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.

Group Price & Size

2,580 US dollars Per Person

Minimum 4 People 

Single room occupancy supplement: 550USD (hotels only)

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


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 take plenty of 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]

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 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 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 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


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


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


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

Exciting day today: We continue driving towards Rongbuk Monastery, located at the foot of Everest and the highest monastery in the world. We enjoy amazing views of several peaks like Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Mount Everest from the top of the Pang-la Pass [5150m]. 

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) 


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

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


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 in Guesthouse

(dorm bed without bathroom)


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 in Guesthouse

( No private bathroom / No shower ) 


Day10. Darchen - Tsanda or Tsaparang   [270Km, 3800m]

Today, we will drive to Tada town, Tsanda, or Tsaparang, around 20km from the Guge. At Tada, we will visit Toling Monastery and Guge Kingdom.

Overnight at a 2-star hotel, the best in town 


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

Today, we will travel back near Darchen to Lake Manasarovar and stay a  night at the Chiu monastery in a local guest house.

Overnight in Guesthouse

( No private bathroom / No Shower)


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

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 in Saga hotel 


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


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 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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