15 Day Mount Kailash, Everest, Guge Kingdom & Namtso Lake

Mount Kailash


15-Day Mount Kailash, Everest, Guge Kingdom & Namtso Lake!

We're excited to offer a 15-day Group Tour that hits all the highlights of Tibet! You'll visit Namtso Lake, Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, Guge Kingdoms, and Lhasa monasteries.

We'll start by exploring the holy city of Lhasa for two days. Then, we'll take a day trip to Namtso Lake and journey through central Tibet before arriving at Mt. Everest Base Camp, the world's roof!

For those seeking a spiritual adventure, the 3-day 52km trek Kora around Mount Kailash is a great way to purify your karmic debts. And we'll also take time to enjoy the beauties of one of the Guge Kingdoms. This tour is perfect for travelers who love nature, trekking, and spiritual beauty. So, join us for an unforgettable journey through Tibet!

Group Price & Size

2,780 US dollars Per Person

Minimum 4 People 

Single room occupancy supplement: 500USD (hotels only)

Tour Type: Group Tours

Group Size: 4 to 10 People

Tour Duration: 15-Day

Price: 2,780 USD

  • All travel permits for Tibet
  • English-speaking Tibetan tour guide
  • Pick up and drop off by airport bus
  • All transportation in Tibet per itinerary, a vehicle for the trip outside of Lhasa, taxis inside Lhasa
  • 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 plus a shared 
  • 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

Short Itinerary

Day1.Pick up and Transfer to Hotel

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

Day3.Lhasa Namtso Lake Day Tour

Day4.Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse, Shigatse

Day5.Shigatse, Rongbuk, Mount Everest base camp

Day6.Rongbuk monastery, Old Tingri, Phikutso Lake, Saga

Day7.Saga, Paryang, Darchen

Day8.Darchen,Trek to Dirapuk monastery

Day9.Trek to Zutrulpuk monastery 

Day10.Trek to Darchen, Tada

Day11.Tada, Guge Kingdom, Lake Manasarovar

Day12.Lake Manasarovar, Saga

Day13.Saga, Shigatse

Day14.Shigatse, Lhasa

Day15.Depart from Lhasa


Detail Itinerary

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

Potala Palace

Day2. Lhasa Sightseeing [3700m]

We began visiting Jokhang Temple, the most sacred monastery in Tibet. It was founded in the 7th century by the first great Buddhist king, Songtsen Gampo.

Today, we will also visit the stunning Potala Palace. The fifth Dalai Lama built the Potala Winter Palace in the 17th century. It provides fantastic views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand staterooms, and chapels.

In the afternoon, we go to Sera Monastery, one of the three great universities of Gelugpa Sect. We will attend the monks' debating session.

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


Day3. Lhasa Namtso Lake Day Tour [480Km, 4700m]

Today, after breakfast, we will travel to Namtso Lake for a day trip—one of the highest-situated salt lakes in Tibet. Namtso Lake is surrounded by grassland and mountains. The home area of Tibetan Nomads in Northern Tibet. After spending lots of time at the lake. After spending lots of time at the lake, we returned to Lhasa for the night. 

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


Namtso Lake Stunning

Day4. Lhasa – Shigatse [350Km, 3900m]

The adventure starts: we drive West to reach the second-largest city in Tibet. At first, we cross Kampa-la Pass [4797m] and then Karo-la Pass [5050m], where Mt. Noijin Kangsang [7206m] glacier lies near the road. In the middle, we enjoy the unreal turquoise waters of the holy lake Yamdrok-Tso.

Yamdrok Lake full view Tibet Tour

Then we stop in Gyantse town, where we visit the considered best Tibetan art paintings in Kumbum Stupa inside Pelkor Chode Monastery. Also, we admire the majestic Gyantse Dzong (fortress) overlooking the valley. Finally, we reached Shigatse before dinner.

Overnight at 4-star Gesar Hotel


Tibet Travelers Photo Shigatse

Day5. Shigatse- New Tingri – Rongbuk [460Km, 4400m]

Exciting day today: The journey to New Tingri involves crossing the high pass of Gyatso La [5220m] and the opportunity to view Mt. Everest and the Himalayas for the first time.

We continue driving through the Gawula Pass [5200m]  to see the view of 5 mountains above 8000 meters, including Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Mount Cho Oyu, Mount Lhotse, and Mount Shishapangma.

Gawula Pass Mount Cho Ou Yo

From Gawu La, you will then go to Tashizom town, where you will change your vehicle to a nonpollution bus and reach Rongphu, the highest monastery in the world at just under 5000 meters in elevation. The iconic view of Everest from here will be a high point of your journey! 

You will then continue to the Tent Hotels, which operate from mid-April through mid-October. The driving distance from Pelber to the Everest area is 100 kilometers, with a driving time of around 4 hours.

Overnight at Black Yak hair tea tent dormitory or off-season from November to March at Rongbuk monastery dormitory (No private bathroom and no shower) 


Mount Everest

Day6. Everest Base Camp – Saga [300Km, 4500m]

In the morning, we reached one of the major highlights of our trip, Mt. Everest North Base Camp [5250m] (trekking or taking the bus). After spending some time at the base of Mt. Everest, we drove northwest, crossing high passes with enchanting views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks like Shishapangma and wild Peikutso Lake.

Overnight in Saga hotel


Day7. Saga – Darchen [460Km, 4500m]

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 Darchen.

Overnight at the guesthouse

(dorm bed without bathroom)


Day8. 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 lunches and boil 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 ) 


Day9. 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 worth it, 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)


Mount Kailash

Day10. Trek To Darchen - Tada or Tsaparang  [460Km, 3700m]

Today is the most accessible day of trekking; 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.

Overnight at the guesthouse  

(No private bathroom/ No shower)


Guge Kingdom

Day11. Tada - Guge Kingdom-Toling Monastery -Lake Manasarovar [300Km, 4300m]

Today, we will visit the Guge Kingdom and Toling Monastery near Tada. Guge Kingdom is 20km from Tada. The ruins of the ancient Kingdom are the highlight of the day.

After lunch, we will travel to Lake Manasarovar with the scenic view of Mount Kailash and stay a night near the Chiu monastery at the local guest house.

Overnight in Guesthouse

( No private bathroom / No Shower)


Nature in Tibet


Day12. Lake Manasarovar - Saga [460Km, 4300m]

After spending the morning at Lake Manasarovar 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)


Nature in Tibet

Day13. 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


Shigatse Tashilhunpo monastery

Day14. Shigatse – Lhasa [260Km, 3600m]

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 Jokhang Temple


Day15. 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.

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Tenzin Dhondup

Travel Tibet, Local Tibet Travel Agency


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