15 Days Tibet Adventure Tour to Mt. Everest and Mt. Kailash

Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, E.B.C, Lake Manasarova, Kailash Trek, Saga, Shigatse, Lhasa

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Tour Code: TCT-Tibet-13

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

An adventure tour and also a spiritual tour

Enjoy the extremely natural and cultural scenery of Tibet

Visit the Everest Base Camp, the very beginning for every climber

Have a kora in Mount Kailash, one of the most important pilgrimages in Asia
 

Best Travel Time: Suitable from April to November. Best from April to June. p.s. July and August will be the rain season, so it will be hard to get the chance to view the Mt. Everest from the camp site.

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Day 1Arrival Lhasa
Transfer service to hotel

Meals: No meal
Accommodation: In Lhasa

Arrive in Lhasa, whose name means 'the Land of Gods' in Tibetan, is the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day to get used to the high altitude.

Lhasa, Tibet
Lhasa, Tibet

Day 2Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Lhasa

Today, enjoy your full day religious visit to Potala Palace -- the awe-inspiring Potala Palace, perched high above much of Lhasa, is the landmark of the city, Jokhang Temple -- the spiritual center of Tibet and Barkhor Street -- a circular street at the center of Lhasa, is the oldest street in a very traditional city of Tibet. It is a place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble and a place to which a visit must be paid.

Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple

 

Day 3Lhasa
Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka, Sera Monastery

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Lhasa

After breakfast, enjoy your sightseeing tour today that starts with a visit to Drepung Monastery -- was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet, a reference to the great Buddhist monastic university of India. Then continue your tour to Norbulingka Park, a traditional summer palace and residence starting with the 7th Dalai Lama. In the afternoon, you will visit to Sera Monastery to see a monks debating inside the shady courtyard behind the main temple. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Sera Monastery
Sera Monastery

Day 4Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse (360km)
Yamdrok Lake, Coach to Gyangtse, Korola Glacier, Pelkor Chode Monastery, Coach to Shigatse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Shigatse

Today, you will drive to Shigatse in the morning. On the way, you can take a stop at the pure blue Yamdrok Lake - one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. Later, you will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside. And continue to drive to Gyangtse Pelkor Chode Monastery (4000m)- with its unique structure at the foot of Dzong Hill. Then continue your driving to Shigatse (3836m). When arrival Shigatse downtown, have rest of this day in your hotel.

Details in the itinerary:

  • The best time to visit Yamdrok Lake is between July and September. But if you visit this place in rainy day, you may not see the most beautiful moment of this lake
  • Lhasa downtown - Yamdrok Lake: 105km, 2 hours driving
  • Yamdrok Lake - Gyangtse Parlkhor Monastery: 155km, 4 hours driving
  • Gyangtse Parlkhor Monastery - Shigatse downtown: 95km, 2.5 hours driving

Yamdrok Lake
Yamdrok Lake

Day 5Shigatse - Everest Base Camp (350km)
Tashilunpo Monastery, Everest Base Camp

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Everest Base Camp

Today, you will be transfer to Mt. Everest from Shigatse (7hrs driving & 350KM).

Before we drive to Lhatse to have lunch, we will visit the famous Tashilunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama. After passing Tsola Pass (4600m) and Gyatsola Pass (5248m), we will enter the National Nature Reserve of Mt. Everest, from where tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass (5198m), and then we will go directly to Everest Base Camp (5200m). You can see the amazing sunset of golden Everest peak at the lodging area if the weather is good. Stay overnight at tent camp.

Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp

 

Day 6Everest Base Camp - Saga (450km)
Drive to Saga, far look to Mt. Shishapangma, Peikutso Lake

Meals: No Meal
Accommodation: In Saga

Today, you will be transfer to Saga from Mt. Everest (10hrs driving & 450KM).

In the morning, you would see the sunrise of Everest Peak at lodging area if weather permits. On the way to Saga, you would have a far look to the 14th- highest mountain in the world - Mt. Shishapangma (8012m), and stop at Peikutso Lake for a visit (4590m).

Saga is the last regular town on your tour to Mt Kailash, cherish it and have a lavish meal and take a long hot shower. Stay overnight at Saga.

Peikutso Lake
Peikutso Lake

Day 7Saga - Darchen (450km)
Drive to Darchen, Manasarover Lake

Meals: No Meal
Accommodation: In Darchen

Today, you will be transfer to Darchen from Saga (10hrs driving & 450km).

On the way to Darchen, you would have chance to see the boundless grassland and the original local villages. After cross the Mayomla Pass (5112M), you will see the Manasarover Lake which is one of the holy lakes in Tibet. Finally, you will arrive at Darchen where you could see Mt. Kailash on the north. Stay overnight at Darchen.

Manasarover Lake & Mt. Kailash
Manasarover Lake & Mt. Kailash

Day 8Mt. Kailash Kora: Darchen - Drirapuk (driving 7km, trek 13km)
Mt. Kailash Kora

Meals: No Meal
Accommodation: In Guesthouse

Today, it is the first day of Mt. Kailash Kora.

In the morning, you will take the eco-bus from western edge of Darchen to Sarshung valley where you will meet Yaks and porters at Sarshung village (the cost of hiring yaks, horses, and porters are not included in the package). After that, you will begin the 13km trek from Sarshung to Drirapuk Monastery along the Lachu valley and rivers. Finally, we will visit Drirapuk Monastery, sits in a superb location on the hillside north of the Lha-chu. It directly faces the astonishing north face of Mt Kailash.

Stay overnight in Guest House.

Mt. Kailash
Mt. Kailash

Day 9Mt. Kailash Kora: Drirapuk-Dzutrpuk (Trek 18km)
Mt. Kailash Kora

Meals: No Meal
Accommodation: In Guesthouse

Today, it is the second day of Mt. Kailash Kora.

It is believed that you will see the unparellel view of Mt. Kailash in the morning. You will trk to cross Dromala pass (5630m), the highest pass of the Kora. After that, you will have a rest in a teahouse. All the way, you can see locals Tibetans prostrating in the Kora path, and you will see the beautiful Kadoe Lake when walk downl. Final visit to Dzutulpuk Monastery and finish today’s trek. The miracle cave that gives the monastery its name is at the back of the main hall. Milarepa’s footprint and handprint can still be seen today. Stay overnight in Guest House.

Day 10Mt. Kailash Kora: Dzutripuk-Darchen (Trek 7km & driving 5km)
Mt. Kailash Kora

Meals: No Meal
Accommodation: In Guesthouse

Today, it is the last day of Mt. Kailash Kora.

Firstly, you will trek 7km to Zongto. Along the Kora, you can see piles of Mani Stones. Finish the trek at Zongto around noon time and you will take the shuttle bus back to Darchen.  Have a good rest in the lodging place. (Optional on your own expense: Taking bath in Lake Manasarova and enjoy hot spring). Stay overnight in Darchen.

Mt. Kailash
Mt. Kailash

Day 11Darchen-Saga (450km)
Transfer to Saga

Meals: No Meal
Accommodation: In Saga

Today, you will go back the way you’d come. Transfer to Saga from Darchen (10hrs driving & 450km).

Arrive at Saga at night and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 12Saga to Sakya (350km)
Transfer to Sakya

Meals: No Meal
Accommodation: In Sakya

Today, you will be transfer to Sakya from Saga (6hrs driving & 350km).

Stay overnight at the hotel in Sakya.

Day 13Sakya to Shigatse (170km)
Drive back to Shigatse

Meals: No Meal
Accommodation: In Shigatse

As one of the county in Shigatse, Sakya is famous the hot spring and the monasteries. In the morning, we will visit ancient Sakya town where you will visit to Sakya Monastery with amazing murals and huge collection of scriptures and statues.

In the afternoon, you will continue the journey and drive for 3 hours to Shigatse. Stay overnight at the hotel in Shigatse.

Sakya Monastery
Sakya Monastery

Day 14Shigatse-Lhasa (280km)
Back to Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: In Lhasa

After breakfast at hotel, please check out and you will be transferred back to Lhasa around 08:00 am. Due to the speed-limit, it will take around 6 hours by driving. You will not need to pass Gyantse but will follow Yalong Valley back to Lhasa, and you will also see the Yalong River from the platform. Drop off at the hotel in Lhasa.

Day 15Departure Lhasa
Transfer to airport or train station

Meals: No Meal

According to your flight schedule, your guide and driver will pick you up from hotel lobby and drive to airport. Your guide will help you check in and escort you to the security gate. Say goodbye and back home.

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Tour Price (US$ per person)

Notice:
Due to the uncertainties of this tour, such as special local conditions , the changes of accommodation rate, etc, the tour has to be tailor-made and its price is on request. Please tell us in advance your group information inclusive of departure date, number of pax, and other individual needs, which will be helpful to work out a fit program and the right price.

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Michaelgotz

5.0

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Wilfred B

5.0

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5.0

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tornadoetienne

5.0

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EBTraveler

5.0

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catebeai

5.0

Today we had a great day. We went to the Great Wall. Walked about 1 kilometer of the 8000. We went to a Jade warehouse. We had a great lunch there. We then went to the summer palace and enjoyed the views. We ended our day with a tour of Hutong. We had a fabulous dinner in the home of Mrs. Fan. So far our driver (Mr. Luo)and Dream have been wonderful. Five stars.
Prasad M

5.0

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Redbeak

5.0

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maity_monalisa

5.0

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Geonannie

5.0

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J B

5.0

We generally do not use tours when we travel. In fact, I normally don't enjoy tours at all. However, given the language challenges in China, we looked at several options and eventually settled on Top China Travel. We used TCT in Beijing, Shanghai and Long Ji area. All I can say is that I was blown away by the professionalism and service of each individual guide within each city. Our guide in Beijing was extremely knowledgeable and really gave us an amazing tour of the city. In Shanghai, our children left our IPad on the plane, and the guide volunteered to go get it for us (the airport is 40 min outside of the city). The third and final guide also went far and above what was expected. She stayed with us until the end of each day and we could tell that she really had a passion for sharing the Chinese culture with us. Each city guide provided unique personalities and service and each was in it's own right amazing. Quite honestly, we were initially reluctant to use a Chinese tour operator, but we are so very glad we did. I feel like we lived in China during our two week trip, as opposed to just visiting. This experience was directly related to the exceptional service provided by TCT. I highly recommend this group!
Antonello Supino

5.0

We had a 12 day private tour in China mainland (Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, Guilin) terminating in HK. All went well, mostly thanks to Lily, our tour organizer who was always available and sorted out any little misunderstanding that happened along the route. Also she was very patient as for months spent time with me to customize the trip in every single particular, so that I could for example pick my preferred 5star hotels and book them directly, chose activities and food. Transportation was very good, modern and clean large vehicles. Also they arranged internal bullet trains and flights. We also went to optional night show in Beijing and to the night cruise in Guilin, both were great. All guides were experienced although a couple of them did not speak perfect English, but enough. I would recommend this tour operator.
zaheer12a

5.0

I took the boat cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. Lunch was included on board. The day of the trip it was raining, which I felt added something to the ambiance. There aren't any buildings along the way, it's pretty much all nature. I liked the experience personally, but I feel that the price was a little high. The food on board was decent as well, but drinks were outrageously expensive.
Rosemay N

5.0

Top China Travel, in Guilin, organized the transfer from Railway station, Hotel stay, and day trip - seat in coach( 6 persons , with an english speaking tour guide , for the day tour). It was well organized. Day tour included hotel pick up and drop-off, entrance fees, chinese lunch, and a folk custom show. The cable car ride - about 25 mins- was optional, but it was worth it, as reach top quicker , as can have a bird-eye view of the terraced fields, before walking down through the local village. walk- down -took about one hour. First time I booked Top China Travel, through the Internet, and am happy with the service.
Common2016

5.0

We used China Travel to visit Guilin from Hong Kong by train at very short notice - we've never done this before so a little nervous - we did this May 2017. We found all the staff and travel arrangements excellent. Everything flowed very easily. Staff were punctual and as helpful as can be. Unfortunately we don't speak any local languages so the very high standard of English spoken by all was very much appreciated. The itinerary suggested by China Travel was great - really fascinating. There is a small issue with amenities at the large 5* state run hotels in which we stayed - most notably the food minor stuff such as no good coffee! restricted range of foods and service in the cafes not really good, just a bit frowzy so not really what an international traveler may expect - but these hotels were very successful and popular with internal travelers - so I may be out of step here, also gym facilities restricted access and poor. But these are minor quibbles given how great the trip was. The bedrooms at these hotels were excellent. What I'd like to stress is how welcome we were made and how pleasant and relaxed and accommodating everyone we met with was. Well worth a visit and a trusted agent in our view.
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