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Lhasa Everest Kailash Guge Group Tour

Duration:
17 Days
Price:
From USD2543
Route:
Lhasa - Shigatse - EBC - Mt.Kailash - Guge Kingdom -Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Group Tour
Group Size:
Max 12
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Overview

This 17-day Lhasa EBC Kailash Guge Kingdom trip will take you to experience the most famous scenic spots in Tibet and the mysterious Ü-Tsang culture. Especially Ngari, it's a remote and frontier corner in western Tibet. You will first explore the capital Lhasa and visit the magnificent Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Departing from Lhasa, you will go to the jasper-like alpine Lake Yamdrok, and visit the most famous glacier in Tibet - Karola Glacier. After a short stay in Shigatse, you will stay overnight at Rongbuk Monastery and admire the highest Mount Everest in the world up close. From there, this wonderful journey will continue through western Tibet. After enjoying the holy lake Manasarovar, you will take a three-day pilgrimage trek around the sacred Kailash regarded by the four religions, during which you will meet many pilgrims. The later Guge Kingdom and Zada Clay Forest are also highlights of this trip. This ancient civilization that has disappeared for more than 400 years may bury many secrets of Tibet. Get ready to be impressed by the in-depth charm of Tibet!
DayRouteAttractions & Activities AccommodationMeals
1 Arrival in Lhasa by Flight Pick you up from Lhasa Gonngar Airport
2 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery Lhasa, 3★/4★ B,D
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, Approx. 7hrs Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Simila Mountain Pass, Pelkor Chöde Monastery, Far view of Gyangtse Fortress Shigatse, 3★/4★ B
5 Shigatse - Tingri - EBC(5100m), 350km, Approx. 8hrs Rongbuk Monastery, Sunset of Golden Everest Peak Rongbuk guesthouse / Nomad Tent, (Dorm Bed) B
6 EBC-Saga (4600m), 450km, Approx. 9hrs sunrise of Everest Peak, Everest Base Camp, Far view of the Mt.Shishapangma, Peikutso Lake Saga, Guesthouse
7 Saga – Darchen (4560m), 490km, Approx. 9hrs Sand dunes, beautiful grassland and local's villages, Far view of the Mt. Naimonanyi Darchen, Guesthouse/4★
8 Mt Kailash Kora①: Darchen - Dirapuk (4700m), Drive 5km, Trek 15km, Approx. 7~11hrs Mt.Kailash kora Guesthouse (Dorm Bed) B(only 4★)
9 Mt Kailash Kora②: Dirapuk - Zutulpuk (4790m), Trek 22km, Approx. 11~14hrs Mt.Kailash kora Guesthouse (Dorm Bed)
10 Mt Kailash Kora③: Zuktulpuk- Darchen, Trek 9km, Approx. 2~5hrs Mt.Kailash kora Darchen, Guesthouse/4★
11 Darchen - Zanda, 243km, Approx. 8hrs Guge Kingdom Zanda, 3★/4★
12 Zanda - Darchen, 243km, Approx. 8hrs Tholing Monastery Darchen, Guesthouse/4★
13 Darchen - Zhongba, 350km, Approx. 6hrs Manasarovar Lake Zhongba, Guesthouse
14 Zhongba - Lhatse, 470km, Approx. 8hrs Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way Lhatse, 3★ B
15 Lhatse(4000m )- Shigatse, 153km, Approx. 2.5hrs Sakya Monastery Shigatse, 3★/4★ B
16 Shigatse - Lhasa, 300km, Approx. 5hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
17 Depart from Lhasa Send off to the airport/railway station B

Daily Itinerary

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Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway Station to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it usually takes abt 1.5hrs; from Lhasa Railway Station, abt 20mins. After transfer to the hotel, you will be free to wander around the city on your own for the rest of the day, but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to take a shower if you can help it.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

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 10km to the north of Lhasa. Drepung monastery is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet along with Sera Monastery and Ganden Monastery.

In the Afternoon, you will visit Sera Monastery, which is reputed as the most beautiful Tibetan Monastery. The biggest feature 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 tonight, and talk with group members from all over the world. 

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Drepung Monastery was the largest monastery in Tibet, with over 10,000 monks. Now, this monastery houses about 700 monks.
Sera Monassrey is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today, you will visit the most famous Potala Palace, which is the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. Potala Palace was the winter palace of successive Dalai lamas. It was built by the 33rd great king of Tibet - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th Century. 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, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. After that, you will take a walk around the Barkhor Street - one of the most devotional circuits as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa. Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it‘s also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

A Tibetan granny turning players at Potala Palace Square.
Jokhang Temple is the holiest place in Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

We will pass by Kampala pass (4790m) on the way from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit Yamdrok Lake. Covering 638 km², Yamdrok Lake is one of the top three sacred lakes in Tibet. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. 

Later we will pass and enjoy the Karola Glacier on the roadside. It is about 300m from the main highway with easy access on your way to Gyantse.

Then visit the main monastery in Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery. Pelkhor Chode in Gyantse town is located about 230km to the south of Lhasa and 100km to the east of Shigatse. The monastery is a short walk from the heart of the town.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★/4★

Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

In the morning, you will leave Shigatse to Lhatse, a small town located 150 km from Shigatse, and you may have lunch in the 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 the Himalayas at Gawula Pass (5198m). Then we drive along the zigzag road to Rongbuk Monastery or the Everest Base Camp to stay overnight. If the weather is good, you can have a clear view of the sunset of golden Everest peak.

If it’s summertime (usually May~Oct), we will stay overnight at the nomad tents of the Everest Base Camp; if winter time (usually Nov~Apr), we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. Both places have but only the dorm bed lodging available. From both places, you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

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

prayer wheels at Rongbuk Monastery
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

You can get up early and enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at Everest Base Camp if the weather is good. 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 Peikutso(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

Lake Peikutso and Mt.Shishapangma

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/4★

The scenery along the way.

In the morning, you will take an eco-bus (included in the cost) to Sarshung valley and start the trekking from there. Then you will meet your porters and yaks at Sarshung Valley(the cost of hiring yaks, horses, and porters are not included in the package). You’ll trek about 15 km from Sarshung Valley to Drirapuk Monastery along the Lachu River Valleys. During your trekking today, you can see both west and north face of Mt.Kailash. Finally, you will visit Drirapuk Monastery and stay overnight here.

Stay overnight in Guesthouse, Dorm Bed

The top of Mt. Kailash is covered with sparkling snow all year round. You will be deeply touched by its sacred and solemn face!

Today is the most challenging 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

Holy Mount Kailash

It's an easy day of the trek. You'll trek 9km to complete the Kora then take the eco bus back to Darchen. According to Buddhism theory, doing a kora around a holy mountain for one circle can get rid of the sins and miseries for the whole life. Only after going through lots of hardships, you can feel the happiness and gratification brought by kora. Then you take the shuttle bus back to Darchen, about 3km. And you are going back to the town and taking a break in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Guesthouse/4★

Gang Rinpoche the Precious Snow Mountain

Today you will drive from Darchen to Zanda. It takes about 8 hours by car, yet the distance is only about 243 kilometers. And then it takes a long way of winding up and down along fantastically eroded gorges and gullies.

At about 5 pm, you will arrive in the Guge Kingdom to explore the ruins of the lost civilization under the sunset. It's a famous kingdom in the history of Tibet and created a very glorious history in the Ngari region, as well as a splendid culture in the " the second propagation of Buddhism". It was not only the continuation of the Tubo lineage but it's also believed to have inherited the legacy of the Xiangxiong Kingdom in ancient times. Remote location, magical clay forest land and splendid civilization have made these ruins become an important part of western Tibet tourism.

The former capital of the Guge kingdom was located at Tsaparang in the Sutlej valley. Now we could only see the ruins.
Zanda (3760m), Zhada or Tsamda, is the bland, one-street town that has been built up alongside Thöling Monastery. You will visit the Monastery in the morning, and then drive backward. The 122km from Zanda to Ba'er is full of gorges and ravines. Another 50km stretches from there to the Mincer, where the road branches north. After a 65 kilometers long paved road, you will return to Darchen. Alternatively, you can choose to enjoy bathing and stay overnight in Tirthapuri Hot Spring but the cost is not included in the tour cost. the cost is not included in the tour cost. The architectural layout of the temple takes the shape of a belt, including three parts: halls, houses of monks, and towers.
Today we're driving back to Zhongba via Lake Manasarovar. As one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, it is said that Manasarovar Lake is the holiest one. The sacred water can wash away the troubles and obstacles in the soul. You may take a leisurely kora around the Manasarovar, meditate beside the tranquil lake, or even take a holy dip, etc. In Tibetan, Manasarovar means eternal and invincible jade lake. It is regarded as the source of four Rivers: Ghaghara, Brahmaputra, Sindhu and Sutlej.

Today we will drive from Zhongba to Lhasa. Although there is no famous scenic spot on the way, but the scenery is endless. On the way, you will see a lot of unnamed lakes and rivers, cross 7 high mountain passes, and experience different weather. You will see natural scenery, rural cattle and sheep, wild animals, and unknown purple flowers all over the mountains all the way.

Stay overnight in Lhatse, Lhatse 3★

A lake near Lhatse
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

You will get back to Shigatse via Sakya County. There is a famous Tibetan Buddhism monastery in Sakya County - Sakya Monastery, the main monastery of Sakyapa. It was built in the 1360s. The walls around this monastery were mainly in gray, but the top part of the walls was painted in red and white stripes. That’s why Sakyapa is also called Variegated Buddhism.

There are many cultural relics such as seals, Buddha statues, a large collection of books, exquisite murals, etc. The murals of the Yuan Dynasty are the most distinctive, which makes Sakya Monastery known as the "second Dunhuang".

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★/4★

Exquisite painting
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

In Shigatse, we will visit Tashilunpo Monastery - the home of Panchen Lama. It was founded by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447 and is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse. It's located in the central hill of the city, the full name in Tibetan of the monastery means "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory". Drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse along the Friendship Highway, the northern route to Lhasa. On the way, you’ll see the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet

Today your guide and driver will escort you to the airport or railway station for your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a few minutes to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email when you get back home. Your whole trip is officially ended.

Cost & Calendar

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2022-04-01 ~ 2022-06-30 2022-07-01 ~ 2022-10-10
USD2543 USD2834

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2022-04-01 ~ 2022-06-30 2022-07-01 ~ 2022-10-10
USD2816 USD3316

Schedule

Starting DatePrice FromBookedBook Now
2022-06-21 USD2543 open for booking Book
2022-07-19 USD2834 open for booking Book
2022-08-02 USD2834 open for booking Book
2022-09-13 USD2834 open for booking Book

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

Discount Policy

You may only enjoy one of the advantageous policy, not both.

Option A:3 or More to Join the Same Group $30 Off / person
Option B:Tour in Apr~Oct
  • To book 6-month prior tour starts 5% Off / person
  • To book 3-month prior tour starts 3% Off / person

Booking Policy

Confirmed Dates30-working-day prior
Dates Listed1 Person, 90-day prior
2 Persons or above, 60-day prior
Dates Not Listed2 Persons, 90-day prior
3 Persons or above, 45-day prior
Our Service
INCLUSIONS

* Comfortable Hotel Accommodations as listed in the itinerary;

* Meals as listed in the itinerary;

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

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

* Pick-up from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to your hotel at 9:30 am and 4:00 pm on the first day;

* Drop-off from your hotel to Lhasa Gonggar Airport at 6:00 am and 12:30 pm on the last day;

* Shuttle Bus fee go to Kailash: USD10/person;

* Shuttle Bus fee back from Kailash: USD10/person;

* Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;

* All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary;

* All necessary permits to Tibet;

* Travel Agency Liability insurance;

* Government Tax;

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

* Food & lodgings for guide & driver;

* Oxygen tank for emergency use;

* Two bottles of mineral water per person per day;

EXCLUSIONS

* Yaks & herders during 3-Day Mt Kailash Kora;

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

* International flight to and out of China;

* Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)

* If you miss the free transfer schedule due to flight delay or cancelation, then you are required to pay a private transfer from USD 80/vehicle/time.

* Lunch & Dinner are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.

* While the gratuity for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. You are suggested to tip each of them 5-10 USD/day in total;

* All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.2%. Wire transfer --- 2%);

* Personal expenses;

* Anything not mentioned in the 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 handling fee will be charged. Please consult your travel consultant for details;

* 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 the 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 travelers; if any attraction visits have to be canceled due to the same reasons above, GTT won't be held responsible for a refund except certain attraction entrance fees which will be solely decided by GTT.

* Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travelers, a single supplement is required at the time of booking. If there is another traveler to share the room with you,  the single supplement will be refunded.

* All members of the same group must be with the same tour guide during the whole trip. So all members must follow the same itinerary and visit the same attractions. If anyone requests to change the scheduled arrangement for own reasons, you need to get permission from other members and accept the possible payment change if any.

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