18 Days Lhasa to Mt. Kailash Tour

Mt. Kailash, pilgrimage, Guge Kingdom, Lake Mansarovar, trekking tour

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 Brief Introduction

Mt.Kailash Kora actually is a pilgrim circumambulation. Many pilgrims of all religions come to worship the mountain and to walk around it. Right now it becomes a very popular trekking route for tourists. More and more people come here to do the Kailash Kora. The kora is 53km long, starting at the town of Darchen just south of the mountain, going up the western valley, then crossing a high pass to the north of the mountain, and walking down the valley to the east of the mountain all the way back to Darchen. Our Mt.Kailash Kora still involves the holy Lake Manasarovar. The Kailash kora can be done from May to middle October. 


Day 1   Arrive in Lhasa

Today's activities: Check in, Rest and Prepare, Free Activities

Welcome to the roof of the world! Our guide will pick you up at the Airport/ Train station and help you settle down at the hotel, if you arrive early, you could rest a bit, or seek out holy city – Lhasa yourself! Lots of water and plenty of sleep would help you adapt to the altitude of Tibet. 

Day 2   Lhasa city tour

Today's activities: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Bachkor Street

This morning you'll wind your way up through the stunning, awe-inspiring Potala Palace. Built in 637 AD by Songtsen Gampo, it was the former winter residence for the Dalai Lamas and is truly a splendor of Eastern architecture. Next, visit the Jokhang Temple, the center of Tibetan Buddhism, also built in the 7th century on the legendary pond of "Wothang." And finish the day by taking a Kora around the Barkhor. Test your bartering skills with the locals in this push-and-shove economy.  

Day 3   Lhasa city tour

Today's activities: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.


Sightseeing in Lhasa, visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Overnight at Lhasa

Day 4   Drive to Gyantse

Today's activities: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier

In the morning you'll start the drive to Gyantse on the Southern Friendship Highway. Crossing over the summit of Kamba La (4794 m), you'll see the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok below; one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Far in the distance you'll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (7191 m), and the staggering Karo-la Glacier (5045 m). Stay overnight in Gyangtze. 

Day 5   Gyantze - Lhatse

Today's activities: wonder around Tibet plateau & Tashilumpo Monastery

Visiting Tashilhunpo Monastery, and Sakya Monastery. Driving to Shigatse to visit Tashilunpo Monastery, afternoon drive to Sakya, visit Sakya Monastery (240kms, 5 hours).Overnight at Lhatse

Day 6   Lhatse-Mt Everest

Today's activities: Rongbuk Monastery, Everest

Depart from Lhatse in the early morning, and drive straight to Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, then drive the remaining 8 km to visit Everest Base Camp. This afternoon you will have the intoxicating view of Mt. Everest. Overnight in local guesthouse or tent.

Day 7   Mt Everest-Lhatse

Today's activities: Everest, back to Lhatse

Wake this morning below the stunning north face of Mt. Everest (8848 m), the tallest mountain on earth. After breakfast, drive back to Lhatse, and rest there well. 

Day 8   Lhatse – Saga

Today's activities: Everest Base Camp,Rogbuk Monastery

Driving from Lhatse to Saga (300kms, 9 hours, and 4450m high). Overnight at Saga (Guest House, dorm bed)

Day 9   Saga – Paryang

Driving from Saga to Paryang through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with the distance view of snowcapped mountains (250km, 7-8 hours, 4600m high). Overnight at Paryang (Guest House, drom bed)

Day 10   Paryang -Lake Monasaravar

Driving from Paryang to Lake Manasarovar through open territory with a view of distant mountains, Yak herders camp, if you are lucky enough you might come across a herd of Kang Wild Ass (294km, 8 hours, 4558m high), you will have the first sight of Holy Kailash and Manasarovarar. Overnight at the village Hore or Chiu Monastery (Guest house, dorm bed)

Day 11   Lake Monasaravar to Kailash

Today's activities: Mt Kailash 

Resting and sightseeing at Lake Manasarivar. Then in the late afternoon we will drive to Kailash, and stay in guesthouse there.


Day 12   Kailash Circuit Trek / Diraphuk 6 hrs

today’s activities: Mt Kailash Kora

This Kailash circuit covers 53 kms and can be done in 3 days. We head west in clockwise direction and after a few kilometers the trail climbs up to a cairn at 4730 m from where the southern face of Mt. Kailash comes to view.

Day 13   Diraphuk / Zutrulphuk, 6 hrs

Today we cross Drolma la pass (5630 M) and Gauri Kund Lake (5608 m) where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in the icy waters of the lake.

Day 14   Zutrulphuk trek to Darchen / Drive to Zada

Today's activities: Mt Kailash Kora

The final end of the parikrama is an easy 2-3 hrs walk down to where the river emerges on to the Barga plain. We complete the 3 day circuit trek of Mt. Kailash and head to Zada and overnight there.

Day 15   Zada-Guge-Huoer about 300km to go

Today's activities: Ruins of Guge Dynasty

Visit Ruins of Guge Dynasty in the early morning, then in the afternoon drive to Huoer Town and stay overnight there. 

Day 16   Huoer to Sage

Driving from Paryang to Saga (252km, 7-8 hours). Overnight at Saga (Guesthouse, dorm bed).

Day 17   Sage to Jilong

Driving from Saga to Jilong (200Km, 6 hours). Visit Peigu Lake on the way, then head to Jilong town, the border of Nepal. 

Day 18   Jilong depart

This morning, send you to get your Nepal visa in the office. Say good bye to our guide there.

After you cross the border with help of our guide, you can find a bus or rent a jeep to Kathmandu, for jeep rent it is about 100-180$ depends on your bargain skills, and for the bus it will take about 25$ per person but takes long time. Please worry free there will be a lot of drivers there for business. 


1.Tibet travel permit, trekking permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;

2.All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;

3.Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;

4.Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;

5.All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.

6.All meals listed in the above itinerary;

7Yaks and Yak porters for Mt. Kailash trekking

8.oxygen bottles


1.International flight to and out of China;

2.Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )

3.Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact our travel experts for the details.)

4.Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).

5.Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;

6.prsonal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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