14 days Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar overland tour

Lhasa
⇀ Shigatse
⇀ Saga
⇀ Manasarovar Lake
⇀ Mount Kailash Kora
⇀ Saga
⇀ Shigatse
⇀ Lhasa
Travel the same route as pilgrim departing from Lhasa to Mount Kailash. Upon arrival trek from Darchen to see the extraordinary peak of Mount Kailash, on the way enjoy a spectacular picture formed view with Manasarovar Lake.
Type
Private
Duration
14 days
Theme
Overland
Trip code
WT-301
Price
From ¥ 10,000 per person
The journey starts from the holy city Lhasa and then to Shigatse, where you can feel the different lifestyle and existing culture of the roof of the world. Monasteries and shrines are the centre of the religious faith, which plays an important role in their daily life since from thousand years. Then rest of the days the journey across the great Jangtang (Northern Plain) into Far-west Tibet passes through a land greatest extremes of dryness. The landscapes are huge and like a treeless moonscape. Lone groups of nomads dwelling in low, black tents, tend flocks of sheep and goats as well as herds of the yak. Heavily eroded sandstones and sand-dunes are beautiful along the road. The extraordinary peak of Mount Kailash is the prime focus of the journey, which lays at the heart of the region. It is the pilgrimage destinations of Buddhists, Bon, Hindus and Jains. Mt Kailash refers to the 'sacred mountain' in Tibetan and 'Heaven of Shiva' in Sanskrit (Siva is the god of Hinduism). It is the place where the religion of Bon is originated. According to the Indian epics Lomoyana and the Tibetan historic epics, History of Gangdise, people began to worship Mt Kailash as early as in 1000 B.C. As the Bon sutra goes, a river, which rose from Mt Kailash, flew into Lake Manasarovar, which meant 'unconquerable'. Then four great rivers, named after the four supernatural animals in paradise - the horse, lion, elephant and peacock, rose from the lake and flew to four directions. Mt. Kailash can be visited from Late April to December. Best time approach is May, June, July, September and October.

 

Day 01 :
Arrival at Lhasa [3,658m]

Upon arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, to be met and transferred to your hotel / hostel in Lhasa. Afternoon have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight at Lhasa. (B)=breakfast

Day 02 :
Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Potola Palace & Jokhang Temple

Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have purposely arranged only to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Jokhang temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa, the circuit around it called Barkhor street, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Both of them are the focal points of pilgrims from entire Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 03 :
Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Drepung monastery, Sera monastery

Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung, Sera monasteries. Both Drepung and Sera monasteries are Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect monastic colleges. Drepung monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. Sera monastery is famous for its Buddhism philosophical debate practice, the clapping sound and aggressive expression of the monks are well worth to see. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 04 :
Lhasa(3,600m) / Yamdrok lake(4,300m) / Gyantse (3,900m) / Shigatse (3,800m). 360KM, 7hour drive

Morning drive up to Kampala pass (4794m), you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, the turquoise coloured Lake Yamdrok tso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Karo la pass is wonders of the day. Then along the Friendship southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. Late afternoon drive to Shigatse. Overnight at Shigatse.

Day 05 :
Shigatse(3,800m) / Sakya / Lhatse(200KM, 5hrs)

Morning you will be arranged to visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas, monks of this monastery are nice looking with their home-made traditional shoes.  Then drive to Sakya, visit Sakya Monastery, which is the main monastery at Sakyapa, hike around the monastery northern ruins. Late afternoon drive to Lhatse. Overnight at Lhatse.

Day 06 :
Lhatse / Saga(4,500m)(300KM, 7hrs)

Today drive from Lhatse to Saga, pass several high plateau lakes, towns, herders tents and along the route with plateau mountain ranges Overnig, diverse forms of mountains are overlooking through the valley. Overnight at Saga.

Day 07 :
Saga(4600m) / Paryang(4750m) / Darchen (4600m) (490Km, 7-8 hours)

Morning drive from Saga to Paryang, you weave your way through small dusty town of Zhongba amidst enchanting panoramic views, dotted nomads tents are mingled with their herds of animals on the open plateau. Pass numbers of villages and camps of Yak herders with the distance view of snow capped mountains, cross the Mayun-la pass (5216m), if lucky might see many wild animals at the plateau grasslands. Check in at Darchen and prepare for the following days trekking. 

Day 08 :
Trek from Darchen to Dira-puk Monastery, (20km, 6hrs)

The first day's trekking is starting from the Sershong and a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. From the valley you can see the Choku Monastery up on the hillside. The trail leads to few ups and downs till you reach the camp at Dirapuk (4,750 m). You will meet many more Bon pilgrims going in the opposite direction (Anticlock-wise), because Mt. Kailash is being worshipped by four different religions, via Buddhisms, Bons, Hindus and Jains. Overnight at Dirapuk guesthouse or camping.

Day 09 :
Trek from Dira-puk Monastery to Dzutul-puk Monastery by crossing Drolma-la Pass, (15KM,6 - 7hrs)

Today your trekking leads to much higher side of the holy path just beneath the Mount Kailash. The walk will bring you to one of the highest point at Drolma La(5200m), and the pass is quickly descending to the gradual field towards Dzutul-puk for the overnight camp, Dzutul Puk in Tibetan and which means magical cave, this small monastery is connected to a interesting story of talend competition between Great Yogi Milarepa(Buddhist) and Naropa(Bon). Overnight at Dzutul-Puk guesthouse.

Day 10 :
Trek back to Darchen, 14Km, 2-3 hours trekking / Drive to Lake Manasarovar

The winding gradually comes out of the valley and the river allows to follow in to the Barka plain, the trekking stops at Trangser Trangmar and your car take you to Darchen. After a short rest at Darchen, you will be arranged to drive about 50km to Lake Manasarovar, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Climb up to Chiu monastery and have a good view of the lake or wonder along the lake shore to have a relaxing afternoon. 
Overnight at the local guest house near Chiu monastery (dorm bed). 

Day 11 :
Lake Manasarovar / Paryang / Saga (480KM, 7hours)

Today drive back to Saga retracing the same route, you will have a last view of the Mt.Kailash on the way. Overnight at Saga.

Day 12 :
Saga / Shigatse (456km, 7-8 hrs)

Today start drive back to Shigatse. Overnight at Shigatse.

Day 13 :
Shigatse / Lhasa ( 280KM, about 6 hours driving)

Morning start driving back to Lhasa from Shigatse via northern friendship highway, driving along Yarlutsangpo river and enjoys its beautiful scenery. Overnight at Lhasa .

Day 14 :
Lhasa airport/ train station dropping off

Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time come to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.

Period
2 Persons
3 Persons
4-6 Persons
Apr. to Jun and late Oct.
Regular price
¥ 15,500
¥ 11,700
¥ 10,000
Jul. to Aug.
Regular price
¥ 17,000
¥ 13,000
¥ 11,000

Tour notes:

Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

Please contact one of our Tour Advisors to get a custom quotation made to your requirements.
All required government taxes and fees.
All required Tibet permits and domestic travel documents.
Necessary oxygen and medicine for the acute high altitude sickness.
Where possible 3 star hotels will always be provided, if the city or town does not have then the local guest house or monastery guest house will be provided (i.e. tent / dormitory bed, no private bathroom etc.)
All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
Guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build and from the local community. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.
Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.
Comfortable and clean Toyota Land Cruiser 4500 for groups of 4 persons or less; for larger groups minivan. All provided with driver.

General exclusions:

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
Tips for your guide and driver.
Meals that are not specified in the tour itinerary.
Optional Attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.
Flight tickets or train tickets in and out of Lhasa (Please note: We can offer you train and/or plane tickets in and out Lhasa from all cities within China. Please check the latest price with us via email.)

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Comments

G Nair
G Nair
Thu, 09/13/2018

What do you need for this trip and is there an age limit

V.Peranantham
V.Peranantham
Sun, 07/22/2018

Hi! Gentlemen

Do you have a group for the above tour (with an experienced guide speaks either fluent English or Tamil) leaving in end of April or beginning of May covering the full moon period. If so can two of us join that group and what will be the estimated cost and Tour plan please.

Please let us know as well around this period what is generally the weather is like in those areas.

Your early reply would be much appreciated.

Best Regds

Pera

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Yuki Yi
Mon, 07/23/2018

In reply to by V.Peranantham (not verified)

Hello Pera,
Thanks for contacting us!
We do have group tours (with English speaking guides) to Mt Kailash from April to October, but it combines with a visit to Mt. Everest Base Camp. I have sent the details via email, please kindly have a look and share your comments on it.
For end April or early May, the temperature in the day time around 15 °C, but it will go down to - 5 °C for the night at Mt Everest and Mt. Kailash.
Best regards,
Yuki

pady
pady
Thu, 07/09/2015

Kindly mail me more details of this tour.

thank you

Replied by
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Yuki Yi
Fri, 07/10/2015

In reply to by pady (not verified)

Hi Pady,

Thanks for contacting us! I have just sent you an detailed tour proposal with quotation for you reference. Please take a look and kindly let me know for any further questions!
I'm looking forward to your reply!
Thank you,
Yuki

Lila Louie
Lila Louie
Sun, 09/23/2012

I want to get an idea of price. The trip is not this year but I want to start saving money for it!
what is the maximum number of people in a private tour? What is the price per person?

Thanks,
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Murphy Feng
Murphy Feng
Tue, 09/25/2012

In reply to by Lila Louie (not verified)

Hi Lila,

Thank you for your comments!

I'd love to help you plan a wonderful trip to Mt. Kailash and I just sent you an email with detailed information for your reference. Please check it and I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

Kind Regards,

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Mr.Wisit Thongthueak
Mr.Wisit Thongthueak
Fri, 01/06/2012

I want to know the price of this trip if I vome in June and have a group of 2-4 person.

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