22 Days Lhasa->Mt.Kailash->Guge Kingdom->ZhangmuDuration: 22 days and 21 nights Departure: Flexible
Tour Code: TA-MK-22 Max Altitude: 5216m
Tour Type: Private escorted tour with Tibetan tour guide and private vehicle with experienced driver
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Arrive in Lhasa
Arrive in the holy city of Lhasa, capital of the mystical Buddhist Kingdom of Tibet. You are greeted by tour guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure for you to relax and adjust to the high altitude.
Sightseeing in Lhasa city
Tour starts from the religious Potala Palace(3700m) built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king-Songtzen Gampo. The present one was built by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. It became known as the "Winter Palace" by the 1750, when the 7th Dalai Lama built the Norbulingka Park as his summer residence. After lunch, you will visit Jokhang Temple, situated in the old section of Lhasa. King Songtzen Gampo built this temple in the mid-7th century A.D. Now it is the most sacred place in Tibet. Pilgrims come here to pay homage from all over Tibet. Visit Barkhore Street later. Overnight in Lhasa.
Sightseeing in Lhasa city
Full day sightseeing takes you to Drepung Monastery which is the largest of the monastery of the Gelug Sect in Tibet. After that, you will visit Norbulingka Park. In 1752, the 7th Dalai Lama built the first palace here for successive Dalai Lamas to carry out their political and religious activities during the summer season. Today Norbulingka has become a public park for picnicking, relaxing and entertainment.
Take the ferry with local Tibetans to visit the Samye Monastery which is believed to be the first Monastery in Tibet with a history of over 1,200 years. overnight in Tsetang.
Dramtruk Monastery, Yongbulakang Palace-Lhasa
Morning drive to Tsetang(3515m), visit the Yumbulakang Palace and the Trandruk Monastery. Travel to the bank of Yarlung Tsangpo River by car. Then take the ferry with local Tibetans to visit the Samye Monastery which is believed to be the first Monastery in Tibet with a history of over 1,200 years.
Lhasa to Gyantse (260km)6hrs
Drive to Gyantse after breakfast. On the way, dazzling Yamdrok-tso Lake (4441m)can be seen from the summit of the Kamba-la pass(4794m). Yamdrok is one of Three Holy Lake in Tibet. When you arrive at Gyantse, visit Pelkor Chode Monastery. The Monastery is founded in 1418, notable for its superb Kumbum Chode(10,000 Images Stupa)(4040m). Overnight Gyantse Hotel .
Gyantse to Shigatse (90km)2hrs
After breakfast, drive to Shigatse, visit the Bachen Lama palace - Tanshilunpo Monastery. Overnight in Shigatse .
Shigatse / Sakya / Lhatse (150km)3hrs
Morning drive to Sakya, visit Sakya Monastery, which is the main monastery at Sakyapa, hike around the monastery northern ruins. Late afternoon drive to Lhatse. Overnight at Lhatse.
Lhatse to Saga (280km)6hrs
Today drive from Lhatse to Saga, pass several high plateau lakes, towns, herders tents and along the route with plateau mountain ranges. Overnight in Guesthouse at Saga.
Saga to Paryang(170km)5hrs
Taking another 255km drive from Saga to Paryang, you weave your way through small dusty town of Zhongba amidst enchanting panoramic views. Overnight at Paryang(Guest house, dorm bed).
Paryang to Lake Manasarovar
The route is a pleasant about four-hour drive, passing through yellow steppe with snowcapped Himalayan peaks off to the south when the weather is clear.there is a check-point along the way,where you must show your passport and permits. Then MAYUM-LA PASS(5216m) which is the frointer between west Tibet(shigatse prefecture) and far west tibet(ali). On the way you can see and experience the life of nomads and see the beatiful grass land of far west tibet. Magical mount Kailash comes into view approximately 90km after the Mayum-la just before the town of HOR QU. You can stay a night in horqu or you can camp at the beautiful lake shore.
Note: you have to buy entry ticket for the Manasarovar lake about 80Y per person and also have to pay about 20Y per night in the lake shore.Overnight at Guesthouse.
Lake Manasarovar / Darchen
Manasarovara is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning Bath and Puja you will be heading towards Darchen, prepare for trekking. Overnight at Darchen (Guest house, dorm bed).
Darchen to Drirapuk 11km Overnight Guesthouse & Camp (4860m)
Triditionallya pilgrim undertakes 52 km trekking circuit around mount Kailash commencing at Darchen(4574m) and crossing the Dolma-la pass on the second day of the three day walk.Darchen is the starting and completion point for the general circuit of the sacred mount. A few kilometers after leaving Darchen, there is a valley called Sarshung where porters are waiting for their clients. They will help the client to take every necessary things on yaks and horses. After two hours, you came upon a grassy plain with populated by nomads. There you can refresh yourself in nomadic tent by drinking some soft drinks there. For this turn in the valley it is another two hours at least before reaching Drirapuk(4920m).
Dera Phuk Gomba to Zutul Phuk Overnight at Guesthouse & Camp (4750m)
After taking a rest on the peak of Dolma-la pass, you will decend staircase brings you to Lhachu valley floor, about one hour from the pass. From here it is still four hours trekking to the day final destination with no shelters in between. It is better to walk on the rightside of the river and finally reached to Dzultripuk(miracle cave of milarepa). It is advised you to get there before than other groups because of limitted number of rooms available there in Dzultripuk. Take a good rest in the guest room and prepare for next mornings departure.
Finish trek and drive to Tirtha Puri
TirthaPuri to Guge Kingdom Overnight Guesthouse
Guge Kingdom to Tirthapuri Overnight Guesthouse
Go to visit the sunrise in Guge. Drive to visit Guge Kingdom Ruins and then back to Zanda and rest.
The Guge Kingdom was founded in about the 10th century by a descendant of King Lang Darma, who fled from Lhasa after the collapse of the Tubo Kingdom. The kingdom played an important role in the second renascence in Tibet and survived for about 700 years before disappearing mysteriously in the 17th century.
Tirthapuri to Gosul Gomba Overnight Camp
Gosul Gomba to Paryang Overnight Guesthouse
Paryang to Saga Overnight Guesthouse
Saga to Zhangmu Overnight Guesthouse
Leave Zhangmu for Nepal
- Tibet Entry Permit.
- Tibet travel permit.
- Landcruiser transportation with expert driver
- Guide service (English-speaking guide).
- Yak(or horse) and Yak(or horse) porters for luggage during trekking
- Travel accident insurance
- Bottled oxygen per car for urgent use
- Grass protecting fee in Nagri
- Your own expense
- Trekking equipment ( Sleeping bag, tent and mattress)
- Flight & train tickets.
- Entrance fees
While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.
When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.
A great way to ensure the lowest possible price is to invite more people on the trip. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. For example, for a typical 5-day Lhasa and Lake Namtso tour: the one-person price is about $1010; the two-person price will be only $633 per person. These prices are an indication of how much money you can save by travelling with more people. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)
Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.
You have the flexibility to arrange the group activities accorddingly, such as changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time of certain place. You can also stop on the road as you need.
If you are traveling with your family or a group of friends, a private tour for your group is ideal. As you have more people in the group, the price won't be much higher than a join-in group tour. It is a good way to save money and enjoy ultimate service.