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15 Days Lhasa to Kailash (group tour)

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15 Days Lhasa to Kailash (group tour)

In despite of difficult route to the Kailash thousands of people from different part across the globe come here every year. This place has been the birthplace of major beliefs and historically connected with many religions of the world including Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism etc, which makes it even more desirable place beside its mesmerizing beauty and untouched nature.

DAY 1

Arrival in Lhasa

Arrival in Lhasa either by air or train and meet your fellow travellers. A short flight into Tibet give you a panorama of the snowy Himalayan ranges or the days of train ride over the high plateau by crossing mighty Thangu la ranges get you to Lhasa with beautiful sceneries along the route, Your arrival at the Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and driver and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa city, from the airport to Lhasa it is about 60km and it takes less than an hour through the recently built highway, from the train station it is only 25km and it takes about half hour, check in the hotel and may be meet with other fellow travelers, then take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag. Overnight in Lhasa If your arrival time is different from others then we will arrange private airport/train station pick up without any additional cost, so please let us know your arrival time and detail information of flights/train. Read more

Lhasa
DAY 2

Lhasa escorted tour

Attractions: Jokhang temple and bustling Bakhor street and Sera monastery. Today is the your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have little head ach which is very common for travelers by the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity on the first few days is recommendable. In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is one of the most scared temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you have time to walk around the Bakhor street which is the 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. The amazing day will ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery, it is built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen Choji Sakya Yeshi who is disciple of Tsongka pa, few different monastic colleges in Sera is home to several hundred monks from different part of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening everyday in the afternoon except Sunday. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Read more

Lhasa
DAY 3

Lhasa escorted tour

Attractions: Potala palace and Drepung monastery Today we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in 7th century and later in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking though the long steps are quite challenging but it is worthwhile to leave your footsteps in the spiritual palace of God of compassion, which listed in the world heritage in 1994. And in the afternoon, we will visit the Drepung monastery, once the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace, but several destructions were taken place in different time but still you have lots of things to see by walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lane through the monks apartments is thrilling. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Read more

Lhasa
DAY 4

Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

LHASA(3600m) - GYANTSE (3900m) - SHIGATSE(3900m), 350 km
 Attractions: Yamdrok lake, Mt.Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and Pelkhor Choede monastery.
 We start drive toward south west, through the zigzag road climb up the Kampa la pass (4700m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok lake with its turquoise color and snow capped Mt.Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, then continues drive along the lake for few kilometers get us to the lunch stop at Nagar tse. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages that pass through; en route we will stop at Karo la (5150m) to see the holy mount Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. Arrival at Gyantse, we visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery, this magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, it is not only well known for its architecture but also its old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls, late afternoon drive to Shigatse which is only 90km. Read more

Shigatse
DAY 5

Shigatse - Lhatse

SHIGATSE (3900m) – LHATSE (4200m), 150km Attractions: Tashi Lhunpo monastery and Sakya monastery. 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. Read more

Lhatse
DAY 6

Lhatse - Saga

LHATSE (4200m) – SAGA (4500m), 340km 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.

Saga
DAY 7

Saga - Darchen

SAGA – DARCHEN (5000m), 520km Attractions: View of Lake Manasarovar and 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 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. Read more

Darchen
DAY 8

First day of trekking to Dirapuk

20km Attractions: the views on the both side of the valley that you are going to trek.
 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. Read more

Dirapuk
DAY 9

To Zultul Puk (2nd day of trekking)

ZULTUL PUK (4790m), 18km.
 Attractions: the once and only chance of challenging to cross the Dikpala (5000m) and Dormala (5600m) next to Dikpala 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. Read more

Zultul Puk
DAY 10

3rd day of trekking and Lake Manasarovar

12km trekking and 80km drive Attractions: close view of the Manasarovar lake and Thuktso lake.
 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. Read more

Lake Manasarovar
DAY 11

Back to Saga

Today we will trace the road back to Saga for the night.

Saga
DAY 12

Saga - Everest Basecamp

Everest Basecamp 5150m Attractions: Rongbuk monastery and Mt. Everest base camp. 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. Read more

Rongbuk
DAY 13

Everest Basecamp – Shigatse

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.

Shigatse
DAY 14

Shigatse - Lhasa

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.

Lhasa
DAY 15

Depart from Lhasa

Today our guide and driver will send you to the airport or train station and it is time to say your goodbye and depart to your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a short time to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email. oday our guide and driver will send you to the airport or train station and it is time to say your goodbye and depart to your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a short time to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email. Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Lhasa
Hotel Shambala Palace Hotel
Day 4
Location Shigatse
Hotel Gesar Hotel
Day 5
Location Lhatse
Hotel Lhatse
Day 6
Location Saga
Hotel Saga
Day 7
Location Darchen
Hotel Darchen
Day 8
Location Dirapuk
Hotel Dira Puk
Day 9
Location Zulthul Puk
Hotel Zulthul Puk
Day 10
Location Lake Manasarovar
Hotel Lake Manasarovar
Day 11
Location Saga
Hotel Saga
Day 12
Location Rongbuk Monastery
Hotel Rongbuk Monastery
Day 13
Location Shigatse
Hotel Gesar Hotel
Day 14
Location Lhasa
Hotel Shambala Palace Hotel

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • All the required Tibet permit
  • Tibetan English speaking Tour Guide
  • Price for the car transportation inside Lhasa and outside Lhasa (Vehicle)
  • Administrative fee
  • Tour Driver and Tour Guide meals
  • Vehicle tolls and vehicle repairs (if necessary)
  • Accommodation listed above
  • Breakfast
  • Entrance fee for the places listed in the Itinerary
  • 2 boxes of water in car plus oxygen tank in car for the tour.

Package excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Personal expenses of clients (flight ticket or train ticket etc.)

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  • Single supplementary fee: $300 USD

REVIEWS

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Angela, United States

One of the best tours I have so far! My friend, my sister, and I joined the Tibet Highland 6 days 5 nights tour starting on June 29, 2017. As non-Chinese citizens, we were required to have a permit to enter Lhasa. The tour company provided very professional service that made the process super easy. We really enjoyed the tour – the agenda was very well planned, the hotel was located in the heart of old town Lhasa, and our tour guide DamDul was the best!!! Read more

Emily, Korea, Republic of

An unforgettable trip! My husband and I traveled to Lhasa for 5 days with Tibet Highland Tours. Prior to arriving in Lhasa, Passang was very helpful over email. He suggested a wonderful itinerary for our short time in Tibet. Once we arrived our guide Tenzin was extremely helpful. We found our guide to be kind, welcoming and very knowledgeable about Tibetan culture and Buddhism. Both Passang and Tenzin's English was of a very high standard. For us the highlight was the beautiful Potala Palace and watching monks debate scripture. I wish we could have stayed longer and seen more Tibet. I emailed a number of tour companies prior to going with this one and they were much more expensive for the same itinerary. I would recommend this company and if I returned to Tibet I would use Tibet Highland Tours again. Read more

Evan, Australia

We joined 10 Days Lhasa-Everest Base Camp- Namtso lake with Tibet Highland Tours and it was excellent. It's always my dad's dream to go to Tibet and finally his dream came true, in such an incredible way. I am glad that chose Tibet Highland Tours, their well designed itinerary and brilliant service left us the memory for life. They are a lovely team with group of beautiful people. Passang has been my consultant from the start and he is very patient and prompt with every of my question. He has tried to give me as much detail as I need. Tibet is a special place with a totally different culture and all different rules, I asked many questions before hitting on the road to ensure a stress-free trip like many of the Tibet first timers. Passang was polite and patient with all my concerns. But I would not have worried so much if I knew this was such a great and experienced agent. Lobsang was our tour guide and he is a young man that ready for his clients at all times. He is a little shy, but it doesn't mean that he is not a good guide interpreter. We were all benefited from his knowledge, especially when there were many aggressive souvenir sellers along the way and Lobsang gave us all the tips needed for an enjoyable time. Nice breakfast provided every morning, comfortable accommodation with 4 stars at the majority, experienced driver Zhaxidawa gave us a very safe journey, all these are indispensable parts to make an unforgettable experience, along with the amazing and second to none scenery of Tibet! The only thing was when we were being transferred to the airport. We were supposed to be sent directly to the airport by the tour organiser but got sent to a bus station instead, they asked us to take the airport bus ourselves at their expenses. They put us in a taxi and prepaid for us in the end but we got held by the taxi driver as he tried to get more passengers on the road to go together before he wanted to leave. Our tour organiser had to pay some additional fare to the driver to get us on the road eventually. It wasn't the biggest drama, and the tour organiser has been responsible that they stayed at the station until saw us leaving with the taxi. But we got stressed as we needed to catch the flight and the taxi driver was not a friendly looking guy, we were just hoping that in good hands and get to the airport on time with no other issues on the way. This could have been a smoother ending if the tour organiser arranged in a better way. Overall, Tibet Highland Tours is highly recommended to anyone who wants to see Tibet with a tour, for their itinerary, experience, no forced shopping at all, small group are all the reasons that you want to choose them. Read more

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