Kailash Kora & Trek to Indus River
Kailash Trek (TT03)
I already experienced Tibet in August and not being able to see the mountains for the clouds is too frustrating and I prefer to go either in May or in September/October. –By Enrica Senini
West Tibet, home to the premier pilgrimage site of Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, also has some of Tibet’s most significant art and architecture. Most travelers make the strenuous and expensive trip to West Tibet in order to pay homage to Kailash, of which is the holiest mountain for both Buddhists and Hindus.
This tirp is dedicated to those, whom love to visit to Kailash in the time of Saga Dawa festival in Spring or, to visit in the Autumn, the two of the wonderful time of visiting west Tibet of Kasilash district
Day 2 Lhasa: We visit Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and Barkhor Bazar.
Potala, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Stunningly dominating the skyline of Lhassa atop the crest of Marpo Ri hill, the seventh-century Potala is considered Lhasa’s most holy destination for a pilgrimage. Winding up the hill, a stone path leads to the 14-story, 1000-room. Each day, thousands of pilgrims give the prayer wheels lining the path a clockwise spin as they make their way up to the entrance.
The Jokhang Monastery is the home of the statutes of the revered Buddha, Shakyamuni. While all Buddhist statutes are magnificently robed in colorful brocade adorned with pearls, turquoise, coral, and silver, solid gold bowls of holy water rest before Shakyamuni as well as offerings of yuen (money) and khatas (scarves) left by pilgrims.
Day 3 Lhasa: Visit Sera, Drepung, Nechung monasteries.
Sera, one of the three largest monasteries of Gelugpa, sits at the foot of Hill Tatipu. It is as prestigious as Drepung and Ganden, which had a longer history. Sera in Tibetan means Wild Rose Garden since opulent wild rose woods once grew around it.
Drepung monastery. Drepung once housed 10,000 monks, If we’re lucky, we’ll quietly ease into a dark columned hall to see and hear the lilting, booming chanting of the sutras, or perhaps sit under a willow tree and watch as the monks engage in theatrical debate.
Nechung Monastery the seat of Nechung, Tibet’s State Oracle. Major decisions of the state are made in consultation with the Nechung Oracle.
Day 4 Lhasa to Lhatse via Shigartse, departure in the morning, we will drive along Tsangpo River upstream to Shigartse, visit to Tashilhunphuk monastery – the Seat of Panchen Lama
Day 5 & 6 Within this two days, we will drive to reach the holy lake of Manarsaovar, of which is a personification of purity as per Hindu theology, and one who drinks water from the lake will go to the Abode of Lord Shiva after death. This holy lake lies at 4556m above mean sea level, making it the highest freshwater lake in the world. The lake freezes in winter and melts only in the spring. It is the source of the Sutlej River which is the easternmost large tributary of the Indus. Nearby are the sources of the Brahmaputra River, the Indus River, and the Karnali River (Ghaghara) which is an important tributary of the Ganges River.
Day 7 Manasarovar Lake to Darchen: It takes about 1hour to cover the 30km from Manasarovar Lake to Darchen, where the trek begins with; after arriving at Darchen, get ready for trekking.
Day 8 If this day was April 15th in tibetan calendar, then the program shall begin with witnessing the ceremoney of Saga Dawa at Darpoche, then after starting the hike along Lha-chu valley, where we can see the south face of Kailash. Load up all gear to our pack animal, about 4 – 5 hours hike following La-chu valley take north bank of the stream to the camp that opposte to Drira Phuk monastery.
Day 9 Trekking to Zutrul Phuk monastery: This is the second day of trek, also is the hardest day. The highest spot of this trek of Drolma La pass is about 5700 above the sea level. Start from the camp, the trail is steep, strenuous, the altitude goes up rapaidly, plan about 3 or 4 hours to cover this ascending hiking of 6km around is necessary. When reach top of Drolma la pass, descending southeastward from this pass. This trail is rocky and steep, around 4 km to reach at Lham-chu valley, where we continually southward for about 8km, Zutrul phuk is located by the trail on the slop of the mountain.
Day 10 Trekking: In the morning, walk along Zhong-chu valley heading southwest for about 3 hours around, reach a trail junction, where our vehicles wait, here we shall end this Cora trek of Kailash, and get on the way for return, we shall spend the night at Hor village, a small Tibetan village approximately 45km east from Darchen
Day 11 & 12 During this two days, we will drive along the southern route to Shigartse
Day 13 Shigartse to Lhasa via Gyantse: Deaprture in the morning, about 2.5 hours drive to arrive at gyantse visit to Pelkhor monastery, then continuing east to Yamdrok lake, enroute visit to Karola glacier, enjoy the stunning view of Yamdrok lake – one of the 4 the Holiest lakes of Tibet; then arrive in Lhasa in the late afternoon
Day 14 Lhasa to the airport for departure.
Prices & Departure
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*2013 Saga Dawa Fesitval shall be held on May 25th,
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Extension of Indus Source
D2: Trekking to the junction of three valleys
D3: Trekking to Senge Buk
D4: Trekking to Indus source
D5: Trekking to Camp 1 (beside 4 closed glacial lakes)
D6: Trekking to Camp 2 (at somewhere in a long and narrow valley beneath the highest pass of this trek 6200m)
D7: Trekking to Zutrul Phuk monastery
D8: Trekking – regain Darchen
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