Private Kathmandu to Lhasa via Kailash tour is the most detailed tour itinerary in Tibet exploring majority to the places Tibet has to offer. The tour begins in south central Tibet region, then you will be visiting the Lhasa region of Tibet and finally you will be exploring western Tibet after visiting to north central Tibet. you will be proper acclimatize during your hiking and travel to Kailash region. By the end of this tour you will feel like your are departing from you home in heavenly roof of the world. And we would feel departing from our beloved family member. The tour itself tells the teaching of many belief in the world.
|Day2||Kathmandu sightseeing (Kathmandu three star hotel)|
|Day3||Flight Lhasa- Tsedang (stay in Tsedang)|
|Day4||Tsedang- Lhasa (visit Yumbulakhang, Traduk Temple)|
|Day5||Lhasa sightseeing visit Jokhang Temple, Sere Monastery|
|Day6||Lhasa sightseeing visit Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery|
|Day7||Gaden Monstery and Drakyepa|
|Day9||Lhasa-Gyangtse-Shigatse (3,840m, 360km, 8-9 hours, overnight in hotel at Shigatse)|
|Day10||Shigatse-Lhatse (3950m, 280km, 6 hours, overnight in guest house at Lhase)|
|Day11||Lhatse-Saga (4,600m/15,131ft, 8-10 hours, Stay at Saga)|
|Day12||Saga- Darchen/ Chiu Gompa (4,560meters, 510km, 10-12 hours, Stay at Darchen/ Chiu Gompa)|
|Day13||First Day of Kora (trek)|
|Day14||Second Day of Kora (trek)|
|Day15||Third Day of Kora (trek)|
|Day16||Forth Day of Kora (trek)|
|Day17||Explore Manasarovar Full Day|
|Day18||Manasarovar/ Darchen- Saga (4,600m, 535km, 10-12 hours, stay in hotel at Saga)|
|Day19||Saga- Nyalam (3750m, 232km, 7-8 hours, stay in hotel at Nyalam)|
|Day20||Nyalam- Zhangmu -Kathmandu (1355m, 156km, 7-8 hours stay in hotel in Kathmandu).|
|Day21||Final Departure for your next trip or to home back|
Today you will be arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu, Nepal. You will be received escort to your hotel by one of our team member in Kathmandu. You can take some time to get refresh and in the evening our staff will take you for a welcome dinner. Over dinner you will be brief about the tour. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Today we will take you for sight seeing in the Kathmandu including Kathamandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Syambhunath stupa and Budhhanath stupa in old Kathmandu. This is also the day on which we will complete all the official procedure and other required arrangement. Around three o’clock we will request all the team member to gather in the hotel and we will make final minute preparations for the trip. and we can help you buy things if you need any. This is the last night in Kathmandu.
Today you will be travelling to Lhasa in the trans Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, the flight will take about one hour and ten minutes and it is consider as one of the most beautiful flight in the world as it takes you over Everest (8848 m) and Kanchenjunga(8536m). Those who wish to join in Lhasa an the date mentioned. We will meet at the Lhasa airport. You will be received by our guide at the Lhasa airport and she will escort you to the Hotel in Tsedang (2 hours drive from airport). Once in Tsedang we will take a good rest to get proper acclimatization for the higher altitude we will be travelling for this tour.
Tsedang is at 2 hours drive from Lhasa airport and is located in the Yarlung valley. Tsedang was the ancient capital of Tibet in pre Songtsan reign in 7th century. It is the home to many ancient ruins. In Tsedang you can visit many ancient monuments like Yumbulhakang, the oldest and first constructed site in Tibet. Traduk Temple, which is said to be older then Jhokhang in Lhasa. and the Tombs of kings, which has tomb of ten ancient Tibetan kings and Tomb Songtsan Gampo is believed to be there.
Today you will be visiting the oldest and the first building in Tibet, the Yumbulhakang. The Traduk temple which is believed to be older then Jhokhang Temple and the tombs of kings which is believed to house tomb of more then Ten Tibetan kings including Songtsan Gampo. after exploring theTsedang region we will then proceed towards Samye monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet founded by king Trisong Detsen in 8th century AD. After visiting Samye we will proceed to Lhasa. The journey from Samye to Lhasa will more then four hours. we will arrive at Lhasa in the night and your guide will escort you to the Hotel.
This is your first day in the main city of Tibet. Lhasa has been the capital city of Tibet since 7th century and has been home to many historical place and important monasteries. We will be visiting Jokhang Temple in the morning and the Sera monastery in the evening. we will be visiting only two places in order to give our member a good changes to rest.
Jokhang Temple was builted in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo (r.617-49), and his two foreign wives who are credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet. The king’s first wife, Princess Bhrikuti (married in the 630s), was the sister of the Nepalese king, while his second wife, Princess Wencheng (married 641), was the niece or daughter of the Chinese emperor. The temple house a sacred image of the Buddha, the Jowo Rinpoche, which Queen Wencheng brought with her from China as a dowry. This statue is still enshrined within the temple and is the holiest object in Tibet.
Sera monastery is one of the great Gelugpa school of learning centre and this monastery is one of the best preserved monastery in Tibet. Debate session of monks on Buddhist sciences of philosophy, metaphysics, psychology and epistemology in the afternoon made this a very famous tourist destiny over the years.The history of Sera monastery is strongly connected to master lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419).
Today we will visiting the Potala palace, Norbulingkha and drepung monastery. Our today’s visiting site is closely related to the origin of Dalai Lama reign in Tibet and origin of the institution of Dalai Lama. first in the morning we will be visiting the great Potala palace, the winter palace of the successive Dalai Lama since his 5th reincarnation. After potala we will be visiting the summer Palace of the successive Dalai Lamas. after lunch we will be visiting the biggest monastery in Tibet and the world according to some explorer.
Potala palace was built by Tibetan king Songtsan Gampo and later rebuilt by fifth Dalai Lama. It was the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas until peaceful libiration in year 1959. Its builted on a rocky hill overlooking the city of Lhasa, the Potala Palace has a sturdy fortress-like appearance. It contains more than a thousand rooms spreading over an area of 1,300 feet by 1,000 feet. The stone walls are 16 feet thick at the base, but more finely constructed (without the use of nails) in the upper stories. The Potala Palace is made of two main parts, easily distinguished by their color: the Red Palace and White Palace. The two are joined by a smaller, yellow-painted structure that houses the sacred banners hung on the exterior for the New Year festivals. The rooms inside the palace are identified by numbers as well as names.
Norbu Lingka (means “The Jeweled Park”) is a palace and surrounding park in Lhasa, built from 1755. It served as the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai lamas, Norbulingka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a unique representation of Tibetan architecture. Norbulingka Palace is situated in the west side of Lhasa, a short distance to the southwest of Potala Palace. Norbulingka covers an area of around 36 hectares (89 acres) and considered to be the largest man made garden in Tibet. Norbulingka Park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet, including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music and festivities. The park is where the annual Shun ton or ‘Yoghurt Festival’ is held. Norbulingka consists of several palace complexes, such as the Kelsang Potrang, Tsokyil Potrang, Golden Linka and Takten Migyur Potrang built for different Dalai lamas. Each palace complex is divided into three sections – the palace section, the section in front of the palaces and the woods. Norbulingka both reflects the ethnical, religious features of the Tibetan people and embodies the architecture style. It is of great cultural value and was listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2001 as an extension of Potala Palace.
Drepung monastery was founded in 1416; on the outskirts of Lhasa was once Tibet’s largest and most influential monastery, with over 10,000 monks. Today, Drepung houses about 700 monks and attracts pilgrims and visitors from around the world. Drepung is especially known as the site of the annual Shoton Festival, with its dramatic unfurling of a giant Thangka painting on the hillside. It was the home of the Dalai Lamas before the Potala palace was built in the 17th century. Resembling a heap of white rice from a distance, it was dubbed “Monastery of the Collecting-Rice” in Tibetan. The first floor of the Assembly Hall holds a striking statue of Dalai Lama XIII, magnificently lit by filtered sunshine and pungent yak butter lamps. Readings of the scriptures are often held here at midday, during which novices race one another to fetch tea from the kitchen for their elders. To the left (west) of the Assembly Hall is the kitchen, where butter tea is prepared and donations are accepted. The most revered image at Drepung is a 15m (49-ft.) tall statue of the 8-year old Maitreya Buddha (the future Buddha), designed by Tsongkhapa and housed on the third floor of the main building. Visitors are offered holy water; to receive it, cup your right hand above your left, take a sip, and splash the rest on your head. Several courtyards in the forest around the monastery are used by the monks for debating the sutras (Buddhist scriptures). The winners of the debates can take a test to earn the senior degree of Geshi.
Today we will be visiting the Ganden monastery and Drakyerpa cave. In the morning we will go the Ganden monastery and we will visit the Drakyerpa cave on our return to Lhasa.
Ganden Monastery is the principle monastery of the gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded by Tsangkhapa, the founder of the sect in year 1419. Its full name is Gaden (Joyful the Tibetan name of Tushita the realm of bodhisattva Matreya) Namgyal Ling(victorious temple). Its has been home to many saints and who later founded many monasteries across the traditional Tibetan area that has extended far beyond the current geo-political Tibet.
Drak Yerpa is about 18 miles to the northeast of Lhasa. This place has been of great interest to travelers, specially those interest to Tibetan Buddhism. This is consider to be the holiest retreat cave ever in Tibet. History of the cave can be trace back to 7th century during which king Songtsan Gampo is said to have meditated there. After him many important saint such as Guru Padmasambhuva, Atisha and others.
Today we will be traveling 70 km from Lhasa to Tsurphu Monastery. This Journey will give you the unique oppertunity to explore the unique Tibetan life in rural set up.
Tsurphu monastery is a traditional seat of Karmapa’s. The monastery is at 4300 meters above sea level. the monastery was founded in 1189 by the first karmapa, Dusum-kyenpa. And has been renovated and extended by successive Karmapas. It is the principle monastery of Karma Kamtsang Kagyu tradition.
Today marks the end of our stay in Lhasa and we will be making gradual progress to the Kailash. This also marks the gradual progress in the altitude also. We will be traveling to Gyantse which will take about 8-9 hours covering more then 360 km. then route is very popular for is view, we will make stop on numerous spot to take picture. the most popular spot would be Yamdrok lake, which is one of the holiest lake in Tibet. carola pass and Nangertse for lunch. On arrival to Gyantse we will make visiting to Gyantse fort and monastery before checking in to Hotel. For the night we will stay in Gyantse
Gyangtse is located at an altitude of 3840 meters at the confluence of Yarlung Tsangpo river and Nyang River in mid west Tibet. It was the ancient capital of U-province. The town is famous for its wool carpets an dPalkhor Choide choeten. The Palkhor monastery was built in 1427, is notable for its superb Kumbum(1000 Image) Stupa, which has three tiers and 108 chapels. The lower tiers contian excellent murals.
Yamdrok Lake is located in between Lhasa and Gyantse town. This is one of the most holiest lake in Tibet. It is believed that it is a transformation to goddess and durability of Tibetan civilization can be predicted by the durability of this lake.
We will leave earlier, if we don’t have to explore Gyantse town any more. We will be traveling to Lhatse via Shigatse. In Shigatse we will visit to Tashi lhunpo monastery, the biggest monastery in the region and we will explore the local market and the old city of Shigatse. After having lunch in Shigatse we will then proceed to our destination of the day Lhatse.
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery was founded in 1447 and is the Gelukpa (The yellow hat sects) largest Monastery in the region. Shigatse town itself has gain its importance in Tibet after Tashi Lhunphu Monastery being the seat of Panchen Lama. Tashi Lhunpa monastery four main chapels and different collages. the main chapel contain 26 meter sitting statue of Maitreya the future Buddha. The statue was cast from 6,700 ounce of gold and over 115,000 kg of copper, making this the biggest statue in the world. Other chapel has the tombs of Panchen lamas. The massive Thangka display wall over the hill behind the Monastery has been the land mark from horizontal indicating the arriving the city. The Thanka is displayed only during the festivals.
Lhatse is a small town with only few thousand dwellers. It is in located in the Yarlung valley and it take more them four hours to travel covering 151 km. This town is a main stop for many of our Tibet tour itineraries travelling to far western Tibet. This small town in this itinerary marks the beginning of road to Kailash. During the short Tibet summer, the entire valley will be covered with green barely fields and bright yellow mustard neadows.
Today we drive to Saga along Brahmaputra River. Pass several high plateau lakes, towns, herders tents and along the route with Plateau Mountain ranges. The scenically rewarding drive provides plenty of opportunities for photography. Saga County is located at an altitude of 4,640 meters in southern Tibet. Saga means “happy land” in Tibetan language. Saga straddles the Dargye Tsangpo River above its junction with the Brahmaputra River. Saga is an important traffic hub for it is strategically located at the junction of three roads – the Lhatse road coming from the east, the Dzongka road from the south and the Purang and Zhongba roads from the west. Saga is also a significant stop-off point for pilgrims and tourists on the way to visiting Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.
Today will be a long journey from Saga to Darchen passing the small towns of Zhongba and Paryang. It is 255 km from Saga to Paryang and another 250 km drive takes us from Paryang to Darchen. We continue driving crossing the Mayum La pass (5200 m) and arrive at Hor Quo. Finally we will have the first sight of Holy Kailash and Mansarovar. Darchen is a small town in Purang County. It is situated right in front of the sacred Mount. Kailash, and 330km to the southeast of Sutlej River. Its altitude is 4,575 meters (15,010 ft) and it is the starting point of Kailash Kora. It is also the only town and base for visiting both Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. Darchen was previously known as Lara and still signposted as such. It was previously an important sheep station for nomads and their flocks and had only two permanent buildings; only one of which survived the Cultural Revolution and is now used to house Tibetan pilgrims.
Today is first day of kora. Lush green meadows and mooring mountain springs follow with us along our walking through Lhachu valley. At the end of this day north face of Kailash arises in front of us and we reach Drirapuk monastery. Mount Kailash is sacred to four religions and a deeply numinous place. Pilgrims throng to the mountain: not just Tibetans, but Hindus and Buddhists from India to Japan, joined by Western, Chinese and Tibetan travelers. Everyone comes to Kailash to walk the kora, the sacred circuit around the mountain, which is probably the world’s best walk. Many Tibetans do the kora in a single day; most foreigners take two to three days. Sharing the path with these pilgrims, often the simplest illiterate nomads who have saved for years to make the trip, is inspiring, whether or not you are a believer. You will meet a huge range of people here, including prostrations who will take three weeks to complete the circuit. The kora starts at the charm-free village of Darchen, winding past Mani walls and skirting the base of the Kailash massif. To the left, the huge, treeless Barkha plain is dotted with white nomadic tents and herds of sheep and goats. At the first prostration point, the mountain’s beautiful south face appears. The trail passes the famous Tarboche Flagpole and enters the extraordinary glacial Lha Chu valley, a flat, gravelly bottom receding between vast, sculpted red towers, broken crags and huge scree slopes. Most trekkers will reach the Dira-Puk campsite at around 5,000m by mid-afternoon. Soaring, resplendent, above it is the famous north face, some 1,700m of banded rock and ice.
The second day trudges painfully through rough high valleys, past the Shiwa-tsal charnel ground, where pilgrims undergo a symbolic death, leaving an item of clothing (or hair, teeth or blood) to represent their renounced life, to the Drolma-la pass, festooned in prayer flags, at some 5,630m.
The kora then drops steeply past a turquoise sacred lake to a long, beautiful valley. Most hikers have a pleasant trudge in thickening air down to a campsite at the heavily grazed meadow of Dzutul-Puk, below a recently rebuilt monastery. They walk out into the open plain and back to Darchen the following morning. Mt. Kailash is a striking peak in the Himalayan Mountains of western Tibet. The source of some of the longest rivers in Asia, Kailash is a sacred mountain for four faiths: Hindus, Buddhists, Janis and followers of the indigenous Tibetan religion of Bön. Next to the mountain are two sacred lakes, the most important of which is Lake Manasarovar.
Today we are going to climb at Drolma-la pass (Pass of Tara), filed with five-colored praying flags. This is the most difficult part of our way. Then we start the descending to Dzutul-puk. Very attractive Lake Thugje Zinbu (Lake of Compassion) opens to our eyes. Some ancient meditative caves are visible here.
We gradually wind out of the valley getting finally in to the Barka plain. After completing the holy Kora of Mount Kailash at Darchen, we drive to Lake Mansarovar. The drive from Darchen to Manasarovar takes about 2 hours. Overnight at Mansarowar.
Today we will spend full day at Lake Mansarovar. Lake Manasarovar has a circumference of 90 kilometers. It’s one the highest fresh water lakes in the world. The belief is that the Kora of Mount Kailash completes only with a holy dip in the Lake Manasarovar and a drink of its holy water delivers one from the sins of a hundred lives. We also make the Kora around Mansarovar Lake by Jeep. If time Permitting we will visit Chui Gompa.
Today, we have a long drive from Mansarovar to Saga. It is the same route we came by, via Paryang and Zhongba. However, from Saga instead of going toward Lhasa, we drive along a different route towards Zhangmu the Sino-nepal border town.
Today we will cross the Yarlung Tsangpo and then drive to Nyalam. we will pass by a huge lake Paigu-Tso with Mt. Shishabangma (8027m) in the background. We won’t miss the sight of Everest as the road ascend the Lalung La at 5124m. After crossing another pass, the Tong La at 5120m, we finally reach Nyalam.
Today we is the last day in Tibet. We will driver from Nyalam to Zhangmu, the border town on china side. After compliting the formalities our guide will bit you farewell. Our car will be waiting for you on Kodari the border town on Nepal side. From Kodari to Kathmandu will take around 6 hours. it takes another 8-9 hours drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Your Tibet travel comes to an end today! Our team member in Kathmandu will escort you to the Kathmandu airport.