Kathmandu valley, Kailash kora and the main sights of Tibet

Price
$3289
+ flight to Kathmandu and back home
Duration
22 day

What you get

Two countries
Nepal and China
Transportation
During the entire trip
Guiding
Professional tour leader - traveler
Permissions
To enter Tibet
Accommodation
21 nights
Physical grade
Level 3 (average) out of 5

Kathmandu valley, Kailash kora and the main sights of Tibet

What does a person feel standing at the foot of the main peaks of the planet, watching incredible landscapes and inhaling crystal clear air? It is simply impossible to put into words! Join the adventure to experience these unforgettable emotions.

  • Visit the palace of the living goddess Kumari in Kathmandu. This girl is worshiped here as the embodiment of a real deity.
  • Make kora (pilgrimage walk) around the holy mountain Kailash. Hindus believe that God Shiva lives here. Buddhists believe that the mountain is the center of the universe. Everyone agrees that a new life begins with this kora!
  • See the amazing treasures of the palace of the Dalai Lama. 
  • Walk around the immense lake Manosarovar. 
  • Take part in Buddhist rituals in the main monasteries of Tibet, and watch the unusual debates between Buddhist monks.

Trip code
KKTS

The price of the trip includes:

  1. All transportation, including buses and transfers from and to airports;
  2. Hiring of yaks for carrying our luggage during kora;
  3. Accommodation in double/twin rooms during the entire trip;
  4. Permission to enter Tiber;
  5. Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included:

  1. Flight to Kathmandu and back home (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
  2. Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu ($300);
  3. Insurance (mandatory);
  4. Visa to Nepal ($40);
  5. Food ($15-20 per person per day);
  6. Entry to attractions in Tibet ($100).

Departures

2021
Price
Book
01 October, Fri 22 October, Fri
$ 3289

Day 1 - 3

Kathmandu House of the living goddess - Kumari Ancient cities of Patan and Bhaktapur

We arrive in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. We check into a guesthouse in the old city center, near the famous Freak street, and go for a walk. You immediately understand that this is the one of the oldest cities on the continent. Just a hundred years ago the valley of Kathmandu boasted three ancient kingdoms. Not surprisingly, every corner, every stone here breathes history. We will explore the Kathmandu Durbar Square, where the royal palace is located. We go in the house of the living goddess Kumari. This girl is worshiped here as a deity!

Walk to the Swayambhu stupa on the mountain - the symbol of the country. It was built during the times of the legendary Emperor Ashoka. Then walk to the Boudhanath stupa - a huge one, built in the 6th century. Its height reaches 36 meters! Pilgrims from all over the world come here to go around this building three times and pray. This place is surrounded by a very colorful area - monasteries, schools of yoga, shops of Tibetan doctors who sell their famous herbal remedies here. 

We will spend the day visiting the nearby ancient cities of the valley - Patan and Bhaktapur. These are the capitals of ancient kingdoms, in which ancient temples and palaces are preserved. We will also take a stroll through the colorful fabric bazaar.

Day 4 - 8

Tashilunpo monastery in Shigatse The sacred Yamdrok lake

In the morning we leave for Lhasa on a specially rented transport. In 4 days we will drive about 1000 kilometers to gradually acclimatize to altitudes of 4000-5200 meters above sea level. We will spend the nights in hotels of cities along the way. And of course on this road awesome views await us and stops in the main spiritual centers of Central Tibet!

We reach Shigatse and go to Tashilunpo monastery. This is the residence of the second most important person in Tibet after the Dalai Lama - Panchen Lama. Thousands of monks live in this huge monastery of the 15th century. Inside, in the stupas of gold and precious stones are the bodies of several previous lamas. But the main attraction is the biggest statue of Buddha-Maitreya in Tibet, 26 meters high. It took 280 kilograms of gold, the same amount of silver, 40 diamonds and 1000 pearls! 

In the city of Gyantse at an altitude of 4100 meters above sea level, we will see the Kumbum stupa. This is one of the few multi-tiered stupas. Its halls and many niches hold hundreds of ancient Buddha statues. We reach Yamdrok Lake - one of the four sacred lakes in Tibet. Imagine the blue, like the sky, water, surrounded by mountain peaks covered with snow. On the banks, the first green grass is eaten by clumsy yaks - a mandatory attribute of any Tibetan landscape. Inhale theis intoxicating crystal clear air. This feels amazing! 

In the evening of the last day, we arrive in Lhasa, the capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and check into a hotel. 

Day 9 - 10

Potala Palace Ganden monastery

The main attraction of the capital of Tibet is of course Potala, the famous residence of the Dalai Lamas. According to legend, this grand palace on a rock was built around a cave in which the king of Tibet, Songtsen Gampo, was meditating. It is believed that it was he who brought Buddhism to Tibet in the 7th century. We will go inside the palace, which amazes with incredible treasures. There are huge stupas holding the bodies of previous Dalai Lamas. According to the Buddhist tradition, these stupas are decorated with huge pieces of seven jewels - gold, silver, lapis lazuli, mountain coral, amber, agate, carnelian. We will see these treasures with our own eyes! Remember everything well - unfortunately, it is forbidden to take pictures inside the Potala Palace.

Heading to the 15th century Sera monastery, famous for its daily debates between monks on various aspects of Buddhist teachings. We will not be able to understand the meaning, but we will be completely immersed into the spirit of debates where teachers are doing their best to confuse the responding students. 

On the last day we go to the Ganden Monastery, which is 80 kilometers from Lhasa. Here in the 14th century lived Tsongkhapa - the founder of the largest Gelug Buddhist school in Tibet. The current 14th Dalai Lama also belongs to this school. The stupa with the body of Tsongkhapa is situated in this monastery.

Day 11 - 14

Sacred Mansarovar lake Chiu Gompa monastery

We begin the journey to Mount Kailash, which will take 2 and a half days. Every day we will travel for 6-9 hours, crossing the Tibetan plateau and admiring the scenery. We drive past the Maum-la pass at an altitude of 5207 meters above sea level and Lake Kongier. We observe typical Tibetan landscapes - the desert with views of the snow-covered peaks, yak pastures, small villages. 

We come to the lake Mansarovar in the evening and check into a guesthouse with magnificent views of the mountains. This lake is considered sacred in the Bon religion, Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. For example, Hindus believe that this lake first appeared in the mind of the god Brahma, and then on Earth. Pilgrims from different countries make kora around this lake. And then they bath in the lake, believed to wash away all the sins accumulated not only in this life, but also in hundreds of previous ones. We can also take a swim, because during the day the air temperature rises to 25 degrees Celsuis. We can also enjoy hot springs.

Walk to the small monastery of Chiu Gompa, which seems to be built into the rock. There is a place where famous Tibetan teacher Milarepa meditated. No wonder he chose this place - the view of the lake from here is stunning! In the evening we go to Darchen (about 30 minutes on the way) and check into the hotel. 

Day 15 - 17

Kora around Kailash

Early in the morning we begin our kora (a circumambulation around a sacred site) of the sacred mountain Kailash. Hindus believe that this mountain is the abode of the god Shiva. Buddhists consider Kailash as the mountain of Meru - the center of the universe, mentioned in their holy texts, sutras. The place is mysterious and very beautiful! During the first day we will walk approximately 6-7 hours past the Chuku Monastery along the Lha Chu River valley. It will be a simple walk through the gorge, past the former Tibetan cemetery, where the so-called celestial burial was organized. We reach the gate of kora - the place of the official beginning of the ritual walk. Pilgrims begin their bowing and stretching on the ground in prayer. We go along the river. The snow has almost melted, the first grass and flowers appear. What a time! We reach Dirapuk Monastery and check into the simple guesthouse at an altitude of 4900 meters. 

The second day of the kora is the most difficult - we will be walking from 8 to 12 hours. Early in the morning we go to the Tara pass at an altitude of 5750 meters. We are surrounded by the snow again - spring has not reached here yet. Leave anything of yours on top of the pass - a glove or an old scarf. Pilgrims believe that this way you leave your sins and all that you want to leave behind. Tibetans believe that after descending from this pass, a person is cleared and a new life begins! Inspired, we walk down to the small lake, considered miraculous. A local legend claims that a baby who drowned in it has come back to life. Tibetans pour holy water on themselves, and we descend to the monastery Zutulpuk at an altitude of 4790 meters. Fluffy Tibetan marmots accompany us to the guesthouse. 

The third day of the kora is easy - we will walk for 4 hours to Darchen. There is no snow on our way - its spring again! We reach the village, have lunch at the hotel, enjoy a shower (or hot springs) and leave for Saga (approximately 8-10 hours) on the way. We spend the night in the hotel.

Day 18 - 22

Kathmandu

In the morning we leave for Lhatse (8-10 hours on the way), where we stay at the hotel for the night. Next morning we go back to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet (8-10 hours on the way). We check into a hotel, and next morning we leave for the airport and fly to Kathmandu. There we check into a hotel in the old center. 

Free day for rest and shopping. The best gifts from Kathmandu is tourist equipment. For example, there are very inexpensive and high-quality backpacks, thermal underwear, sportswear. And do not forget to bring mangoes! Mango season is in full swing this time of year! 

Armed with souvenirs and inspired by amazing impressions we fly back home.

Tour leader

Yevgeniy Ikhelzon
co-founder, tour leader
Katia Shanti
tour leader

Is this trip for you?

This trip is the average physical grade. It includes long journeys (8-10 hours) by rented transport with stops for eating and visiting sights. We will also complete a 3-day walking ritual tour around Mount Kailash. On the first day we will walk for 6-7 hours on easy terrain. The second day is the most difficult - 8-12 hours with a sharp climb and descent. The third day is the easiest - 4 hours. We will go light - some things will be left in the hotel, the rest of the things needed during the hike will be carried by the hired yaks. The maximum height at which we will be is approximately 5,200 meters above sea level. All nights we will spend in double/twin rooms of hotels. All will have hot water. During the kora we will spend nights in simple guesthouses in local villages. Hot water here will only be available in buckets.

Visa

Citizens of most countries need a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is issued on arrival and costs $40.

Chinese visa and permit to enter Tibet is arranged by the guide for the entire trip in Kathmandu.

We provide free visa consulting for our clients.

Additional options

3g mobile internet in China
Price: + $30
Prepaid local sim card (no international calls) with 2GB internet package

3G mobile internet in Nepal
Price: + $30
Prepaid local sim card with 2GB internet package

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