Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar

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Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 15 Days
Departures : 26 Feb – 11 Mar
Grade:  * *
Activities: Tour and Trek
Seasons: Mar-May | Sep-Dec
Destinations: Tibet
Max Alt:
4990m
Points: KTM – KTM

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Mount Kailas “Precious Jewels of Snow” is a peak of the Gangdise Mountains which are located in the far western region of Tibet. This is a sacred site for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Bons. Every year, many pilgrims from around the world visit to pray in the shadow of the holiest of mountains. It is believed by pilgrims of several religions circumambulating Mt. Kailash (52km) on foot will remove their sins and bring good fortune.

Despite its remote and stark location, it is also a popular destination for all adventure lovers. Mt. Kailash is flanked by two neighboring lake—Manasarovar & Rakkshas Tal. The lakes are the highest bodies of fresh water in the world, with Lake Manasarovar (330 sq. km) at 4,558m. is about 15 meters higher than Rakkshas Tal. A Kailash pilgrimage is only complete when bathed in the scared lake of Manasarovar.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa
Day 2 Lhasa Suburb
Day 3 Lhasa City
Day 4 Drive to Gyantse
Day 5 Drive to Shigatse
Day 6 Drive to Tingri – Rongbuk – EBC
Day 7 Drive to Saga
Day 8 Drive to Darchen
Day 9 Trek from Darchen – Dirapuk (20 KM, 200m ascent)
Day 10 Trek to Zutulpuk (18 KM, 550m ascent, 500m descent)
Day 11 Trek to Darchen and drive to Mansarovar (4 hours, 14 KM, 150 km)
Day 12 Drive to Payang – Saga
Day 13 Drive to Lhatse – Shigatse
Day 14 Drive to Lhasa
Day 15 Departure from Lhasa

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa Alt. 3650m
Overnight Hotel.

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway to transfer you to hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, usually takes about 1.5hrs; from Lhasa Railway Station, abt 20mins. After transferred to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day’s well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.

Day 2:Lhasa Suburb Alt. 3650m
Overnight Hotel. Included Meal: Breakfast

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Today you will visit 2 attractions in Lhasa suburb. In the morning, we will arrange you to see Drepung Monastery. In the afternoon, we will visit Sera Monastery. You will stay long hour on sightseeing today under the fierce sun of Tibet, do arm yourself with sunglasses/ hat/ sunscreen. Also a welcome dinner will be held tonight to introduce you to the whole group that you are going to travel with. We have customers from all over the world. Shall be fun to meet people from different countries, culture and background.
Located about 8 km west of central Lhasa, Drepung Monastery was once one of the world’s largest monasteries. The word Drepung literally translates as ‘rice heap’, a reference to the huge numbers of white monastic buildings that once piled up on the hill side.
Sera Monastery is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the
Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. From Mon ~ Fri, every afternoon, you’ll be able to see monks debating at Sera Monastery.

Day 3: Lhasa City Alt. 3650m
Overnight Hotel. Included Meal: Breakfast

Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
This morning, visit Potala Palace. It is more than 3,700 meters above sea level and it is the highest palace in the world! At the top the palace called golden roofs, you can have a bird-eye view of the whole of Lhasa. In the distance there are undulating mountain ranges, the beautiful Lhasa River, tracts of fields, tree-shaded villages and the glistening Jokhang Temple.
Afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple, it is the first built during the period of Sontsan Gambo in the 7th century, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. You’ll find that many Pilgrims pray before the monastery.
The circuit around it called Barkhor Street, a famous local handmade crafts market, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs.

Day 4: Drive to Gyantse Alt. 3950m
Overnight Hotel. Included Meal: Breakfast

Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum
Yamdrok Lake: dazzling Yamdrok-tso(elev 4441m) is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la (4700m). The lake lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangsang (7191m).
Karola Glacier: Mt Nojin Kangsang stands tall with an elevation of 7,191m between Gyantse County and Nagarzê County, with several snow-capped mountains over 6,000m surrounding it. Mount Nojin Kangsang is the most accessible glacier site on the Tibetan Plateau. The famous Kharola Glacier (5,560m) is below the south ridge of Nojin Kangsang.
Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum: the sprawling compound in the far north of town houses Pelkor Chöde Monastery and the monumental Gyantse Kumbum, a chörten filled with fine paintings and statues. Both are deservedly top of the list on most travellers’ must-sees. Palkhor lies at the foot of Dzong Hill. It is well-known for its Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four floors. The multi-storied Kumbum Stupa was crowned with a golden dome and umbrella, surrounded with more chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals.

Day 5: Drive to Shigatse Alt. 3900m
Overnight Hotel. Included Meal: Breakfast

Highlights: Tashilumpo Monastery
After arrival in Shigatse, we will first go to apply the Alien’s Travel Permit (PSB) with your original passport presented which usually takes about 30 minutes before sightseeing. Bear with us.

Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. Also called the Heap of Glory, the monastery is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara’s Mountain), Shigatse. Founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, the monastery’s structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. It covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters. The main structures found in the monastery are Maitreya Chapel, Panchen Lama’s Palace and Kelsang Temple. Tashilhunpo is the seat of Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 Lamas.

Day 06: Drive to Tingri (4300m) – Rongbuk – EBC Alt. 4980m
Overnight Nomad Tent (Dorm Bed). Included Meal: Breakfast
Optional: Rongbuk Monastery

Tibet has serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only about 350 km or so in book, the no-more-than-40km/hr regulation, and the many road checks dotted on the way, really slow us down. So be prepared to spend around 10~12 hrs on the road including meal time. The upside is the view along the way is superb. Get your camera ready. Also prepare some snacks with you to bring along.
You will arrive at Rongbuk Monastery in the late afternoon. The monastery itself is quite tiny, but from here the view of Mt Everest is fantastic. You can choose to just hang around Rongbuk to take photos or visit it at your own expense of CNY 25/person.
Rongbuk Monastery is located in the Shigatse Region, southwest of the mysterious Tibet Autonomous Region, and to the north of the oblate Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world. Seen from here, Mt. Everest appears like a lofty pyramid surrounded by mountains that touch the sky. On sunny days, a pile of thick clouds, just like a white flag floats lightly above the peak, which is known to be the miracle of ‘The Highest Flag Cloud in the World’. Nowadays, with the golden travel boom to Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery is gradually becoming a highlight for the tourists in its own right.

Day 7: Drive to Saga Alt. 4600m
Overnight Guesthouse. Included Meal: Breakfast

Highlights: Everest Base Camp, Peiku Tso Lake
We didn’t include breakfast this morning. You will understand why when you’re at the spot. Tibetan breakfast, such as noodle, zanba, etc. abt CNY 30 is available here. You are highly suggested to bring along some cookies, instant coffee. etc. of your own.
Everest Tent Camp is the furthest point vehicles can drive to. From here you will have to take the shuttle bus for the last glorious 4 Km which is incredibly incredibly scenic. You’re hemmed in by high grey ridges to the east and west and as you look to the south, Everest’s north face dominates the skyline. Endowed with springs, Everest Base Camp (5150m) has a couple of permanent structures and a small army base. Clamber up the small hill festooned with prayer flags for great views of the star attraction, Mt. Everest, then have your photo taken at the base camp marker, reads ‘Mt. Qomolangma Base Camp’.
Peiku Tso Lake: the beautiful turquoise Peiku-tso(4590m) is one of Tibet’s magical spots with stunning views of the snowcapped
Shishapangma (8012m) and the Langtang range bordering Nepal to the south.

Day 8: Drive to Darchen Alt. 4660m
Overnight Guesthouse. Included Meal: Breakfast

The sprawling town of saga is the last of any size on the route and your last chance to eat a lavish meal. A photogenic section of dunes, lake and mountains kicks in 60 km from Zhongba. About 23 km before Paryang you create a pass and drop past more dunes to Paryang. Photos taken along this route can often get steppe, streams, desert dunes and snow capped mountains in the same shot.

Day 9: Trek from Darchen – Dirapuk Alt. 4990m (20 km/200m ascent)
Overnight Guesthouse. Included Meal: Breakfast

Highlights: Mt. Kailash Kora
The kora path begins on the western edge of Darchen. Quickly leaving all traces of the village behind you head westward across the Batkha plain but to the southwest are clear views of Hute Gurla Mandhata(7,728m).

Day 10 Trek to Zutulpuk Alt. 4750m (18 km/550m ascent/500m decent )
Overnight Guesthouse. Included Meal: Breakfast

Highlight:- Mt. Kailash Kora.
When you wake in the morning and step outside you want to revel in the glory of your surroundings. Mt. Kailash dramatic black face dominates the skyline, while the middle slopes echo with the moans of yak, The long ascent up the drolma – chu valley that will eventually lead to the drolma la has begun.

Day 11: Trek to Darchen and drive to Mansarovar Alt. 4550m (4hrs/14 km/150 km)
Overnight Guesthouse. Included Meal: Breakfast

Highlights:- Mt. Kailash Kora , Lake Manasarovar.
From Zuthulphuk to Darchen to Manasarovar the trail follow the river closely for and hour or so then climb above the river and enters the lovely Gold and Red Cliffs a narrow canyon whose walls are stained purple cobalt and rust.

Day 12: Drive to Payang – Saga Alt. 4600m
Overnight Guesthouse. Included Meal: Breakfast

Enjoy the ride back with leisure. Our vehicle will stop along the ride for you to take photos.

Day 13: Drive to Lhatse – Shigatse Alt. 3900m
Overnight Hotel. Included Meal: Breakfast

Enjoy the ride back with leisure. Our vehicle will stop along the ride for you to take photos.

Day 14: Drive to Lhasa
Overnight Hotel. Included Meal: Breakfast

Highlights: Tibetan Incense Workshop in Nyemo
Tibetan Incense Workshop in Nyemo: with a unique harmless formula—adequate water supply, favorable climate and various plants, the Tibetan incense produced in Tomba Township, Nyemo County has a history of more than 1,000 years. Except for sacrificial ceremonies, this fragrant incense also can be used to prevent infectious diseases like flu and influenza, for its ingredients contain herbal medicines such as saffron, Sandalwood, Chinese Usnea and borneol.

Day 15: Departure from Lhasa
Included Meal: Breakfast

Your 15-day Mt.Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour ends today. After breakfasts, you will be free for the morning. Our staff will collect you at your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway.

Price Includes

  • Hotel/Guest House/Tented Accommodation as per program.
  • Private Transportation as per the group size.
  • All necessary Tibet Travel and Trekking permit.
  • One English speaking Tibetan Guide.
  • All Sightseeing and Entrance fee.
  • Breakfast during the trip
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa to Kathmandu.

Price Excludes

  • Travel and personal Expenses.
  • Sleeping bags and Mattress for the tent stay.
  • Insurance of any kind & Medical fee if Emergency.
  • Hiring porter/ horse.
  • Portable oxygen cylinders in of emergency.
  • Rescue and Evacuation Service.
  • Any Additional cost due to Nature calamity and Unforeseen Circumstances
    and etc.
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