Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva, is located in the Kailash mountain range of the Trans-Himalayas. For Hindus, Buddhists, Bonpo and Jains alike it is the most sacred mountain in the world, attracting thousands of pilgrims every year to circumambulate the holy mountain by foot in the belief that it brings good fortune. This tour starts in Lhasa – “the place of the gods” – with a day to explore the city’s magnificent sights including the iconic Potala Palace which soars above the holy city.
From there you will fly to Ali where you will start your journey overland to Mount Kailash travelling through the stunning scenery of the Tibetan plateau to complete your 3-day Parikrama of the holy mountain. This tour is perfect for those wishing to experience a little of the majestic sights of Lhasa before undertaken their sacred pilgrimage around Mount Kailash.
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN LHASA (3,650m)
Arrive at Gonggar International Airport, Lhasa and be met by a representative of Getaway! Himalayan Eco Trekking. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
DAY 2: LHASA
Sightseeing around Lhasa including two UNESCO world heritage sites; the Potala Palace, chief residence of the Dalai Lama until 1959 and Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s summer residence; and a visit to one of the Gelug Monasteries of Tibet, Sera Monastery. Overnight at a hotel in Lhasa.
DAY 3: LHASA – ALI (5,050m)
Transfer from the hotel to airport for flight to Ngari Gunsa Airport. Transport from airport to Ali. Overnight at hotel in Ali.
DAY 4: ALI – LAKE MANASARAVOR (4,558m) (330km)
Drive from Ali to Lake Manasaravor. Opportunity for performing puja and taking dip in the holy waters of the lake. Overnight in guesthouse at Chu Gompa.
DAY 5: LAKE MANASAROVAR – DARCHEN (4,600m) (40km)
Morning visit to Chu Gompa’s hot springs followed by a two hour drive to Darchen. Afternoon visit to Asthapad can be organised. Overnight stay at guesthouse in Darchen.
DAY 6: FIRST DAY OF PARIKRAMA. DARCHEN – DIRAPHUK (4,765m)
Drive to Tarboche (4750m), the auspicious gateway and first prostration point. Onward drive to Shershong where you will meet your porters and yaks. Trek to Diraphuk. Overnight at guesthouse in Diraphuk.
DAY 7: SECOND DAY OF PARIKRAMA. DIRAPHUK – ZUTHULPHUK (4790m) (20km)
4-5 hour trek from Diraphuk up to Dolma La Pass (5,800m). 4-5 hour trek down to the bottom of the valley. Overnight in tents at Zuthulphuk.
DAY 8: THIRD DAY OF PARIKRAMA. ZUTHULPHUK – DARCHEN – ALI (214km)
Final day of your Parikrama. 4 hour trek (14km) to collection point. 3 hour drive (200km) to Ali. Overnight at hotel in Ali.
DAY 9: ALI – LHASA
Transfer from hotel to airport for return flight to Lhasa. Transfer from airport to hotel. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
DAY 10: DEPART LHASA
Transfer from hotel to Gonggar International Airport, Lhasa for return flight.
|Lhasa to Kailash Manasarovar Yatra via Ali (Guaranteed Fixed Departure Date 2015)|
|Months||Fixed Departure Dates by Overland|
|July||01, 08, 15, 22, 26 (Full moon trip)|
|August||05, 12, 19 (Outer & Inner Kora trip), 24 (Full moon trip)|
|September||02, 09, 16, 23 (Full moon trip)|
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