Day 01: Arrive
at Lhasa airport. Pick up and greet transfer to Lhasa city and
rest for acclimatization for high altitude. O/N at hotel.
Day 02: Morning visit Potala
Palace, the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet. The palace
was built in the 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo and
later renovated by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Afternoon
visit Sera monastery (5km north of Lhasa), It was built in 1419
by Jamchen Choejie, a disciple of Tsongkapa, the founder of the
Gelugpa sect. Sera is one of the three major monasteries of yellow
sect in Tibet.
Day 03: Morning visit Drepung
monastery, which is the largest monastery of the Gelugpa sect
in Lhasa, it was built in 1416 by Jamyang Choejie, a disciple
of Tsongkhapa. After visiting Drepung, drive to Norbulingkha,
the summer palace of Dalai Lama, which was built in the 18th century.
Afternoon visit Jokhangn Temple and Barkhor market. Jokhang is
the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses of golden statues of the
Shakyamuni Buddha that was brought to Tibet by Chinese princes
Day 04: LHASA-GYANGTSE (3950m)
Full day picturesque drive crossing over high passes like KAROLA
(5,010) and KAMBALA (4,794) via Yamdrok lake and the Tibetan lifeline
river YARLUNG TSANGPO (brahamaputra ) o/n at hotel.
Day 05: Visit Kumbum stupa and
palchok monastery, which is said to be the home of 10000 images.
Afternoon drive to Shigatse and visit Tashilunpo monastery, which
is the seat of the Panchen Lama. O/n at hotel.
Day 06: Drive Shigatse to Lhatse
(150 km) via visiting Shakya monastery. O/n in hotel.
Day 07: Drive Lhatse to Saga
(293 km). O/n at guesthouse.
Day 08: SAGA-PARYANG (4,700m)
255km, 7hrs. Another dayís driving will take you to Paryang (15,700
feet or 4,750m) in the heart of western Tibet, where the four
great rivers of South Asia diverge from their glacial sources
around Mount Kailash. En route you will pass through the village
of Dongba. O/n at hotel or camping.
Day 09: PARYANG-MANASAROVAR
LAKE-DARCHEN (255 km) driving again on rugged roads to Darchen
(15,150 feet or 4,620 m) enjoy the views of Mount Kalaish, lake
of manasarovar and an uninterrupted views of the Himalayas bordering
Nepal en route. The windblown settlement of Darchen is the Pilgrimís
gate way to Mount Kailash. Here you will prepare for next dayís
trekking. O/n at hotel or camping.
Day 10: DARCHEN-KAILASH TREK
The pilgrimís kora around Mount Kailash starts and finishes in
Darchen, on the first you will trek 6 hours from Darchen to Dhira
Phuk (16,450 feet or 5,010m) and camp at the Gompa near the back
side of holy Mount Kalaish where you can see beautiful view of
Kailash. O/n camping.
Day 11: DHIRA PHUK-DZUTRUL PHUK
Today you will trek 6-7hours from Dhira Phuk to Dzutrul Phuk (15,700
feet or 4,790m). You will leave the Lhachu valley and enter the
Dorma Chu valley, heading up towards a high pass above Gaurikund
lake or Tuje Dzingbu (the bathing pool of Compassion) which is
one of the highest lake in the world. Hindu pilgrimís are supposed
to take a ritual bath here. O/n camping at the Dzutrul Phuk. O/N
Day 12: Dzutrul Phuk to Tirthapuri.
It is about 57 km. After the Circumambulating of Kailash. The
best choice is camp at Tirthapuri, which is used to be a meditation
cave for Padmasambayva and his consort Yeshe Tsogyel. O/n camping.
Day 13: Drive Tirthapuri to
Tsaparang. O/n at guesthouse
Day 14: Visit Guge Kingdom.
O/n in guesthouse
Day 15: Drive Tsaparang to Gar
Day 16: Drive Gar to Doma (230
km). Along on the Silk Road, the highest road in the world which
leading from Tibet to Xinjiang. En route visit the remarkable
pre-historic rock carving. O/n at guesthouse
Day 17: Drive Doma to Tibet-Xinjiang
(230 km) border at a pass marked with a plaque in 4 hours.
Day 18: Drive Dahongliutan to
Mazar (253 km). O/n at guesthouse
Day 19: Drive Mazar to Yecheng
(240 km). O/n at hotel.
Day 20: Drive Yecheng to Kashgar
(236 km). O/n at hotel. (End of trip)