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Mt Kailash Guge Kingdom Tour

Season: Mid May till mid September Location: Tibet Altitude 5,630 m Difficulty level Moderate
Trip Fact

Destination : Tibet (West Tibet)

Duration  : 16 Days

Style Of Trip : Spiritual, Historical and Cultural

Accommodations
  • 15 nights
Meals
  • Breakfast  = 14
  • Lunch        = 00
  • Dinner       = 00
Total Price
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Activities: Mt Kailash Guge Kingdom Tour
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Trip code: FTLBCT
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About Mt Kailash Guge Kingdom Tour

Mt Kailash Guge Kingdom Tour is  a program that combines three great places in Tibet.  Lhasa the heart and soul of Tibet, Mt. Kailash the most sacred mountain in Asia and Guge Kingdom the wonder of Ngari.

Mt Kailash Guge KingdomTour begins with a visit  of Lhasa, which is often referred to as the heart and soul of Tibet. In Lhasa there are many impressive monasteries, temples and palaces to see including the famous Potala Palace. Then our Mt. Kailash Guge Kingdom tour sets off from  Lhasa to the Ngari region in the far west, driving through the vast, dry plateau with stunning views of the Himalayas in the backdrop. The landscape, adorned with heavily eroded sandstones and sand dunes, is absolutely gorgeous, and you will get to witness nomadic groups tending flocks of sheep and goats, and herds of yak.

The Ngari region is home to Mt. Kailash (6,714 m), the most sacred mountain in Asia. Buddhists, Bons, Hindus as well as Jains deeply revere the mountain. Keeping the spiritual dimension aside, the mountain is sublime, and so is the journey. The sandstone canyons and valleys of the upper Sutlej River hide numerous ruins of ancient cities, all of which once comprised the kingdom of Guge. In fact, many temples in that area are still in decent condition. The murals and motifs that you will find there contain more than ten millennia of history. Mt Kailash Guge Kingdom tour program can be regarded as one of the best trip in Tibet.

Trip Highlights:
    • Ancient Palaces, Monasteries
    • Amazing Landscapes
    • High Himalayas view
    • Holy Mt Kailash

As per the flight schedule we will transfer you to the Kathmandu airport for 1hr 15. m flight to Lhasa. During the flight (weather permitting) you will see the Yarlung Tsangpo river (Brahmaputra), Yamdrok-tso Lake, Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m),  Mt Makalu (8463m) and Mt Everest (8848m).  Upon touch down at the Gonggar Airport in Lhasa at 15:55 (Beijing Standard Time) some immigration formalities and drive for approx. 01 hr  to holy city of Lhasa. Assistance for check in to the hotel then you  can have complete rest for acclimatization.

Overnight at the Hotel.

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for airport transfers; local guide in Tibet;  twin sharing accommodation.

Today, start with a visit to the summer palace of Dalai Lama ‘Norbulingka which is situated in the western suburb of Lhasa City, at the bank of the Kyichu River, about one km (about 0.6 mile) southwest of  Potala Palace. The garden covers an area of 360,000 square meters (about 430,000 square yards), with 374 rooms inside. It is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet Autonomous Region.

Then drive 8 km west to Drepung monastery, once Tibet’s largest and most influential monastery, with over 10,000 monks. Today, Drepung houses only about 700 monks and attracts pilgrims and visitors from around the world.  This was also the resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace. Although several destructions were taken place in different time but still you have lots of things to see by walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lanes.

After we visit another great Gelugpa Monastery Sera built in 1419 by Jamchen Choji Sakya Yeshi a disciple of Tsongka pa.  This is one of the best preserved monasteries in Tibet, where several hundred monks live and study within it’s whitewashed walls & golden roofs. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here and these employ a style distinctive from those at Lhasa’s other famous monasteries.

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for sightseeing tours; entrance fee; local guide in Tibet;  twin sharing accommodation

After breakfast, we start our tour by visiting Potala Palace the landmark and also the symbol of Tibet.  This is a winter palace of Dalai Lama which comprises of White and Red Palaces with 1000 rooms having various statues, stupas, murals and artifacts. The architecture of the entire construction, the splendid well-preserved artworks and various kinds of religious treasures are some of the highlights of Potala Palace.

Next we visit Jokhang Temple the spiritual center of Tibet founded in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo.  This is one of the most scared temple in Tibet and is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After you will have a time to walk around the Barkhor streets the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa. In the olden days this was the most famous local market but now it has changed to tourist gift shopping center.

Overnight at the Hotel

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for sightseeing tours; entrance fee; local guide in Tibet;  twin sharing accommodation

Today we follow the Friendship Highway driving past Khamba La Pass (4,791 m), a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok Tsa Lake and Nazin Kang Sa standing proudly at 7,252 m.  Then we turn westwards crossing another Pass Karo La (5,045 m).  If you glance at the road, you can see as if the huge glaciers has tumble down into the road.  After 261 kms of driving, beautifully landscaped Tibetan Villages of Gyantse becomes visible. Here you will visit Kumbum Monastery, the only Nepalese styled stupa in the whole of Tibet.  It literally means “hundred thousand images of Buddha” standing at 34 m high.  The mural and wall paintings are the wonders of the stupa that mostly date back to its original time. From the top, you can have a beautiful view of the old part of the town in the shadow of the Gyantse Fort.  Then after, we drive to Xigatse the second largest town in Tibet and the traditional capital of Tsang.  We check in and relax a bit then may be bit later just stroll around Shigatse Market.

Overnight in the hotel

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for sightseeing tours; entrance fee; local guide in Tibet;  twin sharing accommodation

Morning visit Tashillunpo Monastery one of the most beautiful monastery in Tibet and the seat of Panchen Lama who is the second most top authority after Dalai Lama Drive 237 kms to Xegar (4,350m) crossing some high passes i.e. Tsoula Pass(4,500m) and Gyatso La (5,200 m) – Overnight hotel/guest house

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for sightseeing tours; entrance fee; local guide in Tibet;  twin sharing accommodation

Have breakfast then we drive to Saga through farmers and nomads land, crossing some high passes with some great view of the mountains and amazing landscapes.

Overnight at Saga – Guest House

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for travelling; entrance fee; local guide in Tibet;  simple accommodation

After breakfast we will continue our drive through the gigantic valleys following various rivers and the grazing lands of yaks and sheep. The landscape is highlighted by snow capped peaks rising out of the distant sand dunes. Depending on the season, many Tibetan nomads and traders in traditional dresses will inhabit this area. On the way you can also spot some animals then finally you will have the first glimpse of Mt. Holy Kailash. Then we reach Holy Lake Manasarovar, or Mapham Yum-tso (Victorious Lake) in Tibetan, it is the most venerated of Tibet’s many lakes.  According to ancient Hindu and Buddhist cosmology the four great rivers of the Indian sub continent, the Indus, Ganges, Sutlej and Brahmaputra arise from Manasarovar.  Overnight in the Guest House

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for travelling; entrance fee; local guide in Tibet;  simple accommodation

Lake Manasarovar has been circumambulated by Indian pilgrims since at least 1700 years.  Today we take a jeep ride around Lake Mansarovar which displays brilliant hues at this high elevation. The journey is enlivened by a series of friendly monasteries that mark the way. Also we will visit Chiu Monastery atop a craggy hill overlooking the sapphire blue Lake Manasarovar.  The chapel here contains images of Sakyamuni (Sakya Thukpa) and Guru Rinpoche. From the roof of the monastery you can get a wonderful view of the lake. If the weather is good you will get a chance to see Holy Mt. Kailash whereas on the southern horizon near the border of Nepal you will see Mt. Gurla Mandata (7,728 m).  From here we drive to Darchen for an overnight. Overnight in the Guest House.

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for travelling; entrance fee; local guide in Tibet;  simple accommodation

After breakfast we drive 5 kms. to Tarboche then we trek for 6 hours to Dirapuk which is at an elevation of 4,890 m.  The trail goes through sky burial site of the 84 Mahasiddhas and numerous ruined chortens with numbers of long mani walls.  Also you can have a wonderful west face view of Mt. Kailash.  We will then spent our night at  Dirapuk Gompa. Today we will cover 12 kms. of trekking trail.  Overnight in the Tibetan Style Tent Guest House.

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for travelling; local guide in Tibet;yak support;  simple accommodation

This is a toughest day of the trek as you will be crossing a high pass Dolma-La (5,630 m) but for the pilgrimage tour this is considered to be one of the holiest days.  The trail goes through a rocky expanse dotted with stone cairns draped with the clothes offered by pilgrims as a spiritual sign of death. We then cross Drolma-La by ascending 200 m this a bit difficult one – after we descend down for around 2 hours to Buddha Footprint then it continues on the flat land till Zutul-puk (the cave of miracles where Milarepa meditated). Overnight Tibetan Style Tent Guest House

Includes : Breakfast;  local guide in Tibet;  yak support, simple accommodation

 

The winding gradually comes out of the valley and goes along the river side in to the Barka plain, the trekking continues and after it stops at Trangser Trangmar.  From here we drive to Tirthapuri for an overnight stay. Tirthapuri has close association with Guru Rinpoche and its customary for pilgrims to take bath in Tirthapuri Hot springs after Mount Kailash pilgrimage.

Overnight in the Guest House

Includes : Breakfast; local guide in Tibet;  yak support;  private vehicle for travelling; simple accommodation

Today is  bit long day drive along rough road that first ascends over Jingla pass (5100m/16728ft), from the top of the pass  you can see the unique landscapes.  Then,  the road zigzags down into a series of gorges and climbs up the other side before eventually making a long winding and very rough descent down a fantastically eroded gully where the hills on the both sides are worn into incredible shape. The side valley emerges into the wider Sutlez Valley and after crossing a bridge, the road finally reaches the oasis like town of  Zhada, also known as Tsamda.

Overnight Guest House

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for travelling;  local guide in Tibet;  simple accommodation

Tholing and neighboring Tsaparang with the surrounding scenery of the Sutlej Valley are a highlight of Ngari. Tsaparang in particular, is a truly amazing sight, the 09th century ruins are etched into the steep sides of an imposing ridge.  Cave dwellings, stunning monastic murals and a ruined palace are linked by twisting paths and secret tunnels that worm their way into the cliff.

 

Here we will visit 11th century Tholing Gompa, the most important monastery in western Tibet in ancient times, and Tsaparang with its royal chapels, the ancient capital of the Guge Kingdom, both now resting silently in far Western Tibet, a fairytale scene of caves and passageways honeycombed into a ridge of ancient deposits. Guge was founded almost a thousand years ago by one of three sons of Lang Dharma, the anti-Buddhist king. With its cave dwellings, crumbling Tibetan Buddhist gompas and stupas, exquisite murals, sculptures and stone inscriptions, the Guge Kingdom is a museum of the history of Western Tibet. White Palace, Red Palace, Yamantaka Chapel, Tara Chapel and Mandala Chapel are the major attractions, all historically linked with the Shakyamuni Buddha, King Songtsen Gampo and other historic figures.

Overnight in the Guest House.

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for travelling;  local guide in Tibet;  simple accommodation

 

After breakfast we retrace back to Dzongba for an overnight stay  in the Guest House.

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for travelling;  local guide in Tibet;  simple accommodation

After breakfast we continue retreating back towards Kerung through the same route which we passed some days ago. The journey passes through the villages, views of stunning Himalayas, Lake Pieko. Overnight at the Simple basic guest house.

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for travelling;  local guide in Tibet;  simple accommodation

Today we drive to the border, complete Immigration formalities again, change the vehicle then we drive to Kathmandu.  Drive takes around  8 hours through mountains terrain and rough road.

Includes : Breakfast; private vehicle for travelling;  local guide in Tibet;  – pick up at Nepal border and then drive to Kathmandu

 

  • 16 nights/17 days Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour i.e. accommodation from Lhasa till Shigatse will be in quite nice hotels in a twin sharing basis on BB basis – but from Shigatse it will be in a simple basic guest houses on BB basis with common bathroom, sightseeing tours as stated in the program, transportation ; all applicable permits inside Tibet; monastery entrance fee,  Local English speaking guide, Yak for baggage during Kora or circumbulance
  • Arrival departure transfers
  • Nepali entry and re entry visa
  • Airport taxes if involved
  • Airfare
  • Meals – Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu & Tibet
  • China (Tibet Visa)
  • Travelling Insurance including rescue facilities
  • International flight tickets
  • Any extra cost involved in case of political turmoil, cancellation of flight, illness, death, natural disaster, epidemic
  • Personal travelling gears
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal medication
  • Hard/soft drinks

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