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15 Days Mt. Kailash & Mt.Everest Pilgrimage Group Tour

Highlights

This is a comprehensive Tibet group tour, designed specifically for travelers who long for a deep connection with the rich history and exotic landscape of Tibet. The tour traverses more than 3600km on the grand Tibetan plateau and covers three regions of utmost importance in Tibet: LhasaMt. Kailash and Mt. Everest. With personalized and quality service from us, the 15 Days Kailash EBC Group Tour will certainly give you the time of your life!

After arriving in Lhasa and acclimatization, you will spend two days exploring this beautiful city. Situated at an altitude of 3490m, it is undoubtedly the cultural center of Tibet and offers world class attractions for its guests. You will visit the iconic Potala Place, the revered Jokhang Temple and the bustling Barkhor Streets. You can also observe Tibetan monks debate at Sera Monastery, and enjoy the garden of Dalai Lama’s summer palace Norbulingka. Once city sightseeing comes to an end, you will venture into the great mountain ranges outside Lhasa. The stunning holy lake of Yamdrok-TsoKarola Glacier and Pelkor Chode Monastery await you on the way to Shigatse. Once in Shigatse, you will visit two more high status Tibetan Buddhist venues: Tashilhunpo Monastery and Sakya Monastery.

You will then travel vast distance to enter Ngari area of western Tibet. On your way, you can take in as many views as you want of wild animals, sand dunes, nomadic people and snow-capped mountains. The next destinations, Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash, give you an especially unique spiritual journey. The two holy sites are considered the center of the world by Buddhism, Bon, Hinduism and Jainism, and see huge influx of pilgrims every year from all over the world. The worshippers believe that drinking lake water and finishing the pilgrimage trek circling Mt. Kailash will rid them of all the sins. Whether you believe in this profound connotation or not, you will follow the footsteps of the faithful and experience the once in a lifetime three-day 52km trek.

Last but not the least, you encounter the magnificent Mt. Everest. You will stay one night at the Everest Base Camp, and watch the sun rise and set near the highest peak in the world. Some light trekking leads you to Rongbuk Monastery, where nuns and monks live together. Also on you way are hidden gems such as Peikutso Lake and Yarlung Tsampo River. We take the northern scenic road to return to Lhasa, during which you will enjoy last glimpses of rural Tibetan villages and hot springs. After your last moments in Lhasa, you will have countless memories of Tibet that you can cherish and share on your future adventure.

15 Days Mt Kailash Kora with Mt Everest Group Tour

 

Route

Activities

Accommodations

Meals

D1

Arrival in Lhasa

Shared transfer from Lhasa Airport/Railway

Accommodation  or  

 

D2

Lhasa Highlight Sightseeing

Summer Palace Norbulingka, Sera Monastery

Accommodation  or  

Breakfast

D3

Lhasa Highlight Sightseeing

Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Accommodation  or  

Breakfast

D4

Lhasa > Yamdrok > Karola > Gyantse > Shigatse (360km)

Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chode Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum, Gyantse Dzong (outlook)

Accommodation  or  

Breakfast

D5

Shigatse > Lhatse > Saga (460km)

 

Saga, Guesthouse

Breakfast

D6

Saga > Zhongba > Paryang > Hor Qu > Manasarovar (490Km)

 

Manasarovar, Guesthouse (dorm)

 

D7

Manasarovar > Darchen (50km)

Lake Manasarovar

Darchen, Guesthouse/ Himalaya Kailash Hotel

 

D8

Mt Kailash Kora: Darchen > Dirapuk (20km, 5-6 hours)

Mt. Kailash, Tarboche Flagpole, Drirapuk Monastery

Dirapuk, Guesthouse (dorm)

Breakfast

D9

Mt Kailash Kora: Dirapuk > Zuthulphuk (18km, 6-8 hours)

Mt. Kailash, Zuthulphuk Monastery

Zuthulphuk, Guesthouse (dorm)

 

D10

Mt Kailash Kora: Zuthulphuk > Darchen (14km, 3-4 hours)

Mt. Kailash

Darchen, Guesthouse/ Himalaya Kailash Hotel

D11

Darchen > Saga (505 km)

 Landscape driving back

Saga, Guesthouse

 Breakfast

D12

Saga > Everest Base Camp (330km)

Lake Peikutso, Mt Shishapangma (far view), Rongbuk Monastery, Sunset of Mt Everest

EBC, Nomad Tent (dorm)

 

D13

Everest Base Camp > Sakya > Shigatse (340km)

Sunrise at Mt Everest, Sakya Monastery

Accommodation  or  

 

D14

Shigatse > Lhasa (340km)

Tashilhunpo Monastery

Accommodation  or  

Breakfast

D15

Departure from Lhasa

Group transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway

 

 

Trip Highlights:

  • Handpicked Tibetan travel guide and driver;
  • Comfortable Tourism Licensed vehicle
  • 100% Tibet Kailash Travel Permits Guarantee;
  • Using reputable accommodation recommended on TripAdvisor
  • Off the beaten path experience in remote regions
  • 4-10 pax per group

For authentic Tibetan experiences, our offer is the most reasonable in whole Tibet. Please contact our travel experts and they will help you plan a delightful vacation to Tibet at the BEST local price.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa 

Our Tibetan guide and driver will greet you at Lhasa Railway or Lhasa Gongkar Airport with a big smile and present a white hada to welcome you in Tibetan style. Transfer to hotel in downtown Lhasa. You will have the rest of the day to yourself. A light stroll at Potala Square is recommended, but pray not to exhaust yourself for the first day’s well rest helps tremendously with high altitude acclimatization in Tibet highland. 

Overnight in Lhasa. 

Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing

Attractions: Summer Palace Norbulingka, Sera Monastery

We start the day by visiting Norbulingka, the summer palace of Dalai Lamas, a palace with its surrounding garden. The most dramatic and popular area inside Norbulingka called the Lake Palace. Norbulingka hosts celebrations of several Tibetan festivals where local people gather here to sing, dance and perform Tibetan opera. After lunch we will visit Sera Monastery. The highlights of our visit include touring the main architectural structures of the monastery and watching a monk-debating session in the main courtyard. Inside the halls, you can find delicate religious objects and decorations such as scriptures in gold powder, colorful statues, and narrative murals. During the debate session, you will see hundreds of red-robed monks assemble in small groups striking different poses as a way to engage in religious topics.

Overnight in Lhasa. 

Day 3: Lhasa sightseeing

Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Streets 

We visit the single most iconic architecture in Tibet, Potala Palace, which is the winter palace of Dalai Lama. You will see both the public offices and residential quarters of Dalai Lama, as well as a massive collection of artworks and religious treasure, including stupas of past Dalai Lamas and a statue of Tsongkhapa. After lunch, we will head to Jokhang Temple, the most important and sacred temple in Tibet. The architecture of the temple displays influences from Indian, Tibetan and Nepalese design. Numerous famous Buddhist teachers had also conducted teaching there. Today, it houses a variety of Buddhist scriptures and objects. Surrounding the temple are Barkhor Streets, a busy and lively area for dining, shopping and entertainment. You will also encounter many local Tibetans performing pilgrimages and ritualistic prostrations.

A welcome group meal of Tibetan cuisine will be arranged tonight to welcome you in Tibet.

Overnight in Lhasa..

Day 4: Lhasa > Yamdrok > Karola > Gyantse > Shigatse (360km) 

Attractions: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chode Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum

Our adventure into the grand Tibetan plateau starts today! We head west towards the second largest city in Tibet, Shigatse. On our way, we cross Kampala Pass (4797 m) and then Karola Pass (5050 m). We will first encounter the stunning holy lake of Yamdrok-Tso and then Karola Glacier only steps off the main road. We will visit Pelkhor Chode Monastery in Gyantse that houses the most important Tibetan paintings in its Gyantse Kumbum Stupa, and the outlook of Gyantse Dzong/Fortress that overlooks the Nyang-chu Valley. We will finally reach Shigatse before dinner. Sun sets very late in Tibet, so you will have plenty of time to explore Shigatse town on your own.

Overnight in Shigatse.

 

Day 5: Shigatse > Lhatse > Saga (460km)

Today we will have Alien’s Travel Permit done in Shigatse Public Security Bureau (PSB) with your original passport, which usually takes about half an hour or so. Then we will leave Shigatse and head to Saga via Lhatse. Along the way, you can enjoy plenty of different Tibetan sceneries, including vast grassland, wild animals, sand dunes, nomadic tents and snow-capped mountains.

Overnight in Saga. 

Day 6: Saga > Zhongba > Paryang > Hor Qu > Manasarovar (490Km)

Today you are officially in Ngari Region, Western Tibet. Enjoy a very photogenic ride of the wild west of Tibet, with Himalayan peaks in the background.

Overnight near the lakeside of Lake Manasarovar. 

Day 7: Manasarovar > Darchen (50km)

Attractions: Lake Manasarovar 

Lake Manasarovar is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. It is especially sacred to Hindus, who have been walking round it for approaching 2,000 years. Buddhists associate Lake Manasarovar with Maya, Buddha's mother. Take your time with Lake Manasarovar this morning, afterwards we will drive to Darchen, the starting point of Mt Kailash Kora, which is only about half an hour’s drive away. This afternoon you can go to the local market here in Darchen, where you can find food supply, yaks, horses, and porters for the coming 3-day trek.

Overnight in Darchen. 

Day 8: Mt Kailash Kora: Darchen > Dirapuk (20km, 5-6 hours) 

Attractions: Mt. Kailash, Tarboche Flagpole, Dirapuk Monastery

You trek around Mt Kailash, Asia’s holiest mountain begins today, begins on the western edge of Darchen. Shortly you will enter Berkha plain with clear views of Gurla Mandata (7728m), 4km into the path, we reach the height of 4790m and the first prostration point that marks the first views of Mt. Kailash’s southern façade. The next important landmark is Tarboche Flagpole (4750m), where the main rituals of Saga Dawa Full Moon Festival takes place here every year. You can pay a visit to the nearby Chorten Kangnyi and Sky-Burial Site of the 84 Mahasiddhas. Coming up next is Chuku Monastery (4820m), where you can find a revered marble statue inside. Take your time from Chuku Monastery to the coming Dirapuk Monastery, as this stretch has some of the best views of the entire 3-day My Kailash Kora. The second prostration point is a short distance ahead, with its prayer flags and clear view of the east side of Mt Kailash. There are several trails to reach our final destination of the day: Dira-Puk Monastery (5080m), where can see the north face of Mt Kailash, Chana Dorje, Jampelyang, and Chenresig.

Overnight in Dira-puk Monastery (dorm without bathroom). Sleeping bag is recommended. 

Day 9: Mt Kailash Kora: Dirapuk > Zutulpuk (18km, 6-8 hours) 

Attractions: Mt. Kailash, Zutulpuk Monastery

We continue on the main Kora path towards the east. We pass through Kangkyam Glacier and Jarok Donkhang (5210m) meadowland. A short distance later is Shivatsal (5330m). Pilgrims go through a symbolic death here and are reborn at Drolma-la (5630m), which is half an hour away. After some rest and refreshments, we soon arrive at Lake Gauri Kund (5608m), literally meaning Lake of Compassion in Tibetan. We gradually descent to the grand Lha-chu Valley. The third prostration point is at the valley mouth. The day concludes at Zuthul-Puk Monastery. zuthul puk means miracle cave in Tibetan, and as its named you will find a cave built by Milarepa here, where you can find his handprint and footprint

Overnight in Zuthul-puk Monastery (dorm without bathroom). Sleeping bag is recommended. 

Day10: Mt Kailash Kora: Zutulpuk > Darchen (14km, 3-4 hours) 

Attractions: Mt. Kailash

We follow the river and then climbs the Gold & Red Cliffs. Pilgrims search for holy stones on these cliff walls. We will see prayer flags across the river, and Lake Rakshas Tal in the far distance. After reaching the fourth prostration point, the final walk back to Darchen is quite easy.

Overnight in Darchen. 

Day 11: Darchen > Saga (450km) 

Return to Saga from Darchen. If you miss any views on your way to Mt Kailash earlier, today is the day to make it up. Ask our Tibetan driver to stop anywhere to take photos. Photos taking here are often included steppe, streams, desert dunes and snowcapped mountains in a shot.

Overnight in Saga. 

Day 12: Saga-Everest Base Camp (330km) 

Attractions: Lake Peikutso, Mt Shishapangma (far view), Rongbuk Monastery, Sunset at Mt Everest

We will march into the Himalayas today. On our way, we will stop over at a little-visited turquoise Lake Peikutso, and spot the peak of Mt. Shishapangma in a distance. Rungbuk Monastery situated at 10km away from the tent camp, an ideal site to view Mt Everest. In warmer months from late April to October, we will continue towards to spend the night at Everest Base Camp instead of Rongbuk. After the fuss of checking in to a nomad tent, it will be just about time for you to see sunset at Mt Everest, which is rather glorious.

Overnight in EBC or Rongbuk Monastery depending on season & weather. 

Day 13: Everest Base Camp > Sakya > Shigatse (340km) 

Get up early to see sunrise at Mt Everest with several other peaks like Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu in the background. You can also take a light trekking around. Afterwards, we will head back to Shigatse via Sakya town, visit its immense, grey, thick-walled Sakya Monastey, one of the largest monasteries in Tibet. 

Overnight in Shigatse. 

Day 14: Shigatse > Lhasa (340km) 

Attractions: Tashilhunpo Monastery

Morning, we will visit Pachen Lamas’ seat, Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse. Tashilhunpo means the Heap of Glory in Tibetan dialect. The monastery is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), and founded by the 5th Dalai Lama in 1447. Afterwards we will return to Lhasa taking a different route from the earlier Day 04’s, called the Northern Friendship Highway along the Yalung Tsangpo River.

Overnight in Lhasa. 

Day 15: Depart from Lhasa 

Enjoy your last day in Tibet. Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel to transfer you to Lhasa Airport or Railway. We hope you have gathered some precious memory of your time in Tibet, and we wish you the best on your future adventure.

Dates & Price

Off-The-Beaten-Path Kailash Pilgrimage Expedition Schedules 2018

Months

Available Departure Dates

Trip Price

April

23 (with full moon date April 30th to Dirapuk)

From $1895 available

Book

May

May 22 (Saga Dawa Festival Spiritual Tour-open for booking), May 24

Private and Group Tour Both available for booking

From $1985 available

Book

June

June 7 (2 pax to sign up), June 18 (4 guests booked,open for booking),

From $1925 available

Book

July

July 20, July 31

From $2055 available

Book

August

Aug.18, Aug.24,Aug.31

From $2055 available

Book

September

Sept.5, Sept.17,Sept. 26

From $2075 available

Book

October

Oct.5

From $1695 available

Book

Single supplement applies when there is single room used in cities at Lhasa, Shigatse, County of Lhatse and Saga, Township of Darchen. Domitory room basis at guesthouses at Dirapuk, Zhutul Puk and Lake Manasarovar.

Service Details

Service Included:

  • English-speaking local Tibetan guide
  • Transport by shared tour van or coach with driver
  • Lhasa accommodation according to the price options (twin share room basis)
  • Single room supplement applies during hotel in Lhasa and Shigatse if there are individual travelers who cannot find the other same sex traveler to share the room, single room supplement ranges from 180 to 250 USD per hotel option A or B
  • One night tent/dorm bed accommodation near base camp (dormitory basis-without breakfast)
  • All entrance tickets
  • Oxygen cylinder in the car
  • Bottled mineral water (two bottles per person a day, 500 ml/bottle)
  • Travel agency's liability insurance
  • Welcome dinner in local restaurant when group members meet in Lhasa
  • Service fee regarding arrangements of planning, handling, operational and communication.
  • All Tibet Travel Permits (The duration of your entire time in Tibet covered)

Service not included:

  • Flight or train to and from Tibet
  • Chinese visa
  • Meals not specified
  • Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs etc)
  • Tips to the driver and guide
  • Shuttle service between hotels and Airport/Train Station

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