17 days to Mt Kailsh tour

Itinerary: Lhasa-Everest-Kailash -Guge kingdom

 Day-01: Flight to Lhasa (Alt 3,650m,65km)
Arrival in Gonggar Airport of Lhasa. You are met and greeted by our representative and drive to Lhasa City (1hr). Check in hotel and take rest for acclimatization. You will experience mild symptoms of the altitude sickness such as headache, dizziness, disorientation, breathlessness etc but it should go away in a day or two. Please, drink plenty of water and consume liquid food. Accommodation in middle.

Day-02: At Lhasa (B)
Full day sightseeing of Lhasa, visiting Dalai Lama’s Potala Palace-the principal attraction of Lhasa, Sera Monastery-the last of the three Yellow Sect monasteries to be built in Lhasa and Norbulinkha- the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. If you are hiking enthusiast and if you do not show signs of altitude sickness, Sera Monastery kora (hiking on the pilgrimage path around the monastery) would be worth trying. We will also take chance to attend the debating ceremony of Sera Monks. Accommodation in middle

Day-03: At Lhasa (B)
Today, we will visit Drepung Monastery-the largest, richest and the most powerful of the three major Yellow Sect monasteries of Tibet and was the power center of Tibet before the 5th Dalai Lama moved to Potala palace. At Drepung, we will visit the Ganden Palace, Main Assembly Hall and Colleges of Drepung. (Optional: Hiking enthusiasts can also attempt 1 hr long circuit hiking but you should be fully acclimatized ) ancient Jorkhang Temple in the old Tibetan quarter of Lhasa and the Barkhor Street that forms the pilgrim circuit around the Jorkhang Temple. Accommodation in middle

Day 04: Lhasa-Gyantse (Alt 4000m, 265km) (B)
Today, we drive to Gyantse town which still maintains Tibetan characteristics. The journey involves crossing of two high passes Kamba La (15,700 ft) and Karo La (16,500ft) and the follows the bank of Yamdrok Tso Lake for more than 40 miles. Yamdrok Tso Lake is one of the four holiest lakes of Tibet and has turquoise green water. As we leave the lakeshore behind, the road climbs to Karo La (16,500ft), once again offering breathtaking views of the mountain and vast Tibetan plateau. We arrive at Gyantse town late afternoon. Gyantse, perhaps the only major town in Central Tibet which has been able to maintain its Tibetan characteristics. We check in hotel and take rest for the day. Overnight Gyantse medium Hotel

Day-05: Gyantse-Shigatse (Alt 3950, 95km) (B)
After breakfast, we will visit the Pelkor Chode and Kumbum Monastery-the main highlights of Gyantse City. Kumbum Stupa is the landmark of Gyantse and can be spotted from a long distance. If you are a hiking enthusiast, you may also attempt hiking the historical fortress of Gyantse. View from the fortress over to the city is just superb. From Gyantse, its less than 2 hrs drive to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet. About 13 miles (20 km) before Shigatse, we take 4 km side trip of Shalu Monastery-the first of the major monasteries to be built by noble families of the Tsang Dynasty during Tibet's great revival of Buddhism, and was an important center of the Sakya tradition. Upon arrival in Shigatse, we check in hotel and later take a relaxing walk through the Shigatse's Flea market which is a nice bargain place for Tibetan souvenir.

Day 06: Shigatse to Everest and Rongbuk monastery via Lhatse (Alt 4500m, 350km) mountain passes Tso-la               (4500m) and Gyatsola pass (5225m)

Day 07: Drive to Saga 220km driving 6 hours 4460m, via breathtaking view of Shisha Pangma and Peiku Tso lake.

Day 08: Saga-Darchen via Zhongba-Paryang (B)
Altitude 4750m/14,891 ft, distance: 542km/ 340 miles, drive about 10-12 hrs drive. We continue across the vast dry plains to the small Tibetan town of Zhongba. We stop in briefly in Dargyeling monastery that lies 42 km/26 miles from Saga. The road condition from Zhongba deteriorates due to invasion of the sand dunes from either side of the road but we have photogenic views of the sand dunes, lake and mountains comes in 60 km from Zhonba. We camp tonight in Paryang. Today's drive involves crossing of several sandy rivers (Most rivers have bridges now) but has some of the most panoramic scenery of the trip. We cross a high pass of Mayum-la (5216m/17108ft) .Our crews will set up camp by the sacred Manasarovar Lake -which according to Hindu mythology was formed in the mind of Brahma-the creator of the world. Today, we will have the first glance “Darshan” of holy Mt. Kailash from Horqu. Most travelers camp here in Horqu due its close proximity to the trailhead.

Day 09: Darchen-Dira Phuk Gompa circummambulate
Altitude 4910m,20km, about 6 hrs trek. Tarboche, marked by Tibetan flags is the starting point for kora and it is the site for Tibet's most important annual Saga Dawa festival. We walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt Kailash towering above us. We follow the river, which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before we reach the 13th century monastery at Dira-phuk. overnight guest house

Day 10: Drira Phuk Monastery-Zuthul-Phuk
Altitude 4790m, 18km, about 6-7 hrs trek. Bid farewell to Lha Chu Valley and prepare to fight the toughest part of the kora. You will enter the Drolma Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Drolma La [5,630m/18,466 ft] that is marked Tibetan prayer flags. The rest of the day's walk is mostly downhill and flat land. On descent, you will pass by one of the highest lakes in the world, Thukpe Dzingbu Lake (Gauri Kunda), known as the Lake of Compassion. Zuthulphuk monastery is built at the site of a famous cave, which is believed to have been created as a result of contest between Milareppa (Buddhist Yogi) and Naro Bonchung (Bon Saint).Overnight guest house

Day 11: Trek to Tirthapori or Menche Drive to Tholing (Zanda)
Altitude: 3650m, distance 270km, 7-8 hrs. We have a long day drive along rough road that first climbs over Jingla pass (5100m/16728ft), from where we will enjoy a unique view of the unique landscapes. Onwards, the the road zigzags down into a series of gorges and climbs up the other side before eventually making a long winding and very rough descent down a fantastically eroded gully where the hills on the both sides are worn into incredible shape. The side valley emerges into the wider Sutlez Valley and after crossing a bridge, the road finally reaches the oasis like town of Zanda, also known as Tsamda. Overnight guest house.

Day 12: Visit Tholing and Tsaparang-the ruined capital of ancient Gugey Kingdom.
We explore Tholing and neighboring Tsaparang (20km east of Tholing) which are the ruined former of Ngari-West Tibet. Tholing, which was once the most important monastic complex in western Tibet, is a awesome sight. Below stands the first capital of Guge whilst the skyline comprises a vast sweep of the Ladakh Himalaya. Guge's later capital at Tsaparang is of even greater significance in the history of Buddhist art, its fantastic wall murals displaying evidence of close links with Ladakh and Kashmir. We will rediscover the cave dwellings, secret twisting paths tunnels linking the palaces.

Day 13: Drive back Manasarovar lake 310km driving 6 hours. Altitude 4560m. Drive to Manasarovar 330km 7 hours. We have additional day in the lake Manasarovara for acclimatization, rituals and exploring the lakeshores. Chiu Gompa monastery has the fabulous location atop a craggy hill overlooking the sapphire blue lake Manasarovara and offers spectacular views of lake and on a clear weather day, Mount Kailash. Pilgrims perform rituals and take a dip in the holy waters of the lake and clean the sins of lifetime! Hindu travelers will even care to collect some water in the bottles and bring back home for their families and friends. There are some optional hiking possibilities as well.

Day 14 : Drive Back to Saga overnight guest house

Day 15 : Drive Back to Shegatse overnight medium Hotel

Day 16 : After breakfast, we check out hotel and visit the famous Tashi lhunpo Monastery Tashi lhunpo Monastery is the principal seat of Panchen Lama-the second most revered religious leader of Tibet after Dalai Lama. We cross two gentle Drive back to Lhasa via north road 280km driving 6 hours.

Day 17: Drive to airport End of Tibet tour.

NOTE:*** This trip itinerary can be changed or modified as per your time, requirement and interest.

Cost of This Trip: depend on your group size and your requirements. Please e-mail us for a special price quote.

For more information and booking this trip, please contact us in advance. Thank you for your time.

 

Itinerary: Lhasa-Everest-Kailash -Guge kingdom

 Day-01: Flight to Lhasa (Alt 3,650m,65km)
Arrival in Gonggar Airport of Lhasa. You are met and greeted by our representative and drive to Lhasa City (1hr). Check in hotel and take rest for acclimatization. You will experience mild symptoms of the altitude sickness such as headache, dizziness, disorientation, breathlessness etc but it should go away in a day or two. Please, drink plenty of water and consume liquid food. Accommodation in middle.

Day-02: At Lhasa (B)
Full day sightseeing of Lhasa, visiting Dalai Lama’s Potala Palace-the principal attraction of Lhasa, Sera Monastery-the last of the three Yellow Sect monasteries to be built in Lhasa and Norbulinkha- the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. If you are hiking enthusiast and if you do not show signs of altitude sickness, Sera Monastery kora (hiking on the pilgrimage path around the monastery) would be worth trying. We will also take chance to attend the debating ceremony of Sera Monks. Accommodation in middle

Day-03: At Lhasa (B)
Today, we will visit Drepung Monastery-the largest, richest and the most powerful of the three major Yellow Sect monasteries of Tibet and was the power center of Tibet before the 5th Dalai Lama moved to Potala palace. At Drepung, we will visit the Ganden Palace, Main Assembly Hall and Colleges of Drepung. (Optional: Hiking enthusiasts can also attempt 1 hr long circuit hiking but you should be fully acclimatized ) ancient Jorkhang Temple in the old Tibetan quarter of Lhasa and the Barkhor Street that forms the pilgrim circuit around the Jorkhang Temple. Accommodation in middle

Day 04: Lhasa-Gyantse (Alt 4000m, 265km) (B)
Today, we drive to Gyantse town which still maintains Tibetan characteristics. The journey involves crossing of two high passes Kamba La (15,700 ft) and Karo La (16,500ft) and the follows the bank of Yamdrok Tso Lake for more than 40 miles. Yamdrok Tso Lake is one of the four holiest lakes of Tibet and has turquoise green water. As we leave the lakeshore behind, the road climbs to Karo La (16,500ft), once again offering breathtaking views of the mountain and vast Tibetan plateau. We arrive at Gyantse town late afternoon. Gyantse, perhaps the only major town in Central Tibet which has been able to maintain its Tibetan characteristics. We check in hotel and take rest for the day. Overnight Gyantse medium Hotel

Day-05: Gyantse-Shigatse (Alt 3950, 95km) (B)
After breakfast, we will visit the Pelkor Chode and Kumbum Monastery-the main highlights of Gyantse City. Kumbum Stupa is the landmark of Gyantse and can be spotted from a long distance. If you are a hiking enthusiast, you may also attempt hiking the historical fortress of Gyantse. View from the fortress over to the city is just superb. From Gyantse, its less than 2 hrs drive to Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet. About 13 miles (20 km) before Shigatse, we take 4 km side trip of Shalu Monastery-the first of the major monasteries to be built by noble families of the Tsang Dynasty during Tibet's great revival of Buddhism, and was an important center of the Sakya tradition. Upon arrival in Shigatse, we check in hotel and later take a relaxing walk through the Shigatse's Flea market which is a nice bargain place for Tibetan souvenir.

Day 06: Shigatse to Everest and Rongbuk monastery via Lhatse (Alt 4500m, 350km) mountain passes Tso-la               (4500m) and Gyatsola pass (5225m)

Day 07: Drive to Saga 220km driving 6 hours 4460m, via breathtaking view of Shisha Pangma and Peiku Tso lake.

Day 08: Saga-Darchen via Zhongba-Paryang (B)
Altitude 4750m/14,891 ft, distance: 542km/ 340 miles, drive about 10-12 hrs drive. We continue across the vast dry plains to the small Tibetan town of Zhongba. We stop in briefly in Dargyeling monastery that lies 42 km/26 miles from Saga. The road condition from Zhongba deteriorates due to invasion of the sand dunes from either side of the road but we have photogenic views of the sand dunes, lake and mountains comes in 60 km from Zhonba. We camp tonight in Paryang. Today's drive involves crossing of several sandy rivers (Most rivers have bridges now) but has some of the most panoramic scenery of the trip. We cross a high pass of Mayum-la (5216m/17108ft) .Our crews will set up camp by the sacred Manasarovar Lake -which according to Hindu mythology was formed in the mind of Brahma-the creator of the world. Today, we will have the first glance “Darshan” of holy Mt. Kailash from Horqu. Most travelers camp here in Horqu due its close proximity to the trailhead.

Day 09: Darchen-Dira Phuk Gompa circummambulate
Altitude 4910m,20km, about 6 hrs trek. Tarboche, marked by Tibetan flags is the starting point for kora and it is the site for Tibet's most important annual Saga Dawa festival. We walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt Kailash towering above us. We follow the river, which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before we reach the 13th century monastery at Dira-phuk. overnight guest house

Day 10: Drira Phuk Monastery-Zuthul-Phuk
Altitude 4790m, 18km, about 6-7 hrs trek. Bid farewell to Lha Chu Valley and prepare to fight the toughest part of the kora. You will enter the Drolma Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Drolma La [5,630m/18,466 ft] that is marked Tibetan prayer flags. The rest of the day's walk is mostly downhill and flat land. On descent, you will pass by one of the highest lakes in the world, Thukpe Dzingbu Lake (Gauri Kunda), known as the Lake of Compassion. Zuthulphuk monastery is built at the site of a famous cave, which is believed to have been created as a result of contest between Milareppa (Buddhist Yogi) and Naro Bonchung (Bon Saint).Overnight guest house

Day 11: Trek to Tirthapori or Menche Drive to Tholing (Zanda)
Altitude: 3650m, distance 270km, 7-8 hrs. We have a long day drive along rough road that first climbs over Jingla pass (5100m/16728ft), from where we will enjoy a unique view of the unique landscapes. Onwards, the the road zigzags down into a series of gorges and climbs up the other side before eventually making a long winding and very rough descent down a fantastically eroded gully where the hills on the both sides are worn into incredible shape. The side valley emerges into the wider Sutlez Valley and after crossing a bridge, the road finally reaches the oasis like town of Zanda, also known as Tsamda. Overnight guest house.

Day 12: Visit Tholing and Tsaparang-the ruined capital of ancient Gugey Kingdom.
We explore Tholing and neighboring Tsaparang (20km east of Tholing) which are the ruined former of Ngari-West Tibet. Tholing, which was once the most important monastic complex in western Tibet, is a awesome sight. Below stands the first capital of Guge whilst the skyline comprises a vast sweep of the Ladakh Himalaya. Guge's later capital at Tsaparang is of even greater significance in the history of Buddhist art, its fantastic wall murals displaying evidence of close links with Ladakh and Kashmir. We will rediscover the cave dwellings, secret twisting paths tunnels linking the palaces.

Day 13: Drive back Manasarovar lake 310km driving 6 hours. Altitude 4560m. Drive to Manasarovar 330km 7 hours. We have additional day in the lake Manasarovara for acclimatization, rituals and exploring the lakeshores. Chiu Gompa monastery has the fabulous location atop a craggy hill overlooking the sapphire blue lake Manasarovara and offers spectacular views of lake and on a clear weather day, Mount Kailash. Pilgrims perform rituals and take a dip in the holy waters of the lake and clean the sins of lifetime! Hindu travelers will even care to collect some water in the bottles and bring back home for their families and friends. There are some optional hiking possibilities as well.

Day 14 : Drive Back to Saga overnight guest house

Day 15 : Drive Back to Shegatse overnight medium Hotel

Day 16 : After breakfast, we check out hotel and visit the famous Tashi lhunpo Monastery Tashi lhunpo Monastery is the principal seat of Panchen Lama-the second most revered religious leader of Tibet after Dalai Lama. We cross two gentle Drive back to Lhasa via north road 280km driving 6 hours.

Day 17: Drive to airport End of Tibet tour.

NOTE:*** This trip itinerary can be changed or modified as per your time, requirement and interest.

Cost of This Trip: depend on your group size and your requirements. Please e-mail us for a special price quote.

For more information and booking this trip, please contact us in advance. Thank you for your time.