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

Day 1: Lhasa arrival [3650m]
Days 2-3: Lhasa sightseeing
Day 4: Lhasa – Shigatse [354Km, 3840m]
Day 5: Shigatse – Sakya – New Tingri [280Km, 4300m] Day 6: New Tingri – Everest Base Camp [120Km, 5000m] Day 7: Rongbuk – Saga [300Km, 4490m]
Day 8: Saga – Manasarovar lake [465Km, 4556m]
Day 9: Manasarovar Lake – Darchen [35Km, 4670m]
Days 10-12: Mt. Kailash Kora [52Km, max. altitude 5630m]
Days 13-14: Darchen – Saga – Shigatse [935Km]
Day 15: Shigatse – Lhasa [272Km]
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 10-12: Mt. Kailash Kora [52Km, max. altitude 5630m]
We begin the circumambulation of Mt. Kailash by going to an important pilgrimage area called Tarpoche. From here 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]. Trek to Zutul Puk Monastery, [18Km, 6-8h, 4820m]. Trek to Darchen [14Km, 3-4h, 4670m]
Overnight at guesthouse dorm bed without bathroom during trekking (2 nights). Sleeping bag recommended. In Darchen, 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.  Transportation in Tibet (Airport / train station group pick up).
  5.  Vehicle fuel, tools and vehicle repairs (if necessary).
  6.  Driver and guide’s food an accommodation.
  7.  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 and Kyirong
hotels. At Mt. Everest guesthouses (dorm bed, no shower) with breakfast. In Lhasa, Shambhala Palace, House of Shambhala or Kyichu Hotel 3*** (Barkhor)
In Shigatse, Gesar Hotel 4****
In New Tingri, Roof of the World Grand Hotel 3***
In Kyirong, Kyirong Hotel or similar 2**
  1. China VISA
  2. Plane or train tickets in or out of Tibet.
  3. Meals and drinks
  4. Horse for personal use during Kailash Kora
  5. Personal expenses
  6. Extra expenses incurred due to unexpected natural events (delays, road washouts, snowfall…)
  7. Tips to guides and driver, but this totally depend on you.
Everest & Mt. Kailash Tour 16 days
2600 US Dollar per person. Group size: Min 4 people / Max 12 people. Single room occupancy supplement (Lhasa-Shigatse-New Tingri-Saga-Darchen): 350USD.
When group members arrive or leave separately, then extra fee applies per journey: Airport transfer: 300 Yuan. Train station transfer: 150 Yuan.