Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour

Duration:
15 Days
Price:
From USD1870
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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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 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.

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 shinning. 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 6hrs
5 Shigatse -Tingri -Rongpuk –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
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 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 was the largest monastery in Tibet, with over 10,000 monks. Now, this monastery houses about 700 monks.
Sera Monastery, one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet.
  • 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★

The Potala Palace stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
khang Temple has a beautiful golden roof, which will attract you when you get close to it. The golden roof of Jokhang Template. Ancient wooden beams and rafters can be found under the roof.
  • 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. Covering 638Km², Yamdrok Lake is one of the three largest 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 -Rongpuk –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 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 Rongpuk guesthouse or Nomad Tent, (Dorm Bed)

Rongbuk Monastery is a monastery of Nyingmapa. It is founded by Ngawang Tenzin Norbu in 1902, distinctively housing both monks and nuns.
Rongbuk Monastery has guesthouse for the tourists. There are lots of tents nearby as well. Tourists need to be careful on the belongings.
  • 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

The best time to travel to Mt. Everest would be May, June, Sep and early Oct. EBC is relatively less windy and clear.
Mother an son walk along 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/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

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.
During the trekking trip.
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

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.
During the trekking trip.
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★

The bell hanging on the roof stands for peace and prosperity.
Its Mongolian architecture is quite different.
  • 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★

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

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2019-09-01 ~ 2019-10-07 2019-10-08 ~ 2019-10-31
USD2110 USD1870

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2019-09-01 ~ 2019-10-07 2019-10-08 ~ 2019-10-31
USD2210 USD1930

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

Schedule

Starting DatePrice FormBookedBook Now
2019-09-26 USD2110 4 Book
2019-10-03 USD2110 open for booking Book
2019-10-17 USD1870 5 Book
2020-04-26 USD 1 Book
2020-06-28 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.

Our Service

INCLUSIONS

* 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;

* 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 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 with 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 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.

* 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 travellers, 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.

Asked Questions from our Clients

Rake***

2019-08-28

Hi, Just initial enquiry. Plan to come in middle of October. Might be just 1 pax or maybe 2. Can join other group. Need to know accomodation level and transport details. Let me know. Cheers

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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 in mid-Oct. We happened to have a fixed group tour departing on Oct.17th. Our quotation is based on standard 3-star or 4-star accommodation. You can choose economic 3-star, comfortable 4-star hotel or luxury 5-star hotel in Lhasa, Shigatse. However, only ecomonic 3-star hotel or guesthouse in small places. What kind of accommodation do you like to get? I will quote for you in my next email after you confirm the accommodation level. You can take a train or flight from Chengdu, Beiing or Shanghai etc. to Lhasa directly. We can help you book the train or air tickets if you want. All the transportation in below itinerary will be included in the tour cost. Here is the itinerary,

Rach***

2019-08-02

Hi, Im flying to tibet Sept 23 to Oct 8 and is looking at doing the Kailash-EBC tour. Let me know if this tour is available on the dates. Im a solo traveler and dont mind to share rooms with other solo travelers.

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beatrice

Dear Rachelanne,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry! In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have Mt.Kailash group tour from Sep 23rd to Oct 8th. Currently we have a fixed departure date on Sep 20th(you will leave Lhasa on Oct.9th), is that available for you? Here's the itinerary for confirmation.

Before I quote you, could you please kindly let me know the following info?

1. What's your nationality?

2. What kind of accommodation would you like to stay in?  The the comfortable (4-star) or economy class (3-star) hotel?

Best regards,

Beatrice

 

Sure***

2019-07-19

Vancouver Canada to Lhasa then tour and return to India Please provide quotw Thank you

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 15 Days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour with the departure date on Sep.5th. If you would like to go back to Indian after the tour, I suggest you join the 12 Days Lhasa Mt Everest & Mt Kailash Kathmandu Group Tour. We have this group tour with the departure date on Sep.3rd. Is it available to you?

Sonj***

2019-07-12

Hi, I`m interested in the 15 days Kailash tour. Is it still possible to join in early august? Thank you, Best regards, Sonja

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beatrice

  In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to join 15 days Mt.Kailash tour in early August. Going to Mt.Kailash requires the military permit, which takes more than 30 days. So I'm afraid the time is not enough for the tour in early August right now. May you consider this tour on August 18th? Then the time is just enough now. Here's the itinerary for confirmation.

Aria***

2019-06-18

Hi, Do you know yet, when you will know the dates for August/September 2020? Many thanks, Ariane

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 15 Days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour in August/September 2020. May I know how many travelers would like to have this tour? We haven't had a date for August/September 2020. If you book the tour with us this year, we can open a new group tour to match your departure date. 

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