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Trekking the Mt. Kailash Pilgrimage Trail

Travel days:  17 days
 /  16 nights

  • All flights mentioned in the program are in economy class and include airport tax and fuel surcharge.
  • All transfers mentioned in the program are in air-conditioned vehicles
  • First entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in specified hotel with breakfast.
  • English speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing. Other languages are available on request.
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B for breakfast, L for Lunch, D for Dinner).
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  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.
  • Hotel
    On request
  • Difficulty Level :****
  • Best time to visit: May – October
  • Explore the magnificent Holy Mountain & Lake in Tibet
  • Visit Three most important pilgrimage sites in western Tibet
  • Hike along the pilgrimage paths with local adherents
  • Genuine camping experience that overlook Mt. Kailash in distance Discover Tibetan Monasteries and the four rivers that origin from Lake Manasarova
  • Visit Tibetan villages and

Travel content

A cosmic axis at the centre of the world's oldest religions and East Asia's most holy site, the pilgrimage trek to Mt Kailash is a must for anyone wanting to experience for themselves one the world's great religious events. The mountain, at 6,658 meters high is a spectacle in itself situated in the far western reaches of Tibet in an area far from the capital, Lhasa, and little visited by tourists. Add to this the color and splendor of the offerings made by Buddhist, Hindu and Jain pilgrims to the slopes of Kailash. The full pilgrimage site is done in three stages involving the banks of Lake Manasarova, Mt. Kailash and finally a dip in the holy waters of the hot springs at Tirthapuri.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    • Arrive Lhasa
    • If time allows, visit Drepung Monastery, one of the "great three" Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet (the other two are Sera and Ganden)
    • Overnight in Lhasa
  • Day 2:
    Lhasa (B L D)
    • Morning pilgrimage route around Potala Palace together with local people
    • Visit Potala Palace, the symbol of Lhasa
    • Visit Jokhang Temple, considered the most significant religious structure for all Tibetans, where many pilgrims pay homage to their faith each day
    • Explore Sera Monastery, a place for worship and the most famous academy in Tibet. There will be an opportunity to see the monks debate there
    • Overnight in Lhasa
  • Day 3:
    Lhasa – Shigatse (B L D)
    • Drive to Shigatse via Yamdrok Tso Lake and Gyantse (5-6 hours)
    • Enjoy a great view of Yamdrok Tso Lake, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet
    • Have lunch at Gyantse, one pleasant small Tibetan village, located in the Nyang-chu Valley
    • Overnight in Shigatse
  • Day 4:
    Shigatse – Saga (B L D)
    • Visit the town of Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet which used to be an important trading and administrative center
    • Visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, built by the first Dalai Lama
    • Drive to Saga (6 hours)
    • Overnight in Saga   
  • Day 5:
    Saga – Paryang (B L D)
    • Drive to Paryang (5 hours – 6 hours)
    • En route, view the rivers that originate from Lake Masasarova and the snow covered mountain range along the way
    • Overnight in Paryang
  • Day 6:
    Paryang – Darchen (B L D)
    • Drive to the foot of Mt. Kailash in Darchen (5 hours)
    • Prepare for the Pilgrimage trek
    • Overnight in Darchen 
  • Day 7:
    Mt. Kailish Pilgrimage Trail (B L D)
    • Start the trek from Darchen to Driraphuk (about 6 hours, 23 km)
    • Overnight in Camping
  • Day 8:
    Mt. Kailish Pilgrimage Trail (B L D)
    • Hike to Zultrulphuk (about 6 hours, 23 km)
    • Overnight in Camping
  • Day 9:
    Mt. Kailish Pilgrimage Trail (B L D)
    • Hike to Darchen (about 5 hours, 12 km)
    • Drive to Lake Manasarovar, the highest fresh-water lake in the world, and an important pilgrimage destination
    • Visit Chiu Monastery and hike around the lake
    • Overnight in Camping
  • Day 10:
    Lake Manasarovar – Dzada (B L D)
    • Drive to Dzada (6 hours), literally means "downstream grassland"
    • Overnight in Dzada
  • Day 11:
    Dzada (B L D)
    • Visit Tolin Monastery & Ruins of Guge Kingdom
    • Overnight in Dzada
  • Day 12:
    Dzada – Huochu (B L D)
    • Drive to visit Tirthapuri (4330m), a small cave where Padmasambhava meditated with his Tibetan consort Yeshe Tsogyal
    • Overnight in Huochu
  • Day 13:
    Huochu – Paryang (B L D)
    • Drive to Paryang, enjoy the scenic road
    • Overnight in Paryang
  • Day 14:
    Paryang – Saga (B L D)
    • Drive to Saga, enjoy the scenic road
    • Overnight in Saga
  • Day 15:
    Saga – Shigatse (B L D)
    • Drive to Shigatse, enjoy the scenic road
    • Overnight in Shigatse
  • Day 16:
    Shigatse – Lhasa (B L D)
    • Drive to Lhasa (5 hours)
    • Take a stroll along Barhkor Street, part of the worshipers' pilgrimage circuit
    • Farewell dinner
    • Overnight in Lhasa
  • Day 17:
    Depart (B)
    • Transfer to the airport for your flight back home
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