Tour Type: Lodge/Camping
Tour Grade: ▲▲ (?)
Maximum Altitude: 5220 m.
Best Season: October - November March - May
After a short visit of Katmandu you will fly past the ice peaks of Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Mt. Everest to Lhasa, the spiritual center of Tibet visited by pilgrims from all parts of the country.
Mingling with them you wander around the Jokhang, Tibet's holiest temple. You will visit the mighty Potala Palace. Perched high above the old city it is the landmark of Lhasa.
Then we embark on our journey along the southern route to western Tibet by jeep. Incredible views of the Himalayas and the Trans-Himalayas make up for the long, up to 12-hour drives on rough roads. En route we visit Tashilunpo in Shigatse and the Kumbum chorten, rich in murals and statues, in Gyantse.
Our destination is the 'Center of the World', as the Tibetans refer to Kailash. 6714m above see level towers the scenic and white snow pyramid. Prayer flags on the Dolma La (5600m) greet you on your circumambulation of Kailash, which takes three days. Traditionally, Tibetans then pay a visit to Lake Manasarowar and conclude their pilgrimage with a visit of Tirthapuri.
Almost bizarre is the canyon-like landscape around the Sutlej River. Embedded lie the ruins of Tsaparang, the capital of the former kingdom Guge. We explore this 900 years old religious site and head on north via Tholing and Ali (Chin. Shinquanhe). The grandiose mountain scenery of Kunlun and the oasis en route to Kashgar in southwestern Xinjiang will remain unforgettable. Experience the charme of the bazaar before you carry on to Urumqui and Beijing and return to Germany.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu, transfer to hotel (B)
Day 02: Flight: Ktm-Lhasa, transfer to Lhasa (BLD)
Day 03: Lhasa: S/S - Potala, Barkhor, hotel (BLD)
Day 04: Lhasa: S/S - Norbulinka, Sera Monastery hotel (BLD)
Day 05: Drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake, S/S, hotel (BLD)
Day 06: Drive to Shigatse - visit Tashilunpo, hotel (BLD)
Day 07: Drive to Sangsang, camp
Day 08: Drive to Saga, camp
Day 09: Drive to Zongba, camp
Day 10: Drive to Mansarovar, camp
Day 11: Mansarovar - rest day, camp
Day 12: Drive to Darchen, camp
Day 13: Trek to Dri ra Phuk, camp
Day 14: Trek to Zuthul Phuk, camp
Day 15: Trek End and drive to Tirthapuri, camp
Day 16: Drive to Tholing, camp
Day 17: Visit Tsaparang, overnight in Tholing, camp
Day 18: Drive to Ali, camp
Day 19: Drive to Droma, camp
Day 20: Drive to Dahongliutan, camp
Day 21: Drive to Mazar, camp
Day 22: Visit Mazar - END THE SERVICS FROM TIBET PART
Day 23: Drive to Yecheng, guesthouse (BLD)
Day 24: Early morning drive to Kashgar for fly from Urmchi, hotel (BLD)
Day 25: Flight Urumchi to Beijing, hotel (BLD)
Day 26: Final departure, transfer to airports
Note: B=breakfast, BB=bed-breakfast, BLD=breakfast-lunch-dinner