Mt.Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour

Duration:
15 Days
Price:
From $1750
Tour Code:
G07
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Budget join-in small group tour with fixed-departure travels along a fixed-route sharing guide & vehicle service with travelers around the world (12 Persons Maximum).

This is a trip to take you from Lhasa to the west of Tibet, Nagri and then return to Lhasa. 2 days Lhasa sightseeing let you have a general understanding of the history of Tibet, the humanities and the lives of the local people. And then you will head to the world's highest peak, the Mount Everest via Gyangze, Shigatse, and Tingri. The last but not least, you will reach the Mt.Kailash. Kailash in Tibetan means the treasure of the snow-capped mountain. Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Bon - native religion in Tibet and Jainism recognize it as the center of the world. Indians also think that this is the center of the world. They think Shiva lives here, who has the strongest mana and the highest position. At the same time, the upper reaches of the Indus and the Ganges originates from here. So, around the Mt.Kailash, you can see a large number of Indian pilgrims. Mt.Kailash is not the highest mountain in the area, but only the peak of its year-round snow can shine with a strange light in the sun shining, eye-catching eyes. The distribution of the four walls of the peak is very sharp symmetry, the shape of the crown pyramid. The special mountain shape is very different from the surrounding mountains. For centuries, the Mt.Kailash has been a fascinating place in the minds of pilgrims and explorers, but no one has ever been able to board the mountain, or no one has ever dared to break the center of the world.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, usually, it takes about one hour. It’s about 20 minutes driving From Lhasa Railway Station to your hotel. In order to adapt to the high altitude in Tibet, you'd better have a rest and don’t do strenuous exercise. If you feel good, you can visit the Potala Palace Square, far view the Yaowang Mountain and take a panoramic view of the Potala Palace. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light and high carbohydrate foods help you adapt the high altitude better.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Other service: Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on first & last day, Free Lhasa Airport transfer on first & last day at times
Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing

After breakfast in the hotel, tour guide and driver will meet you in the lobby of the hotel and pick you up to Drepung monastery, located about 45km to the north of Lhasa. Drepung monastery is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet with Sera Monastery and Ganden Monastery.

In the Afternoon, you will visit Sera Monastery, another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, home to over 600 monks. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon from Monday to Saturday. Even if you can’t understand their debating, it’s interesting.  

You will have a welcoming dinner this tonight, talk with group members from all over the world. 

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

Today, you will visit the most famous Potala Palace according to the time of ticket and in peak season, there is a visit time limitation. Potala Palace is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. 

At noon, the tour guide will bring you to a good restaurant to have lunch and have a rest. In the afternoon, you will head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor Street, where you can do Kora with pilgrims and locals and explore the old market.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Potala Palace
The golden roof of Jokhang Template. From here,  you will also have a good view of Potala Palace.
  • Breakfast
Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse (4040 m), 262km, approx 5hrs

In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok-sto. You will drive over the Kampala pass (4790 m) and then you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso and take a good picture of it. The Yamdrok-tso Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains. Move on, in the distance, you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa. Later, you will enjoy the Karola Glacier on the roadside; At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang colorful pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass to pray for good luck. At last, you will arrive in Gyantse in the late afternoon. Gyantse is the Tibet's third largest historically city, after Lhasa and Shigatse. In Gyantse, you will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and have a far view of Gyantse Fortress.

Stay overnight in Gyantse, 3★

Yamdroktso Lake
Karola Glacier
  • Breakfast
Day 5 Gyantse-Shigatse (3840m), 96km, approx 2hrs

Traveling from Gyantse to Shigatse will lead you through the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land. In the summer, you will see a landscape of barley field.

You will arrive in Shigatse in the afternoon and visit the Tashilhunpo monastery. Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in western Tibet and boasts over 600 years of history.

And your tour guide will get your Alien’s travel permit this afternoon.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★/4★

Tashilunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery
  • Breakfast
Day 6 Shigatse -Tingri -Rongpuk –EBC(5200m), 350km, approx. 7hrs

In the morning, you will leave Shigatse to Lhatse, a small town located 150 km from Shigatse, and you may have lunch in local restaurant. After a short rest, you will go ahead to Tingri. You will pass Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). In the late afternoon, you enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve. You can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass (5198m).Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Rongpuk or the Tent Camp to stay overnight. If the weather is good, you can have a clear view of the sunset of golden Everest peak.

Stay overnight in Nomad Tent, (Dorm Bed) or Rongpuk guesthouse

Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery
  • Breakfast
Day 7 EBC-Saga (4600m), 450km, approx. 9hrs

You can get up early and enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at lodging area if the weather is good. And then, you can take the eco-bus to the Everest Base Camp. If you like trekking, you can do a short trek from the tent guesthouses community to the actual Everest Base Camp. For the 4km, it will take you about 1.5-2 hours on your physical condition. After that, drive to saga, on the way, you can view of the worlds’14th highest peak Mt.Shishapangma (8012m). Later, you will reach Lake Peiku tso(4590m) and have a rest there. Then continue to Saga, If you are lucky enough, you are very likely to see wild animals like the wild donkey, wild antelope etc.

Stay overnight in Saga, Guesthouse

Mt. Everest
Beautiful Peikutso lake
Day 8 Saga – Darchen (4560m), 490km, approx 9hrs

Today, you will spend a lot of time on the way, but it’s worthy to see the landscape along the way.You’ll have stunning views of the great Himalayans to the south and Trans-Himalayan to the north as we drive across the vast plains. This region is home to nomads, you’ll see the beautiful grassland and local's villages. As we cross the Mayomla Pass (5112M), you can enjoy the spectacular vista of Mt. Naimonanyi(7694M).

During this thrilling journey, you’ll pass by sand dunes, mountains, and sandstone valleys before we reach the Darchen, a small nomadic village and important launch point for pilgrimages around Mt. Kailash. Upon your arrival, you can explore the Darchen town on your own. If you need porters and yaks, your tour guide will arrange it for you this afternoon.

Stay overnight in Guesthouse or 4★

Day 9 Trek from Darchen-Dirakpuk (4700m), 20km, approx 7hrs

In the morning, you’ll trek from Darchen or you can take an eco-bus to Sarshung valley and start the trekking from there. If you have hired porters and yaks in the last day, you’ll meet them there. (The cost of hiring yaks, horses, and porters are not included in the package). You’ll trek about 13 km from Sarshung valley to Drirapuk Monastery, where you will stay overnight there in a guesthouse. 

Stay overnight in Guesthouse, Dorm Bed

Mt. Kailash
Kailash
  • Dirapuk, Camp/Guesthouse
  • Breakfast
Day 10 Trek from Dirakpuk-Zuktulpuk (4790m), 18km, approx 6hrs

Today is the most changeling day of the trekking, you’ll climb over the highest pass of the Kora, the Dromala pass(5630m). After a short rest at the top, we will climb down into the long valley and stop for lunch at the Shabjay Dakpo nomadic tent. On the way, you can have a rest in a teahouse. Then you will continue to the Zultulpuk , built by two important religious figures, Milarepa and Naro Bonchung. At last, you will visit Zutulpuk Monastery. You will find the footprint and handprint of Milarepa inside the cave. 

Stay overnight in Guesthouse, Dorm Bed

Mt Kailash
Kailash
  • Zutulpuk, Camp/Guesthouse
Day 11 Trek from Zuktulpuk- Darchen, 7km, approx 2hrs; Drive Darchen -Manasarovar (4560m), 40km, approx 1hr

It’s an easy day to of the trek. You’ll trek 7 km to complete the Kora. In the afternoon, the car will pick you up in Darchen and drive you to the holy lake Manasarovar, which is just 40 km in the southwest of Darchen. If the weather is good, you can see the splendid sunset of the lake Manasarovar. If you feel good, you can do a trek along the shore of the lake. 

Stay overnight in Guesthouse, Dorm Bed

Kailash
Lake Manasarovar
Day 12 Manasarovar – Payang-Saga, 490km, approx 9hrs

You can get up early to go for a stroll along the shore of the Lake Manasarovar.  And then you’ll go back to Saga. 

Stay overnight in Saga, Guesthouse

Day 13 Saga-Lhatse-Shigatse, 450km, approx 8hrs

On the way back to Shigatse, you’ll see beautiful grassland and local's villages. 

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★/4★

Day 14 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx 5hrs

In the morning, drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse along the friendship way, the northern way to Lhasa. On the way, you’ll see the Yarlung Tsangpo valley. In Nyemo, you’ll have a chance to visit the Tibetan Incense Workshop. Nyemo County has a history of more than 1,000 years. Except for sacrificial ceremonies, this fragrant incense also can be used to prevent infectious diseases like flu and influenza, for its ingredients contain herbal medicines such as saffron, Sandalwood, Chinese Usnea, and borneol.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Titetan Incense Workshop in Nyemo
Tibetan Engraving
  • Breakfast
Day 15 Lhasa departure

Tour ends today. Tour guide and driver will drop you to the Lhasa airport or railway station for your next stop. 

  • Breakfast
Other service: Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on first & last day, Free Lhasa Airport transfer on first & last day at times

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2017-04-01 ~ 2017-06-30 2017-07-01 ~ 2017-10-10 2017-10-11 ~ 2017-10-31
$1750 $1980 $1750

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2017-04-01 ~ 2017-06-30 2017-07-01 ~ 2017-10-10 2017-10-11 ~ 2017-10-31
$2000 $2080 $2000

Discount Policy

You can enjoy one or both discount policies below, if you situation fits the terms.

Option A:3 or More to Join the Same Group $105 / person
Option B:Tour in Apr~Oct
  • To book 6-month prior tour starts 8% Off / person
  • To book 3-month prior tour starts 4% Off / person

Booking Policy

Confirmed Dates30-working-day prior
Dates Listed as 1st traveller 1 Person, 75-day prior
2 Persons or above, 45-day prior
Dates Not Listed as 1st traveller1~2 Persons, 90-day prior
3 Persons or above, 45-day prior

Schedule

Starting DatePrice FormBookedBook Now
2017-07-06 $1980 open for booking Book
2017-07-07 $1980 4 Book
2017-08-02 $1980 open for booking Book
2017-08-10 $1980 open for booking Book
2017-09-07 $1980 open for booking Book
2017-10-05 $1980 open for booking Book
2017-10-26 $1750 1 Book

No desired date of departure? Please send us an inquiry and we will try to arrange your tour according to your plan.

Our Service

INCLUSIONS

*Lodgings: 6 Nights, twin room en suite in 3★/4★;

                  1 Night, twin room en suite in 3★;

                  1 Night, dorm bed at NOMAD TENT;

                   2 Nights, twin room en suite in GUESTHOUSE;

                   1 Night, twin room en suite in GUESTHOUSE/4★;

                   2 Nights, dorm bed in by CAMP/GUESTHOUSE;

                   1 Night, dorm bed in GUESTHOUSE;

*Meal:  8 Breakfasts & 1 Welcome Dinner;

*Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;

*Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on the first & last day;

*Free pick-up from airport to hotel at 10:00 am,14:00 pm and 17:00 pm on the first day;

*Free drop-off from hotel to airport at 7:00 am,9:30 am and 12:30 pm on the last day;

*Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide

*Attractions: all entrance fee mentioned in itinerary

*Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB); Alien's Travel Permit(PSB) to be applied in Shigatse with your original passport which takes abt 30mins; Military Permit;

*Travel Agency Liability insurance;

*Government Tax;

*Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express)

*Food & lodgings for guide & driver;

*Oxygen tank for emergency use;

*One bottle of mineral water per person per day;

EXCLUSIONS

*Yaks & herders during 3-Day Mt Kailash Kora

*Shuttle Bus fee at Mt Kailash: USD 17/person

*Shuttle Bus fee at Lake Manasarovar: USD 43/person

*Private Lhasa Airport transfer if your flight isn’t within our free service time, USD 60/vehicle/time.

*Flight or Train

*China Visa

*Some Breakfast, all Lunch & Dinner

*Optional sights

*Super-fast express delivery of Tibet Entry Permit (eg. China Air Express) 

*Additional days caused by unexpected nature disasters. eg. Land Slide, Avalanche, etc.

*Gratuities to guide and driver according to your budget and level of satisfaction.

*Personal expenses

*Personal travel insurance

*Anything not listed in INCLUSIONS

Note

*Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) & Military Permit usually takes about 30-working-day to apply. If you couldn’t provide the required docs & info on time, an extra abt USD 50~80/permit will be charged;

*During the 3-day Mt Kailash Kora—

Lodgings: clean dorm-bed guesthouse; in peak season, we provide the tent in case the guesthouses are fully booked by Indian pilgrims.

Food:    locals sell Tibetan noodles (USD 5) & instant noodles(USD 2) along the way.

Luggage: leave most of your luggage in our vehicle, bring only the necessary.

*We reserve the right to change the itinerary order and attractions in Lhasa;

*If you prefer to book your own hotels over those included in our group tour, please meet the rest of the group at their daily hotel on time. We don’t include the transfers to your own hotels;

*We need to pick up and drop off all members of the group on first & last day from Lhasa Airport/Railway, thus there may not always have guide presence but driver;

*Due to the special nature of Tibet travel, any unforeseeable and unavoidable objective circumstances, including but not limited to natural disasters, war, terrorism, riot, civil commotion, strikes, public health emergencies, government action, major traffic jams, delay or cancellation of flight/train, attractions temporarily closed. etc., resulting in a change of itinerary, the increased cost will be paid by travellers; if any attraction visits have to be cancelled due to the same reasons above, GTT won't be held responsible for a refund except certain attraction entrance fee which will be solely decided by GTT.

*Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travellers, single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveller to share the twin rooms, the single supplement will be refunded.

Asked Questions from our Clients

Kenn***

2017-06-14

Is it possible to hire horses for the trek

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claire

2017-06-15

For your question, it is ok to hire the horses for the trek. And I need to know more information, what are you doing with the horses, pigging back luggage or riding? If you have some Heavy luggage, the horses do woke. But in my view, you’d better leave you luggage at Darchen where our staff keep it for you.

Loga***

2017-06-10

A couple more things: For the Kailas trek, do you provide sleeping bags, or must we bring our own? Must we also bring a tent? If we bring a porter, must we pay for his hotel and water? Do you provide breakfast on the trek? Also, why must we pay shuttle fees at Mt Kailash & Manasarovar? I thought we had cars with drivers. Where are they? You rarely provide dinner. How expensive is it?

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penny

2017-06-10

To your questions:

For the Kailas trek, do you provide sleeping bags, or must we bring our own? Must we also bring a tent?

 

You'd better bring your own sleeping bags to make sure it's cleaner and more comfortable. You mustn't bring a tent.

 

If we bring a porter, must we pay for his hotel and water?

 

I think you mustn't pay for the porter's hotel and water after you reached a agreement with each other.

 

Do you provide breakfast on the trek?

 

No.

 

Also, why must we pay shuttle fees at Mt Kailash & Manasarovar? I thought we had cars with drivers. Where are they?

 

Dear Logan, either you take the shuttle bus at Mt Kailash & Lake Manasarovar or not, it's up to you. But I have to remind you that our vehicles are not allowed to accompany you all the time.

 

You rarely provide dinner. How expensive is it?

 

Usually it's about US$10 (RMB60)/Person for a meal in Tibet.

Loga***

2017-06-10

Hi! I'm looking into the 15d mt kailash & everest group tour for june of 2018. I have a family of 4, which means that it should cost $1500/person, correct? Could I get that price any lower? I understand that the guide will speak english, and will be Tibetan, not Chinese. Is this correct? Will the driver be Tibetan or Chinese? Will he speak english? What vehicle will we be in? We are vegetarian, so we do not eat meat. Will there be vegetarian food? It says we will need yaks & herders for the Mt. Kailash tour. How much will these cost? Will you take care of all our permits to enter Tibet at no extra cost? Is there a plan in case of bad weather, or the vehicle breaking down? Logan

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penny

2017-06-10

Dear Logan, it's ok for you to do our 15 days Mt. Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour in June of 2018.

 

Here below are my answers to your questions:

 

I have a family of 4, which means that it should cost $1500/person, correct? Could I get that price any lower?

 

According to the regulation of our company, each of you can pay US$1510 (RMB10260) for the 15 days Mt. Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour with the 3-star hotels if you can book it with us before Dec of 2017. Sorry the US$1510 (RMB10260)/Person is the best price we can give. Meanwhile, the exchange rate between USD and CNY is changeable. So this offer US$1510 is subject to our final confirmation. Of course, the final cost we quote to you will not exceed RMB10260/Person.

 

I understand that the guide will speak english, and will be Tibetan, not Chinese. Is this correct?

 

Yes, you're correct.

 

Will the driver be Tibetan or Chinese? Will he speak english?

 

Usually the driver also is the Tibetan and he cannot speak English.

 

What vehicle will we be in?

 

Sorry I cannot confirm this with you now as we usually will arrange the travel-licensed vehicle according to group size. Maybe you'll be in a minivan or minibus.

 

We are vegetarian, so we do not eat meat. Will there be vegetarian food?

 

Yes, please tell your guide about this and he'll make the arrangements for you accordingly.

 

It says we will need yaks & herders for the Mt. Kailash tour. How much will these cost?

 

Regarding the yaks & herders, the cost is about US$45 (RMB300) per day for a yak & a herder. Usually a herder can drive 3 yaks. The yak only can carry the luggages for you.

 

Will you take care of all our permits to enter Tibet at no extra cost?

 

Yes, we will take care of all your permits to enter Tibet at no extra cost.

 

Is there a plan in case of bad weather, or the vehicle breaking down?

 

If that is the case, our company and your guide will help you find a solution at the first time.

Gina***

2017-05-26

Hi, is your October 11-31 departure guaranteed. Do you have any other departure in early October.

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penny

2017-05-27

Dear Gina, the 15 days Mt. Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour you saw on our website is wonderful. We had 1 client booked this tour with us on 26 Oct. But to be honest, it's not a good time to do the trek at Mt Kailash around that time as it's a little cold then. Actually, I have another 2 clients who would like to start this tour on 5 Oct and I think it's a better time to do this tour. Which one you prefer to join? And may I know how many people in your group or you'll travel alone? More information please find in the email.

Indr***

2017-05-20

my wife and I would like to visit Manosarowar and Kailash from Lhasa. We dont want to do the Everest since there is a lot of trekking involved. What could you suggest?

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penny

2017-05-20

Dear Indranil,

Thanks for your inquiry! According to your request, I've already sent you an itinerary by email. If you don't like it, please kindly let me know your further demands and I'll redesign for you accordingly. If yes, I'll provide you the price as soon as I hear from you. Before that, please let me know more information as below so that I can quote you accordingly, thank you!

1. When you plan to do this tour?

2. What kind of accommodation you would like to stay in, the Luxurious (5-star), the comfortable (4-star)/economy class (3-star) hotel or the budget guest house?

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