Kailash Overland Tour - Guge Kingdom - 15 Days

The route leads through a magnificent mountain area, past many Tibetan villages. The tour offers you spectacular landscape of Tibet and takes you sacred Mt. Kailash, which Hindus and Buddhists view as the "center of the world".

The mighty rock dome of Kailash comes closer. Together with pilgrims from far and wide you follow the trail (Parikrama) across the Dolma La (5600m), which is adorned with countless prayer flags. It takes three days to circumambulate the snow-covered cupola of the 6714m tall mountain. In Tibetan tradition you will conclude this pilgrimage in Tirthapuri - which is one of the most important pilgrim destinations along with Kailash and Lake Mansarowar.

Almost surreal appears the canyon-like valley of the Sutlej. Imbedded lie the ruins of Tsaparang, the capital of the former kingdom of Guge. After visiting the 900 year-old site our drive through the canyon of the Sutlej starts long the north route to Lhasa. The light and shadows of the summer clouds make for a magical atmosphere, dip the barren vastness in tinges of pastel green, yellow deep blue and violet. En route, we visit two of the most sacred temples of Tibet: Tshilunpo in Shigatse and Kumbum in Gyantse. In Lhasa, the spiritual and secular center Tibet\'s, visited by many pilgrims from all over the country.

Important Note and Optional Activities

Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Alliance Trekking. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required. 

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Duration: 15 Days Trip Code: AT-TT-TT07
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Group size: 1 to 15 Pax Max-Altitude: 3800/5500 m
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Arrival on: Kathmandu - Kodari - Nyalam Departure from: Nyalam - Kodari - Kathmandu
Trip grade: moderate  
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Day 01:
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,355m/4,457ft)
Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport one of our representatives from Alliance Trekking with its placard board with your name on it will welcome and assist you with your transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can take some time to get refreshed, and in the evening you will meet your travel manager for your welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu. Over dinner you will receive a briefing about your trip. Overnight at Hotel.(D)

Day 02:
Kathmandu, sightseeing
Take rest, familiarize, and make a sightseeing tour to Kathmandu\'s World Heritage Sites. The tour includes Katmandu Durbar Square, Syambhunath Stupa, Pashupati Nath, & Bouddha Nath - the biggest Buddha Stupa in ancient Katmandu. The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items as you will be driving to Tibet tomorrow. Overnight at hotel. (B)

Day 03
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Transfer to Nylam (3.750m/12335ft, 156km, 7-8 hours)
After breakfast we depart for the Tibet border. Lunch at the border. Clear Nepali customs/immigration and a 15 minute walk across Friendship Bridge to Tibet where the Chinese border police will check passport & visa. Here, our land cruiser awaits. 30 minute drive from Kodari to Zhangmu, where second immigration formalities have to be done. From Zhangmu to Nylam is 3 to 4 hours scenic drive. We overnight at Guesthouse in Nylam. (B,L,D)

Day 04:
Acclimatization, some hiking
After breakfast we will take a small walk through Nylam village to visit monastery. An option for a 2 hour trek for acclimatization or rest at the guesthouse. Overnight at the same guesthouse. . (B,L,D)

Day 05:
Transfer Nyalam to Saga (4,600m/15,131ft, 232km, 7-8 hours)
Enjoy the views of snow capped mountains; we will be passing through the first highest pass of Lalung La Pass (5000m) where a magnificent view of high Himalayas can be seen such as Gaurishanker, Shishapangma, and Langtang Himal. We will be crossing the holy river Bhramaputra. Overnight at hotel in Saga. (B,L,D)

Day 06:
Transfer Saga to Trithapuri (4,560m/15,000ft)
The road condition is fair. Enjoy vast Tibetan Plate, landscape changes from sandy dunes to rocky vistas to savannah type. As we near the sacred Mansarowar lake, the historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the north-west shore. We will have the first sight of Holy Kailash and Mansarovar. The drive continues to Tritapuri, supposed to be related with the name "Tibet", an important site for the Buddhists. (B,L,D)

Day 07:
Garuda valley sightseeing and transfer to Darchen (4,560m/15,000ft, 60km, 1-2 hours)
The Garuda Valley or Kyunglung lies to the southwest of Mt Kailash. The Garuda Valley contains mysterious caves some of which have never been explored. The valley is the source of an ancient kingdom of Shangshung, the ruined cave cities in the valley are remains of early Tibetan civilization. Afternoon we will visit Tritapuri. It is important place of Tibet, related with Presious Gura Padmasambhava. As the legend says he subdued a demon at this place. Return back to Darchen. Darchen is the starting and completion point for the the Kailash Kora. (B,L,D)

Day 08: First day of kora: hiking to Dira-puk (4,760m/15,675ft, 20km, 6 hours by walk).
Today is first day of kora. Lush green meadows and murming mountain springs follow with us along our walking through Lhachu valley. At the end of this day north face of Kailash arises in front of us and we reach Dira-puk monastery. (B,L,D)

Day 09:
Second day of kora: hiking to Dzutul-puk (4,790m/15,765ft, 18km, 6-7 hours by walk) via Drolma-la pass (5,750m/19,910ft).
Today we are going to climb at Drolma-la pass (Pass of Tara), filed with five-colored praying flags. This is the most difficult part of our way. Then we start the descending to Dzutul-puk. Very attractive lake Thugje Zinbu (Lake of Compassion) opens to our eyes. Some ancient meditative caves are visible here. (B,L,D)

Day 10:
Third day of kora: hiking to Darchen (4,560m/15,000ft, 14km, 3-4 hours) and transfer to Masasarowar.
We gradually wind out of the valley getting finally in to the Barka plain. After completing the holy Kora of Mount Kailash at Darchen, we drive to Lake Mansarovar. The drive from Darchen to Mansarovar takes about 2 hours. We overnight at Mansarowar. (B,L,D)

Day 11: Full day at Manasarovar
Full day at Lake Mansarovar. Lake Manasarowar has a circumference of 90 kilometers. It\'s one the highest fresh water lakes in the world. The belief is that the Kora of Mount Kailash completes only with a holy dip in the Lake Manasarovar and a drink of its holy water delivers one from the sins of a hundred lives. We also make the Kora around Mansarovar Lake by Jeep. Time permits us to visit Chui Gompa. (B,L,D)

Day 12:
Transfer Mansarovar to Saga (4,600m/15,131ft, 535km, 10-12 hours).
Today, we have a long drive from Mansarovar to Saga. It\'s the same route we came by, via Paryang and Zhongba. However, from Saga instead of going toward Lhasa, we drive along a different route toward Kathmandu. (B,L,D)

Day 13: Transfer Saga, Nyalam (3.750m/12335ft, 232km, 7-8 hours)
Cross the Yarlung Tsangpo or Brahmaputra River and then drive to Nyalam. Pass by a huge lake Paigu-Tso with Mt. Shishapangma (8027m) in the background. Don\'t miss the sight of Everest as the road climbs the Lalung La at 5124m. After crossing another pass, the Tong La at 5120m, we finally reach Nyalam. (B,L,D)

Day 14:
Transfer Nyalam, Kathmandu (1,355m/4,457ft, 156km, 7-8 hours).
Drive to Zhangmu, the border town on the Tibet side. Go through the custom formalities. After reaching Friendship Bridge, we\'ll be leaving our Tibet side vehicles, and will walk for approximately 15 minutes towards Nepal. From Kodari it takes another 8-9 hours drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. (B,L,D)

Day 15:
Farewell Himalayas!
Your adventure in the Himalayas comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Alliance Trekking will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.(B)

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