Lhasa – Potala Palace – Jokhang Temple – Bharkor Square – Pelkor-Chode Monastery – Kumbum Stupa – Tashilunpo Monastery – Lake Manasarovar – Kailash Kora – Radial trekking to Kailash North Face – Rongbuk Monastery – Everest Base Camp
Kailash Kora («kora» in Tibetan language means ritual circumnambulation around a sacred object or a place of worship, more often done clockwise) is a crucial event in the life of each seeker. Kailash is a truly magical mountain — it is able to transform our life totally, to fulfil our every secret desire. Mystics call Kailash «the seventh chakra of the Earth» since this place possess probably the strongest energy on the whole planet. The length of the kora is 53 km, normally it takes 3 days to complete it. As a result of the kora the seeker is considered to gain certain spiritual merits which is believed to be helpful in this life and in next life as well. If the kora is completed during full moon or new moon night it is said that merits gained multiply by 13 times.
We invite you to do our traditional summer pilgrimage to Mount Kailash under the guidance of Swami Anand Arhat, meditation and yoga teacher from Nepal, Osho Tapoban. It is a great luck for us to complete kora with him since in kora the most important task is to get entuned with the subtle energy of the mountain. Swami Anand Arhat creates very beautiful, relaxed, playful atmosphere in the group which allows all emotional, psychological and spiritual processes to run smoothly and easily.
Due to group practice under Swami Arhat’s guidance we will be able to entune easily with the energy of this powerful place and thus absorb the required spiritual experience. During the pilgrimage Swami Arhat will conduct daily group workshops (Osho’s meditations, rare Shiva’s technics from Vigyana Bhairava Tantra, buddist practices, yoga and pranayama classes), will give short lectures in which will clarify subtle details of the spiritual and psychological work, will give answers to our questions.
Every year we add something new to the program, this year it is:
- Radial trekking to Kailash North Face. As you might know it is prohibited to climb the mountain and even touching it is considered to be sacreligeous. But nevertheless we all have a secret dream somehow to get closer to it. This time we left a special day for this. Usually kora is done in three days and these days are not so easy due to long passages, high altitude, health problems. It happens often that in kora there is no time to practice meditation in a relaxed way. A spare day during kora will allow us to absorb more of Kailash energy, will give us opportunity to stay more with thyself, with the Mountain, with the space.
- Everest Base Camp trekking. This is another powerful place in our program. Spiritual seekers are not much interested in this mountain — for no good reason since Everest is a symbol of the spirit’s triumph over body and strongest willpower. This mountain radiates power and grandeur. Besides it is incredibly beautiful place! Apart from Everest we will see also the most high-mountain monastery in the world – Rongbuk.
— And of course we will see Lhasa with all its gorgeous palaces, austere monasteries and picturesque squares (Potala, Jokhang, Bharkor etc), Pelkor-Chode monastery with its exquisite Kumbum stupa, Shigatse with its bright Tashi-Lunpo monastery and of course Manasarovar lake where we will half day to enjoy its grandeur and beauty.
The program includes:
— the best possible accommodation
— the services of yaks and porters in kora
— well-planned acclimatization schedule
— Russian and Tibetian guides service
DAY 1 / 30 JUNE
Arrival to Lhasa (3650 m) by recommended flight (see below the program).
Tranfer to hotel. Acclimatization and rest.
DAY 2 / 1 JULY
Lhasa sightseeing: Jokhang Temple, Bharkor Square, Potala Palace, Dalai-lama residence
Jokhang temple – one of the most reverred temples in Tibetan Buddhism. It was built in 7th century by king Songtsen Gampo in 7th century to house Buddha’s Shakyamuni statues, brought to Tibet as wedding gifts by his two wives – Nepali and Chinese princesses. In Jokhang the most sacred buddhist relic is kept – the first statue of Buddha. Pilgrims from all faraway corners of Tibet were coming here on foot to worship it. We will make a kora around the temple following the Bharkor street – the oldest street of the city. It is believed that the kora will purify us before entering the temple.
Potala Palace («Mystical tower» in sanskrit) was built by the king Songtsen Gampo in 7th centuary and later became the residence of Dalai-lamas. It is situated in the heart of Lhasa and it is it’s most recognizable landmark. Potala is a 13-storey building, it’s height is 115 meters and it’s area is more than 130 000 square meters. There is no exact data about how many rooms and halls counts Potala. It’s number is approximately «more than one thousand» and there are very less people who were able to visit most of them. Many legends are associated with this mysterious place, some of them being beautiful and enchanting and some being scary and sinister. Overnight in hotel
DAY 3 / 2 JULY
Lhasa — Gyantse – Shigatse (3780 m)
On the way we will cross 2 pass – Karo La (5010 m) and Kamba La (4794 m). Our way will follow the bank of Yamdroktso Lake («turquoise lake»).
Pelkor-Chode monastery and Kumbum Stupa sightseeing
Pelkor-Chode monastery is a rare example of peaceful co-existence of 3 major lineages of tibetan buddhism. The monastery was built in 1418, this is a complex of 15 monasteries, lying at the foot of Dzong hill and encircled by mountains. It used to be a full-value city — by the middle of 15th century more than 4 000 monks were living here. Now only 100 monks inhabit the monastery – but still this gorgeous misterious place enchants visitors by it’s power and beauty.
In close proximity of the monastery Kumbum Stupa is located– a beautiful 5-storey building, which doesn’t look like any other asian stupa. «Kumbum» means «thousand» — here in 108 rooms you will find more than one thousand pictures and statues of Buddha. From rooftop you can enjoy great view of the valley – beautiful place for peaceful meditation. Kumbum stupa was built in year 1440 and unlike many other tibetan monasteries was not destroyed during cultural revolution in China. Tashilunpo Monastery sightseeing Tashilunpo monastery was founded by the first Dalai Lama on the ruins of an ancient fort in 1447. Monastery is as huge as a city and full day will not be enough to see it. Here you can find many buddhist relics, such as the remains of Panchen Lama and the biggest statue of Buddha Maitreya in Tibet (26 meters height), Buddha of the future who will come to save us. Bright and sunny place. Very important is to make kora around the monatery to feel to the fullest it’s grandear and beauty. Overnight in hotel
DAY 4 / 3 JULY
Shigatse — Saga (4600 m)
Transfer to chinese military town Saga (4 – 5 hours). On the way we cross 2 passes of five thousand meters height, we will enjoy beautiful view of Cho Oyu and Shishapangma mountains (height more than 8 thousand meters), Peyku Tso lake. Ovenight in hotel
DAY 5 / 4 JULY
Saga – Manasarovar (4560 m)
Transfer from Saga to Manasarovar lake («Mapham Yumtso» — «victorious lake») (8 hours), height 4560 m. This lake is considered to be the most sacred lake out of 5 holy lakes of Tibet. They say that those who took bath in its holy water get rid of all their sins. Overnight in guesthouse close to Chiu Monastery.
DAY 6 / 5 JULY
Free halfday in Manasarovar lake. Acclimatization, bath in the lake. Transfer to Darchen (4800 m). Overnight in hotel.
DAY 7 / 6 JULY. KORA
Darchen – Diraphug (5000 m)
Transfer to kora starting point (30 minutes). Trekking to Diraphug monastery (22 km, 6-8 hours, approx. height 5000 m), which was built by Gotcampa in 13th century. We pass the Eastern face of Kailash and stay overnight opposite Kailash north face. Overnight in guesthouse.
DAY 8 / 7 JULY. KORA
Radial trekking to Kailash North Face «Touch-Kailash»
DAY 9 / 8 JULY. KORA
Diraphug – Zutrulphug (5000 m)
Trekking to Chuka monastery and ascent to the «Plateau of sky burial place of 84 Mahasiddhas» (according to the group leader decision, if the group is feeling fine). Sky burial is a tibetan tradition – due to climatic and geografical reasons the dead body can’t be burnt or buried into the ground. The body is cut to pieces and given to vultures in special places for this ritual. Cross of the Dolma La pass, this is the highest point in kora (5669 m). The distance is 18 km, trekking takes 7-9 hours. Overnight in guesthouse close to Zutrulphug monastery (5000 m).
DAY 10 / 9 JULY. END OF KORA
Zutrulphug — Darchen (4800 m)
Trekking to Darchen. 13 km, 3 hours. End of the outer kora. Transfer to Saga в Сагу (8 hours). Overnight in hotel.
DAY 11 / 10 JULY
Saga – Shegar (New Tingri) (4500 m)
Overnight in hotel.
DAY 12 / 11 JULY
Shegar – Rongbuk monastery (5000 m) – Everest Base Camp (5250 m)
Rongbuk monastery – the highest monastery in the world situated in 5000 m height. It is ranked at the top of CNN’s list «Great places to be a Recluse». From here you can enjoy great view of the Everest’s north wall. If we will be lucky enough, we will receive blessings from the old lama. He was severely wounded during China’s Cultural Revolution, miraculously survived, helped to reconstruct the monastery and lives here since then. Trekking (2 hours), night in Everest Base Camp
DAY 13 / 12 JULY
Everest Base Camp – Shigatse
Everest, tib. Jomolungma («Divine mother of vital energy», nepali Sagarmatha («Forehead of the sky») – the highest peak of the world, 8848 m over sea level, the dream of all alpinists of the world, the mountain of greatest joy for those who conquered it – and of gratest greif for those, who remained on its slopes forever. The southern peak of Everest is located in Nepal, the northern – in China, that is why 2 base cams exist. Nepali everest base camp (5364 m) is hard to reach, you can get there only on foot and it will take a while. Chinese EBC is located on 5150 m height and in summer can be reached by bus or by car. Thansfer to Shigatse, night in hotel.
DAY 14 / 13 JULY
Shigatse — Lhasa. Night in hotel.
DAY 15 / 14 JULY
Departure to the country of origin (recommended flight for this group please see below)
Organizing company: ANANTA, Research of Eastern Practices and Travel Center, Kathmandu, Nepal
15 people and more: 2380 USD
14 people: 2440 USD
13 people: 2520 USD
12 people: 2590 USD
11 people: 2670 USD
10 people: 2740 USD
Included in the cost:
— all permits in the territory of Tibet, chinese group visa;
— best accomodation possible on the way;
— food: breakfast included in all hotels except kora;
— all transfers on the territory of Tibet by personal autotransport;
— service of porters and yaks in kora;
— all entrance fee to museums and monuments;
— all sightseeing with english-speaking tibetan guide and russian-speaking guide-translator according to the program;
— accompaniment of russian guide during all itinerary;
— help with flight tickets and chinese visa obtaining in the country of origin.
Not included in the cost:
— flight to Lhasa from the country of origin (starting from 500 USD);
— chinese tourist visa (starting from 500 USD, to be issued in the country of origin);
— all personal expences, all other expences not mentioned in the program;
— tips, including tips to tibetan guide and driver (20 USD per person approx.), puja fees in monasteries;
— lunch and dinner. We will eat in restaurants and guesthouses on the way, lunch can cost approx 10 USD.
The organizing company is not responsible for changes in the itinerary due to natural disaster (earthquakes, floods, landslides), for changes in flight schedules or flight cancellations and for political situations (such as closing of some districts of TAR – Tibetan Autonomous Region by chinese government, airports etc.). In case of force majeur hte organizing company will provide to participants and alternative itinerary. The organizing company has right to change sequence of the parts of the itinerary not changing the itinerary in general.
SEE YOU IN TIBET!