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Mount Kailash & Lake Monasarovar Tibet Pilgrimage Tour - 15 Days

Destination: Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar
Duration: Fifteen Day
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Transportation: Vehicle
Best Travel Time:April to November
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This 13 days Mount Kailash and Lake Monasarovar group tour covers from Lhasa to Mt. Kailash to Mt. Everest, and it runs almost 3000 KM and provides loads of opportunities to enjoy the cultural and natural major relics. It includes 4 of the most famous monasteries namely Jokhang, Sera, Tshilunpo and Rongbuk, which will provide you enough time to know and learn about Tibet Buddhism and its unique aspect. Followed by Yamdrok Lake and Lake Monasaravar, you will see two of the tree holy lakes in Tibet. The Everest and Kailash then assure you to know the grandness of the highest and sacred mountains of this world, and Kora 3 days in Kailash will surely be the chance to sense Tibet, empathize with the mystery and holiness of this area.
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US$2250/persons 2250USD/Person


Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa

Today's activities: Check in, Rest and Prepare, Free Activities
Activities: Yak Hotel( 3 Star )
Meals: None

Welcome to the roof of the world! Our guide will pick you up at the Airport/ Train station

and help you settle down at the hotel, if you arrive early, you could rest a bit, or seek

out holy city 每 Lhasa yourself! Lots of water and plenty of sleep would help you adapt to

the altitude of Tibet.


Day 2: Lhasa city tour

Activities: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Bachkor Street
Accommodation: Yak Hotel( 3 Star )
Meals: Breakfast

This morning you'll wind your way up through the stunning, awe-inspiring Potala Palace.

Built in 637 AD by Songtsen Gampo, it was the former winter residence for the Dalai Lamas

and is truly a splendor of Eastern architecture. Next, visit the Jokhang Temple, the center

of Tibetan Buddhism, also built in the 7th century on the legendary pond of "Wothang."

Later after lunch, witness the famous debate sessions by the monks at Sera Monastery. And

finish the day by taking a Kora around the Barkhor. Test your bartering skills with the

locals in this push-and-shove economy. 


Day 3: Drive to Shigatse via Gyantse

Activities: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier
Accommodation: Shigatse Monasarovar Hotel( 3 Star )
Meals: Breakfast

In the morning you'll start the drive to Shigatse, via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship

Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you'll see the tranquil turquoise

waters of Lake Yamdrok below; one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance

you'll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191 m), and the staggering Karo-la

Glacier (5045 m). Afterwards, you'll drive to Shigatse, and overnight there.


Day 4: Shigatse - Mt. Everest

Activities: wonder around Tibet plateau & Tashilumpo Monastery
Accommodation: tent or guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast

In this morning, we will first visit Tashilunpo Monastery, and then driving strictly

Everest base camp and overnight there .

Tips: Today the driving time is a bit longer, estimated at least 8 hours. But generally

speaking, the route itself Is very smooth and comfortable, thus no need to be occupied by

Acute Mountain Sickness.

Day 5: Mt. Everest Base Camp 每 Saga

Activities: Everest Base Camp,Rogbuk Monastery
Accommodation: budget guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast

Wake this morning below the stunning north face of Mt. Everest, (8848) the tallest mountain

on earth. After breakfast, drive the remaining 8 km to visit Everest Base Camp. Then, drive

forward to Saga via Old Tringri, and be wrapped in the endless vistas of the Tibetan




Day 6: Saga 每 Lake Monasaravar

Activities: Camping around Lake Monasaravar
Accommodation: tent or guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast

From Saga it is 145 km to Zhongba. The road is good and the trip can be completed in 2-3

hrs. There is also a small monastery at the western end of town on a hill. From Zhongba

onwards the southern road deteriorates. This section of the road has panoramic views of

mountains on either side of the road. From Paryang to Lake Manasorovar, There will be

several river crossings and we drive past Mayum la pass (5200 M). The scenery is stunning

beautiful with panoramic views of the Himalayas


Day 7: Lake Monasaravar 每 Mount Kailash

Activities: Mount Kailash and around
Accommodation: tent or guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast

About 60 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



Day 8: Kailash Circuit Trek / Diraphuk 6 hrs

Activities: Mt Kailash Kora
Accommodation: tent or guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast

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.


Day 9: Diraphuk / Zutrulphuk, 6 hrs

Activities: Mt Kailash Kora
Accommodation: budget guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast

Today 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 10: Zutrulphuk trek to Darchen / Drive to Paryang

Activities: Mt Kailash Kora
Accommodation: budget guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast

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 head back to

Paryang and overnight there.

Day 11: Paryang每 Saga 

Activities: Scenery en route
Accommodation: budget guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast

Today we will heading from Paryang directly to Saga city. Upon arrival, free time at your


Day 12: Saga 每 Zhangmu

Activities: views on the way
Accommodation: budget guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast

In this morning, we will directly heading for the highest mountain in the world, Mt.

Everest, we will also pay a visit to Rongbuk monastery (optional), overnight at guesthouse

or tent.

Day 13: Zhangmu see off at the Friendship Bridge

Activities: See off (Tour member Exit from Zhangmu city finished today)
Accommodation: budget guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast

In the morning we will drive you to the Zhangmu border and our guide will help you go

through the formalities of China Customs and apply for your Nepali visa, then you need to

cross the Friendship Bridge to Nepali side by yourself.

Post Tour: On Day 13 Drive back to Lhatze

NOTE:For those who expected to depart to other places from Lhasa, today the vehicle would

continue drive back to Lhatse, thus we recommend you try to see the border town Zhangmu

yourself a bit, it's a mixture of Tibet, Indian, and Nepal culture, various artcrafts and

food could certainly attracts you.

Day 14: Lhatse 每 Lhasa

Accommodation: Yak Hotel( 3 Star )
Meals: Breakfast

Today we will continue heading back to Lhasa city, but with a slightly different route, so,

sit back, and enjoy the endless Tibet Plateau.

Day 15: Lhasa Gonggar Airport

Activities: See off (Tour member Exit from Lhasa city finished today)

For those who depart to other places from Lhasa, we will see you off at Lhasa Airport, your

tour in Tibet ends here, and we sincerely hope you could come here again, we hope we bring

the best of Tibet to you and to all the tour members, the whole tour ends here.


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