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Mt Kailash Kora with Mt Everest Tour

Duration:
14 Days
Route:
Lhasa- Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Darchen - 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.

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)

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

Day 2 Lhasa City

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

A Tibetan granny turning players at Potala Palace Square.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.
Day 3 Lhasa Suburb

In the morning, we will go to visit Norbulingka. Norbulingka park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music, and festivities. The park is where the annual Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival' is held.

In the afternoon, you are heading to Drepung Monastery, which means Monastery of Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and covers the hillsides. They look like huge rice heaps in the distance, so it is called Drepung. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, also the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery is also a Buddhist education base. It is the best place to learn and impart Buddhism.
The yard for Buddhist debates at Sera Monastery.
Day 4 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

From Lhasa to Gyantse is about 264km, en route you will pass by Gambala Mountain Pass (4990m), 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.
Day 5 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongbuk - EBC

Tibet has a serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only abt 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 the summertime, usually May~Oct, we will stay overnight at Everest Tent Camp; in wintertime, usually Nov~Apr, we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. There are dorm beds available in the 2 places. 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.
Far view of Mt.Everest
Day 6 EBC - Saga

From EBC to Saga is abt 460km, a hard-drive of abt 10~12hrs. The sprawling truck-up town of Saga is the last of any size on your tour to Mt Kailash, cherish it – have a lavish meal and take a long hot shower, of which you have to do without for the following days. 

At an altitude of 4580 meters, Peikutso Lake is the largest lake in Shigatse.
Day 7 Saga - Darchen

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.

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. 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!
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

Gang Rinpoche the Precious Snow Mountain
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 and holy mountain Kailash.
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

Day 12 Lhatse - Shigatse

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

Sakya Monastery is a Buddhist monastery on the road to Tingri.
Day 13 Shigatse - Lhasa

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.

Standing on the entrance of Tashilhunpo,visitors can see the grand buildings with golden roofs and white walls
Yarlung Tsangpo Valley
Day 14 Departure from Lhasa

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.

Our Service

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;
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance;
  • Government tax;
  • Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
  • Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
  • Oxygen tank for emergency use;
  • Free use of sleeping bag;
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.
EXCLUSIONS
  • 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 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;
  • 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

vasu***

2020-03-13

We are planning to joint the tour in June

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Catherine

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,

sent***

2020-01-15

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

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Catherine

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. 

Prav***

2020-01-02

Hi, I'm exploring options to visit Lhasa and Mt.Kailash in 2020 Summer (June / July). I would appreciate if you could send me the following information: 1. Overview of trip itinerary 2. Accommodation details in each location 3. Amenities and Emergency services, if any 4. Visa help / support 5. Trip Cost and payment terms along with cancelation policy, if any Thanks Praveen

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned two of you would like to have the Mt Kailash Kora with Mt Everest Tour which is a private tour. Frankly speaking, it is a little expensive for two travelers to have this private tour. As travelers less than five, we often suggest they join our small group tour to keep the cost down.

We have the 15 Days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour with the departure date on Jun.28th and Jul.24th. Is it available to you?

We can apply for the Tibet Travel Permit for you. You need to apply for the China Visa in advance in your home country.

su***

2019-10-12

we five of us are very interested in kailash trip with inner hora trip

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a Kailash trip. 15 Days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Tour is highly recommended. However, the inner kora is not open for public. You can do 3-days' outer kora around Kailash. Usually speaking, the weather can be too cold to make accommodation in Kailash from Nov. through March. May I know when you plan to do this tour?

Mahe***

2019-09-26

I w ant to attain Saga Dawa flag hoisting ceremeny. Prefer to have private room when ever possible.Please qote the cost private any .

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to attain the Saga Dawa flag hoisting ceremony. This ceremony holds in April of Tibetan calendar. However, in May or June in the public calendar. We can only know the exact date at the end of this year.

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