Mt Kailash Kora Group Tour 15-Day

Mt Kailash Kora Group Tour 15-Day

Mt Kailash Kora Group Tour 15-Day(TG07)

Overview: The challenging, mysterious, and rewarding Mt Kailash Kora, can often be passed due to the high cost. Now this 15-day Mt Kailash Kora Group Tour offers you a much affordable deal if somewhat still pricey. Note the Tibet Permit for Mt Kailash needs to be applied by us for you at least 30-day prior, pls contact us the earlier the better. Worshiped by more than a billion Buddhists and Hindus, Asia’s most sacred mountain, Mt Kailash rises from the Barkha plain like a giant four-sided 6714m chorten. Throw in the stunning nearby Lake Manasarovar and a basin that forms the source of four of Asia’s greatest rivers. Travel here to one of the world’s most beautiful and remote corners brings an added bonus: the three-day pilgrim path around Mt Kailash erases the sins of a lifetime.

 Mt Kailash Kora Group Tour 15-Day map

 Day  Route Distance/

Driving Hrs

 Overnight Meal  Daily Activities
D1 Arrival in Lhasa  50km/1.5hrs Lhasa, 3★/4★ Group transfer from Lhasa Airport/Railway
D2 Lhasa【3650m】  50km/1.5hrs Lhasa, 3★/4★  B+D Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
D3 Lhasa【3650m】  50km/1.5hrs Lhasa, 3★/4★  B Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
D4 Lhasa【3650m】> Gyantse【4040m】> Shigatse【3850m】  360km/6hrs Shigatse, 3★/4★  B Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum
D5 Shigatse【3850m】> Tingri【4300m】> Rongbuk【5150m】/EBC【5200m】  350km/7hrs EBC, Nomad Tent/
Rongbuk, Guesthouse (dorm)
 B Rongbuk Monastery
D6 Rongbuk【5150m】/EBC【5200m】> Saga【4610m】  450km/9hrs Saga, Guesthouse  — Everest Base Camp, Peikutso Lake
D7 Saga【4610m】> Darchen【4670m】  490km/9hrs Darchen, Guesthouse /4★  —
D8 KORA: Darchen > Dirapuk  (13km/6hrs) Dirapuk, Guesthouse (dorm)  (B) Mt. Kailash, Drirapuk Monastery
D9 KORA: Dirapuk > Zutulpuk  (18km/8hrs) Zutulpuk, Guesthouse (dorm)  — Mt. Kailash, Zutulpuk Monastery
D10 KORA: Zutulpuk > Darchen
DRIVE: Darchen > Manasarovar
 (7km/2hrs) Manasarovar, Guesthouse (dorm)  — Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar
D11 Manasarovar【4560m】> Payang【4500m】> Saga【4610m】  490km/9hrs Saga, Guesthouse  —
D12 Saga【4610m】> Lhatse【4050m】  312km/7hrs Lhatse, Guesthouse  —
D13 Lhatse【4050m】> Sakya【4316m】> Shigatse【3850m】  200km/4hrs Shigatse, 3★/4★  B Sakya Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery
D14 Shigatse【3850m】> Lhasa【3650m】  280km/5hrs Lhasa, 3★/4★  B Tibetan Incense Workshop in Nyemo
D15 Departure from Lhasa  50km/1.5hrs  B Group transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
Overnight: Lhasa, 3★/4★

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway to transfer you to hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, usually takes abt 1.5hrs; from Lhasa Railway Station, abt 20mins. After transferred to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day’s well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.

Day 02: Lhasa
Overnight: Lhasa, 3★/4★
Sights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Today you will visit attractions in Lhasa suburb. You will stay long hour on sightseeing under the fierce sun of Tibet, do arm yourself with sunglasses/ hat/ sunscreen, etc. A welcome dinner will be held tonight to introduce you to the whole gang that you are going to travel with. We have customers from all over the world. Shall be fun to meet people from different countries, culture and background.
Located abt 8km west of central Lhasa, Drepung Monastery was once one of the world’s largest monasteries. The word Drepung literally translates as ‘rice heap’, a reference to the huge numbers of white monastic buildings that once piled up on the hill side.
Sera Monastery is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. From of Mon ~ Fri, every afternoon, you ll be able to see monks debating at Sera Monastery.

Day 03: Lhasa
Overnight: Lhasa, 3★/4★
Sights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Potala Palace is more than 3700m above sea level and it is the highest palace in the world! At the top the palace, you can have a bird-eye view of Lhasa city. In the distance there are undulating mountain ranges, the beautiful Lhasa River, tracts of fields, tree-shaded villages and the glistening Jokhang Temple.
Jokhang Temple is the first built during the period of Sontsan Gambo in the 7th century, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. You’ll find that many Pilgrims pray before the monastery.
The circuit around Jokhang called Barkhor Street, a famous local handmade crafts market at Lhasa Old Town, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs.

Day 04: Lhasa > Gyantse > Shigatse
Overnight: Shigatse, 3★/4★
Sights: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum

The dazzling Yamdrotso Lake is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la Pass【4700m】. Yamdrotso Lake lies several hundred 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】.
Mt Nojin Kangsang stands tall with an elevation of 7191m between Gyantze County and Nagarzê County, with several snow-capped mountains over 6000m surrounding it. Mount Nojin Kangsang is the most accessible glacier site on the Tibetan Plateau. The famous Karola Glacier【5560m】is below the south ridge of Nojin Kangsang.
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 05: Shigatse > Tingri > Rongbuk/EBC
Overnight: EBC, Nomad Tent / Rongbuk, Guesthouse (dorm)
Sights: Rongbuk Monastery

Tibet has serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only abt 350km or so in book, the no-more-than-40km/hr regulation, and the many road checks dotted on the way, really slow us down. So be prepared to spend around 10hrs on the road including meal time. The upside is the view along the way is superb. En route we will drive by Tropu-la Pass【4540M】, and Gyatso-la Pass【5248M】. Enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve in the afternoon.
Rongbuk Monastery is located in the Shigatse Region, southwest of the mysterious Tibet Autonomous Region, and to the north of the oblate Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world. Seen from here, Mt. Everest appears like a lofty pyramid surrounded by mountains that touch the sky. On sunny days, a pile of thick clouds, just like a white flag floats lightly above the peak, which is known to be the miracle of ‘The Highest Flag Cloud in the World’. Nowadays, with the golden travel boom to Mt. Everest, Rongbuk Monastery is gradually becoming a highlight for the tourists in its own right.

Day 06: Rongbuk/EBC > Saga
Overnight: Saga, Guesthouse
Sights: Everest Base Camp, Peikutso Lake

Get up early to enjoy the sunrise of Mt Everest at tent camp. After breakfast, take the eco-friendly shuttle bus to Everest Base Camp which is abt 4km away. Endowed with springs, Everest Base Camp【5150m】 has a couple of permanent structures and a small army base. Clamber up the small hill festooned with prayer flags for great views of the star attraction, Mt. Everest, then have your photo taken at the base camp marker, reads ‘Mt. Qomolangma Base Camp’. Then drive to the beautiful turquoise Peiku-tso【4590m】, which is one of Tibet’s magical spots with stunning views of the snowcapped Shishapangma【8012m】.

Day 07: Saga > Darchen
Overnight: Darchen, Guesthouse /4★

It’s a long drive today abt at least 9hrs but the fantastic view along the way will make up for it. You’ll have stunning views of the great Himalayans to the south and Trans-Himalayan to the north as we drive across the vast plains. You’ll see the beautiful grassland and local Tibetan villages. As we cross the Mayomla Pass【5112M】, you can enjoy the spectacular vista of Mt. Naimonanyi【7694M】. You’ll pass by sand dunes, mountains, and sandstone valleys before we reach Darchen, a small town nestled below the foothills of Mt Kailash and also the starting point of Mt Kailash Kora. You can explore Darchen Town on your own upon arrival, and if you need porters or yaks for the upcoming 3-day kora, guide will assist you to hire some here at Darchen at your own expenses.

Day 08: KORA: Darchen > Dirapuk (13km/6hrs/200m ascent)
Overnight: Dirapuk, Guesthouse (dorm)
Sights: Mt. Kailash, Drirapuk Monastery

Early morning, take the eco-bus from Darchen to Sarshung Valley. If you have hired porters or yaks yesterday, they will join you here at Sarshung Valley to start the kora (Note: the cost of porters, yaks or horses are not included in our package). Then we begin the 13km trek from from Sarshung to Drirapuk Monastery along the La-chu Valley. The valley is so open at this point you can see ahead to the tall Tarboche Flagpole 【4750m】 in the distance, one of the most significant sites for Saga Dawa Festival. You will have great view of both west & north faces of Mt Kailash today before we reach Drirapuk Monastery.
Dirapuk Monastery (5080m) sits in a superb location on the hillside north of the Lha-chu. It directly faces the astonishing north face of Mt Kailash, which from this angle appears as a massive, jet-black slab of granite ornamented with alabaster-white strips of snow. Three lesser mountains are arrayed in front of Mt Kailash: Chana Dorie to the west, Jampelyang to the east and Chenresig in the centre.

Day 09: KORA: Dirapuk > Zutulpuk (18km/8hrs/550m ascent/600m descent)
Overnight: Zutulpuk, Guesthouse (dorm)
Sights: Mt. Kailash, Zutulpuk Monastery

Today is the most changeling day of the 3 days Mt Kailash Kora, you’ll climb over the highest pass of the Kora, the Dromala Pass【5630m】. Weather permitting, most pilgrims and trekkers pause at the pass for a rest and refreshment before starting the steep descent to the long valley and stop for lunch at the Shabjay Dakpo nomadic tent. Then head towards Zutulpuk Monastery【4820m】. The miracle cave that gives the monastery its name is at the back of the main hall. Milarepa’s footprint and handprint can still be seen today.

Day 10: KORA: Zutulpuk > Darchen (7km/2hrs/150m); DRIVE: Darchen > Manasarovar
Overnight: Manasarovar, Guesthouse (dorm)
Sights: Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar

From Zutul-puk Monastery the trail follows the river closely for an hour or so then climbs above the river and enters the lovely Gold & Red Cliffs, a narrow canyon whose walls are stained purple, cobalt and rust. When the canyon narrows look for holes gouged into the cliff walls. These are not natural but made by pilgrims looking for holy stones. Also look for prayer flags festooned across the river, and in the far distance the blue waters of Lake Raksas Tal. Where the trail emerges onto the Barkha plain, close to the fourth prostration point, Gurla Mandata is again visible in the distance. It’s now an easy 1hr walk back to Darchen along a dirt road.
Meet your driver at Darchen to drive to Lake Manasarovar, which is the most venerated of all Tibet’s many sacred lakes. It is especially sacred to Hindus, who have been walking round it for approaching 2,000 years. Buddhists associate the lake with Maya, Buddha’s mother. Hindu and Buddhist cosmology had it that nearby Mt. Kailash is the centre of the world and that Manasarovar is the source of four of Asia’s great rivers.

Day 11: Manasarovar > Payang > Saga
Overnight: Saga, Guesthouse

Enjoy the ride back with leisure. Our vehicle will stop along the ride for you to take photos.

Day 12: Saga > Lhatse
Overnight: Lhatse, Guesthouse

Enjoy the ride back with leisure. Our vehicle will stop along the ride for you to take photos.

Day 13: Lhatse > Sakya > Shigatse
Overnight: Shigatse,3★/4★
Sights: Sakya Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery

The immense, grey, thick-walled Sakya Monastery is one of Tibet’s most impressive constructed sights, and one of the largest monasteries. Sakya was established in 1268 and is designed defensively, with watchtowers on each of the corners of its high walls.
Tashilunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. Also called the Heap of Glory, the monastery is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara’s Mountain), Shigatse. Founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the monastery’s structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. It covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters. The main structures found in the monastery are Maitreya Chapel, Panchen Lama’s Palace and Kelsang Temple. Tashilhunpo is the seat of Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 lamas.

Day 14: Shigatse > Lhasa
Overnight: Lhasa,3★/4★
Sights: Tibetan Incense Workshop in Nyemo

Head back to Lhasa by the northern route of Friendship Hwy along Yalong Valley. Have great view of the vast Yarlung Tsangpo River. En route, visit Tibetan Incense Workshop in Nyemo. With a unique harmless formula—adequate water supply, favorable climate and various plants, the Tibetan incense produced in Tomba Township, Nyemo County has a history of more than 1,000 years. Except for sacrificial ceremonies, this fragrant incense also can be used to prevent infectious diseases like flu and influenza, for its ingredients contain herbal medicines such as saffron, Sandalwood, Chinese Usnea and borneol.

Day 15: Departure from Lhasa 
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway for your next destination. End of tour!

 

 

Mt Kailash Kora is usually accessible from Apr ~ Oct only.