|15 Days||2-12 Pax||Click view Departure|
|Lhasa - Gyasntse - Shigatse - Mt. Everest Base Camp - Saga - Mt. Kailash - Lhasa|
|Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, Pelchor Monastery, Karo Glacier, Pelkor Monastery, Tashilumpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp, Lake Peikutso, Lake Manasarovar, Mt Kailash,|
The highlight of highlights in this tour are Mount Everest Base Camp & Mount Kailash. The first three days are spent in Lhasa visiting the iconic Potala Palace and other famous places at this holy city till you get acclimatized sufficiently.
Enroute from Lhasa towards Mount Everest, Lake Yamdrok with its beautiful turquoise water is the first impressive place to see. In the town of Gyantse you feel like arriving in the past with its walls and Dzong Castle in the surrounding hills. After visiting the Panchen Lama’s Tashilumpo Monastery, then you will reach Mt. Everest Base Camp after one more night acclimatization at Tingri. At Mount Everest, you can enjoy the hike from the tourist base camp to the mountaineer base camp and see the golden sunset and the starry sky during the night. The way from Mt. Everest to Mt Kailash goes through the nomadic area in western Tibet. Herds of grazing yaks and sheep pass by the window with magical snowcapped lakes and Himalaya ranges at the background.
The three days trek around sacred Mount Kailash will be a unique experience physically and spiritually, beautiful sceneries from different faces of Mount Kailash, golden sunset view, pilgrims doing full-body length prostrations, challenges enduring the snowy Dolma-La Pass and etc, all those could be your lifetime memory.
Day 1: Arrival upon Lhasa
Highlights: Arrival & Pick-up & Acclimatization
Schedule today: Arrival at Lhasa at airport or train station, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet
|Warm Tibetan Style Pickup Service||Warm Tibetan Style Pickup Service|
Day 2: Lhasa city tour
Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple，Barkhor Street
Schedule today: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa - Potala Palace (video), the successive Dalai Lama’s winter residence since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism - Johkang Temple (video), where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNESCO. Afterwards, free time for you to wander through the Barkhor Street, the busiest street in old Lhasa quarter.
|Potala Palace||Johkang Temple|
Day 3: Lhasa city tour
Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Schedule today: In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5th Dalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery - Sera Monastery (video), where you can see the largest scale of sutra debating (video) among monks is famous all across Tibet.
|Drepung Monastery||Sera Monastery|
Day 4: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse
Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Pelchor Monastery, Karo Glacier, Gyantse Pelkor
Schedule today: In the morning, drive to the historic town of Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake (video), according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess, on the Gangbala Pass, you will have a clear picture of this Tibetan holy lake in turquoise, in distance you can also see the snowcapped Summit of Ninjingkangsang. In Gyantse (video) , you will find the largest stupa in Tibet - Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelchor Monastery (video). Another important site in Gyantse is Dzong Castle which once was a battle field where Tibetan fought against British invasion. Continue drive to Shigatse and stay overnight there.
|Yamdrok Lake||Pelchor Monastery|
Day 5: Shigatse - Tingri (230 km/ 5-6 hours on wheel)
Highlights: Tashilumpo Monastery
Schedule today: In the morning, visit Tashilumpo Monastery (video) which is the seat of Panchen Lama, the equally important religious figure in Tibet as Dalai Lama. The monastery was built by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, and inside the Monastery placed the highest statue of Buddha in Tibet which is 26.8 meters high. Afterwards, drive to Tingri, the nearest county to the EBC; acclimatize one more night here before reaching 5200 meters high.
|Tashilumpo Monastery||Tingri County|
Day 6: Tingri - EBC (100 km/ 3 hours on wheel)
Highlights: Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp
Schedule today: Today’s drive is not long at all, we can have a really good sleep and wake up late, leave hotel around 10 AM after breakfast. On the way towards Mt. Everest, you can see 4 of the highest mountains over 8000 meters (Mt. Everest; Mt. Makalu; Mt. Lotse; Mt. Cho Oyu) in the world at the same time on the top of the Gyalpo-la pass, what a great view! Before arriving at the EBC, you will first visit the highest monastery in the world - Rongbuk Monastery, which is also a good position to watch the Everest; continue drive till the tent guesthouse area, check in the guesthouse, then you can either trek to the base camp or take the green bus to the base camp. The sunset view (video) is fantastic when weather is good. Wish you a good luck to see the sunset.
|Rongbuk Monastery||Mt. Everest Sunset|
Day 7: EBC - Saga (300 km/ 6-7 hours on wheel)
Schedule today: In the morning, if weather is good, you can choose to wake up early to watch the sunrise over the base camp. After breakfast, we will drive to western Tibet of Saga County directly. On the way, we can see the beautiful Peikutso Lake and Mt. Shixiapangma. Today, we will cover some bumpy part of road, but not very long.
|Mt. Everest Sunrise||Peikutso Lake|
Day 8: Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen (510 km/ 8-9 hours on wheel)
Highlights: Lake Manasarovar
Schedule today: In the morning you will head to Lake Manasarovar, Tibet’s holiest lake which sits at 4590 meters. We will go on following the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra River going through vast expanses of grasslands before arriving in Paryang, elevation 4590 meters. And Lake Manasarovar is an important pilgrimage destination for Tibetans and Hindu’s from India and Nepal. From the lake, you can see Kailash in the distance. Then we will make the short drive to Darchen Town, the starting point of the trek around Mt. Kailash.
|Near Darchen||Darchen Town|
Day 9: Darchen - Diraphuk Monastery (19 km/ 7-8 hours on foot)
Highlights: Lha-chu Valley, Chuku Monastery, Dira-phuk (Lhalung Dira) Monastery
Schedule today: In the morning start the trekking trip to Diraphuk. On the road you will see the face of Mt. Kailash appear from time to time. You may pay a visit to Chuku Monastery (4820m), founded in the 13th century by Gotsangpa Gopo Pel, a Kagyupa-order master, is perched high above the valley floor on the hillside to the west. It bends so secretively into its rocky background you may not able notice it’s there. Diraphuk (Lhalung Dira) Monastery (5080m) sits in a superb location on the hillside north of the Lha-chu. It directly faces the astonishing north face of Mt Kailash, which from this angle appears as a massive, jet-black slab of granite ornamented with alabaster-white strips of snow. Three lesser mountains are arrayed in front of Mt Kailash: Chana Dorie to the west, Jampelyang to the east and Chenresig in the center.
|Mt. Kailash Trekking||Mt. Kailash Trekking|
Day 10: Diraphuk - Dolmala Pass - Zutruphuk Monastery (20 km/ 9-10 hours on foot)
Highlights: Dolmala Pass, Zutruphuk Monastery
Schedule today: In the morning we will trek across a valley up to the Dolma-La Pass (5630 meters). By the late afternoon arrive at Zutrulphuk Monastery, the cave of miracles where the Tibetan poet-saint Milarepa once stayed.
|Ascending Dolmala Pass||On the Dolmala Pass|
Day 11: Zutruphuk Monastery - Darchen (12 km/ 4-5 hours on foot)
Schedule today: In the morning we will hike back to Darchen, today’s trekking is very easy, just a relax and enjoy after two days long walk. We will finish early today around 1 or 2 PM. A good rest for you at Darchen.
|Mountain Kailash Trekking||Mountain Kailash Trekking|
Day 12: Darchen - Saga (510 km/ 8-9 hours on wheel)
Schedule today: In the morning, we will head back to Lhasa by following the Brahmaputra River back to Saga as we pass through the nomadic regions of western Tibet.
Day 13: Saga - Shigatse (450 km/ 8-9 hours on wheel)
Schedule today: Nothing special to visit, simply drive back to Shigatse.
|Western Tibet||Wild Donkey in western Tibet|
Day 14: Shigatse - Lhasa (280 km/ 5-6 hours on wheel)
Schedule today: Drive back to Lhasa along the road with Brahmaputra River flows along; the free time is on your own after arrival Lhasa.
|Brahmaputra River||Brahmaputra River|
Day 15: Depart from Lhasa
Schedule today: Tour ends, our guide and driver will drop you off at airport in Lhasa. Welcome to Tibet next time.
|April - June.25||June.26 - August||September - Oct.15||Oct.16 - March|
|USD 1730 p/p||USD 1930 p/p||USD 1930 p/p||USD 1730 p/p|
|Group Pick-up Time at airport||09:30 - 10:30||12:30 - 13:30||15:30 - 16:30|
|Group Drop-off Time leaving hotel||06:30 from hotel||08:30 from hotel||12:30 from hotel|
|A. The drive length is about one hour between airport and downtown
B. It’s free to have pickup and drop-off between train station and downtown
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