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13 Days Private Tour Lhasa – Yamdrok – Gyantse – Shigatse – Saga - Manasarovar – Darchen - Kailash Trekking - Darchen - Paryang – Lhatse – Shigatse – Lhasa
It is a spectacular journey to Kailash in Western Tibet. We will spend two full days for sightseeing in and around Lhasa, the capital of holy land Tibet, and religious center for pilgrims from all parts of the country. Afterwards we drive along the south route to West Tibet. During the long driving we enjoy the unforgettable fantastic landscapes between Himalaya and Trans-Himalaya. We'll pass by the beautiful Yamdrok Lake and cross over the Karo La (5.010 m) (La=Pass) and Simi La before we reach Gyantse and Shigatse, where we visit the famous and beautiful monasteries of monasteries Pelkor and Tashilunpo to enjoy the magnificent religious constructions, great Buddhist statues and excellent murals.

Kailash (6.714 m) is regard as "center of the world" by Hinduism and Buddhism. We get across the 5.600 m high Doelma La (La=Pass), decorated with fluttering prayer flags and mani stones, we trek around the snow-crowned dome of the glacier mountain along the pilgrimage path in three days. Before the trekking we visit Manasarovar - the holiest lake in Tibet.

Afterwards drive back mostly on the same way to Lhasa.
Highlights
Tibet Trekking around Kailash
DAY
1

Arrive in Lhasa

Welcome in Tibet – the roof of the world

Today arrive in Lhasa (3650 m), the capital of Tibet, transfer to hotel. Stay at the hotel for adapting to the high altitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water.

Overnight at 3*Yak Hotel

Barkhor Street
Barkhor Street
Photo by Liu BIn
DAY
2

Lhasa

Potala Palace – landmark of Lhasa, Jokhang and Barkhor Street

In the morning visit Potala, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, innumerable magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures altogether create a dense religious and art atmosphere that impresses every visitor. In the afternoon visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties.

Overnight at 3*Yak Hotel
Breakfast
Potala Palace
Potala Palace
Photo by Liu BIn
DAY
3

Lhasa

Panoramic view over Potala, Norbulingka, Debate in Sera

In the morning visit Parla Lupu Cave Monastery, located on the slopes of Yaowang Mountain, was built in the 7th century. It is 22m high and from here you can have a wonderful panoramic view over Potala palace. Afterwards visit Norbulinka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. In the afternoon visit Sera Monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. It is also one of the six master monasteries of the Gelugpa. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. You have the opportunity to experience the famous monks' "Buddhism scriptures debates". Public religious debates are part of the education of monks.

Overnight at 3*Yak Hotel
Breakfast
Debate in Sera
Debate in Sera
Photo by Liu BIn
DAY
4

Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse

Karo La Pass and Glacier, holy lake Yamdrok, Palkhor with Pagoda Kumbum

Drive to Gyantse. On the Kamba La (4796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake Yamdrok (4,441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. On arriving, visit Pelkor Monastery as well as the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby, both of them built in the 15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse. This typical Tibetan Buddhist monastery is the only one large building complex in Tibet that old monastery and stupas are completely preserved and characterized as a monument. It is recorded 14,000 kilograms of copper was used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. The 8-storey stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameters contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. Afterwards drive about 90 kilometers to Shigatse (3880m), the second largest city with 40,000 inhabitants in Tibet and the traditional capital of the Tsang.

356 km
6 hours 41 minutes
Overnight at 4*Mulunlazong Hotel
Breakfast
Pelkhor Monastery with Kumbum Stupa
Pelkhor Monastery with Kumbum Stupa
Photo by Li Chaojun
DAY
5

Shigatse - Lhatse - Saga

Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse

In the morning visit the Tashilunpo, "Mountain of Happiness". Tashilunpo is also one of the six major temples of the Gelug Sect. Shigatse is the seat of the Pantschen Lama. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha, the biggest gilded statue of Maitreya (Buddha of the future) in China. In the afternoon continue to Saga.

447 km
7 hours 19 minutes
Overnight at Bramaputra Hotel

Breakfast
Tashilunpo
Tashilunpo
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
6

Saga - Paryang - Manasarovar Lakeke

Kiangs (wild ass) and antelopes, Manasarovar Lake

Continue along the south route and enjoy beautiful views while visibility is clear. During the south route the Himalayas rising gradually in the north, and the mountains stand side by side. Sometimes, especially on the last stretch of road, kiangs (wild ass) and antelopes can be seen. Drive to Manasarovar Lake.

495 km
6 hours 53 minutes
Overnight in a simple guesthouse
Breakfast
Kiang
Kiang
DAY
7

Manasarovar Lake - Darchen

Walking and rest by Manasarovar Lake

Manasarovar Lake is 330 square kilometers, 81.8 meters deep. The lake is nestled between two snow-capped mountain ranges. The area is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Tibet. For Hindus, Manasarovar is a sacred lake. Therefore,Walking around the lake and washing and purifying themselves with the lake became the most important goal of the pilgrims. Short hike and visit at Manasarovar lake. Enjoy the views of the eight monasteries on the shores of the northern Kailash and Manasarovar Lake. Then continue in about 1 hour to Darchen (4,800 m, starting point of the Kailash Circumnavigation).

49 km
42 minutes
Overnight at simple The Faraway Home Hotel
Breakfast
Holy Lake Manasarovar
Holy Lake Manasarovar
Photo by Li Chaojun
DAY
8

Trekking to Kailash, about 22 km

Start a 3-day trekking tour of Kailash

The village of Darchen only consists of a few stone houses, which are located about 6 km north of the main road. Accompanied by carriers and yaks, you will start a 3-day tour in Kailash. For Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bon, the mountain is the most sacred place in the world. It is the cosmic axis, the "navel of the world". Past numerous chorten and Manimauern the path leads into the broad valley on the west side of the mountain. Along with Tibetan and Indian pilgrims, you will pass the famous prayer flagpole, the “Buddha's Footprints”, and abandoned hermit clauses. After about 7 hours of walking, on the first day of the tour you will reach our campsite at 5,100 m altitude.

Trekking 22 km
Overnight in a simple guesthouse
Breakfast
Holy Mountain Kailash
Holy Mountain Kailash
DAY
9

Trekking around Kailash, about 20 km

Crossing the 5,600 m high Dolma-La

The most important part of the circumnavigation around Kailash involves crossing the most sacred spot, the 5,600m high Dolma-La, the highest point of the Parikrama, where there is a "holy" stone adorned with prayer flags , according to legend, that is the place where the goddess Dolma disappeared. Trek down a slightly steep but good path. Soon you will pass Thuji Zimbo Lake, which the Hindu Gauri calls it Kund and consider sacred. The total walking time on the second day is 7 to 8 hours.

Trekking 20 km
Overnight in a simple guesthouse
Breakfast
Kailash Trekking
Kailash Trekking
DAY
10

Trekking around Kailash, about 11 km, drive Darchen - Paryang

Kailash Kora ends

The third stage needs past numerous mani walls with stone tablets back to Darchen, which means the circle of your circumnavigation ends. In Darchen you get into the vehicle, which brings you to Paryang.

Trekking 11 km
259 km
3 hours 43 minutes
Overnight in a simple guesthouse
Breakfast
Kailash Trekking
Kailash Trekking
Photo by Li Chaojun
DAY
11

Paryang - Saga - Lhatse

Return journey

Drive via Saga to Lhatse.

531 km
8 hours 22 minutes
Overnight at the simple Nongmin Hotel
Breakfast
Kailash Trekking
Kailash Trekking
Photo by Li Chaojun
DAY
12

Lhatse - Shigatse - Lhasa

Return journey

Drive via Shigatse back to Lhasa.

420 km
7 hours 24 minutes
Overnight at the 3*Yak Hotel
Breakfast
Statue in Tibetan Monastery
Statue in Tibetan Monastery
Photo by Li Chaojun
DAY
13

Leave Tibet

Travel to next destination

Today transfer to airport or railway station, leave Tibet.

Breakfast
Believers at Jokhang
Believers at Jokhang
Photo by Liu Bin
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Hotel, program and itinerary are subjected to change with prior notice.
We must point out that you counter a basic tourism infrastructure in this region. You stay overnight mostly at simple hotel/guesthouse. Long journeys on bad roads and trekking on high altitude and delays require good physical fitness, resilience and flexibility of the participants. Program and route changes due to unforeseen events are expressly reserved. If you desire the unknown and have an understanding of contingency, this is the right trip for you.
More Impressions
Barkhor Street | Photo by Liu Bin
Barkhor Street | Photo by Liu Bin
Barkhor Street | Photo by Liu Bin
Jokhang Monastery | Photo by Liu Bin
Potala Palace | Photo by Liu Bin
Potala Palace | Photo by Liu Bin
Norbulinka | Photo by Liu Bin
Norbulinka | Photo by Liu Bin
Debate in Sera Monastery | Photo by Liu Bin
Holy Lake Yamdrok | Photo by Liu Bin
Karola Glacier | Photo by Liu Bin
Palkhor Monastery | Photo by Liu Bin
Tashilunpo Monastery | Photo by Liu Bin
Trekking around Kailash | Photo by Li Chaojun
Trekking around Kailash
Tashilunpo Monastery | Photo by Liu Bin