Mt Kailash Kora with Mt Everest Tour

Duration:
14 Days
Destination:
Lhasa- Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Darchen - Mt Kailash Kora - Lake Manasarovar - Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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It's an adventure tour and also a spiritual tour. It includes important Tibetan attractions and the devout Tibetan Buddhist culture. The journey begins and ends in Lhasa, the holy city of Tibet. Along the way, you will enjoy the extremely natural and cultural scenery of Tibet. The highlight of this trip is that you will do a kora in Mount Kailash, which is one of the most important pilgrimages in Asia. Mount Kailash has been recognized as the center of the world by Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan Original Yongzhong Bon Religion and Ancient Jainism. Besides Mount Kailash, you will also visit the Everest Base Camp, Potala Palace, Tashilhunpo Monastery, and other major scenic spots.

DayRoute
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
2 Lhasa City
3 Lhasa Suburb
4 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse
5 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongphu - EBC
6 EBC - Saga
7 Saga - Darchen
8 Mt Kailash Kora①: Darchen - Dirapuk
9 Mt Kailash Kora②: Dirapuk - Zutulpuk
10 Mt Kailash Kora③: Zutulpuk – Darchen; Drive From Darchen - Manasarovar;
11 Payang - Saga
12 Saga - Lhatse - Shigatse
13 Shigatse - Lhasa
14 Departure from Lhasa by Flight
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

This is the first day that you enter Tibet. Your guide will greet you at the airport or railway station and transfer you to the lovely hotel. It usually takes around 1.5 hours to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check-in, you can have a good rest first. And if you feel like to go out, you can wander around the city. But just remember that don't take too much stuff, try to go with a light pack. Meanwhile, drink some more water. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 2 Lhasa City

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt it later in the 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, now it is a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

The Potala Palace is the world's highest palace, castle and monastery.
In front of the Jokhang Temple, you can see many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions.
Day 3 Lhasa Suburb

Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in the early morning and then drive to visit the Drepung Monastery which is located at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples.

After lunch, you are going to visit the Sera Monastery which is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City; Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. One of the main attractions of Sera Monastery is debating. As a part of their study, lamas must participate in debates to further their comprehension and proceed to more advanced levels of study. The debating usually is held at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon except for Sunday...

Drepung Monastery is also a Buddhist education base. It is the best place to learn and impart the Buddhism.
Sera Monassrey is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City
Day 4 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

From Lhasa to Gyantse is abt 264km, en route you will pass by Khamba-la Pass (4794m), and with the huge massif of Mt Nojin Kangtsang (7191m) at far distance in view. Then head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land.

Bathing in sunshine, Yamdrok lake is dispalying its dazzling beauty to visitors both home and abroad
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
Day 5 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongphu - EBC

Tibet has a serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only abt 350km or so, the no-more-than-40km/hr regulation, and the many road checks dotted on the way, really slow us down. So be prepared to spend around 10~12hrs on the road including meal time. The upside is the view along the way is superb. Get your camera ready. Also, prepare some snacks with you to bring along.

If it’s summer time (usually May~Oct), we will stay overnight at Everest Tent Camp; if winter time (usually Nov~Apr), we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. Both places have but dorm bed lodging available. Both places you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

Rongbuk Monastery has guesthouse for the tourists. There are lots of tents nearby as well. Tourists need to be careful on the belongings.
The best time to travel to Mt. Everest would be May, June, Sep and early Oct. EBC is relatively less windy and clear.
Day 6 EBC - Saga

From EBC to Saga is abt 460km, a hard-drive of abt 10~12hrs. The sprawling truck-up town of Saga is the last of any size on your tour to Mt Kailash, cherish it – have a lavish meal and take a long hot shower, of which you have to do without for the following days. 

The lake surrounded by mountains on three sides.
Standing by the lake and looking at the blue water, you will feel as if you are in a fairyland.
Day 7 Saga - Darchen

Drive from Saga to Zhongba to Paryang to Hor Qu then finally today’s destination of Darchen. A photogenic section of dunes, lake and mountains kicks in 60km from Zhongba. About 23km before Paryang you create a pass and drop past more dunes to Paryang. Photos taken along this route can often get steppe, streams, desert dunes and snowcapped mountains in the same shot.

Day 8 Mt Kailash Kora①: Darchen - Dirapuk

The kora path begins on the western edge of Darchen. Quickly leaving all traces of the village behind, you head westward across the Batkha plain, a sandy expanse speckled with greenery like a massive camouflage jacket. To the north, the east-west ridge blocks your view of Mt Kailash, but to the southeast are clear views of huge Gurla Mandata(7728m). Api and other peaks in Nepal are visible to the south, while look to the southwest for the twin, sharp humps of Kamet(7756m) in India.

Only 4km from Darchen the trail climbs up over the southwest end of the ridge to reach a cairn at 4790m. the cairn is bedecked with prayer flags and marks the first views of Mt Kailash’s southern face, the first of the kora’s four prostration points.

Very quickly the trail bends around to the north and enters the barren Lha-chu Valley. The valley is so open at this point you can see ahead to the tall Tarboche flagpole(4750) in the distance, one of the most significant sites for Saga Dawa Festival.

Just west of Tarboche is the ‘two-legged’ Chorten Kangnyi. It’s an auspicious act for pilgrims to walk through the small chorten’s archway. A short climb above Tarchorten to the east is the sky-burial site of the 84 mahasiddhas(Tantric practitioners who reached a high level of awareness). The first of the kora’s three Buddha footprints is here, but hard to find. The views of the valley are superb from here.

Beyond Tarboche the valley narrows dramatically at an area called Sershong. You can begin to get clear shots of Mt Kailash now, standing to attention above the eastern ridge.

Chuku Monastery(4820m), founded in the 13th century by Gotsangpa Gompo Pel, a Kagyupa-order master, is perched high above the valley floor on the hillside to the west. It bends so secretively into its rocky background you may not able notice it’s there.

From the Chuku it’s abt 3hrs to Dir-puk Monastery. Take your time between this stretch for it has some of the best scenery of the entire kora. High sedimentary faces, wonderfully puckered and dented, and chiseled into shapes that seem alive, hem you in on both sides. When the weather is warmer there’s even the occasional ribbon of water tumbling down the slopes from hundreds of meters high. Along the route, you will find the second prostration point, with its prayer flags and clear view of the east side of Mt Kailash. 30mins later, just past a tea tent selling the usual drinks and snakes, look for the second Buddha footprint, and a carving of the god Tamdrin, a wrathful horse-headed deity, on a black stone smeared with eons of yak butter. From the rock, the trail starts to clim and heads northeast toward Dira-puk Monastery.

Dira-puk(Lhalung Dira) Monastery(5080m) sits in a superb location on the hillside north of the Lha-chu. It directly faces the astonishing north face of Mt Kailash, which from this angle appears as a massive, jet-black slab of granite ornamented with alabaster-white strips of snow. Three lesser mountains are arrayed in front of Mt Kailash: Chana Dorie to the west, Jampelyang to the east and Chenresig in the center.

It is said that one kora around Mt Kailash can wipe away sins of this lifetime; 108 koras can help people break the cycle of rebirth and assure one of nirvana at death.
Qugu Monastery is a little monastery at the foot of Mt.Kailash.
Day 9 Mt Kailash Kora②: Dirapuk - Zutulpuk

No doubt when you wake in the morning and step outside you’ll want to revel in the glory of your surroundings. Mt Kailash’s dramatic black face dominates the skyline, while the middle slopes echo with the moans of yaks.

The main kora path heads off to the east, crossing the Lha-chu by bridge and then climbs on to a moraine to meet the trail on the east bank. The long ascent up the Drolma-chu Valley that will eventually lead to the Drolma-la has begun.

Less than an hour along is the meadow at Jarok Donkhang(5210m). Near Jarok Donkhang a trail branches off to the southeast, leading over the snow-covered Khando Sanglam-la. Also nearby, Polung Glacier descends from the east ridge off the north face of Mt Kailash, down through the Polung Valley between Chenresig and Jampelyang.

Only a short distance above Jarok Donkhang, is the rocky expanse of Shiva-tsal(5330m). Pilgrims are supposed to undergo a symbolic death at this point, entering in the realm of the Lord of the Deas, until the reach the top of the Drolma-la and are reborn again. It is customary to leave sth behind at Shiva-tsal, an item of clothing, a drop of blood or a lock of hair, to represent the act of leaving this life behind.

After Shiva-tsal the trail mercifully flattens for a time and proceeds along a glacial ridge. There are a number of interesting sights ahead, such as the sin-testing stone of Bardo Trang(a flat boulder that pilgrims are supposed to squeeze under to measure their sinfulness).

Abt 30mins from Shiva-tsal the trail turns eastward for the final ascent. Allow around an hour for the 200m climb to the top of the Drolma-la(5640m). After a few false summits, the rocky pass is reached. The great cubic Drolma Do(Drolma’s Rock) that marks the top is barely visible behind an enormous number of prayer flags.

Weather permitting, most pilgrims and trekkers pause at the pass for a rest and refreshment before starting the steep descent. Almost immediately, Gauri Kund(5608m), the Lake of Compassion.

It takes approximately an hour to make the long and steep 400m descent to the grassy banks of the Lham-chu Khir. En route there is a much-revered footprint of Milarepa. When the trail reaches the valley, you may find nomad tents and a teahouse selling drinks and noodles. A huge rock topped by the kora’s third Buddha footprint stands nearby.

About 30 mins south, a valley comes down from the Khando Sanglam-la to join the western trail. This valley provides the only glimpse of Mt Kailash’s eastern or crystal face. The kora’s third prostration point is at the valley mouth.

Grassy fields start to appear alongside the river. A couple of hours from the third Buddha footprint a side valley enters from the left. From here on the river changes name to the Dzong-chu, translated as ‘Fortress River’.

Soon you will see Zutul-puk Monastery(4820m). The miracle cave that gives the monastery its name is at the back of the main hall. Milarepa’s footprint and handprint can still be seen today.

Mt. Kailash is known as the holiest mountain in the world. Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Bon and Jainism recognize it as the center of the world.
It is said that one kora around Mt Kailash can wipe away sins of this lifetime; 108 koras can help people break the cycle of rebirth and assure one of nirvana at death.
Day 11 Payang - Saga

Enjoy the ride back with leisure. Our vehicle will stop along the ride for you to take photos.

During summer time, pilgrims gratefully take bath in the lake and drink the water of Manasarovar. They also think plants in the lake are magical medicines.
On the shore of the Lake Manasarovar, there are some monasteries. An ancient one called Chiu Gompa Monastery has been built right onto a steep hill.
Day 12 Saga - Lhatse - Shigatse

Enjoy the ride back with leisure. Our vehicle will stop along the ride for you to take photos.

Day 13 Shigatse - Lhasa

We will depart today from your hotel in Shigatse around 08:00 am. The rode condition is pretty good but because of the speed-limit, we will spend about 6hrs on the road. 

“Tashilhunpo” means “Auspicious Sumeru” in Tibetan language
Tashilhunpo Monaster was founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447
Day 14 Departure from Lhasa by Flight

Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

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Prag***

2019-06-05

We are mainly looking to do Mount Kailash trekking with Mansarovar lake tour - ideally prefer a tour excluding Everest base camp. Can you please let us know the cost per person, detailed itinerary and scheduled departures in 2020. Looking forward to your reply. Thanks!

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Cherry

I am sorry that we can't arrange Indian travelers to visit Mt.Kailash.

Mich***

2019-05-31

We have two windows of time this Summer to possibly do this tour. One is July 8th through July 24th and another is July 31st through August 16th. I understand this is Monsoon Season. We mainly would like to see Lhasa and the 3 day Mt Kailash trek. Please advise. Thank you, Michelle Pruitt

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a Mt.Kailash tour from 8th to July 24th or from July 31st to August 16th. We have 15 Days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour from Jul.10th to Jul.24th and Aug.2nd to Aug.16th. Is it available to you? May I remind you that we need at least 25 working days to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit related Mt.Kailash? There is no much time left. 

Pam ***

2019-04-20

Hi, what are your dates for Mt Kailash Kora tour and the cost please including all the things that are not covered. Thank you kindly Pam

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beatrice

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a Mt.Kailash kora. May I know when you are going to have this tour? If you don't have a specified month, may I suggest you visit Mt.Kailsh in June? As there's a Saga Dawa Festival in June, which is the top 3 holiest festival in Tibet.

The Saga Dawa Festival is considered highly significant in Tibet. The terms "Saga Dawa" came from two words "saga" which means "the fourth" and "dawa" which means “month.” Taken together, Saga Dawa literally means the “fourth month.” The Saga Dawa Festival is celebrated during the fourth month of the Tibetan Calendar, and it falls on the 15th day of that month. Although the main festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the month, Saga Dawa is basically a month-long festival. This festival is significant for remembering the birthday, enlightenment, and death of Sakyamuni.

After you confirm the month, I will list the available dates, the tour cost, inclusions as well as exclusions.

Shas***

2019-04-13

I would like to visit mount kailash. could you please provide more details on following tour Mt Kailash Kora with Mt Everest Tour DURATION: 14 Days

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Cherry

I am sorry we can't arrange Indian travelers to visit Mt.Kailash. 

Anil***

2019-03-12

want to see mount kailash in may ,dates from 19 th to june 4, 2019 we are 4 people family from sydney. will travel from sydney to katmandu

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a Mt.Kailash Tour in May. Do you mean you would like to enter Tibet from Kathmandu? 

* From Nepal to Tibet, you are required to apply for China Group Visa at China embassy in Nepal with our assistance even if you have had China Visa already. After you book your Tibet tour with us, we will send an official invitation letter for you to our partner in Kathmandu. After your arrival in Kathmandu, our Nepali partner will meet you for your original passport. With invitation letter, your original passport and one photo(passport photo size with white background), our Nepali partner could help you get your China Group Visa there in 3 working days.

I will quote for you after you confirm the itinerary.  By the way, which hotel star do you prefer? Economy 3-star hotel or comfortable 4-star hotel. 

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