Around Tibet Mt. Kailash and Mt. Everest Base Camp Tour 15 days tour
Chengdu -Lhasa - Shigatse- Saga - Shigatse-Lhasa
The Tour Itinerary:
Upon your arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide, from airport to Lhasa city is 68km, around an hour drive will take you to the holy city Lhasa. Driving along the Brahmaputra river and Lhasa river, you will not only amazed by the spectacular plateau scenery but also have a chance to see flocks of black-necked crane, wild duck and many other kind of wild birds, if you are not tired, stop at Nethang Giant Buhhda caving on the way.Check into hotel, have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day-2:Lhasa City sightseeing
Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have purposely arranged only to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Jokhang temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa, the circuit around it called Barkhor street, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day-3:Lhasa City sightseeing.
Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung, Sera monasteries and Summer Palace - Norbulingka palace. Both Drepung and Sera monasteries are Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect monastic colleges. Drepung monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. Sera monastery is famous for its Buddhism philosophical debate practice, the clapping sound and aggressive expression of the monks are well worth to see. Norbulingka is the summer palace of Dalai Lama. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day-4:Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse - Shigatse , 360KM, 7hrs
Morning drive up to Kampala pass, you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, the turquoise coloured Lake Yamdrok Yutso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Karo la pass is wonders of the day. Then along the Friendship southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. Late afternoon drive to Shigatse. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day-5:Shigatse - Lhatse - Saga,500KM, 9hrs
Morning you will be arranged to visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas, monks of this monastery are nice looking with their home-made traditional shoes. Then drive to Sakya, visit Sakya Monastery, which is the main monastery at Sakyapa, hike around the monastery northern ruins. Late afternoon drive to Lhatse.D drive from Lhatse to Saga, pass several high plateau lakes, towns, herders tents and along the route with plateau mountain ranges, diverse forms of mountains are overlooking through the valley. Overnight at Saga.
Day-6:Saga - Paryang -Lake Manasarovar - Chiu Monastery ,505Km, 8hours
Morning drive from Saga to Paryang, you weave your way through small dusty town of Zhongba amidst enchanting panoramic views, dotted nomads tents are mingled with their herds of animals on the open plateau. Pass numbers of villages and camps of Yak herders with the distance view of snow capped mountains, cross the Mayun-la pass, if lucky might see many wild animals at the plateau grasslands. After arrival at Lakeside, make a walk to Chiu Monastery which is the best point to see Lake Manasarovar. Overnight at Chiu Monastery village guesthouse.
Day-7:Lake Manasarovar- Darchen ,60km, 2hours
Manasarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning bath and Puja, we will be heading towards Darchen, the tiny village of Darchen is the starting and ending point of the Mt. Kailash trekking, in the afternoon prepare for the trekking and guide will arrange needed yaks and porters. Overnight in Darchen.
Day-8:Trek from Darchen to Dira-puk Monastery, 20km, 6hrs
The first day's trekking is starting from the Sershong and a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. From the valley you can see the Choku Monastery up on the hillside. The trail leads to few ups and downs till you reach the camp at Dirapuk. You will meet many more Bon pilgrims going in the opposite direction, because Mt. Kailash is being worshipped by four different religions,viz Buddhisms, Bons, Hindus and Jains. Overnight at Dirapuk guesthouse or camping.
Day-9:Trek from Dira-puk Monastery to Dzutul-puk Monastery, 15KM,6hrs
Today your trekking leads to much higher side of the holy path just beneath the Mount Kailash. The walk will bring you to one of the highest point at Drolma La, and the pass is quickly descending to the gradual field towards Dzutul-puk for the overnight camp, Dzutul Puk in Tibetan and which means magical cave, this small monastery is connected to a interesting story of talend competition between Great Yogi Milarepa and Naropa(Bon). Overnight at Dzutul-Puk guesthouse or camping.
Day-10:Trek back to Darchen, 14Km, 4hours
The winding gradually comes out of the valley and the river allows to follow in to the Barka plain, the trekking stops at Trangser Trangmar and your car take you to Darchen. Have a good rest at Darchen in the afternoon. Overnight at Darchen.
Day-11:Darchen - Paryang - Saga,520KM, 9hours
Today drive back to Saga retracing the same route, you will have a last view of the Mt.Kailash on the way. Overnight at Saga.
Day-12:Saga-Tingri - Rongbuk,380km,7hours
Today cross the Bramaputra River and continuous drive through sandy plain, nomads herders with their yaks and sheep also can be seen along the road, at the middle of the way you will stop at the stunning view of Pelku Tso Lake on the left and Mt. Shishapama(8012m) on the right, further driving through the pasture meet you with friendship highway and then to Old Tingri, from there you can see the mighty peaks of Mt. Everest(8844m) and Mt. Cho Oyu(8201m) far in the distance to the south. Overnight at Old Tingri Snowland Guesthouse, sometimes you may use the public shower in the guesthouse, which is small brick build room. (Guest house, dorm bed)
Day-13:Everest- Shigatse, 350KM, 6hours
Morning drive to Rongbuk along the Everest base camp trek rough road. Rongbuk is the highest monastery in Tibet, still a good point to see Mt. Everest. The local tent guesthouses community is only 4km from the monastery and it is also good to spend a night there, the guesthouses are made up of yak's wool and in a distinguish feature,in the afternoon, Late morning start driving back to Shigatse. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day-14:Shigatse - Lhasa ,320KM, 5hour
Morning drive back to Lhasa via northern friendship highway, along the body of Bramaputra River, various landscapes will attract your attention, afternoon free on your own in Lhasa, enjoy the last day of the holy city Lhasa and its beauty. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day-15:Lhasa - Chengdu
Morning Lhasa airport or train station dropping off, go to chengdu, end the tour.