The adventure begins with the drive across the Himalaya, then east across the plains of Tibet to Holy Lake Manasarovar. Here you will join the throngs of pilgrims, who for centuries have converged on this remote southwestern corner of Tibet to circumambulate the sacred Mount Kailash. Kailash is considered to be the center of the universe by Hindus, Tibetan Buddhists, and the Bons alike. Ancient cosmography identifies Kailash with the mighty mountain Sumeru, the central peak of the world. To Buddhist, the “Father Mountain” represents the means to enlightenment. Lake Manasarovar, just below Kailash is the “mother principle” representing transcendental consciousness. Hindus consider Kailash to be the throne of Lord Shiva, one of the three principle gods of the Hindu pantheon, whose long, matted hair forms the holy Ganges River. As a Bon center, Kailash it is the soul of the country and assures protection for all Tibetans. The fountainhead of four major Asian rivers (Sutlej, Brahmaputra, Ganges, and the Indus), few mountains rival Kailash for its mystique, isolation and prominence. For 3 days, you will walk with pilgrims around this almost perfectly symmetrical mountain. Your trek/tour pioneered by takes you into the heart of Nepal and Tibet. Few trekkers have walked these trials, unchanged over the ages. Encounters with the herders, pilgrims, and the local people will be lively and make for precious memonts. The flight from the Kathmandu airport takes you directly to your destination, from where you catch a connecting flight or train to home and the end of the unique adventure in the far reaches of the Himalayan with memories to last a lifetime.
Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa (3650m )
Tour staff will meet the group at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Lhasa. Take good rest upon arrival. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to take shower if possible. Overnight at hotel. Dinner .
Day 2 Sightseeing in Lhasa
In the morning, visit the great Drepung Monastery.Drepung Monastery is known as the largest monastery of Gelugpa Sect and Drak Yerpa is a holy place to local people for its meditation caves in the beautiful Yerpa Valley. In the afternoon, we'll visit Sera Monastery where you could see the interesting debate between Lamas.A welcome dinner will be prepared for you this evening or next evening, you'll meet other tourists in the group from other countries and culture. Overnight at hotel. Breakfast / Dinner .
Day 3 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Visit the splendid Potala Palace on the red hill. This world's heritage site is a Tibetan history, religion and culture museum. From Potala Palace, you can have a bird-eye view of the whole Lhasa city. We'll also visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street around temple in the central old town area.Overnight at hotel Breakfast / Dinner .
Day 4 Lhasa - Gyantse ( 3977m )
After sightseeing and acclimatization in Lhasa, we'll drive to Gyantse today via Khangbala Pass and Karola Pass. En route, take a pleasant walk beside the charming Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and drive passing by Karola Glacier. When arrival, visit the Pelkhor Monastery and its superb Kumbu Stupa. Overnight at hotel Breakfast / Dinner .
Day 5 Gyantse - Shigatse (3800m )
It is about 90km from Gyantse to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. We'll visit the traditional seat of Panchen Lama - Tashilumpo Monastery where there are about 800 monks now. And then you can enjoy the leisure walk around the old town and the free market. Get prepared for next day's tour to Mt. Everest Reserve. Overnight at hotel Breakfast / Dinner .
Day 6 Shigatse -Saga (4640m )
Drive about 500 kms to Saga. Overnight at hotel Breakfast / Dinner .
Day 7 Saga - Darchen ( 4575m )
Drive all the way to Darchen, which is regarded as the base camp of Mt. Kailash. On the way, you can enjoy the scenery of desert dunes, streams, snow-capped mountains of the vast land. Overnight at guest house Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner .
Day 8 Mt. Kailash ( 6714m) Kora: Trek from Darchen to Diraphuk Monastery ( 5080m ) (6hrs, 20km, 200m ascent)
The Mt. Kailash Kora path starts on the western edge of Darchen. when leave the village behind and head westward across the Batkha Plain, you may not be able to see Mt. Kailash at first but still can view some other high mountains like Guria Mandata , Api in Nepal and Kamet in India. About 4km from Darchen, the trail climbs up to reach a cairn at 4790m which is bedecked with pray flags and marks the first view of Mt. Kailash southern face and also the first of the four prostration points. Very quickly the trail enters the barren Lha-chu Valley which is so open here that you can see ahead the tall Tarboche Flagpole (4750m) in distance, one of the most significant sites for Saga Dawa Festival in Tibet. To west of Tarboche is the "two-legged" Chorten Kangnyi. For pilgrims, it is an auspicious act to walk through the small chorten's archway. After a short climb to east, it comes to the sky burial site of the 84 mahasiddhas (Tantric practitioners). The first of the Three Buddha footprints is also here but can be hardly seen. You'll have superb view of the valley from here. The valley narrows dramatically at a place called Sershong and now you can get clear shots of Mt. Kailash. Chuku Monastery is perched high above the valley floor on the hillside to west. It 'hides' so secretively into the rocks that you may not be able to notice it. From Chuku Monastery to Diraphuk Monastery, it is about 3hrs trek. Please take your time for this stretch as it offers some of the best scenery of the entire Kora. On the way, you'll find the second prostration point and the second Buddha footprint as well as the carving of God Tamdrin. Diraphuk Monastery ( 5080m ) (Lhalung Dira 5080m) lies at a great location which directly faces the astonishing northern face of Mt. Kailash.Overnight at guest house Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner .
Day 9 Mt. Kailash Kora: trek from Diraphuk Monastery to Zutulphuk Monastery (8hrs, 18km, 550 ascent and 600m descent)
No doubt when you wake up in the morning and step outside, you'll want to revel in the glory of your surroundings. After cross the bridge over Lha-chu and climb on to a moraine, you'll get on the trail with long ascent up Dolma-chu Valley to Drolma-la Pass ( 5600 m). Today you'll have the hardest part of the whole Kora. Less than an hour along is the meadow at Jarok Donkhang (5210m) and the trail braches off to the southeast leading over the snow-capped Khando Sanglam-la, Polung Glacier and Polung Valley. Only a short distance above Jarok Donkhang is the rocky expanse of Shiva-stal (5330m). Pilgrims are supposed to undergo a symbolic death here and get reborn until reach the top of Drolma-la. It is customary to leave something behind at Shiva-stal, such as an item of clothes, a drope of blood or a lock of hair to represent the act of leaving this life behind. After Shiva-stal, the trail mercifully flattens for a while and proceeds along a glacial ridge. There are some interesting sights ahead including the sin-testing stone of Bardo Tang. About 30mins from Shiva-stal, the trail turns eastward for the final ascent. After the 200m climb, you'll reach the top of Drolma-la where most pilgrims and trekkers rest for refreshment if weather permits before start the steep descent. Almost immediately on the descent, you'll see the lake of compassion - Gauri Kund (5608m). It takes about one hours to complete the long and steep 400m descent to the grassy banks of Lham-chu Khir. At the valley, you may find nomad tents and a teahouse selling drinks and noodles. The third Buddha footprint is on the top of a hug rock nearby. After 30mins south, you'll get to an open place which provides the only glimpse of Mt. Kailash's eastern crystal face. Here you'll also find the third prostration point. Soon you'll see Zutulphuk Monastery (4820m). Overnight at guest house Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner .
Day 10 Mt. Kailash Kora: trek from Zutulphuk Monastery to Darchen ( 4hrs, 14km)
From Zutulphuk Monastery, the trail follows the river closely for an hour or so, then climbs above the river and enters the lovely Gold & Red Cliffs, a narrow canyon with walls stained purple, cobalt and rust. in far distance it appears the blue water of lake Raksas Tal. When the trail joins the Barkha plain, you'll find the fourth prostation point and Gurla Mandata is visible again. After an hour's easy walk on a dirt road, you'll get back to Darchen. Our driver will wait for you at Darchen and drive you to Lake Manasarovar, the most venerated of all holy lakes in Tibet, especially to Hindus who have made the pilgrimage walk around the lake for nearly 2,000 years.Overnight at guest house Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner .
Day 11 Lake Manasarovar - Paryang - Saga
Drive all the way back to Saga. Overnight at hotel. [Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner .
Day 12 Saga-Lhatse-Shigatse;
Overnight at hotel. Breakfast / Dinner .
Day 13 Shigatse-Lhasa.
Overnight at hotel . Breakfast / Dinner .
Day 14 Departure from Lhasa after Breakfast
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When you fly from any city to Lhasa you will need to show the permit , when you check in at the airport. Furthermore, whenever you buy a flight to Lhasa you need to show this permit. TTB permits are also needed by groups traveling by Land Cruiser but this will be arranged by the travel agency organizing the trip.
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