Kailash – Tibet – Manasarovar – The Ultimate Yoga Journey
Take a journey to the ultimate spiritual destination - Mt. Kailash. Deepen your yoga and meditation practice, joining other yogis journeying deep into the hidden Mystery of Tibet Mount Kailash is a lighthouse of spiritual wisdom.
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• Adventure into Lhasa - the Forbidden City
• Watch the unique and famous debating of Tibetan monks
• Get glimpses of Dalai Lama’s life in Potala Palace
• Marvel at the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet
• Experience magnificent chapels, golden stupas and prayer halls
• Explore ancient cliff-top monasteries and holy caves
• Taste authentic Tibetan cuisine and haggle at markets
• Meditate on the full moon at Mt Kailash
• Immerse yourself in the holy waters of Manasarovar
Day 1 | Sept 4: Arriving to Lhasa
Arrival in Lhasa by flight from Kathmandu. Pick up either from Gongkar Airport or from Lhasa train station and the drive to Lhasa (3658m). Our Tibetian Guide will be waiting for you at the airport. Our Guide will give you a briefing about tomorrow and also the upcoming days in Lhasa.
We will rest for the day in a hotel for acclimatization and walk around the streets enjoying the Tibetian and Chinese culture. Overnight in 3 star Yak hotel.
Day 2 | Sept 5: Full day of exploring Lhasa
Sightseeing of Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Market. Our Guide will take us to explore some of the scenic beauty of Lhasa, including the Bharkhor Square which is popular devotional circumambulation for pilgrims and locals. The walk around Bharkhor Square is about 1km long. Afterwards we'll visit the Sera Monastery, which is one of the three Gelug University Monasteries.
Overnight in 3 star Yak hotel.
Day 3 | Sept 6: Second day exploring Lhasa
Sightseeing of Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery and Nechung temple. Potala Palace is chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to india during the 1959 Tibetan uprising. It is now a museum & a World Heritage Site. The construction of Potala Palace was initiated by the 5th Dalai Lama in 1645.
Drepung is the third University Monastery of Tibet. It used to be the largest monastery in the world, housing between 7,700 to 10,000 monks. It was founded by Jamyang Choqe Tashi Palden (1397-1449) in 1416.
Overnight in 3 star Yak hotel.
Day 4 | Sept 7: Lhasa - Yamdrok-Tso – Gyantse
In the morning we drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way we drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-Tso (4400m). The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m), the highest mountain near Lhasa.
Later we will pass the Karola Glacier on the roadside. By the Manak Dam Lake you can hang a pray flag at the Simila Mountain Pass. Then we will arrive in Gyantse, Tibet’s third largest city after Lhasa and Shigatse. In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the far view of Gyangtse Fortress.
Day 5 | Sept 8: Gyantse to Shigatse
After about two hours of driving we arrive to Shigatse (3900m), the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we may visit a traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of a Barley Field. We'll visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse and walk around the city.
Overnight in a 3 star Lake manasarovar hotel
Day 6 | Sept 9: Shigatse to Saga
In the morning we embark on our long drive (8h total) through the high passes. Time to time we'll stop at view points to admire the Himalayas, beautiful lakes and snow capped mountains.
Some of the magnificent high peaks of Himalayas can be seen, such as Gaurishanker, Shishapangma, and Langtang Himal. We will also be crossing the holy river of Bhramaputra before arriving to Saga (4450m).
Overnight at local guesthouse.
Day 7 | Sept 10: Saga to Lake Manasarovar
The beautiful journey from Saga to Lake Manasarovar will take another 8 hours (370km), but it is more than worth it. This will be the most auspicious day for all of us as we will see the first glimpse of the holy Mt. Kailash and the sacred Lake Manasarovar (4590m). At the lake we can perform a holy dip, relax and explore around the Manasarovar area and visit Chui Monastery.
We will stay overnight in a local guest house near the lake.
Day 8 | Sept 11: Exploring Lake Manasarovar and driving to Darchen
We will start the day with a magical sunrise view over Lake Manasarovar and bathing with the Manasarovar water (preferred for the pilgrimage). You may also perform a puja or hawan at the bank of the lake, and explore the hot spring near by. There will be plenty of time to explore the area before we drive to Darchen (4575m) for an overnight stay.
Overnight in a local guest house.
Day 9 | Sept 12: Trekking day one - The Valley of the God and the start of Kailash kora
Trek from Darchen to Dirapuk. We will start the drive up from Darchen right after breakfast. Our staff will provide you with a packed lunch for the way. The drive will take us to the valley of the god, also known as Yamadwar. From there we start walking towards Derapuk. The walking trail is mostly flat with some minor uphills. Finally we reach Derapuk, facing the northern part of Mount Kailash.
Overnight in a guest house close to monastery.
Day 10 | Sept 13: Trekking day two - North face of Kailash
We are staying at 4,900m altitude, which means it can be helpful to take a full day of rest here and/or do small hikes around. Exploration of inner and outer landscape at the Kailash on special full moon day. Option to hike the Mt. Kailash inner Kora (Charansparsa), which is about 9 hours both way, but will take you closer to Mount Kailash.
Overnight in guest house close to Monastery.
Day 11 | Sept 14: Extra day at Dirapuk
Extra day at Dirapuk for meditation. Overnight in guest house close to monastery .
Day 12 | Sept 15: Trekking day three - Kailash Kora
On our third day we will reach Juthulpuk (4760m) via Dolma La pass (5613m). The trek is 19km long and will take around 9hours.
This is the hardest and most important day of the tour. The walk will start very early in the morning. The most challenging uphills will be untill Dolma La pass, followed by sudden downhill all the way towards Gauri Kunda and the further trek to Juthulpuk. During the trek you will witness the different faces of Mount Kailash.
Overnight in Juthulpuk guest house.
Day 13 | Sept 16: Trekking/driving day four - Darchen to Saga
Final day of Kailash Kora. Reach at Saga (16km walk with 3 hours).
We take gentle and easy walk towards Darchen from Juthulpuk. Catch your transportation and drive back to Saga via Darchen at same day. On the way you will have chance to take holy water from Manasarovar.
Overnight at local guest house.
Day 14 | Sept 17: Saga to Shigatse
We drive back from Saga same way to Shigatse. If we have not visited Tashi Lhunpo Monastery before, chance again to reach there.
Overnight in 3 star Manasarovar Hotel.
Day 15 | Sept 18: Shigatse to Lhasa
Enjoying the drive along Yarlung Tsanpor river all the way to Lhasa.
Overnight in 3 star Yak hotel.
Day 16 | Sept 19: Departure from Lhasa
Departure from Lhasa
· All arrival and departure arrangement
· 10 nights' accommodation in twin sharing hotels and guest houses (Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse, Saga)
· 4 nights' accommodation in guest houses on kora
· Breakfasts and Celebratory dinner on the 1st night
· Private transportation, guide and entrance fees for sightseeing as per itinerary
· Custom formalities at immigration
· Tibet Visa/Kailash travel permit
· Private transportation in Tibet/Kailash part
· Entrance fees of Lake Mansarovar
· English speaking Tibetan guide
· Emergency evacuation management
· Enough oxygen cylinders
What's not included:
· Personal equipment, personal insurances, emergency evacuation charges and personal medical expenses
· Lunches and Dinners (Authentic Tibetan Cuisine choices)
· Personal horse and helper if you need in Kailash kora
· Extra activities not mentioned than in itinerary
· Airfares to and from Lhasa