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group tour Kailash overland

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  • Duration: 16 days
  • Price: $1,880

group tour Kailash over land is a top grading Tibet group tour that specially designed for those enthusiastic travelers to have insight Tibetan plateau experiences. By following the footstep of devoted pilgrims to the far-west Tibetan plateau and trekking around the mystical Mt.Kailash is pilgrimage destinations of Buddhism, Bon, Hindu and Jainism since from centuries ago. Gangkar Ti-se is the Tibetan name for Mt.Kailash and it is the prime focus of traveling in the western Tibet, with high of 6,714m, it is clearly distinguished from the surroundings by its perennial snow cover and people worship it as God’s palace from generation to generation. However, it no longer remains only a pilgrimage destination, but every year hundreds of adventurers gratify by its natural beauties and geographical rareness. This is a thrilling journey across the dry and vast plain is a one of the most amazing trips in Tibet, this journey takes you visit the base camp of world’s highest peak of Mt.Everest and travel through the western Tibetan plateau that bounded by Himalaya in the south and Trans-Himalayan in the north, which is the home for sparse lone nomads whose lifestyle remains close to what it has been for centuries. This region abounds with wildlife, particularly after the monsoon season (July and August), herds of wild ass, Gazelle, Hodgson’s antelope, Marmot and different species of geese that can be seen along the route.

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  • Days Trip overview Activity Accommodation
    day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m) Pick up and transfer to hotel and rest at hotel Yak hotel
    day 2 Lhasa sightseeing Bakhor street,Johkang Temple and Potala Palace Yak hotel
    day 3 Lhasa sightseeing Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery Yak hotel
    day 4 Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse (3900m) 370km approx 7hrs Yamdrok Lake,Karola ,Kumbum Manasarovar
    day 5 Shigatse-Lhatse-EBC(5000m) 350km approx 6hrs Tashilhunpo,EBC,Rongbuk EBC Guesthouse
    day 6 EBC-Saga (4600m) 312km approx 7hrs Wild landscapes, Peiku Tso lake Local guesthouse
    day 7 Saga-Manasarovar lake (4560m) 606km approx 8hrs Sand dunes, Manasarovar lake Local guesthouse
    day 8 Manasarovar lake-Darchen (4560m) 80km approx 1hr Mysterious view of Mt.Kailash Local guesthouse
    day 9 Trek from Darchen-Dirakpuk (4700m) 20km approx 4hrs Wild landscapes around Mt.Kailash Local guesthouse
    day 10 Trek from Dirakpuk-Zuktulpuk (4790m) 18km approx 6hrs Wild landscapes around Mt.Kailash Local guesthouse
    day 11 Trek from Zuktulpuk-Darchen (4560m) 12km approx 3hrs View of Duktso lake Local guesthouse
    day 12 Darchen-Saga (4600m) 550km approx 9hrs Sand dunes Local guesthouse
    day 13 Saga-Zhangmu (2700m) 462km approx 8.5hrs Plateau terrain to tropical forest Gangyan hotel
    day 14 See off those going to Nepal/others drive back to Lhatse/Shigatse Views of Himalayan and border towns Manasarovar
    day 15 Lhatse/Shigatse-Lhasa (3680m) 430km/280km approx 6hrs Yarlung Tsangpo Yak hotel
    day 16 Depart from Tibet drop off to train station/airport

  • DAY 01

    A short flight into Tibet give you a panorama of the snowy Himalayan ranges or the days of train ride over the high plateau by crossing mighty Thangu la ranges get you to Lhasa with beautiful sceneries along the route, your arrival at the Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and driver and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa city, from the airport to Lhasa it is about 60km and it takes less than an hour through the recently built highway, from the train station it is only 25km and it takes about half hour, check in the hotel and may be meet with other fellow travelers, then take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag. Overnight in Lhasa
    (Note: If your arrival time is different from others then we will arrange private airport/train station pick up without any additional cost, so please let us know your arrival time and detail information of flights/train)

    DAY 02
    Attractions; Jokhang temple and bustling Bakhor street and Sera monastery.
    Today is the your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have little head ach which is very common for travelers by the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity on the first few days is recommendable. In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is one of the most scared temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you have time to walk around the Bakhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa, during the old days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping center. The amazing day will ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery, it is built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen Choji Sakya Yeshi who is disciple of Tsongka pa, few different monastic colleges in Sera is home to several hundred monks from different part of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening everyday in the afternoon except Sunday. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa

    DAY 03
    Attractions; Potala palace and Drepung monastery
    Today we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in 7th century and later in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking though the long steps are quite challenging but it is worthwhile to leave your footsteps in the spiritual palace of God of compassion, which listed in the world heritage in 1994. And in the afternoon, we will visit the Drepung monastery, once the world’s largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace, but several destructions were taken place in different time but still you have lots of things to see by walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lane through the monks apartments is thrilling. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa

    DAY 04
     LHASA(3600m) – GYANTSE (3900m) – SHIGATSE(3900m), 350 km
    Attractions; Yamdrok lake, Mt.Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and Pelkhor Choede monastery.
    We start drive toward south west, through the zigzag road climb up the Kampa la pass (4700m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok lake with its turquoise color and snow capped Mt.Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, then continues drive along the lake for few kilometers get us to the lunch stop at Nagar tse. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages that pass through; en route we will stop at Karo la (5150m) to see the holy mount Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. Arrival at Gyantse, we visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery, this magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, it is not only well known for its architecture but also its old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls, late afternoon drive to Shigatse which is only 90km. Overnight in Shigatse.

    DAY 05
    SHIGATSE (3900m) – EBC(5150m), 350km
    Attractions: Rongbuk monastery and Mt. Everest base camp.
    Today we will drive straight to EBC by crossing several passes along the way, you will have the first views of mighty Himalayans from the pass of Gyatso la(5400m) after Lhatse and distant view of Mt. Everest from its viewing point soon after climb down Gyatso la, shortly after the border check point at Shegar, turn off the Friendship Highway and drive toward south in the valley, cross over the Gawu la pass[5250m] through zigzags road, from the pass you will amaze the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its mighty peaks beyond 8000m, Mt.Makalu(8463m), Mt.Lotse(8516m), Mt.Everest(8844m), Mt.Cho Oyu(8201m) and Mt.Shishapama(8020m) from Left to right, climbing down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Zom and then finally the day’s destination – Everest Base Camp located in the Rongbuk valley. Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and it consist both monks and nuns. Afternoon you have an option to do a short trekking from the tent guesthouses community to E.B.C, it will take you about 2 hours or more per your physical condition (6Km). Or you can take the dedicated minibus instead. We suggest you to bring your own sleeping bags for the night if available as the local tent guesthouses reuse the blankets for several weeks due to their poor facility. Overnight at local tent guesthouses except from Nov – Mar where the tent guesthouses close and only Rongbuk monastery guesthouse is available.
    Note: before leaving Shigatse, your guide need some time to obtain the ATP from the local PSB, ATP is also known as Alien’s Travel Permit and it is a permit that should be issued for the border check at Shegar.

    DAY 06
    EBC (5150m) – OLD TINGRI – SAGA (4500m), 400km
    Attraction: View of Mt.Shishapama, Peikutso lake
    Today we will drive back to main road and lunch stop at Old Tingri, then continue the journey into Tibet western wilderness via stunning views of Mt.Shishapama (8020m) and Peikutso lake. It will be little long driving withine the long valley and end the day at Saga. Overnight at Saga

    DAY 07
    Attractions; Sand dunes Chewu monastery and Manasarovar lake.
    Today the thrilling journey across the dry and vast plain with stunning views of great Himalaya in the south and Trans-Himalayan in the north, the moonly plain of the region is home for sparse lone nomads whose lifestyle remains close to what it has been for centuries. Different natural structures like sand dunes and picturesque mountains views are not only the great beauty of the day. Then we will reach to the Manasarovar Lake(victorious lake) in the late afternoon, which is one of the holiest lakes in Tibet and every year it receives hundreds of hundreds of pilgrims from all corner of Tibetan plateau, India and Russia. The lake is surround by several prominent peaks like Gurla Mandata (7760m). Also you can view the Mt. Kailash(7762m) in the distant. Overnight at local guesthouse at the lake side.

    DAY 08
    MANASAROVAR LAKE – DARCHEN (4560m) 80km.
    Attractions; the views of Mt. Kailash.
    Today it is a short drive to the Kailash trekking base camp town of Darchen, so if you like you can explore around the lake for a while, Darchen is a small nomadic village and now increasing number of guesthouses and restaurants make it more commercial. At your arrival you have plenty of time to explore around the town and prepare for the trekking, you can also hiking around the hills to get physically ready for the trekking challenge. In the afternoon, your guide will arrange others trekking necessities like porters and yaks for your luggage transportation. It is advisable to be ware of dogs within the town as you can find so many dogs there and those dogs are friendly during the day time and quite aggressive during the night time. You can find different restaurants according to your taste or your guide will help you to find some better ones. Overnight at local guesthouse

    DAY 09
    Attractions; the views on the both side of the valley that you are going to trek.
    Today our trekking start from Darchen and tracing the small trail in the clockwise circuit around the Peak on an average altitude of 4700m. You will encounter numbers of local Buddhist pilgrims doing along your way and several Bon believers in the anti-clockwise direction. After 4hours trek we will reach to Tamdin(4780m) where a nomadic tents serves simple lunch and boil water. From there it is only 4km to Dirakpuk monastery but between this stretches has the some of the best scenery of the entire kora. Dirakpuk was rebuilt in 1985 located
    on the north side of the Lha-chu River facing to the north face of the Mt. Kailash. Dirakpuk name originally comes from a word Dira that means female yak horn and Puk means cave, that in a mythical story says a female yak opened the cave. Overnight at Dirapuk guesthouse

    DAY 10

     2nd DAY OF THE TREKKING TO ZULTUL PUK(4790m) 18km.
    Attractions; the once and only chance of challenging to cross the Dikpala (5000m) and Dormala (5600m) next to Dikpala
    Today is the most challenging part of the trekking where we will cross two passes, though there are not too steep but the altitude make is more tiring and slow, after we cross Dikpala (5000m) & Dormala (5600m), the passes are remarked by heaps of prayer flags and cairns, It is worth while to spend some minutes on the pass to view and relax, as you are right backside of the Mt. Kailash and offers great view of the holy peak. then we will climb down into the long valley and stop lunch at Shabjay Dakpo nomadic tent for lunch. Zuktul puk monastery (4790m) also calls the miracle cave that is build by two religious figure Milarepa and Naro Bonchung. And still you can see the footprint and handprint of Milarepa inside the cave. Overnight at Zultul Puk

    DAY 11

    Attractions; the view of the Thuktso lake.
    Today is an easy day trek to our starting point Darchen, and your driver will pick you up from the halfway when if you get tired. Overnight at Darchen

    DAY 12

    Today we trace the road back to Saga. Overnight at Saga

    DAY 13

    DRIVE FROM SAGA TO ZHANGMU (2700m), 400km
    Attractions: Beautiful scenery over the Thongla Pass, impressive view of Mt. Shishapama, Spectacular waterfalls within the Matsang River Gorge.
    We trace the road back to friendship highway and then follow it towards Nepal, you will experience the striking view of luminous peaks of great Himalayans from the Thongla pass. Then gradually descend into a deep valley with a series of switchback bends. There are spectacular waterfalls on both sides of these fertile hills and with a decrease in altitude, the dry climate changes into a warm, moist environment and it is clear that we drawing into the Indian subcontinent. Our destination is Tibet border town Zhangmu. Overnight in Zhangmu

    DAY 14

    ZHANGMU (2300m) – KODARI/LHATSE/SHIGTASE (Those who going to Nepal will end the trip here and others will continue their journey back toward Lhasa in the afternoon)
    Today the group split here and say your farewells each other and those who going to Nepal will be transferred to the friendship bridge and cross the bridge to Nepal.
    Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a short time to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email. (Info: After you crossed the bridge you will get into Nepal and Nepal visa can be obtained at the arrival by paying USD25 for 15 days tourist visa. Then you can easily find jeeps and buses from the Nepalese border town to Kathmandu city)
    Then the reaming group will head back to Lhatse or Shigatse. Overnight in Lhatse/Shigatse

    DAY 15

    LHATSE/SHIGATSE – LHASA, 450km/300km
    Today we will drive back to Lhasa, in the afternoon you have sometime to explore around the town and buy some gifts for your family and friends at home.

    DAY 16

    Today our guide and driver will send you to the airport or train station and it is time to say your good bye and depart to your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a short time to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email.


    – All necessary travel permits to Tibet;
    – Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the program;
    – Private transportation in Tibet: Ranging from 4WD land cruiser to bus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included).
    – Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;
    – Lodging: hotels in Lhasa, Shigatse and Zhangmu, rest of the nights at local guesthouses
    – Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour;
    – Oxygen canisters: 2 canister for each person;
    – Lodging and meals for guide and drivers;
    – First aid kit;
    – Liability travel insurance;


    – Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation(recommended);
    – Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);
    – International and domestic flight/train.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and ticket availability with your travel consultant);
    – Yaks and porters for Kailash trekking to carry luggages, you can hire it from ther which cost CNY150 per per day/per yak;
    – Meals that are not specified in the itinerary (Averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD5 per person);
    – Gratuities for the guide and driver:

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