Guge Kingdom Tour - Purang-Guge kingdom was a small Western Himalayan kingdom which was founded and flourished in the 10th century. It covered parts of remote western Tibet and northern Ladakh. The original capital was at Burang (Wylie: spu hreng) but was moved to Tholing in the Sutlej canyon southwest of Mount Kailash. It was divided into smaller kingdoms around the year 1100 CE. Tholing, at 12,400 feet (3,800 m), the last town before Tsaparang in the kingdom of Guge was then its capital, (163 miles from Darchen). It was founded by the great-grandson of Langdarma, who was assassinated, leading to the collapse of the Tibetan Empire.
Buddhist monuments at both Tsaparang and Tholing are now mostly in ruins except for a few statues and scores of murals in good condition, painted in the western Tibetan style.
While Langdarma persecuted Buddhism in Tibet, his grandson, King Yeshe-Ö, who ruled the Guge Kingdom in the 10th century with Tholing as its capital, was responsible for the second revival or "second diffusion" of Buddhism in Tibet; the reign of the Guge Kingdom was known more for the revival of Buddhism than for its conquests. He built Tholing Monastery in his capital city in the 997 AD along with two other temples built around the same time, Tabo Monastery in the Spiti Valley of Northeast India and Khochar Monastery (south of Purang); both these monasteries are functional.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Nyalam.
Day 04: Drive to Saga.
Day 05: Drive to Parayang.
Day 06: Drive to Dongba.
Day 07: Drive to Manasarovar.
Day 08: Trek to Dirapuk.
Day 09: Trek to Zhuthul Puk.
Day 10: End Kailas Parikarma and drive Tsaparang.
Day 11: Drive to Toling. Excursion of the Guge Kingdom.
Day 12: Drive to Dongpa.
Day 13: Drive to Paryang.
Day 14: Drive to Saga.
Day 15: Drive to Naylam.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 17-19: Visit Pokhara/chitwan National park /Free days for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping.
Day 21: Final Departure.