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Mt. Kailash From Lhasa Tour

a fascinating tour around best part of Tibet on world highest cities

Trip Highlights

a scenic flight to Lhasa with unparallel views of mountains including Mt. Everest, sightseeing tour around world highest cities Lhasa-Gyantse and Shigatse, visiting places of importance monasteries and markets with Potala Palace, a journey of a lifetime on world highest and largest plateau of Tibet, on the pilgrimage trek around holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarover.

Trip Summary

Trip Duration :19 days
Tour Accommodation : Hotel / Lodge & Guesthouse or camping around Kailash
Tour Grade : leisure - moderate and adventurous walk around Kailash
Activities : Fly in with leisure tour and overland drive with trekking.
Highest elevation : At Droma-la 5,470 m pass.
Tour In Tibet : 14 nights & 15 days
Total Trip : 18 nights & 19 days (Kathmandu / Kathmandu)
Season : April to September.

Trip Introduction

View Nepal Treks presents a fascinating and exciting journey to Mt. Kailash from Lhasa Tour, a memorable adventure with delightful combination with tour of famous Tibetan cities around Lhasa-Gyantse and Shigatse, after being well acclimatized before heading towards high and dry areas of holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarover. 

Starting from Kathmandu taking a panoramic flight to Lhasa with interesting sightseeing tour of famous landmark of Tibet, Drefung-Shera monasteries and magnificent Potala Palace, from here overland drive towards Mt. Kailash area after visiting historical monuments in Gyantse and Shigatse with famous Tashilumpo monastery complex.

Our journey continues South West of Tibet with scenic drive on Tibetan high and dry windswept wide plateau, passing interesting towns and villages with Nomads camps of Yak grazing over yonder.

First drive leads to Lake Manasarover and then drive and trek around holy Mt. Kailash crossing a high pass of Droma-la, a sacred spot festooned with thousands of prayer flags and offering.

After completing the journey of a lifetime experience heading back to Kathmandu, taking a drive on a new route which is recently opened at Kyirong Nepal / Tibet border.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

At Kathmandu international airport you will be well received by View Nepal staff and then transfer you to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, with briefing of Kathmandu and trip to Mt. Kailash from Lhasa, includes welcome dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural / folk programs.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with half day tour and preparation for Lhasa tour.

Morning our city guide will pick you for half day tour around Kathmandu places of interest, as Kathmandu valley steeped with historical monuments with world heritage sites with afternoon free preparation for Mt. Kailash from Lhasa.

Day 03: Fly to Lhasa and transfer to hotel near Barkhor market square.

Morning as per the flight to Lhasa transfer to Kathmandu international airport, during an hour airborne mind-blowing views of world’s highest mountains with Mount Everest at its closest, this super flight touches down at Gongar Airport which is just an hour drive to Lhasa city. At Gongor airport well received by our Tibetan guide and drivers for pleasant drive into heart of Lhasa city. Afternoon relax at this high altitude of 3,650 m and take a short walk around Barkhor market square where hotels are located.

Day 04 - 05: In Lhasa with tour of Lhasa interesting places and Potala Palace.

Two days in Lhasa engrossed with interesting tour of Drefung Monastery one of the largest in Tibet, as well important old monastery of Tibet actually a collage and a university for Tibetan Buddhism in earlier days. After Drefung, tour of Jorkhang Temple which is another important and interesting site to visit as it boasts historic importance and tales of old days. The tour concludes for the day visiting Bharkor Bazaar. Next morning guide will take you on tour to famous and magnificent Potala Palace, originally built during 640 AD. Potala Palace the landmark of Lhasa and Tibet dominates the Kyuchi or Lhasa valley. The 13 storied palaces with 1,000 room stands at 117.19m high include 1000 rooms. Afternoon tour of another interesting and important Shera monastery and watch young monks in debates one of the high light of the visit.

Day 06: Drive to Gyantse 3,950 m over Karo-la and Yamdrok Tsho lake

From Lhasa drive to Gyantse city, crossing over Khamba-la 4,800m with great views of Tibetan landscapes, then towards Yamdrok Tshso “The Torquoise Lake” and drive over Karo-La at 5,050m with views of Nazong-Khangtsa peak, after a great drive of five hours reaching at Gyantse for overnight stop, afternoon tour of Phalkor Monastery, Kumbum Stupa and the local market.

Day 07: Drive to Shigatse 3,900 m - 03 hrs and visit Tashilumpo monastery.

From Gyantse a short drive of few hour to Tibet’s 2nd biggest city after Lhasa, and in Shigatse tour of Tashilumpo monastery. Traditional seat of Panchen Lama (2nd high order after Dalai Lama) this monastery contains a 27m high gold plated Buddha known as Mytaria (the future Buddha). The hotel in Shigtase is quite large and comfortable, afternoon visit the local interesting market.

Day 08: Drive to Saga 4, 400 m - 06 hrs.

After wonderful stop in Shigtse, our morning drive leads outside of the city area heading South West towards Mt. Kailash, driving on Kathmandu / Lhasa highway the road has been well maintained last few years, drive brings at Larze town. From here route diverts from the main major highway, as the drive leads over several high passes through rural country villages and farm fields with nomads camps and yak grazing. Finally journey leads further west towards remote corners of Tibet and then reaching at Yalung Tsangpo also known as Brahmaputra River which flows from Mt. Kailash. After crossing the bridge to Saga town for overnight stop, Saga a growing town turning slowly into city with many lodges, hotels and restaurants, on arrival check into the best available hotels or guest houses.

Day 09: Drive to Paryang 4,550 m - 05 hrs.

From Saga morning drive on wild and vast Tibetan plains, after few hours’ drive road winds and climbs over a pass of about 4,900 m and descends on long stretch flat area, on drive with great views of snowcapped peaks that borders Tibet and North West Nepal. After many hours of exciting driving to reach a windswept Paryang town for overnight stop.

Day 10: Drive to east Manasarover 4,550 m - 06 hrs (approx: 240 k.m.)

Morning continues drive passing small villages and nomads camps, and then over Mayam-la at 5,150m to reach at east of Lake Manasarover for overnight stop near Horpa town with first view of Mt. Kailash towards North West direction.

Day 11: Acclimatization and Rest Day at Manasarover.

Rest day for acclimatization with optional short walk around Manasarover, a holy lake located between Mt. Kailash 6,714m and the Gurla Mandhata mountain range at 7,694 m. Manasarover floats beneath the shadow of holy Kailash as the lake formed in the mind of Gods. The best time for circuit Manasarover Lake is in late autumn and early spring when streams and rivers flowing into the lake are shallow and low. It is then possible to walk very near the shoreline. An optional circuit or parikrama on drive trip around Manasarover Lake can be done on request which takes about 3-4 hrs covering 110 k.m distance of round trip.

Day 12: Drive to Tarboche via Darchen 4,600m walk to Dhiraphuk 4,900 m (12 k.m.).

After a wonderful rest at holy Lake Manasarover, a short drive to Darchen town with many hotels and guesthouses, a busy small town with pilgrims during auspicious time for parikrama / kora (circumambulation). Darchen located South Face of Mt. Kailash where holy walk / kora start and ends, our drive leads North West at holy spot of Tarboche where walk starts with view of Mt. Kailash West Face. Kailash (6,714m.), the heart of ancient Shangshung kingdom supposed country of pre-Buddhist Bonpos origin. After 4 hrs walks brings you at Diraphuk Gompa for overnight stop in a simple lodge.

Day 13: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,760 m via Dorma-la 5, 470 m. (22 k.m.)

After Dhiraphuk, morning walk on gradual path for an hour then climb to reach top at Dromo-la the highest point of the journey and a holy spot at 5,470m /18,525ft. A big boulder represents the goddess Dolma or Dromo (Tara) festooned with prayer flags. This spot is the physical and spiritual high point of pilgrimage. From here descend to the bottoms of the hill and walk to Zutul-Puk Gompa for overnight stop, Zuthul means cave. The place is named after a cave in which the poet, saint Milarepa stayed meditating. His footprint still remains on the roof.

Day 14: Trek to near Darchen (08 k.m) and drive near Manasarover of further.

Last day of holy trekking ‘kora’ or parikrama, starting with a leisurely walk of 3 hours on a broad plain passing many Mani walls, and then reaching a narrow valley with short section of gorge as the route diverts west to Darchen. The last leg of the walk make a dramatic exit from the river valley on to the plain, walk passes Mani walls decorated of carved yak skulls. A short walk from to reach near Darchen on completing this great walk and taking a drive back near Maium-la or around Lake Manasarover for overnight stop.

Day 15: Retrace the journey to Saga via Paryang – 06 hrs.

A long drive today to reach Saga town through Paryang, retracing the journey on same route of about 6-7 hours dive to Saga for overnight stops.

Day 16: Drive to Kyirong and camp or in local guesthouse - 05 hrs.

Drive back heading due south to Kyirong County near Nepal border, after driving past at the end of vast Tibetan plateau, following the route to Kyirong for last overnight stop in Tibetan soil.

Day 17: Drive to Dhunche town 1,950 m – 06 hrs.

Morning drive to frontier post of Tibet / China at Rasuwagadhi after visa and custom formalities bidding farewell to our Tibetan guide and drivers, then walk towards Nepal border at Rasuwagadhi for final immigration process, from here drive on rough road for few hours to reach Syabrubesi village. After a short rest continue drive up hill to Dhunche town for overnight stop. Dhunche the main and district headquarter town of Langtang and Rasuwa.

Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel - 06 hrs.

After a wonderful time and experience on holy journey to Mt. Kailash, morning drive to Kathmandu taking a long winding downhill ride to warmer area of Trisuli bazaar, and continue drive passing many farm villages and town to reach Kathmandu.

Day 19: International departure for home ward bound.

Last day in Nepal as per your flight time transfer to Kathmandu international departure for flight back to own countries after a great tour and experience to Mt. Kailash & Holy Lake Manasarover and Lhasa tour.

Cost Includes And Excludes

cost Includes

  1. All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  2. Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotels on bed / breakfast basis. (Single room supplement at extra cost if required)
  3. Twin sharing accommodation on route Kailash at basic and standard hotels, lodge-guest house where available on full board (B-L-D)
  4. Sightseeing tour (if mentioned and added in the itinerary) or as optional.
  5. Camping includes (B-L-D) on twin sharing tents, include separate kitchen unit of Nepali cook-kitchen staff accompanied by Nepali and Tibetan guides.
  6. Applicable Tibet Visa/travel documents and Kailash road permits.
  7. Service of Nepali / Tibetan guides and staff with daily wages-medical insurance, meals allowance.
  8. Welcome dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs.
  9. Down jackets-sleeping bags (with inner linear) and comprehensive medical kit.
  10. All drinks (tea-coffee-drinking chocolate and drinking water) provided on camping trips.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu, gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks.
  • Expenses of personal nature in Tibet, gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks.
  • Personal travel / trekking gear or equipments and personal pony or yak hiring.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Heli services and personal medical kit.
  • Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from trip and in Kathmandu including expenses of accompanying guide / porters.