Distinguished Singaporean and Malaysian Guests fulfilled Mt. Kailash pilgrimage journey with Tibet Travel Service. Here below is Kailash Mnasarovar Tour Review 2013 from our distinguished guests.
Tibet Kailash Manasarovar Travel Porgram overview
April 29 Morning flight from Singapore to Chengdu (6:30 am), permits delivery to airport, connect one afternoon flight to Lhasa CA4112 3:00 pm, airport to hotel transfer, rest well in Dhood Gu Hotel
April 30 Lhasa sightseeing, visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Dhood Gu Hotel
May 1 Lhasa sightseeing, visit Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, Sera monastery, Dhood Gu Hotel
May 2 Lhasa-Lake Yamdrok Tso (110 km, 8:30 am-10:20 am, about 1 hour and 30 mins driving)-then to Gyantse (150 km around 1:00 pm, 2 hours driving) (Pelkhor Choede Monastery around 3:30 pm)-Shigatse city (90 km, arrival around 6 pm), Manasarovar Hotel
May 3 Shigatse (Tashilhunpo Monastery)-Sakya Monastery in Sakya-Lhatse-o/n in Lhatse Shanghai Hotel
May 4 Lhatse-Saga (about 300km, taking about 7-9 hours slow and safe driving, stop flexibly on the way when it is good to take photos), overland landscape journey
May 5 Saga to Manasarovar Lake (about 507km), o/n in Qiu Gompa Guesthouse
May 6 Manasarovar-Darchen (4560m), 30km
About 30 km north of Lake Manasarovar is Darchen, the main gateway and the village. The monastery at Darchen, Darchen Gon, is a part of the Drukpa sect. The two-story monastery structure in the center of the town serves as a trading post and shelter for pilgrims. Within the dukhang assembly hall are new and old thangka paintings and some statues, the main image being Sakyamuni. West of the gompa is the Mani Lhakhang that has a large, new Mani prayer wheel. This is the site where the original old flagpole (a Darchen is a flagpole for prayer flags) of Darchen was located. When beginning their Kora pilgrimage around Kailash, many pilgrims often circumambulate the Darchen Gon monastery and the Mani Lhakhang before setting out. We organize yaks or ponies for the Kailash circuit trek at Darchen.
May 7 Kailash Circuit trek-Dira Puk: (6 hrs)
This Kailash circuit covers 53 km and can be done in 3 days. We head west in clockwise direction and after a few kilometers the trail climbs up to a cairn at 4730 m from where the southern face of Mt. Kailash comes to view. En route we will visit Tarboche where annual flagpole raising ceremony takes place during Saga Dawa. Accommodation: Camping or in local tented camp or simple guesthouse.
May 8 Dira Puk-Zuthul Puk, 6 hrs
Today we cross Drolma la pass (5630 m) and Gauri Kund Lake (5608 m) where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in the icy waters of the lake. Accommodation: Camping or in local tented camp or simple guesthouse.
May 9 Trek back to Darchen (trek ends) and drive to Lake Manasarovar
The final end of the Parikrama is an easy 2-3 hrs walk down to where the river emerges on to the Barga plain. We complete the 3 day circuit trek of Mt. Kailash and we will drive back to Manasarovar Lake, Accommodation in guesthouse
May 10 Manasarovar-Saga, long time drive for about 500 km (descending and easier driving, taking about 8 hours), arrival around 8 pm
May 11 Drive to Zhangmu (on the way visit Peikutso Lake) and Milarepa Cave, enjoy the landscapes (about 280km, taking about 4-5 hours), o/n in Caiyuan Hotel (best available) or Zhangmu Hotel
May 12 Zhangmu to Kathmandu (123 km, you get to Kathmandu by yourself), your Tibetan tour guide and driver will see you off to the Friendship bridge and your Tibet pilgrimage tour ends with our agency (any additional add-on trips in Nepal in need, we would be more than happy to assist you further)