15 Days Mt. Kailash and Lake Monasarovar Group Tour

Price from:
Lhasa-Shigatse-Mt. Everest-Saga-Lake Monasarovar-Mt. Kailash
Trip transfers:
mini van or coach
Group size:
start from 8 pax
Guide for the trip:
English, local people


Flexibility:you can also take this trip no matter you have short time or longer time

Changable:you may like this trip but if you do not like the hotels we arrange for the group, so you can customize this trip by change the hotels where there is possibility

The Friendship Highway between Lhasa and Kathmandu is the main travelers’ route through Tibet and allows a number of excellent detours. It's an ideal route in that it takes in most of Tibet's main sights, offers superb scenery and features a spectacular roller-coaster ride down from high La Lung-la into the Kathmandu valley. With this small group, you can head straight from Lhasa to the coiling scorpion-lake of Yamdrok and the glacier-draped Karo-la pass to Gyantse. Then a 90-minutes drive away is Shigatse with its impressive Tashilumpu Monastery. The most popular excursion from the road is to Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp. A new paved road has cut down driving time to just a few hours. This classic overland route of around 1300km can be done in just 7 days on this well organized trip, and it takes in central Tibet’s most important monasteries, plus views of the world’s highest peak.

Minimum number of people for the trip : 3 person


How we are DIFFERENT?

√100% Lhasa LOCAL Travel Agency-Selecting Best Standard Tibetan travel guides;

√100% small group size tour (less than 16 pax) to maintain service quality and avoid mass tourism;

√Instant support to all members before, during and after the trip;

√Absolutely no forced shopping or tourist trap and No Hidden Cost;

√100% friendly to local environment by practicing the knowledge of Responsible Tibet Tourism.

At a Glance

    • Day1: Arrive in Lhasa (alt. 3600m)

    • Day2: Lhasa escorted city tour-1

    • Day3: Lhasa escorted city tour-2 

    • Day4: Drive to Shigatse via Gyantse

    • Day5: Shigatse - Mt. Everest

    • Day6: Mt. Everest Base Camp – Saga

    • Day7: Saga – Lake Monasaravar

    • Day8: Lake Monasaravar – Mount Kailash

    • Day9: Kailash Circuit Trek / Diraphuk 6+ hours walking/trekking

    • Day10: Diraphuk / Zutrulphuk, 6+ hours walking/trekking

    • Day11: Zutrulphuk trek to Darchen / Drive to Paryang

    • Day12: Paryang– Saga

    • Day13: Saga – Geelong-Lhatze

    • Day14: Lhatse – Lhasa

    • Day15: Lhasa Gonggar Airport


Daily Itinerary

Arrive in Lhasa(alt.3600m) Meals:- Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3 star or similar 

Today's activities: Rest and take a peak of Lhasa by yourself

Welcome to the "Roof of the World." On your arrival to Tibet, we will meet you at the airport or train station and transfer you to the hotel, after you check in, you could either rest a bit or see the city yourself, get the first impression of this ancient city

Tour of Lhasa Meals:[B] Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3 star or similar 

Lhasa escorted tour – Potala Palace ,Jokhang Temple ,Barkhor street

This morning our tour guide will meet you at hotel .You'll wind your way up through the stunning, awe-inspiring Potala Palace,built in 637 AD by Songtsen Gampo, it was the former winter residence for the Dalai Lamas and is truly a splendor of Eastern architecture. After lunch,we will visit the Jokhang Temple, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, also built in the 7th century on the legendary pond of "Wothang." After that you have time to walk around the Bakhor street which is  one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa.During the old days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping center. We'll finish the day by taking a Kora around the Barkhor.

Tour of Lhasa Meals:[B] Accommodation: Yak Hotel 3 star or similar 

Lhasa escorted tour - Drepung Monastery ,Sera Monastery

Drepung monastery is located at the foot of a holy mountain and was established by Jamyang Choeje (a follower to Songtsen Gonpo) in 1416. It was used to the home of 10,000 monks and it was the center government before fifth dalai lama and then, the government was moved to the famous Potala palace. later on, you can also visit the Nechung monastery which located 1km southeast of Drepung and is the abode of the protector deity pehar and the seat of the state Oracle of Tibet. 

In the afternoon, we will visit Tibet Museum , as Tibet's first museum in the modem sense, the museum of Tibet, situated at the southeastern comer of the Buddhist religious garden Norbulingka in Lhasa, was inaugurated in October 1999 on occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding the People's Republic of China and the 40th anniversary of the Democratic Reforms in Tibet as the product of one of 62 Chinese government funded projects launched in July 1994 in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Autonomous Region of Tibet. Coveting 53,959 square meters.

At around 3:00pm ,we will go on visiting to the Sera monastery which was founded in 1419 by Jamchen Choeje .

Today's activities: wonder around Tibet plateau & Tashilumpo Monastery
Accommodation: tent or guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast
In this morning, we will first visit Tashilunpo Monastery, and then driving strictly Everest base camp and overnight there .
Tips: Today the driving time is a bit longer, estimated at least 8 hours. But generally speaking, the route itself Is very smooth and comfortable, thus no need to be occupied by Acute Mountain Sickness.; 

Today's activities: Everest Base Camp,Rogbuk Monastery
Accommodation: budget guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast
Wake this morning below the stunning north face of Mt. Everest, (8848) the tallest mountain on earth. After breakfast, drive the remaining 8 km to visit Everest Base Camp. Then, drive forward to Saga via Old Tringri, and be wrapped in the endless vistas of the Tibetan plateau. 

Today's activities: Camping around Lake Monasaravar
Accommodation: tent or guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast
From Saga it is 145 km to Zhongba. The road is good and the trip can be completed in 2-3 hrs. There is also a small monastery at the western end of town on a hill. From Zhongba onwards the southern road deteriorates. This section of the road has panoramic views of mountains on either side of the road. From Paryang to Lake Manasorovar, There will be several river crossings and we drive past Mayum la pass (5200 M). The scenery is stunning beautiful with panoramic views of the Himalayas

Today's activities: Mount Kailash and around
Accommodation: tent or guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast
About 60 kms north of Lake Manasorovar is Darchen, the main gateway and the village. The monastery at Darchen, Darchen Gon, is a part of the Drukpa sect. The two-story monastery structure in the center of the town serves as a trading post and shelter for pilgrims. Within the dukhang assembly hall are new and old thangka paintings and some statues, the main image being Sakyamuni. West of the gompa is the Mani Lhakhang that has a large, new mani prayer wheel. This is the site where the original old flagpole (a darchen is a flagpole for prayer flags) of Darchen was located. When beginning their kora pilgrimage around Kailash, many pilgrims often circumambulate the Darchen Gon monastery and the Mani Lhakhang before setting out. We organize yaks or ponies for the Kailash circuit trek at Darchen.

Today's activities: Mt Kailash Kora
Accommodation: tent or guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast
This Kailash circuit covers 53 kms and can be done in 3 days. We head west in clockwise direction and after a few kilometers the trail climbs up to a cairn at 4730 m from where the southern face of Mt. Kailash comes to view. 

Today's activities: Mt Kailash Kora
Accommodation: budget guesthouse 
Meals: Breakfast
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.

Today's activities: Mt Kailash Kora
Accommodation: budget guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast
The final end of the parikrama is an easy 2-3 hrs walk down to where the river emerges on to the Barga plain. We complete the 3 day circuit trek of Mt. Kailash and head back to Paryang and overnight there.

Today's activities: Scenery en route
Accommodation: budget guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast
Today we will heading from Paryang directly to Saga city. Upon arrival, free time at your disposal.

Today's activities: views on the way
Accommodation: budget guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast
In this morning, we will directly heading for the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest, we will also pay a visit to Rongbuk monastery (optional), overnight at guesthouse or tent.

Today's activities: See off (Tour member Exit from Zhangmu city finished today)
Accommodation: budget guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast
In the morning we will drive you to the Geelng border and our guide will help you go through the formalities of China Customs and apply for your Nepali visa, then you need to cross the Friendship Bridge to Nepali side by yourself. 
Post Tour: On Day 13 Drive back to Lhatze
NOTE:For those who expected to depart to other places from Lhasa, today the vehicle would continue drive back to Lhatse, thus we recommend you try to see the border town Zhangmu yourself a bit, it's a mixture of Tibet, Indian, and Nepal culture, various artcrafts and food could certainly attracts you.

Accommodation: Yak Hotel, 3 Star
Meals: Breakfast
Today we will continue heading back to Lhasa city, but with a slightly different route, so, sit back, and enjoy the endless Tibet Plateau.

Today's activities: See off (Tour member Exit from Lhasa city finished today)
For those who depart to other places from Lhasa, we will see you off at Lhasa Airport, your tour in Tibet ends here, and we sincerely hope you could come here again, we hope we bring the best of Tibet to you and to all the tour members, the whole tour ends here.

Service Included

Entrance fees for All the sightseeing places listed in the itinerary(Except Optional Rongbuk)
Private Transfers: Between airports, boarder, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing by    comfortable travelling vehicle with driver and private English-speaking tour guide.
Accommodation in  guesthouse and tent as specified.
Service Charge &  Government Taxes
Permits for all necessary ones to and in Tibet.
An local Tibetan Enlighs - speaking guide with abundant knowledge and experience of Kailash
Meals that mentioned in the itinerary: Breakfast
Service fee for the planning, organizing and the others

Service Excluded

Entry or Exit China International Airfare and internal air fare or train fare
Visa fees – please apply for your visa in time.
Excess Baggage Charges;
Personal Expenses:Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing and meals.
Gratuities:Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Tour guide's and driver's tips
Bank charge.
Porters and Yaks during Trekking or Kora

Attractions in this trip

Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarova , Rongpu Monastery , Yamdrok Yumtso Lake , Mt. Everest , Tashilhunpo Monastery , Sera Monastery , Potala Palace , Jokhang Temple , Barkhor Street 

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