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Mt. Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Tour

Mt. Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Tour
 Lhasa-Shigatse-Lhatse- Mt.Kailash-Lhasa

Trip length: 13 Nights /14 Days

Starts in: Lhasa

Ends in: Lhasa

Activities- Cultural and Natural sightseeing

Maximum Altitude: 5723 meters

Price from:
$ 1980 p/p

Tour length: 14 days

Departure:
All year around

  

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Day 1 Arrival & Acclimatization 

Train station pick-up Train station pick-up

Schedule today: Arrival in Lhasa at airport or train station, pick-up and transfer to hotel for acclimatization or you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet.

Day 2 Lhasa city tour

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Backhor Street

Potala Palace Johkang Temple

Schedule today: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa-Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism-Johkang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO.

Day 3 Lhasa city tour Highlights: Norbulingka Park, Sera Monastery

Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Schedule today: In the morning, we will visit the Norbulingka Park which used to be the summer palace for the successive Dalai Lamas from the 1789 till the 14th Dalai Lama; it is also part of UNISCO World Heritage Sites along with the Potala Palace and the Johkang Temple; And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery-Sera Monastery, where the largest scale of scripture debating among monks is famous all across Tibet. We will watch the debate session and you may join in too with the help your guide.

Day 4 Lhasa -Yamdrok Lake-Gyantse (270km, 7 hours)

Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Pelchor Monastery and Kumpa Stupa

Yamdrok Lake Pelchor Monastery & Kumpa Stupa

 

Schedule today: In the morning, drive to the historic town of Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess, on the Gangbala Pass, you will have a clear picture of this Tibetan holy lake in turquoise, in distance you can also see the snow capped Summit of Ninjingkangsang. In Gyantse, you will find the largest stupa in Tibet-Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelchor Monastery. Another important site in Gyantse is Dzong Castle which once was a battle field where Tibetan fought against British invasion.

Day 5 Gyantse -Shigatse -Sakya -Lhatse (240km, 5 hours) 

Highlights: Tashilumpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery

Tashilumpo Monastery Sakya Monastery

Schedule today: Drive to Shigatse to visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama and also one of four most important Gelugpa Sect Monateries in Tibet. In the afternoon, drive to Sakya; visit Sakya Monastery that is famed as the 'Second Dunhuang' for its colossal collection of numerous Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals and Thangkas. Afterwards, we will drive to Lhasa County.

Day 6 Lhatse- Zhongba. (Around 480KM, 7-8 hours) 

Views on way Views on way

 

Schedule today: Long driving about one day over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keep you busy. By the late afternoon you will cross Bhramha Purtra River way to typical Chinese and Tibetan town. Overnight at Zhongba (Guest house, dorm bed)

Day 7 Zhongba-Lake Manasarovar--Darchen (400km, 7 hours)

Highlights: Lake Manasarovar

Lake Manasarovar Lake Manasarovar

Schedule today: Prior to Mt. Kailash trekking, you have to transverse along 350 km distance to Lake Manasorovar. This route takes you to the amazing and holy Manasarovar Lake stunningly set on the Tibetan plateau bordered by the majestic Gurla Mandata. As you approach this sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery will come into your sight on the north-west shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can even get a glimpse of the majestic Mt. Kailash and Gurla Mandata. This journey leaves your spirit fulfilled. Overnight in Darchen (Guest house, dorm bed)

Day 8 Trek from Darchen to Dira-puk Monastery, 20km, 5 - 6 hours 

Schedule today: 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 Dira- puk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hours trek. We will be camping on the nice grassy meadows with a view of northwestern face of Kailash.

Day 9 Trek from Dira-puk Monastery to Zutul-puk Monastery, 15km, 6 - 7 hours 

Schedule today: Lha Chu Valley blurs as you turn towards Drolma Chu Valley. You ascend to Drolma La, the highest point on the trip. But soon after the breathtaking biew of the Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion, at the summit, you realize that this tough and challenging ascent has indeed been worthwhile and fruitful. Several prayer flags can be seen at the summit. Further on, the trail descends to the flat fields of Zutul-puk, which houses a monastery and several fascinating caves. These caves were used for meditation. Milarepa's cave is one of the most ancient and popular. Milarepa's footprints and elbow prints are believed to be imprinted all over this cave filled with mani stones. You then reach Zutul-PUK.

Day 10 Trek back to Darchen, 14Km, 4- 5 hours 

Schedule today: way from Zugul-Puk, you follow the trail through Bhark plain leading to Darchen. It is an easy walk along some impressive gorges and around many manic stones and mani walls back to the Bharkha Plains and dusty Darchen. The Kora has come to an end- you have erased your sins, endured cold nights and mornings, crossed some of the highest passes in the world, met countless fellow pilgrims and sent prayers of peace out to the world. Shortly after arriving at Darchen, you board the waiting vehicle for a short drive to Chi Gomapa, on the shore of the Manasarovar Lake.

Day 11 Driving from Darchen to Saga (4550m, 500km, 9 hours).

Overnight at Paryang (Gusethouse, dorm bed)

Day 12 Driving from Saga to Shigatse OR drive to Nyelam to exit Tibet from Zhangmu 

Overnight at Shigatse or Nyelam

Day 13 Driving from Shigatse to Lhasa OR drive to Zhangmu and see you off at border 

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 14 Lhasa to airport departure transfer, tour ends. 

 

Price of this 16 days join-in tour is USD 1980 per person based on minimum 4 people and maximum 10 people.

What's included in this price?
1. Well maintained tourist vehicle, could be van or bus.
2. Local English speaking Tibetan tour guide.
3. Three star hotel in Lhasa, Gyantse , Lhatse and Shigatse; basic guesthouse at other places.
Note: 3 star hotels in Tibet are not as fancy as that in New York or Beijing, but it's clean and comfortable; however, the basic guesthouses in Tibet are really simple and sometimes even not clean because many dusty pilgrim stayed before, rooms are of dorm beds and have no private bath room or running hot water, we suggest you bring your own sleeping bag if possible
4. All kinds of Tibet travel permits required during this trip, totally 3 different permits.
5. The entire entrance fee to the tourists' sites.
6. Yak and yak porters during 3 days' trekking around Mt. Kailash.
7. Travel insurance for accident only.
8. All days' breakfast.
9. One bottle of water per person per day.
10. Welcome dinner on day 2 for all group members to get familiarized with each other.
11. Free oxygen supply on board.
What's excluded in this price?
1. Air or train tickets to arrive and leave Tibet.
2. Lunches and dinners.
3. Personal expense like shopping, laundry, calls and etc.
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