Tibet Kailash Discovery 19 Days Tour

Tour Code:TSG-TT-1901
Start in:Lhasa     End in: Lhasa
Destinations:Lhasa-Shigatse-Mt.everest-Mt.Kailash-Manasarovar Lake

Tour Highlights

The journey starts from the holy city Lhasa and then to Shigatse, where you can feel the different lifestyle and existing culture of the roof of the world. Monasteries and shrines are the centre of the religious faith, which plays an important role in their daily life since from thousand years. Then rest of the days the journey across the great Jangtang (Northern Plain) into Far-west Tibet passes through a land greatest extremes of dryness. The landscapes are huge and like a treeless moonscape. Lone groups of nomads dwelling in low, black tents, tend flocks of sheep and goats as well as herds of the yak. Heavily eroded sandstones and sand-dunes are beautiful along the road. The extraordinary peak of Mount Kailash is the prime focus of the journey, which lays at the heart of the region. It is the pilgrimage destinations of Buddhists, Bon, Hindus and Jains. Mt Kailash refers to the 'sacred mountain' in Tibetan and 'Heaven of Shiva' in Sanskrit (Siva is the god of Hinduism). It is the place where the religion of Bon is originated. According to the Indian epics Lomoyana and the Tibetan historic epics, History of Gangdise, people began to worship Mt Kailash as early as in 1000 B.C. As the Bon sutra goes, a river, which rose from Mt Kailash, flew into Lake Manasarovar, which meant 'unconquerable'. Then four great rivers, named after the four supernatural animals in paradise - the horse, lion, elephant and peacock, rose from the lake and flew to four directions. Mt. Kailash can be visited from Late April to December. Best time approach is May, June, July, September and October.
Detailed Itinerary

Day01: Arrive in Lhasa
Arrive in Lhasa by train or flight from any China city possible.
Overnight in Lhasa

Day02: Lhasa sightseeing - Potala Palace/Tibet Museum/Jokhang Temple/Barkhor Street
In the morning, go to visit the famous Potala palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels, you will experience its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc. Tibet Museum is an important window to introduce the glorious culture of Tibet, as a free Museum in Lhasa, you should not miss it.
In the afternoon, pay a visit to the holist temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty, 647 A.D, and its famous Barkor Kora, where you can buy or appreciate traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, Tibetan music instrument, Thangkas, and tradition tibetan clothes etc. You will have a chance to get close to appreciate how the artists draw Thangkas at the Thakangka workroom at Barkor.
Overnight in Lhasa

Day03: Lhasa Sightseeing - Drepung Monastery/Sera Monastery
Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was once home of 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung is famous for it was the government centre during the fifth dalai lama and later moved to the famous potala palace during the fifth dalai lama. After having lunch, continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is its Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard mostly around 6:00 - 7:30 in the afternoon.
Overnight in Lhasa

Day04:Lhasa-Yamdrotso Lake-Gyangtse
Passing by the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley, Yamdro-tso lakes, Karo-la Glacier roadside at 4960m, we move westwards to Tibet's traditional town, Gyantse. The most important attraction for today is Yamdro-tso Lake, and Kubum monastery in Gyantse. Yamdro-tso Lake is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour and Kubum monastery has a 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome.
Overnight in Gyangtse

Day05: Gyantse to Shigatse and Sakya
Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse in the morning. In Shigatse, you will visit the famous Tashi Lhunpo monastery where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future god) in the world. The monastery itself is abiding place for the successive Penchen Lamas. Then drive to the Sakya county where you can visit the famous Sakya monastery. The most interesting thing in Sakya sect is that the sect do not believe in reincarnation and the head of Sakya sect will wear white cassock and also marry and have children.Then forwards to world highest pass Gyatso-la pass with 5200 m above sea level and take a good rest in Sakya.
Overnight in Sakya County

Day06: Sakya-Rongbuk Monastery
There is about 5-6 hours driving from Sakya to Rongpuk. The road is under construction. From Tingri to E.B.C with the very rough road, pass the wild grassland, cross the rapids river and high mountains. If it is in clear weather, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which are 8000m high or more, that is, Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everes (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m) and Mt Mayalu (8463m).
Overnight in Ronguk Guest House or Tent

Day07: Rongphu Monastery-Everest Base Camp-Old Tingri
Early in the moring to see the sunrise from Rongphu, then to view Mt. Everest. The scenery is fabulous and splendid. After walking, arrive the place to get on the local bus then use half of an hour to arrive at Everest Base camp (Or you also can trekking to Base Camp around 1.5-2 hours one way. It's more interesting and much warmer, but hard to breath). Hike up to the top of the photo point to take pictures of the splendid Mt. Everest. Then in the afternoon go down from EBC and back to Old Tingri.
Overnight in Old Tingri

Day08: Drive to Saga County via Peikutso Lake  (290km)
Today, you need to take the old Tingri road to Saga county. From the old Tingri, you can also see the mount Everest and Shishapangma at 8012m which was the least of the world's 8000m peaks to be climbed. The road condition worsen from old Tingri and it runs parallel to the Himalayan ranges and Nepalian sides called Anapurna ranges. The main road passes through the desolate plain of Digur Tang, with its enormous sand dunes and the closely neighbouring snow peaks of Shishapangma and Langtang to the south. Leaving the Bum-Chu basin, it then descends into the depression of Peiku-tso (4600m), a cobalt blue lake. Saga county is only 69km from the Peiku-tso.
Overnight in Saga Town

Day09: Move from Saga to Lake Manasarovar (500km)
Then you are moving towards the Drongpa county, the region around the sources of Brahmaputra river, which is about 167km from the Saga town. Then you will reach a tiny and dusty town on the main road, with a couple of basic guest houses, restaurants and a small monastery called 'Old Drongpa'. Around the monastery you can see a pile of yak heads carved with 'sutras' and 'mantras' like 'OM MA NI PAD MEY HUM' that is mantra of god of compassion. And new Drongpa is a small town with a couple of shops, hotels and restaurants. It is about 25km apart from the Old Drongpa. Then move towards the Baryang with 4750m above sea level and then drive to Lake Manasarovar.
Camp by the lake

Day10: Spend a day around Manasarovar lake, then to Darchen to prepare your trekking (30km)
You can relax around the lake shore and experience the natural beauty of the lake. In the summer time, flocks of swans will gather on the lake, bringing grace and life to the area. You can also see so many Tibetans and Hindus praying and circuling around the lake shore for the whole day, snow capped mountains on the background and hundreds of swans gathering on the lake, attracting hundreds and thousands of tourists from all over the world.
In the afternoon, you will reach Tarchen, where is the beginning of the Mt.Kailash Kora, your tour guide will arrange trekking animal and porter and doing some preparation for your following 3 days trekking around Mt.Kailash.
Overnight in Darchen

Day11:Trek day one (Outer circuit) - Darchen to Drirapuk (11km)
Traditionally pilgrims undertake 52 km trekking circuit around Mount Kailash, commencing at Darchen (4574m) and crossing the Dolma-la pass on the second day of the three day walk. Darchen is the starting and completion point for the general circuit of the sacred mount. A few kilometers after leaving Darchen, there is a valley called 'Sarshung' where porters are waiting for their clients. They will help the clients to take every necessary things on yaks and horses. After two hours, you come upon a grassy plain populated by nomads. There you can refresh yourself in nomadic tent and drink some soft drinks there. For this turn in the valley it is another two hours at least before reaching Drirapuk(4920m). You need to camp or can rest in monastery's guest house made from cement with a few good facilities than others in Drirapuk. At the opposite side of Drirapuk, there you can see small monastery with its guest house little cleaner than others.

Day12: Trek day two - Drirapuk to Dzultripuk (22km)
The second day is the hardest and most tough circuit with the Dolma-la pass lying 6.4km ahead but 762m above Drirapuk. The peak of Dolma-la pass is about 5630m above sea level, so it is better to set off early in the morning as the sun rays break over the ridges above. After taking a rest at the peak of Dolma-la pass, you will decending staircase bringing you to Lhachu valley floor, taking about one hour from the pass. From here it is still four hours trekking to the today's final destination with no shelters on the way. It is better to walk on the rightside of the river and finally get to Dzultripuk (with miracle cave of milarepa). It is advisable to get there before other groups because limitted number of rooms are available there in Dzultripuk. Take a good rest in the guest room and prepare for next morning's departure.

Day13: Trek day three- Dzultripuk to Darchen (11km)
The tour guide will help you to arrange your time and ask he/she to visit the caves, the temple and shrines that has been built around Milarepa's cave. The walk back to Darchen is easy and the exit from the valley can be reached within three hours. At the ending point of the valley, the driver will come to pick you and take you back to Darchen.
Overnight in Darchen

Days 14-15: Drive from Darchen to Saga ( 530Km)
Cross the grasslands, come back down east to Saga.
Overnight in Saga

Day16: Drive to Zhangmu ( 302Km)
Cross one of the most spectacular mountain passes, topped with prayer flags and wind-driven prayer wheels. You will truly feel like you are on top of the world.
Overnight in Zhangmu

Day17: Zhangmu to Kathmandu (130Km)
It takes about 5 hours to complete 130km rough asphalt road from Zhangmu to Kathmandu. Your Tibetan tour guide will see you off at the Chinese Border, and your Nepalese tour guide will take care of your Nepal tour continually.
Overnight in Kathmandu

Day18: Kathmandu City Discovery
Just enjoy your day in Kathmandu. In the morning, you can visit the Hindu site at Pashupatinath and the Buddhist site of Bodhanath. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore Kathmandu's narrow, bustling streets lined with small shops and restaurants.
Overnight in Kathmandu

Day19: Depart Kathmandu
Today it's time to say goodbye to Kathmandu.


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