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Tibet Tours

Itinerary - 15 Days

01: Arrive Lhasa
02: Lhasa sightseeing
03: Lhasa sightseeing
04: Yamdrok Tso - Gyantse
05: Lhatse
06: Saga
07: Darchen
08: Kailash Kora - DiraPhuk
09: Kailash Kora - Zhutrul Phuk
10: complete kora - Chiu Gompa (Lake Manasarovar)
11: Saga
12: Paiku Tso - Rombuk & Everest Base camp
13: Shigatse
14: Lhasa
15: transfer to airport

Included Highlights
* Jokhang Temple
* Potala Palace
* Sera Monastery
* Pelkor Choede & Gyantse Kumbum
* Tashilhumpo Monastery
* Sakya Gompa
* Mount Kailash kora
* Lake Manasarovar
* Qomolangma Nature Preserve
* Everest Base Camp

Accommodation:
Hotel - twin share (7 nights)
Guest House - twin share (5 nights)
Basic guest house - twin or multishare as available (2 nights)
Transport: private van or bus
Group size:
3-12 (Group Departures)

 



Tibet Tour: Mount Kailash
Lhasa - Mount Kailash - Lake Manasarovar - Everest Base camp - Lhasa


 

Colorful and historic, the holy city of Lhasa lies in a small valley 3700 meters above sea level. Lhasa rose to importance over 1300 years ago as attempts were made to unify Tibet. During your time in the heart of Tibet, you visit the Potala Palace, the Jokhang, the huge university monasteries of Drepung and Sera and the Barkhor pilgrim circuit. There is free time to explore other sights.

Leaving Lhasa, it is a spectacular drive to Gyantse. From the top of the Kamba Pass (4794m) the views of the turquoise lake, Yamdrok-Tso are unforgettable. Descending we travel along its shores, before climbing again to the Karo La (5054) and the glaciers of Mt Nojin Kangtsang, reaching Gyantse in the late afternoon. From Gyantse follow the Nyang-chu valley towards Shigatse.

Sakya, once the political power of Tibet is the last stop before setting out to fully experience the splendor, enormity and isolation of western Tibet. Magnificent valleys, herds of grazing yak, goats and sheep, passes topped by prayer flags and few permanent settlements mark the journey towards Tibet’s ancient heartland.

The giant snow-topped pyramid of Kailash stands apart and distinct from those around it, dominating the landscape. Along with Lake Manasarovar it was the heart of ancient Zhangzhung and soul-mountain of the pre-Buddhist Bonpo. To the Bon it is called Yungdrung Gu Tse (Nine-Storey Swastika Mountain) and is the place where their legendary founder, Tongpa Shenrab descended from heaven to earth. In the 11th century however Naro Bonchung ‘lost’ both Kailash and Lake Manasarovar to Milarepa in a contest of magical powers. To complete a kora (circumambulation) is the goal of every Tibetan; a single kora cleans the sins of a lifetime whilst 108 guarantee enlightenment.

Having completed the kora you retrace the route as far as Saga before turning south via Piku Tso (lake) towards Mt Everest. Take a detour up to Base Camp before returning via Tibet's second largest city and site of Tashilhunpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen Lama and one of the most important monasteries of the Gelukpa order.


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"Having a wonderful time is an understatement! And we loved and do love Tibet and all Tibetans no matter how dishevelled! I give bouquets to all the people that you organised to look after us"

"Just a quick one to say thanks for organising our trip and that we really enjoyed it! JingMi (spelling!?), our guide, was fantastic, as was our driver. The overall arrangements and itinerary were very well planned and executed, with the right amount of flexibility too."

 

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Arrival options for this tour

Chengdu: Delight in the successes of the Panda Breeding Sanctuary and discover Sichuan's ancient tea houses
Beijing: Marvel at the vast expanses of Tiananmen and the Forbidden City

Xi’an: Home to the damed Terracotta Warriors and
the fascinating Muslim quarter with its serene and
distinctly chinese mosque, its souvenir stores and
incredible night-market food.

Xining: Just south of Xining is one of the 6 major Gelukpa Monasteries - Kumbum (Ta'er Si) was the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelukpa School.Nearby are the villages of Repkong & Tongren, famous for their art. Take the train to Lhasa from here.


Group Departures


April 29-May 13, 2017 (Full moon at Everest)

June 30-July 14, 2017 (Full moon at Lake Manasarovar)

July 31-August 14, 2017 (Full moon at Kailash)

August 30 - September 13, 2017 (Full moon at Kailash)

 

PRIVATE DEPARTURES
Are available at any time and may be tailored for you.

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