Extensive Mt. Kailash Tour with Gyantse-Festival & Central Tibet
Over many years traveling through out Tibet I have combined the best period of time and festival in one trip - there are many highlights in terms of religion pilgrims and people of Tibet... - in short my favorite trip !
Gyantse, the 3rd biggest city in Central Tibet, holds some of the most precious clay statues of the 13th century and is located 91 km's south east of Shigatse. It is one of the most picturesque cities in Tibet with an old fortress and the famous Kumbum Chorten which holds 77 Chapels with over 10'000 wall paintings that date back to the 14th - 15th century.
Every year at Saga Dawa (the day of Buddha's enlightenment, nirvana and paranivana) the monastery celebrates a big festival over four days. This festival is not well known, which ensures that there will not be many tourists. Over the four days one has the chance to see the vivid way Tibetan pilgrims join the fire puja, Lama dances, Sand Mandala puja and finally the unrolling of the giant silk thanka. This is the oldest scroll painting in Tibet, dating back 480 years and measuring approximately 40 x 60 m. Indeed I consider this one of the most genuine festivals in Tibet, where one has the chance to get to know Tibetan pilgrims and sense the relaxed way they participate in Tibetan Buddhism and folklore. New in this year we will also visit Thirthapury (is considered the most holy place in the Kailash area and has to be visited to have a complete pilgrimage) and of course Lake Manasarovar .
Gyantse Festival Tour 2015 With Laetitia as your guide;
This tour can be done in 2 ways;(1) Mt. Kailash all the way up to Gyantse an back to Nepal together with Laetitia, (2) with an extension to Lhasa ( Minimum 4 PAX).
Tour description: Extraordinary VIP Tour Gyantse Festival with Laetitia
Price: 22800 RMB ca 2850 Euro (1 euro - 8 CNY)
Departure date: 18. May - 06. June 2015, Extension with a visit of Lhasa (Euro 320 plus flight
540$ minimum 4 PAX)
Included: Drive to the border Kodari in private bus with a Nepalese guide; drive to Mt. Kailash & central Tibet and back to the Nepalese border; Bus and Land cruiser (see itinerary); all permits and road tolls in Tibet; local guide, drivers; 3 x vegetarian meals daily (breakfast, lunch and dinner) all the way to Gyantse and Back to Kathmandu; all fees for sightseeing; transport from the Nepalese border to Kathmandu; Western and Tibetan guide; One night in Sakya hotel, 4 nights in Gyantse hotel – all hotel based on double room with shower, all other over night in basic accommodation at pilgrim guest houses or tent
Excluded: Visa for Tibet; reentry visa Nepal, alcohol and soft drinks when eating in restaurants.
Included: Drive to Lhasa, all overnight with breakfast double room with shower, sightseeing, airport transfer and flight ticket LXA –KTM
Excluded: Entrance fee in Lhasa, Lunch and Dinner