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Journey to Mount Kailash

Journey to Mount Kailash
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Duration: 16 Days

Trip Grade: three star

JOURNEY TO MT KAILASH

 

This sacred mountain and abode of the Hindu God Shiva and for the Buddhist Mount Meeru Center of the Universe is one of the world’s greatest pilgrimage destinations.  Visited only at one time by the locals dedicated and hardy enough. 

 

This is an area of sweeping beauty and awesome landscapes.  The blue Lake Manasarovar is revered as a holy site and is surrounded by cave monasteries all around its rim.  Most of the days the drives are long and camping is outdoors.  The road is wild crossing streams, high snow covered passes, dusty mud trails and vast plains of the Changtang reserve.  Often herds of antelope, wild ass and yak are seen foraging in the alpine meadows. Tibetan nomads ride yaks and horses.  Many pilgrims move forward by postrating  themselves hundreds of kms to reach and circumambulate the sacred mountain to gain merit. 

 

It is a journey for the adventurous with basic comforts and an experience few people will ever forget.  There are options to visit Toling and Tsaparang to see the ruins of the ancient Guge Kingdom.  Also the northern route through Ali can be used to travel to Darchen the base of the Kailash trek.  The road journey exits out via Lake Paiko Tso to the border town of Zhangmu.

 

Itinerary 

 

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa airport, transfer to Lhasa, hotel. 

 

Day 2 / 3 Tour to Potala Palace, Barkhor Bazaar, Jokhang temple, Drepung and Sera monastery.  

 

Day 4 Drive to Gyantse, via south route along Lake Yamdrok, hotel. 

 

Day 5 Tour Kumbum and Pelkor Chode monastery, drive to Xigatse, tour the sprawling complex of monasteries in the Tashilunpo, hotel. 

 

Day 6 Drive to Lhatse, start camping from here onward. 

 

Day 7 / 9 Drive towards Darchen. 

 

Day 10 / 11 Trek around Mount Kailash. 

 

Day 12 Last day on trek, drive to Lake Manasarovar. 

 

Day 13 / 15 Drive via Paigu Tso lake to Nyelamu, guest house. 

 

Day 16 Exit to Nepal, transfer to Kathmandu.

 

Departures : in 2014 : 11 - 26 May, 08 - 23 June

 

KINDLY NOTE : Participants are requested to arrive :

Lhasa on Day 1 or earlier

OR Kathmandu, Nepal on Day 1 or earlier

 

Choice of hotels in Kathmandu from 2* to 5* category available