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Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasorovar (15 days)

Day 1: Arrival & acclimatization (First impression of Tibet)

Activity today: Arrival in Lhasa, warm Tibetan style pick-up and transfer to hotel for acclimatization, or you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet.

Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing (Tour of the world heritages and Tibetan history)

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Backhor Street
Activity today: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa - Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism - Jorhkang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO.

Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Tibet Museum (Tour of the most important monastery in Tibet)
Schedule: In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5th Dalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. Afterwards, drive you to visit the Tibet Museum where you can have a comprehensive understanding about Tibet's past and present.

Day 4:

Route: Lhasa - Gyatse - Shigatse (360km)
Activity today: Drive to the historic town of Gyantse via the turquoise Holy Lake of Yamdrok, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess; in distance you can also see the snow capped Summit of Ninjingkangsang. In Gyantse, you will find the largest stupa in Tibet - Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelchor Monastery (Optional). Another important site in Gyantse is Dzong Castle (Optional) which once was a battle field where Tibetan fought against British invasion.

Day 5:

Route: Shigatse - Rongbuk Monastery (340km)
Activity today: Driving to Rongbuk Monastery (the highest monastery in the world) via Shegar, on the way you will cross over Gyatsola Pass at 5,220 m, which is the highest point enroute, and from the pass you will see the Himalaya mountain ranges in a clear day. Overnight at Rongbuk Guesthouse. (Dorm beds)

Day 6:

Route: Rongbuk Monastery - EBC - Saga (300km)
Activity today: Long driving about one day over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keep you busy. By the late afternoon you will cross Bhramha Purtra River way to typical Chinese and Tibetan town. Overnight at Saga (Guest house, dorm bed)

Day 7:

Route: Saga - Paryang - Lake Manasarovar (450km)
Activity today: Driving from Saga to Lake Manasarovar on the well paved road. You will drive through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with the distance view of snow capped mountains. This route takes you to the amazing and holy Manasarovar Lake stunningly set on the Tibetan plateau bordered by the majestic Gurla Mandata. As you approach this sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery will come into your sight on the north-west shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can even get a glimpse of the majestic Mt. Kailash and Gurla Mandata. This journey leaves your spirit fulfilled. Overnight at the village Hore or Chiu Monastery (Guest house, dorm bed)

 

Day 8:

Route: Lake Manasarovar - Darchen (60km)
Activity today: After breakfast, it is a day for Puja & Holy bath in the holy lake. We will be doing Mansarover Parikarma by land cruiser (4520 m) 115 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. On the way, we will stop near Trugu Gompa for Holy Bath in Holy Lake Mansarovar. We will be setting seperate bathing tents for changing your clothes. During this parikarma, we will have a picnic lunch on the bank of Holy Lake Mansarovar. Time Permitting visit Chui Gompa. Later, drive to Darchen (4620 m). Darchen is located beneath the majestic holy Mount Kailash, a small village with couple of guesthouses. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with Pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around. Overnight at Hotel in Darchen

 

Day 9:

Route: Trek from Darchen to Dira-puk Monastery, 20km, 5 - 6 hours
Activity today: After breakfast, drive approx. 13 Kms. to Tarboche, the trek starting point of Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also known as the outer "Asthapath". The first day of our Kora is a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. The trail leads us to few ups and downs till we reach our camp/guest house at Dira- puk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hours trek. We will be camping on the nice grassy meadows with a view of northwestern face of Kailash.

 

Day 10:

Route: Trek from Dira-puk Monastery to Zutul-puk Monastery, 15km, 6 - 7 hours
Activity today: Lha Chu Valley blurs as you turn towards Drolma Chu Valley. You ascend to Drolma La, the highest point on the trip. But soon after the breathtaking biew of the Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion, at the summit, you realize that this tough and challenging ascent has indeed been worthwhile and fruitful. Several prayer flags can be seen at the summit. Further on, the trail descends to the flat fields of Zutul-puk, which houses a monastery and several fascinating caves. These caves were used for meditation. Milarepa's cave is one of the most ancient and popular. Milarepa's footprints and elbow prints are believed to be imprinted all over this cave filled with mani stones. You then reach Zutul-PUK.

 

Day 11:

Route: Trek back to Darchen, 14Km, 4- 5 hours
Activity today: Away from Zugul-Puk, you follow the trail through Bhark plain leading to Darchen. It is an easy walk along some impressive gorges and around many manic stones and mani walls back to the Bharkha Plains and dusty Darchen. The Kora has come to an end- you have erased your sins, endured cold nights and mornings, crossed some of the highest passes in the world, met countless fellow pilgrims and sent prayers of peace out to the world. Shortly after arriving at Darchen, you board the waiting vehicle for a short drive to Chi Gomapa, on the shore of the Manasarovar Lake.

 

Day 12:

Route: Driving from Darchen to Saga (500 km, 8 hours).
Overnight at Saga (Guesthouse, dorm bed)

Day 13:

Route: Driving from Saga to Shigatse (450Km, 7 hours). If you want to continue the tour to Nepal after Tibet, we can drive you from Saga to Zhangmu border today.
Overnight at Shigatse.

Day 14:

Route: Driving from Shigatse to Lhasa (280km, 5 hours).
Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 15:

Route: Lhasa - Next destination
Activity today: Tour ends, our guide and driver will drop you off at airport in Lhasa. Welcome to Tibet next time.

 

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