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!

DayRoute
1 Lhasa Airport – Tsetang
2 Tsetang - Samye - Tsetang
3 Tsetang - Trandruk - Yumbulagang - Chongye – Tsetang, 70km, approx 1.5hrs
4 Tsetang - Nang Xian - Nyingtri
5 Nyingtri - Lunang - Pomi
6 Pomi - Rawok
7 Rawok - Tashigang - Nyingtri
8 Nyingtri - Draksumtso - Lhasa
9 Lhasa - Tsurphu - Yangpachen - Damxung
10 Damxung - Baingoin
11 Baingoin - Nyima
12 Nyima - Dungtso - Gertse
13 Gertse - Gegye
14 Gegye - Ali
15 Ali - Zanda
16 Zanda - Tsaparang - Zanda(4000m) - Darchen (4600m), 260km, approx 5hrs
17 Darchen - Kailash - Darchen
18 Darchen - Manasarovar (4588m), 30km, approx 1.5hrs
19 Manasarovar - Payang - Saga
20 Saga - Rongphu(4980m) - EBC (5200m)
21 EBC - Tingri - Lhatse
22 Lhatse - Sakya - Shigatse
23 Shigatse - Gyantse
24 Gyantse
25 Gyantse - Lhasa
26 Lhasa Suburb
27 Lhasa City
28 Lhasa Suburb
29 Departure from Lhasa by Flight/Train
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. 

Lot of precious murals have been kept well in Samye Monastery. The murals are telling the ancient famous stories of Tibetan Buddhism and historical events of monasteries.
Samye Monastery is a good place for monks to study. If you travel there, you may have a chance to observe the monks’ study and feel all the ritual and their sincerity.
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
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.

Known as a fairyland where gods live in with scenic beauties, Lulang Forest has special breathtaking scenery in every season
Lulang means Dragon King Valley in Tibetan, also known a place of Forget Home.
Day 6 Pomi - Rawok

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

Rawok-tso Lake
Rawoktso lake shines under sun.
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 about 65 km west of Lhasa.
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.

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

The historic site of Guge provides important physical information for the study of Tibetan history and ancient architecture.
In 1624, a Jesuit missionary and his companion arrived Guge Kindom. They saw irrigation canals and rich crops in what is now a dry and desolate land.
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. 

With an altitude of 6656m, Mt. Kailash is not the highest mountain in the world. But it is mysterious that it is never to be conquered.
There are many legends about Mt. Kailash. One love story tells that Mt. Kailash was a handsome man who married Mt. Naimona'nyi and later met his Valentine—Lake Manasarovar.
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. 

On the shore of the Lake Manasarovar, there are some monasteries. An ancient one called Chiu Gompa Monastery has been built right onto a steep hill.
During summer time, pilgrims gratefully take bath in the lake and drink the water of Manasarovar. They also think plants in the lake are magical medicines.
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.

At the site of Rongbuk Monastery, you can view the highest mountain of the world brightly shining and clearly sparkling. The snowy peak seems happily to touch the blue sky.
Rongbuk Monastery has guesthouse for the tourists. There are lots of tents nearby as well. Tourists need to be careful on the belongings.
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.

The best time to travel to Mt. Everest would be May, June, Sep and early Oct. EBC is relatively less windy and clear.
It is nice to watch the sunrise and the sunset at EBC. And if you couldn’t fall asleep at night, it is worthy to enjoy a spectacular starry sky on a clear night.
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
Narthang was ever famous for its scriptual teaching and monastic discipline.
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.

“Tashilhunpo” means “Auspicious Sumeru” in Tibetan language
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.

The white glacier is spectacular from the highway
Bathing in sunshine, Yamdrok lake is dispalying its dazzling beauty to visitors both home and abroad
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  is one of three famous monasteries in the city
Drepung Monastery is one of the three greatest Gelug university gompas in Tibet.
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.

The Potala Palace stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
khang Temple has a beautiful golden roof, which will attract you when you get close to it. The golden roof of Jokhang Template. Ancient wooden beams and rafters can be found under the roof.
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 was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
Tyokyil Potrang is a pavilion in the midst of a lake and known for the top scenic spot in 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

Alwi***

2018-06-19

Dear all is there any group tour from 20.09 for “29 Days Grand Ngari Northern Route Tour “ that I can join. Is there a possibility to do this tour with Kailash Kora? Thanks Alwina

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to do the 29 Days Grand Ngari Northern Route Tour which is a private tour. We have the 21 days Ngari Loop with Mt Kailash Kora Tour which is also a private tour. But we have 2 travelers waiting for booking this private tour in October or September. 

Emma***

2018-05-16

I am 63 years old Mexican living in USA and interested in “ 29 Days Grand Ngari Northern Rout Tour in September-October 2018 or March-Abril 2019. Accommodation can be either in a economic (3 o 4 star) class hotel but good food. How much does it cost? Could my age be a problem?

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nance

Actually, there is no age limitation for people to travel to Tibet. Previously, our oldest client who came from the US and even made it to Everest Base Camp is at the age of 81. Just make sure you are in good physical condition without any health problems, especially the problems of heart and lungs. :)

Now, for this 29 days Grand Ngari Northern Rout tour, we have three guests who also interested in it. If you’d like to, you can travel with them in October this year and share the total cost of vehicle and tour guide fee with them. What do you think? : )

Mart***

2018-05-07

Dear Sir or Madam,Do you organize a "29 Days Grand Ngari Northern Route Tour" in October 2018? How much does it cost?I look forward hearing from you.Kind regardsMartin Schnapp (from Germany)

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Caroline

Yes, we could organize a "29 Days Grand Ngari Northern Route Tour" in October 2018. Please tell me how many people of you. For this private tour, travelers more than five is better. Otherwise, the price will be extremely high.

Klau***

2018-03-29

Hello, I'm from Germany and interested in the Grand Ngari Northern Route Tour in autumn. Accommodation can be either in a economy class hotel , a guesthouse or a tent. Can you please tell me the approximate cost of this?Thank you

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that you are interested in our 29-day Grand Ngari Northern Route Tour, which is a private tour. Frankly speaking, the cost of this private tour will be expensive for a solo traveler. Please check the following itinerary first.

Anto***

2018-03-14

Departing from Zürich

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nance

Before I quote you, could you please kindly let me know the following info?

1. When are you going to have Tibet tour? Different season, different cost.

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

As it’s a 29-day private tour, it may a little bit expensive for you when you travel alone. I recommend you join our 15 days Mt.Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour with the similar itinerary. What do you think?

 
 

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