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Tibet - Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar tour (4WD) (22 Days)

Mount Kailash, the most sacred peak of Asia is located in the far west corner of Tibet. The beauty of the 6700 meters high Mount Kailash, that looks like a symmetrical cone-shaped rock perpetually capped by pure crystalline ice, is described in various mythological and literary works. Hindu pilgrims consider the mountain to be the home of their God-Lord Shiva. For Buddhists, Mount Kailash is said to be the Center of the Universe in Asian cosmology. Every year, hundreds of pilgrims travel from all over the Indian sub-continent and Tibet to make the ritual circumambulation around the mountain in their quest for enlightenment. Sprawling below Mount Kailash is the sacred Lake Mansarovar (4560 m), it is believed that a ritual bath will deliver a pilgrim to Brahma’s paradise and a drink of its water relinquishes the sins of a hundred lifetimes.

This itinerary is a guideline only and we will follow the itinerary as far as possible but due to weather conditions, health conditions, natural disasters and other unfavorable phenomenon your guide might decide to amend or cancel the itinerary for your own safety. Your guide will help you at any time with providing information regarding conditions and safety during the treks.

Upon your arrival at Gonggar airport, you will drive to Lhasa which is situated at an altitude of 3650 meters. Upon arrival in Lhasa, check in to the booked hotel. You can spend the remaining time in rest.

Accommodation: Overnight in Lhasa.

After breakfast, we begin exploring Lhasa visiting the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, better known as Winter Palace and Summer palace, respectively. Built-in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama. Norbulingka Palace houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital, which is the center for the treatment, training, research, and production of Tibetan medicine.

Accommodation: Overnight in Lhasa.

After breakfast, we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is the world’s largest monastery and believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past, but as of now, there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundred. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery. Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of whitewashed walls and golden roofs.

The main attraction to visit this monastery is to see the monks debating which is held from 3-5 pm every day apart from Sundays. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site that unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni when he was twelve-years-old. We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open-air stalls, shops, and crowds of pilgrims, it is the nerve center of Lhasa.

Accommodation: Overnight in Lhasa.

You will have your breakfast in the hotel in Lhasa and commence drive to Gyantse. The drive will take a whole day to arrive Gyantse. Along the way, you will go through the places which reflect the spectacular view of the surroundings i.e. The Kamba la (4794m) and the Karo la pass (5010m). After the Kamba la you come to Yamdrok Tso, also known as the Turquoise Lake where you can enjoy the great views and can take some lovely photographs. Upon your arrival in Gyantse, check-in to your hotel and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Overnight in Gyantse.

After having Breakfast in the hotel, you will visit Gyantse stupa and monastery. After visiting these sites, your drive to Shigatse commences which takes two hours. Upon your arrival in Shigatse, you will see the giant Buddha in the famous Tashilumpo monastery, which is considered as the seat of Panchen Lama. Check-in to the hotel and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Overnight in Shigatse.

You will take your breakfast in the hotel and your journey starts for the beautiful Lhatse which goes through two high passes with fine views. You will have your lunch in the small town of Lhatse. You will stay overnight in Lhatse.

Accommodation: Overnight in Lhatse.

After having breakfast in Lhatse, your journey to Saga. On the first long driving day over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, other sites like a lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep, keep you busy. By the late afternoon, you will cross the Brahma Putra River on the way to typical Chinese and Tibetan town.

Accommodation: Overnight in Saga.

Today is the longest driving day which is full of excitement, Jeeps and trucks roll on the wide valley following rivers and grazing land of yaks and sheep. Far south you can see snow-covered peaks nearby you, lots of rocky peaks and sand dunes give you an ideal world. Depends on the season, nomads and other mobile shopkeepers are attired by beautiful traditional costumes, waiting for your arrival with hot tea and other supplies along with a big smile. By the late afternoon, you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Mansarovar.

Here, it is a small village nearby Lake Mansarovar. Holy-Mansarovar. The highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Kailash Parbat, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rashekshi sits on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. You will stay overnight beside Mansarovar.

Accommodation: Overnight in Mansarovar.

Mansarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquillity, and bliss. After completing the memorable morning Bath and Puja, you will have your breakfast and the whole day is 
For roaming around the sacred lake.

Accommodation: Overnight in Manasarovar.

Today, you will head towards Tarchen after having breakfast. Tarchen is considered as a base camp for the Holy Kailash Parikrama.

Accommodation: Overnight in Tarchen.

Today, your trekking is more exciting along the beautiful rocky cliffs; waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky makes you feel the Great God Shiva is everywhere with tons of blessings to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will keep on appearing.

Accommodation: Overnight in DeharaPuk.

Today's trek is the hardest and the holiest day of your pilgrimage Yatra with Dolma-La (pass) between two valleys: Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-Sthal, here is the symbolical death, Pilgrimages leave the Old clothes, spin of hair or a drop of Blood in hope, that terrible Yamraja (The master of death) will attend to these signs and will allow the Yatries (travelers) to be born in spirit to pass Dolma-La. The pass associates at Buddhists with the goddess Container, and at Hindu with Parvati, divine wife misters Shiva.

On the pass tourists and pilgrimage hang out the Tibetan flags, on success. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offerings and sit down for meditation to forget yourself. Once your steps go down, Parvati-Sthal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By the late afternoon, you will arrive at ZuthalPuk (the cave of Miracles. The great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here).

Accommodation: Overnight in ZuthalPuk

Today is the last day of your Kailash Parikrama trek. After walking for 3 hours, you will catch the vehicle to get back to Manasarovar. You will reach Manasarovar by the late afternoon, where you will stay overnight in camp beside the Lake Manasarovar.

Accommodation: Overnight in Manasarovar.

Today, you will drive back to Saga. After having your breakfast in the camp, your drive will commence through the beautiful land of Tibet. Upon arrival in Saga, you will check in to the hotel and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Overnight in Saga.

Drive to Darchen, which is regarded as the base camp of Mt. Kailash. On the way, you can enjoy the scenery of desert dunes, streams, and snow-capped mountains of the vast land.

Accommodation: Overnight in Saga.

The Mt. Kailash Kora path starts on the western edge of Darchen. When leaving the village behind and head westward across the Batkha Plain, you may not be able to see Mt. Kailash at first but still can view some other high mountains like Guria Mandate, Api in Nepal and Kamet in India. About 4km from Darchen, the trail climbs up to reach a cairn at 4790 m which is bedecked with pray flags and marks the first view of Mt. Kailash's southern face and also the first of the four prostration points. Very quickly the trail enters the barren Lha-Chu Valley which is so open here that you can see ahead of the tall Tarboche Flagpole (4750 m) in distance, one of the most significant sites for Saga Dawa Festival in Tibet.

To the west of Tarboche is the "two-legged" Chorten Kangnyi. For pilgrims, it is an auspicious act to walk through the small chorten's archway. After a short climb to the east, it comes to the sky burial site of the 84 Mahasiddhas (Tantric practitioners). The first of the Three Buddha footprints is also here but can be hardly seen. You'll have a superb view of the valley from here. The valley narrows dramatically at a place called Sershong and now you can get clear shots of Mt. Kailash. Chuku Monastery is perched high above the valley floor on the hillside to the west.

It 'hides' so secretively into the rocks that you may not be able to notice it. From Chuku Monastery to Diraphuk Monastery, it is an about 3hrs trek. Please take your time for this stretch as it offers some of the best scenery of the entire Kora. On the way, you'll find the second prostration point and the second Buddha footprint as well as the carving of God Tamdrin. Diraphuk Monastery (Lhalung Dira 5080 m) lies at a great location that directly faces the astonishing northern face of Mt. Kailash.Overnight camping/guest house (dorm bed).

Accommodation: Overnight in Diraphuk.

No doubt when you wake up in the morning and step outside, you'll want to revel in the glory of your surroundings. After crossing the bridge over Lha-chu and climb on to a moraine, you'll get on the trail with a long ascent up Dolma-chu Valley to Drolma-la Pass. Today you'll have the hardest part of the whole Kora. Less than an hour along is the meadow at JarokDonkhang (5210 m) and the trail branches off to the southeast leading over the snow-capped KhandoSanglam-la, Polung Glacier, and Poling Valley. Only a short distance above JarokDonkhang is the rocky expanse of Shiva-Stal (5330 m). 

Pilgrims are supposed to undergo a symbolic death here and get reborn until reaching the top of Drolma-la. It is customary to leave something behind at Shiva-Stal, such as an item of clothing, a drop of blood or a lock of hair to represent the act of leaving this life behind. After Shiva-still, the trail mercifully flattens for a while and proceeds along a glacial ridge. There are some interesting sights ahead including the skin-testing stone of Bardo Tang. About 30mins from Shiva-that, the trail turns eastward for the final ascent. 

After the 200 m climb, you'll reach the top of Drolma-la where most pilgrims and trekkers rest for refreshment if weather permits before starting the steep descent. Almost immediately on the descent, you'll see the lake of compassion - Gauri Kund (5608 m). It takes about one hour to complete the long and steep 400 m descent to the grassy banks of Lham-chuKhir. In the valley, you may find nomad tents and a teahouse selling drinks and noodles. The third Buddha footprint is on the top of a huge rock nearby. After 30mins south, you'll get to an open place which provides the only glimpse of Mt. Kailash's eastern crystal face. Here you'll also find the third prostration point. Soon you'll see Zutulphuk Monastery (4820 m).

Accommodation: Overnight camping/guest house (dorm bed).

From Zutulphuk Monastery, the trail follows the river closely for an hour or so, then climbs above the river and enters the lovely Gold & Red Cliffs, a narrow canyon with walls stained purple, cobalt and rust. In the far distance, it appears the blue water of lake Rakshas Tal. When the trail joins the Barkha plain, you'll find the fourth prostration point and GurlaMandata is visible again. After an hour's easy walk on a dirt road, you'll get back to Darchen. Our driver will wait for you at Darchen and drive you to Lake Manasarovar, the most venerated of all holy lakes in Tibet, especially to Hindus who have made the pilgrimage walk around the lake for nearly 2,000 years.

Accommodation: Overnight guesthouse (dorm bed).

Drive back to Saga.

Accommodation: Overnight at Saga.

You will have your breakfast in the hotel and commence drive to reach Shigatse.

Accommodation: Overnight at Shigatse.

Finally, today you will drive back to Lhasa.

Accommodation: Overnight at Lhasa.

Today is your last day of Tibet tour. You will be transferred to the international airport as per your flight schedule and your tour concludes here.

Includes

All land transport in private vehicle.
Tibet Travel Permit.
Twin sharing accommodation in respective hotels/camp/lodges on B/B basis throughout the tour in Tibet.
Tours and transfers with English speaking guide.
All government royalties and taxes.
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food, and accommodation.
Medical Kit carried by the guide


Excludes

Additional Food and drinks/ Beverage bills.
Personal Expense.
Entrance fees at all heritage sites during sightseeing.
Tipping (Tips).
Travel Insurance.
International Flights.
Extras cost for upgrading rooms and services at hotels.
Donation in temples, schools, monasteries etc.
Personal Hiking gear, personal kits.
Emergency rescue evacuation insurance of any kind.
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