A trip to Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar is of course more than a trekking and the lake Manasarovar is more than a lake and the mountain Mt. Kailash, similarly is more than a mountain, something higher, holier and spiritual. Standing majestically at the height of 21,778-feet, being than more than just a mountain, has been attracting thousands of travelers, pilgrims and the holy and spiritual beings form the world.
A holy and spiritual journey to holy places is enlightening both outwardly and inwardly. Having been located in the Himalayan mountain ranges of the remote Southwestern corner of Tibet, Kailash is not only one of the highest parts of the world but also the source of four mighty rivers of Asia — the Brahmaputra, the Sutlej, Ganges and the Indus — and simultaneously, it’s also one of the most serene and spiritual spots in the world, preferred by millions of people from different religious backgrounds across the world. The trip to Kailash and Manasarovar has become one of the ways of the life of the thousands of people across the world that they every year undertake it for the self-enlightenment. This magical and mystical spot is always breathtaking and timeless among the travelers and this trip is the journey within.
The lake, Manasarovar, it means in Ssnakrit Manas means Mind and Saravar means lake. It is said this lake was first created in the mind of Brahma. And the Holy Mountain Kailash is famous for the abode of god Shiva according to Hindu mythology.It not so far just 20 kilometers away from Mount Kailash, the sacred blue and emerald green Manasarovar lake that lies at a height of 15,015 ft, is known to be an epitome of purity, unleashing healing properties and the magical power to wash off all mortal sins for the ultimate salvation. If you love trekking, you can do a short trekking to the North face of Kailash, where you will get a chance to meditate in the lap of the mighty peak before you journey back.
Day 1:Arrive in Lhasa(3650m)
Arrive in Lhasa either by flight or train .Tibetan guide will greet,receive you there and drive to your hotel. You may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Brahmauttra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhassa River on their way to Lhasa .Take a rest to acclimatize in high alititude after check in hotel.It also possible to walk around Potala Square,and get amazing photos of Ptalo Place.
Day 2:Lhasa Tour Potala Palace,Johkang Temple,and Barkhor Street.
Breakfast and sightseeing tour first visit the Polata Palace is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama.Tibet PolataPalace has 1000 chambers,the guided burial stupas of formal Dalal Lamas and meditation cave o f the 33rd great king of Tibet.After lunch ,tour to Jokhang temple built by the 33rd great kind of Tibet in 7th century to promote the Buddhist religion .Barkhor Street is the local Tibetan street around Jokhang temple ;you can walk pilgrims and local ,and shopping local Tibetan souvenirs there.
Day 3:Lhasa Tour –Drepunk and Sera Monasatery.
Breakfast and continue Lhasa tour to visit Drepung Monastery,one of the great three”Gelug monasteries of Tibet built in 1416 by jamyang choge.one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples .Ganden palace used to be Dalai Lama’s palace in the Drepung before he moved to the Potala palace .In the Afternoon ,we visit Sera Monastery ,one of the “great three” Gelugpa monasteries of Tibet buit in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey,one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples.The Monks debate at around 3-5 in the afternoon is the main attraction of Sera Monastery.Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 4:Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Shigatse(10 hrs,370km)
Breakfast and we drive through the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley ,Yamdrok lakes,karo-La Glacier and Gyantse.Yamdro-Tso Lake and Kumbum monastery in Gyantse are the attraction of the day driving .Yamdro tso Lake id shaped loke coiling scorpion with deep blue in color and Kumbum monastery has a 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome.After visiting Pelkor Choede ,we continue drive to Shigatse which is the second biggest city of Lhasa.Overnight in Shigastde.
Day 5:Shigatse-Snakya- Tingri (10 hrs,290 km)
Breakfast ,visit Tashi Lhumpo monastery ,the seat of Panchen Lama and drive to Tingri visiting Sakya monastery.One of the very famous monasteries inTibet ,and we also cross the highest pass called Gyatso La(5200m) while driving to Tingri ,the emtrance of Himalayan Natural Reserve .Overnight in Tingri.
Day 6: Tingri to Robgbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp (3 hrs ,(90 km)
Breakfast and 2-3 hours drive to Rongpuk through new winding road in the mountains .On the way from tingri to Everest Base Camp,you can enjoy the stunning mountain scenery;past the wild grassland ,the torrent and soaring mountains .You can see the panorama od Himalaya range including the 4 mountains which are 8000m high and more to enjoy loke Mt.Lhotse (8516m),Mt.Everest (8848 m),Mt.Qowowuyag (8201m) and Mt.Makalu (8463m),and even majestic view of golden summit of Mt.Everest at sunset.Stay overnight in Rongbuk Guest House or Local Tibetan Tent.
Day 7: Rongphu Monastery –Everest Base Camp –Saga(8/9hrs,460 km)
Enjoy the sunrise view on the top of Mount Everest and the giant pyramind view of Mount Everest in front of you at Rongpuk monastery,braskfast and continue drive to Saga via Peiku –Tso Lake (4600m).Overnight at hotel guesthouse of Saga.
Day 8:Saga to Lake Manasarovar to Darchen (9/10hrs,550km)
Breakfast and drive to Darchen via Drongpa and Manasarovar Lake is the holi Lake os Tibetan and Hinduism. In late Hinduism .You can relax around the lake shore and experience the natural beauty of the lake.In late afternoon,we will reach around Darchen,a small town at the foot of Mt.Kailash .Tour guide will assist tourists to arrange trekking yaks and porters and doing some preparation for your following 3 days trekking around Mt.Kailash. Overnight at local guesthouse in Darchen town.
Day 9:Trek Day 1-Darchen to Drirapuk(6.5hrs,11km)
Drive 8km by an environment-friendly bus (40 minutes) to Sarshung ,where porters are waiting for their clients,and we trek to Drirapuk (4920m).Stay overnight at the tent guesthouse of monastery.
Day 10:Trek Day 2-Drirapuk to Zuthulpuk (22km,12 hrs)
Breakfast and trek to Zhuthulpuk. This is the hardest and most toudh trek crosses the Dolma –La pass (5630m)lyimg 6.4 km ahead but 762m above Drirapuk .After takinf a rest at the top ofDolma-La pass,you will descend staircase bringing you to Lhachu valley flor,takinf about one hour of monastery ., and the continue trek to Zuthulpuk. Stay overnight at the tent guesthouse of monastery.
Day 11:Trek Day 3 –Zuthulpuk to Darchen (11km,7 hours)
Today,we will go through Milarepa’s cave ,where the temple and shrines have been built around .Then we walk back to Darchen is easy and the exit from the valley can be reached within three hours .At the endinf point of the valley ,the Driver will came to pick you up and take you back to Darchen.
Day 12:Darchen to Saga (530 km,14 hours)
Drive back along the incoming road to Saga.
Day 13:Saga to Shigatse and Overnight at Hotel or Gurst House
Day 14: Shigatse Lhasa Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15: Lhasa Airport or Train Station.
Breakfast and Tibetan tour guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and you get on board.Say good bye to Tibet Himalayas and Lhasa.
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- Airport pick up and departure transfer
- Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet
- All entrance fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
- English –speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group
- Comfortable ,local driver,vechicle ranging from 4 WD lsnd cruiser to minibus depending on the group size twin Sharing accommodation with breakfast
- Tourist accident/casually insurance
- First aid kit
- Flight or Train Ticket
- Lunch and dinner during Tibet tour ,it costs about USD 3-15 per person for one meal in Tibet.
- Tips for tour guide and driver
- Personal expenses, like laundry ,phone call ,snacks ,soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip) ,optional tour activities etc.
- Tibet China group paper Visa.