15 Days Lhasa- EBC-Kailash
Starting from 1750 USD/person
If you love Tibet, you will love this journey as it has just about everything you could want! This journey will start by exploring the Buddhist holy city of Lhasa, the heart and soul of the Himalaya. You will walk side-by-side with devout Buddhist pilgrims while exploring Lhasa’s main Buddhist pilgrimage sites such as Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, the Potala Palace and the infamous Barkhor Street.
From Lhasa, the real adventure begins as you start the epic road trip through Western Tibet. You will start by photographing Yamdrok Tso, one of Tibet’s most beautiful lakes. From there, you will get up close to the Karo La Glacier before visiting the quait, historic town of Gyantse and the Pelkhor Chode Monastery. Passing through farming villages, you will then go to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city. In Shigatse, you will explore the massive monastery of Tashi Lhunpo. After Shigatse, you will work your way overland to Mt Everest’s spectacular North Face Base Camp, where you will get perhaps the single best view of the world’s highest peak.
But wait….you are just getting started! After Everest Base Camp, you will continue on to Manasarovar, Tibet’s most sacred lake. You will stay the night near the shores of this stunning lake that looks out to the Himalaya. Next, you will go to the small town of Darchen and complete the epic 3 day trek around Mt Kailash, the holiest mountain on the planet.
Tour Type: Small private group tour
Group size: Minimum 4 People. Max 12 People
Tour Duration: Small private group tour
Price: 1750$ + 300$ for single supplement
- All travel permits for Tibet
- English speaking Tibetan tour guide
- All transportation in Tibet as per the itinerary
- Pick up and drop off by airport bus
- All administrative fees
- All meals and accommodations for your driver and guide
- Vehicle tolls and vehicle repairs (if necessary)
- All lodging listed in the itinerary; If you travel individually, you will need to share one room with another tourist; while if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement.
- Breakfast each morning
- Entrance fees for the places listed in the Itinerary
- One time welcome meal for the group
- One box of mineral water, shared Oxygen tank in car.
- Transportation costs to and from Tibet
- Chinese visa fees and passport fees
- Lunch and dinner
- Personal expenses (laundry, photography fees, souvenirs etc)
- Tips to the driver and guide
Tour Cost Table
|Months||April to June||July to Aug||Sept to October||Nov to Feb|
|Cost per person||1750 USD||1950 USD||1850 USD||1750 USD|
Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa
Upon arrival in Lhasa you will be welcomed by your English-speaking Tibetan Guide and Tibetan Driver who will bring you to your hotel. Acclimatization to high altitude: please, drink lots of water and take plenty of rest in order to minimize altitude sickness.
Day 2: Lhasa Sightseeing
We begin visiting Jokhang Temple, the most sacred monastery in Tibet. It was founded in the 7th century by the first great Buddhist king Songtsen Gampo. Later you can explore the surrounding Barkhor old quarter and spend time walking around Jokhang Temple following pilgrims from all over the Tibetan plateau. In the afternoon we go to Sera Monastery, one of three great universities of Gelugpa Sect. We will attend the debating session of the monks.
Day 3: Lhasa Sightseeing
Today we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Potala winter palace was built in the 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama. Provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, built in the 18th century by the seventh Dalai Lama. It’s tradition to do picnic in its beatiful garden and perform opera dances during Shoton Festival (August-September).
Day 4: Lhasa – Shigatse [354Km, 3840m]
Adventure starts: we drive West to reach second largest city in Tibet. First we cross Kampa-la Pass [4797m] and then Karo-la Pass [5050m], where Mt. Noijin Kangsang [7206m] glacier lies near the road. In the middle, we enjoy the unreal turquoise waters of holy lake Yamdrok-Tso. Then we stop in Gyantse town, where we visit the considered best tibetan art paintings in Kumbum Stupa inside Pelkor Chode Monastery. Also, we admire the majestic Gyantse Dzong (fortress) overlooking the valley. Finally, we reach Shigatse before dinner.
Day 5: Shigatse – Lhatse [250Km, 4300m]
Today we will visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery in morning and guide will make his/her time to obtain the ATP permit from the local PSB, Tashi Lhunpo monastery is one of the largest functioning monastery in the western part of Tibet which has more than 600 years of history, it is a different experience by walking with local pilgrims through temples and twisted lanes within the old buildings in the campus. Then drive to Lhatse for the night, en route we will drive off the main road to Sakya monastery which is located in a small village, this area and monastery has a different architectural design and color. Sakya monastery was an important scholastic study center in the 13th century and under the leadership of Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen, Sakyapa ruled Tibet for decades during that period of time. Overnight in Lhatse
Day 6: Lhatse – Saga [340Km, 4500m]
Today we will drive straight to Saga through a long valley of Brahmaputra tributary, compare to the last few years, the road condition is much better as it is recently reconstructed and paved. Overnight at Saga
Day 7: SAGA – DARCHEN (5000m), 520km
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 at Darchen.
Day 8:1st DAY TREKKING TO DIRAPUK. 20km.
Today our trekking start from Darchen and tracing the small trail in the clockwise circuit around the Peak on an average altitude of 4700m. You will encounter numbers of local Buddhist pilgrims doing along your way and several Bon believers in the anti-clockwise direction. After 4hours trek we will reach to Tamdin(4780m) where a nomadic tents serves simple lunch and boil water. From there it is only 4km to Dirakpuk monastery but between this stretches has the some of the best scenery of the entire kora. Dirakpuk was rebuilt in 1985 located on the north side of the Lha-chu River facing to the north face of the Mt. Kailash. Dirakpuk name originally comes from a word Dira that means female yak horn and Puk means cave that in a mythical story says a female yak opened the cave. Overnight at Dirapuk guesthouse
Day 9: 2nd DAY OF THE TREKKING TO ZULTUL PUK(4790m) 18km.
Today is the most challenging part of the trekking where we will cross two passes, though there are not too steep but the altitude make is more tiring and slow, after we cross Dikpala (5000m) & Dormala (5600m), the passes are remarked by heaps of prayer flags and cairns, It is worthwhile to spend some minutes on the pass to view and relax, as you are right backside of the Mt. Kailash and offers great view of the holy peak. Then we will climb down into the long valley and stop lunch at Shabjay Dakpo nomadic tent for lunch. Zuktul puk monastery (4790m) also calls the miracle cave that is built by two religious figure Milarepa and Naro Bonchung. And still you can see the footprint and handprint of Milarepa inside the cave. Overnight at Zultul Puk
Day 10: LAST DAY TREKKING AND DRIVE TO LAKE MANASAROVAR. (12km trekking and 80km drive).
Today is an easy day trek to complete the circuit and your driver will pick you up from Tashi Do (which is also called as Dzongsar). Then continues drive to Lake Manasarovar and overnight at guesthouses near the lake.
Day 11: TRACE THE ROAD BACK TO SAGA
Today we will trace the road back to Saga for the night.
Day 12: SAGA – EBC (5150m).
Today we will drive straight to EBC by driving along the Pekutso Lake, you will have a picturesque of Mt Shishapama and other peaks of mighty Himalayans too. Continues drive towards south-east, from Old Tingri you will amaze the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its mighty peaks beyond 8000m, Mt.Makalu (8463m), Mt.Lotse (8516m), Mt.Everest (8844m) and Mt.Cho Oyu (8201m) from Left to right, drive off the main road and head into the valley to the south to the day’s destination – Everest Base Camp located in the Rongbuk valley. Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and it consist both monks and nuns. Afternoon you have an option to do a short trekking from the tent guesthouses community to E.B.C, it will take you about 2 hours or more per your physical condition (6Km). Or you can take the dedicated minibus instead. We suggest you to bring your own 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 from Nov – Mar where the tent guesthouses close and only Rongbuk monastery guesthouse is available.
Day 13: EBC (5150m) – SHIGATSE, 350km.
After we enjoy the sunrise view of the Mt Everest, we will gradually drive back to Shigatse through the friendship highway, you will have beautiful hot shower at the hotel and rest. Overnight at Shigatse.
Day 14: SHIGATSE – LHASA, 450km/280km
Today we will drive back to Lhasa, in the afternoon you have sometime to explore around the town and buy some gifts for your family and friends at home.
Day 15: LHASA AIRPOR/TRAIN STATION SENDS OFF.
Today our guide and driver will send you to the airport or train station and it is time to say your good bye and depart to your next destination.
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