16 Day Mount Kailash, Guge Kingdom, Mount Everest & Nepal


Mount Kailash


16-Day Mount Kailash, Guge Kingdom, Mount Everest & Nepal!

Embark on a 16-day private tour through central and western Tibet until reaching the Nepal border. Your exploration will begin with a 3-day visit to the sacred city of Lhasa, followed by a journey through central Tibet, culminating in your arrival at Mt. Everest Base Camp.

The 3-day, 52km trek Kora around Mount Kailash is a great adventure to purify karmic debts. Enjoy the beauty of one of the last kingdoms in Tibet, the Guge Kingdom. From western Tibet, you will then journey to Kyirong town at the Nepal border, where the journey will conclude. This tour is excellent for travelers who love nature, trekking, and spiritual beauty. 

Group Price & Size

2,780 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: 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 


Detail Itinerary

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 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

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 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

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 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 / Yamdrok Lake / Gyantse / 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 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



Day5. Shigatse / Sakya monastery / Pelber ( 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 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.

Overnight at 2-star Roof of the World Hotel



Day6. Pelber / Gawu la pass ( 5200m ) / Rongbuk monastery / Everest base camp ( 100km, 5200m )

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 Gawu-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 / Old Tingri / Phikutso Lake / Saga town (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 town / Darchen town  (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 Darchin.

Overnight at the guesthouse (dorm bed without bathroom)



Day9. Darchen town / 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 ) 



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



Day11. Trek to Darchen town/travel via vehicle to Tsanda (284km, 5-6hours, 3750m)

Today is the most accessible trek day; 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 Lake near the Chiu Bird monastery for the night.

Overnight at the guesthouse  (No private bathroom/ No shower)



Day12. Free day to explore Tsanda Toling monastery and Guge Kingdom Ruins (36km)

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 in Guesthouse ( No private bathroom / No Shower)



Day13. Tsanda / Tadapuri hot spring / Lake Manasarovar / Chiu monastery (300km, 4500m)

Today, we will travel to Lake Manasarovar at the Chiu monastery for the night. We will visit the Tadapuri hot spring and the monastery on the way.

Overnight in Guesthouse ( No private bathroom / No Shower)



Day14. Chiu monastery / 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 at the guesthouse (No private bathroom/ No shower)



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

After breakfast at Saga town, drive south to Kyirong.

On the way, we will pass by beautiful nature.

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

3-star Kyirong Hotel 



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.

Tibet Travelers service ends.

You can find a vehicle to Syaburbesi town, which is around 16km away, and hiring a car for public transport to Kathmandu costs about 100 RMB per person.

Tibet Travelers can also help to arrange a private vehicle for you with our Nepal agency help for 250 USD.

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


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