Mt.Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour

15 Days
From $1750
Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse - EBC - Saga – Darchen - Kailash Trek - Lake Manasarovar – Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa
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This is a trip to take you from Lhasa to the west of Tibet, Nagri and then return to Lhasa. 2 days Lhasa sightseeing let you have a general understanding of the history of Tibet, the humanities and the lives of the local people. And then you will head to the world's highest peak, the Mount Everest via Gyangze, Shigatse, and Tingri. The last but not least, you will reach the Mt.Kailash. Kailash in Tibetan means the treasure of the snow-capped mountain. Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Bon - native religion in Tibet and Jainism recognize it as the center of the world. Indians also think that this is the center of the world. They think Shiva lives here, who has the strongest mana and the highest position. At the same time, the upper reaches of the Indus and the Ganges originates from here. So, around the Mt.Kailash, you can see a large number of Indian pilgrims. Mt.Kailash is not the highest mountain in the area, but only the peak of its year-round snow can shine with a strange light in the sun shining, eye-catching eyes. The distribution of the four walls of the peak is very sharp symmetry, the shape of the crown pyramid. The special mountain shape is very different from the surrounding mountains. For centuries, the Mt.Kailash has been a fascinating place in the minds of pilgrims and explorers, but no one has ever been able to board the mountain, or no one has ever dared to break the center of the world.

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

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 help you adapt the high altitude better.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Other service: Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on first & last day, Free Lhasa Airport transfer on first & last day at times
Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing

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 45km to the north of Lhasa. Drepung monastery is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet with Sera Monastery and Ganden Monastery.

In the Afternoon, you will visit Sera Monastery, another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, home to over 600 monks. The hot attraction 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 this tonight, talk with group members from all over the world. 

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Drepung Monastery has white constructions and looks like a heap of rice in the distance. Its name, “Drepung”, means “Collecting Rice” in Tibetan.
Sera Monastery  is one of three famous monasteries in the city
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

Today, you will visit the most famous Potala Palace according to the time of ticket and in peak season, there is a visit time limitation. Potala Palace is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. 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, you will head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor Street, where you can do Kora with pilgrims and locals and explore the old market.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

The original Potala Palace was built by the King Songtsan Gampo for his bride in 637 AD, and it was rebuilt by the fifth Dalai Lama.
In front of the Jokhang Temple, you can see many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions.
  • Breakfast
Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 6hrs

We will pass by Kampala pass (4794m) on the way from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit Yamdrok Lake, it is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet, and it’s around 70km long. 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 Pelkor Chode Monastery is the main monastery in Gyantse. Pelkhor Choede in Gyantse town is located about 230km to the south of Lhasa and 100kmto east of Shigatse. The monastery is a short walk from the heart of the town.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★/4★

Sacred Lake Yamdrok glows with various colors, like turquoise, when the sun is shining
The white glacier is spectacular from the highway
  • Breakfast
Day 5 Shigatse -Tingri -Rongpuk –EBC(5200m), 350km, approx. 7hrs

In the morning, you will leave Shigatse to Lhatse, a small town located 150 km from Shigatse, and you may have lunch in 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 Himalaya at Gawula Pass (5198m).Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Rongpuk 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 Nomad Tent, (Dorm Bed) or Rongpuk guesthouse

Rongbuk Monastery has guesthouse for the tourists. There are lots of tents nearby as well. Tourists need to be careful on the belongings.
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.
  • Breakfast
Day 6 EBC-Saga (4600m), 450km, approx. 9hrs

You can get up early and enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at lodging area if the weather is good. And then, we can drive you to the Everest Base Camp. 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 Peiku tso(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

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.
Peikutso Lake
Day 7 Saga – Darchen (4560m), 490km, approx 9hrs

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 or 4★

Day 8 Darchen-Dirakpuk (4700m), (driving 7km, Trek 13km)

In the morning, you will take an eco-bus (included in the cost) to Sarshung valley and start the trekking from there. If you have hired porters and yaks in the last day, you’ll meet them there. (The cost of hiring yaks, horses, and porters are not included in the package). You’ll trek about 13 km from Sarshung valley to Drirapuk Monastery, where you will stay overnight there in a guesthouse.

Stay overnight in Guesthouse, Dorm Bed

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.
It is said that one kora around Mt Kailash can wipe away sins of this lifetime; 108 koras can help people break the cycle of rebirth and assure one of nirvana at death.
  • Breakfast
Day 9 Trek from Dirakpuk-Zuktulpuk (4790m), 18km, approx 6hrs

Today is the most changeling 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 is known as the holiest mountain in the world. Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Bon and Jainism recognize it as the center of the world.
It is said that one kora around Mt Kailash can wipe away sins of this lifetime; 108 koras can help people break the cycle of rebirth and assure one of nirvana at death.
Day 10 Trek from Zuktulpuk - Darchen, 7km, approx 2hrs; Drive from Darchen - Manasarovar (4560m), 40km, approx 1hr

It's an easy day of the trek. You'll trek 7 km to complete the Kora. In the afternoon, the car will pick you up in Darchen and drive you to the holy lake Manasarovar, which is just 40 km in the southwest of Darchen. If the weather is good, you can see the splendid sunset of the lake Manasarovar. If you feel good, you can do a trek along the shore of the lake. 

Stay overnight in Guesthouse, Dorm Bed

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.
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 11 Manasarovar – Payang-Saga, 490km, approx 9hrs

You can get up early to go for a stroll along the shore of the Lake Manasarovar.  And then you’ll go back to Saga. 

Stay overnight in Saga, Guesthouse

Day 12 Saga-Lhatse(4000m),312 km, approx 7hrs

On the way back to Lhatse, you’ll see beautiful grassland and local's villages.

Stay overnight in Lhatse Guesthouse

Day 13 Lhatse-Sakya-Shigatse,200 km, approx 4hrs
In the morning, we will drive along the main road to Sakya to visit ancient Sakya town and explore the twisting alleys with the pilgrims. You can also tour Sakya monastery for the amzing murals and a huge collection of scriptures and statues. In the afternoon, we will drive back to Shigatse and visit Tashilunpo Monastery the home of Panchen Lama, it was founded by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447, is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse and also the second-largest city in Tibet. It located on a hill in the center of the city, the full name in Tibetan of the monastery means "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory".
Sakya Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters
Day 14 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx 5hrs

In the morning, drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse along the friendship way, the northern way to Lhasa. On the way, you’ll see the Yarlung Tsangpo valley. In Nyemo, you’ll have a chance to visit the Tibetan Incense Workshop. Nyemo County has a history of more than 1,000 years. Except for sacrificial ceremonies, this fragrant incense also can be used to prevent infectious diseases like flu and influenza, for its ingredients contain herbal medicines such as saffron, Sandalwood, Chinese Usnea, and borneol.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Titetan Incense Workshop in Nyemo
Tibetan Engraving
  • Breakfast
Day 15 Lhasa departure

Tour ends today. Tour guide and driver will drop you to the Lhasa airport or railway station for your next stop. 

  • Breakfast
Other service: Free Lhasa Airport transfer on first & last day at times, Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on first & last day

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2018-04-01 ~ 2018-06-30 2018-07-01 ~ 2018-10-10 2018-10-11 ~ 2018-10-31
$1750 $1980 $1750

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2018-04-01 ~ 2018-06-30 2018-07-01 ~ 2018-10-10 2018-10-11 ~ 2018-10-31
$2000 $2080 $2000

Discount Policy

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

Option A:3 or More to Join the Same Group $105 / 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 Listed as 1st traveller 1 Person, 75-day prior
2 Persons or above, 45-day prior
Dates Not Listed as 1st traveller1~2 Persons, 90-day prior
3 Persons or above, 45-day prior


Starting DatePrice FormBookedBook Now
2018-04-22 $1750 3 Book
2018-05-21 $1750 3 Book
2018-05-23 $1750 2 Book
2018-06-08 $1750 6 Book
2018-06-12 $1750 1 Book
2018-06-20 $1750 2 Book
2018-06-25 $1750 open for booking Book
2018-07-16 $1980 open for booking Book
2018-07-30 $1980 2 Book
2018-08-13 $1980 1 Book
2018-08-19 $1980 1 Book
2018-09-17 $1980 open for booking Book
2018-09-24 $1980 open for booking Book
2018-10-15 $1750 open for booking Book
2018-10-29 $1750 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.

Our Service


*Comfortable Hotel Accommodations as listed in itinerary;

* Meals as listed in the itinerary;

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

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

*Free pick-up from airport to hotel at 10:00 am,14:00 pm and 17:00 pm on the first day; Free drop-off from hotel to airport at 7:00 am,9:30 am and 12:30 pm on the last day;

* Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;

* All entrance fee mentioned in itinerary;

* Shuttle Bus fee at Mt Kailash and Mt Everest;

* 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;


*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’d like to book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)

* 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 Gratuities 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;

* Personal expenses;

* Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.


*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 abt USD 50~80/permit will be charged;

*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 travellers; if any attraction visits have to be cancelled 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 travellers, single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveller to share the twin rooms, the single supplement will be refunded.

Asked Questions from our Clients



Mt.Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour



Here is the brief itinerary for your interested 15 days Mt.Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour,



I would like to hike the base camp. Im of average fitness. I live in China and can travel from 25th June.



So here is the 15days Mt.Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour(overview itinerary) It is the only group tour which includes three trekking days.



Hi GTT!I'm flying from Europe to Xi'an on the 16th of May. I'd love to join a tour that takes me to Kailash during Saga Dawa. Do you do that?If the tour starts 21. or 23,5, I have some time before the tour. I'd love to do some drafting. Do you do that? Is May good timing for that? I fly back to Helsinki from Xi'an on the 11th of June. After the Kailash tour I have some time. I'd love to dome trekking around the EBC, if possible. Or, some drafting. I'd like to travel from Xi'an to Lhasa and back by train. Could you possibly help me in arranging the train tickets? What could be the cost of the service?And how do I get the Tibet travel license to Xi'an before taking the train?I already have the Chinese visa. yours, krps. I'm a very fit 54-year old male trekker.



May is a good season to travel in Tibet and you could enjoy watching the cleanest view of Mt.Everest and the true face of Mt.Kailash. Saga Dawa festival will be held on May 29th in 2018, and it lasts about 7 days in Mt.kailash area. So I recommend you join our 15 days Mt.Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour on May 23rd.

Yes, we can buy your round-trip train tickets between Lhasa and Xi’an. 

After you book this tour with us, we need your passport and China visa copies to apply for your all Tibet permits in advance and send it to your hotel in Xi’an by express. 



I am 75 years old but always dreamed of going on the kora around mount Kailash. I have two questions: (1) would you allow me to take this trip, and (2) can I hire a horse or mule to ride, rather than walk.Please let me know. Thanks.



In your inquiry, you mentioned that you would like to join our 15-day Mt.Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour.



Dear GTT team, I'd love to do the 15-day Mt. Everest and Mt. Kailash Pilgrimage Group Tour. I'll be travelling a little bit in China before or after, seeing some friends, and will be able to go to Tibet in the (small) span of 13th of May 2018 - 1st of June. Would it be possible to join this group tour or is there another tour available in this period? My plan would be to enter Tibet by train from Xining and leave by plane for Guangdong. It would be really helpful if you can arrange the permits for me. Can you tell me what is possible? Thank you already in advance.



In your inquiry, you mentioned that you want to join our 15-day Mt. Everest & Mt. Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour in May 2018. According to our booking policy, for travelers less than two, it has to be 90 days in advance to open a new group not listed in our schedule. Thus, tour starts from May 13th. is not available now. So far, we only have two fixed departure dates in May ---21st. and 23rd. Please check if any one of them is okay for you.

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