September 18-October 2, 2020

A Spiritual Pilgrimage through Tibet

Join Karolee Schloth and Fred Salzman for a Spiritual Pilgrimage through the Sacred Himalayan Mountains of Tibet. 

Give yourself a momentous act of self- love and join us on this spiritual pilgrimage! You will be changed forever. 

 

15 Days Kailash Private Tour Itinerary: 

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DAY 01- Sept. 18th

ARRIVAL IN LHASA EITHER BY TRAIN IN LHASA 

A short flight into Tibet give you a panorama of the snowy Himalayan ranges or the days of train ride over the high plateau by crossing mighty Thangu la ranges get you to Lhasa with beautiful sceneries along the route, your arrival at the Lhasa Train Station will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and driver and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa city, from the airport to Lhasa it is about 60km and it takes less than an hour through the recently built highway, from the train station it is only 25km and it takes about half hour, check in the hotel and may be meet with other fellow travelers, then take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag. Overnight in Lhasa.
(Note: If your arrival time is different from others then we will arrange private airport/train station pick up without any additional cost, so please let us know your arrival time and detail information of flights/train)


 

DAY 02- Sept. 19th

LHASA ESCORTED TOUR (B)

Attractions; Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and bustling Bakhor street.

Today is your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have little head ach which is very common for travelers by the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity on the first couple of days is important. In the morning our guide will meet us at the hotel and take us on a visit to Jokhang Temple, in the center of the Old Lhasa City. Jokhang temple is the most scared temple in Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims. After you visit the temple you have time to walk around Bakhor Street, which is the one of the most devotional circuit, as well as central market of Lhasa. In the afternoon, we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture.  It was first built by 33rdKing Songtsen Gangpo in 7thcentury and later in 17thcentury rebuilt by 5thDalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lamas and his government. The rest of the day is free. Overnight in Lhasa.
  

DAY 03- Sept. 20th

LHASA(3600m) - GYANTSE (3900m) - SHIGATSE(3900m), 350 km
(B)

Attractions; Yamdrok lake, Mt.Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and Pelkhor Choede monastery.


We start our drive toward south west, through the zigzag road climb up the Kampa la pass (4700m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok lake with its turquoise color and snowcapped Mt.Nyenchen. Kangsar in the distance.

Our lunch stop will be at Nagar tse. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages we pass through; en route we will stop at Karo la (5150m) to see the holy mount Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. At our arrival at Gyantse, we will visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery, this magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet.  It is not only well known for its architecture but also its old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls. We take a late afternoon short drive to Shigatse, where we spend the night.
 
DAY 04- Sept. 21st

SHIGATSE (3900m) – LHATSE (4200m), 150km (B)
Attractions; Tashi lhunpo monastery and Sakya monastery.

Today we will visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery in the morning and our guides will obtain our ATP permits from the local PSB. Tashi Lhunpo monastery is one of the largest functioning monastery in the western part of Tibet, which has more than 600 years of history. Expect to walk with local pilgrims through temples and twisted lanes within the old buildings on the campus. Then drive to Lhatse for the night, en route, we will drive off the main road to Sakya monastery which is located in a small village, this area and monastery has a different architectural design and color. Sakya monastery was an important scholastic study center in the 13th century and under the leadership of Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen, Sakyapa ruled Tibet for decades during that period of time. Overnight in Lhatse.
 

DAY 05- Sept. 22nd

LHATSE (4200m) – SAGA (4500m), 340km (B)

Today we will drive straight to Saga through a long valley of Brahmaputra tributary. Fred and Karolee will provide meditations and healing during the ride.  Overnight at Saga

DAY 06- Sept. 23rd

SAGA – DARCHEN (5000m), 520km (B)
Attractions: View of Lake Manasarovar and Mt Kailash.

Today, we experience the thrilling journey across the dry and vast plain with stunning views of great Himalaya in the south and Trans-Himalayan in the north.  The moonscape plain of the region is home for sparse lone nomads, whose lifestyle remains close to what it has been for centuries, and numbers of plateau wild lives. Natural landscapes such as sand dunes, picturesque mountain views, and holy lakes abound. We will reach Manasarovar Lake (victorious lake) in the late afternoon, one of the holiest lakes in Tibet.  Every year it receives hundreds of pilgrims from all corners of the Tibetan plateau, India and Russia. The lake is surrounded by several prominent peaks -Gurla Mandata (7760m). Then we drive to Darchen, which is the starting point of the Mt Kailash (7762m) trekking.  You will also have a great view of the Kailash from the front. Darchen is a small nomadic village with increasing numbers of guesthouses and restaurants making it more commercial. At your arrival you have plenty of time to explore around the town and prepare for the trekking. In the afternoon, your guide will arrange trekking necessities such as  porters and yaks for your luggage transportation. Overnight at Darchen.
 

DAY 07- Sept. 24th

1st DAY TREKKING TO DIRAPUK. 20km
(B)
Attractions; the views on the both sides of the valley.

Mt Kalaish- A great mass of black rock soaring to over 22,000 feet, Mt. Kailash has the unique distinction of being the world's most venerated holy place at the same time that it is the least visited. The supremely sacred site of four religions and billions of people, Kailash is seen by no more than a few thousand pilgrims each year. 

The cosmologies and origin myths of each of these religions speak of Kailash as the mythical Mt. Meru, the Axis Mundi, the center and birth place of the entire world. The mountain was already legendary before the great Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, were written. Indeed, Kailash is so deeply embedded in the myths of ancient Asia that it was perhaps a sacred place of another era, another civilization, now long gone and forgotten.

Hindus believe Mt.Kailash to be the abode of Lord Shiva. 

Today our trekking starts from Darchen and traces the small trail in the clockwise circuit around the Peak, at an average altitude of 4700m. You will encounter numbers of local Buddhist pilgrims going along your way and several Bon believers in the anti-clockwise direction. After a 4hour trek we will reach  Tamdin(4780m), where nomadic tents serve us a  simple lunch. From there it is only 4km to Dirakpuk monastery, but between this stretches has the some of the best scenery of the entire kora. Dirakpuk was rebuilt in 1985 and is located
on the north side of the Lha-chu River, looking to the north face of the Mt. Kailash. Dirakpuk’s name originally comes from a word Dira that means female yak horn and Puk means cave that in a mythical story says a female yak opened the cave. Overnight at Dirapuk guesthouse
 

DAY 08- Sept 25th

2nd DAY OF THE TREKKING TO ZULTUL PUK(4790m) 18km
(B)
Attractions; the once and only chance of challenging to cross the Dikpala (5000m) and Dormala (5600m) next to Dikpala

Today is the most challenging part of the trekking where we will cross two passes, which are not too steep. The altitude can make is tiring and slow.  After we cross Dikpala (5000m) & Dormala (5600m), the passes are remarked by heaps of prayer flags and cairns, we will relax on the pass looking at Mt. Kailash and its holy peak. Then we will climb down into the long valley and stop for lunch at Shabjay Dakpo, a nomadic tent. Zuktul puk monastery, (4790m) also called the miracle cave, was built by two religious figures- Milarepa and Naro Bonchung. You will see the footprint and handprint of Milarepa inside the cave. Overnight at Zultul Puk
 

DAY 09- Sept. 26th 

LAST DAY TREKKING AND DRIVE TO LAKE MANASAROVAR. (12km trekking and 80km drive)
(B)
Attractions; close view of the Manasarovar lake and Thuktso lake.

Today is an easy day trek to complete the circuit and your driver will pick you up from Tashi Do (which is also called  Dzongsar). Then we  drive to Lake Manasarovar and spend the night at guesthouses near the lake.
 
 

DAY 10- Sept. 27th

TRACE THE ROAD BACK TO SAGA (B)
Today we will trace the road back to Saga for thenight. Fred and Karolee will provide meditations and healings. 

 

DAY 11- Sept. 28th 

SAGA – EBC (5150m) (B)
Attractions: Rongbuk monastery and Mt. Everest base camp.

Mount Everest... anyone who witnesses the pyramid peak of Everest will get a visceral understanding of the force of nature.

Today we will drive straight to EBC, along the Pekutso Lake, where you will have a picturesque view of Mt Shishapama and other peaks of the mighty Himalayans. As the drive continues towards the south-east, from Old Tingri you will be amazed by the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its mighty peaks beyond 8000m, Mt.Makalu (8463m), Mt.Lotse (8516m), Mt.Everest (8844m) and Mt.Cho Oyu (8201m). We into the valley to the south of Everest Base Camp, located in the Rongbuk Valley. Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and it consists of both monks and nuns. In the afternoon, you have the option to doing a 2 hour  trek from the tent guesthouses community to E.B.C, or you can take the minibus instead. 
 

DAY 12- Sept. 29th

EBC (5150m) – SHIGATSE, 350km. (B)
After we enjoy the sunrise view at Mt Everest, we will drive back to Shigatse through the friendship highway. Free afternoon and evening at Shigatse.
 

DAY 13- Sept. 30th

SHIGATSE – Namtso lake (B)

Attractions: Tashi island, Namtso lake. 
Overnight at local guesthouse

DAY 14- Oct. 1st

Namtso lake-Lhasa (B)

Attractions: Sunrise at Namtso lake and visit to Yangpachen hot spring. 

Overnight in Lhasa
 

DAY 15- Oct. 2nd

LHASA AIRPOR/TRAIN STATION SEND OFF (B)
Today you will depart home. 
 

 

Your investment for what is listed above is:
$4242 per person based on double occupancy. Additional $800 for single occupancy. The non-refundable deposit of $1414 (30%) would be due to reserve your place. The balance of $2828 would be due 2 months prior to the trip, August 2020.

If you are able to reserve your spot before the end September 2019, your investment would only be $3838 per person based on double occupancy (saving over $400)!! The non-refundable deposit of $1279 would be required for your place with the balance of $2559 due by August 2020.

Please contact Karolee or Fred for payment and deposit instructions. 

 

Cost Includes:

  • All necessary travel permits to Tibet

  • Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the program

  • Private transportation in Tibet: Ranging from 4WD land cruiser to bus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included) 

  • Private Tibetan Guide- English speaking local

  • Lodging: all hotels and guesthouses 

  • Free shuttle bus Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour 

  • Oxygen cylinder for the group

  • First aid kit

  • Liability travel insurance

  • Some breakfasts [(B)=Breakfast Provided]

 

 Tour Cost Excludes:

  • Travel insurance covering trip cancellation and emergency evacuation (recommended)

  • Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.)

  • International flight to Tibet

  • Yaks and porters for Kailash trekking to carry luggage, cost is CNY300 (about $45.00) per day/per yak; $135 for 3 days. 

  • Meals - lunches and dinners, breakfasts at the guesthouses (Average meal in Tibet cost is $5.00 per person)

  • Gratuities for the guide and driver:  Minimum $40 is suggested

 

Fred and Karolee are offering monthly conference calls to energetically prepare the group for this powerful pilgrimage. These calls will include mediations, clearings, and activations. 

 

Weatheris in the high 60’s during the day and high 30’s at night.

 

What to bring: hiking boots, backpack, layered clothing, bathing suit, sunglasses, lightweight compressional sleeping bag, beans to gives as gifts, slippers or flip flops for guest houses, rain gear, walking sticks if necessary, journal and pen.

It is highly suggested to bring medicine for altitude sickness and diarrhea. Your physician can supply you with a prescription for both. 

Please email Karolee & Fred if you are ready to take a huge leap in consciousness at this powerful sacred site or have any questions.