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This journey starts from the holy city Lhasa and then to Shigatse, where you can feel the different lifestyle and existing culture of the roof of the world. Monasteries and shrines are the centre of the religious faith, which has played an important role in day to day life for thousands of years. Then you will journey across the great Jangtang (Northern Plain) into Far-west Tibet and pass through a land displaying one of the greatest extremes of dryness. The landscapes are huge and like a treeless moonscape. Lone groups of nomads dwelling in low, black tents, tend flocks of sheep and goats as well as herds of yak. Heavily eroded sandstones and sand-dunes are beautiful along the road. The extraordinary peak of Mount Kailash is the prime focus of the journey, which lays at the heart of the region. It is the pilgrimage destination of Buddhists, Bon, Hindus and Jains. On the way back you will pass through Pelku Tso Lake and head towards the Great Himalayan Range in the south, the world highest peak-Mt. Everest standing at 8844 meters and you can have a great view of the peak from the Rongbuk monastery.
Lhasa ⇀Shigatse ⇀Saga ⇀Manasarovar Lake ⇀Mount Kailash Kora ⇀Saga ⇀Mount Everest ⇀Shigatse ⇀Lhasa
See the top 2 mounts in Tibet with this tour. A pilgrimage excursion to holy Mountain Kailash and lake Manasarovar. Along with an adventurous hiking to Everest Base Camp makes the best experience for your Tibet trip.
Potala Palace. It is most renowned as the residence of the lineage of Dalai Lamas (Avalokiteshvara), though the massive structure contains a small world within itself. It was first built by 33rd ruler of his dynasty, King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century, but still is in surprisingly good repair because of continual rejuvenation projects.
Jokhang temple. it is the most scared building in Tibetan Buddhism, located in the heart of Lhasa old town. It is the most sought after pilgrimage destination for all Tibetans.
Barkhor Street.it is a popular Kora (holy walking path) which surrounds the Jokhang Temple. Always full of Tibetan faithful, visitors may find mingling with local pilgrims around the Barkhor Street uniquely engaging. It is also a popular shopping district where you can buy gifts for your family and friends.
Drepung monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet.
Sera monastery’s famous debating monks go back and forth in their debates every day between 3 pm to 5 pm (except on Sunday), a performance well worth seeing.
Yamdrok tso is the one of the three scared lakes in Tibet, it appears like jasper in a dark blue color.
Gyantse Kumbum, which is one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. A kumbum is a type of Tibetan chapel, and Gyantse’s boasts multiple levels and 108 small chapel rooms.
Tashilunpo Monastery is one of the six prominent yellow hat sect monasteries and is the seat of the Panchen Lama lineage. There is a panoramic view of the whole monastery from the entrance, as well as a massive Jamba Buddha Statue.
Sakya Monastery, the principal monastery of the Sakyapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, it is famous for its collection of Tibetan murals, chanting monks, sacred Buddhist scrolls and books and thangkas.
Mt. Kailash which is being worshipped by four different religions,viz Buddhisms, Bons, Hindus and Jains.
Lake Manasarovar which is the lake of compassion, tranquility and blissin Buddhism and Hinduism,one of the three holy lakes in Tibet.
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. This giant sits on the crest of the Himalayan Range between Tibet and Nepal.This mount Everest expedition offers you a chance to see the great Mt.Everest. The best time to viewMt. Everest is early May and October. Due to the clear weather here, you will have a great chance to see the true face of Mt.Everest from head-to-toe. To view the sunrise and sunset here, you can do nothing but feel marvel for the nature’s masterpiece.
Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide. From the airport to Lhasa city is 68km, around an hour drive. Driving along the Brahmaputra river and Lhasa river, you will not only be amazed by the spectacular plateau scenery but also have a chance to see flocks of black-necked crane, wild duck and many other kinds of wild birds. If you take the train to Lhasa, normally you will arrive in the late afternoon or evening, a 20 minute drive will take you to your hotel in Lhasa city. Check into hotel, have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have purposely arranged only to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Jokhang temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa, the circuit around it called Barkhor street, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Both of them are the focal points of pilgrims from entire Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today you will visit Drepung, Sera monasteries and Summer Palace – Norbulingka palace. Both Drepung and Sera monasteries are Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect monastic colleges. Drepung monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. Sera monastery is famous for its Buddhism philosophical debate practice, the clapping sound and aggressive expression of the monks are well worth seeing. Norbulingka is the summer palace of Dalai Lama, you can visit the residences of different lineages of the Dalai Lama. The park is crowded with picnickers and traditional activities during the Shoton (Yogurt festival) in August. Overnight at Lhasa.
In the morning we will drive up to Kampala pass [4794m], and have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, the turquoise coloured Lake Yamdrok Yutso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Karo la pass are the wonders of the day. Then along the Friendship southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa – Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. Late afternoon drive to Shigatse. Overnight at Shigatse.
In the morning we will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the main Gelupa monasteries in Tibet, it is the seat to the Panchen Lama, the second most important spiritual leader of Tibet. Spend hours exploring this massive monastery’s chapels and its ancient artifacts. If you like hiking, then the kora around Tashilhunpo monastery should not be missed, as it provides the amazing views of Shigatse and the surrounding countryside. Afternoon head to Sakya, visit Sakya Monastery, the principal monastery of the Sakyapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, it is famous for its collection of Tibetan murals, chanting monks, sacred Buddhist scrolls and books and thangkas. Hiking at the monastery northern ruins is another highlight of today. Stay overnight at Sakya or move to Lhatse for the night.
Today drive from (Sakya) Lhatse to Saga, pass several high plateau lakes, towns, herders tents and along the route with plateau mountain ranges, and diverse forms of mountains overlooking through the valley. Overnight at Saga.
This morning drive from Saga to Paryang, weaving our way through small dusty town of Zhongba amidst enchanting panoramic views, dotted nomads tents are mingled with their herds of animals on the open plateau. Pass numbers of villages and camps of Yak herders with the distant view of snow capped mountains, cross the Mayun-la pass (5,216m), if lucky we might see many wild animals at the plateau grasslands. Check in at Darchen and prepare for the following days trekking.
The first day’s trekking starts from the Sershong and is a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. From the valley you can see the Choku Monastery up on the hillside. The trail leads up and down till you reach the camp at Dirapuk (4,750 m). You will meet many more Bon pilgrims going in the opposite direction (counter clockwise), because Mt. Kailash is worshipped by four different religions, viz Buddhisms, Bons, Hindus and Jains. Overnight at Dirapuk guesthouse or camping.
Today your trekking leads to a much higher side of the holy path just beneath Mount Kailash. The walk will bring you to one of the highest points at Drolma La (5200m), and the pass quickly descends to the gradual field towards Dzutul-puk for the overnight camp. Dzutul-Puk in Tibetan means magical cave, and this small monastery is connected to an interesting story of a talent competition between Great Yogi Milarepa (Buddhist) and Naropa (Bon). Overnight at Dzutul-Puk guesthouse or camping.
Today we trek out of the valley and follow the river in to the Barka plain eventually stopping at Trangser Trangmar. Our transportation takes us back to Darchen. After a short rest at Darchen, we will drive about 50km to Lake Manasarovar, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. In Buddhism and Hinduism, Manasarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. Climb up to Chiu monastery and have a good view of the lake or wander along the lake shore to have a relaxing afternoon. Overnight at the local guest house near Chiu monastery (dorm bed).
This morning enjoy a brilliant sunrise at Lake Manasarovar, then start driving back to Saga retracing the same route, you will have a last view of the Mt.Kailash on the way. Overnight at Saga.
Today we cross the Bramaputra River and continue driving through the sandy plain. Nomad herders with their yaks and sheep can be seen along the road and at the midpoint we stop for the stunning views of Pelku Tso Lake on the left and Mt. Shishapama (8012m) on the right. Then we drive further through the countryside to meet the friendship highway and then to Old Tingri, from there you can see the mighty peaks of Mt. Everest (8844m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) far in the distance to the south. Continue another 100km to reach Rongbuk where the Everest Base Camp is located. Enjoy the stunning sunset at your guest house. Overnight at monastery guest house or tent guest house. (dorm bed)
This morning enjoy the sunrise over Mount Everest and have a peaceful walk around Rongbuk. Afterwards start today’s drive back to Shigatse. Overnight at Shigatse.
NOTE: If you want to continue to travel to Kathmandu in Nepal, then today you will head to the border Gyirong village, the drive takes around 7-8 hours. You will spend one night at the border.
Morning drive back to Lhasa via northern friendship highway. Along the route of Bramaputra River, various landscapes will attract your attention. The afternoon is free to enjoy the last day of the holy city Lhasa and its beauty. Overnight at Lhasa.
This morning transfer to Lhasa airport or train station and say your farewells to your guide and driver