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Holy Mt. Kailash Tour (Lhasa – Mt. Kailash/Mansarover – Kathmandu)

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Holy Mt. Kailash Tour is the complete package that covers the major attractions and religious plus historical places like Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Barkhor Market etc in Lhasa, and once in a lifetime experience of visits to Mt. Kailash and the holy Lake Mansarover. Get thrilled by the panoramic spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains, the vast Tibetan plateau, and the trail passes through high mountain passes, serene lakes, glaciers, remote Tibetan settlements. Thus, the tour will also give you full insight of the age old Tibetan art, culture, tradition and history. Lhasa itself is historical and ancient city, where you will go for a guided city tour then move towards the Lake Mansarover passing along various cities along the way like Gyantse, Shigatse, Lhatse, Saga. Spending time at Mansarover Lake is a feeling of tranquility and blessing then the trek begins to Mt. Kailash for the ‘Kora’, a circumambulation of the mountain which takes 3 days. Finally, after completing the kora drive towards the borderland town of Tibet & Nepal ‘Nyalam’ then to ‘Zhangmu’ and eventually drive to Kathmandu after finishing your enthralling Holy Mt. Kailash, Lake Mansarover and Tibet sojourn. 

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy guided city tour of Lhasa.
  • Explore Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market, Sera Monastery.
  • Visit Mt. Kailash, the holiest destination for Hindus, Buddhists, Bonpos & Jains.
  • Witness Holy Lake Mansarover.
  • Commence Kora around Mt. Kailash for three days.
  • Enjoy scenic drive through deserted Tibetan landscape.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Lhasa

Day 02 : In Lhasa – Sightseeing

Day 03 : In Lhasa – Sightseeing

Day 04 : Lhasa to Gyantse (3,900m)

Day 05 : Gyantse to Shigatse (3,800m)

Day 06 : Shigatse to Lhatse (4,000m)

Day 07 : Lhatse to Saga (4,600m) 6 hrs

Day 08 : Saga to Mansarover Lake (4,550m) 6-7 hrs

Day 09 : Explore Lake Mansarover then drive to Darchen (4,660m)

Day 10 : Trek from Darchen to Dira Phuk (4,900m)

Day 11 : Trek from Dira Phuk to Zutul Phuk (4,750m)

Day 12 : Zutul Phuk to Saga via Paryang

Day 13 : Saga to Nyalam (3,750m)

Day 14 : Drive to Kathmandu via Zhangmu

What is Included

  • Private transportation as per the group size.
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis except guest houses.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • All Monastery entry fees as per your itinerary.
  • Tibet travel permit.

What is Not Included

  • Lunch & Dinner.
  • Train or Air fare of any sectors.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Natural or political disturbance which beyond our control.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, porter charge etc.

Day 01 : Arrive Lhasa

Arrive Lhasa and our local representative will meet/greet you at the airport then transfer to your hotel as booked. Full day is rest for acclimatization. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 : In Lhasa – Sightseeing

After breakfast, a full day sightseeing tour of Lhasa begins with visits to Potala Palace, Ramoche Monastery & Norbulinka. Potala Place is magnificently erected on a single hill top and built by the first & foremost King ‘Songtsen Gompo’. Norbulinka means ‘Treasure Park’ and it covers a huge area considered to be the biggest man made garden in Tibet. Ramoche Monastery first built by Han Chinese architects in the middle of 7th century and Tibet’s key cultural relic protection site. After sightseeing, transfer back to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 : In Lhasa – Sightseeing

Today after breakfast, sightseeing continues and we will take you to Sera Monastery, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Market. Sera Monastery is elegantly looking monastery 5 km north of Lhasa and once a community of more than 4/5 thousands monks but later extinguished by Chinese. Jokhang Temple located in the heart of Lhasa adorns Tibet’s most precious religious relic and also a golden Shakyamuni Buddha brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Barkhor Market place is the social and religious focal point of entire Lhasa. Afterwards, back to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 : Lhasa to Gyantse (3,900m)

After breakfast, you will drive to Gyantse, a pastoral town between Lhasa and Shigatse. En-route you will come across the scorpion shaped Yamdrok Lake. Finest view of the lake can be observed from the highest elevation ‘Kampa La’ above 4,800 meters. Kampa La is reached upon driving about an hour from Lhasa. After driving along for an hour the Yamdrok Lake you will reach Gyantse. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05 : Gyantse to Shigatse (3,800m)

Today drive from Gyantse to Shigatse which is about 1 & half hours drive (98 km). Shigatse has many traditional low ceiling, flat roofed, mud brick Tibetan houses and also quite ugly modern Chinese buildings too. Shigatse also has an interesting bazaar, where various traditional items can often be found at more or less reasonable prices. Here you visit Tashilunpo Monastery and Tibetan market. Tashilhunpo (Heap of Glory) Monastery is seat of the Panchen Lamas. Built in 1447, it is the head monastery of Yellow Hat sect (Gelukgonpa). It is today one of Tibet’s most active monasteries. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06 : Shigatse to Lhatse (4,000m)

Drive through the highest point ‘Gyatsola Pass (5,220m) towards Lhaste. En-route visit Sakya monastery, if road condition is good. The monastery is 26 km off from main road. It is one of the oldest and most important Bonpo Monasteries of Tibet. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07 : Lhatse to Saga (4,600m) 6 hrs

After breakfast, continue the drive from Saga towards the another beautiful and remote town of Lhatse which take about 6 hours. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08 : Saga to Mansarover Lake (4,550m) 6-7 hrs

Another exciting day of a long drive begins with passing along the wide valley, following rivers and grasslands. Far south, snow capped peaks can be noticed including Rocky Mountains, sands and duns. Depending on season, nomads and other mobile venders are attired by beautiful traditional costume, waits with hot tea and other supplies with smile. By the late afternoon, you will witness the first sight of the Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarover. Mansarover is the highest fresh water lake with turquoise complexion surrounded by Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula Mandata and Lake Rasheksh. There are few monasteries on its shores; the most notable one is the ancient Chiu Monastery built on a steep hill. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 09 : Explore Lake Mansarover then drive to Darchen (4,660m)

Explore the Lake Mansarover which certainly gives you a wonderful feeling of tranquility and bliss, then you drive towards Darchen which is considered as the base camp for the Holy Mt. Kailash. Darchen is marked with about thousand prayer flags as a holy pilgrimage site. O/N Guest House

Day 10 : Trek from Darchen to Dira Phuk (4,900m)

Early in the morning, you start trek from Darchen, and it’s one of the exciting walk of about 18 km passing along beautiful steep rocky cliffs, waterfalls and narrow canyons observing the clear blue sky over the 13th century monastery of Dira Phuk. O/N Guest House

Day 11 : Trek from Dira Phuk to Zutul Phuk (4,750m)

Today is the hardest but holiest day of your tour crossing over Dolma-La (pass) of 18600ft between Drolma chu and Lha chu valley. A thousand prayer’s flags decorate the pass, then you will steep climb up the pass and you will cross Parvati sthal & Gauri Kunda then descend down to Zutul Phuk, the cave of miracles. The great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here. O/N Guest House

Day 12 : Zutul Phuk to Saga via Paryang

Early in the morning, drive starts from Zutul Phuk Monastery to Paryang and continues till Saga which is nearly 255 km away, and consumes 7 hours of driving along the vast Tibetan plateau. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 13 : Saga to Nyalam (3,750m)

Completing the tour, you will drive towards Nyalam. Nyalam is the border in the middle of Nepal and China. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 14 : Drive to Kathmandu via Zhangmu

After breakfast, drive towards the border side town Zhangmu. After finishing the immigration formalities at both sides, Tibet & Nepal, drive to Kathmandu.

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Holy Mt. Kailash Tour with your personal guide and can be organised as per the desired traveling dates.

Vehicle
We use comfortable car/mini-van for the sightseeing tours. For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group 3-10 people.
 
Tour duration
The tour duration is 13 nights/14 days.

Clothing
The climate of the Tibet fluctuates continuously so it is better to carry warm clothes. If you just want to trek or tour at a lower altitude, fleece jackets and pants are enough. While for a higher altitude trekking, down jackets are necessary.

When is the best time to visit Tibet?
The best time to visit Tibet is from April to November as the weather will be cold from December to February.

Will high altitude be a problem for me?
High altitude sickness is a main issue while traveling to Tibet. Tibet has average altitude of 4000m so people with heart or lung problems are strictly advised to consult their physician before traveling to Tibet. People with normal fitness are also advised to follow the instruction given in the pre-departure briefing.

How to get Tibet Travel Permit?
Travel permit to Tibet is issued by Tibet Tourism Administration. The copy of your passport and Chinese visa, together with other information such as your occupation should be provided in order to apply for the permit. You can take help from your local travel agency.

Can I travel with my kids?
The cities like Lhasa, Shigatse or Gyantse can be traveled with the kids. However traveling to Mt. Kailash or other remote regions with your kids is not advised.

Are there ATM facilities in Tibet?
Yes the major cities in Tibet provide the facilities of ATM.

How to get into Tibet?
There is only one international flight to Tibet which is from Kathmandu (Nepal). Overland tour to Tibet is also possible from Nepal. Domestic flights are available from most cities of China like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Kunming, Chongqing and Guangzhou.

Is individual travel possible in Tibet?
Yes it is possible to travel alone, but restrictions are imposed on travel to many areas.

What should I pack for Tibet?
While traveling in Tibet Sunglass, Sunhat, Good walking shoes, sleepers, warm enough clothes are recommended.

What happens if I get Sick?
We advise you to keep basic medicines with you. Our guide will also take basic medicines. If you get altitude sickness during the travel please inform your guide in time so that a timely precaution can be taken. In case of serious condition you will be taken to hospital of Lhasa or Kathmandu.

Can I get laundry facility at hotel?
You get this facility mostly in three star or above hotels. There are few laundry outlets in the cities but not outside the cities

Is communication to home possible while on trek? What about internet?
There are telephone facilities in cities as well as in the villages at many places , from where you can make international calls. Internet facility is available in the cities. You can also use your mobile phone at most part of Tibet .

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Tibet

Duration: 14 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activities: Cultural Spritiual Sightseeing & Hiking

Max. Altitude:

Best Season: All the year round

Accommodation: Hotel/Guest House

Meals: Breakfast

Transportation: Jeep / Van / Flight

Start/End: Lhasa/Kathmandu

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