Filled with spectacular scenery and stunning cultural visits, the Lhasa Everest Base Camp Kailash tour truly is a once in a lifetime experience. We organize small group trips for this tour and you are free to join us in either Kathmandu or Lhasa. The tour starts with a comprehensive briefing overview of the trip in Kathmandu followed by a sensational trans-Himalayan flight to Lhasa, which passes over Mount Everest and many of the highest peaks in the world if you begin the tour in Kathmandu. If you are to begin the tour in Lhasa, arriving from anywhere in mainland China or taking a new train from Beijing or Chengdu to Lhasa you will be briefed about the tour by our Tibetan Guide.
Mount Kailash, situated in the far west corner of Tiber, is the most sacred peak of Asia. This 6,700m beauty resembles a symmetrical cone-shaped rock, permanently capped by pure crystalline ice. The mountain is recited in various mythological and literary works, dominating the north Himalayan Bariers skyline. Mt. Kailash aka Mt. Kailas as it can be colloquially known, is revered as the holiest pilgrimage site by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Bön-Po. Tibetans regard this mountain as the manifestation of Mount Meru, “the navel of the earth” where the founder of Bon religion, TonpaShenrab, is believed to have descended from heaven, Hindus as the abode of Lord Shiva, Buddhists as the abode of Samvara and Jains as a sacred site where their prophet, Rishaba attained spiritual enlightenment. With its four sheer walls, distinctive snow-capped peak, and valleys interspersed with brightly-clad Tibetan pilgrims, Mount Kailash or Kang Rimpoche (‘precious snow-peak’, as known by the Tibetans) is an awe-inspiring sight. Four great rivers of Asia: the Karnali, the Indus, the Sutlej and the Brahmaputra (Tsangpo) originate from here. A three-day trek (Parikrama or Kora) around Mount Kailash over a 5,630 Drolma La (pass), clockwise for Buddhists and Hindus, and anti-clockwise followers of the ancient Bon religion, is said to erase the sins of a lifetime.
To complete the Kailash pilgrimage it is said that you should bath in the sacred Lake Manasarovar, stunningly set on the Tibetan plateau bordered by the majestic Gurla Mandata. On the journey to Mt. Kailash across the windswept Tibetan plateau, you will see cliff-top monasteries, wild-looking but hardy and hospitable Tibetans, yak caravans journeying over snowy passes, and the great peaks of the Himalaya with a foreground of grazing herds, yak skin tents, and a glittering turquoise lake. Journeying through Norbulingka, Sera and Drepung monasteries, Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and Barkhor markets, you will immerse into a world of ancient Tibetan culture and traditions, living amongst the civilizations. On this expertly guided overland tour on a luxury Van or Bus, you get to explore colorful mosaics of Tibetan arts, crafts, history, culture, customs, traditions, lifestyle, and cuisine.
This is a unique experience that is sure to engrain a spiritual discovery within. You will witness a host of indigenous cultures on your tour to Lhasa Gyantse, Shigatse and other significant cities along the way. A further drive across the wide-open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau brings you to Lake Mansarovar, before completing a kora around Mt Kailash. From there, you re-cross the vast arid plains before heading south to the Nepalese border and returning to Kathmandu.