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17 Days Kailash Manasarovar Tour & Guge Kingdom Exploration

17 Days Kailash Manasarovar Tour & Guge Kingdom Exploration

(TTK004) Lhasa - Everest Base Camp - Kailash Kora (3 days) - Guge Kingdom - 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

Arrival Lhasa, Airport/Train Station to Hotel Transfer, acclimatize to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in hotel in Lhasa

Day 2: Lhasa Day Tour (B, D)

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.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 3: Lhasa Day Tour

In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung monastery which was one of the “three greet” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. Ganden palace is used as Dalai lama’s palace in the Drepung before moving to the Potala palace.

Afternoon, Sera Monastery---It was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419 by Jamchen chojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The highlight is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.

Stay overnight at hotel in Lhasa.

Day 4: Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse (3900m,6hrs)

Today, we have to drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way, the group will pass over the Gampala pass (4790 m),and tourists will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountain and in the distance you have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa . And later we will see the massive Karola Glacier beside the highway. 

We head westward along the lake and drive towards Gyantse. Gyantse was 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 great vista of Gyantse Fortress.

Stay overnight in local hotel 

Day 5: Shigatse-Sakya-Old tingri

tour Tashilunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery

Stay overnight in a guest house or hotel. 

Day 6: Tingri-Rongbu Monastery

Far View of Mountain Himalaya, Rongpuk Monastery(5154m), the world's highest Buddhist monastery.

Stay overnight in local guesthouse or tent

Day 7: Everest Base Camp to Saga

Tour The Everest Base Camp(5200m), the closest place for the majority of tourists the enjoy holy Mt. Everest(8844.43m).

Stay overnight in the guest house or tent. 

Day 8: Saga to Darchen

Drive from Saga to Darchen, far views of Lake Manasarovar at the road. 

Stay overnight in the guest house.

Day 9: 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 guesthouse of monastery.

Day 10: 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 toDzultripuk (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 11: Trek day three- Dzultripuk to Darchen

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 in the guest house.

Day 12: Tour Guge Kingdom

Tour  -Tirthapuri monastery;Tsaparang; Tholing monastery, Guge kingdom, Dungkar cave city

Stay overnight in the guest house.

Day 13: Guge Kingdom- Manasarovar lake

Visit Chewu cave near the holy lake Manasarovar

Stay overnight in the guest house.

Day 14: Manasarovar lake to Saga

Drive to Saga

Stay overnight in the guest house.

Day 15: Saga to Shigatse

Drive to Shigatse 

Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 16: Shigatse to Lhasa

Drive back to Lhasa 

Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 17: Lhasa Exit ( Flight TBC)

Leave Lhasa to your next destination, Tibet tour ends.

2018 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

Service Included:

  • All travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on the group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • One shared big Oxygen tank in the car;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • Flight or train to and out of Tibet;
  • Domestic flight/train to Tibet 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 trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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