14 Days Lhasa-Kailash-Nepal Group tour

Tour Type: Budget Group Tour

Tour Duration: 14 Days and 13 Nights

Best Time: April to October

Price: 2000 USD per person


On this tour, we will spend first three nights in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, where we will explore sites of religious and historic significance in the city, including the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery. This part of the trip is to ensure a gradual acclimatization to the altitude in the subsequent legs of the trip.

We will then set out on the road of Tibet to visit some of the marvellous landscapes and stunning sites in southwest and central Tibet. For example, the north-facing Mt. Everest (alt. 8848m), the Mt. Shisha Pangma (alt.8012m), the Yamdrok Lake, the Karo La Glacier, and the Pelkhor Chode Monastery in Gyantse, which has one of the best old towns in central Tibet. Next, you will go to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city and home to the largest Buddhist monastery of Tashi Lhunpo. After Shigatse, the tour trajectory will take you through some of the high passes, including the Gyatso La, which offers sweeping views of the world’s highest mountain range, and the north-facing Everest Base Camp.

The trekking trip to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar that is incorporated in this package provides a great combination of tranquillity, sightseeing and physical challenge. We will accomplish 52 kilometre over three full days, trekking through some of the most amazing terrains, with altitude ranging from 4400m to 5200m. For the devout pilgrims a visit to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar forms the ultimate realization of their spiritual pursuit. For the trekking-lovers, the journey offers a deep sensation of rugged beauty, remoteness and solitude.

Finally, after visiting Mt. Everest, we will embark on the extended journey toward Gyirong border which will include overland travel through some of the marvellous natural landscapes. 

Tour Map

14 days Lhasa Kailash Kyirong tour map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa Elevation 3590 meters

  • AM: Arrive in Lhasa & Acclimatization
  • PM: Self-paced exploration around the Barkhor street

Day 2: In and Around Lhasa 

  • Explore the Jokhang temple, “spiritual heart” of Lhasa
  • Visit Sera Monastery, one of the “Great three” Buddhist monasteries noted for their Buddhist dialectic debate session usually held in the afternoons
  • Stroll around the surrounding old quarters

 Day 3: In and Around Lhasa 

  • Visit the Potala Palace, an iconic Buddhist building as well as a World Heritage Site
  • Afterward, visit Drepung Monastery, one of the “Great Three” Buddhist monasteries in Tibet and then to Nechung temple just below Drepung – the seat of the State Oracle of Tibet

Day 4: Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Karo La Glacier-Gyantse – Shigatse Distance 380kms Elevation 3840m

  • Depart Lhasa early in the morning, all day overland drive, transiting through:
  • Yamdrok Lake – a freshwater lake that you can see from the summit of Kamba-la (4700m)
  • Karo La Pass – an amazing alpine view of the holy Mt. Nyenchen Kangsar glacier in the backdrop
  • Arrive in Gyantse, a small, but prominent town in Tibet
  • Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery, and the Gyantse Kumbum – a 32 metres (105 ft) high structure, a nine-tier building with 108 gates
  • Drive a short distance to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet
  • Tour around Tashi Lhunpo, to witness the largest gilded statue of Future Buddha in Tibet
  • Overnight stop in Shigatse

Day 5: Shigatse – Lhatse Distance 150kms Elevation 4200m

  • Leave Shigatse city, and travel west to Lhatse County
  • En-route stop by and visit Sakya monastery – an important seat of the Sakya lineage in Buddhism
  • Continue driving to Lhatse
  • Overnight stay for the night in Lhatse

Day 6: Lhatse – Saga Distance 306kms Elevation 4280m

  • Leave Lhatse for Saga – the last major town along the southern route to Kailash
  • Drive through barren canyons and green meadow land with scattered villages
  • Overnight stop in Saga

Day 7: Saga – Lake Manasarovar – Darchen Distance 520kms Elevation 4670m

  • Head out from Saga, drive along the Yarlung Tsangpo river
  • Stop by the Lake Manasarovar – one of the most venerated lakes in Tibet
  • Continue drive Darchen, the starting point of the Kailash trek
  • Overnight stop in Darchen

Day 8 -10: Kailash Trekking/ Kora Distance: 54kms   Elevation 5630m

  • 1st day – cover 20 kilometers, from Darchen to Dri Puk monastery
  • 2nd day – cover 18 kilometers, cross over Dolma La pass (5630 meters), descend to Zutul Puk monastery
  • 3rd day – cover 14 kilometers, from Zultul Puk monastery to Darchen
  • Double back to Lake Manasarovar for a final camping overnight stop

Day 11: Manasarovar Lake – Baryang – Saga, Distance 400kms Elevation 4556m

  • Set off again
  • Look out in the distance for a view of Mount Jima Yangzon, claimed as the source of the Brahmaputra River
  • Reach Saga and overnight stop in Saga

Day 12: Saga – EBC Distance 360kms Elevation 5150m

  • Witness the spectacular view of the Mt. Everest
  • Continue on foot for 8km along the dirt road to the base of Mt. Everest
  • Overnight stay in guesthouse at Everest Base Camp

Day 13: Everest Base Camp to Kyirong Distance 250kms Elevation 2500m

  • Rise early to catch a stunning view of the Mt Everest
  • Then, leave Everest Base Camp and drive Gyirong port
  • Arrive in Gyirong and rest

Day 14: Departure from Tibet

  • Transfer to Nepal for your next destination
    Good to Know

    Best Time of Visit

    This tour from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp can be done anytime from mid-April through to late October. We can arrange this journey for groups of two to ten people. Discount available for groups of 3 or more persons.

    For a specific quote, please contact us at tibetuniversaltravel@hotmail.com

    Travel Gear: Upon joining, each participant will be sent a list of required and recommended gear for this journey that they will be responsible for.

    Accommodation: In Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse, you will be staying in a comfortable and pleasant boutique or 3-star Tibetan-owned hotels. Accommodation in other areas, such as Everest Base Camp, will be best locally available guesthouses. Guesthouses often have no heating facilities, but plenty of blankets upon request. Toilets are usually outside and are not always as hygienic. Showers are often unavailable or only available at local shower house. In Nepal, you will stay at highly rated boutique hotels in a central location. Hotel upgrades are available in Lhasa and Kathmandu upon request.

    Eligibility: Participants must be in good health and physical fit to be able to spend each day walking around towns, villages, and monasteries with their own equipment. Though you will be doing a lot of walking each day, no trekking is required. Most of this tour will take place in mountainous terrain between 3600 meters and 5200 meters (11,800 feet to 17,000 feet) above sea level. You will spend 3 nights in Lhasa for altitude acclimatization before going above 3600 meters. Ascent will be slow and gradual to reduce the risks of altitude-related illness. This tour is not recommended for those who have severe asthma or who have had problems with high elevation in the past.



    Quote includes:

    • All accommodations (based on double occupancy; single room supplement available)
    • Breakfast in Tibet
    • All ground transportation in Tibet
    • All entrance fees per itinerary
    • All Tibet travel permits
    • Local Tibetan guide fees
    • Lhasa airport pickup and drop-off

    Not included in the price:

    • Passport, Chinese Visa fees
    • Lunch or Dinner
    • International airfare to Lhasa, Tibet
    • Travel vaccinations
    • Insurance (travel, medical, etc)
    • Souvenirs or personal items such as laundry, excess baggage fees, snacks, alcohol drinks
    • Photography fees inside temples and monasteries
    • Gratuities to the Tibetan guide and driver

    Single Supplement: 150USD 

    There is 150 USD extra for the single supplement room charge. If you like to skip this extra cost, we will try our best to find you a roommate.


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    Responsible Tourism

    Tibet Universal Tours and Travel puts great importance on the promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism practices. It incorporated into our day to day base tour service performances. So, we always strive to ensure that our tour service delivery will have a maximum quality. Furthermore, we also strive to the minimum level of negative social, economic, environmental and cultural impacts. Following outlined points are some of our representative measures undertaking in our routine job performances. In addition, these thoughts to be essential for a sustainable touristic development in Tibet. 

    Social Responsibility:

    Whenever and wherever possible, we extend charitable support to disadvantaged groups in remote Tibetan villages. For instance, utilizing the certain percentage of our annual company income we engage in social works. Therefore, we purchase and distribute warm winter clothes for children from rural Tibetan primary schools. As a result, they can keep them warm and happy during cold winter.

    Moreover, we believe that every person deserves access to quality healthcare. So, we extend our help on medical expenses to those serious patients who are from remote and rural Tibetan villages. Because they cannot afford to pay their medical treatment when the treatment costs go beyond the local medical insurance coverage.

    Economy Responsibility:

    In support of contributing to the local economy and we give the local population a central role in the touristic economic development of their own territory.  Therefore, we always strive to ensure that the economic benefits of tourism should go for local communities. So, poverty alleviation by generating financial benefits for both local people and private industries. For instance, we always use locally owned ground transportation and accommodation (i.e. hotels, lodges, and guesthouses). Furthermore, we also recommend local eateries, restaurants, and stores to our guests.

    In addition, we are an indigenous local Tibetan travel agency based in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. 100% of our travel company employees are staffed and escorted by professional local Tibetans including local tour guides and drivers.  So, this has created employment and job security opportunities for many educated and inspired Tibetans.

    Environment Responsibility:

    Tibetan Buddhist reality is profoundly ecological, and Buddhism itself is an ecological religion. It powerfully expresses human identification with nature. Buddhists believe that all things, including humans, exist by their interrelationship with all other parts of nature. Therefore, thinking of one's self as isolated from the rest of nature is being unrealistic.

    Respect for life and the natural world

    Giving the facts that Tibetans love and respect for life and the natural world. Therefore, to minimize the environmental impact created by tourists, we follow environment-friendly policies. So, we maintain the size of tour groups to have minimal impact on flora and fauna in an area. The necessary carbon emissions that we generate by our footprints of travel to the tour destinations cannot be overlooked. Therefore, we regularly actively participate in carbon reduction or offset activities such as tree planting. Our tour guides, drivers, and logistics staff are aware of waste management. Moreover, we advised them to dispose of all rubbish generated by themselves responsibly and recycle wherever feasible.

    Other Safegurds for the Environment friendly tourism

    Make the best use of the winter tourist low season, we deliver training workshops on environmental protection. Moreover, the training also includes the preservation and first aid training. So, we arrange it for all our company management staff, tour guides, and drivers in order to increase their knowledge. As a result, they can understand the importance of environmental protection and ecotourism.

    Request to Visitors:
      • Be considerate of the communities and environment you visit.
      • Don’t litter, try to carry your own shopping bag to avoid plastic garbage problem. Many Tibetan local villages do not have environmentally sound garbage disposal systems. Therefore, pack garbage out to a larger town where there is a facility.
      • Try to avoid excessive use of plastic bottles. Travelers are requested to bring a reusable water bottle. In addition, we will arrange and supply your drinking water in a bigger container.
      • Reduce energy consumption. Unplug your mobile phone charger, turn off the lights
      More Requests
      • Conserve water. Take shorter showers.

      • Always ask before taking photographs. So, if someone says no, respect their wishes.
      • Educate yourself about the place you are visiting and the people.
      • Respect cultural differences. Moreover, learn from it! People in different places do things differently. So, don’t try to change them. And, enjoy them.
      • Support the local economy. Therefore, buy locally made souvenirs, eat at local restaurants. Furthermore, enjoy the local culture.
      • Support responsible tourism organizations. Because those travel operators who publicly are aiming to make tourism more responsible.

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