As one of the most renowned mountain in the world, Mount Kailash has been and will always been the Pilgrimage of the whole Buddhism believers in the world. Its significant cultural and religious carriers as "the center of the world" and the habitat of all the great gods in Buddhism have attracted hundreds of thousands of travelers all over the world come to explore it and to bow over the holiness and grand of this magnificent mountain. But besides this, the Natural sightseeing, the unique Pyramid-shaped crest, the turquoise-like lakes, breath-taking views and glaciers along the road as well as the pious pilgrims contribute the most unique and sincere experience that you will have to learn about Tibet Nature, Culture and People.
Minimum number of people for the trip : 3 person
How we are DIFFERENT?
Accommodation: 3 star hotel.Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3 star or similar
Welcome to the roof of the world! Our guide will pick you up at the Airport/ Train station and help you settle down at the hotel, if you arrive early, you could rest a bit, or seek out holy city – Lhasa yourself! Lots of water and plenty of sleep would help you adapt to the altitude of Tibet.
Accommodation:Yak Hotel, 3 Star
This morning you'll wind your way up through the stunning, awe-inspiring Potala Palace, Which was built in 637 AD by Songtsen Gampo, it was the former winter residence for the Dalai Lamas and is truly a splendor of Eastern architecture. Next, visit the Jokhang Temple, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, also built in the 7th century on the legendary pond of "Wothang." Later after lunch, witness the famous debate sessions by the monks at Sera Monastery. And finish the day by taking a Kora around the Barkhor. Test your bartering skills with the locals in this push-and-shove economy. .
Accommodation:Yak Hotel, 3 Star
This morning you'll be guided to Drepung Monastery for the whole morning. And then after lunch time drive to Sera Monastery where you can see the stunning and breath-taking monks debating after 3:00 pm. Of course you will be shown to different shrines to see the statues, hear the different stories, and see the different monks working there, especially pay attention to the champel where there is a Lhasa protection Buddha called Horse-Head Buddha.
Accommodation: Shigatse Monasarovar Hotel, 3 Star
In the morning you'll start the drive to Shigatse, via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you'll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below; one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance you'll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191 m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045 m). Afterwards, you'll drive to Shigatse, and overnight there.
Accommodation: tent or guesthouse
Today's activity: Skyline train depart at 9:00am 280km 3hrs ,Tashilumpo monastery
In this morning, we will first visit Tashilunpo Monastery, and then driving directly to Everest base camp and overnight there . Tips: Today the driving time is a bit longer, estimated at least 8 hours. But generally speaking, the route itself Is very smooth and comfortable, thus no need to be occupied by Acute Mountain Sickness.;
Wake up below the stunning north face of Mt. Everest, (8848) the tallest mountain on earth. After breakfast, drive the remaining 8 km to visit Everest Base Camp. Then, drive forward to Saga via Old Tringri, and be wrapped in the endless vistas of the Tibetan plateau.
Accommodation:tent or guesthouse
Zhongba is 145 km away from Saga. The road is good and the trip can be completed within 2-3 hrs. There is also a small monastery at the western end of town on a hill. From Zhongba onwards the southern road deteriorates. This section of the road has panoramic views of mountains on either side of the road. From Paryang to Lake Manasorovar, There will be several river crossings and we drive past Mayum la pass (5200 M). The scenery is stunning beautiful with panoramic views of the Himalaya
Accommodation:tent or guesthouse
About 60 kms north of Lake Manasorovar is Darchen, the main gateway and the village. The monastery at Darchen, Darchen Gon, is a part of the Drukpa sect. The two-story monastery structure in the center of the town serves as a trading post and shelter for pilgrims. Within the dukhang assembly hall are new and old thangka paintings and some statues, the main image is Sakyamuni. West of the gompa is the Mani Lhakhang that has a large, new mani prayer wheel. This is the site where the original old flagpole (a darchen is a flagpole for prayer flags) of Darchen was located. When beginning their kora pilgrimage around Kailash, many pilgrims often circumambulate the Darchen Gon monastery and the Mani Lhakhang before setting out. We organize yaks or ponies for the Kailash circuit trek at Darchen.
Today’s morning, we will drive from Saga to Gyirong border if your chosen tour ends at the border area. Our guide will help you go through the formalities of China Customs and apply for your Nepali visa, then you need to cross the border to Nepali side by yourself. And our guide & driver with the vehicle will spend two days to get back to Lhasa
Alternative: On Day 13 Drive from Saga to Lhatze/or Sagya, it depends
Dear Janet, I would like to thank you and your team for a wonderful tour setup. Begging with your professionalism, warm support and willingness to make our group tour successful one.And great thanks to Dhargye our tour guide who took care of whole group and especially myself during a night of vomiting. He and Mr. Namla- the driver were superb. I will send you some photos separately. Feel free to use them on your company's website. Am happy to give references as required.
Dear Janet,We are safe and sound home and are looking back at a very impressive trip to Tibet and Zhangye. We have between us some 3000 pictures – some quite stunning. Yesterday the four of us expressed what an unforgettable trip this has been. We want to share our appreciation for the way the trip has been organised. Like clockwork. All guides appearing at the right time and place. Everything was very well organised. It was a bit double for us when we were in Lanzhou hearing about the earthquake creating havoc in Nepal, but not leaving Tibet unaffected either. Thank you again for a trip to be remembered for a long time.
Dear Nancy,I feel embarrased that I am answering only now but another couple of weeks of travelling and the beginning of the next semester at the university made me really busy. However, me and Olaf wanted to thank you for the amazing trip we had in Tibet! The organization was simply excellent, thank you for a very quick and informative communication from your side. Many thanks go also to our guide, Danluo as well as to our driver; both of them acted very professionally and kindly towards us. It was really great that our guide was of the Tibetan origin, providing us with a unique cultural insight and first-hand information. His English language skills were just perfect and the communication with him very pleasant.