13 Day Mount Kailash & Guge Kingdom
13 Day Mount Kailash & Guge Kingdom!
Are you a traveler looking for an adventure that combines nature, trekking, and spirituality? Join us on our 13-day journey to Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, and Guge Kingdom! This tour is perfect for pilgrims and trekkers alike.
We'll start by exploring the holy city of Lhasa for three days before embarking on a scenic journey through central Tibet. Get ready to experience the beauty of Mt. Everest Base Camp and the thrill of a 3-day, 52km trek around Mount Kailash to purify your karmic debts.
And remember to take in the wonder of one of the last kingdoms in Tibet - the Guge Kingdom. Come with us on this unforgettable adventure!
Group Price & Size
2,350 US dollars per Person
Minimum 4 People
Single room occupancy supplement: 500USD (hotels only)
Tour Type: Group Private Tours
Group Size: 4 to 10 People
Tour Duration: 13 Days
Price: 2,150 USD
- All travel permits for Tibet
- English-speaking Tibetan tour guide
- Pick up and drop off
- All transportation in Tibet per itinerary
- Vehicle tolls and vehicle repairs(if necessary)
- All administrative fees
- All meals and accommodations for your guide
- All lodging listed in the itinerary
- Breakfast each morning
- Entrance fees for the places in the itinerary
- One-time welcome meal for the group
- One box of mineral water
- Oxygen tank in the car
- Transportation costs to and from Tibet
- Chinese visa fees and passport fees
- Lunch and dinner
- Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs, etc)
- Tips to the driver and guide
Day1.Pick up and Transfer to Hotel
Day2.Lhasa Sightseeing (Jokhang, Sera, Potala Palace)
Day3.Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse, Shigatse
Day4.Shigatse, Sakya, Saga
Day6.Trek to Dirapuk
Day7.Trek to Zutrulpuk
Day8.Darchen, Guge Kingdom, Tada
Day9.Tada, Lake Manasarovar
Day10.Lake Manasarovar, Saga
Day13.Depart from Lhasa
Day1. Lhasa Arrival [3700m]
Upon arrival in Lhasa, you will be welcomed by your English-speaking Tibetan Guide and Tibetan Driver, who will bring you to your hotel. Acclimatization to high altitude: please drink lots of water and rest to minimize altitude sickness.
Overnight at 3-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city 200 meters from Jokhang Temple
Day2. Lhasa Sightseeing [3700m]
Today, we will visit the Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, and Sera Monastery. We began visiting Jokhang Temple, the most sacred temple in Tibet. It was founded in the 7th century. We will also see the Potala Palace, built in the 7th century and reconstructed in the 17th century.
In the afternoon, we will visit Sera monastery, one of the three great universities of Gelug schools of Tibetan Buddhism. We will attend the monk's debate.
Overnight at Gold Star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel. 200m from the old town.
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.
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
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 Saga hotel
Day5. Saga – Darchen [490Km, 4556m]
Today, we enter the semi-nomadic regions of Tibet’s far west. We will enjoy the authentic Tibetan landscapes during this long journey through the world's biggest and highest plateau. We follow the Yarlung Tsampo River West (also called the Brahmaputra in India) until Lake Manasarovar, one of Tibet's three most sacred lakes. Hindus believe whoever bathes in it will clean all their sins and provide good karma. Drive 30km to Darchin.
Overnight at the guesthouse (dorm bed without bathroom)
Day6. Trek To Dira-Puk Monastery [20Km, 5-6h, 5050m]
Today, our trek starts from Darchen town and traces the small trail in the clockwise circuit around Mount Kailash at an average altitude of 4700 m with 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 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 )
Day7. Trek To Zutul Puk Monastery, [18Km, 6-8h, 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 m
After we cross Dikpyala 5000 m & Dromala 5500 m, the passes are remarked by heaps of prayer flags and Cairns.
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.
You can witness the spiritual beauty footprint and handprint of Jetsun Milarepa inside the meditation cave.
Overnight at the guesthouse (No private bathroom/ No shower)
Day8. Trek To Darchen - Tada-Guge Kingdom [280Km, 5-6h]
Today is the most accessible trek day; the duration is 14 km from Zutrulpuk monastery to Darchen town. No There climb up; it's all hiking at an almost flat altitude of around 4500m
After arriving at Darchen town, drive to Tada town and stay for a night at Tada. Today, we will visit one of the last kingdoms in Tibet ( The Guge Kingdom ). Guge is situated around 18km from Tsaparang town. Tsaparang is the town where we will spend the night. Travelers can also enjoy the beauties of the Toling monastery.
Overnight at the best in-town hotel
Day9. Tada-Lake Manasarovar (260km)5-6hrs
Today, we will travel to Lake Manasarovar for the overnight. We will visit the Chiu monastery near the lake. On the way from Tada, we will also visit Tadapuri hot spring. There is also a hot spring at the Manasarovar Lake.
Overnight at Guest house ( No private Bathroom / No Shower ) Breakfast
Day10. Lake Manasarovar - 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 at the guesthouse (No private bathroom/ No shower)
Day11. 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
Day12. 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 3-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold star Shambhala Palace or 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city 200 meters from Jhokang Temple
Day13. 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.