PILGRIMAGE JOURNEY TO TIBET & MOUNT KAILASH

18 DAYS

FROM $5,700

Activity Level
Strenuous

Designed for experienced & active travellers in good physical condition. These itineraries may include full-day hikes (sometimes at high altitude) and/or full-day excursions. Trails often include steep ascents/descents on mountainous terrain.

Service Level
Ultimate Journeys
Ultimate Journeys feature a fully immersive itinerary with a particular theme. Great distances are covered using only the best vehicles available. These itineraries are carefully designed to be comprised of daily sessions of meditation and philosophy, an intimate introduction to the rich Himalayan culture, exclusive access to remote & sacred sites, and visits/talks with local specialists & experts. All-inclusive services include: travel by the highest quality land transportation vehicles and/or plane, knowledgeable local guides, porters, first-class accommodation, healthy & delicious meals, and experienced & dynamic Himalayan Hermitage facilitators as well as local specialists & experts.
Group Size
Max 21

The Journey in a Nutshell

Discover Tibet, the rooftop of the world. A sacred land of nomads and endless space where mantras of compassion have been recited for centuries.

Mount Kailash is the epicenter of Tibetan Buddhist cosmology, so this truly is the-pinnacle-pilgrimage-of-a-lifetime with a three day circumambulation, or kora, around this sacred mountain in far-west Tibet, starting on the auspicious time of the full moon!

All inclusive 18 day / 17 night itinerary of; healthy vegetarian meals, accommodation, and transportation.

Facilitators

Himalayan Hermitage founders Sisse & Alex d’Artois will be guiding this journey. 

Alex - co-founder of Himalayan Hermitage

Alex d'Artois

Co-Founder & Facilitator
Sisse - co-founder of Himalayan Hermitage

Sisse d'Artois

Co-Founder, Facilitator & Photographer

Itinerary

Explore Lhasa, the city of the Gods in Tibetan, with scents of butter-lamp offerings and juniper incense wafting out of  its temples, monasteries, and houses, while visiting some of the most sacred sites in the city.

We make the journey out to west Tibet where, on the full moon, we will start a three day kora around Mount Kailash, believed to be the centre of the universe in Tibetan cosmology. This is an epic pilgrimage journey of a lifetime.

How to Prepare for this Journey?

Physically:

This journey is designed for experienced and active travellers in good physical condition. The itinerary includes full day hikes, especially around Mount Kailash and sometimes at high altitude. Trails around the mountain will include steep descents/ascents on mountainous terrain. Once we reach Lhasa and travel across the Tibetan plateau we will be up in high altitude, ranging from 3,650meters (11,995′) in Lhasa, up to 5,000meters (16,400′) on the highest pass around the Mount Kailash kora. Here is a rough outline of our 2 nights, 3 days’ Kora around Mount Kailash. Overall, we can expect to walk an estimated 52-53 km for our entire circumambulation around the mountain. We walk at a comfortable pace and take breaks whenever it is needed:

Accommodation

We will be staying in the best possible locations throughout the journey, ranging from high-end to more basic guesthouses and lodges with all basic facilities.

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Covid-19 Travel Protocol

As we prepare to welcome back travellers onto our journeys throughout the Himalayas, please review our new Covid-19 Travel Protocol carefully, to help us ensure safety for all travellers.  

Pricing & What is Included

Pricing

  • The Early Bird Special of $5,700 USD ends six months before the journey’s starting date
  • The Normal Price is $6,000 USD
  • The Single Room Supplement is an added $800 USD*

 * Please note that in the event that there is no other solo traveller of the same gender with whom to share a double room, participants will be liable to cover 50% of the single room.  

 

What is included

  • 17 night / 18 day itinerary
  • Transfers upon arrival & departure 
  • All accommodation as per itinerary 
  • All vegetarian meals (vegan possible too) 
  • Daily Dharma talks & introduction to meditation 
  • Notebook for journaling during the journey 

 

What is not included

  • International airfare to and from Nepal 
  • Personal Travel Insurance during the journey 
  • Visa for Nepal 
  • Any alcoholic beverages during the journey
  • Any tip to local guides & porters 

Dates

2023

May 26th - June 10th, 2023

Sisse - co-founder of Himalayan Hermitage
Alex - co-founder of Himalayan Hermitage

Sisse d'Artois

Alex d'Artois

Meditation & Buddhist Philosophy

Throughout the journey, group meditation sessions and discussions on Buddhist philosophy are interwoven into the daily schedule. This is what makes this journey truly immersive. As we discover a whole new outer environment, we will also look within ourselves to cultivate the hallmarks of the native tradition of  the land; mindfulness, compassion, and wisdom. Note: on days of extensive travel we will not always have time for meditation and philosophy sessions.

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