Kailash Adventure Overview

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Experience an 'up in the clouds' adventure in Tibet and Nepal.

Discover the beauty of Tibet and uncover age-old traditions of spirituality along the way. Trek on Mt Kailash - Asia's holiest mountain - and spend a night at the famed Mt Everest. Soak up spectacular views of the Himalayas, stay in monasteries, join pilgrims in colourful Lhasa and visit tiny Tibetan mountain villages. Cap off the Kailash Adventure in buzzing Kathmandu and celebrate an amazing journey of discovery.

  • Covet a colourful trinket in a Kathmandu market
  • Drive through spectacular Himalayan scenery
  • Experience the ancient traditions of Tibet
  • Mingle with pilgrims in spiritual Lhasa
  • Spend a night at Mt Everest
  • Take in spectacular views while trekking on Mt Kailash
  • Visit Rongphu the world's highest monastery
  • Visit the towering Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Finish:

    Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (11 nts), Hotel (8 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Jeep, Plane
  • Included activities:

    Ganden Monastery, Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Kathmandu - Durbar Square, Kathmandu - Swayambhunath Temple, Lhasa - Potala Palace, Sakya - Sakya Monastery, Sera Monastery, entrance, Lhasa, Shigatse - Tashilhunpo Monastery

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1428kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    Please note that we require a clear, scanned copy of your passport at time of booking in order for Intrepid to obtain your Tibet permit. In 2012 Kailash Adventure will be 21 days long One extra night on Day 17 will be spent in Tingri Group size in 2012 will be a maximum of 14 rather than 12. 2012 trip information will be available during November 2011.

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Days 1-2 Kathmandu

Buy everything from Buddhas to bangles in Kathmandu's busy markets. Walk to Durbar Square and enjoy an early-morning visit to Swayambhunath Temple.

Days 3-6 Lhasa

Travel to Tibet and be awed by its rich culture and history. Steeped in legend and tradition, colourful Lhasa is Tibet's holy city. Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and the Sera, Drepung and Ganden monasteries and walk around the lively streets, soaking up the unique atmosphere.

Day 7 Shigatse

Drive through rocky terrain, over steep passes and past beautiful lakes on the journey towards Shigatse. Stop in at Gyantse along the way and admire the complex architecture of a local monastery and Kumbum Stupa.

Day 8 Sakya

Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa in Tibet, before making tracks to fortified Sakya Monastery.

Day 9 Saga

Travel onwards towards holy Mt Kailash with a scenic drive to Saga.

Day 10 Paryang

See where the four great rivers of south Asia diverge from their glacial sources around Mt Kailash.

Day 11 Darchen

Take in views of the Himalayas on an overnight stay in the settlement of Darchen - the pilgrim's gateway to Mt Kailash.

Days 12-14 Mt Kailash

Traverse high passes, take in mesmerising views and admire what is reputedly the highest freshwater lake in the world on this Mt Kailash trekking adventure.

Days 15-16 Paryang/Saga

The journey continues south towards Mt Everest.

Day 17 Rongphu

Travel via the Friendship Highway, past stunning scenery and small villages en route to Rongphu Monastery.

Day 18 Everest National Park

Stop by one of the world's highest monasteries and grab a chance to trek up to Everest Base Camp. Be humbled by the evening prayer time rituals of the monks and nuns who reside in Rongphu.

Days 19-20 Kathmandu

Farewell Tibet and travel back to Nepal. Enjoy a final feast and a cup of spicy chai in lively Kathmandu.
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