Classic: Kailash Saga Dawa Festival (ACSF)
Countries Visited: China, Nepal Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 4 - You might encounter a few high-altitude hikes or other more strenuous activities. Pro tip: Put down that pastry, buster.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 10
Meals Included: 4 breakfasts
Accommodations: Hotels/guesthouses (11 nts), very basic guesthouses (7 nts, possibly multi-share), sleeper train (2 nts).
Witness pilgrims replace the Tarboche flagpole, hike the ancient Kailash kora, visit spectacular palaces and incredible monuments, arrive at Everest Base Camp
Journey overland to Tibet and cross the "roof of the world" to Kailash - Asias most sacred mountain - in time for the amazing Saga Dawa Festival. Youll embark on a demanding multi-day trek around the holy mountain, which is said to bring good luck to whomever completes it, then join pilgrims and celebrate the renewal of the Tarboche flagpole. Explore Lhasa and experience unparalleled vistas of Mt Everest at its base camp. Full of cultural treasures, remarkable Buddhist monasteries, and the colourful markets of Kathmandu, this adventure truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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|Day 1||Beijing||Day 1 Beijing|
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Beijing||Day 2 Beijing|
Set out early for the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Spend the day wandering from tower to tower along this magnificent feat of construction. Opt to see a Shaolin Monk Kung Fu Show, the Beijing Opera, or the Beijing Acrobats. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit Transport: Travel out to the Great Wall and back. Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Days 3-4||Lhasa||Days 3-4 Beijing/Lhasa|
Enjoy learning about Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before using some free time to explore more of the capital. In the evening, depart on a 48-hour train journey to Lhasa. Enjoy watching the scenery completely change as you climb onto the Tibetan Plateau. Additional Notes: We aim to get the best sleeping berths available on each train journey. During peak season (summer) we cannot guarantee which beds will be available. Included Activities: Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Tour Transport: The train trip is a long, yet rewarding, journey through the heart of northern China then south across the Tibetan Plateau. The spectacular scenery make this a once-in-a-lifetime train journey. Basic overnight train (beds) (48.00 hour(s))
|Day 5||Lhasa||Day 5 Lhasa|
Arrive in Lhasa in the evening. Take an orientation walk around Barkhor Square and start acclimatizing to the altitude.
|Days 6-8||Lhasa||Days 6-8 Lhasa|
Over three days, explore all Lhasa and the surrounding areas have to offer. Visit Barkhor Square, the Jokhang Temple, the Potala Palace, and either Sera or Drepung Monastery. With free time, opt to visit the local markets or find a teahouse to spend a few hours relaxing. Included Activities: Barkhor Square Orientation Walk Potala Palace Tour Jokhang Temple Tour Sera Monastery Tour
|Day 9||Gyantse||Day 9 Lhasa/Gyantse (1B)|
The drive to Gyantse is a spectacular one, crossing three passes over 5,000m (16,404 ft) and skirting the shores of the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdrok Tso. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 267km)
|Day 10||Sakya||Day 10 Gyantse/Sakya|
Sakya is the base of the once politically powerful Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Its huge fortified walls are testament to the turbulent past of the region. There is time in the late afternoon or early morning to explore the monastery and the ruins of north Sakya across the river. Additional Notes: Accommodation in these areas can be quite basic. Be prepared for shared toilet facilities, no running water, and often only multi-share rooms available. Included Activities: Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum Visit Sakya Gompa Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 242km)
|Day 11||Rongbuk||Day 11 Sakya/Rongbuk|
Travel to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest in the world. Additional Notes: Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and its guesthouse offers very basic accommodation, but the views that surround it more than compensate. Lie in bed and watch the moonlight illuminate the mountain. Included Activities: Rongbuk Monastery Visit and Stay Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 233km)
|Day 12||Saga||Day 12 Rongbuk/Saga|
Hike to Everest Base Camp in the morning. Later, make the scenic journey to Saga. Included Activities: Everest Base Camp (North) Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 293km)
|Day 13||Tarchan||Day 13 Saga/Tarchan|
Take another travel day to reach Darchen, home base for the Kora Trek. Follow the road across grasslands for the first spectacular view of Mt Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 14||Kailas Range||Day 14 Tarchan/Kailas Range|
Begin the kora from Darchen. Staying in basic guesthouses, the full kora takes 2.5 days to complete. The experience and scenery are well worth the effort. Additional Notes: If you are unable to participate in the kora, it is possible to remain in Darchen with our drivers. Accommodation on the kora is extremely basic and food options are limited in their variety. It is a good idea to bring snacks. Included Activities: Kailash Kora Day 1 Transport: Hike 20km (12.4 mi) from Darchen around the base of Mt Kailash. Hiking (20km)
|Day 15||Kailas Range||Day 15 Kailas Range|
Continue on the kora for the toughest stretch of the hike. Included Activities: Kailash Kora Day 2 Transport: Hike 18km (11.2 mi) to the highest pass of the trek and back down into the valley. Hiking (18km)
|Day 16||Kailas Range||Day 16 Kailas Range|
After completing the kora, relax in Chiu Gompa for the evening. Included Activities: Kailash Kora Day 3 Lake Manasarovar Visit Transport: Hike the last 14km (8.7 mi) to make it to Chiu Gompa. Hurrah! Hiking (14km)
|Day 17||Saga||Day 17 Kailas Range/Saga|
Stop in Saga for the evening and reflect on the magical experience youve had before continuing on. Additional Notes: Please note: the departures of this trip starting May 16 2018 will visit the Saga Dawa Festival on Day 14 prior to starting the Kailash Kora hike. Included Activities: Saga Dawa Festival Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 18||Xigaze||Day 18 Saga/Xigaze|
Travel from Saga to Shigatse. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 488km)
|Day 19||Lhasa||Day 19 Xigaze/Lhasa|
Visit Tashilumpo in the morning. Later, head back to Lhasa. Included Activities: Tashilunpo Monastery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 272km)
|Day 20||Kathmandu||Day 20 Lhasa/Kathmandu|
Transfer to the airport and fly to Kathmandu, Nepal. Enjoy some free time to get to know the city. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Tibet - Nepal) Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 21||Kathmandu||Day 21 Kathmandu|
Depart at any time.
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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