The Kingdom of Guge, founded in the mid 9th century and became a focal point for the preservation of Buddhism in Tibet until the 17th century. Tholing and Tsaparang are the ruined former capitals of the ancient Guge Kingdom of Western Tibet and are rarely visited by the western travelers. Tholing, once Western Tibet’s most important monastic complex exists today in ruins. It was founded by Rinchen Zangpo, an India returned scholar and the greatest Sanskrit translators who played the key role in reviving Buddhism across the Tibetan plateau. Tholing is accessible in one day by jeep from Mount Kailash. Tsaparang, about an hour's drive west of Tholing is most probably the greatest interest to those with some knowledge of early Buddhist art. The ruins of Tsaparang extend along a ridge with two main areas of interest: the Red and White chapels and the Tsaparang Dzong. The ruins consist of ancient summer and winter palaces. The Red and White Chapels have the best of Tsaparang's murals.
We spend three nights in Lhasa a Buddhist Capital visiting the famous Potala Palace, the Jokhang, great monasteries and walk through the bustling Barkor market before taking drive towards Manasorvar. We drive through central Tibet via Turquoise Lake (Yamdrok Tso) and visit the cultural and religious centers of Gyantse and Shigatse.
We then drive across the wide-open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau to Lake Manasarovar. At Lake Manasarovara, you will have an extra day to explore the shores of the holy Lake. Religious travelers will perform rituals and meditation at the lakeside. We complete the parikrama or the circumambulation trek in 4 days, unlike other regular trekkers who complete it in 3 days.
Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar tour (Fly in drive out)
Day 01 Drive from Kathmandu to Friendship Bridge and drive to Zhangmu. O/N at hotel.
Day 02 Drive to Paigutso Lake, and Tented camp.
Day 03 Drive to Saga, and tented camp.
Day 04 Drive to Paryang, and tented camp.
Day 05 Drive to Manasarovar, and tented camp near Chiu Gompa.
Day 06 Drive to Tirthapuri, and tented camp.
Day 07 Drive to Tholing and tented camp.
Day 08 Morning drive to Tsaparang (Guge Kingdom), and drive back to Tholing by the evening, and O/N at Guesthouse or Tented camp.
Day 09 Drive to Darchen, and tented camp.
Day 10 Trek to Derapuk, and tented camp.
Day 11 Dolma La pass (5600 meters.) and trek down to Zudulpuk, and camp.
Day 12 Trek to near Darchen and drive to Manasarovar, and tented camp.
Day 13 Drive to Paryang, and tented camp.
Day 14 Drive to Saga, and tented camp.
Day 15 Drive to Xigatse, and O/N at hotel.
Day 16 Drive to Gyantse, and O/N at hotel.
Day 17 Drive to Lhasa, and O/N at hotel.
Day 18 / 19 Lhasa Sightseeing tour.
Day 20 Early morning transfer to Gongar airport for your flight to Kathmandu.