Pilgrimage Tour to Mt. Kailash (18days)
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Welcome to Tibet! Upon arrival transferred to the hotel. Better not do any activities at the first day in order to acclimatize Tibet environment. Better to drink some water and have a good sleep for next day’s holy sightseeing excursion.
Upon your arrival in Lhasa, you will find air is extremely pure and the sky is deeply blue.
Visit Potala Palace and Jokang Monastery today, then walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties.
1. Potala Palace and Jokhang Monastery: Immerse yourselves into the Tibetan religion and sense the unique culture.
2. Barkhor Street: stroll around an interesting market featuring Tibetan, Nepalese local products.
Visit Drepung Monastery for the whole morning, later after lunch, visit Sera monastery. We can do the Sera Kora walk of about 1 hr and then catch the famous debate session of the monks before returning back to Lhasa.
1. Drepung Monastery: the ever largest monastery with more than 10 thousand monks. Buddhist debates often occur there.
2. Sera Monastery: a place to meditate, a place to relaxation.
Drive about 10 hours covering 350km to get to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. On the way have a fantastic view of the holy lake of Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m). Visit Pelkor Monastery as well as the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) near Gyantse. There are 265 km bumpy road on the way and today’s schedule is a little bit tight.
After breakfast we drop a visit to Tashilumpo Monastery. Then continue to drive to Ngamring. En route visit Sakya Monastery.
The road follows south of the Pelgu-Tso, continues across the plain with stunning Himalayan views. The route then follows a narrow gorge before climbing to a pass and dropping steeply down to a ferry crossing over the Yarlung Tsangpo.
From Saga it is 145 km to Zhongba. The road is good and the trip can be completed in 4-5 hrs. There is also a small monastery at the western end of town on a hill. From Zhongba onwards the southern road deteriorates. There is also danger of vehicles getting stuck. But this section of the road has panoramic views of mountains on either side of the road.
From Paryang to Lake Mansorovar is a long drive of 10 hrs or more. There will be several river crossings and we drive past Mayum la pass (4600 M). Camp on the opposite side of Manosaravar at the point where it’s possible to see Kailash above the lake. And you can have a close touch with the holy lake in Tibet.
Free time at your dispoal by Lake Manasorovar which is the most venerated of Tibet’s many lakes, and one of the most beautiful. It was said that the waters of Manasarovar are “like pearls” and that to drink of them erases the “sins of a hundred lifetimes”. Then in the afternoon, drive to Darchen, the main gateway and the village.
This Kailash circuit covers 53 kms and can be done in 3 days. We head west in clockwise direction and after a few kilometers the trail climbs up to a cairn at 4730 m from where the southern face of Mt. Kailash comes to view. En route visit Tarboche where annual flagpole raising ceremony takes place during Saga Dawa.
On the fifteenth day of the fourth Tibetan month is Saka Dawa Festival. The day is believed to be the time when Sakyamuni was born; stepped into Buddhahood, and attained nirvana. Tibetans believe that a merit is an accumulation of a myriad of merits from previous days, months or years. People refrain from killing animals by liberating them and abstain from eating meats. Sutra chanting, prayer turning, Cham dancing and other religious activities dominate the occasion. Offering sacrifices to the female deity enshrined in the temple on the islet of the Dragon King Pond, boating in the pond and picnicking add more to the festive mood
Toady we cross Drolma la pass (5630 M) and Gauri Kund Lake (5608 m) where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in the icy waters of the lake.
The final end of the parikrama is an easy 3-4 hrs walk down to where the river emerges on to the Barga plain. We complete the 3 day circuit trek of Mt. Kailash and drive to Hor to have a rest
Continue drive back to Shigatse, have a tour to Phuntsoling Monastery en route. You can have a chat with the Tibetan Living Buddha there.
Drive along Yurlong Tsangpu River about 280km, taking 6 hours to get back to Lhasa. Upon arrival, the free time at your disposal
Departure transfers for the flight out. Service ends