Northern Tibet Changthang Tour Including Guge and Kailash

On the journey to Mt. Kailash across the windswept Tibetan plateau, you will see cliff-top monasteries, wild-looking but hardy andChangthang Tour
hospitable Tibetans, yak caravans journeying over snowy passes, and the great peaks of the Himalaya in the foreground of grazing herds, yak skin tents and a glittering turquoise lake. Journeying through Norbulingka, Sera and Drepung monasteries, Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and Barkhor markets, you gain in-depth understanding of Tibetan ancient cultures and civilizations. Traveling in a comfortable 4WD Land Cruiser supported by a team of local camping crew and an expert local Tibetan guide, you journey through legendry monasteries and the fortresses of Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and other significant Tibetan towns and settlements over several high passes via the scenic NORTHERN ROUTE visiting much of far-western Tibet.

Driving across the wide open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau brings you to ‘Guge Kingdom’ (Tholing & Tsaparang), the archeologically significant remains of Tibet's ancient civilization. Marveling once more at the barren yet spectacular landscape of Tibet you continue driving to the serene and most sacred Lake Manasarovar, before completing a kora (loop trek) around Mt Kailash. From there, you re-cross the vast arid plains before heading south to the Nepalese border and returning to Kathmandu. The magnificent sceneries blending with the sights of ancient culture make this an amazing trip that remains sketched in your memories for a lifetime. Throughout the journey from the Tibetan Plateau to Kathmandu you enjoy comfortable overnight accommodation, excellent food and convenient camping facilities. The unique culture and warm hospitality, ironically, gives you the feeling you are on top of the world! And you are, virtually!.

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Day 01 Arrive in Lhasa
Today arrive in Lhasa (3650 m), Tibet's capital, transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel to adjust to the altitude. It is useful to take things easy for the first few days and try to drink some water. 3N at 3 * Yak Hotel

Day 02 Lhasa Sightseeing
Full day excursion with guide in Lhasa. In the morning visit Potala, which was originally built in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of united Tibet, and later expanded and served as winter residence of Dalai Lamas and the religious-political nexus of Tibet Traditional. In the afternoon visit Jokhang monastery, the center of Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come each day to worship. The temple, built in 647, is the first wood and masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with prolific stalls for selling local specialties

Day 03 Lhasa Sightseeing
In the morning visit Drepung monastery the sacred land of Gelug sect, which was established in 1416 and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided within. Then visit Norbulinka, the summer residence of Dalai Lamas. In the afternoon visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted around the monastery, also called "the court of wild rose"

Day 04 Lhasa - Nam Tso Drive
Morning check out and go to Lake Nam Tso. Meaning "Heaven Lake" in Tibetan, is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the highest lake in the world, with an elevation of 4,718 meters above sea level. With a length of 70 kilometers from east to west and 30 kilometers wide from north to south, covering an area of ​​1,920 square kilometers. Nam Tso is hailed as the largest lake in Tibet and the second largest lake in China and salty. Upon arrival, visit the Tashi Island and a convent along the small lake, along with some fresh paintings and carvings on the cliff. Camp tonight
Nam Tso

Day 05 Exploration along the lake.
Drive from our camp on the island to the east bank Tashi and the north of the lake. In the afternoon we arrive at a small but lovely hot springs before our arrival two small Gompas where is the place to get a fantastic view of the mighty mountain Nyenchentangla. Finally we retired back to our camp before sunset. Camp

Day 06 Tso Nam - Tso Baingoin - Serling Tso Drive
In the morning leave for Serling through Baingoin Tso Tso. En route visit to Baingoin Tso, which is 4522m above sea level with beautiful birds and wild birds wheeling in the mud and soft white salt on the lake. Keep driving to Serling Tso (4530), and tonight camp by the lake

Day 07 Serling Tso - Tso Kanglung - Nyima Drive
Morning drive to Nyima, a small town in northern Tibet. On the way we see the wildlife and many rare species. En route stop off at Lake Kanglung Tso (4500m). Today is a 6-8hrs trip. Spend a night in a basic guesthouse or camp

Day 08 Nyima - Tso Dangra Drive
Morning departure to Dangra Tso. Dangra Tso is 4500m above the sea and home to many wild animals like wild ass, Tibetan antelope, wild deer and so on. The lake is a lake divine Bonpa local believers. We can expect warm hospitality when there is contact with the locals in costumes that are very unique. Camp tonight Dangra Tso

Day 09 - Dangra Tso - Nyima Drive
Rest day at Tso Dangra before moving back to Nyima afternoon. In the morning we hike around the lake to produce lots of pictures if desired. Spending a night in a guest house or camp Nyima basic

Day 10 Nyima - Tso Tong - Gertse Drive
Morning departure after breakfast. We will go to Gertse, a small town but big enough in the no-man's land N Tibet. Along the way, spend some time on the lake DongTso, a blue gem 4500m high on the plateau. 1N in a basic guesthouse or camp in Gertse

Day 11 Gertse - Gerkyi - Shiquanhe Drive
Today our expedition continues westward Shiquanhe (GAR). Today is a journey by car earlier tonight because maybe we can take a shower in the hotel after days of camp accommodation! Shiquanhe (GAR) is the capital of Ngari Prefecture in western Tibet, a city at the confluence of Indus and Gar. The main source Shiquanhe river Indus originates in the Kailash. It is the modern city center management, business and buying. Hotel 1N Dianxin single

Day 12 Shiquanhe - Tsada Drive
Morning check out and leave for Tsada. Northwest of Trithapuri amid erosion of the canyon landscape Sutlej River, is the impressive ruins of Toling and Tsaparang - flourishing centers of the ancient Guge Kingdom. Tsaparang disappeared in the 17th century, the monastery Toling, our goal today was the religious center until 1960. Fortunately, despite the ravages of the Cultural Revolution some buildings and the temple remained. Hebei Hotel 2N single

Day 13 Tsada - Tsaparnag - Guge Sightseeing
Early in the morning we visit Tsaparang (10 km, 3,800 m), the oldest center of the Guge Kingdom. A group of four temples around the bottom of the wall, which are fifth on the remains of the city, the former summer palace of the kings. The beamed ceilings and carved bars of the temples are decorated with different designs. The parts of the murals are well preserved and intricately decorated

Day 14 Tsada - Tirthapuri - Darchen Drive
Darchen leaving for the morning. On the way explore Tirthapuri, one of the holiest sites in western Tibet because there are caves with partner drugs Padmasambhavas Yeshe Tsogyel. Late in the afternoon we reached Darchen (4,800 m), which is 6 km north of Main Street. Here we prepare for Kailash orbit. The Kailash is the sacred place for the four religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Bon. It must be the most holy place in the world. 1N in basic guest house or camp

Day 15-16 Kailash trekking
The trekking starts with the company carriers and yaks. In the first two days we meet about 20 miles a day and third day only 8 kilometers. Pass by many stupas and mani stones entered the broad valley west of the mountain. Along with the Tibetans and the Indian pilgrims passed through the prayer flags on the famous casting Buddhas "foot" and in the caves of the previous medication. After about 7 hours of walking we reached the first stone piles peanut at an altitude of 5,100 m. The second day is the most important step as we arrived to the holiest place, the 5,600 meters Doelma the mountain pass. Here there are many prayer flags. The Kailash is the sacred place for the four religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Bon. Should be the holiest place in the world. Hindus believe that on the mountain the deity Shiva lives with his wife Parvati, believers of Tibetan Buddhism believes that divinity Demchog live here. As you walk around Kailash is not only to free the sins, but also good for reincarnation. Large mounds of peanut stones need 3-4 hours for the trek to the mountain pass Doelma. After the lake we pass Thuji Zimbo, called Gauri Kund-as by Hindus and is considered a sacred place for them. Travel along the road slightly steep, but good. In total we need about 10 hours on the road. Camp

Day 17 Kailash trekking over, Drive to Manasarovar
Today morning we passed many stones of peanuts, which are often marked with images or characters. In the afternoon we reached Darchen and drive to Lake Manasarovar and small temples to explore the lake, and Chiu Gompa Gompa Trugo. The lake is located between two mountain ranges covered with snow is very beautiful. It is an important part of Tibetan pilgrims to the orbit and take a dip in the lake. Camp

Day 18 Manasarovar Excursion
Full day excursion along the lake shore to discover the mysteries of the sacred lake. Let's revisit Trugo Gompa and chat with the monks of Seralung Gompa. It depends on our decision to make the program today visit on foot or in our 4WD. Camp

Day 19 Manasarovar - Paryang - Saga Drive
Enjoy the sunrise in the morning if the weather is nice. Pangyang drive to Saga via the southern route of Tibet Highway - Xinjiang, enjoy beautiful scenery along the way. In the south, where magnificent snowy Himalayas in the north line of the Trans Himalayan peaks. We can see Kiangs and antelopes running on this saw. 1N in Guesthouse Saga Simple

Day 20 Drive Saga - Zhangmu (2300m) 210 km 
You have to drive south, crossing 180 km, along the Friendship Highway. The trail winds through a high pass, the Lalung La [5200m]. Further on, you journey through breathtaking views, alpine meadow trails, picturesque hamlets and an abundance of wildflowers. En route, you get to see several Nepalese and Indian pilgrims. As you drive through a mossy gorge of waterfalls and cascades, you finally enter Nyalam at 3750 meter. Thereon, heading away from Nyalam you drive for one hour to the lush and verdant vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter.

Day 21 Drive Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1400m) 160km 
Few kilometers drive away from Zhangmu we follow the Friendship Bridge along the Bhote Koshi River to Immigration Control in Kodari where you will bid goodbye to your Tibetan guide and handle re-entry formalities to return to Kathmandu. After 5 hours of driving for 123 km , amongst verdant greenery, you finally arrive in Kathmandu.

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration: 19 Nights / 20 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser Jeep
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Chalenging
  • Max. Height: 5600m
  • Start From: Lhasa
  • End To: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: Spring / Automn / Summer

Trip Map

Northern Tibet Changthang Tour map

 

Cost Includes:

  • Jingbo Grand Hotel or Doodgu in Lhasa & best available en route hotels on twin sharing with breakfast.
  • Guided tour in Tibet as per the itinerary with all entry & travel permits.
  • Transportation by 4WD Land Cruiser (Toyota 4500, the best available in Tibet) with support truck.
  • Fully catered camping trek supported by Nepalese (Sherpa) crew & Tibetan guide with a support truck.
  • Required yak & yak drivers during trek.
  • Staff & wquipment transportation.
  • Tibet (Chinese) visa.
  • Airport transfers.
  • PAC bag (Portable Altitude Chamber) & firs aid medical kit.

Cost Excludes:

  • Airport tax, your insurance.
  • International flights to Lhasa
  • Nepal visa.
  • Any cost incurred in emergency evacuation due any reason.
  • Kathmandu hotels & tours.
  • Tips, any expenses of personal nature, meals during hotel stay.

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration: 19 Nights / 20 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser Jeep
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Chalenging
  • Max. Height: 5600m
  • Start From: Lhasa
  • End To: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: Spring / Automn / Summer

Trip Map

Northern Tibet Changthang Tour map

 

Additional Infos

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration: 19 Nights / 20 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser Jeep
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Chalenging
  • Max. Height: 5600m
  • Start From: Lhasa
  • End To: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: Spring / Automn / Summer

Trip Map

Northern Tibet Changthang Tour map

 

Testimonials

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration: 19 Nights / 20 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser Jeep
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Chalenging
  • Max. Height: 5600m
  • Start From: Lhasa
  • End To: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: Spring / Automn / Summer

Trip Map

Northern Tibet Changthang Tour map

 

Kailash Yatra 2013 Departure