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Kailash Parikrama Mansarovar Yatra and Saga Dawa Festival 2024 – 2025

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Trip Overview

Embarking on a Spiritual Odyssey: Kailash Parikrama Mansarovar Yatra and Saga Dawa Festival

The Kailash Parikrama Mansarovar Yatra is not merely a physical journey; it is a spiritual odyssey, a quest for self-discovery, and an exploration of divine energies. Nestled amidst the towering peaks of the Himalayas, the sacred region of Kailash Mansarovar is a pilgrimage destination that beckons the devout from across the globe. Coupled with the sacred Saga Dawa Festival, this pilgrimage becomes a transcendent experience that etches itself into the hearts of those fortunate enough to embark upon it.

Kailash Parikrama Mansarovar Yatra: A Divine Circuit

The Kailash Parikrama is a circumambulation, a pilgrimage circuit around the majestic Mount Kailash, believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva. This sacred trek is not for the faint-hearted, as it takes pilgrims through challenging terrains, high-altitude passes, and pristine landscapes. The journey begins in Darchen, a small town in Tibet, and covers approximately 52 kilometers around Mount Kailash. Pilgrims trek over the Dolma La Pass, navigate through the serene Gauri Kund, and visit monasteries like Dirapuk and Zuthulphuk along the way.

The circumambulation is not just a physical endeavor; it is a symbolic act of devotion and spiritual purification. Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and followers of the ancient Bon religion consider Kailash a sacred site. The yatra is an opportunity to seek blessings, cleanse the soul, and attain spiritual enlightenment.

Mansarovar Lake: A Divine Reservoir of Purity

Mansarovar Lake, situated at an elevation of 4,590 meters, is an integral part of the Kailash Yatra. Pilgrims believe that a dip in the pristine waters of Mansarovar cleanses them of sins and brings them closer to spiritual liberation. The tranquil lake, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, adds to the mystical ambiance of the pilgrimage.

Saga Dawa Festival: Celebrating Enlightenment

The Kailash Parikrama Mansarovar Yatra often coincides with the Saga Dawa Festival, an auspicious occasion in Tibetan Buddhism. Celebrated on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month, Saga Dawa marks the birth, enlightenment, and death of Lord Buddha. The festival is observed with fervent prayers, chanting of scriptures, and acts of kindness. Pilgrims participate in the circumambulation of sacred sites, such as the Barkhor Street in Lhasa, carrying prayer flags and spinning prayer wheels.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Saga Dawa is the “raising of the Tarboche flagpole” ceremony at Mount Kailash. Pilgrims and locals gather to witness the unfolding of a massive flagpole, adorned with colorful prayer flags. This symbolic act is believed to accumulate merit and bring blessings to all beings.

The Symbiosis of Nature and Spirituality

The Kailash Parikrama Mansarovar Yatra and Saga Dawa Festival represent a harmonious blend of nature and spirituality. Pilgrims are not only humbled by the awe-inspiring landscapes but also enriched by the spiritual energy that permeates the region. The journey fosters a sense of camaraderie among diverse pilgrims, transcending cultural and religious boundaries.

Embarking on this sacred pilgrimage and celebrating Saga Dawa is more than a physical undertaking; it is a transformative journey of the soul. It is an opportunity to connect with the divine, to reflect on one’s life, and to experience the profound beauty of both the external world and the inner self. The Kailash Parikrama Mansarovar Yatra and Saga Dawa Festival beckon the seekers of truth and the curious at heart to partake in a pilgrimage that transcends the ordinary and touches the realm of the divine.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Nepal

Collect your original passport, sign the required forms for Kailash Parikrama Mansarovar Yatra. Rest at the hotel.

Day 02: Day in Kathmandu to prepare the final Tibetan visa.

After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a day tour inside the monuments of the Kathmandu valley. The tour includes visits to Hindu and Buddhist sites, as well as the largest and oldest palace. The three-monument visit takes about 8 hours. Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 03 & Day 04: Waiting for the visa for Kailash Parikrama Mansarovar Yatra

Enjoy two free days in Kathmandu while waiting for your final group visa from the Chinese embassy. We provide both nights’ accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu. You also have the option to choose other activities such as hiking or a driving tour around Kathmandu. It is important to stay nearby Kathmandu in case of any calls from the Embassy during visa preparation. Use this time for Kailash Parikrama Mansarovar Yatra briefing, finalize packing, and purchase any lacking equipment.

Day 05: Drive towards Nepal Tibet border and overnight (121 km – 7 Hours, 1100 meters)

Depart from Kathmandu for a 6/7-hour drive to the Nepal Tibet border at Timure. Overnight on the Nepali side, preparing to cross to Tibet the next morning.

Day 06: Cross Nepal Tibet immigration and reach the first Tibetan town (Kerung) 24 km – 1 Hour (2700 meters)

After breakfast, a short walk to Tibet immigration. Your Nepali guide will handle all the immigration formalities in Nepal, and together with the Tibetan guide, you will finish the Tibetan immigration formalities. Drive to the first Tibetan town, Kerung, at 2700 meters. Short walking tour and overnight.

Day 07: Drive to Saga town (230 km – 6 Hours, 4450 meters)

Start driving towards Saga, enjoying a beautiful waterfall and witnessing the landscape transition to less vegetation. Stop at viewpoints for beautiful plateau views after crossing several high passes. Saga is the largest town in the Kailash region.

Day 08: Saga for acclimatization overnight.

Spend two nights at an altitude of 4450 meters to acclimatize to the high altitude. Explore the city and interact with locals.

Day 09: Drive to Lake Mansarovar (400 km – 9 Hours)

Drive through the scenic Tibetan plateau, passing beautiful lakes and Himalayan views. It is a dry and windy area, so stay hydrated and eat properly. Minor symptoms of high altitude, such as headaches or nausea, may occur but will subside after spending the night at Lake Mansarovar at an altitude of 4580 meters. Avoid deep immersion in cold water at this altitude. Mount Kailash’s south face is clearly visible from here. Accommodations around Mansarovar are simple mud houses available for group sharing.

Day 10: Morning at Lake Mansarovar, optional visit to Chui Gompa (monastery) on the hillside, then drive to Darchen (40 km)

Enjoy the morning view of Mount Kailash’s south face. Spend time around Lake Mansarovar, whether for a bath, a ritual, or other activities. Optionally, hike to the old monastery near the lake (Chui Gompa). Before driving to Darchen, buy necessary supplies for the 3-day Kailash Parikrama (Kora) and trekking sticks.

Day 11: Start the Kailash Parikrama (Kailash Kora), reach Derapuk – views of Kailash North face (20 km)

Have an early breakfast and leave main luggage in Darchen. Start walking with a handbag for about 7 hours to reach Derapuk (4900m). Enjoy views of Kailash’s south, west, and north faces. Closer views of the north face can be seen during sunset. Accommodations in Derapuk are in mud houses available for group sharing.

Day 12: Second day of Kailash Parikrama, the most challenging day (21 km)

This is a tough and crucial day of the tour. Cross the 5645-meter Dolma-La, with 9 to 11 hours of walking, including steep uphill and downhill sections. Carry enough water and food for the day. Overnight at an altitude of 4760 meters in group-sharing mud houses in Juthulpuk. A tent house is available for noodle and soup after a challenging 5-6 hours of walking.

Day 13: End of Kailash Parikrama. Walk to Darchen and drive back to Saga for overnight

A 3-hour easy walk in flat terrain to reach your car in Darchen. Continue driving to Saga town for a more comfortable overnight stay compared to Kailash Parikrama days.

Day 14: Drive back to Kerung town

After breakfast, start driving back the same way to reach Kerung town, the last Tibetan town bordering Nepal.

Day 15: Drive back to Nepal Immigration and return to Kathmandu

After an early breakfast, drive to Nepal Tibet immigration. Complete custom formalities with the help of guides. Bid farewell to the Tibetan guide and continue driving to Kathmandu with the Nepali guide. After 8 hours of driving, reach Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel, and overnight.

Day 16: Departure

Transfer to the International airport for your final departure. End of Kailash Parikrama Mansarovar Yatra.

Cost Details

Tour Cost: US$ 3,150.00 per person, sharing a twin room.
Extra: Tibet/China Visa fee US$ 215.00 per person.
Extra: US$ 95.00 per person for American Nationals. (Subject to change)
Extra: Lhasa/Kathmandu one way airfare US$ 489.00 Per Person (Subject to change)

 Arrival / Departure Transfers by AC Coach
 On Twin Sharing Accommodation at Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast basis included
 Lunch and Dinner on Full board in Tibet part. 
 Sightseeing Tours with monumental entrance fees
 Kathmandu / Timure / Kathmandu by Deluxe Bus
 Eco vehicle for Mansarovar and Kailash Movement
 Kathmandu / Timure / Kathmandu by Heli (optional)
 Nepali Crew members in Kailash Region
 Complimentary 2 Bottle Mineral Water per day
 Team Leader & Experienced Staff with personalized services
 All Permits
 Complimentary Duffel Bag
 Dawn Jacket on returnable basis
 First aid-kit, Medical Oxygen, Pulse Oximeter, Diamox and other needful medicines.

Travel &; Medical Insurance Permissions and other official formalities
Evacuation cost in case of emergency
Drinks beverages (hard and soft drinks),
Lunch and Dinner in Nepal part
Cost of Hiring Horse / Pony / Porter during the 3 days Kailash Parikarma
Expenses of Personal Nature such as Phone call, laundry and etc.
Any additional cost due to natural calamities and unforeseen circumstances such as landslides, road blockage and etc.
Emergency evacuations/Rescue expenses, if required.
Tibet / China Visa Fee
Any tipping
Cost of Nepal visa (visa on arrival – and visa cost is USD 30 for 15 days multiple and 50 per person for a month multiple)

Saga Dawa Festival at Tarboche 2024 Date & Departure 2025

(Full Moon / New Moon Date)
KTM Arrive Date: 16 May 2024
End Departure Date:  29 May 2024
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KTM Arrive Date: 17 June 2024
End Depart Date: 30 June 2024

KTM Arrive Date: 15 July 2024
End Depart Date: 28 July 2024

(Full Moon / New Moon Date)

KTM Arrive Date: 4 June 2025
End Depart Date: 17 July 2025
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Price Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation as per the itinerary on BB basis in Kathmandu included
  • Mention in the itinerary in the basis twin sharing in Tibet and group sharing in Kailash Region.
  • Tibet Permit Included
  • All necessary entrance fees in Nepal and Tibet
  • Special Kailash mansarovar Permit
  • Applicable entrance fees to visit Monasteries
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Nepali Crew members in Kailash Region
  • Yak to Carry your goods during Kailash Parikrama
  • Medical kits
  • Enough oxygen cylinder
  • Down Jacket on refundable basis
  • Duffel bag on returnable basis

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner in Nepal and Tibet OR restaurant, Drinks beverages (hard and soft drinks),
  • Emergency evacuations/Rescue expenses, if required.
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Personal horse and Helper during Kailash round/ Parikrama
  • Travel &; Medical Insurance Permissions and other official formalities
  • Tibet Visa
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