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Mt. Kailash with Lhasa Sightseeing

Mount Kailash, 6,638m (21,778ft), located in the far west of Tibet is considered a sacred place in four religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon and Jainism. In Sanskrit language Kailash means luminous crystal. Hindus believe Mt. Kailash to be the abode of Lord Shiva and a place of eternal bliss. According to legend, the immortal Shiva is enthroned on the top of Kailash and the mountain is regarded as the location of exceptionally powerful transformation. Therefore a Hindu making the pilgrimage to Kailash and having a darshan (divine view) of Shiva's abode is to attain release from the clutches of ignorance and delusion.

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Mount Kailash, 6,638m (21,778ft), located in the far west of Tibet is considered a sacred place in four religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon and Jainism. In Sanskrit language Kailash means luminous crystal. Hindus believe Mt. Kailash to be the abode of Lord Shiva and a place of eternal bliss. According to legend, the immortal Shiva is enthroned on the top of Kailash and the mountain is regarded as the location of exceptionally powerful transformation. Therefore a Hindu making the pilgrimage to Kailash and having a darshan (divine view) of Shiva's abode is to attain release from the clutches of ignorance and delusion.

Duration: 20 Days ( Fly in/Drive Out)

Places to Visit: Kathmandu - Lhasa - Shigaste - Lhatze - Paryang - Mansarovar - Tarboche - Driraphuk - Dromala Pass - Zuthul Puk - Nyalam - Zhangmu - Kathmandu

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu. Meals:Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Pashupatinath Temple & Sightseeing in Kathmandu
After breakfast at the hotel, we proceed for a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu that includes visits to Royal Palace, Temple of the Living Goddess, Darbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhnath. Overnight in Hotel.Meals: Breakfast.

Day 3: Fly to LHASA (3650m/11976ft)
From Kathmandu International Airport we have 1 hour 10 minutes, Trans Himalayan Flight to Gonggar airport, considered one of the most beautiful flights in the world that takes us over Everest (8848m) and Kanchenjunga (8536m). Those who wish to join in Lhasa, can arrive Lhasa on the date mentioned. We will be met at Gonggar Airport by our Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities we take a 1.5-hour drive along 93 km road leading to Lhasa lying at an altitude of 3650 meters. It's advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa's altitude.Meals: Breakfast.

Day 4: Sightseeing in LHASA
Our tour begins with a visit to SERA MONASTERY. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts us to this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring NORBULINGKA, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. JOKHANG TEMPLE is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit to BARKHOR MARKETS can be quite a change from other visits as we roam around the city savoring every tiny detail from stall hawkers coaxing their clients to purchase their goods to exhibition of Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Eventually, the tour for the day concludes as we return to the comforts of our hotel. Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Sightseeing in LHASA
Like the previous day, we experience invaluable insights during our visits to POTALA PALACE and DREPUNG MONASTERY. This 17th century POTALA PALACE offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans' respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery. Meals: Breakfast Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: GANDEN MONASTERY & DRAYERPA CAVE
Drive to GANDEN MONASTERY that has extremely delicate and fine murals and sculptures. It also keeps an armor decorated with gems, which was worn by Emperor Qianlong and was bestowed to the monastery as an offering toTsong Khapa. Afternoon we drive to DRAYERPA CAVE to visit local Lama in caves. Drayer Pa cave is 35kms far from Lhasa city and there are more than 30 caves for silence thinker lama for religious, we need 1.5 hours to visit some of them, and we need give little money for their wild cave life. It lies in valley with beautiful view around and evening back to Lhasa Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Lhasa - Shigatse
After breakfast at the camp, proceed for an 8-hour drive through 340 km of spectacular Himalayan landscape to Shigatse. On arrival, check in at the hotel and overnight stay. Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Shigaste - Lhatze
After breakfast at the camp, drive to Lhatze. The 7-hour journey takes you on 308 km of pristine countryside in the Himalayas. On arrival, check in at the guest house and overnight stay Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Lhatze - Saga
After an early morning breakfast at the guest house, drive to Saga. The drive lasts anywhere from 8 - 9 hours and covers a total distance of 300 km of gorgeous Himalayan landscape. On arrival in Saga, check in at the guest house and overnight stay. Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Saga - Paryang
After breakfast at the guest house, drive back to Paryang. The 7-hour journey takes 200 km for completion. On arrival, check in at the guest house for dinner and overnight stay. Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Paryang - Mansarovar
After an early morning breakfast at the guest house, drive to Mansarovar. The drive lasts 7 hours and covers a total distance of 250 km of Himalayan landscape that surrounds the crystal clear lake Mansarovar in the middle of nowhere revered for its place in the Holy Scriptures as it is sought after for its strategic importance. On arrival in Mansarovar, check in at the guest house for dinner and overnight stay. Meals: Breakfast

Day12: Kailash Mansarovar
After breakfast at the guest house, take a trek along the banks of Mansarovar Lake. Later in the day take a jeep ride on the Mansarovar Parikrama route. Return to the guest house for dinner and overnight stay in Mansarovar.Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Mansarovar - Tarboche - Dirapuk
After an early breakfast, drive to Tarboche from where Kailash Mansarovar Parikrama begins. Trek to Dirapuk 12 km from Tarboche. The trail lasts 7 - 8 hours. On arrival, check in at the camp and overnight stay. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Dirapuk - Dromala Pass - Zuthul Puk
After breakfast at the camp, trek to Zuthul Puk via Dromala Pass 22 km from Dirapuk. The awe-inspiring and breathtakingly beautiful Himalayan terrain takes 7 - 8 hours for completion. On arrival in Zuthul Puk, and rest overnight at the camp. Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Zuthul Puk - Mansarovar
After breakfast at the camp, begin a 5-hour trek to the end point of Kailash Parikrama. On arrival, board the jeep awaiting your presence and drive back to Mansarovar. On arrival in Mansarovar, check in at the guest house and overnight stay. Meals: Breakfast

Day 16: Mansarovar - Paryang
After breakfast at the guest house, begin your 8-hour 250 km drive back to Paryang. On arrival, check in at the guest house and overnight stay in Paryang.Meals: Breakfast

Day 17: Paryang - Saga
After breakfast at the guest house, drive back to Paryang. The 7-hour journey takes you through 200 km of spectacular Himalayan landscape. On arrival, check in at the guest house and overnight stay in Saga.Meals: Breakfast

Day 18: Saga - Nyalam
After breakfast at the guest house, begin your 8 - 9 hours journey by road to Nyalam (210 km from Saga). On arrival, check in at the hotel and overnight stay in Nyalam. Meals: Breakfast

Day 19: Nyalam - Zhangmu - Kathmandu
After an early morning breakfast, take a 1½-hour drive to Zhangmu (26 km from Nyalam). On arrival in Zhangmu, we complete the immigration formalities to cross the Friendship Bridge on foot. On the other end, board the jeep for a drive back to Kathmandu. On arrival, check in at the hotel and overnight rest.Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 20: Departure from Kathmandu
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to board the flight back home or to your onward destination. Meals: Breakfast

The above tour cost includes

  • • Accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu for 3 Nights (On twin sharing basis).
  • • Kathmandu Sightseeing.
  • • Lhasa Sightseeing.
  • • All Entrance fees .
  • • Sleeping bag, down jacket and duffle bag ( to be returned after trip).
  • • All ground transportations in Land cruisers.
  • • Supporting trucks.
  • • Tibetan Guides with good English and Tour Leader from Nepal.
  • • Trekking guide,cook and porter.
  • • Special Kailash Parikrama Permits.
  • • Chinese Visa .
  • • All accommodation in Tibet in guesthouse or tents.
  • • 20 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 4 Dinners.
  • • Welcome and Farewell Dinners.
  • • Gamow bag & Oxygen .
  • • Airfare Kathmandu - Lhasa.
The above tour cost excludes
  • • International Airfare except in the itinerary.
  • • Lunches and dinners.
  • • Travel/Personal Insurance and emergency rescue, if required.
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