17 Days Kailash Manasarovar Full Moon Tour & Guge Kingdom Exploration
(TTK004) Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Saga - Darchen - Kailash Kora (3 days) - Guge Kingdom - Manasarovar - Saga - Sakya - Shigatse - Lhasa
- based on double occupancy;
- 3-star accommodation level in low season;
- international airfare is not included;
- price is subject to change according to group size and payment methods;
Join-in small group with fixed departure!
Easy - suitable for all level 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 those having average level for fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 years.
- Moderate to Strenous - suitable for those physically fit and have experiences of high altitude trekking.
- Strenuous: suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.
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.
At a GlanceDay 1
Lhasa ArrivalDay 2
Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B)Day 3
Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery (B)Day 4
Lhasa- Shigatse via Gyantse 360km (B)Day 5
Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp (5200m) (B)Day 6
EBC to Saga (450km)Day 7
Saga to Darchen, via Lake Manasarovar (450km)Day 8
Darchen - Drirapuk (driving 7km, Trek 13km)Day 9
Drirapuk - Dzutrpuk (Trek 18km)Day 10
Dzutripuk - Darchen (Trek 7km, driving 5km)Day 11
Day tour around Guge KingdomDay 12
Travel back from Guge Kingdom to ManasarovarDay 13
Manasarovar Lake to SagaDay 14
Saga to Sakya (350km)Day 15
Sakya to Shigatse (170km)Day 16
Shigatse to Lhasa (B)Day 17
Departure from Lhasa (B)
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.
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)
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 Manasarovar (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)
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
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.
Tour Cost & Schedule in 2020 and 2021
|Class/Price for Per Person||Apr.1 to|
|Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)||2190 US$||2390 US$||2390 US$||2190 US$|
- 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.
- Discount: 1.) 5% off for those booking the tour together with other two travelers (3 or 3 above in total) 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.)
- Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
- All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
- Meals as specified in the itinerary;
- Local tour Transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable Tourist Vehicle according to Group Size.;
- Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group;
- Comfortable Hotel Accommodations;
- Service Charge & Government Taxes;
- The above tour price does not include single room supplement. If you are a solo traveler, you need to share one room with another tourist (same sex in most cases); if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement. And the exact price depends on market fluctuation in high and off season of Tibet tour. For the exact price, please refer to your travel consultant.
- Arrangements include planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
- Welcome Dinner in local restaurant when group members meet in Lhasa
- Free Airport shuttle transfer between Lhasa Gongar airport and Hotel on designated time.
- Group tours only include a welcome dinner after your arrival in Tibet.
- Tibet Handy Map
- Drinking water Provided during the trip
- Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
- International flight to and out of China;
- Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (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.)
- Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself.; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
- Tips and gratitude to the guide and driver. If you are satisfied with their service, you may consider tipping them at an amount you find it suitable.
- 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.
Transfer Service between Hotels and Airport/ Train Station
Lhasa Gongar International Airport is about 70km from the downtown, and it takes about 1.5 hours for a car transfer between airport and hotel. Considering the distance and language barrier, Tibet Vista provides free transfer service from/to airport.
Upon your arrival at airport, our Tibetan local pick-up guide will hold a board with your name and wait for you at the exit, he will escort you to the transfer car, accompany you to the hotel, and assist you with hotel check-in. When tour ends, our guide will pick you up at hotel and escort you to the airport.
Airport Pick-up Schedules: Pick up tourists at 10:00 am; 13:30 pm; 17:00 pm
Airport Drop-off Schedules: Pick up tourists at 06:30 am; 08:00 am; 12:00 pm
If your flight time is not within our transfer schedule, feel free to contact our travel consultant, we will do our best to arrange the most proper transfer service for you.
Besides the airport transfer, Tibet Vista also provides unlimited free transfer between hotel and Lhasa Railway Station according to your arrival/departure time.
Please kindly note: 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.
Travel Tips for 17-day Kailash Manasarovar Full Moon Tour & Guge Kingdom Tour
1. Why touring Mt. Kailash during the full moon is that speical?
Religiously, the full moon, the year of horse and Saga Dawa Fesitval are believed to be the most auspicious time for the Mt. Kailash kora. The blessings you accumulate during this time for the Mt.Kailash kora would multiply than the ordinary days. Probably, it’s more likely to experience more divine experiences as well.
2. How can you make sure I visit Mt.Kailash during the full moon?
All the tour departure dates are carefully calculated based on the lunar calendar, making sure you can either arrive at Darchen during the full moon or during your 3-day trek around Mt.Kailash.
3.  What are the highlights for touring western Tibet?
Western Tibet, mostly the Nagari Prefecture, is famed for its extreme altitude (averaging 4500m above the sea level), incredibly unspoiled wilderness and tough living environment.
You can challenge yourself for the ultimate spiritual walk around holy Mt.Kailash; meditate and enjoy hot spring beside the sacred Lake Manasarovar; gaze at the breathtaking boundless Zanda Clay Forest, and discover the mysterious Guge Kingdom that disappeared overnight in Tibetan history, or get a glimpse of running wild asses, etc.
The spiritual adventure and utterly different landscape and innocent smile of locals there will leave you in awe.
4.  Anything I should be careful with when visiting Mt. Kailash?
First and foremost is to dress probably for the erratic weather in the Mt. Kailash region. Do keep warm in multiple layers. And travel light with a pair of trekking poles is always recommended.
Find your own pace of trekking. If you feel the trek is beyond your physical limit, you may ask our guide to help you hire a horse and herdsman before the trek. Then it will be more manageable.
Closely follow our group leader’s instruction and steps. Whenever you need help, don’t hesitate to reach out from him. And don’t forget to bring your personal medicine and toiletries and sun/rain protection gear.
Nothing Matters More than Bringing you a Safe and Comfortable Journey!
Spiritually-uplifting yet physically-demanding, Tibet travel is no ordinary experience. Though you may have done many research, nothing prepares you for the real adventure. However, you can rest assured that the moment you set your foot in Lhasa, your Tibetan guide, driver and all of Tibet Vista’s team are pooling our resources and doing what we can to ensure you a safe and pleasant travel experience.
The following value added tour service will be your best guarantee for a seamless Tibet travel on Tibetan Plateau.
To an organized tour, we believe, whether or not you will have a great travel experience largely depends on whom you travel with. So, we attach great importance to the training and exchange amid our Tibetan guide and other staff. Each year, a series of workshops and seminars and training courses will be held for our Tibetan guides and other staff to exchange their guide experience and offer first-aid training, etc. They are committed to offering the quality and tourist-friendly service to you.
Standing at the foot of Mt. Everest and gazing at this holy mountain form an integral part of EBC tour. Apart from taking you to the best vantage points to view this natural wonders, we offer brand-new Celestrontelescope (with 60 optical zoom Lens) for you to get close-up view of the world’s highest mountain. Besides, don’t miss the starry Milky Wayin EBC.
When travelling on Tibetan Plateau, we highly suggest you travelling list. And we offer helpful rental service (50 CNY deposit), such as trekking pole, camping lantern and portable charger. Upon your request, we may also prepare the camping tent, sleeping bag, etc. for you. A small amount of service and cleaning charge is expected. Our friendly travel consultants will give you pro advice to remove your heavy daypack.
In addition to warm sweet tea and hot water and warm smile, we feel obligated to protect you from chilly wind at EBC and Mt. Kailash, etc. Why not bundle up in our well-prepared warm Tibetan Apron. If you forgot to bring you gloves, no problem! The hot water bagbring you instant warmth and our versatile magic scarfwill work like a charm to protect you from sunburn and dust in Tibet.
As the long ride is very common esp. travelling beyond Lhasa, we kindly prepare a full set of travel kit for you to enjoy an easy ride in Tibet. Upon your request, we may offer neck pillow, eye mask, and ear plugs, fork knife spoon set, and sleeping bag at EBC tent during your journey.
Besides, you may use our free power recharge service at our office at Lhasa Gang Gyan Hotel (first floor 1102).
Tibet Vista is a staunch supporter for Eco and responsible travelin Tibet. As we visit Tibet, why not work with us to save limited resources and minimize human’s impact to the natural environment.We designed a tailor-made Eco-friendly Bottle for drinking throughout your tour in Tibet. It’s very convenient to use it to drink hot water, coffee, Tibetan milk tea. Such a fine souvenir, don’t you think?
What’s more? Plenty of useful travel brochure and travel kits such as Tibet tourist map,up-to-date travel advice, etc. will greet you in Lhasa. You will find them exceedingly helpful to your day-to-day travel in Tibet.
And now, the last but not least, I take great pride in introducing our beloved Mr. Kunga, the customer service manager of our company.If you have any problem adapting to the life on Tibetan plateau? Or simply wanna to learn more about Tibet. Do not hesitate to stop by our customer service office in Lhasa Gang Gyan Hotel (first floor 1102) and have a friendly little chat with him.
Mr. Kunga would make a good cup of tea for you and share with you his more than 30 years’ guide experience in Tibet. In fact, Tibet Vista is the only local Tibet travel agency that has a designated customer service manager who offers prompt support to your need.
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