15 Day Mount Kailash no Trek, & Mount Everest base camp

15 Day Mount Kailash no Trek, & Mount Everest base camp

15-Day Mount Kailash no Trek, & Mount Everest base camp!

If you're not up for trekking around Mount Kailash, no worries! This tour is perfect for you. You'll get to spend three days exploring the sacred city of Lhasa before heading to central Tibet and eventually reaching the base camp of Mount Everest and the town of Darchen at the feet of Mount Kailash.

The best part? We won't be doing the 52km trek, so we'll have a free day in Darchen for a short hike. You'll also get to see the stunning beauty of the Guge Kingdom, one of the last remaining kingdoms in Tibet. This tour is ideal for anyone who loves nature, trekking, and spiritual wonders.The Trip Advisor rating system has awarded us with a 5-star rating. Join us for an unforgettable adventure!

Group Price & Size

2,580 US dollars Per Person

Minimum 4 People to Maximum 9 People 

Single room occupancy supplement: 550USD (hotels only)

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 take plenty of rest to minimize 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.

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. Later, you can explore the surrounding Barkhor Old Quarter and walk around Jokhang Temple, following pilgrims from all over the Tibetan plateau. 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 the 4-star Shambhala Hotel or Gold-star Shambhala Palace, located in the heart of Lhasa city, 100 meters from Jokhang Temple. (B)=breakfast

Day3. Lhasa Sightseeing [3700m]

Today, we visited the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. 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. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, built in the 18th century by the seventh Dalai Lama. It’s tradition to picnic in its beautiful garden and perform opera dances during the Shoton Festival (August-September).

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

Yamdrok Lake full view Tibet Tour

Day4. Lhasa – Shigatse [354Km, 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. Then we stopped in Gyantse town, where we visited 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 (B)=breakfast

Day5. Shigatse – New Tingri [250Km, 4300m]

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. Before, we visited Sakya Monastery, the principal seat of the Sakyapa Sect, founded in 1073 and one of four primary schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Its Mongolian architecture is different from that of temples we have seen before.

Overnight at 2-star Roof of the World Hotel (B)=breakfast

Shigatse Tashilhunpo Monastery

Day6. New Tingri – Rongbuk [120Km, 5000m]

Today is an exhilarating day as we head towards Rongbuk Monastery, situated at the base of Mount Everest and renowned as the world's highest monastery. The picturesque Pang-la Pass [5150m] offers breathtaking panoramas of prominent peaks including Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Everest. After Gawu La, you will proceed to Tashizom town to switch to a nonpollution bus and travel to Rongphu, the renowned monastery perched at nearly 5000 meters above sea level. The iconic view of Mount Everest from Rongphu is a defining moment of this journey. The next stop is the Tent Hotels, operating from mid-April to mid-October. The distance from Pelber to the Everest region spans 100 kilometers, with an approximate travel time of 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) (B)=breakfast

Day7. Everest Base Camp – Saga [300Km, 4490m]

In the morning, we reached one of the major highlights of our trip, Mount 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. Stay overnight in Saga town. [300 km, 4490m]

Overnight in Saga hotel (B)=breakfast

Mount Everest near Tingri

Day8. 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 Darchen.

Overnight at 3-Star Himalaya Hotel (B)=breakfast

Day9. Day hike near Mount Kailash

Today, we will have a free day in Darchen town, the nearest city to Mount Kailash. There are a few options: hike to Gangdrak monastery to see the view of Mount Kailash or hike to Serlung to witness the beauties of Mount Kailash. 

Overnight at 3-Star Himalaya Hotel (B)=breakfast

Tibet Darchen Tarchen town view of Mount Kailash

Day10. Darchen - Tada [270Km, 3800m]

Today, let's set off on an exciting journey to Tada town, Tsanda, or Tsaparang, just around 20km away from the Guge Kingdom area. In Tada, we'll explore the fascinating Toling Monastery and the historical Guge Kingdom and stay the night at Tada town.

Overnight at 3-Star Ganggar Tise Hotel (B)=breakfast

Guge Kingdom

Day11. Tada - Lake Manasarovar  [300Km, 4400m]

Today, we're heading back to the serene Lake Manasarovar near Darchen. Our cozy accommodation for the night will be at the Chiu monastery in a charming local guest house.

Overnight in Guesthouse ( No private bathroom / No Shower) (B)=breakfast

Day12. Lake Manasarovar - Saga  [460Km, 4400m]

Let's continue our adventure after a refreshing morning at Lake Manasarovar! Our next stop is Saga town, a scenic drive of about 400km. Along the way, we'll make a few delightful photo stops to capture the stunning dunes and beautiful landscapes.

Overnight in Saga Hotel. (B)=breakfast

The nature in Tibet

Day13. Saga - Shigatse  [450Km, 3900m]

Saga, a quaint town near the Mount Kailash area. The scenic journey from Saga to Namring offers captivating beauty on the northern path. En route to Shigatse, we will marvel at the distant Namring Lake and traverse the charming town of Lhatse.

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

Ngari Tibetan

Day14. 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. We recommend that you do Kora around Tashilhunpo Monastery. 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

Tibet from sky

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.

Tour Type: Group Private Tours

Group Size: 4 to 10 People

Tour Duration: 15-Day

Price: 2,580 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
  • 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 Temple, Sera Monastery)

Day3.Lhasa Sightseeing, Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace)

Day4.Lhasa, Yamdrok Lake, Gyantse, Shigatse

Day5.Shigatse, Sakya, New Tingri 

Day6.New Tingri, Rongbuk, Mount Everest base camp

Day7.Rongbuk monastery, Old Tingri, Phikutso Lake, Saga

Day8.Saga, Paryang, Darchen

Day9.Darchen day hike 

Day10.Darchen, Guge Kingdom, Toling, Tada

Day11.Tada, Lake Manasarovar

Day12.Lake Manasarovar, Saga

Day13.Saga, Shigatse

Day14.Shigatse, Lhasa

Day15.Depart from Lhasa


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