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Tibet Expedition With Mt. Kailash Pilgrim-19 Days

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Daily Tour 19 day Availability: 2019-01-01
Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Tibet


In the far west of Tibet is Mt Kailash (6714m), the most sacred mountain in Asia, which is venerated by Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and the ancient Bon religion of Tibet. It is an important site for pilgrims who make 52km circuit, or kora of the mountain conquering a 5630m pass with some gorgeous mountain scenery along this trek including close ups of the majestic pyramidal Mt. Kailash.This circumbulation, clockwise for Buddhists and Hindus and anti-clockwise for Bon followers, is said to erase the sins of a lifetime. The mountain itself is 6714m high and with its four sheer walls and snow capped peak is an awe-inspiring sight and a trek here wonderfully integrates the spiritual, cultural and physical dimensions of any trip to Tibet. This tour takes us to Kathmandu-Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-Shigar-Mt. Everest Base Camp-Saga-Lhatse-Lhasa-Kathmandu.

Important Note : 

Your safety is of paramount importance to us at Alpine Club of Himalaya. We have the absolute authority to cancel the trip or change the itinerary, when deemed necessary or when we have reason to believe your safety is at stake. Weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, natural disasters, and such, can contribute to changes in the itinerary when traveling in remote mountainous regions. In these extreme situations, we kindly request that you offer your full co-operation to the trusted leader of the group appointed by Alpine Club of Himalaya. However, we assure you that we will make every effort to keep to the above itinerary.

Kathmandu International Airport(Google Map)

Trip Fact
  • Price: USD 5555 Per Person
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural, Trek
  • Duration: 19     Days
  • Holiday Style: Comfort
  • Accommodation: 3*
  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle
  • Service Level: Standard
  • Holiday Grading: 1
Trip Highlights
  • Culture and History
  • Mountain
  • Local People
  • Scenic Views
  • Potala Palace
  • Everest Base Camp
  • Mt. Kailash

  • All domestic flights and hotel/airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • Accommodation in  Kathmandu, Shankar Hotel or similar standard hotel as per itinerary with breakfast.
  • All accommodation and meals during the three days circumbulance around Mt. Kailash.
  • Welcome & Farewell dinner.
  • All costs including salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging for leaders and porters.
  • Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa, monasteries entry fees and Kailash permit for group.
  • Yak and yak men for Kailash Kora (1 yak for 2 clients).
  • All Camping gear including two men tents / dining tents / kitchen tents / toilet tents /shower tents & all kitchen equipments
  • All necessary paper work and permits.
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • Portable Altitudes Chamber (PAC) for safety measure.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Alpine club kit bag.
  • Driver’s salary, meals and accommodation
  • Fuel, Road Taxes and Service Charges
  • Government Taxes and Service Charges
  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Bar bills and laundry.
  • Travel insurance including evacuation.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except welcome and farewell meals.
  • All optional additional tours or activities in your extended holidays.
  • Tips for local staffs, guides and porters.
  • All other expenses that are not mentioned in Price Includes section.

Departure Date

  The given cost are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favourable then please contact us and we will customize your trip on dates you preferred  
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Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 Fly to LHASA (3650m/11976ft)

From Kathmandu International Airport we have 1 hour 10 minutes, Trans Himalayan Flight to Gonggar airport, considered one of the most beautiful flights in the world that takes us over Everest (8848m) and Kanchenjunga (8536m). Those who wish to join in Lhasa, can arrive Lhasa on the date mentioned. We will be meeting at Gonggar Airport by our Tibetan guide. After immigration formalities we take a 1.5-hour drive along 93 km road leading to Lhasa lying at an altitude of 3650 meters. It is recommended to take it easy on our first day in Lhasa, letting your body get used to the altitude. Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Explore LHASA

Our sightseeing tour in Lhasa starts from its cardinal landmark – Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Nothing can compare its towering image to our first sight of this incredible, amazing wonder of the world. It is absolutely awe-inspiring and we will be enchanted as we visit the rooms, halls and chapels of the palace.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Jokhang Temple which is the spiritual center of Tibet. Everyday, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Finally we will visit Barkhor Street which is oldest street in this very traditional Tibetan city and has a market. Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Drive to SHIGATSE (3840m/12599ft)

In the morning we will depart from Lhasa and drive along the Friendship highway to Gyantse (3950 m) via Yamdrok Lake. Numerous passes, such as Khambo La and Kharo La, provide wondrous view of the Himalayan range. A colossal glacier rises nearly straight up from road as we pass Kharo La. The drive is no daunting task as we pass through many more beautiful Tibetan valleys and quiet villages along the way. Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Sightseeing in SHIGATSE & drive to SHEGAR (4250m/13944ft)

After visiting the Seat of Panchen Lamas – Tashilumpo Monastery, in Shigatse we drive to Shegar and en route we visit Sakya Monastery, which is divided into the south and north two parts. It is of typical Yuan Dynasty style of resembling castles. There are a lot of historical articles in the monastery, among them are found a lot of the imperial certificates, gold signets, crowns, costumes bestowed by the Yuan Dynasty emperors. It has over 10,000 volumes of Tibetan books on astronomy, medicine, calligraphy, and history. So the Sakya Monastery enjoys the title ‘the second Dun Huang Cave’. Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Drive to Mt. EVEREST BASE CAMP (5150m/16897ft)

We drive to EBC via Rombuk Monastery from where we have a fabulous and splendid view to Mt. Everest. Although it’s just 120km from Shigar to Everest Base Camp, it takes about 4 hours since the cracked winding roads demand much caution. But the views are stupendous on a clear day, and feature a huge sweep of the Himalaya range including peaks Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mt. Everest (8848 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 m) and Mt Makalu (8463 m). When we finally get to Base Camp, the first sight of the mighty Everest simply leaves us speechless. All the hardship we bear along the way makes sense at this while. The best moments to watch Mt.Everest are early morning and late evening when Everest is shining like a goddess in the sunglow. Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Drive to SAGA (4600m/15093ft)

Today we do a long drive to the small town of Saga. We will cover many miles during the day to encounter alluring river valleys and scattered villages. En route we visit Peikutso Lake. Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Drive to MANSAROVAR (4575m/15010ft)

After several river crossings we will finally arrive at the shores of Lake Mansarovar prepared for one of the most awe-inspiring and holy places we have ever seen. Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Sightseeing around MANSAROVAR

Today will be a day to rest and experience the magic of this holy site. We will take it easy but also meet with local pilgrims and visit the beautiful Chiu Monastery. Mt.Kailash looms in the distance. Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Drive to ZADA (3650m/11976ft)

We drive to Zada where we view and admire Zada stone forest and visit the renowned Guge Kingdom Ruins. Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Drive to DARCHEN (4560m/14961ft) & prepare for TREKKING

We visit the Tholing Monastery and drive to Tarboche ( the foot of Mt. Kailash ) in Darchen where we will be astonished by the spectacularity of Mt.Kailash, the heart of Buddhism universe. Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Kora Day 1–Trek to DIRA-PUK (6 hours; 200m ascent)

From Tarboche, we walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt Kailash towering above us. We follow the river which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before we reach the 13th century monastery at Dira-puk. Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 Kora Day 2–Trek to ZUTUL-PUK (7-8 hours; 550m ascent, 600m descent)

We now leave the Lha Chu Valley and enter the Drolma Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Drolma La (5630m). It’s a tough climb to the summit which is festooned with prayer flags but from there it is all downhill or flat to Zutul-puk, with views of one of the highest lakes in the world, Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion. As well as the monastery at Zutul-puk, there are several meditation caves and another cave containing an image of Milarepa.  Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 Kora Day 3–Trek to DARCHEN (3-4 hours; 150m descent)

This is the final day of the Kora. We cross several streams and follow an impressive gorge. Along the way we are once again treated to magnificent views of Mt. Kailash. We then enter the Bharka plain and it’s about an hour’s walk through this desert-like landscape to Darchen. Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 Drive to SAGA (4600m/15093ft)

Today is another driving day as we head towards Saga taking the sights of the small dusty towns along the way. This gives us more time to appreciate this truly ancient Tibetan culture. Meals: Breakfast

Day 16 Drive to LHATSE (3950m/12960ft)

Sightseeing on board. Meals: Breakfast

Day 17 Drive to LHASA (3650m/11976ft)

Sightseeing on board.  Meals: Breakfast

Day 18 Fly back KATHMANDU

We take a last memorable look at the Potala Palace before being transported to airport for the flight back to Kathmandu. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 19 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS

If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, India or Bhutan tours etc.  Meals: Breakfast

Nepal has seen many rulers and ruling dynasties, which lead to a colorful, mixed history. Kathmandu Valley being the heart of Nepal is a natural basin of patchwork of terraced fields and sacred temple towns that showcase the glory of the ancient architects and artisans of Nepal.

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