MT. KAILASH MANASAROVAR
Mount Kailash Manasarovar Tour 19 Days- From the 9th to the 17thcenturies,the Kingdom of Gu-ge ruled western Tibet. Its strong associations with India and Ladakh made Gu-ge the leader of the Buddhist restoration on the Tibetan Plateau. Particularly popular for their incredible art,there were once over 100 monasteries in this area.
The area is scenically magnificent, apart from the history. The Sutjej River cuts through the valley with its astonishing eroded sides.
Day 1 FLIGHT KATHMANDU – GONGGAR(3600m, 1 HRS) & DRIVE TO LHASA (3658m, 100kms, 2hrs)
Pointless to express more; how beautiful and stunning the flight to Lhasa Gongar airport, does not matter where the flight is from, one of the world`s most stunning flight sightseeing!!!
After your arrival our Tibetan crew guide and driver will welcome you at Lhasa Gongar airport, You will experience the first Tibetan hospitalities accompanied by sweet smiles and your Tibet touring experience has already started! Your hotel stay is situated at high altitude which will be your fist experience in this tour and then you will step to the local altitude, where your room will be already booked by our representative.
Day 2 SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA
After your refreshing breakfast, the sightseeing at Lasha will start. A whole day program will be briefed and an your tour will be guided by an experienced guide to Sera Monastery offering an insight to the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism, Norbulingka and the Barkhor Square. Norbulingka is the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama where you pay a visit. The building was ready in 1956 with richly decorated by Tibetan carvings and paintings. The Tibetan cultural glimpse can also be seen in the Jokhang temple. We can spend some time walking around the busy Barkhor Square and escort back for the hotel.
Day 3 SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA
Today, we visit the majestic Potala Palace, the imposing structure, for sightseeing. You will be guided through the structure of Potala Palace which dominates the landscape of Lasha. You can experience best Tibetan art as we continue through the ancient chambers. The palace has the vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues along with the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas.
Further, you will be guided to visit beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery and observe nuns and monks chanting mantra and performing religious discourses. Finally, we will escort you back to hotel for pleasant rest.
Note: The sightseeing of the places will be decided as per the order decided by the Guide since only limited numbers of visitors are allowed to visit the Potala Palace.
Day 4 LHASA – GYANGTSE (3950m, 280kms, 7hrs)
By a private land cruiser with guide, taking the friendship high way towards the Khampa la pass (4730metres), at the pass we have a short break for dazzling views of some key white peaks in the eastern regions of Himalaya to the south and the young Norjing Gang Sang spiritual snow mountain range to the west , and driving to the local nomadic and farming villages as far as to the western edge of Yamdrok lake where we have a pleasant meadow next to the lake for our picnic lunch (50-50meters),after that we continue our scenic driving to the next pass Karo la where we have our first high altitude adventure experience of Norjing Gang Sang glacier peak and some funs with the local high altitude animal Yaks and their herders, In the late afternoon, we have our arrival in Gyangtsecheck in a hotel in Gyangtse (3850metres), shower and prepare for a nice dinner!!!
Day 5 GYANGTSE – SHIGATSE (3900m, 90kms, 2 hrs)
We visit the local historical and the cultural centers after breakfast. The PalkhorChode monastery including the Kumbum stupa ( the only survival with such unique structure and the thousands of artworks ) and the local ancient Gyangtse fort, We drive to Shigatse through the rich agricultural Nying Chu valley of central Tibet at noon, on arrival in Shigatse and rest.
Day 6 SHIGATSE – SAKYA (4300m, 150kms, 3hrs)
We visit the Tashilunpo monastery (the main seat of Panchen Lama) after breakfast and the local Traditional market and leave Shigatse town in the afternoon. Then we drive continue west on the friendship high way to Sakya, visit Sakya monastery (The main seat of Sakya pa sect of Tibetan Buddhism) a monastery which was once the political center of majority parts of Tibetan territory and its history dates back to the11th century contemporary to the second diffusion of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet .Although thousands of precious scriptures were destroyed during the cultural revolution, it still has the largest library of ancient Buddhist scriptures (4300 metres)
Day 7 SAKYA – SAGA (4580m, 275 kms, 8 hrs)
We leave the main friendship highway and head into the high way up to the capital Ngari of west Tibet this day, we cross the Brahmaputra to the North and drive west via Lang Tso lake, Namring lake and up to the rich grasslands of Sang Sang nomadic zone where we have our lunch. After lunch, we drive for 2 hours to reach Saga for overnight camp(4580 meters).
Day 8 SAGA – PARYANG (4520m, 240 kms, 7 hrs)
Leave for Paryang after early breakfast. Drive through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders. Arrive in Paryang, after crossing the wide open grassland. We have fabulous views of Himalaya to the south and clear weather condition. Drive will be comfortable compared to other days, as the road is quite flat on the day.(4520metres).
Day 9 PARYANG – DARCHEN (4580m, 335kms, 9 hrs)
We have an easy drive to Darchen (4580metres) southern base of the so called sacred Mt Kailash (the starting point of the holy circuit around the sacred mountain) after breakfast.We take a leisurely 2 and half days walk to complete the interesting circuit though Tibetan pilgrims complete 52kms distant circuit in a day starting before dawn and completing before sunset.
Day 10 KORA MT. KAILASH – TREKKING (4780m, 6 hrs)
Our trek starts with Yaks and Yakmen. This is our first day to discover a few of the magical sites in Mt Kailash region.The walk is slow and relaxing ascend to our first camp (4780 metres) in the environs of the historical heritage of the great poet saint Milarepa on the Northern base of Kailash.
Day 11 KORA MOUNT KAILASH – TREKKING (4680m, 7 hrs)
This is our tough day, we walk on our legs cross the highest pass on the whole trip known as Dolma pass 5700 metres (Highest point on this trip), needless to mention today`s marvelous sites with legendary fairy tales en route, our arrival at our camp (4680 metres) on the eastern base of the mountain may get bit late as it has been a long day! To greet your success of the lifetime experience day, our chefs are at the camp beforehand and will have drinks and foods prepared!!!
Day 12 KORA MT. KAILASH TO TIRTHAPURI (4330m, 90 KMS, 6 HRS)
After having our lunch and a tea break in afternoon we drive for 90kms – 2hrs to Tathapuri hermitages and hot spring which is our complete trek at noon in Darchen for 4 to 5hrs, this site spiritually related to Mt Kailash and its history goes back to the 8th century, we have our camp next to the hot springs there(4580 meters).
Day 13 TIRTHAPURI – TSATA (GUGE KINGDOM) (3660m, 220kms, 8hrs)
Drive further west to Tsata, after breakfast at the camp. It is an easy and lovely day. The Kailash terrain to North and the great Himalaya to the South, crossing the eagle pass and the white and black elephant pass, we drive descend down into the dried mud gorges of an ancient lake in the himalayan kingdom in the late afternoon, nowadays this dry unusually formed valley is drained by the elephant river ” Satlaj river ” on arrival we check in Tsata guest house (3660 meters).
Day 14 KGUGE KINGDOM – TSAPRANG (4500m) & THOLING MONASTERY (3800m, 8 hrs)
We visit the ancient Guge Kingdom of western Tibet (the abandoned and ruined kingdom of Guge dynasty dates back to the 11th century. This unusual visit will bring us to the rich and beautifully painted and ancient frescoes which are mostly intact as well as the hundreds of ancient locals dwelling caves dotted on the mountain out of which the renowned kingdom of Guge is carved) and then we visit the Tholing monastery which was also founded in the 11th century and was once one of the main Buddhist centers in West Tibet for the second difusion of Tibetan Buddhism, o/n Tsata guest house
(The descendants of the ancient central Tibet royal family of Yarlung dynasty wandered to West Tibet, founded and continued their royal family by founding this Guge dynasty and its kingdom after the split of the central Tibet Yarlung dynasty kingdom back in the 9th century in Lhasa )
Day 15 TSATA – MANASAROVAR LAKE (CHIU GOMPA) (4550m, 295kms, 9hrs)
We will have an exciting day drive to have a hot bath in the natural hot springs at Manasarovar lake(The most sacred lake in Tibet). At the same place, we will have one night stay on the western shore of the lake o/n camp(4550 metres).
Day 16 CHIU GOMPA (PARYANG, 4520m, 290 kms, 7 hrs Drive)
We must leave early today for our drive back to Paryang. Though we leave early, we will encounter the best scenery on our trip. We will relax and enjoy the unparalleled beauty of this drive.
Day 17 PARYANG – SAGA (4580m, 240 kms, 6 hrs Drive)
Today we move towards Saga which will be our next ride. We will enjoy the small dusty towns along the way!
Day 18 SAGA – NYALAM (3500m, 275 kms, 7hrs Drive)
We drive across the wide grasslands of Shisha Pangma plain, and we will join the friendship highway to Nyalam town, en route at our last pass Thong La 5050 metres in Tibet. We will have a beautiful chance to enjoy a long range panoramic view of Himalaya and the famous Tibetan peak “Shisha Pang Ma 8012 metres”. After that, we have a short break at this scenic spot before we go down to Nyalam for the night.
Day 19 NYALAM – ZHANG MU (2300m, 38kms, 1hr) – KODARI – KATHMANDU (1300m, 110 KMS, 5 HRS)
From Nyalam, we will descend from 3750 metres within 1hr down to 2700 metres at the border (with the quick changes of the scenery makes our last hour in Tibet another memorable moment). At the border, you get the Tibet exit stamp and drive another 20 minutes another few hundred meters down to the friendship bridge and cross the border on to Nepal. (Our Tibetan crew will leave you from here and will return back to Lhasa).
COST INCLUDES : • Hotel & Guest House accommodation – Twin share with breakfast • Guided tour in Tibet as per the itinerary • All Sightseeing entry fee, Tibet permit charges & royalties as per the itinerary • All land transfers by private vehicle (Bus or Van as per group size) • Support Truck • Fully catered camping trek supported by Nepalese crew during the camping • Yak & Yak men during the Mount Kailash kora trekking • English speaking Tibetan Guide • Airfare Kathmandu to Lhasa one way • Chinese/Tibet visa fee
• Cost for extra usage of vehicle, other than scheduled & mentioned in the itinerary. • Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” Head • Cost for Insurance. • Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly. • Payment for service provided on a personal request. • Personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc. • American national has to pay USD100 extra top of above price for Chinese/Tibet visa fee • Lunch and dinner in Tibet.
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