Kailash kora 14 Days
Duration: 14 days
Trip level: strenuous (due to high altitude during tour)
Maximum altitude: 5900 m
Accommodation: guesthouse and hotel, during kora possibly in tents
Season: March, April, May, August, September, October
Day 01: Flight Kathmandu to Lhasa (3650 m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in and around Lhasa (3650 m)
Visit Sera Monastery, Norbulingka Palaces, Jokhang Monastery and Barkhor Market. Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. The Sera Monastery, five km north of Lhasa, is one of Lhasa’s prettiest monasteries and once upon a time sheltered a community of more than 5000 monks. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Jokhang Monastery, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, houses Tibet’s most precious religious relic, a golden Sakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wencheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. You can further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve centre of Lhasa.
Overnight at hotel
Day 03: Sightseeing in and around Lhasa(3650 m)
Visit Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. The Potala Palace, the home of the Dalai Lama, was built atop a single hill by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. Built in the 17century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels.The Drepung Monastery was once the world’s largest monastery housing 10000 monks. It lies hidden in rocky ridges just five km beyond the city of Lhasa.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950 m)
Drive to Gyantse while crossing over the Kamba La pass (4794 m) and the Karo La pass(5010 m). You will continue to Gyantse and while there visit Khumbum Stupa, Phalkot Monastery and Gyantse Dzong (Fortress), which is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet. You will also pass by the colorful Yamdrok Tso lake, one of the three largest sacred lakes of Tibet, and the Brahmaputra River (Yarlung Tsangpo). The 260 km from Lhasa to Gyantse should approximately take six hours of driving to traverse.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Gyantse to Shigatse (4350 m)
On the way, you can visit Shalu Monastery. Founded in 1040, Shalu Monastery is known for its beautiful and ancient mural paintings. The 90 km from Gyantse to Shigatse should approximately 3 hours of driving to traverse.
Overnight at Hotel or Guest house.
Day 06: Shigatse to Saga (4390 m)
After breakfast, you can visit the popular Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse which holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447. After touring the Tashilhunpo Monastery, you will continue your drive to Saga. You will cross the Tso La pass (4950 m). After the pass you will pass by the Lang Tso lake. The drive should approximately five hours of driving to traverse.
Overnight at hotel
Day 07: Saga to Manasarovar Lake (4560 m)
You will continue your journey on a paved road to the holy Manasarovar lake (4560 meters). En route you pass the high passes Mayum La (5211 m) and Pochenkong La (5150 m). The view from the last pass over the beautiful lake and the plain with in the distance Mount Kailash are truly enchanting. Lake Manasarovar is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in Tibet and is sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus. The drive should approximately seven hours of driving to traverse.
Overnight at Hotel or guesthouse
Day 08: Mansrovar Lake to Darchen (4560 m)
You will drive to Darchen, a small settlement of great significance. This is the starting point for the kora around Mount Kailash. There are only a few buildings and a number of tents. For three religions, Mount Kailash is a sacred mountain, Buddhism, Hinduism and Bön. Thousands of pilgrims visit this mountain every year from Tibet, but also from India, all to walk the kora. Walking every kora means a step closer to the nirvana. The Tibetans call the mountain Kang Rinpoche, the Holy Jewel of Snow. 4 The mountain is called Mount Meru in Hinduism and would be inhabited by Shiva. All of the main Asian rivers spring up around the mountain; the Indus, the Yarlung Tsangpo (the Brahmaputra), the Sutlej and the Ganges. From Darchen you also have a beautiful view of the Indian mountain giant Gurling Mandata (7728 m). The drive should approximately four hours of driving to traverse.
Overnight at Hotel or Guesthouse
Day 09: Start Kailash kora
You walk the three day kora around Mount Kailash, a tough hike at high altitude. But also an extremely impressive experience to walk together with pilgrims around this holy mountain. The luggage is carried by yaks. The actual kora starts at Tarboche, where the annual Saga Dawa festival is held at the flagpole. The first day is a long, but relatively easy day of hiking. On the way you will spend the night in small monasteries or in tents, somewhere opposite the north flank of Mount Kailash.
Day 10: Kailash kora
The second day of the kora is the longest and the toughest day. Today you hike from Dirapuk Gompa to Zutulpuk Gompa, where you have to cross Dolma La pass (5900 m). After an early and simple breakfast, the climb starts immediately. You pass by a field where pilgrims leave clothes, nails and hair behind. On top of the pass the inviting prayer flags are blowing in the wind. Approximately two hours after the summit you will arrive at Shapje Datok. You can have some tea at a teahouse and can recover from your climb. Until Shapje Datok there are no opportunities to eat or to drink. During the descent you will pass by a number of small and equally sacred mountain lakes. The descent from the pass is often considered very hard, especially when there is snow and ice. From Shapje Datok to Zutulpuk Gompa it is still four hours walk on a relatively easy and wide path. Along the way you will pass by one or two tea houses.
Day 11: Kailash kora, onwards to Montser
The last day of the kora is, apart from the altitude, an easy day. You will hike again towards the plain where Darchen is located. The last route to Darchen usually does not have to be done on foot, but can now be done by bus. After a short stop in Darchen, for lunch and possibly taking a shower in the bathhouse, you will drive straight to Menshi (Möntser). From Darchen it is about an hour’s drive (about 65 km) on a good paved road. After arriving at the guesthouse in Menshi, you still have time to visit the Thirtapuri Monastery.
Overnight at Guesthouse
Day 12: Montser to Saga (4350 m)
You will take the same road back to Saga. The drive should approximately four hours of driving to traverse.
Overnight at hotel
Day 13: Saga to Kerung Height (3200 m)
After the crossing the Lung La Pass (5080m) the road descends rapidly, and the vegetation changes at a rapid pace. The barren plateau makes way for an increasingly green jungle, completed with waterfalls. It is even possible that you will be able to see monkeys shooting away in the roadside. Kerung is a border town where we will spend the night. The drive should approximately take six hours of driving to traverse.
Overnight at hotel
Day 14: Kerung Height to Katmandu
After breakfast you will procedure for the immigration formalities then you will drive to the Nepal border. The drive should approximately take eight hours of driving to traverse.
Day 01 Flight Kathmandu to Lhasa (3650 m)
Day 02 Sightseeing Lhasa
Day 03 Sightseeing Lhasa
Day 04 Drive Lhasa to Gyantse (3950 m)
Day 05 Drive Gyantse to Shigatse (4350 m)
Day 06 Drive Shigatse to Saga (4350 m)
Day 07 Drive Saga to Manasarovar Lake (4560 m)
Day 08 Drive Manasarovar Lake to Darchen (4560 m)
Day 09 Kailash kora
Day 10 Kailash kora
Day 11 Kailash kora; drive to Montser (4565 m)
Day 12 Drive Montser to Saga (4350 m)
Day 13 Drive Saga to Kerung Height (3200 m)
Day 14 Drive Kerung Height to Kathmandu
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and the cost of the Lhasa flight.
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We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the tour. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel from international flight and flight to Lhasa
-Drive Lhasa to Mount Kailash and Tibetan border by Hiace van/bus/jeep, and Tibetan border to Kathmandu Tibetan border to Lhasa by Hiace van/bus/jeep
-Flight Lhasa to Kathmandu
-Certificate of CO2- emission free tour
-Licensed and certified tour guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Tibetan tour guide; English speaking
-Yaks and yak shepherd for your luggage during kora
-Free use of waterproof bag
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the guides and shepherd
-Monastery entrance fees, all necessary paper works and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Tibet visa and travel permit
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-All accommodation during tour
-All meals during tour; most Hotels and Guesthouses are including breakfast
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during tour
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, political disturbance, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for the guides and shepherd