This classic tour is specially designed for those who are interested to travel via Lhasa and visit major cultural and religious sites in Lhasa as well as continue the spiritual journey to Mt. Kailash & Mansarovar. The first day of this tour will be very exciting as you fly over the ranges of stunning high mountains between Kathmandu and Lhasa. After you land in Gonggar airport in Lhasa, you will be taken to your hotel, where you spend the day acclimatizing without any strenuous activities. On the second day, your sightseeing in Tibet starts and continues till the 3rd day of the tour.
You will visit Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Streets, Potala Palace, Sera and Drepung monasteries, and Norbulingka in Lhasa. You can enjoy the rickshaw ride in the city and shop at the Barkhor Street. On the 4th day, you will continue your overland journey to Mt. Kailash which lies in a very remote region of Tibet. The 3-day circumnavigation ( Kora) of the world’s most sacred mountain is quite difficult. After a short, but highly strenuous hike around Mt. Kailash you will relax beside Lake Manasarovar, a legendary source of the four great rivers of South Asia. Then, our overland journey continues towards the borderland of Nepal – Tibet at Taklakot and drive down to Hilsa and next day fly from Simikot (2900m) to Nepalgunj and from Nepalgunj to end the trip.
Arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be welcomed by Trek Himalayan representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free until evening when you will enjoy a welcome drinks with your guide and introduce each other. Overnight in Kathmandu
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your city tour of Kathmandu. You will visit the Boudhanath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and possibly view cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati River. Continue drive to Patan Durbar Square to see the ancient Nepalese architecture and end your tour after lunch.Then, you will visit the Patan museum. In the meantime, we will work out for visa issuance, checking necessary equipments and shopping for the trip. There will be a briefing on the day to day itinerary. It is very important that all Kailash bound travelers must attend the meeting. Overnight in hotel
After breakfast we transfer to the Tribhuvan International Airport for the flight to Lhasa on Air China. This one hour trans- Himalayan flight gives you an opportunity to have an aerial view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan Peaks if weather is good on that day. You will arrive at Gonggar airport around 13:30 hrs local time. After clearing Chinese immigration and customs you will be picked up by a Chinese/Tibetan guide and transfer to Lhasa city. It will be a two hour drive to cover the 93 km. Upon arrival to Lhasa, we check in the hotel and relax. Overnight in hotel Lhasa, the remote adobe of the Dalai Lamas, center of devout pilgrimage and heart and soul of Tibet, has always been a city of wonders – even after the large-scale encroachments of modern Chinese influence. The first hint that Lhasa is close is the Potala, a vast white-and-ochre fortress soaring over one of the world’s highest cities. It’s a sight that has heralded the marvels of the Holy City to travelers.
Today you will start much-awaited sightseeing tour in Lhasa. Accompanying on your tour there will be a Tibetan/Chinese guide and interpreter. First you will visit the Sera Monastery; approximately 5km north of central Lhasa. It used to be one of Lhasa’s two great Gelugpa monasteries second only to Drepung. The monastery is interesting to visit particularly in the morning when the monastery is at its most active. The whitewashed walls and golden roofs along with several hundred monks, all make a fascinating visit. We will find time to have lunch in between tours and continue our sightseeing. Next attraction will be the Norbulingka Palace; the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. The park of the palace is most interesting to visit during festivals. Jokhang Temple is next in our touring list. It is the most revered religious site in Tibet Thick with the smell of yak butter, echoing with the murmur of mantras and bustling with awed pilgrims, the Jokhang is an unrivalled Tibetan experience… Barkhor Market is an area unrivalled in Tibet for its fascinating combination of sacred significance and push-and-shove market economics. This is both the spiritual heart of the Holy City and the main commercial district for Tibetans. Overnight in hotel
On this day you will visit Potala Palace – Lhasa’s cardinal landmark. It is one of the great wonders of world architecture. As has been the case with centuries of pilgrims before you, the first sight of the fortress-like structure will be a magical
moment that you will remember for a long time. It’s hard to peel eyes away from the palace. The Potala is a strucutre of massive proportions, an awe-inspiring place to visit. This used to be the palace of the Dalai Lama. An old palace used to be in this place since 5th or 6th century. The present palace, however, was constructed in the 17th century. Drepung Monastery which we visit next is another fascinating place. It was founded in the 14th century and once used to be the largest monastery in the world where a population of over 10,000 monks used to live. In recent times, the number is reduced to some hundreds. The place is still very interesting as it still preserves the originality. The remaining time will be free to explore Lhasa on your own. Overnight in hotel
After breakfast you begin your overland adventure with a full day drive to Gyantse. Along the way you cross the Kamba La Pass (4794m) and the Karo La Pass (5010m), both offer spectacular views. After the Kamba La Pass you arrive at Yamdrok tso, also known as the Turquoise Lake. Here, you may take some pictures with a camera. Overnight in hotel
Today after breakfast you will visit Gyantse stupa and monastery followed by a two hour drive toShig atse. Here, you will see the giant Buddha in the famous Tashilumpo monastery which is the seat Panchen Lama. Overnight in hotel
The journey today brings you over two high passes with fine views. We stop in the small town of Lhatse. Here you can spot many ruined dzongs and small Changmoche Monastery at the west end of the town. You will meet your Nepali staff coming from Kathmandu and join them for farther drive to Mt. Kailash.
Heading away from Lhaste, the trail follows a route that brushes past Brahmaputra River. Further ahead, a river valley sprawls over and then traditional picturesque villages come into picture. This scenically rewarding drive provides plenty of opportunities for photography. The trail wend towards northern route. After covering 295km, you will reach an elevation of 4600 meters. Shortly after finding a right campsite in Saga, you will spend overnight.
After breakfast we begin our drive through small dusty town of Zhongba amidst enchanting panoramic views. You will see some Yak herders grazing their cattle in the pastures and distant view of snow-capped mountains. This vast and dry plateau is the traditional campsite of the nomads who tend grazing their animals during the summer.Overnight at Paryang
We drive from Paryang to Lake Manasarovar through open territory with a view of distant mountains, Yak herder’s camp, if lucky might come across a herd of Kyang (Wild Ass). During the drive you will have the first sight of Holy Mount Kailash from the top of the Mayum La Pass (5280m) and Manasarovar Lake. Overnight at camp
Today we cross Drolma-la Pass. We trek to much higher altitude just beneath Mount Kailash. The walk will bring us to one of the highest points at Drolma La, 5,200 m, and the pass is quickly descending to the gradual field towards Zutulphuk for the overnight camp. Zutulphuk is a Tibetan word which means magical cave. This small monastery is connected to an interesting story of great saint Milarepa (Buddhist) nd Naropa (Bon). Overnight at camp
We follow the winding track out of the valley following into Trangser to Darchen. Overnight at Mansarovar at camp
Today we will drive to Dongba for about 7 hours. The distance is 366 km. On arrival, check in at the guest house for dinner and overnight stay in Dongba
After breakfast at the guest house we drive farther to Nyalam. While driving, you will enjoy the spectacular Himalayan landscape. On arrival, check in at the guest house and overnight stay in Nyalam
We will drive back from Dongba following the same route to Kodari border in 2 hours driving. We cross the border town, have lunch at Border complete the Nepal re-entry immigration formalities and drive straight to Kathmandu following the Araniko highway. Overnight in hotel
On your free day you can do laundry, last minute shopping and excursion around the market place in Kathmandu. Overnight in hotel
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