This Tibet Overland tour ends at Mt. Kailash, 6,740 m. to the north of Tibet. It is widely celebrated as the spiritual center for religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the Bonpo. For Tibetans,
Mount Kailash is the navel of the world. Major rivers like the Indus, the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Karnali and the Sutlej all originate from Kailash.
Historical place for the Tibetans and a rare sight for foreigners, this overland tour proves to be a complete package of vacation and cultural demystification.
Day 1: Kathmandu – Zhangmu
Kathmandu to Zhangmu border crossing the Friendship Bridge (Self-arranged). Pickup at the border and escort to the town of Zhangmu. Acclimatization day and overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 2: Zhangmu – Nyelam
Morning drive 30 km on the zig-zag road along the deep and long Zhangmu Valley. Reach Nyelam, Overnight stay in Nyelam for another day’s rest.
Day 3: Nyelam – Saga
Drive uphill to Saga town, slowly.
Things to see: Mt. Shishapangma, Pekutso Lake (largest inland lake in Shigatse area).
Day 4: Saga – Manasarovar Lake
Traverse along 270 km distance from Paryang to Lake Manasorovar. Get to Manasarovar Lake, bordered by Gurla Mandata. Overnight at a guest house.
Things to see: Manasarovar Lake, Chiu Monastery, a view of Mt. Kailash and Gurla Mandata.
Day 5, 6 & 7: Manasarovar Lake – Mt. Kailash
Drive 30 km from Manasarovar Lake to Darchen. Yaks and yak porters arranged for the following 3 days. Trekking starts from today after everything organized in place. Trekking starts from Kailash Mountain on day 5 and ends at Tarchen on day 7.
Day 8: Mt.Kailash – Saga
Drive from Tarchen back to Saga.
Day 9: Saga – Shigatse
From Saga, we drive to Shigatse that is the second largest city in Tibet.
Day 10: Shigatse – Lhasa
In the morning, visit the Tashilumpo Monastery and also check out the highest statue of Buddha in Tibet (26.8 meters high). Drive back to Lhasa directly in the afternoon.
Day 11 & 12: Lhasa city tour
In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa-Potala Palace. Visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism-Jorhkang Temple. Wander through the Backhor Street, the busiest street in old Lhasa quarter. Opportunity to taste the most genuine local Tibetan food and drinks.
Day 13: Tour end
Fairwell day; escort to the airport or train station in Lhasa. Get back to Kathmandu from there.