This 10-day Mt Kailash & Lake Manasarovar Sightseeing Tour spares you the hardship of kora around Mt Kailash & Lake Manasarovar but to tour it by local environment-friendly shuttle bus. This itinerary is especially suitable for the elderlies or who are not physically strong. But still there is long hours of daily ride involved which is specified in our itinerary, so pls make the decision based on your physic abilities.
|D1||Arrival in Lhasa||Transfer from Lhasa Airport/Railway|
|D2||Lhasa||Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery|
|D3||Lhasa > Gyantse > Shigatse (360km/7hrs)||Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum|
|D4||Shigatse > Lhatse > Saga (460km/8hrs)|
|D5||Saga > Manasarovar (580km/8hrs)||Lake Manasarovar (by shuttle bus)|
|D6||Manasarovar > Kailash > Darchen (70km/1.5hrs)||Mt Kailash (by shuttle bus)|
|D7||Darchen > Paryang > Saga (630km/9hrs)|
|D8||Saga > Lhatse > Shigatse (460km/8hrs)|
|D9||Shigatse > Lhasa (280km/5hrs)||Tashilump Monastery, Local Tibetan Family Visit|
|D10||Departure from Lhasa||Transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway|
Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
Our local Tibetan guide will wait you at Lhasa airport or railway station holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashidelek(meaning hello with blissing), and be presented with a white Hada(traditional Tibetan ceremonial by give you a white scarf). Then transfer to hotel in Lhasa city. To rest well on your first arrival in Lhasa(3650m) is essential to ease Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS, also known as altitude sickness). Try your best to resist the temptation of going out.
Day 02: Lhasa
Activities: Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery
Potala Palace: Lhasa’s cardinal landmark, Potala Palace is one of the great wonders of world architecture. As has been the case with centuries of Pilgrims before you, the first sight of the fortress-like structure will be a magical moment that you will remember for a long time. Entry to Potala is up two steep access ramps that will soon leave you wheezing in the oxygen-depleted air. Travel light and not to worry abt your water supplies for there are bottled mineral water for sell all along the way up to the top of Potala.
Jokang Temple: also known in Tibetan as the Tsuglhakhang, Jokhang Temple is the most revered religious structure in Tibet. Thick with yak butter, the murmur of mantras and the shuffling of wide-eyed pilgrims, Jokhang is an unrivalled Tibetan experience. In front of the entrance to Jokhang is a forecourt that is perpetually crowded with pilgrims polishing the flagstones with their prostrations.
Barkhor Street: Barkhor is a quadrangle of streets that surroungs the Jokhang complex. It is an area unrivalled in Tibet for its fascinating combination of sacred significance and push-and shove market economics. This is both the spiritual heart of the Holy City & the main shopping district for Tibetans.
Sera Monastery: approximately 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera Monastery was one of Lhasa’s two great Gelugpa monasteries, second only to Drepung. Between 3pm~5pm of Monday to Friday, debating is held in the monastery’s debating courtyard, which is a sight so extraordinary and enchanting even you don’t understand a word they’re saying.
Day 03: Lhasa > Gyantse > Shigatse (360km/7hrs)
Activities: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum
Yamdrotso Lake: dazzling Yamdro-tso(elev 4441m) is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la(4700m). The lake lies several hundreds meters below the road, and in clear weather is fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang(7191m).
Karola Glacier: Mt Nojin Kangsang stands tall with an elevation of 7,191m between Gyantze County and Nagarzê County, with several snow-capped mountains over 6,000m surrounding it. Mount Nojin Kangsang is the most accessible glacier site on the Tibetan Plateau. The famous Kharola Glacier (elev 5,560m) is below the south ridge of Nojin Kangsang.
Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum: the sprawling compound in the far north of town houses Pelkor Chöde Monastery and the monumental Gyantse Kumbum, a chörten filled with fine paintings and statues. Both are deservedly top of the list on most travellers’ must-sees. Palkhor lies at the foot of Dzong Hill. It is well-known for its Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four floors. The multi-storied Kumbum Stupa was crowned with a golden dome and umbrella, surrounded with more chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals.
Day 04: Shigatse > Lhatse > Saga (460km/8hrs)
After breakfasts, to have Alien’s Travel Permit(PSB) applied in Shigatse with your original passport and Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) which takes abt 30mins. Then head to Saga via Lhatse, and enjoy the view along the way.
Day 05: Saga > Manasarovar (580km/8hrs)
Activities: Lake Manasarovar (by shuttle bus)
Lake Manasarovar: or Mapham Yum-tso(Victorious Lake) in Tibetan, is the most venerated of all Tibet’s many sacred lakes and one of its most beautiful. With its sapphire-blue waters, sandy shoreline and snowcapped-mountain backdrop, Manasarovar is immediately appealing.
Day 6: Manasarovar > Kailash > Darchen (70km/1.5hrs)
Activities: Mt Kailash (by shuttle bus)
Mt. Kailash: Kailash dominates the region with the sheer awesomeness of its four-sided summit, just as it dominates the mythology of a billion people. The mountain has been a lodestone to pilgrims and adventurous travellers for centuries but until recently very few has set their eyes on it. Instead of the usual 3-day kora, you will take the local shuttle bus to sightseeing Mt Kailash.
Day 7: Darchen > Paryang > Saga (630km/9hrs)
No major sightseeing today, enjoy the view along the way.
Day 8: Saga > Lhatse > Shigatse (460km/8hrs)
No major sightseeing today, but to drive back to Shigatse through Lhatse(3950m), a one-street town with a small square near the town centre.
Day 9: Shigatse > Lhasa (280km/5hrs)
Activities: Tashilump Monastery, Local Tibetan Family Visit
Tashilhunpo Monastery: it is a real pleasure to explore the busy cobble lanes twisting around the aged buildings. Covering 70,000 sq meters, Tashilunpo is essentially a walled town in its own right. from the entrance to the monastery, visitors get a grand view. Above the white monastic quarters is a crowed of ochre buildings topped with gold—the tombs of the past Panchen Lamas. To the right, and higher still, is the festival Thangka Wall that is hung with massive, colourful thangkas during festivals.
Local Tibetan Family Visit: the hospitality of Tibetan people is legendary. Local Tibetans need little excuse to have a party, and having guests over is always a call for celebration. Their houses are extremely colourful, full of Tibetan flavored design. You’ll be entertained with local snacks and yak butter tea, and often barley wine. It is a matter of honor for Tibetans to make their guests enjoy themselves at their household. What a better way to experience Tibet than this?!!
Day 10: Departure from Lhasa
After breakfast at your hotel make the most of the last morning of your tour in Lhasa. Transfer to Lhasa Airport or Railway Station for next destination.
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