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14 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour plus Mt. Everest and Mt. Kailash

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14 Days 4-12 Pax Click view Departure
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Saga - Mt. Kailash - Gyirong Port
Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, Karo Glacier, Pelchor Monastery, Tashilumpo Monastery,Sakya Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp, Mt Kailash, Gyirong Valley
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Trip Day By Day

Day 1-3 Lhasa city tour
Day 4 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse
Day 5-6 Shigatse - Sakya - Tingri - EBC
Day 7 Everest Base Camp - Saga
Day 8 Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen
Day 9-11 Mount Kailash Trekking
Day 12-13 Darchen - Saga - Gyirong Town
Day 14 Gyirong Town - Gyirong Port

Tour features:
1. Visit all the holy cultural landmarks in Lhasa
2. Explore the base camp of the highest mountain in the world
3. Trek with pilgrims around the holiest mountain in Asia
4. Budget way to discover Buddhist kingdoms in the Himalayas

Trip Overview

This 14-day tour takes you from Lhasa to the roof of the world to see Mount Everest at the base camp and continues then to the holy Mount Kailash in western Tibet, before ending the tour in Nepal border.

The first three days acclimatizing visit in Lhasa allows you to see the iconic Potala Palace, Johkang Temple and other famous places at this holy city. Departing Lhasa, turquoise Lake Yamdrok is the first impressive place to see; while visiting the Pelchor Monastery in ancient town of Gyantse, you feel like arriving in the past with its walls and Dzong Castle in the surrounding hills. On day 5, head for the EBC, where you can enjoy your highest hiking, golden sunset and starry night. Head to Mount Kailash afterwards; near Darchen where the trek starts, you will see the holy Lake Manasarovar which is surrounded by various myths and stories like Mount Kailash. On the trek, you will see the beautiful sceneries from different sides of Mount Kailash, pilgrims doing full-body length prostrations and cross the high and enduring Dolma-La Pass. 

After succeeding to complete the trek around Mount Kailash you will drive towards the border of Nepal. From Darchen you drive to Saga following the Brahmaputra River and enjoying the views of the nomadic regions of western Tibet. After a night at Saga you drive to Gyirong Town close to the border of Nepal for about 7-8 hours. The China-Nepal border is known as the Back Garden of Mount Everest and during the way there you can see various spectacular landscaper as the altitude descends dramatically on the way. After the sunrise in Gyirong Town and breakfast, it’s time to cross the border to Nepal and continue to Kathmandu. 

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Detailed Itinerary

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
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
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
Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Day 4: Lhasa – Gyantse - Shigatse

Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Karo Glacier, Pelchor Monastery

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. Stay overnight in Shigatse City.

Yamdrok Lake Pelchor Monastery
Yamdrok Lake Pelchor Monastery

Day 5: Shigatse – Sakya – Tingri

Highlights: Tashilumpo Monastery,Sakya Monastery

Schedule today: In Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, we can 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. After obtaining the permit, we will drive to Sakya County and pay a visit to the famous Sakya monastery which was founded in 1073 and it was the principal monastery of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Afterwards, drive to Tingri, stay overnight there.

Tashilhunpo Monastery Sakya Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery Sakya Monastery

Day 6: Tingri - EBC

Highlights: Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp

Schedule today: In the morning we will head to Everest Base camp. If the weather is good, on the top of the Gyalpo-la pass 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, what a great picture.

Before reaching EBC, we will firstly see the Rongbuk Monastery that is the highest monastery in the world, visit the monastery also. Then, drive to the tents area for the tourists. From there, you can take green bus to the Everest Base Camp or trek to the base camp. It’s a 4km distance but could be arduous since the altitude there is all over 5200 meters. Today, we will have lots of time in the EBC area, so just enjoy yourself.

Rongbuk Monastery Mt. Everest Base Camp
Rongbuk Monastery Mt. Everest Base Camp

Day 7: Everest Base Camp - Saga

Highlights: Everest Sunrise View, Peikutso Lake

Schedule today: In the early morning, if weather is good, you can choose to wake up early to see the stunning sunrise view of Mt. Everest. After breakfast, we will head to Saga via Gyirong. On the road you will pass Peikutso Lake, the beautiful turquoise Peiku-tso(4590m) is one of Tibet’s magical spots with stunning views of the snowcapped Shiishapangma(8012m) and the Langtang range bordering Nepal to the south.

Mt. Everest Sunrise Peikutso Lake
Mt. Everest Sunrise Peikutso Lake

Day 8: Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen

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 Mount Kailash in the distance. Then we will make the short drive to Darchen, the starting point of the trek around Mt. Kailash.

Lake Manasarovar Darchen Village
Lake Manasarovar Darchen Village

Day 9: Darchen - Dira phug (18km trekking)

Highlights:  Mt Kailash,Lha-chu Valley,Chuku Monastery,Dira-puk(Lhalung Dira) Monastery

Schedule today: In the morning start the trekking trip to Dira phug.On the road you will see the face of Mt. Kailash appear from time to time. You may pay a visit to Chuku Monouastery(4820m), founded in the 13th century by Gotsangpa Gompo 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. Dira-puk(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.

Mount Kailash Trekking Mount Kailash Trekking
Mount Kailash Trekking Mount Kailash Trekking

Day 10: Dira phug - Dolma La Pass (22km trekking)

Highlights:  Zuthal Puk

Schedule today: In the morning we will trek across a valley up to the Dolma-La Pass. By the late afternoon arrive at Zuthal Puk, the cave of miracles where the Tibetan poet-saint Milarepa once stayed.

Mount Kailash Trekking Mount Kailash Trekking
Mount Kailash Trekking Mount Kailash Trekking

Day 11: Dolma La Pass - Darchen (14km trekking)

Highlights: Mount Kailash Trekking

Schedule today: In the morning we will hike back to Darchen. And your car is waiting for you when you finishing the trekking.

Mount Kailash Trekking Mount Kailash Trekking
Mount Kailash Trekking Mount Kailash Trekking

Day 12: Darchen - Saga  

Highlights: the Brahmaputra River

Schedule today: In the morning we will head back to Saga as we pass through the nomadic regions of western Tibet.

Western Tibe Western Tibet
Western Tibet Western Tibet

Day 13: Saga County - Gyirong Town (180km, 7-8 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Gyirong Valley

Schedule today: In the morning, we will drive southwest towards Gyirong Town, it lies at China-Nepal border and is known as the Back Garden of Mt. Everest.. Though Gyirong County is only about 110 km away from Saga and the first 65km is not well paved, we may arrive about lunch time. There are only 94km from Gyirong County (Gyirong Valley) to Gyirong port, but the altitude descends dramatically and brings various landscapes & spectacular sceneries all the way.

Gyirong Valley Gyirong Valley
Gyirong Valley Gyirong Valley

Day 14: Gyirong Town - Gyirong Port (24 km, 1 hour on wheel)

Highlights: sunrise in Gyirong Town, China-Nepal border crossing

Schedule today: The Gyirong Port opens at 10 AM and there are 24 km from the Gyirong Town to the port. So we will depart hotel from the town before 9AM to ensure we can cross the Gyirong Border ASAP (the road in Nepal side is not that good and takes long time to reach Kathmandu.) Our guide will help you with Chinese border formalities and you will cross the border and check in Nepal side by yourself. It takes around 9 hours to travel from Gyirong to Kathmandu by car. Note, all our service in Tibet ends at Chinese border of Gyirong, you are on your own once cross the border. Tour ends, our guide and driver will drop you off at border. Welcome to Tibet next time.

Sunrise in Gyirong Gyirong Port
Sunrise in Gyirong Gyirong Port

Price Guide

Nov-Mar April - June July - Aug Sep Oct
What's included in this price?
1. Free group pick-up from airport & free group drop-off from hotel, BUT only three times available, surcharge (RMB 450) occurs if your flight schedule does not meet the free transfer time. Stay at airport for 1-2 hours to await other tourists is possible since this is a group pick-up service.
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
2. English speaking local Tibetan Guide.
3. Well maintained vehicle throughout the whole tour.
4. Entrance fee to all the scenic spots mentioned.
5. All Tibet traveling permits concerned, such as TTP and PSB.
6. Clean and comfortable 3 star standard hotels with private bath room and breakfast in Lhasa and Shigatse, guesthouse or yak hair tent near EBC and during the trekking, basic hotels in Saga, Darchen and Gyirong Town. The quote is based on 0.5 room per person, twin sharing.
Lhasa (Day1,2,3) Yak Hotel or Gangyen Hotel  3*
Shigatse (Day4) Zangba Hotel or Manasarovar Hotel 3*
Tingri (Day 5) Snowland Hotel or Qomulangma Hotel 2*
EBC (Day6) Guesthouse or Yak hair tent Basic
Saga (Day7,12) Saga Hotel 2*
Darchen (Day 8,11) TBD Basic hotel
Trekking (Day9,10) Guesthouse Basic
Gyirong Town(Day13) TBD 2*
7. Tour guide and vehicle's entry fee to Mt. Everest.
8. Oxygen supply on Vehicle.
9. Delivery fee of Tibet permits.
10. Guide and driver's food and accommodations.
What's excluded in this price?
1. Lunches and dinners, plus breakfasts from day 6.
2. Tips for the tour guide and driver.
3. Bank service fee when you transfer deposit to our company.
4. Transportation into Lhasa.
5. Nepal visa fee.
6. Gyirong port to Kathmandu transportation fee.
7. Air or train tickets into and out of Lhasa
8. Single supplement.
(The single supplement occurred when solo traveler stayed in a twin room alone. To help our solo travelers to save money, you may agree to share a room with another independent traveler. In this way, no extra charge is needed. We offer the opportunity for tourists to share a room with others during the tour. So they do not need to afford the single room supplement. When you accept this offer, we would assume that tourists are willing to share the twin room with any group member. The gender and age difference is not taken into our consideration. If you do mind these differences or are sensitive to accommodation with strangers especially with opposite sex, you may pay single room supplement for a single room when booking.)

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user portrait Mr. Ro*** from: 14 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour plus Mt. Everest and Mt. Kailash

I'm interested in the 14 day trip from Lhasa to Nepal trip. In mid September would be great. how much would that be? is there space? what is the normal demographic of a group?

Answered by Nancy

Dear Mr. Ro***,

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. We have the 13days Lhasa to Mt. Kailash trekking tour then to Kathmandu group tour on 12th Sept and at present we have 7 people booked it, as we had someone who would go to Kathmandu, so we will arrange the border transfer, the quote includes the border transfer fee already. If you would like to join in this group tour, that would be great.
For the group tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu via Mt. Everest we have the 7days group tour on 16th Sept at present, and 5 people have confirmed this tour, and it is 1087$(7610RMB) per person with this group tour, if you are interested in this one, and I will give you the details in next email. Best regards.

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