Mt Kailash via Nepal & Lhasa with EBC
Duration of the Tour
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NEPAL ,TIBET & MT KAILASH TOUR
18 Nights/ 19 Days
Kathmandu Valley , Lhasa and Holy Mt Kailash & Lake Mansarovar
The city of Lhasa is the heart of cultural Tibet. Its importance dates back to its status as the capital of the Tibetan Empire in the seventh and eighth centuries, and as the capital of the Dalai Lama’s government from the seventeenth century onward. In the modern Chinese state it serves as the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
Lhasa has also been perhaps the most important religious site over the history of Tibet. It is home to the Jokhang temple complex, founded by the seventh-century Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo and residence of the most famous religious image in Tibet: the Jowo statue of the Buddha Shakyamuni. The Jokhang is the nucleus of central Lhasa’s commercial and religious Barkor area. The Potala Palace, built in the seventeenth century by the Fifth Dalai Lama as his palace and one of the greatest examples of Tibetan architecture, is also located in the Lhasa Valley. Finally, two of the three great seats of Gelukpa monasticism – the monasteries of Sera and Drepung – have been located here since the fifteenth century.
The city of Lhasa is located in the southern part of the Tibetan high plateau at an altitude of 3650 meters above sea level and on roughly the same latitude as Cairo. The valley in which Lhasa is situated is formed by the River Kyichu, a tributary of the Tsangpo (which is known as the Brahmaputra in India). The dominant peaks surrounding Lhasa range between 4400 and 5300 meters above sea level.
HOLY MT KAILASH AND MANSAROVAR LAKE
Holy Mt Kailash and Mansarowar Lake, center of creation & the Universe are as old as the creation. Thousands of Sages, Ordinary Mortals, Philosophers and even Gods had submerged in the blissful trance at the very sight of this divine grandeur. It is the MERU, SUMERU, SUSHUMNA, HEMADRI (Golden Mountain), RATNASANU (Jewel Peak), KARNIKACHALA (Lotus Mountain), AMARADRI, DEVA PARVATHA (Summit of Gods), GANAPARVATHA, AJATADRI (Silver Mountain). Regarded as SWAYAMBHU, the self-created one, everything is said to emanate from here and finally returns here. Mind is the knot tying consciousness and matter-that is set free here.
Famously known to be an abode of LORD SHIVA and his divine consort PARVATI, Mt. Kailash expounds the philosophy of PURUSHA and PRAKRITI-SHIVA and SHAKTI. The radiant SILVERLY summit is the throne of TRUTH, WISDOM and BLISS-SACHIDANANDAM. The primordial sound AUM (NADABINDU) from the tinkling anklets of LALITA PRAKRITI created the visible patterns of the universe and the vibrations (DVANI) from the feet of Lord Shiva (NATARAJA) weaved the essence of ATMAN, the ultimate truth.
Mt. Kailash is considered to be the center of Hindu philosophy and civilization. Kalpa Viruksha tree is supposed to adorn the slopes. South face is described as Sapphire, east as crystal, west as Ruby and north as Gold. The city of KUBERA is also situated here. Ganga after originating from the toe of Mahavishnu enters the lunar circle and descends further from Kailash after circuiting it seven times and then ultimately divides herself into four rivers. The major rivers of Nepal and India originating from this area are Brahmaputra (Lohita), Indus(Sindhu), Sutlej(Shatadru) and Karnali. Every object in this area is sanctified and each one is related to gripping legends. As one ascends through PARIKRAMA, one encounters holy peaks of RAVANA PARVAT, HANUMAN PARVAT, PADMASAMBHAVA, MANJUSRI, VAJRADHARA, AVALOKITESWARA, JAMBEYANG, SHAVARI, and NORSENG.
The scriptures reiterate that one, who takes the holy dip at Mansarovar and carries out the Parikrama around Kailash, is absolved of his/her sins through generations and is absorbed into the Supreme Finality. There is no re-birth; sorrows or joys and he/she will be with ultimate –the Lord Shiva. In other words, they become Shiva.
In addition to the Hindus, the entire region is also one of the most important pilgrimage centers for the Buddhists. They worship DEMCHOK (Buddha in forceful form) seated on the summit of Kailash. It is also called Dharmapala, one version quotes the deity as a form of Shiva’s manifestation. The description of the deity is more or less like Shiva. Devi is also given a similar form like Parvati. Buddhists adore Kailash as KANG RINGPOCHE and Manasarovar as TSO MAPHAM. Guru Rinpoche (The great Indian Master PADMASAMBHAVA who introduced Buddhism) and Saint Milerapa are greatly revered here by the pilgrims. Since TANTRISM runs through the main core of Buddhism here, their customs and practices would be found running close and parallel to Hindu traditions. Like Hindus, they also consider (DOLMA (DEVI) and GAURI KUND (Thuki Zingbu) as holiest spots. Buddhists strongly believe that pilgrimage to this place liberates them to NIRVANA.
Besides, Jains acknowledge Kailash as ASTAPADA and PADMAHRADA. It is believed that ADINATH VRISHABDEVA – the first Tirtankara attained Nirvana here. A few claim that GURU NANAK meditated here. Across the river CHU, there on the Nyanri range stands an impressive temple. Inside this monastery there is a marble statue radiating peace and compassion. This statue is claimed to be that of Guru Nanak.
The entire area echoes with spiritual vibrations. Even the agnostics shall discover new balance amidst that fathomless serenity. One has to experience it. The common belief is that those who are ordained only could be there
Kathmandu Valley ( Nepal):
Kathmandu Valley comprises the three ancient cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, which were once independent states ruled by the Malla kings from the 12th to the 18th centuries. These three cities house seven UNESCO World Heritage shrines, which are together listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Culture). Besides, the valley is also home to hundreds of other exquisite monuments, sculptures, artistic temples and magnificent art that reminds of the golden era in Nepal’s architectural history.
According to the legend, the valley was once a primeval lake ringed by green mountains. In this pristine lake lived giant serpents until one fine day, saint Manjushree, the Bodhisatva, raised a mighty sword and in one fell swoop, cut open the side of a mountain at a place now known as Chobar. The voluminous waters of the lake gushed out, leaving behind a fertile valley capable of supporting large urban settlements over the millennia. The Gopal and Kirati dynasties were the earliest rulers here followed by the Licchavi (300-879 A.D.), under whom trade and crafts flourished.
The ornate palaces of the valley, the superbly crafted pagodas and the monumental Stupas are testimony of the artistic genius of the Newar craftsmen, the original inhabitants of the valley, whose skills were championed by the Malla kings and appreciated even by the Mongol rulers of 18th century.
HIGH MOUNTAIN VIEW TRAVEL AND TOURS SDN.BHD invite you to join on this Nepal .Tibet & Mt Kailash Tour program and enjoy your holiday at the most beautiful part of the world.
Day01: Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport.
Day02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day03: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day04: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 05: Fly to Lhasa & Lhasa Sightseeing.
Day 06: LHASA Sightseeing including Potala Palace and Drepung monastery .
Day 07: LHASA Sightseeing Jokhang Temple , Bakhor Bazaar and Sera monastery.
Day 08: Drive to GYANTSE (3900m) , than SHIGATSE(3900m), En-route visit Yamdrok Lake, Mt.Nyechen Kangsar, glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and Pelkhor Choede monastery.
Day 09: Drive from SHIGATSE to Everest Base camp (5150 m), En-route visit Rongbuk monastery
Day 10: Visit Everest Base camp (5150 m) & drive to SAGA (4500m) via OLD TINGRI .
Day 11: Drive to Mansarovar
Day 12: Drive to Darchen
Day 13: Drive to Yamadwar and Holy trek to Dirapuk
Day 14: Holy Trek to Zuthulpuk
Day 15: Holy Trek to Darchen
Day 16: Drive to Saga
Day 17: Drive to Xigatse.
Day 18: Drive to Lhasa
Day 19: Fly for onward journey.
DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU Dinner only
Meet and greet upon arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel. Traditional tika ceremony upon arrival, check into the hotel, tour briefing followed by welcome drink. Late evening enjoy dinner in Nepalese restaurant with local dance, overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 02: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING B/L/D
After breakfast leave for full-day tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath & Patan. All these are protected by UNESCO as world heritage site. Kathmandu Durbar square which is also known as Hanuman Dhoka or Kumari temple (temple of living goddess). In this area you will visit Kumari temple- temple of living goddess, Kasthmandap-the wooden temple built by a single tree, palaces, forts, temples & many more historical sites. Soyambhunath Stupa-almost 2000 years old Stupa situated on a hillock offer breathtaking view of whole Kathmandu valley with eastern Himalayan ranges. Lunch at Patan museum café. After lunch, proceed for tour to Patan Durbar Square- the city of art and architecture where you can see Durbar square, stone temple, Buddhist monasteries etc. Late evening enjoy dinner at Baithak restaurant, Babarmahal. Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 03: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING B/L/D
After breakfast leave for sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath & Bodhnath, both are protected by UNESCO as world heritage site. Pashupatinath temple- the oldest and most sacred Hindu temple of the world situated on the bank of Holy Bagmati River where all the dead bodies of the valley is cremated. In this area you will see dead body being cremated, old temples, many Hindu priests etc. We further proceed to Boudhanath Stupa-one of the biggest and oldest stupa of the world, the surrounding area also known as little Tibet because this area is covered by Tibetan refugees and is one of the biggest Tibetan refugee camps of the valley. Lunch at Restaurant in Bouddha. Restday free. Late evening, enjoy dinner at Krishnarpan restaurant, Hotel Dwarika. Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 04: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING B/L/D
Early morning can join on famous Mountain flight tour over Mt Everest and eastern Himalayan ranges ( optional with extra cost U$ 250.00 per person). After breakfast, proceed for tour to Bhaktapur- was founded in 889 AD. It is 13 km east from Kathmandu.The old palace square of Bhaktapur contains famous "Fifty-five windows palace". It was the royal palace of Malla kings then. The golden gate in this square is the unique master piece of the Nawari art work in the whole of NEPAL. This old square is like an open museum of Hindu temples. The other famous sites are the ancient royal bath, the courtyard of Taleju shrine; the museum of art and history, the pottery square, the majestic Nyatapola temple, the famous Peacock window and the Dattatraya temple .You can feel the mythical air of timelessness in Bhaktapur. Lunch will be served at Café Nyatapola, Bhaktapur. After lunch, proceed to visit another UNESCO world Heritage site sightseeing tour to Changunarayan Temple. Visit the historical 200 years old temple and hike for 2 hour in the village to understand local village culture. Drive Back to hotel , dinner and overnight.
DAY 05: FLY TO LHASA & FREE DAY IN LHASA- B/L/D
Arrive Lhasa( 3600 meter), meet, assist and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free to acclimatize with the environment. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 06: LHASA CITY SIGHTSEEING- B/L/D
After breakfast leave for full day city sightseeing tour to Magnificent Potala Palace-the winter palace of the Dalai Lama; the place where the former great Dalai Lama's stupas are being kept; once the seat of the Tibetan government. With a history of over 1,300 years, the Potala Palace is the treasure of Tibetan religion and culture, storing plenty of figures of the Buddha, murals, sutras etc. After visiting Potala Palace, you will visit one of the three largest monasteries of Gelugpa- the Sera Monastery, and the Dalai Lama's summer palace of the treasure Park of Tibet, the Norbulingka. Return to hotel and Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 07: LHASA CITY SIGHTSEEING - B/L/D
After breakfast, you will visit the No 1 Monastery of Gelugpa-Drepung Monastery, which is the richest monastery ever in Tibet, and is still active today. Then you will be guided to visit the spiritual center of Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, where you might meet many pilgrims, who even prostrate by full length to the threshold of the temple. You will visit the sacred pilgrim path, the oldest street in Lhasa, the Barkhor Street, which is the place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble. In the afternoon, you can pay a visit to the Tibetan Traditional Hospital, where you will see how the Tibetan doctors treat patients in their traditional ways, and in its library, you will find massive medical sutras and medical thankas. The Lhasa Carpet Factory is also a place you should not miss. The carpets there are all hand-made on old-styled vertical looms in traditional processes. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 08: LHASA SHIGATSE VIA GYANTSE – B/L/D
After breakfast, drive to Gyatse ( 260 Kms, 4 hours drive) . En-route visit Holy Yamdrok Lake ,Mt.Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and cross 3 high passes with altitude of 4794m , 5039m & 4280m. Arrive Gyatse, lunch and proceed to Shigatse ( 3,900 Meter- 90 Km). Finally arrive Shigatse and check into hotel. After get refreshed proceed to visit Palkor Monastery and Tashilhunpo Monastery. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.
Palkhor monastery: Also called “The Baiju Monastery” by the Chinese, this monastery is situated in Xigatse city which is about 230 Km away from capital Lhasa. Implausible combination of temples and Stupas will attract anyone. The architecture you will see in this place, are form the 14th and 15th century which make this place a Hotpoint for ancient archeological researchers. This place has more than 3000 statues from the statues of Buddha to famous King Songtsen Gampo. Number of tourist visiting this place has been increasing every year.
Tashilhunpo Monastery: Located in Shigatse 250 Km away from the capital city Tashilhunpo monastery was built by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447. Among the six hugest monasteries in Tibet this monastery stands on massive area of 300,000 Sq. m and known as the “Seat of Panchen Lama”. Panchen Lama is considered as the second most important religious leader after Dalai Lama in Tibet.Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.
DAY 09: DRIVE TO EVERST BASE CAMP( 5,150 M) - B/L/D
Breakfast and drive to Everest Base Camp ( 5,150 meter, 350 km) . En- route enjoy the beautiful Tibetan landscape local Tibetan villages and visit famous Rongbuk monastery . Finally arrive EBC and check into hotel. Evening enjoy the view of Mt Everest( 8,848 meter). Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 10: DRIVE TO SAGA VIA OLD TINGRI - B/L/D
Enjoy the view of Mt Everest, breakfast and drive to Saga( 4,500 meter , 400 Km). En-route enjoy the beautiful view of Mt. Shishapama, Peikutso Lake , Finally arrive Saga and check into hotel.
DAY 11: DRIVE TO MANSAROVAR - B/L/D
After breakfast, drive to Mansarowar ( 4,560 Meter, 450 km). En- route enjoy Sand dunes & visit Chewu monastery. Finally arrive Mansarovar lake and enjoy the eye catching view of Holy Mt Kailash , Holy Mt Gurla Mndhata and Mansarovar Lake. Overnight stay at lodge.
DAY 12: DRIVE TO TARCHEN - B/L/D
Morning hour enjoy the calm environment of the area . Visit Chiu Gompa & drive (30 KM) to DARCHEN (4,660 m) for about 2 hours. Rest of the day is free to explore your own. Overnight stay at lodge.
DAY 13: DRIVE TO SERSONG/TARBOCH FLAG POLE & HOLY TREK TO DIRAPUK - B/L/D
Breakfast and drive to Tarboch Flag Pole, the first prostration point, -the auspicious gateway and the sky burial ground. Visit Yamadwar and further drive to Sershong (total 8 km) and trek to Dirapuk (4,765 m, 10 km, 3 to 4 hours trek). Overnight stay at guesthouse.
DAY 14: HOLY TREK TO ZUTHULPUK - B/L/D
Continue trekking of challenging cross the Dikpala (5,000m) and Dormala (5600m) to Zuthulpuk (4,700 m) (22km/ 7 to 8 hours trek). Overnight stay at Lodge.
DAY 15: HOLY TREK TO TARCHEN - B/L/D
Last and final day of Mt. Kailash Parikrama ends near Darchen (16 km/ 3 to 4 hrs trek). En-route can enjoy the view of Thuktso lake. Arrive Tarchen and overnight stay at lodge.
DAY 16: DRIVE TO SAGA - B/L/D
Breakfast and drive to Saga(450 Km, 6 hours). Arrive Saga, & overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 17: DRIVE FROM SAGA TO SHIGATSE - B/L/D
Drive Saga to Shiigantse ( 480 Kms, 8 /9 hours drive) . Arrive Shigatse and check into hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 18: DRIVE FROM XIGATSE TO LHASA - B/L/D
Drive to Lhasa. Arrive Lhasa and check into hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore your own.
DAY 19: DRIVE FROM XIGATSE TO LHASA -B
Breakfast and transfer to airport for flight to onwards journey.
• Special welcome at the International airport in Kathmandu.
• 4 nights stay at 4 star eqv hotel in Nepal on twin sharing basis.
• All meals in Nepal as per the itinerary.
• All sightseeing in Nepal as per the itinerary.
• Monument entrance fees.
• Professional English speaking guide.