17 Day Mount Kailash, Guge Kingdom & Mount Everest

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17 Day Mount Kailash, Guge Kingdom & Mount Everest

17 Day Mount Kailash, Guge Kingdom & Mount Everest!

Are you excited to embark on an unforgettable Tibet travel adventure? We're excited to offer a 17-day Group Tour that hits all the highlights of Tibet! You'll visit Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, Guge Kingdoms, and Lhasa monasteries. We'll start by exploring the holy city of Lhasa for two days. Then, we'll take a journey through central Tibet before arriving at Mt. Everest Base Camp, the world's roof!

For those seeking a spiritual adventure, the 3-day 52km trek Kora around Mount Kailash is a great way to purify your karmic debts. And we'll also take time to enjoy the beauties of one of the Guge Kingdoms. This tour is perfect for travelers who love nature, trekking, and spiritual beauty. The Trip Advisor rating system has awarded us with a 5-star rating. Join us for an unforgettable adventure!

Group Price & Size

2,780 US dollars Per Person

Minimum 4 People to Maximum 10 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.

Tibet from sky

Day2. Lhasa Sightseeing [3700m]

Our journey commenced with a visit to Jokhang Temple, the holiest sanctuary in Tibet, established in the 7th century by Songtsen Gampo. Subsequently, immerse yourself in the historic ambiance of Barkhor Old Quarter surrounding the temple, tracing the footsteps of pilgrims spanning the Tibetan plateau. In the afternoon, we proceed to Sera Monastery, one of Gelugpa Sect's esteemed triumvirate of universities, to engage in the monks' spirited debates.

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. Potala Palace is the Winter Palace, built in the 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama. It provides fantastic views of the entire city and houses the Dalai Lama's private quarters, 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.

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 – Shigatse [350Km, 3900m]

Our adventure begins as we head west towards the vibrant city of Tibet's travel sites. Firstly, we traverse the majestic Kampa-la Pass [4797m] and then the breathtaking Karo-la Pass [5050m], where the enchanting Mt. Noijin Kangsang glacier adorns the roadside. Amidst our journey, we are captivated by the mesmerizing turquoise waters of the sacred Yamdrok-Tso lake.

Yamdrok Lake full view Tibet Tour

Our journey includes a stop in Gyantse town to explore the renowned Tibetan art paintings at Kumbum Stupa within Pelkor Chode Monastery. We also marvel at the impressive Gyantse Dzong, which offers a panoramic view of the valley. Our day concludes as we arrive in Shigatse before dinner.

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

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

As you make your way to New Tingri, you'll have the exciting experience of crossing the high pass of Gyatso La [5220m] and catching your very first glimpse of Mt. Everest and the stunning Himalayas. Prior to that, we explored Sakya Monastery, which serves as the central hub of the Sakyapa Sect, established back in 1073 as one of the four primary schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The influential abbots of Sakya Monastery ruled over Tibet during the 13th century until the Gelukpa Sect overshadowed them. The unique Mongolian architectural style of the monastery sets it apart from the temples we've encountered so far.

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

Gawula Pass

Day6. New Tingri – Rongbuk [120Km, 5100m]

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 Mount Everest North Face 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) (B)=breakfast

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Day7. Everest Base Camp – Saga [300Km, 4500m]

We reached the North Base Camp of Mt. Everest at 5250m in the morning after a journey from Tashizom village, 30km away, using an eco bus. After exploring the base of Mt. Everest, our route turned northwest towards Old Tingri. Along the way, we crossed high passes with stunning views of Himalayan peaks like Shishapangma and the wild Peikutso Lake.

Overnight in Saga hotel (B)=breakfast

Mount Everest near Tingri

Day8. Saga – Darchen [490Km, 4500m]

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 Tsangpo River until Mapham Yumtso 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

Tibet Darchen Tarchen town view of Mount Kailash

Day9. Trek To Dira-Puk Monastery [20Km, 5-6h, 5050m]

Our journey commences in Darchen town, following a narrow path in a clockwise loop around Mount Kailash at an altitude averaging 4700 m over a distance of 20 km. Along the route, you will encounter Buddhist pilgrims performing kora and Bon pilgrims traveling in the opposite direction.

After a 4-hour trek, we will arrive at Tamdin (4780m) where nomadic tents provide simple meals and boiling water. Only 4 km away lies Dirapuk monastery, surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery along the entire kora. Reconstructed in 1985, Dirapuk sits on the north bank of the Lha-Chu River, with views of the north face of Mt. Kailash. The name Dirapuk originates from 'Dira,' meaning female yak horn, and 'Puk,' meaning cave; according to legend, a female yak discovered the cave.

Overnight at Dirapuk Guesthouse( No private bathroom / No shower ) (B)=breakfast

Day10. Trek To Zutul Puk 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 the tiring and slow. The duration is 18 km, and the altitude is 4790 meters. 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) (B)=breakfast

Mount Kailash

Day11. Trek To Darchen - Tada  

Today marks the easiest trekking day, covering 14 km from Zutrulpuk monastery to Darchen town. The trail primarily consists of hiking at a nearly consistent altitude of approximately 4500m. After arriving in Darchen and having a meal, we will proceed to Tada, known by various names such as Tsanda or Tsaparang. [270Km, 3700m]

Overnight at the 3-star Ganggar Tise Hotel. (Breakfast)

Guge Kingdom

Day12. Spent a free day at 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

Manasarovar Lake

Day13. Tada - Tadapuri - Lake Manasarovar 

Today, we're all set to head from Tada, Tsaparang town to Lake Manasarovar near the Chiu monastery for an overnight stay. Along the way, we'll explore the Tadapuri hot spring and the monastery. [300Km, 4500m]

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

Ngari Tibetan

Day14. Lake Manasarovar - Saga town  

Let's head over to Saga town after a delightful morning at Lake Manasarovar, where we'll have a blast exploring the beauty of the lake. The journey covers about 460km, during which we'll make pit stops to capture stunning snapshots of dunes and mesmerizing natural scenery. [4500m]

Overnight at Saga Hotel (B)=Breakfast

Beauties of nature in Tibet

Day15. Saga Town - Shigatse  [450Km, 3900m]


Saga is a charming town close to the stunning Mount Kailash area. Starting from Saga, we'll take a scenic drive through the northern route to Namring, soaking in the gorgeous landscape. Our day will end in Shigatse for a restful night.

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

Tibet Travelers Photo Shigatse

Day16. 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. 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

Potala Rainbow

Day17. Tibet Departure [3700m]

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 Tours

Group Size: 4 to 10 People

Tour Duration: 17-Day

Price: 2,780 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 plus a 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

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, Shigatse

Day16.Shigatse, Lhasa

Day17.Depart from Lhasa

 

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