Kailash Circuit ( 18 Days )

Kailash Circuit ( 18 Days )

18 Days You Choose Departure!
Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhatse - Mt. Everest - Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen - Lhasa
Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, Kumba Stupa, Tashilumpo Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, EBC, Manasorovar Lake, Mt. Kailash
Trip Day By Day
Day 1-3 Arrival and Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 4-5 Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhatse
Day 6-7 Lhatse - Mt. Everest - Saga
Day 8-10 Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen
Day 11-13 Trek from Darchen to Darchen
Day 14-18 Driving from Darchen to Lhasa,tour ends
Day by day itinerary

Day 1 Arrival and acclimatization

Highlights: No visiting today, better take rest in hotel.


Arrive at Lhasa train station or airport, your guide and driver will pick you up there in person with a warm Tibetan style welcome ceremony by presenting you Khata and afterwards transfer you to the hotel, suggest you stay at hotel to have good rest for better acclimatization.

Day 2 Sightseeing in Lhasa

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Barkhor Street


In the morning, visit Lhasa's landmark-Potala Palace, in which myriad chapels, audience halls, Buddhist frescoes, Thangkas, combinations of Mandela, figures of the Buddha stored. In the afternoon, visit the Johkang Temple, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of the Tang dynasty, 647 A.D. After the Johkang Temple, we will start a circular pilgrim route along Barkhor Street where you can purchase traditional Tibetan and Nepalese artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, music instrument, Thangkas, and etc.

Day 3 Sightseeing in Lhasa

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery


In the morning, drive to Drepung monastery which used to serve as the government center in Tibet until the fifth Dalai Lama moved to the famous Potala Palace. It is the biggest Buddhism College in Tibet and once homed to more than 10000 monks. In the afternoon, drive to visit Sera monastery which is famous for its scripture debate session among monks that starting every afternoon except Sunday.

Day 4 Lhasa /Yamdrok Lake / Gyantse ( 270km, 7 hours )


In the morning, drive to the historic town of Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess, on the Gangbala Pass, you will have a clear picture of this Tibetan holy lake in turquoise, in distance you can also see the snow capped Summit of Ninjingkangsang. In Gyantse, you will find the largest stupa in Tibet-Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelchor Monastery. Another important site in Gyantse is Dzong Castle which once was a battle field where Tibetan fought against British invasion.

Day 5 Gyantse /Shigatse /Sakya /Lhatse ( 240km,5 hours )

Highlights: Tashilumpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery


Drive to Shigatse to visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama and also one of four most important Gelugpa Sect Monateries in Tibet. In the afternoon, drive to Sakya; visit Sakya Monastery that is famed as the 'Second Dunhuang' for its colossal collection of numerous Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals and Thangkas. Afterwards, we will drive to Lhasa County.

Day 6 Lhatse /Shegar /Rongbuk Monastery /E.B.C ( 270kms, 7 hours )


Driving to Rongbuk Monastery (the highest monastery in the world) via Shegar, on the way you will cross over Gyatsola Pass at 5,220 m, which is the highest point enroute, and from the pass you will see the Himalaya mountain ranges in a clear day. In the afternoon, starting to trek from Rongbuk Monastery to E.B.C, it takes about 2 hours. Or you can take animal carriage (30RMB/per person, round-trip). Overnight at Rongbuk Guesthouse. (Dorm beds)

Day 7 Rongphu /Old Tingri /Saga. ( Around 270KM, 8-9 hours )


Long driving about one day over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keep you busy. By the late afternoon you will cross Bhramha Purtra River way to typical Chinese and Tibetan town. Overnight at Saga (Guest house, dorm bed)

Day 8 Saga /Paryang ( 250km, 7-8 hours )


Driving from Saga to Paryang through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with the distance view of snow capped mountains. Overnight at Paryang (Guest House, drom bed)

Day 9 Paryang /Lake Manasarovar ( 294km, 8 hours )


Prior to Mt. Kailash trekking, you have to transverse along 270 km distance from Paryang to Lake Manasorovar. This route takes you to the amazing and holy Manasarovar Lake stunningly set on the Tibetan plateau bordered by the majestic Gurla Mandata. As you approach this sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery will come into your sight on the north-west shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can even get a glimpse of the majestic Mt. Kailash and Gurla Mandata. This journey leaves your spirit fulfilled. Overnight at the village Hore or Chiu Monastery (Guest house, dorm bed).

Day 10 Lake Manasarovar/Darchen ( 60km, 2 hours )


After breakfast, it is a day for Puja & Holy bath in the holy lake. We will be doing Mansarover Parikarma by land cruiser (4520 m) 115 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. On the way, we will stop near Trugu Gompa for Holy Bath in Holy Lake Mansarovar. We will be setting seperate bathing tents for changing your clothes. During this parikarma, we will have a picnic lunch on the bank of Holy Lake Mansarovar. Time Permitting visit Chui Gompa. Later, drive to Darchen (4620 m). Darchen is located beneath the majestic holy Mount Kailash, a small village with couple of guesthouses. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with Pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around. Overnight at Hotel in Darchen

Day 11 Trek from Darchen to Dira-puk Monastery, 20km, 5 - 6 hours


After breakfast, drive approx. 13 Kms. to Tarboche, the trek starting point of Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also known as the outer "Asthapath". The first day of our Kora is a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. The trail leads us to few ups and downs till we reach our camp/guest house at Dira- puk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hours trek. We will be camping on the nice grassy meadows with a view of northwestern face of Kailash.

Day 12 Trek from Dira-puk Monastery to Zutul-puk Monastery by crossing Drolma-la Pass, 15km, 6 - 7 hours


Lha Chu Valley blurs as you turn towards Drolma Chu Valley. You ascend to Drolma La, the highest point on the trip. But soon after the breathtaking biew of the Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion, at the summit, you realize that this tough and challenging ascent has indeed been worthwhile and fruitful. Several prayer flags can be seen at the summit. Further on, the trail descends to the flat fields of Zutul-puk, which houses a monastery and several fascinating caves. These caves were used for meditation. Milarepa's cave is one of the most ancient and popular. Milarepa's footprints and elbow prints are believed to be imprinted all over this cave filled with mani stones. You then reach Zutul-PUK.

Day 13 Trek back to Darchen, 14Km, 4- 5 hours


Away from Zugul-Puk, you follow the trail through Bhark plain leading to Darchen. It is an easy walk along some impressive gorges and around many manic stones and mani walls back to the Bharkha Plains and dusty Darchen. The Kora has come to an end- you have erased your sins, endured cold nights and mornings, crossed some of the highest passes in the world, met countless fellow pilgrims and sent prayers of peace out to the world. Shortly after arriving at Darchen, you board the waiting vehicle for a short drive to Chi Gomapa, on the shore of the Manasarovar Lake.

Day 14 Driving from Darchen to Paryang ( 4550m, 340km, 9 hours )


Overnight at Paryang (Gusethouse, dorm bed)

Day 15 Driving from Paryang to Saga ( 252km, 7-8 hours )


Overnight at Saga (Guesthouse, dorm bed)

Day 16 Driving from Saga to Lhatse ( 300Km, 9 hours )


Overnight at Lhatse.

Day 17 Driving from Lhatse to Lhasa ( 450km, 7 hours )


Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 18


Lhasa to airport departure transfer, tour ends.

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user portrait Ms. Janette Ressue from: 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp

I am very interested in the tour this June beginning June 19th.  Are there any earlier departures in June for this 15 day tour that includes Mt. Everest and Mt Kailash trek?

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Greetings from Nancy Chung at BTT. We have this group tour 4th and 22nd June. Both dates are available for you. Please check your email for the details. Thanks a lot.

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Greetings from Nancy at BTT. TTP (B) and PSB mean Tibet Travel Bureau and Public Security Bureau. And if you want to travel to Tibet, we have to apply Tibet permit from them with your passport and China visa copies. Yeah, the tour package includes the permit service and the fee. For more details please check your email. Best regards.

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hi i want to go to mt kailash and mansovar lake as well as lhasa and shigatse this early May from kathmandu. could you email me the packages like 13 days or 16 days etc and the cost for a nepali passport holder and for my friend who is a british passport holder
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Dear Mr. Rai,

Thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. Yes, we have 13days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp group tour on 13th and 21st May. As this group tour can end at the border of Nepal and China. For the 21st May group tour it will come cross the Saga Dawa festival in Kailash if you are interested. Please check your email for the tour details about it. Thanks a lot.

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user portrait Ms. Tina from: 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp
Hi interested in joining this tour early Sept. Also interested to know what the discount is if I book early and for the entrance costs extra are these not needed if I was not to enter some of the the places  Tina
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Dear Tina,

Thank you very much for your inquiry. If you book tour with us three months in advance, to show our welcome gesture, we are able to offer an early bird discount to you. Because the entrance fee is not included in our tour price, if you don't want to visit some spots, you won't need to pay the entrance fee. For more details, please check your email. Best regards, Helen.

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We have booked a tour to China. We would like to leave the tour to visit Tibet. The opportunity we have is to fly to Lhasa the morning of May 3 and rejoin the tour in Chongqing on May 6. Thus we would have 4 days and 3 nights available. I have a US passport and my wife has a Chilean passport.  Please give us your recommendations and costs for such a diversion. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
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Dear Stephen,

Thank you very much for your inquiry. It's no problem for you to join a 4-day Lhasa tour. But we currently have one departure date on 2nd May, not on 3rd May, I was wondering whether you can advance your Lhasa tour one day earlier or not. If not, we will make a little adjustment for your Lhasa tour. Please check your email for more details. Best wishes, Helen.

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