Roof of the World and the Sacred Mountain of Mount Kailash (15D14N)

Depart Singapore:

08 August 2017 (Tuesday)

 

Depart Lhasa:

22 August 2017 (Tuesday)

 

Trip Type:

This is a sightseeing trip Sightseeing

This is a trekking trip Trekking

This is a festival trip Festival

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High on the remote western Tibetan plateau, sits Mount Kailash, the holiest mountain in Asia. Considered the navel of the universe, where heaven and earth embrace, Mount Kailash has attracted devout pilgrims to its base for more than two thousand years.

Every year, thousands of people of the Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon faiths make a pilgrimage to Kailash, believing that circumambulating Mount Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. It is believed that one full parikrama (kora, circuit/circumambulation) of the sacred Mount Kailash (54km / 32 miles) erases sins of a lifetime. Wiping out all the sins of your lifetime is a much bigger task though; that major sin clean-up requires 108 revolutions. Bathing in the icy sapphire waters of Lake Manasarovar at the mountain’s base is said to remove the sins of innumerable lifetimes.

Also known as Kang Rinpoche (meaning Precious Jewel of Snows) to the Tibetans, this tour will bring you on a 3 days trek to circumambulate the base of Mount Kailash.

Before embarking on our journey to the sacred mountain, we start off from the city of Lhasa, which means “place of the gods” and also one of the highest cities in the world. You will witness the grandness of Potala Palace as well as soak in the atmosphere in centuries old monasteries.

While in Lhasa, take the chance to witness the Shoton (Yogurt) Festival. Being the largest and most mysterious festival on the roof of the world, Shoton Festival serves as a showcase to rooted tradition, appealing culture and great piety of the Tibetan people.

Join us on this sacred journey as we explore Lhasa and Mount Kailash. Full of cultural treasures, remarkable Buddhist monasteries, this adventure truly is an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 (08 Aug): Depart Singapore to Chengdu – Arrival in Chengdu

  • Depart Singapore for Chengdu. Check-in hotel in Chengdu. The rest of the day is free and easy for you.

Meals provided: -
Accommodation: 3/4-star hotel in Chengdu

 

Day 2 (09 Aug): Depart Chengdu – Arrival in LhasaBakhor street in Lhasa

  • Depart Chengdu and reach Lhasa mid-noon and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free and easy for you.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Lhasa

 

Day 3 (10 Aug): Lhasa City Tour

  • Potala PalaceIn the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa, the Potala Palace – the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India, during the 1959 Tibetan uprising.
  • In the afternoon, visit the centre of Tibetan Buddhism – Jokhang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. For most Tibetans, it is considered the most sacred and important temple in Tibet.
  • After Jokhang Temple, walk around the Bakhor street which is one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa. During the old days, it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping centre.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Lhasa

 

Day 4 (11 Aug): Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse (3,840m) via Yamdrok Lake

  • Yamdrok Yumtso LakeDrive from Lhasa to Shigatse, the 2nd largest city in Tibet.
  • On the way, visit Yamdrok Yumtso Lake, one of the largest holy lakes in Tibet. The water is very clear and in the color of blue for reflecting the sky.
  • Visit Palcho (or Pelkor Chode) Monastery in Gyantse, the main monastery in Gyantse. It is most notable for its 108 chapels in its several floors and the old Dzong or fort.
  • Thereafter, drive to Shigatse city for your overnight stay.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Shigatse

 

Day 5 (12 Aug): Shigatse – Saga (4,550m)

  • SagaDrive from Shigatse to Saga, Saga means “happy land” in Tibetan language.
  • Stop by Tashilhunpo Monastery, a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse, founded in 1447.
  • You will be driving along the desert part of Tibet and get to see Peiku Tso Lake and Mt Shisha Pangma along the way.
  • Overnight in Saga.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: 2-star hotel in Saga

 

Day 6 (13 Aug): Saga – Lake Manasarovar (4,560m)

  • Lake ManasarovarToday is a long drive (approx. 8 hours) to Lake Manasarovar but you will get to see panoramic scenery throughout the drive – wide valley, rivers, yaks, sheeps and snow-capped mountains.
  • Along the way, visit a nomad family and get to learn more about their culture and traditions.
  • By the late afternoon, you can have the first Darshan (view) of holy Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovara – one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world.
  • You can have free time at the lake taking photos or enjoying the lake.

Meals provided: -
Accommodation: Guesthouse (dorm bed) near Lake Manasarovara

 

Day 7 (14 Aug): Lake Manasarovara – Darchen (4,600m)Darchen

  • Short drive today to Darchen. The journey will take about 2 hours’ drive.
  • Arrive in Darchen and free time on your own.
  • Prepare yourself for the trek for the next 3 days – pack your bag to bring only necessary things. Your big bag will be deposited in the guesthouse.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Darchen

 

Day 8 (15 Aug): Mount Kailash Kora Day 1: Tarboche – Dira Phuk Gompa (4,860m)

  • Lha Chu ValleyTrek Day 1: 20km; Walking time 7 hours
  • After early breakfast, drive approximately 13km to Tarboche, the starting point of your Kailash Kora trek.
  • Walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mount Kailash towering above us. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before we reach the 13th century monastery at Dira-phuk.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guesthouse (dorm bed)

 

Day 9 (16 Aug): Mount Kailash Kora Day 2: Dira Phuk Gompa – Zutul-Phuk (4,790m)

  • Dolma-LaTrek Day 2: 15km; Walking time 6-7 hours
  • Hardest but holiest day as we have to pass Dolma-La Pass, which is 5,400m high.
  • Lha Chu Valley blurs as you turn towards Dolma Chu Valley. You ascend to Dolma La, the highest point on the trip, marked by many Tibetan prayer flags.
  • The rest of the day’s walk is mostly downhill and flat land. On descent, you will pass by one of the highest lakes in the world, Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, also known as the Lake of Compassion.
  • You will then reach the flat fields of Zutul-Phuk, which houses a monastery and several fascinating caves used for meditation.
  • Milarepa’s cave is one of the most ancient and popular cave. Milarepa’s footprints and elbow prints are believed to be imprinted all over this cave filled with mani stones.

Meals provided: -
Accommodation: Guesthouse (dorm bed)

 

Day 10 (17 Aug): Mount Kailash Kora Day 3: Zutul-Phuk – Darchen (4,600m)

  • KoraTrek Day 3 (last day): 14km; Walking time 4-5 hours
  • The final day of the kora is rather short and easier. It involves crossing of several streams and follows an impressive gorge from where you can look back for fabulous views.
  • The kora has come to an end – you have erased your sins, endured cold nights and mornings, crossed some of the highest passes in the world, met countless fellow pilgrims and sent prayers of peace out to the world.
  • Shortly after arriving at Darchen, board the waiting vehicle for a short visit to Chui Gompa, on the shore of Lake Manasarovar.
  • Back to Darchen for overnight stay.

Meals provided: -
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Darchen

 

Day 11 (18 Aug): Darchen – SagaSaga Town

  • After breakfast, start the drive from Darchen to Saga.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: 2-star hotel in Saga

 

 

Day 12 (19 Aug): Saga – ShigatseShigatse Local Market

  • After breakfast, start the drive from Saga to Shigatse.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Shigatse

 

Day 13 (20 Aug): Shigatse – Lhasa

  • After breakfast, start the drive from Shigatse to Lhasa at around 8am.
    • Duration of drive: 6 hours
  • Along the way, where time permits, visit a Tibetan farmer family and have fun interacting with them.
  • Upon arrival at Lhasa, transfer to hotel to rest for the day. the airport to board the flight back home, bringing back nice memories of Tibet that can last for a long time.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Day 14 (21 Aug): Shoton Festival Experience – Norbulingka Palace – Sera Monastery

  • Shoton Festival at Drepung MonasteryToday we will attend the once in a year Shoton festival ceremony at Drepung Monastery in the morning. There will be hundreds of local Tibetan in long queue to see the Giant Buddha Thangka display. Drepung monastery was once the world’s largest monastery that housed more than 10,000 monks and was once the resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace.
  • After the festival at Drepung Monastery, visit the Norbulingka Palace to experience the very festive moods of the Tibetans and see the Tibetan opera performance.
  • The amazing day will end with a visit to the Sera Monastery – another influential Gelugpa Monastery. Built in the 15th century, Sera Monastery is home to several hundred monks from different parts of Tibet. Watch the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks which happen every day in the afternoon. You may join in the fun with the help of your guide.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Lhasa

 

Day 15 (22 Aug): Depart Lhasa

  • Depart for the airport to board the flight back home, bringing back nice memories of Tibet that can last for a long time.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Twin-Sharing (Price Per Pax)

SGD3299.00

Single Pax

SGD3579.00

(Price is for minimum 8 pax to depart. For solo traveller or other group size, contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Package Inclusions

  • 1 English-speaking local Tibetan guide
  • Airport or train station pick-up in Lhasa
  • Well maintained private vehicle throughout the whole tour
  • Airport transfer in Chengdu
  • 1 night accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with breakfast at 3/4-star hotel (China standard) in Chengdu
  • 4 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with breakfast at 3-star hotel (China standard) in Lhasa
  • 2 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with breakfast at 4-star hotel (China standard) in Shigatse
  • 2 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room at 2-star hotel (China standard) in Saga
  • 2 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room with breakfast at 4-star hotel (China standard) in Darchen
  • 3 nights’ accommodation (dorm bed) in other places in Tibet
  • Guide and driver’s food and accommodation
  • All Tibet traveling permits concerned, such as TTP and PSB
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen supply on vehicle
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per client daily
  • Entrance fee to indicated sights
  • Sleeping bags during Kora trek

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore – Chengdu – Lhasa – Chengdu – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Train ticket to Lhasa
  • Chinese Visa Fee (if applicable)
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, mineral water, liquors, laundry, shopping, cigarettes, telephone calls and etc.)
  • Meals not mentioned in above itinerary (estimate SGD8 per meal)
  • Yak, horse, yakman and porter during Kora trek (estimated SGD70 per yak/horse/yakman/porter per day of trek to be shared among the group)
  • All arrangements for trekking as pre-planned and pre-paid. In case of not completion of the trek due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services. Any extra expense due to the same has to be paid extra
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tips or gratuities to driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Flight cost and information as at 14 Mar 2017. Subject to availability and change.

 

08 August 2017

Singapore (SIN) to Chengdu (CTU):

SilkAir (MI 936) 1245hrs – 1720hrs

 

09 August 2017

Chengdu (CTU) to Lhasa (LXA):

China Eastern (MU 5473) 0950hrs – 1150hrs

 

 

22 August 2017

Lhasa (LXA) to Chengdu (CTU):

China Eastern (MU 5474) 1250hrs – 1440hrs

 

22 August 2017

Chengdu (CTU) to Singapore (SIN):

SilkAir (MI 935) 1825hrs – 2325hrs

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and 2 pieces of 20kg baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD1,299

 

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