PILGRIMAGE TO MOUNT KAILASH

This exclusive journey travels the vastness of the Tibetan plateau from cultural highlights of the Lhasa region to Mount Kailash, a magnificent setting for a pilgrimage where Hinduism, Bönpo and Buddhism come together.
This great discovery, which is best done from May to September, is aimed to the lovers of Tibetan culture. You will feel the wilderness of the roof of the world. The Kora of Mount Kailash is achievable by all in good shape, by 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 a local assistant will be waiting for you. 1 h 30 min drive to Lhasa city (3650 m). Check-in and acclimatization walk in the old town.
- Accommodation: Hotel
Visit to the most famous and exclusive cultural highlights of the ancient Tibetan capital: The Potala Palace, the Jokhang Shrine, the most sacred temple in central Tibet and pilgrimage site and the market of Barkhor, the monastic complex of Drepung, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama: Norbulinka, etc.
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY
Morning climb to the great monastic university of Drepung which sheltered more than 7000 monks in a maze of chapels, temples and oratories. In the afternoon, visit to the Monastic University of Sera where rhetorical contests and philosophical debates always take place.
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY
Driving day to the big town of Shigatse. We will take a mountain road crossing the Kampa La Pass and the Karo La Pass at more than 5000 m at the foot of the glaciers that we will touch.
Discover of the small town of Gyantse, its monastery and the famous Kumbum Stupa. Then we continue to Shigatse.
- Drive: 350 km - 6 h
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY
Road to Sakya, which means the gray earth. It was the seat of the Sakyapa school that ruled Tibet in the fifteenth century. It has an impressive and strange Mongolian style and its library is arguably the largest in Tibet. Visit to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and to Sakya.
- Drive: 150 km -3-4 h
We follow the trail of Kailash in a breathtaking scenery and sleep in the village of Drongba.
Road: 485 km – 7-8 h
- Accommodation: Hotel
Road to Lake Manasarovar, the most sacred lake in Tibet. The spectacular environment of Manasarovar is one of the most extraordinary in Tibet. We meet many pilgrims collecting pebbles or filling bottles with holy water.
- Road: 340 km – 6 h
- Accommodation: Guest House
Following the pilgrims, 3 days of walking to perform the ritual circumambulation of the mountain and take the time to immerse ourselves in this exceptional place. The tour of Kailash is done in one day by some pilgrims, others do it by prostrating at every step, others still plant their tent to meditate at the foot of the sacred mountain. We will stay at Diraphuk.
- Number of hours of walking: 4-5h
- Accommodation: Guest House
The highlight of our journey: The Dolma La Pass above 5700 m.
Descent into rugged terrain and camp near the Milarepa Cave.
- Walking time: 8 hours
- Accommodation : Guest House
short walk to reach the end point of Kora Darchen where we find our vehicle. Short transfer to the shores of the sacred Lake Manasarovar. Walk on the lake shores between Trugo and the Chiu Gompa Monastery on a rocky ridge.
- Accommodation: Guest House
Early morning on the shores of the lake where sometimes Indian sadhus do their ablutions. We start the road back to the East to Baryang.
- Accommodation: Guest House
Road to Shigatse through the Tibetan plains and mountains. After crossing several mountain passes, we suddenly see Tibetan villages emerging and farmlands where people live mainly from agriculture. We cross a large mountain pass, Tso La at 4500 m and some beautiful villages.
- Road: 440 km – 8-9 h
- Accommodation: Hotel
Drive back to Lhasa
- Road: 350 km – 6 h
- Accommodation: AS PREVIOUS DAY
Transfer from Lhasa to Gonggar Airport
- Duration: 1 h
- 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
Question? Make an inquiry or call (977-1) 441 55 73