It was a pleasant surprise to discover that we had our personal guide for the duration of the tour. Tsering Hank greeted us at the airport and looked well after us from that moment on. He is an intelligent young man and we had many good discussions with him. He gave us a good insight in Tibetan cult .... 

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Overview 

 

By joining this 13-day Lhasa Kathmandu overland group tour, you will have a deep discovery for Tibet. Firstly, you will have two days of essential sightseeing tour in Lhasa to visit those landmark tourist spots, such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, and so on. Then, you will head to Mt. Everest via Gyantse and Shigatse. Along the way to the highest peak in the world, you will enjoy the stunning landscape. After the worship for Everest, you are going to have a spiritual journey by finishing a 3-day kora tour around sacred Mt. Kailash. At last, we will drive you to Gyirong border. The next day, continue to send you off to the hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal.

 

Brief Itinerary:

 

Day

Daily Outline

Attractions

Accommodation

Meals

Day 1

Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Pick up and transfer to the hotel.

Lhasa, 3/4-star

 

 

Day 2

Lhasa sightseeing

Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Lhasa, 3/4-star

 

B, D

Day 3

Lhasa sightseeing

Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Lhasa, 3/4-star

 

B

Day 4

Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs

Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery

Shigatse, 3/4-star

 

B

Day 5

Shigatse-Tingri -Rongbuk- EBC (5100m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs

Rongbuk Monastery, the sunset of golden of Everest peak

Rongbuk guesthouse or EBC dorm tent

B

Day 6

EBC – Saga (4600m), 450km, Approx. 9hrs

 

sunrise of golden peak Everest, Peikutso lake

Saga, Guesthouse or 3-star

 

Day 7

 Saga – Darchen via Lake Manasarovar (4560m), 490km, Approx. 9hrs

Lake Manasarovar

 

Guesthouse or 4-star hotel.

 

 

Day 8

Darchen-Dirakpuk (4700m), (Driving 8km, Trekking 18km)

Mt. Kailash Kora

 

Guesthouse

B (4-star only)

Day 9

Trek from Dirakpuk-Zuktulpuk (4790m), 24km, Approx. 6hrs

Mt.kailash kora, Zultulpuk monastery,

 

Guesthouse

 

Day 10

Zuktulpuk-Darchen (Trekking 7km, driving 5km).

Meditation Cave of Milarepa, Mt. Kailash

Guesthouse

 

Day 11

Darchen-Saga (490km), Approx. 9hrs

The scenery along the way

Saga, Guesthouse or 3-star

 

Day 12

Saga to Gyirong, Exit the Border (5-6hrs, 300km)

Send off to the border

Hostel at Rashuwaghadi, the border town in Nepal side

 

Day 13

Rashuwaghadi to Kathmandu (8-9 hrs., 130km)

Arrive in Kathmandu City and transfer you to your Kathmandu hotel

 

 

 

 

Detailed Itinerary:

 

Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Welcome to the roof of the world! Your Tibet tour guide and driver will greet you at Lhasa airport or train station and transfer you to the hotel. On the way, you can enjoy the magnificent highland view along Lhasa River and the Yarlung Tsangpo River, which is the longest and largest river in Tibet.

 

After arriving at your hotel, you can have a good rest to get acclimatized to the high altitude. If you want, you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the beautiful night scene of the Potala.

 

Good to know 

 

1) For the newcomers to get acclimatized to the high altitude in Tibet, it’s better for you to have a good rest in your hotel on the first day.

 

2) If you prefer to stay in a hotel with oxygen supply, it is recommended that you stay at the Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa (with a luxury oxygen spa) or Shambhala hotel (oxygen is supplied).

 

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3/4-star

 

 

Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing

 

Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

 

Start today’s Lhasa exploration with an exciting visit to the Potala Palace, which is the famous world heritage. It’s located on the Red Mountain. You will climb the palace along the zigzag stone paths with white-and-red walls. On top of the palace, you will not only enjoy the exotic Tibetan architecture but also enjoy the magnificent view of downtown Lhasa. Then, you will go into the interior of the Potala Palace to visit the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. Besides, it is worth mentioning that in September every year, many devout Tibetans will paint the outer walls of the Potala Palace with milk and honey. So, the Potala Palace is considered as the sweetest palace in the world.

 

After lunch, continuing your exploration, you will visit the Jokhang Temple, which is considered as the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism. It’s famous for a golden life-sized statue of 12-year-old Sakyamuni, which was taken there by Princess Wencheng in the Tang Dynasty. Every day, you will see many devout Tibetans do a Kora (pilgrimage) in front of Jokhang Temple. After that, you will wander around the famous Barkhor Street, which is a circular and wide street encircling the Jokhang Temple. You can drink sweet tea, buy some local souvenirs and chat with local Tibet people here.

 

Tips of Today: As there are 1,080 steps up to the top of Potala Palace, so it’s better not to walk in a rush. You can do abdominal respiration as much as possible when you are walking or climbing.

 

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3/4-star

 

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Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing

 

Attractions: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

 

In the morning, you will visit Drepung Monastery, located at the foot of Mount Gephel. It’s well-known as one of the “Great Three” Gelugpa monasteries in Tibet. The other two monasteries are Ganden Monastery and Sera Monastery. In its heyday, there are more than 10,000 monks lived and studied in this monastery. Many famous Tibetan leaders have studied here, especially the Dalai Lama. Therefore, Drepung Monastery is also famous for “Mother School of Dalai Lamas”.

 

In the afternoon, you will visit Sera Monastery. You can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha in the monastery. Besides, Sera Monastery is well-known as the "Buddhism Debating", which opens from 3 pm to 5 pm every day except for Sunday. You can participate in the daily debate of 80 monks in the enclosed courtyard. This is more like a question and an answer session. The standing monks ask questions to the sitting monks. Standing monks would clap their hands loudly, stomp on the ground heavily to knock and open the door to hell. The standing monks would wear prayer beads on the shoulder and when beads fall, they pick it up back to the shoulder symbolizing rescuing the suffering souls in hell from the 3 demons of anger, desire, and ignorance and hatred. After enjoying a wonderful Buddhist Debating in Sera Monastery, we will drive back to Lhasa city.

 

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3/4-star

 

SeraMonastery

 

 

Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, Approx 6hrs

 

Attractions: Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery

 

Today, you will leave Lhasa and drive about 8 hours to reach Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. This may be a long journey, but there are many beautiful landscapes along the way. The first attraction you will visit is turquoise colored Yamdroktso Lake (4400m), which is one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet. It is the largest freshwater lake in the northern Himalayas, stretching 675 square meters from south to north, like an earlobe lying in the arms of giant snow-capped mountains. From a distance, you also can see yaks and sheep on the fertile pasture. Continue to drive, you will see the spectacular Korola Glacier (5045 meters) on the right side of the road.

 

Then, you will reach the historic city of Gyantse. After lunch, you will visit the mysterious Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum (4040m). The most interesting collection in this monastery is the “One Hundred Thousand Buddhas Pagoda”. It has nine floors, 77 rooms, and 108 doors. The door frames in each room are very low and people have to bow to enter.

 

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3/4-star

 

YamdroktsoLake-2

 

 

Day 5 Shigatse - Tingri – Rongbuk - EBC (5100m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs

 

Attractions: Tashilhunpo Monastery

 

In the morning, you are heading to Tashilhunpo Monastery. It’s famous as the home of Panchen Lama and the largest Buddhism school in Shigatse.

 

And then, you will start to go back to Lhasa. It’s only 280km from Shigatse to Lhasa, but with the speed-limit regulation, it usually takes 6-7 hours on the way. So please get your camera ready, there are good sights worth shooting.

 

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3/4-star

 

mounteverest

 

 

Day 6 EBC – Saga (4600m), 450km, Approx. 9hrs

 

Attractions: Sunrise of golden peak Everest, Peikutso lake

 

Today will be a long-time driving day. However, there is still amazing scenery you could enjoy along the way. Please get up early to appreciate the gorgeous sunrise of golden peak Everest. You will only know the difference compared with the sunrise on other plain grounds. After that, we will head to Saga. Mt. Shishapangma (8012m) is what you could see from the distance along the way. It’s the 14th highest peak in the world. The last tourist attraction is Peikutso (4590), a holy lake in Tibet, where you could rest a little bit. The variety of wild animals are the award for you during the driving trip, such as the rare Tibetan Antelope, the wild donkey, wild horses, and so on.

 

Today will stay overnight in Saga, Guesthouse or 3-star class.

 

Peikutso

 

 

Day 7 Saga – Darchen via Lake Manasarovar (4560m), 490km, Approx. 9hrs

 

Attractions: Lake Manasarovar

 

Today is still a long-time driving day. Although there are no tourist attractions, the scenery along the way is already beautiful enough. Get your camera ready. The amazing natural view of the Great Himalayans, the endless grassland, varies of wild animals, sandstone valleys, etc. are all the protagonists under your camera lens. On the way, you will visit the holy Manasarovar lake.

 

After arriving in Darchen, you can wander around and explore the town. And please let your tour guide know that if you need porters or yaks for the trekking tour in the next three days. At last, have a good rest to restore energy for your Kora.

 

Stay overnight in Darchen, guesthouse or 4-star hotel

 

LakeManasarovar

 

 

Day 8 Darchen - Dirakpuk (4700m), (Driving 8km, Trekking 18km)

 

Attractions: Mt. Kailash Kora

 

Are you ready? Today is the first trekking day. Firstly, you will take an eco-bus to Sarshung Valley, where you will meet the yaks, porters, or horses if you hired any. The cost of the eco-bus is included in the tour package. After a little bit of rest, you could start to hike. The total distance of the Kailash Kora (outer route) is 56km. And today your mission is 18km.

 

Stay in the guesthouse or camping

 

 

Day 9 Trek from Dirakpuk - Zuktulpuk (4790m), 24km, Approx. 6hrs

 

Attractions: Mt. Kailash Kora, Zultulpuk Monastery

 

Yesterday is only a small task. Today you will face a bigger one. You need to trek for 24 kilometers in total. And you will get through the highest pass along the Kora route, the Dromala Pass, with an elevation of 5630 meters. After that, we will go down to a plain valley where you will have your lunch (Shabjay Dakpo nomadic tent). At last, you could pay a visit to an old monastery called “Zultulpuk”. The founders of the monastery are two eminent monks of Tibetan Buddhism, Naro Bonchung and Milarepa. The treasure hidden in the monastery is the footprint and handprint of Milarepa.

 

Stay in the guesthouse or camping (dorm beds)

 

kailashkora

 

 

Day 10 Zuktulpuk - Darchen (Trekking 7km, driving 5km)

 

Attractions: Meditation Cave of Milarepa, Mt. Kailash 

 

Today is a very leisurely trekking trip that will be done in 3-4 hours. On the way, you’ll explore the Meditation Cave of Milarepa. Milarepa is the famous Buddhist master and Yoga meditator in Tibet. There are many famous temples and shrines around the cave. According to the Buddhist theory, if you do a kora around holy Mt. Kailash for one circle, you can get rid of the sins and miseries in a lifetime. Only after experiencing many hardships and difficulties, you can feel the happiness and satisfaction that Kora brings to you. You completed a three-day trek tour of Mt. Kailash. After that, you will take our car back to Darchen and have a good rest in the afternoon.

 

Stay overnight in Darchen, guesthouse or 4-star hotel

 

 

Day 11 Darchen-Saga (490km), Approx. 9hrs

 

Today, we will drive back to Saga from Darchen. You can enjoy the Sand dunes, stunning grassland, and local's villages and far view of the Mt. Naimonanyi along the way.

 

Stay overnight in Saga, guesthouse or 3-star hotel

 

 

Day 12 Saga to Gyirong, Exit the Border (5-6hrs, 300km)

 

Today, you’ll leave Tibet after 5-6 hours driving from Saga to Gyirong border. In the afternoon, you will arrive at the Gyirong border between Nepal and China. Gyirong border was reopened for all travelers in August 2017. At the border hall, it will take about 30 mins for you to get Nepal visa, then cross the border and meet your Nepali driver, who will take you to Kathmandu city, the capital of Nepal.

 

Stay Overnight in the hostel at Rashuwaghadi, the border town in Nepal side

 

Himalayaranges

 

 

Day 13 Rashuwaghadi to Kathmandu (8-9 hrs. 130km)

It takes 8 or 9 hours driving to Kathmandu from Gyirong border as the road to Kathmandu is a little bit hard to drive. On the way, you can enjoy the spectacular mountain view. Tour ends in Kathmandu; the driver will take you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Booking Policy

 

* For a confirmed tour with fixed departure date, 30 working-day is required.

* For opening a new group based on your schedule:

 

Number of travelers

Time we need

A solo traveler

150 days

Two or more

90 days

 

 

Discount Policy

 

* 5% off for three or more travelers book the same group.

* Early booking discount:

1. 5% off for six months prior to the tour starts.

2. 3% off for three months prior to the tour starts.

 

Note: you may only enjoy one of the preferential policies, not all.

 

 

Cost and Calendar

 

All the price is USD per person.

 

Tour Class

Apr.1 to

Jun.24

Jun.25 to

Aug.25

Aug.26 to

Oct.16

Economic class (3-star hotels)

             USD1870

USD2090

USD2080

Comfortable class (4-star hotels)

USD1920

USD2200

USD2180

 

 

Schedule

 

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2019-04-22

USD1870

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2019-05-15

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2019-05-20

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2019-06-01

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2019-06-10

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2019-06-21

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2019-07-10

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2019-07-20

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2019-07-26

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2019-08-08

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2019-08-23

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2019-09-02

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2019-09-18

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2019-10-06

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