Day2: Potala Palace, Lhasa

Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m at the topmost point.

Day3: Sera Monastery

These debates are unique to Sera and are quite famous. Enjoy the debates!

Day4: Yamdrok Lake

For Tibetans, it is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and the home of the “wrathful deities”.

18 Days Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar Trekking Tour

Duration: 18 days and 17 nights Departure: Flexible
Tour Code: TA-AT-18A Max Altitude: 5284m
Tour Type: Private escorted tour with Tibetan tour guide and private vehicle with experienced driver
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Day 1

Lhasa Arrival


Welcome to Tibet
Welcome to Tibet

Welcome to the roof of the world! Your Tibet journey starts with a warm Tibetan style greeting from your local tour guide who will present you with Hada (traditional Tibetan scarves). Your will be pick you up at the airport or train station, then be escorted to your hotel in Lhasa city at the comfort of your own private vehicle. During the hour long drive to your hotel in the city, enjoy the breathtaking view along the Yarlong Tsangpo River. Tibetan features can be seen along the way, including Big Buddha engravings on the hill near the road, colorful prayer flags and friendly Tibetan people. Overnight at Lhasa.

After you arrive at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and become acclimatize to this high altitude city at the top of the world.

Tips: The altitude in Lhasa is about 3,650m above sea level. Take time out to relax and acclimate to the high altitude after arrival at your hotel. We recommend that you avoid strenuous activity for the first few days. It is advisable that you not take showers. For first time visitors, it is common to have different degrees of high altitude sickness symptom. Drink more water, have fresh fruit and plenty of rest will help to prevent the sickness. Have a good rest tonight, and get ready for tomorrow’s journey.


Day 2

Lhasa ( B )


Potala Palace Tibet
Potala Palace

Take the challenge of climbing up to Potala Palace (3,650m above sea level) and get a great view of Lhasa’s urban areas. Great photographic opportunities along the way up as you will have a great view of the traditional Tibetan architecture. Hear the story of the Dalai Lamas and see chapels that the Dalai Lamas studied, rested and worked in. Pass former Dalai Lamas’ graves which are decorated with treasure beautiful treasures.

Continue your tour to Jokhang Temple, which is within walking distance from Potala Palace. It is considered the spiritual center of Tibet. You will see many pilgrims worship within or nearby the temple. Enter the first floor of the temple and absorb the religious atmosphere, you will see pilgrims are donating butter oil to keep the lights burning for the Buddha. While learning about more Buddhas and Lamas than you can possibly remember you will gain a feeling for the vast history of Tibetan Buddhism. You might also hear red-robed Lamas praying. Walk up to the roof of the temple, take some pictures of the gold roof and enjoy the beautiful sunshine of Lhasa while observing pilgrims praying in front of the temple.

Finally, join locals in a traditional pilgrimage route by taking a relaxing walk in a large circular path around Jokhang Temple at Barkor Street. The street is filled with pilgrims taking part in religious activities and street venders selling a wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods and religious items. If you like you can also ask your tour guide take you to visit a Thangka workshop to marvel at the fabulous Thangka art work. There are cafes along the street as well. You can relax and enjoy the life in Lhasa in a lazy afternoon.

Tips: As you climb up to the Potala Palace, you might experience slight shortness of breath due to the exertion. Take your time and rest when needed. Please try not to disturb pilgrims; you can take pictures from a distance. In Barkor Street, you will have a chance to pick a few unique souvenirs for your friends and do remember to bargain and compare the price in different shops. If you still have energy in the evening, you can go to the square on your own in front of the Potala Palace around 8:30pm to enjoy the 2-hours music fountain for free. Alternatively, enjoy looking at all the beautiful pictures you took during the day and make sure to get enough sleep! On this day, you will be mainly outside, please bring plenty of water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses.


Day 3

Lhasa ( B )


Norbulingka Park
Norbulingka Park

After breakfast, you are driven to visit the Norbulingka Park, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history. Next, come to Drepung Monastery, which was once the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks.

Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, where you will get the chance to experience “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. These debates are unique to Sera and are quite famous. Enjoy the debates!

Tips: Today, you will be driven to the outskirt of Lhasa City. The drive is not long, all within half hour. The road condition is good. A little walking or climbing is involved. Please pack plenty of water with you. Don't forget about your sun glasses and sun-cream.


Day 4

Lhasa - Gyantse ( B )


Yamdrok Lake
Yamdrok Lake

Today you will drive from Lhasa to Shigatse (6.5-hour drive).

En route, you’ll stop to see Yamdrok Lake, one of three most famous holy lakes in Tibet. For Tibetans, it is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and the home of the “wrathful deities”. The scenery of turquoise blue water in the lake with the reflection of surrounding snow-capped mountains is awesome. After arrival in Gyantse, you will tour Pelkor Monastery to admire fancy frescoes, statues and sculptures.Overnight at Shigatse.

Tips: The road condition from Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake is rough road around mountains. Feel free to ask your driver to stop and have a rest on the road.


Day 5

Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhatse ( B )


Mt. Nojin Kangsang
Mt. Nojin Kangsang

Today, drive to Shigatse via Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La Pass (4,794m), you’ll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below. Far in the distance you’ll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangsang (7,191m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045m). En route visit Palkhor Monastery with Kubum Stupa and Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Panchen Lama and one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Admire the beautiful frescoes, statues and sculptures. Arrive at Shigatse in the late afternoon and stay there overnight.

Tips: The road condition is fairly good so the 90km drive from Gyantse to Shigatse should be pleasant. Please do not hesitate to tell the driver that you want to take a break to stretch your legs or take pictures on the way.


Day 6

Lhatse - Saga ( B )


Drive from Lhatse to Saga, which takes about 8 hours. Enjoy natural sceneries like meadows, rivers, and snow-capped mountains. Stay overnight at Saga.

Tips: Be sure to take a lot of pictures of the beautiful scenery!


Day 7

Saga - Paryang ( B )



Drive from Saga to Paryang (4,550m), a small village. Drive through the windswept territory, passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with a stunning view of snow capped mountains in the distance. Stay overnight at Paryang.

Tips: Be sure to take advantage of the incredibly beauty and take many pictures.


Day 8

Paryang - Lake Manasarovar ( B )


Paryang to Lake Manasarovar is a long drive of roughly 10 hours. This holy lake is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world (4,590m above sealevel). It is also one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. The scenery is stunning with panoramic views of the Himalayas.

Tips: Learn about this Holy Lake while watching the many religious pilgrims, from a variety of religions, worship. Be sure to ask before taking pictures of people.


Day 9

Lake Manasarovar ( B )


Lake Manasarovar
Lake Manasarovar

Resting and sightseeing at Lake Manasarovar. Manasarovara is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. In Hinduism Lake Manasa Sarovar is a personification of purity, and one who drinks water from the lake is believed to be cleansed of all his sins committed over even a hundred lifetimes. The lake is very popular in Buddhist literature and associated with many teachings and stories in Buddhism. Buddha, it is reported, stayed and meditated near this lake on several occasions. Mansarovar Lake attracts thousands of tourists and religious people every year from all over the world. Spend the night camping on the bank of Holy Mansarovar Lake.

Tips: The beautiful lake and numerous pilgrims make for great picture opportunities!


Day 10

Lake Manasarovar - Darchen ( B )


Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen (60km, 2 hours), and prepare for trekking.


Day 11

Trek to Dirapuk Monastery ( B, L, D )


Dirapuk Monastery
Dirapuk Monastery

Start the day off with a 5-6 hour 20km trek from Darchen (4,560m) to Dirapuk Monastery (4,750m). The first day of trekking is a slow walk with groups of local pilgrims chanting and praying. Camp on the nice grassy meadows with a view of Kailash, northwest face at Dirapuk for overnight halt.

Tips: By now, your body should be fully acclimated to the high altitude in Tibet. However, if you feel any shortness of breath or light headedness, stop immediately and tell your guide. Your guide will have safety equipment, including tanks of oxygen if needed, though in the vast majority of cases a short rest should be all that is required before continuing.


Day 12

Trek to Zutulpuk Monastery ( B, L, D )


Drolma-la Passh
Drolma-la Passh

Go on a 6-7 hour 15km trek from Dirapuk Monastery to Zutulpuk Monastery by crossing the Drolma-la Passh. Today our Kailash climb will take us to the holy path just beneath Mt. Kailash.

Tips: Please be sure to ask for permission before taking pictures of people you see on the roads. Most Tibetans are more than willing, but it is best to ask first.


Day 13

Trek back to Darchen ( B, L, D )


The winding pilgrim trail ends after a 5 hour trek over 14km. Stay overnight at Darchen.

Tips: Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks. Feel free to rest whenever you need to.


Day 14

Darchen - Paryang ( B )


Driving from Darchen to Paryang (340km, 9 hours). Stay overnight at Paryang.

Tips: The drive today is quite long. Please don't hesitate to ask the driver to stop so you can get out and stretch your legs or take pictures of the beautiful surroundings.


Day 15

Paryang - Saga ( B )


Drive from Paryang to Saga (252km, 7-8 hours). Overnight at Saga.

Tips: The drive today is quite long. Please don't hesitate to ask the driver to stop so you can get out and stretch your legs or take pictures of the beautiful surroundings.


Day 16

Saga - Lhatse ( B )


Driving from Saga to Lhatse (300km, 9 hours). Stay overnight at Lhatse.

Tips: The drive today is quite long. Please don't hesitate to ask the driver to stop so you can get out and stretch your legs or take pictures of the beautiful surroundings.


Day 17

Lhatse - Lhasa ( B )


Driving from Lhatse to Lhasa (450km, 7 hours). Overnight at Lhasa.

Tips: The drive today is quite long. Please don't hesitate to ask the driver to stop so you can get out and stretch your legs or take pictures of the beautiful surroundings.


Day 18

Lhasa Departure ( B )


Tibet Departure
Tibet Departure

Today is free until you are escorted to the airport or train station.

Tips: Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for things like tooth brush, camera, mobile phone, phone charger, towel, wallet. If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.


What's included in this price?
  • Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
  • All necessary Tibet travel permits.
  • All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Medium standard accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis. Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
  • Meals noted in the itinerary as "B,L,D".
  • Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
  • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance
What's excluded in this price?
  • China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Single room supplement.
  • Additional tour service and/or activities.

 18 Days Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar Trekking Tour

Value for money:

 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)

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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.

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