September 3 to 25, 2017
From Chengdu, China
This itinerary is currently in development. The final itinerary will be available soon in this location.
Overview: Join us for this in-depth exploration of Tibet. We'll fly to Lhasa and continue on to Shigatse and Gyantse, with sacred Mt. Kailash as our goal. In addition to the kora (pilgrimage) around Mt. Kailash, the trip includes a visit to the ancient kingdom of Guge and time to sightsee in Lhasa.
The trekking is short (four days of hiking) but much of the hiking is on steep trails at high elevation (15,000 to 18,000 feet). Landslides, weather or political conditions may cause detours, delays or turning back. This trip is appropriate for experienced hikers who have been to altitude before and are prepared to "rough it." Conditions in Tibet are variable. Be prepared for changes in weather, limited toilet facilities and the rigors of the wilderness. Travel in Tibet is an adventure; its long isolation and the fact that tourism is relatively new make for exciting travel. With flexibility and an open mind, you will enjoy the challenge. The pilgrimage to Kailash is the experience of a lifetime!
Leadership: Our Trek Leader is Marin Johannsson. She holds a B.S. in Recreation with a special emphasis in Outdoor Leadership. Marin has taught rock climbing, snow camping, rafting and canoeing. Trained in first aid, she has led many treks for us since 1990. When not on the trail, Marin also is a rafting guide and collects Tibetan Thangka paintings. Marin works closely with our local guide and dedicated staff members (cook, porters and assistants) to make this special trip a complete success. With a group of five or less, our local professional staff will lead this trip.
Mount Kailash Day-To-Day Itinerary Detail:
Pre Trip Days: In transit from your home (Americans lose one day crossing the international date line). Fly from home to Chengdu, China. Please note that you must arrive in Chengdu by September 3, 2017.
Day 1: Fly to Chengdu - pick up and transfer to Express Holiday Inn. (No Meals)
Day 2: Drive to visit Panda Breeding Centre / Wenshu Temple. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 3: Transfer to airport. Fly to Lhasa. Pick up and transfer. (Dinner)
Day 4: Sightsee in Lhasa. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 5: Sightsee in Lhasa. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 6: Sightsee in Lhasa. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 7: Drive to Gyantse via Yamdroke Lake. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8: Visit Pelkor Chode. Drive to Shigatse. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9: Drive Shigatse to Saga. Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10: Drive Saga to Baryang. Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11: Drive Baryang to Lake Manasarovar. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12: Drive to Zada. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13: Visit Guge Kingdom and surroundings. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 14: Drive to Darchen. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 15: Start - Kora Dirapuk. Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 16: Kora - Zultupuk. Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 17: End Kora around afternoon. Drive to Lake Manasarovar. Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 18: Explore around Lake. Drive to Saga. Camp or guesthouse. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 19: Drive Saga to Shigatse. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 20: Drive Shigatse to Lhasa via Tsangpo road. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 21: Free in Lhasa. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 22: Fly to Chengdu. Pick up and transfer to Express Holiday Inn. (Breakfast)
Day 23: Transfer to airport. Departure. (Breakfast)
End of the Mount Kailash Trek program.
Optional Extension, depart Lhasa in the late morning, to Xian (home to the Terra Cotta Warrior Army) by overnight train (34 hours, evening arrival). Return flight to Shanghai or Beijing is suggested in lieu of the original return Chengdu flight. Replace Days 22 & 23 above, with the following schedule:
Day 22: Train overnight from Lhasa to Xian. (No Meals ?)
Day 23: 08:49 PM arrival in Xian. Transfer to hotel. (No Meals ?)
Day 24: Full day in Xian - Xian lies on the Guanzhong Plain in the south-central part of Shaanxi province, an area with a rich history. The "Lantian Man" dates back at least 500,000 years and was discovered 31 miles southeast of Xian. A 6,500-year-old Banpo Neolithic village, discovered in 1953, contains several Neolithic settlements, carbon-dated to 5600-6700 years ago. The site is home to the Xian Banpo Museum, built in 1957, to preserve the archaeological relics.
The famous "Terracotta Army" funerary statues are a collection of clay sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, China's first Emperor. This funerary art, discovered on March 29, 1974 by farmers digging a water well, was buried with the emperor in 210-209 BCE and meant to protect the emperor in his afterlife. It is the largest pottery figurine group ever discovered in China. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 25: Transfer to airport for an early morning flight to either Shanghai or Beijing to arrive around 10 AM. (Breakfast)
Post Trip: Same day return date those in the Americas recrossing the international date line.
Important Note: This is meant only as a guide to what our days will be like. Changes may be made as we go along depending upon local conditions, our acclimatization and health. It should be noted that this is adventure travel! Good health, a reasonable level of fitness, and a positive outlook make it enjoyable. Sturdy vehicles will be provided, but remember that adventurous travel is not for those who are prone to car sickness. Some of the areas to be visited are remote and facilities can be limited.
Tibet tourism is administrated by the Chinese government and is completely subject to the authority of local Chinese regulators. Changes in their rules at any time may cause cancellations or rerouting.
Travel Details: When arranging your flight to the meeting point, note that you must arrive in Chengdu no later than September 3, 2017. Air carriers have variable flight times and connections, so look carefully. You should not depart earlier than September 25, 2017 (or September 27, 2017 if joining the trip extension to Xian). You may arrive early or stay for extra days at the end — we can arrange additional accommodations and services for your needs.
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Mount Kailash, Tibet Trek & Tour • Administrative Details:
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Single Supplement (optional single accommodation):
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Passport, Visa(s), Physicians Visit, Emergency Medical & Evacuation Insurance, Travel to/from Chengdu (China), Meals Beyond Above Itinerary, Beverages, Spending/Personal Money.
Strenuous: Usually involves high-altitude hiking along rugged trails and crossing passes as high as 18,200 feet. Weather can be variable and snowfields may be encountered. Daily hiking is extensive — sometimes for as much as eight or nine hours. This trip is long in overall duration and are designed for experienced hikers who want to be challenged. No technical climbing skills are needed and days for rest are appropriately included, but overall this trip is arduous and meant for hearty hikers.
June 3, 2017 ($100USD late fee thereafter)
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