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Sho Dun Festival to Kailash & Mansarovar Tibet Pilgrimage Tour - 16 Days

Destination: Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasorovar
Duration: Sixteen Day
Tour Code: T16
Transportation: Vehicle
Best Travel Time:August
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Shoton is a transliteration of two words in the Tibetan language which means "the Yoghurt (Sho) Banquet (Ton)", so this festival is featuring in eating yogurt, that's why the Shoton Festival is also called the Yoghurt Festival.

 

Looking back the Shoton Festival's 1000 years history at Drepung Monastery, Potala Palace and Norbulingka Park, you will easily find this time-honored festival has rooted deeply into generations of Tibetan people's life. The festival is surely the best time for any explorer to come to this mysterious land to discover and understand this old nation's religion, culture and tradition.

 

Mt. Kailash - the most sacred mountain in the Tibetan Buddhist world is considered to be the centre of the universe. Uncannily symmetrical, this remote and remarkable peak is located in the far west of Tibet.  For many it is a primordial image of a stupa/ choerten, crowned with a glacier and a perfect cone of pure snow.  Mt. Kailash has arguably, the unique distinction of being the world's most venerated holy mountain while at the same time being the least visited. Being the sacred mountain of four different religions and over one billion people. Kailash is seen by no more than several thousand pilgrims every year.

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
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Day 1: (23rd, Aug)

Activity today: Arrival in Lhasa, Pick-up service from Lhasa train station or airport and then transfer you to the hotel reserved for you. Have a good rest in the hotel to better acclimatize yourself.

 

Day 2: (24th, Aug)

Activity 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 - Jorhkang 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: (25th, Aug)

Activity today: Wake up early, if you like, to experience the most zealous enthusiasm of Tibetan people's faith towards Buddhism, because today is the first day of Shoton Festival, and people will wake up very early to rush to Drepung Monastery in order to get a good position to view Great Buddha exhibition show. In the afternoon, drive you to see Sera monastery, the very exciting Buddhism scripture debating among lamas will go on there in the afternoon.

 

 

Day 4: (26th, Aug)

Activity today: Today, in the moring we will firstly drive to Ganden Monastery that is 65km away from Lhasa city. The monastery is the ancestry monastery for the Gelug sect of the Tibet Buddhism. Now Gelug sect is the most influential sect of Tibet Buddhism. The valley where the monastery located is very beautiful , we will do a short trekking ( 2 hours) there and in the afternoon, we drive to Norbulingka Park to watch the interesting Tibetan Opera Show.

 


Day 5: (27th, Aug)

Route: Lhasa - Gyatse - Shigatse (360km)
Activity today: Drive to the historic town of Gyantse via the turquoise Holy Lake of Yamdrok, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess; 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 (Optional). Another important site in Gyantse is Dzong Castle which once was a battle field where Tibetan fought against British invasion.

 


Day 6: (28th, Aug)

Route: Shigatse - Rongbuk Monastery (340km)
Activity today: Driving to Rongbuk Monastery (the highest monastery in the world) via Shegar, on the way you will cross over Gyatsola Pass at 5,220 m, which is the highest point enroute, and from the pass you will see the Himalaya mountain ranges in a clear day. Overnight at Rongbuk Guesthouse. (Dorm beds)


  


Day 7: (29th, Aug)

Route: Rongbuk Monastery - EBC - Saga (300km)
Activity 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 Saga (Guest house, dorm bed)

 

 

Day 8: (30th, Aug)

Route: Saga - Paryang - Lake Manasarovar (450km)
Activity today: Driving from Saga to Lake Manasarovar on the well paved road. You will drive through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with the distance view of snow capped mountains. 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 at the village Hore or Chiu Monastery (Guest house, dorm bed)


 


Day 9: (31st, Aug)

Route: Lake Manasarovar - Darchen (60km)
Activity today: After breakfast, it is a day for Puja & Holy bath in the holy lake. We will be doing Mansarover Parikarma by land cruiser (4520 m) 115 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. On the way, we will stop near Trugu Gompa for Holy Bath in Holy Lake Mansarovar. We will be setting seperate bathing tents for changing your clothes. During this parikarma, we will have a picnic lunch on the bank of Holy Lake Mansarovar. Time Permitting visit Chui Gompa. Later, drive to Darchen (4620 m). Darchen is located beneath the majestic holy Mount Kailash, a small village with couple of guesthouses. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with Pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around. Overnight at Hotel in Darchen

 

Day 10: (1st, Sep)

Route: Trek from Darchen to Dira-puk Monastery, 20km, 5 - 6 hours
Activity 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 11: (2nd, Sep)

Route: Trek from Dira-puk Monastery to Zutul-puk Monastery, 15km, 6 - 7 hours
Activity 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 12: (3rd, Sep)

Route: Trek back to Darchen, 14Km, 4- 5 hours
Activity today: Away 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 13: (4th, Sep)

Route: Driving from Darchen to Saga (500 km, 8 hours).
Overnight at Saga (Guesthouse, dorm bed)

 


Day 14: (5th, Sep)

Route: Driving from Saga to Shigatse (450Km, 7 hours). If you want to continute the tour to Nepal after Tibet, we can drive you from Saga to Zhangmu border today.
Overnight at Shigatse.

 

Day 15: (6th, Sep)

Route: Driving from Shigatse to Lhasa (280km, 5 hours).
Overnight at Lhasa.

 

Day 16: (7th, Sep)

Route: Lhasa - Next destination
Activity today: Tour ends, our guide and driver will drop you off at airport in Lhasa.

 

 

 








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