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17 Days Kailash Manasarovar Tour & Guge Kingdom Exploration

17 Days Kailash Manasarovar Tour & Guge Kingdom Exploration

(TTK004) Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Saga - Darchen - Kailash Kora (3 days) - Guge Kingdom - Manasarovar - Saga - Sakya - Shigatse - Lhasa


This 17-day Kailash Manasarovar full moon tour and Guge Kingdom exploration is especially designed and exclusively owned by Tibet Vista. Tourists can tour the holy Mt. Kailash and sacred Lake Manasarovar, bringing ultimate experience to you. Throughout the tour, tourists will be amazed by the pervasive religious atmosphere and exotic culture and architecture. In addition, the lofty snow-capped mountains, boundless western Tibet, and countless stunning alpine lakes, etc. will refresh your understanding of mysterious Tibet.

The tour begins with holy Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. You will explore attractions like Potala Palace, and Jokhang Monastery, etc. in Lhasa. After you finish sightseeing and get acclimatzied to altitude of Qinghai-Tibet plateau. Then we will head to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. On the way, you will enjoy turquoise Yamdrok Lake and Pelkor Chode and Kumbum stupa in Gyantse, prestigious Tashilhunpo Monastery, etc. Later, we are about to head further to to Tingri to visit Everest Base Camp(5200m) and Rongbuk Monastery. After that, the group will move westward to Ngari prefecture to visit sacred Lake Manasarovar and explore lost civilization of Guge Kindom , and do the kora around holy Mt. Kailash, taken as the world’s center to people of many religions. Eventurally, the tour ends back in Lhasa.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa

When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. Tourists may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Brahmaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river on their way to Lhasa.

After arriving in Lhasa, you can take a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around.

Insider Tips:
For the new-comers of Tibet, to get acclimatized to the high altitude in Tibet. Having a good sleep in your hotel is a good option. Do not rush to visit attractions inside Lhasa city.

Stay overnight in hotel in Lhasa (3-star hotel)

Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B)

Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It has been used since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections are the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. Later, enjoy welcome dinner at local Tibetan teahouse or local restaurant. 

After you take lunch and then 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 single most venerated object in Tibet Buddhism. Around the temple Barkhor street where you can kora (circling the Barkor street) with pilgrims and locals and buy the souvenirs.

Besides, you can taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house. The welcome dinner will also be arranged accordingly;

With time permitting, you may go with tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center. You can upgrade your service to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD)

Stay overnight in Lhasa (3-star hotel)

Day 3: Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery (B)

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 Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. You can visit the biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung.

In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house; inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha.

Stay overnight at hotel in Lhasa (3-star hotel)

Day 4: Lhasa- Shigatse via Gyantse 360km (B)

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 Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .

Later, we will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside; At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass; Then, we will arrive in Gyantse, historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the Far view of Gyangtse Fortress.

After one and a half driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we may visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).

Stay overnight in Shigatse (3-star hotel)

Day 5: Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp (5200m) (B)

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchen Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. Then, we’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can have lunch.

After that, we will pass Tsola Pass (4600m), and Gyatsola Pass (5248m). Shortly after we enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass(5198m). Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Everest Base Camp(5200m). You can get closer to gaze at the Mt. Everest peak. The sunset of golden Everest peak if time and weather permit at the lodging area.

Stay overnight in guest house

Day 6: EBC to Saga (450km)

In the morning, we can enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at lodging area if weather permits. Then as we head to Saga, you can view of the worlds’14th highest peak Mt.Shishapangma (8012m), and Turquoise Lake Peiku tso(4590m). If you are lucky enough, you are very likely to see wild animals like wild donkey, wild antelope, etc.

Stay overnight in local hotel

Day 7: Saga to Darchen, via Lake Manasarover (450km)

On the way to Darchen, you will have a chance to appreciate the stunning view of the Saga valley between Gangdise Range and Himayala Range. Meanwhile, the beautiful grassland and local's villages can also be seen. As we cross the Mayomla Pass(5112m), you can enjoy the spectacular vista of Mt. Naimonanyi(7694m).  Then we are supposed to pass by the holy Lake Manasarover and finally arrive at the southern foot of Mt.Kailash, the most holy mountain in Tibet. 

Stay overnight in local hotel

Day 8: Darchen - Drirapuk (driving 7km, Trek 13km)

In the morning, we are supposed to take eco-bus from Darchen to Sarshung valley. Then we will meet Yaks and porters at Sarshung village. (the cost of hiring yaks, horses, and porters are not included in the package) After that, we can begain the trek (Around 13km) from Sarshung to Drirapuk Monastery along the Lachu valley and rivers. You can enjoy the both west and north face of mountain Kailash today. Finally, we will visit Drirapuk Monastery

stay overnight in Guest House

Day 9: Drirapuk - Dzutrpuk (Trek 18km)

Today, we will trek over Dromala pass (5630m), the highest pass of the Kora. On the way you can have a rest in a teahouse. All the way, you can see locals Tibetans prostrating in the Kora path and beautiful Kadoe Lake when walk downhill. We may also visit Zutulpuk Monastery

Stay overnight in Guest House

Day 10: Dzutripuk - Darchen (Trek 7km, driving 5km)

On the day three of the kora. you will trek 7km to Zongto where you can take bus to Darchen. Along the Kora, you can see piles of Mani Stones. We will end the Trek around noon, rest in the lodging place.

(Optional): Taking bath in Lake Manasarova and enjoy hot spring

Stay overnight in local guest house

Day 11: Day tour around Guge Kingdom

Today's tour will focus on the attractions around the Guge Kingdom, such as Tirthapuri monastery, Tsaparang, and Dungkar cave city, etc. Tsamda county is the current name for the region and was known as Guge kingdom. The capital of the county is located at Toling. The toling monastery, founded by Richen zangpo in the 10th century, was once Ngari's most important monastic complex. It was due to the influence of Richen Zangpo that Toling became the main religious center of the Guge kingdom after inviting the great Indian master ATISHA. The kings of Guge replaced the city as a political center of power by establishing capital slightly closer to the Indo-Tibetan trade routes. But the monastery is still an important cultural heritage of Ngari.

Stay overnight in the guest house

Day 12: Travel back from Guge Kingdom to Manasarovar

In the morning, a long drive takes you back to the enchanting Manasarovar, where you will visit the Chewu cave near Lake Manasarovar.

Taking bath in Lake Manasarova and enjoy hot spring 10 USD/person on client.

Stay overnight in the guest house

Day 13: Manasarovar Lake to Saga

Sit back in the seat of your tour vehicle, and say farewell to the holy lake. We will move back to Saga.

Stay overnight in Saga Xibuyizhan HoteL

Day 14: Saga to Sakya (350km)

Drive from Saga to Sakya.

Stay overnight in local hotel

Day 15: Sakya to Shigatse (170km)

In the morning, we will visit ancient Sakya town and you can tour Sakya Monastery with amazing murals and huge collection of scriptures and statues. Then we are able to drive from Sakya to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse (3-star hotel)

Day 16: Shigatse to Lhasa (B)

We will follow Yalong Valley back to Lhasa. On the way, you can stand on the viewing platform to view the vast Yalong River bed and visit Water Mill making Tibetan Incense material (in Summer, if time permits). Drop off at hotel in Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa (3-star hotel)

Day 17: Departure from Lhasa (B)

The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.

2020 Fixed Departure Dates

Batch No.DatesRemarkspriceFor Booking
1 Apr.1 to Jun.25 Full Moon Trip 2190USD/person Request Booking
2 Jun.26 to Aug.25 Full Moon Trip 2290USD/person Request Booking
3 Aug.26 to Oct.15 Full Moon Trip 2290USD/person Request Booking
4 Oct.16 to Nov.15 Full Moon Trip 2190USD/person Request Booking

Service Guide

Price Included:

  • Travel documents including Tibet Travel Permit, Alien’s travel permit, foreign affairs permit and military area entry permit
  • All admission fee of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary, and ECO-friendly bus
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide all through the trip
  • Comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable driver; vehicle ranging from 7 seats Van to 29 seats tourist bus depending on the group size
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary, the quality is based on your choice; (1 twin room)
  • Welcome Dinner at Lhasa when group members meet
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance
  • Brief meeting of the tour by the guide
  • 2 Second class hard sleeper berth train tickets from Beijing to Lhasa on June 13
  • 2 Economic class air tickets from Lhasa to Beijing on June 28

Customer Care Service Included:

  • To take care of client’s healthy condition with fingertip blood oxygen pulse monitor
  • Drinking water provided on tour
  • Medical oxygen cylinder, and 2 small bottles of portable oxygen per person
  • Clean Sleeping bags for convenience at clients’ requests, need to pay extra 10 USD per piece for laundry

Price Excluded:

  • Meals
    Meals Costs are on traveler's own and the tour guide will help to arrange meals. Around 5-8 USD person per meal
  • Supporting expense during the trekking
    If supporting like Yaks, horses and porters is necessary for some clients, the local guide will help to arrange but clients have to decide the day before the trekking. (* Hiring the Yaks and porters are not the must-do, some of the travelers with good health condition can complete the trek without those support.)
  • Transportation tickets in and out of Lhasa

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