Lhasa Kailash Manasarovar Tour

Trip Length: 15 Days
Location: Lhasa, Kailash Parvat
Grade: Easy
Accommodation:  Budget hotels &  Lodges
Minimum Altitude: 2910
Maximum Altitude: 4920
Attractions: Amazing view of Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar
Best Season: Feb – May and Sept – Dec

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Tour Description

It is possible to make a tour to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar combined with the major attractions of central Tibet (Tsedang, Samye, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Yangpachen and Sakya). Generally, our tour covers Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and Sakya then eventually it merges with the main route from Kathmandu to Kailash in Saga (a small Tibetan town) then we continue with the set route for the remainder of the journey. Our tour to Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar from Lhasa requires at least 19 days. However, depending on your time frame and places you would like to cover in the tour, the tour can be adjusted. Lhasa to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar tour commences from Kathmandu with an hour Trans-Himalayan flight to Gonggar Airport in Tibet. Our Tibetan guide meets you at the airport and escorts you to the main city (Lhasa), which is 98 km away from the airport. In Lhasa, we have a two-day sightseeing tour that covers almost all the main sites situated within Lhasa. After that we start our journey to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar via Gynatse, Shigatse and Sakya Monastery. As usual, “Lhasa to Mt. Kailash Tour” consists of a 3-day circumambulation around the holy Mt. Kailash. The tour ends at Zhang-Mu.

Itinerary (DAY BY DAY PROGRAM)

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Upon arrival in Kathmandu international airport. You will be at the airport & transfer to hotel. Evening tour briefing.

DAY 02: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR WITHIN KATHMANDU
Full day sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. You will visit Pashupatinath temple, Guheshowri Mata temple, Budhanilkantha temple (Jal Narayan) and Monkey temple.

DAY 03: FLY, KATHMANDU TO LHASA
Morning after breakfast, you will be escorted to the international airport/ Kathmandu for your flight to Lhasa. At Lhasa airport; you will be met by our guide and transferred to Hotel.
– Overnight Hotel Gyang Gyan (4 stars hotel)
– Gonggar airport to Lhasa city: 65 km | 1 hr. & 15 minutes.
– Altitude of Lhasa: 3650 m. | 11972 ft.

DAY 04: LHASA STAY- OPTIONAL SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Today, you can rest in Lhasa for acclimatization purpose. Also, you can do the sightseeing tour in Lhasa. This is an optional tour. You can visit Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Barkhor Square and Norbulinkha Palace.
– Overnight Hotel Gyang Gyan (4 stars hotel)
– Altitude of Lhasa: 3650 m. | 11972 ft.

DAY 05: DRIVE, LHASA TO SHIGATSE
Morning, after breakfast, you will drive to Shigatse along the river Bank of Yarlung Tsangpo (Bramhaputra). The drive takes about 5 hours. The distance doesn’t require 5 hours but there is speed limit for the safety of the people.
– Overnight Manasarovar (3 stars hotel)
– Lhasa to Shigatse: 280 km, 5 hrs.
– Altitude of Shigatse: 3900 m. | 12793 ft.

DAY 06: DRIVE, SHIGATSE TO SAGA
Early morning drive to Saga from Shigatse. It is a long drive via Lhatse and Sang Sang, so we need to commence our journey early morning.
– Overnight Hotel Saga
– Shigatse to Saga: 446 km. | 7 hrs.
– Altitude of Saga: 4480 m. | 14695 ft.

DAY 07: DRIVE, SAGA TO MANASAROVAR
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. After crossing near about 150 km you will reach Old Dzongba. This is the habitat of Tibet herders. From old Dzongba, you will continue drive to Paryang through high passes and wide pastures en route.
Paryang is a small town with the Chinese military base. The village is situated in a wide-open pasture land which is facing Himalaya. So, the weather of this place is harsh. From Paryang, you will continue your journey to the west. On the way, we will stop in Horchu river where there is a military check post. After completing formalities of security check and others, we will drive for another 10 minutes beyond the check post and make a brief halt for lunch.
It is another two hours journey to reach Manasarovar from Mayum La. The holy dip & pooja can be performed either today or tomorrow depending on the time you are reaching there and of course, with no doubt, the weather plays a vital role for this. The decision can be made after mutual discussion amongst guide, group manager and tour leader.
– Overnight Chiu Guesthouse
– Saga to Lake Manasarovar: 455 km | 6 hrs.
– Altitude of Lake Manasarovar: 4550 m. | 14925 ft.

DAY 08: LAKE MANASAROVAR TO DARCHEN
Morning after breakfast, drive to Darchen. The drive takes about 45 minutes to reach Darchen. After keeping your luggage in the guesthouse, one can take rest or visit Aasthapad by walk (vehicle is not allowed), where you can have closed views of Mt. Kailash, Nandi Parvat & Aasthapad.
– Overnight Hotel Sheng Shong (dormitory bedroom)
– Total circumference of Lake Manasarovar: 88 km
– Manasarovar – Darchen- 32 km | 45 minutes.
– Elevation Darchen- 4664 m. | 15364 ft.

DAY 09: DRIVE TO YAMA DWAR THEN START PARIKRAMA TO DHIRAPUK
Morning after breakfast, drive to Yama Dwar (15 minutes drive). From Yama Dwar, you will start trekking to Dhirapuk (the north face of Kailash). Take a gradual walk through the snaky pebbled path, at times high up the hills.
– Overnight Shisapangma Guesthouse (dormitory)
– Yama Dwar to Dhirapuk- 10km | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
– Elevation of Dhiraphuk- 4820 m. | 15810 ft.

DAY 10: TREK TO SHIVASTHAL, GAURIKUNDA (5620 m) THEN ZUTULPHUK
Today is the toughest & longest journey of this trip. We have to trek almost 22 km through rugged highland to reach Zutulphuk. Literally, we have to pack up our gear and set off from hotel at 5 a.m. Chinese time. Initially, it is an uphill trek from Deraphuk but after walking for an hour or so, the trail turns into mild ascend. Half of the trail passes through an elevation of 4900 m./16,000 ft. or above, so there is no wonder if we get suffered from breathlessness or headache. Though, we should try to keep our pace slow & steady.
Please do not forget to carry water bottle, down jacket, raincoat and some dry fruits & chocolates with you. Everybody has different pace of walking. People might not be around when you them. So, you have to be self-dependent in basic things.
After making an up hill trek for about 4 hours or so, we will reach to a high pass where we will find Tibetan prayers flags fluttering. This is called ‘Dolma La pass’ (5800 m.). This is the highest point that we will be crossing over during this divine trip. After making a gentle descend from the pass, we will find our self near a tine glacial lake. This is ‘Gauri Kunda’. From Gauri kunda, the trail leads us rapidly down through the area full of boulders and loose pebbles. Going down can be difficult and painful than coming up. If we have taken horse, we can’t even use it in this bit. After trekking down for another 1 & half hour or so from Gauri Kunda, we will eventually reach to the valley floor. From this point on, the trail is easy & flat. It is another 2 hours easy-walk to reach Zutulphuk from here.
– Overnight Norpel Guesthouse or Monastery guesthouse (Mud house) – dormitory.
– Deraphuk to Zutulphuk: 22 km | 9 hours.
– Elevation of Zutulphuk: 4820 m./15810 fts.

 DAY 11: END TREK, THEN DRIVE TO OLD DONGBA
After breakfast, we start trekking to the pick-up point, near Darchen. The entire trail is easy & flat, so you will complete this journey within 3 to 4 hours. All group members will be assembled in pick point then we start our journey to Dongba on Bus via Darchen.
– Overnight Hotel Saga
– Lake Manasarovar to Saga- 405 km | 6 hrs drive.
– Elevation on old Dongba- 4500 m. | 14760 fts.

DAY 12: DRIVE, OLD DONGBA TO SHIGATSE
Morning after breakfast, we retrace to Shigatse.
– Overnight Manasarovar (3 stars hotel)
– Saga to Shigatse: 440 km. | 6 hrs.
– Altitude of Shigatse: 3900 m. | 12,793 ft.

DAY 13: DRIVE, SHIGATSE TO LHASA
Drive back to Lhasa viw northern highway. The drive takes about 5 hours.
– Overnight Hotel Gyang Gyan (4 stars hotel)
– Shigatse to Lhasa: 280 km, 5 hrs.
– Altitude of Lhasa: 3650 m. | 11,792 ft.

DAY 14: FLY, LHASA TO KATHMANDU
Morning you will be escorted to Gonggar airport for your flight back to Kathmandu.

DAY 15: DEPARTURE FROM KATHMANDU
Transfer to International airport for your flight back home.

TOUR ENDS…..

SERVICE INCLUDES:

  1. Three nights Hotel in Kathmandu
  2. Sightseeing tour within Lhasa (Potala, Jokhang and Norbulinkha temple)
  3. Tibet group visa
  4. All necessary travel permits and other documents
  5. Lhasa- Kailash- Lhasa transfer by Bus
  6. Indian foods (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and mineral water for during during the trip
  7. Tibetan guide
  8. Permit for Kailash & Manasarovar area
  9. Yak and Yak man for parikrama
  10. Accommodation in Tibet in Hotel and guesthouses on sharing basis
  11. Nepal staff tem\am and Indian foods
  12. Supporting truck and equipment
  13. Foods, drinking water for the entire journey
  14. Oxygen and medical kit bag
  15. All applicable taxes and service charge

SERVICE EXCLUDES:

  1. Flight ticket (Kathmandu- Lhasa- Kathmandu)
  2. Your insurance
  3. Tips & gratitude
  4. Emergency rescue and evacuation
  5. Flight or train ticket to & from Main Land China
  6. Service/s not mentioned above

 

PLACES NAME OF HOTELS/ GUESTHOUSES REMARKS
LHASA HOTEL GYANG GEN 4 Stars
SHIGATSE HOTEL MANASAROVAR 3 Stars
SAGA HOTEL SAGA Attached bath with triple bed
OLD DONGBA SHISHAPANGMA GUESTHOUSE Attached bath with sharing room
MANASAROVAR CHUGOMBA GUESTHOUSE Dormitory with common toilet
DARCHEN HOTEL GYANG CHEN Dormitory with common toilet
DERAPHUK SHISHAPANGMA GUESTHOUSE Dormitory with common toilet
ZUTULPHUK NORPEL GUESTHOUSE Dormitory with common toilet

 

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