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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 is an adventurous and spiritual journey. This 14-day itinerary includes important sites in central and western Tibet, as well as Tibetan Buddhist culture. The tour starts in Lhasa, the holy city of Tibet, and you will visit the landmarks of Tibet in the first few days, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street. Depart from Lhasa along the G318 Sino-Nepal Highway, pass by Yamdroktso Lake, Gyantse Kumbum, Shigatse Tashilhunpo Monastery, and head to Mount Everest Base Camp. Here, you will have a lifetime experience of facing the world's highest mountain.

Then you continue to the west of the Tibetan Plateau, overlooking Shishapangma Mountain (the 14th highest peak in the world), the azure Peikutso Lake, and the nomadic tents on the vast arid plain. Before Mount Kailash, you will visit the beautiful high-altitude holy lake "Mansarovar". After savoring the beauty of this great lake and the holy bath in the lake, you will head to Mount Kailash. Here you will start your 3-day pilgrimage kora. On the 52-kilometer trekking route, you can not only enjoy breathtaking views of the Sarshung Valley and Lachu Valley, but also get up close and personal with devout pilgrims from all corners of the world.

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, 360km, Approx, 7hrs Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chode Monastery
5 Shigatse - Tingri - EBC, 350km, Approx, 7hrs Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp
6 EBC - Saga, 450km, Approx, 9hrs 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: Zutulpuk- Darchen, Trek 9km, Approx. 2~5hrs; Drive from Darchen -Manasarovar-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 hour to drive from Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa and takes about 20 minutes 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, and 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 the most sacred temple in 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 circuits 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

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

In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate from around 3 pm to 5 pm. If the debate is not your type, you can also see the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Paintings of Buddha. Besides, the sight here is quite good because you can see wild roses around. That’s why people also call it “the Court of Wild Roses”.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

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. Later we will pass and enjoy the Karola Glacier, which looks spectacular from the highway. Then visit the main monastery in Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery, famous for its exquisite architecture and intact murals and statues. Finally head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to cultivate this land.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Tibet has a serious rule about the speed limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only about 350km or so, with no more than 40 km/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.

You will stay overnight at Everest Base Camp(5,200m). You can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

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 (4,600 meters).

Stay overnight in Saga

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.

Stay overnight in Darchen

In the morning, you will take an eco-bus (included in the cost) to Sarshung Valley and start the Mt. Kailash trek 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 the west and north face of Mt.Kailash. Finally, you will visit Drirapuk Monastery and stay overnight here.

Stay overnight in Guesthouse, Dorm Bed

Today is the most challenging day of the trekking, you’ll climb over the highest pass of the Kailash 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

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 Buddhist theory, doing a kora around a holy mountain for one circle can get rid of 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(4560m), 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

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

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

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchen Lama - Tashilhunpo 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 to enjoy the views of the Yarlung Tsangpo River Valley.

Stay overnight in 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.

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 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;
  • Breakfasts provided by hotels;
  • Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
  • Shuttle Bus fee get to and back from Kailash kora;
  • 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 --- 4.4%. 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 Sri ***

Group of three from USA, prefer private tour or ver small group less than 6. Must include Charan Sparsh. Love to hike inner Kora please.
We are experienced hikers.

Merry
Answered by Merry

Dear Sri, 

14 Days Mt Kailash Kora with Mt Everest Tour is a private tour. We can open one departing on 15 June for you. We can arrange Charan Sparsh for you. Inner Karo is not allowed by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. In addition, there are some potential safety issues such as rockfalls or landslides.

Asked by Runa***

Do you have June 2024 Kailash tour dates? What are the visa requirements and price?

beatrice
Answered by Beatrice

Dear Runa****,

We have group departures on 3, 10, 17 and 24 June. Or we can open a departure for you since it's early now.

To get to Kailash, you need a China visa and a Tibet travel permit. If you book with us, we will help you get your China visa by providing supporting docus. And we can obtain your Tibet travel permit along with your China visa and passport.

 

Asked by Kazu***

Please tell me necessary things in this tour

beatrice
Answered by Beatrice

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 Mr P***

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

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 ALEK***

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

Catherine
Answered by Catherine

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

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