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Kailash Mansarovar via Lhasa
Kailash Mansarovar via Lhasa
Duration 13 nights 14 days
Best Time Sep – May

Drive through magnificent landscapes of the Roof of the World to the divine Manasarovar and quench your spiritual thirst as you do the Kailash Kora

    KATHMANDU (1400 M)

    Day 1: KATHMANDU (1400 M)

    Arrive in Kathmandu Airport. Tranfer to your hotel in the vibrant Thamel area. In the evening you will be met by our local rep for a trip brief.

    KATHMANDU – Gonggar Airport 1 hr 20 min flight – LHASA (3650 M) 62 km / 1 hr 15 mins drive

    Day 2: KATHMANDU – Gonggar Airport 1 hr 20 min flight – LHASA (3650 M) 62 km / 1 hr 15 mins drive

    Post breakfast transfer to the airport. En route you may visit Pashupatinath Temple and seek blessings for the upcoming journey. On the flight to Lhasa you can enjoy phenomenal views of Everest & other peaks if sitting on the left side. On arrival at Gonggar Airport you will be transferred to your hotel in Lhasa. Just relax & acclimatize over the rest of the day.

    LHASA – optional sightseeing tour 

    Day 3: LHASA – optional sightseeing tour 

    Today you can rest in Lhasa for acclimatization. You also have the option to see the sights of Lhasa: Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Barkhor Square and Norbulinkha Palace.

    LHASA – SHIGATSE (3900 M) 280 km / 5 hrs

    Day 4: LHASA – SHIGATSE (3900 M) 280 km / 5 hrs

    Morning, after breakfast, you will enjoy a beautiful drive to Shigatse along the river bank of Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra). The drive takes about 5 hours - it doesn’t require 5 hrs but there is an official speed limit for traveler safety.

    SHIGATSE - SAGA (4480 M) 446 kms / 7 hrs

    Day 5: SHIGATSE - SAGA (4480 M) 446 kms / 7 hrs

    Post breakfast drive to Saga. It is a long drive via Lhatse and Sang Sang, so we need to commence our journey early in the morning.

    SAGA – MANASAROVAR (4550 M) 455 km / 7 hrs

    Day 6: SAGA – MANASAROVAR (4550 M) 455 km / 7 hrs

    Morning after breakfast you will set off from Saga. The journey should be started early in the morning because you have to cross a significant distance today. Pass by Old Dzongba- the habitat of Tibet herders; carry on over high passes and wide pastures to reach Paryang – a small town with a Chinese military base and harsh weather due to its location in a wide-open pasture facing the Trans Himalayan ranges. Proceed west; stop at the Horchu River check post for security check & other formalities. Carry on over Mayum La to reach Manasarovar. Time & weather permitting you may take a holy dip & perform Pooja. Alternatively you may do these the next morning. Please note: you could add a day to simply relax by this mesmerizing lake.

    MANASAROVAR - DARCHEN (4664 M) 32 km / 45 mins

    Day 7: MANASAROVAR - DARCHEN (4664 M) 32 km / 45 mins

    Post breakfast drive to Darchen. After keeping your luggage in the guesthouse, one can take rest or hike to Aasthapad (vehicles are not allowed on this stretch) and enjoy amazing views of Mt. Kailash, Nandi Parvat & Aasthapad.

    DARCHEN - YAMA DWAR 15 min drive - Start Parikrama to DHIRAPHUK (4820 M) 10 kms / 5-6 hrs trek 

    Day 8: DARCHEN - YAMA DWAR 15 min drive - Start Parikrama to DHIRAPHUK (4820 M) 10 kms / 5-6 hrs trek 

    Morning after breakfast, drive to Yama Dwar. Trek to Dhirapuk (the north face of Kailash) over a snaky up & down pebbled path.

    DIRAPHUK - Shivasthal - Gaurikunda - ZHUTULPHUK (4760 M) 22 km / 8 – 9 hrs trek

    Day 9: DIRAPHUK - Shivasthal - Gaurikunda - ZHUTULPHUK (4760 M) 22 km / 8 – 9 hrs trek

    Today is the toughest, longest and the most exciting day of this spiritual journey. Right from Diraphuk the trail rapidly zigzags upwards to Shivasthal - where Tibetans offer food, clothes, alcohol etc to the deceased souls of their family & friends. From here it is a mild ascent to Dolma La Pass (5620 M) right after we reach Gaurikunda. The trail passes by this auspicious lake and then rapidly descends to the valley floor. Carry on along the river to Zhutulphuk where we spend the night.

    ZHUTULPHUK - End Parikrama near Darchen 9 km / 3 hrs - drive to SAGA 

    Day 10: ZHUTULPHUK - End Parikrama near Darchen 9 km / 3 hrs - drive to SAGA 

    Post breakfast we finish the trek on an easy flat trail. Meet up with your waiting vehicle and drive to Saga for overnight stay.

    SAGA - SHIGATSE 

    Day 11: SAGA - SHIGATSE 

    Post breakfast we drive back to Shigatse where you stay for the night.

    SHIGATSE - LHASA 

    Day 12: SHIGATSE - LHASA 

    Drive back to Lhasa in about 5 hrs. Rest of the day at leisure in Lhasa.

    LHASA - KATHMANDU 1 hr 20 min flight

    Day 13: LHASA - KATHMANDU 1 hr 20 min flight

    Morning after breakfast, you will drive to Gonggar airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. Rest of the day at leisure.

    KATHMANDU – FLYOUT

    Day 14: KATHMANDU – FLYOUT

    Post breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight back home.

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