Mount Kailash Sacred Mountain Kora & Saga Dawa Festival (15D14N)


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High on the remote western Tibetan plateau, sits Mount Kailash, the holiest mountain in Asia. Considered the navel of the universe, where heaven and earth embrace, Mount Kailash has attracted devout pilgrims to its base for more than two thousand years.

Every year, thousands of people of the Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon faiths make a pilgrimage to Kailash, believing that circumambulating Mount Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. It is believed that one full parikrama (kora, circuit/circumambulation) of the sacred Mount Kailash (54km / 32 miles) erases sins of a lifetime. Wiping out all the sins of your lifetimes is a much bigger task though; that major sin clean-up requires 108 revolutions. Bathing in the icy sapphire waters of Lake Manasarovar at the mountain’s base is said to remove the sins of innumerable lifetimes.

Also known as Kang Rinpoche (meaning Precious Jewel of Snows) to the Tibetans, this tour will bring you on a 3 days trek to circumambulate the base of Mount Kailash. It is believed that, circumambulation of Mount Kailash once during year of horse is equivalent to completing 12 circumambulations.

Beside Mount Kailash, we will also be witnessing the Saga Dawa Festival at the foot of Mount Kailash. Join pilgrims and celebrate the replacement and rising of Tarboche, the flagpole which marks the mountain’s position at the centre of the universe.

Join us on this sacred journey in 2014 (Year of Horse) as we explore Mount Kailash and western Tibet. Full of cultural treasures, remarkable Buddhist monasteries, this adventure truly is an once-in-a-lifetime experience.



Day 1: Depart Singapore – Arrive KathmanduKathmandu Airport

  • Depart Singapore for our flight to Kathmandu International Airport.
  • Pick up from Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
  • Check in hotel and free and easy for the rest of the day.

Meals provided: -

Stay: Gaju Suite Hotel, Kathmandu


Day 2: Visa Application Day – Kathmandu Valley City TourSwayambhunath (Monkey Temple)

  • Visit Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) – a most glorious Buddhist Chaityas said to be 2000 years old. Painted on the four-sides of the spire bases are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha situated on a hillock about 77m above the level of the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square – an ancient seat of the Nepalese Royalty and one of the important historic and tourist destinations in Nepal. This massive complex is home to palaces, temples and courtyards. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Stay: Gaju Suite Hotel, Kathmandu


Day 3: Kathmandu City TourBouddhanath

  • Visit Bouddhanath – biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world.
  • Visit Patan Durbar Square – the city of fine arts and one of the oldest know Buddhist City. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit Pashupatinath temple – UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most significant Hindu temples of Shiva in the world. Also has a cremation site for the Hindus.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Stay: Gaju Suite Hotel, Kathmandu


Day 4: Trip Preparation DayThamel

  • Free and easy today in Thamel area and make sure you have all the stuff ready for your trip.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Stay: Gaju Suite Hotel, Kathmandu



Day 5: Kathmandu – Zhangmu – Nyalam (3,780m)Nepal-Tibet Border

  • Early morning about 6am, drive from Kathmandu to Nepal-Tibet border (Kodari). The drive will take around 4 hours.
  • After finishing immigration formalities at Nepal side, your Tibetan guide at China will pick you up at the border with the permit.
  • Drive to Zhangmu, along the longest valley (Zhangmu valley) in Tibet.
  • Drive further to Nyalam for overnight.

Meals provided: Breakfast (packed by hotel)

Stay: Guesthouse (dorm bed) in Nyalam


Day 6: Acclimatization Day at Nyalam (3,780m)Nyalam Town

  • Rest day at Nyalam for proper acclimatization before heading to higher altitude.
  • You can visit the Nyalam Pelgye Ling temple associated with the great Tibetan Yogi Milarepa on your own if you wish.

Meals provided: -

Stay: Guesthouse (dorm bed) in Nyalam


Day 7: Nyalam – Pelku Tso – Saga (4,550m)Mt. Shishapangma

  • After breakfast, drive to Saga (approx. 6 hours’ drive) over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet.
  • We will cross two high passes and midway, arrive at Pelku-Tso for lunch.
  • On the way, you will see Lablung La (5,030m) which offers spectacular views of Mt. Shishapangma (8,021m).
  • Cross the Bramhaputra River just before reaching Saga.

Meals provided: -

Stay: Guesthouse (dorm bed) in Saga


Day 8: Saga – Lake Manasarovar (4,560m)Lake Manasarovar

  • Today is a long drive (approx. 8 hours) to Lake Manasarovar but you will get to see panoramic scenery throughout the drive – wide valley, rivers, yaks, sheeps and snow-capped mountains.
  • By the late afternoon, you can have the first Darshan (view) of holy Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovara – one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world.
  • You can have free time at the lake taking photos or enjoying the lake.

Meals provided: -

Stay: Guesthouse (dorm bed) near Lake Manasarovara


Day 9: Lake Manasarovara – Darchen (4,600m) & Saga Dawa FestivalSaga Dawa Festival

  • Short drive today to Darchen. The journey will take about 2 hours’ drive.
  • Arrive in Darchen in time to witness the Saga Dawa Festival at the foot of Mount Kailash.
  • The main event of the ceremony is the replacement and rising of Tarboche, the flagpole which marks the mountain’s position at the centre of the universe. As the pole, festooned with prayer flags, is raised, observers throw thousands of additional paper prayers into the air, along with handfuls of tsampa (barley flour).
  • After the festival, prepare yourself for the trek for the next 3 days – pack your bag to bring only necessary things. Your big bag will be deposited in the guesthouse.

Meals provided: -

Stay: Guesthouse (dorm bed) in Darchen


Day 10: Mount Kailash Kora Day 1: Tarboche – Dira Phuk Gompa (4,860m)Lha Chu Valley

  • Trek Day 1: 20km; Walking time 7 hours
  • After early breakfast, drive approximately 13km to Tarboche, the starting point of your Kailash Kora trek.
  • Walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mount Kailash towering above us. We follow the river, which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before we reach the 13th century monastery at Dira-phuk.

Meals provided: -

Stay: Guesthouse (dorm bed)


Day 11: Mount Kailash Kora Day 2: Dira Phuk Gompa – Zutul-Phuk (4,790m)Dolma-La

  • Trek Day 2: 15km; Walking time 6-7 hours
  • Hardest but holiest day as we have to pass Dolma-La Pass, which is 5,400m high.
  • Lha Chu Valley blurs as you turn towards Dolma Chu Valley. You ascend to Dolma La, the highest point on the trip, marked by many Tibetan prayer flags.
  • The rest of the day’s walk is mostly downhill and flat land. On descent, you will pass by one of the highest lakes in the world, Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, also known as the Lake of Compassion.
  • You will then reach the flat fields of Zutul-Phuk, which houses a monastery and several fascinating caves used for meditation.
  • Milarepa’s cave is one of the most ancient and popular. Milarepa’s footprints and elbow prints are believed to be imprinted all over this cave filled with mani stones.

Meals provided: -

Stay: Guesthouse (dorm bed)


Day 12: Mount Kailash Kora Day 3: Zutul-Phuk – Darchen (4,600m)Kora

  • Trek Day 3 (last day): 14km; Walking time 4-5 hours
  • The final day of the kora is rather short and easier. It involves crossing of several streams and follows an impressive gorge from where you can look back for fabulous views.
  • The kora has come to an end – you have erased your sins, endured cold nights and mornings, crossed some of the highest passes in the world, met countless fellow pilgrims and sent prayers of peace out to the world.
  • Shortly after arriving at Darchen, board the waiting vehicle for a short visit to Chui Gompa, on the shore of Lake Manasarovar.
  • Back to Darchen for overnight stay.

Meals provided: -

Stay: Guesthouse (dorm bed) in Darchen


Day 13: Darchen – SagaSaga Town

  • Retrace the way back to Saga.

Meals provided: -

Stay: Guesthouse (dorm bed) in Saga



Day 14: Saga – ZhangmuZhangmu Town

  • Retrace the way back to Zhangmu.

Meals provided: -

Stay: 3-star hotel in Zhangmu


Day 15: Zhangmu Border Transfer to Kathmandu – Departure

  • After custom formalities, picked up by driver on the Nepal side and continue drive to Kathmandu. You will reach Kathmandu around 4-5pm.
  • Free time till transfer to the airport (around 8.30pm) for your flight back home, bringing back nice memories of Tibet and Nepal that can last for a long time.

Meals provided: -


Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.


Tour Price

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** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.


  • Hike the ancient Kailash Kora and erased your lifetime sins
  • Witness the replacement of Tarboche flagpole during Saga Dawa Festival
  • Dip in sacred lake – Lake Manasarovara (if you wish)
  • Visits to medieval city square of Patan & Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Have fun with cheeky monkeys at Swayambhunath Temple
  • Immerse in the bustle of Pashupatinah Temple

Package Inclusions

  • 4 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with daily breakfast at 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • 1 night accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with breakfast at 3-star hotel (china standard) in Zhangmu
  • 9 nights’ accommodation (guesthouse dorm bed) in other places in Tibet
  • Airport transfer service in Nepal
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley inclusive of entrance fee, guide and transport
  • To and fro Nepal-Tibet border
  • Custom clearance at border and pick-up at the Chinese side of border
  • English-speaking local Tibetan guide
  • Tibet Travel Visa Fee
  • All Tibet traveling permits concerned, such as TTP and PSB
  • Oxygen supply on vehicle
  • Yak, horse and yakman during Kora trek
  • Entrance fee to indicated sights

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore - Kathmandu – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee on arrival (if applicable) (USD 25 for up to 15 days; USD 40 for up to 30 days; + 1 passport-sized photo)
  • Chinese visa fee (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, mineral water, liquors, laundry, shopping, cigarettes, telephone calls and etc.)
  • Meals not mentioned in above itinerary (estimate RMB80 per day)
  • Sleeping bag (estimate SGD2 per day)
  • Green sightseeing bus at Lake Manasarovar (RMB390 per person)
  • All arrangements for trekking as pre-planned and pre-paid. In case of not completion of the trek due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services. Any extra expense due to the same has to be paid extra
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tips or gratuities to driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.


Singapore to Kuala Lumpur:

Malaysia Airlines (MH 602) 0645hrs – 0745hrs


Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu:

Malaysia Airlines (MH 170) 0855hrs – 1130hrs



Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur:

Malaysia Airlines (MH 171) 1220hrs – 1915hrs


Kuala Lumpur to Singapore:

Malaysia Airlines (MH 609) 2245hrs – 2340hrs




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