13 Days Lhasa Everest & Kailash Kathmandu Overland Group Tour
This 13-day Tibet tour will take you to discover the northern and far western region of Tibet, which are featured in mystic Tibetan Buddhist culture and natural plateau landscape. Two highlights: Mt. Everest and Mt. Kailash.
If you are looking for a tour which includes Mt.Everest and Mt.Kailash kora, then this 13-day Tibet tour could definitely suitable for you. In this tour, you will have a deep discovery for Tibet, then transfer to Kathmandu by overland. After two sightseeing in Lhasa, you will head to Mount Everest via Gyantse and Shigatse. On the route, there is much natural landscape like Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier and Himalayan mountains for your visit. After the worship for Mt. Everest, you will start to have a spiritual journey by completing a 3-day kora around Mt.Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. In the end, you could be transferred to Kathmandu city from Gyirong border.
|Day 1||Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)||Pick up and transfer to the hotel.||Lhasa, 3/4-star
|Day 2||Lhasa sightseeing||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street||Lhasa, 3/4-star
|Day 3||Lhasa sightseeing||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery||Lhasa, 3/4-star
|Day 4||Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs||Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery||Shigatse, 3/4-star
|Day 5||Shigatse-Tingri -Rongbuk- EBC (5100m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs||Rongbuk Monastery, the sunset of golden of Everest peak||Rongbuk guesthouse or EBC dorm tent||B|
|Day 6||EBC – Saga (4600m), 450km, Approx. 9hrs
|sunrise of golden peak Everest, Peikutso lake||Saga, Guesthouse or 3-star|
|Day 7||Saga – Darchen via Lake Manasarovar (4560m), 490km, Approx. 9hrs||Lake Manasarovar
|Guesthouse or 4-star hotel.
|Day 8||Darchen-Dirakpuk (4700m), (Driving 8km, Trekking 18km)||Mt. Kailash Kora
|Guesthouse||B (4-star only)|
|Day 9||Trek from Dirakpuk-Zuktulpuk (4790m), 24km, Approx. 6hrs||Mt.kailash kora, Zultulpuk monastery,
|Day 10||Zuktulpuk-Darchen (Trekking 7km, driving 5km).||Meditation Cave of Milarepa, Mt. Kailash||Guesthouse|
|Day 11||Darchen-Saga (490km), Approx. 9hrs||The scenery along the way||Saga, Guesthouse or 3-star|
|Day 12||Saga to Gyirong, Exit the Border (5-6hrs, 300km)||Send off to the border||Hostel at Rashuwaghadi, the border town in Nepal side|
|Day 13||Rashuwaghadi to Kathmandu (8-9 hrs., 130km)||Arrive in Kathmandu City and transfer you to your Kathmandu hotel|
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
Welcome to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet! Your Tibetan guide and driver will wait for you at Lhasa Airport or the train station and then take you to the hotel. When driving on the road, you could enjoy the Tibetan pure blue sky and white clouds. It takes 1.5 hours from the airport to the center of Lhasa and about 20 minutes from the train station. After arriving at the hotel, you must be very excited and can’t wait to visit Lhasa city. But you are suggested to take a good rest in order to adapt to high altitudes. If you feel good, you could stroll through the city of Lhasa like Potala Square, where you can enjoy the beautiful night view of the Potala Palace.
Good to know：
*For travelers who are the first time to visit high altitude land, you are suggested to have a good rest in your hotel on the first day.
*If you would like to stay in a hotel with oxygen supply, you are suggested to stay at hotels such as Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa (with a luxury oxygen spa) or Shambhala hotel (oxygen is supplied).
Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3/4-star
Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing- Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple
Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, is well-known as an international tourism city with mystic Tibetan Buddhist culture and natural plateau scenery. Today, we will arrange you to explore this old and holy city which is already over 1300 years.
In the morning, you will head to visit world-known Potala Palace, which has the highest architecture in the world. It was built by Srongtsen Gampo in the 7th.century and used to be the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Except for the art of buildings, you could also visit the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
After lunch, you are going to visit another symbolic scenic spot of Tibet-Jokhang Temple. It is considered to be the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism. In the temple, there is a golden life-sized statue of 12-year-old Sakyamuni, which was brought by Princess Wencheng from the Tang Dynasty. So, you could see many devout Tibetans do a pilgrimage in front of Jokhang temple. Afterward, you could stroll around the famous Barkhor Street, where you can enjoy a sweet tea, and buy some Tibetan souvenirs.
With the attractions, we will arrange a welcome dinner for you tonight. Hope you can enjoy the relaxing night with your friends and guide.
Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3/4-star
Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing- Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Attractions: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Today, you will also discover two other highlights of Lhasa – Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet. Before the liberation of Tibet, more than 10,000 monks lived and studied. Therefore, Drepung Monastery is also well-known as the “Mother School of Dalai Lamas”
In the afternoon, you will visit the Sera Monastery. You can enjoy a wonderful Buddhist debate in the monastery, open daily from 3 pm to 5 pm, except on Sundays. You can participate in the daily debate of 80 monks in a closed courtyard. This is more like a question and answers session on Tibetan Buddhism. Through this debate, you can learn more about Tibetan Buddhism culture.
Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3/4-star
Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs
Attractions: Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery
In the morning, you will leave for Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Today may be a long journey, but you can enjoy many beautiful natural landscapes along the way. First, you will head to turquoise Yamdroktso lake (4400m) via the Gampala Pass (4,790 m). Yamdroktso lake located in the south of the Yarlung Zangbo River and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. You are lucky to take a photo with the lovely Tibetan Mastiffs around the lake. Continue to drive, you will see the magnificent Karola Glacier (5045 meters) on the right side of the road.
Afterward, you will arrive at the historic city of Gyantse city. After lunch, you are going to visit the Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum (4040m), which is famous for “One Hundred Thousand Buddhas Pagoda”. You will arrive in Shigatse city in the late afternoon.
Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3/4-star
Day 5 Shigatse - Tingri – Rongbuk - EBC (5100m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs
Attractions: Rongbuk Monastery, the sunset of golden of Everest peak
Today is the most exciting moment of your Tibet trip. from Shigatse, you will head to Everest Base Camp at 5,100 meters above the sea level. After go accessing Tsola Pass(4600M) and Gyatsola Pass(5248M), you will reach to Everest National Nature Reserve, where mark that you have entered Mount Everest region. At the Gawla Pass (5198 m), You will enjoy a panoramic view of the Himalaya ranges including some famous mountains such as Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8844m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) and Mt. Shishapama(8020m). After that, you will reach Rongbuk Monastery(5,150m), the highest monastery in the world. From there, you get get a clear view of the sunset of the golden Mount Everest. Besides, you can wander around the Rongbuk Monastery (5,150m), the highest monastery in the world.
Stay overnight at Rongbuk guesthouse or EBC dorm tent
Day 6 EBC – Saga (4600m), 450km, Approx. 9hrs.
Attractions: sunrise of golden peak Everest, Peikutso lake
Today, you can get up in the early morning to enjoy the beautiful sunrise of Everest peak. Also, you can wander around Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world. You could see a few Tibet people do a kora in front of the monastery. After breakfast, you will continue to head to Saga via Tingri. On the route, you will not only far view of Mt. Shishapangma (8012m) with the 14th highest peak in the world, but also visit Peikutso (4590), a holy lake in Tibet. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Saga city and have a good rest in the hotel.
Stay overnight in Saga, Guesthouse or 3-star class.
Day 7 Saga – Darchen via Lake Manasarovar (4560m), 490km, Approx. 9hrs
Attraction: Lake Manasarovar
Today, you will drive to Darchen from Saga. The scenery along the way is already beautiful enough. You could enjoy the Great Himalayans, the endless grassland, varies of wild animals, sandstone valleys, etc. On the route, you will also visit the holy Manasarovar lake. As one of three holy lakes in Tibet together with Namtso Lake, Yamdrok Lake, it is among the world’s highest fresh-water lakes. At an elevation of 4,583 meters, the lake covers 412 square kilometers. From April to July, you will see many India Pilgrims do a kora around the lake.
In the late afternoon, you will arrive in Darchen. If you need porters or yaks during 3-day Kailash trekking, please let your tour guide know that.
Stay overnight in Darchen, guesthouse or 4-star hotel.
Day 8 Darchen - Dirakpuk (4700m), (Driving 8km, Trekking 18km)
Attraction: Mt. Kailash Kora
Are you ready? today is the first Mt.Kailash trekking day for you. The total distance of the Kailash Kora is about 56km, and your mission is 18km for trekking today. You will take an eco-bus to Sarshung Valley, where you will get your yaks or porters if you hired one. Then, you will start to trek from there. On the way, you will see many pilgrims from Tibetan do a kora around Mt.Kailash. In the late afternoon, you will reach to Dirakpuk and stay overnight there.
Stay in the guesthouse or camping.
Day 9 Trek from Dirakpuk - Zuktulpuk (4790m), 24km, Approx. 6hrs.
Attractions: Mt. Kailash Kora, Zultulpuk Monastery
Yesterday is only a small task. Today you will face a bigger one. You will not only trek for 24 kilometers in total but also get through the highest pass- Dromala pass(5630m). You can have a short rest and drink sweet tea in a tea house. At last, you could pay a visit to Zultulpuk Monastery, where has the footprint and handprint of Milarepa.
Stay in the guesthouse or camping (dorm beds).
Day 10 Zuktulpuk - Darchen (Trekking 7km, driving 5km).
Attractions: Meditation Cave of Milarepa, Mt. Kailash
Experienced the challenging trekking yesterday, you will has a leisurely trekking tour today. You will complete all trekking route in 3~4 hours. On the route, you could pay a visit to Meditation Cave of Milarepa, which has many famous temples and shrines around the cave. If you prefer, you can enjoy meditation there. Then, the three-day trek tour of Mt. Kailash is finished. Even though you experienced many hardships, you can feel the happiness and satisfaction that Mt.Kailash Kora brings to you. At last, you will be transferred to Darchen and have a good rest.
Stay overnight in Darchen, guesthouse or 4-star hotel
Day 11 Darchen-Saga (490km), Approx. 9hrs
Today, you will drive back to Saga from Darchen. Along the way, you can appreciate the Sand dunes, stunning grassland, and local’s villages and far view of the Mt. Naimonanyi.
Stay overnight in Saga, guesthouse or 3-star hotel
Day 12 Saga to Gyirong, Exit the Border (5-6hrs, 300km)
Today, you’ll leave for Kathmandu city from Gyirong border. After 5~6 hours driving, you will send off to Gyirong border. The tour guide will help you get the Nepal visa within 30 minutes.
Stay Overnight in the hostel at Rashuwaghadi, the border town in Nepal side
Day13 Rashuwaghadi to Kathmandu (8-9 hrs. 130km)
Today, you will continue to move to Kathmandu from Rashuwaghadi. You could enjoy the spectacular mountain view along the way. The tour will be finished in Kathmandu city. The driver will take you to your hotel in Kathmandu city.
* To join in a confirmed group tour package with the fixed departure date, 12 working-day is required.
*To open a new group tour depends on your schedule:
|Number of travelers||Time we need|
|A solo traveler||60 days|
|Two or more||12 working days|
Note: you may only enjoy one of the preferential policies, not all.
|Option A:||Tour from Apr~Oct||*5% off for six months prior to the tour starts.
*3% off for three months prior to the tour starts.
|Option B:||Three or more travelers book the same group||5% off for any group tours|
Cost and Calendar
All the price is USD per person.
|Tour Class||Apr.1 to
|Economic class (3-star hotels)||USD1870||USD2090||USD2080|
|Comfortable class (4-star hotels)||USD1920||USD2200||USD2180|
* Accommodations and meals as listed in the itinerary;
* Local tour transfer, 7-29 seats comfortable tourist vehicle we use based on group size;
*Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on the first day;
* Free airport-hotel pick-up service on the first day the group tour starts.
Pick up tourists from the Lhasa airport at 10:00 am; 13:30 pm; 17:00 pm
* Transfer fee from Gyirong border to your hotel in Kathmandu city;
* Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
* Entrance ticket fees for all the attractions listed in the itinerary;
* All the necessary Tibet Permits;
* Travel Agency Liability insurance and government Tax;
* Normal Express delivery fee of Permit (e.g. SF. Express) to the city in mainland China;
* Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
* One big bottle of Oxygen on the vehicle for emergency use;
* Mineral water during the trip;
* China Visa or China Group Visa;
*International or domestic flights or train tickets fee(We’d like to book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details);
* Lunch & Dinner not listed in the itinerary (your tour guide will recommend some good restaurants for your reference. )
* Yaks, porters, or horses during 3-day Mt.Kailash trekking. We could help you arrange it if you need any support.
* Gratuities for guide and driver (It is not mandatory. However, if you are satisfied with their service, please tip them on the last day of the tour. recommend USD5-10/day in total);
* Private transfer between Lhasa Airport-Hotel if your flight isn’t within our free service time, USD 60/vehicle/time depends on the tour time;
* All the commission and tax charged by the third part when making online payment;
* Personal expenses;
* Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.
* We require at least 30 working days to apply for your all Tibet permits including Military Permit. After you confirmed this Tibet tour with us, please provide your passport, etc information to us on time. Or, extra fee will be charged for the urgent handling charge. Please check with your trip advisor for details.
* We reserve the right to change the itinerary order and attractions in Lhasa;
* There may no guide but always a driver when pick-up and send-off, especially the tourist peak season;
* We may use the public transportation for the airport/hotel transfer such as the airport shutter bus or taxi if the passengers are less than three;
* Single Supplements: for a solo traveler, you are required to pay for a single supplement at the time of booking as the above price is based on a twin room. But if later, you could share the same room with another tourist (same sex), we will refund the single supplement;
* If any unforeseeable or unavoidable situation beyond our control happened, and caused the cancel or delay of the trip, Tibet Travel Dream is not responsible for a refund. And the extra fee caused by should be at the tourists’ side.
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