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16 days Tibet Kailash Tour Program: Lhasa-Manasarovar-Kailash-KTM

Please be aware that this Tibet Kailash tour can be further extended to Everest Base Camp and Guge Kingdom Ruins.Our experienced Tibetan drivers have drove along these bumpy roads in west Tibet around 20 times a year, and our guides also lead many groups under the foot of great Mt Kailash. You will never be alone or feeling lonely in this paradise as travelling with our staff seems like a happy FAMILY TRAVEL. You can begin this tour from China to Lhasa by train or air, and of course you can fly from Kathmandu, Nepal. Please shape out your international flight routing for cost wise and then just contact us. Our agency provides quality services for these pilgrim tours at all time.

There are daily flights to Lhasa from Beijing,Chengdu,Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou,Xi'an, etc. if you fly from Kathmandu,Nepal to Lhasa, please be sure that you arrive in Kathmandu at least one day before any of these dates of Monday, Wednesday and Friday (China visa date), then fly to Lhasa the next day to visa date (the earliest).

Rough itinerary:
Day 01 Arrival in Lhasa [3650m] rest for acclimatization
Day 02 -03 Lhasa sightseeing for the must see sites (Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Drepung & Sera monastery)
Day 04 Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Karola Glacier-Gyantse-Shigatse [3900m]
Day 05 Shigatse (Tashilhunp Monastery)-Sakya Monastery-Lhatse (Hot Spring) [4010m]
Day 06 Drive Lhatse to Saga [4600m] 
Day 07 Drive to Paryang [4750m] 
Day 08 Drive to Manasarovar [4560m]
Day 09 Excursions at Manasarovar,Drive to Darchen (Tarboche [4750m])
Day 10 Trek to Dira-puk
Day 11 Trek to Zutul-puk [4790m]
Day 12 Trek back to Darchen [4560m]
Day 13 Drive to Paryang [4750m]
Day 14 Drive to Saga [4600m]
Day 15 Drive to Nyalam or Zhangmu [2100m]
Day 16 Drive to Kathmandu [1400m], 123 km, o/n at any 3 stars hotel in KTM. tour ends with us (Any additional programs can be organized in Nepal as per your idea)
16 days Lhasa-Manasarovar-Kailash-Kathmandu (Lhasa in Zhangmu out)
fixed departures 2011, Special prices on requests


Arrival in Lhasa

On full moon date, arrival at Manasarovar/Kailash


Arrival in KTM


09 April, Saturday

17 April, Sunday


24 April, Monday


09 May, Tuesday

17 May, Tuesday


24 May, Tuesday


08 Jun, Wednesday

16 June, Thursday

Falls into Saga Dawa Festival 2011


23 June, Thursday


07 Jul, Thursday

15 July, Friday


22 July, Friday


06 Aug, Saturday

14 Aug, Sunday


21 Aug, Sunday


04 Sep, Sunday

12 Sep, Monday


19 Sep, Monday


03 Oct, Monday

11 Oct, Tuesday


18 Oct, Tuesday

Day to Day arrangements  (click here to check out the highlights reference for this trip)
Day01 To Lhasa, transfer to hotel
Accommodation: any nice 3 star hotel in Ancient Downtown Barkhor area or similar due to late booking. Upon arrival at train station or Ghongkhar Airport, your driver and guide will pick you up (with your name sign), then we drive to the downtown ancient Lhasa city. Stay at the hotel for adapting to the high attitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days. You’d better drink little bit more water than usual and walk light (be noted the first day’s acclimation is important to ensure you a good health status for the following tour, so behave wise)

Day02 Lhasa Sightseeing: Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Sera Monastery
Accommodation: any nice 3 star hotel in Ancient Downtown Barkhor area or similar due to late booking. In the morning visit Jokhang Monastery, then walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties. And in the afternoon go to visiting Sera Monastery. Jokhang Monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Sera Monastery 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. Luckily you could see the line-up for visit the god as long as you could imagine, also the exciting debating situation of monks there every afternoon.

Day03 Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala, Drepung Monastery
Accommodation: any nice 3 star hotel in ancient downtown Barkhor or similar due to late booking.Visit Potala Palace, have a view of the Drepung monastery and Norbulinka. Potala Palace was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet , and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet . The crowds of pilgrims, innumerable magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures altogether create a dense religious and art atmosphere that impresses every visitor. Drepung Monastery, the sacred land of Gelug Sect, which was established in 1416 and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. Norbulinka: Dalai Lamas' summer place and also the place in holidays for local people to put up tents for the enjoyment.

Day04 Lhasa Lake Yamdrok-Gyantse-Shigatse (350km, 3900 m)
Around 8:30 am, we will leave Lhasa for 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, the 8-storey Stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameters contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world.), just next to the Stupa is the Pelchor Monastery, This typical Tibetan Buddhist monastery is the only one large building complex in Tibet that old monastery and Stupa are completely preserved and characterized as a monument. It is recorded 14,000 kilograms of copper was used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. Another important site on the way to Gyantse is the Karola Glacier, if weather permitting, we have opportunity to take high quality photos of the glaciers. it must be exiting! After our sightseeing in Gyantse, we will take about 2 hours slow and safe drive to Shigatse city which is the second largest city of Tibet.

Day05 Drive Shigatse to Lhatse, enroute we will pay a visit to Sakya Monastery
visit Tashilhunpo Monastery in the morning, then we may have about 1-2 hours for some easy shopping for necessary preparations for the Kailash journey. around 2 pm, we drive to visit Sakya Monastery, after this visit, we will drive to have overnight stop in Lhatse

Day06 Lhatse/Saga (about250 km) [4600m]
Accommodation: Hotel (hot water, standard room with private bath)

Day07Saga-Paryang 4750M, 250km, 8-9hrs
Accommodation: Budget guesthouse From Saga it is 145 km to Zhongba. The road is good and the trip can be completed in 4-5 hrs. There is also a small monastery at the western end of town on a hill. From Zhongba onwards the southern road deteriorates. There is also danger of vehicles getting stuck. But this section of the road has panoramic views of mountains on either side of the road.

Day08 Paryang- Lake Manasarovar, 4560m, 260km, 10hrs
Accommodation: Camp From Paryang to Lake Mansarovar is a long drive of 10 hrs or more. There will be several river crossings and we drive past Mayum la pass (4600m). The scenery is stunningly beautiful with panoramic views of the Himalayas.

Day09 Manasarovar-Darchen (4560m), 30km
Accommodation: Budget guesthouse About 30 km north of Lake Manasarovar 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 Darchen.

Day10Kailash Circuit trek-Dira Puk: (6 hrs)
This Kailash circuit covers 53 km 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. En route we will visit Tarboche where annual flagpole raising ceremony takes place during Saga Dawa. Accommodation: Camping or in local tented camp or simple guesthouse.

Day11Dira Puk-Zuthul Puk, 6 hrs
Today we cross Drolma la pass (5630m) and Gauri Kund Lake (5608m) where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in the icy waters of the lake. Accommodation: Camping or in local tented camp or simple guesthouse.

Day12 Trek back to Darchen (trek ends)
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. Accommodation: Camping or in local tented camp or simple guesthouse.

Day13 Darchen-Paryang
Accommodation: Budget guesthouse Drive from Darchen to Paryang (4550m, 340km, 9hours).overnight at Paryang

Day14 Paryang-Saga Accommodation: hotel Drive from Paryang to Saga (252km, 7-8hours). Overnight at Saga
Day15 Saga/Nyalam/Zhangmu (about 280km),o/n in hotel
Day16 Zhangmu-friendship bridge-Katmandu
In the morning drive to the Friendship Bridge of the border. Our guide and driver will see you off at the Kodari of the China side at 11:30 Beijing time. And our Nepal staff who depart KTM for border in the early morning and get to Border around 11:20 am, will pick you up and transfer to KTM, check in hotel (on your own), any additional tour services in Nepal, we would be more than happy to help you arrange.

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