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Lhasa-Mount Kailash Trek-Kathmandu

Tour Code: Trekking-04
Destination: Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-Saga-Mt.Kailash-Zhangmu-Kathmandu
Feature: This amazing Kailash tour will lead you to one of the most revered holy sites in the entire world. The Hindus, Buddhists, and Bon followers all believe that a walk around this site erases all the sins of your life. Mt. Kailash has been a lodestone to pilgrims and adventurous travellers for centuries but until recently very few had set their eyes on the sacre mountains. This situation has begun to change in recent years because of improved roads, new bridges and telephone lines, they make it more accessible. The easiest way to travel to Mt.Kailash is taking Landcruiser trip.

The trip will also take us to Lake Mansarovar, another holy site close to Mt. Kailash. Experience more religion and culture as you walk with around this wondrous lake with both Indian and Tibetan Pilgrims.

Mt. Kailash can be visited from Late April to December. Best time approach is May, June, July, September and October.
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It is about 270km from Lhasa to Gyantse, En road, you will appreciate the holy Lake of Yamdrok Yumtso Lake.The sacred lake of Yamdrok Yutso is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and revered as a talisman, supporting the life-spirit of Tibet. It is said that should its waters dry, Tibet will no longer be habitable.
On the way to Gyantse, have a look at the Karola Glacier. Visit the Pelkhor monastery for its famous Kumbum Pagoda. Besides Pelkhor, we will also visit a Nunnery to watch the chanting.


Morning visit the historical city Gyantse, you will have great chance to appreciate the Old Town's sunrise at Dzong Castle. Drive about 90km to Shigatse which is the second largest city in Tibet, It’s also the home town of Banchen Lama.
En route, visit Shalu monastery, which the construction was started in 1027. Its architecture is of typical combination of the Tibetan and Chinese styles with archways, carved pillars, tilled roofs and the Song and Yuan style murals. In Shigatse, you will drop a visit of Tashilumpo monastery.


A short drive will take us to the small town of Lhatse. Along the way we will visit the beautiful Sakya monastery. Towering walls surround this intricate maze of ancient monasteries and red and white striped buildings. After exploring for a while we will spend the night in Lhatse.


Our final destination today is the small town of Saga. We will cover many miles during the day but also encounter alluring river valleys and scattered villages.


Even more gorgeous Tibetan Landscape will surround us as we drive to Paryang. Today is arguably one of the most beautiful days of our entire journey.


From Paryang to Lake Manasoravar is a long drive of 10 hrs or more. There will be several river crossings and we drive past Mayum La Pass (4,600 M). The scenery is stunningly beautiful with panoramic views of the Himalayas.


Experience the magic of this holy site. We will take it easy but also meet with local pilgrims and visit the beautiful Chiu Monastery. Mt. Kailash looms in the distance.After only a 35 km drive we will reach Darchen. Darchen marks the start of our religious 53 km trek around the mountain. Finally we have arrived!


From Darchen, we walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt Kailash towering above us. We follow the river which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before we reach the 13th century monastery at Dira-puk.


We now leave the Lha Chu Valley and enter the Drolma Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Drolma La [5630m]. It's a tough climb to the summit which is festooned with prayer flags but from there it is all downhill or flat to Zutul-puk, with views of one of the highest lakes in the world, Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion. As well as the monastery at Zutul-puk, there are several meditation caves and another cave containing an image of Milarepa.


On the final day of the kora we cross several streams, and follow an impressive gorge. Along the way we are once again treated to magnificent views of Kailash. We then enter the Bharka plain and it's about an hour's walk through this desert-like landscape to Darchen.


Today is a long drive, about 300km, to Paryang. Along the way, we cross the Mayun-la and make several river crossings. The scenery along this section is some of the most panoramic of the entire journey.


Today is another driving day as we head towards Saga. Take in the sights of the small dusty towns along the way! Today gives us more time to appreciate this truly ancient Tibetan culture.


In the morning we will take a ferry across the Yarlung Tsangpo [Brahmaputra River]. As we continue our journey stunning Himalayan views surrounds us once again. Some of the attractions include Shishapangma and our end destination of Peiku-tso, a large majestic lake.


Another 180 kilometers is tackled as we head down the Friendship Highway. Along the way we pass through the small town of Nyalam. After Nyalam we descend down through a mossy gorge and brilliant cascading waterfalls. We will spend the night in Zhangmu, a border town.


In the morning we cross the Bhote Kosi River using the Friendship Bridge. At this point we must bid a fond farewell to our Tibetan guide and go through all the border formalities. Our last night will be spent in the bustling city of Kathmandu. Sadly our trip has come to an end.

Note: you can change the itinerary to the way you want, such as omit some cities or sightseeing places or extend this tour to the places you want. If you want us to arrange tours in other cities in China, just contact us.