Revised Pilgrimage to Tibet 2014

*Revised* Pilgrimage to Mount Kailash 2014

A Cultural & Educational Travel Program Hosted by Jonang Foundation

A new program was devised and scheduled for August with Mt. Kailash as the centerpiece. Though we designed the original program to be during the Horse Year Festival on Saga Dawa on June 13, the Tibetan tradition of pilgrimage around Kailash is for the entire Horse Year. See the post, 2014 Horse Year Festival at Mount KailashIn response to this interruption in our original program, here are details on this newly scheduled program,  

Pilgrimage to Mount Kailash

August 04  - August 25, 2014 (21 Days)
 $5,900 per person
**Deadline for enrollment is July 15, 2014. Spaces are limited.

Read the JF Pilgrimage FAQ Sheet.

View the Facebook photo album for the Jonang Foundation Tibet Pilgrimage 2013



Educational Program

This journey will take you through the ages and across the boundaries of cultural imagination to encounter the sacred sites of Tibet's living spiritual traditions. We have designed this pilgrimage to be an educational exploration of Tibet's living Buddhist culture. By supplying both the highest quality accommodation and transportation, as well as expert leaders and local guides, we have designed this pilgrimage to be a life-enriching experience.

Meditation sessions, pilgrimage rituals, personal exploratory time, optional hikes as well as regular lectures and discussions at monasteries and cultural sites on Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan culture with Tulku Zangpo Rinpoche and Tibetologist Michael Sheehy will be integral to the journey. A pilgrim's reader will be sent upon enrollment.


Travel in Tibet

We at Jonang Foundation host this pilgrimage to both give you an opportunity to visit and explore the deeply ingrained Buddhist culture on the Tibetan plateau as well as to support Tibetans in Tibet. We work directly with local Tibetan-owned businesses that employ Tibetans. We are ecologically conscious to leave minimal traces of our own pilgrim footprints on the land. Proceeds raised from this pilgrimage are allocated to education and cultural preservation projects that we facilitate on-the-ground in Tibet. This pilgrimage gives back directly to Tibetan communities.


The Program Itinerary

DAY 01) Arrive in Chengdu = HOTEL
DAY 02) Fly to Lhasa. Rest. = HOTEL
DAY 03) Lhasa: Jokhang Temple & Potala Palace = HOTEL
DAY 04) Lhasa -> Shigatse = HOTEL
DAY 05) Explore Shigatse. Tashi Lhunpo Monastery of the Panchen Lama's = HOTEL
DAY 06) Shigatse -> Lhatse = HOTEL
DAY 07) Lhatse - > Tangtong Gyalpo's Chung Riwoche = CAMP
DAY 08) -> Dargeling = CAMP
DAY 09) Across the Paryang Sand Dunes -> Manasarovar Lake = CAMP
DAY 10) Explore Manasarovar Lake, Rakshas Tsal Lake = CAMP
DAY 11) Mt. Kailash kora 01 = CAMP
DAY 12) Mt. Kailash kora 02 = CAMP
DAY 13) Mt. Kailash kora 03. Rest at Darchen = GUESTHOUSE
DAY 14) -> Guru Rinpoche Hot Springs at Tirtapuri = CAMP
DAY 15) Visit Tholing Monastery & ancient ruins at Guge Kingdom = CAMP
DAY 16) -> Purang, Korchak Monastery = GUESTHOUSE
DAY 17) -> Dargyeling = CAMP
DAY 18) Dargyeling -> Sakya Monastery = HOTEL
DAY 19) Sakya Monastery -> Gyantse Kumbum Stupa = HOTEL
DAY 20) Gyantse Kumbum and Monastery = HOTEL
DAY 21) Drive to Airport. Fly to Chengdu = HOTEL

The Tibetan Horse Year

The year 2014 is the Year of the Horse according to the Tibetan lunar calendar. This is the year during the 12-yearlong astrological cycle that is understood to magnify the beneficial effects of pilgrimage manifold. In Tibetan pilgrimage practice, it is said that circumambulating Mount Kailash once during the Year of the Horse is karmically equivalent to completing 12 circumambulations. See the earlier Jonangpa Blog post on the 2014 Horse Year Festival at Mt. Kailash.


JF Pilgrim Testimonials

"Trip of a lifetime ... The best way to tour Tibet."​
-- Chester, 2013 JF Pilgrim --
“When considered in the broad offering of trips to out-of-the-way places where one might explore a spiritual tradition this program was tip top. The two main criteria for such trips are logistical know-how and breadth of knowledge. We all had numerous occasions to test these two criteria. Two words: flying colors. Flying colors!“
-- Deb, 2013 JF Pilgrim --

"During the three weeks I spent participating in the Jonang Foundation's Pilgrimage to Tibet, I made just the kinds of connections I'd hope to make with the land, its people, and its profound traditions … the pilgrimage was always enriching and rewarding.  I'm very grateful ..."
-- Doug, 2013 JF Pilgrim --

"This pilgrimage to Tibet has, deepened my awareness, to the culture, landscapes, people, and the tradition’s, and also to the teachings of Buddhism. Well organized. Thank-you!"
-- Christley, 2013 JF Pilgrim --

"The JF pilgrimage was a life-changing journey with unexpected deep experiences at many of the great sacred places of Tibet. There was one highlight after the other."
-- Sabina, 2013 JF Pilgrim --


Pilgrimage Leader

We are happy to have Donald Nelson as the pilgrimage leader for the 2014 trip to Mount Kailash. Don is the owner and operator of Going-to-the-Sun Trekking in Whitefish, Montana. He regularly administers and travels as a group leader and guide to the Himalayan region, providing trekking, cultural and spiritual adventures. His expertise is gained by leading more than 20 groups since 1998. In addition, Don often travels as a professional photographer. Introducing others to the culture and beauty of sites in Tibet, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Burma has become his passion. Don recently led pilgrimage groups to the Mt. Kailash area of Tibet in 2010 and again in 2012 as part of the Oxford University Explorer’s Council to work filming the documentary Nine-Story Mountain 

Cost & Enrollment

To enroll, contact us at [email protected] with the word "PILGRIMAGE" in the subject line.

$1,000 enrollment downpayment is required per person to reserve a spot. Early enrollment is encouraged. Spots are limited. The enrollment downpayment will be credited towards each person's total cost. Spots are being reserved in the order by which each person enrolls. See the Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Please contact us about making an enrollment downpayment. 

Total Cost

$5,900 per person 

*Pilgrims must confirm participation by July 01. Payments must be received no later than July 15. 

Cost includes: Full board including meals and accommodation in hotels, guesthouses, and camp sites; round-trip flight tickets from Chengdu / Lhasa / Chengdu; tents and camping equipment; chief cooks and cook assistants; pack yaks and yak men for Kailash circumambulation; inland transportation by bus in Chengdu; van and 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers along with a support truck in Tibet; roundtrip inland airport transfers and related airport fees (Chengdu/Lhasa/Chengdu); English-speaking local Tibetan guides; all necessary road permit and travel documentation; visitation, entrance, and conservation fees to all sites and monasteries.

Cost does not include: Roundtrip international flight tickets from/to port of origin, visas, airport taxes, travel insurance, sleeping bags, tips, personal expenses, drinks.

There is an option to reserve a single room/tent:  

Single Supplement = $650
*Vegetarian meals will be provided at each meal.
*A percentage of each total payment is tax-deductible in the U.S.
Enrollment deposits can be made via the online cart, Pilgrimage Program Payment.


Contact Information

For all queries about the pilgrimage, please contact us at [email protected] with the word "PILGRIMAGE" in the subject line.

Please contact us about future programs.