16-Day Mount Kailash, Guge Kingdom, Mount Everest to Nepal

Mount Kailash

16-Day Mount Kailash, Guge Kingdom, Mount Everest to Nepal

Ready for an incredible Tibet travel experience? We have a fantastic 17-day Group Tour that covers all the must-see spots in Tibet! Get ready to explore Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, Guge Kingdoms even venture into Nepal. We kick off with two days in the sacred city of Lhasa. Next up, a day trip to the breathtaking Namtso Lake and an adventure through central Tibet, leading us to the spectacular Mt. Everest Base Camp—the highest point on earth!

Embark on a 3-day, 52km trek, the Kora around Mount Kailash, for a spiritual journey to cleanse karmic debts and appreciate the beauty of the Guge Kingdoms. Ideal for nature enthusiasts and spiritual seekers, our tour boasts a 5-star rating from Trip Advisor. Experience an unforgettable adventure with us!

Group Price & Size

2,780 US dollars per Person

Minimum 4 People to Maximum 9 People 

Single room occupancy supplement: 550USD (hotels only)

Day1. Lhasa arrival ( 3650 Meters )

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 get 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.

Tibet from sky

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 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

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 a 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

Potala Palace

Day4. Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake / Gyantse / Shigatse

The adventure begins: we drive west to reach the second-largest city in Tibet. Initially, we cross Kampa-la Pass [4797m] and then Karo-la Pass [5050m], where Mt. Noijin Kangsang [7206m] glacier lies near the road. In between, we marvel at the surreal turquoise waters of the holy lake Yamdrok-Tso. Afterwards, we stop in Gyantse town to explore the acclaimed Tibetan art paintings in Kumbum Stupa within Pelkor Chode Monastery. Additionally, we admire the grandeur of Gyantse Dzong (fortress) overlooking the valley. Ultimately, we arrive in Shigatse before dinnertime. (354km, 3900m)

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

Yamdrok Lake full view Tibet Tour

Day5. Shigatse / Sakya monastery / Pelber

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 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.( New Tingri ) ( 250km, 4300m )

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

Gawula Pass

Day6. Pelber / Gawu la pass / Everest base camp

Today is an exhilarating day as we journey towards Rongbuk Monastery, the world's highest monastery nestled at the base of Everest. Along the way, we marvel at stunning vistas of towering peaks such as Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and the majestic Mount Everest visible from the Gawu-la Pass [5150m]. Upon exploring Gawu La, the next stop is Tashizom town, where a switch to an eco-friendly bus transports you to Rongphu, the awe-inspiring highest monastery perched at nearly 5000 meters above sea level. The panoramic Mount Everest view from this spot promises to be a highlight of your expedition. Later, the journey to the Tent Hotels is operational from mid-April to mid-October. The road trip from Pelber to the Everest region spans about 100 kilometers, a scenic 4-hour drive. ( 100km, 5200m )

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

Gawu la pass

Day7. EBC / Old Tingri / Phikutso Lake / Saga

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. (340km, 4490m)

Overnight in Saga hotel (B)=breakfast

Day8. Saga town / Darchen town  (490km, 4556m)

Today, we venture into the semi-nomadic areas of western Tibet. Our expedition across the vast and elevated plateau promises genuine Tibetan scenery. Tracking the Yarlung Tsampo River to the west leads us to Lake Manasarovar, among Tibet's holiest lakes. Hindus hold the belief that a dip in its waters absolves all sins and attracts positive karma. Subsequently, we traverse 30km to reach Darchin, one of the largest rivers in the world.

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

Day9. Darchen / Trek to Dirapuk monastery  (20km, 5-6hours, 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 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 ) (B)=breakfast

Day10. Trek to Zutrulpuk monastery  ( 18km, 6-8hours, 4820m )

Today marks the toughest segment of our trek, involving crossing two passes. While not overly steep, the altitude significantly slows our progress, covering a distance of 18 km at an altitude of 4790 m. Once past Dikpyala at 5000 m and Dromala at 5500 m, the passes are distinguished by clusters of prayer flags and Cairns.

Taking a few moments to rest and admire the scenery is highly rewarding, especially at the rear of Mount Kailash, which offers a magnificent vista of the mountain. Following the pass, a descent into the expansive valley leads to a lunch break at the nomadic tent of Shabjay Dakpo. The Zuktrulpuk Monastery, also called the Miracle Cave, stands at an elevation of 4790 meters and was jointly constructed by the revered Buddhist figures Jetsun Milarepa and Naro Bonchung of the Bon tradition. Inside the meditation cave, visitors can witness the sacred footprints and handprints of Jetsun Milarepa, experiencing the spiritual allure firsthand.

Overnight at the guesthouse (No private bathroom/ No shower) (B)=breakfast

Day11. Trek to Darchen /Tada

Today marks the most accessible trek day, covering 14 km from Zutrulpuk Monastery to Darchen Town. The journey primarily involves hiking at a relatively constant altitude of approximately 4500m. After arriving at Darchen Town, head to Tada Town for the night. (284 km, 5-6 hours, 3750m)

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

Mount Kailash

Day12. Free day to explore 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 3-star Ganggar Tise Hotel. (B)= breakfast

Guge Kingdom

Day13. Tsanda / Lake Manasarovar

Today, we are heading to the beautiful Lake Manasarovar, close to the Chiu monastery, for an overnight stay. Along the way, we'll stop by the tranquil Tadapuri hot spring and the monastery, guaranteeing a peaceful trip surrounded by breathtaking views! You'll be staying at a cozy Guest house near the Lake. (Distance: 300km, Altitude: 4500m)

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

Tibet Darchen Tarchen town view of Mount Kailash

Day14. Chiu monastery / Saga (460km, 4400m)

After enjoying the morning at Lake Manasarovar, we're heading over to Saga town by car—it's about a 400km drive. We'll make sure to pause for some photos of the stunning dunes and nature along the route.

Overnight at Saga Hotel. (B)=breakfast

Manasarovar Lake

Day15. Saga Town / Kyirong (210km, 2700m)

Enjoy breakfast in Saga town before heading south to Kyirong. Along the journey, you'll be treated to breathtaking natural scenery. Upon reaching Kyirong, take a well-deserved rest day to get ready for the border crossing tomorrow.

3-star Kyirong Hotel Breakfast

Ngari Tibetan

Day16. Kyirong / Nepal border/ Rasuwa Gadhi (25km)

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

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Transportation options to Kathmandu from Syaburbesi include a public car ride costing approximately 100 RMB per person and a private vehicle arrangement facilitated by Tibet Travelers with the assistance of our Nepal agency for 250 USD. The distance from Rasuwa Gadhi to Kathmandu is roughly 150 km, but due to poor road conditions, the travel time by private vehicle is approximately 6-7 hours.

Tour Type: Group Private Tours

Group Size: 4 to 10 People

Tour Duration: 16-Day

Price: 2,780 USD

  1. All travel permits for Tibet
  2. English-speaking Tibetan tour guide
  3. Pick up and drop off by airport bus
  4. All transportation in Tibet per itinerary, a vehicle for the trip outside of Lhasa, taxis inside Lhasa
  5. Vehicle tolls and vehicle repairs(if necessary)
  6. All administrative fees
  7. All meals and accommodations for your guide
  8. All lodging listed in the itinerary
  9. Breakfast each morning
  10. Entrance fees for the places in the itinerary 
  11. One-time welcome meal for the group
  12. One box of mineral water
  13. Oxygen tank in the car
  1. Transportation costs to and from Tibet
  2. Chinese visa fees and passport fees
  3. Lunch and dinner
  4. Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs, etc)
  5. 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,Trek to Dirapuk monastery

Day10.Trek to Zutrulpuk monastery 

Day11.Trek to Darchen, Tada

Day12.Guge Kingdom, Toling Monastery, Tada

Day13.Tada, Tadapuri, Lake Manasarovar

Day14.Lake Manasarovar, Saga

Day15.Saga, Kyirong 

Day16.Kyirong, Rasuwa border 


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