Holy Mt. Kailash Expedition

Date:On request
Price:On request
Highlights / Route:Chengdu – Lhasa – Shigatse Tashilhunpo Monastery – Lhatse Canyon – 3-days Trek around Mt. Kailash – Manasarovar Lake – Everest Base Camp – Lhasa
Length:~ 2.590 Km
Duration:15 Tage
Longest riding day:8 Std. / 400 Km
Average riding day:6 Std. / 280 Km
Style / Level of           difficultiy:Expedition motorcycle tour with overnight stays in camps, basic accommodation and 3* hotels (Lhasa, Shigatse ) and a three day hike around the Kallash mountain
Motorräder:Shineray 400 / Yamaha YBR 250 / BMW G650 GS

On this expedition adventure we cross the wide open spaces of the Tibetan Himalaya plateau. Snow capped mountains, vast lakes, small villages and important monasteries lead the way to holy Mt. Kailash and Mt. Everest Base Camp on the border to Nepal and India. 2014, the year of the Kailash, attracted thousands of Buddhist pilgrims from all over Asia.

Google maps only offers a basic overview on the route.
Many smaller roads are not documented.


Daily itinerary for Holy Mt. Kailash Expedition

DayRoute: Description
1 Acclimatization and sightseeing day in Lhasa: Transfer from airport to hotel. We visit the Potala Palace and the Norbulingka summer palace of the Dalai Lama. After lunch we take a walk with hundreds of pilgrims and cicumbulate the Jokhang Temple, Tibet’s most important temple in the heart of the old town. In the afternoon we have time for the bustling traditional Bharkor market. 3-star boutique hotel accommodation in the old town of Lhasa. 
2 Lhasa – Shigatse:  Our first  day on the bike  takes us to Shigatse, a city thats around 280 kilometers far away and is home to one of the largest monasteries of Tibet – the Tashilhunpo Monastery.
3 Shigatse – Lhatse: 150 kilometers further west we get to the old town of Lhatse. Once we arrived, we have a enough time to visit the old fortification Lhaste Dzong from where we have a fantastic view over the great Yarlung Tsangpo gorge. The canyon is the deepest of its kind worldwide and even longer then the Grand Canyon in the United States.
4 Lhatse – Saga: Cities and even villages are becoming increasingly rare and we left civilization far behind us. On our drive over the high plateau we will see more and more Tibetan nomands and endless horizon.
5 Saga – Manasarovar Lake: On the way to Kailash, which we are pretty close too, we drive along large herdes of grazing yaks. After crossing the 5200 meter high Mayum La pass we see the Kailash mountain for the first time looming over the Plateau: The Kailash in the north west, the Manasarovar lake below us in the Northeast. By the lake side we set up camp beside nomads and enjoy the sunset. 
6 Manasarovar – Dirapuk: Early in the morning we make our way to Darchen at the base of the mountain. During the Kailash Year thousands of pilgrims have gathered from all over Tibet in Darchen. We leave our bikes at Darchen and begin our ascent by foot or by horse according to your personal taste. After a 5-6 hour hike, we set up our camp in Dirapuk (4860 meter high) on a green meadow landscape. Those who want to turn back here can return to Darchan and take a rest. 
7 Dirapuk – Zuthul Puk: From Dirapuk we walk up to the 5636 meters high Dolma La. In this part of the trail Tibetan pilgrims leave personal items to symbolize the fact that material things can not be taken over in the next life. From the highest point we go down to Zuthul Puk where we will camp with pilgrims. Our longest hiking day is around 8-9 hours. 
8 Zuthul Puk – Darchen: On the way back to Darchen we walk across green meadows, which are inhabited by nomads, and along small water streams. Our hike back takes around 4 and 5 hours. 
9 Ruhetag in Darchen: After our long hike we have earned a rest day and quarter ourselves in the best hotel of the village. For a whole day we have the possibility to make photos of pilgrims or simply just relax. For the people who are still fit we offer a day trip to the villages and pilgrimage sites at Lake Manasarovar. 
10 Darchen – Zhongba: The first part of our journey back to Lhasa is identic to the way out.
11 Zhongba – Gyirong: Here we leave the road and follow the Yarlung Zangbo river course.The small, well-paved road without significant traffic leads us through small remote villages.We are now very close to the border with Nepal. Between us and Nepal there are only five- and six thousand meter high mountains.
12 Gyirong – Everest Basis Camp : We continue our drive through fertile valleys and little villages to the southern Friendship Highway. From here we have to take a 50 kilometer long bumpy gravel road until we arrive at the Everest base Camp. We will find simple accomodation near the Rongbuk monastery.
13 Everest Basis Camp – Sakya: The village of Sakya is famous for its monasteries, its smoke and butter candles filled temple halls and its surrounding high walls. The walls are called the “Great Wall of Tibet” by the locals.
14 Sakya – Lhasa: From Sakya we continue north-west, through small villages and fertile valleys towards Lhasa. A good time to say goodbye to the seclusion of the Tibetan landscape. From Palchen monastery in Gyantse we drive along the shores of wide Yamdrok Lake. In the evening we will have a big shared dinner.
15 Lhasa : Our trip ends after breakfast in Lhasa.

Included Services:

Snowfall at Mt. Kailash Shineray 400 / Yamaha YBR 250 / BMW G650 GS
Overnights stays in 3* hotels and guest houses
English speaking tour guide
Accompanying vehicle for pillion riders, equipment and luggage
Meals (Breakfast, lunch), mineral water
Gas, engine oil, spare parts
Help with applying a Chinese visa

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