15 Days Mount Kailash and Lake Monasarova Small Group Tour
Tour Route: Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse – EBC – Lake Manasarova – Mount Kailash Trek – Shigate – Lhasa
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Small group tour (less than 12 people) with fixed departure
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1. Easy (1 point) - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
2. Moderate (2-3 Points) - suitable for those having average level for fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 years.
3. Moderate to Strenous (4 Points) - suitable for those physically fit and have experiences of high altitude trekking.
4. Strenuous (5 Points) - suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.
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Let's join our 2016 Mount Kailash Yatra!
The most classic 15 days trip to Mount Kailash and Lake Monasarovar will take you deeper into the mysterious land. Taking a 3-day Kora around Mt.Kailash following the pilgrims' path to discover the beauty and sacredness of Mt. Kailash could be a lifetime experience for you. Visiting Tibet with a trek arount Mount Kailash, you will not only be amazed by the wilderness of western Tibet, but aslo experience the rich culture and religious charm of this land.
- Go down into the bowels of the Potala Palace, the impressive but spiritless citadel of the Dalai Lamas.
- Join the shuffling, murmuring pilgrims around the shrines of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual heart of Tibet.
- Take in a prayer meeting or some monk debating at Sera Monastery, one of the largest and most intact of Tibet’s great monasteries.
- Worship before a 26m gold Buddha at Tashilumpo Monastery, a walled complex the size of a village.
- Stay overnight at Everest Base Camp and enjoy superb scenery of the north face of Mt. Everest and the Rongbuk monastery.
- Join the pilgrims looking to erase the sins of a lifetime on the three-day trek around holy Mt. Kailash.
- Hike the sandy shores of scared Lake Manasarovar, or just marvel at the turquoise waters and snowcapped-mountain backdrop.
At a GlanceDay 1 Arrive in Lhasa, get the first impression of Tibet Day 2 Visit Lhasa Highlights – Potala Palace, Johkang Temple and Barkor Street Day 3 Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery Day 4 Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse Day 5 Shigatse - Sakya - Tingri Day 6 Drive from Tingri to Rongbuk Monastery Day 7 Rongphu Monastery and Everest Base Camp, and then drive to Saga Day 8 Saga to Darchen via Lake Manasarova Day 9 Trek Day One - Darchen to Drirapuk Day 10 Trek Day Two - Drirapuk to Dzultripuk Day 11 Trek Day Three- Dzultripuk to Darchen Day 12 Drive from Darchen to Saga Day 13-14 Saga to Shigatse to Lhasa Day 15 Depart from Lhasa
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa, get the first impression of Tibet
Welcome to Tibet! Upon arrival, be greeted by our local guide at airport or train station and be presented with traditional Tibetan White Scarf to wish you good luck!
After group photo at airport, you will board on the coach and transfer to your hotel. You will enjoy the spectacular scenery and the typical Tibetan villages on the way.
Stay at the hotel after arrival for adapting to the high attitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water just and now.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 2: Visit Lhasa Highlights – Potala Palace, Johkang Temple and Barkor Street
After breakfast, we go to the Potala Palace, a golden feather upon the roof of the world, which Tibetans proudly claim to be the prime miracle since the creation of this world. It is visible from any distance, with the golden roof shinning in the sun, spend one hour wondering around the inside of this magnificent building exploring the rooms previously used by the Dalai Lama and the many Buddhist icons within.
In the afternoon we go inside of the Jokhang Temple. The Jokhang, like most of the larger temple structures have numerous individual temples within it dedicated to specific enlightened beings, protectors, high lamas, or saints. Images, both sculpted and painted, are everywhere. Every inch of wall and ceiling is brightly painted with images of clouds, beings, mandalas, or decorative patterns. Colorful silk banners, three stories high, hang in various places. Color, pattern, and images crowd in around you. The central image inside the building is a 30-foot high gilded image of Maitreya Buddha.
Then stroll around the back alleys of the Barkhor area of Old Lhasa. The streets smelled of yak butter and incense while hordes of pilgrims shuffled along the main Kora (circumambulations) around Jokhang Temple. If someone just walked at a normal pace, one kora would take about 15-20 minutes. Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 3: Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
In the morning have a tour for Drepung Monastery, the ever largest monastery with more than 10 thousand monks, Buddhist debates often occur there. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given its name which, in the Tibetan language, means Monastery of Collecting-Rice. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks there.
The afternoon is spent touring Sera Monastery, have a little hike for the beautiful valley scenery nearby and picnic there, in the afternoon, visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. Catch the famous debate session of the monks before returning back to Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 4: Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse
After fully explore Lhasa, you’ll have a chance to get lost in the endless Tibetan landscape while you take a short hike along the turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok, one of the four holy lakes in Tibet. This dazzling lake is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la (4700m). The lake lays several hundred metres below the road, and it is shaped like a coiling scorpion. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangstsang (7191m). Afterwards pass by the 5,010 m high Karo-la and the Simi La forward to Gyantse (3,950m).
Visit Pelkor Monastery as well as the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby, both of them built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse.
In the afternoon drive about 90 kilometers to Shigatse (3880m), the second largest city with 40,000 inhabitants in Tibet and the traditional capital of the Tsang.
Stay overnight in Shigatse.
Day 5: Shigatse - Sakya - Tingri
Today, you will visit the famous Tashi Lhunpo monastery, the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. In this monastery, you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future god) in the world.
After visiting Tashilhunpo Monastery, you’ll drive to the Sakya County where you can visit the famous Sakya monastery. The Sakya sect is quite different from other sects in Tibet. The sect in Sakya does not believe in reincarnation and the head of Sakya sect will wear white cassock and also marry and have children.
Then continue the journey to Tingri, the entrance of Himalayan Nature Reserve via the world highest pass Gyatso-la pass with 5200 m above sea level.
Stay Overnight in Tingri.
Day 6: Drive from Tingri to Rongbuk Monastery
After breakfast, taking a 2-3 hours driving from Tingri to Rongpuk through 90 km new winding road in the mountains. While passing through the torrent and soaring mountains and the wild grassland, you can enjoy the stunning mountain scenery.
If weather permits, you can have a panorama view of Himalaya range with the top 4 highest mountains that are over 8,000m, including Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m) and Mt Mayalu (8463m). And you may even see the majestic golden summit of Mount Everest at sunset.
Stay overnight in Ronguk Guest House or local Tibetan Tent
Day 7: Rongphu Monastery and Everest Base Camp, and then drive to Saga
In the morning, you may see the sunrise appearing on the summit of Mount Everest and you can get to Everest Base Camp by local bus or trekking.
After visiting EBC, we need to drive to Saga Country via the old Tingri road, which passes through the desolate plain of Digur Tang. You can see the snow peaks of mount Everest and Mout Shishapangma(8012m) en route. Then descending into the depression of Pelkhu tso Lake(4600m).
Finally, we will drive to Saga, a small town that is 69 km away from Pelkhu tso Lake.
Stay overnight at a local guesthouse of Saga.
Day 8: Saga to Darchen via Lake Manasarova
In the morning, we will first driving about 167 km from Saga town to Drongpa County, which is at the sources of Brahmaputra River.
Next, we will make a small detour to the Lake Manasarovar, the holy lake of both Tibetan and Hinduism. You can a relaxing trip around the lake shore and experience the natural beauty of the Lake Manasarova with snow capped mountains on the background. You may also see many pilgrims praying and circling around the lake shore.
In late afternoon, we will reach Darchen, a small town at the foot of Mount Kailash. Our Tour guide will assist you to arrange trekking yaks and porters and doing some preparation for your following 3 days trekking around Mt.Kailash.
Stay overnight at local guesthouse in Darchen twon
Day 9: Trek Day One - Darchen to Drirapuk
Today is the first day of your Mount Kailash trekking. We will firstly take the environment-friendly bus from Darchen to Sarshung village, where your porters are waiting for you. The 8 kilometers’ journey takes about 40 minutes by bus. Then we start to trek.
After two hours, we come upon a grassy plain populated by nomads. For this turn in the valley it is another two hours at least before reaching Drirapuk(4920m).
Stay overnight at the tent guesthouse of monastery.
Day 10: Trek Day Two - Drirapuk to Dzultripuk
Today, start the hardest and most tough circuit with the Dolma-la pass, which is lying 6.4km ahead but 762m above Drirapuk.
It is better to set off early in the morning as the sun rays break over the ridges above the peak of Dolma-la pass at 5630m above the sea level.
After taking a rest at the peak of Dolma-la pass, you will take about one hour from the pass down to Lhachu valley floor, from which there is still four hours trekking to today’s final destination with no shelters on the way. It is better to walk on the right side of the river and finally get to Dzultripuk (with miracle cave of milarepa).
Take a good rest in the guest room and prepare for next morning's departure.
Stay overnight at the tent guesthouse of monastery.
Day 11: Trek Day Three- Dzultripuk to Darchen
The last trekking day starts from a trip to Milarepa’s Cave, where the temple and shrines have been built around. Then we walk back to Darchen is easy and the exit from the valley can be reached within three hours.
At the ending point of the valley, the driver will come to pick you and take you back to Darchen.
Stay overnight at the local guesthouse at Tarchen.
Day 12: Drive from Darchen to Saga
Drive back to Saga along the incoming road.
Day 13-14: Saga to Shigatse to Lhasa
Drive back to Lhasa along the incoming road.
Day 15: Depart from Lhasa
Our guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.
Cost & Calendar
Class/Price for Per Person
Apr.1 to Jun.24
Jun.25 to Aug.25
Aug.26 to Oct.15
Oct.16 to Nov.15
Discount: 3 travelers book the tour at the same time (5% off)
1. Tibet Entry Permit and Alien's travel Permit
- Comfortable, clean and safe vehicle depending on the group size, and reliable Tibetan local driver;
3. Admission Fees of All tourist sites listed in Itinerary
4. Fares of environmental protection sightseeing bus between Rongpuk and EBC
5. Professional Tibetan English speaking tour guide
6. Oxygen provided while travelling to EBC
7. Hot water bottle provided in winter while travelling to EBC
8. Travel Agency Service Charge
9. Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance
- Comfortable Class (3-star Lodging), standard twin beds room with private bath room in Lhasa and Shigatse
- Tent or Guest House at Rongpuk with simple breakfast for both comfortable and budget class
- Local Guest Tents at the roadside of Mt. Kailash trekking path for 2 nights, dormitories, 3-5 pax sharing.
1. International flight to and out of China
2. Domestic flight / train to and out of Lhasa (If you need ticket booking service, please leave your requirements in the Online Inruiry form.)
3. Meals not specified in the itinerary;
4. Lunches and Dinners
5. Tips to driver and tour guide, Tip as you wish
6. Single room supplement if you travel individual and prefer to stay in one room by yourself.
7. Personal expenses, like laundry, phoncall, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
About Hotel We Use
In Lhasa: Comfortable class Hotel
In Shigatse: Comfortable class Hotel
In Rongpuk: Rongpuk Guest House or Tent Guest House
In Darchen and Saga: Local Guest houses, dormitories, 3-5 pax sharing.
Mount Kailahs Trekking: Local Guest Tents at the roadside trekking path for 2 nights, dormitories, 3-5 pax sharing.
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