Tibet 2024
Lhasa, Mt Kailash
Discovery trip and trek in 16 days
Level: SUPPORTED
Maximum altitude: 5,700 m
Optimal season: May to June and September
HIGHLIGHTS
- The tour of Kailash in the footsteps of pilgrims and the sacred lake Manasarovar
- The essentials of the heart of Tibet: Lhasa Gyantse and Shigatse
- Kingdom of Guge
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Difficult
  • Best Period: May - June & September
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Number of walking days: 0
  • Highest Altitude: 5700 Meters
  • Accomodation: Hotel & Guest House
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Day
Arrive at Gongkar airport, welcome by your driver and your Tibetan guide then transfer to Lhasa, depending on the weather and your fitness, and go for a stroll in the old Barkor district.
Lubhum Tsang Boutique Hotel or similar B&B
Morning visit to Potala Palace, Lhasa's most imposing attraction, once the center of the Tibetan government and the winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Discovery in the afternoon of the Jokhang monastery, built in 647 when Buddhism was introduced to Tibet, the supposed cradle and sacred house of Tibetan Buddhism. Free time then for a pleasant stroll in the fascinating Barkhor street surrounding the Jokhang temple, as well as a nunnery and the Ramoche temple.
Lubhum Tsang Boutique Hotel or similar B&B
Morning visit to Potala Palace, Lhasa's most imposing attraction, once the center of the Tibetan government and the winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Discovery in the afternoon of the Jokhang monastery, built in 647 when Buddhism was introduced to Tibet, the supposed cradle and sacred house of Tibetan Buddhism. Free time then for a pleasant stroll in the fascinating Barkhor street surrounding the Jokhang temple, as well as a nunnery and the Ramoche temple.
Lubhum Tsang Boutique Hotel or similar B&B
Departure towards Gyantse passing by the superb Yamdrok Lake, one of the holy lakes of Tibet. Passage of 3 passes between 4500 and 5045m. View of a pretty glacier en route. Visit the lost monastery of Ralung. On arrival, visit the monastery of Pelkhor, a fusion of Nepalese, Tibetan and Han styles; it presents an impressive wealth of symbols and architectural elements. Then discovered the old town of Gyantsé and the ruins of Zhongshan, a citadel marked by the resistance against the British invasion of 1904 (visit according to time available, otherwise the next day).
Yeti Hotel or similar B&B
Morning drive to Sakya with a stop on the way at the pretty village and monastery of Shalu Shalu (built in the 11th century and renovated in the 15th). In the afternoon, visit the Shigatsé market, as well as the Tashilunbo monastery: the residence of the Panchen Lama, it houses the largest bronze statue in the world, which was built in 1904 for the Buddha of the future Maitreya. Continuation to Sakya – the black earth. Headquarters of the eponymous school which emphasizes scholarship.
Night at Yuanfu Hotel in Sakya
Drive to Saga via Gyatso la at 5210 m. In good weather, you can admire Everest from Tingri. Continuation passing near Shisha Pangma another 8000 m then on the banks of Lake Pegu Tso. Continuation across the plateau and the vast pastures where nomads raise sheep and yaks.
Night at the Grand Western Post Hotel in Saga
By the southern route, we reach the high Tibetan plateau at more than 4000 m, still very wild and apart from a few nomads, populated by herds of Kyangs, gazelles, antelopes and packs of jackals and soliarian wolves. We follow the road to the breathtaking landscapes of Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.
A fossil on site was seen from Chaktsalkang. Walk on the banks of the lake and visit the Chiu Gompa monastery perched on a rocky outcrop.
- Accommodation: guest house Chiu Gompa basic on BB
After breakfast departure for Dharchen and day at leisure for acclimatization and preparations for the Kora. - Accommodation: hotel at the faraway home or similar in Dharchen on BB
On the pilgrimage path of the Kora (tour) of Mount Kailash, 3 days of
walk to perform the ritual circumambulation and enjoy the atmosphere
exceptional of this spiritual high place for the Buddhist religions
Hindus and Bön. The tour is completed in one day by some pilgrims, others in
great prostration take much more time and others
settle down to practice meditation at the foot of the sacred mountain.
We set up camp near the Diraphuk Monastery (4,910 m).
- Basic guest house on BB
The highlight of our journey: The passage of Dolma La above 5700 m. Descent on sometimes uneven terrain to bivouac near the Milarepa cave.
Basic guest house on BB
3 hours of walking to reach the end point of the Kora in Dharchen where we let's find our vehicle. Return route to Saga.
- Accommodation: Grand hotel of Western post in BB
Continue to Shigatse and visit the Tashilumpho monastery.
Night at the Shiga Yangsha hotel in BB
Along the Yarlung Tsangpo road to Lhasa
Kyichu Hotel or similar B&B

What's included

- All transfers by private vehicle according to itinerary.
- Stay in Tibet with accommodation according to the program (Kyichu or similar in Lhasa, Yuthok, Shiba Yangsha, Grand Hotel of Western Post, The Faraway home in Dharchen,…)
- Breakfasts in Tibet
- English-speaking Tibetan guide for the entire Tibet stay
- Permits and authorization to enter sites in Tibet
- Entrances to national sites and parks in Tibet
- Staff insurance
- Oxygen available in the vehicle.
- Delivery of permits to the transit point in China
- Online payment in France without bank fees

What's not included

- Repas au Tibet hors petit déjeuner
- Séjour au Népal ou en Chine
- Visa Chine (gratuit pour 15 jrs en 2025) à obtenir au préalable
- Vols
- Assurance rapatriement obligatoire
- Pourboires, dépenses et équipement personnels, boissons,…

Suppliments

French-speaking Tibetan guide option: for 14 days $1020 per group
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