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15 Days Private Tour from Lhasa to Kailash and Manasarovar

15 Days Private Tour from Lhasa to Kailash and Manasarovar

(TPT010) Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Saga - Darchen - Drirapuk - Dzutripuk - Darchen - Saga - Sakya - Shigatse - Lhasa

Overview

This 15-day classic Kailash Manasarovar tour takes you to delve into the remote Western Tibet, especially perfect for the cultural exploration and wildlife safari. Guided by our private Tibetan tour guide, you’ll visit the landmarks of Tibet in the first few days, like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street. Traveling along G318 Sino-Nepal Highway, you’ll take in the marvelous attractions overlapping the classic Lhasa to EBC travel route, including Yamdrok Lake, Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Mount Everest Base Camp and Rongbuk Monastery. After that, we’ll head westwards Darchen, the starting point of Kailash trekking. On the way, you’ll catch the breathtaking view of Mt.Shishapangma (8012m, the worlds’ 14th highest peak), turquoise Lake Peiku tso and numerous wild animals.

During the three days’ Kailash Kora, our local tour guide will take you to trek from Darchen to Drirapuk Monastery and Zutulpuk Monastery, finally get back to Darchen. On the 52-km-long trekking route, you can not only embrace the stunning landscape of Sarshung Valley and Lachu Valley but also get closer contact with sincere pilgrims from every corner of the world. Some of them would do the kora trekking alone, some would prostrate themselves all the way, some would ride the horse. Taking your physical strength and challenging trekking, you can talk with your private guide and find the way suiting you best.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)

Upon your arrival in Lhasa, our Tibetan guide will be greeting you at airport or train station with auspicious white Hada. Then you will be transferred to hotels in Lhasa. The guide will briefly introduce the itineraries and remind you about other dos and dont's for newcomers. To quickly get acclimatized to Tibetan plateau, it’s better to have a good rest in the hotel.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

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

Our first stop is to visit the Potala Palace, the UNESCO world heritage site and the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Walking slowly along the long stone steps to the White and Red Palaces, you can explore the former residence of Dalai Lama and his meeting room and religious chamber. You can see the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and the meditation cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. A bird's-eye view of Lhasa city and Lhasa valley from the top of Potala Palace will take your breath away.

After we have lunch and then we will head to holy Jokhang Temple. It's the most sacred Buddhist site in Tibet. Outside the temple, you will witness pious Tibetan pilgrims, young and old, prostrating themselves in front of Jokhang and long lines of Tibetans following the Barkhor circuit. Inside, traveling in dim butter light, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibet Buddhism. You may reach the top of Jokhang Temple to enjoy the panorama of old Lhasa city and great vista of Potala Palace.

Then we may do the kora by circling the Barkhor Street with pilgrims and locals and buy some souvenirs. Never miss the chance to enjoy the tasty sweet tea in local tea house and visit Tromzikhang, the famous farm produce market. 

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

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

In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung Monastery which was one of the “Great Three” 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.

In the afternoon, you will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “Great Three” Gelug Monasteries of Tibet and 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 in Lhasa.

Day 4: Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse (3900m) via Gyantse (B)

Today, we will drive from Lhasa to Shigatse. On the way, passing over the Gampala Pass (4790m), you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance, you have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m), the highest mountain near Lhasa. Later, we will pass and enjoy the Karola Glacier on the roadside. At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass.

Gyantse was historically known as the Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Nepali-style Kumbum Stupa. After one and a half hour's 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 (3900m) to Everest Base Camp (5200m) (B)

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan 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 at tent or Rongbuk monastery guest house.

Tips: our well-trained Tibetan guides will closely follow each client's response to altitude ascent and provide timely help when needed. 

Day 6: EBC to Saga (450km)

In the morning, you can see the sunrise over the top of Mt Everest, and have a full view the magnificent Mt. Everest standing like a snow-capped pyramid in front of you at Rongpuk, which is the vantage point for watching Mt. Everest. You can visit Rongphu Monastery which is the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and belongs to Nyingma sect.

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 Saga .

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 Tarchen.

Day 8: Darchen to 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 begin 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 to 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 local 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 to 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 Tarchen.

Day 11: Darchen to Saga (450km)

Drive from Darchen to Saga via Lake Manasorova.

Stay overnight in Saga

Day 12: Saga to Sakya (350km)

Drive from Saga to Sakya.

Stay overnight in Sakya.

Day 13: 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 about to drive from Sakya to Shigatse. 

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 14: 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.

Day 15: Depart from Lhasa (B)

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

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • 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;

Service Excluded:

  • 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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