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14 Days Pilgrimage to Mt,Kailash and Mt,Everest Base Camp

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Pilgrimage to Mt Kailash and Mt Everest Base Camp

This holy Tibet trip combines the Kailash pilgrimage and the adventure of traveling through great distances achieving high altitudes. You will be visiting the most famous Tibetan tourists’ attractions: Mt. Everest, Mt. Kailash and the holy Lake Manasarovar. Lake Manasarova is the highest body of freshwater in the world, fed by the Kailash Glaciers near Mount Kailash in Tiber. This lake is revered a sacred place in four religions:  Buddhism, Jainism, Bompo (a religion prior to Buddhism in Tibet) and Hinduism, being Mount Kailash the spot of utmost reverence. For the Buddhists, Kailash is the center point of the universe. For the Jains, Kailash is the Mount Ashtapada, a very holy place of pilgrimage. For the Bompo followers, Kailash is the nine-faced swastika mountain, constantly emanating great power. For the Hindus Kailash is the Sumeru Parvat, the spiritual center of the world around which all the earthly powers revolve.

Contact Information

107, Beijing East Road Cheng Guan District Lhasa,Tibet China

Zip code 850000

+86 139 890 15156 

+86 139 890 15156 

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Duration: 14 Days

Tour Type: Join-in small group with fixed departure.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Group Size: Max 6-15

Total Fair: $2660 Per Person

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ITINERARY IN SHORT

Day 1Our guide will pick you up either, at the Gongkar airport or at the Libu train station in Lhasa.

Day 2Lhasa sightseeing: Bakhor street, Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace.

Day 3: Lhasa sightseeing: Drepung and Sera monastery.

Day 4Lhasa to Shigatse, stopping in Tashi Lhunpu monastery.

Day 5Shigatse to Saga.

Day 6Saga to Darchen.

Day 7Darchen to Dirakpuk.

Day 8: Trek from Dirakpuk to Zuktulpuk.

Day 9Trek from Zultulpuk to Darchen. Drive to Manasarovar Lake.

Day 10Manasarovar to Saga.

Day 11Saga to Rongbuk.

Day 12Rongbuk to Shigatse.

Day 13: Shigatse to Gyantse. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 14End of the tour. Our guide will arrange transportation to take you back to the Gongkar airport or the Libu train station

ITINERARY IN DETAIL

Day 1:You will arrive at Lhasa either by fly or by train. Your Tibetan guide and driver will take you to your hotel in Lhasa city. The distance from the airport to Lhasa is about 70km, approximately 1:30 hrs.’ drive. The distance from the train station is only 25km, about 30 minutes’ drive. Check in the hotel and relax the rest of the day to acclimatize your body to the new altitude and alleviate the jet lag.

 

Day 2This morning we will visit the Potala Palace.  Most likely it, it will be a challenge to climb up the Potala Palace (3,700m above sea level) but you will get great views of Lhasa’s urban areas. You will hear the story of the Dalai Lamas and see the chapels where the Dalai Lamas studied, rested and worked. You’ll also get to see the former Dalai Lamas’ graves, beautifully decorated.
We’ll continue the tour to the Jokhang Temple, within walking distance from the Potala Palace. It is considered the spiritual center of Tibet. You will see many pilgrims nearby the temple. Entering the first floor of the temple and absorbing the religious atmosphere, you will see pilgrims donating butter lamp in front of Buddha’s statue. While learning about more Buddhism and Lamas, you will gain a feeling of the vast history of Tibetan Buddhism. You might also listen red-robed Lamas praying. You will walk up to the roof of the temple, take some pictures of the gold roof and enjoy the beautiful sunshine of Lhasa while observing pilgrims praying in front of the temple.
Finally, we will join in local traditional pilgrimage route with a relaxing walk in a large circular path around the Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. The street is filled with pilgrims taking part in religious activities and street vendors selling a wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods and religious items.
If you like you can also ask your tour guide to arrange a visit at a Thangka workshop, and marvel at the fabulous Thangka art work.
We’ll take you back to your hotel

Day 3: In the morning you will visit Drepung Monastery, which was once the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery housing 10,000 monks. You’ll learn about the lives of Tibetan monks.
Your tour will end in the afternoon after we visit the Sera Monastery. There, you will get the chance to experience “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. These debates are unique to Sera and are quite famous.
We’ll take you to your hotel.

Day 4: Today we will be driving approximately 6 hours from Lhasa to Shigatse through the Friendship highway. Shigatse is the second biggest city in Tibet.
In the afternoon you will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the oldest and largest Gelugpa Monastery in Tibet and the seat of Panchen Lama. You’ll get to admire the beautiful frescoes, statues and sculptures. You will see a giant statue of Future Buddha decorated with precious pearls, turquoises, corals and amber.
Proceed to a Tibetan market to experience the distinctive local life.  The rest of the day is for the preparations for the trekking.
Overnight stay in Old Tingri.

Day 5:Today, we will have a long driving journey to Saga, a distance of 450km, about 8 hours’ drive.
We will arrive around 8 p.m., your guide will arrange overnight accommodations at the Saga Hotel or a similar one (twin-share room basis)

Day 6:On this day, we’ll follow the footsteps of pilgrims across the far-west of Tibet, traversing several high passes of moonscape terrain, through a region where the lifestyle remains close to what it has been for centuries, only enliven by lonely groups of nomads families dwelling in their low, black tents and tending flocks of sheep and herds of ubiquitous yaks over the pastures. Nevertheless, many other abounding wild animals can be found in this region like herds of wild asses.
Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Darchen.

 

Day 7We will visit Tarboche. The festival of Saga Dawa takes place annually in Tarboche, a Tibetan tradition celebrating the Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment, and Death. This Kailash circuit has 53 km and can be done in three 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.
Overnight stay at a local tent camp or in at a guesthouse.

Day 8: Today we will cross Drolma la pass (5630m) and Gauri Kund Lake (5608m) where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in the icy waters of the lake.
Overnight stay at a local tent camp or in at a guesthouse.

Day 9: The end of the Parikrama is the easiest, it takes approximately 2-3 hours to walk down where the river emerges on to the Barga plain. This will complete the three days circuit trek of Mt. Kailash and we will drive back to Manasarovar Lake where you may take some water from the sacred Lake.
Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 10:We’ll begin our drive back from Manasarovar Lake to Saga with a distance of 530km, about 9 hours’ drive.
Overnight stay at Saga hotel or similar.

Day 11: We’ll continue the tour from Saga to Rongbuk. Distance of 430km, approximately 7 hours’ drive.
Overnight stay at Rongbuk
Tips: If you stay overnight near Rongbuk Monastery either in a tent or guesthouse, it takes about a 2-hour trek from the monastery to the first Mt. Everest Base Camp (EBC). Obviously, it can be quite cold there, so pack warm clothes. If you take a shuttle bus from Rongphu monastery to the Everest base camp (8km) it should take about 15mins. At night, visitors can get up to take photos of Mt. Everest surrounded by the moon and stars. Be sure to get up early to see the sunrise over Mt. Everest.

 

Day 12We’ll wake up early this morning to see the sunrise flowing over the stunning north face of Mt. Everest (8844.43 m), the tallest mountain on earth. For those tourists who would like to go to EBC in the morning to have a closer view of Mt. Everest, we could take the local environment tour vehicle EBC and after shooting the photos, we could come back to the campsite and then we drive back to Shigatse (340km). Our trip will continue from Mt. Everest Base Camp (EBC) to Shigatse with distance of 340km.
Overnight stay in Shigatse

Day 13: We’ll continue our drive from Shigatse to Lhasa, stopping at through Gyangtse Pelchu monastery, Karo la, and Yamdok Lake. The Kubum Stupa, at the Pelchu monastery, is nine stories’ high, with white layers trimmed with decorative stripes a a crown-like golden dome and with 75 chapels, dedicated to the murals and statues, describing the tantric Tibetan Buddhism.
We’ll drive by the imposing Karo-la Glacier (5045m) along the highway before stopping to visit the famous holy Yamdok Lake. It is one of the clearest unpolluted lake in Tibet.
Overnight stay in Lhasa.

Day 14: This is your last day of the tour, so your guide will take you to the Gongkar airport or the Libu train station in Lhasa.

IMPORTANT NOTICE WHEN YOU VISIT THE POTALA PALACE

To protect the Potala Palace, a limited number of tourists can go inside. The palace is made of clay and wood, and has become very fragile over the years, thus it is very easy to damage it if too many tourists enter at the same time. Visiting time inside the Palace is restricted to no more than two hours. Due to crowding conditions, tickets are very limited, especially during the summer high season. Sightseeing may also be changed from morning to afternoon, or switched from one day to another according to the situation or the space available.

Please be flexible to this possibility.

 1Please bring your passport

 2Tickets should be booked one day in advance

 3: The visit cannot be scheduled ahead of time, the ticketing officer will let your tour guide know when there is availability

 4You should be at the first security checkpoint one hour ahead of  the scheduled time of visit, if you are late then you will not be allowed to re-book a ticket for one week

SERVICES INCLUDED AND EXCLUDED IN THE GROUP TOUR

The following 15 services are included:

 1Payment for Tibet travel permit and all other necessaries permits     to Tibet

 2All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary

 3: Meals as specified in the itinerary.

 4Local tour Transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable tourist vehicle to accommodate Group Size.

 5Professional English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide

 6Comfortable hotel accommodations

 7: About your hotel accommodation: you will need to share a room with another member but if you prefer to be by yourself, you will need to pay a single room supplement.

 8Breakfast in hotels

 9Arrangements including planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

 10Welcome Group dinner at a local restaurant in Lhasa.

 11: Transportation between Lhasa Gongkar airport or train station and your hotel.

 12Welcome dinner is only possible in Group tours after your arrival in Tibet.

 13:Tibet Handy Map.

 14Drinking water at the tour bus during travel.

 15: Shared oxygen tank inside the tour bus.

The following 6 points are excluded:

 1International flight in and out of China

 2Domestic flight/train in and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the  domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price, please contact our travel experts for further details)

 3: Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself. Usually it costs about $3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).

 4Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please avoid alcoholic beverages during your Tibetan trip), optional tour activities, etc

 5Tip to tour guide and driver

 6Travel insurance covers trips cancellation cost in emergency evacuations, due to bad weather condition, avalanche, or natural disasters

 

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