Kailash Mansarovar Tour via Lhasa

Duration: 15 Days

5630m / 18466ft

Tibet

Streneous

Min 16 Pax.

Mid May to September

OVERVIEW

To achieve religious satisfaction and holiness Kailash marsarovar tour via lhasa is one of the best way to visit this pilgrimage, scenic and picturesque landscape. Kailash mansarovar yatra via lhasa is planned for those who aim to visit holy Mount kailash and sacred lake mansarovar with chief highlighted sites of Tibet’s including Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Jokhanag temple, Yamdruk-Tso lake. Holy adventure journey in the roof of the world- travelers will be encountering new cultural and historical destinations day by day.

DETAILED ITINERARY

  • Day 01:Arrive in Kathmandu.

    Arrive at Kathmandu. Upon arrival, meet & greet at the airport and transfer to hotel for room check in. Rest of the day is free for personal activities. 

    Eve: Welcome dinner at authentic Nepali Restaurant followed by briefing and orientation program for the participants.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 02: Sightseeing tour in and around Kathmandu valley.

    After breakfast we will proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, which includes, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Rest of the day is free on your own. Meantime we will process your Chinese / Tibet visa at Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 03: Fly to Lhasa (3660m / 12,004ft)

    Morning transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight to Lhasa. The Spectacular flight on Air China which. Crosses the main Himalayan range and the mountain views are magnificent. After arriving at Gonggar Airport in Tibet, It’s an hour drive to Lhasa. It’s advisable to rest and take an easy for the remainder of the day, due to Lhasa’s altitude.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 04: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa

    Am: Potala Palace.

    This morning we will visit the Potala Palace, which dominates the city of Lhasa. A spectacular building, it contains the private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand staterooms and many important chapels. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century. A visit to the Drepung Monastery this afternoon will complete a truly awe- inspiring day. Founded in the 14th century, this monastery was once the largest in the world with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution.

    Jokhang Temple: Situated in the heart of old Lhasa houses Tibet’s most precious religious relic, a golden Sakyamuni Buddha that was brought as a gift by the Chinese princess Wen Cheng on her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. Devout pilgrims prostrate themselves at the entrance of the temple and make the inner holy circuit to offer yak butter to the gods and pay homage to the golden statue of Sakyamuni. Surrounding the Jokhang Temple is the busy bustling Barkhor Bazaar. A marketplace, which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. This is the Spiritual Center of Tibet and is also the heart of Lhasa. 

    Barkhor Bazaar:Barkhor, a circular street at the center of Old Lhasa, is the oldest street in a very traditional city in Tibet. It is a place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble and a place to which a visit must be paid.

    It has been said that in the seventh century Songtsen Gampo, the first Tibetan King (617 - 650) who unified Tibet, married Chinese Princess Wencheng and Nepal princess Tritsun. Later Princess Tritsun built Jokhang Temple to accommodate the twelve-year-old Jowo Sakyamuni, brought to Tibet by Princess Wencheng.

    Barkhor is the road, where pilgrims tramped out around Jokhang Temple through centuries. Buddhist pilgrims walk or progress by body-lengths along the street clockwise every day into deep night. Most of Lhasa's floating population is comprised of these pilgrims. The pilgrims walk outside four columns on which colorful scripture streamers are hung, a custom, which began in the Tubo period (633-877) as a way to show respect.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 05: Drive to Shigatse via Yamdrok – Tso (3,840 m / 12,956 ft) – 351 km.

    Today we start our overland journey towards Kathmandu. Traveling by jeep along the Friendship Highway we cross the Khamba La [4794m] from which there is stunning views across the waters of Yamdrok-tso Lake to the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa [7252m]. We continue westwards over another high pass the Karo La [5045m] where we are treated to the spectacular sight of a huge glacier tumbling down to within a few hundred meters of the road. After passing through beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetan villages we arrive in the town of Gyantse.

    After short break in Gyantse we then continue on to Shigatse, a short drive of only 90kms for overnight.

    Dinner and overnight at hotel.

  • Day 06: Drive to Saga (4,500m / 14,760ft) – 495 kms / 7~8 hrs.

    After breakfast, continue along the Friendship Highway, marveling once more at the barren yet spectacular landscape of Tibet. Beyond the small town of Lhatse we cross the highest pass on our journey, the Gyamtso La [5220m]. After lunch continue drive to following south of the Pelgu-Tso then follow a narrow gorge before climbing to a pass and dropping steeply down to a Bramaputra bridge. After crossing the Bramaputra River, drive another 10 minutes to town Saga, where you will meet Nepali Camping staff with all necessary Camping equipments for onwards Journey.

    Dinner and overnight at hotel in Saga.

  • Day 07: Drive to Lake Mansarovar via Prayang (4,590 m / 15,055 ft.) – 520 kms / 7~8 hrs.

    After early breakfast drive to Prayang for lunch. After lunch continue to Lake Mansarovar (4727m/15510 ft) via Mayum La Pass (5151m/16890 ft). Driving past Kongyu Tso through the village of Thongchen.

    Upon arrival in Hor Village on the shore of the Lake Mansarovar we have to leave our vehicles and switch into Environment vehicle organized by Mansarovar protection Authorities and start parikarma of Mansarovar till Chu Gompa, where we will stay in a guesthouse.

    Dinner and overnight Chu Gompa (Lake Mansarovar).;

  • Day 08: Explore around Lake Mansarovar & Drive to Darchen (40 km / 45 min.)

    According to Hindus mythology Lake Manasarovar was created by Brahma as a reflection of the depth of his soul-manas and represents the female energy of Yoni of the Universe, while Mt. Kailash symbolizes the male energy of the Lingum. Lake Mansarovar is the highest body of fresh water in the world. Holy also to Buddhists, it was once surrounded by 8 monasteries.

    In the late afternoon start short drive to Darchen, this is only 40 km from Mansarovar. Rest of the day is free for the preparation of Mt. Kailash Parikarma.

    Dinner and overnight at guesthouse in Darchen.

  • Day 09: Explore to Chukku Gompa & Hike to Drira Phuk (4,890m / 14,950ft) – 6 hrs.

    After breakfast drive to Chukku Gompa “Also known as Yam Dwar”, where we meet our porters & yaks. After reorganizing the load we start for the trek. The normal pilgrims' route stays on the east bank of the Lha Chu. But for better views of Kailash and generally better campsites, we cross the west bank trail across a scree slope to arrive at a good camping ground at Damding Donkhang (4890 m / 16040 ft), a grassy spot that offers good views of the West face of Mt. Kailash. It is also known as the Valley of yaks as one can see hundreds of yaks grazing on the meadow.

    We continue on a rocky path walking along the Belung Chu and Dunglung Chu streams as the North face of Kailash comes in view. On the opposite side of the Lha Chu you can see several groups of nomad tending herd of goats and yaks. As one reaches the Gompa and a frugal guesthouse at Drira Phuk, we are rewarded with a fine view of the North face of Mt. Kailash. The three lower hills in front of Mt. Kailash from this vantage point are the Manjushree, Avalokitesvara and Vajrapani representing wisdom, kindness and power.

    Dinner and overnight camp at Drira Phuk.

  • Day 10: Trek to Zhutulphuk Gumba via Dolma la pass (5,630 m)

    Start trek from Drira Phuk and immediately cross the Lha Chu on a wooden bridge. If one continues to trek up the Lha Chu, they would eventually reach the true source of the Hindus. The Kora route makes a serious climb on to a moraine leading to the Dolma La pass (5,430 m) and eventually meeting the trail from the East bank.

    After crossing the stream of the Khado – sanglam, we arrive at another Chaksal Gang, the third prostration point and from where we get the last view of the east face of Mt. Kailash during the circumambulation. After about 3 hrs we arrive at the Zutul-puk Gompa (4790m / 15710 ft) where there is a cave in which the saint Milarepa is said to have meditated. It is said that he adjusted the height of this cave to make it more comfortable. His footprint still remains on the roof.

    Dinner and overnight at Camp.

  • Day 11:  End Parikarma & Drive back to New Dzongma -6 hrs.

    Trek along the Jhong Chu River to a bridge, cross it before descending to 4610 m, the last prostration point (Chaksal Gang) from where we get good views of Manasarovar lake but no views of Mt. Kailash.

    After completing Parikarma of Mt. Kailash in Chaksal Gang, meet waiting vehicle and start drive to New Dzongma via Lake Mansarovar (Hor).

    Dinner and overnight guesthouse.

  • Day 12: Drive back to Lhatse or Shigatse.

    After breakfast, start your return Journey to Lhats or Shigatse.

    Dinner and overnight at hotel in Lhatse or Shigatse.

  • Day 13: Train ride to Lhasa.

    After breakfast, get into the waiting vehicle and start drive to Shigatse train station to enjoy the train ride to Lhasa City.  Upon arrival in Lhasa City Check into the hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure.

    Dinner and overnight at hotel.

  • Day 14:  Fly to Kathmandu.

    After breakfast transfer to Lhasa Gongar Airport to board the Air China or Sichuan Airlines flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu meet assist and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure.

    Eve: Farewell Dinner.

    Dinner and overnight at hotel.

  • Day 15:  Final Departure.

    Free until final departure transfer to Kathmandu's International Airport.

    Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

cost includes

    • All transfers, drives & sightseeing as per the itinerary in Nepal in a private a/c vehicle accompanied by English speaking guide / representative from Himalayan Holidays.
    • Accommodation in Nepal & Tibet (as above) in twin / double room sharing basis, inclusive of breakfast and taxes.
    • Tibet / China visa fees
    • Drinking mineral water during on the drive and camps.
    • All transfers, sightseeing and drive in Tibet in a Deluxe Higer or Youtung Coach.
    • All meals in Tibet from (Saga to Saga) hygienically prepared by trained Nepali & Tibetan Kitchen Staff.
    • Camping logistic arrangement as per Itinerary.
    • Tibet Travel permits & Visa fees.
    • Sherpa staff visa and permit fees.
cost excludes

    • Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee (Not applicable for Indian Citizens)
    • Any expenses of Personal nature.
    • Additional night stay at hotel and meals due to early arrival or delay departure from trips due to sickness, natural calamities, flight cancellation or any other reason that is beyond our control.
    • Photography fees.
    • Any expenses incurred during emergency evacuation.
    • Monumental fees for sightseeing tour on Day 04.
    • airfare for sector Katmandu / Lhasa / Kathmandu (Quoted separately)
    • Any items not mentioned in “the above cost includes” section.
    • Personal Insurance policy must be bought from a reputed and reliable firm covering thefts, loss of valuables, tour or flight cancellations due to weather conditions, political reasons or reasons beyond our control, illness, accidents, hospitalization, etc., as well as emergency helicopter evacuation, etc.
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2018-07-20

2018-08-03

Min. 16 pax

$ 3175

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