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Lhasa Mt Everest & Mt Kailash Kathmandu Group Tour

Duration:
12 Days
Price:
From USD1870
Route:
Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse - EBC - Kailash Trek - Lake Manasarovar – Zhongba - Gyriong
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Group Tour
Group Size:
Max 12
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Overview

This 12 days Lhasa Mt.Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage group tour were newly opened in 2019. It's for travelers who'd like to have three days trekking around Mt.Kailash and an overland tour to Kathmandu. This tour starts from Lhasa, and you can visit the best holy part of Lhasa city like the world heritage Potala Palace, sacred Jokhang temple, etc. Then, you will drive to the west of Tibet, Ngari, via Shigatse and Saga. Along the way, you will visit the deep turquoise Yamdroktso Lake, the world's highest peak-Mount Everest, and famous monasteries. When you arrive in Darchen, you will start three days Mt Kailash Kora from here. The altitude would be 4700m. Your three days trekking would be at this altitude, more or less 100m around. After that, you will drive to the Gyirong border. From here, you can transfer to Kathmandu city and visit famous resorts in Nepal and enjoy wildlife in Chitwan, a well-known jungle in Nepal.
DayRouteAttractions & Activities AccommodationMeals
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel. Lhasa, 3★/4★
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- Rongbuk– EBC(5100m), 350km, approx. 7hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery, 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; Drive from Darchen -Manasarovar (4560m)-Zhongba, 340km, Approx. 5.5hrs Manasarovar Lake Zhongba, 3★
11 Zhongba - Gyirong Town, 344km, approx. 7hrs Gyirong Valley Gyirong, 3★
12 Gyirong to Nepal border Send off to Gyirong border

Daily Itinerary

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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 for adapting to the high altitude better.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

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
  • Welcome 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★

The Potala Palace is the world's highest palace, castle and monastery.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.
  • 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★

Bathing in the sunshine, Yamdrok lake is displaying its dazzling beauty to visitors both home and abroad
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery and then drive 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 New zigzag road to Rongbuk 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 Rongbuk guesthouse or Nomad Tent, (Dorm Bed)

Tashilhunpo Monastery covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters
Though Rongbuk Monastery is not resplendent and magnificent,it is still one of the holiest monasteries in Tibetans’ mind.
  • 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

Far view of Mt.Everest
In the lake area, there are unique birds and animals of Tibetan plateau, such as Tibetan antelope, wild horse, etc.

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★

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

Gang Rinpoche the Precious Snow Mountain
  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

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

Mt.Kailash kora

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. We will drive you from Darchen to Mansarovar, the top holy lake in Tibet. It’s 40km to the southwest of Darchen. If the weather is good, you can see the splendid scenery of the lake Manasarovar. If you feel good, you can do a trek along the shore of the lake for a while. And then you'll head to Zhongba.

Stay overnight in Zhongba, Guesthouse

Lake Manasarovar is one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. It is one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world with an average elevation of  4500 meters.

Today we will drive to Gyirong town from Zhongba. In the afternoon, you will visit Gyirong Valley, which is regarded as the backyard garden of the Himalayas. You will see lust forest and breath fresh air. You will be amazed by the creator's masterpiece that 4 seasons exist in such a narrow valley. Gyirong, in Tibetan language, it means comfort or happyness. It's said Gyirong was named by Padma sambhava Buddha, when he entered Tibet from here.

Stay overnight in Gyirong, 3★

Gyirong Valley is one of the marvelous places in the world.
Your tour guide will assist you to exit China and see you off at the Gyirong border. We can organize a jeep for transfer from Gyirong to Kathmandu but it's not included in the Package. Or you can take a bus to Kathmandu, about 40 US$ depending on your negotiation with the driver. The road condition is not good, and it takes about 10hours from the border to Kathmandu city. Thus, taking a bus is not recommended.
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 time 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;

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

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

* Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;

* All entrance fee 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.

* Transfer from Gyirong to Kathmandu;

* 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. Each of you is suggested to tip 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 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 fee which will be solely decided by GTT.

* Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travelers, the 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.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Kari***
2021-05-17

Hi, A swedish couple living in Shanghai. We would like to have a combined sightseeing and trekking trip to Tibet this summer. Possible departure dates from Shanghai 16th of July until 30th of July. We want to start and end in Lhasa - no need to end in Gyriong. Anything from 9-14 days is ok depending on schedule. BR, Karin

Catherine
Answered by Catherine 2021-05-17

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a combined sightseeing and trekking trip to Tibet this summer. We happen to have a fixed Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour departing on July 16th from Lhasa and ends on July 30th in Lhasa too, 15 days duration.  This tour is a deep exploration to the west of Tibet, covering spectacular landscape sightseeing, and 3-days Kailash trekking activity. Would you like to be part of this group?

Asked by Varu***
2020-05-11

Hi, I'm intending for a trip that incorporates Mt Everest base camp with the Kailash parikrama. I also happened to read in the comments section that Inner kora is not open to the public, but I see other agencies offering inner kora in their packages. Could you check and provide me with more clarity on this? Also, I see in your package that you offer Breakfast most of the days, but is that the only meal that'll be a part of the package? What options do we have for other meals during the day that are not included in the package?

Answered by Freya 2020-05-11

In your inquiry, you mentioned that you would like to have 15 Days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour on 7th, September. We can arrange this tour for you.

The reason why inner kora is not open to the public is that the previous policy does not allow people to do it. But the policy is changing, the latest policy allows tourists to do the inner kora for Mt.Kailash this year.  Here is a reminder for you, the road condition of the inner is very dangerous and some people even lost life there. So we don't suggest you do the inner kora for Mt Kailash.

On this tour, we offer breakfast for most of the days, the lunch & dinner are not included in the package. But we can offer all the meals if you need it, our guide will take you to the restaurant. There is also another option, you can go to the restaurant by yourself, the guide can recommend some good restaurants for you. If you are in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, you could readily get access to the best food that could satisfy your palate.  But when you reach Darchen—the starting point of the Mount Kailash Trek, you'd better bring some instant food and some snacks.

Asked by Dewa***
2020-02-20

At the moment we are thinking next year some time but we just wanted to fing outtbe cost for 2 adults .

Catherine
Answered by Catherine 2020-02-20

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 12 Days Lhasa Mt Everest & Mt Kailash Kathmandu Group Tour in 2021. This tour is available from April to October next year. The best season is May, June, Sept., and October. The cost varies from seasons, ranging from xxx to xxx. April and October have the lowest price. Generally speaking, the price will rise a bit each year because of inflation. 

Asked by meli***
2020-01-31

which is the best tour? too many options for me. need your advise.

Catherine
Answered by Catherine 2020-01-31

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a Tibet tour in September. September is the best season. The weather is pleasing and the scenery is stunning in the plateau. Can you please advise more details about your requirements, then I can recommend the tour which can fit you best accordingly. Which places you would like to visit? How long would you like to spend in Tibet? Usually, if you go to Kailash, it takes 12~15 days. 

Asked by Sina***
2020-01-23

Hi there, we´re a german Couple and like to make a trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu. We would like to see the most importand and beautiful places and the EBC before going to Nepal Boarder. And we´d like to stay 2 or 3 days in Kathmandu. Please send us an offer. with kind regards from Germany Sina Reitz

Catherine
Answered by Catherine 2020-01-23

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to make a trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu. I recommend 10 days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour for you. This tour includes the most important and beautiful places and EBC and Kathmandu. We have a set tour departing on May 18th. 

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