Lhasa Kailash EBC and Guge Kingdom tour is complete tour package to explore major attraction of central and western Tibet. Arrive in Lhasa, visit main monuments around and have enough nights there to get well acclimatization. Drive through scenic highway lies in highest altitude with the beautiful views of Lakes, Mountains, vast Tibetan plateau. Drive to Lake Manasarovar, Walking around Mt Kailash, visit Guge Kingdom and reach base camp of world highest peak Mount Everest. Tour than option to end at Lhasa or drive to Kathmandu Nepal. Tour is leading by professional Tibet guide.
Lhasa is the modern city now a days but well preserved main monuments. During your 3 nights stay in Lhasa you will visit Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung, Norbulinka palace and walking around typical Tibetan streets. The unique activities of typical Tibetan peoples are still alive in Lhasa. Drive Shigatse, the second biggest Tibetan city in Tibet. Tashilampo monastery in Shigatse is the main attraction today to visit. From Shigatse we heading towards Nagri region, the western Tibet lies holy Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. We overnight in Saga town before reaching far remote of western part. The first view of Holy Mount Kailash can be seen near Mansarovar Lake, we overnight bank of the Lake and near Tsue Gumba. Lake Mansarovar is the holy lake for pilgrimage peoples. Peoples believe to get holy bath here to wash their lifetime sins and to get free from skin diseases.
Manasarovr to Guge valley is a day drive. Drive Guge Kingdom visiting Tirthapuri. Tirthapuri believed as holy palace for Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage. Visit Tirthapuri Monastery containing the Guru Rinpoche footprint. Zanda is the valley inside Guge Kingdom for overnight. Next day visit main sites of Guge, Tholing. Drive back to Kailash region again from Guge Kingdom. Darchen is base camp of Mount Kailash where we stay overnight there and make preparation to get holy walking around Kailash. Start walking around Kailash with your minimum stuffs, your most of the goods stay here in Darchen inside car.
3 days Mount Kailash parikrama is only by trekking. Trek starts from Darchen. Total 5 kilometer Mount Kailash trek reach the highest pass of 5,645 meters Dolma La. First day Kailash Kora is easy to finish 16 kilometers at flat walking and reach at north face of Mount Kailash. The hardest day of the trip is in second day of Kailash Kora, it is 21 kilometer walking serious up hill to the pass and steep downhill. Third day Kailash Kora is easy and short walking at flat till Darchen. Minimum facilities of local mud houses are available for overnight. First overnight is in Derapuk (4,900m) and Juthulpuk is another night. Mount Kailash south face, North face and west face can be seen during 3 days Kailash Parikrama. It also has option to add one more day to walk inner part of Kailash that is to walk Charansparsa from Derapuk.
Tour now driving same way back to Shigatse. From Shigatse, we head towards Everest region. North side of Mount Everest and its base camp is near Ronbuk monastery. Ronbuk Monastery is the last guest houses available and very near from Everest Base Camp Tibet site. Very good views of Everest North face from Ronbuk. Further hiking or use eco-friendly bus drive to Everest Base camp and back to Tingri village for overnight. Our transportation is not allow to drive to EBC from Ronbuk. From Tingri it is another two days to drive and reach Lhasa city. Tour end at Lhasa. You have option to depart from Lhasa by train or flight connecting China or fly to Kathmandu Nepal. Another option is to drive out Nepal instead of driving back to Lhasa.
Nepal Highland Treks can customize Lhasa Everest Base Camp Kailash and Guge Kingdom tour plan. Start this tour from Lhasa or from Nepal as per your suitable travel plan. The best time for this tour is from month of April till October. Month of May till September is crowded of pilgrimage group but month of April and October are less tourist in this area. Private tour or join in small group tour is possible in main seasonable month.
Day 01:Arrival at Lhasa (3656m). Pickup you from Airport or train station and transfer to Lhasa city. Overnight at hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing in Lhasa. Jokhang temple, Sera monastery and Drepung monastery. Overnight at Hotel
Day 03:Sightseeing in Lhasa. Potala palace, Norbulinka palace and Barkhor squire. Overnight at Hotel
Day 04:Drive Lhasa to Shigatse (3840m) via Gyantse. Overnight at Hotel. (270 km/ 7 Hours)
Day 05:Drive Shigatse to Lhatse 3950m. Overnight at Hotel. (156km / 4 hours)
Day 06:Drive Lhatse to Saga 4450m. Overnight at Guest house. (300 km / 6 hours)
Day 07:Drive to Lake Mansarovar 4580m. Overnight at guest house (370km – 7 Hours)
Day 08:Drive to Zanda, Guge Kingdom via Tirthapuri. Overnight at Guest House
Day 09:Day Explore Guge Kingdom and Tholing in Zhanda. Overnight at Guest House
Day 10:Drive to Darchen, the base camp of Mount Kailash. Overnight at Hotel
Day 11:start Kailash Parikrama. Drive to Tarboche valley and start walking. First day of Kailash Parikrama / Kora is 40 minutes driving and 6 hours walking. Overnight at Guest house in Derapuk (4,900m)
Day 12:Second Day Kailash Parikrama. Walking to Dolma La pass (5,645m) and trek down to Juthulpuk (4,760m / 21km - 10 Hours) Overnight at Juthulpuk
Day 13:Third day of Kailash Parikrama, and drive back to Saga. 10 Hours journey drive and 3 hours easy trekking. Overnight at Hotel
Day 14:Drive same way back to Shigatse. Overnight at Hotel
Day 15:Drive Shigatse to Ronbuk Monastery (5,000m). Overnight at guest house. (330km/ 7 Hours)
Day 16:Exploration Everest Base Camp (5200m) and drive back to Shigatse (3900m). Overnight at Hotel
Day 17:Drive back to Lhasa and Overnight at Hotel
Day 18:Departure from Lhasa. Drop to Gonggar airport or to Lhasa train station
Permit and visa for Lhasa Kailash Everest Base Camp Guge Kingdom tour
There is different visa require for Tibet, entering from mainland China and entering from Kathmandu Nepal. Enter Tibet from mainland China: - Need to obtain Chinese visa in your passport and we will issue Tibet travel permit with you passport and Chinese visa copy. Preparing Tibetan permit takes about 20 days.
Entering Tibet from Kathmandu Nepal: - You do not need to obtain Chinese visa in your passport. We will issue Tibet travel permit and visa with your passport copy. We need your original passport in Kathmandu to issue final Tibetan visa. If you already have Chinese visa in your passport, it get cancel at the time of issuing Tibetan visa from Chinese Embassy Kathmandu.
Customizing option of this tour
- Start this tour from Kathmandu Nepal and end at Lhasa go further mainland China
- Start this tour from Lhasa arrive in Lhasa route via mainland China and end this tour to Nepal
- Drive to Mount Kailash and Guge Kingdom via Everest base camp from Lhasa and fly back Lhasa from Ali airport, Ali airport is near from Guge Kingdom
Best time for Lhasa Kailash EBC Guge tour is from month of May till September. Month of April and October still suitable months but bit chilly the area. Month from May till September is more tourist visiting the area and April and Oct month are less.
Temperature in this tour is mixing of cold and hot. Central Tibet site like Lhasa Shigatse is warm during the season time. You can expect 21 degree high and 10 degree low. Mount Kailash region is the coldest temperature in this tour. It can be maximum 20 degree C and minimum up to 0 Degree during the night at high altitude places. Guge temperature is warmer than Kailash region but colder than Lhasa, Shigatse.
Day 1Arrival at Lhasa (3656m). Pickup you from Airport or train station and transfer to Lhasa city. Overnight at hotelArrive in Lhasa. Your arrival either at Gonggar airport in Lhasa or arrival in Lhasa train station and transfer to Hotel in Lhasa. Day will be rest in hotel for your acclimatization in high altitude. Fly to Lhasa is connecting only from several cities of mainland China or from Kathmandu Nepal.
Day 2Sightseeing in Lhasa. Jokhang temple, Sera monastery and Drepung monastery. Overnight at HotelGuide from Nepal Highland Treks will lead you sightseeing in historical places around Lhasa. Jokhang temple, the house of Lord Buddha was found in 647 Ad by King Songtsen Gampo. Founded in 1419 Ad Sera monastery is university for monks. Another visit today, Drepung Monastery is also a university of over 7700 monks.
Day 3Sightseeing in Lhasa. Potala palace, Norbulinka palace and Barkhor squire. Overnight at HotelAfter your breakfast in hotel start sightseeing in Lhasa. Potala palace in Lhasa is house of Dalai Lama until 1959. It is listed in world’s heritage sites and one of the wonder of the world. Another attraction Norbulinka palace is traditional summer palace of Dalai Lama built from 1755. Visit Barkhor squire which is old market of Lhasa
Day 4Drive Lhasa to Shigatse (3840m) via Gyantse. Overnight at Hotel. (270 km/ 7 Hours)Drive start after your breakfast in Lhasa. You can view golden field on the bank of Lhasa River. Passing several high passes get clear view of Tibetan Himalayas and giant glacier called Khorala glacier 7200 miter high. Reach Shigatse, second largest city in Tibet and administrative center of west Tibet. Mount Everest is just 5 hours driving from here.
Day 5Drive Shigatse to Lhatse 3950m. Overnight at Hotel. (156km / 4 hours)Today is short driving from Shigatse to Lhaste. It helps you to be used to in altitude, more helpful for your Kailash parikrama. Drive through different landform. Plateau landscape, greenery field, Rivers, barley fields, high mountains pass and Typical Tibetan villages.
Day 6Drive Lhatse to Saga 4450m. Overnight at Guest house. (300 km / 6 hours)Today you enter at Ngari region of Tibet. Saga is one of the Tibetan towns at western Tibet and it is also known as entrance of Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. We can view several lakes, nomad tents and their chasing Yaks and Ships. By late afternoon we cross Brahmaputra River to get Saga town.
Day 7Drive to Lake Mansarovar 4580m. Overnight at guest house (370km – 7 Hours)Journey start with full of excitement to see first view of Mount Kailash and lake Mansarovar. Reach at small town Chiu Gumba for overnight. You also can visit Chiu monastery at top hill near bank of Mansarovar. Lake Mansarovar is the Holy Lake and pilgrimage dip in this lake to get purify from all the sins in the lifetime.
Day 8Drive to Zanda, Guge Kingdom via Tirthapuri. Overnight at Guest HouseAfter breakfast, we drive from Manasarovar to banks of the Sutlej River. It is 4 hours driving to reach Tirthapuri which is a holy place of Bhasmasur in Hindu and closed associate with Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) in Buddhism. Hike-up to visit monasteries containing footprints of Guru Rinpoche. At the end of day, reach at Thada (Zanda) town and overnight at guest house.
Day 9Day Explore Guge Kingdom and Tholing in Zhanda. Overnight at Guest HouseToday, we explore Tholing. THOLING MONASTERY the temples and religious buildings of Tholing are the most significant in far west Tibet. The monastery was constructed under the guidance of the great Tibetan translator RinchenZangpo in around 11 th century. Another visit is to 20 kilometer east Tsaparang valley and Dungkar cave. Visit Ruins and significantly important monasteries. Both valleys have significant role of Buddhism containing most important monasteries and other holiest sides.
Day 10Drive to Darchen, the base camp of Mount Kailash. Overnight at HotelAfter breakfast at Guge kingdom, we move towards Mount Kailash Mansarovar region. It is about 6 hours driving reach at Darchen. Preparation of Kailash parikrama/ Kailash Kora. Leave your most of the goods in Darchen, it will be safe inside vehicle. You are suggested to carry only your hand bag or if there is facilities of Yak, you can carry up to 7 kilogram bag.
Day 11start Kailash Parikrama. Drive to Tarboche valley and start walking. First day of Kailash Parikrama / Kora is 40 minutes driving and 6 hours walking. Overnight at Guest house in Derapuk (4,900m)From Darchen, we need to prepare early in the morning. Drive with our car to Tarboche valley (option of start hiking rite from Darchen). Yamadwar, Ruins valley with clear view of Mount Kailash can be seen from here. If you have taken your personal horse and helper, you will meet those here. It is walking almost flat land entirely. At the end of the day, it is a bit uphill to reach Derapuk. Enjoy view of North Face Kailash.
Day 12Second Day Kailash Parikrama. Walking to Dolma La pass (5,645m) and trek down to Juthulpuk (4,760m / 21km - 10 Hours) Overnight at JuthulpukIt is hard day of Tour. Early in the morning with enough water and foods, we start to walk top of the Dolma La pass (5,645m) it is about 8 kilometer and takes 4 to 5 hours to reach at Top. Mount Kailash view is still viewing up to buttom of Dolma La pass. After Dolma la seriouse down hill reach at tent house. After those tent house easy walking about 3 hours reach at Juthulpuk where we stay at guest house.
Day 13Third day of Kailash Parikrama, and drive back to Saga. 10 Hours journey drive and 3 hours easy trekking. Overnight at HotelFinal day of Kailash Parikrama. we start quite early in the morning. It is 3 hours easy walking at flat land to reach near Darchen. All the way of walking is via bank of River from Kailash North face. We meet our driving crew ahead of Darchen and drive to Saga town today. We may reach Saga late afternoon. Check in Hotel
Day 14Drive same way back to Shigatse. Overnight at HotelWe drive back same way to Shigatse. If we have not visited Tashilampo Monastery before, chance again to reach there. Today option to drive toward Nepal... If your program is driving to Nepal, we drive to Kerung town. After 45 kilometer from Kerung, Nepali border begins. We visit Everest base camp while driving from Lhasa to Kailash region
Day 15Drive Shigatse to Ronbuk Monastery (5,000m). Overnight at guest house. (330km/ 7 Hours)Leave Shigatse after your breakfast and drive to Lhatse. It is a small town where you can take lunch. Further drive to Shegar. If the weather is clear enough then on the way down to shegar you will view the Mt, Everest from the distance. After 4 to 6 hours then you will arrive at Rongbuk monastery through pang la pass (5050m) from that’s pass you will view the whole five highest peaks in the world
Day 16Exploration Everest Base Camp (5200m) and drive back to Shigatse (3900m). Overnight at HotelEarly in the morning, derive to Everest base Camp from Ronbuk Monastery. You can see the sunrise appearing on the top of Mt Everest, and have a full view the magnificent Mt. Everest standing like a snow-capped pyramid. After visiting base camp, drive back to Shigatse.
Day 17Drive back to Lhasa and Overnight at HotelSame way back to Lhasa. Option to drive via Yamdrok Lake by starting early morning from Shigatse. get ready for your next fly back to Kathmandu tomorrow early in the morning. You have to start very early in the morning from Lhasa to Gonggar Airport. Our guide from Tibet will assist you.
Day 18Departure from Lhasa. Drop to Gonggar airport or to Lhasa train stationWe drop you to Lhasa Airport or Lhasa train station. You have option to go Kathmandu Nepal by flight, By flight to mainland China or by train to mailand China.
Accommodation in center Tibet Kailash EBC and Guge
We provide 3 star hotels in Lhasa, Shigatse, Saga. You also have option to upgrade your Hotel in Lhasa. 4 and 5 star hotels are available only in Lhasa. Simple guest houses are available in Everest region, Kailash region and Guge Kingdom. Very simple mud houses are available in Derapuk, Mansarovar and Juthulpuk.
Personal horse helper during Kailash Kora
3 days Kailash kora is fully trekking. If you need personal horse and Helper you carry your small bag and ride instead of walking, you can hire from Darchen. Your guide will coordinate, any payment is direct paid.