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17 Days Kailash Manasarovar Full Moon Tour & Guge Kingdom Exploration

17 Days Kailash Manasarovar Full Moon Tour & Guge Kingdom Exploration

(TTK004) Lhasa - Shigatse - Sagar - Manasarovar Lake -Zanda- Guge Kingdom - Darchen - Kailash Kora (3 days) -Paryang-Tingri-EBC-Shigatse - Lhasa

Great News: price in Apr.7 was USD2190, NOW USD1880!
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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 on full moon dates, 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  must-see attractions like Potala Palace, and Jokhang Monastery, etc. in Lhasa. 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. Then tourists will move back to Tingri to visit Everest Base Camp(5200m) and Rongbuk Monastery and later the tour will end with a visit of Pelkor Chode and Kumbum stupa in Gyantse, and Yamdrok Lake.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Lhasa Arrival

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/ Bhamaputra 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.  Don not rush to visit attractions inside Lhasa city.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

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

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. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.

Besides, We 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

Day 3: 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 Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. You can visit 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 in Lhasa

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

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

Day 5: Shigatse - Tashilunpo - Saga (4500 m)

In the morning , do excursion to the Tashilunpo Monastery. Drive to Saga.

Stay overnight in a guest house.

Day 6: The Saga – Lake Manasarovar (4557 m)

For about 8 hours on the road
 and pass the first mountain passe higher than 5,000 meters, the first species on the sacred Kailash. Arriving at the Lake Manasarovar and accommodation in a guest house on the lake.

Day 7: Manasarovar – Zanda valley (3500 m.) (Guge Kingdom)

In the morning, bathe in the waters of Lake Manasarovar, visiting the Monastery Chiu. Then move to the Zanda Valley.

Stay overnight in the guest house.

Day 8: Toling - Guge - Tsabrang (Sand) 3500m

All day excursions to the sights of the Zanda Valley. First, a visit to the monastery complex Toling. A few kilometers away are the ruins of Toling existed before the 17th century Tsabrang city (capital of the Principality of Guge), located on a beautiful hillside. This is the famous cave city Duchy Guge, where monasteries destroyed frescoes of early Buddhist art.

Stay overnight in the guest house.

Day 9: Transfer to Darchen 4600m

After breakfast drive to Darchen. Have a good rest and prepare for the Kailash Kora.

Stay overnight in the guest house.

Day 10: The first day of the Kora (4920 m)

Trek to the monastery Dirapuk (4910 m) 20 km, about 6-7 hours of walking.

Stay overnight in Guest House

Day 11: The second day of the Kora (5600 - 4800 m)

It is the most difficult day of the kora, it is the culmination of the day's crust around Kailash as you cross the pass Dromla-La (5600 m). You can visit the monastery.
Stay overnight in the guest house.

Day 12: Third day of the Kora (4550 m) – Paryang

The final day of the Kora - "final straight" road goes downhill, return to Darchen, lunch. Then move to Paryang.

Stay overnight in the guest house.

Day 13: Paryang - Tingri

In the morning, a long drive back to Tingri.

Stay overnight in the guest house.

Day 14: Tingri: Everest Base Camp and Rongbuk Monastery

After breakfast, drive to the Rongbuk Monastery. Then commit trekking at the foot of the highest mountain in the world - Mount Everest (5200 m., About 2 hours one way), past the ruins of the monastery Rong Chung and past the monastery Sherab Cheling. Also, you will see the Everest Base Camp, used by Everest climbers as the headquarters  for climbing Mt. Everst. Return to the Rongbuk Monastery.

Stay overnight in the guest house.

Day 15: Ronbuk - Shigatse

In the morning, get transferred to city of Shigatse and have a rest.

Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 16:  Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa

Early morning drives to Shigatse. In the morning, we tour Gyantse Fortress - Jeong, a visit to thePelkor Chode Monasteryand Kumbum Stupa, the biggest stupa of central Tibet. Then return to Lhasa via Yamdrok Lakealong the mountain. Later, return to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 17: Lhasa:End of tour

tansfer tourists to ariport or railway station for departure from Tibet

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2018 & 2019

Class/Price for Per Person Apr.7May.1 to
Economic Class (3-Star Hotels) 2190 US$
1880 US$
Entrance Policy
2190 US$

Great News: price in Apr.7 was USD2190, NOW USD1880 according to the Entrance Ticket Free Policy.

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Please Note:

    1. If you couldn’t find a tour date suitable for your travel schedule in the above form, please contact our travel experts and they will help you plan a delightful vacation to Tibet at the BEST local price.
    2. Discount: 1.) 5% off for those booking the tour togher with other two travelers at the same time; 2.) 5% off for those booking the tour 3 months in advance.

(Note: the above preferential policies can only be enjoyed by either one of them, not both.)

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.

Shuttle Service between hotels and Airport/Train Station:

As for Lhasa Gongar airport is 70km from the downtown, it is hard for us to arrange free shuttle service at any given time.

So, Tibet Vista can only offer free shuttle service to pick up/drop off tourists between hotels and Gongga airport twice a day at a designated time. Some of the tourists may have to wait for others for a longtime beyond our designated time, and we advise our clients could book the flights to match our shuttle service time.

The free airport pick-up time is as follows on the day the itinerary begins (From airport to hotel, Fixed departure):

Pick up tourists at 09:30 am; 13:30 pm; 16:30 pm

The free airport drop time is as follows on the day the itinerary closes (From hotel to airport, Fixed departure):

Pick up tourists at 06:30 am; 08:30 am; 12:30 pm

All the shuttle service from/to the train station on the date of tourists' arrival and departure would be free.


  • If tourists' picking-up/dropping-off time is beyond our fixed schedule, they are required to pay private transfer from 60USD/car.
  • If passengers are less than 3 per transfer, we may use publish transportation like public airport bus or Taxi instead of using our shuttle service.

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