kailash Pilgrimage with a Combo Lhasa Tour

kailash Pilgrimage with a Combo Lhasa Tour

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Mount Kailash, located in far west corner of Tibet is one of the most significant peaks linked to Asia’s medieval religions of yore. The sheer beauty of the 6700-meter high Mount Kailash, that resembles a symmetrical cone shaped rock capped by pure crystalline ice all the time, is mentioned in various mythological and literary works. This peak towers above the north of the Himalayan Barrier with its awesome views; the Mount Kailash (or Mt. Kailas) is equally revered as the holiest pilgrimage site by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and the ancient Bön-Po sect of Tibet. Tibetans regard this mountain as the expression of Mount Meru,  or  ‘Navel of the Earth” where the founder of Bon religion, Tonpa Shenrab, is believed to have descended from heaven, Hindus call it ‘abode of Lord Shiva’, Buddhists refer to it as the ‘abode of Samvara’ and Jains as a ‘Sacred site where their prophet Rishaba attained spiritual enlightenment’. With its four vertical walls, unique snow-capped peak, and valleys interspersed with colorfully-clad Tibetan pilgrims, Mount Kailash or Kang Rimpoche (‘precious snow-peak’, as known by the Tibetans) is a breathless sight to behold. The four great rivers of Asia: the Karnali, the Indus, the Sutlej and the Brahmaputra (Tsangpo) originate from this point. A three-day trek (Parikrama or Kora) around Mount Kailash over a 5630 meter Drolma La (pass), clockwise for Buddhists and Hindus, and anti-clockwise for followers of the ancient Bon religion, is said to wipe out the sins of a lifetime.

 

Mt. Meru is depicted as a Mandala for most Tibetans and its image occurs throughout both Buddhist and Hindu parts of Asia. There is also an ‘inner Kora’ that passes two lakes to the south of kailash. Tradition dictates that only those who have made 13 circumambulations of Kailash may follow this core inner route. This tradition is so important to Tibetans that we are sometimes required to assure our hosts that we would not violate the sanctity of this route before our journey on to Darchen. Join Tashi Delek Nepal Treks for a meeting with the gods on this sacred mountain & return home with the blessed happiness of a lifetime…

Price Includes

  • Transfer by 4wd Land Cruiser in Tibet part
  • Support Trucks (For two people we don’t use a truck)
  • An experienced English speaking guide & Sherpa Staff
  • All freshly cooked meals by our cook and packed lunch during day. (For Organized tours only & at teahouse lodges, food will be served in local guest house/resturants)
  • TTB permit and Kailash permit
  • All camping & cooking equipment such as tent on twin sharing, dining tent, kitchen utensils, toilet tents, sleeping mattresses, camp chairs & tables . all food stuffs (for Organized tours only)
  • Yak and Yak men during Kailash kora for transportation of food & equipments.
  • Accommodation in tented camps or guest house
  • Sightseeing by an experienced Tibetan English Speaking guide
  • Monastery Entrance fees
  • All airport hotel airport transfers

Price Excludes

  • Nepal re-entry visa fees
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any emergency evacuations
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Sleeping Bags & Down Jacket

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: KATHMANDU – NYLAM. (3750m)

Your Tour begins from the Tashi Delek Nepal Treks office in the early morning at 06:00. You drive to Dhulikhel, stop for breakfast and then again drive to Kodari which is 114 km from Kathmandu & takes 05-06hrs. Upon arrival our tour escort will help you to go through immigration formalities on the Nepali section of the border and after immigration formalities we hike for approx 05 minutes to Tibetan side of the border, you again have to go through Chinese immigration formalities at Tibetan side and your Tibetan Guide will be on standby with 4WD Jeeps and supporting trucks to take you to Zhangmu (Tibetan town 09 km uphill drive from the border.). At Zhangmu, and here you will hold up for lunch and a further drive to Nyalam (30 km from Zhangmu which is a 2 hrs uphill drive.) over night in guest house

Day 2: At NYALAM: (3750m) Rest day for acclimatization

This is a day for rest & acclimatization to get us used to the higher altitudes to come. Over night in guest house.

Day 3: NYALAM – SAGA: (4600m)

After breakfast, we head away from Nyalam to Saga; the trail follows a route that brushes past the Brahmaputra River. Further ahead, a river valley sprawls over and then traditional chocolate box villages come into picture frame. This scenically rewarding drive provides plenty of opportunities to get your video cameras into action. From then on, the trail winds towards the northern route. On covering 295km, you reach an elevation of 4600 meters. As soon as you find a suitable campsite in Saga, we set up camp for the approaching night or we stay in the hotel.

Day 4: SAGA – PARAYANG: (4750m) / 255 km – 6-7 hours drive

After an early morning breakfast, we get set on our way to Parayang, we come across Jeeps and trucks rolling down the wide valley following rivers and grazing herds of yaks and sheep. Far south your eyes wander to the snow covered peaks that seem so close, with lots of rocky peaks and sand dunes that give you an ideal idea of Tibet’s arid landscapes. Depending on the season, nomads and other mobile shopkeepers attired in their beautiful traditional costumes can be found awaiting your arrival with hot tea and other supplies along with a big smile from ear to ear…they welcome you warmly. We bunk out for the night in camps / stay in the guest house.

Dy 5: PARAYANG – MANASAROVAR: (4560m) – 4-5 hours drive

Prior to your Mount Kailash tour and trek you have to drive crossways along 270 km distance from Parayang to Mansarovar. This route digs deep into the very essence that is Mansarovar Lake amid superb landscapes. As you near this incredible sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the North West shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can even catch a glimpse of the majestic Mount Kailash. This journey stirs your spiritual emotions. We set up camp & prepare for the night / stay in the guest house.

Day 6: MANASAROVAR – DARCHEN: (4560m)

The highest fresh water lake of a turquoise color is full of fishes and swans. Holy Kailash Parbat, Mt. Gurula-Mandata, & Lake Rishikesh can be found in its surroundings. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living fauna. We explore the Lake Mansarovar in the day & then drive down to Darchen which is a one hour drive. We then spend our night in guest house.

Day 7: DARCHEN – DIRAPUK: (4900m)

Early in the morning after breakfast, our trek begins; you meet your team of yaks and Tibetan yak drivers who will escort you around for the kora. Further ahead from Darchen, you have to trek past verdant meadows and picturesque streams to Lha Chu Valley. The trail overlooks Turquoise River cascading over a narrow canyon with high steep cliffs. En route, the north face of Kailash comes into vision. The trail will approach the 13th century monastery of Dira-Puk. Visiting this monastery is said to be a kind of blessing experience gifted in your Mount Kailash tour and trek. Finally, you will conclude the trek of the day by camping at Dira-Puk/ stay night in guest house.

Day 8: DIRAPUK – ZUTULPUK: (4790m) - 8 hrs.

Lha Chu Valley is a passing vista as you turn towards Drolma Chu Valley. Looking forward to the amazing Mount Kailash tour and trek, you ascend to Drolma La (5630m), the highest point of the trip. But soon after sighting breathtaking views of Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion at the summit, you realize that this imposing and challenging ascent has indeed been very worthwhile and profitable. Several prayer flags can be seen at the summit. Further on, the trail descends to the flat fields of Zutul-Puk which houses a monastery and several fascinating caves. The caves at this locale are most popular for meditation; Milarepa’s cave being one of them with Milarepa’s footprints and elbow prints believed to be imprinted all over this cave of mani stones. As we continue our Parikrama, we camp at Zutul-Puk for the night & this is pretty exciting, adventurous and pleasurable. Over night in camp/guest house

Day 9: ZUTULPUK – DARCHEN – HORFE


Our pilgrimage trek concludes at Darchen and we drive to Horfe for our overnight camp. We feel spiritually satisfied after going to the religious rites during our parikrama & there is a deep sense of gratification as we wearily go to bed after a hard day.

Day 10: HORFE – PARAYANG

After breakfast, From Horfe we drive back to Parayang and spend our overnight in camps.

Day 11: PARAYANG – SAGA

From Parayang we continue driving for another 255km to Saga passing through the dusty town of Zhongba and a few smaller passes. Overnight in camps

Day 12: SAGA – LHATSE: (4050m)

Today you continue along the Friendship Highway to Lhatse. Your 157 km drive finally hauls up at the small dusty town of Lhatse. Good restaurants, well-stocked shops and guesthouses are available in Lhatse. This place may appeal a lot to archeologists. You can spot many ruined dzongs and small Changmoche Monastery at the west end of the town. Overnight at our guest house

Day 13: LHATSE – SHIGATSE (3900m) / 244 Km, APPROX 06-08 Hours drive

We enjoy a scenic drive through the highest point of Gyatchu La Pass {5220m} en-route to Lhasa via Lhatse & the Shakya Muni Monastery. You will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. Having driven to an altitude of 3900 meter, you find yourself at Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet. TASHILHUNPO MONASTERY is said to be one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet & is a major attraction of Shigatse. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 14: SHIGATSE –GYANTSE (3950m) / 90Km,approx 2 hours drive

You drive through Tibet’s vast agricultural fields to Gyantse which prides on GYANTSE DZONG and KHUMBUM. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century and overlooks a mesmerizing view of entire Gyantse and surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Khumbum has large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. We drive through Tibet’s vast agricultural fields & enjoy sightseeing at Palkor Monastery. Overnight at your hotel

Day 15: GYANTSE – LHASA (3650m) / 261 Km

It’s a full day picturesque drive along the lovely Yamdrok turquoise lake as we cross over the Kampala Pass at {4790m} & the cool flowing Brahmaputra River {called Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibetan}. We finally reach Lhasa & refresh, have some snacks & relax as we get used to the altitude. Overnight at your hotel

Day 16-17: In Lasha (3660m)

Two full days of sightseeing in Lhasa this includes JOKHANG TEMPLE, BARKHOR BAZAAR, POTATLA PALACE, DREYPUNG AND SERA MONASTERIES.
Drepung Monastery was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden (1397-1449), one of Tsongkhapa’s main disciples, and it was named after the sacred abode in South India of Shridhanyakataka. Dreypung was the principal seat of the Gelugpa School until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala and it retained the premier place amongst the four great Gelugpa monasteries. Dreypung was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet, a reference to the great Buddhist monastic university of India. We next stroll down Barkhor Street, which has a history of over 1,000 years, & surrounds the Jokhang Temple. It was originally an important route for Tibetan Buddhists to walk clockwise around to show their devotion. This religious deed is called ‘Barkhor’ in Tibetan Language. As one of the most bustling sections in Lhasa nowadays, Barkhor Street features the sale of various kinds of handicrafts and living necessities from local areas, & also includes wares from neighboring India and Nepal. Overnight at your hotel

Note: Since only a limited number of visitors are allowed to visit the Potala Palace every day, the order of sightseeing places will be decided upon by your guide.

Day 18: LHASA – KATHMANDU


Early in the morning after b/fast, we drive to Gonggar airport for our departure flight to Kathmandu or to your onward destination of choice. We are sure you will have enjoyed this trip to the hilt & will go home with blessed memories of god & the trip of a lifetime.

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