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Ruins of Guge Kingdom Zenda–Tolling, EBC and Kailash tour 2018

In the present day Zanda Country, there is an old kingdom, Guge. It was once a sovereign estate which later disrupted after the civil revolt and the invasion of the allied armies of eight foreign countries. The civil combat and foreign attacks disturbed the whole kingdom. The remaining of this kingdom still has much to learn about the history of this legendary kingdom. Researchers are still researching about this legendary kingdom.

The heir of a nearby collapsed Kingdom endowed Guge kingdom which was established in about 10th century. For over 700 years, it was ruled by 16 kings with thousands of soldiers. But, the power disputes brought conflict within the imperial family resulting anxiety and disorder in the society and induced civil revolt in 1660s. The brother of the king asked the ruler of Ladakh (the present Kashmir), the neighboring country to help him to get victory over the disordered state and became successful as well. Guge Kingdom played an important role in an economic and cultural development of Tibet during its existence. Buddhism and its version blossom from Guge into the heart of Tibet. It was also the center of Tibet's foreign trade.

There are Over 400 rooms and 800 caves here with some fortresses, secret paths, pagodas, arm storerooms, granaries and all kinds of burial places at Guge kingdom in present time. Explorers have been researching for more at this place. Rooms of this kingdom are no more than debris while walls can be seen except for some temples. A big city wall surrounds the ruins and a fortress marks each of the corners. Ancient Palaces, temples and local residences expand from the top to the bottom and only secret hidden can take us to its top, an outline designed to indicate supremacy of kings and to ensure the protection and safety of the palaces. The Ruins of Guge Kingdom have been recorded under the first group of Cultural Relics of National Importance under the Protection of the State because of its historical and cultural significance.

There are many interesting heritages of the ruins. The White Temple, Red Temple, Samsara Temple, Imperial Palace, and Assembly Palace are some of them. Among many imprints, statues and murals, complete and most valuable artifacts remaining are mainly the pictures of Sakyamuni, the king, queen, prince and other royal servants. Besides that, pictures of the cultivation of male and female mysterious Buddhas are other important assets. Colors and lines of the murals are similar to those of the Mogao caves in Dunhuang City, Gansu Province. Mostly the golden and silver Buddhist idols can be seen here.

Mount Kailash (6714m) is a world famous pilgrimage destination for the followers of four different religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Bonpo. It is called ‘the Sparkling Jewel of Snow’ by Tibetan locals. Hindu people worship Kailash Parvat as the holy abode of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. Four holy rivers of Asia namely, The Brahmaputra, The Ganges, The Indus and The Sutlej have been originated from this bulky peak.

An hour long Trans -Himalayan flight on your way back from Lhasa to Kathmandu offers you the views of majestic Himalayas including the world’s tallest summit, Mount Everest. Most interestingly, Tibet tour offers a lifetime unforgettable opportunity to admire and compare the magnificence of the lofty Himalayas from three dimensions-from south, north & sky. The lavishly decorated huge monasteries & temples, saffron colored monks, ever smiling people & their typical lifestyle and above all, the challenging Himalayas makes your memories of Tibet tour amazing.

Another attraction of this place, Rongbuk Monastery (5000m) is dedicated to the Guru Padma Sambhava. We can see the stunning naked hills & snowy mountains, beautiful scenery all around, and the view of the world's highest Mount Everest from here. Half an hour drive takes us to Everest Base camp (5200m) from here.

The unique four-faced shaped Mount Kailash with the Buddhist symbol ‘Swastika’ makes it more mysterious peak. This mountain is related to Mt. Meru of Hindu mythology with its four faces made of four different jewels (gold, crystal, ruby and lapis lazuli) by some believers. The four great rivers namely, The Karnali, The Indus, The Sutlej and The Brahmaputra have been originated from this peak. Thousands of devotees from across the world come to visit Kailash region with the belief of obtaining ‘Mokshya’, an ultimate Salvation. Circumambulating this holy peak with true intention of mind and soul which is called doing Kailash parikrama is also believed to get rid of all known or unknown sins ever committed in life.

Meeting point: As soon as you arrive to Tribhuvan International Airport, our staffs will welcome you and take you to hotel.

Important Highlights

  • Of total 53 km Kailash Parikrama / Kora/round, 38 km must be walk/trek from Yamdwar to Chongdo. There is no any car/bus and jeep service available. So, everybody should walk or ride horse. It is also possible to hire pony and local porter for 3 days.
  • Age limit for enrolling Kailash tour is 12-65 year old for Indian passport holder. 12-60 year old people can only do Kora and 61-65 year old people can travel only up to Yamdwar.  Although you don’t need any heath certificate from doctor you need to be physically fit for Kailash and Mansarovar tour.
  • The minimum age restriction for other country passport holder is 12 years old while there is no such maximum age limit. 
  • Your passport must have at least 6 months or more validation from travel date.
  • Though popular as Shiva’s abode, we cannot see any temple of Lord Shiva but at Khojarnath there is the temple of Lord Ram, Sita & Laxman in Khojarnath. You can see Rashes Lake one the way.
  • Hor - Chiu Gompa (Nearby Manasarovar Lake)- Darchen - Yamadwar - Darchen – Hor. Eco vehicle blue bus must be used compulsorily for travelling which we can get from Nagri Tourism of Bureau in Darchen.
  • Every Yatri have Life, Medical, Rescue Jeep or Helicopter insurance before getting enrolled in Kailash Tour. Do insurance at home country.
  • We provide Pressure checking machine, Oxygen level checking machine, enough oxygen bottle, Mask-regulator, Altitude Gamo bag (Lifesaving chamber bag) & Medicine Dimox (Latitude medicine) for safe journey.

Toling Zinda Tour - Itinerary

Toling Zinda TourDay 01: Arriving in Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Half day guided sightseeing Kathmandu & Briefing
Day 03: Drive to Shaybrubeshi normal guest house or hotel 
Day 04: Shyabrubesi to Kerung Bazaar-guesthouse or hotel
Day 05: Drive Kerung to Saga bazaar & stay in guest house
Day 06: Stay in Saga cityfor acclimatization- rest & will relax
Day 07: Drive to Hor and round Mansarovar-stay mud house 
Day 08: Drive to Guge valley Toling / Zenda 290km & lodge
Day 09: Full day visit Guge Kingdom Ruin and Guest house 
Day 10: Drive to Darchen & overnight stay in four star hotel 
Day 11: Drive to Yamdwar and start trek to Dirappuk- lodge
Day 12: Trek to Zutul-Puk via Dorma La pass 5636m Lodge
Day 13: Trek to Chongdo, drive toDarchen - Prayang -hotel
Day 14: Drive from Prayang city to Tingri & stay guesthouse
Day 15: Drive Tingri to Everest Base camp & back to Tingri
Day 16: Drive to Zonkha to Kerung, overnight Kering Market
Day 17: Drive to Kerung and border than drive to Kathmandu 
Day 18: Transfer hotel Kathmandu airport for final departure

Tour Cost

Tour Cost (Net USD NRIs or Tourist passport holder
3 star hotel in Kathmandu and Tibet Normal guesthouse/lodge
04-05 Persons, per person USD 3500
Toling Zinda Tour06-07 Persons, per persons USD 3350
08-10 Persons, per person USD 3195
11-14 Persons, per person USD 3095
15 persons or more, per person USD 2900
Single Supplementary USD 300 (single room)

Cost Includes

  • Arrival in Kathmandu airport Nepal & transfer to hotel
  • Half guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley/city
  • 3 nights 3 star hotel as sharing basis bed and breakfast
  • Kathmandu- Tibet boarder - Kathmandu tourist coach
  • Visit Everest BC, Explore adventure in Himalayas
  • Tibet side accommodation use guest house-mud house
  • Staff: 1 Nepal guide 1 cook, cook helper Kailash tour
  • Meal plan provides every day breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Van/Hiace for tour and support truck for carrying food
  • Yak and Yak man for 3 days Mt. Kailash round / Kora
  • 2 nights lodge or guest house in Tolling &  Zenda city
  • Provides emergency oxygen and mask-regulator in tour
  • Travel permit, road permit, Kailash, Guge tour permit
  • Tibet visa for traveler and Nepali staff for Kailash tour
  • Toling Zinda TourFare well dinner with Nepali song, dance in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes

  • All beverages, Photography charge
  • Travel Insurance for Kailash Tibet
  • Emergency evacuation expenses
  • Horse for Kailash round/ Parikrama
  • Extra cost landslide in Kailash route
  • Expenses of personal for Kailash
  • Services other than specified Kailash
  • Tips for driver & Nepali staff Kailash

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