LHASA, MOUNT KAILASH AND THE GUGE KINGDOM

Under the sign of holiness, this adventure from Kathmandu to Mount Kailash leads us to the heart of Hindu and Buddhist fervor, in temples and in the purity of Tibetan highlands. Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, we feel the two spiritual forces vibrating in the Nepalese capital: Hinduism and Buddhism, and which will lead us to the Kailash, house of Shiva for the Hindus, and house of Demchog (the Buddha of the Compassion) according to the Tibetan Buddhists.

A superb flight between Everest and Kangchenjunga leads us to Lhasa. For two days, we discover the Potala Palace, Jokhang, the Barkhor Market and the great monastic universities of Drepung and Sera... Then, on tracks, our vehicles go across the High Tibetan Plateau to the Guge Kingdom and the sacred mountain. This is the long-awaited moment of our little Kailash circuit. At the Dolma La Pass, at more than 5700 m, the height of the pilgrimage, everyone shares his joy shouting: "Kiki Soso, Lha Gyalo" (The Gods are Victorious).

By the road, along the great Himalayas to the Nepalese border, we cross the Tibetan spaces before diving into the lush nature of Nepal by the gorges of Nyalam.
HIGHLIGHTS

- The tour of Kailash on the pilgrims’ steps and the holy Lake Manasarovar
- The Guge Kingdom: the Tholing Monastery and the Tsaparang Ruins
- The heart of Tibet: Lhasa Gyantse and Shigatse
- The wild nature and the variety of landscapes: turquoise lakes, fauna, the vastness of the plateau, the mythical Himalayan peaks and         the steep descent to Nepal
-

Gallery

Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Moderate
  • Best Period: May - June & September
  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Highest Altitude: 5700 Meters
  • Flights: Kathmandu - Lhasa
  • Accomodation: Hotel, Camp & Guest House

For your next trek with us in the Himalayas, travel light and aware: Base Camp offers you a biodegradable soap made in Nepal, to leave no trace ...

Day
Airport pick-up, transfer to hotel and check-in.
- Accommodation: Hotel Holy Himalaya on BB
Days for visa formalities that we deal with.
- Accommodation: Hotel Holy Himalaya on BB
Days for visa formalities that we deal with.
- Accommodation: Hotel Holy Himalaya on BB
Days for visa formalities that we deal with.
- Accommodation: Hotel Holy Himalaya on BB
Morning flight to Lhasa. We circle and contemplate the Everest Range from the left side. Then 1h30 min drive to Lhasa (3650 m). Check-in and acclimatization stroll in the old town.
- Accommodation: Hotel Kyichu on BB

Visit to the most famous cultural sites of the ancient Tibetan capital: the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Sanctuary (the most sacred temple of central Tibet and a place of pilgrimage), the Barkhor Market, The Dalai Lama Palace Norbulinka.
- Accommodatation : Same hotel

Visit the most famous and exclusive cultural highlights of the ancient Tibetan capital, the monastic complex of Drepung and Sera Monastery
- Accommodation: Kyichu on BB
Driving day to Shigatse. We take a mountain road crossing the Kampa La Pass and discover the Turquoise Lake in its mountain setting. Then, we cross the Karo La Pass at more than 5000 m at the foot of the glaciers.
Discovery of Gyantse: visit to the small town, its monastery and the famous Kumbum stupa. Finally, we head to Shigatse.
- Accommodation: Hotel Manasarovar on BB
We take the South Tibetan highway and reach the High Tibetan Plateau at more than 4000 m, between the Himalayas and the Brahmaputra (Tsangpo). We meet many nomad camps, herds of kiangs, gazelles and antelopes, sometimes also packs of jackals, or lone wolves...
- Accommodation: Basic Guest House
Drive West to Mount Kailash. Grandiose and infinite landscapes.
- Accommodation: Basic Guest House
We pass near Lake Manasarovar. In the background, there is Mount Kailash. We leave it on our right. But we will see it again after our discovery of the Guge Kingdom.
- Accommodation: Basic Guest House
Trip to Gurugyam troglodyte hermitages and the Tholing Monasteries.
- Accommodation: Basic Guest House
Visit to the ruined fortress of Tsaparang, the former capital of the Guge Kingdom and a major archaeological site, located in the Khyunglung Valley, in the Tibetan Western Desert. It contains remarkable Buddhist frescoes, as the Guge Kingdom housed a brilliant civilization and was a source of the Buddhist Renaissance in Tibet.
Its territory included the valleys of Zanskar, Upper Kinnaur, Lahul and Spiti, currently in Himachal Pradesh, India. Its capitals were Tholing and Tsaparang. It was founded by a grandson of King Langdarma (803-841), the last ruler of the Yarlung dynasty. The Bengali sage Atisha, architect of this Renaissance, was invited in the Guge Kingdom in the 12th century.
- Accommodation: Himalaya Hotel
Visit to the Bönpo Monastery of Dungkar. Bön is a pre-Buddhist animist religion with similarities to Mongolian Tengrism that preceded. It influenced Tibetan Buddhism.
We drive to Tharboche, starting point of the Mount Kailash Kora and place of our bivouac.
- Accommodation: Basic Guest House
On the Kora (tour) pilgrimage route of Mount Kailash, three days of walking to perform the ritual circumambulation and to enjoy the extraordinary ambience of this Buddhist, Hindu and Bön religious place.
The tour is done in one day by some pilgrims. Others, in great prostration, take much more time whereas others settle there to meditate at the foot of the sacred mountain.
We set the camp near the Diraphuk Monastery (4 910 m).
- Hours of walking: 5
- Accommodation: basic Guest House
Highest place of our trip: The Dolma La Pass at 5700 m.
Descent in rough terrain to bivouac near the Milarepa Cave.
- Hours of walking:
- Accommodation: Basic Guest House
3h to reach the final point of the Kora in Darchen where we find our vehicle. Short transfer to the holy Lake Manasarovar. Stroll along the shores of the lake between Trugo and the Chiu Gompa Monastery hanged on a ridge.
- Accommodation: Basic Guest House
Early morning on the shores of the lake where, sometimes, Indian sadhus do their ablutions. We start our way back to Baryand on the East.
- Accommodation: Basic Guest House
After Sarga, we change direction to the South to Shisha Pangma (8000 m) along the Great Himalayas to Pegu Tso, superb mountain lake.
- Accommodation: Basic Guest House
Descent from Kyirong: 24 km after the town, down in the Bhote Khosi/Trishuli Valley, up to the Sino-Nepalese border. We cross the Langtang Park via Syabru Besi and Dhunche. It is a region of Tibeto-Tamang population. Then, we reach Nuwakot, the lush nature of Nepal and the terraced cultures. 8 km ascent by a laced road through a sal and pine forest to Nuwakot Durbar, ancient fortress and palace of the Gorkha kings, in restoration since the 25 April 2015 earthquake. Visit to the bazar, the temple and the palace. Night in a typical restored in a deluxe resort.
- Accommodation: Famous Farm on half board
5 hrs drive to kathmandu then free day and self visits
- Accommodation: Hotel Holy Himalaya on BB
TRANSFER TO THE AIRPPORT AND RETURN FLIGHT
End of our services.

NOTES

01. Contact us for on accommodation classification with a supplement to Darchen and Saga.
02. It is not possible to have single room and there will be only guest house with toilet non attach with room and also
without bathroom provision during nights in the guest house at Kailash

What's included

- Transfers by private vehicle according to the itinerary
- 5 nights at the Holy Himalaya hotel on BB in Kathmandu
- 1 night at Famous Farm house on half board in Nuwakot
- Permit Langtang
- Accompaniment by an English speaking guide during border transfer
- stay on BB in Tibet
- Accommodation according to the itinerary in hotel and guest house
- An English-speaking Tibetan guide for the whole of stay in Tibet
- Permit required from Tibet
- Site visits and entries according to the itinerary
- Oxygen bottles available
- Permission liveraison during your transit in China

What's not included

- Meals in Kathmandu and Lhasa, except breakfast
- International flight and train
- Visa for Nepal
- Chinese Visa
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Expenditures and personal equipment, tips, drinks, etc.
Question? Make an inquiry or call (977-1) 441 55 73