21 Day Grand Western Tibet Loop to Lhasa

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21-Day journey through the western Tibet Changtang route will allow you to see almost all beauties of Ngari.

The Ngari western Tibet is the home of nature and wild animals.  

This is the biggest loop route version of western Tibet tour, traveling in from southern route and traveling out from the northern route visiting the Siling Tso Lake, Zhari Namtso Lake, Dangra-Tso (Dangra Yutso) Lake, and Namtso Lake. 

You will start by exploring the holy city of Lhasa for three days with 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 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. The three days trek kora with 52km is a great adventure to purify the karmic debts.

The last Kingdoms in Tibet ( The Guge Kingdom and Toling monastery in Tsaparang town ) border near Ladakh.

From Tada town, you will then make the journey to the city of western Tibet Singge Kapap via traveling back to Lhasa through the northern route from Changtang area.

The tour will continue from Nyima town towards far northern grassland region near Namtso Lake via passing by many lakes including the second largest lake Siling Tso Lake. 

The Tour gives a chance to witness the beauties of Changtang area with rarely seen wild animals and beautiful nature with vast grassland and many stunning lakes.

Grand tour for Travelers who love to explore the full beauties of western Tibet.



Tour Type: 21-Day Private Tour

Group Size: Depend on Travelers

Tour Duration: 21-Day

Price: Depend on Season

  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 listed in the itinerary 
  11. One time welcome meal for the group
  12. One box of mineral water plus shared 
  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

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 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 400 meters from Jhokang Temple

Day2. Lhasa Sightseeing


We begins 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 the three great universities of Gelugpa Sect. We will attend the debating session of the monks.

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 400 meters from Jhokang Temple

(B)=breakfast

 

Day3. Lhasa Sightseeing


Today we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Potala winter 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 the picnic in its beautiful garden and perform opera dances during Shoton Festival (August-September).

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 400 meters from Jhokang Temple 

(B)=breakfast

Day4. Lhasa – Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse - Shigatse [354Km, 3840m]


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 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 reach Shigatse before dinner.

Overnight at 4 star Gesar Hotel

(B)=breakfast

 

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 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 at 2-star Roof of the world hotel

(B)=breakfast

 

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


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

(B)=breakfast

(No private bathroom, No Shower)

 

Day7. 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 the 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

(B)=breakfast

 

Day8. 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 Darchen.

Overnight at the guesthouse

(dorm bed without bathroom)

(B)=breakfast

Day9. Trek To Dira-Puk 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 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.  

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 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. 

Overnight at the guesthouse 

(No private bathroom/ No shower)

(B)=breakfast

Day11. Trek To Darchen -Lake Manasarovar [44 Km, 2-3h]


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 Tada town.

Overnight at the guesthouse  

(No private bathroom/ No shower)

(B)=breakfast

Day12. Lake Manasarovar - Tsanda or Tsaparang  (3700m) [290Km, 6 h]


Today we will drive to Tada town to visit one of the last kingdoms in Tibet ( The Guge Kingdom )  Guge is located around 18km from the Tsaparang town. Tsaparang is the town where we will spend the night. Travelers can also enjoy the beauties of the Toling monastery.

Overnight in Guest house

( No private bathroom / No Shower)

(B)=breakfast

Day13. Tsaparang - Ali Singge Kapap city (4200m) ( 300 km ) 


Today we will travel to SingeKapap city of western Tibet. On the way, we will visit the ruins of Dungkar and Piyang. Travel to Ali western Tibet city for the night. 

Overnight in Guest house

( No private bathroom / No Shower)

(B)=breakfast

 

Day14.Singge Kapap - Gegye - Gertse (4500m)  ( 470 km ) 


We drive towards the east to Gegye town where the northern route of the western Tibet begins. 

On the way, we will pass by the beautiful grassland and the source of salt in western Tibet ( Tsaka town ). These areas are quite close to the No man's land in the western Tibet. We will arrive at the Gertse town of the western Tibet where we will spend a night. 

Overnight at the guesthouse

(No private bathroom/ No shower)

(B)=breakfast

Day15. Gertse  - Tsochen ( 4600m) [450Km]


After breakfast, we will drive to Tsochen through the beautiful grassland via enjoying the beauties of wild animals Kyang, Blue Sheeps and Drong along the way. 

Tsochen is a small local Tibetan town for the night. These areas in the northern route are not well developed so accommodations are basic rooms only. 

Overnight at the guesthouse

(No private bathroom/ No shower)

(B)=breakfast

 

Day16. Tsochen  - Zhari Namtso - Dangra-Tso (Dangra Yutso) - Wenbu South village (4600m) [320Km]  8 hours 


Wake early for a sunrise view at Zhari Namtso Lake, located about 50km east of Tsochen. This is the largest saltwater lake in Ngari and also the third largest Lakes in Tibet. Continue traveling towards the Dangra Tso Lake in the wet grasslands, one of the holy lakes in western Tibet. On the way to the lake, Travelers will see the beauties of wildlife.

Overnight at the guesthouse

(No private bathroom/ No shower)

(B)=breakfast

Day17. Wenbu South village - Dang Qiong Tso Lake - (Ombu) - Nima County (4500m) [280km] 5 hours 


Travel from Wenbu to Nyima, on the way, enjoy the beauties of Lake Dangqiong Tso.
The route will allow Travelers to enjoy the beauties of nature and wild animals. Stay a night at Nyima county.

 

Overnight at the guesthouse

(No private bathroom/ No shower)

(B)=breakfast

Day18. Nima County - Siling Tso Lake - Bange (4,710m) [340km] 8 hours


 
Today is the last day on the beauties of western Tibet Ngari Changthang Nature Reserve.  On the way, we will visit Siling-Tso Lake.  We will also stop at Kanglung Tso lake via enjoying the beauties of wildlife and grassland.
The Siling Tso Lake is the second largest lake in Tibet. Siling Tso Lake area is also the world's largest black-necked crane nature reserve. We arrive at Bange for the night. 

 

Overnight at the guesthouse

(No private bathroom/ No shower)

(B)=breakfast

Day19. Bange - Bamu Tso Lake - Namtso Lake (4370) [200km] 4 hours


 The road from to Namtso Lake is paved so the driving will be smooth today.  From Bange to Namtso Lake the driving duration is 3 hours.  Enjoy the beautiful landscapes the Lake Bamu Tso. We arrive at Namtso Lake for the night at Tashidor.

Overnight at the guesthouse

(No private bathroom/ No shower)

(B)=breakfast

Day20. Namtso Lake - Lhasa (3700) [240km] 5 hours


Today we will enjoy the sunrise at Namtso Lake and travel to Lhasa through the northern route from Damxung and Yangpachen hot spring on the way. 

 

Overnight at 3-star Kyichu Hotel, located in the heart of Lhasa city with 400 meters from Jhokang Temple

(B)=breakfast

 

Day18. Tibet Departure


Enjoy your last hours in Tibet exploring Lhasa on your own until your guide and driver meet you at the hotel to transfer you to the airport.

 

 

 

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