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Forbidden Lhasa-Everest & Mt. Kailash

Mt Kailash And Lake Manasarovar

Explore the Holy City of Lhasa & journey overland via Everest Base Camp to Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasorovar
Best Season: May - October
Mt. Kailash, at 6714 m also known as Tise, Kailasa & Kang Rinpoche(Jewel of the Snows), has since time immemorial been celebrated in many Eastern cosmologies as Mt. Meru, the axis mundi. And as the center of the physical & metaphysical universe, Mt. Meru is sacred to the Buddhist, Jains, the Hindus & the Bonpos. For the Hindus, the mountain represents the seat of Lord Shiva; for the Buddhists, a terrestrial projection of the cosmic mandala of Dhyani-Buddhas & Boddhisatva.The Wheel of Life; for the Bonpos, Kailash was the sacred nine storey Swastika Mountain, upon which the Bonpo founder Sherab alighted from heaven. Four of the great rivers of the Indian subcontinent originates from here: the Karnali, which feeds into the Ganges (south); the Indus (north); the Sutlez (west) & the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo, east).

This trip explores the fabled city of Lhasa & other important towns en route and also takes you to the north face of Everest Base Camp & the Rongbuk Monastery & continues to the sacred Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasorovar.

Tibet Travels & Tours offers special fixed trips to Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasorovar to facilitate pilgrims & foreign tourists. We are probably one of the few outfits that provide Nepali Sherpa staff support for all of our treks in Tibet so as to ensure similar high quality trek services that exist in Nepal. All trips are planned to arrive at Kailash on a full-moon day to obtain total & unhindered view of the holy mountain.


Fixed Departure Dates Year 2009

  1. May 27-June 15
  2. Sept 23-Oct 12

Fixed Departure Dates Year 2010

  1. May 27-June 15
  2. May 15-June 3
  3. Sept 11-30
Private tour dates available on request

Itinerary

Day 1: KATHMANDU-LHASA (3650 M), 90 KMS
Transfer to airport to connect CA 408 KTM-LXA flight. Upon arrival you will be met by our Tibet representative and transfer to Kyichu Hotel.

DAYS 2-3: Lhasa
We will have two full days in Lhasa to make excursions to the following places:

The Jokhang-The Jokhang is the principal and holiest Buddhist temple in Lhasa, as well as all of Tibet. It is the focus of devotion of hundreds of Tibetans from near and far who circle it to gain spiritual merit. The Jokhang was first constructed in the 7th century and has a large gold image of Sakyamuni Buddha.

Sera and Drepung-Sera, founded in 1419, is a monastery of the Gelugpa order. Its many white buildings sit at the base of a rocky hill. Gilded, bell-shaped gyamtschens grace the roofs of many of the larger buildings. Drepung used to have 8,000 monks who were taught in the traditions of Vajrayana, Mahayana, and Sutrayana, the three vehicles of Tibetan Buddhism.

Potala Palace-The 13-story Potala Palace is reputed to contain 1,000 rooms and hundreds upon hundreds of brilliant thangkas, frescoes, and images built in an era when religious art was created anonymously as a means of gaining merit for future lives. It's one of the world's most extraordinary buildings and completely covers the mountain it stands upon.

DAY 4: LHASA- SHIGATSE (3860 M)
Drive to Shigatse. Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama who is the 2nd in the Buddhist religious hierachy and Shigatse Market.

DAY 5: SHIGATSE-RONGBUK (5050 M)
We head off the main overland route and the road rise steeply up the foothills of the Himalayas via Pangla Pass to arrive at Rongbuk Monastery, the world's highest monastery situated at 5200m, just below the Rongbuk glacier. Overnight at Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse.

DAY 6: RONGBUK MONASTERY - EVEREST BASE CAMP - DINGRI
We have the option to hike or drive to Everest Base Camp. Return to Rongbuk Monastery & then continue to Dingri.

DAY 7: DINGRI - NGAMRING
We drive to the town of Lhatse & continue to the village of Ngamring.
O/N Camp.

DAY 8: NGAMRING TO SAGA
The road follows south of the Pelgu-Tso, continues across the plain with stunning Himalayan views. The route then follows a narrow gorge before climbing to a pass and dropping steeply down to a ferry crossing over the Yarlung Tsangpo.

DAY 9: PARYANG, 4750 M, 250 KMS, 8-9 HRS
From Saga it is 145 km to Zhongba. The road is good and the trip can be completed in 4-5 hrs. There is also a small monastery at the western end of town on a hill. From Zhongba onwards the southern road deteriorates. There is also danger of vehicles getting stuck. But this section of the road has panoramic views of mountains on either side of the road.

DAY 10: LAKE MANASOROVAR, 4560 M, 260 KMS, 10 HRS
From Paryang to Lake Mansorovar is a long drive of 10 hrs or more. There will be several river crossings and we drive past Mayum la pass (4600 M). The scenery is stunningly beautiful with panoramic views of the Himalayas.

DAY 11: DARCHEN (4560 M), 30 KM
About 30 kms north of Lake Manasorovar is Darchen, the main gateway and the village. The monastery at Darchen, Darchen Gon, is a part of the Drukpa sect. The two-story monastery structure in the center of the town serves as a trading post and shelter for pilgrims. Within the dukhang assembly hall are new and old thangka paintings and some statues, the main image being Sakyamuni. West of the gompa is the Mani Lhakhang that has a large, new mani prayer wheel. This is the site where the original old flagpole (a darchen is a flagpole for prayer flags) of Darchen was located. When beginning their kora pilgrimage around Kailash, many pilgrims often circumambulate the Darchen Gon monastery and the Mani Lhakhang before setting out.
We organize yaks or ponies for the Kailash circuit trek at Darchen.

DAY 12: KAILASH CIRCUIT TREK - DIRAPHUK : (6 hrs)
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.

DAY 13: DIRAPHUK - ZUTRULPHUK , 4790, 6 hrs
Toady 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.

DAY 14: DARCHEN - TIRDAPURI
The final end of the parikrama is an easy 2-3 hrs walk down to where the river emerges on to the Barga plain. We complete the 3 day circuit trek of Mt. Kailash and drive to Tirdapuri where there is a hot spring. For the Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash is not complete without visiting Tirdapuri .

DAY 15: TIRDAPURI - LAKE MANASOROVAR
DAY 16: LAKE MANASOROVAR - Rest day or self exploration
DAY 17: PARYANG
DAY 18: SAGA
DAY 19: NYALM

DAY 20: NYLAM - KATHMANDU
Across Friendship Bridge to Kodari border where you will be met by our Tibet Travels representative and driven to Kathmandu.

Cost in USD Per Person: (MIN 2 PAX)

2 PAX: USD 3850 per person
3 ~ 4 PAX: USD 3550 per person
5 ~ 7 PAX: USD 3100 per person
8 ~ 9 PAX: USD 2850 per person
10 ~ 15 PAX: USD 2650 per person

Single supplement - USD 380
Airfare KTM-LXA - USD 273+83($356)


Cost Includes:
● Tibet permit, entrance fees
● Twin sharing accommodation in Lhasa on BB Plan
● All meals outside of Lhasa & during camping
● All camping services provided by Sherpa staffs from Nepal
● Transportation by Toyota landcruisers (1 X 4) & 1 support ruck
● Yaks & Yak herders during Kailash parikrama
● Portable altitude Chamber (PAC) + oxygen

Cost Excludes:
● Airfare & airport tax
● Insurance & emergency rescue charges
● Tibet visa fee + rush fee, if applicable
● Extra porter & transport charges in the event of landslides
● Personal clothing & accessories including sleeping bags
● Others not specified in above cost inclusions list