18 Days | Fly in/Drive out to and from Kathmandu | Min. 4 persons. | Max altitude: 5,200m | Accommodation in hotel and guest house
The beauty of the 6,700 meter high Mount Kailash (The holy mountain) that looks like a symmetrical cone shaped rock capped by pure crystalline ice is equally venerated as the holiest pilgrimage site by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bön-Po. Tibetans regard this mountain as the manifestation of Mount Meru, “the navel of the earth” where founder of Bon religion, Tonpa Shenrab, is believed to have descended from heaven, Hindus as the abode of Lord Shiva, Buddhists as the abode of Samvara and Jains as a scared site where their prophet, Rishaba attained spiritual enlightenment. With its four sheer walls, distinctive snow-capped peak, and valleys interspersed with brightly-clad Tibetan pilgrims, Mount Kailash or Khang Rimpoche (‘precious snow-peak’, as known by the Tibetans) is an awe-inspiring sight.
Upon arrival in Lhasa, you enjoy sightseeing tour of Lhasa visiting all the Palaces and Monasteries. After visit of all the major places and proper acclimatization, your Kailash trip begins on luxury 4WD Land Cruiser jeeps. You get to enjoy the colorful mosaic of Tibetan arts, crafts, history, culture, custom, tradition, lifestyle and cuisine and in the process attain profound spirituality. You become a witness to a host of indigenous cultures en-route to Gyantse, Shigatse and other significant ancient cities. Further drive across the wide open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau brings you to Holy Lake Mansarovar, before completing a Trek (Kora) around Mt Kailash passing highest pass of the trip Drolma la Pass 5,630m. From there, you re-cross the vast arid plains before heading south to the Nepalese border and returning to Kathmandu.
This is truly the trip of a lifetime with stunning scenery and cultural highlights.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 02: A half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city and it's historical sites.
Day 03: A full day sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur and Patan.
Day 04: Fly to Gongkar Airport and drive to Lhasa. Transfer to hotel.
Day 05: Sightseeing tour of Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulinka Palace.
Day 06: Sightseeing tour of Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Market.
Day 07: Drive to Gyantse visit Khumbum. Expore the Khumbu Stupa.
Day 08: Drive to Shigatse visit Tashilumpho Monastery.
Day 09: Drive to Lhatse visit Sakya.
Day 10: Drive Lhatse to Saga.
Day 11: Drive Saga to Lake Mansarovar.
Day 12: Drive to Tarboche. Trek to Dirapuk.
Day 13: Trek to Zutulpuk cross Dolmala Pass.
Day 14: Trek end. Drive to Lake Mansarovar.
Day 15: Drive to Saga.
Day 16: Drive to Zhangmu via Peku Tso Lake and Nyalam.
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 18: Transfer to airport. Trip concludes!