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Mt. Kailash Kora & Lhasa Tour
Spring / Autumn
Mt. Kailash Tours is perfect blend of breathtaking trekking journey with a holy pilgrimage tour around mystical Mount Kailash. It is the most sacred mountain in Asia & in the whole world. Often regarded as the abode of Lord Shiva and the seat of all spiritual power, pilgrims believe circumambulating Mt. Kailash brings a good fortune in one’s life. Mount Kailash tours takes you to the holy Mansarovar lake, the highest freshwater lake in the whole world. Majority of Hindus and Buddhists believe drinking water from or taking a dip in Mansarovar Lake washes away your sins. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is one of the world’s most popular religious and spiritual tour which take travelers around abode of Lord Shiva. Mount Kailash Tours with Mansarovar Lake also offers the rugged beauty of vast Tibetan plateau during the best time to visit Kailash Mansarovar. Journey to Mt. Kailash is once in a lifetime travel opportunity to experience the uniqueness of natural and spiritual activities. Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar lake tour are considered as one of the most desired pilgrimage destinations for Hindu devotee from around the world.
Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet, holy land of Buddhism, cultural and economic center of Tibet. It is usually the first destination of most Tibet trips because the city connects to most tourist cities in China by flight, train or road, such as Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Xining, Shangri La, etc.
For those have less a week but want to explore the best essence of Tibet, Lhasa is the ideal place to go. The holy city, featured in religious culture, has some of most famous attractions in Tibet, including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery, etc. The devoted atmosphere of pilgrimage here will deeply touch the bottom of your soul. Besides, the air is fresh, sunshine is warm, altude is less 3700 meters in the city. More importantly, you have flexible choices for dinning and accommodation here.
All destinations in Tibet can be connected with Lhasa in a single trip easily, such as Everest, Shigatse, Namtso, Nyingchi, etc, to create a memorable journey combing wonderful natural sightseeing also interesting cultural experience.
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa (3658m)
Arrive in Lhasa. Transfer to your hotel & get settled. Overnight in Kyichu Hotel Deluxe room.
Day 2: Sight-seeing aroundLhasa
In the morning, visit the Potala Palace, the greatest monumental structure in all of Tibet. Also, visit the Jokhang Temple, which is located in Barkhor square in Lhasa. The Barkhor is a famous shopping street with goods and souvenirs from Tibet, Nepal & India. Pilgrims from all over Tibet visit the Barkhor to pray infront of the Jokhang. Afterwards, visit Ramoche, a small monastery located in the city centre.
Overnight in Kyichu Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Day 3: Sight-seeing outside Lhasa
Visit Drepung, one of the three most famous monasteries in Lhasa. Drepung is located just outside Lhasa on Gambo Utse Mountain. Once home to as many as 10,000 monks. The enormous monastic complex is the site of many prayer halls, dormitories and temples. Just below the monastery is the Nechung temple, the former home of the state oracle. Afterwards, visit Sera Monastery, where you can watch monks debate in the courtyard. If you enjoy hiking, walk the hour long circumambulation path around the monastery complex.
Overnight in Kyichu Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Day 4: Drive to Yamdrok Lake (4442 m) & Gyantse (3900m)
Beginning your adventure in the Himalayas, drive to Gyantse. Along the way cross over the Kamba La (4794m) and the Karo La passes (5010m), which boast spectacular views. After Kamba La, arrive at Yamdrok Lake, a holy turquoise-colored lake with stunning scenery. Then drive to Gyantse, where you will visit the Pelkor Chode monastery and Kumbum Stupa followed by a two-hour drive to Shigatse. Here, see the giant Buddha in the famous Tashilhunpo monastery.
Overnight in Gyantse hotel
Day 5: Drive to Shigatse (3836 m) from Gyantse
In the morning visit Kumbum Stupa in Gyantnst and Pelkor Chode monastery followed by a two-hour drive to Shigatse. Here see the giant Buddha in the famous Tashilhunpo monastery- the residence of Panchen lama lineage.
Overnight in Monasarovar hotel
Day 6: Drive to Saga (4640 m) from Shigatse
Drive up to high mountain passes with a great view of the Himalayas. You’ll be driving through countryside where you can see small lakes and nomads camping with their yaks & sheeps. In the late afternoon, cross over the Bramhaputra River on the way to typical Chinese and Tibetan town. Spend the night in Saga.
Overnight in Saga Hotel
Day 7: Drive to Paryang (4700 m) & Darchen
Drive through a wide valley along a scenic river and look out on the grazing lands of yaks & sheep. Towards the south you can see sand dunes, rocky mountains and snow capped peaks. Depending on the season, nomads and other mobileshopkeepers will arrive in beautiful traditional costume. Join for a cup of hot tea in their home. Continue drive west, in the late afternoon you will catch your first sight of Holy Mt. Kailash and lake Manasarovar. Drive to Darchen. Prepare for the circumambulation around Mt. Kailash.
Day 8: 1st Day of the Mt. Kailash Kora
Walk along beautiful rocky cliff, take deep breathe of fresh air. From time to time, the face of Mt. Kailash will appear. The trial passes through the famous Tarpoche Flagpole and then enters Lha Chu Valley. You will reach sacred DiraPuk Monastery which is located on around 5000m by mid-afternoon. Here, you can see the North face of the Mt. Kailash. This is also considered as the birthplace of Lord Shiva-one of the primary forms of God in Hinduism.
Day 9: 2nd day of the Mt. Kailash Kora
Hike across a valley up to the Dolma-La pass. At the top make an offering take a break for meditation and forget all your cares & worries. Afterwards begin descending. By the late afternoon arrive at ZuthalPuk, the cave of miracles where Milerepa once stayed.
Day 10: 3rd day of Mt. Kailash Kora
After finishing your circuit of Mt. Kailash, a car will pick you up and take to the lake Manasarovar-the highest fresh water lake in the world. The turquoise-colored lake is full of fish and swans. Holy Mt. Kailash, Mt Gurula-Mandala and Lake Rashekshi surround Manasarovar. The region is considered rich in gold and other minerals, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Then visit Rakshas Tal Lake and Chiu monastery, a small monastery located upper on a hillside. You can dip into a hot spring there.
Day 11: Drive to Saga via Paryang
Begin the journey back to lhasa. Enjoy a beautiful view of Himalayan ranges.
Overnight in Monasarover Hotel.
Day 12: Drive to Shigatse from Saga
Drive to Shigatse from Saga about 8 hours to the border to Nepal.
Day 13: Drive to Lhasa
Drive to Lhasa via Yarlung River
Day 14: Departure from Lhasa
• Flight cost both way KTM – LHASA – KTM
• Private transfer using bus throughout the trip
• English Speaking Tour Guide
• Full Meals
• Double/Twin Accommodation
• Sightseeing Entrance fees
• Visa Fee of China
• Tibet Travel Permit
• Oxygen Bottle
• Bottled Water
• Extra night accommodation in Lhasa because of early arrival, late departure, early return from trip (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
• Beverages and alcoholic drinks on trip
• Personal Purchases
• All personal expenses
• Personal medical and evacuation insurance
• All other additional charges for additional services
• Additional tips for tour guide, others as one sees fit