Tibet; The Sky Road to Mt. Kailash YQ02

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Located highly on the far and remote western Tibetan plateau, Mt. Kailash is worshipped as the holy mountain by Tibetan Buddhists, Hindus, Bans and Jains. The Tibetan people have named it Kang Rinpoche, or Snow Jewel.

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Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Lhasa, Tibet
End Location: Lhasa, Tibet
Accommodation: Hotels & Camping
Period: May - October
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers (but you must be very fit)

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Located highly on the far and remote western Tibetan plateau, Mt. Kailash is worshipped as the holy mountain by Tibetan Buddhists, Hindus, Bans and Jains. The Tibetan people have named it Kang Rinpoche, or Snow Jewel, and the Indians refer to it as Mount Meru. Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain pilgrims from the world over go to this holy mountain to circumambulate rather than scale the 22,028-feet high peak.

Mount Kailash is commonly referred to as the center of the universe in Eastern religious texts from India to Japan. Rooted in the seventh hell and bursting through the highest heaven, it is also believed to be the World Pillar. Hopi Indians recognize Kailash as being at the opposite side of their Black Mesa, thus it’s a cosmic backbone.

The route we will trek is the 32-mile circumference of Mount Kailash use the term parikrama and the highest Elevation is 5,600m/18,368ft. The ritual circumambulation of the holy mountain, with a perfectly devoted and concentrated mind goes through a full cycle of life and death and it is the Way of White Clouds

This trip will take us about two weeks from Lhasa to Mt. Kailash and back

Tour Highlights
Intro of Mt. Kailash
For most travelers to far-west Tibet the prime focus of their journey is the sacred peak of Mt. Kailash (6,658m/21,844ft). This extraordinary mountain is regarded as the “heart of the world”, the “axis Mundi” the central of Asia, by Buddhists, Hindus Jains and followers of other spiritual traditions. Of all the sepcialdestination for the traveler to reach, Mt. Kailsh is surely one of the most sublime and sacred. Its geographical position as the watershed of South Asia is unique and it is this which gives it a cosmic geomantic power. From its slopes flow four great rivers in the four cardinal directions.
Before Mt. Kailash lie the twin lakes of Manasarova(4600m) and Rakshas Tal(4584m), shaped respectively like the sun and moon, and which is said to have associations respectively with the forces of light and dark.
Trekking summery
Distance: about 56km/35
Duration: 2 and half days
Highest point: Drolma-La Pass 5,723mt/18,776ft
Luggage& equipment carrier: Yaks
Destination: Mt. Kailash, Tibet
Duration: 18 days
Physical Difficulty: Demanding or Challenging
Best time to go: May to Sep


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

-Land transfer in Tibet, including airport transfers
-Luggage Van along the trip.
-English speaking tour guide
-Accommodations as in itinerary
-Admission fee to scenic sites as in itinerary
-Meals included, soft drinks on meals
-Domestic travel insurance
-Trekking equipment for camping, dinning etc.
-Trekking logistic team including cook, cooking assistant, yaks etc
-Tibet Permit

-Flights into/out Lhasa
-Gratuities to the tour guide and driver
-National escort service unless you required
-Excursions not included in the itinerary
-Expenses of personal nature, e.g. mini bar, phone calls, Alcoholic drinks etc.
-China Visa Fee

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

Day 01. Arrive Lhasa - Fly to Lhasa. Arrival at Gongga airport with the Elevation of 3,600m/11,808ft. Our Tibet local guide will come to meet you at the airport and drive about 80km about 1.5 hours to Lhasa. Enjoy free time to acclimatize the high Elevation. Elevation: 3,650m/11,975ft. Overnight Kyichu Hotel or Similar
Day 02. Lhasa - This morning, we come to visit the World Heritage Potala Palace, which is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century. Afterwards, we visit Jokhang Temple, also founded in the 7th century listed on the World Heritage. Visit Sera Monastery in the afternoon. The Scriptures Debating is hold 3 pm everyday which is just a vivid painting scroll of the life and study of the monks. Overnight Kyichu Hotel or Similar
Day 03. Lhasa - In the morning, we start to explore Drepung Monastery which was one of Tibet's largest monastery and monastic universities. It is located in the hills on the northern outskirts of Lhasa, and was established in 1416 as an institute of higher Buddhist education by Khenpo Lekden, a direct disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), founder of the eclectic Gelukpa. In the afternoon, visit Norbulinka, summer resort and Tibetan Museum Overnight Kyichu Hotel or Similar
Day 04. Lhasa to Gyantse - Start very early today. We head 40 kilometers Northeast of Lhasa (about 1.5 hour drive) to visit the spectacularly situated Ganden Monastery. After exploring the grounds, with their many chapels, residences, throne room and debating courtyard, you will do a kora yourself. If you are feeling incredibly adventurous, try the high kora that climbs high up the mountainside behind the Ganden Monastery. You will be immersed in a forest of colorful prayer flags, clouds of sandalwood incense and experience firsthand the immense devotion of the Tibetan people. On your way back to Lhasa you will continue along the opposite side of the Kyi Chu Valley to visit the Drak Yerpa caves, one of the holiest cave retreats in Tibet. This site has been visited by Guru Rinpoche and Atisha, the Bengali Buddhist who spent 12 years proselytizing in Tibet. King Songtsen Gampo also meditated in a cave here, after his Tibetan wife established the first of Yerpa’s chapels. At one time the hill at the base of the cliffs was home to Yerpa Monastery. Drive back Lhasa in late afternoon. Overnight Kyichu Hotel or Similar
Day 05. Lhasa to Gyantse - Drive to Gyantse. It takes 6 hours, 260km/162mi from Lhasa. Most of the road is black-top and get nice view of Yamdrok Lake and some of glacier mountain named Nyanchean Kangsar ranges. Some times can see part of Himalaya from far away if the weather get clear. In Gyantse visit Kubum Stupa and Chode gompa, both of them from 15th century dedicated to three different sect, Sakya, Gelok, Bo religions. There are very old Nevares art still exist. Elevation: 3,900m/12,795ft. Overnight in Gyantse Hotel
Day 06. Gyantse to Shigatse - Drive to Shigatse, it is 90km/56mi distance, 1.5 hours way. Then visit Tashilunpo gompa. It is one of biggest personal monastic of Panchen Lama built in 1447 by first Dalai Lama. Located at central of whole Tsang Region, there are lots of original Buddhist relics by the time of different Centuries. The largest statue of future Buddha is able to visit there. Elevation: 3,800m/12,467ft. Overnight Shigatse hotel
Day 07. Shigatse to Saga Drive to Saga. It is 7 hours drive. 495km/308mi distance from Shigatse to Saga. Most of the road we drive through farmers and nomads land, the Scenery is wonderful great natural mountain and rivers from western Tibet. Even Some small lake what local people considering secret around there. Brahmaputra River also flows nearby that town. Elevation: 4,580m/15,026ft. Overnight Camp
Day 08. Saga to Paryang Drive to Paryang. The distance only 232km/144 and it takes around 4 hour inclusive Stop for picnic lunch break on the way. So in that day can have view of many high snow mountains and en route visit cleanest rivers are all the way. Natural landscape makes single visitors joyful all the time. Elevation: 4,500m/14,764ft
Day 09. Paryang to Darchen Drive forward to Darchen. It is 322km/200mi long way. And takes 5.5 hours to reach there. That is first day to see holy mountain Kailashi from little far away as well as see Manasarova Lake at same day. And prepare yaks and yak driver for next three day trek to the holy mountain. Elevation: 4,575m/15,009ft. Overnight guest house in Darchen
Day 10. Trek from Darchen to Drirapuk The trek of today is 22.5km/14mi and takes 6 hours walk. On the way you can see Darpoche (great prayer flagpole) it was place where Bhudda came with 500disciples from India for their supernatural power. Also visit hidden Elephant cave where Padmasambawa meditated spot. Drirapuk is retreat cave associated with great yogin Gotsangpa. It means female yak horn. Elevation: 5,400m/17,716ft. Overnight camping
Day 11. Trek from Drirapuk to Zutrulpuk Today, we trek 23km/14.2. It takes 6.5 hours. That day little bit harder to walk, because go up all the way to Dolmala pass, it is highest point in all this trip 5,723mt/18,776ft and then way down. On this trail you can have view of back side of mountain and many prayer flags at highest point. Also pool of great compassion at side of route. Zutrulpuk has been built temple and shrine around Milarepa’s cave where he took dark retreat few years. He printed his hand and feet on the rock. Elevation: 5,246m/17,211ft Overnight Camp by the Temple
Day 12. Trek from Zultrupuk Manasarova lake - Trek Zultrupuk to Darchen, 11.3km distance. 5hours easy walk. There are some higher lama’s hand and foot prints on rocks in the trial. it is really colorful hill surrounded that valley. And then reach back to Darchen little earlier. And drive to Manasarova Lake camp near the lake. Elevation: 4600m/15,092ft. Overnight Camp by lake
Day 13. Phuk Gompa to Lam Chu valley Visit Chiu Gompa at the lake’s western gateway sits atop conical out crop of red rock, inside has chapel and cave where Padmasambhava and his consort Yeshi Tsogyal meditation residence. They found various objects inside the cave. Afterward drive to visit natural hot spring. Elevation: 4600m/15,092ft Overnight Camp by lake
Day 14. Drive back to Paryang and camp Overnight Camp
Day 15. Drive to Saga and camp Overnight Camp
Day 16. Drive from Saga to Shigatse Overnight Shigatse Hotel
Day 17. Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa - Overnight Kyichu Hotel
Day 18. Depart Lhasa - Lhasa Airport transfer and fly home