11 Day Mount Kailash & Lake Manasarovar

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11 Day Mount Kailash & Lake Manasarovar

Are you an adventurous soul eager to undertake a lifetime expedition to the heart of the world, complete a 52km trek around the sacred Mount Kailash, circle Lake Manasarovar by vehicle, and seek blessings through thrilling experiences?

Well, we have the perfect Tibet travel adventure tour journey for you. Immerse yourself in luxurious 3 to 4-star accommodations for eight out of ten nights. Join us on our 11-day journey to Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarova—it's the ultimate experience for both pilgrims and trekkers. So why wait? Come along, and let's explore together!

For three days, we will begin our journey by discovering the sacred city of Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse. Afterward, we will venture through western Tibet and indulge in the excitement of a 52km, three-day hike around Mount Kailash to cleanse any karmic debts. The Trip Advisor rating system has awarded us with a 5-star rating. Join us for an unforgettable adventure!

Group Price & Size

1,900 US dollars per Person

Minimum 4 People & Maximum 9 People 

Single room occupancy supplement: 500USD (hotels only)

Day1. Lhasa Arrival [3700m]

Upon reaching Lhasa, an English-speaking Tibetan Guide and Tibetan Driver will greet you and escort you to your hotel. To adjust to the high altitude, it is advised to stay hydrated and rest adequately to reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

Overnight at the 4-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold-star Shambhala Palace, located in the heart of Lhasa city, 100 meters from Jokhang Temple.

Jokhang Temple Square

Day2. Lhasa Sightseeing [3700m]

Let's explore some incredible places in Tibet together! Our first stop will be the Jokhang Temple, a deeply revered sanctuary steeped in history since the 7th century. Next, we'll marvel at the awe-inspiring Potala Palace, originally constructed in the 7th century and later rebuilt in the 17th century. Then, in the afternoon, we'll delve into the rich traditions of the Sera Monastery, known as one of the esteemed universities of the Gelug sect in Tibetan Buddhism. Prepare to witness the fascinating monk's debate, too!

Overnight at the 4-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold-star Shambhala Palace, located in the heart of Lhasa city, 100 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B)=breakfast

Potala Palace

Day3. Lhasa – Shigatse [354Km, 3900m]

Morning drive up to Kampala pass [4794m], you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-Tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance; the turquoise-colored Lake Yamdrok Yutso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of the pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and fantastic spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Karo la pass is wonders of the day. 

Yamdrok Lake full view Tibet Tour

Then, along the Friendship Southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, one of Tibet's most stunning architectural wonders. Late afternoon travel to Shigatse with a driving duration of 1 hour 10 minutes through the beautiful farming culture in Tibet.

Overnight at 4-star Gesar Hotel Deluxe Room. (B)=breakfast

Nature in Tibet

Day4. Shigatse – Saga [450Km, 4300m]

The journey to Saga involves crossing the high pass of Tso la [4900m]. We visit Sakya Monastery, the principal seat of the Sakyapa Sect, founded in 1073 and one of four primary Schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Its powerful abbots governed Tibet throughout the 13th century until the rise of the Gelukpa Sect eclipsed them. Its Mongolian architecture is different from that of temples we have seen before. Later, travel to Saga town via Lhatse, Namring, and Sangsang. We will pass by beautiful nature and the Namring Lake on the way. 

Overnight in 3-star Saga Hotel. (Best in town) Breakfast

Shigatse Tashilhunpo Monastery

Day5. Saga – Darchen [490Km, 4556m]

Today, we venture into the semi-nomadic expanses of western Tibet, traversing the vast and towering plateau to immerse ourselves in authentic Tibetan scenery. Our route traces the path alongside the Yarlung Tsampo River, known as the Brahmaputra, leading us to Lake Manasarovar, one of Tibet's revered lakes. Hindus hold the belief that bathing in its waters purifies sins and bestows positive karma. Journey onward 30km to Darchin.

Overnight at 3-star Himalaya Hotel. (Best in town) Breakfast

Day6. Trek To Dira-Puk Monastery [20Km, 5-6h, 5050m]

Today, our trek starts from Darchen town and follows a small trail in a clockwise circuit around Mount Kailash, with an average altitude of 4700 m and a duration of 20 km. You will pass by many local Buddhist pilgrims doing kora along your way and several Bon pilgrims in the anti-clockwise direction. After the 4-hour trek, we will reach Tamdin (4780m), where nomadic tents serve a simple lunch and boiled water. From there, it is only 4 km to Dirapuk monastery, but between these stretches, there is some of the best scenery of the entire kora.

Dirapuk was rebuilt in 1985, located
on the north side of the Lha-Chu River facing the north face of Mt. Kailash. Dirapuk's name originally comes from the word Dira, which means female yak horn, and Puk, which means cave; a mythical story says a female yak opened the cave.  

Overnight at Dirapuk guesthouse ( No private bathroom / No shower ) Breakfast

Day7. Trek To Zutul Puk, Darchen [32Km, 10h, 4820m]

Today is the most challenging part of the trek, where we will cross two passes; though they are not too steep, the altitude is the main reason for the tiring and slow; the duration is 18 km, and the altitude is 4790 meters, After we cross Dikpyala 5000 m & Dromala 5500 m, heaps of prayer flags and Cairns remark the passes. Spending some minutes on the pass to view and relax is worthwhile, as you are on the backside of Mt. Kailash, and it offers a great view of Mount Kailash.

After the pass, you will hike down the long valley and stop for lunch at the Shabjay Dakpo nomadic tent. Zuktrulpuk Monastery 4790 m, also known as the Miracle Cave, was built by two religious figures, Buddhist Jetsun Milarepa and Bon Jetsun Naro Bonchung. After having Lunch at Zutrupuk, we trek to Darchen for the night. The trek is 14km in total from Zutrulpuk monastery to Darchen town. 

Overnight at 3-star Himalaya Hotel. (Best in town) Breakfast

Manasarovar Lake

Day8. Darchen - Saga [460Km, 4400m]

After spending the morning at Lake Manasarova exploring the lake, we will drive to Saga town. The duration is around 400km. We will stop for photos of dunes and beautiful nature on the way.

Overnight in 3-star Saga Hotel. (Best in town) Breakfast

Ngari Tibetan

Day9. Saga - Shigatse [450Km, 3900m]

Saga is one of the bigger towns near the Mount Kailash region. From Saga, we will drive to Namring via the northern route, enjoying the beautiful landscape.

Overnight at 4-star Gesar Hotel Deluxe Room. (B)=breakfast

Day10. Shigatse – Lhasa [280Km, 3700m]

Today, you will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, built in the 15th century by the first Dalai Lama. Nowadays, the seat of the Panchen Lama. Also, you can walk around the local market after driving back to Lhasa through the Southern Friendship Highway.

Overnight at the 4-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold-star Shambhala Palace, located in the heart of Lhasa city, 100 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B)=breakfast

Day11. Tibet Departure

Enjoy your last hours in Tibet exploring Lhasa until your guide and driver meet you at the hotel to transfer you to the airport.

Tour Type: Group Tours

Group Size: 4 to 9 People

Tour Duration: 13 Days

Price: 1,900 USD

  1. All travel permits for Tibet
  2. English-speaking Tibetan tour guide
  3. Pick up and drop off 
  4. All transportation in Tibet per itinerary
  5. Vehicle tolls and vehicle repairs(if necessary)
  6. All administrative fees
  7. All meals and accommodations for your guide
  8. All lodging listed in the itinerary
  9. Breakfast each morning
  10. Entrance fees for the places in the itinerary 
  11. One-time welcome meal for the group
  12. One box of mineral water
  13. Oxygen tank in the car
  1. Transportation costs to and from Tibet
  2. Chinese visa fees and passport fees
  3. Lunch and dinner
  4. Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs, etc)
  5. Tips to the driver and guide

Short Itinerary

Day1.Pick up and Transfer to Hotel

Day2.Lhasa Sightseeing (Jokhang, Sera, Potala Palace)

Day3.Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse, Shigatse

Day4.Shigatse, Sakya, Saga

Day5.Saga, Lake Manasarovar, Darchen

Day6.Trek to Dirapuk 

Day7.Trek to Zutrulpuk Darchen 

Day8.Darchen, Saga

Day9.Saga, Shigatse

Day10.Shigatse, Lhasa

Day11.Depart from Lhasa


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