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Mt. Kailash with Guge Kingdom of the Lost Civilization

Mt. Kailash with Guge Kingdom of the Lost Civilization
 Lhasa-Shigatse-Lhatse - Saga Dawa Festival - Mt.Kailash - Guge Kingdom - Lhasa

Trip length: 17 Nights /18 Days

Starts in: Lhasa

Ends in: Lhasa / Nepal border

Activities- Cultural and Natural sightseeing

Maximum Altitude: 5723 meters

Price from:
$ 2330 p/p

Tour length: 18 days

All year around


Itinerary DetailsPrice Guide & Booking InfoTour FAQTour Map

Day 1 (6th, June)

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 (7th, June)

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 (8th, June)

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 (9th, June)

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 (10th, June)

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 (11th, June)

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 (12th, June)

Zhongba-Lake Manasarovar--Darchen (400km, 6 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 Darchen ( 13th, June)

Highlights: Experience Saga Dawa Festival

Mt. Kailash Mt. Kailash

Schedule today: Thousands of pilgrims from Tibet, Nepal, India and other countries will celebrate the Saga Dawa Festival at the foot of Mt. Kailash. The main event of the ceremony is the replacement and raising of Tarboche, the flagpole which marks the mountain's position at the centre of the universe. As the pole-festooned with prayer flags-is raised, observers throw thousands of additional paper prayers into the air, along with handfuls of tsampa, barley flour.

Day 9 (14th, June)

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 10 (15th, June)

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 11 (16th, June)

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 12 (17th, June)

Drive from Darchen to Zanda (240 Km, around 5-6hours)

Highlights: Tholing Mound Forest, Tholing Monastery

Schedule today: Drive from Darchen to Zanda along the Xinjiang-Tibet Highway, and drive off the main highway after 150Km, go across a few mountain passes, you will see the magnificent Tholing Mound Forest. In the afternoon, visit the Tholing Monastery. Overnight at Zanda.

Day 13 (18th, June)

Zanda / Guge Kingdom Ruins (18KM, 40 minutes)

Highlights: Tholing Mound Forest, Tholing Monastery

Schedule today: Morning drive to Tsaparang Guge Kingdom ruins, in the vast valley of Sutlej river you can find ruins of ancient famous Guge kingdom among the remarkable sand-dunes, a number of temples are still intact and contain exquisite murals and decorative motifs, some are dating back more than 10,000 years, make a half day tour at there. Afternoon drive back to Zanda and have a rest or look around Zanda town. Overnight at Zanda.

Day 14 (19th, June)

Zanda / Lake Manasarovar (260 Km,5-6hours, 4,560M high)

After breakfast, retrace the road back to Lake Manasarovar. Overnight at local guest house (dorm bed).

Day 15 (20th, June)

Driving from Manasarovar to Saga (4550m, 500km, 9 hours).

Overnight at Paryang (Gusethouse, dorm bed)

Day 16 (21st, June)

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

Overnight at Shigatse or Nyelam

Day 17 (22nd, June)

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

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 18 (23rd, June)

Lhasa to airport departure transfer, tour ends.

Price of this 18 days join-in tour is USD 2330 per person based on minimum 3 people and maximum 13 people.

What's included in this price?
1. Well maintained tourist vehicle, could be land cruiser, 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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