Guge Kingdom Khyunglung Valley

  • Guge Kingdom Khyunglung Valley

Code TH-TB-011 •   16 Days •  

  • Trip Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
  • Group size: 1-20 Pax
  • Ends in: Kathmandu
  • Departure City: Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude: 5600m
  • Activities: Sightseeing/Tour/Trekking

Overview

Trip Information

Guge Kingdom Tour
Tsamda (Zada / Tsada) county is the current name for the region which once was known as the Guge kingdom. It extends along the banks of the upper Sutlej from Khyunglung, southwest of Montser, as far as the Indian border, where the river flows into Kinnaur below the Sibkyi La pass. The valley of the Rashok Tsangpo, which gives access to Southern Ladakh and Spiti also lies within Tsamda, as does the valley of the Gyaza Kar-chu, through which the Uttarakashi district of Uttar Pradesh can be reached. The county capital is located at Toling, 180 km from Senge Khabab (via Namru), and 443 km from Purang. The new county name, Tsamda, is a contraction of Tsa (parang) and Da(wa-dzong), which are two of the most important sites within the upper Sutlej valley. The Tsamda area is characterized by the striking complex of canyons cutting through the red sandstone composite of what was once an ocean floor, all descending into the upper Sutlej River. For much of the year these canyon tributaries are dry, only becoming impassable or hazaradous in the monsoon. Those south of the Sutlej, such as the Manam Tsangpo, Dapa-chu, and Tophu-chu, rise in the Himalayas near the Indian border, which is heavily patrolled. The north is bounded by the Gar Tsangpo valley and southern slopes of the Gangtise Range.

Garuda (Khyunglung) Valley Tour

Garuda Valley (English name) or Khyunglung (Tibetan name) is an ancient complex of living caves and meditation caves set in the mountains on the north bank of the Sutlej River. (Sutlej River is the holy river which starts from Mount Kailash, Sutlej River in Tibet is called Langqen Zangbo, meaning “Elephant Fountain”). So the Garuda valley, you can find it about 35 km west of the Tirthapuri hotsprings and Tirthapuri gompa (monastery), which is nearby small town of Moincer (Menshi) in the modern Tibet prefecture of Ali/Ngari in the Tibet autonomous region of China. And there are more ancient ruins on the tops of the mountains above the Bon monastery of Gurigyam which are about 30 minutes road from Tirthapuri.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Our representative will be at airport waiting to welcome you in Nepal and then transfer to the booked hotel. And evening trip briefing program will be commenced.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meal: N/A

Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing and trip preparation and briefing.

Today we have half day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. And evening a short briefing of your trip and Trip preparation.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu - Rasuwagadi - Kyirong Drive (210km / 3900m) - 7/8 hrs

Today the journey starts for Kailash starting from 5 AM in the morning, Breakfast will be packed from the hotel as we need get immigration formalities on time at the border and also we have a bit rough and tough way to get border on the hillside driving in Nepal side. Once we reached at the border our representative will help to pass through immigration both Nepal and China side. Then further further 60km drive to Kyirong will be commenced.

Accommodation: Guest House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 04: Kyirong rest day for acclimatization.

Today we have one full day at Kyirong valley, it is a small local town. Today we will stay one more day here for acclimatization to adjust your body to the elevation for comfortable journey towar Kailash.

Accommodation: Guest House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Kyirong to Paryang Drive (4400m) / 340km / 7 hrs

Today we will drive to Paryang crossing Saga town, We have an option whether we stay at Saga which is 110km from Kyirong or we drive further for 340km to Paryang. It is the best option to drive to Paryang as we could be on time next day at Manasarover arround mid day.

Accommodation: Guest House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Paryang to Mansarover (4600m) / 210km / 5 hrs

Today we will drive to Mansarover crossing Mayumla pass. And today we have enough time to have Havan and Holy deep at the Lake etc.

Accommodation: Guest House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Mansarover Puja / Parikrama / drive to Darchen (4700m) / 90km

Morning we will visit Chiu monastery overlooking Mansarover. It is good place to have full view of entire Mansarover Lake too. Day time you be taken for Mansarover parikrama which is 90km. The road is not paved but it is comfortable on the pleteau. The Mansarover parikrama gives you a different kind of Kailash faces views. And evening we will drive to Darchen food of Kailash for the night stay.

Accommodation: Guest House / Hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Drive to Tarboche 12km, then trek to Diraphuk (4800m) / 12km / 6 hrs

After breakfast today journey start from Darchen to start Kailash trek, We first drive around 12km to Tarboche, And then from Tarboche the walking on foot starts for 12 km toward Diraphuk. From Diraphuk the Kailash back face will be visible as a face to face.

Accommodation: Guest House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Trek Ends at Mani Wall and Further Drive to Tirthapuri (4500m) / 3 hrs

After 2.5 hrs trekking from Dzutulphuk, our vehicle will meet at Mani wall then we will drive to Darchen. After lunch we will drive to Tirthapuri. In Thirthapuri natural hotspring bath can be taken. Acording to Tibetan belief once you did Kailash parikrama circumambulation, you must need to go to Tirthapuri to have holy bath at Tirthapuri hotspring which wash away your sin of a lifetime. 

Accommodation: Guest House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Drive to Tholing (3800m) Explore Guge Castle.

Today one of the mesmerising drive toward Guge Kingdome is one of the dream for every body. It is 400km from Tirthapuri which takes 7 hours. You could explore fantastic views of Guge Castle which is one of the historic icon in the region dating back in 10th century. Historically rich Guge and its old monastery and monastic caves are the mejor atraction in the region.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Drive to Gurugyam Monastery (4400m) / 6 hrs - Explore Kyunglung Valley

Today you are traveling and exploring another very important place The Gurugyam Monastery, It is the first Bon monastery in the region, founded in 7th century which means at the begining of Buddism. Sarounding the Khyunglung Valley is dominated by caves and dwells. 

Accommodation: Guest House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Khyunglung Valley Exploration / Rest Day

This is another day to explore extensively the region or have some meditation or practice Buddhism in the ancient caves including having fantastic view of Khyunglung valley and its river a side.

Accommodation: Guest House

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Drive back to Saga

Today we will return back to Saga with lost of good memories of western Tibet.

Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu

Way back to Kathmandu with immigration formalities at the border aftr that drive toward Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 17: Free until airport time and drop to airport for final departure.

Today you have free time until airport time for shopping or other personal purpose. And drive to airport for final departure to Home.

Accommodation: N/A

Meal: Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Inclusion

What is included?

  • 3 Nights Hotels in 3* Hotel at Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing 
  • Kathmandu / Rasuwagadi / kathmandu Land Transportation
  • Transportation by Luxury Bus while Kailash yatra (In Tibet)
  • English Speaking Local Tibetan Guide
  • All local and monastery entrance fees
  • Yak & yak man for baggage and other stuff suply during Kailash Parikrama
  • All hotel & guesthouse stays during Yatra
  • Freshly cooked full board food during Yatra
  • Chef and Kitchen crew with all kitchen equpments
  • Mineral waters & Juices during Yatra
  • Oxygion and first aid kit
  • Insurance for Sherpa & Kitchen Crew
  • Aiport pick up / drop while arrival and departure.

What is not included?

  • Any additional Cost mentioned above
  • Travel insurance
  • Tibet visa fee
  • Evacuation or rescue cost
  • Nepal reentry visa fee
  • Border clearance fees
  • Others which is not mentioned on the above included items.
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USD 3,095

USD 3,300 7% OFF

16 days

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