Tibet Highland Expedition

Mount Kailash via Guge kingdom Tour & Trek

The Guge Kingdom was founded in the tenth century by a descendant of the King Lang Darma,who fled from Lhasa after the collapse of the Tubo Kingdom.

The Guge Kingdom survived about 700 years and disappeared mysteriously in the 17th century. The Guge ruins lie at a hill top near a river and cover 180,000 square meters.

Houses,cave dwellings,monasteries and stupas are distributed on the hill and surrounding areas. There are palaces set on the sumit and monasteries on the mountain side.The kingdom was enclosed by walls and also had many tunnels.Some of the structures remain in good condition at this time.The Guge Kingdom is famous for its murals.Sculptures and stone inscriptions can also be found on the surviving structures.The White palace,Red palace, Yamantaka Chapel,Tara Chapel and Mandala Chapel all still exist in good condition.

The attractions of Guge Kingdom Trek & Tour are the Hidden Guge Kingdom,Guge Valley,Tsaparang Castle, Tholing Monastery,Palaces and Monasteries under Guge Kingdom,Zhada country,holy Mt.Kailash,Trekking around Mt.Kailash,Manasarovar Lake,high passes,Land and golden hills on the way to Guge,walking and camping in Tibet etc.

Highlights:

Duration: 23days
Destination: Gyantse,Shigatse,Sakya,Saga,Paryang,Manasorva Lake,Mt,Kailash,Tartapuri hot spring,Guge kingdom,Nyalam,Zhangmu.
Maximum Altitude: 5500m
Best Season: Aprill,May,June,Aug,Sept,Oct,
Photo Spot: Kambala Pass,Karola Pass,Manasorva,Kailash,Guge Kingdom,Lalungla Pass.

Day01:FLY TO GANGAR AIRPORT AND DRIVETO TSETHANG
(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)O/H Snow Pigeon Hotel

Day02:EXCURSION THE YARLONG VALLEY

Day03:DRIVETO LHASA VIA SAMYE MONASTERY O/H Shangbala & Keychu Hotel (262km)5hrs

Day04: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)

Day05:AM:VISIT POTALA PALACE PM:DREPUNG MONASTERY & NORBULINGKA
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)

Day06:DRIVE TO GYANTSE O/H Gyantse Hotel (260km)6hrs

Day07:DRIVE TO SHIGATSE (90km)2hrs
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)

Day08:DRIVE TO LHATSE (150km)3hrs
After early breakfast, leave for Lhatse,Packed lunch will be served en route. Arrive at Latse. Overnight at Lhatse Hotel. (B)

Day09:DRIVE TO SAGA (280km)6hrs (4640m).
Overnight at Guesthouse,(we arrange the hotel)

Day10:DRIVE TO PARYANG
After early breakfast,proceed for Prayang (200 km. / 6 -7 hrs). Drive through the windswept territory passing many villages Himalayas peaks 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 Guesthouse.

Day11:DRIVE TO MANASAROVAR LAKE
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.

Day12:DRIVE TO DARCHENG OR DARPOCHE
Start the 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.

Day13:START TREK TO DERA PHUK MONASTERY 18km O/H Guesthouse & Camp (4860m)

Day14:TREK TO ZUTUL PHUK O/H Guesthouse & Camp (4750m)

Day15:TREK BACK TO DARCHENG AND DRIVE TO TIRTHA PURI HOT SPRING O/H Guesthouse

Day16:DRIVE TO GUGE KINGDOM O/H Guesthouse

Day17:EXCURSION

Day18:DRIVE TO TIRTHA PURI O/H Guesthouse

Day19:DRIVE TO GOSUL GONPA O/H Camp

Day20:DRIVE TO PARYANG O/H Guesthouse

Day21:DRIVE TO SAGA O/H Guesthouse

Day22:DRIVE TO NYALAM O/H Guesthouse

Day23:DRIVE TO ZHANGMU AND EXIT TO NEPAL
- 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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