Tibet Highland Expedition

Lhasa via Mt,Kailash Tour & Trek

Fly over the Himalayan ranges and view Tibet's most ancient Palaces and Monasteries. Then travel to Mt. Kailash & Manasarovar Lake through Gyantse and Shigatse, and spend a coupld of days circumambulating the Holy mountain. After this you can relax at the hot-springs in Chu Gompa, and then exit Tibet from the Zhangmu border via Puikutso lake and Mt. Shisha Pangma.

Highlights:

Duration: 16days
Destination: Gyantse,Shigatse,Lhatse,Saga,Paryang,Manasorva, Kailash.
Maximum Altitude: 5500m
Best Season: Aprill,May,June,Aug,Sept,Oct,
Photo Spot: Kambala Pass,Karola Pass,Manasorva Lake,Mt,Kailash.

Day01:FLY KATHMANDU TO LHASA GANGAR AIRPORT (3650 m) 1 hr. 30 minutes flight
After breakfast, we will transfer the group to Tribhuvan International Airport to board Air China's Flight No. CA 408 to Lhasa at 10:25 am. Upon arrival at Gonggar Airport, the group shall be met by our local representative and transfer provided to your hotel in Lhasa. The group will reach the Hotel Lhasa at approx 5 pm. The first day will be spent resting to acclamatize with the altitude because Kathmandu is at 1200 m above sea level and Lhasa is at 3650 m. So it needs some time to acclimatize with the altitude. Overnight at Hotel Lhasa. (Veg lunch & Dinner)

Day02:SIGHTSEEING
AM:Visit Sera Monastery PM: Jokhang Temple & Barkhor street
Sera is the second biggest Gelupa Monastery in the north suburb of Lhasa, which was built in 1419 by Tsongapa's disciple Sakya-yeshi. Situated at the heart of the oldest section of the Lhasa city, Jokhang, one of the oldest temples in Tibet, was built in the 7th century by the 33rd king Sontsanganbu. Barkor is the middle pilgrimage circuit around Jokhang temple. (FB)

Day03:SIGHTSEEING
AM:Visit Potala Palace PM:Drepung Monastery & Norbulingka Palace
Potala was the winter palace of the Dalailama, which was originally built in the 7th century by the king Sotsen Gampo and rebuilt to the present size by the 5th Dalai lama in the 17th century. Built in the mid-18th century by the 7th Dalailama, Norbulingka, the Jewel Park was the Dalai lama's summer palace, it covers 100 acres with palaces, pavilions and a zoo.
Drepung monastery; Built in1416 by Tsongapa's disciple Jamyang-choje, Drepung Monastery is the biggest Gelupa monastery in the west suburb of Lhasa. (FB)

Day04:DRIVE TO SHIGATSE (3900 m) - 350 km/ 7-8 hrs.
After breakfast, drive to Shigatse. Shigatse is the second biggest city in Tibet, 90KMs away from Gyangtse. The famous Tashillunpo Monastery in Shigatse, seat of the Panchan Lama, one of the six important Gelupa Monasteries in China, was built in 1447 by the first Dalailama. Overnight at Hotel Mansarovar. (FB)

Day05:DRIVE TO LHATSE (4350 m) 308 km. / 6 - 7 hrs.
After early breakfast, leave for Lhatse (308 km. / 6 - 7 hrs). Packed lunch will be served en route. Arrive at Latse. Overnight at Lhatse Hotel. (B)

Day06:DRIVE TO SAGA (4640 m) 300 km. / 8 - 9 hrs.
Overnight at Saga International Hotel. (we arrange the hotel)

Day07:DRIVE TO PARYANG (4520 m) 200 km. / 6 -7 hrs.
After early breakfast, proceed for Prayang (200 km. / 6 -7 hrs). Drive through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders. On this day the road is quite flat, hence the drive will be comfortable compared to other days. Overnight at Hotel Prayang.

Day08:DRIVE TO HORCHU MANASAROVAR LAKE (4560 m) 223 km/ 5 - 6 hrs.
After breakfast, drive to Mayum River for 112 km and have lunch. Thereafter drive to Hor Quo (4560 m) 223 km/ 5 - 6 hrs. We continue driving crossing Mayum La pass (5200 m) and arrive at Hor Quo. Today is the day of lifetime, as we will have the first sight (darshan) of Holy Mt. Kailash and Holy Lake Manasarovar. Camp on the bank of Holy Mansarover Lake.

Day09:MANASAROVAR PARIKARMA (4520 m) 115 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. & drive to Darchen (4620 m)
After breakfast, it is a day for Puja & Holy bath in the holy lake. We will be doing Mansarover Parikarma by Jeep (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. Darchen, the beginning and end point of the Kora. Overnight at Hotel Darchen (The best available hotel).

Day10:DRIVE TO TARPOCHE (13 km) and trek to Dirapuk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hrs.
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 Dirapuk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hours trek. Camping on the nice grassy meadows with a view of Kailash, north west face. Those not feeling themselves fit to continue parikarma will drive back to Darchen and wait for the Parikarma group to return. Camp.

Day11:TREK TO ZULTHUL PHUK (4760 m) 18 km/ 9 - 10 hrs.
Today our circumbulation (Kora) leads to much higher side of the holy path just beneath the Holy Mount Kailash. The walk will bring us to one of the highest poi5,200 m.
Overnight in Camp.

Day12:TREK BACK TO DARCHENG AND DRIVE TO MANASAROVAR 10 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. & drive to Hor Qu (Mansarovar) Overnight camping

Day13:DRIVE PARYANG (4750 m)
After breakfast, our land cruisers will be ready to take the group back to Prayang by tracing our footsteps returning home leaving the Holy place. Overnight at Hotel Prayang.

Day14:DRIVE TO SAGA (4600 m) 255 kms/ 6 - 7 hrs. drive
After breakfast, drive to Saga. Overnight at Saga International Hotel (we arrange).

Day15:DRIVE TO ZHANGMU (3700 m) 240 Kms./ 6 - 7 hours drive After breakfast, drive to Nyalam. Overnight at Hotel Zhangmu.

Day16:DRIVE TO FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE / EXIT TO KODARI

- Sightseeing tour as per above programs.
- Land Transfer by TOYOTA Landcruiser.
- Supporter Truck.
- Tibet travel permit.
- Tibetan English speaking guide during the tour
- Twin sharing accommodation as per tour program
- Camping gears,two men tent/dining tent/kitchen tent/toilet tent & all kitchen gears.
- Full board meal during the camping section.
- Yak and Yak men,cook, helpers.
- Staff insurance
- Monasteries entrance fees and Grassland fee/Pax and Vehicles,Kailash Kora fee.
- Cold drinks alcoholic beverages,
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Tibet (besides camping section),
- Nepal visa,
- Nepal Re- entry visa,
- Travel insurance,
- Tips for guide,porters,driver,and yak men.
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