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Mt Everest North Base Camp & Mt Kailash Pilgrimage Kora 16Days

Day 1: Lhasa arrival [3650m]
Pick up and transfer to your hotel.and Acclimatization the altitude

Days 2: Lhasa sightseeing
Jokhang temple, Sera monastery.

Days 3: Lhasa sightseeing
Potala palace, Norbu lingka.

Day 4: Lhasa – Shigatse [354Km, 3840m]
Yamdrok lake.koralo Glacier, Palchoe Monastery and Kumbum Stupa.

Day 5: Shigatse –  New Tingri [280Km, 4300m]
Sakya monastery

Day 6: New Tingri – Everest Base Camp [120Km, 5000m] 
Rongbuk Monastery.

Day 7: Rongbuk – Saga [300Km, 4490m]

Day 8: Saga – Manasarovar lake [465Km, 4556m]
Chiu monastery 

Day 9: Manasarovar Lake – Darchen [35Km, 4670m]
Preparation of trek

Days 10: Mt. Kailash Kora [52Km, max. altitude 5630m]
Trek to Dira-Puk Monastery [20Km, 5-6h, 5050m]. 

Days 11:Mt. Kailash Kora 
Trek to Zutul Puk Monastery, [18Km, 6-8h, 4820m].

Days 12:Mt. Kailash Kora 
Trek to Darchen [14Km, 3-4h, 4670m]

Days 13: Darchen – Saga [495Km, 4490m]

Days14:Saga – Shigatse [349km, 3840m]

Day 15: Shigatse – Lhasa [272Km]
Tashi Lhunpo monastery

Day 16: Tibet departure

Day 1: Lhasa arrival [3650m]
Upon arrival in Lhasa you will be welcomed by your English-speaking Tibetan Guide and Tibetan Driver who will bring you to your hotel. Acclimatization to high altitude: please, drink lots of water and take plenty of rest in order to minimize altitude sickness.

Overnight at Shambhala Palace or House of Shambhala Hotel, which is a Tibetan style hotel located in Lhasa city center (Barkhor)

Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing
We begin visiting Jokhang Temple, the most sacred monastery in Tibet. It was founded in the 7th century by the first great Buddhist king Songtsen Gampo. Later you can explore the surrounding Barkhor old quarter and spend time walking around Jokhang Temple following pilgrims from all over the Tibetan plateau. In the afternoon we go to Sera Monastery, one of three great universities of Gelugpa Sect. We will attend the debating session of the monks.

Overnight at Shambhala Palace or House of Shambhala Hotel

Day 3: Lhasa sightseeing
Today we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Potala winter palace was built in the 17th century by the fifth Dalai Lama. Provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, built in the 18th century by the seventh Dalai Lama. It’s tradition to do picnic in its beautiful garden and perform opera dances during Shoton Festival (August-September).

Overnight at Shambhala Palace or House of Shambhala Hotel

Day 4: Lhasa – Shigatse [354Km, 3840m]
Adventure starts: we drive West to reach second largest city in Tibet. First we cross Gampa-la Pass [4797m] and then Karo-la Pass [5050m], where Mt. Neychen Kangsang [7206m] glacier lies near the road. In the middle, we enjoy the unreal turquoise waters of holy lake Yamdrok-Tso. Then we stop in Gyantse town, where we visit the considered best tibetan art paintings in Kumbum Stupa inside Pelkor Chode Monastery. Also from here, we admire the majestic Gyantse Dzong (fortress) overlooking the valley. Finally, we reach Shigatse before dinner.

Overnight at Gesar Hotel

Day 5: Shigatse – Sakya – New Tingri [280Km, 4300m]
The journey to New Tingri involves crossing the high pass of Gyatso La [5220m] and the opportunitty to view Mt. Everest and the Himalayas for the first time. Before, we visit Sakya Monastery which is is the principal seat of Sakyapa Sect founded in 1073 and one of four major Schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Its powerful abbots governed Tibet during the whole of the 13th century until they were eclipsed by the rise of the Gelukpa Sect. Its Mongolian architecture is different from that of temples we seen before.

Overnight at Roof of the World Grand Hotel

Day 6: New Tingri – Everest North Face [120Km, 5000m]
Exciting day today: we reach one of the major highlights of our trip, near Mt. Everest North Base Camp [5200m]. From New Tingri we continue driving towards Rongbuk Monastery, located at the foot of the Everest and the highest monastery in the world. During the journey we enjoy amazing views of several peaks like Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Mount Everest from the top of the Pang-la pass [5150m]. Overnight at tourist camp site located a few Kilometer from the real EBC and from where we have direct views of Mt. Everest (Qomolangma). Since 2018 tourist are not allowed to visit EBC used by climbing expeditions.

Overnight at guesthouse tent (dorm bed without bathroom). Sleeping bag is recommended.

Day 7: Rongbuk – Saga [300Km, 4490m]
If you would like start early your day, enjoy sunrise with Everest peak views in the horizon [8848m]. After spending some time at the base of Mt. Everest we visit Rongbuk Monastery and then we drive North-West crossing high passes with enchanting views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks like Cho Oyu, Shishapangma and wild Peikutso lake; where we turn North toward the city of Saga.

Overnight at The Grand Hotel of Western Post or similar

Day 8: Saga -Lake Manasarovar [465km,4556m]
Today early morning we enter in the semi-nomadic regions of Tibet’s far west. We will enjoy the authentic Tibetan landscapes during this long drive journey through the biggest and highest plateau in the world. We follow Yarlung Tsampo river West (also called Brahmaputra in India) until the lake Manasarovar (Mapam Yumtso in tibetan language), one of the three most sacred lakes in Tibet. Hindus believe that whoever bathes in it will clean all their sins and provide good karma. Depending on the current normative we might be forced to use eco-service vehicles during the lake kora. Our group vehicle would leave us at lake entry gate and meet us at our guesthouse at Mapam Yumtso shore, near Chiu Monastery.

Overnight at guesthouse (dorm bed without bathroom). Sleeping bag is recommended.

Day 9: Manasarovar  Lake – Darchen [35Km, 4670m]
In the morning we enjoy sunrise at the beatiful holy waters of Lake Manasarovar. After visiting Chiu monastery we drive to the little city of Darchen, at the foot Mount Kailash, where we will get ready for the trek.

Overnight at Himalaya Kailash Hotel

Days 10: Mt. Kailash Kora [52Km(whole kora), max. altitude 5630m]
We begin the Pilgrimage Kora of Mount Kailash, most sacred mountain in Asia. Tibetans and Hindu people from all over the World come here for religious reasons.

Trek to Dira-Puk Monastery [20Km, 5-6h, 5050m]. First day of the trek from Darchen to Dira puk monastery. It take 6 hours walk.Further ahead, verdant meadows and picturesque streams lie en route to Lha Chu Valley. The trail overlooks turquoise river cascading over a narrow canyon with high steep cliffs. En route, north face of Kailash comes into vision. The trail will approach 13th century monastery of Dira-Puk. We recommended you to visit the Dira-Puk monastery and from there you can have nice view of Mt Kailash. Eventually, you will conclude the trek of the day at Dira-Puk after memorable Mount Kailash tour and trek.

Overnight at Dira-puk  Shishpangma hotel and monasteries Guesthouse dorm bed without bathroom during trekking,Sleeping bag recommended. 

Days11:Trek to Zutul Puk Monastery, [18Km, 6-8h, 4820m]. 
Today we cross Drolma la pass (5630 M) and Gauri Kund Lake (5608 m). From the top of the Dromala pass you can have view of Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion, at the summit, you realize that this tough and challenging ascent has indeed been very worthwhile and fruitful. Further on, the trail descends to the flat fields of Zutul-Puk monastery,several fascinating caves. The caves at this locale are most popular for meditation; Milarepa’s cave being one of them with Milarepa’s footprints and elbow prints believed to be imprinted all over this cave of mani stones.  

Overnight at Guesthouse dorm bed without bathroom during trekking . Sleeping bag recommended

Day 12:Trek to Darchen [14Km, 3-4h, 4670m]
The third and final trek of Mt Kailash it is an easy 2-3hrs walk down you follow the trail through Bharkha plain leading to Darchen crossing several streams along the picturesque gorge. Enchanting view of Mount Kailash accompanies through this Mount Kailash tour and trek and finely reach to Darchen.After the Circumambulating of Kailash Kora ’  its s good time to take good shower and relax 

Overnight at Himalaya Kailash Hotel

Days 13: Darchen – Saga [495Km, 4490m]
We drive East again through arid landscapes of sand dunes and wonderful views of the Himalaya Range.

Overnight at The Grand Hotel of Western Post or similar 

Day 14:Saga -Shigatse [349km, 3840m]
Enjoying the stunning landscape along the way. Drive through typical Tibetan villages where you can see how normal Tibetans live surviving.

Overnight at Gesar Hotel in Shigatse.

Day 15: Shigatse – Lhasa [272Km]
As early as possible, we visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, built in the 15th century by the first Dalai Lama. Nowadays seat of the Panchen Lama. We recommend to do Kora around Tashilhunpo Monastery. Also, you can walk around local market. After we finish visits go back to Lhasa. Our last day of our Tibetan traverse goes along the Yarlung Tsampo (Brahmaputra) River. This is the most direct route to Lhasa and part of the Friendship Highway.

Overnight at Shambhala Palace or House of Shambhala Hotel

Day 16: Tibet departure
Enjoy your last hours in Tibet exploring Lhasa by your own until your guide and driver meet you at the hotel to transfer you to the airport.

  1.  All necessary travel permits in Tibet.
  2.  All entrace fees as described in the itinerary above.
  3.  Experienced Tibetan guide in Tibet (English language).
  4.  Porters / yaks to carry baggage -According to Size of Group during Mt. Kailash Kora (extra fee for horse personal use)
  5.  Transportation in Tibet (Airport / train station group pick up & drop off).
  6.  Vehicle fuel, tools and vehicle repairs (if necessary).
  7.  Driver and guide’s food an accommodation.
  8. Accommodation in shared room basis. We will arrange for you as we mentioned the itinerary.
    Double
    room with bathroom and breakfast are included when you stay in Lhasa, Shigatse, New Tingri, Saga and Darchen hotels. At Mt. Everest, Chiu monastery (Manasarovar shore guesthouses) and Kora around Mt Kailash guesthouses (dorm bed, no shower) without breakfast.
    In Lhasa, Shambhala Palace or House of Shambhala Hotel 3*** (Barkhor) In Shigatse, Gesar Hotel 4****
    In New Tingri, Roof of the World Grand Hotel 3***
    In Saga, The Grand Hotel of Western Post or similar 3***
    In Darchen, Himalaya Kailash Hotel 4****
  1. China VISA
    Plane or train tickets in or out of Tibet.
  2. Meals and drinks
  3. Horse for personal use during Kailash Kora
  4. Personal expenses
  5. Extra expenses incurred due to unexpected natural events (delays, road washouts, snowfall…)
  6. Tips to guides and driver, but this totally depend on you.