Journey overland to Tibet and cross the roof of the world to KailashAsia's most sacred mountainin time for the amazing Saga Dawa Festival. You'll embark on a demanding multi-day trek around the holy mountain, which is said to bring good luck to whomever completes it, then join pilgrims and celebrate the renewal of the Tarboche flagpole. Explore Lhasa and experience unparalleled vistas of Mt Everest at its base camp. Full of cultural treasures, remarkable Buddhist monasteries, and the colourful markets of Kathmandu, this adventure truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Set out early for the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Spend the day wandering from tower to tower along this magnificent feat of construction.
Opt to see a Shaolin Monk Kung Fu Show, the Beijing Opera, or the Beijing Acrobats.
Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
Travel out to the Great Wall and back.
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Enjoy learning about Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before using some free time to explore more of the capital.
In the evening, depart on a 48-hour train journey to Lhasa. Enjoy watching the scenery completely change as you climb onto the Tibetan Plateau.
We aim to get the best sleeping berths available on each train journey. During peak season (summer) we cannot guarantee which beds will be available.
Forbidden City Tour
The train trip is a long, yet rewarding, journey through the heart of northern China then south across the Tibetan Plateau. The spectacular scenery make this a once-in-a-lifetime train journey.
Basic overnight train (beds) (48.00 hour(s))
Arrive in Lhasa in the evening. Take an orientation walk around Barkhor Square and start acclimatizing to the altitude.
Over three days, explore all Lhasa and the surrounding areas have to offer. Visit Barkhor Square, the Jokhang Temple, the Potala Palace, and either Sera or Drepung Monastery. With free time, opt to visit the local markets or find a teahouse to spend a few hours relaxing.
Barkhor Square Orientation Walk
Potala Palace Tour
Jokhang Temple Tour
Sera Monastery Tour
The drive to Gyantse is a spectacular one, crossing three passes over 5,000m (16,404 ft) and skirting the shores of the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdrok Tso.
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 267km)
Sakya is the base of the once politically powerful Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Its huge fortified walls are testament to the turbulent past of the region.
There is time in the late afternoon or early morning to explore the monastery and the ruins of north Sakya across the river.
Accommodation in these areas can be quite basic. Be prepared for shared toilet facilities, no running water, and often only multi-share rooms available.
Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum Visit
Sakya Gompa Visit
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 242km)
Travel to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest in the world.
Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and its guesthouse offers very basic accommodation, but the views that surround it more than compensate. Lie in bed and watch the moonlight illuminate the mountain.
Rongbuk Monastery Visit and Stay
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 233km)
Hike to Everest Base Camp in the morning. Later, make the scenic journey to Saga.
Everest Base Camp (North)
Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 293km)
Take another travel day to reach Darchen, home base for the Kora Trek. Follow the road across grasslands for the first spectacular view of Mt Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.
Begin the kora from Darchen. Staying in basic guesthouses, the full kora takes 2.5 days to complete. The experience and scenery are well worth the effort.
If you are unable to participate in the kora, it is possible to remain in Darchen with our drivers. Accommodation on the kora is extremely basic and food options are limited in their variety. It is a good idea to bring snacks.
Kailash Kora Day 1
Hike 20km (12.4 mi) from Darchen around the base of Mt Kailash.
Continue on the kora for the toughest stretch of the hike.
Kailash Kora Day 2
Hike 18km (11.2 mi) to the highest pass of the trek and back down into the valley.
After completing the kora, relax in Chiu Gompa for the evening.
Kailash Kora Day 3
Lake Manasarovar Visit
Hike the last 14km (8.7 mi) to make it to Chiu Gompa. Hurrah!
Stop in Saga for the evening and reflect on the magical experience you've had before continuing on.
Please note: the departures of this trip starting May 27 2017 and May 16 2018 will visit the Saga Dawa Festival on Day 14 prior to starting the Kailash Kora hike.
Saga Dawa Festival
Travel from Saga to Shigatse.
Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 488km)
Visit Tashilumpo in the morning. Later, head back to Lhasa.
Tashilunpo Monastery Visit
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 272km)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Kathmandu, Nepal. Enjoy some free time to get to know the city.
Border Crossing (Tibet - Nepal)
Plane (1.50 hour(s))
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Trip Name: Kailash Saga Dawa Festival
Duration: 21 Days
From Price: 5499
Trip Code: 126281
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