MT Kailash

Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 17 days
Maximum number of people: 60
Location: Lhasa, Manasarovar Lake, Darchen, Dzultrul puk
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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 - 3 Arrive in Lhasa

Upon arriving at Lhasa, you will be met by our representatives and transferred to your hotel for check-in which is located in the old part of the city or the Tibetan Area. As soon as you arrive at Lhasa, the vase azure sky and the majestic view of the massive Potala Palace will greet you. The holy Jokhang temple and the busy Bakhor Street will be at the center of your hotel area and that will let you peek into the daily traditional lives of Tibetan living there. Over the next following days you will be visiting few world heritage sites such as Potala Palace- one of seven wonders of world according to USA today in 2006. Jokhang temple, most sacred temple in Tibet with important collection of cultural artifacts. Barkhor is the market square in the heart of Lhasa which has the trek path for pilgrims to circumambulate the Jokhang shrine. It is a short 20m minutes walk around the Jokhang. Our knowledgeable guides will enhance your experience with thorough historical and cultural information. Exploring Lhasa continues with the visit to the two of the three great monasteries of Tibet Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. After that visit to NorbuLinga which served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas. We also arrange special visits to typical Tibetan villages to meet families or receive rare, sacred blessings from high lamas.

Day 4 - 5 Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse

After you get acclimatize, 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 Lhatse.

Day 6 - 8 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 . Groups of nomads families dwelling in the low, black tents will be seen tending flocks of sheep and herds of yaks over the pastures. 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 . Once we reach Manasarovar, we will have the perspective view of supernatural peak of Kailash . We spend a night next to the holy lake. Next morning hike up to Chiu monastery build on a small hill. It offers a breathtaking panorama view of the lake Manasarovar.

Day 9 - 11 Darchen - Dzultrul puk

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. 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. After crossing the challenging Dolma la pass(5600m), the trail descent the steep and rock-strewn valley to Dzultrul puk. The next day a easy trek back to Darchen.

Day 12 - 13 Guge Kingdom - Zanda

We will come across the capital of the ancient kingdom of Guge as we drive south-west towards Ali, then turn off to Zanda at Moincer. The town was the former capital of Guge Kingdom in western Tibet when it was ruled by Langdarma. Now an isolated military town, it has a well laid out new street, a post office, and telecommunication facilites. Few spectacular views of canyons and sand dunes in the upper Sutlej valley can be seen as we descent into Tholing town. The Tholing Monastery, established in 997 AD, is in the suburbs of the town, in the Grand canyon of the Sutlej river . Historically, this was an important monastery; the second dissemination of Buddhism in Tibet emanated from it. You can still see the ruins of temples and caves of ancient Guge kingdom with exquisite wall painitngs and decorative motifs which date back more than 1000 years.

Day 14 - 16 Back to Lhasa

We will head back to Lhasa. On the way up, you can enjoy the stunning plateau sceneries that you missed. Through the northern friendship highway you will following the Brahmaputra river to Lhasa. In the afternoon you have plenty of the time to explore the hustling Bakhor street. You can buy some souvenirs for your family and friends at home.

Day 17 Departure to airport

Today will be your last day on the Tibet plateau. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spent few minutes to evaluate our services for future improvement and you can either leave the feedback form to your guide or just write us a email, at your departure, your guide and driver meet you at the hotel lobby and drop you to the airport/train station per your schedule. The trip officially ends.

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
  • its is very good adventure tour,we did the kora aroung scared Mt KAILASH,ITS amazing ,Ti bet west part have incredibale landscape and views,Our local guide TSENAM is excellent ,he never never say no to our questions and always telling us about Tibet clearly !thank you for all you ,we had great tour and really enjoyed the tour
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