The upcoming 2014 is the year of horse in Tibetan calendar, occurring every twelve years. According to Tibetan tradition, Buddhists make
pilgrimage to holy mountains in the year of horse and to holy lakes in the year of sheep. As the most sacred mountains in Tibet, Mount Kailash
in western Tibet receives much more visitors than usual in such a year, especially during Saga Dawa Festival which is held at the Kailash
region annually in each April in Tibetan calendar (around May or June in western calendar). The Saga Dawa Kailash tour is also considered
as the most interesting and authentic tour event in western Tibet each year. In 2014, the holiest year at this region, the event will be more
attractive for visitors. The Kailash is expected to witness over 60,000 pilgrims and visitors in 2014.
Where is Mt.Kailash and how to get there?
Kailash is around 1300km west of Tibet, Kailash is considered the one of the holy
mountain in the world, Kailash deserves your visit if you get a holiday around 13 or
15 days, for the road condition of western Tibet has been greatly improved in recent
years. Most of the roads are tarred so that even cars and mini-buses are transitable
and less time is spent on the road. and the NEW airport was established in
western Tibet, tourists can fly to there within 3 hours.
Today's Activity:Arrive by flight or train to Lhasa. Upon arrival in the Lhasa Gongar airport or the Lhasa train station, you will be met by your tour guide and driven to Lhasa downtown. have a rest in Lhasa to acclimatize the high altitude.
Do：Acclimatize the high altitude
Accomodation：Yak Hotel Lhasa
D2-D3TWO FULL DAYS LHASA SIGHTSEEING
Today's Activity:The first two days you are in Tibet will be put towards sightseeing inside Lhasa, to visit fabulous and typical Buddhist and historic sites, such as Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple,Barkhor street, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. In Potala palace, you can explore the grandest of this myriad chapels, its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens(stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, figures of the Buddha
You will visit 3 important monasteries in Lhasa, the first and foremost is Johkang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism, attracts pilgrims all over Tibetan Area, built during songtsen gonpo’s reign by princess wencheng of tang dynasty, 647 A.D. the other two Monasteries Sera and Drepung Monastery locate in suburb of Lhasa, are hosted by hundreds of Monks, learning, praying, studying, living there. The famous Monks debiting is held in the courtyard of Sera Monastery in the afternoon.
You will also explore the circular pilgrim route barkhor while traveling at Johkang Temple, to contact local folks here, and if possible purchase some traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, Tibetan music instrument, Thangkas, and tradition tibetan clothes etc.
Accomodation：Yak Hotel Lhasa
Today's Activity: Passing by the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley, Yamdro-tso lakes, Karo-la Glacier roadside at 4960m, we move westwards to Tibet's traditional town, Gyantse. The most important attraction for today is Yamdro-tso Lake, and Kubum monastery in Gyantse. Yamdro-tso Lake is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour and Kubum monastery has a 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome.Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse in the morning. In Shigatse, you will visit the famous Tashi Lhunpo monastery where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future god) in the world. The monastery itself is abiding place for the successive Penchen Lamas.
Today's Activity: Drive to the Sakya county where you can visit the famous Sakya monastery. The most interesting thing in Sakya sect is that the sect do not believe in reincarnation and the head of Sakya sect will wear white cassock and also marry and have children.Then forwards to world highest pass Gyatso-la pass with 5200 m above sea level, then drive to Tingri, the entrance of Himalayan Nature Reserve.
Accomodation：Tingri Shanghai Hotel
D6Tingri to Rongbuk Monastery
Today's Activity: There is about 4-6 hours driving from Tingri to Rongpuk. The road is under construction. From Tingri to E.B.C with the very rough road, pass the wild grassland, cross the rapids river and high mountains. If it is in clear weather, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which are 8000m high or more, that is, Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everes (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m) and Mt Mayalu (8463m).
Overnight in Ronguk Guest House or Tent
Accomodation：Rongpuk Guest House
D7Rongphu Monastery-Everest Base Camp-Saga
Today's Activity: We need to take the old tingri road to Sagar county. From the old Tingri, you can see the mount Everest and Shishapangma which is at 8012m was the least of the world's 8000m peaks to be climbed. The road condition worsen from old tingri and runs parallel to the Himalayan ranges and Nepalian sides called Anapurna ranges. The main road passes through the desolate plain of Digur tang, with its enormous sand dunes and the closely neighbouring snow peaks of Shishapangma and langtang to the south. Leaving the BUM-CHU basin, it then descends into the depression of PELKHU TSO(4600m), a cobalt blue lake. Saga county is only 69km from the Phelgu tso and spend a night in sagar town.
Accomodation：Saga Guest House
D8Saga to Darchen
Today's Activity: Moving towards the Drongpa county, the region around the sources of Brahmaputra river, which is about 167km from the Saga town.and then drive to Lake Manasarovar.You can relax around the lake shore for a while and experience the natural beauty of the lake. In the summer time, flocks of swans will gather on the lake, bringing grace and life to the area. You can also see so many Tibetans and Hindus praying and circuling around the lake shore for the whole day, snow capped mountains on the background and hundreds of swans gathering on the lake, attracting hundreds and thousands of tourists from all over the world.In late afternoon,you will reach Tarchen, where is the beginning of the Mt.Kailash Kora,your tour guide will arrange trekking animal and porter and doing some preparation for your following 3 days trekking around Mt.Kailash. (Today's program may change according to festival celebration of Kailash.)
Accomodation：Kailash Guse House Guest House
D9Trek day one (Outer circuit) - Darchen to Drirapuk (11km)
Today's Activity: Traditionally pilgrims undertake 52 km trekking circuit around Mount Kailash, commencing at Darchen (4574m) and crossing the Dolma-la pass on the second day of the three day walk. Darchen is the starting and completion point for the general circuit of the sacred mount. A few kilometers after leaving Darchen, there is a valley called "Sarshung" where porters are waiting for their clients. They will help the clients to take every necessary things on yaks and horses. After two hours, you come upon a grassy plain populated by nomads. There you can refresh yourself in nomadic tent and drink some soft drinks there. For this turn in the valley it is another two hours at least before reaching Drirapuk(4920m). You need to camp or can rest in monastery's guest house made from cement with a few good facilities than others in Drirapuk. At the opposite side of Drirapuk, there you can see small monastery with its guest house little cleaner than others.
Accomodation：Camping or Guest house
D10 Trek day two - Drirapuk to Dzultripuk (22km)
Today's Activity: The second day is the hardest and most tough circuit with the Dolma-la pass lying 6.4km ahead but 762m above Drirapuk. The peak of Dolma-la pass is about 5630m above sea level, so it is better to set off early in the morning as the sun rays break over the ridges above. After taking a rest at the peak of Dolma-la pass, you will decending staircase bringing you to Lhachu valley floor, taking about one hour from the pass. From here it is still four hours trekking to the today's final destination with no shelters on the way. It is better to walk on the rightside of the river and finally get to Dzultripuk (with miracle cave of milarepa). It is advisable to get there before other groups because limitted number of rooms are available there in Dzultripuk. Take a good rest in the guest room and prepare for next morning's departure.
Accomodation：Camping or Guest house
D11Trek day three- Dzultripuk to Darchen (11km)
Today's Activity: The tour guide will help you to arrange your time and ask he/she to visit the caves, the temple and shrines that has been built around Milarepa's cave. The walk back to Darchen is easy and the exit from the valley can be reached within three hours. At the ending point of the valley, the driver will come to pick you and take you back to Darchen.
D12Drive from Darchen to Saga( 530Km)
D13-14Saga to Lhasa
Nepal Option: Customers can leave Saya to Tibet border Zhangmu, then exit China at the next day to Nepal
【Transportation】 Comfortable tourist vehicle or A/C tourist bus with excellent driver 【Accommodation】3-star hotel in big cites and basic facility guest house in remote area. 【Admission Fee】 Admission fee of all tourists sites in itinerary 【Acitivity】 Welcome Dinner in authentic Tibetan restaurant in Lhasa 【Tour Guide】 Excellent English Speaking Tibetan tour guide 【Insurance】 Travel accident insurance 【Permits】All necessary permits to Tibet, including Entry Permit, Alien's travel permit, Militery permit. 【Meals】Meals listed as B,L,D in itinerary, breakfast only in most part of the trip, full-board during the trekking 【Trek Support】Porters and trekking animals included during the 3 days trekking tour at Kailash.
【Transportation】 International air fare and transportation in and out of Tibet. 【Meals】 Lunches and dinners are not excluded at most of time, travellers are required to pay it by themselves. 【Shopping】personal expense like shopping, Laundry.
Train tickets Beijing/Chengdu/Shanghai/Xining to Lhasa, from 100USD
Tour Dates in 2014
【Group 1】 May 19 - June 2 (Saga Dawa Festival celebration event) 【Group 2】 Sept 1 - Sept 15 (the most beautiful scenery in autum) 【Group 3】 Oct 1 - Oct 15 (the most beautiful scenery in autum)
What to Pack
A backpack,towbar boxes,hiking shoes, down and jacket, sunglasses, rain gear, personal special medicines, sunscreen,lip screen,camera…
Things to know before you go
When travelling to Everest Base Camp, Kailash and rural areas, western and northern Tibet and other remote areas of Tibet, tourists should be prepared for the poor accommodation, food and other services of local facility which cannot be compared with the same services in Lhasa.
【Accommodation】Generally, in remote area, there is no hotel which can provide travelers breakfast and room facility of good quality. In fact, only basic dorm beds are available in guesthouses and small inns at remote places. There are no private bathrooms and no water for shower. Those places are always lack of water and electricity due to the poor geography conditions.
【Drinking water】The hot water for drinking is at low temperature about 70-80 degrees centigrade and always provided by a bottle.
【Food】In some extremely remote places, tourists have to stay in tents or local monasteries, which might not be clean enough.there is also no fresh meat or vegetables in local and all the ingredients are from big cities like Lhasa and Shigatse. Therefore, the price for a meal is quite expensive. A very sample meal might cost 8 to 10 USD per person. For a breakfast, 1.5 USD for a cup of coffee and 3 USD for a cake, it is not enough for a quality breakfast, so our company may buy some bread, coffee, or milk powder from the supermarket in big cities to improve the poor breakfast.
Lhasa, a holy city located at the roof of the world, is known as " the city of sunshine" and " the land of Gods". Honored with a long history of 1300 years, Lhasa is quite rich in unique cultural and spiritual resources, especially its Buddhism culture. Today, numerous cultural relics and historic sites covered with thick religious color remain in Lhasa.
Shigatse means "the fertile land" in Tibetan for it sits in the plain at the confluence of the Yarlung Tsangpo and Nyainchu River. Located at an average elevation in range of 3840 meters to 4464 meters, Shigatse is one of the world's highest cities and has the most comprehensive natural landscapes in Tibet.
Mount Everest is known as the world's highest mountain. The Tibetan name for Mt. Everest is "Mt. Quomolangma" which literally means "The Third Goddess". Towering 8848.13 meters in the middle section of the Himalayas in Tingri County, Shigatse. The peak of Mt. Everest is the highest point on Earth. Mt. Quomolangma teems with snow-capped peaks and glaciers.
Lake Manasarovar lies 2000kms from Lhasa. To the north is Kangrinboqê Peak (also known as Mount Kailash) and to the west is Lake Rakshastal. Great attention is paid equally by the Jains and the Bonpas of Tibet.With a height of 4556m above mean sea level, Lake Manasarovar is one of the highest fresh-water lakes in the world. The natural Ganga Chhu channel is a link between the Manasarovar and the Lake Rakshastal.
Kailash, which is known as Ghang Rinpoche in Tibetan word which means precious mountain. It is 6656 meters above from sea level. It’s both Tibetan and Indian holy mountain and from Tibetan Buddhism point of view it is really a holy mountain on which Milarepa (Tibetan yogi who was enlightened on his one life time) did his meditation; from Tibetan Bon religion (first religion used to be in Tibet) point of view, it is a great mountain on which their Bon Shenrab (bon religions highest priest during that time) did his religion and all up there;
Ali,in western Tibet,is situated at an elevation of 4,500 meters above sea level. It's the place where the Himalayas, the Gangdise, the Kunlun Mountains and Karakorum Mountains meet. This area is dotted with beautiful lakes and rivers, great mountains and glaciers, vast grasslands, spectacular snow mountains and clay forests.It is also a popular tourist destination with many famous natural and historical sites, like the ruins of Guge Kingdom, Toling Temple, the holy Mt. Kailash and the sacred Lake Manasarovar.if you have more time, you may think about more options.