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Mt. Kailash and Manasarova Lake 15 Days Trekking Tour

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From $1830
TOUR CODE: G-TB-007
TOUR TYPE: Group,Family,Culture,Trekking,Festival,Photography

Summary

We will go from Lhasa all the way to Everest Base Camp via Gyantse and Shgatse. This route includes monasteries, palaces, glaciers, lakes and mountains. The highlight of the trip is Kailash trekking and Lake Manasarova. Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Bon - native religion in Tibet and Jainism recognize Kailash as the center of the world. Indians also think their God Shiva lives here. During the trip, we will also see many Indian pilgrims, foreign trekkers and local Tibetan people doing the trekking with you. After the tour ends, we can either head back to Lhasa city or proceed to Nepal via Gyirong border.

Itinerary

Day 1: Lhasa arrival
Upon arrival, our guide will be waiting for you at the airport/train station and welcome you and take you back to Lhasa city for check-in. You will see the Yarlung Tsangpo River and Lhasa River on the way back. After you arrive the hotel, the rest day is for you to rest and get acclimatized. If you feel well, it's OK to walk around or nearby but it's suggested to take good rest so you can be prepared for the sightseeing next day.

Day 2: Lhasa city tour
Today we will visit the famous Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.

Drepung Monastery is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries that housed for more than 10,000 monks. It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. It was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet. And then you also can visit the biggest monastery kitchen in the monastery and enjoy Buddhist sculpture carving workshop near Drepung.
Drepung Monastery Drepung Monastery

Sera Monastery is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. We will watch the Monks Debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour  the Tibetan religious scripture printing house and see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha inside the Monastery.
Sera Monastery Sera Monastery

Optional: If you want to, we can arrange the Wencheng Princess Show at night. Price starting from 60 USD.

Day 3: Lhasa city tour
Today we will visit the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street.

Potala Palace is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
Potala Palace Potala Palace

Jokhang Temple is known as the center of the Tibetan Buddhism, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. Around the temple, you can see a great many of pilgrims praying in front of the temple. If you want to, we can do kora with local pilgrims.
Jokhang Temple Jokhang Temple

We will stroll in the old alleys of Barkhor Street where you can drink the sweet tea, chat with locals and even bargain with the street vendors to understand the real life in Lhasa.
Barkhor Street Barkhor Street

Later we will have welcome dinner together with the whole group members.

Day 4: Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse
Today we will drive from Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse. On the way, we will pass Gangbala Pass and have bird view of the beautiful Yamdrok Lake (1 of 3 Holy Lakes in Tibet). Later on we will pass Karola Glacier and Manda Dam on the roadside. After we arrive in Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and enjoy the far view of  Gyantse Fortress.
Yamdrok Lake Yamdrok Lake

Day 5: Shigatse-Everest Base Camp
In the morning, we will visit the Tashilunpo Monastery-home of Panchen Lama. After passing Tsola and Gyatsola Pass, we will enter Everest Nature Reserve. At Jawula Pass, we will have astonishing view of the Himalaya Range. Afterwards, we will proceed to Everest Base Camp and stay the night at Rongbuk tenthouse. Weather permitting, we can watch the sunset of Everest from the base camp.
Tashilunpo Monastery Everest Base Camp

Day 6: EBC-Saga
Getting up early if you want to see the sunrise of Everest. In the morning, we will also visit the highest monastery with nuns and monks living together on earth-Rongbuk Monastery. Afterwards we will drive to saga. On the way, you can view of the worlds’14th highest peak Mt.Shishapangma (8012m), and  the amazing Lake Peikutso (4590m) from distance. On the highland, it's possible we can also see wild animals like Tibetan donkey, wild antelope and Tibetan yak, etc.
Mt.Shishapangma Lake Peikutso

Day 7:Saga-Darchen
On the way to Darchen, we will pass through Saga Valley, appreciating the wonderful high plateau scenery with local villages scattering around. As we cross the Mayomla Pass (5112M), you can enjoy the spectacular vista of Mt. Naimonanyi (7694M).  Before reaching Darchen, we will pass by . Upon arrival, please take good rest and prepare for the trekking next day!
On the Way to Darchen Manasaroval Lake

Day 8: Darchen-Drirapuk (Trek 13km)
In the morning, we will take eco-bus from Darchen to Sarshung valley. Then we will meet Yaks and porters at Sarshung village. If you need the rental service, please kindly tell our guide in advance. S/he will help with the arrangement but please kindly pay the rental fee onsite. The cost is around 50 USD/day (price subjects to change according to local people).  Afterwards, we will begain the trek from Sarshung to Drirapuk Monastery along the Lachu valley and rivers. You can enjoy the both west and north face of mountain Kailash today. 
Yak Rental Serivce Tibetan Pilgrims

Day 9: Drirapuk-Dzutrpuk (Trek 18km)
Today, we will trek over  Dromala Pass (5630m), the highest pass of the Kora. During the trekking, you can see local Tibetans and Indian pilgrims prostrating in the Kora path and beautiful Kadoe Lake when walk downhill. We may also visit Zutulpuk Monastery. Today is quite tough as we will trek about 18km. Please take it slowly and gradually.
Tibetan Lama Trekking at Kailash Mt. Kailash

Day 10: Dzutripuk-Darchen (Trek 7km)
On the last day of the trekking, you will trek 7km to Zongto where you can take the eco-bus back to Darchen. We will reach Darchen at around noon. The rest day is for you to relax and have free time on your own. A bath in the Lake Manasarova is suggested if weather permitting.
Kailash Trekking Kailash Trekking

Day 11: Darchen-Saga
Drive from Darchen to Saga via Lake Manasorova. At an elevation of 4,583 meters, the lake covers 412 square kilometers. With the northern part broader than the southern end, the deepest point of the lake is over 70 meters. In Tibetan language, Manasarovar means “invincible lake”. In “Regions In Great Tang”, wrote by monk Xuanzang, Lake Manasarovar was regarded as the sacred Yaochi Lake of Nirvana.
Lake Manasarova Lake Manasarova

Day 12: Saga-Sakya
Drive from Saga to Sakya

Day 13: Sakya-Shigatse
In the morning we will visit the Sakya Monastery with beautiful murals inside. It was built in Tubo Dynasty. The walls around this monastery were mainly in gray, but the top part of the walls was painted in red and white stripes. The most interesting thing in Sakya sect is that the sect does not believe in reincarnation and the head of Sakya sect will wear white cassock and also marry and have children.
Sakya Monastery Sakya Monastery

Day 14: Shigatse-Lhasa
Today we will drive back from Shigatse to Lhasa following the Yalong Valley and enjoy the scenery of on the way.
Yalong Valley Yalong River

Day 15: Tibet departure
Our guide will drop you to the airport/train station based on your departure time. Tour ends.

Notice: If there are travelers who are going to Nepal after the trekking, we will send them to the border on Day 12 first and then head back to Lhasa city. The rest travelers will visit the site Gyirong border town for free.

Price Guide

Time April 1-June 25 June 26-Aug. 25 Aug. 26-Oct. 15 Oct. 16-Nov. 15
Price 1830 USD 2040 USD 2040 USD 1830 USD

Discount
1. 3 pax booking together get 5% discount.
2. Booking 3 months in advance get 5% discount.
Notice: 2 discounts cannot be used together.

Price Includes
1.   Local Transfer: from 5-23 seat depending on the group tour size
2.   Accommodation
      Major city: 3-star sharing twin room
      Remote area: basic hotel/guesthouse
      Trekking: local teahouse/guesthouse
3.   Local English speaking guide
4.   Entrance tickets listed above
5.   Tibet Travel Permit 
6.   Daily Water
7.   Oxygen supply when needed
8.   Welcome dinners
9.   Service fee
10. Government tax
11. Travel Accident Insurance
12. Pick-up service and drop-off service at fixed time
13. Permit delivery fee inside China
14. Eco bus fee at Everest
15. Eco bus at Mt. Kailash

Price Excludes
1. Tips to guide and driver
2. Meals 
3. Your own expenses
4. Single room supplement
5. Domestic/international train/flight to and leave Tibet
6. Yak/porter/horse rental fee

Notice

1. Because it's a group tour, when matching the roommate for you, we will try to find same-sex travelers for you as our priority. If there is no suitable roommate, we will inform you first to see if you are OK to share with a different-sex traveler. If no, we can consider to pay single room supplement to have a single room or get some refund to have a guesthouse (4-8 beds per room, no breakfast, no private bathroom).
2. We have free pick-up service for airport at 10:00 am; 13:30 pm; 17:00 pm and free drop-off service for airport at 06:30 am; 08:00 am; 12:00 pm. For train station pick-up and drop-off, we will arrange for you at any time.
3. We will only deliver the permit to your hotel/address in China. If you don't stay any night at China or if you prefer to get the permit in your home country/at the airport in Mainland China, there will be extra cost (about 50-75 USD dollars).
4.This tour itinerary is for your reference only. We may adjust the sequence based on the current situation (road condition, weather, reservation of Potala Palace, etc.). Our company will not be held responsible for uncontrollable forces like political policy, unrest, protest, natural disaster, weather, delay/cancel of train/flight.
5. For travelers under 10 or elder than 70 are suggested to consult a doctor first before participating in the trekking.

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