A tradition going back to thousands of years, every year hundreds make a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash. Set in a particularly remote and inhospitable location in the Tibetan Himalayas, the mountain is deified by 4 religions, namely Bon, Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. If these sects are to be believed, setting foot on the slopes of Mount Kailash is a grave sin and circumambulating the mountain brings good fortune.
Well, the idea of a pilgrimage is to subdue oneself; the idea of exploring mountains and trekking works towards a sense of achievement: it makes one bigger than it already is. At Third Eye Travel, that is exactly what we aim at.
Bordering the world’s 10 highest peaks and being one of the most extraordinary destinations in the world with adventure lurking around in each and every corner of Tibet; it is rightly called the roof of the world. It’s also home to some of the longest rivers in Asia including Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, Yangtze, etc. among many others.
Brief itinerary of this 16-day Tibet, Mount Kailash and Kathmandu (Nepal’s capital city) trip is mentioned as follows:
– Day 1: Arrive in Chengdu. You’d be immediately transferred to the hotel. This is a rest day.
– Day 2: Chengdu to Lhasa. There’s an optional tour to a nearby Panda breeding center. Later, a flight to Lhasa, Tibet’s capital city where you’d meet your local guides, followed by a drive to the hotel. Spend the day acclimatizing strolling through the city.
– Day 3: Exploring Lhasa. Major highlights are Potala Palace (Dalai Lama’s palace until 1965) and Norbulingka (Dalai Lama’s winter palace)
– Day 4: Exploring Lhasa. Major highlights for the day are Drepung monastery (world’s largest monastery), Jokhang temple and Barkhor Bazaar
– Day 5: Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse, Major highlights for the day are Khamba la and Karo la passes and Yamdrok Tso (Turquoise Lake)
– Day 6: Drive from Shigatse to Saga
– Day 7: Drive from Saga to Kailash Mansarovar
– Day 8: Explore around the Mansarovar Lake and leave for Darchen in the afternoon
– Day 9: Trek from Darchen to Dirapuk. The trek offers a great view of Mount Kailash
– Day 10: Trek from Dirapuk to Puk Gompa via Dolma La (5650m), the highest point of the tour
– Day 11: Trek back from Puk Gompa to Darchen followed by the drive to Mansarovar
– Day 12: Drive from Mansarovar to Saga
– Day 13: Drive from Saga to Kyirong, which borders Tibet and Nepal
– Day 14: A long and tiring ride from Kyirong to Kathmandu
– Day 15: Rest day. Optional tour of Kathmandu is also possible.
– Day 16: The journey commences at Kathmandu. You’d be transferred to the airport. Alternatively, you can choose to extend your tour to India, Myanmar and Bhutan.
To travel to Tibet, you must always book an organized tour which includes the permits, guides and vehicles. In our two decades as an international travel agency, we have never failed to obtain travel permits for our Tibet tours and we highly recommend that you join groups and share your costs with others. Plan and book early to eliminate all the possibilities of permit denials and other troubles involved in the process of international tours.
A sojourn to the roof of the world is strenuous yet rewarding. It’s a humbling and enlightening transformation that can only be felt in your heart and soul. Be a part of this beautiful journey across Tibet and Kailash Mansarovar with Third Eye Travel.