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The above price is for joining in recent seasons per person per package. Please kindly note due to the cold weather in western Tibet, this Mt. Kailash package is available from April to October only.

The price includes:

  1. All accommodation incl. a 3-star hotel in Lhasa and Shigatse (twin-sharing basis at hotels)
  2. Meals: the welcome dinner and breakfasts as listed in the itinerary
  3. Vehicle: appropriate vehicle according to group size and travel season
  4. Lhasa railway pick-up and drop-off service
  5. Lhasa airport pick-up and drop-off service (at appointed time)
  6. Guide: experienced Tibetan English-speaking tour guide
  7. Admission: all entrance tickets of sights as noted in the itinerary (except option ones if any)
  8. All necessary Tibet travel permits (TTB, PSB and military permit)
  9. Oxygen in vehicle incase needed
  10. Service charge and tax

The price does not include:

  1. Other meals
  2. Individual pick-up / drop-off service
  3. Tips to the tour guide and driver
  4. Other expenses not noted in the above including list

We also offer 4-star and luxury hotels for staying in Lhasa and Shigatse. 

Schedule for 2017
MonthDate (arrival date in Lhasa)
May02, 08, 11, 26, 31
June04, 15, 30
July06, 29
August10, 28
September05, 07, 26, 27
October05, 26

All our group packages can be customized to combine with your own planning, such as adding a tour to Namtso Lake, Yarlung Valley etc. There will be new dates added to the above schedule from time to time. Please feel free to check with us for the updated join-in dates!

Lhasa-Mt. Everest-Mt. Kailash-Lake Manasarovar

This Mt. Everest and Mt. Kailash group tour starts from Lhasa. After the sightseeing and acclimatization in Lhasa, we'll drive to Middle and Southern Tibet for some important monasteries in the area and the great Mt. Everest Base Camp. Then we'll start the long drive to Western Tibet for the famous Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash, the most scared place in Tibet and other religions. We'll trek around Mt. Kailash for 3 days which is known as "Mt. Kailash Kora", a hard but very holy trekking which may purify and change your life for ever..

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa

Our staff will meet you at the airport or train station and transfer you to the hotel in Lhasa. Take good rest upon arrival. The first day’s well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if possible. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 Sightseeing in Lhasa

In the morning, visit the great Drepung Monastery or the holy Drak Yerpa (the tour guide and operation manager will finalize it). Drepung Monastery is known as the largest monastery of Gelugpa Sect and Drak Yerpa is a holy place to local people for its meditation caves in the beautiful Yerpa Valley. In the afternoon, we'll visit Sera Monastery where you could see the interesting debate between Lamas. A welcome dinner will be prepared for you this evening or tomorrow evening, you'll meet other tourists in the group from other countries and culture. Overnight at hotel [B].

Day 3 Sightseeing in Lhasa

Visit the splendid Potala Palace on the red hill. This world's heritage site is a Tibetan history, religion and culture museum. From Potala Palace, you can have a bird-eye view of the Lhasa city. We'll also visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street around temple in the central old town area. Overnight at hotel [B].

Day 4 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

After sightseeing and acclimatization in Lhasa, we'll drive to Gyantse and Shigatse today via Khangbala Pass and Karola Pass. En route, take a pleasant walk beside the charming Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and drive passing by Karola Glacier. When arrival, visit the Pelkhor Monastery and its superb Kumbu Stupa. Then we'll take the another 2hrs drive forward to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Overnight at hotel [B].

Day 5 Shigatse - Mt. Everest Reseve

It is about 350km from Shigatse to Rongbuk Monastery in Mt. Everest Reserve. On the way, we'll pass Tsola Pass (4600m), Gyatsola Pass (5248m) and Gawula Pass (5198) where you can enjoy the stunning panorama of Himalayan Range. When arrival in the late afternoon or evening, you can rest, walk around for some nice photos or visit the Rongbuk Monastery at own cost (25CNY/p.p aprpox. 4USD/p.p). In clear days, you may have the glorious sunset view of the golden Mt. Everest peak. Overnight at guest house or tent (dorm bed) [B].

Day 6 Mt. Everest - Saga

This early morning, enjoy the splendid sunrise of Mt. Everest at the lodging area if the weather is good. After the sightseeing at Mt. Everest Base Camp, we'll drive to Saga via Pelkutso Lake (4590m) and Mt. Shishapangma (8012m) which is the 14th highest peak in the world. When heading to Saga, if lucky enough, we are likely to see wild animals such as wild donkey, antelope etc. Overnight at guest house.

Day 7 Saga - Darchen

Drive all the way to Darchen, which is regarded as the base camp of Mt. Kailash. During this thrilling journey across the vast plain, you can enjoy the scenery of beautiful grassland, local villages, desert dunes, mountains, sandstone valleys etc. At the Mayomla Pass (5112m), you can enjoy the spectacular Mt. Naimonanyi (7694m). When arrive at Darchen, you can explore the town on your own. If you need porters / yaks for Mt. Kailash Kora, your tour guide will arrange it for you with no problem. Overnight at guest house.

Day 8 Mt. Kailash Kora from Darchen to Diraphuk Monastery (driving 7km, trekking 13km)

In the morning, you'll take the eco-bus (included in the tour cost) to Sarshung valley and start the Kora from there. If you hired porters / yaks in the previous day, you'll meet them there as well. It is about 13km trekking from Sarshung Valley to Diraphuk Monastery which offers some of the best scenery of the entire Kora, so please take your time for this stretch. Diraphuk Monastery (Lhalung Dira 5080m) lies at a great location directly facing to the astonishing northern face of Mt. Kailash. Overnight at guest house (dorm bed).

Day 9 Mt. Kailash Kora from Diraphuk Monastery to Zutulphuk Monastery (approx. 6hrs, 18km)

No doubt when you wake up in the morning and step outside, you'll want to revel in the glory of your surroundings. After cross the bridge over Lha-chu and climb on to a moraine, you'll get on the trail with long ascent up to Drolma-la Pass (5630m). Today you'll have the hardest part of the whole Kora. Less than an hour along is the meadow at Jarok Donkhang (5210m) and the trail braches off to the southeast leading over the snow-capped Khando Sanglam-la, Polung Glacier and Polung Valley. Only a short distance above Jarok Donkhang is the rocky expanse of Shiva-stal (5330m). Pilgrims are supposed to undergo a symbolic death here and get reborn until reach the top of Drolma-la. It is customary to leave something behind at Shiva-stal, such as an item of clothes, a drop of blood or a lock of hair to represent the act of leaving this life behind. After Shiva-stal, the trail mercifully flattens for a while and proceeds along a glacial ridge. There are some interesting sights ahead including the sin-testing stone of Bardo Tang. About 30mins from Shiva-stal, the trail turns eastward for the final ascent. After the 200m climb, you'll reach the top of Drolma-la where most pilgrims and trekkers rest for refreshment if weather permits before start the steep descent. Almost immediately on the descent, you'll see the lake of compassion - Gauri Kund (5608m). It takes about one hour to complete the long and steep 400m descent to the grassy banks of Lham-chu Khir. At the valley, you may find nomad tents and a teahouse selling drinks and noodles. After 30mins south, you'll get to an open place which provides the only glimpse of Mt. Kailash's eastern crystal face. And soon you'll see Zutulphuk Monastery (4820m) which was built by two important religious figures, Milarepa and Naro Bonchung. Overnight guest house (dorm bed).

Day 10 Mt. Kailash Kora from Zutulphuk Monastery to Darchen (approx. 2hrs, 7km) and drive to Lake Manasarovar (approx. 1hr, 40km)

From Zutulphuk Monastery, the trail follows the river closely for an hour or so, then climbs above the river. It is an easy day and you'll trek 7km to complete the Kora. Then we'll drive you to Lake Manasarovar, the most venerated of all holy lakes in Tibet, especially to Hindus who have made the pilgrimage walk around the lake for nearly 2,000 years. When arrive, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset of the holy lake if weather permits and even do a short trek along the lake shore if you feel good. Overnight guest house (dorm bed).

Day 11 Lake Manasarovar - Paryang - Saga

Enjoy the leisure stroll along the holy Lake Manasarovar in the early morning and then we'll drive all the way back to Saga. Overnight at guest house.

Day 12 Saga - Lhatse

Drive back to Lhatse and enjoy the beautiful scenery of grassland and local's villages on the way. Overnight guest house.

Day 13 Lhatse - Sakya - Shigatse

After breakfast, we'll drive to Sakya, explore the twisting alleys of the old town and visit Sakya Monastery which is famous for the amazing murals and a huge collection of scriptures and statues. This afternoon, we'll drive to Shigatse and visit Tashilumpo Monastery, home to Panchen Lama located on a hill in the center of the city. Nowadays, there are about 800 monks at the monastery. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 Shigatse - Lhasa

Drive back to Lhasa along the Yarlung Tsangpu River. On the way, pay a visit to a local Tibetan incense workshop which still uses the traditional way to produce incense. Overnight at hotel [B].

Day 15 Departure from Lhasa [B]

Today we'll transfer you to the airport or railway station for the flight / train to your next destination. Your wonderful Tibet Mt. Everest Base Camp and Mt. Kailash Kora tour ends. You'll bring unforgettable memories back home!

Optional: Ending the tour at Tibet-Nepal Border

It is now possible to cross the border at Gyirong to enter into Nepal. If there are members who would like to exit Tibet there, we'll get to Gyirong which will offer you one extra destination of Gyilong Valley which is considered the most beautiful valley at the foot of the Himalayan Range.