18 Days Guangzhou, Xining, Lhasa, EBC, and Mt. Kailash Tour
(GXLEK001) Guangzhou - Xining - Lhasa - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Manasarovar - Mt. Kailash - Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa
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Easy - suitable for all levels of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
Trip Level Guide:
- Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
- Moderate - suitable for ones with average level fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 yrs.
- Moderate to Strenous - suitable for ones physically fit; have experiences of high altitude trek.
- Strenuous: suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.
Tourists will first land in Guangzhou, the third largest city in China. During two and a half day tour in Guangzhou, you will visit the most iconic tower of the city and enjoy fascinating safari and circus in the park. Later, the group will fly to Xining for the train to Lhasa. You will enjoy the stunning alpine scenery on Xining-Lhasa train which is the highlights of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. While you stay in Tibet, you will travel from Lhasa all the way to historic Gyantse City, Shigaste City and further down to witness the majestic Mt. Everest (8844.43m) at Everest Base Camp. Shortly after that, you will head to Ngari, the western Tibet, where you will appreciate the imposing Manasarovar Lake. The highlight and challenging part comes when you follow the most divine kora route around holy Mt. Kailash.
At a GlanceDay 1
Arrive in Guangzhou and Tour Canton Tower at NightDay 2
Guangzhou City Tour: Full day tour in Chimelong Safari Park and Chimelong International CircusDay 3
Fly from Guangzhou to XiningDay 4
Board Overnight Train to LhasaDay 5
Scenery View of Tibet Railway, Arrive in LhasaDay 6
Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor StreetDay 7
Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera MonasteryDay 8
Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse(3900m) TourDay 9
Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp(5200)Day 10
Rongphu Monastery - Everest Base Camp - Saga (13hrs, 460km)Day 11
Saga to Lake Manasarova to Darchen(14hrs, 550km)Day 12
Trek Day One - Darchen to Drirapuk (6.5 hrs, 20km)Day 13
Trek day two - Drirapuk to Dzultripuk (18km, 7-8hours)Day 14
Trek day three- Dzultripuk to Darchen (14km, 3-4hours)Day 15
Drive from Darchen to Saga (530Km, 14 hours)Day 16-17
Saga to Shigatse to Lhasa (2 days, 750km)Day 18
End the tour, Airport drop off
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Guangzhou and Tour Canton Tower at Night
After our clients arrive in in Guangzhou airport, the guide will be greeting you and later get you transferred to your hotel. You can have a good rest and explore around nearby streets.
After dinner, we will head to enjoy the spectacular night view of Guangzhou City from Canton Tower, a must-visit for first-timers to Guangzhou. Canton Tower is the second highest tower in the world. And it features the world’s highest bubble tram and longest spiral staircase, and jaw-dropping Sky Drop. The sky drop made it in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest thrill ride in the world. Do bring your camera for the sunning panoramic night view of the Guangzhou City.
Stay overnight in Guangzhou
Day 2: Guangzhou City Tour: Full day tour in Chimelong Safari Park and Chimelong International Circus
Chimelong Safari Park is the perfect place for family with kids to have fun in entire day. You can see a huge group of flamingos, swans, elephants and giraffes, and many more animals. They are mostly out in the open, not penned up.Animals seemed very happy and well taken care of. Trolley ride through the open enclosures was great. Walking through the park is an all-day event.
At night, all of us will enjoy the world-class performance by Chimelong International Circus. You will definitely be blown away by non-stop mesmerizing entertainment. From jaw dropping stunts to the shows of the adorable animals, it’s worth every penny spent on it.
Stay overnight in Guangzhou
Day 3: Fly from Guangzhou to Xining
Take the morning flight from Guangzhou to Xining. After our clients arrive in in Xining airport, the guide will be greeting you and later get you transferred to your hotel. The rest of the time is at leisure. You can have a good rest or walk around in the city.
Stay overnight in Xining
Day 4: Board Overnight Train to Lhasa
We will board the Xining-Lhasa train in the afternoon and head to Tibet.
Stay overnight in the train
Day 5: Scenery View of Tibet Railway, Arrive in Lhasa
A full day window sightseeing along Qinghai-Tibet Railway, you will see land of snows, desert, immense grassland, ice mountain, beautiful lakes which will fairly entertaining.
Shortly after your arrival in Lhasa in the late afternoon of third day, you will be warmly received by your tour guide who would say TashiDelek, which means wishing you all the best and transferred to your reserved hotel in Lhasa. You can have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 6: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor Street
Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang Temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the only most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Around the temple is Barkhorstreet where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, in the meantime you can buy souvenirs.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 7: Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery
In the morning ,you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyangchoge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. Ganden palace used to be Dalai lama’s palace in the Drepung before he moved to the Potala palace.
In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1419 by JamchenChojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 8: Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse(3900m) Tour
In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Shigatse .On the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount NyenchenKhangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .
Gyantse was historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and GyantseKumbum.
After one and a half driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we’ll visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama.
Stay overnight in Shigatse
Day 9: Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp(5200)
We’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse. It is a small town where you can take lunch.
After that, you will drive to Shegar and if the weather is clear enough then on the way down to shegar you will view the Mt, Everest in the distance.
After 4 to 6 hours then you will arrive at Rongbuk monastery but on the way, you will pass one of the highest passes in Tibet (pang la pass height 5050m) from that’s pass you will view the whole five highest peaks in the world.
Stay overnight at tent or Rongbuk monastery guest house.
Travel Tips: Given the remote location and inhospitable natural environment (e.g. short of water supply and sanitary device, etc.), the accommodation facilities in Tingri, esp. at EBC are extremely basic. It’s often the case that the bed sheet is filthy and the room is cramped and untidy. Only dirty pit toilet is available. There is no hot water in the room. Rats can be seen sometimes. However, we will do our outmost to meet your personal demand and provide the best service we
Day 10: Rongphu Monastery - Everest Base Camp - Saga (13hrs, 460km)
We need to take the old tingri road to Saga County. From the old Tingri, you can see the Mt. Everest and Mt. Shishapangma which is at 8012m was the least of the world's 8000m peaks to be climbed. The road condition worsens 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 neighboring snow peaks of Shishapangma and langtang to the south. Leaving the bum-chu basin, it then descends into the depression of Pelkhutso Lake (4600m), a cobalt blue lake. Today we drive to Saga, a small town 69km from the Phelgutso.
Stay overnight at local guesthouse of Saga
Day 11: Saga to Lake Manasarova to Darchen(14hrs, 550km)
Moving towards the Drongpa County, the region around the sources of Brahmaputra River, which is about 167km from the Saga town. At about 50km from today’s destination Darchen, we will make a small detour to Lake Manasarovar, the holy lake of Tibetan and Hinduism. 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 see so many Tibetans and Hindus praying and circling around the lake shore, snow-capped mountains on the background and hundreds of swans gathering on the lake, attracting hundreds and thousands of tourists from all over the world. In late afternoon, we will reach Tarchen, a small town at the foot of Mt. Kailash. Tour guide will assist tourists to arrange trekking yaks and porters and doing some preparation for your following 3 days trekking around Mt.Kailash.
Overnight at local guesthouse in Darchen town
Day 12: Trek Day One - Darchen to Drirapuk (6.5 hrs, 20km)
The Traditionally pilgrims undertake 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. 8 kilometers after leaving Darchen with environment-friendly bus (40minutes), we get to a village called Sarshung, where porters are waiting for their clients. After two hours, we come upon a grassy plain populated by nomads. 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 a few good facilities than others in Drirapuk. At the opposite side of Drirapuk, there you can see small monastery with its guest house little cleaner than others.
Stay overnight at the tent guesthouse of monastery.
Travel Tips: Mt. Kailash kora is a true test of body and soul. You trek at an average altitude of 4675m during 3-day kora, the highest mountain pass being 5630m. And the accommodation facility is pretty bad. You stay in makeshift guesthouse with poor sanitation. Sleeping bag is a must. However, all your physical misery will be compromised, compared with the divine experience around Mt. Kailash.
Day 13: Trek day two - Drirapuk to Dzultripuk (18km, 7-8hours)
The second day is the hardest and most tough circuit with the Dolma-la pass lying 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 rays break over the ridges above. After taking a rest at the peak of Dolma-la pass, you will descend staircase bringing you to Lhachu valley floor, taking about one hour from the pass. From here it is still four hours trekking to the today's final destination with no shelters on the way. It is better to walk on the right side of the river and finally get to Dzultripuk (with miracle cave of milarepa). It is advisable to get there before other groups because limited numbers of rooms are available there in Dzultripuk. Take a good rest in the guest room and prepare for next morning's departure.
Stay overnight at the tent guesthouse of monastery
Day 14: Trek day three- Dzultripuk to Darchen (14km, 3-4hours)
Today, we will go through Milarepa's cave, where the temple and shrines have been built around. Then we walk back to Darchen is easy and the exit from the valley can be reached within three hours. At the ending point of the valley, the driver will come to pick you and take you back to Darchen.
Stay overnight at the local guesthouse at Tarchen.
Day 15: Drive from Darchen to Saga (530Km, 14 hours)
Drive back along the incoming road.
Day 16-17: Saga to Shigatse to Lhasa (2 days, 750km)
Drive back along the incoming road.
Day 18: End the tour, Airport drop off
The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.
- Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
- All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
- Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
- Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
- 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 budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
- Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
- All meals listed in the above itinerary;
- Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
- First aid kit;
- International flight to and out of China;
- Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
- Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
- Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
- Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
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