Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour

Duration:
15 Days
Price:
From USD1840
Destination:
Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse - EBC - Saga – Darchen - Kailash Trek - Lake Manasarovar – Zhongba - Lhatse - Shigatse - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Group Tour
Group Size:
Max 12
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Overview

This is a trip to take you from Lhasa to the west of Tibet, Nagri and then return to Lhasa. 2-day Lhasa sightseeing lets 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 Gyantse, Shigatse, and Tingri. 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 Lord Shiva lives here, who has the strongest power and the highest position. At the same time, the upper reaches of the Indus and the Ganges originates from here. So, around Mt. Kailash, you can see a large number of Indian pilgrims.

If you go there, you will find a mysterious phenomenon. The sunny side of the mountain is covered by snow all year round, bright and shining. However, no snow on the shadow side of the sacred mountain. Even if it's covered with some snow, it will melt away immediately when the sun begins to shine. 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.

DayRoute
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
2 Lhasa sightseeing
3 Lhasa sightseeing
4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 7hrs
5 Shigatse -Tingri -Rongbuk –EBC(5100m), 350km, approx. 7hrs
6 EBC-Saga (4600m), 450km, approx. 9hrs
7 Saga – Darchen (4560m), 490km, approx 9hrs
8 Mt Kailash Kora①: Darchen - Dirapuk (4700m), Drive 5km, Trek 15km, Approx. 7~11hrs
9 Mt Kailash Kora②: Dirapuk - Zutulpuk (4790m), Trek 22km, Approx. 11~14hrs
10 Mt Kailash Kora③: Zuktulpuk- Darchen, Trek 9km, Approx. 2~5hrs; Drive from Darchen -Manasarovar (4560m)-Zhongba, 340km, Approx. 5.5hrs
11 Zhongba - Lhatse, 470km, approx. 8hrs
12 Lhatse(4000m )- Shigatse, 153km, approx. 2.5hrs
13 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx 5hrs
14 Lhasa sightseeing
15 Lhasa departure

Daily Itinerary

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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 to the high altitude better.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

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 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 this tonight, and talk with group members from all over the world. 

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Drepung Monastery is the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.
The worship hall of Sera Monastery
  • 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 has been put into 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★

far view of Potala Palace.
The life-sized statue of the Jowo Shayamuni of age 12 can be seen in Jokhang Temple, it is regarded as the holiest object in Tibet.
  • Breakfast
Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 7hrs

We will pass by Kampala pass (4794m) on the way from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit Yamdrok Lake. Covering 638Km², 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 100kmto east of Shigatse. The monastery is a short walk from the heart of the town.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★/4★

See a flock of sheep and local herdsman along the lakeshore.
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
  • Breakfast
Day 5 Shigatse -Tingri -Rongbuk –EBC(5100m), 350km, approx. 7hrs

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 Himalaya 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)

Rongbuk Monastery is a monastery of Nyingmapa.
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 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

Our clients at Everest Base Camp, with Mt.Everest in the background.
Standing by the lake and looking at the blue water, you will feel as if you are in a fairyland.
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/4★

Day 8 Mt Kailash Kora①: Darchen - Dirapuk (4700m), Drive 5km, Trek 15km, Approx. 7~11hrs

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 15 km from Sarshung valley to Drirapuk Monastery, where you will stay overnight there in a guesthouse.

Stay overnight in Guesthouse, Dorm Bed

During the trekking trip.
Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Bon, and Jainism regard Mt.Kailash as the center of the world.
Day 9 Mt Kailash Kora②: Dirapuk - Zutulpuk (4790m), Trek 22km, Approx. 11~14hrs

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 mountain Kailash is next to sacred lake Manasarovar.
Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Bon, and Jainism regard Mt.Kailash as the center of the world.
Day 10 Mt Kailash Kora③: Zuktulpuk- Darchen, Trek 9km, Approx. 2~5hrs; Drive from Darchen -Manasarovar (4560m)-Zhongba, 340km, Approx. 5.5hrs

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 the most transparent fresh water lake in China. It supports life while the salt lake Rakshas Tal lies next to it supports no life.
Travelers back from Manasarovar could never forget the beauty of the lake. In the sunshine, the lake water is crystal clean and glimmering blue.
Day 11 Zhongba - Lhatse, 470km, approx. 8hrs

Today we will drive to Lhatse from Zhongba. The reason why we don't stay overnight near Manasarovar is the poor accommodation condition. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.

Stay overnight in Lhatse, Lhatse 3★

  • Breakfast
Day 12 Lhatse(4000m )- Shigatse, 153km, approx. 2.5hrs

You will get back to Shigatse via Sakya County. There are many different Tibetan Buddhism monasteries in Sakya County, the most famous one is Sakya Monastery - the main monastery of Sakyapa. It was built in Tubo Dynasty. 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 being called Variegated Buddhism.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★/4★

Its Mongolian architecture is quite different.
The bell hanging on the roof stands for peace and prosperity.
  • Breakfast
Day 13 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx 5hrs

Today, we will 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★

Tibetan incense is not only used to worship the Buddha, but also prevent disease from happening.
Learn to do Tibetan incense - artwork.
  • Breakfast
Day 14 Lhasa sightseeing

We don’t arrange any tourist attraction today. You could have free time in Lhasa city with your tour guide. If you want to have some activities, we need to get other members permission and do it together. Because according to the regulations, foreigners are not allowed to travel to Tibet alone but must be escorted with a tour guide.

Of course, you could also choose to leave Lhasa today. We will drop you off to Lhasa airport or railway station.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

  • 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

Cost & Calendar

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2020-07-01 ~ 2020-08-31 2020-09-01 ~ 2020-10-07 2020-10-08 ~ 2020-10-31 2020-11-01 ~ 2020-12-31
USD2140 USD2110 USD1870 USD1840

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2020-07-01 ~ 2020-08-31 2020-09-01 ~ 2020-10-07 2020-10-08 ~ 2020-10-31 2020-11-01 ~ 2020-12-31
USD2230 USD2200 USD1960 USD1930

Schedule

Starting DatePrice FromBookedBook Now
2020-07-16 USD2140 open for booking Book
2020-07-24 USD2140 1 Book
2020-08-10 USD2140 open for booking Book
2020-08-24 USD2140 open for booking Book
2020-09-04 USD2110 1 Book
2020-09-07 USD2110 open for booking Book
2020-09-21 USD2110 open for booking Book
2020-10-02 USD2110 open for booking Book
2020-10-14 USD1870 open for booking Book
2021-07-17 USD 1 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 / 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 traveller1 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

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, 13:00 pm and 16:00 pm on the first day;

* Drop-off from your hotel to Lhasa Gonggar Airport at 6:00 am,8:30 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 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’d like to 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 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 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. 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;

* On Day 14, you could also choose to leave Lhasa. We will drop you off to the Lhasa airport or railway station for departure but the price cost is the same as the 15-day tour;

* 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.

* If you want to start your tour from Lhasa and continue to Kathmandu via Gyirong border, it's also applicable. So if any group members would like to end their tour at Gyirong border, we will see them off at Sino-Nepal border. Therefore, on Day 12th, we will have a valuable detour to Gyirong, which gives you a chance to explore the most beautiful Gyirong Valley at the foot of the Himalaya Mountain Range.

* 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.

* 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.

Inquiry

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Reen***

2020-02-12

Hello, We are interested in doing this tour we are six adults all of us are us citizen.. we are interested in doing in june 2021 and reaching Mount kailash and mansarovar around June 24 th 2021 at full moon day because it really has significance for us as Indians. Biggest thing we are concerned about is finding vegetarian meal during 3 days of kailash trek I know in other places we might be able to find vegetarian restaurants. So I know I had done some research and saw that there was Indian restaurant called Madhubanfoods near kailash. I don’t know if it’s still there and provides Indian meals or not. But we are concerned about having hot meals for breakfast lunch and dinner during kailash trek. Let us know ur thoughts on this.

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a full moon Kailash tour in 2021. We can organize the tour for you. Here I recommend 15 Days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Tour. It is possible to find vegetarian food during the whole trip, and our guide will introduce some vegetarian restaurants for you, including in the trekking days.

Kama***

2020-01-17

Hi, We are 6 people (Canada, USA) interested in Lhasa-Kailash-Mansarover-Lhasa tour. Can you please send me details and cost for group tours as well as private tours? Also, please let me know the dates. We are interested in 4* accommodations and luxury vehicle for travel. Thanks

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a 15 Days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Tour. We can open a group tour for you on May 1st. Other travelers can join your group later. Thus, the vehicle depends on group size. The stand group tour price is USD1960 p.p. for a 4-star accommodation where it is possible. For 6 pax. I suggest you take a private tour. We can use 2 Toyota 5-seats Land Cruiser Prado or Land Cruiser 200 as your vehicle. In addition, you can be a bit flexible with your guide and itinerary during the whole trip. All the services are exclusive to you. The price may be a bit higher than a group tour but the difference is quite worth especially in a 15 days long-distance trip. What do you think? I would like to quote an accurate price after I get some ideas from you.

Prak***

2020-01-13

Ages 72 and 65. husband and wife. Travelling from South India . Vegetarian Diet . May need assistance during the Trek portion of the tour.

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a 15 days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour. Visiting the Ngari area requires a military permit except for a Tibet permit. The procedure of obtaining a military permit for an Indian passport holder is more complicated than other nationalities. Are you holding an Indian passport? Besides, the total trekking distance is 55KM for 3 days, and the kora is strength demanding. Usually, we don't recommend it to people elder than 70. Would you like to consider to join 8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour instead?

Vinn***

2020-01-05

Please provide pricing for two people for Mt. Everest, Mt. Kailash and Saga Dawa Festival tour.

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 15 Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour to see the Saga Dawa festival. The Saga Dawa festival is held on June 5th. Starting the tour from Lhasa on May 29th is a good choice, then you will join the flagpole-erecting ceremony of the festival on June 5th morning. If you are ok with the time, we can open the tour for you to fix the tour date. Other travelers can join you later. If no one joins you, you will only pay a group tour price but enjoy a private tour service. What do you think? Before I can quote a price, what kind of hotel you would like to get? Standard 3-star hotel or comfortable 4-star hotel?

Giri***

2020-01-02

I like the itinerary in your webpage. Will it be possible to get vegetarian meals during the trip?

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 15 days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour. Traveling to Kailash needs a military permit except for the Tibet permit. May I know your nationality? I would like to check if you can get the military permit. Currently, we have a set tour departing on June 28th. Do you think the date work for you? If it doesn't work, we can open the tour for you on the 18th, and you need to confirm the booking with us to fix the date. During the trip, you can get vegetarian meals. 

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