Summer 2017 expedition – Pilgrimage to Mount Kailash


This fifteen-day trip to Mount Kailash and the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Guge in Western Tibet begins and ends in Lhasa and includes many of Tibet’s most iconic sites, as well as the possibility of journeying into Kailash’s rarely visited Inner Sanctuary. The trip will include an introduction to yogic practices at the nexus of Vajrayana Buddhism and Tantric Saivism. Both traditions envision Mount Kailash as the axis of the world and the meeting place of Earth and Heaven. The trip will be personally led by Ian Baker.

Basic Itinerary

July 3: Fly from Chengdu to Lhasa, Tibet’s Capital City. O/N Kyichu Hotel
July 4: Visit Barkor Market and Jokhang Temple. O/N Kyichu Hotel
July 5: Visit Potala Palace & Lukhang Temple. O/N Kyichu Hotel
July 6: Drive to Gyantse via Yumdroktso Lake. O/N Yeti Hotel
July 7: Visit Pelkor Chode Monastery. Drive to Shigatse. O/N Tashi Choden Hotel
July 8: Drive to Saga. O/N Saga Hotel
July 9: Drive to Darchen. O/N Darchen Hotel
July 10: Trek to Drira Puk Monastery. O/N Drirapuk Guesthouse
July 11: Trek to Zutrul Puk Monastery. O/N Zutrul Puk Guesthouse
July 12: Trek to Gyandrak Monastery and continue to Seralung. O/N Seralung Hermitage
July 13: Kailash Inner Sanctuary. O/N Seralung Hermitage or Darchen
July 14: Drive to Toling (Zhada). Visit Toling Monastery. O/N Toling Hotel
July 15: Visit Tsaparang. Drive to Manasarovar. O/N Chiu Monastery Guesthouse
July 16: Drive to Saga. O/N Saga Hotel
July 17: Drive to Shigatse. Visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. O/N Tashi Choden Hotel
July 18: Drive to Gongkar for late afternoon flight to Chengdu.


Trip Cost

$3,500, exclusive of airfare and some meals.

For more information or to reserve a place on this expedition, please contact Ian at