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.
|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|
ARRIVAL IN LHASA EITHER BY AIR OR TRAIN AND MEET WITH YOUR FELLOW TRAVELLERS
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)
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
LAST DAY TREKKING BACK TO DARCHEN. 12km.
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
DRIVE BACK TO SAGA.
Today we trace the road back to Saga. Overnight at Saga
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
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
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.
LHASA AIRPOR/TRAIN STATION SENDS OFF.
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;
TOUR COST EXCLUDES
– 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: