MT Kailash

Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 16 days
Maximum number of people: 60
Location: Lhasa, EBC, Saga, Old Tingri, Manasarovar Lake, Darchen
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You are booking for 14 – 16 Days Mt Kailash tours

Tour’s Program

Mt. Kailash (22028 Feet) is believed to be the most sacred mountain in the world. Its snow dusted rock pyramid with four nearly symmetrical sides is located in the scenically rich area of western Tibet, which lies between the Himalayas and Karakurum ranges. It is considered a sacred place in four religions: Bön, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. The mountain lies near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal in Tibet. Its glistening snow-covered top makes it the most eye-catching one. The peak of the Mt. Kailash is always enveloped by white clouds. Therefore the locals think if someone can clearly view the peak, he or she will be very lucky. For hundreds of years, Mt. Kailash has been an alluring mountain not only to pilgrims but also for explorers all around world.. However no one has reached its top until now as China has banned all mountaineering activities to preserve the sanctity of the place. This route will open up to unending stretches of barren land, lush green valleys, snow capped peaks and pristine blue lakes. May to November is a good time to visit as it offers cool and pleasant climate and the right period for trekking in and around.  Herds of wild ass, Gazelle, Hodgson’s antelope, Marmot and different species of geese that can be seen along the route during July and August. December to March is snow bound and chilly.

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa


Upon arriving at Lhasa, you will be met by our representatives and transferred to your hotel for check-in. It is about 60 km from the airport to Lhasa which will take about an hour to reach and from train station it is about 25 km to Lhasa. After check-in at your hotel you can meet your fellow travelers and rest for the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag. Overnight in Lhasa.
(Note: let us know your arrival time and detail information of flights/train if your arrival time is different from others so that we can arrange a private pick up without any additional cost)


Day 2 Lhasa Escorted Tour


Visit Jokhang temple, Bakhor street and Sera monastery

In morning we will visit Jokhang temple which is in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Pilgrims from far and wide have taken arduous journeys across mountains and rivers to visit the temple since centuries back. The street around the Jokhang temple, colloquially known as the Barkhor, is famous for its traditional market, which also serves as a meeting point for pilgrims from different places. It is a real pleasure to walk, rubbing shoulders with other pilgrims and tourists on this bustling street. The street is also regarded highly in spirituality, as a walk circumambulating the Barkhor on this street is considered as one of the most devotional circuits. The day will end with a visit to the Sera Monastery. It was built in the fifteenth century and now it is home to several hundred monks from different parts of Tibet. Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks will be happening in the monastery every day except Sunday. Continue to acclimatize and alleviate jet lag as today was your first day. Overnight in Lhasa.


Day 3 Lhasa Escorted Tour


Visit Potala palace and Drepung monastery

Day will begin with the visit to the famous Potala palace, one of seven wonders of world according to USA today in 2006. It was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in 7th century and later in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. And in the afternoon, we will visit the Drepung monastery, once the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks. The Ganden Podang in Drepung was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. Drepung was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet, a reference to the great Buddhist monastic university of India. Continue to acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.


Day 4 Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigaste


Visit Yamdrok lake, Mt.Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and Pelkhor Choede monastery

Following the Brahmaputra river, we will trek through the terrain of the Gampa la Pass(4900m). This hike might be little difficult for some people but the scenery along the hike will be absolutely stunning. On way we will get to view the holy Yomdrok lake which will be a treat for your eyes and Mt.Nyenchen Kangsar with its snow capped peaks will add crowns to its breathtaking beauty. Gyantse and Shigatse are well known for their historical and religious value and many foreigners have been known to enjoy these ancient towns. Gyantse is also known as a ‘hero’s town’ and was previously the capital of a 14th century kingdom. You will feel the authentic traditional Tibetan life as these regions have slightly different traditions than those of Lhasa. When we arrive Gyantse, we will visit the Kubhum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery which is the largest magnificent multi-door structure stupa in Tibet. Late afternoon drive to Shigatse which is only 90km. Overnight in Shigatse.


Day 5 Shigaste, EBC


Visit Rongbuk monastery and Mt. Everest base camp.

As we pass across few stunning passes, we will gradually ascend into the mighty mountainous Himalaya region. We will see the first panoramic view of the Himalayas from the hill of Gyatso la Pass (5400m). The view of the innumerable number of snow capped peaks through the barren mountains would be stunning. We then approach the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8848) shortly after the border check point at Shegar, turn off the Friendship Highway and drive toward south in the valley, cross over the Gawu la pass[5250m] through zigzags road. From there you can view the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its mighty peaks beyond 8000m, Mt.Makalu(8463m), Mt.Lotse(8516m), Mt.Everest(8844m), Mt.Cho Oyu(8201m) and Mt.Shishapama(8020m) from Left to right. With a series of switchback bends, climbing down to the dry valley of Tashi Zom until we reach day’s destination - Everest Base Camp located in the Rongbuk valley. Afternoon you can either do a short trekking (6 km) from the tent guesthouses community to Mt. Everest base camp, which will take you about 2 hours or more per your physical condition (6Km). Or you can take the dedicated minibus instead. Overnight at local tent guesthouses except from Nov – Mar where the tent guesthouses close and only Rongbuk monastery guesthouse is available. Sleeping bags for the night are recommended if available as the local tent guesthouses reuse the blankets for several weeks.
Note: Before leaving Shigatse, your guide will need some time to obtain the Alien’s Travel Permit from the local PSB. It is a permit that should be issued for the border check at Shegar.


Day 6 EBC – Old Tingri - Saga


Attraction: View of Mt.Shishapama, Peikutso lake

Today we will drive back to main road and lunch stop at Old Tingri known for its spectacular views of Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu, and Cho Oyu, which comprise four of the six highest mountains in the world. We then continue the journey into Tibet western wilderness through stunning views of Mt.Shishapama (8020m) and Peikutso lake. It will be little long driving within the long valley and end the day at Saga. Overnight at Saga.


Day 7 Saga - Manasaravor Lake


Visit: Sand dunes Chewu monastery and Manasarovar lake.


With stunning views of great Himalaya in the south and Trans-Himalayan in the north, we will across the dry and vast plain which is home for sparse lone nomads whose lifestyle remains close to what it has been for centuries. Natural sand dunes and picturesque mountains views will keep you accompanied on the road . We will reach Manasarovar Lake(victorious lake) in the late afternoon, which is one of the holiest lakes in Tibet. Every year. Hundreds of hundreds of pilgrims from all corner of Tibetan plateau, India and other parts of world come to visit this lake. You can view several prominent peaks like Gurla Mandata (7760m) and Mt. Kailash(7762m) in the distant. Overnight at local guesthouse at the lake side.


Day 8 Manasaravor Lake - Darchen


Visit: Kailash trekking base camp town of Darchen

We will drive to the Kailash trekking base camp town of Darchen. Darchen is situated right in front of the sacred mountain, Mount Kailash. Its altitude is 4,575 metres (15,010 ft) and is the starting point for pilgrimages in the region. At your arrival you have plenty of time to explore around the town and prepare for the trekking. In the afternoon, your guide will arrange all the trekking necessities like porters and yaks for your luggage transportation. It is advisable to be careful of dogs within the town as you can find so many dogs there. The dogs are friendly during the day time but aggressive during the night time. You can find different restaurants according to your taste or you can go by your guide recommendation. Overnight at local guesthouse.


Day 9 1st Day Trekking to Dirapuk


Visit: Darchen, Dirakpuk monastery

Our trekking will start from Darchen . As we trek the small trail in the clockwise circuit around the Peak on an average altitude of 4700m, we will encounter numbers of local Buddhist pilgrims doing along your way and several Bon believers in the anti-clockwise direction. Sharing the path with these pilgrims, often the simplest illiterate nomads who have saved for years to make the trip wil be truly inspiring. You will meet a huge range of people here, including prostrators who will take three weeks to complete the circuit. A simple lunch and boil water will be served at Tamdin(4780m). From there it is 4km to Dirakpuk monastery. En route, you can view some of the best scenery of the entire kora.. Overnight at Dirapuk guesthouse.


Day 10 2nd Day Trekking to Zultul Puk



Visit: Dikpala (5000m) and Dormala (5600m)
This will be the most challenging day as where we will cross cross Dikpala (5000m) & Dormala (5600m), though it's not too steep but the altitude might make you weary and slow. Mound of small stones and heaps of prayer flags add comeliness to the trek. It is worthwhile to spend some minutes on the pass to view the alluring view of the holy Mt. Kailash and relax. We then stop lunch at Shabjay Dakpo nomadic tent for lunch. The day's trek will end at Zuktul puk monastery (4790m). It is called as miracle cave as it is build by two religious figure Milarepa and Naro Bonchung. You can see the footprint and handprint of Milarepa inside the cave. Overnight at Zultul Puk.


Day 11 Last Day Trekking Back to Darchen


Visit: Thuktso lake.


We will trek to back to our starting point Darchen. The trek will be much easier than the previous day. Our driver can pick you up from the halfway when if you get tired. Overnight at Darchen


Day 12 Back to Saga


We will drive back to Saga. Overnight at Saga


Day 13 Drive from Saga to Zhangmu


Visit: Beautiful scenery over the Thongla Pass, impressive view of Mt. Shishapama, Spectacular waterfalls within the Matsang River Gorge.

We trace the road back to friendship highway and then follow it towards Nepal, you will experience the striking view of luminous peaks of great Himalayans from the Thongla pass. Impressive view of Mt. Shishapama will remind how much you going to miss this trip. Then gradually descend into a deep valley with a series of switchback bends. There are spectacular waterfalls on both sides of these fertile hills and with a decrease in altitude, the dry climate changes into a warm, moist environment and it is clear that we drawing into the Indian subcontinent. Our destination is Tibet border town Zhangmu. Overnight in Zhangmu.


Day 14 Zhangmu – Kodari/Lhatse/Shigatse


(Those who going to Nepal will end the trip here and others will continue their journey back toward Lhasa in the afternoon)

Today the group split in two. Bid farewell to each other. Those who are going to Nepal will be transported to the friendship bridge and then to Nepal. Nepal visa can be obtained at the arrival by paying USD25 for 15 days tourist visa. Then you can easily find jeeps and buses from there to Kathmandu city. Before your departure, we would appreciate if you can fill the feedback form evaluating our services for future improvisation. Remaining will head back to Lhatse or Shigatse. Overnight in Lhatse/Shigatse


Day 15 Lhatse/Shigatse - Lhasa


We will drive back to Lhasa. In the afternoon you have plenty of the time to continues explore the hustling Bakhor street and you can buy some souvenirs for your family and friends at home.


Day 16 Lhasa airport/Train station sends off


Today our guide and driver will drop you to the airport or train station. It is time to bid farewell and depart to your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a short time to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email.


Tour Cost Includes:

All necessary travel permits to Tibet.
All entrance fees for all tourist sites in the itinerary.
Knowledge English -speaking Tibetan local tour guides shared in your group
All lodging listed in the itinerary ,if you travel individually ,you need to share one room with another tourist ,while if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself ,you will have to pay the single supplement.
Pick up and send off service st beginning /end of your
Lodging and meals for guides and drivers

Tour Cost Excluded:

International flights to and out of China.
Travel insurance covers trips cancellation and emergency recommended.
Meals not specified in the itinerary ,(usually it’s cost like 5 USD per person).
Expenses of personal nature (alcoholic beverages,laundry ,phone call etc)
Gratuities for guide and driver
 
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