Kailash Saga Dawa Festival

21 days,Beijing to Kathmandu

Witness pilgrims replace the Tarboche flagpole, hike the ancient Kailash kora, visit spectacular palaces and incredible monuments, arrive at Everest Base Camp

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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 join pilgrims and celebrate the renewal of the Tarboche flagpole, then embark on a demanding multi-day trek around the holy mountain which is said to bring good luck to whomever completes it. 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.

What's Included

  • 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. Qomolangma Nature Preserve visit. Everest Base Camp visit. Border crossing support. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 4 breakfasts. (Allow USD300-400 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels/guesthouses (11 nts), very basic guesthouses (7 nts, possibly multi-share), sleeper train (2 nts).
  • Train, private bus, 4x4, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 14, avg 10
Day 1 Beijing

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Beijing

Visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

Days 3-4 Trans-Tibetan Rail Journey

Take a guided tour of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. On Day 3 in the afternoon depart on a 48-hour train journey to Lhasa. Enjoy the views while watching the scenery completely change as you climb onto the Tibetan Plateau.

Days 5-8 Lhasa (3B)

Orientation walk around Barkhor Square. Visit Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace and either Sera or Drepung Monastery from Lhasa.

Day 9 Yamdrok Tso/Gyantse (1B)

Drive to Gyantse, visiting Yamdrok Tso en route.

Day 10 Pelkhor Chode Monastery/Shigatse

Visit Pelkhor Chode in the morning before continuing to Shigatse.

Day 11 Sakya

Visit the Tashilunpo Monastery and Sakya Gompa.

Day 12 Dzongba

Travel day through beautiful scenery to reach Dzongba.

Day 13 Darchen

Another travel day to Darchen, home base for the kora trek. Follow the road across grasslands for the first spectacular view of Mt Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.

Days 14-16 Kailash Kora/Darchen

Staying in basic guesthouses, the full kora takes two and half days to complete. Spend the evening of Day 16 back in Darchen.

Day 17 Saga

Crossing the grasslands, drive south to Saga.

Day 18 Rombuk/Everest Base Camp

Hike to Everest Base Camp and visit the world's highest monastery.

Day 19 Zhangmu

Cross one of the most spectacular mountain passes, topped with prayer flags and wind-driven prayer wheels to the border town of Zhangmu.

Day 20 Kathmandu

Cross the border and continue to Kathmandu. Free time to explore the city.

Day 21 Kathmandu

Depart at any time.

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