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Mt Kailash Kora with Mt Everest Tour

Duration:
14 Days
Price:
From USD2680
Route:
Lhasa- Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Mt Kailash Kora - Lake Manasarovar - Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

It's an adventure tour and also a spiritual tour. It includes important Tibetan attractions and the devout Tibetan Buddhist culture. The journey begins and ends in Lhasa, the holy city of Tibet. Along the way, you will enjoy the extremely natural and cultural scenery of Tibet. The highlight of this trip is that you will do a kora in Mount Kailash, which is one of the most important pilgrimages in Asia. Mount Kailash has been recognized as the center of the world by Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan Original Yongzhong Bon Religion and Ancient Jainism. Besides Mount Kailash, you will also visit the Everest Base Camp, Potala Palace, Tashilhunpo Monastery, and other major scenic spots.
DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel.
2 Lhasa City Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Tibetan Thangka Studio
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Sera monastery
4 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse Yamdroktso Lake , Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chode Monastery
5 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongbuk - EBC Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp
6 EBC - Saga Peikutso Lake
7 Saga - Darchen Enjoy the scenery along the way
8 Mt Kailash Kora①: Darchen - Dirapuk (4700m), Drive 5km, Trek 15km, Approx. 7~11hrs Mt.Kailash kora
9 Mt Kailash Kora②: Dirapuk - Zutulpuk (4790m), Trek 22km, Approx. 11~14hrs Mt.Kailash kora
10 Mt Kailash Kora③: Zuktulpuk- Darchen, Trek 9km, Approx. 2~5hrs; Drive from Darchen -Manasarovar (4560m)-Zhongba, 340km, Approx. 5.5hrs Manasarovar Lake
11 Zhongba - Lhatse, 470km, Approx. 8hrs Enjoy the scenery along the way
12 Lhatse - Shigatse Sakya Monastery
13 Shigatse - Lhasa, 300km, Approx. 6hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery, Yarlung Tsangpo Valley
14 Departure from Lhasa Send off to the airport/railway station

Daily Itinerary

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This is the first day in Tibet. Your guide will greet you at Lhasa Gonggar Airport/Railway Station and transfer you to your hotel. It usually takes around 1.5 hours to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20mins from Lhasa Railway Station. Tourists could have a look at the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the largest and longest river in Tibet on their way to the hotel. After check-in, you can have a good rest first. And if you feel like going out, you can wander around the city. But just remember that don't take too much stuff, try to go with a light pack. Meanwhile, drink some more water, do not move strenuously. It’s really useful to get acclimatized to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. It was first built by the 33rd King - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it's a museum and world heritage site. 

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 circuit 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

The entrance of Potala Palace
Three Tibetan women at the gate of Jokhang Temple.

In the morning, you are heading to Drepung monastery, which means Monastery of Rice Heaps in the Tibetan language. It’s a white magnificent construction that looks also like rice heaps in the distance. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where lived more than 10 thousand monks before Tibet's liberation.

In the afternoon, tourists will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate from around 3pm to 5 pm. It’s very attractive even if you don’t understand what they are talking about at all. If the debate is not your type, you can also see the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha inside the monastery. Besides, the sight in the Sera Monastery is quite good because you can see wild roses around. That’s why people also call it “the court of wild rose”.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery is reputed as the most beautiful Tibetan monastery.

From Lhasa to Gyantse is about 264km, en route you will pass by Gambala Mountain Pass (4790m), where's the best place to overlook the Yamdroktso lake. Then head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to cultivate this land.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.

Tibet has a serious rule about the speed limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only about 350km or so, no-more-than-40km/hr speed limitation, and the many road checks dotted on the way, really slow us down. So be prepared to spend around 8~10hrs on the road including mealtime. The upside is the view along the way is superb. Also please take some snacks with you for the long-time driving.

In summer, usually May~Oct, we will stay overnight at Everest Tent Camp; in winter, usually Nov~Apr, we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. There are dorm beds available in the 2 places. In both places, you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

Stay overnight at EBC

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.
Our clients at Everest Base Camp, with Mt.Everest in the background.

Get up early to enjoy a beautiful sunrise over the stunning landscape surrounding Mount Everest. You can see Mount Everest gradually emerging, the clouds being blown away by strong winds. If you are lucky, you will have the chance to see the famous "flag clouds" of Mount Everest. In the late morning, we need to travel 330 kilometers from EBC to Saga County via old Tingri, which takes about 8 hours. From old Tingri, you can see Mount Everest, Cho Oyu and Shishapangma at 8000m+ above sea level. The road runs parallel to the Himalayas. On the Nepalese side of the mountain range, it's called the Anapurna Mountains. In addition to overlooking the snow-capped peaks and the desolate wilderness, you can also enjoy the pure scenery of the cobalt blue Peikutso Lake (4600 meters).

Lake Peikutso and Mt.Shishapangma

Drive from Saga to Zhongba to Paryang to Hor Qu then finally today’s destination of Darchen. A photogenic section of dunes, lakes, and mountain views in 60km from Zhongba. Photos taken along this route can often get steppe, streams, desert dunes and snowcapped mountains in the same shot.

The scenery along the way.

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

The top of Mt. Kailash is covered with sparkling snow all year round. You will be deeply touched by its sacred and solemn face!

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

Gang Rinpoche the Precious Snow Mountain

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 and Namunani Snow Mountain

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

A lake near Lhatse

You will get back to Shigatse via Sakya County. There is a famous Tibetan Buddhism monastery in Sakya County - Sakya Monastery, the main monastery of Sakyapa, built in the 1360s. 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 called Variegated Buddhism.

There are many cultural relics such as seals, Buddha statues, a large collection of books, more than 3000 exquisite murals, etc. The murals of the Yuan Dynasty are the most distinctive, which makes Sakya Monastery known as the "second Dunhuang".

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Exquisite painting

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchen Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery, which was founded by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447. It is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse. It's located on the central hill of the city. The full name in Tibetan of the monastery means "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory".

Then, we will drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse along the Friendship Highway, via the northern route to Lhasa. It is the most direct route and usually takes around 6 hours to reach the capital. We will make several stops on the way in order to enjoy the views of the Yarlung Tsangpo River Valley.

Tashilhunpo Monastery covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters
Yarlung Tsangpo Valley

Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

Tour Price and Service

From US$2680 p/p

Based on 3-star hotels for 2 people in low seasons. Price varies according to travel season, number of people and level of accommodation.

INCLUSIONS
  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance tickets fee for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
  • Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
  • Shuttle Bus fee get to and back from Kailash kora;
  • Sleeping bags;
  • A yak to carry your luggage;
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance;
  • Government tax;
  • Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
  • Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
  • Oxygen tank for emergency use;
  • Sleeping bags;
  • 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;
  • Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
  • 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.)
  • Meals 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, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by ALEK***
2021-03-16

Please. send me programm tours around Kailash/ max 14 days

Catherine
Answered by Catherine 2021-03-16

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a Kailash Kora in 2022. For Kailash tours, they usually require 12 - 15 days for a better acclimation to the altitude. Below is the most recommended group tour package. You can join the group on Day 2. 15 days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour Other recommended tour packages: 12 days Lhasa Mt Everest & Mt Kailash Kathmandu Group Tour 14 days Mt Kailash Kora with Mt Everest Tour

Asked by Mr P***
2021-01-31

Hi, please can you advise details of which dates are available for the 14-day Kailash Manasarovar trek, including itinerary and full price details? Best regards.

Catherine
Answered by Catherine 2021-01-31

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the Kailash Manasarovar trek. For travelers less than 5 people, we usually recommend they join our Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour to keep the cost down. By the way, may I know your nationality? Currently, Tibet is temporarily closed to all foreign travelers due to the current health crisis. There has been no announcement regarding a re-open date. However, travelers can pre-book travel for a later date. You can specify the tour date on July 9th as your wish and enjoy 15% off of early booking.

Asked by vasu***
2020-03-13

We are planning to joint the tour in June

Catherine
Answered by Catherine 2020-03-13

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a Kailash tour in June. We have a set tour departing on June 28th. Would you like to join this one? Here is the itinerary of 15 Days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour,

Asked by Kazu***
2020-01-18

Please tell me necessary things in this tour

beatrice
Answered by Beatrice 2020-01-18

Dear Kazuhiro Kurashige, 

For taking Mt.Kailash tour, the best months to visit are from April to October, during which July and August are the monsoon season so you might meet muddy roads and foggy atmosphere. In Tibet, it usually rains at night and the activities in the daytime would not get much affected. And there's a Saga Dawa Festival starting on June 15th. It's a significant festival for remembering the birthday, enlightenment, and death of Sakyamuni. Many travelers would choose this moment to visit Tibet. For joining the Mt. Kailash tour, due to the long-distance(more than 1500km away from Lhasa), we would suggest our individual travelers join in a group tour to save cost. May I know how many people are from you? As Mt.Kailash is located in Ngari, where's the military sensitive area. So all travelers need to get permission from the military office. That's to say, it takes at least a month to get all the permits. As a Tibet Travel Agency, we can handle all the permits(Tibet Travel Permits) for you. Besides, you need to apply for your Chinese Visa. We also can help you get your Chinese Visa by providing some supporting documents. May I know which month you preferred to visit Tibet? 

Asked by sent***
2020-01-15

Hi, Please share travel dates, avaiability and cost for both the 14day and 15 day trips.

Catherine
Answered by Catherine 2020-01-15

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a Kailash tour. You can specify any travel date as you wish based on 4 pax. from April to October. We can arrange the tour for you on your date. When do you plan to do this trip? The tour price of 14 days and 15 doesn't make much difference. I will try my best to provide you a good price. 

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