Mt Kailash Tour

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The route leads through a magnificent mountain area, past many Tibetan villages. The tour offers you spectacular landscape of Tibet and takes you sacred Mt. Kailash , which Hindus and Buddhists view as the “center of the world”. The mighty rock dome of Kailash comes closer. Together with pilgrims from far and wide you follow the trail (Parikrama) across the Dolma La (5600m), which is adorned with countless prayer flags. It takes three days to circumambulate the snow-covered cupola of the 6714m tall mountain. In Tibetan tradition you will conclude this pilgrimage in Tirthapuri – which is one of the most important pilgrim destinations along with Kailash and Lake Manasarover . Almost surreal appears the canyon-like valley of the Sutlej . Imbedded lie the ruins of Tsaparang, the capital of the former kingdom of Guge . After visiting the 900 year-old site our drive through the canyon of the Sutlej starts long the north route to Lhasa . The light and shadows of the summer clouds make for a magical atmosphere, dip the barren vastness in tinges of pastel green, yellow deep blue and violet. En route, we visit two of the most sacred temples of Tibet : Tshilunpo in Shigatse and Kumbum in Gyantse. In Lhasa , the spiritual and secular center Tibet ‘s, visited by many pilgrims from all over the country.

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15 days Lhasa to Mt Kailash tour Via Everest Base Camp

This trip is one of the best overland tour in Tibet.  You can explore the world highest mountain Everest and also one of the holiest Mt  Kailash  for the Buddhist, Bon and Hinduism pilgrimage site and also for the some of the holy lake like Laka manasarovar, Yamdrok lake etc……

Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa

Our guide and driver will come to Lhasa airport or train station 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 02: Lhasa-Jokhang temple-Sera monastery

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,  Afternoon visit The Sera monastery is  founded by Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa’s disciples built the monastery in 1419. The monastery is magnificent and covers an area of 114,946 square meters. As a complex of structures, it housed several institutions in its precincts. The structures of notability were the Coqen Hall Tsokchen (Great Assembly Hall), the three colleges and Kamcun (dormitory) also called Homdong Kangtsang. Scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals can be found in these halls. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here and these employ a style distinctive from those at Lhasa’s other famous monasteries(Overnight in Yak hotel 1 double room with included breakfast)

Day 03: Lhasa -Potala palace-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 Lama. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history. (Overnight in Yak hotel 1 double room with included breakfast)

Day 04: Lhasa-Yamdrok lake -Karola glacier -Gyangtse-Kumbum stupa-Phelchoe monastery-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 (Overnight in Yak hotel in Shigatse 1 double room with included breakfast)

Day 05: Shigatse-Lhatse town-New Tingri-Everest Base Camp

Today we will drive straight to EBC by crossing several passes along the way, you will have the first views of mighty Himalayans from the pass of Gyatso la(5400m) after Lhatse and distant view of Mt. Everest from its viewing point soon after climb down Gyatso la, shortly after the border check point at Shegar, turn off the Friendship Highway and drive toward south in the valley, cross over the Gawu la pass[5250m] through zigzags road, from the pass you will amaze the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its mighty peaks beyond 8000m, Mt.Makalu(8463m), Mt.Lotse(8516m), Mt.Everest(8844m), Mt.Cho Oyu(8201m) and Mt.Shishapama(8020m) from Left to right, climbing down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Zom and then finally the day’s destination – Everest Base Camp located in the Rongbuk valley. Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and it consist both monks and nuns. Afternoon you have an option to do a short trekking from the tent guesthouses community to E.B.C, it will take you about 2 hours or more per your physical condition (6Km). Or you can take the dedicated minibus instead. We suggest you to bring your own sleeping bags for the night if available as the local tent guesthouses reuse the blankets for several weeks due to their poor facility. Overnight at local tent guesthouses except from Nov – Mar where the tent guesthouses close and only Rongbuk monastery guesthouse is available.

Note: before leaving Shigatse, your guide need some time to obtain the ATP from the local PSB, ATP is also known as Alien’s Travel Permit and it is a permit that should be issued for the border check at Shegar(Overnight in tent city guesthouse dorm room bases)

Day 06: Everest Base Camp-Old tingri-Mt Shishapangma  view-Pekui sto lake-Saga

Today view of Mt Everest sunrise and view of 5 highest himalaya ranges and drive toward old Tingri from there you can have a nice view of Mt Everest and Mt JowoOyu and stop lunch and Old Tingri and drive to toward Saga on the way you can have view of Mt Shishapangma(8012m) which is one of the highiest mountrain fully located in Tibet after that you can see Phelcu sto lake. and after several passes you can reach to Sage town(Overngiht in Guesthouse)

Day 07: Saga-Paryang-Darchen

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. (Overnight at Darchen guesthouse)

Day 08: First day of Kailash trek: Darchen to Diraphuk monastery(20km, 6hrs)

This Kailash circuit covers 53 kms and can be done in 3 days. We head west in clockwise direction and after a few kilometers the trail climbs up to a cairn at 4730 m 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.( Overnight in Diraphuk guesthouse )

Day 09: Second day of Kailash trek : Diraphuk to Zultrulphuk

Today we cross Drolma la pass (5630 M) and Gauri Kund Lake (5608 m) where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in the icy waters of the lake.Overnight in Zultrukphuk guesthouse)

Day 10: Third day of Kailash Trek: Zultrulphuk-Darchen(14km drive to Lake Manasarovar

After the Circumambulating of Kailash. drive to Laka Manasarovar . it’s good time to take good shower in hot spring and relax (overngiht night in Lake Manasarovar gueshouse)

Day 11: Lake Manasarovar drive back to Saga

Drive back with same route(Overnight in Saga guesthouse)

Day 12: Saga-Lhatse-Shigatse

Enjoying the stunning landscape along the way. Drive through typical Tibetan villages where you can see how normal Tibetans live surviving.(Overnight in Shigatse Yak hotel 1double room with included breakfast)

Day 13: Shigatse -Lhasa

The primary target today is the giant monastery in Shigatse city, (Tashilunpo Monastery), the preaching place of Panchen Lama who is the most prestigious Tibetan leader in vast Shigatse Prefecture. Tashilunpo Monastery is one of the four famous monasteries of Gelugpa Sect where travelers can look up at the tallest copper statue of Future Buddha. Memorial photos can be taken at the gate of the giant monastery.The alternative choice for those not interested is to ramble in Shigatse area.(free of charge), the exclusive relaxing place in Tibet where travelers will have the chance to view Brahmaputra sightseeing, grasslands in desert, sand dunes and Tibetan incense workbenches.  We are returning to Lhasa after lunch. On the whole way, what will be permanently impressive are unique Tibetan customs, the small valley of River Brahmaputra and alpine scenery(Overnight in Lhasa Yak hotel 1 double room with included breakfast)

Day 14: Rest day in Lhasa

Today rest day in Lhasa without guide and explore Lhasa city by your self and also you have time to shopping by yourself. (Overnight in Yak hotel 1double room with included breakfast)

Day 15: Depart Lhasa

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18 days Lhasa to Kashgar tour

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 – SHIQUANHE

Experience various landscape on the way to Shiquanhe (280 km), the capital of Ngari Prefecture in West Tibet a city at the confluence of Indus and Gar. Shiquanhe River the main source of the Indus, originates from the Kailash .( Overnight in Shiquanhe)

DAY 14 – SHIQUANHE -PANGONG TSO-DORMA

Drive northwards to Dorma. On the way we visit the Pangong Tso, a long and narrow lake, situated on the border of Indian and China. Fresh air with fantastic view

(Overnight in Dorma)

DAY 15 – DORMA – DAHONGLIUTAN

Start driving early in the morning because the road becomes more difficult from Dorma. Soon after drive along a river valley we again stand on the land 5,000 to 5.300 m high. Now and then we have to try hard to deal with the rugged road resulted from the heavy trucks. Get across the Tialongtan La (about 5.000 m) and keep on driving 203 km in 7-8 hours to Dahongliutan. ( Overnight in Dahongliutan)

DAY 16 – DAHONGLIUTAN –MAZAR

We will drive 253 km to Mazar. We are now on the Lingzi Thang Plains; the Kunlun mountain ranges are on the right and the Karakorum mountain range left. The road is very straight, and the landscape fantastic: out of the window scenery appears in brown and red alternatively; emerald small lakes shine under the sunlight. (Overnight in Mazar)

DAY 17- MAZAR-YECHENG

Soon after pass by Mazar we begin to cross the Kunlun mountains. The Chiragsaldi (4.960 m) is the last pass we have to cross on the way. Afterwards we drive downward along the Yecheng ravine to Xinjiang. Situated at the edge of the Taklamakan desert, Yecheng is a city with a pretty Bazar inhabited by Uigur and Han Chinese. ( Overnight in Yecheng )

DAY 18- YECHENG -KASHGAR

Early in the morning we drive about 250 km to Kashgar (1.300 m), the largest oasis of China. The tar road runs at the edge of the Taklamakan desert. On the way enjoy the landscape of the Kunlun.

In the afternoon we visit the Sundays market of Kashgar, one of the largest weekly markets of Asia.

(Overnight in Kashgar)

Our guide and driver will transfer you to the Lhasa airport or train station and depart Lhasa and end the Tibet Tour

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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.

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