Lhasa Kailash Kathmandu Tour

A thorough exploration of monasteries and fortress of Lhasa, Gyantse & Shigatslhasa kailashe, and the adventurous overland journeyMt. Kailash alongthe southern route to the sacred Mt. Kailash and a three-day trek around this fabled mountain are the major highlights of this trip.

On this trip, we fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and spend 3 days visiting the wonderful sights of this fascinating city.

Leaving Lhasa we explore the ancient towns of Gyantse and Shigatse. Driving across the hypnotic landcape of the Tibetan Plateau brings us to Lake Manasarovar, our journey continues to Mt. Kailash where we complete a three day kora (trek) around this beautiful mountain.

We then drive across vast Tibetan plateau before heading south to the Nepalese border and returning to Kathmandu. This trip offers a lifetime memories of stunning Tibet.

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Day 1 Arrive Lhasa (3660 m) There is the option of arriving in Lhasa, you can join the trip in Kathmandu and fly to Lhasa or arrive Lhasa from Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian or any Chinese Cities or take newly launched train to Lhasa. (Please see option detail on ‘general information’ section) On arrival at Gonggar Airport in Lhasa, you will be met by your Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities take a 1.5-hour drive along 93 km road leading to Lhasa lying at an altitude of 3660 meters. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude. 


Day 2 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Foremost, your tour begins with a visit to SERA MONASTERY. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts you 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 you 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 you return to the comforts of your hotel.


Day 3 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Like the previous day, you experience invaluable insights during your 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. 


Day 4 Free day in Lhasa
for acclimatizationYou get an entire day free for acclimatization. After proper rest, you can either indulge in sightseeing, shop or do whatever you fancy. You also get an option of undertaking an additional tour to places such as the Tibetan Medical Centre, Ganden Monastery and Tsurphu Monastery. But this will incur extra costs. 


Day 5 Drive to Gyantse
(3950m)Following Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La at 4794 meter with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa standing proud at 7252m. On turning westwards, you come across another Karo La pass at 5045m. If you glance at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down into the road. After hours of driving for 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible as you enter the town of Gyantse. 


Day 6 Sightseeing & drive to Shigatse
(3900m)Gyantse prides on GYANTSE DZONG and KUMBUM. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century and overlooks a mesmerizing view of entire Gyantse and surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After you enjoy exploring Gyantse, you will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. Having driven to an altitude of 3900 meter, you find yourself at Shigatse, second largest city of Tibet. TASHILHUNPO MONASTERY being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet is a major attraction of Shigatse. 


Day 7 Drive to Lhatse (4050m) 
Today you continue along the Friendship Highway to Lhaste. 157 km drive finally concludes at a small dusty town of Lhaste. Good restaurants, well-resourced shops and guesthouses are available in Lhatse. This place may arouse special interest in archeologists. You can spot many ruined dzongs and small Changmoche Monastry at the west end of the town. You meet your Sherpa cooking team from Nepal here, they cook and do camping chores from this point onwards. 

Day 8 Drive to Saga (4600m) Heading away from Lhaste, the trail follows a route that brushes past Brahmaputra River. Further ahead, a river valley sprawls over and then traditional picturesque villages come into picture. This scenically rewarding drive provides plenty of opportunities for photography. Thereon, the trail wends towards northern route. On covering 295km, you reach an elevation of 4600 meters. Shortly after finding a right campsite in Saga, you rest the trip as the night approaches. 


Day 9 Drive to Paryang
(4750m)Taking another 255km drive from Saga to Paryang, you weave your way through small dusty town of Zhongba amidst enchanting panoramic views. Overnighting in Paryang at a fabulous campsite with high expectation of forthcoming Mount Kailash tour and trek, you bask in the most amazing travel experience. 


Day 10 Drive to Manasarovar
(4560m)Prior to Mount Kailash tour and trek you have to transverse along 270 km distance from Paryang to Manasarovar. This route penetrates the very essence of Manasarovar Lake amid extraordinary landscape. As you near this breathtaking sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the North West shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can even glimpse at majestic Mount Kailash. This journey stimulates you spiritually. 


Day 11 At Manasarovar 


Day 12 Drive to Tarboche (4750m)
After some peaceful hours at the shores of the sacred Lake Manasarovar with the snowy massif of Gurla Mandata Memo Nani) towering at 7694m just across the lake, you drive along the jeep trail to the start of the kora at Tarboche. Tarboche is marked by a tall flagpole adorned with thousands of multi-colored prayer flags and katascarves strung out in radiating lines from the pole. You stay camp overnight here to begin 53km Kailash Kora (loop trek) 


Day 13 Trek to Dira-puk (4900m)
Early in the morning you meet your team of yaks and Tibetan yak drivers who will escort you around the kora. Further ahead from Tarboche, you have to trek past verdant meadows and picturesque streams to Lha Chu Valley. The trail overlooks Turquoise River cascading over a narrow canyon with high steep cliffs. En route, north face of Kailash comes into vision. The trail will approach 13th century monastery of Dira-Puk. Visiting this monastery can be one kind of an insightful experience gifted in your Mount Kailash tour and trek. Eventually, you will conclude the trek of the day by camping at Dira-Puk. 


Day 14 Trek to Zutul-Puk (4790m)
Lha Chu Valley blurs as you turn towards Drolma Chu Valley. Looking forward to the amazing Mount Kailash tour and trek, you ascend to Drolma La (5630m), the highest point of the trip. But soon after sighting breathtaking view of Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion at the summit, you realize that this tough and challenging ascent has indeed been very worthwhile and fruitful. Several prayer flags can be seen at the summit. Further on, the trail descends to the flat fields of Zutul-Puk which houses a monastery and several fascinating caves. The caves at this locale are most popular for meditation; Milarepa’s cave being one of them with Milarepa’s footprints and elbow prints believed to be imprinted all over this cave of mani stones. Camping at Zutul-Puk for the night can be quite exciting, adventurous and pleasurable. 


Day 15 Trek to Darchen (4560m),
drive to ManasarovarAway from Zutul-Puk, you follow the trail through Bharkha plain leading to Darchen. It is an easy walk along some impressive gorges and around many mani stones and mani walls back to the Bharka Plains and dusty Darchen. The kora is finished – you have erased your sins, endured cold nights and mornings, crossed one of the highest passes in the world, met countless fellow pilgrims, sent prayers of peace out to the world. Shortly after arriving at Darchen you board the waiting vehicle for a short drive to Chiu Gompa on the shores of Manasarovar. 


Day 16 Drive to Paryang (4750m)
After Mount Kailash tour you take a 300 km drive crossing Mayum-la and several rivers. The scenery along this section is some of the most beautiful of the entire journey, and a distant storm drifting in back of Tibetans, horses & sheep is a surreal sight. Day 17 Drive to Saga (4600m)You continue driving for another 255km to Saga passing through dusty town of Zhongba and a few smaller passes. 


Day 18 Drive to Nyalam (3750m)
Crossing Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra River) by a ferry, you continue driving 250 km to Nyalam. Soon after leaving Saga the road opens into a wide flat plain and passes through huge turquoise lake, the Peiku-Tso with spectacular view of Shishapangma (8027m) as the backdrop. Further drive across Lalung La (5200m) through a perfect blend of breathtaking views, alpine meadow trails, picturesque hamlets and an abundance of wildflowers finally brings you to Nyalam at 3750 meter. 


Day 19 Drive to Kathmandu (1400m)
From Nyalam, you drive down to the border town of Zhangmu. From Zhangmu, it’s a short drive to the Friendship Bridge which spans the Bhote Kosi River and marks the Chinese - Nepalese border where you part with your Tibetan guide and driver and walk to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari where you will be met by your Nepalese staff. After completing the re-entry formalities you continue the drive to Kathmandu which, depending on road and weather conditions, should take about 5-6 hours.

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:18 Nights / 19 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Chalenging
  • Max. Height: 5600m
  • Start From: Lhasa
  • End To: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: Summer / Spring / Automn

Trip Map

Lhasa Kailash Kathmandu Tour map

 

Cost Include:

  • Hotels with breakfast while in Lhasa,
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis at Guest Houses & Camping Tents as per itinerary,
  • 4500 Model Luxury Japanese Landcruisers (4 Person in 1 Landcruiser Basis)Support Truck,
  • Freshly cooked full board meals,Dining / Kitchen & Toilet tents,English speaking Tibetan Guide,
  • 1 Nepali Team Leader,Experienced Sherpa Staff,
  • Freshly cooked western meals,Monastery entrance fees,
  • Yaks & Yak-men for Porterage during Kailash Parikarma,
  • Gamow Bag, Oxygen, Kailash Permit. 

Cost Exclude:

  • Nepal re-entry visa fee,
  • Travel Insurance,Extra cost in the event of landslide, for hiring porterage or arranging additional transportation,
  • Tibet Visa Fee (It is $85) except US Citizen. 
  • Andexpenses of personal nature. 
  • And China visa fee if you entering from Mainland China.

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:18 Nights / 19 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Chalenging
  • Max. Height: 5600m
  • Start From: Lhasa
  • End To: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: Summer / Spring / Automn

Trip Map

Lhasa Kailash Kathmandu Tour map

 

Additional Infos

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:18 Nights / 19 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Chalenging
  • Max. Height: 5600m
  • Start From: Lhasa
  • End To: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: Summer / Spring / Automn

Trip Map

Lhasa Kailash Kathmandu Tour map

 

Testimonials

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:18 Nights / 19 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Chalenging
  • Max. Height: 5600m
  • Start From: Lhasa
  • End To: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: Summer / Spring / Automn

Trip Map

Lhasa Kailash Kathmandu Tour map

 

Kailash Yatra 2013 Departure