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Trekking around Kailash
By 4WD vehicle from central Tibet to Kailash in West Tibet
Visit Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse
Walking by the holy lake Manasarovar
3 days trekking around Kailash
It is a spectacular journey to Kailash in Western Tibet. We will spend two full days for sightseeing in and around Lhasa, the holy land and religious center for pilgrims from all parts of the country. Afterwards we travel by 4WD jeeps along the south route to West Tibet. During the long (some times 12 hours driving within one day) driving on bad roads we enjoy the unforgettable fantastic landscapes between Himalaya and Trans-Himalaya. We'll pass by the beautiful Yamdrok Lake and cross over the Karo La (5.010 m) (La=Pass) and Simi La before we reach Gyantse and Shigatse, where we visit the famous and beautiful monasteries of monasteries Pelkor and Tashilunpo to enjoy the magnificent religious constructions, great Buddhist statues and excellent murals. Kailash (6.714 m) is regard as "center of the world" by Hinduism and Buddhism. We get across the 5.600 m high Doelma La (La=Pass), decorated with fluttering prayer flags and mani stones, we trek around the snow-crowned dome of the glacier mountain along the pilgrimage path in three days. Before the trekking we visit Manasarovar - the holiest lake in Tibet. Afterwards drive back mostly on the same way to Lhasa.
Dates and Price
Member number minimum06persons
Member number maximum12persons
Reise-Nummer: PANO-GT-TR-01
Reiseziele: Lhasa – Yamdrok – Gyantse – Shigatse – Lhatse – Saga – Paryang – Manasarovar – Trekking around Kailash – Paryang – Saga – Shigatse – Lhasa
Preis: USD2299,-
Dauer: 16 days
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Single Room Supplement: USD339,-
15 nights in hotels (double rooms; single room as requested), guesthouses (double rooms cannot be always guaranteed, partly is only multi-bed rooms available) or similar and in two-person-tent (single tent as requested)
All transfers and overland tours (4WD vehicle Toyota 4500 or Mitsubishi Pajero Lhasa – Kailash – Lhasa Day04-15, window seat is guaranteed), entrance fees for sightseeing according to program
Meals as stated: B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
English speaking guide
Permits for Tibet tour
Two-person-tent with mattress, cooking tent, cooking devices, cook, pack yaks during the trekking
Truck for luggage Lhasa – Kailash – Lhasa Day04-15

Sleeping bag
China Visa
Tip and personal expenses
Some meals
Service not mentioned in the itinerary

Day01 Arrive in Lhasa
Today arrive in Lhasa, the Capital of Tibet, transfer to hotel. Stay at the hotel for adapting to the high attitude. It is helpful to take things easy for the first few days, and try to drink some water just and now. Overnight at 3*Thangka Hotel
Day02 Lhasa BL
In the morning visit Potala, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, innumerable magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures altogether create a dense religious and art atmosphere that impresses every visitor. In the afternoon visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties. Overnight at 3*Thangka Hotel
Day03 Lhasa BL
In the morning visit Drepung monastery the sacred land of Gelug Sect., which was established in 1416 and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. In the afternoon visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called "the court of wild rose". Today still 200 lamas live in there. Overnight at 3*Thangka Hotel
Day04 Lhasa – Gyantse - Shigatse BLD
In the morning drive to Gyantse along the Kyichu River. On the Kamba La (4.796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake of Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. On one of the peninsulas of the spear-shaped lake lies the holy Mt. Donang Sangwari (5,340m), and the snow peaks of Nojin Gangzang (7,191m) and Jangzang Lhomo rise in the distance. The lake and the Yarlungtsangpo River (3570) are separated by a mountain and the shortest distance between them is only 6 kilometers. The 800m-high difference contributes a rich water resource to this region. Many Tibetans believe that the life of Tibet will no longer continue when the lake dries up. Pass by the 5.010 m high Karo La and the Simi La to Gyantse (approx. 3.900 m). In the afternoon visit Pelkor Chode Monastery as well as the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby, both of them built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse. This typical Tibetan Buddhist monastery is the only one large building complex in Tibet that old monastery and stupas are completely preserved and characterized as a monument. It is recorded14,000 kilograms of copper was used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. The 8-storey stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameters contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. In the afternoon drive about 90 kilometers to Shigatse, (3880m), the second largest city with 40,000 inhabitants in Tibet and the traditional capital of the Tsang. Overnight at 3*Manasarovar Hotel
Day05-07 Shigatse – Lhatse - Saga – Paryang BLD
In the morning visit Tashilunpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447 and one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha, the biggest gilded statue of Maitreya (Buddha of the future) in China, and a tomb of the 4th Panchen Lama containing masses of jewels and gold. In Tibet Buddhism, Panchen Lama is just the reincarnation of Maitreya Buddha. Today 600 monks live in the monastery. After the visit drive along the south route to enjoy wonderful landscapes on the way. In the south the snowy magnificent Himalayas rise, in the north line up the summits of the Trans Himalaya. We may see Kiangs and Antelopes running on this highland. The first day we reach Lhatse, the second day Saga and the third day Paryang. Overnight in 2*Shanghai Hotel in Lhatse, in simple Xixiabangma Guesthouse in Saga and in simple Zhuoga Guesthouse in Paryang.
Day08 Paryang – Manasarovar Lake BLD
Drive to holy lake Manasarovar. The fresh water lake is 4,588 meters high above sea level and covers an area of 330 square kilometers. The depth of the lake is 81.8 meters. The lake is situated between two snow-covered mountain ranges is extremely beautiful. It is an important part for the Tibetan pilgrims to orbit and take a bath in the lake. Overnight in tent near the Chiu Gompa in the north bank of the Lake. The small monastery Chiu Gompa standing on rock, offers a splendid view over the lake. Walking alone the holy lake. Overnight in tent or in simple guesthouse.
Day09 Manasarovar Lake – Darchen BLD
In the morning walking and sightseeing by the holy lake Manasarovar. In the afternoon drive to Darchen (4800 m), which is 6 km to the north of the main street. In Darchen there are only a few stones houses. Here we prepare for the Kailash orbiting. Overnight at simple guesthouse or in tent.
Day10-12 Trekking around Kailash, drive to Paryang BLD
Trekking begins with the company of carriers and yaks. On the first two days we fulfill about 20 kilometers per day and on the third day only 8 kilometers. Pass by numerous stupas and mani stones we walk into the broad valley at the west of the mountain. Together with Tibetans and Indian pilgrimages we pass by the famous prayer flags at the "foot casting Buddhas" and at the former medication caves. After about 7 hours of trekking we reach the first mani stone piles at the altitude of 5,100 m. The second day is the most important stage, as we will reach the holiest place, the 5,600-meter Doelma La Pass. On the pass there are many prayer flags. The Kailash is the holy place for four religions: the Hinduism, Buddhism, Jains and Bon. It should be the holies place in the world. The Hindus believe that on the mountain the divinity Shiva live with his wife Parvati; the Tibetan Buddhist believers believe that the divinity Demchog live here. To walk around the Kailash is not only to release the sins, but also good for the reincarnation. From the big mani stone piles we need trekking 3-4 hours to the Doelma La pass. After the pass we come over the Thuji Zimbo Lake, which is called as Gauri-Kund by the Hindus replica uhren deutschland and regarded as a holy place for them. Trek down along the slightly steep but good path. Altogether we need about 10 hours on the way. On the third day we pass by many mani stones, which are usually marked with pictures or characters. Eraly in the afternoon we reach Darchen. Drive back to Paryang. Overnight in tent or in simple guesthouse.
Day13-14 Paryang – Saga – Shigatse BLD
Drive back on the same way to Shigatse. 1 night in simple Xixiabangma Guesthouse in Saga and 1 night at 3*Manasarovar Hotel in Shigatse.
Day15 Shigatse – Lhasa BL
In the morning continue to drive back to Lhasa. In the afternoon visit Nunnery Ani Sangkhung. Overnight at 3*Thangka Hotel
Day16 Leave Tibet B
Transfer to the airport or the railway station, leave Tibet.
This journey is of adventure and only succeeds with your understanding, patience and flexibility for the possible delays and program changes and imponderables situations. It requires the participators to possess of community and cooperative spirits, and be ready to face the simple conditions. Despite careful planning, the program might be changed sometimes at short notice, which may result in possible program modifications and loss of sightseeing. It is of course the goal of you and our agency to accomplish all points of program. Besides we point out expressly that you are responsible on your own for the possible danger in the journey.

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