15 Days Kailash Mansarovar Tour

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$2045.00

Duration

15 days

Best Months To Travel

June, July, Aug, Sept

Overview

This is our most comprehensive Kailash Mansarovar tour specially designed for adventurous travelers to gain deeper spiritual insight into the Tibetan plateau and experience firsthand Tibet’s best natural wonders. Mount Kailash is one of the holiest mountains in Tibet. After acclimatizing in Lhasa you will drive west across the vast plains with a spectacular view of the Himalayans to the south and the Trans-Himalayans to the north.

Stopping along some of Tibet’s most spiritual sites like Tashi Lhunpo Yamdrok Lake and the Kumbum Stupa you’ll gain an understanding of Buddhism’s impact on Tibet before the magnificence of Mt. Kailash is unveiled. For thousands of years, Mount Kailash has been the pilgrimage destination of Buddhism Bon Hindu, and Jainism worshippers alike. At an altitude of 6714 meters Gangkar Ti-se as it is known in Tibetan has perennial snow cover and is the focal point of all travel to western Tibet. Pilgrims travel to this sacred mountain to complete a spiritual circuit as it is believed that it will wash away their sins. In addition to the varied landscapes wildlife abounds in Western Tibet.

Along the route, you will be able to see herds of wild-ass, gazelle, Tibetan antelope marmots, and different species of geese from the window of your 4×4. After spending three days trekking from monastery to monastery around  Kailash trekking you’ll be absolved of all your sins. From there we’ll drive to Manasarovar Lake and then journey to the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest and stay overnight to enjoy a sunrise you will never forget. If you’re looking for a tour that is cost-effective and combines the best Tibet has to offer spiritually and naturally and stories that will last you a lifetime then a trip to Kailash is the right tour for you.

Day Trip Outline Activity Accommodation
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m) Pick up and transfer to hotel Rest at the hotel. Hotel in Lhasa
Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing Bakhor Street Johkang Temple Potala Palace Hotel in Lhasa
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing Sera Monastery Drepung Monastery Hotel in Lhasa
Day 4 Lhasa-Shigatse (3900m) 370km approx 7hrs Yamdrok Lake Karola Glacier Kumbum Stupa Gesar hotel
Day 5 Shigatse-Lhatse (4000m) 200km approx 4hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery Sakya monastery Farmer’s hotel
Day 6 Lhatse-Saga (4600m) 312km approx 6.5hrs Wild landscapes of Western Tibet Local Hotel
Day 7 Saga- Darchen(4560m) 606km approx 8hrs Sand dunes Manasarovar Lake Mysterious view of Mt.Kailash Local guesthouse
Day 8 Trek from Darchen-Dirakpuk (4700m) 20km approx 4hrs Wild landscapes around Mt.Kailash      Local guesthouse
Day 9 Trek from Dirakpuk-Zuktulpuk (4790m) 18km approx 6hrs Wild landscapes around Mt.Kailash      Local guesthouse
Day 10 Trek from Zuktulpuk-Lake Manasarovar (4560m) 12km approx 3hrs Close view of Manasarovar Lake      Local guesthouse
Day 11 Lake Manasarovar – Saga 580km      Local Hotel
Day 12 Saga (4600m) – EBC 550km approx 9hrs Peikutso lake Mt Shishapama      Local guesthouse
Day 13 EBC-Shigatse (4000m) 350km approx 7hrs Rongbuk monastery EBC Gesar hotel
Day 14 Shigatse-Lhasa (3680m) 280km approx 6hrs Yarlung Tsangpo Hotel in Lhasa
Day 15 Depart from Tibet Send off to train/airport  ————–

 

If you want to have a single room during the hotel nights or if no one else is sharing the room with you, then you need to pay the single room supplement fee, please check the single room supplement fee as in the below table;

 Months   Single room supplement  
April, May,  October USD316
June, July, August, September USD370

Included/Exclude

Tour Cost Includes:

  • – 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) SEE VEHICLE PHOTOS HERE;
  • – Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;
  • – Lodging: hotels in Lhasa Shigatse rest of the nights at local guesthouses SEE HOTEL PHOTOS HERE;
  • – Free shuttle bus Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour ( Please check the free shuttle bus timing as below table);
  • – Bottle water;
  • – A mobile with local SIM card (it can receive international call and text messages also);
  • – Oxygen cylinder for the group;
  • – 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 there which cost around CNY300 per per day/per yak;
  • – Meals – lunches and dinners breakfasts at the guesthouses (Averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD5 per person);
  • – Gratuities for the guide and driver

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Free Coupons
Laundry service
Outdoor Seating
Reservations
Restaurant
Wireless Internet

Tour Plan

Whether you travel to Tibet by flight or train you are guaranteed to have an amazing journey to the plateau. Crossing the mighty Himalayas you will arrive in Lhasa at the airport or train station and your guide and driver will collect you and transfer you to your hotel. Once there you can settle into the hotel and meet your fellow travelers. It is advisable to rest once you are checked in to help alleviate some of the symptoms of altitude sickness. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Attractions: Jokhang temple and bustling Bakhor Street and Sera monastery.

On your first full day on the plateau, you may experience some mild headaches nausea, and drowsiness. This is normal for travelers to high altitudes and will subside within a day or two as your body adjusts to the increased altitude of the plateau. Plenty of rest water and only mild activity can help to relieve the symptoms. Your first day includes trips around the city to the famous Jokhang Temple the most sacred Buddhist temple in Tibet and the amazing Barkhor Street the ritual kora route around the temple and the largest market in Lhasa. The focal point of pilgrimage to Lhasa for Tibetan Buddhists you can take a walk around the kora with the pilgrims and pick up some great bargains. Your afternoon is filled with a visit to the Sera Monastery a 15th-century university monastery belonging to the dominant Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. Home to more than 600 monks the monastery was built by one of the disciples of Je Tsongkhapa the founder of the Gelug Sect and hosts monastic debates in the courtyard every afternoon with the exception of Sundays. Stay overnight in Lhasa

Attractions: Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery

Your third day in Tibet starts with a visit to the iconic Potala Palace the most prestigious building in Tibet built in the 17th century to house the government of the Dalai Lama. This famous landmark sits on the location of an ancient 7th-century fortress part of which still remains inside the palace. The hike up the steps to the palace which lies on Moburi high above the city is well worth it and you can rest whenever you need on the long walk up. Your afternoon is spent at the immense Drepung Monastery formerly the seat of the Dalai Lama’s power in Tibet and one of the largest monasteries on the plateau at the time. Filled with narrow twisting lanes and beautiful buildings the monastery once held more than 10000 monks. Stay overnight in Lhasa

Attractions: Yamdrok Lake Mt.Nyechen Kangsar Glacier Gyantse Kubum Stupa and Pelkhor Choede Monastery.

After touring the city for two days it is time to head out on the winding road across the plateau. Our journey begins by heading along the winding road to the Gampa La Pass at 4794 meters. From here you will get the first glimpse of the stunning Lake Yamdrok one of the Great Three Sacred Lakes of Tibet with the snow-capped peak of the sacred Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance behind. After a brief stop at the lakeshore, we will continue on to Nagartse for lunch. After lunch, we will make a short stop at Karo La (5150m) to see the amazing Nyenchen Khangsar glacier before carrying on to Gyantse. Once the largest town in Tibet Gyantse is home to the Pelkor Chode Monastery which houses the famous Kumbum Stupa. Standing 32 meters tall and containing 108 small chapels this amazing structure is the only one of its kind in Tibet. In the late afternoon, we will continue on to Shigatse for the night. Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Attractions: Tashi Lhunpo monastery and Sakya Monastery.

In the morning we will visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery and your guide will take time to obtain the Alien’s Travel Permit (ATP) from the local Public Security Bureau (PSB). Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in western Tibet and boasts over 600 years of history. Founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama the monastery is now the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama and contains the tombs of seven of the former Panchen Lamas. En route to our overnight destination in Lhatse, we will drive off the main road to Sakya Monastery to explore the twisting alleys of the monastery alongside the Buddhist pilgrims. In the 13th century, Sakya Monastery was an important scholastic study center for Buddhists in Tibet. Divided into two parts the monastery is only active on the southern side of the river with the northern part of the monastery now lying in ruins. Stay overnight in Lhatse.
We will spend the day driving straight to Saga through the scenic valleys of the Brahmaputra tributaries. Having recently been reconstructed with a paved road the journey to Saga should be very smooth. Stay overnight at Saga

Attractions: View of Lake Manasarovar and Mt Kailash.

From our car, we will have stunning views of the great Himalayas to the south and the Trans-Himalaya to the north as we drive across the vast plains. This region is home to nomads whose lifestyle remains close to what it has been for centuries as well as a wide spectrum of plateau wildlife. During this thrilling journey, we will pass by sand dunes mountains, and sandstone valleys before we reach the holy Lake Manasarovar in the late afternoon. The lake is one of four holy lakes in Tibet and receives thousands of pilgrims from Tibet India and Russia every year. From there we will drive to Darchen a small nomadic village and an important launch point for pilgrimages around Mt. Kailash. Upon your arrival, our guide will prepare yaks and porters for tomorrow’s trek if required. The hills around Darchen are great places to prepare for the main trek. In the afternoon you can explore the village and look for dinner options or ask our guide for recommendations. Stay overnight at Darchen.

Attractions: the views on both sides of the valley that you are going to trek.

From Darchen our trek will follow the small trail in a clockwise circuit around Mt. Kailash at an average altitude of 4700 meters. We will walk side-by-side with local Buddhist pilgrims following the same route and pass by Bon pilgrims walking a counter-clockwise circuit. After a 4-hour trek, we will reach Tamdin (4780m) where we will have a simple lunch inside a nomadic tent. From there it is only a 4km hike to Drirapuk Monastery where we will stay at a nearby guesthouse for the night. This 4km stretch contains some of the best scenery of the entire Kora. Drirapuk Monastery was rebuilt in 1985 and is located on the north side of the Lha-chu River facing the north face of Mt. Kailash. The name Drirapuk originally comes from the word Dri-ra meaning “female yak horn” and Puk meaning “cave.”  Legend has it that a female yak used her horn to create the cave. The Drirapuk Monastery guesthouse rooms are very basic. Stay overnight at the local guesthouse at Drirapuk. The fact of the day: Total distance 18.6km or 11.56 miles. Time: 6:58 hours with lunch breaks based on an average speed of 3.4km/hour approximately 30699 steps.
  • Darchen altitude: 4673m or 15331 feet. Drirapuk altitude: 5050 m or 16568 feet. Ascent for the day: 377m or 1236 feet

Attractions: the once and only chance of challenging to cross the Dikpala (5000m) and Dormala (5600m) next to Dikpala

This will be our most challenging day of trekking. The Dikpa La (5000m) and Dolma La (5630m) passes are not that steep but trekking at such high altitudes will be very tiring and slow. But at the top, you will get a front-row seat to the holy Mt. Kailash. After a short rest at the top, we will climb down into the long valley and stop for lunch at the Shabjay Dakpo nomadic tent. Then will continue on to Dzultripuk Monastery for the night Dzultripuk Monastery (4803m) was built by two important religious figures Milarepa and Naro Bon-Chung.  You can see the footprint and handprint of Milarepa inside the cave. We will spend the night at the local family guesthouse at Dzultripuk Monastery where the rooms are very basic. Stay overnight at Dzultripuk Monastery The fact of the day: Total distance 19.2km or 11.93 miles. Time: 8:19 hours with lunch breaks based on an average speed of 3.6km/hour approximately 42206 steps. Drirapuk altitude: 5050 m or 16568 feet. Dzultripuk altitude: 4803 m or 15757 feet. Ascent for the day: 580 m or 1902 feet. Descent for the day: 827 m or 2713 feet. Dolma La pass altitude: 5630 m or 18471 feet. Distance from Drirapuk to Dolma La pass: 6.1 km or 3.79 miles Time: 3:24 hours with rest

Attractions: close view of Manasarovar Lake and Thuktso Lake.

Today is an easy day of trekking to complete the circuit and your driver will pick you up from Tashi Do (which is also known as Dzongsar). Then you will continue on the drive to Lake Manasarovar to the guesthouses near the lake. You may have a short visit to the Chiu Monastery by walking up the small hill. Stay overnight at Lake Manasarovar. The fact of the day: Total distance 12km or 7.46 miles and 5:33 hours trekking with rest. Ascent for the day: 200 m or 656 feet.
Today we will trace the road back to Saga for the night.

Attractions: Rongbuk monastery and Mt. Everest base camp.

In the morning we will head for Everest base Camp located in the Rongbuk Valley. The nearby Rongbuk Monastery is the “official” highest monastery in the world and houses both monks and nuns. Driving alongside the Peiku Tso Lake you will have a picturesque view of Mount Shishapangma and other peaks of the mighty Himalayas. Mount Shishapangma is the only Peak above 8000m that is fully located in Tibet. After passing Old Tingri keep an eye out for the tallest peaks of the Himalayas. From left to right the guide will point out: Mt. Makalu (8463m) Mt. Lhotse (8516m) Mt. Everest (8844m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m). In the afternoon we will arrive at the tent guesthouse community at the tourist-dedicated Everest base Camp. The base camp for tourists was moved back from the climbers’ base camp to a position close to Rongbuk early in 2019. The closest one can now get to the mountain is the Dza Rongbuk Caves just a short distance past the monastery. We suggest you bring your own sleeping bags as accommodation at the tent guesthouses is very simple. We will stay overnight in these tent guesthouses unless you’re there between November and March when the tent guesthouses close and only the Rongbuk Monastery guesthouse is available.
After we enjoy the sunrise view of Mount Everest we will drive back to Shigatse along the friendship highway in Shigatse you will enjoy a hot shower at the hotel and rest. Stay overnight at Shigatse.
Today we will drive back to Lhasa. In the afternoon you will have plenty of time to explore the town and buy some gifts for your family and friends at home. Stay overnight in Lhasa.
After checking out of your hotel your guide will transfer you to the train station or airport for your departure from Tibet and on to your next destination. We would appreciate it if you could complete a short survey on our feedback form or by email to evaluate our services. We’ll head to the airport or train station and say our goodbyes. Before your departure, we would appreciate it if you can spend some time evaluating our services either by filling out the feedback form or by simply sending us an email. Thank you very much and wish you have a safe journey.

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Free Airport Shuttle Bus:

In order to make it more convenient for our clients, we have arranged two shuttle buses a day, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. So when you are purchasing the flight tickets, please take the shuttle bus timing into consideration. Of course, if you don’t want to wait for the shuttle bus, we can arrange a private airport pick-up and transfer for you, this service costs USD60 per time.

Shuttle bus pick-up time at the beginning of the tour:
1st shuttle bus departs from the airport at 12:30 2nd shuttle bus departs from the airport at 16:00

Shuttle bus transfer time at the end of the tour:
1st shuttle bus departs from the hotel at 7:30am 2nd shuttle bus departs from the hotel at 11:00am

Note:
If you miss the free shuttle bus because of your flight delay or cancellation, then you will have to pay for the private airport pick-up, which costs USD60 per time. Also, please make sure to update your tour consultant about your new flight schedule.

Train station pick-up is totally for free, but sometimes you may need to wait for other travelers’ arrival around the same time.

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Cristian Pumarino Jun,11 2019 01:29:35
We are 3 people that will travel from Chengdu to Lahsa by train, arriving around August 5th. We want to take 4 days tour in Lhasa.  We need to know how to book the tour with you, the price, how to pay it and what are the documents we need to go there. We will get our tourist visa to visit China after we book the tour. Two of us will travel form Chile in South America and our son -also chilean- will do it form South Africa. Stay tuned to reply
Lakshmi May,23 2019 15:20:14
Hi, I am interested in this tour. But I cannot exert myself much and was wondering if I can skip the Kailash Kora and use other forms of transportation. I do however want to see Mt. Kailash. Also are you able to provide oxygen?
matteo May,18 2019 16:19:11
Hello! we would kindly like to know what’s the cheapest offer you have for this guided tour. We’re two people thank you!!

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