Attractions; Jokhang temple and bustling Bakhor street and Potala palace.
Today is your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have a little headache which is very common for travelers by the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity on the first few days is recommendable. In the morning, our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is one of the most sacred temples in Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that, you have time to walk around Bakhor Street which is one of the most devotional circuits as well as the crowded central market of Lhasa, during the old days it was the most famous local market but now it has changed to a tourist gift shopping center. In the afternoon, we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century, and later in the 17th century, it was rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking through the long steps is quite challenging but it is worthwhile to leave your footsteps in the spiritual palace of God of compassion, which was listed in the World Heritage in 1994. Overnight in Shambala Palace or Kyichu hotel
In the morning, we shall drive up to Pabongka from where you will have a view of Lhasa city and after visiting the temple, you shall head up to do a short hike up to Sera Utse and will spend the whole morning there. After doing 2-3 hour hiking, you will have a lunch break and then drive to Sera monastery. The amazing day will end with a visit to the Sera Monastery. It was built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen Choji Sakya Yeshi who is a disciple of Tsongka pa. A few different monastic colleges in Sera is home to several hundred monks from different part of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening every day in the afternoon except Sunday. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Shambala Palace or Kyichu hotel.
Attractions; Yamdrok lake, Mt.Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and Pelkhor Choede monastery.
We start drive toward south west, through the zigzag road climb up the Kampa la pass (4700m), from there you will be amazed by the
breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok lake with its turquoise color and snow caped Mt.Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, then continues
drive along the lake for few kilometers get us to the lunch stop at Nagar tse. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent
valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages that pass through; en route we will stop at Karo la (5150m) to see the holy mount Nyenchen Kangsar
glacier. Arrival at Gyantse, we visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery, this magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in
Tibet, it is not only well known for its architecture but also its old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls, late afternoon drive to Shigatse which is only 90km. Overnight in Gesar hotel
Attractions; Tashi lhunpo monastery and Sakya monastery.
Today we will visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery in morning and guide will make his/her time to obtain the ATP permit from the local PSB, Tashi
Lhunpo monastery is one of the largest functioning monastery in the western part of Tibet which has more than 600 years of history, it is a
different experience by walking with local pilgrims through temples and twisted lanes within the old buildings in the campus. Then drive to
Lhatse for the night, en route we will drive off the main road to Sakya monastery which is located in a small village, this area and monastery has a different architectural design and color. Sakya monastery was an important scholastic study center in the 13th century and under the leadership of Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen, Sakyapa ruled Tibet for decades during that period of time. Overnight in Sakya hotel
Today we will drive straight to Saga through a long valley of Brahmaputra tributary, compare to the last few years, the road condition is much better as it is recently reconstructed and paved. You will have an opportunity to witness the nomadic life along the way there and you shall experience some beautiful lakes too. Overnight at Saga in Norling hotel
Today the thrilling journey across the dry and vast plain with stunning views of great Himalaya in the south and Trans-Himalayan in the north,
the moonscape plain of the region is home for sparse lone nomads whose lifestyle remains close to what it has been for centuries, and numbers of plateau wild lives. Different natural landscapes like sand dunes and picturesque mountain views are not only the great beauty of the day but also the holy lakes and mountains. Then we will reach to the Manasarovar Lake (victorious lake) in the late afternoon, which is one of the holiest lakes in Tibet and every year it receives thousands of pilgrims. The lake is surrounded by several prominent peaks like Gurla Mandata (7760m). Then we will further drive to Darchen which is the starting point of the Mt Kailash (7762m) trekking, you will also have great view of the Kailash from the front. Darchen is a small nomadic village and now increasing number of guesthouses and restaurants make it more commercial. At your arrival you have plenty of time to explore around the town and prepare for the trekking, you can also hiking around the hills to get physically ready for the trekking. In the afternoon, your guide will arrange others trekking necessities like porters and yaks for your luggage transportation. You can find different restaurants according to your taste or your guide will help you to find some better ones. Overnight in Guest House.
Today our Pilgrimage start from Darchen and tracing the small trail in the clockwise circuit around the Peak on an average altitude of 4700m. You will encounter numbers of local Buddhist pilgrims doing along your way and several Bon believers in the anti-clockwise direction. After 4hours trek we will reach to Tamdin(4780m) where a nomadic tents serves simple lunch and boil water. From there it is only 4km to Dirakpuk monastery but between these stretches have some of the best scenery of the entire kora (pilgrimage in Tibetan Tradition). Dirakpuk was rebuilt in 1985 located on the north side of the Lha-chu River facing to the north face of the Mt. Kailash. Dirakpuk name originally comes from a word Dira that means female yak horn and Puk means cave that in a mythical story says a female yak opened the cave. Overnight at Dirapuk guesthouse
Attractions; the one and only chance of challenging to cross the Dikpala (5000m) and Dormala (5600m) next to Dikpala
Attractions; close view of the Manasarovar lake and Thuktso lake.
Today is an easy day trek to complete the circuit and your driver will pick you up from Tashi Do (which is also called as Dzongsar). Then
continues drive to Lake Manasarovar and overnight at guesthouses near the lake.
Today we will trace the road back to Saga for the night. You shall visit Dargyeling monastery along the way.
LHASA AIRPORT/TRAIN STATION - END & RETURN TRIP TO OUR COUNTRIES.
Today our guide and driver will send you to the airport or train station and it is time to say goodbye and depart to your next destination.