Saga Hotel

Saga, China

At a Glance

  • Comfortable resting place at the heart of Saga
  • Stop-off point for pilgrims making their way to the holy Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar
  • Neighbouring restaurant serving up local Tibetan dishes

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Best time to Visit

Good time to visit

Average time to visit

Climate is not such a major consideration when visiting Tibet as many people might imagine. For a place nicknamed ‘The Land of Snows’, there’s a surprising lack of snow. The boom in domestic tourism means that Lhasa swells with Chinese tourists in the summer and particularly in the week-long holidays around 1 May and 1 October. Winter is very cold, many restaurants are shut and snow can close mountain passes, but some travellers swear by the winter months. There are few travellers about at this time and Lhasa is crowded with drokpas (nomads). The average temperature in January is -2°C.

Spring, early summer and late autumn are probably the best times to visit Tibet. March is a politically sensitive month in the country and there is occasional tightening of restrictions on travellers heading into Tibet at this time, but the weather’s pretty good. April brings reliable weather in eastern Tibet and discounts on accommodation and vehicle rental in Lhasa. Mt Everest is particularly clear during April and May.

From mid-July through to the end of September the monsoon starts to affect parts of Tibet. (The months of July and August bring half of Tibet’s annual rainfall.) Travel to western Tibet becomes slightly more difficult, due to roads being washed away.

It’s worth trying to time your trip with one of Tibet’s festivals. New Year (Losar) in January or February is an excellent time to be in Lhasa, as is the Saga Dawa festival in April or May.

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Description

The Saga Hotel is a centrally located hotel in the frontier town of Saga, the last stop before heading off the beaten track to holy Mount Kailash, the most sacred peak in Asia.

The tiny town of Saga’s is located at the crossroads between Lhasa, Ali and Kashgar on the way to Mount Kailash, straddling the Dargye Tsangpo river. Set at the heart of this little outpost is the Saga Hotel, a simple property with ensuite bedrooms and a neighbouring restaurant serving traditional Tibetan fare. The hotel has western style rooms, modestly decorated with hardwood furniture and clean, white linen.  The best hotel in town, it is the perfect place to rest and refuel on the way to Tibet’s most sacred peak, Mount Kailash, or to Lake Manasarovar the “Immortal Lake of Jade”.

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Accommodation

Rooms are simple yet comfortable, with private bathrooms, cable television and WiFi.

Location & directions

Saga, China

The Saga Hotel is located on the main road in Saga, adjacent to the local store (perfect for picking up supplies for your journey to Mount Kailash) and the Moon Star restaurant. Saga is the last frontier before heading off into the wilderness to discover holy Mount Kailash.

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