Lhasa to Mt Kailash tour

15 days Lhasa to Mt Kailash tour Via Everest Base Camp is one of the best overland tours in Tibet. You can explore the world’s highest mountain Everest and also one of the holiest Mt Kailash for the Buddhist, Bon, and Hinduism pilgrimages, some of the holy lakes like Laka Manasarovar, Yamdrok lake, etc…..

Short itinerary;

15 days Lhasa to Mt Kailash tour Via Everest Base Camp

Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa

ELEV:3650M

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 02: Lhasa-Jokhang temple-Sera monastery

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 03: Lhasa -Potala palace-Norbulingka summer palace

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 04: Lhasa-Yamdrok lake -Karola glacier -Gyangtse-Kumbum stupa-Phelchoe monastery-Shigatse(360km)

ELEV:3900M

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 05: Shigatse-Lhatse town-New Tingri-Everest Base Camp(350km)

ELEV:5008M

Overnight in Guest house(tent guest house or Rongphu monastery guesthouse )

Day 06: Everest Base Camp-Old tingri-Mt Shishapangma  view-Pekui sto lake-Saga(250km)

ELEV:4610M

Overnight in Guesthouse(Saga)

Day 07: Saga-Paryang-Darchen(485km)

ELEV:4670M

Overnight in Guesthouse(Darchen)

Day 08: First day of Kailash trek: Darchen to Diraphuk monastery(20km walk, 6hrs)

 ELEV:5080M

6HOURS/20KM/200M ASCENT

For the accommodation in here is tent guesthouse, Shishpangma hotel and monasteries guesthouse.

Day 09: Second day of Kailash trek : Diraphuk to Zultrulphuk(18km walk, 7-8 hrs)

ELEV:820M

7-8HOURS/18KM/550M ASCENT/600M DESCENT

Overnight in Zultrukphuk guesthouse)

Day 10: Third day of Kailash Trek: Zultrulphuk-Darchen(14km walk, 3-4hrs)  drive to Lake Manasarovar(60km)

ELEV:4560M

3-4HOURS/14KM/150M DESCENT

(overnight night in Lake Manasarovar guesthouse)

Day 11: Lake Manasarovar drive back to Saga(435km)

 ELEV:4610M

(Overnight in guesthouse(Saga)

Day 12: Saga-Lhatse-Shigatse(500km)

ELEV:3900M

(Overnight in Hotel(Shigatse)

Day 13: Shigatse -Lhasa(280km)

ELEV:3650 m

y(Overnight in Hotel(Shigatse)

Day 14: Rest day in Lhasa

.(Overnight in Hotel(Shigatse)

Day 15: Depart Lhasa

Price includes:

  • All the necessaries Tibet Travel Permit
  • All the necessaries entrance fees
  • Your accommodation with included breakfast but for the guesthouse breakfast is not included
  • Tibetan English Speaking guide
  • Car and driver for the whole trip
  • Agency service fee
  • guide and driver accommodation and meal
  • permit shipping fee

Price Excludes:

  • Your lunch and dinner plus guesthouse breakfast
  • your flight or train ticket both way
  • personal expenses
  • guide and driver tips

Feel free to ask if you have any further questions.

Detail itinerary;

15 days Lhasa to Mt Kailash tour Via Everest Base Camp

15 days Lhasa to Mt Kailash tour Via Everest Base Camp is one of the best overland tours in Tibet. You can explore the world’s highest mountain Everest and also one of the holiest Mt Kailash for the Buddhist, Bon, and Hinduism pilgrimages, some of the holy lakes like Laka Manasarovar, Yamdrok lake, etc…..

Day 01: Arrive at Lhasa

ELEV:3650M

Our guide and driver will come to Lhasa airport or train station and transfer you to the hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet.

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 02: Lhasa-Jokhang temple-Sera monastery

Sera Monastery monks debate

Sera Monastery monks debate

Morning visits the Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet. In the Tibetan language, it refers to Buddha’s house. The most important statue is said to be made by Buddha Sakyamuni himself time. It was built in the 7th-century 32nd king Songtsen Gampo. The Jokhang temple is the convergence of Tibet’s spiritual and secular life. Here you can meet all kinds of tribes from the Tibetan plateau. The surrounding market is called Bakhore. One of the most important religious paths.

Afternoon visits the Sera monastery. All the Gelugpa monasteries history is strongly connected to Master Lama Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), the founder of the Gelugpa order, the much venerated and highly learned guru in Buddhist scriptures. The Sera Monastery at the foot of Sera Uste Hill is located 2 kilometers north of Lhasa. It is one of the great three Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet.

Evening explores city by yourself.

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 03: Lhasa -Potala palace-Norbulingka summer palace

Norbulingka summer Palace

Norbulingka summer Palace

Morning visits the Potala palace towers above the city of Lhasa as the national landmark that allures international visitors. The massive 13-storeyed building used to be the former abode for the Dalai lamas. It looks incredibly magnificent from a distance and can be viewed from various places around town. As the nation’s supreme relic, the palace dates back to the seventh century A.D.

Afternoon visits the Norbulingka summer palace, the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas built-in during the 18th century by seven Dalai lamas. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the holiest sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history.

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 04: Lhasa-Yamdrok lake -Karola glacier -Gyangtse-Kumbum stupa-Phelchoe monastery-Shigatse(360km)

ELEV:3900M

Gyangtse Kumbum Stupa

Gyangtse Kumbum Stupa

The first day we drive westwards to Mt.Kailash will reach Shigatse, which is the second biggest city in Tibet. on the way to Shigatse, we will pass kangpa-la with 4794m, from the top of the pass in clear weather, we can see the Yamdrotso lake in a fabulous shade of deep turquoise, Just a few kilometers’ driving through the shore of lake yamdrok-yutso reaches Nangartse county and is the largest town on the lakeside. and stop lunch at Nangartse town and after finished lunch drive toward Gyangste, after half hours you have to cross the 5050m karo-la pass with its awesome roadside views of the Nanchan- Kangtsang glacier. in Gyantse city, you will explore the Kubum Monastery which is the town’s foremost attraction. The 35m-high chorten(stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome, is awe-inspiring. drive to Shigatse only 2 hrs drive.

Overnight in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 05: Shigatse-Lhatse town-New Tingri-Everest Base Camp(350km)

ELEV:5008M

Mt Everest

Mt Everest

Today we will drive straight to EBC by crossing several passes along the way, you will have the first views of mighty Himalayans from the pass of Gyatso La(5400m) after Lhatse and a distant view of Mt. Everest from its viewing point soon after the climb down Gyatso la, shortly after the border checkpoint at Shegar, turn off the Friendship Highway and drive toward the south in the valley, cross over the Gawu la pass[5250m] through zigzags road, from the pass you will amaze the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its mighty peaks beyond 8000m, Mt.Makalu(8463m), Mt.Lotse(8516m), Mt.Everest(8844m), Mt.Cho Oyu(8201m) and Mt.Shishapama(8020m) from Left to right, climbing down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Zom town before the Tashi Zom town take environment bus to Everest Base Camp. Everest Base Camp is located in the Rongbuk valley. Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and it consists of both monks and nuns. a short walk from tent or Rongphu Monastery to Everest Base Camp We suggest you bring your sleeping bags for the night if available as the local tent guesthouses reuse the blankets for several weeks due to their poor facility. Overnight at local tent guesthouses except for Nov – Mar where the tent guesthouses close and only Rongbuk monastery guesthouse is available

Overnight in Guest house(tent guest house or Rongphu monastery guesthouse )

Note: before leaving Shigatse, your guide need some time to obtain the ATP from the local PSB, ATP is also known as Alien’s Travel Permit and it is a permit that should be issued for the border check at Shegar(

Day 06: Everest Base Camp-Old tingri-Mt Shishapangma  view-Pekui sto lake-Saga(250km)

ELEV:4610M

Shishapangma grassland

Shishapangma grassland

Today view of Mt Everest sunrise and view of 5 highest Himalaya ranges and drive toward old Tingri from there you can have a nice view of Mt Everest and Mt JowoOyu and stop lunch and Old Tingri and drive to toward Saga on the way you can have a view of Mt Shishapangma(8012m) which is one of the highest mountain fully located in Tibet after that you can see Phelcu sto lake. and after several passes, you can reach to Sage town(Overnight in Guesthouse)

Day 07: Saga-Paryang-Darchen(485km)

ELEV:4670M

Mt Kailash south face

Mt Kailash south face

Today the thrilling journey across the dry and vast plain with stunning views of great Himalaya in the south and Trans-Himalayan in the north. The moonscape plain of the region is home to nomads whose lifestyle remains close to what it has been for centuries and numbers of plateau wild lives.  Different natural landscapes like sand dunes, picturesque and mountain views also holy lakes and mountains.   Then we will reach Manasarovar Lake (victorious lake).  Which is one of the holiest lakes in Tibet, and every year it receives hundreds of hundreds of pilgrims from all corners of the Tibetan plateau, India, and Russia.    The Manasarovar lake is surrounded by several prominent peaks like Gurla Mandata (7760m). Then we will further drive to Darchen where we the starting point of the Mt Kailash (7762m) trekking.  You will also have a great view of the Kailash from the front.  Darchen is a small nomadic village and now an increasing number of guesthouses and restaurants make it more commercial. On your arrival, you have plenty of time to explore around the town and prepare for trekking.  You can also hike around the hills to get physically ready for trekking.  Afternoon, your guide will arrange other trekking necessities like porters and yaks for your luggage transportation. You can find different restaurants according to your taste or your guide will help you to find some better ones.

Overnight in Guesthouse(Darchen)

Beauty of Darchen

Beauty of Darchen

Day 08: First day of Kailash trek: Darchen to Diraphuk monastery(20km walk, 6hrs)

 ELEV:5080M

6HOURS/20KM/200M ASCENT

Mt Kailash west face

Mt Kailash west face

First day of the trek from Darchen to Dira Puk Monastery. It takes 6 hours walk. Further ahead, verdant meadows and picturesque streams lie en route to Lha Chu Valley. The trail overlooks a turquoise river cascading over a narrow canyon with high steep cliffs.  En route, the north face of Kailash comes into vision.  The trail will approach the 13th-century monastery of Dira-Puk. We recommended you to visit the Dira-Puk Monastery and from there you can have a nice view of Mt Kailash.  For the accommodation in here is tent guesthouse, Shishpangma hotel and monasteries guesthouse.

Mt Kailash North face

Mt Kailash North face

 Day 09: Second day of Kailash trek : Diraphuk to Zultrulphuk(18km walk, 7-8 hrs)

ELEV:4820M

7-8HOURS/18KM/550M ASCENT/600M DESCENT

Mt Kailash East Face

Mt Kailash East Face

Today we cross Drolma la pass (5630 M) and Gauri Kund Lake (5608 m) where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in the icy waters of the lake.Overnight in Zultrukphuk guesthouse)

Way back to Zultrulpuk

Way back to Zultrulpuk

Day 10: Third day of Kailash Trek: Zultrulphuk-Darchen(14km walk, 3-4hrs)  drive to Lake Manasarovar(60km)

ELEV:4560M

3-4HOURS/14KM/150M DESCENT

Lake Manasarovar & Mt Kailash

Lake Manasarovar & Mt Kailash

After the Circumambulating of Kailash. drive to Laka Manasarovar . it’s a good time to take a good shower in the hot spring and relax (overnight night in Lake Manasarovar guesthouse)

Lake Manasarovar view

Lake Manasarovar view

Day 11: Lake Manasarovar drive back to Saga(435km)

 ELEV:4610M

way back to Saga

way back to Saga

Drive back with same route

(Overnight in guesthouse(Saga)

Day 12: Saga-Lhatse-Shigatse(500km)

ELEV:3900M

Shigaste Tashi Lhunpo monastery

Shigaste Tashi Lhunpo monastery

Enjoy the stunning landscape along the way. Drive through typical Tibetan villages where you can see how normal Tibetans live surviving.

(Overnight in Hotel(Shigatse)

Day 13: Shigatse -Lhasa(280km)

ELEV:3650M

Lhasa City View

Lhasa City View

The primary target today is the giant monastery in Shigatse city, (Tashilunpo Monastery), the preaching place of Panchen Lama who is the most prestigious Tibetan leader in vast Shigatse Prefecture. Tashilunpo Monastery is one of the four famous monasteries of Gelugpa Sect where travelers can look up at the tallest copper statue of [Great Figure of Buddha] with reverence. Memorial photos can be taken at the gate of the giant monastery.
The choice for those not interested is to ramble in the Shigatse area (free of charge), the exclusive relaxing place in Tibet where travelers will have the chance to view Brahmaputra sightseeing, grasslands in the desert, sand -dunes, and Tibetan incense workbenches. We are returning to Lhasa after lunch. On the whole, way, what will be permanently impressive are unique Tibetan customs, the small valley of River Brahmaputra, and alpine scenery
(Overnight in Hotel(Shigatse)

Day 14: Rest day in Lhasa

Farerwell dinner

Farewell dinner

Today rest day in Lhasa without guide and explore Lhasa city by your self and also you have time to shopping by yourself. (Overnight in Hotel(Shigatse)

Day 15: Depart Lhasa

Price includes:

  • All the necessaries Tibet Travel Permit
  • All the necessaries entrance fees
  • Your accommodation with included breakfast but for the guesthouse breakfast is not included
  • Tibetan English Speaking guide
  • Car and driver for the whole trip
  • Agency service fee
  • guide and driver accommodation and meal
  • permit shipping fee

Price Excludes:

  • Your lunch and dinner plus guesthouse breakfast
  • your flight or train ticket both way
  • personal expenses
  • guide and driver tips

Feel free to ask if you have any further questions.