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Believed to have been formed about 30 million years ago, Mount Kailash, rising to an altitude of 6714m, is one of the most revered and sacred places in the Himalayas. Pilgrims of the Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Tibetan Bon faiths come to Kailash to complete a ritual circumambulation around the base of the mountain.
The Kailash 'Gang Rinpoche', which means 'Jewel of snow' is striking in the way it rises high above the surrounding range and always remains snow - capped. Mount Kailash has a unique and distinct shape, with four sheer faces matching the cardinal points of the compass. It is also free standing, solitary. Regarded as the earthly manifestation of mythic Mount Meru, or Sumeru, the spiritual center of the universe in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cosmology, Mount Kailash is also believed to be the source of four life-giving rivers. To Tibetan Buddhists, Kailash is the abode of the tantric meditational deity Demchog. Hindus see Kailash as the throne of the great god Shiva, while the Jains revere Kailash as the site at which their first prophet received enlightenment.
At the base of Mount Kailash, is Lake Mansarovar (derived from the word 'Sarovar,' meaning lake, and 'Man' from its creator, Brahma. A pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and a bath in the Mansarovar is believed to bring about salvation (Moksha).
The most important time to visit Mount Kailash, is during the festival of Saga Dawa held in May of each year. It is celebrated in every village and monastery but most importantly, to Mount Kailash. During this festival which honours Buddha, monks hold religious activities and Buddhists sing chants of sutras, and circumnambulate sacred places in a clock-wise direction. It is a time of meditation, respect and prayer.This is a very important time for Tibetans. If a Tibetan does any good deeds or religious practices, its merit is doubled during the month of Saga Dawa.
Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day-2: Full day guided sightseeing around of the Kathmandu valley.
Day-3. Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m) Transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight across the main Himalayan range. Afternoon at rest to acclimatise to Lhasa 's high altitude.
Day-4: Lhasa We will visit Lhasa 's many monasteries and sites, such as the Sera Monastery, and the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.
Day-5: Lhasa We visit the Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery founded in the 14th century, and once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. The afternoon, is a time to relax or further explore the area.
Day-6: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m) Travelling by jeep along the Friendship Highway we cross the Khamba La (4794m) and continue westwards over another high pass the Karo La (5045m) with incredible glacial views. We spend the night in a Hotel at Gyantse. [261km]
Day-7: Gyantse to Shigatse 90km After breakfast, visit the Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century from which there are amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed Stupa and its many small chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. We then drive to Shigatse, second largest city in Tibet. We explore the local market and visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day-8: Drive to Lhatse (4050 meters). (150kms, 5hrs). Camp
Day-9: Drive to Saga (4600 meters). (290kms, 9hrs) , 4600meters. Camp
Day-10: Drive to Paryang (4700 meters). (252 kms / 8 hrs). Camp
Day-11 : Drive to Horchu (4500 meters. (290 kms / 8 to 9 hrs). Camp
Day-12: Visit Darchen (4580 meters) and prepare for the trek. (40 kms / 01.5 hrs). Camp at Guest House
Day-13: Today we start the trek up to an altitude of 4800m. It will take us about 7 hours to complete a distance of 14km's, due to the altitude. Camp overnight.
Day-14: Today, we will drop in altitude as we trek about 24kms over 9 hours to about, 4680meters. Camp
Day-15: On this final leg of the trek, we will walk for 15km in about 3-4 hours and then drive on to Horchu, Manasarovar Lake at 4500 meters. Camp Overnight .
Day-16: Complete the trek (15kms / 03 to 04 hrs). and drive to Darchen and explore the surrounding area of Mansarovar Lake . (4500 meters). (40kms, 1½ hrs). Camp
Day-17 : Drive back to Paryang (4700 meters). (292 kms / 08 to 09 hrs). Camp
Day-18: Drive back to Saga (4600 meters). (252 kms / 07 to 08 hrs). Camp
Day-19: Drive back to Nyalam (3700 meters). (232 kms / 07 hrs. Guest House.
Day-20: Cross the border (Zhangmu) (38kms / 1 hr), say goodbye to the Tibetan guide and driver and walk to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari where our Nepalese staff will meet us. After completing the re-entry formalities we continue the drive to Kathmandu, which, depending on road and weather conditions, should take about 5 hours. Hotel Overnight.
Day-21: Free day to explore Kathmandu. Hotel Overnight.
Day-22: Final Departure.
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Being a high altitude plateau, weather conditions can be unpredictable.
Summer (June to September) is the warmest time of year across the Tibetan Plateau and as a result, a popular time for people to visit. It is however, also the time when Tibet is likely to get more rain. Despite this, it is still possible to go trekking, although the downside is that the mountains tend to be more cloud covered than in the winter. Summer in Tibet is also the time when you will see more signs of nomadic life, as nomads make their way through green pastures with their yaks.
In September and October there is not much rain making the air drier. It is also harvest time in Tibet. This is a perfect time to come to Tibet for trekking or cycling and also a great time for good photographic opportunities.
Winters (November to March) are cold (the average temperature in January is -2°C)
The night temperatures listed below are from April to November on average. Minimum temperatures on average at base camp are:
April: -10 deg C or -14 deg F
May: -8 deg C or 18 deg F
June: -4 deg C or 25 deg F
July: -3 deg C or 27 deg F
August: -4 deg C or 25 deg FSeptember: -6 deg C or 21 deg F
October: -10 deg C or 14 deg FNovember: -11 deg C or 12 deg F
Across the Tibetan Plateau, we make use of three star hotels in Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse and Shegar.
Once we arrive to Lhatse we will start camping, which we will do for the duration of the actual trek. We we stay in tents which will be erected by our porters and trekking team. You will be given a bowl of boiled water in the morning for washing along with a cup of bed tea. Meals are prepared by our cook and served in the Dining Tent. Lunches will probably be packed lunches which you can enjoy along the route.
Your second last nigh tin Tiebt will be at a basic guesthouse in Nyalam.
Your final night in Tibet will be in Zhangmu where hotel standards are not good, but we will stay at the best available.