Mt. Everest & Ngari Off-The-Beaten-Path Tour

20 Days
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Private escorted tour with guide & vehicle at your service exclusively and the itinerary can be tailor-made to your exact liking.

Vast, thinly populated and with an average altitude of over 4500m, Ngari is Tibet’s wild west, a rough and ready frontier occupying one of the remotest corners of Aisa. Worshiped by more than a billion Buddhist and Hindus, Asia’s most sacred mountain, Mt Kailash rises from the Barkha plain like a giant four-sided 6714m chorten. Throw in the stunning nearby Lake Manasarovar and a basin that forms the source of four Asia’s greatest rivers; endowed with springs, Everest Base Camp(elev 5150m) has a couple of permanent structures and a small army base. Clamber up the small hill festooned with prayer flags for great views of the star attraction, Mt. Everest, then have your photo taken at the base camp marker, reads ‘Mt. Qomolangma Base Camp’.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway to transfer you to hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, usually takes abt 1.5hrs; from Lhasa Railway Station, abt 20mins. After transferred to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. 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. 

Day 2 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
Jokhang Temple
  • Breakfast
Day 3 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.

Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
Day 4 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

From Lhasa to Gyantse 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. Then head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land.

Yamdroktso Lake
Karola Glacier
Day 5 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongphu - EBC

Tibet has a serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only abt 350km or so, the no-more-than-40km/hr regulation, and the many road checks dotted on the way, really slow us down. So be prepared to spend around 10~12hrs on the road including meal time. The upside is the view along the way is superb. Get your camera ready. Also, prepare some snacks with you to bring along.

If it’s summertime (usually May~Oct), we will carry on the last few kilometers to Everest Tent Camp to stay the night; if winter time (usually Nov~Apr), we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. Both places have but dorm bed lodging available. Both places you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

Rongbuk Monastery
Mt. Everest
Day 6 EBC - Saga

From EBC to Saga is abt 460km, a hard-drive of abt 10~12hrs. The sprawling truck-up town of Saga is the last of any size on your tour to Mt Kailash, cherish it – have a lavish meal and take a long hot shower, of which you have to do without for the following days. 

Peikutso Lake
Beautiful Peikutso lake
Day 7 Saga - Manasarovar

Saga to Zhongba, 145km, there are several ruined monasteries along this stretch.

Zhongba to Paryang, 101km, a photogenic section of sand dunes, lake and mountains kicks in 60km from Zhongba. Abt 23km before Paryang you crest a 4780m pass and drop past more spectacular dunes to Paryang. Photos taken along this route can often get stepped, streams, desert dunes and snow-capped mountains in the same shot.

Paryang to Hor Qu, 223km, this route is a pleasant 4hr-drive along the spine of the Himalaya, passing through yellow steppe, with craggy, snowcapped peaks looming to the south when the weather is clear. There is a tricky section of sandy road 12km west of Paryang but all the major river crossings now have bridges.

At the Mayum-la(5220m), the road crosses from the drainage basin of Yarlung Tsangpo to that of the Sutlej, as you cross from Shigatse to Ngari prefectures. Your first magic views of Mt Kailash come into view approximately 90km after Mayum-la, just before the town of Hor Qu(4620m).

From Hor Qu, it's 22km to the crossroads settlement and checkpoint of Barkha. Manasarovar comes right after.

Day 8 Manasarovar - Darchen

After sightseeing the sapphire-blue holy Lake Manasarovar, head to Darchen, nested in the foothills of Mt Kailash.

Lake Manasarovar
Lake Manasarovar
Day 9 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 10 Darchen - Zanda

It's about 8hr-drive from Darchen to Zanda, though the distance is only abt 243km. It's 65km along a paved road from Darchen to Mincer, and then anther 50km from there to the army base at Ba'er, where the road branches south. The 122km from Ba'er to Zanda takes 4hrs of winding up and down fantastically eroded gorges and gullies. Zanda (3760m), Zhada or Tsamda, is the bland, one-street town that has been built up alongside Thöling Monastery.

Tholing Monastery is the oldest monastery (or gompa) in the Ngari
Tholing Monastery
Day 11 Zanda - Tsaparang - Zanda

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. 

Guge kingdom remain is now a stone city on the border between Tibet and India.
Mysterious Guge Kingdom suddenly disappeared in the 16th century.
Day 12 Zanda - Ali - Rutok

Drive from Zanda to Rutok today, abt 132km, passing Lalung-la Pass (5330m) and Ali (Gar), the capital town of Ngari Prefecture. 

Petroglyph in Tibet usually recorded scripture or poetry.
Rutog monasteries painted in red.
Day 13 Rutok - Pangongtso - Ali - Gegye

About 8km north of Rutok Xian, the road hits the east end of lovely turquoise Pangongtso (4241m). After sightseeing here, head to Gegye (4520m).

Pangongtso Lake reflects the sky.
Pangongtso Lake  shows blue uner the sky.
Day 14 Gegye - Gertse

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 15 Gertse - Tsochen

Drive from Gertse to Tsochen, which is abt 257km, 7hrs-ish, on the way you will see some small lakes, today pass beautiful valleys one after another and turquoise water lake Dung-tso and Dawa-tso are the highlights of the day.

Another name of Dung tso is moon lake.
There's a great opportunity to view the uniuqe scenery of Tibet.
Day 16 Tsochen - Raka

Drive from Tsochen to Raka, along the valley, pass Songma-la pass (5500m), then you will see Tagyel-tso, and other small lakes. Raka is situated on the junction of the road with Northern road to Ali or Mt Kailash.

Best time to visit King Tiger Hot springs is in September.
Day 17 Raka - Lhatse - Sakya - Shigatse

In the morning trace the road back to Lhatse via Sangsang, then further south back to Shigatse. En route, we will detour to Sakya Monastery. 

Sakya Monastery
Sakya Monastery
Day 18 Shigatse - Lhasa

We will depart today from your hotel in Shigatse around 08:00ish. The rode condition is pretty good but because of the speed-limit, we will spend about 6hrs on the road. 

Tashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery
Day 19 Free Day in Lhasa

Have a relaxing free day in Lhasa on your own without guide and vehicle service. Please note that you are not allowed to enter any sights on your own without the company of local guides. If find out by authority, you could get yourself and us into serious trouble. But you are free to wonder around Lhasa city. 

Day 20 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 for your next destination.

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Asked Questions from our Clients



To know the Himalaia .How many days we need to do this travel and how much cost?Thank you




Dear suileni luizon trombetta, since you are interested in Himalaia, joining our 8 Days-Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour is best choice as a solo traveler, this is one of our most popular tours here.



I'm interested for this part of the world and I like remote places.




Dear haris harba,very nice to hear you are interested in taking our 20 Days- Mt. Everest & Ngari Off-The-Beaten-Path Tour, it's a private tour that means NO other travelers join you in the trip, i will quote you with some of my crucial questions soon by email. 

Gil ***


Hello, I'm currently in China (Sichuan) and i'm interested in visiting Tibet . My interest is more cultural and of the beaten path . What can you advise me and for what price. Looking to start my trip in the next 1-3 weeks Thank You , Gil




Dear Gil Kreslavsky, since you are more interested in Tibet cultural tour, I suggest you join our 6 Days-Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Cultural Group Tour as a solo traveler, if so we still could have enough time to get your Tibet travel permit if you like to start the trip in coming weeks. 



Hello, I would like to do a tour of Tibet this summer. I would like to travel from Kathmandu and can leave Kathmandu for Lhasa from August 6th. In Tibet the main places I would like to visit are Lhasa, Mt. Kailash and the Goge Kingdom in Tsaparang and Tholing and would like to make as many stops along the way as possible. Is it possible to join a group? How much would it cost to organize a private tour, if we cannot join a group? We would prefer to stay in simple, budget hostels. Also, do I understand correctly that we can get all necessary documents in Kathmandu? Thank you so much for your reply! Best regards, Gabor




Dear Gabor, 

Since you plan to enter Tibet from Kathmandu (Nepal), you need to get the "China Group Visa" there and we'll arrange you the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) Permit & other necessary permits in Tibet. After you book your Tibet tour with us, we will prepare an official Invitation Letter to give to our partner in Kathmandu. After your arrival in Kathmandu, our Nepali partner will meet you for your original passport. With Invitation Letter & your passport, we can obtain your China Group Visa in 1~3 working days (shorter the time higher the price). More information you can find here:

You just need to send us the colour-scan/photo of valid passport photo page. Our guide will bring the TTB Permit to pick you up at Lhasa airport. Since you would like to go to visit the Mt. Kailash, Guge Kingdom & Tholing Monastery, I'm afraid you have to do the private tour. Please check the itinerary I designed for you in the email.



Hi, how are you? We want to plan a trip in August to Tibet. Our arrival will be on 2nd August in Nepal until 30th august. Between this dates we are free to travel but maximum 15 days. We want to make a deep immersion in nature, trekking mostly and adventure. We are two young brothers (26 and 28) who want to challenge ourselves and be in remote areas. We want your advice for which are the best routes for this kind of trip. We don't need to stay in hotels, we want simple conditions (camping, guesthouses..). We want you're help to find the best options for us and the budget for this kind of trip. Thank you for your time. Best Regards, Sofia Branco.




Dear Sofia, thanks for telling us your travel plan for Tibet! Dear, to be honest, the cost will not cheap since there will be only 2 of you and you would like to do this tour in Aug. So I suggest you may consider to join our 15 days Mt. Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour that will start on 2nd Aug. Each of you can just pay US$1980 with the 3-star hotels.

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