Code LKT • 17 Days •
Tibet Lhasa Kailash Tour is specially for those who want to travel via Lhasa and visit together cultural heart of Tibet. The Lhasa to Kailash Tour takes you from the Lhasa to the fringes of Tibet. While in Lhasa, we will get chance to visit the Dalai Lama’s Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and the amazing Drepung and Sera monasteries. Witness the craftsmanship at Gyantse, and visit Tashilhunpo monastery at Shigatse. All this will surely lure you.
Another awesome part of the tour is that tour will be loaded with more natural marvels than cultural. The natural marvels are amazingly beautiful and it mesmerizes to feel it. The spiritual belief of kora is done around Mt. Kailash and will trek up to Drolma La go at just about 19,000 feet. Then, at night we can be around Lake Manasarovar, the holiest lake in Tibet. Relish the beautiful excellence in transit back, making progress toward Zhangmu at the fringe.
Challenging hike will bless you as an ultimate journey of lifetime to be enlightened. Then our overland journey again continues towards the borderland of Nepal – Tibet to end the trip.
An exploration visit of major highlighted sites of Tibet’s Lhasa city first including popular Potala Place, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka summer place of Dalai Lama and Tibetan traditional Bharkhor market.
Everyday visitors will be encountering with new cultural destinations
Scenic and incredibly beautiful landscape with holy glimpse of Mt Kailash and many other surrounding mountains.
Exploration visit to Manasarovar Lake and Rakshas Tal and three days holy KORA.
During the tour, you can enjoy demanding overland driving, trekking and camping
Mount Kailash lies in remote area and at extreme high elevation due to which we should have visit at specific time of year. Best time for the trek around Kailash is from early May through late October. Because of heavy snow and extreme cold temperatures, trekking will be much more difficult as we thought of.
Saga Dawa usually falls sometime in late May to mid June each year. The months of May and October are a little colder than the summer months. There will still be plenty of Buddhist pilgrims, but May and October are usually not very busy with foreign or Hindu trekkers.
From July through mid September, Mount Kailash can be much busier as the weather during this time is the warmest. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims from India go to Kailash during those months.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu.
Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport/ Meeting and greeting you by our tour leader & transfer to hotel/ Tour Briefing. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 2 :Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Visa Apply Day
Today morning will visit Nepal’s cultural heritage places as Pashupatinath Temple (One of the holiest Shiva temples in the earth).Here you see many Shiva temples and meet many Hindu Sages). Other places as Swoyambhu nath, bouddha are also among the beautiful places. Then further we will proceed to Chinese Embassy for the visa apply with your required documents. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Visa Receive day and Trip Preparation.
Today, we will receive your China visa from the Chinese Embassy and you will be free for the trip preparation, buying necessary stuffs etc. overnight at Hotel.
Day 4: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa.
Today we will depart from Kathmandu and arrive at Lhasa Gonggar Airport, you will be welcomed by the guide and transfer you to hotel. After some refreshment, we will roam around beautiful place in Lhasa (Known for one of the highest city in the workd) it is also said to be “place of the gods”. You will experience the culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites and is full of amazing things. We will visit the famous places as Potala Palace (The landmark of Lhasa used to be the winter palace for the Dalai Lamas was built as the center of Tibetan government by the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645. This Palace is famous for its grand buildings, complicated constructions, devotional atmosphere and splendid artworks), Jokhang Temple (Located in central Lhasa this temple is considered as the most sacred temple in Tibet with four storeys with a golden top. It attracts crowds of prostrating Tibetan pilgrims and curious foreign tourists every day) and Barkhor Market (It is a very ancient round street market surrounding the Jokhang Temple. It shows the original outlook of Lhasa with varied shops stand on both sides of street).Overnight at hotel in Lhasa
Day 5: Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse.
Today we will head toward Shigatse via drive and in Shigatse, will visit Tashilhunpo monastery which is the seat of successive Panchen Lamas founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447 has more than 57 halls and 3600 rooms. This monastery has a giant statue of Maitreya Buddha (Future Buddha) which is the largest of its kind in China. The statue is 26 meters (85 ft) tall and contains 279 kilograms of gold and 150,000 kilograms of brass and copper. It will be fun knowing those stories. Overnight at hotel in Shigatse
Day 7: Drive from Shigatse to Rongbuk.
While driving through Pang La pass (5050 m) and will enjoy view of world’s high peaks of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. In Rongbuk, will visit Rongbuk Monastery considered as the world’s highest Buddhist temple located at 4980 m above the sea level. It was built by a local lama in about 1899. In the frontispiece of the main hall there are the statues of Sakyamuni and Geru Rinpoche. And the mural paintings inside are especially worthy of appreciation. Walking forward from Rongbuk Monastery, you will see the famous Rongbuk Glacier Zone, which is the largest among all the hundreds of glaciers formed around the Mt. Everest. Overnight at guest house or local Tibetan tent in Rongbuk
Day 8: Excursion to Everest Base Camp and drive to Saga
Early morning, will enjoy Sunrise over Mount Everest. Then drive to Everest Base Camp (5200 meter/ 17060 feet) which is 4 km from Rongbuk. From Everest Base Camp (5250 meter) you can enjoy great views of high mountains like Cho Oyu (8201 meter), Shisapangma (8013 meter), Everest (8848 meter) and others. Then drive to Saga via Old Tingri. While driving you can see Mount Sishapangma, Langtang and also Annapurna range to the south. You pass through Pelkhu tso Lake (4600m), a cobalt blue lake and later crossing Brahmaputra river reach in Saga. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Drive from Saga to Mansarovar Lake.
It’s amazing to drive through unique Tibetan countryside that makes joyful all the time. En route you cross Mayum La Pass (5200m). This is first day to see Mount Kailash and Mansarovar. Reaching Mansarovar, you can have holy bath in the lake. Night halt will be at guest house of Chu Gompa which is in the shore of Mansarovar Lake. Overnight at guest house in Mansarovar
Day 10: Drive from Mansarovar to Darchen.
Today our journey will head to Darchen, base camp of Mount Kailash, Till that time you can do Puja (Worship), Havana, Meditation and also go for short Hiking to Chu Gompa (Ancient Buddhist Monastery nearby Mansarovar Lake). After reach to Darchen your guide will assist you if you need horse and porters for your following 3 days trekking around Mt.Kailash. Overnight at guest house in Darchen.
Day 11: Trek from Darchen to Dirapuk. 1st day of Parikarma.
Morning drive to Shersung. We will start our trek from Shersung. After a short walk will reach Tarboche. Here is small temple called Yamdwar by Hindus. Near to this temple you see great flagpole. It is said that here Buddha came with 500 disciples for their supernatural power. Will continue our walk passing through grassy plain populated by nomads. En route you can view of west face of Mount Kailash. Then you reach at Dirapuk from where you will have good view of the north face of Mount Kailash. Overnight at guest house in Dirapuk.
Day 12: Trek from Dirapuk to Zuthulpuk. 2nd day of Parikarma.
Today is little bit harder to walk because to go up all the way to Dolmala passes (5723 meter/18776 feet). It is highest point in all this trip and then way down. From this trail you can have view of back side of mountain and many prayer flags at highest point. Also There’s a pool of great compassion at side of route which is called Gauri Kund by Hindus. In Zuthulpuk a temple and shrine is built around Milarepa’s cave where Milarepa, one of the most widely known Tibetan Saints, took dark retreat few years. He printed his hand and feet on the rock. After that overnight at guest house in Zuthulpuk.
Day 13: Trek from Zuthulpuk to Darchen. Final day of Parikarma.
Today is short and easy walking day. You walk through the grassy plain area along the river. The trekking end point is 4 km before Darchen. Once you reach there our vehicle will come to pick you up and then drive back to Saga through the same previous road. Overnight at hotel/ guest house in Saga
Day 14: Drive from Saga to Shigatse.
The drive through the same road on day 8, It is about 450 km and takes 7 to 8 hour to reach Shigatse.Overnight at hotel in Shigatse.
Day 15: Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa.
Now, we will drive from Shigatse to Lhasa and the distance covers 270 km. Driving time: 4 hour 30 minutes. Elevation: 3658 meter/ 12001 feet. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa
Day 16: Departure from Tibet/ Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu.
Today our guide will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight to Kathmandu. Once you land in Kathmandu airport you will be picked by our vehicle and transfer to your hotel. Rest in Kathmandu/ Last minute shopping. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu.
Our tour leader transfer you to the Kathmandu International Airport in time for your flight and help you get on board for your onward destinations.
Kathmandu to Kathmandu