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[ GW-TT- 003 ] Trekking to Mt. Kailash (17 days / trekking 4 days)
Mt. Kailash, considered as the center of the universe, is the most sacred mountain in the Tibetan Buddhist world. The sacred peak of
Mount Kailash (6,658 m) is the final destination for many travelers to Tibet, ranging from tourists to Buddhist pilgrims and other followers
of spiritual traditions from far and beyond. Pilgrims of several religions believe that circumambulating Mt. Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that
will bring good fortune. The peregrination is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists. Follows of the Jain and Bon religions
circumambulate the mountain in a counterclockwise direction.

Itinerary :

Day01 Arrive in Lhasa 
Arrive in Lhasa, rightly one of the most featured and dreamt-about cities in the world, not only limited accessibility for its remoteness and
its high altitude at 3,650 meters, but also the mysterious Tibetan religion. In Tibetan, Lhasa means the Holy Land or the Buddha Land.
The guide will meet you at Konggar Airport, and transfer you to Lhasa city with about 1.5 hours’ driving (90km). On the way, you’ll be
greeted with Nie Tang Buddha – a Buddha image engraved in the mountain face. Upon arrival, rest and acclimatize yourself to the local
time and altitude. (D)

Day02 Lhasa 
The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa’s cardinal landmark - Potala Palace, an awe-inspiring Tibetan architectural complex. The
stone-and-wood-structured Potala Palace consists of the White Palace and Red Palace. The White Palace, comprising halls, temples
and courtyards, serves as the living quarters of the Dalai Lama. The Red Palace includes various chambers for worshipping Buddha and
chambers housing the eight stupa that contain the remains of fifth through thirteenth Dalai Lama. All the stupas are covered with gold foil.
Some 2km to the east of the Potala is the most revered religious structure and the holiest temple in Tibet - Jokhang Temple. Bustling with
worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. A golden statue of the young Buddha Sakyamuni at age
12 brought to Tibet by Princess Wen Cheng from Chang'an, capital of the Tang Dynasty, is enshrined in the center of the main hall. The
quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor Market - Lhasa’s most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of the Old
Town is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans. The rest of day is free. (B,L,D)

Day03 Lhasa
Today’s highlight is the sightseeing of Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka and Sera Monastery in Lhasa. Drepung Monastery, known as the
most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was established in 1416 by Tsong Khapa's disciple
Jamyang Qoigyi, and under the patronage of plutocrats, it developed as the richest monastery of Gelugpa and became the mother temple
of Dalai Lamas. Norbulingka Park (Treasure Garden) was built in the 1740s during the reign of the seventh Dalai Lama. Later it was
renovated and enlarged and became the Dalai Lama’s Summer Palace, where they
handle political affairs, practiced religious activities and spent holidays. Sera
, located a few miles to the north of Lhasa, is one of three famous
monasteries in Lhasa along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery.
The debating traditions in the Sera Monastery are unique among the three famous
monasteries in Lhasa. Debates are conducted by the lamas in the monastery every day
beginning at 3:00pm. In a battle of words, they supplement their efforts by using a variety
of gestures including clapping their hands, pushing their partners for an answer, or
plucking their prayer beads to win the virtue of the Buddha. (B,L,D)

Day04 Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse
Drive to Gyantse (4040m), and pass by
Yamdroktso Lake for sightseeing.
Yamdroktso Lake is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet, surrounded by many snow-
capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. According to the mythology,
Yamdroktso Lake is the transformation of a goddess, showing the intoxicate color of
Turqoise. Then, pass by Karola Glacier (5560m), quite close to the road, a breathtaking
view of the Karola Glacier is an unforgettable experience. In Gyantse, visit Palkor
, the symbolic architecture of Gyantse. On the side of the Palkor Monastery
stands a white tower - Kumbum Stupa. It is said that there are altogether more than
100,000 Buddha statues engraved on the tower; hence the name “One Hundred-
Thousand-Buddha Tower”. Proceed to Shigatse for overnight. (B,L,D)

Day05 Shigatse-Shegar
Shigatse, meaning “the fertile land”, is the second largest city in Tibet. Pay a visit to
Tashihunpo Monastery, the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama to perform their
political and religious tasks. Tashihunpo’s magnificent outside may make you exclaim
in admiration, its inside just offers you more religious tranquility and sincerity. This
monastery houses the world's largest copper-cast Future Buddha figure with seated
position, which is decorated with numerous luxurious jewels. Then, drive along the
Friendship Highway to Shegar, regarded as the gateway to Mt. Everest area. Beyond the
small town of Lhatse, you will cross the high Gyamtso La (5220m). Stay overnight in
Shegar. (B,L,D)

Day06 Shegar-Mt. Everest Base Camp-Lhatse 
After breakfast, enter into Mt. Everest Nature Reserve. Mt. Everest, also called
Qomolangma, a part of the Himalaya range in High Asia, is the highest mountain on earth, as measured by the height of its summit
above sea level, which is 8,848 meters (29,029 feet). Visit Mt. Everest Base Camp, regarded as the best place to watch the Mt. Everest,
and used by mountain climbers during their ascent and descent. You will also visit Rongbuk Monastery (5100m), the highest among all
the temples in the world. The monastery was built in 1899 by a local lama, as a Nyingmapa monastery. Rongbuk Monastery is the red
building standing out from the colorless surroundings as a sore on a clear skin. Monks and nuns live in the same monastery and
celebrate the Buddhist festivals together. Then, drive back to Lhatse for overnight. (B,L,D)

Day07 Lhatse-Saga
Today we drive to Saga, en route enjoy the grand and stunning view of Himalayan view. Saga, meaning "Happy Land" in Tibetan, is
situated along the Tsangpo River. (B,L,D)

Day08 Saga-Paryang 
Drive to Paryang and pass by the dusty town of Zhongba County. (B,L,D)

Day09 Paryang-Manasarovar Lake
Drive from Paryang to Manasarovar Lake, taking about 10 hours. There
will be several river crossings and we drive past Mayum La Pass
(4600m). The scenery is stunningly beautiful with panoramic views of
the Himalayas. (B,L,D)

Day10 Manasarovar Lake-Darchen 
Today's highlight is to visit Manosarovar Lake, called "Mapam Yumco"
in Tibetan, meaning the "Eternal and Invincible Jade Lake" named to
mark the victory of Buddhism over the local Bon Religion in the 11th
century. It is Tibet's most sacred lake and is holy to both Buddhists and
Hindus. As per Hindu mythology, one who touches the earth of
Manosarovar will go to the paradise of Brahma. One who drinks the
water from the lake will go to the heaven of Lord Shiva. There are 8
monasteries existing on the shore nowadays. Then, continue to head for Darchen, suitable only 30km north of the lake, it is the closest
town to Mt. Kailash. Prepare for the pilgrimage journey to Mt. Kailash. (B,L,D)


Day11-13 Pilgrim trekking of Mt. Kailash 
3-day trekking in Mt. Kailash, regarded in many sects of Hinduism as Paradise, the
ultimate destination of souls and the spiritual center of the world. The sacred peak of
Mount Kailash (6658m) is the final destination for many travelers to Tibet, ranging from
tourists to Buddhist pilgrims and other followers of spiritual traditions from far and
Pilgrims of several religions believe that circumambulating Mt. Kailash on foot is a holy
ritual that will bring good fortune. The peregrination is made in a clockwise direction by
Hindus and Buddhists. Follows of the Jain and Bon religions circumambulate the
mountain in a counterclockwise direction. The path around Mount Kailash is 52km
Darchen<-2km->Two-leg Buddhism Pagoda (ChoSen Kang-
nyi)<-3km->Sexiong<-6km->Chogu Monastery<-11km->Drirapuk
Monastery<-3km->Sky Burial Platform <-3km->Dolma La Mountain Mouth<-6km->
Lham Chukhir<-8km->Camping Base<-2km->Zutrupuk Monastery<-6km->

Day14 Darchen-Paryang
Drive back to Paryang. On the way, you will pass green pastures and nomadic
herdsmen with their horses and flocks of sheep. (B,L,D) 

Day15 Paryang-Saga
Continue to drive another 255km to Saga. (B,L,D)

Day16 Saga-Nyalam
Cross Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra River) by a ferry, then drive 250km to Nyalam.
Soon after leaving from Saga, the road opens to a wide flat plain and passes through a
huge turquoise lake, the Peiku Tso, with the spectacular Shishapangma Peak
(8027m) rearing up in the background. Further drive across Lalung La (5200m) with
picturesque hamlets and craggy windswept hills dotted with tumbling glaciers and
finally reach Nyalam, lying at 3750m. Nyalam is a town of stone buildings and tin roofs,
it is nicknamed “The Gate of Hell” by the Nepalese traders because the trail between
Nyalam and the Nepalese border was so treacherous to negotiate. (B,L,D)

Day17 Nyalam-Zhangmu-Kathmandu
After breakfast, drive down to the border town of Zhangmu. From Zhangmu, it’s a short drive to the Friendship Bridge, where marks the
border of Nepal-Tibet. Meet your Nepal guide at the border, then transfer to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. (B)  

Note: B-Breakfast  L-Lunch  D-Dinner


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