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Tour 4: MOUNT KAILASH           TREK

Snap Shot

The religions of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Jainism and Bon - native religion in Tibet recognize Mt. Kailash as one of the holiest mountains and the center of the world. At 6656 meters above sea level, Mt. Kailash, shaped like a pyramid, is the main peak of Gangdise Range with symmetrical sides. Historically, there were many Chinese and foreign monks preaching there. Thus, it became the center of worship for four sects many years ago. It is viewed as the Mount Olympus in the east, a fascinating place for tens of thousands of pilgrims of china, India and Nepal.

At a Glance

Day 1: Lhasa Arrival

Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor Street

Day 3: Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery

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

Day 5: Shigatse to Everest Base Camp (EBC) (350 km)

Day 6: EBC–Saga (450km)

Day 7: Saga to Darchen, via Lake Manasarover (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: Darchen-Saga (450km)

Day 12: Saga to Sakya (350km)

Day 13: Sakya to Shigatse (170km)

Day 14: Shigatse-Lhasa

Day 15: End the tour, Airport drop off

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 rest and get acclimatized to the high altitude. If you feel up to it, then you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the surroundings of the Potala Palace.

Day 2: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor Street

Today's tour will be the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was in use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of the Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of the former Dalai Lamas and Meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

Then after lunch, tourists will head to the 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 prostrating in front of the Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor Street, where you can explore the old market or experience kora (a meditative religious circling of a sacred temple, stupa or mountain) with pilgrims and locals.

Taste traditional Tibetan tea with locals in tea house; The welcome dinner will also be arranged accordingly.

Optional: If time permits, you may go with your tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft arts or Tibetan Traditional Medicine Center. You can upgrade your service to enjoy a Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (from 100 USD)

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 3: Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery

After breakfast we will 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 kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy a Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung. 

In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another of the “great three” Gelug Monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate around 3 – 5pm. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house. Inside the monastery, you can see and learn about the three sand mandalas and colorful rock paintings of Buddha.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

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

After breakfast we drive from Lhasa to Shigatse. On the way, we drive over the Gampala Pass (4790 m), and glimpse Yamdrok-tso Lake (4400m). The Lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and in the distance is spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .

Later, we will pass the Korola Glacier on the roadside; At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang prayer flags at the 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 distant view of Gyangtse Fortress.

Then we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we may visit the traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of the Barley Field (in summer). 

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 5: Shigatse to EBC 350 km(B)

In the morning, we will visit the home of the Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. Then, we’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, a small town where we will 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 the Himalayas at Gawula Pass (5198m). Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Everest Base Camp (5200m). You can get closer to Gazt at Mt. Everest peak. 

Stay overnight in a tent or at Rongbuk Monastery Guest House.

Day 6: EBC–Saga (450km)

In the morning, we can enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at the lodging area if weather permits; as we head to saga, you can view of the worlds’14th highest peak, Mt. Shishapangma (8012m), and the turquoise lake, Peiku tso(4590m). If we get lucky, we might see wild animals: wild donkey and wild antelope.

Stay overnight in Saga Xibuyizhan Hotel or Mu Linsen hotel.

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 the Gangdise Range and the 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 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 Hotel.

Day 8: Darchen-Drirapuk (driving 7km, Trek 13km)

In the morning, we will take the eco-bus from Darchen to Sarshung Valley. Then we will meet porters and yaks at Sarshung Village. (the cost of hiring yaks, horses, and porters are not included in the package). After that, we begin the trek (Around 13km) from Sarshung to Drirapuk Monastery along the Lachu Valley near rivers. You can enjoy both the west and north face of Mt. Kailash. Finally, we will visit Drirapuk Monastery. 

Day 9: Drirapuk-Dzutripuk (Trek 18km)

Today, we will trek over Dromala Pass (5630m), the highest pass of the Kora. On the way you can rest and sip tea in a traditional Tibetan teahouse. You might see local Tibetans prostrating on the Kora path and see the beautiful Kadoe Lake. We may also visit Zutulpuk Monastery. 

Stay overnight in Guest House

Day 10: Dzutripuk-Darchen (Trek 7km, drive 5km).

On day three of the kora, you will trek 7km to Zongto where we will take the bus to Darchen. Along the Kora, you can see stacks of Mani Stones. We will end the Trek around noon, and rest in our lodging accommodations.

Optional: Swimming in Lake Manasarova and enjoy the hot springs.

Stay overnight in Hotel

Day 11: Darchen-Saga (450km)

Drive from Darchen to Saga via Lake Manasorova

Stay overnight at Saga Xibuyizhan Hotel or Mu Linsen hotel

Day 12: Saga to Sakya (350km)

Drive from Saga to Sakya

Stay overnight in Sakya Yuan Fu Hotel

Day 13: Sakya to Shigatse (170km)

In the morning, we will visit the ancient Sakya Village and tour Sakya Monastery with amazing murals and huge collection of scriptures and statues. Then drive from Sakya to Shigatse. 

Stay overnight in Manasarovar Hotel

Day 14: Shigatse-Lhasa

We will follow Yalong Valley back to Lhasa. On the way, we will view the vast Yalong River bed and visit the old Water Mill, and watch Tibetan Incense being made (in Summer, if time permits). Drop off at hotel in Lhasa

Stay overnight in Lhasa (3-Star Hotel)

Day 15: End the tour, Airport drop off

Hotel to airport/train station transfer, end the tour.

Cost based on double occupancy, does not include airfare, permits or meals. The guide will transfer you to and from the airport or train station and help you get on board.

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2019 & 2020

Class/Price for Per Person 

Apr.1 to Jun.22: 2,180 USD

Jun.23 to Oct.15: 2,290 USD

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)