TTK003 14 Days Lhasa/Mt. Kailash/Guge Kingdom/Lhasa or to Nepal Border
Tour Code: TTK003
Tour Duration: 14 days
Tour Catalog: Private Tour, Sightseeing and Adventure
Optimal Season: Mid April to Mid October
Route: Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-Sangsang-Saga-Lake Manasarovar- Tarchen-3 days Mt.Kailash Kora-Guge Kingdom-Baryang-Saga-Lhatse-Lhasa
Kind Reminder: Aprat from beginning from Lhasa, You could start the trip from Kathmandu as well, our tour guide and driver can pick you up at the Nepal Border.
In this 14 days tour,there are too many beautiful things for us to enumerate,such as:Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market,Drepung Monastery,Sera Monastery,Gyantse Kumpum ,Tashilunpo Monastery,Sakya Monastery ,and you even can do a trekking from Rongphu to E.B.C.Visit Rongphu Monastery,then take the way to the Lake Manasarovar to see the Dira-puk Monastery,Zutul-puk Monastery as well as the old royal ruins--Guge Kingdom in Nagri.In a word,this tour covers nearly all the beaytiful things in Tibet,you can never lose this golden chance.
All the way from Lhasa to Mt.Kailash, you will visit Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, Lake Monasarovar. Make a 3-day trekking around holy Mt.Kailash...
D01: By air or trains from China mainland into lhasa or from nepal side (katmandu)
D02: Visiting famous Potala Palace, Bhakor Street and Jokhang Temple
D03: Redicovering Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.
D04: Moving forward to Shigatse via Gyantse County
D05: Shigatse to Saga
D06: Moving Saga to Manasarovar Lake
D07: Spending a day around Manasarovar Lake, drive to Tarchen to prepare the trekking
D08: Trek day one(Outer circuit), Darchen to Drirapuk 11km
D09: Trek day two, Drirapuk to Dzultripuk 22km
D10: Trek day three- Dzultripuk to darchen – 11km
D11: Tarchen to Zanda, visit Guge Kingdom and Torling Monastery
D12: Zanda to Saga
D13:Saga to Lhatse
D14:Lhatse to Lhasa
D13:Saga to Zhangmu
D14:Zhangmu to Kathmandu
Day01: By air or trains from China mainland into lhasa or from nepal side (katmandu)
Our agency tour guide will pick you up from lhasa gongkar airport or from lhasa train station to yours reserved hotel.you can relax in the hotel and can refer to books that you have bring along with you for yours trip. If you have any doubt or question, you can ask to your tour guide to fix your next day's trip.
Overnight in Lhasa
Day02: Visiting famous Potala Palace, Bhakor Street and Jokhang Temple
Morning section to visit the famous Potala Palace, which is situated on the marpori(red hill) and is abode of boddhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara. The Potala Palace is divided into two parts, white and red palace is about 119m tall.the red palace had 13 storeys, golden tomb from fifth to thirteenth dalai lama. Songtsen gonpo's meditation cave is situated in white palace is oldest chamber in the history of whole potala palace.
Afternoon section visiting to Johkang Temple, built during songtsen gonpo's reign by princess wencheng of Tang Dynasty. The most interesting thing in jokhang is the sacred goat head in the Jampa chapel which is believe to "self-arisen" that is not man made.
Overnight in Lhasa
Day03: Redicovering Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.
Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. the monastery is divided into two different colleges that is Drepung loselling and Drepung Gomang college. The Ganden Podrang is famous among them as it is the government centre during fifth Dalai lama and later moved to the famous Potala palace during fifth Dalai lama. By the time you can also the Nechung monastery located 1km southeast of Drepung and is the abode of the protector deity Pehar and the seat of the state Oracle of Tibet. the two main protector inside the monastery is that of Nechung choegyal and Palden lhamo.
In the afternoon exploring the Sera monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje.You can see monks debaiting there in the courtyard at around 6-7:30 in the afternoon section.Note: if you don't feel tired, you can try for the khora(circumambling around) Drepung and sera monastery.Your tour guide and driver will drop you back to your hotel.
Overnight in Lhasa
Day04:Moving forward to Shigatse via Yamdro-tso lake and Shigatse
The first day we drive westwards to Mt.Kailash will reach Shigatse, which is the second biggest city in Tibet. on the way to Shigatse, we will pass kangpa-la with 4700m, from the top of the pass in clear weather, we can see the Yamdrotso lake in fabulous shade of deep torquoise, Just a few kilometrers driving through the shore of lake yamdrok-yutso reches Nangartse county and is the largest town on the lake side. then we driving from yamdrok-tso to Gyantse city, is a spectacular as arrriving, since you have to cross the 4960m karo-la with its awesome roadside views of the Nanchan- Kangtsang glacier. in Gyantse city, you will explore the Kubum Monastery which is the town's foremost attraction. The 35m-high chorten(stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like goldendome, is awe-inspiring. drive to Shigatse.
Overnight in Shigatse
Day05: Drive to Sagar County(290km) this day's trip is very hard for you due to the bad road condition
We need to take the old tingri road to Sagar county. From the old Tingri, you can see the mount Everest and Shishapangma which is at 8012m was the least of the world's 8000m peaks to be climbed. The road condition worsen from old tingri and runs parallel to the Himalayan ranges and Nepalian sides called Anapurna ranges. The main road passes through the desolate plain of Digur tang, with its enormous sand dunes and the closely neighbouring snow peaks of Shishapangma and langtang to the south. Leaving the BUM-CHU basin, it then descends into the depression of PELKHU TSO(4600m), a cobalt blue lake. Saga county is only 69km from the Phelgu tso and spend a night in sagar town.
Day06:Moving Saga to Lake Manasarovar(500km)
Then you are moving towards the Drongpa county, the region around the sources of Brahmaputra river,which is about 167km from the sagar town.then you will reached a tiny dusty on the main road with a couple of basic guest houses, restaurants and a small monastery called "old Drongpa" Around the monastery you can see a pile of yak heads which is carved with "sutras"and "mantras" like "OM MA NI PAD MEY HUM" which is mantra of god of compassion. And new Drongpa is a small town with a couple of shops, hotels and restaurant is about 25km apart from the old drongpa.then forward towards the Baryang with 4750m above sea level. Drive to Lake Manasarovar.
Camp by the lake
Day07:Spending a day around Manasarovar lake, then to Darchen to prepare your trekking(30km)
You can relax around the lake shore and experience the natural beauty of the lake. In the summer time, flocks of swans will gather on the lake, bringing grace and life to the area. You can also seen so many tibetans and hindus praying and circuling around the lake shore for the whole day. you can see snow capped mountains on the background and hundreds of swans gether on the lake will attacks hundreds of thousand to tourist from all over the world.
Overnight in Tarchen
Day08: Trek day one(Outer circuit), Darchen to Drirapuk 11km
Triditionallya pilgrim undertakes 52 km trekking circuit around mount kailash commencing at darchen(4574m) and crossing the Dolma-la pass on the second day of the three day walk.Darchen is the starting and completion point for the general circuit of the sacred mount. A few kilometers after leaving Darchen, there is a valley called "sarshung" where porters are waiting for their client. They will help the client to take every necessary things on yaks and horses. After two hours, you came upon a grassy plain with populated by nomads. there you can refresh yourself in nomadic tent by drinking some soft drinks there. For this turn in the valley it is another two hours at least before reaching Drirapuk(4920m). You need to camp or can rest in monastery's guest house made from cement with little bit good facilities than others in Drirapuk. At the opposite side of Drirapuk, there you can see small monastery with its guest house little bit cleaner than others.
Day09: Trek day two, Drirapuk to Dzultripuk 22km
Day two: The second day is the hardest and most tough circuit with the Dolma-la pass lies 6.4km ahead but 762m above Drirapuk. The peak of Dolma-la pass is about 5630m above sea level, so it is better to set off early in the morning as the sun's rays break over the ridges above.
After taking a rest on the peak of Dolma-la pass, you will decending staircase brings you to Lhachu valley floor, about onehour from the pass. From here it is still four hours trekking to the day's final destination with no shelters in between. It is better to walk on the rightside of the river and finally reached to Dzultripuk(miracle cave of milarepa). It is advised you to get there before than other groups because of limitted number of rooms available there in Dzultripuk. Take a good rest in the guest room and prepare for next morning's departure.
Day10 Trek day three- Dzultripuk to Darchen-11km
The tour guide will arrange yours time and ask he/she to visit the caves and visit the tmple and shrines that has been built around Milarepa's cave. The walk back to Darchen is easy and the exit from the valley can be reached within three short hours. At the ending point of valley, the drivers will come to pick you and take you back to Darchen.
Overnight in Darchen
Day11 Darchen to Zanda, visit Guge Kingdom and Torling Monastery
It is about an eight hours drive from Darchen to zanda, though the distance is only about 243km from darchen. After several hours of zigzagging down and up fantastically eroded gorges and gullies, enters to wider Sutlej Valley and after crossing a bridge, finally reaches Zanda.Tsamda county is the current name for the region and was known as Guge kingdom. And the county capital is located at Toling. Toling monastery, founded by Richen zangpo in the 10th century, was once Ngari's most important monastic complex. It was due to the influence Richen Zangpo that Toling became the main religious centre of Guge kingdom after inviting of the great indian master ATISHA. The kings of GUGE replaced the city as a political centre of power by establishing capital slightly closer to the Indo-tibetan trade routes. But the monastery is still important cultural heritage of Ngari.
Overnight in Zanda
Day12: Zanda to Saga(500km)
Day13:Saga to Lhatse
Day14:Lhatse to Lhasa
Day13:Saga to Lhatse
Day14:Lhatse to Lhasa
Price Quotation for per person in USD
April, May, June
July to early November
All-inclusive Package Includes
- Private Airport pick up/drop off Service in Lhasa
- Private Transfer or taxi according to group size in Lhasa city for 2 days between tourist sites and Hotel.
- Comfortable Land Cruiser with Heating for your long travel from Lhasa to Mt.Kailash and back
Transportation cost includes driver's basic accommodation and meals, toll, car parking and gasoline
2. Professional local Tour guide Services
Local English-speaking Tibetan tour guide with wealthy mount Kailash Trekking Experience.
Tour Guide cost includes guide's basic accommodation and meals, the entrance fee of tourist sites for guide
3. All Accommodations with daily breakfasts
- In big cities and towns, standard rooms with private bath room. 2-3 star facility
- In other small towns and stops, Guesthouse dorm bed
- Camping at the lake shore and during trekking
We provide you water-proof tents and comfortable camp mattresses; please prepare the sleeping bag on your own.
4. All necessary Permits
Include Tibet Entry Permit, Alien's travel permit, Military Area Entry Permit and Foreign Affair's Permit; all the permits will be ready 15 days before you go to Tibet.
5. Service Charge & Government Taxes
The service charge is put towards planning, handling, operating the tour and necessary communication, etc;
6. Yak and Yak porters cost during trekking around Mt.Kailash
Every 1.5 people share a Yak for taking heavy luggage and public equipment like Tents, food and cookware
The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance which is a must for foreign travelers
Apart from included breakfasts, we will arrange lunches and dinners for although the trip. Generally, daily cost of a lunch and a dinner cost 15 USD per person due to the limited food supply in remote area and high local food price.
9. All entrance fee of tourist sites
1. Tips for tour guide and driver
Depends on how do you like their service, tip as you wish.
2. Personal expenses like shopping, entertainments at night.
3. Sleeping bags.
Please prepare your own sleeping bags because these are your personal belongs and please make sure that it is a down sleeping bag, it is still cold at night.
1. This price quotation is for 2-4 pax only, If you are travelling alone and looking for travel buddy, please let us know and we will help you to find travelers to share cost; if you have 5 Pax or more, please contact us to get better price.
2. We quoted 3 pax based on sharing triple room.
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