Mt Kailash Tour

The route leads through a magnificent mountain area, past many Tibetan villages. The tour offers you a spectacular landscape of Tibet and takes you sacred Mt. Kailash, which Hindus and Buddhists view as the “center of the world”. The mighty rock dome of Kailash comes closer. Together with pilgrims from far and wide, you follow the trail (Parikrama) across the Dolma La (5600m), which is adorned with countless prayer flags. It takes three days to circumambulate the snow-covered cupola of the 6714m tall mountain. In Tibetan tradition, you will conclude this pilgrimage in Tirthapuri – which is one of the most important pilgrim destinations along with Kailash and Lake Manasarover. Almost surreal appears the canyon-like valley of the Sutlej. Imbedded lie the ruins of Tsaparang, the capital of the former kingdom of Guge. After visiting the 900-year-old site our drive through the canyon of the Sutlej starts long the north route to Lhasa. The light and shadows of the summer clouds make for a magical atmosphere, dip the barren vastness in tinges of pastel green, yellow deep blue, and violet. En route, we visit two of the most sacred temples of Tibet: Tashilunpo in Shigatse and Kumbum in Gyantse. In Lhasa, the spiritual and secular center of Tibet, is visited by many pilgrims from all over the country.

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.

Short itinerary;

18 days Lhasa to Kashgar tour

DAY 1 – ARRIVE AT LHASA

ELEV:3650 m

Overnight night in Hotel(Lhasa)

DAY 2 – LHASA JOKHANG TEMPLE – BARKHORE SQUARE

Overnight night in Hotel(Lhasa)

DAY 3 – LHASA -RAMOCHE TEMPLE -SERA MONASTERY

Overnight night in Guest house(Gegye)

DAY 4 – LHASA – POTALA PALACE AND NORBULINGKA SUMMER PALACE

Overnight night in Hotel(Lhasa)

DAY 5 – LHASA-YAMDROK LAKE GYANGSTE-SHIGATSE(360km)

ELEV:3900M

Overnight in Hotel(Shigatse)

DAY 6 – SHIGATSE – LHATSE – SAGA(487km)

ELEV:4610M

Overnight night in Hotel or Guest house(Saga)

DAY 7 – SAGA -PARYANG -LAKE MANASAROVAR -DARCHEN (495km)

ELEV:4670M.

Overnight night in Guest house(Darchen)

DAY 08 – DARCHEN -DIRAPHUK KHORA (TREK)

ELEV:5080M

6HOURS/20KM/200M ASCENT

Overnight night in Guest house(Dira puk)

DAY 9 – DIRAPHUK-ZUTRUL PHUK(TREK)

ELEV:4820 m

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

Overnight night in Guest house(Zutrul puk)

DAY 10 – ZUTRULPHUK-DARCHEN(14km walk 3-4 walk) -TIRTHAPURI HOT SPRING( HALF TREK AND DRIVE TO TIRTHAPUTI HOT SPRING)(60km)

ELEV:4610M

3-4HOURS/14KM/150M DESCENT

Overnight night in Guest house(Tirthapuri hotspring)

DAY 11 – TIRTHAPURI TO TSADA(240km)

ELEV:3760M

Overnight night in Hotel or Guest house(Tsada)

DAY 12 – TSADA – GUGE KINGDOM(25km)

Overnight in Hotel or guesthouse(Tsada)

DAY 13 – TSADA – SHIQUANHE

Overnight in hotel (Shiquanhe)

DAY 14 – SHIQUANHE -PANGONG TSO-DORMA

Overnight in guesthouse( Dorma)

DAY 15 – DORMA – DAHONGLIUTAN

 Overnight inGuesthouse( Dahongliutan)

DAY 16 – DAHONGLIUTAN –MAZAR

We will drive 253 km to Mazar. We are now on the Lingzi Thang Plains; the Kunlun mountain ranges are on the right and the Karakorum mountain range left. The road is very straight, and the landscape fantastic: out of the window scenery appears in brown and red alternatively; emerald small lakes shine under the sunlight.

Overnight in hotel( Mazar)

DAY 17- MAZAR-YECHENG

 Overnight in Hotel Yecheng )

DAY 18- YECHENG -KASHGAR

Overnight in Hotel (Kashgar)

Our guide and driver will transfer you to the Lhasa airport or train station and depart Lhasa and end the Tibet Tour

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;

18 days Lhasa to Kashgar tour

DAY 1 – ARRIVE AT LHASA

ELEV:3650 m

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

Overnight night in Hotel(Lhasa)

DAY 2 – LHASA JOKHANG TEMPLE – BARKHORE SQUARE

Group photo at Barkhore square

Group photo at Barkhore square

Morning visit the Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet . In Tibetan language it refers to “Buddha’s house” because the main statue is said to be made by Buddha Sakyamuni himself time. 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. Evening explore city by your self

Overnight night in Hotel(Lhasa)

DAY 3 – LHASA -RAMOCHE TEMPLE -SERA MONASTERY

Sera monastery

Sera monastery

Morning visit the Ramoche temple is considered to be the sister temple to the Jokhang  which was completed about the same time. Tradition says that it was built originally to house the much revered Jowo Rinpoche statue, carried to Lhasa via Lhagang in a wooden cart, brought to Tibet when Princess Wencheng came to Lhasa.

Afternoon visit 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 northern of Lhasa. It is one of the “great three” Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet

Overnight night in Guest house(Gegye)

DAY 4 – LHASA – POTALA PALACE AND NORBULINGKA SUMMER PALACE

Potala Palace

Potala Palace

Morning visit the Potala palace towers above the city of Lhasa as the national landmark that allures the 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 could be viewed from various places around town. As the nation’s supreme relic, the palace dates back to the seventh century A.D.

Afternoon visit the Norbulingka summer palace the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas built in during the 18th century by seven Dalai lama. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history.

Overnight night in Hotel(Lhasa)

DAY 5 – LHASA-YAMDROK LAKE GYANGSTE-SHIGATSE(360km)

ELEV:3900M

Top of Gampala Pass

Top of Gampala Pass

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 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 lake side. and stop luch 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 goldendome, is awe-inspiring. drive to Shigatse only 2 hrs drive

Overnight in Hotel(Shigatse)

DAY 6 – SHIGATSE – LHATSE – SAGA(487km)

ELEV:4610M

Shigatse Tashi Lhunpo monastery

Shigatse Tashi Lhunpo monastery

Morning drive from Shigatse to Saga, enjoying the stunning landscape along the way. Drive through typical Tibetan villages where you can see how normal Tibetans live surviving.. Saga’s altitude is 4,640m above sea level. Saga is the last stop for pilgrims and travelers on their way to Mt. Kailash

Overnight night in Hotel or Guest house(Saga)

DAY 7 – SAGA -PARYANG -LAKE MANASAROVAR -DARCHEN (495km)

ELEV:4670M

Beauty of Darchen

Beauty of Darchen

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 for sparse lone nomads whose lifestyle remains close to what it has been for centuries, and numbers of plateau wild lives. Different natural landscapes like sand dunes and picturesque mountain views are not only the great beauty of the day but also the holy lakes and mountains. Then we will reach to the Manasarovar Lake (victorious lake) in the late afternoon, which is one of the holiest lakes in Tibet and every year it receives hundreds of hundreds of pilgrims from all corner of Tibetan plateau, India and Russia. The lake is surround by several prominent peaks like Gurla Mandata (7760m). Then we will further drive to Darchen which is the starting point of the Mt Kailash (7762m) trekking, you will also have great view of the Kailash from the front. Darchen is a small nomadic village and now increasing number of guesthouses and restaurants make it more commercial. At your arrival you have plenty of time to explore around the town and prepare for the trekking, you can also hiking around the hills to get physically ready for the trekking. In the afternoon, your guide will arrange others 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 night in Guest house(Darchen)

DAY 08 – DARCHEN -DIRAPHUK KHORA (TREK)

ELEV:5080M

6HOURS/20KM/200M ASCENT

First day of Kailash Khora

First day of Kailash Khora

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

Overnight night in Guest house(Dira puk)

Mount Kailash north face

Mount Kailash north face

DAY 9 – DIRAPHUK-ZUTRUL PHUK(TREK)

ELEV:4820M

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

Asecent to Dromla pass

Ascent to Dromla pass

Today we cross Drolma la pass (5630 M) and Gauri Kund Lake (5608 m). From the top of the Dromala pass you can have view of Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion, at the summit, you realize that this tough and challenging ascent has indeed been very worthwhile and fruitful. Further on, the trail descends to the flat fields of Zutul-Puk monastery and  several fascinating caves. The caves at this locale are most popular for meditation; Milarepa’s cave being one of them with Milarepa’s footprints and elbow prints believed to be imprinted all over this cave of mani stones. Accommodation here is quite simple and you can have local guesthouse or monastery guesthouse.

Overnight night in Guest house(Zutrul puk)

Descent to Zultrulpuk

Descent to Zultrulpuk

DAY 10 – ZUTRULPHUK-DARCHEN(14km walk 3-4 walk) -TIRTHAPURI HOT SPRING( HALF TREK AND DRIVE TO TIRTHAPUTI HOT SPRING)(60km)

ELEV:4610M

3-4HOURS/14KM/150M DESCENT

The third and final trek of Mt Kailash it is an easy 2-3hrs walk down you follow the trail through Bharkha plain leading to Darchen crossing several streams along the picturesque gorge. Enchanting view of Mount Kailash accompanies through this Mount Kailash tour and trek  and finely reach to Darchen and drive to Tirdapuri where there is a hot spring. Pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash is not complete without visiting Tirdapuri for the Tibetan Buddhists.

Overnight night in Guest house(Tirthapuri hotspring)

DAY 11 – TIRTHAPURI TO TSADA(240km)

ELEV:3760M

Way to Tsada

Way to Tsada

Northwest from Trithapuri, in the middle of the canyon erosion landscape of the Sutlej River, lie the impressive ruins of Toling and Tsaparang – flourishing centers of the former Kingdom Guge. Tsaparang disappeared in the middle of 17. Century; the Toling monastery, our today’s goal was until the 1960’s religious center.

Overnight night in Hotel or Guest house(Tsada)

DAY 12 – TSADA – GUGE KINGDOM(25km)

Guge Kingdom

Guge Kingdom

Early in the morning we drive to Tsaparang (10 km, 3.800 m), the oldest center of Guge Kingdom. A group of four temples surround the lower part of the fortress walls, one fifth of which lie above the remains of the city, the former Summer Palace of the kings.

DAY 13 – TSADA – SHIQUANHE

Experience various landscape on the way to Shiquanhe (280 km), the capital of Ngari Prefecture in West Tibet a city at the confluence of Indus and Gar. Shiquanhe River the main source of the Indus, originates from the Kailash .( Overnight in Shiquanhe)

DAY 14 – SHIQUANHE -PANGONG TSO-DORMA

Drive northwards to Dorma. On the way we visit the Pangong Tso, a long and narrow lake, situated on the border of Indian and China. Fresh air with fantastic view

(Overnight in Dorma)

DAY 15 – DORMA – DAHONGLIUTAN

Start driving early in the morning because the road becomes more difficult from Dorma. Soon after drive along a river valley we again stand on the land 5,000 to 5.300 m high. Now and then we have to try hard to deal with the rugged road resulted from the heavy trucks. Get across the Tialongtan La (about 5.000 m) and keep on driving 203 km in 7-8 hours to Dahongliutan. ( Overnight in Dahongliutan)

DAY 16 – DAHONGLIUTAN –MAZAR

We will drive 253 km to Mazar. We are now on the Lingzi Thang Plains; the Kunlun mountain ranges are on the right and the Karakorum mountain range left. The road is very straight, and the landscape fantastic: out of the window scenery appears in brown and red alternatively; emerald small lakes shine under the sunlight. (Overnight in Mazar)

DAY 17- MAZAR-YECHENG

Soon after pass by Mazar we begin to cross the Kunlun mountains. The Chiragsaldi (4.960 m) is the last pass we have to cross on the way. Afterwards we drive downward along the Yecheng ravine to Xinjiang. Situated at the edge of the Taklamakan desert, Yecheng is a city with a pretty Bazar inhabited by Uigur and Han Chinese. ( Overnight in Yecheng )

DAY 18- YECHENG -KASHGAR

Early in the morning we drive about 250 km to Kashgar (1.300 m), the largest oasis of China. The tar road runs at the edge of the Taklamakan desert. On the way enjoy the landscape of the Kunlun.

In the afternoon we visit the Sundays market of Kashgar, one of the largest weekly markets of Asia.

(Overnight in Kashgar)

Our guide and driver will transfer you to the Lhasa airport or train station and depart Lhasa and end the Tibet Tour

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.

The journey starts from the holy city of Lhasa and then to Shigatse, where you can feel the different lifestyles and existing cultures on the roof of the world. you can explore some of the monasteries, mountains ranges & holy lakes for the trip. The extraordinary peak of Mount Kailash is the prime focus of the journey, which lies at the heart of the region. It is the pilgrimage destination of Buddhists, Bon, Hindus, and Jains. After Mt Kailash trek you are driving through the heavily eroded sandstone canyon and valleys of the upper Sutlej river are numerous ruins of ancient cities that once comprised the kingdom of Guge, continuous drive to Ali and through the Northern Kailash route, your camera will be busy with a stunning view of lakes, typical nomads and happy wild animals.

Short itinerary;

20 days -Northern Kailash route

DAY 1 – ARRIVE AT LHASA

LHASA (ELEV 3650M)

Overnight night in Hotel (Lhasa)

DAY 2 – LHASA JOKHANG TEMPLE – BARKHORE SQUARE

Overnight night in Hotel (Lhasa)

DAY 3 – LHASA -RAMOCHE TEMPLE -SERA MONASTERY

Overnight night in Hotel (Lhasa)

DAY 4 – LHASA – POTALA PALACE AND NORBULINGKA SUMMER PALACE

Overnight night in Hotel (Lhasa)

DAY 5 – LHASA-YAMDROK LAKE GYANGSTE-SHIGATSE

Shigatse city: (ELEV 3900M)

Overnight night in Hotel (shigatse)

DAY 6 – SHIGATSE – LHATSE – SAGA(457km)

ELEV:4610m

Overnight night in Hotel OR Guesthouse (saga)

DAY 7 – SAGA -PARYANG -LAKE MANASAROVAR -DARCHEN (256KM)

ELEV:4670m

Overnight night in Hotel OR Guesthouse(Darchen)

DAY 08 – DARCHEN -DIRAPHUK KHORA (TREK)

6HOURS/20KM/200M/ASCENT

Overnight night in Guesthouse (Dira puk)

DAY 9 – DIRAPHUK-ZUTRUL PHUK(TREK)

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

Overnight night in Guesthousel (Zutrul puk)

DAY 10 – ZUTRULPHUK-DARCHEN -TIRTHAPURI HOT SPRING( HALF TREK AND DRIVE TO TIRTHAPURI HOT SPRING) drive 72km

3-4HOURS/14KM/150M DESCENT

Overnight night in Guesthouse(Tirthapur hotspring)

DAY 11 – TIRTHAPURI TO TSADA(160km)

ELEV:3760M

Overnight night in Hotel or Guesthouse(Tsada)

DAY 12 – TSADA – GUGE KINGDOM(25km)

Overnight night in Hotel OR Guesthouse (Tsada)

Day 13:  TSADA -ALI(240Km)

ELEV:4280M

Overnight night in Hotel(Ali)

Day 14:  ALI -GEGYE  ( 112km,)

ELEV:4520M

Overnight night in Guest house(Gegye)

Day 15:  GEGYE -GERTSE(368Km)

ELEV:4445M

Overnight night in Guest house(Gertse)

Day 16: GESTSE -TSOCHEN (257Km)

ELEV:4680M

Overnight night in Guest house(Gegye)

Day 17: TSOCHEN-RAKA(240KM)

ELEV:5070M

Overnight night in Guest house(Raka)

Day 18: RAKA -LHATSE(280Km)

ELEV:3950M

Overnight night in Hotel(Lhatse)

Day 19: LHATSE-LHASA(420km)

ELEV:3650M

Overnight night in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 20:  Lhasa airport/ train station dropping off

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;

20 days -Northern Kailash route

DAY 1 – ARRIVE AT LHASA

LHASA (ELEV 3650M)

Arrive at the train station (20km)or airport(60km) in Lhasa. Our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out in this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet.

Overnight night in Hotel (Lhasa)

DAY 2 – LHASA JOKHANG TEMPLE – BARKHORE SQUARE

Barkhore square

Barkhore square

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. Evening explores city by yourself.

Overnight night in Hotel (Lhasa)

DAY 3 – LHASA -RAMOCHE TEMPLE -SERA MONASTERY

Sera monastery Monks Debate

Sera monastery Monks Debate

 Morning visits to the Ramoche temple, It’s the sister temple to the Jokhang, which is completed about the same time. Tradition says that it was built originally to house the much revered Jowo Rinpoche statue, carried to Lhasa via Lhagang in a wooden cart, brought to Tibet when Princess Wencheng came to Lhasa.

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.

Overnight night in Hotel (Lhasa)

DAY 4 – LHASA – POTALA PALACE AND NORBULINGKA SUMMER PALACE

Potala Palace

Potala 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 night in Hotel (Lhasa)

DAY 5 – LHASA-YAMDROK LAKE GYANGSTE-SHIGATSE

Shigatse city: (ELEV 3900M)

Yamdrok lake

Yamdrok Lake

Morning visit Kumbum stupa and Phelchoe monastery Gyantse’s pride is the Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century and overlooks a mesmerizing view of the entire Gyantse and surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has a large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After you enjoy exploring Gyantse, you will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. Having driven to an altitude of 3900 meters, you find yourself at Shigatse, the second-largest city of Tibet.

Overnight night in Hotel (shigatse)

DAY 6 – SHIGATSE – LHATSE – SAGA(457km)

ELEV:4610m

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery

Morning drive from Shigatse to Saga, enjoying the stunning landscape along the way. Drive through typical Tibetan villages where you can see how the local Tibetans live surviving.  Saga’s altitude is 4,640m above sea level. Saga is the last stop for pilgrims and travelers on their way to Mt. Kailash

Overnight night in Hotel OR Guesthouse (saga)

DAY 7 – SAGA -PARYANG -LAKE MANASAROVAR -DARCHEN (256KM)

ELEV:4670m

Way to Mt Kailash

Way to Mt Kailash

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 night in Hotel OR Guesthouse(Darchen)

DAY 08 – DARCHEN -DIRAPHUK KHORA (TREK)

6HOURS/20KM/200M/ASCENT

Frist  day of Mt Kailash trek

Frist day of Mt Kailash trek

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.

Overnight night in Guesthouse (Dira puk)

Mt Kailash North Face

Mt Kailash North Face

DAY 9 – DIRAPHUK-ZUTRUL PHUK(TREK)

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

Dromala pass

Dromala pass

Today we cross Drolma la pass (5630 M) and Gauri Kund Lake (5608 m). From the top of the Dromala pass, you can have a view of Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion, at the summit, you realize that this tough and challenging ascent has indeed been very worthwhile and fruitful. Further on, the trail descends to the flat fields of Zutul-Puk monastery and several fascinating caves. The caves at this locale are most popular for meditation; Milarepa’s cave is one of them with Milarepa’s footprints and elbow prints believed to be imprinted all over this cave of mani stones. Accommodation here is quite simple and you can have a local guesthouse or monastery guesthouse.

Overnight night in Guesthousel (Zutrul puk)

Decedent to Zultrul puk monastery

Decedent to Zultrul puk monastery

DAY 10 – ZUTRULPHUK-DARCHEN -TIRTHAPURI HOT SPRING( HALF TREK AND DRIVE TO TIRTHAPURI HOT SPRING) drive 72km

3-4HOURS/14KM/150M DESCENT

Decedent to Darchen

Decedent to Darchen

The third and final trek of Mt Kailash is an easy 2-3hrs walk down you follow the trail through Barkha plain leading to Darchen crossing several streams along the picturesque gorge. Enchanting view of Mount Kailash accompanies through this Mount Kailash tour and trek and finely reach to Darchen and drive to Tirdapuri where there is a hot spring. Pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash is not complete without visiting Tirdapuri for the Tibetan Buddhists.

Overnight night in Guesthouse(Tirthapur hotspring)

DAY 11 – TIRTHAPURI TO TSADA(160km)

ELEV:3760M

way to Tsada

way to Tsada

Northwest from Trithapuri, in the middle of the canyon erosion landscape of the Sutlej River, lie the impressive ruins of Toling and Tsaparang – flourishing centers of the former Kingdom Guge. Tsaparang disappeared in the middle of 17. Century; the Toling monastery, our today’s goal was until the 1960’s religious center.

Overnight night in Hotel or Guesthouse(Tsada)

DAY 12 – TSADA – GUGE KINGDOM(25km)

Toiling monastery

Toiling monastery

Early in the morning, we drive to Tsaparang (10 km, 3.800 m), the oldest center of the Guge Kingdom. A group of four temples surrounds the lower part of the fortress walls, one-fifth of which lie above the remains of the city, the former Summer Palace of the kings.

Overnight night in Hotel OR Guesthouse (Tsada)

Day 13:  TSADA -ALI(240Km)

ELEV:4280M

Ali

Ali

Drive from Zanda to Ali, pass Laochi-la and Lalung-la over 5000m, the road is equally tough going.

Overnight night in Hotel(Ali)

Day 14:  ALI -GEGYE  ( 112km,)

ELEV:4520M

Drive to Gegye in the afternoon and through the valley follows its way to Gegye, it’s a gently looping river spreading out in multiple channels across teh valley floor. Gegye is the best and most reliable place to spend the night until Gertse.

Overnight night in Guest house(Gegye)

Day 15:  GEGYE -GERTSE(368Km) 

ELEV:4445M

Drive from Gegye to Gertse, the road becomes wider. Today you will be driven on Tibetan Northern nomad’s land, have a great view of the wild animals and fantastic landscapes,before you get to Getse, you will pass several small lakes set in a wide plain.

Overnight night in Guest house(Gertse)

Day 16: GESTSE -TSOCHEN (257Km) 

ELEV:4680M

Drive from Gertse to Tsochen, on the way you will see some small lakes, today pass beautiful valleys one after another and turquoise water lake Dawa tso is a wonderful part of the day trip.

Overnight night in Guest house(Gegye)

Day 17: TSOCHEN-RAKA(240KM)

ELEV:5070M

Drive from Tsochen to Raka, along the valley, pass Songma-la pass (5500m), then you will see Tagyel-tso, and other small lakes, Raka is situated on the junction of the road with Northern road to Ali or Mt.Kailash.

Overnight night in Guest house(Raka)

Day 18: RAKA -LHATSE(280Km)

ELEV:3950M

In the morning trace the road back to Lhatse via Sangsang.

Overnight night in Hotel(Lhatse)

Day 19: LHATSE-LHASA(420km)

ELEV:3650M

Today it is a bit long drive, from Shigatse it will drive along the Brahmaputra river via the northern friendship highway to Lhasa.

Overnight night in Hotel(Lhasa)

Day 20:  Lhasa airport/ train station dropping off
Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, the time comes to say your farewells to your guide and driver, end the trip.

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.