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15 Days Kailash and Manasarova Tour

15 Days Kailash and Manasarova Small Group Tour

(TGT016) Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - E.B.C - Lake Manasarova - Kailash Trek - Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa

Overview

Mt. Kailash is recognized as the lofty mountain in the world, and the center of the world by Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Bon - native religion in Tibet and Jainism. At 6656 meters above sea level, Mt. Kailash, shaped like a pyramid, is the main peak of Gangdise Range with symmetrical sides. Historically, there used to have many Chinese and foreign monks preaching in there. Thus, it became the center of worship for four sects a long time ago, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Bon, which is also the Mount Olympus in the east, a fascinated place for tens of thousands pilgrims of china, India and Nepal.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Lhasa Arrival

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.
Overnight in Lhasa

Day 2-3: Lhasa Sightseeing

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.
Overnight in Lhasa

Day 4: Lhasa - Yamdrotso Lake - Shigatse (10 hrs, 370km)

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 color and Kubum monastery has a 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome. Today, we drive to Shigatse, which is the second biggest city of Lhasa.
Overnight in Shigatse

Day 5: Shigatse - Sakya - Tingri (10hr, 290km)

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. Drive to the Sakya County where you can visit the famous Sakya monastery. The most interesting thing in Sakya sect is that the sect does 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, and then drive to Tingri, the entrance of Himalayan Nature Reserve.
Overnight in Tingri

Day 6: Tingri to Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp (3 hrs, 90km)

There is only 2-3hours driving from Tingri to Rongpuk through 90km new winding road in the mountains. On the way from Tingri to E.B.C, you can enjoy the stunning mountain scenery; pass the wild grassland, the torrent and soaring mountains. If it is in clear weather, you can see the panorama of Himalaya range and among mountains you can see 4 mountains which are 8000m high and more to enjoy like Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) and Mt Makalu (8463m), and even majestic view of golden summit of Mt. Everest at sunset. 
Stay overnight in Ronguk Guest House or local Tibetan Tent

Day 7: Rongphu Monastery - Everest Base Camp - Saga (13hrs, 460km)

We need to take the old tingri road to Sagar County. From the old Tingri, you can see the Mt. Everest and Mt. Shishapangma which is at 8012m was the least of the world's 8000m peaks to be climbed. The road condition worsens 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 neighboring snow peaks of Shishapangma and langtang to the south. Leaving the bum-chu basin, it then descends into the depression of Pelkhu tso Lake (4600m), a cobalt blue lake. Today we drive to Saga, a small town 69km from the Phelgu tso.
Overnight at local guesthouse of Saga

Day 8: Saga to Lake Manasarova to Darchen(14hrs, 550km)

Moving towards the Drongpa County, the region around the sources of Brahmaputra River, which is about 167km from the Saga town. At about 50km from today’s destination Darchen, we will make a small detour to Lake Manasarovar, the holy lake of Tibetan and Hinduism. You can relax around the lake shore 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 circling around the lake shore, 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, we will reach Tarchen, a small town at the foot of Mt. Kailash. Tour guide will assist tourists to arrange trekking yaks and porters and doing some preparation for your following 3 days trekking around Mt.Kailash. 
Overnight at local guesthouse in Darchen town

Day 9: Trek Day One - Darchen to Drirapuk (6.5 hrs, 20km)

The 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. 8 kilometers after leaving Darchen with environment-friendly bus (40minutes), we get to a village called Sarshung, where porters are waiting for their clients. After two hours, we come upon a grassy plain populated by nomads. 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.
Stay overnight at the tent guesthouse of monastery.

Day 10: Trek day two - Drirapuk to Dzultripuk (18km, 7-8hours)

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 descend 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 right side of the river and finally get to Dzultripuk (with miracle cave of milarepa). It is advisable to get there before other groups because limited numbers of rooms are available there in Dzultripuk. Take a good rest in the guest room and prepare for next morning's departure.
Stay overnight at the tent guesthouse of monastery.

Day 11: Trek day three- Dzultripuk to Darchen (14km, 3-4hours)

Today, we will go through Milarepa's cave, where the temple and shrines have been built around. Then we 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.
Stay overnight at the local guesthouse at Tarchen.

Day 12: Drive from Darchen to Saga (530Km, 14 hours)

Drive back along the incoming road.

Day 13-14: Saga to Shigatse to Lhasa  (2 days, 750km)

Drive back along the incoming road.

Day 15: End the tour, Airport drop off.

(Or Go to Nepal after Tibet Mt.Kailash Tour)
Customers can leave Saga to Kathmandu Nepal through China-Nepal border Zhangmu, It takes 2 full days driving from Saga. Now, the Tibet-Nepal border is close due to earthquake, so only Saga to Lhasa option is available.

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2017 & 2018

Class/Price for Per Person Apr.1 to
Jun.24
Jun.25 to
Aug.25
Aug.26 to
Oct.15
Oct.16 to
Nov.15
Economic Class (3-Star Hotels) 1780US$ 1990 US$ 1990 US$ 1780 US$

Please select a departure date in following charts.

If there are no tour dates suitable for you and we can set up a new date based on your schedule and invite tourists to join you, please kindly contact us and we’ll make every effort to collect more travelers.

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Please Note:

  1. If you couldn’t find a tour date suitable for your travel schedule in the above form, please contact our travel experts and they will help you plan a delightful vacation to Tibet at the BEST local price.
  2. Discount: 1.) 5% off for those booking the tour togher with other two travelers at the same time; 2.) 5% off for those booking the tour 3 months in advance.
  3. (Note: the above preferential policies can only be enjoyed by either one of them, not both.)

  4. The above price is not availble to tourists with Indian passport. To Indian citizens with Indian passport, please refer to theTibet Visa for Indian Passport for details.

Service Included:

  • Travel documents including Tibet Travel Permit, Alien’s travel permit, foreign affairs permit and military area entry permit.
  • All admission fee of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary, and environment-friendly bus inside;
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide all through the trip.
  • Comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 7 seats Van to 22 seats tourist bus depending on the group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary;
  • - - -3 star hotels in Lhasa, Shigatse and Tingri, sharing twin room, with breakfast in hotel restaurant
  • - - -Local Guest houses at Darchen and Saga, dormitories, 3-5 pax sharing.
  • - - -Local Guest Tents at the roadside of Mt. Kailash trekking path for 2 nights, dormitories, 3-5 pax sharing.
  • Welcome Dinner at Lhasa when group members meet.
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • Customer care service;

Service Excluded:

  • Meals throughout the trip.
  • Yaks and Porters for carrying bags during trekking at clients’ request.

Shuttle Service between hotels and Airport/Train Station:

As for Lhasa Gongar airport is 70km from the downtown, it is hard for us to arrange free shuttle service at any given time.

So, our travel agency can only offer free shuttle service to pick up/drop off tourists between hotels and Gongga airport twice a day at a designated time. Some of the tourists may have to wait for others for a longtime beyond our designated time.

The free airport pick-up time is as follows on the day the itinerary begins:

  • Pick up tourists around 12:20 pm ( for flights arrival at airport before 12:20pm)
  • Pick up tourist around 16:00pm (for flights arrival at airport before 15:40pm)

The free airport drop time is as follows on the day the itinerary closes:

  • Pick up tourists around 7:30am ( for flights which depart from Lhasa around 9:30am-13:00pm)
  • Pick up tourists around 11:00am (for flights which depart after 13:00pm)

All the shuttle service from/to the train station on the date of tourists' arrival and departure would be free.

Exception

  • If tourists want shuttle service not included in the designated time frame or they prefer not to wait for the free shuttle service, they are required to pay extra 400RMB/car for private airport shuttle service, which needs a report to travel consultant when booking the tour.
  • If tourists’ come after or before the designated schedule, they are required to pay extra 400RMB/car for private airport shuttle service or 250RMB for train station, which needs a report to travel consultant when booking the tour. the same rule applied to the departure.
  • If tourists miss the free shuttle service as a result of flight delay and need a private pick up service, extra 400RMB/car is required.

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