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Mount Kailash & the West

The focus of journeys to western Tibet is Mount Kailash, the holy mountain that stands at the center of Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Bon cosmologies, the earthly manifestation of Mount Meru; the sacred lakes of Manasarovar & Rakshas Tal and the ancient kingdom of Guge.
To make a circumambulation (kora) of Mount Kailash is to cleanse yourself of the sins of a lifetime.

According to both Hindu and Buddhist cosmology the four great rivers of the world (Brahmaputra, Sutlej, Indus and Karnali have their sources in Lake Manasarovar (and whilst not exactly accurate all originate nearby.

 

Design your own Tibet Tour

The itineraries listed here are suggestions & recommendations to get you started. Let us know your particular interests and time constraints and we will work with you to design your prefect trip.

Tibet tour Mount Kailash

Tibet - Mount Kailash

Group Departures
15 days

Lhasa - Mount Kailash - Lake Manasarovar - EBC - Lhasa

Explore the holy city of Lhasa - a city of marvels where history and art, commerce and religion meld into an unforgettable experience. Marvel at the great monastic complexes of Gyantse, Shigatse and Sakya. The 3-day circumambulation of the world's most sacred mountain is tough - relax afterwards beside Lake Manasarovar, legendary source of the four great rivers of South Asia.
Return to Lhasa via Everest Base Camp or you may opt to continue overland to Kathmandu.

Tibet Tour Kailash and Guge

Tibet - Kailash & the Guge Kingdom

Group Departures
18 days


Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigaste - Mount Kailash - Lake Manasarovar - Guge Kingdom - Mt Everest - Kathmandu

Discover the vastness of the Tibetan Plateau and the grandeur of the world's greatest mountain range.
Make the pilgrimage to and around the sacred mountain at the heart of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cosmology & spend a night on the shores of the vast blue Lake Manasarovar. Travel through stunning landscapes to explore the religious and artistic heritage of the ancient Kingdom of Guge on the banks of the Sutlej River. Cross vast grasslands for a spectacular close-up view of the world's highest mountain.

Tibet Tour festivals

Tibet Tour - Road to Kashgar

17+ days

Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse- (Everest) - Mount Kailash - Lake Manasarovar - Guge Kingdom - Ali - Rutok - Kashgar

One of the most incredible overland journeys it is possible to make, but be warned, it is a long way and is not a cheap trip.
As well as the great sights of Lhasa & central Tibet travel west (optionally via Mount Everest & Paiku Tso grasslands) to Mount Kailash & Lake Manasarover.
Marvel at the stunning art of the Guge Kingdom, the stupa at Tholing perched above the Sutlej River, the caves of Dungar & Piyang.
Cross the upper reaches of the Indus before stopping at the ancient ruins of Rutok and the vast Pangong Lake which straddles the border with Kashmir before heading north into Xinjiang.

Tibet Tour EBC

Tibet Tours - The North Road

17+ days

Lhasa - Gyantse - Sakya - Tsochen - Gertse - Ali - Guge - Mount Kailash - Lake Manasarovar - Kyirong - Kathmandu

For a close-up experience of the vast spaces of the Tibetan Plateau. ; geographically, politically and historically separate from central Tibet. Isolated valleys and tribal villages are host to some very important gompas and other sacred sites and offer an unforgettable and unique glimpse of a rapidly changing world - a region that is neglected by guide books and so less visited by western travellers.

Tibet tour Ganden trek



Tibet - The Great North Road

21+ days

Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest - Mount Kailash - Lake Manasarovar - Guge - Ali - Gertse - Nyima - Siling Tso -Namru - Namtso - Lhasa

One of the most extensive & comprehensive journeys you can make in Tibet.
All the highlights of the great monastic centers of Central Tibet; The sacred mountain of Kailash; the Brahmaputra, Indus & Sutlej rivers; ancient capitals and the expanses of the Tibetan plateau with the great lake & wetland regions - teeming with summer birdlife.

Tibet Tour Yarlung Valley

A Note

These long journeys to Kashgar and circuits via the north road are wonderful & unforgettable journeys, but they cover long distances and, although most roads are paved, they can be tiring.
These are not cheap trips - especially to Kashgar (your guide & driver need to return to Lhasa). Generally you will be best to consider putting together a group of friends (4+) to share the costs.

Remember - these are itinerary suggestions. All may be customised to suit your time & interests.