11 Days Nepal-Tibet Kailash & Guge Kingdom Tour
The Kailash Manasarovar tour from Nepal in 11 to 15 days is the prime focus of most pilgrimage travelers to western Tibet. it is pilgrimage destinations of Buddhism, Bon, Hindu and Jainism from long time ago. But it no longer remains only a pilgrimage destination. Every year hundreds of adventurers gratify by its natural beauties and geographical rareness.
Mt.Kailash, Kang Rinpoche in Tibetan, is situated at a height of 6714 m. (22156 ft.) above sea level. For four Major religions of the world, i.e. for Buddhism, Jainism, Bompo (a religion prior to Buddhism in Tibet) and Hinduism, Mount Kailash is the spot of utmost reverence. For the Buddhists, Kailash is the center point of the universe. For the Jains, Kailash is the Mount Ashtapada, a very holy place of pilgrimage. For the Bompo followers, Kailash is the nine-faced swastika mountain and is constantly emanating great power. For the Hindus Kailash is the Sumeru Parvat, the spiritual center of the world around which all the earthly powers revolve. If there are heaven abodes on earth, Mt. Kailash & Mansarovar Lake is to be treasured as the most celestial. Its flames give birth to four great Asian rivers the Indus, Bramaputra, Ganges and Sutlej.
Tibetan Buddhists believe Kang Rinpoche, which means Precious Snow Mountain, is a natural mandala representing the Buddhist cosmology on the earth and the Jains believe this is the place where their religion’s founder was spiritually awakened.
It is indeed a rare opportunity and privilege for all devotees who have been dreaming to be close to the home of the Gods in this world.
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What you can expect
Day01 Arrival in Kyirong (2300m), 123km, 4/5 hours drive Attraction: Nepalese border Kodari villages, Friendship Bridge. Upon your arrival at the border town Kodari, our Nepalese escort will accompany you to cross the friendship bridge and you will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and driver on Tibetan side, then you will drive up through the zigzag road to Zhangmu, it is the first Tibetan town at the border, from there you can see the river which acts as border line between adjoined neighboring countries. After check in the hotel, you have time to acclimatize and your guide will collect your passports for issuing the ATP permit to Mt. Kailash. Overnight at Zhangmu (note, for West Tibet trip, the accommodations in Zhangmu are probably the best, and all other accommodations in Nyalam, Saga, Payang, Kailash, Zanda, etc are budget guesthouses standard in most cases.)
Day 02: Kyirong to Nyalam (3750m), 30km, 1.5 hours drive. Attraction: the up-winding road within the fertile valley and small cascades along the road. Today it is a short drive of 30km to Nyalam, the up-winding within the congested Matsang Tsangpo gorges and the spectacular waterfalls on the both sides of the gorge is one of the greatest natural wonders of the high plateau, then numbers of switch-back take you higher up to the Nyalam and the forest get thinner with the altitude rise, at the same time the dry air and appearance of snow capped Himalayan ranges remind your approach on the high plateau. Nyalam is the only best place to spend the night till Saga, so get further necessary good acclimatization to the high altitude and get ready for your Kailash trekking adventure coming up soon. Overnight at Nyalam (Budget accommodation)
Day 03 to day 05: Kyirong-Saga-Manasarovar-Darchen overland adventure The journey across the Thongla pass(4950m) and stunning Peikutso lake at the foot of Mt. Shishapama (8012m) to the far-west Tibet plateau, it passes through a region where the lifestyle remains close to what it has been for centuries, driving over the moony landscapes and vistas are vast but sparsely inhabited, the enliven and lone groups of nomads families dwelling in the low, black tents are tending flocks of sheep and herds of ubiquitous yaks are can be seen along the route, nevertheless, the abounding wild lives can be found in this region like herds of wild ass, Tibetan gazelle, wild yaks and so on. Finally the perspective view of supernatural peak of Kailash can be achieved from the Lake Manasarovar, spend a night on the holy lake side by absorbing the striking beauties of mystical lake Manasarovar. Hike up to Chiu monastery perching on the small hill offers a breathtaking panorama of the lake Manasarovar. Accommodation (budget hostel or guesthouses)
Day06 to day 08 (3 days Circumambulation trekking) Darchen the formerly important sheep station for the local nomads and their cattle is now populated with numbers of guesthouses and restaurants, it is located right in front of white sentinel Kailash and it is also the starting and ending point of Kailash circuit, the 58km circumambulation follow the footstep of devoted pilgrims with the alpine valley, blooming glacier and spectacular view of the great north face of Kailash can be seen end of the day, after cross the challenging Dolma la pass(5600m), the trail descent the steep and rock-strewn valley to Zuthulphuk and then on the next day a easy trek to Darchen. Day09: Darchen to Tsanda (about 280km, 4-5 hour driving), arrival around 4 pm Drive further south-west towards Ali, and then turn off to Zanda at Moincer, through a long zigzag road down and up incredibly eroded gorges and gullies, sooner the capital of the ancient kingdom of Guge can be seen down below in the valley floor. From various vantage points on the descent into Toling town, there are some of the spectacular views of canyons and sand dunes in the upper Sutlej valley. The vast sweep of the Himalayans is discernible, as the range turns North West from Nepal and along the Indian border as far as Ladakh and Kashmir spanning several hundred kilometers. Moreover, ruins of temples and caves of ancient Guge kingdom still breathing with exquisite murals and decorative motifs that dating back more than 1000 years.
Day10 Tsanda-Toling- Tsaparang-Guge Kingdom Ruins-Tsanda Guge Kingdom in Ngari, Tibet, is discussed within archeological circles in similarly reverential tones as the Mayan Civilization and Pompeii. The three have in common that they were abruptly destroyed at their peak and obscured from the world for centuries. Also that when excavated, all were found to be in an uncannily well-preserved state. There are a dozen or so households scattered around the ruins of the ancient kingdom, none that have any connection with its original inhabitants. Exactly how this kingdom of 100,000 inhabitants disappeared from view 350 years ago is still a matter of debate. The Guge Kingdom is much larger than the ruined city. It was founded 1,300 years ago by a member of the Tubo royal family, and was once the seat of rule over the whole Tibetan plateau. At the height of its power, the kingdom's territory covered all of Ngari Prefecture. It existed for over 700 years and reigned over by more than kings before vanishing in the 17th century. The kingdom's abrupt downfall is widely attributed to a religious war. Guge subjects were Tibetan Buddhists at the time Portuguese Jesuits entered the region via India. These Portuguese missionaries converted first the queen and then the king. Lamas were appalled, and felt compelled to look to Kashmir for help. This collaboration culminated in the Kashimiri army's invasion and eventually annexation of Guge. Accommodation: Tsanda Guesthouse
Day11 Tsanda-Tirthupuri Hotspring-Manasarovar (320km, about 4 hours driving) On the way back, we drive to visit the enjoy the Hotspring if you like (you can choose by yourself), finally we drive back to Holy lake Manasarovar where we may arrive around 5 or 6 pm (it depends on how much time you spend on the way), leisure time on the bank of the holy lake Accommodation: Qiu Gompa Guesthouse Day12: Manasarovar-Saga, long time drive for about 506km (descending and easier driving, taking about 8 hours), arrival around 8 pm Day13: Drive to Zhangmu, enjoy the landscape (about 280km, taking about 4-5 hours), o/n in Caiyuan Hotel (best available) or Zhangmu Hotel Day14: Zhangmu to Kathmandu (123km, about 3-4 hours slow drive, sometimes there is traffic jam on the way to Kathmandu), one night leisure time in Kathmandu (hotel by yourself) Day15: Depart Kathmandu
NOTE: This trip can be extended or shorten according to your requirement, for instance, you may not extend the trip to Guge Kingdom Ruins and it saves you 3 days time and about 800km driving)