- Day 01 Fly to Gongkar airport and transfer to Lhassa Hotel in Lhasa on BB
Flight to Gongkar (1 & 40h). One of the most beautiful mountain flight over Himalayan 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 Yak hotel in B/B on the Barkor
- Day 02,03 Lhassa Sightseeing Tour Hotel in Lhasa on BB
wo 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 Yak hotel in B/B basis
- Day 04 Lhassa - Gyantse (5 h) Hotel in Gyantse on BB
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 Yeti hotel in full board.
- Day 05 Gyantse - Shigatse - Phuntsoling Camp on BLD
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 06 Phuntsoling - Sarga Camp on BLD
By the South road we join the high Tibetan plateau at more than 4000m in altitude, between Himalaya and Brahmaputra (Tsangpo). Numbers of nomad camps, herds of Kyangs (wild donkeys), gazelles and antelopes, and sometimes a mob of jackals howling with the fall of the night or even a lonely wolf...we profit by these camps on the Tibetan plateau to plant our tent for meditation and doing our daily sessions, morning and evening. Camp.
- Day 07 Sarga – Baryang-Lake Mansarovar Camp on BLD
We follow the road towards Kailash in breathtaking landscapes. Camp at Baryang. Reaching Kailash, we will finally plant our tent near the Chiu monastery beside the lake Camp.
- Day 08 Mansarovar-Dharchen Hotel in Dharchen on BLD
Morning, enjoy at the Lake Mansarovar and afternoon, drive to Dharchen to prepare the three days Kailash Kora. Hotel on full board
- Day 09 Circumambulation of Mount Kailash Camp on BLD
Following the pilgrims, 3 days (4/5 h walk per day) walk to complete the ritual circumambulation of the mountain and have time to sit and soak ourselves with this exceptional place. The khora is done in one day by some pilgrims, while others do it in full prostrations or pitch their tents to meditate on the foot of the holy mountain. Camping near Diraphuk monastery ( 5210m )
- Day 10 Circumambulation of Mont Kailash Camp on BLD
The most difficult day of the trip because we have to cross Tara's pass (Dolma La 5700 m ) before descending the other side to camp near the cave of Milarepa that we will visit the following day. Camp.
- Day 11 Circumambulation of Moutn Kailash then drive to Lake Mansarovar. Camp on BLD
Visit the cave of Milarepa (Zutrul Puk, the cave of miracles) then finishing the trip we will camp at Tharboche to witness the festival the next morning. Camp.
- Day 12 Morning, hike around Lake Mansarovar and afternoon, drive Ali, Shiquanhe. Hotel in Shiquanhe
Half day hike around Mansarovar with a great view of Gurla Mandata, Mansarovar Lake, Great Mount Kailash in the distance. After lunch, you will hike to Chiu Gompa and enjoy the final panoramic view of Mount Kailash from Chiu Gompa. Afternoon, drive to Ali, Shiquanhe which is 300km distance drive with a very good paved conditioned road.
- Day 13 Shiquanhe to Lhasa Lhasa Flight, 2 hours flight and flight to Chengdu
Early morning, drive to Ngari Kunsha airport which is around an hour drive. You will have a great mountain flight from Ngari to Lhasa.