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What used to be a three-day drive from Lhatse, with overnight stops in the towns of Saga and Paryang to get to the doorstep of the great Mount Kailash can now be done through a short flight from Lhasa to Kunshal airport in Ngari.
Sacred to Buddhists, Jains, and Hindus alike, there have been no known attempts to scale the looming, 21,778 foot (6,638 meters) peak. Out of respect to the various religions, the climbing community considers the mountain off-limits. Nonetheless, journeys around the base of the mountain are a popular experience.
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Embark on a three-day kora, or spiritual circumambulation, of Mount
Kailash. Your path will cover nearly 33 miles and you will ascend nearly
3,300 feet in altitude over the course of the trek, with your gear
transported by yaks.
The first day of the trek is rather moderate without steep ascents, and you
will arrive and spend the night at Drirapuk monastery, which has a
fantastic view of the north face of Kailash.
Day two of the trek brings you up to Drolma-La Pass by lunchtime, visiting holy sites along the way. At Drolma-La, you can string up prayer flags and make a supplication to the goddess Drolma, whom legend says helps pilgrims over the pass which bears her name. This afternoon’s ascent will be the steepest, bringing you to Zulpultruk monastery for the night.
Day three of the Kailash trek takes you on a circular route from Zupultruk and affords spectacular views of Lake Manasarovar. At 14,948 feet above sea level, Manasarovar is the highest freshwater lake in the world, and a sacred place of pilgrimage to believers who hold it to be the source of the Brahmaputra, Indus and Karnali rivers. In reality, it is only the source of the Sutlej, a large tributary of the Indus. Bathing and drinking Manasarovar’s water is believed to cleanse a believer of his sins.
From Mt. Kailash, drive approximately seven hours to Tsamda, present-day site of the ancient kingdom of Guge, which was founded in the 10th century. The ruins of Guge are highly worthwhile, and because of their remote location, seldom visited by tourists. Visit both the Toling and Tsaparang monasteries, both capitals of Guge at one point, and explore the remarkable cave systems, where frescoes in a hybrid Tibetan-Nepalese-Indian style have drawn the attention of UNESCO, and are currently under consideration to become a World Heritage Site.
Mystical scenes await you on this luxurious 16-day journey through Eastern Tibet and several fantastic locations within China. Not much has changed over the centuries in this world. See for yourself as you visit monasteries and ancient temples, marvel at majestic mountains and watch Giant Pandas at play.
Spend 9 days soaking up Tibet’s great outdoors, as you journey from the majestic Mt. Kailash to the fresh waters of Lake Mansarover. You’ll step into Lhasa’s past with visits to its historical sites, sleep in luxury at the St. Regis Lhasa, as well as under the stars, and trek to more than 5,000 feet above sea-level.
Uncover hidden Tibet over the course of 12 memorable days, including an exploration of the capital, as well as an epic three-day overland journey through the Himalayas and another three-days of trekking over spectacular mountains, through remote towns and staying in spectacular hillside monasteries.
Mount Kailash Resort
Mount Kailash Resort is a newly built luxury hotel with modern amenities, situated in the heart of Pokhara, 5 minutes' drive from the airport and next to Fewa Lake and the colorful local bazaars. The resort has 50 rooms, all with balcony/terrace, complimentary bottled water, refrigerator, free WiFi, and satellite/cable TV. The resort also has an outdoor terrace, restaurant, bar and massage services.