In Tibet experience the culture of The Roof of the World, visit the famous Potala Palace with 1000 Rooms, The Jokhang Temple (Tibetan most sacred monastery) and The Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse. Embark on a leisurely drive Saga to Lake Manasarovar with darshan of Kailas Parbat and Parikarma before driving back to Lhasa for your return flight back home. This tour has a very rare combination of culture, nature, heritage, pilgrimage and adventure. This journey to Kailash Manasarovar takes you to world famous Hindu and Buddhist shrines surrounded by no where else to be seen glorious landscapes.Travel to the abode of Lord Shiva in the most comfortable sojourn. Kailash Manasarovar via Lhasa is completes in 14 days by land via lhasa

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m.)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Kathmandu/Lhasa Flight:(3650m.) 1.Hr.15 min flight
  • Day 05: Drive To Shigatse(3800m)271Km, 7 to 8 Hrs drive
  • Day 06: Drive To Saga(4600 m.)
  • Day 07: DRIVE TO LAKE MANASAROVAR: (4560m.) 478Km. 8 to 9 Hrs
  • Day 08: STAY AT LAKE MANASAROVAR: (4600m.)
  • Day 09: TREK TO DIRAPUK: (4860 m.)13Km.
  • Day 10: TREK TO ZHUTHULPUK: (4760m.)18Km.9 to 10 Hrs.
  • Day 11: END OF KAILAS KORA : (4600m.)
  • Day 12: Drive to SHIGATSE.( 3800m.)
  • Day 13: Drive to LHASA. (3650m.)
  • Day 14: Fly Lhasa / Kathmandu
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m.)
Meeting at airport upon arrival by Plan Holidays Personnel. We will pick up from airport and then escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. During the driving of half an hour, enjoy the heart-stopping views along the Kathmandu city. After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area, overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu
In the morning, after Breakfast visit for Pashupatinath darshan and visit Budhanilkantha Temple (temple of sleeping Vishnu): Budhanilkantha Temple Located at 9 km north of Kathmandu in a small pond at the foot of the Shivapuri Hills lies the half-submerged massive black stone statue of the reclining Vishnu resting on a bed of snakes. Worshipers strew the sleeping Vishnu with offerings of flowers & rice. It is a monumental sculpture from the Lichhavi period. Group briefing and final preparation of The Yatra. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu/Lhasa Flight:(3650m.) 1.Hr.15 min flight
After breakfast, drive to the airport for your flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival at Gonggar airport, and takes you to Lhasa city through and scenic drive of 1.5 hr. explore the nearby streets on your own or rest and acclimatize. Overnight at Hotel.
Visit the famous Jokhang Temple: The Jokhang Temple is the most revered Buddhist temple in Lhasa and of Tibet, built by King Songtsen Gampo in about 642 AD. This temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was originally called, Rasa Tulnang Tsuklakang (House of Mysteries). In the 11th century a learned Buddhist monk named Atisha, taught here and it was after that, that the Jokhang temple got recognition. Today the temple covers an area of about 25,000 sq. ft. The Jokhang temple is a fourstoried structure. The style is basically Indian in its approach but has been well blended with Nepalese and well as Tibetan influences. The roofs of the temple are gilded with bronze. The rooftop has statues of two golden deer surrounding a Dharma wheel. Barkhor Bazaar: Located in the old area of Lhasa City, Tibet, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. Combining ancient and modern, religious and everyday life in perfect harmony, It is indeed a must-see for all visitors and a magical place as well as paved by hand-polished stone boards showing the original outlook of Lhasa. The Potala Palace: The Potala palace is perched on the top of the Red Hill and dominates the skyline of Lhasa. The palace can be divided into two sections, the White Palace and the Red Palace. It was built by Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and used it as his centre of meditation. It was however in 1645 under the fifth Dalai Lama, Lozang Gyatso, that the palace took a massive shape as the white palace became complete. The construction of the Red Palace began in 1690 and was completed within a span of 4 years. It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas, until the 14th Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959. Today the palace serves as a state museum of China. The palace has vast inward-sloping walls and has many windows and its roofs are flat at various levels. The central part of this group of buildings is quadrangular. This towering central portion of Potala is called the Red palace. It contains the principal halls and chapels and shrines of past Dalai Lamas. It still holds items like murals, Holy Scriptures and sutras that are invaluable to Buddhism. Today the Potala Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the most visited structures in the world. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Drive To Shigatse(3800m)271Km, 7 to 8 Hrs drive
Drive to Shigatse which is located to the west of Lhasa, vast golden fields came into sights. to visit The Tashilunpo Monastery, the seat of the panchen Lamas and after then free market. The scenery became more attractive as the road rose with hairpin turns. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06: Drive To Saga(4600 m.)
In the morning, drive to Saga (“happy land”) which is also an important stop-off point for pilgrims and tourists on the way to visiting mount kailash being the last town on the southern route with supplies for travelers. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: DRIVE TO LAKE MANASAROVAR: (4560m.) 478Km. 8 to 9 Hrs
Drive to Lake Manasarovar is a freshwater lake in the Tibet Autonomous Region, 940 kilometres from Lhasa to the west of it is Lake Rakshastal; to the north is Mount Kailash. It is a place of pilgrimage, with the Parikarma Of the Lake and Bathing in Manasarovar and drinking its water is believed to cleanse all sins. Overnight at Hotel.
Today you can explore around Lake Manasarovar: which has exceptional beauty that varies from crystal clear blue water near the shores and a deep emerald green colour at the center. There are a few monasteries on the shore of the lake and most striking of all is the ancient Chiu Gompa Monastery, which has been built right onto a steep hill. Afternoon, Drive to Darchen: is a small town in Purang Country of Tibet Autonomous Region. It is situated right in front of the sacred mountain, Mount Kailash and 330km to the southeast of Shquanhe. After then, Drive to Darchen. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 09: TREK TO DIRAPUK: (4860 m.)13Km.
Trekking from Darchen to Dira-puk Monastery, 20km, takes about 5 – 6 hours. The first day parikarama is a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. The trail leads to few ups and downs till we reach our camp at Dirapuk (4,750m). Camping on the nice grassy meadows with a view of Kailash, north west face at Dirapuk for overnight stay.
Day 10: TREK TO ZHUTHULPUK: (4760m.)18Km.9 to 10 Hrs.
Trekking from Dira-puk Monastery to Zutul-puk Monastery by crossing Drolma-la Pass, 15km, takes about 6-7 hours; Today our parikarama leads to much higher side of the holy path just beneath the Mount Kailash. The walk will bring us to one of the highest point at Drolma La, 5,200m. before descending to the gradual field towards Zuthulphuk for the overnight camp. Zuthulphuk has a small monastery. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11: END OF KAILAS KORA : (4600m.)
Today you end your trip in kailash Kora which is actually a pilgrim circumambulation. And many pilgrims of all religions come to worship the mountain and to walk around it. After then drive to SAGA (4600m.). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 12: Drive to SHIGATSE.( 3800m.)
Driving from Saga to shigatse(300Km, 9 hours ). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13: Drive to LHASA. (3650m.)
Driving to Lhasa (450km, 7 hours). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 14: Fly Lhasa / Kathmandu
You will be transferred to the airport in time to board your flight for onward journey.

Cost Includes:

  • Arrival / Departure Transfers
  • Twin Sharing Accommodation at Hotel
  • Sightseeing Tours with monumental entrance fees
  • Kathmandu / Lhasa / Kathmandu air fare by Air China Or Sichuan Airlines
  • During Yatra , Twin sharing accommodation in Lhasa, Shigatse and Saga
  • Best available accommodation at Lake Manasarovar, Darchen and during Kailas Kora
  • Full Board Vegetarian Meals
  • Daily 2 liters Bottled Mineral Water
  • English Speaking Tibetan Guide
  • Yaks & Yak-men during Parikarma
  • All Permits
  • Tibet / China Visa Fee
  • Complimentary Duffel Bag
  • Dawn Jacket on returnable basis

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Evacuation Cost
  • Expenses Of Personal Nature
  • Hiring Of Porters if required for Kailas Kora.
  • Kathmandu / Lhasa / Kathmandu air fare. Any increment or change in the flight cost shall be adjusted accordingly.
You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

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