A journey to holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar trekking tour from Lhasa side is considered to be the most scenic, comfortable, enjoyable and memorable in comparison with Kailash overland trip from Kathmandu, Kailash Mansarovar helicopter yatra ex Kathmandu or Lucknow and others. Mt. Kailash is about 2000 kms drive away from the capital town of Lhasa. The beautiful drive through the Lhasa, Shigatse leads to the town of Saga and then further moves to Lake Manasarovar and Darchen. From Tarboche a 3 days trekking to Mt. Kailash will offer you the opportunity to see many faces and colours of the majestic Mt. Kailash. During the sunrise, see the changing colours of 'Golden Kailash' and feel the presence of the Lord around. During the entire road journey the travellers will come across many tiny villages, group of herds, beautiful rivers, lakes and some known mountains of Himalayan ranges. If you are thinking of your next travel, consider to undertake the lifetime journey and a most wonderful spiritual adventure from Lhasa to Mt. Kailash and lake Mansarovar. This trekking trip to Mt. Kailash not only offers an opportunity to visit places with thousands year old culture but situated in far remote area of Tibetan Autonomous Region it is a land of Gods for many faiths and religions.
Upon arrival at Gonggar Airport, Lhasa the group shall meet our local staff / representative who will escort the group to the pre booked hotel in Lhasa. It will take about 2 hours for the group to reach the hotel. Spend the first day free to acclimatize with the altitude as Kathmandu is at 1400 m above sea level and Lhasa is at 3650m. Spend the night at Four Points by Sheraton or similar in Lhasa.
Jokhang Temple : This is a huge building structure consisting of three floors and an open roof all dotted with chapels and chambers. The Jokhang Temple has undergone massive additions and reconstructions since the 7th century and particularly during the reign of 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. While parts of the existing temple structure date from Potala Palace Tibet earlier times, most of the murals are from the 18th and 19th centuries and few statues (with the notable exception of the Joyo Sakyamuni) are older than the 1980's. The temple was sacked several times during Mongol incursions but its worst treatment has been at the hands of the Chinese since their occupation of Tibet in 1959. The Jokhang is the most celebrated temple in Tibet. Because the temple is not controlled by a particular sect of Tibetan Buddhism it attracts adherents of all the sects as well as followers of Bon-Po, Tibet's indigenous religion. Three pilgrimage circuits exist in Lhasa, each directing pilgrims to the Jowo Sakyamuni statue: the Lingkhor, which encircles the city’s sacred district; the Barkhor, which encloses the Jokhang temple; and the Nangkhor, a ritual corridor inside the Jokhang. Every day throughout the year hundreds of pilgrims circumambulate each of these three circuits. Some pilgrims will cover the entire distance by prostrating every few feet, and others will walk slowly, chanting sacred mantras and spinning hand-held prayer wheels. For more than a thousand years millions of pilgrims have trod these sacred paths with devotion in their hearts; this cumulative focusing of intention and love has charged the Jokhang with an enormously powerful field of sanctity.
Barkhor Street : The center of the old Lhasa, Barkhor is a circular street, which is the oldest street in Lhasa and remains very traditional. It is a place where Tibetan Norbulinka Palace culture, economy, religion and arts assemble and a place to which a visit must be paid. It was said that in the seventh century when Songtsen Gampo, the first Tibetan King (617 or 650) who unified Tibet, married Chinese Princess Wencheng and Nepal princess Tritsun. Later Princess Tritsun built Jokhang Temple to accommodate the Jowo Sakyamuni aged 12 brought to Tibet by Princess Wencheng. Barkhor is the road which pilgrims tramped out around Jokhang Temple through centuries. Buddhist pilgrims walk or progress by body-lengths along the street clockwise every day into deep night. They comprise most of Lhasa's floating population.
Potala Palace : Potala Palace was the winter palace of the Dalailama, which was originally built in the 7th century by the king Sotsen Gampo and rebuilt to the present size by the 5th Dalai lama in the 17th century. Built in the mid-18th century by the 7th Dalailama, Norbulingka, the Jewel Park was the Dalai lama's summer palace, it covers 100 acres with palaces, pavilions and a zoo. Spend the night at Four Points by Sheraton or similar in Lhasa.
After breakfast in your hotel visit Norbulinka Palace and take a drive to Shigatse which is the 2nd largest city of Tibet. Built in 1447 by the first Dalai lama the Tashillunpo Monastery in Shigatse is a very important monastery in China as it is known as seat of the Panchan Lama. Overnight stay at Hotel in Shigatse.
Early breakfast in the hotel and continue drive to Saga. The drive is quite long today. Packed lunch will be served by our representative en route. On arrival check into your pre – booked hotel/guest house or equivalent for dinner and overnight stay at Saga.
Today is the day for the lifetime that you are going to have Darshan of the Holy “Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarover” - day's program as usual, after breakfast at around 8 am , we drive through Mayum - la pass ( 17000ft ) - the highest point of the driving. On the way pack Lunch. Upon Arrival at Mansarovar we have to change our transport and use Chinese Govt Bus for Kailash Mansarovar Region. Mansarovar Parikrama by Bus. (125 KM approx) Overnight at Mansarovar in Dormitory Guest House.
After Breakfast Drive around 1 hrs to Darchen. Ashtapad excursion can be done at extra cost, then full day for leisure. You can stroll around small market in Darchen in the afternoon. Stay in a guesthouse in dormitory style.
After Breakfast drive to Dharboche Yamdwar Darshan & Start Parikrama of Mt. Kailash will start Trekking. Today is the first day of your Kailash Parikrama where you have to Trek for about 5 hours. You will visit North Face of Mt Kailash and touching the feet of Mt. Kailash (Charan Sparsh). Reach Diraphuk 16300ft Overnight stay – Lodge. Those who do not wish go for Parikrama can go back to Dharchen after Pooja O/N stay at Dormitory Guest House.
We will trek around 8 kms and reach to the point where the Coach will be waiting for us. Then we will drive to Darchen. After lunch, we will drive to Dongba. O/N stay at Dormitory Guest House.
From today we will be leaving this holy place and return Overnight stay at Dormitory Guest House.
Morning drive back to Shigatse. Overnight Hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive back towards Lhasa and stay overnight in hotel
Drive to Lhasa for overnight stay.
Intime you will be transfered to Lhasa international airport to board flight back to home.
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