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Traveling to Tibet. Pilgrimage route around Mount Kailas to Sagadava. 13 days / 12 nights in Tibet

On this journey we will make a kora (kora is a ritual circumambulation) around the mystical Mount Kailas, the strongest place on our planet, the 7th chakra of the Earth. Kailas is the most sacred mountain of the Himalayas, the center of the world’s crown chakra. This is where the Earth’s purpose or true will is conceived and broadcast.
Kailas is a natural mandala. You don’t have to do special meditation techniques here. Meditation happens here.

All spiritual seekers strive to come here to gain intimate knowledge of Man and his possibilities, to have mystical experiences.

Kailas is believed to be one of the main occult sites on earth, which accelerates one’s spiritual development and promotes connection with conscious beings.

Followers of four world religions consider Kailas a sacred place and make pilgrimages to it. That’s more than 1.2 billion earthlings – 400 million. Buddhists, 820 million. Hindus, 3-5 million. Jainists and about half a million followers of the Bon religion. For Buddhists, Kailas is the abode of Shakyamuni Buddha in wrath form. For Hindus, the abode of Shiva, the god of illusion-breaker. The Jains believe that the spiritual epiphany of their first prophet, Mahavira, took place here. The Bonzes call the mountain the seat of life force.

Apart from Mount Kailas, this trip will take you to other mystical places in Tibet:
Visit the sacred lakes of Manasarovar, Rakshastal and Yamdrok Tsho;
You will visit the former residence of the Dalai Lam of many generations – the Potala Palace;
See the first 2,500-year-old Buddha statue that heals (at Jokhang Temple);
Visit other monasteries and stupas, meet lamas;
you will participate in pujas (Buddhist services).

  1. Tour dates: May 16 – 28, 2024 (dates while in Tibet, no flight).
  2. Number of days: 13 days / 12 nights in Tibet.
  3. Where to: Tibet (territory of China).
  4. Number of people in the group: Number of people in the group: from 6 to 14.
  5. Where to fly: Lhasa airport, the capital city of Tibet.
  6. What we do: We will make a kora (ritual circumambulation) around Mount Kailas (3 days), visit temples, monasteries. We will see the beautiful capital city of Lhasa.
  7. Accommodation: in 4*, 3* hotels and guest houses.
  8. Difficulty of the trek: Kora around Mount Kailash is a 3-day trek of moderate difficulty, which is accessible to many people with good fitness and prior preparation.
  9. Visa: tourist visa to China + Permit (permission to enter the territory of Tibet) – processed through us. Citizens of Belarus and Kazakhstan do not need a visa.
  10. Insurance: standard medical insurance for traveling abroad.
  11. Tour cost: from $2,300.
  12. The group is accompanied by: experienced Tibetan and leader Yana Denisova.
  13. Organizer: Travellers’ Club “All Ways”.
  14. Pre-registration to the group: on WhatsApp / Telegram +1 530 8440836.

About the peculiarities of the route and organization

Tibet is high in the mountains. The most important moment in such a program is competent acclimatization, which, according to our experience, should take place in comfortable conditions. We arrive in the capital Lhasa and immediately get to an altitude of 3650 meters. Therefore, for a milder acclimatization we suggest moving directly from Lhasa airport to Tsedang, which is located at an altitude of 3100 meters (1.5 hours from the airport).
Initially, we spend 2 days and 1 night in Tsedang, rest and visit the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet, Samye.

Next we move on to Lhasa. There we see local monasteries and temples, as well as the Potala Palace, the historic residence of the Dalai Lam. Then we gradually gain altitude and with stops and excursions we reach the starting point of the pilgrimage route around Mount Kailas – the settlement of Darchen (4576 m). Here we are acclimatizing again. And only after that we make a detour around Mount Kailas and gradually reach the maximum point of our program – 5669m.

In addition to proper elevation gain and drinking plenty of water, it’s important to avoid hypothermia and eat well. That’s why we don’t save on accommodation, but stay in good hotels of 4* and 3* level, where there is hot water in showers and heating (air conditioners work for heating). The hotel in Lhasa has a doctor on call at all times who can measure your blood pressure, pulse, blood oxygen levels and help you deal with “mountain sickness” if necessary.

Ascesis time will come, this is also part of the program – 3 day trekking on the pilgrimage trail around Mount Kailas at high altitude, without showers and in gesthouses. But by the time you start the bark around Mt. Kailas, you should be healthy and in strength to walk the path you came for.

Yes, you also don’t have to carry all your stuff behind you during the hike. Your belongings will be carried by porters (porters) or yaks.

All transfers are made on a comfortable tourist bus, which always has drinking water, warm tea and oxygen bottles. This is all included in the price.

Route

Tsedang (3100m)
Samye Monastery
Lhasa - the capital of Tibet (3650 m)
Shigatze (3845 m)
Saga (4640 m)
Darcen (4576 m)
Kailas - bark around the mountain (3 days) (from 4576 to 5669 m)
Darcen (4576 m)
Sacred lakes Manasarovar and Rakshastal (4590 m)
Saga (4640 m)
Shigatze (3845 m)
Lhasa - the capital of Tibet (3650 m)

The group will be accompanied by Denisova Yana, a healer of the soul, a guide of the forces of Light.
Journey to Kailas – a journey deep into yourself, in the program: talks on awareness, daily energy and cleansing practices, practices of conscious speaking.

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Travel program

Day1. May 16, 2024, Thursday. Arrival in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
The altitude is 3650 meters.
Transfer to Tsedang 1, 5 hours.
The altitude is 3100 meters.
Acquaintance, rest, acclimatization.

A scenic road from the airport to the city with high mountain scenery and views of Tibetan villages and views of the world’s highest river, the Yalutsangbu. The drive will take about 1.5 hours. We move straight to Tsedang to get acclimatized easier

Meet at the airport in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Transfer to the hotel in Cedang. A scenic road from the airport to the city with high mountain scenery and views of Tibetan villages and views of the world’s highest river, the Yalutsangbu. The drive will take about 1.5 hours.
Dinner, free time, rest at the hotel.

Overnight in a 4* hotel in Cedang.

 

Day 2. May 17, 2024, Friday. Excursion to Samye Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet. A walk through the neighborhood. Transfer to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.

Today we will visit the oldest Buddhist monastery in Tibet, Samye. It’s active. You can meet the Lama, attend a puja (not guaranteed, as luck would have it).
Samye Monastery was founded by the legendary Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava). Samye Monastery is located on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra River. Built in the form of a mandala, it is the only structure of its kind in Tibet. In “A Short Biography of Padmasambhava” about Samye Monastery it says: “It was erected as a symbol of Mount Sumeru, surrounded by four large continents and eight small ones, the sun and the moon, and a wall of iron mountains”. The monastery has preserved relics related to Padmasambhava. During the founding of Samye Monastery, at the request of King Trisong Decena, Padmasambhava opened the mandala of Vajrayana teachings at the Chimpu Caves to 25 disciples, nine of whom attained siddhis through the sadhana practices he imparted to them.

A walk in the surrounding area and trekking to Mount Chimpu, a mountain overlooking Samye Monastery, home to many retreat caves and hermit huts. Even in our days, practitioners continue to hold retreats there.

Transfer to Lhasa.

Overnight in a 4* hotel in Lhasa.


Day 3. May 18, 2024, Saturday. Lhasa Attractions. Potala Palace, Jokang Temple.

This day we will visit the oldest and most powerful temple in Tibet, a place of power where the Dalai Lamas have lived, prayed, and ruled for generations.
It is a royal palace and a Buddhist temple complex. The palace was built from 641 AD to the 17th century. The palace has 999 luxurious rooms. From here you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of Lhasa. The Potala is the historical, architectural, political and religious center of Tibet. The magnificent halls of the Red and White Palaces, many chapels, and the covered terraces of the Dalai Lama’s residence fascinate with their architecture. Within the palace grounds at the Phakpa Lhakhang temple is a statue of Arya Lokeshwar, sacred to Buddhists. It also houses the Dalai Lama’s personal monastery, religious school, monks’ cells, treasury and store rooms.

Jokang Temple.
Visit to the most sacred temple of Lhasa – Jokang. (17 в.). Pilgrims from all over Tibet come here to worship the sacred statue of Shakyamuni, brought to Lhasa in the 10th century. The temple has 14 separate prayer rooms dedicated to Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug-ba sect, Avalokiteshvara (one of the main manifestations of Buddha), and the famous teacher (guru) Lama Rinpoche.

Overnight in a 4* hotel in Lhasa.

 

Day 4. May 19, 2024, Sunday. Transfer to Gyantse and onward to Shigatse.
The sacred lake of Yamdroktsho. Pelkhor Chode Monastery. Kumbum Stupa.

On the way we will see one of the three Great Lakes of Tibet, Yandroyung-tsho (Yamdroktsho). The high-altitude lake is located at an altitude of 4,488 meters. Formerly a wealthy settlement strategically located at the confluence of several important trade routes. It is known for its mystical properties, predictions and magic. We will see the Korola Glacier and Lake Manak.

In Gyantse, we will visit Pelkhor Chode Mon astery. Pelkhor Chode Monastery was a complex of 15 monasteries of three different traditions, which in itself is a rarity in Tibetan Buddhism. 9 of the monasteries belonged to the Gelug, 3 to the Sakya and 3 to the small Budon tradition, whose main monastery, Shalu, was located near Shigatse. The largest stupa in Central Tibet, Kumbum, is located here. It has five floors, many rooms, statues and altars. “Kumbum” means “thousand” as there are 1000 images of Buddhas, deities and bodhisattvas. As for the statues, most of them were damaged during the Chinese Cultural Revolution but have now been restored. We will also see the outside of the ancient fort, built back in the 14th century. The fort is located in the center of the city and spectacularly crowns a rocky hill several hundred meters high. It was designed as a major defensive fortification on the road leading to Lhasa from the south. Numerous white stone buildings still make an impressive impression: high (5-8 m) and thick (up to 4 m) walls, powerful fortifications, massive buildings. It housed a garrison of 500 men in peacetime.
Overnight in Shigatze in a 4* hotel.

Stupa kumbum


Day 5. May 20, 2024, Monday.
Moving to Saga.

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Saga.


Day 6. May 21, 2024, Tuesday.
Transfer from Saga to Dharchhen (4575 m). – Town at the foot of Mt. Kailas.

Preparation in the bark.

Overnight at the hotel in Darcena 3*.

 

 

Day 7. May 22, 2024, Wednesday. The first day of the bark around Mt. Kailas.

(the path is 22 km, walking about 6-8 hours, climbing to an altitude of about 5000 m).
Route: Tarboche, Chukugompa Monastery. House of lucky stone, West face of Kailasa, Dhirapuk Monastery, North face of Kailasa.

The spiritual meaning of the journey:
On the first day of the kora, at the white chorten, the symbolic new life of our soul begins. It is as if we are being born again, acquiring a new symbolic body.

Overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 8. May 23, 2024, Thursday. Day 2 of the bark around Kailas. Full moon!

(The way is 18 km, the crossing takes 7-9 hours, climbing to the height of 5669 m).
Kailas, bark. Dhirapuk Monastery, past the Valley of Death, Shivatsal Cemetery, Green Tara Pass, Gaurikund Lake, Axe of Karma, Zutulpuk Monastery.
The spiritual meaning of the journey:
On the second day of the bark our soul lives through symbolic maturity, old age, death, bordeaux and new birth. This day is very hard physically. The trek of the second day starts from Dhirapuk Monastery at an altitude of 4850 m. nadu.m.
After Shivatsal cemetery up to the top of Green Tara pass symbolically our soul lives through the state of bordeaux, there is a scanning of karma, a feeling of waiting for the results after a fateful exam, the gods are testing the human soul to decide what will be its future destiny. The top of the pass is a place of celebration, a long-awaited symbolic new birth takes place here.
From the top of the pass, there are views of Karma’s Axe Mountain. The axe of karma finally cuts off the old karma and one feels the beginning of a new life.
Overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 9. May 24, 2024, Friday. Day 3 of the bark around Kailas.

(The path is 13 km, the crossing is easy and beautiful, takes 3-4 hours).

Return to Darcen, lunch, rest.

Overnight in a hotel in Darcen 3*.

Day 10. May 25, 2024, Saturday. Early morning transfer to Lake Manasarovar. Visit to Chiu monastery and Padmasambhava cave. Moving to Saga.

Ablution in the sacred Lake Manasarovar (optional).

A visit to Chiu (“bird”) Monastery, which sits on either side of a cliff overlooking Lake Manasarovar.

The monastery is built over the cave of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche, the teacher who brought Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century) . The Precious Master spent three years in meditation in the cave and, according to one version, realized a rainbow body in it. It also houses a lifetime sculpture of Chomdente Buddha. We’re going to visit this cave.

If there is time left, we stop by Rakshastal Lake and further drive to Saga.

Accommodation in a 3* hotel in Saga.



Day 11. May 26, 2024, Sunday. Transfer from Saga to Shigadza.

Overnight in a 4* hotel in Shigadza.

 

Day 12. May 27, 2024, Monday. Tashilunpo Monastery is the residence of the Panchen Lam. Transfer from Shigatze to Lhasa.

After an early breakfast, excursion to Tashilunpo Monastery where Panchen Lamas lived in former centuries. The monastery, which belongs to the Gelupta Sect, currently has 800 monks in training. The tombs of all the Panchen Lamas and the 13th Dalai Lama are preserved in the temple complex. The main temple houses an ancient statue of the Future Buddha Maitreya, 26 meters high.

Returning through the Yalong valley back to Lhasa.

Free time to walk around Lhasa, evening shopping.

Overnight in a 4* hotel in Lhasa.

Day 13. May 28, 2024, Tuesday. Lhasa Walking Tour. Group transfer to Lhasa airport.

Free time in Lhasa. Shopping. Transfer to Lhasa airport. The flight home.

 

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Cost of travel

From

$2300

COST from 2300 $ (USD) (depends on the number of people in the group):

$2,300 with a group of 14 or more;

$2,400 with a group of 12-13 people;

$2,550 with a group of 11 people;

$2,700 with a group of 10 people;

$2,800 with a group of 9 people;

$3,000 with a group of 8 people;

$3,400 with a group of 7 people;

$3,950 with a group of 6 people.

The price of the tour includes:
– Permits (permits to stay in Tibet)
– all transfers by coach
– accommodation in 4* and 3* hotels (2-bed accommodation) and guesthouses – according to the program
– hotel breakfasts
– drinking water
– oxygen tanks
– sleeping bags (clean but not new, optional)
– excursions according to the program, all entrance tickets
– yaks and drovers during the bark (to carry things)
– accompanying the group by an experienced Tibetan guide in Russian.

The tour price does not include:
– airfare to and from Lhasa;
– lunches and dinners;
– services of horses during the bark – if you can’t go yourself (if you need them, usually you don’t – the participants’ belongings will be carried by yaks or porters – they are included in the price of the tour). The cost of a horse for 1 day of bark is approximately $100;
– entry tourist visa to China (to be issued in advance). Citizens of Belarus and Kazakhstan do not need a visa;
– med. insurance;
– Additional payment for accommodation in a single room (single) – on request, 450$.
– Tip to the driver, Tibetan guide.

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