Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl.
airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel
in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for
welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu
and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Kathmandu valley sight seeing and trip preparation
Today, morning after breakfast at the hotel we will ready after your breakfast
to head on for our guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley
and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to
visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important
shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees,
Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times
in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and
take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another
pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You
can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious
After visiting Bouddhanath stupa we'll drive to the City of Devotees (Bhaktapur).
This traditional and traffic free town is the third biggest town in the Valley.
We'll explore the medieval like squares, courtyards and temples of this vibrant
town. After a stop for lunch at a restaurant in Bhaktapur it's time to drive
back to Kathmandu and meet up with travel manage for your Tibet tour briefing
and overnight at the hotel.
Kathmandu to Lhasa (3650m/11,972ft), 1 hr Trans Himalayan Flight
This morning you'll be transferred to intl. airport for your flight to Lhasa,
one of the most dramatic and scenic short flights in the world. Upon arrival at
Gonggor airport we'll be met by our local Tibetan representatives and assist you
to transfer to Lhasa after an hour drive. On arriving in Lhasa it's time to check
in at the hotel and the remainder of today is at leisure to relax and acclimatize
at Lhasa. We'll stay in hotel in Lhasa on twin sharing accommodation.
Sight seeing in Norbulinka, Sera and Jokhang Temple
After acclimatize yesterday today we'll take time to explore the heart of Tibet,
the holy and Forbidden City of Lhasa. Explore Norbulinka Palace, in Tibetan 'beautiful
gardens' and the summer palace home for the 7th to the 14th Dalai Lama. At serene
Sera Monastery, enjoy watching the monks animatedly debating the Buddhist scriptures
and see the wonderful collection of ancient murals and statues as well as scriptures
written in gold powder, wonderful scroll paintings, tapestries and Thangka that
can be seen throughout. Join the medieval bustle of pilgrims, worshippers, performers
and traders in and around Jokhang Temple, the most revered religious structure
in Tibet. Follow the pilgrimage circuit along the ancient streets of the old town
around Barkhor Bazaar and return back to same hotel for overnight.
Sightseeing in Potala palace and Dreprung Monastery
Today, we'll take time to explore the heart of Tibet, the holy and forbidden
city of Lhasa. Explore the vast halls and chapels of impressive Potala Palace,
former home of the Dalai Lamas and an awe inspiring landmark that dominates the
skyline over Lhasa. After visit Potala palace enjoy the solemnity of holy Dreprung
Monastery, once the largest monastery in the world and now the largest and richest
monastery in Tibet, founded in 1416 and a place of study for many of the most
learned lamas and enjoy the day and return back to hotel for overnight.
Lhasa to Shigatse (3,900m/12,792ft)
We will commence our overland journey towards the City of Shigatse, which is
second largest city of Tibet and seat of the Panchen Lama (ranking close to the
Dalai Lama), Shigatse. En route we'll visit Tashilumpo monastery, the seat of
the Panchen Lama and one of the most important monasteries in Tibet. Tashilumpo
lies at the foot of Drolmari, or Tara's Mountain, on the western side of Shigatse.
It is one of Tibet's most influential monasteries, founded in 1477 by Gendun Drubpa,
the first Dalai Lama. Inside the monastery, the Maitreya Chapel is the tallest
building and houses the world's largest brass statue of Buddha at 26.2 meters
(86 feet) high, seated on a 3.8 meter (12 foot) high lotus throne made of gold,
brass and precious gems. The hotel in Shigatse is quite large and comfortable.
Drive to Sang-Sang (4,250m/13.940ft), 7-8 hrs journey
We travel from Shigatse to Sang-Sang via Lhatse town. This is a long day trip,
an easy 3 hours smooth drive to Lhatse, from here our route diverts from the main
Lhasa-Kathmandu highway, the drive continues on the dirt road with interesting
views of the rural life along the way and crossing few high passes of nearly 5000m
till we make a final stop for the day at Sang-Sang, a growing town where we stay
at tented camp.
Drive to Saga (4,440m/14,563ft), 6-7 hrs journey
Today, our drive continues on the wild windswept terrain passing through few
villages and farm fields, and then crossing high numerous pass with brief stop
en-route to stretch our legs and for lunch then reaching to the check post near
Saga after 6 hours drive. After completion of the passport and visa formalities,
half hour drive brings us to Saga for the overnight camp. Saga a small village
few years back, at present it's a growing town with almost modern facilities.
Our camp is made just before or after the village by the bank of the fresh running
Drive to Paryang (4,550m/14,924ft), 6-7 hrs Journey
After breakfast, prepare for the next long drive to Paryang, just an hour leaving
Saga campsite the road meanders to the high pass of near 5000m. The road descends
on the large valley, with great views of the snow capped peaks in the distance
on the Nepal border side. Our drive continues through some sandy portion just
few hours before Paryang. This is a sleepy village on this wind blown region with
almost 20 houses and we overnight at camp here.
Drive to Mansarovar (4,550/14,924ft), 6-7 hrs journey
Today we drive although it's a long drive, but with interesting views along the
the ride continues on this flat Tibetan plateau, then reaching to the high pass
of Mayum-la 5,150m, after the downhill drive coming to Mayum Tsho (lake), the
view of the lake will be constant for few hours, then as the drive gets further
west coming to Lake Mansarovar for the overnight camp.
Rest Day at Mansarovar
A well earned rest day from the few days of long drive, depending upon the camping
site at Lake Mansarovar, usually coming from Paryang we camp on the north-east
side of the lake on the grassy field with great views of the Lake and the peak
of Gurla Mandata. On this day we will take a drive to the east coast of the lake
to visit the Chui Gompa and return back to our camp and rest of the time enjoy
the scenic beauty in the surrounding area.
Drive to Darchen & trek to Mt.Kailash Circuit to Damding Donkhan (4,860m/16,040ft)
2 hr drive and 3-4 hours walk
Two hours drive will bring us to Darchen, a small settlement with few guesthouses
this places can be quite busy with pilgrims during the auspicious time for the
Kora (circumambulation). The holy walk leads west from the guest house compound
high above the Barkha plain to a cairn and prayer flags, an excellent view of
Mt. Kailash from this spot. The trail continues across the plain to Shershong.
an hour past Shersong is a bridge leading to Chhuku Gompa high on the hill above,
The west bank trail leads across the screed slopes to our overnight camp near
Damding Donkhang that offers a good view of the west face of Mt. Kailash.
Trek to Jarok Donkhang (5,200m/17,056), 5-6 hours
This second day of the pilgrimage begins, crossing a log bridges as the north
face of Kailash comes into view. As you reach the Gompa and guest house at Dirakphuk
you are rewarded with a fine view of the north face of the holy Mt. Kailash, the
Kora route climbs onto a moraine, eventually meeting the trail from the east bank.
The trail from here climbs gradually to a meadow for the overnight camp.
Trek to Zutul-Puk (4760m/15.613ft), approx 7 hour walk
The trail today leads up past piles of clothing, the local Tibetan pilgrims leave
an article of clothing or some of their possessions leaving their past life behind
them, the Kora continues past thousands of small rock cairns beyond to a stone
hut and across a boulder field and up to the high pass of Dolma la at approx.5,
470m /18,525ft. A big boulder represents the goddess Dolma (Tara) is festooned
with prayer flags. This spot is the physical and spiritual high point of the pilgrimage
Kora. The track from here descends to the plain below, a few hours walk brings
you to the overnight camp at Zutul-Puk Gompa, Zuthul means cave. The place is
named after a cave in which the poet, saint Milerepa stayed, meditating. His footprints
still remain on the roof.
Trek to Darchen (4,520m/14,826ft), drive to Lake Mansarovar 4-5 hr and 1 and
half hrs drive
The last day of our holy walk 'Kora' leads to a stream of Kailash, then contour
up as the river descends towards the plain, the last leg of the trek make a dramatic
exit from the river valley on to the plain the walk passes to a Mani walls decorated
with carved yak skulls. A short walk from here brings you to the windswept little
township of Darchen for the celebration after completing the most awaited highlight
of the trip from Darchen a short drive will lead us to our overnight camp at Lake
Mansarovar or near the base of Mayum-la.
Drive to Paryang
Today, after breakfast we'll leave Lake Mansarovar today and drive to Paryang,
a beautiful small Tibetan village, where we'll camp overnight.
Drive to Saga
This morning we'll leave Paryang and continue our journey which takes us back
to Saga, where we'll camp overnight.
Drive to Paigutsho Lake (4850m/15,908ft), 115 kms. and 6-7 hrs journey
Our route leads from Saga town to the Ferry at Yarlung Tsangpo (Bhramaputra River)
after 40 minutes drive from the camp at Saga. On reaching the river bank we board
on the barge like boat with the vehicle to get across the other side of the river
bank. From this point the drive takes on the valley and through the passes till
we reach near the lake Paigutsho, overnight camp near the lake Paigutsho.
Drive to Nyalam (3750m/12,300ft), 7-8 hrs journey
After breakfast today, enjoy the scenic drive through the beautiful countryside
of Tibet with excellent panoramic views (weather permitting) of Mt Cho-Yu (8,201m)
and Mt Shishapagma (8,012m) from the Lalung La pass, at 5050m. We'll spend tonight
at our tented camp.
Nyalam to Zhangmu to Kodari and Kathmandu
Today we'll drive down the Tibetan Plateau first to the Chinese border town of
Zhangmu and then to the Nepalese border town of Tatopani for the necessary border
formalities before entering back into Nepal across the border at Kodari. After
a drive through beautiful Nepalese countryside we'll reach Kathmandu. Arriving
in Kathmandu we'll check into our hotel and the remainder of the evening is free
to rest and relax.
Half day Kathmandu valley sight seeing
After your breakfast at hotel we'll be ready for 3 hrs Kathmandu valley sight
seeing as visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple covering wide
range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees
of valley view. After exploring the surrounding areas visit to Kathmandu Durbar
Square which is old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen lot of temple, architectures
and Kumari (living goddess) and walk in a freak street and afternoon back to hotel
for the lunch and remaining time last minutes shopping or simply relax at the
Departure from Kathmandu
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family,
friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence
any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll
be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your
We wish you a wonderful Himalayan adventure with us!