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15 Days Lhasa-Yamtroktso-Shigatse-Mt Everest-Mt. Kailash-Guge Kingdom Tour

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TOT: 15 Days Lhasa-Yamtroktso-Shigatse-Mt Everest-Mt. Kailash-Guge Kingdom Tour
Mt Everest
Tour Type: Group Tour: Fixed Travel Date & Around 12 People in one group
Guide & Driver: Chinese-English-speaking guide & Experienced driver
Highlights:
  • Fixed departure time – the best choice for travelers preferring to join a group tour
  • Witness the wonderful monk debating at Sera Monastery
  • Features a pilgrimage excursion to the holy mountain Mt. Kailash
From $1875 p/p Free Inquiry
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Day 1  Arrival Lhasa

Altitude: 3650m   Distance: 100km, about 1.5 hours’ drive

Upon your arrival at the Lhasa airport, your tour guide will greet you and escort you to your hotel and help you check in. You will have the rest of the day and evening to rest and relax to become acclimatized to the higher altitude of Tibet. 

Travel Tip:

With its much higher elevation, some visitors may experience symptoms of altitude sickness. We recommend taking everything slowly, getting plenty of rest the first day and staying very well hydrated by drinking plenty of water to minimize the effects of the high altitude. Usually, you will fine by the second day, but if you do experience severe and/ or worsening symptoms, please contact your tour guide or a member of our staff immediately. 

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Lhasa

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Day 2  Lhasa City Sightseeing – Traditional Handicraft Art Center, Sera Monastery(B)

Altitude: 3650m

Traditional Handicraft Art Center - Design Your Own Tibetan Handicrafts - Sera Monastery Debates

This day will give you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in Tibetan culture as you will be involved in the hands-on process of the traditional Tibetan handicrafts;, we will learn how to make a simple traditional Tibetan cuisine in a typical Tibetan setting. Dishes will include making Tsampa (roasted barley) with butter and cheese, enjoy Tibetan butter tea and other tasty Tibetan treats. After that, we will take you to the treasure house of Tibetan culture which will teach you all about various Tibetan costumes, such as making Tibetan incense, the methods behind Tibetan calligraphy and the secrets of block printing. The whole journey takes around 2 hours.

Then we will move on to visit the holy Sera Monastery, which is held in the courtyard almost every day between 3:00 and 5:30 p.m. Please note that in case of some special monastery activities such as the Dharma Meeting or the reception of VIPs, the monk debates may be canceled that day. After our visit to the monastery, feel free to stroll around the streets of Lhasa as you absorb the atmosphere and spirit of the devoted Tibetan people, or you may return to your hotel to rest and relax from this wonderful Tibetan cultural experience.

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Lhasa

sera monastery

sera monastery

Day 3  Lhasa City Sightseeing - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street(B)

Altitude: 3650m  

Potala Palace

Initially built in 641 AD and listed as a world heritage site in 1994, the Potala Palace is the most popular tourist attraction in Tibet. The halls, murals, statues and mountain views will make you shocked even if you are not a Buddhist.

Jokhang Monastery

The Jokhang Monastery is the final destination for pilgrims. A statue of the 12-year-old Sakyamuni, who lived in India in the fifth century BC, and who was the creator of Buddhism, is collected in the monastery. This is the reason why Buddhists consider Lhasa a Sacred Land.

Barkhor Street

Located near the Jokhang Monastery, the Barkhor Street was only a place for Buddhists to do a religious circumambulation in ancient times. Nowadays, tourists can buy exquisite souvenirs on the street, such as handicrafts, costumes, tea, prayer wheels and Tibetan incense.

Tips for Visiting Potala Palace

1. The number of visitors to the palace is strictly limited to 2,300 per day. Visitors can only visit during the time specified on the admission ticket.

2. Admission tickets to visit the Potala Palace are sold out almost every day, so it is strongly recommended to book your tickets several days in advance.     

3. There are many steps at the Potala Palace, so it’s best to take it slowly to avoid possible altitude discomfort.

4. Visitors should respect the rules while visiting. Do not wear hats, wear revealing clothes or step on thresholds as these actions violate local customs.

5. Photography and the taking of videos are forbidden inside the Potala Palace.

6. A security search will be taken place at the entrance to the palace. Explosives, flammables, knives, lighters and even water bottles are not allowed inside the Potala Palace.


Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Lhasa

potala palace

potala palace

Day 4  Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Karola Glacier - Shigatse(B)

Altitude: 4000m   Distance: 380km, about 7 hours’drive

This morning we’ll take a drive up to the Kampala Pass (elevation 4797 meters) where you’ll have a glimpse of Yamdrok Lake down below as well as spectacular views of the holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. You will want to have your camera at the ready for the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake, which is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet, and the beautiful Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier as seen from the Karol la Pass. Later on we’ll be able to visit the Karola Glacier.

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Shigatse

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Day 5  Shigatse - Gawula Pass - Rongbuk Monastery - EBC(B)

Altitude: 5100m   Distance: 340km, about 7 hours’ drive

After breakfast we’ll set out towards the peak of the world – Mount Everest. Departing from Shigatse you will see some of the most beautiful and unique scenery in the world – incredibly blue skies, floating high clouds, endless grasslands and the highest mountain peaks in the world. We’ll also stop by the Rongbuk Monastery – the world’s highest altitude monastery before spending the night at the Everest Base Camp.

Travel Tip:

Today’s food and lodging is poor. Due to the high altitude, it is possible that you may have some symptoms of altitude sickness. We recommend that you stay well hydrated, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery to minimize your symptoms. 

Accommodation: EBC tent or guesthouse

everest tour

everest tour

Day 6  Everest Base Camp - Shishapangma Protection Zone - Pelkhu-tso - Saga(B)

Altitude: 4600m   Distance: 320km, about 7 hours’ drive

Today we will drive the old Tingri Road to Saga County, with views of Mount Everest and Mount Shishapangma (elevation 8012 meters), which was the last of the world’s 8000-meter peaks to be climbed. The road conditions get rougher from the old Tingri Road as it runs parallel to the to the Himalayan mountain ranges and the Nepalese sides known as the Anapurna Ranges. The main road passes through the desolate plains of Digur Tang, with its enormous sand dunes contrasting with the neighboring snow peaks of Shishapangma and Langtang to the south. As we leave the Bum-chu basin, we will descend into the relatively lower elevations of the Pelkhu-tso (elevation 4600 meters), a cobalt blue lake. After checking out the lake, we’ll drive the additional 69 kilometers on to Saga County and spend the night in the small town of Saga.

Accommodation: Hotel in Saga

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Day 7  Saga - Baryang - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen

Altitude: 4600m   Distance: 500km, about 7 hours’ drive

On this 7th day we will drive to Drongpa County, which was founded around the bountiful resources of the Brahmaputra River. We will make a stop in a small village along the main road that consists of only a few basic guesthouses, restaurants and a small monastery known as “Old Drongpa”. Scattered around the monastery you will be able to observe a pile of yak heads that are carved with “sutras” and “mantras”. New Drongpa is another small town with a few shops, hotels and restaurants located about 25 kilometers from Old Drongpa monastery. We will continue on to the Baryang Township (elevation 4750 meters) and drive around Lake Manasarovar before reaching our final destination for the day, Darchen, where we will spend the night.


Accommodation: Standard/Comfort Hotel in Darchen

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Day 8  Mt. Kailash Trek Day One – Darchen – Drirapuk

Buddhist pilgrims traditionally begin the 52-kilometer religious trek around Mt. Kailash at Darchen (elevation 4574 meters), which is also the finishing point for the circumnavigation of the sacred mountain. After hiking for a few hours out of Darchen, we will reach a valley known by the locals as “Sarshung” where we will meet an eager group of porters who will be happy to help us carry our gear on yaks and horses along the rest of the trek. After another couple of hours of trekking, we will find a grassy plain populated by nomads, who will be happy to offer up their tents as a place to relax with some soft drinks for a while. From here, we will travel on for another approximately two hours to a place known as Drirapuk (elevation 4920 meters) where we will spend the night in a monastery’s guesthouse that offers the best accommodations in this area (although it is still very rustic.) 

Accommodation: Guesthouse of Drirapuk Monastery

mt. kailash

mt. kailash

Day 9  Mt. Kailash Trek Day Two – Drirapuk – Dzultripuk

This second day of our circuit of Mt. Kailash will be the toughest as we ascend 762 meters up to the Dolma-la Pass. The peak of this pass lies about 5630 meters above sea level, so we’ll get an early start as the sun begins its rise over the mountain ridges above us. Once we have reached the peak of the Dolma-la Pass, we’ll stop for a rest and the opportunity to admire all of the fantastic scenery around us. Then we will begin our descent to the Lhachu Valley, which will take us about one hour. After another short rest, we’ll trek on for another four hours to our final destination for the day. We will walk along the right side of the river to finally reach Dzultripuk, whose name means “miracle cave of Milarepa” in the local language. We will be glad that we got an early start to reach Dzultripuk so that we will get there before the other groups – there are a limited number of rooms available here. We will have time this evening for some rest and relaxation in the guesthouse as we prepare for the final strech of our trek tomorrow.

Accommodation: Guesthouse of Dzultripuk Monastery

mt. kailash

mt. kailash

Day 10  Mt. Kailash Trek Day Three – Dzultripuk – Zanda

Today we will complete our trek around Mt. Kailash, beginning by visiting the many caves, temples and shrines that have been built upon around Milarepa’s cave. It is an easy walk back towards Darchen, taking only about 3 hours of trekking to reach the end of the valley where our driver will meet us to take us back up to Darchen and then the driver will take us to Zanda where we will spend the night.

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort Hotel in Zanda

mt. kailash

mt. kailash

Day 11  One day trip in Zanda - Guge Kingdom and the Torling Monastery, drive back to Darchen

We will visit the ruins of the ancient Guge Kingdom and the Torling Monastery. Located in the Ngar Region of Tibet, the ruins of the Guge Kingdom were once an imperial estate that fell into disrepair after the civil war revolt and the invasion of the 8 Allied Forces of foreign countries that destroyed the once prosperous state. Luckily the legendary kingdom has not been totally lost as much can still be learned from what remains of it.

And after that,you will see the magnificent Zanda Clay Forest. Entering into Zanda county, the clay forest standing on both sides of Elephant Spring River winds over more than five kilometers. The clay is like warriors defending the mountaintop, some like thousands of horses galloping, and some like devout followers of a religion nurturing themselves, standing there quietly. From different angles, you can see wonderful scenery.

The clay forest in geology is known as "the Level Terrane Physiognomy," formed by erosion, where the sediment of lakes and rivers, mainly composed by sandstone and clay, have formed into various shapes. The Level Terrane has developed upright qualities, and the valley is deep. 

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort Hotel in Darchen

guge-kingdom

guge kingdom ruins

Day 12  Darchen – Saga

Altitude: 4600m   Distance: 500km, about 6 hours’ drive

Today we will drive through the windswept territory of rural Tibet, passing through numerous small villages as well as camps of yak and sheepherders on our way back to Saga. With all of the beautiful scenery surrounding us, we will have plenty of opportunities to stop and take photos if you like. 

Accommodation: Hotel in Saga

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Day 13  Saga - Shigatse

Altitude: 4000m   Distance: 500km, about 6 hours’ drive

More spectacular scenery awaits us as we continue on our leisurely drive back to Shigatse where we will spend the night.

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Shigatse

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Day 14  Shigatse - Tashilunpo Monastery – Lhasa (B)

We will get an early start today to visit the Tashilunpo Monastery, which was founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama. After visiting this ancient monastery, one of the most important sites in Tibetan Buddhism, then we will head back to Lhasa.

Accommodation: Standard/Comfort hotel in Lhasa

shigatse tashilunpo monastery

shigatse tashilunpo monastery

Day 15  Lhasa Departure (B)

Altitude: 3650m Distance: 100km, about 1.5 hours’drive

Today you will have free time until your tour guide escorts you to the Lhasa train station or airport for your departing train or flight from Lhasa. This will end your tour services in Tibet. 

Accommodation:

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Price Includes.
    1 Transportation
    7-23 seats regular tourist buses.
    Because overall reception capacity is relatively limited and local vehicles are relatively old in Tibet, the condition of the vehicles is not as good as that of other cities in China. Sometimes air conditioners in vehicles cannot work normally due to Tibet special climatic conditions;
    In certain part of roads, it requires limited speed (for example, It needs to take at least two driving hours to complete the appointed kilometers), so the driver will randomly choose the stopping place to rest.
    If it’s less than 4 passengers doing Lhasa city tour, we will probably arrange the tour guide to take taxi. And the taxi fee will be at the tour guide expense.
    2 Accommodation (1 twin room with breakfasts)
    See hotels options above
    3 Meals
    a. All breakfasts except Saga, Darchen and Zanda (Day 7 to Day 13)
    b. Two featured meals: Tibetan welcome banquet in Lhasa & The world’s highest altitude hot pot experience in EBC
    Please take care of other meals by yourself; if you give up the meal due to your own reasons, the meal fee will not be refunded. If there are travelers who are not used to dining in Tibetan areas, they can prepare their own meals.
    4 Guide
    Professional Chinese-English speaking tour guide
    5 Entrance ticket
    Traditional Handicraft Art Center/ Sera Monastery/ Potala Palace/ Jokhang Temple/ Yamdrok Lake / Karola Glacier/ Kumbum Monastery/ Rongphu monastery/ EBC/ EBC Environment Protection Vehicle Fee/ Mount Kailash/ Lake Manasarovar/ Kailash Battery Car/ Ruins of Guge Kingdom/ Torling Monastery / Tashilumpo Monastery
    We guarantee travelers visit the first entrance of the scenic spots listed in the itinerary. If the scenic spot cannot be visited due to policy reasons or weather conditions, the ticket fees will be fully refunded.
    If the entrance ticket price is temporarily adjusted by the scenic spot or Tibet governments promotion policy in low season, we won’t add or refund the difference.
    The sceneries mentioned in the itinerary other than the above-listed spots are all passing sceneries and do not involve entrance ticket fees.
    6 Tibet Permits
    Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, Military Permits, Border Pass
    7 Travel Insurance  
    Travel Accident Insurance, Vehicle Seat Insurance, Travel Agency Liability Insurance
    8 Pick up and Drop off  
    Pick up and drop off at the airport (or train station)
    9 Oxygen and Water
    a. A container of Oxygen per person for emergency use
    b. 2 bottles of drinking water per person per day
    c. 4L Medical oxygen cylinder with car
    10 Service fees
    a. All taxes, fees and handling charges
    b. Reservation fee for visiting Potala Palace
Price Excludes.
    1 Single Room Supplement
    Two people in a room. If travelers need to stay in a single room, he must make up for the price difference for the single room.
    2 Room Loss Fee
    The room fee incurred during the itinerary change needed to be paid by own.
    3 Personal Expenses  
    Laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
    4 Force Majeure
    Due to irresistible objective reasons and non-travel agency reasons (such as natural disasters, wars, strikes, etc.) or airline flight delays or cancellations, consulate visa delays, insufficient number of travelers and other special conditions, travel agency has the right to cancel or change the itinerary, everything beyond Expenses (such as visa fees, accommodation, meal and transportation fees, air ticket fees adjustments, etc.) The travel agency has the right to charge travelers additional fees.
    5 Tips to the guide and driver  
    Tips are not required but expected, we suggest 30 CNY per person per day to the guide and another 30 CNY per person per day to the driver.
    6 Transportation  
    Flight/Train tickets in and out of Tibet
Booking Information

1.The above routes accept Chinese people(people from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) and foreign visitors to attend the group booking, foreign guests and Taiwan tourists to Tibet, please contact us to apply for Tibet Permit!

2.Due to Covid-19, there has international travel restrictions for Tibet travel, so we can not guarantee travelers in one group are all English speakers. Our professional tour guide will provide Chinese-English service if there has English speakers in the join-in group. Therefore, we will not make any reimbursement for tour guide language reason.

3.June, July, August, September is peak season. Joining our group can guarantee the ticket of Potala Palace. The Potala Palace may be adjusted to the other days because of the current limitation of 2,300 visitors per day to protect the historic site.

4.Without affecting the original standards and scenic spots, we might change the sequences of scenic spots according to the actual situation on the day of the trip.

5.Patients with severe hypertension, asthma or heart disease should not join the group. Patients with colds should only go to Tibet after recovery.

6.Due to force majeure factors in case of landslides, mud-rock flow, avalanche, flood, earthquake and other natural phenomena influence or airline flight delay, cancel to causes such as the increase of expenses or unable to follow a normal schedule, we shall not bear the liability for compensation according to the tourism related regulations, but we will actively coordinate processing, in order to ensure a smooth trip.

7.Any failure to complete the activities during the tour due to the guests' own reasons or early departure will be considered as a waiver and the fee will not be refunded.

8.Tibet is a borderland area inhabited by ethnic minorities with limited tourist reception conditions. We hope that visitors can have reasonable expectations, respect the cultural beliefs and living habits of ethnic minorities and live in harmony with each other.

9.If there is a single room due to gender reasons, we will arrange a triple room (or double standard room with and extra bed) or fill the single room difference by the guest.

10.The shops in scenic spots do not belong to the travel agency's shopping shop arrangement. Please consider carefully.

11.Self-paid items are considered according to the time and the proportion of the approved members on the day, and no mandatory consumption is made.

Warm Tips

1.Travelers with severe high blood pressure or heart disease should not go to Tibet. Please do not bring serious colds into Tibet. Don’t go before the serious colds recovered!

2.Tibet is located in the plateau and most of the travelers might have plateau reaction. Please pay attention to rest and have proper diet (do not eat too full, because it will increase the burden of the stomach). Travelers can be appropriate to take some drugs, such as: Gaoyuan An, Rhodiola, Nuodi Kang; travelers with serious can appropriately take oxygen or hanging saline.

3.Because of the long drive in Tibet, travelers will spend a lot of time in the car, and inevitably can not eat on time, please bring some snacks and biscuits during drive.

4.Due to the special conditions in Tibet, please pay attention to keep warm. On the first day of arrival, please do not try to take a bath. Taking a bath will accelerate blood circulation and increase the body's demand for oxygen.

5.Tibet has a strong sunshine, especially dry climate, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm and other essential are necessary.

6.From April to November is the best time for sightseeing.

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