In the far west of Tibet is Mt Kailash (6714m), the most sacred mountain in Asia, which is venerated by Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and the ancient Bon religion of Tibet. It is an important site for pilgrims who make 52km circuit, or kora of the mountain conquering a 5630m pass with some gorgeous mountain scenery along this trek including close ups of the majestic pyramidal Mt. Kailash. This circumambulation, clockwise for Buddhists and Hindus and anti-clockwise for Bon followers, is said to erase the sins of a lifetime. The mountain itself is 6714m high and with its four sheer walls and snow capped peak is an awe-inspiring sight and a trek here wonderfully integrates the spiritual, cultural and physical dimensions of any trip to Tibet. This Tour takes us to Kathmandu-Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-Shigar-Mt. Everest Base Camp-Saga-Lhatse-Lhasa-Kathmandu.
Trip Highlights: pilgrim Tour that includes the trekking; holy mountain Mt. Kailash; sacred lake Mansarovar; Jokhang Temple; Barkhor Market; Potala Palace; Tashilumpo Monastery; Rombuk Monastery; Sakya Monastery; numerous passes including Drolma La (5630m); astonishing mountain views; Peikutso Lake.
Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft): Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city.
Day 2 KATHMANDU–NYLAM. (3750m)Drive from Kathmandu to Kodari which is 114 km from Kathmandu takes 05-06hrs. to Nyalam (30 kms form Zhangmu takes 2 hrs uphill drive. )
Day 3 NYALAM Rest day for acclimatization
Day 4 NYALAM – SAGA(4560M) After breakfast our journey start to Saga which is 06-08 hrs drive, 4050 m in elevation
Day 5 SAGA –MANASAROVAR. (4650M) Early morning drive to Manasorovar which takes drive, 4558m in elevation
Day 6 MANASAROVAR – DARCHEN(4670M). Explore Lake Manasorovar in the morning and drive to Darchen which is 1 hour drive and, 4, 560 m in elevation
Day 7 Start trek from Darchen to Dirapuk(4890m)(4-5 hrs)
Day 8 Continue trek Dirapuk to Zutulpuk(4790m)(5-6 hrs)
Day 9 Continue trek Zutulpuk to Darchen and drive to Manasarovar
Day 10Drive from Manasarovar to Saga
Day 11 Drive from Saga to Lhatse (3760m)
Day 12 Lhatse to Shigatse(3900m) We move on to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largestcity, which is about 145 km away.
Day 13 Drive from Shigatse to Gyantse(3950m) Before departing from Shigatse you will be taken for a guided Tour to Tashilunpo Monastery and drive to Shigatse.
Day 14 Drive from Gyatse to Lhasa(3600m) Before departing from Gyantse, you will be taken for a guided Tour to Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum. The Dzong is a 14th century fort, from where you get amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed stupa. It has many small chapels which houses an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. We move on to Lhasa Tibet’s first largest city, which is about 320 km away.
Day 15 Full day Sightseeing Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
Day 16 Full day Sightseeing Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple , Barkhor Bazar
Day 17 Drive to Gongar Airport or Train Station and Departure flight or train to your destination
TRIP COST INCLUDES
Accommodation at Kathmandu at Hotel (On twin sharing basis)
All Entrance fees
Accommodation at Lhasa Hotel
All transportations Land cruisers on 4 sharing basis
Special Kailash Parikrama Permits
All accommodations during Yatra
Meals on full board
Gamow bag & Oxygen
Airfare Kathmandu - Lhasa
TRIP COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
Emergency evacuations/Rescue, if required.
Any expenses of personal nature and NOT included in the "tour cost includes" section above, are additional.