis with BB plan
  • All the permit fees during the tour.
  • Tibet/ Kailash travel permit
  • Entrance fees of Lake Mansarovar and Kailash region
  • Immigration formalities
  • Private and comfortable transportation as per group size in the entire trip
  • English speaking Tibetan guide
  • Free duffel bag for the trip
  • Emergency evacuation management in case of need
  • An experienced local guide.
  • Other government taxes and tourist service charges if any.

Service Excludes

Items that are not covered in the cost of trip price.

  • Meals ( Lunch and dinner )in Nepal and Tibet.
  • International flights (flight from your place to Nepal)
  • Chinese visa fees.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Snacks, soft drinks, and water during the trek.
  • Personal trekking equipment if any.
  • Tips to tour guide, porter or driver.
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra nights' accommodation and other charges in case of early arrive in Kathmandu or Nepal side by any reason

Essential Infos

Regarding your visa and arrival

You can obtain Chinese visa on your own by submitting an application to Chinese Embassy/ Consulate General based on your State of residence. However, you may also apply for visa through us. Once you book your trip with us, we take care of the process regarding visa. We apply for your visa on your behalf. All we need is photocopy of your passport and photographs. Once your application is processed and approved, you need to pay the applicable visa fees. Upon your arrival, you will be picked up and escorted throughout the journey as per your itinerary.

Getting into Tibet

You can enter into Tibet via road or air. You can take a direct flight to Tibet or opt for a drive via Kodari border in Nepal.

Best time to visit

Any season would be best for a traveler depending upon the motive of travel. However, for any traveler who would like to have best views of Mt. Everest from the base camp, April to mid June and September to October would be the best time.


Accommodation in Lhasa would be in a three star category hotel. For rest of the places, expect very normal kind of food and accommodation.

Meals and drinking water

During your travel to Tibet, we provide meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner as per the itinerary. However, lunch and dinner while your stay in three star hotels is not included. The menus are limited therefore if you want to eat anything different then you should purchase it on your own.

Currency Exchange

The currency of Tibet is denominated as Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY)

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is highly recommended as it insures your risk against any kind of uncertainties during the travel.


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