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What’s included

  • A Mountain Kingdoms appointed Western leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Kathmandu, bed and breakfast basis
  • Hotel/lodge accommodation in Tibet
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • The use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag (when travelling to Bhutan via Kathmandu).
  • Camp staff to carry out all campwork
  • Costs of all porterage and their insurance
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • Opportunity to attend a pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

Mount Kailash & the Saga Dawa Festival Festivals

Walking & Trekking

Tibet | Walking & Trekking

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Mount Kailash & the Saga Dawa Festival
Strenuous

Suitable for fit individuals who have regular experience of mountain walking.

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Grade: Strenuous ? Strenuous
Duration:  26 days from the UK  
On trek: 5 days
Walks on: 2 days

Flight inclusive from £5,170,
Land only from £4,395

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Journey across the roof of the world, trek with pilgrims on the Kailash Kora, join the Saga Dawa celebrations and visit the northern base camp of Mount Everest.

Highlights

  • Trek around Mount Kailash - the holiest mountain in the Himalaya
  • Attend the highly atmospheric Saga Dawa festival at the foot of Mount Kailash
  • Take the best route to Kailash across the Tibetan plateau stopping to explore many cultural sights en route
  • Return to Lhasa via the north Base Camp of Mount Everest on the Rongbuk glacier

Reviews          

I have given the trip an "excellent" tick since it is hard to criticise an organisation that succeeded in delivering what was, for me, a hugely valuable experience - where the location genuinely transcended my expectation.
Mr L, London

The trekking and camping experience brought us very close to local people which I very much enjoyed. Going to such a remote area - magnificent!
Ms S, London

Remote location, small group size, excellent trek crew and leader.
Ms T, London

It was a very enjoyable adventure trip, well planned and full of interest. The way the places we stayed in gradually built up in altitude was very helpful. It was a tough trip in physical terms but a great experience
Miss K, Hants

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Tibetans believe that many of their mountain tops are places where their early kings alighted after descending from heaven and many pilgrims travel vast distances to set eyes upon this holy mountain and perform a kora. Some prostrate themselves head to toe, all the way round. We trek for five days to cover the same ground and will undoubtedly be moved by the simple spirituality of the pilgrims as well as the splendours of the awe-inspiring scenery we encounter at every step.

In the shadow of Kailash, we celebrate the end of our trek at the Saga Dawa festivities. We then have an exciting trip to Old Tingri, Rongbuk and the northern side of Everest Base Camp. We will acclimatise before Kailash by driving across the Tibetan Plateau from Lhasa and trekking the northern shores of Lake Manasarovar.


At a glance

Grade: Strenuous
Strenuous

Duration:  26 days from the UK  
On trek: 5 days
Walks on: 2 days

Max. Altitude: 5,630m/18,525ft (the Dolma La Pass - day 14)

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping, Lodges

Festival:

This departure attends the Saga Dawa Festival close to Mount Kailash.

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu, all meals included elsewhere and on trek. (23 breakfasts, 19 lunches and 19 dinners).

Leader: Tony Welsh
Tony Welsh

Tony was our Operations Manager for a few years in the 1990s, and thus has an in-depth knowledge of the business. Since leaving he has continued to lead treks for us regularly, and maintains close contact with us despite now living in Asia, where he continues to find new routes in countries as diversified as New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan and the Philippines. Tony is a very active runner and tri-athlete and an excellent organiser and thus a popular leader. As well as travelling independently through Asia, Tony has led numerous treks for us in Bhutan, Tibet, Sikkim, Ladakh, Zanskar and Nepal.


Mount Kailash & the Saga Dawa Festival Itinerary

DayActivity
1-4
Fly to Kathmandu. Time at leisure whilst our agent completes Tibet Visa formalities.
5-7
Fly to Lhasa. Sightseeing including the Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and the Norbulingkha.
8
Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse.
9
Drive via Tashilumpo Monastery to Saga.
10-11
Drive to lake Manasarovar, trek along the northern shore and visit hot springs.
12-16
Drive to Darchen, begin trek around Mount Kailash. Cross the Dolma La and end the trek back at Darchen.
17
Attend the Saga Dawa festival at Tarboche.
18-20
Drive via Saga and Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp (north) and Rongbuk Monastery.
21-23
Continue to Shigatse and the northern route to Lhasa. Free time in Lhasa.
24-25
Fly to Kathmandu. Rest and time at leisure. Fly home.

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Wed 24 May - Sun 18 Jun 2017Limited & Guaranteed£4395 Book£5170 Book

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Optional supplements
  • Single Room and Tent in Tibet
    From £305
  • Single room Kathmandu
    From £220
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £119
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Flight inclusive holidays

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What’s included

  • A Mountain Kingdoms appointed Western leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Kathmandu, bed and breakfast basis
  • Hotel/lodge accommodation in Tibet
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • The use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag (when travelling to Bhutan via Kathmandu).
  • Camp staff to carry out all campwork
  • Costs of all porterage and their insurance
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • Opportunity to attend a pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees – Nepal and Tibet
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Tips
  • Airport departure taxes, except UK


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Excellent trek crew          

Remote location, small group size, excellent trek crew and leader.

Enjoyable adventure trip          

It was a very enjoyable adventure trip, well planned and full of interest. The way the places we stayed in gradually built up in altitude was very helpful. It was a tough trip in physical terms but a great experience.

Magnificent!          

The trekking and camping experience brought us very close to local people which I very much enjoyed. Going to such a remote area - magnificent!

Hugely valuable experience          

I have given the trip an "excellent" tick since it is hard to criticise an organisation that succeeded in delivering what was, for me, a hugely valuable experience - where the location genuinely transcended my expectation.


Extend your holiday

Everest Flight - extension
  • Fly within five nautical miles of Everest
  • As well as Everest, see views of other 8,000m giants; Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu and Lhotse
  • Flights operate in the early morning, when weather conditions are at their best.

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience the spectacular sight of Mount Everest? Instead of trekking into the region to gain a good view of this must-see landmark you could see it in under an hour! We fly with either Buddha Air or Mountain Air who both operate modern Raytheon Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. These hold between 16 and 18 people and as the seating is only two abreast everyone is guaranteed a window seat.


Chitwan National Park - extension

Chitwan National Park - extension
  • Activities include; bird watching, elephant washing, canoe ride, elephant experience, landrover safari and jungle walks
  • Choice of accommodation from budget to luxury
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu

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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting Nepal’s jungle region for a complete contrast to the high mountains and the Kathmandu Valley. Chitwan is home to a rich and varied wildlife. Here are found wild elephant, rhinos, leopard, sambar, chital (spotted) deer, wild boar and
arguably the most magnificent of cats, the Royal Bengal Tiger. You may even see sloth bear, gaur (wild cattle) and crocodiles. Chitwan is also wonderful for birdlife especially in the spring, when the jungle rings day and night to the calls of several kinds of Asian cuckoo.


Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)

Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)
  • 3-day and 6-day extension options available
  • Add to the beginning or end of your holiday in the Himalaya
  • Sights include the Red Fort, Taj Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort

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After your adventurous trek to the Himalaya why not add an exciting trip to Agra to see the sights of the one time capital of the great Mughal empire? Or, if you have more time available, perhaps a longer trip visiting both Agra and another gem of the ‘Golden Triangle’, Jaipur. For those travelling to or from Kathmandu for their holiday it is very straightforward to stop off in Delhi en-route to make a side-trip in India. Whichever option you take, once in Agra you will be looked after by one of our fully trained, English-speaking guides who will show you around the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal and the ancient city and mosque of Fatehpur Sikri. For those travelling on to Jaipur, you will take guided visits to the Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds and City Palace, and have time to explore the colourful bazaars of the ‘Pink City’.


Bardia National Park - extension

Bardia National Park - extension
  • Jungle activities including an elephant experience, bird watching, rafting and nature walks
  • See wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Stay at the delightful Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge situated on the edge of the park

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After your adventurous time in the Himalaya why not add a relaxing Jungle Safari to your trip?
The Royal Bardia National Park is situated in the west of Nepal. We use Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge, which is acknowledged to be the best lodge in the area. Bardia’s remote geographic location and the fact that the lodge has only 12 rooms, lends a degree of exclusivity to the experience, in comparison to other more popular parks. From the lodge you will be able to participate in safaris and have the chance of seeing some of the country’s wonderful wildlife, for instance, wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. There is also the possibility of visiting the villages of the Tharu tribal people that surround the lodge. With its abundant wildlife, relaxing lodge and first class service, our Bardia extension is an experience you will savour!


Shivapuri Heights Cottage extension
  • Escape the crowds and hustle and bustle of Kathmandu
  • Walks available from the cottage - explore the nearby countryside
  • Single and double rooms available, or exclusive hire of the entire cottage
  • Breakfast and dinner included, plus unlimited tea and coffee

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience an exclusive, private, home away from home? Shivapuri Heights Cottage is a “home-stay-style” property that offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the City. It is located in 2 acres of land at an altitude of 6,000ft /1,830m on the edge of the protected Shivapuri Reserve, with beautiful views looking down into the Kathmandu Valley.


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