Kailash Saga Dawa Festival

Resort: Kailash Saga Dawa Festival
Operator: G Adventures
Destination: China
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Over View

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 whoever 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.

Itineraries

Day 1
Beijing

Arrive at any time.

Day 2
Beijing

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

Day 3
BeijingLhasa

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

Day 4
BeijingLhasa

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

Day 5
Lhasa

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

Day 6
Lhasa

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.

Day 7
Lhasa

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.

Day 8
Lhasa

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.

Day 9
LhasaShigatse

Drive to Gyantse along the beautiful Yamdrok Tso lake, stop to visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Gyantse Kumbum before driving the rest of the way to Shigatse.

Day 10
ShigatseTingri

On your way from Shigatse to Tingri stop in Sakya for a few hours to explore the Sakya Gompa and get your fill of history and religion for the day.

Day 11
SakyaRongbuk

Travel to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest in the world. Enjoy views of Everest from the Monastery and opt to go into the Rongbuk Monastery.

Day 12
RongbukSaga

Leave the Rongbuk Monastery behind and make the scenic journey to Saga.

Day 13
SagaDarchen

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.

Day 14
Darchen to Kailash Range

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.

Day 15
Kailash Range

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

Day 16
Kailash Range

After completing the kora, relax in Chiu Gompa for the evening.

Day 17
Kailash RangeSaga

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.

Day 18
SagaZhongba

Travel from Saga to Zhongba.

Day 19
ZhongbaKyirong

Travel from Zhongba to Kyirong. Get ready for the most scenic drive of your trip tomorrow and some more ink in your passport!

Day 20
KyirongKathmandu

Get ready for a scenic overland border crossing today. Soak in your last views from Tibet and say hello to beautiful Nepal. Enjoy some free time to get to know the city.

Day 21
Kathmandu

Depart at any time.

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