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HOLY MT KAILASH VIA LHASA WITH RONBUK AND EVEREST BASE CAMP
 

 

Tour code

Tour Name

Duration of the Tour

 Destination covered

FT-MT -0128 SP

Mt Kailash via Lhasa

14 Nights/ 15 Days

Lhasa and Holy Mt Kailash & Lake Mansarovar  

 

Tour Introduction:

 

The city of Lhasa is the heart of cultural Tibet. Its importance dates back to its status as the capital of the Tibetan Empire in the seventh and eighth centuries, and as the capital of the Dalai Lama’s government from the seventeenth century onwards. In the modern Chinese state it serves as the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
Lhasa has also been perhaps the most important religious site over the history of Tibet. It is home to the Jokhang temple complex, founded by the seventh-century Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo and residence of the most famous religious image in Tibet: the Jowo statue of the Buddha Shakyamuni. The Jokhang is the nucleus of central Lhasa’s commercial and religious Barkor area. The Potala Palace, built in the seventeenth century by the Fifth Dalai Lama as his palace and one of the greatest examples of Tibetan architecture, is also located in the Lhasa Valley. Finally, two of the three great seats of Gelukpa monasticism – the monasteries of Sera and Drepung – have been located here since the fifteenth century.

The city of Lhasa is located in the southern part of the Tibetan high plateau at an altitude of 3650 meters above sea level and on roughly the same latitude as Cairo. The valley in which Lhasa is situated is formed by the River Kyichu, a tributary of the Tsangpo (which is known as the Brahmaputra in India). The dominant peaks surrounding Lhasa range between 4400 and 5300 meters above sea level.

HOLY MT KAILASH AND MANSAROVAR LAKE
Holy Mt Kailash and Mansarowar Lake, center of creation & the Universe are as old as the creation. Thousands of Sages, Ordinary Mortals, Philosophers and even Gods had submerged in the blissful trance at the very sight of this divine grandeur. It is the MERU, SUMERU, SUSHUMNA, HEMADRI (Golden Mountain), RATNASANU (Jewel Peak), KARNIKACHALA (Lotus Mountain), AMARADRI, DEVA PARVATHA (Summit of Gods), GANAPARVATHA, AJATADRI (Silver Mountain). Regarded as SWAYAMBHU, the self-created one, everythingis said to emanate from here and finally returns here. Mind is the knot tying consciousness and matter-that is set free here.

Famously known to be an abode of LORD SHIVA and his divine consort PARVATI, Mt. Kailash expounds the philosophy of PURUSHA and PRAKRITI-SHIVA and SHAKTI. The radiant SILVERLY summit is the throne of TRUTH, WISDOM and BLISS-SACHIDANANDAM. The primordial sound AUM (NADABINDU) from the tinkling anklets of LALITA PRAKRITI created the visible patterns of the universe and the vibrations (DVANI) from the feet of Lord Shiva (NATARAJA) weaved the essence of ATMAN, the ultimate truth.

Mt. Kailash is considered to be the centre of Hindu philosophy and civilization. Kalpa Viruksha tree is supposed to adorn the slopes. South face is described as Sapphire, east as crystal, west as Ruby and north as Gold. The city of KUBERA is also situated here. Ganga after originating from the toe of Mahavishnu enters the lunar circle and descends further from Kailash after circuiting it seven times and then ultimately divides herself into four rivers. The major rivers of Nepal and India originating from this area are Brahmaputra(Lohita), Indus(Sindhu), Sutlej(Shatadru) and Karnali. Every object in this area is sanctified and each one is related to gripping legends. As one ascends through PARIKRAMA, one encounters holy peaks of RAVANA PARVAT, HANUMAN PARVAT, PADMASAMBHAVA, MANJUSRI, VAJRADHARA, AVALOKITESWARA, JAMBEYANG, SHAVARI, and NORSENG.
The scriptures reiterate that one, who takes the holy dip at Mansarovar and carries out the Parikrama around Kailash, is absolved of his/her sins through generations and is absorbed into the Supreme Finality. There is no re-birth; sorrows or joys and he/she will be with ultimate –the Lord Shiva. In other words, they become Shiva.

In addition to the Hindus, the entire region is also one of the most important pilgrimage centers for the Buddhists. They worship DEMCHOK (Buddha in forceful form) seated on the summit of Kailash. It is also called Dharmapala,one version quotes the deity as a form of Shiva’s manifestation. The description of the deity is more or less like Shiva. Devi is also given a similar form like Parvati. Buddhists adore Kailash as KANG RINGPOCHE and Manasarovar as TSO MAPHAM. Guru Rinpoche (The great Indian Master PADMASAMBHAVA who introduced Buddhism) and Saint Milerapa are greatly revered here by the pilgrims. Since TANTRISM runs through the main core of Buddhism here, their customs and practices would be found running close and parallel to Hindu traditions. Like Hindus, they also consider (DOLMA (DEVI) and GAURI KUND (Thuki Zingbu) as holiest spots. Buddhists strongly believe that pilgrimage to this place liberates them to NIRVANA.

Besides, Jains acknowledge Kailash as ASTAPADA and PADMAHRADA. It is believed that ADINATH VRISHABDEVA - the first Tirtankara attained Nirvana here. A few claim that GURU NANAK meditated here. Across the river CHU, there on the Nyanri range stands an impressive temple. Inside this monastery there is a marble statue radiating peace and compassion. This statue is claimed to be that of Guru Nanak.

The entire area echoes with spiritual vibrations. Even the agnostics shall discover new balance amidst that fathomless serenity. One has to experience it. The common belief is that those who are ordained only could be there

Fishtail Tours & Travel Pvt. Ltd invite you to join on this  Nepal .Tibet & Mt Kailash Tour program and  enjoy your holiday at the most beautiful part of the world.

OUTLINE ITINERARY & DATE OF ARRIVAL IN BEIJING

Day

Months

Outline Itinerary

April

May

June

July

Aug

September

October

01

16

14

13

12

11

10

10

Fly to Lhasa & Lhasa Sightseeing.

02

17

15

14

13

12

11

11

LHASA Sightseeing  including  Potala  Palace and Drepung monastery .

3

18

16

15

14

13

12

12

LHASA Sightseeing Jokhang Temple , Bakhor Bazaar and Sera monastery.

4

19

17

16

15

14

13

13

Drive to  GYANTSE (3900m) , than  SHIGATSE(3900m),  En-route visit Yamdrok Lake, Mt.Nyechen Kangsar
 glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and Pelkhor Choede monastery.
 

5

20

18

17

16

15

14

14

Drive from SHIGATSE to Everest Base camp (5150 m), En-route visit Rongbuk monastery

6

21

19

18

17

16

15

15

Visit Everest Base camp (5150 m) & drive  to SAGA (4500m) via OLD TINGRI .

7

22

20

19

18

17

16

16

Drive to Mansarovar

8

23

21

20

19

18

17

17

Drive to Darchen

9

24

22

21

20

19

18

18

Drive to Yamadwar and Holy trek to Dirapuk

10

25

23

22

21

20

19

19

Holy Trek to Zuthulpuk

11

26

24

23

22

21

20

20

Holy Trek to Darchen & drive to Tirthpuri

12

27

25

24

23

22

21

21

Drive to Saga

13

28

26

25

24

23

22

22

Drive to Shigatse.

14

29

27

26

25

24

23

23

Drive to Lhasa

15

30

28

27

26

25

24

24

Fly for onward journey.


Detailed Itinerary:
DAY 01: FLY TO  LHASA & FREE DAY IN LHASA- L/D
Arrive Lhasa( 3600 meter), meet, assist and transfer to hotel.  Rest of the day free to acclimatize with the environment. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 02: LHASA CITY SIGHTSEEING- B/ L/D
After breakfast leave for full day city sightseeing tour to Magnificent Potala Palace-the winter palace of the Dalai Lama; the place where the former great Dalai Lama's stupas are being kept; once the seat of the Tibetan government. With a history of over 1,300 years, the Potala Palace is the treasure of Tibetan religion and culture, storing plenty of figures of the Buddha, murals, sutras etc. After visiting Potala Palace, you will visit one of the three largest monasteries of Gelugpa- the Sera Monastery, and the Dalai Lama's summer palace of the treasure Park of Tibet, the Norbulingka. Return to hotel and Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 03: LHASA CITY SIGHTSEEING  - B/ L/D
After breakfast, you will visit the No 1 Monastery of Gelugpa-Drepung Monastery, which is the richest monastery ever in Tibet, and is still active today. Then you will be guided to visit the spiritual center of Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, where you might meet many pilgrims, who even prostrate by full length to the threshold of the temple. You will visit the sacred pilgrim path, the oldest street in Lhasa, the Barkhor Street, which is the place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble. In the afternoon, you can pay a visit to the Tibetan Traditional Hospital, where you will see how the Tibetan doctors treat patients in their traditional ways, and in its library, you will find massive medical sutras and medical thankas. The Lhasa Carpet Factory is also a place you should not miss. The carpets there are all hand-made on old-styled vertical looms in traditional processes. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 04: LHASA  SHIGATSE VIA GYANTSE –- B/ L/D
After breakfast, drive to Gyatse ( 260 Kms, 4 hours drive) . En-route visit Holy Yamdrok Lake ,Mt.Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and   cross 3 high passes with  altitude of 4794m ,  5039m &  4280m. Arrive Gyatse, lunch and proceed to Shigatse ( 3,900 Meter- 90 Km). Finally arrive Shigatse  and check into hotel. After get refreshed proceed to visit Palkor Monastery and Tashilhunpo Monastery.  Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.

Palkhor monastery: Also called “The Baiju Monastery” by the Chinese, this monastery is situated in Xigatse city which is about 230 Km away from capital Lhasa. Implausible combination of temples and Stupas will attract anyone. The architecture you will see in this place, are form the 14th and 15th century which make this place a Hotpoint for ancient archeological researchers. This place has more than 3000 statues from the statues of Buddha to famous King Songtsen Gampo. Number of tourist visiting this place has been increasing every year.

Tashilhunpo Monastery: Located in Shigatse 250 Km away from the capital city Tashilhunpo monastery was built by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447. Among the six hugest monasteries in Tibet this monastery stands on massive area of 300,000 Sq. m and known as the “Seat of Panchen Lama”. Panchen Lama is considered as the second most important religious leader after Dalai Lama in Tibet.

Return to hotel, dinner  and overnight.

DAY 05: DRIVE TO EVERST BASE CAMP( 5,150 M)  - - B/ L/D
Breakfast and  drive to Everest Base Camp ( 5,150 meter, 350 km) . En- route enjoy the beautiful Tibetan landscape local Tibetan villages and visit famous Rongbuk monastery . Finally arrive EBC and check into hotel. Evening enjoy the view of Mt Everest( 8,848 meter). Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 06: DRIVE TO  SAGA VIA OLD TINGRI  - - B/ L/D
Enjoy the view of Mt Everest, breakfast and  drive to   Saga(  4,500 meter , 400 Km). En-route enjoy the beautiful view of  Mt. Shishapama, Peikutso Lake , Finally arrive Saga and check into hotel.   


DAY 07: DRIVE TO MANSAROVAR - - B/ L/D
After breakfast, drive to Mansarowar ( 4,560 Meter, 450 km). En- route enjoy Sand dunes  & visit  Chewu monastery. Finally arrive Mansarovar lake and enjoy the eye catching view of Holy Mt Kailash , Holy Mt  Gurla Mndhata and Mansarovar Lake. Overnight stay at lodge.  

 

DAY 08: DRIVE TO TARCHEN - - B/ L/D
Morning  hour  enjoy the calm  environment of the area . Visit Chiu Gompa & drive (30 KM) to DARCHEN (4,660 m) for about 2 hours. Rest of the day  is free to explore your own. Overnight stay at lodge.  

DAY 09: DRIVE TO SERSONG/TARBOCH FLAG POLE & HOLY TREK TO DIRAPUK - - B/ L/D
Breakfast and  drive to Tarboch Flag Pole, the first prostration point, -the auspicious gateway and the sky burial ground. Visit Yamadwar and further drive to Sershong (total 8 km) and trek to Dirapuk (4,765 m, 10 km, 3 to 4 hours trek). Overnight stay at guesthouse.

DAY 10: HOLY TREK TO ZUTHULPUK - - B/ L/D
Continue trekking of challenging cross the Dikpala (5,000m) and Dormala (5600m)  to Zuthulpuk (4,700 m) (22km/ 7 to 8 hours trek). Overnight stay at  Lodge.

DAY 11: HOLY TREK TO TARCHEN - - B/ L/D
Last and final day of Mt. Kailash Parikrama ends near Darchen (16 km/ 3 to 4 hrs trek). En-route  can enjoy the view of Thuktso lake. Arrive Tarchen and overnight stay at lodge.

DAY 12: DRIVE TO SAGA         - - B/ L/D
Breakfast and  drive to Saga(450 Km, 6 hours). Arrive Saga, & overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 13: DRIVE FROM SAGA TO SHIGATSE - - B/ L/D
Drive  Saga to Shiigantse ( 480 Kms, 8 /9 hours drive) . Arrive Shigatse and check into hotel.  Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 14: DRIVE FROM XIGATSE TO LHASA - - B/ L/D
Drive to Lhasa. Arrive Lhasa and check into hotel. Rest of the day  is free to explore your own.

DAY 15: DRIVE FROM XIGATSE TO LHASA -B
Breakfast and transfer to airport for flight to onwards journey.

TOUR COSTS:

Tour Category

SIC Tour cost  on twin sharing per person as per the group size in U$ Dollar

Single room supplement

Deluxe Tour– With Normal  3 star equivalent hotel  in Lhasa , Xigatse & Saga and normal guest house in other part of Tibet.

U$
2,775.00

U$
750.00



 

 

 

 

PACKAGE TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

1.    Special welcome at Lhasa International airport.

2.    Lhasa Sightseeing as per the itinerary.

3.    Visit to other sites as per the itinerary.

4.    Professional English-speaking  tour escort.

5.    Twin / Triple sharing  3 star hotel accommodation at Lhasa, Gyatse, Shigatse and Saga with daily breakfast.

6.    Best available dormitory lodge accommodation at Mansarovar, Darchen , Dirapuk and Zuthulpuk .

7.    All meals

8.    Tibet visa and permit fee.

9.    Yak &Yak men to carry  your luggage during Holy  trekking.

10. Ground transfers in Tibet using deluxe 4500 cc Toyota land cruisers/ 6-seaterLimousine/ Mini Van / Coach as per thegroup size .

11. Oxygen cylinders and first aid kit.

COST EXCLUDES :
01,     Any expenses of personal nature as telephone calls, laundry, porterage, mineral water or any other services               which are  not mentioned  on cost include part .

02      China Visa fee, baggage and personal insurance.
03,     Extra costs that may arise due to delay to receive Tibet Travel Permit and Visa ,prolonged delays or                           postponement of flights due to technical reasons/ acts of nature/ riots/ curfew/ government regulations or any             other conditions whatsoever, which are beyond the control of Fishtail Tours & Travels and its associated                     agents.
04,     Personal expenses, tips and donations, insurance against loss of baggage, flight pre-pond and postponement               expenses, damage of valuables, theft of personal items/belongings, medical expenses in case of accident and             helicopter expenses for emergency evacuation.

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