14 days tour beginning in Lhasa, going to Mt. Kailash and ending at Kyirong, border between Tibet and Nepal.
Lhasa to Nepal through Mt. Kailash Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrival in Lhasa
You arrive to the Lhasa Gonggar airport or the train station. The airport is 62 km/ 39 miles away from the city and it takes approximately 1 hour to get to hotel from there. On the way to Lhasa you will enjoy beautiful views of mountains. The train station is located in Lhasa and we will only need a short transfer to hotel.
Depending on the time of your arrival, you might have some free time to spend in Lhasa. Our guides will be happy to advise you on what you can do in Lhasa. After you check in the hotel, you are welcome to explore the city, visit nearby temples, do some shopping, try delicious Tibetan food in one of the local restaurants, or just take a rest.
Walking around Bakhor street can be an excellent choice for your first day in Lhasa. You will join crowds of pilgrims, local Tibetans, and monks circumambulating the Jokhang temple.
Most importantly, on your first day in Tibet, relax, enjoy your day and allow some time for acclimatizing.
Day 2 – Lhasa city tour: Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple
We are visiting two most important religious sites in Tibet.
The Potala Palace was the seat of the Dalai Lamas since the 7th century. First, guide wil take you to the Chak Pori hill to take photos of the majestic Palace. After that we will go inside and spend approximately 1.5 – 2 hours there. You will see many of artifacts.
In the afternoon you will have lunch.
If time permits, you can walk around the Potala Palace and joins many Tibetans.
After that we will walk towards the Jokhang temple. It was build in the 7th century to display the Jowo Shakyamuni Statue of the 25 year old Buddha the time bore the enlightenment. The statue was created at the time when historical Buddha lived. It is elaborately decorated with gold, jewels and precious stones.
After visiting the temple we recommend you walking around the Bakhor street.
Day 3 – Lhasa city tour: Drepung and Sera Monasteries
We are visiting two most important monasteries in the capital.
First, we will visit Drepung monastery which once was the biggest monastery in the world with over 10,000 monks living there. It was the residence of Dalai Lamas before the Potala Palace was built.
We have lunch after the visit.
In the afternoon we are visiting Sera Monastery. It was founded by Tsongkhapa’s deciple in 15th century. Nowadays it is famous for monks debate that you can witness. Debates are a very important part in learning and understanding Buddhism. Monks gather in the court yard in the shade of trees to refine their knowledge.
Day 4 – Driving to Shigatse: Yamdrok lake and glaciers. (360km)
Today we will take some of the most beautiful roads in Tibet to drive to Shigatse.
Prepare your cameras to capture the breathtaking views when we will be going up to the highest point of the day – Kamba la pass (almost 4800 meters).
Our next stop will be at the Yamdrok Lake. It is one of the holy lakes in Tibet, and it is famous for it’s turquoise color water.
After that we will head towards Gyantse. On the way we will make a stop to see the spectacular glaciers.
In Gyantse, we will visit the monastery and the biggest stupa.
Finally, we will reach Shigatse late in the evening and stay there overnight.
Day 5 – Driving to the Everest Base Camp: night by the Everest. (360km)
In the morning we will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lamas. After that we will be driving through high mountain ranges, go through several high passes and Everest view points. We will reach tent camp near the Everest Base Camp in the evening. Depending on the traffic and weather conditions, we might have time to visit the Rongbuk monastery – the highest monastery in the world. There is a meditation cave, dating back to 8th century, where Padma Sambhava meditated. We will stay there for a few quiet minutes to relax after a long day. If time permits, we will hike to the Everest Base Camp and meet the sunset there. We will stay in the tent for the night. You can order dinner and breakfast there, there is an English menu
Day 6: EBC–Saga (450km)
In the morning, we can enjoy the sunrise of the Everest at lodging area if weather permits; then As we head to saga, you can view of the world’s 14th highest peak Mt. Shishapangma (8012), and Turquoise lake Peoku Tso (4590m). If you are lucky enough, you are very likely to see wild animals like wild donkey, wild antelope etc.
Stay overnight in local guesthouse
Day 7: Saga to Darchen, via Lake Manasarover (450km)
On the way to Darchen, you will have a chance to appreciate the stunning view of the Saga valley between Gangdise Range and Himayala Range. Meanwhile, the beautiful grassland and local’s villages can also be seen. As we cross the Mayumla Pass (5112M), you can enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Naimonanyi (7694M). Then we are supposed to pass by the holy lake Manasarovar and finally arrive at the southern foot of Mt. Kailash, the most holy mountain in Tibet.
stay overnight in local guesthouse
Day 8: Darchen-Dirapuk (Trek 22km)
In the morning, we will start Trek to Dirapuk monastery along the road of Lachu valley and rivers. You can enjoy the both west and north face of Mt. Kailash today. Finally, we will visit Dirapuk Monastery.
stay overnight in local guesthouse
Day 9: Drira-puk-Zutrul-puk (Trek 18km)
Today, we will trek over Drolma pass(5630m), the highest pass of the Kora. On the way you can have a rest in a teahouse. All the way, you can see local Tibetan prostrating in the Kora path and beautiful Kadoe Lake when walk downhill. We may also visit Zutrul-Puk Monastery.
Stay overnight in local guesthouse
Day 10: Dzutripuk-Darchen (Trek 12km)
On the day three of the kora. you will trek 12km. Along the Kora, you can see piles of Mani Stones. We will end the Trek around noon, rest in the lodging place.
(Optional): Taking bath in Lake Manasarova and enjoy hot spring
Day 11: Darchen-Manasarovar (60km)
In the morning, we drive to the holy Lake Manasarovar(4558m). The rest of the day is at leisure. You can relax around the lake shore and experience the natural beauty of the lake. In summer, flocks of swans will gather on the lake, bringing grace and life to the area. You can also see so many Tibetans and Hindus praying and circling around the lake shore for the whole day, snow capped mountains on the background and hundreds of swans gathering on the lake, attracting hundreds and thousands of tourists from all over the world.
Stay overnight at Chiu Monastery (Guest house, dorm bed)
Day 12: Lake Manasarovar-Saga (506km, 7-8hrs driving)
In the morning, starting from the beautiful lake, we drive about 4 hours to Paryang (4700m). You will be shocked by the fabulous view of distant mountains, yak herders camp, if lucky enough, you might come across a herd of Kyang (Wild Ass). After having lunch at Paryang, we continue heading to Saga through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with the distant view of snow capped mountains. This vast and dry plateau is the traditional campsite of the nomads, grazing their animals during the summer.
Stay overnight at Saga.
Day 13: Saga – Kyirong (360km)
Today, we will drive to the stunning alpine lake, Pelku-tso for Lunch. An amazing picture of the lake with Shishapangma in the background will come into your sight when you arrive there. After lunch, we keep driving to Kyirong. Today’s driving is amazing with excellent views of Himalaya Mountains, a lot of wildlife including wild horses, wolves, foxes, deer, gazelle, black-necked cranes as well as yaks and sheep.
Stay overnight in Kyirong.
Day 14: Kyirong Port to Nepal
It takes about 10hours to complete 130km rough asphalt road from Kyirong Port to Kathmandu. Your Tibetan tour guide will see you off at the border.