13-Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis; Lhasa, Shigatse, Saga, Paryang, Lake Mansarovar, Mt Kailash, Guge Kingdom, Ali
Thanks to its relative isolation of the years, Tibet has remained one of the most mysterious countries in the world, until now. The country is slowly becoming more accessible, and this 13-Day trekking tour will uncover the best of what this breathtaking territory has to offer. You’ll start by exploring Lhasa, before embarking on an epic overland journey both in car and on foot. A three-day drive will take you to Mount Kailash via the remote towns of Saga and Paryang. Three days are then dedicated to trekking, where you’ll pass stunning mountain gorges, the majestic Lake Mansarovar and end your journey in the ancient Guge Kingdom, all whilst sleeping in untouched monasteries along the way.
Proposed programme: Day 1, Arrive in Lhasa; Day 2+3, Exploring this fascinating city, Lhasa; Day 4, Make the epic seven-hour journey to Shigatse. Along the drive, there will be a chance to see the majestic Lake Yamdrok Tso as well as 600-year-old monastery. Day 5, Marks the start of a three-day journey to the legendary Mount Kailash, with stop-offs at Saga and Paryang along the way. After an eight-hour drive with several stops on the way, you’ll check into a guest house, Saga; Day 6, The second full day on the road will take you to Paryang; Day 7, The final leg of your three-day overland journey takes you to the picturesque Lake Mansarovar. Day 8, This first day of trekking gives you a great chance to warm up for the rest of the trip, with no steep slopes or particularly difficult terrain. The total trek, which will circle Mt Kailash and end up in at Dirapuk, will take around eight to nine hours. You’ll also be spending the night camping or at a local guest house, Dirapuk; Day 9, This second day of trekking – lasting eight to nine hours in total – will take you up to the Drolma-La Pass (by around midday), and there’s a chance to visit various holy sites along the way. Drolma-La is a popular pilgrimage spot, and you too can string up prayer flags and make an offering to the Gods above. A steep afternoon ascent will take you to Zulpultruk, where you’ll also be spending the night camping or at a local guest house, Zulpultruk; Day 10, Say goodbye to the peaceful Zulpultruk monastery and head for Tirthapuri, the final destination of your epic three-day trek through Mt Kailash. After an eight-hour trek, there is an onwards drive to Tirthapuri (two hours) where you’ll be spending the night in a guesthouse; Day 11, A seven-hour drive to Guge Kingdom awaits. There, you’ll have the chance to visit untouched shrines, temple ruins and visit the highly-regarded system of mountainous caves, Guge Kingdom; Day 12, More time in the stunning Guge Kingdom; Day 13, Private transportation will take you to the airport, where you’ll catch the flight back to Lhasa. Depart.
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