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17 Days Mt Kailash Pilgrimage Tour

Duration: 17 Days

Max Altitude: 5200m

Tour Pace: Comfortable to Tight

Departure Date: Flexible - best from May to October

Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Palkhor Monastery, Kumbum Stupa, Thashilunpo Monastery, Mt Kailash

Itinerary Details Includes & Excludes Tour FAQs
The Kailash Kora, you start by crossing a plain, then head up a wide river valley, climb up and over the 5630 Drolma-la, head down another river valley, and finally cross the original plain to the starting point. Pay a visit to Guge Kingdom ruins, the barren, eroded landscape around the Zanda is unlike any you will have encountered so far.

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa

Arrive at the Lhasa Gonggar airport, be greeted and offered a white scarf (called Kada) in a Tibet traditional way which brings you good luck. Then drive to the city proper (3650 m) and transfer to your hotel. Stay at the hotel for adapting to the high attitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water just and now, be noted the first day’s acclimation is extremely to ensure you a good health status for the following tour, so please make sure you have yourself lie in bed for all the rest time of the day right after check-in of hotel.

Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing

The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa's cardinal landmark-Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. In the afternoon, we will drop a visit of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Everyday, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Then we will visit Barkhor, the oldest street in a very traditional city in Tibet.

Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing

About 8km west of central Lhasa is the Drepung Monastery, once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day's sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains. Drepung is one of Lhasa's two great Gelugpa monasteries, the other is Sera Monastery. Around 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The 'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' in Sera is very famous. Overnight in Lhasa.  

Day 4 Lhasa/Gyantse/Shigatse (3840m, 360km, 6-7 hours)

In the morning drive to Gyantse along the Kyichu River. On the Kamba La (4796m) have a fantastic view of the holy Lake Yamdrok (4441m), one of the four holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. Then continue to Gyantse, you can enjoy Ningjinkangsang Snow Mountain and Karola Glacier from a distance on the way as well. Upon arrival in Gyantse, pay a visit to Palkhor Temple and Kumbum Stupa, which is famous for its very unique architecture, sculpture, and mural painting art.

Day 5 Shigatse/Saga (4580m, 462km, 9 hours)

Drive to Saga. It is 9 hours drive, 462km distance from Shigatse to Saga. Most of the road we drive through farmers and nomads land, the Scenery is wonderful great natural mountain and rivers from western Tibet. Even Some small lake what local people considering secret around there. Brahmaputra River also flows nearby that town. Overnight at Saga.

Day 6 Saga/Paryang (4750m, 250km, 7-8 hours)

From Saga it is 145 km to Zhongba. The road is good and the trip can be completed in 4-5 hrs. There is also a small monastery at the western end of town on a hill. From Zhongba onwards the southern road deteriorates. There is also danger of vehicles getting stuck. But this section of the road has panoramic views of mountains on either side of the road. Overnight at Paryang. (Guest House, dorm bed)

Day 7 Paryang/Lake Manasarovar (4560m, 294km, 8 hours)

From Paryang to Lake Mansorovar is a long drive of 8 hours or more. There will be several river crossings and we drive past Mayum la pass (4600m). The scenery is stunningly beautiful with panoramic views of the Himalayas. Overnight at the village Hore or a guesthouse in Manasarovar.

Day 8 Lake Manasarovar/Darchen (4560m, 60km, 2 hours)

Free time at your disposal by Lake Manasorovar, Then in the afternoon, drive to the small town of Darchen. This is the starting point of the Kailash Kora. Nomad traders have set up tents here selling drinks, snacks and instant noodles at inflated prices. You can also hire yaks or porters here at your own expense to carry your supplies. Overnight at Hotel in Darchen.

Day 9 Kailash Circuit Trek to Diraphuk (20km, 6 hours) [B+L+D]

Today you'll commence your challenging trek of the Kailash Kora. The devout believe this demanding 52km circumambulation of the holy mountain through treacherous terrain will bring good fortune. We head west in clockwise direction and after a few kilometers the trail climbs up to a cairn at 4730m from where the southern face of Mt. Kailash comes to view. En route visit Tarboche where annual flagpole raising ceremony takes place during Saga Dawa.

Day 10 Trek from Diraphuk to Zutulpuk (15km, 6-7 hours) [B+L+D]

Today we head to Zutulpuk Monastery by crossing Drolma-la pass (5630 M) and Gauri Kund Lake (5608m) where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in the icy waters of the lake. This 7 hours trek covers 15 km of breathtakingly white Himalayas. Stay overnight at camp or guesthouse.

Day 11 Trek from Zutrulphuk back to Darchen (14km, 5 hours)-Drive to Thirthapuri 180km [B+L+D]

Today you will trek to Darchen. This 5 hours trek takes you 14km downhill. We complete the 3 day circuit trek of Mt. Kailash. And drive 180km to Thirthapuri. Stay overnight there.

Day 12 Tirthapuri/Tsada

Northwest from Trithapuri, in the middle of the canyon erosion landscape of the Sutlej River, lies the impressive ruins of Toling and Tsaparang flourishing centers of the former Kingdom Guge. Tsaparang disappeared in the middle of 17. Century; the Toling monastery, our today’s goal was until the 1960's religious center. Fortunately, despite of devastations by the Culture Revolution some buildings and temple remained. Stay at guesthouse.

Day 13 Tsada/Guge Kingdom

Early in the morning we drive to Tsaparang, the oldest center of Guge Kingdom. A group of four temples surround the lower part of the fortress walls, one fifth of which lie above the remains of the city, the former Summer Palace of the kings. The coffered ceilings and carved bars of the temples are decorated in different designs. Parts of murals are well-preserved and complicatedly decorated.

Day14-16 Drive back to Saga  

Drive back to Saga via Darchen and Paryang. However, it is not a wasted day as some of the best scenery on our trip is seen in this section. Relax and enjoy the unparalleled beauty of this drive.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 at guesthouse.

Day 17 Saga/Zhangmu (2700m, 400km, 8 hours)

Arrive Zhangmu Town in the afternoon, it lies in the southern piedmont of the median Himalayas, away from the capital of Tibet Lhasa. It also borders Nepal to the south; Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge is only 10 more km.Overnight in Zhangmu.

Day 18 Clear Customs & End the Trip 

Today you are descending down through a mossy gorge and brilliant cascading waterfalls. Cross the friendship bridge From Zhangmu saying good bye to your Tibetan crew and 5 hours scenic drive to Kathmandu where your trip will end.

 

What's included in this price?
Transport: Private minivan or minibus with driver
Free Lhasa airport / train pick-up and drop-off
Twin-sharing / double room accommodation in Tibet
Local English-speaking Tibetan guide
All entrance fees of sightseeing places mentioned in itinerary
All necessary Tibet permits
Government tax
What's excluded in this price?
Chinese Visa fee
Tips for the guide and driver
Flight or train tickets into and out of Lhasa
Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, etc
※What is a Private Tour?
 
A Private Tibet Tour Package means you will have your own private guide, driver, and vehicle for your own disposal. You don't have to share the vehicle with others even if you are a single traveler. You would have full attention of your guide and driver. Our professional guide would love to share local culture, knowledge and stories.
 
Your private guide would also help you make an easier, comfortable, flexible and enjoyable tour. You can stop on the road to get a rest or take pictures during the drive. You have the flexibility of changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time at some tourist sites.
 
When traveling with your family or friends, a private tour would be your first choice.
 
※Arrival Pick-up / Departure See-off
 
We will arrange the private airport or train station pick-up and see-off for you. Upon your arrival in Lhasa, you can find our guide waiting at the pick-up area, holding a name sign, welcome you with a warm smile. You will be transferred to hotel. Drink more water, get enough rest, take some time to acclimatize to the high altitude on the first day of your arrival.
 
※Accommodation Choices
 
For private tour, we can arrange hotels according to your requirements. There are options of budget guesthouse, 3 star hotel, 4 star hotel, high-end luxury hotel or bouquet heritage hotel. If you have your own preferred hotel, just let us know, we will help you with the booking, everything would be arranged as per your interests.
 
※Meal Choices  
 
Our tour packages generally include breakfasts. Meanwhile, lunches and dinners are optional to be arranged either by yourself or by us.
 
It’s easy to find nice restaurants in Lhasa, and you could also ask for suggestions from your guide. They always know where you can find something tasty.
 
The price would be different according to different food:
 
1.      If you choose noodles, around RMB 10-15 per person.
2.      If you like some fast food like KFC, around RMB 20-35 per person. 
3.      If you prefer some food at a decent restaurant, around RMB 50-70 per person.  
4.      The local Tibetan hotpot, around RMB 80-100 per person. That is a really good one too!