Simikot Kailash Manasarovar Tour
Hindus, Buddhists; Jain and Bon followers see 6714m high Kailash as the holiest mountain in the world. It is considered to be the axis of the cosmos,
Hindus, Buddhists; Jain and Bon followers see 6714m high Kailash as the holiest mountain in the world. It is considered to be the axis of the cosmos, from which four rivers, the Indus, Brahmaputra, Sutlej and the Karnali have their source and flow into the four directions. The ritual circumambulation of the mountain is part of the pilgrimage around Lake Manosarovar. The order is not important. You will start your trip "Trails of Enlightenment" at Lake Manosarovar. Stepping on its shore and taking a bath, or drinking from the water cleans the sins of a hundred rebirths. The trail around the lake is a serene experience in crystal clear environment. In summer, wild geese and Himalayan swans swim on its waters. Six of the eight gompas have been rebuilt. On a rock high above the lake is Gosul Gompa, which offers a splendid view.
We follow the canyon-like Sutlej in western direction. In midst a fantastic scenario of ochre colored castles and towers lie the 900 years old ruins of Tsaparang, the capital of the old kingdom of Guge. We drive on to Darchen, where we begin our mythical journey around Kailash; the parikrama (Skt.) or kora (Tib.).
Kailash resembles a huge natural temple. Stones, springs and hills along the way have a deeper religious meaning to the pilgrims. The trail leads through a golden-yellow steppe into the valley of the holy river and through canyons before the ascent to its highest point, Dolma La (5636m), starts. Pious wanderers mumble their prayers and ring their brass bells in front of the holy rock in which, according to legend the goddess Dolma disappeared after she had guided the first pilgrim here. To pilgrims it is the symbolic passage through the gates of death after which one is cleansed and prepared for a good rebirth.
Lhamo Lha-tso-The Oracle Lake Trekking Itinerary
Arrival in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft)
The adventure begins in Lhasa. There are two ways to arrive—via Nepal and via mainland China. The flight from Nepal to Lhasa is considered one of the most beautiful air routes in the world, as it provides sweeping views of Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks. If traveling via mainland China, there are a wide variety of flights in addition to the world’s highest train route to reach Lhasa. Upon arrival, you will be received by our Tibetan guide at the airport/train station. After approximately 1.5 hours of driving, you will reach Lhasa. It's advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight in Lhasa
Day 02 :
ightseeing in Lhasa City (3650 m/11972ft)
The journey begins with a visit to Sera Monastery, accompanied by an experienced tour guide (who is also a translator). Sera is an exceptional space; its white-washed walls and golden roofs speak of Tibetan Buddhism’s ancient wisdom and tranquility. Equally breathtaking are the gardens and sacred spaces of the Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s summer residence. We will also visit the Jokhang Temple followed by Barkhor Markets – a bustling road lined with vendors where you can sample the smells and sounds of Tibet, or browse through the Thankas, masks, prayer beads and countless other treasures inherent to Tibetan custom and tradition. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 03 :
Drive to Samye Monastery (100miles, 4-5 hrs)
Drive along the bank of Yarlungdzanbo River. 30 km before Tsedang, cross the river by ferry and take local transport the monastery. Samye is the first Buddhist Monastery of Tibet. Overnight camping.
Begin the trek.
Drive to Olka Valley. En route, pass by several hotsprings and visit some Gelugpa Sect monasteries such as Cholung and Chosang. Overnight camp.
Day 05 Trek to Amando.
It’s a long day to Amando. You will see some Nomadic encampments on the way. Overnight camp.
Trek to Chokorgyel Monastery.
From Amando walk up about 1/2 hour to the Gyelung-la (5180m) and about 4 hours trek to Chokorgyel Monastery, built in 1509 by the 2nd Dalai Lama Gendan Gyatso. Overnight camp.
To Lhamo Lhatso-the Vision Lake.
Today, you will finally make to the holy Lake of Lhamo Latso. Every Dalai Lama and Panchen Lamas had come here at least once in their lifetime for a vision about their next incarnation. Overnight camping.
Day 08-09: 09-10: Return to Chokkhorgeyl Monastery and the next day drive to Tsedang.
Day 10 :
An extra day in Tsedang.
Today, explore the highlights of Tsedang. Visit the first building of Tibet-Yambulakhang Palace, T
Day 11 : radruk Temple and visit the tombs of Tibetan Kings in Chongye Valley. Overnight hotel.
Transfer to airport for departure.
Day 13 Departure from Kathmandu ownword Destination
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