Tibet; Mount Kailash & The Guge Kingdom Tour WG02

15 Days From £0 (2,350 USD)

Explore mighty Mount Kailash and the Guge Kingdom on this tour which visits Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, Mount Kailash, Guge Kingdom, Lake Manasarovar, Everest Base Camp and Kathmandu.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Private or Small Group
Start Location: Lhasa, Tibet
End Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Accommodation: Hotels and Guest Houses
Period: April - October
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

About The Operator

Accreditations: Accredited by the Tibetan Tourism Bureau
Years In Business: 10

From the great monasteries and temples of Lhasa and central Tibet take a pilgrimage to and around the sacred mountain at the heart of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cosmology, spend a night on the shores of the vast blue Lake Manasarovar - legendary birthplace of the great rivers of Asia. Travel through stunning landscapes to explore the religious and artistic heritage of the historic kingdom of Guge, on the banks of the Sutlej River. Cross the vast grasslands for a spectacular close-up view of the world's highest mountain.

Sacred spaces and stunning landscapes! Magnificent temples, mountain passes, snow-capped peaks, nomad camps, pilgrims this is truly a journey to stir the senses and nourish the soul - of all the destinations in Asia, the most sacred and sublime. The days of travel are long, the roads are dusty and bumpy - and it is a world that will take your breath away.

Explore the heart of central Tibet, the great temples, monasteries and palaces of Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse & Sakya before traveling west, back in time and history through dramatic landscapes to Tibet's most sacred pilgrimage sites - Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, Tithapuri - and to the region that was once the heartland of Tibet, the ancient kingdom of Guge. The 3-day circumambulation of Mount Kailash is challenging due to altitude, but within the capabilities of any healthy person - and timed to coincide with the full moon, it is an incredible time.

Stunning views of Qomolangma (Mt Everest) and a day trip up to base camp are a fitting finale to this incredible journey before we leave the Tibetan Plateau behind, plunging into a lush green world as we descend almost 2000 meters in just 30kms to the border town of Zhangmu.

Of incredible geomantic power Kailash (Sanskrit) or Kang Rinpoche (Tibetan) marks the center of the Earth for Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Bon. To Buddhists it is the abode of Demchok, the wrathful manifestation of Buddha Sakyamuni. To Hindus it is the dwelling of Shiva, the destroyer and according to the Sanskrit tradition of Vishnu Purana it is a representation of Mount Meru, the cosmic mountain at the center of the universe. It is the place where the founder of Bon descended to Earth and where the founder of the Jain faith was spiritually awakened.
Kailash is also the geographical watershed of South Asia, here its great rivers are born - the Indus, the Sutlej, the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) and the Karnali / Ganges. At its foot lies the most venerated of Tibet's lakes, Manasarovar, believed by Hindu's to have been formed in the mind of Brahma.

Once the heartland of Tibet, the remains of Zhangzhung date back over 3,000 years. Later the kingdom of Guge flourished from the 9th to the 15th centuries, with its strong links to Ladakh and Kashmir it is extremely important in terms of Buddhist art history. The remains of this kingdom stand in a landscape so overwhelming as to defy description.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
- All accommodation mid-range hotels (Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, Zhangmu) . Guest houses elsewhere.
- Transport by private 4WD vehicle
- Sightseeing & entry fees - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Yamdrok lake, Pelkor Choede & Gyantse
Kumbum, Tashilumpo, Sakya, Kailash, Manasarovar (Guge on 20 day trip), grasslands, Everest Base Camp.
- Porters for Kailash kora
- English speaking guides
- Entry and travel permits for Tibet

Excludes
- Flights and taxes.
- Passports, Visas, vaccinations, travel insurance
- Personal spending money, souvenirs, extra sightseeing, laundry
- Meals other than specified in the itinerary, drinks.
- Expenses arising from events outside the control of Tibetan Expeditions and/or their agents including the delay or extension of a trip due to weather, equipment failure, illness, or other causes beyond our control. No refunds can be made for any unused services or accommodation on the trip

Please Note
-This is an expedition style tour into a remote area at high altitude.
-Accommodation in some places is extremely basic and some driving days are long over rough roads. A high level of physical fitness is not required; however you do need to be flexible and tolerant of basic conditions and the unexpected.

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Arrive Lhasa & transfer to your centrally located hotel
Day 02. Lhasa sightseeing including Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Circuit, Drepung & Sera Monasteries, Potala Palace
Day 03. Lhasa sightseeing including Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Circuit, Drepung & Sera Monasteries, Potala Palace
Day 04. drive to Gyantse via Khambala pass and Yamdrok Lake. There is time in the afternoon to visit Gyantse Dzong if you wish for great views of the town & valley.
Day 05. Visit Pelkor Choede & Gyantse Kumbum. Drive to Shigatse visit Tashilumpo and old market. Option to visit Shalu (entry not included).
Day 06. Visit Pelkor Choede & Gyantse Kumbum. Drive to Shigatse visit Tashilumpo and old market. Option to visit Shalu (entry not included).
Day 07. Drive to Sakya & visit Sakya Gompa
Day 08. Drive to Saga
Day 09. Drive to Darchen & prepare for kora
Day 10. : Kailash Kora & Lake Manasarovar
Day 11. : Kailash Kora & Lake Manasarovar
Day 12. : Kailash Kora & Lake Manasarovar
Day 13. Saga
Day 14. Drive to Rombuk via Paiku Tso & visit Everest Base camp
Day 15. Zhangmu
Day 16. Depart in Kathmandu