Grand Ngari Northern Route Tour

Duration:
29 Days
Destination:
Lhasa - Tsetang - Nyingtri -Pomi - Nyingtri - Lhasa - Lake Namtso - Ali - Darchen - Mt.Kailash - Lake Manasarovar - Saga - EBC - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Caution: this is not a tour for the faint-hearted nor the weak-willed!!! This 29-Day tour covering abt 6800 kilometers takes you to the most remote parts of Western Tibet by the Grand Ngari Northern Route. If you are determined and enjoy solitude & wildlife, this is definitely the one for you!

Day 1 Lhasa Airport – Tsetang

Your guide and driver will wait you at Lhasa Gongar Airport holding your name board. After pick up, transfer to Tsetang for the night. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.

The name of Mindroling Monastery in Tibetan means "Place of Perfect Emancipation".
Mindroling Monastery is one of the six major monasteries of the Nyingma school in Tibet.
Day 2 Tsetang - Samye - Tsetang

Tsetang is the fourth-largest city in Tibet and the capital of huge Shannan (Lhoka) prefecture. Samye Monastery is located abt 30km from Tsetang. 

Samye Monastery
Samye Monastery
Day 3 Tsetang - Trandruk - Yumbulagang - Chongye – Tsetang, 70km, approx 1.5hrs

Visit the major sights of Yarlung Valley in Tsetang today, of which is considered the cradle of Tibetan civilization. Trandruk Monastery is situated on the southern slope of the Mt. Gangpo Ri about two kilometers from the Tsetang Town. So far, it has a history of about 1,300 years. Yumbulagang also called "palace of mother and son", is counted as the first building in Tibet, with a history of over 2,000 years. Standing on the top of the tower house, you can enjoy the splendid panoramic view of the valley, and dream of the ancient legends of this palace. Finally, we'll go to the Chongye Valley to have a look at the burial mounds. Whilst the valley is sometimes referred to as the 'Graveyard of Imperial Kings', these burial mounds contain not only the remains of Tibetan kings, but also those of their wives and officials.

Stay overnight in Tsetang

Trandruk Monastery
Yumbulagang Palace
Day 4 Tsetang - Nang Xian - Nyingtri

Drive from Tsetang to Nyingtri via Nang Xian along Yarlung Tsangpo for abt 8hrs or so. 

Lamaling temple is 30km south of Bayi.
Lamaling Temple is home for monks and nuns.
Day 5 Nyingtri - Lunang - Pomi

For today’s ride from Nyingtri to Pomi, you will pass Serkhym-la (4582m), and you will have a good view of Namche Barwa (7756m) and Gyala Pelri (7151m) from a distance.

Lulang means Dragon King Valley in Tibetan, also known a place of Forget Home.
Lulang forest is in Nyingchi and shows your typical alpine scenery.
Day 6 Pomi - Rawok

A scenic ride from Pomi to Rawoktso Lake, with tropical-looking forest along it. 

Rawoktso lake shines under sun.
Rawok-tso Lake
Day 7 Rawok - Tashigang - Nyingtri

Drive back to Nyingtri today. En route, visit the gorgeous tiny rural village of Tashigang.

Tashigang is a rural village and now the main income comes from tourism.
If you go to Nyingchi from Lhasa, we will usaually stay a while in Tashigang Village. You can visit Tibetan family here.
Day 8 Nyingtri - Draksumtso - Lhasa

A hard ride today from Nyingri to Lhasa for abt 8hrs or so, en route, visit the beautiful Draksumtso Lake.

4 stars scenery Draksum-tso Lake.
Draksum-tso Lake
Day 9 Lhasa - Tsurphu - Yangpachen - Damxung

Head north from Lhasa along the National Highway No. 109. En route, visit Yampachen and Tsurphu Monastery. Then tour further along to stay the night at Damxung, where the only 3star-rated hotel is available near Namtso Lake. 

Tsurphu Monastery is a gompa which serves as the traditional seat of the Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
Yampachen hot springs
Day 10 Damxung - Baingoin

Drive from Damxung to Baingoin for the night. Baingoin, a small county north of Namtso Lake where usually visited by foreigners.

Namtso Lake
Namtso Lake
Day 11 Baingoin - Nyima

Drive from Baingoin to Nyima enjoy the solitude and the rural sights of Tibet. 

Day 12 Nyima - Dungtso - Gertse

Drive the remote section of Tibet from Nyima to Gertse, en route, visit Dungtso.

Another name of Dung tso is moon lake.
Dungtso is so beautiful like a blue diamond mounted in the ground.
Day 13 Gertse - Gegye

It's an 8hr-drive from Gegye to Gertse. The initial landscape is a dreamy blur of lake and sky, cut by salt rings and brooding mountains of rust, mustard, turmeric and green barley. 

Day 14 Gegye - Ali

Drive from Gegye to Ali. Ali, also known as Shiquanhe, is the capital of Ngari prefecture, where you be able to clean up with hot shower and have a decent meal. 

Day 15 Ali - Zanda

From Ali to Zanda is a scenic ride takes abt 6hrs or so, passing Laling-la (5330m). 

Tholing Monastery is the oldest monastery (or gompa) in the Ngari
Zanda Clay Forest lies between Gangdise and Himalaya.
Day 16 Zanda - Tsaparang - Zanda(4000m) - Darchen (4600m), 260km, approx 5hrs

Tsaparang is abt 18km west of Zanda, in the valley of Langchen Tsangpo, Sutlej River, the 'elephant river', which rises west of Manasarovar and continues over the border with India into Ladakh and finally Pakistan. After sightseeing, drive to Darchen for the night.

Tsaparang
Mysterious Guge Kingdom suddenly disappeared in the 16th century.
Day 17 Darchen - Kailash - Darchen

Darchen is the starting point of Mt Kailash Kora for pilgrims, but you will take the local shuttle bus here today to sightseeing Mt Kailash instead. 

Mt Kailash
Mt. Kailash
Day 18 Darchen - Manasarovar (4588m), 30km, approx 1.5hrs

Head from Darchen to the sapphire-blue holy Lake Manasarovar, which is abt 1hr or so. 

Lake Manasarovar
Lake Manasarovar
Day 19 Manasarovar - Payang - Saga

Enjoy the ride back with leisure. Our vehicle will stop along the ride for you to take photos.

Day 20 Saga - Rongphu(4980m) - EBC (5200m)

Drive from Saga to Everest Base Camp, en route visit the highest monastery of the world, Rongphu Monastery.

Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery
Day 21 EBC - Tingri - Lhatse

After sightseeing, drive to Lhatse for the night. Lhatse is pretty much a one-street town, at elevation of 3950m.

Mt. Everest
Everest Base Camp
Day 22 Lhatse - Sakya - Shigatse

Head from Lhatse to Shigatse today, and a detour to visit Sakya Monastery, which is abt 25km off the southern Friendship Highway, accessed via a good dirt road through a petty farming valley.

Sakya Monastery
Nartang Monastery is  where located 15 km west of Shigatse in Tibet.
Day 23 Shigatse - Gyantse

Travelling from Shigatse to Gyantse will lead you through the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colourfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land.

Tashilunpo Monastery
Shalu Monastery
Day 24 Gyantse

Lying on a historic trade route between India and Tibet, Gyantse (elev 3980m) has long been a crucial link for traders journeying to the Himalayan plateau, with its small-town charm and laid-back atmosphere. 

Pelkor Chode Monastery
Gyantse Dzong or Gyantse Fortress is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibe
Day 25 Gyantse - Lhasa

From Gyantse to Lhasa is abt 264km, en route you will pass by Khamba-la Pass (4794m), and with the huge massif of Mt Nojin Kangtsang (7191m) at far distance in view.

Karola Glacier
Yamdroktso Lake
Day 26 Lhasa Suburb

Today you will visit attractions in Lhasa suburb. You will stay long hour on sightseeing under the fierce sun of Tibet, do arm yourself with sunglasses/ hat/ sunscreen, etc.

Sera Monastery
Drepung Monastery
Day 27 Lhasa City

As the capital city, Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history over 1300 years.

Potala Palace
The golden roof of Jokhang Template. From here,  you will also have a good view of Potala Palace.
Day 28 Lhasa Suburb

Today you will visit attractions in Lhasa suburb. You will stay long hour on sightseeing under the fierce sun of Tibet, do arm yourself with sunglasses/ hat/ sunscreen, etc.

Drak Yerpa
Norbulingka
Day 29 Departure from Lhasa by Flight/Train

Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

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Asked Questions from our Clients

joce***

2017-12-02

i travel alone and would like to know the price for your Grand Ngari Northern Route Tour in may 2018

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amy

2017-12-04

Dear Jocelyne,

I'm glad to hear that you are interested in taking our 29 Days Grand Ngari Northern Route Tour in May 2018, this is a private tour covering all must-see tourist sites in Tibet, the price is based on what level of the hotel do you want?(guesthouse, 3-star, 4-star and 5-star)

I also need to know your nationality, because India passport holders are not allowed to take this tour. 

 

 

Daks***

2017-10-27

Visit ALLMOST entire Tibet and prominent monasteries and lakes. Would like to take a month long trip along with train routes sometimes next year. From USA.

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amy

2017-10-28

Dear Daksha,   

According to your preference, I highly suggest you take our 29 Days Grand Ngari Northern Route Tour which covers all must-see tourist sites in Tibet.

About the price of it, you need to let me know when approximately you could start this tour in 2018, different month different cost, but the best time to take this tour is between April and Oct. 

rudy***

2017-10-22

hi again. what a great trip is this. how mutch does this cost, and can we stay longer in china then 60 days becauce we have already travelled from beijing around 40 days when we arrive in shanri la. please let me know what is possible... thanx already, yours, rudy klaassen

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penny

2017-10-23

Hi Rudy Klaassen, I think you can apply for a Visa which will allow you to stay longer time (eg 90 days) in China. The details you'd better inquire your local Chinese Embassy. Regarding the tour cost, kindly let me know when you plan to do it so that I can quote you accordingly, thanks!

dani***

2017-09-04

I would like to take your Kailash tour to coincide with Wisak a Buddhist ceremony that occurs on the May 2018 full moon.Is this possible? I would also like to arrive early in Tibet and do some volunteer work can you give me some contacts to arrange this?

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penny

2017-09-04

Dear Daniel Herbison, yes, I think it's no problem for you to take the Mt. Kailash tour to coincide with Wisak a Buddhist ceremony that occurs on the May 2018 full moon. Regarding the volunteer work, I can arrange several free days in Lhasa for you and you can ask your guide to help you do that.

Teri***

2017-08-10

would like to know dates 2018 and cost of this trip. Thank you

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claire

2017-08-11

Dear Teri,

The tour you are interesed in, is a private tour. Before I quote you a best cost accordingly. I need to know your request about the accommodation.

Best wishes,

Claire

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