This 15 day tour is one of the best Tibetan experiences, it will give you a complete and insightful experience of the Tibetan people and its plateau, this tour starts in Lhasa by visiting the world heritage sites – Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Bakhor street, Drepung and Sera monastery, then gradually head up towards the west, along the road you will have stunning scenery of the Yamdrok lake as well as mighty snow-capped peaks from the Himalayan and trans-Himalayan ranges, the focal destination of the tour is Mt.Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, which are known as the most holy peak and lake in Asia. Three days trek encircling around the Mt.Kailash provides you some gorgeous mountain scapes including close-ups of the majestic pyramidal Mt.Kailash. Then after the trek, trace the road back to Lhasa.

Explore the ancient Tibet capital city – Lhasa and experience the authentic Tibetan life by walking around Bakhor Street with local pilgrims.

Visit the mysterious Potala Palace, Holy Jokhang temple and other monasteries and temples that represents a millennium of Tibetan history and culture.

Breathing in the heady fragrance of juniper incense in a Buddhist monastery or attend the monks Buddhist philosophical debate that help you see Tibet through Tibetan eyes.

Incredible view of the holy Yamdrok Lake from the Gampa la pass.

Breathtaking views of the snow capped Himalayan and its mighty peaks above 8,000m.

Truly picturesque view of the Holy Mt.Kailash from Darchen.

Driving through the mars-like western Tibet plateau and overnight at the Manasarovar lake shore.

3 days trekking around the Mt.Kailash and experience one of the most important pilgrimages in Asia, this trekking wonderfully integrates the spiritual, cultural and physical dimension of a trip to Tibet.

 

 

PRICE STARTING FROM High Season – 1st April to 31st October
  • AUD 4730 per person twin share 2 people
  • AUD 3660 per person twin share 3-4 people
  • AUD 2899 per person twin share 5-6 people
  • AUD 535 Single Supplement

If no one else is available to share the room, then additional single room supplement will be charged.

DATES This is a customisable itinerary which we can tailor make to your needs
INCLUDED
  • All necessary travel permits to travel within Tibet
  • Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the itinerary
  • Private transportation in Tibet with experienced local Tibetan driver: Ranging from comfortable van to minibus (car gasoline is included)
  • Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide
  • Lodging: Comfortable 3 – 4 star hotels in Lhasa, Shigatse, local hotel at Saga, rest of the nights at local guesthouses
  • Yaks during the trekking for luggage transportation
  •  Free Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour (No hidden cost)
  • Oxygen cylinder in the car (4L or 7L)
  • Lhasa handy guide booklets (Information of restaurants, café, ATM and hospital map)
  •  Meals: only breakfast is included;
  •  Lodging and meals for guide and drivers
  •  First aid kit
NOT INCLUDED Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation

Travel too and from Tibet – please ask us for assistance with making arrangements

Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.)

Meals – lunches and dinners are not included, it will give you more flexibility to choose your own meals and restaurants, averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD5 – 10 per person

 Gratuities for the guide and driver

 

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Day 1

Arrive Lhasa

A short flight to Tibet give you a panorama of the snowy Himalayan ranges or the days of train ride over high plateau by crossing the mighty Thangu la ranges get you to Lhasa with beautiful scenery along the route, at your arrival at the Gonggar airport or Lhasa Train Station, you 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 take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag.

Overnight in Lhasa – 4 star Gangyen Hotel or same standard hotel.

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Day 2

Lhasa City tour – escorted (B)

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

Today is the your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have little head ache which is very common for travelers by the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity on the first few days is recommendable. In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is one of the most scared temple in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you have time to walk around the Bakhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa, during the old days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping center. The amazing day will ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery, it is built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen choji Sakya Yeshi who is disciple of Tsongka pa, few different monastic colleges in Sera is home to several hundred monks from different part of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening every day in the afternoon except Sunday. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day.

Overnight in Lhasa – 4 star Gangyen Hotel or same standard hotel.

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Day 3

Lhasa City tour – escorted (B)

Attractions; Potala palace and Drepung monastery.

Today we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in 7th century and later in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking though the long steps are quite challenging but it is worthwhile to leave your foot steps in the spiritual palace of God of compassion which listed in the world heritage in 1994. And in the afternoon, we will visit the Drepung monastery, once the world’s largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace, but several changes have taken place in different times but still you have lots of things to see by walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lane through the monks apartments is thrilling. Continues to acclimatize and alleviate jet lag for the rest of the day.

Overnight in Lhasa – 4 star Gangyen Hotel or same standard hotel.

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Day 4

Lhasa (3600m) – Gyantse(3900m) – Shigatse(3900m), 350 km, 7hrs. (B)

Attractions; Yamdrok lake, Mt.Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and Pelkhor Choede monastery.

We start driving towards the south west, through the zigzag roads climbing up the Kampa la pass (4700m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok lake with its turquoise color and snow capped Mt.Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, then continue hte drive along the lake for a few kilometers. Arrice to the lunch stop at Nagartse town. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages that  we pass through; en route we will stop at Karo la (5150m) to see the holy mount Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. Arrival at Gyantse, we visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery, this magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, it is not only well known for its architecture but also its old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls, late afternoon drive to Shigatse which is only 90km.

Overnight in Shigatse – 3/4 star Gesar Hotel or same standard hotel.

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Day 5

Shigatse – Sakya – Lhatse (3950M), 200km; (B)

Attractions; Tashi Lhunpo monastery and Sakya monastery.

Today we will visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery in the morning and your guide will this this time to  obtain the ATP permit from the local PSB.

Tashi Lhunpo monastery is one of the largest monasteries in the western part of Tibet which has over 600 years of history. It is an amazing experience to walk these spiritual grounds with local pilgrims, winding through temples and twisted lanes within the old buildings of the campus.

Then drive to Lhatse for the night, en route we will drive off the main road to Sakya monastery which is located in a small village in the remote, this area and monastery has a different architectural design and color.

Overnight in Lhatse Farmer’s hotel or Shanghai Everest Hotel

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Day 6

Lhatse – Saga, 340km; (B)

Attractions; local typical villages and valleys.

Today we will drive to Saga through the newly paved road and passes several high ridges and valley.

Overnight at Saga hotel

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Day 7

Saga – Manasarovar Lake  (4560m) (B)

Attractions; Sand dunes Chewu monastery and Manasarovar lake.

Today the journey across the dry and vast plain with stunning views of great Himalayan range in the south and the Trans-Himalayan in the north, the mars like vista of the region is the sparse home to lone nomads and nomadic families whose lifestyle remains as close to what it has been for centuries.

Different natural structures like sand dunes and picturesque mountains views are not the only great beauties of the day. We will reach Manasarovar Lake (victorious lake) in the late afternoon. One of the holiest lakes in Tibet, every year it receives thousands of pilgrims from all corners of the Tibetan plateau, India and Russia. The lake is surround by several prominent peaks like Gurla Mandata (7760m). Also you can view the Mt. Kailash (7762m) in the distance.

Overnight at local guesthouse at the lake side.

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Day 8

Manasarovar Lake – Darchen (4560m) 80km. (B)

Attractions; the views of Mt. Kailash.

Today it is a short drive to the Kailash trekking base camp town of Darchen, so if you like you can explore around the lake for a while.

Darchen is a small nomadic village and with an ever increasing number of guesthouses and restaurants making it more commercial. At your arrival you have plenty of time to explore around the town and prepare for the your trek. You can also take a short local hike in the surrounding hills if you like.

In the afternoon, your guide will arrange others trekking necessities like porters and yaks for your luggage transportation. You can find different restaurants according to your taste or your guide will help you to find some better ones.

Overnight at local guesthouse

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Day 9

1st Day of Trek  – Dirapuk. 20km. (B)

Attractions; the views on the both side of the valley that you are going to trek.

Today our trekking starts from Darchen and traces the small trail along the clockwise circuit around the Peak. You will be walking at an average altitude of 4700m.

You will encounter plenty of local Buddhist pilgrims travelling along your way and several Bon believers travelling in the anti-clockwise direction.

After 4 hours trek we will reach Tamdin (4780m) where a nomadic tent will serve a simple lunch and boiled water. From there it is only 4km to Dirakpuk monastery but between this stretches has the some of the best scenery of the entire kora.

Dirakpuk is located on the northern side of the Lha-chu River facing to the north face of the Mt. Kailash. Dirakpuk name originally comes from a word Dira that means female yak horn and Puk means cave that in a mythical story says a female yak opened the cave.

Overnight at Dirapuk guesthouse (the guesthouse is very basic condition and suggested to bring your sleeping bag)

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Day 10

2nd Day of Trek – Zultul Puk (4790m) 18km.(B)

Today is the most challenging part of the trek, where we will cross two mountain passes, though they are not too steep,  the altitude makes it tiring and slow. And you are encouraged to take your time.

After we cross Dikpala (5000m) & Dormala (5600m), the passes are marked by thousands of fluttering prayer flags and cairns. It is worthwhile to spend some minutes on the pass to view and relax, as you are right at the rear side of Mt. Kailash and it offers great view of the holy peak.

Then we will climb down into the long valley and stop for lunch at Shabjay Dakpo nomadic tent.

We will visit Zuktul puk monastery (4790m) also calls the miracle cave that is built by two religious figure Milarepa and Naro Bonchung. Here you can see the footprint and handprint of Milarepa inside the cave.

Overnight at Zultul Puk (the guesthouse is very basic condition and suggested to bring your sleeping bag)

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Day 11

Last Day trekking. Return to Darchen. 12km.(B)

Attractions; the view of the Thuktso lake.

Today is an easy day trekking back to our starting point in Darchen.

Overnight at Darchen

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Day 12

Drive back to Saga (B)

Today we trace the road back to Saga. Overnight at Saga

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Day 13

Return to Shigatse. 340km.

Today we will track the road back Shigatse.

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Day 14

Shigatse to Lhasa. 280km, 4/5 hrs.

Attractions; Brahmaputra River.

Today we will drive back to Lhasa through the northern friendship highway which is different route from the one we took originally . The road cuts through a number of villages, and we will arrive in Lhasa later in the afternoon

Overnight in Lhasa.

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Day 15

Depart Lhasa

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.

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