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august 23

Drive through fluted canyons to Dungkar, the site of a cliff-side monastery that preserves some of Tibet’s earliest wall paintings. Afterwards, continue east to the sacred lake, Manasarovar. O/N Manasarovar Camp (15,052’)


august 24

Visit Chiu Monastery, perched on a rocky outcrop with spectacular views of Mount Kailash and the “solar” and “lunar” lakes of Manasarovar and Rakshastal. Then drive across the high Tibetan plateau towards Saga. O/N Camp (14,960’)

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august 25

Drive to Shigatse, the historical seat of Tibet’s Panchen Lamas. Visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and follow the scenic pilgrim’s path from to Shigatse’s covered markets. O/N Hotel Tashi Choden (12,585’)