Mt.Kailash & Lake Manasarovar 15-Day Worship Tour
Mt.Kailash, also named Kangrinboqe, is a sacred mountain in many religions. In Sanskrit language, it is called Girosan. The northern foothills of the Gangyan Peak are the birthplace of the Lion Spring River, which is the upper section of Indus River. It is said that Bon Religion has originated from this mountain. Hinduism considers the mountain to be the residence of Shiva, the center of the world. Jainism believes that the mountain is the home of its ancestral, Reishaba, while the Tibetan Buddhists think it is the home of the victorious king, representing the unmeasured happiness of the faithful who have been here for many years. The mountain ranges of Mt.Kailash cross the northern Kunlun mountains and the southern Himalayas, shape like a giant dragon lying on the vast plateau of Ali Region in west Tibet. The main peak of Mt.Kailash at 6656m rises above the plateaus of Ali like a great pyramid. To worship or rotate Mt.Kailash, Lake Manasarovar cannot be missed. It is located 35 km east of Pulan in Ali Region, just south of the peak of Mount.Kangrinboqe. Since ancient times, Buddhists regarded it as the "world center" and "holy land". It is not only the second largest natural lake, but also one the the three holy lakes in Tibet. "Manasarovar", in Tibetan language means "the unbeatable jade lake". It is said that Manasarovar is the holiest lake, and its water can clean the troubles of mind.
*A classic worship trip from Lhasa to Shigatse to Mt.Everest, the third polar in the world
*Visit the unscathed Tashilhunpo Monastery, "all fortune and happiness gathered here"
*View the holy lake YamdrokTso, said to be part of the life-spirit of the Tibetan nation
*Worship Mt.Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, the perfect land and real paradise in Indian Buddhism and Hinduism
- Tour code: CPT-TT-08
- Price: from $1,990 p/p
- Tour type: private tour
- Departure date: flexible
- Travel route: Lhasa - Gyantze - Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri (Shegar) – Rongbuk Monastery –
Mt.Everest Base Camp – Saga - Lake Manasarova - Darchen - Drirapuk - Dzultripuk - Darchen
- Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa
- Trip length: 15 Days 14 nights
You are warmly welcome to Tibet by saying Tashi Delek at the Train station/airport by our professional employee and send you to reserved hotel in Lhasa. Then have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude in the rest of the day.
Morning visit the famous Potala Palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels. Today's Potala Palace is a museum. The building measures 400 meters east-west and 350 meters north-south, with copper poured into the foundations to help proof it against earthquakes. You will climb past the White Palace into the Red Palace, where the file of pilgrims offering silk scarves, coins or yak butter to burn in the shrines combine to make this an unforgettable experience.
In the afternoon you will visit the holiest temple in Tibet, the Jorkhang Temple, and the Barkhor Kora, which is the most famous Kora in Tibet. Jokhang Temple, also called the Qokang Monastery or Zuglagkang, is smaller than the Potala Palace. This 4-storey, golden-roofed temple is at the heart of a rich and living Tibetan Buddhism. The temple's architectural style is a mixture of Indian vihara design, Chinese Tang Dynasty design, and Nepalese design. Built about 1,300 years ago, now it's not only famous for the "a saint’s road" in the eyes of Tibetans. Many people call Barkhor Street “the window of Tibet” as it exhibits typical Tibetan life. The pilgrims, wearing their local dress from different parts of Tibet or Yunnan, Sichuan and Qinghai areas, circle clockwise around Jorkhang Temple with prayer wheels, or prostrate themselves near the front gate. It is popular that tourists join the locals to shop for specialties as well as souvenirs at the colorful stalls, or relax in a coffee shop to enjoy the passing parade.
In the evening, enjoy a Tibetan style welcome dinner with dancing and singing.
Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jorkhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung Monastery lies 10 kilometers west of Lhasa, it is clustered round by the black mountain. Drepung Monastery's white grand buildings shining by the sunlight under Mt.Gambo Utse. Built in 1416, it is considered as one of the largest and highest status monasteries in the six principle monasteries of Gelu Sect. Drepung Monastery used to be the imperial palace of Dalai Lamas for short stays away from the capital before the reconstruction of Potala Palace.
In the afternoon, transfer to visit Sera Monastery. Sera Monastery is a combination of 4 structures: the Great Assembly Hall and three colleges. It was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey of Sakya Yeshe of Zel Gungtang (1355–1435), a disciple of Tsongkhapa. Due to the wild rose surrounding the monastery, and that at the same time "Sera" stands for wild roses, this monastery was named after Sera. As one of the three main monasteries of Lhasa, it is here that the famous "monks daily debates" takes place. If you are very lucky, you may come across Sera Monastery’s monks debating which is held in the courtyard at around 15:00-17:30 in the afternoon.
Transfer back to Lhasa in the late afternoon, return to hotel for rest.
Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
In the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred from Lhasa to Shigatse. Passing by the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley, you are moving westwards to the first stop today, Yamdro-tso Lake. Like mountains, lakes are considered sacred by Tibetan people, the principle being that they are the dwelling places of protective deities and therefore invested with special spiritual powers. Yamdrok, in Tibetan means pure jade, is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Everyone including the Dalai Lama or local villagers make pilgrimages there. While its shaped like the branches of coral spreading to the south but narrowing up to the north, Tibetans also call it "coral lake in the heaven". As the largest lake in southern Tibet, Yamdrok Lake is said that if its waters dry, Tibet will no longer be habitable. You can have the best view of Yamdrok Lake after the 5030m Gangbala Pass. There are some sightseeing platform built for visitors to take pictures from very good point of view.
Have lunch in Shannan region. In the afternoon continue driving to Gyantze. Pass by Karo-la glacier roadside at 4960m, and then arrive in Gyantze in about 2-3 hours' driving. In Gyantze, you are going to visit the Kumbum Monastery that cannot be missed. Kumbum Monastery also names Palkor Monastery, where the wall painting as well as the architecture inside make it distinctive.
In the late afternoon, arrive at Shigatse, the second biggest city of Tibet, where spiritually hosted by Pamchan Lama. Check into hotel and have dinner.
Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantze - Shigatse
Before driving westwards the Friendship way to Tingri, you will visit the largest Monastery in west Tibet, theTashilhunpo Monastery. Located on a hill, the name of the monastery, Tashilhunpo, means "heap of glory". The Tashilhunpo monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, the second highest ranking Lama in the Gelupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Founded in 1447, it has established a high prestige among pilgrims. Many monks also yearn for this sacred place, for the unique way of learning sutras. The "Tashi" or Panchen Lama had temporal power over three small districts, though not over the town of Shigatse itself, which was administered by a prefect appointed from Lhasa. You will see the one and the only one "Buddha Exhibition Stage" where as the unique sight here. It is a real pleasure to explore the busy cobbled lanes twisting around the aged buildings. The huge golden statue of the Future Buddha is the largest gilded statue in the world.
It is about 3 hours' driving from Shigatse to Mt.Jiacuola Pass at 5248m, the entrance to Tingri County. The colorful prayer flags with the blue sky as their background makes you feel peaceful mind indeed.
Today's accommodation would be very basic. Check into local guesthouse for rest.
Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri
After breakfast, transfer from Tingri to E.B.C through Mt.Jiawula Pass. There is only 2-3hours' driving from Tingri to Rongbuk through 90km new winding road in the mountains. On the way from Tingri to E.B.C, you can enjoy the stunning mountain scenery, passing the wild grassland, the torrent and soaring mountains. Mt.Jiawula Pass is one of the best points to take a whole view of Mt.Everest. If it is in clear weather, you can have a glimpse of four mountains which are all 8000 meters high or more: Mt.Makalu (8463m), Mt.Lhotse (8516m), Mt.Qomolangma (8844m), Mt.Chooyu (8201m). Arrive at Rongbuk Monastery at around noon time. Rongbuk Monastery, or Rongphu Monastery, is a monastery located at the highest altitude in the world. You can have a perfect sight of Mt.Everest from here.
Freely taking pictures of Mt.Everest sunset. Stay overnight in Mt.Everest tent or local guesthouse.
Tingri - Rongbuk Monastery
Early in the morning get up to see the sunrise of Mt.Everest from Rongbuk Monastery, you can have a full view the magnificent Mt. Everest standing like a snow-capped pyramid in front of you. To go to the Everest Base camp, there are two choices, one is trekking for about 4km from the tent to base camp and then come back with another 4 kilometers, another is the mini bus from the tent to Mt.Everest Base Camp. Hiking up or taking sightseeing bus to the top of the photo point to take pictures of the splendid Mt. Everest.
After that your tour guide will lead you to Rongbuk Monastery, and then drive back to the main road (No.318 National Road). You need to take the old Tingri road to Saga County. From the old Tingri, you can see the Mt. Everest and Mt. Shishapangma which is at 8012m. The road condition become worse from old Tingri and runs parallel to the Himalayan ranges, where on Nepalese side it is called Annapurna ranges. The main road passes through the desolate plain of Digur tang, with its enormous sand dunes and the closely neighboring snow peaks of Shishapangma and Langtang to the south. Leaving the Bum-chu basin, it then descends into the depression of Pelkhu tso Lake (4600m), a cobalt blue lake. Today you would arrive in Saga, a small town 69km from the Phelgu tso.
Overnight at local guesthouse of Saga.
Rongbuk Monastery - Everest Base Camp - Saga
Today's driving distance would be about 550km, a long but interesting journey to your pilgrim starting point of Mt.Kailash.
In the morning, move towards to Drongpa County, the region around the sources of Brahmaputra River, which is about 167km from Saga. At about 50km from today’s destination Darchen, you will make a detour to Lake Manasarovar, the holy lake of Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism. You can relax around the lake shore and experience the natural beauty of the lake. In the summer time, flocks of swans will gather on the lake, bringing grace and life to the area. You can also see so many Tibetans and Hindus praying and circling around the lake, with snow capped mountains on the background. Hundreds of swans are gathering on the lake, attracting hundreds or even thousands of tourists from all over the world. In late afternoon, you will reach Darchen, or Tarchen, a small town at the foot of Mt. Kailash. Your tour guide will assist you to arrange trekking yaks and porters. The rest of the day you could make some preparation for your following 3-day trekking around Mt.Kailash.
In the evening stay overnight at local guesthouse in Darchen town.
Saga - Lake Manasarova - Darchen
The traditional pilgrims undertake 52 km trekking circuit around Mount Kailash, commencing at Darchen (4574m) and crossing the Dolma-la pass on the second day of the three-day‘s trekking. 8 kilometers after leaving Darchen with environment-friendly bus (40 minutes), you will get to a village called Sarshung, where porters are waiting for their clients. After two hours, you would come upon with a grassy plain populated by nomads. For this turn in the valley it is another two hours before reaching Drirapuk (4920m). You need to camp or rest in monastery's guest house made from cement with very limited facilities, or get to the opposite side of Drirapuk, where you can find small monastery whose guest house is a little bit cleaner than others. Anyway, this is what believers do on their way to belief.
Stay overnight in tent or at the tent guesthouse of local monastery.
Trekking from Darchen to Drirapuk (6 hours, 20km)
The second trekking day is the hardest and most tough circuit with the Dolma-la pass lying 6.4km ahead and 762m above Drirapuk. The peak of Dolma-la pass is about 5630m above the sea level, it is better to set off early in the morning as the sun rays break over the ridges above. After taking a rest at the peak of Dolma-la pass, you will descend staircase bringing you to Lhachu Valley, taking about one hour from the pass. From there it is still four hours' trekking to the today's final destination with no shelters on the way. It is better to walk on the right side of the river and finally get to Dzultripuk (with miracle cave of Milarepa). It is advised to get there before other groups because limited numbers of rooms are available in Dzultripuk. Take a good rest in the guest room and prepare for next morning's departure.
Stay overnight in the tent or at the guesthouse of monastery.
Trekking from Drirapuk to Dzultripuk (7-8 hours, 18km)
Today, you will go through Milarepa's Cave, where the temple and shrines have been built around. Then walk further towards Darchen, which is easier that last day. The exit from the valley could be reached within three hours. At the ending point of the valley, the driver will come to pick you up and take you back to Darchen.
Stay overnight at the local guesthouse at Darchen.
Trekking from Dzultripuk to Darchen (3-4 hours, 14km)
In the morning, leave Darchen for Saga along the incoming road. It is about 14 hours' driving on the road.
Darchen - 530km - Saga
After breakfast, you will travel on the way back to Shigatse.
Have lunch in local restaurant. Arrive in Shigatse in the late afternoon. Send to hotel for rest.
Saga - 450km - Shigatse
Today you will be transferred back to Lhasa.
Have lunch in local restaurant. In the afternoon drive along Yarluzangbu River to return Lhasa City.
Arrive at Lhasa in the afternoon, upon arrival transfer to hotel for rest.
Shigatse – 300km – Lhasa
Your tour guide and driver will help to drop you at Lhasa airport/train station according to your flight/train time.
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