Mt. Kailash Group Tour
Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa
Our staff will meet you at the airport or train station and transfer you to the hotel in Lhasa. Take good rest upon arrival. A welcome dinner will be prepared for you this evening or tomorrow evening, you'll meet other tourists in the group from other countries and culture. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 Sightseeing in Lhasa
In the morning, visit the great Drepung Monastery or the holy Drak Yerpa. Drepung Monastery is known as the largest monastery of Gelugpa Sect and Drak Yerpa is a holy place to local people for its meditation caves in the beautiful Yerpa Valley. In the afternoon, we'll visit Sera Monastery where you could see the interesting debate between Lamas. Overnight at hotel [B].
Day 3 Sightseeing in Lhasa
Visit the splendid Potala Palace on the red hill. This world's heritage site is a Tibetan history, religion and culture museum. From Potala Palace, you can have a bird-eye view of the whole Lhasa city. We'll also visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street around temple in the central old town area. Overnight at hotel [B].
Day 4 Lhasa - Gyantse
After sightseeing and acclimatization in Lhasa, we'll drive to Gyantse today via Khangbala Pass and Karola Pass. On the way, take a pleasant walk beside the charming Yamdrok Yumtso Lake and when arrival, visit the Pelkhor Monastery and its superb Kumbu Stupa. Overnight at hotel [B].
Day 5 Gyantse - Shigatse
It is about 90km from Gyantse to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. We'll visit the traditional seat of Panchen Lama - Tashilumpo Monastery where there are about 800 monks now. And then we'll enjoy the leisure walk around the old town and the free market. Get prepared for next day's tour to Mt. Everest Reserve. Overnight at hotel [B].
Day 6 Shigatse - Mt. Everest Reseve
Drive about 350km to Rongbuk Monastery in Mt. Everest Reserve and enjoy the superb view on road, especially at the mountain passes. When arrival in the late afternoon, you can rest, walk around for some nice photos or visit the Rongbuk Monastery at own cost. In clear days, you may have glorious sunset over Mt. Everest. Overnight at guest house or tent [B].
Day 7 Mt. Everest - Saga
Take the reserve's bus for the last few kilometers scenic drive to Mt. Everest Base Camp. After enjoy the awesome view of Mt. Everest there, we'll drive west to Saga. Overnight at guest house.
Day 8 Saga-Darchen
Drive all the way to Darchen, which is regarded as the base camp of Mt. Kailash. On the way, you can enjoy the scenery of desert dunes, streams, snow-capped mountains of the vast land. Overnight at guest house.
Day 9 Mt. Kailash Kora: Trek from Darchen to Diraphuk Monastery (6hrs, 20km, 200m ascent)
The Mt. Kailash Kora path starts on the western edge of Darchen. When leave the village behind and head westward across the Batkha Plain, you may not be able to see Mt. Kailash at first but still can view some other high mountains like Guria Mandata , Api in Nepal and Kamet in India. About 4km from Darchen, the trail climbs up to reach a cairn at 4790m which is bedecked with pray flags and marks the first view of Mt. Kailash southern face and also the first of the four prostration points. Very quickly the trail enters the barren Lha-chu Valley which is so open here that you can see ahead the tall Tarboche Flagpole (4750m) in distance, one of the most significant sites for Saga Dawa Festival in Tibet. To west of Tarboche is the "two-legged" Chorten Kangnyi. For pilgrims, it is an auspicious act to walk through the small chorten's archway. After a short climb to east, it comes to the sky burial site of the 84 mahasiddhas (Tantric practitioners). The first of the Three Buddha footprints is also here but can be hardly seen. You'll have superb view of the valley from here. The valley narrows dramatically at a place called Sershong and now you can get clear shots of Mt. Kailash. Chuku Monastery is perched high above the valley floor on the hillside to west. It 'hides' so secretively into the rocks that you may not be able to notice it. From Chuku Monastery to Diraphuk Monastery, it is about 3hrs trek. Please take your time for this stretch as it offers some of the best scenery of the entire Kora. On the way, you'll find the second prostration point and the second Buddha footprint as well as the carving of God Tamdrin. Diraphuk Monastery (Lhalung Dira 5080m) lies at a great location which directly faces the astonishing northern face of Mt. Kailash.
Overnight at guest house or tent.
Day 10 Mt. Kailash Kora: trek from Diraphuk Monastery to Zutulphuk Monastery (8hrs, 18km, 550 ascent and 600m descent)
No doubt when you wake up in the morning and step outside, you'll want to revel in the glory of your surroundings. After cross the bridge over Lha-chu and climb on to a moraine, you'll get on the trail with long ascent up Dolma-chu Valley to Drolma-la Pass. Today you'll have the hardest part of the whole Kora. Less than an hour along is the meadow at Jarok Donkhang (5210m) and the trail braches off to the southeast leading over the snow-capped Khando Sanglam-la, Polung Glacier and Polung Valley. Only a short distance above Jarok Donkhang is the rocky expanse of Shiva-stal (5330m). Pilgrims are supposed to undergo a symbolic death here and get reborn until reach the top of Drolma-la. It is customary to leave something behind at Shiva-stal, such as an item of clothes, a drope of blood or a lock of hair to represent the act of leaving this life behind. After Shiva-stal, the trail mercifully flattens for a while and proceeds along a glacial ridge. There are some interesting sights ahead including the sin-testing stone of Bardo Tang. About 30mins from Shiva-stal, the trail turns eastward for the final ascent. After the 200m climb, you'll reach the top of Drolma-la where most pilgrims and trekkers rest for refreshment if weather permits before start the steep descent. Almost immediately on the descent, you'll see the lake of compassion - Gauri Kund (5608m). It takes about one hours to complete the long and steep 400m descent to the grassy banks of Lham-chu Khir. At the valley, you may find nomad tents and a teahouse selling drinks and noodles. The third Buddha footprint is on the top of a hug rock nearby. After 30mins south, you'll get to an open place which provides the only glimpse of Mt. Kailash's eastern crystal face. Here you'll also find the third prostration point. Soon you'll see Zutulphuk Monastery (4820m).
Overnight at guest house or tent.
Day 11 Mt. Kailash Kora: trek from Zutulphuk Monastery to Darchen ( 4hrs, 14km)
From Zutulphuk Monastery, the trail follows the river closely for an hour or so, then climbs above the river and enters the lovely Gold & Red Cliffs, a narrow canyon with walls stained purple, cobalt and rust. in far distance it appears the blue water of lake Raksas Tal. When the trail joins the Barkha plain, you'll find the fourth prostation point and Gurla Mandata is visible again. After an hour's easy walk on a dirt road, you'll get back to Darchen. Our driver will wait for you at Darchen and drive you to Lake Manasarovar, the most venerated of all holy lakes in Tibet, especially to Hindus who have made the pilgrimage walk around the lake for nearly 2,000 years.
Overnight at guest house or tent.
Day 12 Lake Manasarovar - Paryang - Saga
Drive all the way back to Saga. Overnight at guest house.
After this, we'll have two options to end the great trip in Lhasa or in Zhangmu where you can get forward easily to Nepal.
Option A: Ending the tour in Lhasa
Day 13 Saga-Lhatse-Shigatse, Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 Shigatse-Lhasa, Overnight at hotel [B].
Day 15 Departure from Lhasa [B]
Option B: Ending the tour at Tibet-Nepal Border
Day 13 Saga-Zhangmu, Overnight at hotel
Day 14 Departure from Zhangmu to Nepal [B]
(USD per person)
Single Supplement for
The price includes:
- All accommodation at a local 3-star / 4-star hotel in Lhasa and Shigatse (twin-sharing basis at hotels)
- Meals: the welcome dinner and breakfasts as noted in the itinerary
- Vehicle: appropriate vehicle according to group size and travel season
- Lhasa railway pick-up and drop-off service
- Lhasa airport pick-up service at 12:30PM or 15:30PM and drop-off service from hotel at 09:00 or at noon 12:00PM
- Guide: experienced Tibetan English-speaking tour guide
- Admission: entrance tickets of the sights as noted in the itinerary
- All necessary Tibet travel permits
- Oxygen in vehicle for emergency use
The price does not include:
- Other Meals
- Individual airport pick-up / drop-off service
- Tips to the tour guide and driver
- Other expenses not noted in the above including list
Schedule for 2016
Join-in Dates (the arrival date in Lhasa)