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Lhasa Mt Everest & Mt Kailash Kathmandu Group Tour

Duration:
12 Days
Price:
From USD1990
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-day Lhasa Mt.Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage group tour is 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, the 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 of trekking would be at this altitude, more or less 100m around. After that, you will drive to the Gyirong border.

DayRouteAttractions & Activities AccommodationMeals
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel Lhasa, 3★/4★
2 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Tibet Museum, Norbulingka Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
4 Lhasa- Gyantse- Shigatse, 360km, Approx. 7hrs Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery Shigatse, 3★/4★ B
5 Shigatse - Tingri – EBC, 350km, Approx. 7hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery, 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 Mt.Shishapangma and Peikutso Lake Saga, Guesthouse
7 Saga – Darchen (4560m), 490km, Approx. 9hrs Sand dunes, beautiful grassland and local's villages, Far view of 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: Zutulpuk- 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 mins drive from Lhasa Railway Station to your hotel. In order to adapt to the high altitude in Tibet, you'd better have rest and don’t do strenuous exercise. If you feel good, you can visit the Potala Palace Square, a far view the Yaowang Mountain and take a panoramic view of the Potala Palace. Remember to drink lots of water, and eat light and high carbohydrate foods to adapt to the high altitude better.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

After breakfast in the hotel, the tour guide will take you to Drepung Monastery, the biggest Tibetan monastery that housed more than 10,000 monks in the past. Drepung means Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and covers the hillsides. It's the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

In the afternoon you will first visit the Tibet Museum. Here you can see life scenes, exquisite clothing, house architecture, and festival customs, etc. to explore the special and mysterious Tibetan customs. Then you will visit Norbulingka, which is a typical Tibetan-style royal garden, the summer resort of the Dalai Lama.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

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 the 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 the most sacred temple in 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

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

We will pass by Kampala pass(4,790m) on the way from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit Yamdrok Lake, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Standing at the lakeside, you can see its blue water shimmering with charming light, as well as the snow-capped holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar(7,191m) in the distance.  

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

Then visit the main monastery in Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery, famous for its exquisite architecture and intact murals and statues.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

In the morning, you will visit the home of Panchen Lama - Tashilhunpo 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(4,600m), and Gyatsola Pass(5,248m). In the late afternoon, you enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve. You can enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas at Gawula Pass (5,198m). Then you'll drive along the New Zigzag road to Everest Base Camp to stay overnight. If the weather is good, you can have a clear view of the sunset of the Golden Everest Peak.

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

  • 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

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 Darchen

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

  • 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

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 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

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

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 10 hours from the border to Kathmandu city. Thus, taking a bus is not recommended.

Cost & Calendar

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2024-04-01 ~ 2024-05-31 2024-06-01 ~ 2024-06-30 2024-07-01 ~ 2024-08-31 2024-09-01 ~ 2024-10-07 2024-10-08 ~ 2024-10-31
USD1990 USD2080 USD2240 USD2160 USD1990

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2024-04-01 ~ 2024-05-31 2024-06-01 ~ 2024-06-30 2024-07-01 ~ 2024-08-31 2024-09-01 ~ 2024-10-07 2024-10-08 ~ 2024-10-31
USD2080 USD2170 USD2330 USD2280 USD2040

Schedule

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2024-04-22 USD1990 open for booking Book
2024-04-29 USD1990 open for booking Book
2024-05-06 USD1990 open for booking Book
2024-05-11 USD1990 1 Book
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2024-05-16 USD1990 10 Book
2024-05-20 USD1990 open for booking Book
2024-05-23 USD1990 3 Book
2024-05-27 USD1990 open for booking Book
2024-06-03 USD2080 open for booking Book
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2024-06-16 USD2080 5 Book
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2024-07-01 USD2240 open for booking Book
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2024-08-05 USD2240 open for booking Book
2024-08-08 USD2240 1 Book
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2024-09-02 USD2160 open for booking Book
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2024-09-30 USD2160 open for booking Book
2024-10-07 USD2160 open for booking Book
2024-10-14 USD1990 open for booking Book
2024-10-21 USD1990 open for booking Book
2024-10-28 USD1990 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$105 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

Our Service

INCLUSIONS

* Comfortable Hotel Accommodations as listed in the itinerary;

* Breakfasts provided by hotels;

* 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, 1:00 pm 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 fees mentioned in the itinerary;

* All necessary permits to Tibet;

* Sleeping bags;

* 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 --- 4.4%. 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 for 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.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by karl***

Hello, could you please let me know the availability of this trip in August/September.
What is the maximum number of people in the group? Do we travel by bus and how big is the bus? Do you cater for special dietary needs?
Are there single rooms or is it shared accommodation?
Could you please let me know what provisions are in place in case of altitude sickness and how many times you had this issue in the past.
Many thanks.

beatrice
Answered by Beatrice

Dear Karla***,

We can arrange Lhasa Kailash Kathmandu group tour for you in August or September. Currently there's a group tour departure on 8 Aug. The maximum number of a group tour is 12, usually 3 to 6. The vehicle size depends on the number of travelers. If there are more than 5 travelers, we will upgrade the 8-seat vehicle to 15 seats. For special dietary needs, we can recommend related restaurants for you. In cities and towns such as Lhasa, Shigatse, Saga, etc., there are twin beds rooms available. However, at Everest Base Camp, Kailash kora, only shared accommodation is available.

For high altitude sickness, we suggest that visitors with a severe cold, a high fever, acute or chronic pulmonary diseases, or severe cardiovascular diseases should avoid traveling to regions with a high altitude. Most visitors to Tibet will suffer from at least some symptoms which will generally disappear through acclimatization in several hours to two days. If you have some symptoms, I suggest you use the oxygen tank and the symptoms will be released as soon as possible. And, we have equipped oxygen tanks for emergency use.  Last year, we didn't have any clients going to the hospital due to altitude sickness and all travelers adapted to the high-altitude environment in 2 days.

 

Asked by Rama***

I am taking a china tour from april 22to May 8 which ends in Chongqing . i want to travel by train from Chongqing soft sleeper . i can take the May 13 or May 16 . i have USA passport and visa to china. i would like a jeep from nepal border to Kadmandu . can you get the tibet permit and arrange the train from chongquin to Lahasa .

Jennie
Answered by Jennie

Dear Rama****,

We can arrange the 12-day Lhasa Mt Everest & Mt Kailash Kathmandu Group Tour for you on 16 May. The train from Chongqing to Lhasa departs on even days in May. We can help you book the soft-sleeper train tickets from Chongqing to Lhasa on 14 May. And you can arrive in Lhasa on 16 May and join our confirmed group. After the tour, we can arrange a jeep to send you from the Gyiroong border to Kathmandu.

Asked by Chri***

hello. next year in spring i will start my round the world trip in march i will be in tansania, then i want to see tibet and round the kailash. therefor i have time from 03.04 till 23.04 because i have to be in kathmandu at the 24th of april where i have fixed a trecking. so mayby you have a trip starting in lhasa, ending in kathmandu! hope to hear from you.

Merry
Answered by Merry

Dear Chri****, 

As per your request, I recommend 12 days Lhasa Mt Everest & Mt Kailash Kathmandu group tour for you. For this group tour, we can open one starting on 12 April 2024 for you but it needs further confirmation because the minimum number of the group tour is 3 pax. Or we can arrange a private tour for you.

Asked by Sach***

Mainly visit Mount Kailash and Mansarovar, not sure how to plan it as we will be coming from the US and will be visiting India also.

Jennie
Answered by Jennie

Dear Sach****,

We can arrange the 12-day Lhasa Mt Everest & Mt Kailash Kathmandu Group Tour for you in May 2024. Currently, we have a confirmed group departure on 16 May. Would you consider joining?

I suggest you first take a flight from the US to China's other cities like Shanghai, then you can fly or take a train from Shanghai to Lhasa. After your tour, we will arrange a jeep to take you from the Gyirong border to Kathmandu, then you can fly to India via Nepal.

Asked by Sang***

Kailash and Manasarovar. Car tour. Vegetarian food no eggs. Best ways to travel and from where if we are coming from San Francisco. Open to 15 days , less or more days if needed.

Jennie
Answered by Jennie

Dear Sang****,

1. We can arrange a Kailash and Manasarovar tour for you in April. We will use a tourist vehicle on the tour. Please kindly note, the Tibet Tourist Bureau may not issue the Tibet Travel Permit in early April and the weather is cold in early April. I suggest you consider the tour after 22 April. Please let me know your idea.

2. I recorded your diet preference. 

3. For 2 pax, I suggest you consider the group tour. Currently, we don't have a group departure in April. We can open a group departure in April for you and wait for other tourists to join.

4. There are direct flights from San Francisco to Shanghai. I suggest you fly to Shanghai first. We will express the Tibet Travel Permit to your hotel in Shanghai in advance. Then you can fly from Shanghai to Lhasa. If your travel time is enough, you can also consider taking a train from Shanghai to Lhasa. It will take around 44 hours. We can help you book the soft-sleeper train tickets.

 

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