16 Day Kailash, Namtso To Nepal

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16-Day journey through central and western Tibet will allow you to see many of the highlights including Mount Kailash, Namtso lake, Mount Everest base camp and Nepal border. You will start by exploring the holy city of Lhasa for 3 days. You will start by rubbing shoulders with thousands of Buddhist pilgrims as you work your way through the Jokhang, Tibet’s most famous temple. From there, you will explore Barkhor Square, Sera Monastery and the Potala Palace, Tibet’s most iconic building. From Lhasa, you will then journey to Namtso lake as 2 days trip to see the sunrise, sunset, and stars at the night. After Namtso lake you will travel through central Tibet to Yamdrok Lake, the Karo La Glacier, Gyantse and Shigatse’s Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. You will then make your way over the Gyatso La Pass at over 5200 meters before arriving at Mt. Everest Base Camp. From Rongphu Monastery and from base camp itself, you will get up-close views of the world’s highest peak. From Everest Base Camp, you will explore the little-visited region of Ngari in far western Tibet. This amazing landscape is home to Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash. The 3 day trek around Mt. Kailash will certainly be a highlight! From western Tibet, you will then make the journey to Kyirong town between Nepal border, where the journey will conclude.



Tour Type: 16-Days Private Tour

Group Size: Depend On Travelers

Tour Duration: 16 Days

Price: Depend On Season

    • 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 listed in the itinerary 
    • One time welcome meal for the group
    • One box of mineral water plus 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

DAY1. LHASA ARRIVAL [3650M]

 


 

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 in order to minimize altitude sickness.

Overnight at 4-star Tashinota hotel  

DAY2.LHASA SIGHTSEEING


 

 

We begin 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 spend time walking around Jokhang Temple following pilgrims from all over the Tibetan plateau. In the afternoon we go to Sera Monastery, one of three great universities of Gelugpa Sect. We will attend the debating session of the monks.

Overnight at 4-star Tashinota hotel 

Breakfast

DAY3. LHASA SIGHTSEEING


 

 

Today we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Potala Palace was built in the 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama. Provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms, 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 do a picnic in its beautiful garden and perform opera dances during Shoton Festival (August-September). 

Overnight at 4-star Tashinota hotel

Breakfast

DAY4. LHASA / NAMTSO LAKE  [240KM, 4700M]


 

 

After breakfast, drive towards Northern Tibet grassland region to Namtso Lake. The duration is 240 km with a driving of around 4-5 hours. On the way enjoy the stunning Mount Nanchen Tangla range and grassland with Nomads. 

Namtso Lake is one of the best plays to see the sunrise, sunset, and stars at the night. 

Overnight at Sheep Guesthouse

Breakfast

(No private bathroom, no shower)

DAY5.NAMTSO LAKE / LHASA  [240KM, 3650M]

 

 


After enjoying the sunrise at the Namtso Lake, drive back to Lhasa via visiting Yangpachen hot spring along the way. Yangpachen hot spring pool charge around 100 RMB per person, this is one of the nearest hot spring pool from Lhasa.

On the way stop for photos and visiting the Tibetan Nomads in the grassland of northern Tibet Namtso area. 

Overnight at 4-star Tashinota Hotel 

Breakfast

DAY6.LHASA / YAMDROK / GYANTSE / SHIGATSE [354KM, 3840M]


 

 

The adventure starts: we drive towards the south-west to reach the second largest city in Tibet. 

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 holy lake Yamdrok-Tso.

We visit the Ralung monastery, which was once the biggest Buddhist college in Tibet and home of many great Tibetan Yogis from Drukpa Kagyu sect including Jetsun Ling Repa, Jetsun Tsangpa Gyare, Jetsun Tsang Nyon, Jetun U Nyon, Jetsun Drukpa Kunley. They are no tourist and sometimes not even locals so Ralung monastery is one of the most peaceful monasteries with beautiful landscape.

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 reach Shigatse via visiting Shalu monastery, which has one of the best wall painting in Tibet.

Overnight at 4 star Gesar Hotel 

Breakfast 

DAY7. SHIGATSE / SAKYA/ NEW TINGRI  [290KM, 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 visit Sakya Monastery which is is the principal seat of Sakyapa Sect founded in 1073 and one of four major Schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Its powerful abbots governed Tibet during the whole of the 13th century until they were eclipsed by the rise of the Gelukpa Sect. Its Mongolian architecture is different from that of temples in we have seen before.

Overnight in 2-star hotel

Breakfast

DAY8.NEW TINGRI / RONGBUK MONASTERY [100KM, 5000M]


 

 

Exciting day today: we continue driving towards Rongbuk Monastery, located at the foot of the 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].

Overnight in Black yak hair tent dormitory or Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse 

Breakfast 

(No private bathroom, No Shower)

DAY9. EVEREST BASE CAMP / SAGA  [300KM, 4490M]

 


 

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

Overnight in Saga hotel 

Breakfast

DAY10. SAGA / DARCHEN  [490KM, 4556M]


 

 

Today we enter in the semi-nomadic regions of Tibet’s far west. We will enjoy the authentic Tibetan landscapes during this long drive journey through the biggest and highest plateau in the world. We follow Yarlung Tsampo River West (also called the Brahmaputra in India) until the lake Manasarovar, one of the three most sacred lakes in Tibet. Hindus believe that whoever bathes in it will clean all their sins and provide good karma. Drive 30km to Darchin.

Breakfast

Overnight at the guesthouse 

(No Private bathroom and no shower)

DAY11. TREK TO DIRAPUK MONASTERY [20KM, 5-6H, 5050M]

 


 

Today our trek starts from Darchen town and tracing the small trail in the clockwise circuit around the 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 4hours trek, we will reach to Tamdin(4780m) where nomadic tents serve simple lunch and boil water. From there it is only 4 km to Dirapuk monastery but between this stretches has the 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 to the north face of the Mt. Kailash. Dirapuk name originally comes from a word Dira that means female yak horn and Puk means cave that in a mythical story says a female yak opened the cave.  

Breakfast

Overnight at Dirapuk guesthouse

( No private bathroom / No shower ) 

DAY12. TREK TO ZUTRULPUK 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 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, as you are on the backside of the Mt. Kailash and offers a great view of Mount Kailash.

After the pass, you will hike down into the long valley and stop lunch at Shabjay Dakpo nomadic tent.

Zuktrulpuk monastery 4790 m, also known as miracle cave is built by two Religious figure Buddhist Jetsun Milarepa and Bon Jetsun Naro Bonchung.

You can witness the spiritual beauties footprint and handprint of Jetsun Milarepa inside the meditation cave. 

Breakfast

Overnight at the guesthouse 

(No private bathroom/ No shower)

DAY13. TREK TO DARCHEN / LAKE MANASAROVAR  [14KM, 3-4H]

 


 

Today is the easiest day of the trek, the duration is 14 km from Zutrulpuk monastery to Darchen town. No any climbing up, it's all hiking at an almost flat altitude of around 4500m

After arriving at Darchen town, drive to Lake near the Chiu Bird monastery for the night.

Breakfast

Overnight at the guesthouse  

(No private bathroom/ No shower)

DAY14. LAKE MANASAROVAR / SAGA TOWN 450 KM


 

 

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

Overnight at the guesthouse

Breakfast

(No private bathroom/ No shower)

DAY15. SAGA TOWN / KYIRONG TOWN 210 KM


 

 

After breakfast at Saga town, drive towards south to Kyirong.

On the way we will pass by Phikutso Lake and see the view of Mt. Shishapangma ( 8201M) only Mountain above 8000M fully planted in Tibet.

After arriving Kyirong, Travelers will have a rest day and prepare for border crossing the next day. 

3-star Kyirong Hotel 

Breakfast

DAY16. KYIRONG TOWN / NEPAL BORDER / RASUWA GADHI 25 KM

 


 

After breakfast, drive from Kyirong town to the border checkpoint 25 km via applying for Nepal visa upon arrival and cross the border by foot to Rasuwa Gadhi.

Tibet Travelers service ends

You can find a vehicle to Syaburbesi town around 16km and hire vehicle public transport to Kathmandu cost around 100 RMB per person.

Tibet Travelers can also help to arrange a private vehicle for you with our Nepal agency help.

There is around 150 km from Rasuwa Gadhi to Kathmandu but because of the bad road condition, travel duration via private vehicle is around 6-7 hours. 

Travelers can check this video for Kathmandu to Rasuwa Gadhi and Kyirong.

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