General

This tour takes you to explore the northern and far western regions of Tibet which are featured in diverse culture and landscape. You will start your journey from Lhasa where you will spend 2 days to explore the famous attractions, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, etc. Then leave Lhasa for the golden route to Mount Everest (Yamdrok – Gyantse – Shigatse – Lhatse – Tingri – Everest) which takes 3 days to complete. After, you will head from the highest peak to the holiest mountain in the world – Mt. Kailash where you will take a 3 days’ memorable trekking.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Explore authentic Tibetan culture and history by visiting the grand palaces, temples, streets in the holy city Lhasa, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery Buddhism Debating, etc;
  • Enjoy the scenic journey from Lhasa to Mount Everest via Gyantse and Shigatse – tranquil Yamdrok Lake, imposing Karola Glacier, unique Palcho Kumba, grand Tashilhunpo Monastery;
  • Fulfill your lifetime adventure to the highest mountain in the world – Mount Everest;
  • Trek the scared Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Kora with devout pilgrims of different religions.
Day 1 Lhasa Arrival( D )
Sightseeing and Activities:Train station or airport pick-up, Lhasa city tour
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You are warmly greeted to Tibet by hearing Tashi Delek at the Train station/airport from the local guide, and then be escorted to your reserved hotel in Lhasa. After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimate yourself to the high altitude and weather of Lhasa.

In today(or tomorrow)'s evening, a welcome dinner will be held to meet other members of this group tour. Enjoy the party.

Tips of today: 1. Go for some walking to acclimate the high altitude but avoid strenuous activities; 2. You’d better not have bath; 3. Drink more water.

Day 2 Lhasa( B , D )
Sightseeing and Activities:Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
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After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up in your hotel. Then drive about 30 minutes to visit the Drepung Monastery. This Gelug monastery has a history of more than 500 years. It used to be the largest monastery in the world with totally 10,000 monks there. Many precious stupas, sculptures, paintings, Thangka...are displayed in the hundreds of chapels. And the annual Shoton Festival is organized here.

In the afternoon, you will visit another famous Gelug monastery around Lhasa city - Sera Monastery, which is famous for its “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. It is only 3km away from Lhasa city. Enjoy the debating.

Tips of today: 1. Feel free to ask tour guide questions about Buddhism or else; 2. Obey Buddhist manners and talk appropriately; 3. If you don't know where to have meals, restaurant in your hotel is a great choice.

Day 3 Lhasa( B )
Sightseeing and Activities: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
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In the morning, the overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, it was built in 641 AD and was the winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet’s pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship. Finally, walk the special circular pilgrimage route as local followers always do at Barkhor Street where you can buy Tibetan traditional or religious things as souvenir.

Tips of today: 1. Wear hat and sun glasses to prevent ultraviolet radiation, but remember to take off when visiting in the monasteries. 2. Usually taking photos is not allowed in chapels inside monastery. 3. Remember to bring your passport which is needed to showcase when check in Potala Palace.

Day 4 Lhasa - Gyantse( B )
Sightseeing and Activities:Nyangchu Valley, Kamba La Pass, Yamdrok Lake, Mt. Nojin Kangtsang, Karo-la Glacier, Palcho Monastery, Kubum Stupa
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After breakfast, start your overland tour from Lhasa to Gyangtse. After about 2 hours driving along Nyangchu Valley, crossing over the summit of Kamba La Pass(altitude: 5,030m), you’ll get to the tranquil turquoise Yamdrok Lake. Stop and enjoy the stunning views. Yamdrok is one of the clearest lakes without any pollution in Tibet. The water is as clean as crystal, and the glimmering water will shock you in sunshine. Far in the distance you’ll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (altitude: 7191m). Leaving Yamdrok and driving forward, you can see the imposing Karo-la Glacier (5045m) along the highway.

Once arrival at Gyantse, feel hungry? Have a good lunch, then stroll to visit the Palcho Monastery. The highlight is the Kubum Stupa has a 35m-high chorten with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome.

Stay overnight in Gyantse.

Tips of today: 1. Wear warm clothes to prevent from cold and wild; 2. Prepare some food and drinks in advance because you will spend much time on the road.

Day 5 Gyantse - Shigatse( B )
Sightseeing and Activities:Alien's Travel Permit, Tashilunpo Monastery
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After breakfast, drive about 2 hours to the second largest city in Tibet - Shigatse. It is another important Tibet Buddhist center in Tibet region.

After arrival at Shigatse city, your tour guide will go to apply the Alien's Travel Permit(PSB) with your original passport, which will take about 30 minutes. Then drive across several streets to visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the home of the Panchen Lama. The monastery was founded in 1447, and has been the seat of sucessive Panchen Lamas for centuries. It remains popular among the tibetans, as they carry on coming here on pilgrimage. The monastery is an interesting sprawling amalgam of traditional Tibetan monastic style halls, chapels and other structures connected by precipitous steps and narrow cobblestone alleys. The interplay between Tashilumpo's golden roofs and its white, red and black exterior walls creates a striking composition.

Have a good rest in Shigatse City.

Day 6 Shigatse - Rongbuk Monastery( B )
Sightseeing and Activities:Mt Everest, Rongbuk Monastery
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After breakfast, set out to chase the journey to the peak of the world - Mt. Everest. Departing from Shigatse city, via Lhatse, you will witness spectacular high plateau views that you can never see in other places - super blue sky, float light clouds, stretching snow mountains, endless grasslands... Finally you will reach the outstanding Everest. Stop at the foot of Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world. Enjoy the intoxicating view of Mt. Everest. (Rongbuk Monastery visiting is optional at your own expense, and charges 35 RMB)

Stay overnight at Rongbuk Monastery Guest House or local Tibetan tents.

Tips of today: 1. Bring more food and drinks for long driving; 2. Bring a warm and thick coat for low temperature in Everest; 3. Avoid strenuous activity.

Day 7 Mount Everest - Saga( )
Sightseeing and Activities:the sunrise of Mt Everest, Everest Base Camp, Pelkhu tso Lake
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Wake up early to enjoy the marvelous sunrise on the peak of the world. After breakfast, take a sightseeing bus to the Everest Base Camp which is about 8 km from Rongpuk Monastery. While you can also hike up if you are energetic. In the EBC, you can get the best Everest view. The peak is blessed with many extreme wonders. The top part of the mountain is covered with snow all the year round, when the sun shines on the mountain, the peak is like white pyramid. More often, the thick freely moves clouds and fogs, seems as if a flag with the mast of the peak was swinging, will shroud the peak. This peculiar phenomenon of Mt. Everest is known as “Flag Cloud”. An additional wonder generated here are the bright glaciers, where ices are formed into various shapes like bridges, pagodas and others.

Lastly, go down from EBC back to Rongpuk Monastery area, then leave for next destination - Saga County. About 8 hours driving may be long and tough, but the landscape you can enjoy on route is fabulous - witness the dominating snow peak Shishapangma from afar, get shocked by desolate and wild plains, enjoy the pure scenery of the Pelkhu tso Lake (4600m)...

Tips of today: 1. Sunrise starts around 6:30 am to 7 am. 2. Get well prepared for long driving on the road.

Day 8 Saga - Darchen( )
Sightseeing and Activities:Darchen, Mount Kailash,
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After breakfast, you have to take another long driving about 550km from Saga to Darchen (4,575m), a small village located as the starting point of  the walking kora of the holy Mount Kailash. During the auspicious pilgrimage times, Darchen will be flooded with Pilgrims with hundreds of tents all over the small village. 

Accommodate at local guesthouse in Darchen.

Day 9 Trek from Darchen to Dirapuk( )
Sightseeing and Activities:Dirapuk Monastery, Dirakpuk Monaster
Accommodation: Dirapuk guesthouse
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Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs, 20km

Trek from Darchen (4,560m) to Dirapuk Monastery (4,750m). The trek is a gradual walk in the clockwise circuit at the average altitude of more than 4,700 meters. You will be accompanied by many local Buddhist pilgrims also walking the same kora. If you meet people who come the anti-clockwise direction, don't be surprise, they are Bon pilgrims. You will stop at the Tamdin (4,780m) for lunch and hot water supply. Then keep trekking 4km to the final destinations of today - Dirakpuk Monaster. This section of trekking boasts some of the best scenery of the entire kora.

Accommodate at Dirapuk guesthouse.

 

Day 10 Trek from Dirapuk to Zutulpuk( )
Sightseeing and Activities:Trekking, Dirapuk Monastery, Dirapuk Monastery, Drolma-la Pass, Dzutul-puk monastery
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Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs, 18km

Trek from Dirapuk Monastery uprising 762 meters at altitude to Zutulpuk Monastery by crossing Drolma-la Pass (5,630m) before quickly descending to Dzutul-puk monastery (Dzutul-puk means "magical cave" in Tibetan).

Stay overnight at the tent guesthouse of monastery.

Day 11 Zutulpuk - Darchen - Lake Manasarovar( )
Sightseeing and Activities:sunrise of Mount Kailash, cave of Milarepa, Lake Manasarovar
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Trekking Time: 3 hrs,11km

Wake up in the holy sunrise of Mount Kailash, after breakfast, you will trek back to Darchen. Todays' trekking is leisure and relaxing, which can be done in 3 ~ 4 hours. On route, explore the meditation cave of Milarepa, the famous Buddhist master and Yoga meditator. Surrounding the cave are many temples and shrines.

Once you exist from the valley, your driver will pick you up and transfer to visit the famous holy lake Manasarovar. Like Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is a holy place of pilgrimage, attracting religious people from India, Nepal, the neighboring countries and Tibet. Believers bath in the Manasarovar Lake and drink its water are believed to cleanse all sins. Every summer, pilgrims from Tibet, India and Nepal cluster to make circumambulation and bathe in the lake. After that, they will return home and bring some samples of the holy water to family and friends as precious gifts.

Stay over night in a local guest house near the Lake Manasarovar.

Day 12 Manasarovar - Payang - Saga( )
Sightseeing and Activities: Lake Manasarovar, villages
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Drive through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders, and back to Saga. There are many opportunities to take great pictures!

Day 13 Saga - Shigatse( B )
Sightseeing and Activities:scenery along the way
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Today, you will drive back to Shigatse from Saga, which is a driving distance of about 448km (abourn 9 hours).

(Note: Once the Jilong port on the Tibet-Nepal border is opened for travlers, you can also drive from Saga to Jilong on the Day 13, and leave Jilong for Kathmandu on the Day 14)

Day 14 Shigatse - Lhasa( B )
Sightseeing and Activities:Nyemo Tunba
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After breakfast, drive about 6 hours to Lhasa. On the halfway, you will take a visit to Nyemo Tunba which was the home of Tunmi Sangbuzha who invented the Tibetan character as well as the famous Tibetan Tibetan Incense. Here in Tunba, you also have chance to witness the process of making Tibetan Incense with water mill. At the same time, the scenery here is fabulous - ancient cypress trees, green willows, murmuring river...

Have a good rest in Lhasa.

Day 15 Lhasa Departure( )
Sightseeing and Activities:Depart from Lhasa
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Today is free for you until your tour guide transfer you to the airport in time for your flight or drop you off at Lhasa train station.

Tips of today: 1. Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charger, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel. 2. If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.

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What's Include

  • Tibet Entry Permit and Alien's Travel Permit.
  • Admission fee of all tourist sites in itinerary.
  • Professional Tibetan English speaking tour guide.
  • Travel Agency Service Charge.
  • Transportation
    - Transfer between airport/train station and Lhasa city.
    - Comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 7 seats Van to 22 seats tourist bus depending on the group size.
  • Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Environment friendly local bus between Rongpuk and EBC.
  • Hot water bottle and sleeping bag provided in Winter while traveling to EBC.
  • Oxygen provided while traveling to EBC.
  • Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • All accommodations
  • - 3-star facility sharing twin room with breakfast buffet in Lhasa. - Local Guest houses at Darchen and Saga, dormitories, 3-5 pax sharing. - Local Guest Tents at the roadside of Mt. Kailash trekking path for 2 nights, dormitories, 3-5 pax sharing.
  • Welcome Tibetan Style dinner.

What's Exclude

  • Single room supplement.
  • China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (all lunches and dinners).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Breakfast at Mount Everest.

1. What Are the Features of Our Group Tours
Our Group Tours are budget tour packages with great service which have covered the most popular destinations in Tibet with reasonable trip lengths. Joining in our group tours, you will choose your travel dates from our fixed departures and travel in a small group with maximum members of 12 people.

2. Tibet Permits
There are several permits required to visit Tibet. Tibet Entry Permit, issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, is the most important one which has to be obtained before your trip because you must have it to take your flight/train to Tibet. To get the permit, you have to book a Tibet tour with us, and send us your passport and Chinese visa about 20 days in advance, and then let us apply for the permit (all Tibet permits can only be applied by travel agency). If you travel to other prefectures like Shigatse, Nyingchi, Shannan, etc, you also have to obtain an Alien Travel Permit. If you travel to Mount Everest, you have to obtain a Border Permit. (Tibet Discovery, with office in Lhasa, has always kept up with the latest news on Tibet Permits. Traveling with us, all your permits are guaranteed as long as you are qualified to the requirements.)

3. Available Months to Visit Tibet
Generally speaking, May to early October is the best time to for a Mount Kailash trip. July and August are the peak season and rainy season. It may be too cold to travel in Kailash area from November to March. There is usually heavy snow. The conditions in Namtso Lake and Mount Everest area are quite similar with Kailash. While other places like Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse are suitable for travel all year around.

4. High Altitude Sickness
The average altitude of Tibet is about 4000 meters above the sea level (Lhasa: 3700m; EBC: 5200m; Namtso: 4718m). You may suffer a bit from High Altitude Sickness in the beginning days of your Tibet trip if you haven’t had rich high plateau travel experience. But don’t worry too much, the high altitude can be acclimatized usually in 2~3 days. Our suggestion is to take a physical examination and get suggestions from your doctor, and also bring some medicines to prevent from High Altitude Sickness before your trip. While in Tibet, you should keep warm all the time, avoid strenuous activities, drink more water and eat more vegetables and carbohydrates. You’d better not take showers during the first two days after your arrival at Tibet. If you don’t feel well, get help from your tour guide or go to the hospital without any delay.

5. How to Go to Tibet
Basically you have two options – flight and train. Currently, you can take a flight to Lhasa from Beijing(4.5hrs), Xian(3.7hrs), Chengdu(2.5hrs), Chongqing(3hrs), Kuming(3hrs), etc. Among all these cities, Chengdu and Xian have more frequent flights to Lhasa. Kathmandu also has several flights to Lhasa each week.
If you a train travel, you can take a train to from Beijing(40.5hrs), Xian(32hrs), Chengdu(43hrs), Shanghai(47hrs), Chongqing(42hrs), Lanzhou(25hrs), Xining(22hrs), Guangzhou(54hrs).

6. Packing and Wearing Ideas
Firstly you can’t forget your passport and Chinese Visa. A large backpack and a smaller one are recommended (the smaller one can be used for daily activities). Also bring the necessary medicine you need. Other stuffs like sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block are recommended.
As for wearing, you are suggested to dress in layers (both thin and thick jackets). Down jacket is necessary in Spring and Autumn. A pair of durable and comfortable shoes is necessary.

Our travel consultants are professional, experienced and responsible and active to help you from the very beginning to the end of your China trip!

After sending us an inquiry, one of our travel consultants will get back to you within 0.5~23.5 hrs. In the next few days, he/she will be working closely with you to formulate a customized tour plan, as well as providing professional suggestions based on your travel interests, time, and budget. Beside, he/she will keep in contact with you during your entire tour in China, continually checking if everything is going well as planned.

Our local guide in every destination is not only very friendly, enthusiastic but also very informative and knowledgeable.

Once you arrive in the destination, the patient and punctual guides will pick you up and take you to get under skin of the city at your own pace. they’ll show you more about the history, culture, customs and authentic local life. Throughout the journey, they're not only expert guides who take care of all the details but also fellow travelers who are dedicated to help you to explore in comfort style.

Using our private transfer service makes you comfortable, relaxed and worry free all the way!

Our private service includes licensed drivers with many years’ driving experience and air-conditioned, non-smoking, clean and well-maintained cars/vans. Drivers are local, polite, friendly and helpful, taking you to your tourist sites, hotels, airport/train stations in safety. All kinds of vehicle are offered, and how big the car or the van should be depends on the size of your group. Usually, we offer sedan cars, SUVs, business vans (MPV) and different types of buses.

In each destination, you’ll enjoy a comfortable stay in a great location!

The hotels we choose are based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Choices are a lot ranging from luxury 5 star, comfortable 4 star to budget 3 star. You could decide where to stay to best suit for your budget and likes. Generally, the hotels have both Western and Chinese breakfast with a wide choices. And also, if you can find your favorite hotels by yourself, the travel consultant can help you to book them.

We can satisfy all the dietary requirements no matter you want Chinese local food, western food, vegetarian food or muslin food.

The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.

There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like local food and snacks if you wish.

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Lhasa

LhasaAt the altitidu of 3658 meters, Lhasa is the holy land of Tibetan Buddhism, also famed as ‘the Sunshine City’ for its annual sunshine time.  Lhasa is not only the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Prefecture, but also the political, economical, cultural and regional center of Tibet.  Highlights of Lhasa ▪ Potala Palace: As the Read more

Mount Everest

Mount EverestMount Everest(Qomolangma) is the main peak of Himalayas, which is located in the boundary between China and Nepal with its north slope in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and its south slope in Nepal. In Tibetan language, ‘Qomo’ means nymph and ‘Langma’ means the third because there are four peaks around Mount Everest and it ranked the third. Read more

Mount Kailash

Mount KailashMount Kailash is located in Burang County, Ngari. Mount Kailash means King of mountains. The major peak Kangrinboqe in west is the most famous divine mountain in Tibetan Buddhism, which is famed as one of four sacred mountains. At the altitude of 6721 meters, Mount Kailash is not the highest mountain in Ngari area. However, only its snowy peak can Read more

Saga County

Saga County is located in the northwest of Shigatse, southwest of Tibet. It acted as the center of the three counties of southern Shigatse. It is border to Angren County(昂仁县) and Nyelam County(聂木拉县) in east, Jilong County(吉隆县) and Nepal in south, Zhongba County(仲巴县) in west and Ngari Prefecture(阿里地区) in North. Tourists usually travel to Mt. Kailash(冈仁波齐峰) Read more

Shigatse

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Zanda County

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