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Nepal to Tibet overland tour plus Mt. Kailash & Guge Kingdom

Nepal to Tibet overland tour plus Mt. Kailash & Guge Kingdom
16 Days
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Kathmandu-Gyirong-Saga-Manasarovar Lake-Zhada-Guge Kingdom-Mt. Kailash-Saga-Shigatse-Lhasa
Mt. Shishapangma, Pekutso Lake, Manasarovar Lake, Tholing Mound Forest, Tholing Monastery, Guge Kingdom, Mt. Kailash Trekking, Tashilumpo Monastery, Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Backhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Trip Day By Day

Day 1 Kathmandu-Gyirong/ 170km
Day 2&3 Gyirong-Nyelam-Saga / 270km
Day 4&5 Saga-Manasarovar Lake-Zhada / 700 km
Day 6&7 Zhada-Guge Kingdom-Mt. Kailash / 290 km
Day 8-10 Mt. Kailash Trekking
Day 11 Mt.Kailash-Saga / 490 km
Day 12&13 Saga-Shigatse-Lhasa / 750 km
Day 14-16 Lhasa city tour,Tour end

Detailed Itinerary of the Nepal to Tibet overland tour plus Mt. Kailash & Guge Kingdom

Day1: Kathmandu-Gyirong / 170km

Highlights: Arrival & Pick-up and Acclimatization

Schedule today: Arrange by yourself the transportation from Kathmandu to Gyirong border, cross the Resuo Bridge (China-Nepal border) and the Chinese Customs by yourself; afterwards, our service starts, our guide & driver will be picking you up from the border and then drive to the town of Gyirong; acclimatize and rest in hotel.

Resuo Bridge Chinese Customs
Resuo Bridge Chinese Customs

Day2: Gyirong-Nyelam / 30km

Highlights: One more day's acclimatization

Schedule today: Today we will only drive 30 km on the zig-zag road along the deep and long Gyirong Valley till town of Nyelam, there we will stop one more night for acclimatization purpose only.

Gyirong Valley Nyelam Town
Gyirong Valley Nyelam Town

Day3: Nyelam-Saga / 240 km

Highlights: Mt. Shishapangma, Pekutso Lake

Mt. Shishapangma Pekutso Lake
Mt. Shishapangma Pekutso Lake

Schedule today: Drive slowly ascending to Saga town, most of the way is well paved; on the way, you can see Mt. Shishapangma, the only 8000m + mountain that totally within the territory of Tibet. On the way, you could also see Pekutso Lake, largest inland lake in Shigatse area.

Day4: Saga-Manasarovar Lake / 480 km

Highlights: Manasarovar Lake

Manasarovar Lake Manasarovar Lake
Manasarovar Lake Manasarovar Lake

Schedule today: Prior to Mt. Kailash trekking, you have to transverse along 270 km distance from Paryang to Lake Manasorovar. This route takes you to the amazing and holy Manasarovar Lake stunningly set on the Tibetan plateau bordered by the majestic Gurla Mandata. As you approach this sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery will come into your sight on the north-west shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can even get a glimpse of the majestic Mt. Kailash and Gurla Mandata. This journey leaves your spirit fulfilled. Overnight at the guest house, dorm bed.

Day5: Manasarovar Lake-Zhada / 240 km

Highlights: Tholing Mound Forest, Tholing Monastery

Tholing Mound Forest Tholing Monastery
Tholing Mound Forest Tholing Monastery

Schedule today: Drive from Darchen to Zhada along the Xinjiang-Tibet Highway, and drive off the main highway after 150Km, goes across a few mountain passes, you will see the magnificent Tholing Mound Forest. In the afternoon, visit the Tholing Monastery. Overnight at Zhada.

Day6: Zhada-Guge Kingdom-Zhada / 40 km

Highlights: Guge Kingdom

Guge Kingdom Ruins Guge Kingdom
Guge Kingdom Ruins Guge Kingdom

Schedule today: Morning drive to Tsaparang Guge Kingdom ruins, in the vast valley of Sutlej river you can find ruins of ancient famous Guge kingdom among the remarkable sand-dunes, a number of temples are still intact and contain exquisite murals and decorative motifs, some are dating back more than 10,000 years, make a half day tour at there. Afternoon drive back to Zhada and have a rest or look around Zhada town. Overnight at Zhada.

Day7: Zhada-Mt. Kailash / 250 km

Highlights: Mt. Kailash

Schedule today: Drive to Darchen, where our guide and driver organize yaks and yak porters for the trekking in the following 3 days. Take good rest for the trekking in the coming 3 days.

Day 8 & 9 &10: Mt. Kailash Trekking

Highlights: Mt. Kailash Trekking

Schedule on day 8, 9 & 10: Trekking starts from today after everything organized in place. Kailash Mountain is known as a sacred mountain to four great Asian religions, Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Bon-and is considered by all to be the center of the universe around which suns, planets, and moon circle. It is believed that by finishing a kora around the mountain, one's sins can be removed completely. The Kora(trekking) will end at Tarchen too.

Day11: Mt.Kailash-Saga / 490 km

Drive from Tarchen back to Saga.

Day12: Saga-Shigatse / 470 km

From Saga, we drive to Shigatse that is the second largest city in Tibet.

Day 13: Shigatse-Lhasa

Highlights: Tashilumpo Monastery

Tashilumpo Monastery Tashilumpo Monastery
Tashilumpo Monastery Tashilumpo Monastery

Schedule today: In the morning, visit the Tashilumpo Monastery which is the seat of Panchen Lama, the equally important religious figure in Tibet as the 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. Drive back to Lhasa directly in the afternoon.

Day 14: Lhasa city tour

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Backhor Street

Potala Palace Johkang Temple
Potala Palace Johkang Temple

Schedule today: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa-Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism-Jorhkang Temple, 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 UNISCO. Afterwards, free time for you to wander through the Backhor Street, the busiest street in old Lhasa quarter. One welcome dinner will be given for free today; you will have a chance to taste the most genuine local Tibetan food and drinks.

Day 15: Lhasa city tour

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery
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, where the largest scale of scripture debating among monks is famous all across Tibet.

Day 16:

Schedule: Tour ends, our guide and driver will drop you off at airport or train station in Lhasa. Welcome to Tibet next time.

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Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.  


1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?  

2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?

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Dear Ms. Ho***,

    Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards

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