20 days -Northern Kailash route

The journey starts from the holy city Lhasa and then to Shigatse, where you can feel the different lifestyle and existing culture on the roof of the world. Monasteries and shrines are the centre of their religious practice, which plays an important role in their day to day life since from thousand years. Then rest of the days the journey come across the great Changtang (Northern Plain) into Far-west Tibet passes through a land greatest extremes of dryness. The landscapes are huge and like a treeless moonscape. Lone groups of nomads dwelling in low, black tents, tend flocks of sheep and goats as well as herds of the yak. Heavily eroded sandstones and sand-dunes are beautiful along the road. The extraordinary peak of Mount Kailash is the prime focus of the journey, which lies at the heart of the region. It is the pilgrimage destinations of Buddhists, Bon, Hindus and Jains. Further within the heavily eroded sandstone canyon and valleys of the upper Sutlej river are numerous ruins of ancient cities that once comprised the kingdom of Guge, temples in that area are still intact and contain exquisite murals and decorative motifs having history of more than 10,000 years, continuous drive to Ali and through the Northern Kailash route, your camera will be busy with stunning view of lakes, typical nomads and happy wild animals.

DAY 1 – ARRIVE AT LHASA

Arrival at train station or airport in Lhasa, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet. (Overnight night in Lhasa)

DAY 2 – LHASA JOKHANG TEMPLE – BARKHORE SQUARE

Morning visit the Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet . In Tibetan language it refers to “Buddha’s house” because the main statue is said to be made by Buddha Sakyamuni himself time. The Jokhang temple is the convergence of Tibet’s spiritual and secular life. Here you can meet all kinds of tribes from the Tibetan plateau. The surrounding market is called “Bakhore”. One of the most important religious paths.  Evening explore city by your self

DAY 3 – LHASA -RAMOCHE TEMPLE -SERA MONASTERY

Morning visit the Ramoche temple is considered to be the sister temple to the Jokhang  which was completed about the same time. Tradition says that it was built originally to house the much revered Jowo Rinpoche statue, carried to Lhasa via Lhagang in a wooden cart, brought to Tibet when Princess Wencheng came to Lhasa.

Afternoon visit the Sera monastery: All the Gelugpa monasteries history is strongly connected to Master Lama Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), the founder of the Gelugpa order, the much venerated and highly learned guru in Buddhist scriptures. The Sera Monastery at the foot of Sera Uste  Hill is located 2 kilometers northern of Lhasa. It is one of the “great three” Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet

DAY 4 – LHASA – POTALA PALACE AND NORBULINGKA SUMMER PALACE

Morning visit the Potala palace towers above the city of Lhasa as the national landmark that allures the international visitors. The massive 13-storeyed building used to be the former abode for the Dalai lamas. It looks incredibly magnificent from a distance and could be viewed from various places around town. As the nation’s supreme relic, the palace dates back to the seventh century A.D.

Afternoon visit the Norbulingka summer palace the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas  built in during the 18th century by seven Dalai lama.  Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history.

DAY 5 – LHASA-YAMDROK LAKE GYANGSTE-SHIGATSE

The first day we drive westwards to Mt.Kailash will reach Shigatse, which is the second biggest city in Tibet. on the way to Shigatse, we will pass kangpa-la with 4794m, from the top of the pass in clear weather, we can see the Yamdrotso lake in fabulous shade of deep turquoise, Just a few kilometers’ driving through the shore of lake yamdrok-yutso reaches Nangartse county and is the largest town on the lake side. and stop luch at Nangartse town and after finished lunch drive toward Gyangste, after half hours  you have to cross the 5050m karo-la pass  with its awesome roadside views of the Nanchan- Kangtsang glacier. in Gyantse city, you will explore the Kubum Monastery which is the town’s foremost attraction. The 35m-high chorten(stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like goldendome, is awe-inspiring. drive to Shigatse only 2 hrs drive

DAY 6 – SHIGATSE – LHATSE – SAGA

Morning drive from Shigatse to Saga, enjoying the stunning landscape along the way. Drive through typical Tibetan villages where you can see how normal Tibetans live surviving.. Saga’s altitude is 4,640m above sea level. Saga is the last stop for pilgrims and travelers on their way to Mt. Kailash ( Overnight in Saga)

DAY 7 – SAGA -PARYANG -LAKE MANASAROVAR -DARCHEN (256KM)

Today the thrilling journey across the dry and vast plain with stunning views of great Himalaya in the south and Trans-Himalayan in the north, the moonscape plain of the region is home for sparse lone nomads whose lifestyle remains close to what it has been for centuries, and numbers of plateau wild lives. Different natural landscapes like sand dunes and picturesque mountain views are not only the great beauty of the day but also the holy lakes and mountains. Then we will reach to the Manasarovar Lake (victorious lake) in the late afternoon, which is one of the holiest lakes in Tibet and every year it receives hundreds of hundreds of pilgrims from all corner of Tibetan plateau, India and Russia. The lake is surround by several prominent peaks like Gurla Mandata (7760m). Then we will further drive to Darchen which is the starting point of the Mt Kailash (7762m) trekking, you will also have great view of the Kailash from the front. Darchen is a small nomadic village and now increasing number of guesthouses and restaurants make it more commercial. At your arrival you have plenty of time to explore around the town and prepare for the trekking, you can also hiking around the hills to get physically ready for the trekking. In the afternoon, your guide will arrange others trekking necessities like porters and yaks for your luggage transportation. You can find different restaurants according to your taste or your guide will help you to find some better ones.

DAY 08 – DARCHEN -DIRAPHUK KHORA (TREK)

First day of the trek from Darchen to Dira puk monastery. It take 6 hours walk.Further ahead, verdant meadows and picturesque streams lie en route to Lha Chu Valley. The trail overlooks turquoise river cascading over a narrow canyon with high steep cliffs. En route, north face of Kailash comes into vision. The trail will approach 13th century monastery of Dira-Puk. We recommended you to visit the Dira-Puk monastery and from there you can have nice view of Mt Kailash.  For the accommodation in here is tent guesthouse, Shishpangma hotel and monasteries gueshouse Eventually, you will conclude the trek of the day by camping at Dira-Puk after memorable Mount Kailash tour and trek.

DAY 9 – DIRAPHUK-ZUTRUL PHUK(TREK)

Today we cross Drolma la pass (5630 M) and Gauri Kund Lake (5608 m). From the top of the Dromala pass you can have view of Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion, at the summit, you realize that this tough and challenging ascent has indeed been very worthwhile and fruitful. Further on, the trail descends to the flat fields of Zutul-Puk monastery and  several fascinating caves. The caves at this locale are most popular for meditation; Milarepa’s cave being one of them with Milarepa’s footprints and elbow prints believed to be imprinted all over this cave of mani stones. Accommodation here is quite simple and you can have local guesthouse or monastery guesthouse.

DAY 10 – ZUTRULPHUK-DARCHEN -TIRTHAPURI HOT SPRING( HALF TREK AND DRIVE TO TIRTHAPUTI HOT SPRING)

The third and final trek of Mt Kailash it is an easy 2-3hrs walk down you follow the trail through Bharkha plain leading to Darchen crossing several streams along the picturesque gorge. Enchanting view of Mount Kailash accompanies through this Mount Kailash tour and trek  and finely reach to Darchen and drive to Tirdapuri where there is a hot spring. Pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash is not complete without visiting Tirdapuri for the Tibetan Buddhists.(   Overnight in Tirthapuri hot spring)

DAY 11 – TIRTHAPURI TO TSADA

Northwest from Trithapuri, in the middle of the canyon erosion landscape of the Sutlej River, lie 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. ( Overnight in Tsada)

DAY 12 – TSADA – GUGE KINGDOM

Early in the morning we drive to Tsaparang (10 km, 3.800 m), 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.

Day 13:  TSADA -ALI(4280M((240Km)


Drive from Zanda to Ali, pass Laochi-la and Lalung-la over 5000m, the road is equally tough going. Overnight at Ali (Guest house, dorm bed).

Day 14:  ALI(4280m) / GEGYE  ( 112km,)
Drive to Gegye in the afternoon and through the valley follows its way to Gegye, it’s a gently looping river spreading out in multiple channels across teh valley floor. Gegye is the best and most reliable place to spend the night untill Gertse. Overnight at Gegye ( Guest house, dorm bed).

Day 15:  GEGYE -GERTSE(368Km) 

Drive from Gegye to Gertse, the road becomes wider. Today you will be driven on Tibetan Northern nomad’s land,  have great view of the wild animals and fantastic landscapes,   before you get to Getse, you will pass several small lakes set in a wide plain. Overnight at Gertse ( Guest house, dorm bed).

Day 16: GESTSE -TSOCHEN (257Km) 
Drive from Gertse to Tsochen, on the way you will see some small lakes, today pass beautiful valleys one after another and turquoise water lake Dawa tso is wonderful part of the day trip. Overnight at Tsochen (Guest house, dorm bed).

Day 17: TSOCHEN-RAKA(240KM)

Drive from Tsochen to Raka, along the valley, pass Songma-la pass (5500m), then you will see Tagyel-tso, and other small lakes, Raka is situated on the junction of the road with Northern road to Ali or Mt.Kailash. Overnight at Raka (Guest house, dorm bed).

Day 18: RAKA -LHATSE(280Km)

In the morning trace the road back to Lhatse via Sangsang. Overnight at Lhatse ( Shanghai Grand Hotel).

Day 19: LHATSE-LHASA(420km)
Today it is a bit long drive, from Shigatse it will drive along the Bramaputra river via northern friendship highway to Lhasa. Overnight at Lhasa ( Shangbala Hotel or Jinbo Hotel).

Day 20:  Lhasa airport/ train station dropping off
Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time come to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.