PILGRIMAGE TRIP TO MOUNT KAILASH

This trip begins in Lhasa with visits to the most important religious monuments: the Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery, Norbulingka, the universities of Drepung and Sera, Tashilhunpo and Sakya Monastery. We then drive to the vast shimmering Lake Manasarovar, before embarking on the kora of sacred Mount Kailash.

This extraordinary journey takes you to the vastness of the Tibetan plateau, exploring the cultural highlights of the Lhasa region to Mount Kailash in a magnificent setting for pilgrimages where Hinduism, Bönpo, and Buddhism come together.

This great adventure is best experienced from May to September and is ideal for lovers of Tibetan culture. You will experience the wilderness on the roof of the world. The Kora of Mount Kailash is achievable by anyone who is in good shape, on foot, or on horseback.

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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Difficult
  • Best Period: April - July & September - November
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Highest Altitude: 5700 Meters
  • Accomodation: Hotel, Camp & Guest House

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Day
Arrival at Gonggar Airport, where you will meet with our local assistant. Drive for 1 ½ hours to reach Lhasa city (3,650 m). Check-in and go for an acclimatization walk in the old town.
- Accommodation: Hotel
We start with visits to the most famous cultural highlights of the ancient Tibetan capital, Lhasa: We first visit the Potala Palace, the residence of the Dalai Lama before his exile in 1959. Next, we head for the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred temple in central Tibet, and also the pilgrimage site for devout Buddhists. We move on to the market of Barkhor and the monastic complex of Drepung. Finally, we set foot in the summer palace of the Dalai Lama known as Norbulinka, which is housed within a 36-hectare garden, the largest in Tibet.
- Accommodation: same as the previous day

In the morning, we climb up to the great monastic university of Drepung which once housed more than 7000 monks in a maze of chapels, dormitories, and temples. In the afternoon, we visit the Monastic University of Sera where rhetorical contests and philosophical debates take place all the time.
- Accommodation: Same as the previous day

This day, we drive to the big town of Shigatse. Going up a mountain road, we cross the Kampa La Pass and the Karo La Pass at more than 5000m, at the foot of the glaciers.
We walk into the small town of Gyantse and visit its monastery and the famous Kumbum Stupa. Then we continue on to Shigatse, 280 km southwest of Lhasa.
- Duration of drive: 6 hr.
- Distance: 350km
- Accommodation: Same as previous day

We hit the road towards Sakya (‘Gray Earth’ in Tibetan). We first go on to the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, the seat of the Panchen Lama. It was founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama. We then move on to Sakya Monastery. This was the seat of power of the Sakyapa school that once ruled Tibet in the 13th and 14th centuries. It has an impressive but strange Mongolian style and its library is arguably the largest in Tibet.
- Duration of drive: -3-4 hr
- Distance: 150km.

We follow the trail of Mount Kailash and enjoy breathtaking scenery along the way.                                                                                                                                                                                   We spend the night in the village of Drongba.
- Duration of drive: 7-8 h.
- Distance: 485km
- Accommodation: Hotel

We drive to Lake Manasarovar, the most sacred lake in Tibet. The spectacular environment of Manasarovar is awe-inspiring and one of the most extraordinary in Tibet. We come across many pilgrims collecting pebbles or filling bottles with holy water.
- Duration of drive: 6 hr.
- Distance: 340km.
- Accommodation: Guest House

We follow the pilgrims and undertake the 3- day walk to perform the ritual circumambulation of the mountain and take time to immerse ourselves in the spirituality of this extraordinary place. Some pilgrims do the kora (circumambulation) of Kailash in one day, others take longer by prostrating themselves at every step, while some may set up tents to meditate at the foot of the sacred mountain. We spend the night at Diraphuk.
- Duration of hike: 4-5hr
- Accommodation: Guest House

The highlight of our journey today is the Dolma La Pass (5,700 m).
Thereafter, we descend through rugged terrain and set up camp near the Milarepa Cave.
- Duration of hike: 8 hr
- Accommodation: Guest House

We have a short walk today to reach the endpoint of Kora Darchen where we are met by our vehicle. A short drive later, we find ourselves at the shores of the sacred Lake Manasarovar. We walk along the shore between Trugo and the Chiu Gompa Monastery which sits on a rocky ridge.
- Accommodation: Guest House

We spend the early morning on the shores of the lake where sometimes Indian sadhus do their ablutions. We then drive back towards the East to Baryang.
- Accommodation: Guest House

We drive through the Tibetan plains and mountains to reach Shigatse. After crossing several mountain passes, we suddenly see Tibetan villages emerging and farmlands where people live off agriculture. We cross the large mountain pass of Tso La (4,500m) and come across some beautiful villages.
- Duration of hike 8-9 hr.
- Distance: 440km.
- Accommodation: Hotel

Drive back to Lhasa
- Duration of drive – 6 hr.
- Distance 350km.
- Accommodation: Same as the previous day.

Transfer from Lhasa to Gonggar Airport for your return flight.
- Duration of drive: 1 hr
- Distance: 60 km

What's included

- The accommodations mentioned in the program
- All necessary entry and circulation permits in Tibet
- Special permits for Mount Kailash
- 1 English-speaking Tibetan guide
- Private vehicle transport
- All entrance fees to sites and monasteries
- Breakfasts throughout the stay
- Porters around Mount Kailash
- Oxygen, if necessary
- Transfer from the border to Kathmandu

What's not included

- Air ticket and air tax
- Visa for China or Nepal and service outside Tibet
- Flights, train ... (international shipping from and to Lhasa)
- Lunch and dinner throughout the stay
- Hand leave of Tibet permit during your transfer in a Chinese city
- Sleeping bags
- Compulsory repatriation insurance.
- Any additional cost in the event of landslides and personal expenses
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