On this 15 day Tibet trek to Mt Kailash Kora adventure departing from Australia, we will start in Lhasa and after acclimatizing in this city while exploring its historical and spiritual significance, we will drive west across the vast plains with spectacular view of the Himalayans to the south and the Trans-Himalayans to the north. Stopping along some of Tibet’s most spiritual sites like Tashi Lhunpo, Yamdrok Lake and the Kumbum Stupa, we will develop an understanding of Buddhism’s impact on Tibet. The last few days on the trek will be full of thrill from the experience of magnificent Mt. Kailash.
Tour starting city: Lhasa
Best trekking season: Apr, May, Oct are the best but can be done throughout. July, Aug are Monsoon and Dec, Jan, Feb and winter.
Highlights of this trekking tour
Climb up to the grand Potala Palace in Lhasa;
Explore Lhasa visiting sacred Buddhist temples and monasteries in Lhasa, including famous Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery;
Adventurous trekking journey to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar in Tibet
This Mt Kailash trekking tour is geared towards adventurous travellers who wish to experience the best of natural wonders in Tibet and gain deeper spiritual insight on the Tibetan plateau. This tour is suitable for people who are prepared to travel in high altitude areas in Tibet.
Arrival at Lhasa [3,658m] (B)=breakfast Upon arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, to be met and transferred to your hotel / hostel in Lhasa. Afternoon have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight at Lhasa.
Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Potola Palace & Jokhang Temple (B)
Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Drepung monastery, Sera monastery (B)
Lhasa/ Yamdrok lake (4,300m) / Gyantse (3,900m) / Shigatse (3,800m) (360KM, 7hour drive) (B)
Shigatse (3,800m) / Sakya / Lhatse (200KM, 5hrs) (B)
Lhatse / Saga (4,500m) (300KM, 7hrs)
Saga(4600m) / Paryang(4750m) / Lake Manasarovar - Chiu Monastery(4560m) (505Km, 7-8hours)
Lake Manasarovar(4,558m) / Darchen (4,600m) (60KM, 1.5hours)
Trek from Darchen to Dira-puk Monastery, (20km, 6hrs trekking)
Trek from Dira-puk Monastery to Dzutul-puk Monastery by crossing Drolma-la Pass, (15KM, 6-7hrs trekking)
Trek back to Darchen (14Km, 4-5hrs trekking). The winding gradually comes out of the valley and follow the river you will arrive at the Barka plain, the trekking stops at Trangser Trangmar and your car will take you back to Darchen. Overnight at Darchen (Guest house, dorm bed).
Darchen / Paryang / Saga (520KM, 9hrs) Today drive back to Saga retracing the same route, you will have a last view of the Mt.Kailash on the way. Overnight at Saga.
Saga / Lhatse or Shigatse (456km, 9hrs) Today start drive back to Lhatse. After such a long time drive, you will have a good rest at Lhatse. Overnight at Lhatse / Shigatse.
Lhatse or Shigatse / Lhasa (450KM / 300KM, 8hrs / 6hrs Morning start driving back to Lhasa from Lhatse or Shigatse via northern friendship highway, driving along Yarlutsangpo river and enjoys its beautiful sceneries. Overnight at Lhasa .
Lhasa airport /train station send-off (B) Your guide and driver will see you off at the airport or train station, end the trip.
- Information like altitude, total walking times and distance in the day to day itinerary are approxmate only.
- the itinerary should be regarded as an outline only. The routes may have to be changed due to weather and other unpredictable conditions.
Airport pick ups & drop offs, local guide, all government taxes and fees, Tibet permit and domestic travel documents, accommodations with breakfast in 3 Star hotels where available, entrance tickets as per itinerary, land transfers as per itinerary.
Lunch and dinners, Visa fees, international flight, travel insurance, personal expenses, drinks, tips, and anything not mentioned in inclusion section.