- Day 01 Chengdu /Lhassa
Flight to Gongkar (1 & 40h). One of the most beautiful mountain flight over Nyenchen Thangla range and Bharmaputra river to reach the Tibetan plateau.
Transfer to Lhasa .
Walk around the Barkor, the spiritual heart of Lhasa in the afternoon.
Night in Mandala hotel in B/B on the Barkor
- Day 02,03 Lhassa
Two days to visit Lhasa : Imposing Potala palace which dominates the city with its 13 floors of temples, chapels, apartments and gangways. Constructed by the 5th Dalai Lama (XVII century), it contents more than thousand rooms. It's the biggest building of Asia and without doubt one of the most beautiful, for its exterior architectural plan as well as the wealth of the treasure that it holds. Despite the fact that the Chinese want to turn it into a museum, hundreds of pilgrims offer prostrations to shrines, statues and thankas
The Jokhang temple and the Barkor, the Tibetan heart of the city which still resounds of chants of monks, ritual tromps and pilgrims devotion. The Jokhang still shelters the famous statue of Buddha in glory, the Jowo, which was brought from China by the spouse of the king Songtsen Gampo (VII century)
Night in hotel in B/B basis
- Day 04 Lhassa - Gyantse (5 h)
After passing the Khampa La pass, we follow the shore of the Yamdrok Lake up to Gyantse, one of the most beautiful villages of the Central Tibet . Visit the monastery and the famous Kumbum, the stupa with hundred thousand representations constructed in XVI century by the Newars from Kathmandu . Night in hotel in full board.
- Day 05 Gyantse - Shigatse - Phuntsoling
Drive to Shigatse. We will quickly visit the Tashi Lumpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lamas. Then following the Bramhaputra, we visit the beautiful Phuntsoling monastery and the famous stupa of Jonang from which the school of Jonang got its name. The monastery shelters some beautiful frescos. Camp near the village along the Brahmaputra
- Day 07 Saga - Baryang .235Km
Day 07 Saga - Baryang .235Km
- Day 08 Baryang - Mansarovar 230Km
Today, you will almost have the same view as the view from Saga to Baryang. The additional interest things that you can see today are several types of wild animals such as wild donkeys, wolves, foxes, ibex etc if you are lucky enough, I mean those wild lives are not certain that you can because sometimes they graze beside the main road, sometimes not that's why I am telling, if you are lucky enough. Of course toady is also the most exciting day for you as it is the day of seeing the first spot of Lake Mansarovar and holy mount Kailash from a site called Chaktsal Kang where pious people do prostration to holy mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar . Camp
- Day 09 Mansarovar - Darchen. 55Km
Darchen was an empty spot where pilgrimages and tourists stopped one night while they were preparing their Kailash Kora but nowadays Darchen has become like a small town with full of Tibetan tents where pilgrims stay in and a few guest houses where the tourists stay in. On the way from Lake Mansarovar to Darchen, you can have spectacular view of mount Kailash , shaped like a cake offering.Guest house
- Day 10 Darchen - Dira Phuk. 18Km 4900Mt
Day 10 Darchen - Dira Phuk. 18Km 4900Mt
- Day 11 Diraphuk - Zutrul Phuk 20Km 4750Mt
Today is the second of your Kailash Kora which is indeed the hardest day of your three days trek. You will have to climb up to the top of Drolma La pass which is more than 5000Mt. There will be three sloppy hike to get to the top of Drolma La pass from Dhira Phuk and then pretty steep down hill with rocky path all the way to the valley. On the right side of the down hill path, there is a small lake called Thuje Lake, meaning compassionate lake.Zutrul Phuk was the cave where Mila Repa and Nagro Bonchung debated for their religion sects and nowadays, it is a small monastery.Camp
- Day 12 Zutul Phuk - Darchen. 14Km -drive to Tirthapuri 60Km
Day 12 Zutul Phuk - Darchen. 14Km -drive to Tirthapuri 60Km
- Day 13 Tirthapuri -Tholing 240Km . Camp
Visit Kyunglung Guru Gyam and then you will be driving across one of the biggest passes during your journey called
Jiangla pass (5100Mts ) and from the top of the pass, you will enjoy a unique land view
resembling to a pool as it is just consumed it's water from the pool or similar to Egypet
- Day 14 Tholing- Guge Kingdom, 20Km , Visit Guge Kingdom- Tholing, Visit Tholing monastery. Guest house
GUGE KINGDOM was founded in the late 10 th century by lineages of Lang Dharma, King Palkor Tsen's son Kyede Nyima Gon after the Tsenpo period was diminished in the late 10 th century and it was resided by 16 lineages of the Kings respectively. The citadel of Guge is situated up on a giant cliff and it has (300Meters) in height and 18,0000 square Meters in length. Eventhough the citadel of Guge was heavily destroyed, it still remains important Buddhist arts in Tsaparang. The wall paintings and the statues paint were influenced by Kashmiri style in 11 th century, Newari style in 14 th and 15th century, and Tibetan style in 17 th century respectively. The least damaged temples now are White, Red and Demchok temples and you can see damaged heads or shoulders of the statues and destroyed wall paintings on the wall in those temples.
THOLING MONASTERY the temples and religious buildings of Tholing are the most significant in far west Tibet . The monastery was constructed under the guidance of the great Tibetan translator Rinchen Zangpo in around 11 th century although some historian refers to the date of 996.During his life time, he is said to have built 108 temples throughout far west Tibet and Ladhak eventhough few still exist, those at Tholing are considered to be the best examples of Guge style of Buddhist art. Tholing was the main religious centre prior to the visit of the great Indian Pandit Atisha due to the influence of Rinchen Zangpo. Atisha was invited by Rinchen Zangpo under the instruction of the Guge King Yeshe-O. As the history goes by, Yeshe-O was very devoted to Rinchen Zangpo's activities and he himself founded the monasteries in Tholing. Yeshe-O sent his men to India to invite Atisha several times but they returned after being refused their request several times. Yeseh-O sacrificed all his life in order to invite Atisha. He was captured by invading troops from Qarloq who demanded ransom. When Yeshe-O's nephew Jangchub O tried to save his life, Yeshe- O responded to his nephew by saying " I am an old man. My life now is short. Use the ransom to invite and assist Atisha to come to Tibet . When Atisha was moved by Yeshe-O's dedication to Buddhism, Atisha finally agreed to visit Tibet and he was amazed to see Buddhism flourishing when he arrived in Guge. Guest house
- Day 15 Tholing-Dungkar Peyang, 80Km . Camp
Today you will be driving back through the same pass of Jiangkyi la pass ( 5100 Mts ) get into the valley of Dungkar .
DUNGKAR PIYANG has around 1100 ye ars history and the murals in the cave are possibly the oldest in Ngari region. The oldest temple at Dungkar is attributed to Princess Lhei Metok, daughter of King Yeshe-O in the 10 th century, but the building that is most prominent nowadays is Tashi Choling. Tashi Choling was built for Tsongkapa's student Ngawang Drakpa in the 15 th century. Piyang is around 3Km from Dungkar at the far end of the valley. The oldest building in Piyang was the Karsak Lhakhang, attributed to King Yeshe-O. Both Dungkar and Piyang have extremely gorgeous paintings. Camp
- Day 16. Dungkar- Laoche la-Ayi La -Namru, 75Km Camp
- Day 18. Ali- Rutog. Camp
110Km . Camp We can even extend driving for htis day for around 35 more Km and see Rotok Panggong tso with a small bird isdland
- Day 19. Rutog - Duoma, 190Km . Camp
- Day 20. Duoma-Aksai Chin-Dahongluitan, 340Km .Camp
Today you will enjoy the scenery of some snow muntains, lake Aksai Chin as well as the border between Xinjiang and Tibet.
- Day 21. Dahongluitan-Mazar, 260Km . Camp
- Day 22. Mazar-Yecheng (Karghilik), 180Km . Camp
- Day 23. Yecheng-Da Tong Xiang, 250Km . Camp
- Day 24. Da Tong Xiang-Tashkurgan, 190Km . Camp
- Day 25.Taskurgan - Cashgar, 100Km . Camp
Situated at the foot of the impressive Pamir mountains, Kashgar was once the key trading post bridging the East and the West. Largely inhabited by the Uygurs, this ancient city is dotted with Muslin architecture and still retains the exotic feel of the Silk Road era. We will visit Kashgar's lively markets, which attract thousands of people from the far corners of the region. They come here to sell, bargain, and trade everything ranging from camels to raisins. Our sightseeing tour will also include the Id Kha Mosque and the tomb of Abjak Hoja. Our tour includes the tombs of Abakh Hoja, the famous Eidgah Mosque and the most unique old town with typical Uyghur styled homes. We visit the various shopping alleys full of noodle shops, bakeries, teashops, blacksmiths and carpenters. Time has stood still - try a local taxi, which is a donkey cart.