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Mt. Kailash Tours, Lhasa-Kailash-Lhasa

Brief Overview of the Tour

Tour Name: Kailash Tours, From-Lhasa
Duration:  17 days
Destinations: Darchen, Kora in Kailash, Manasarovar-Hore, Paryang, Saga, Lhatse.
Shigatse, Gyantse, Lhasa,
Trip Designed by: Tibet Eco Tours
Tour Code: MKTL17
Cost: $2,837

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Overview:

Your destination is Mount Kailash, the holiest mountain in the Himalayan region and across the Tibetan Plateau. Mount Kailash is a pilgrimage destination for thousands of travelers from all around the world. You will camp and hike with the assistance of knowledgeable, local cooks and guides. On this trip you will also visit Lhasa city, which has fine art and ancient architecture, monasteries, many sacred sites and amazing culture. You will stop in ideal places to capture wonderful photos of the scenery.  


Contact

Operator:
Tibet Tours, LLC
Tibet Eco-Tours
Mailing: P.O. Box 32991 Santa Fe,
NM 87594 USA
Phone: 847 772 1430
Email: info@tibetanecology.org
Site: www.tibetanecology.org/tours

 


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| Accommodations | Booking |Brief | Communication | Contact | Culture Shock | Currency Exchange | Departure Date | Emergency Contact | Evaluation | Foundations | Group Size | Health | Important Notes | Itinerary | Laundry | Legal Advice  | Map | Meals | Overview| Papers | Payment | Spending Money | Style & Bonus | Tipping | Transportation | Travel Insurance | VISA |


Your Itinerary 

Day 01:  Arrive to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. You will be transferred to Yak Hotel***.

Day 02-03
: Two days sightseeing in Lhasa and acclimating to the altitude. Visit Jokhang Temple, the Barkor Street Market, and Potala Palace. You will see monks chanting, rituals performed, and pilgrims making devotions. In the Jokhang you will see a famous statue of Buddha in glory, the Jowo .  If you have time, you may also visit Sera Monastery.

Day 04:
Lhasa – Gyantse, Hotel ***.
On the way you will go over the Khamba La Pass and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Yamdork Lake. Arrive in Gyantse and visit the famous Kumbum, a stupa which has wall paintings and statues.

Day 05
: Gyantse – Shigatse, Holy Land Hotel ***.
Drive to Shigatse and visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, traditional home of the Panchen Lama.  Also visit a local Tibetan market.

Day 06:  Shigatse- Sakya-Sangsang, Camp overnight.
Drive  from Shigatse to Sakya Monastery. We will camp by the south side of the road. We are at about 13,123 ft altitude. We will see the Brahmaputra River.


Day 07: Sangsang-Sarga, Camp overnight.
On this day you will see nomad camps, and you may see Tibetan ass (aka Tibetan wild kiang), Tibetan gazelles and wolves.

Day 08: Saga-Baryang-Mayumla, Camp overnight.
The landscape and the wildlife are amazing in these areas. The Himalayas are on the left.


Day 09:
Mayumla-Lake Mansarovar-Dharchen, Guest house or camp.
If we camp, we will camp near the Manasarovar Lake.

Day 10: Kailash Kora (
Circumambulation around Mount Kailash).  Camp near Dirapuk Monastery, elevation 16,108 ft.
You will drive to Dharchen and start Kora, a walking meditation, around Mount Kailash. We recommend you walk not more than five hours per day. When you begin the walk, think of world peace and a healthier life for all sentient beings.

Day 11:
  Kailash Kora, camp near Milarepa’s cave.
Today will be a hard day, the hardest day of your trip. You are going to cross Dolma (Tara) La Pass, which is 18,700 ft.

Day 12: Kailash Kora, camp near Mansarovar Lake.
Visit the cave of Milarepa, called Zutrul Puk (Miracle Cave). That day you will finish the Kora and drive to Mansarovar Lake.

Day 13: Manasarovar Lake-Baryang, camp overnight.
On the way you will see Mount Jima Yangzon on your right. It is the source of the Brahmaputra River, according to Tibetan history. Some of the newly developed tourist maps indicate that Manasarovar Lake is the source. However, you will have a chance to see both. You cannot hike to the Jima Yangzon; you will only see it from the road. Ask the guide to point it out because it is easy to miss.

Day 14:
Baryang-Saga, camp overnight.
On the drive from Paryang, after 18 miles, you will see a large wetland, which is the source of the Brahmaputra River at the upper tributary. You will also visit the Brahmaputra River in Saga. The landscape is amazing. Pay attention and you will see wildlife about the river.

Day 15:
Saga -Lhatse, Guest house.
You have arrived to a farming region, where people grow lost barley. This is the intersection of G219 and G318, the highway to Kathmandu and Kashgar.

Day 16:
Lhatse – Shigatse – Lhasa, overnight Hotel.   
A beautiful drive, we will see many picturesque villages and mountains alongside the Brahmaputra River.  You will be back in Lhasa in the evening.

Day 17
: You will be transferred to the airport or train station and seen off by your driver and guide.
(*** indicates a three-star hotel)

To find out more about the destinations, click on the underlined words, which link to Wikipedia.


Accommodations

In the larger cities of Lhasa, Shigatse, and Chengdu we use standard two or three-star hotels. In many counties and townships, we use guesthouses for our accommodations. In most places these guesthouses are the best we can find in the remote areas on the Tibetan Plateau.  If camping is in your itinerary, we provide tents, but please bring your own sleeping bag. You can also buy one in Lhasa.  Hot water will be available in hotels and guesthouses.  Please note that you are sharing rooms with other members of the group. If you don’t want share a room, please let us know; we will have to charge you the supplement.


Accommodations

In the larger cities of Lhasa, Shigatse, and Chengdu we use standard two or three-star hotels. In many counties and townships, we use guesthouses for our accommodations. In most places these guesthouses are the best we can find in the remote areas on the Tibetan Plateau.  If camping is in your itinerary, we provide tents, but please bring your own sleeping bag. You can also buy one in Lhasa.  Hot water will be available in hotels and guesthouses.  Please note that you are sharing rooms with other members of the group. If you don’t want share a room, please let us know; we will have to charge you the supplement.

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Booking

Please book your tour one month ahead or at least two weeks before your departure date. To apply for your Tibet Entry Permit and to buy some of your monastery entrance tickets, we need some time for processing. To book your tour, we require a deposit of $200. The deposit is NOT refundable.  Full payment must be complete one week before your departure. Some of the wildlife tours require an 8-week advance booking because of paperwork and scheduling guides and drivers.


Communication

Email:
In Tibet many cities have internet cafés. Some of the guesthouses and hotels have internet access in their business centers.  In most places, you will be able to find an internet source, but it may not be available in very remote areas.  You may need some extra cash to use the internet.
Phone:
You can bring your cell phone but it will be very expensive to use.  Almost every accommodation will have a phone that has international service.  If you need to find a phone or internet, ask your guide for assistance.


Contact

Tibet Tours, LLC
Phone: 847 772 1430
Email: info@tibetanecology.org
website: www.tibetecotours.com
Mail: P.O. Box 32991 Santa Fe, NM 87594 USA


Culture Shock

English is not commonly spoken in this part of the world. Often you will encounter comfort issues like an open toilet. Some of the local customs may shock you, but be aware that you are a stranger to the people in Tibet.


Currency Exchange

The exchange rate changes often. You may want to change money in the Bank of China or in hotels and restaurants that have exchange service. We don’t recommend carrying traveler’s checks because they are difficult to exchange in China.  The best currency we recommend is US dollars and EUR (euro). We recommend you bring $500 USD for personal expenses during the trip. ATMs are available across the country but one thing you must be wary of is the fee for overseas withdrawal.  Every bank or ATM is different.
You may check exchange rates before you depart at: http://www.xe.com/ucc/


Emergency Contact

Please provide your detailed emergency contact in case of an accident or death.  We will give you our emergency agent's contact information after you book a tour with us.
You may consider seeking information about traveler’s insurance independently.


Evaluation

After your trip has ended, we would like to receive your evaluation of the tour and suggestions on how can we improve your next trip. Any comments on our guides, drivers and local agents will be appreciated.

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Departure Date

The departure dates are effective from where your trip begins in China or an airport—NOT your departure from your home country.  Sometimes the departure may change. If so, please contact your agent at info@tibetanecology.org


Tibet Tours, LLC & Tibetan Ecology Foundation

Tibet Tours, LLC was established to promote Tibet Eco-Tours as a Limited Liability Company to support the Tibetan Ecology Foundation. Ten percent of your payment goes directly to benefit the work of the Tibetan Ecology Foundation. TEF is non-profit 501 (c)(3).
Tibetan Ecology Foundation is an environmental education organization that promotes the conservation of Tibet’s natural ecology. Ecotourism is one of our awareness programs, offering on-the-ground exposure to the beauty of Tibet and bringing awareness to the threats to its ecosystems—beyond what you might learn from the news. Tibet Eco-Tours will allow you to experience Tibet firsthand. Our Ecotourism partners are local Tibetan tour companies run by Tibetans, and your participation greatly supports the livelihoods of these individuals and their communities. It will also help TEF to continue our educational programs. Please visit www.tibetanecology.org for more information.

Group Size

The group size will vary. There is no limit on the number of travelers. Please notify us if you are a student or a research group of more than 2 people.


Health

Tibet Eco-Tours require that all the travelers be in good health. You must be physically capable of hiking and handling cold weather. You must enjoy camping and trekking. Additionally, you must be mentally comfortable traveling or working with a diverse group of people. Please be open-minded and respectful of others’ boundaries, beliefs and traditions. People with special heart conditions or respiratory ailments are advised that the Tibetan Plateau lies at an average elevation of 5,000 meters or 16,500 feet.
You may experience altitude sickness for a few days, which is normal. We recommend that you take time to adjust to the altitude before doing any hiking and trekking, even in Lhasa. If you are seriously ill, we will provide transportation to a medical clinic for free, but any other expenses related to your health care will be your responsibility.


Important Notes=Paper

Before you enter Tibet (Tibetan Autonomous Region) we will need to acquire your Tibetan Entry permits and border permit. Also, some areas require applying for a special permit. Please send us copies of both your passport and Chinese visa. If you are entering Tibet through Nepal, you will need a few copies of a passport-sized color photo. The Nepali border officials will ask for this when you apply for a Nepali visa at the border, whether entering or exiting the country.


Itinerary

The itinerary on the site is final. The trip will proceed according to the itinerary, barring unforeseen obstacles due to nature or government policy. Otherwise, your guide will not deviate from your itinerary. You may print out the itinerary for yourself. Changing your itinerary during the course of the trip will not be possible. To extend your trip after your booking, please contact us before starting your permit process.  


Laundry

Often, there will be a laundry service for a fee available in the hotels where you will be staying. You may need to change currency (Chinese Yuan/RMB). Sometimes, a laundry business will be available near the hotel.  Most of these businesses are not self-serve and your laundry will be taken and returned to you. 


Legal Advice

Illegal drug use is prohibited. Drug offenses will be subject to the Chinese court process. It will also put the entire group and travel agency at risk. Marijuana, opium and other drugs are culturally unacceptable. Also, political expression against the Chinese Government is strictly prohibited. We will not be responsible for violation of these rules.

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Map

Kailash 17 Days Tour Map

Names of the locations on our trip maps are based on National Geographic maps and Google maps. You may find different spellings on different websites. Most of the maps we use show locations that you will pass throughout the trip but are not necessarily where you will stay overnight.


Meals


Payment

Your payment must clear one week prior to your departure. You may pay by check, credit card and cash. If you are writing a check, please make it payable to the Tibet Tours, LLC. For cash, please do not send by mail, but hand deliver it to a representative of Tibet Tours or Tibetan Ecology Foundation.
Tibet Tours will donate 10% of your payment to Tibetan Ecology Foundation. If you would like to deduct that money from your taxes, please speak to a representative about making two separate payments—one to Tibet Tours, LLC and one to TEF.


Spending Money

We suggest that you bring some spending money for shopping, bars or entertainment. Some may want to make an offering to the local monastery and having extra change on hand is a good idea.


Style and Bonus

The tour style is customized by the Tibetan Ecology Foundation in order to share an inside look at traditional life among wild nature, snowy mountains, great rivers and their sources. Tibet Eco-Tours also organizes tours to the northeast of the Tibetan Plateau to visit people living off the land in a traditional way—a lifestyle that has changed little over millennia in spite of modernization. It is also a chance to see the ancient architecture of cities and monasteries and a variety of art forms and folk crafts. Tibet Eco-Tours will invite you into an exotic and inspirational world of life and culture. 
Mostly, we will let you have ample time to arrive at your destination, take pictures, and write notes. We limit your travel time to no more than 8 hours or 500 kilometers a day. This way, your trip will be safer and more comfortable. If you are a writer or blogger, we invite you to share what you have learned about Tibetan ecology or culture with us. We offer a refund of 5% of the tour payment to anyone who writes an article relating to Tibet’s ecology. 

We would like to know what you think about Tibet, its culture, people and its natural and built environments.


Tipping

Usually tipping is not customary in this part of the country, but in the tourism business it is. Please feel free to tip, but please do not tip less than ¥1 (20 cents). We suggest a minimum tip of ¥5 for a hotel porter, restaurant waiter or waitress. You may tip your local guide and driver more than ¥10 a day. You may tip your trekking cook and assistant at the end of the trek. 


Transportation


Travel Insurance

We recommend you buy International Travel Insurance if you don’t already have it. We cannot be responsible for accidents, injury or death. We cannot be responsible for loss of personal valuable items, cash, camera, laptop, phone, etc. Insurance agreement form


VISA

Please apply for a Chinese visa from your home country or nearest Chinese embassy. For further information, please visit http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/hzqz/zgqz/t84246.htm  For your Tibet Entry Permit, please send a copy of your Chinese VISA to us so we are able to apply for your TAR permit ahead your arrival.

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