Lhasa Saga Dawa Festival




12 days


May till October


From 2 person

TRIP Altitude

5200 meters


On Request

Trip Highlights

Visit Kathmandu and sightseeing around the valley, Saga Dawa Festival, visit Lhasa and all the sightseeing places, Visit Tibet's oldest monastery Samey and Ganden, Yamdrok Lake, Sigatse, best Everest view from Tingiri, Karo La 5200m pass and wonderful Tibetan Landscape and Probably the best mountain flight over the Everest and Himalaya.

Trip Overview

Saga means fourth and Dawa refers to month in Tibetan. This festival is celebrated for whole month and is one of the most significant festival celebrate in Tibet. But the fifteenth day of the month is very special as Sakyamuni was born, attained Nirvana(enlightenment), stepped into Parinirvana (death). Tibetans believe that it would accumulate immense of merits during that particular day by giving generosity, stop killing animals, stop eating meats, monks chanting in monasteries, cham dancing and other religious activities dominate the occation. In Tibetan the festival is called “qiong ren jie”.
In this tour, we will explore the major monasteries, temples and sacred sites under the guidance of our experts through hiking and overland drives across spectacular mountain ranges. We can also take part in prayer ceremonies, visit the homes of local Tibetans and discuss religious customs throughout the trip. By experiencing the wonders and the spiritual challenges experienced by Tibet's pilgrims, we may gain an understanding of why Tibetans draw an equal sign between religion and life. 
What you can see during the festival?
  • Hundreds of Tibetan people gathering around the Barkhor, Tsekhor(Circuit around Potala) and Lingkhor.
  • Liberation of fishes in Lhasa river(Kyichu) and other animals according to their budgets.
  • Monks reciting prayer in Assembly hall in monasteries and serving butter tea during intermission.
  • Hundreds of Tibetan people lined up in Drepung kitchen for making their donation for the monks during chanting prayers in assembly hall.
  • Tibetan people will never eat meats during 15th day of the Saga Dawa and you can see every Tibetans eating vegetables in restaurant after finishing their gathering.
  • Tibetan peoples busy with visiting various monasteries.
  • Tibetan peoples’ generosity to the poor people by giving them material help.
  • After finished visiting monasteries, Tibetans will go for picnics in different picnic centers in Lhasa.
  • Even in picnics, older Tibetans mumbling mantras by roaring in left hand and small prayer wheel in their right hand.
  • 04 June-Day 01  Arrival in Kathmandu /day at leisure/hotel
  • 05 June-Day 02  Full day sightseeing/Hotel
  • 06 June-Day 03  Fly to Gonggar /Transfer to Tsetang /Hotel  
  • 07 June-Day 04  Sightseeing of Sayme and drive to Lhasa/Hotel
  • 08 June-Day 05  Visit Potala, Sera and Norbulinka /Hotel
  • 09 June-Day 06  Visit Drepung, Jorkhang & Barkhor "SAGADAWA FESTIVAL"/Hotel
  • 10 June-Day 07  Visit Ganden Monastery/excursion around back to Lhasa
  • 11 June-Day 08  Drive to Shigatse via Yamdrok Lake/ Hotel
  • 12 June-Day 09  Drive to Nyalam/ Hotel
  • 13 June-Day 10  Drive to Dhulikhel/Hotel
  • 14 June-Day 11  Drive to KTM /rest day at leisure/Hotel
  • 15 June-Day 12  Drive to airport
  • International airport pickup and drop service
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu  & Dhulikhel
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Accommodation in twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis
  • Air ticket; Kathmandu to Lhasa
  • Transportation by Mini coach as per group size
  • Sightseeing with Tibetan guide as per itinerary
  • Monastery entrance fees
  • Tibet visa and travel permit
  • Oxygen bag inside the Mini coach
  • Food
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fee 
  • Insurance & emergency rescue charges
  • Extra porter & transport charges in the event of landslides
  • Personal clothing & accessories including sleeping bags
  • Permit for trek above Everest base camp
  • Others not specified in above cost inclusions list

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