Mount Kailas is said to be the mythical Mount Mera, the centre of the universe. It is revered in both Hindu and Buddhist legends, while its location, close to the sources of the four main rivers that flow across the Indian sub-continent, contributes to its mystique. Our adventure includes a week long journey from Lhasa (via Gyantse and Shigatse) across the vast Tibetan plateau. We plan to reach Mount Kailas at the time of the Saga Dawa festival when many thousands of pilgrims from throughout Tibet gather to pay homage to the mountain. After the festive celebrations we will undertake a three day trek around Mount Kailas before a final night's camp alongside the shores of Lake Manasarovar.
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|DAY 1||Join Kathmandu|
|DAY 2||In Kathmandu, sightseeing Kathmandu Valley|
|DAY 3||Fly Kathmandu to Lhasa|
|DAYS 4/5||In Lhasa, visit the historic Potala Palace, the Norbulingka and the ancient Jokhang|
|DAY 6||Drive to Gyantse with its historic fort and Kumbum|
|DAY 7||Drive to Shigatse visit the Tashilhunpo|
|DAYS 8/11||Rugged drive across Tibetan Plateau to Mt Kailas|
|DAY 12||At Mt Kailas|
|DAYS 13/15||Celebrate Saga Dawa festival, commence trek around Mt Kailas to Lake Manasarovar|
|DAYS 16/18||Drive beneath Himalayan range to San Kosi Gorge, descend to Zhangmu|
|DAY 19||Transfer to Kathmandu|
|DAY 20||In Kathmandu, trip concludes|