Saga Dawa Festival at Humla Raling Monastery

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Best Season: All Year Round

Max Altitude: 4100 m

Group Size: Min 2 Pax

Transport: Private Vehicle and Flight

Trip Grade



12 Days

Trip Overview

This trip is the shortest and yet one of the most culturally and scenically striking trips in Humla. The valley is reached in a day walk from Simikot at elevations between 3000m and 4100 m. Nyinba, a Bhotia community also called Bara-Thapalya inhabit this valley in four major villages in the area. The attractions are experience of the unique village structure resembling Buddhist Mandala and culture practiced within these villages that deeply carry the ancient pre-Buddhist Shamastic tradition blended with the Buddhist culture and religion. Mt Shelmogang (5300m) (also known as Mount Crystal Peak) and Raling Gompa and Siddhi caves of Guru Rimpoche are some of the places to visit. The trail has been planned to visit Kharpunath temple where the Karnali from west Tibet and Chang/Dozam river meet forming the main Karnali, the longest and holiest river of Nepal.Saga Dawa Festival is observed as one of the most important festival in Buddhist society all over the world. This festival held each year on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar. This festival is celebrated in honor of Sakyamuni’s enlightenment. And this auspicious day coincide with three important events in Buddha’s life, Birth, Nirvana and death.

Trek Facts

Duration: 12 days
Starting from: Simikot, Humla
Ending at: Simikot, Humla
Grade: Moderate
Highest access of the trek: 4200m
Culture: Chettries, Tibetan origin
Mode of trekking: Camping trek only
Himalayan sights: Crystal Peak, Chang La
Most attraction of the Trek: Mountain views, rivers, lakes, hidden valley, Monastries, Tibetan villages .


Day 01:     Arrival Kathmandu – transfer hotel – tour briefing
Day 02:     Sight seeing in Kathmandu
Day 03:     Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day 04:     Fly Nepalgunj to Simikot
Day 05:     Trek Simikot to Torpa
Day 06:     Trek Torpa to Raling
Day 07:     Explore Raling valley (13th June 2014 Saga Dawa Festival)
Day 08:     Raling to Bargaon
Day 09:     Bargaon to Kharbunath
Day 10:     Kharbunath to Simikot
Day 11:     Fly Simikot to Nepalgunj & to Kathmandu.
Day 12:     Depart


Cost Includes

  • Pick-up and drop service by private car.
  • Twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in a star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu transportation by tourists bus/flight
  • Other ground transportation to and from trekking destination
  • Necessary documents and permits including ACAP Permit and TIMS card
  • Experienced and English-speaking trekking guide, assistant guide and porters and the expenses for their food, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment and so on.
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
  • All government and local taxes, official charges and VAT
  • Medical first aid kit

Cost Excludes

  • Visa Fees and International airfare, excess baggage charge and airport tax
  • Travel insurance and medical evacuation
  • Lunch and dinner during the trek
  • Extended stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to any reason other than programmed itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, beverages, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, personal equipments and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (expected and not mandatory)


Firante Treks and Expedition Manages for best and comfortable accommodation and also provides you hygienic food. Standard (3 Star) are booked in the cities such as Kathmandu and Pokhara, whereas a tyical trek lodge will be booked on remote areas. 

Luxurious rooms from 5 Star hotels are also made avaiable on demand in the cities on additional cost but remote regionss dont have such facilities.

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