17 Days Lhasa – Everest – Kailash - Guge Expedition Tour

Lhasa – Everest – Kailash - Guge Expedition Tour

Tour Type: Budget Group Tour

Tour Duration: 17 Days and 16 Nights

Best Time: May to October

Group size: 4 – 12 people

Tour Price: 1950 USD/person

Overview of Lhasa – Everest – Kailash - Guge Expedition Tour

Lhasa – Everest – Kailash – Guge Expedition Tour is one of the popular tour packages of Tibet Universal Travel. On this Lhasa – Everest – Kailash – Guge Expedition 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 gradual acclimatization to the altitude in the subsequent legs of the trip.

We will then set out on the road to Tibet to visit some of the marvelous landscapes. In addition, we also visit stunning sites in southwest and central Tibet. For example, the north-facing Mt. Everest (alt. 8848m), the Mt. Shishapangma (alt.8012m), the Yamdrok Lake, the Karo La Glacier, and the Pelkhor Chode Monastery in Gyantse. Next, we will go to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city and home to the largest Buddhist monastery of Tashi Lhunpo. After Shigatse, we will cross several high passes, including the Gyatso La, which offers a sweeping view of the world’s highest mountain range – the Himalaya range.

The trekking trip to Mt. Kailash and the Lake Manasarovar that is incorporated in this package provides a great combination of tranquillity, sightseeing, and Physical challenge.

We will accomplish 52 kilometers 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 Manasarovar forms the ultimate realization of their spiritual pursuit. For the trekking-lovers, the journey offers a deep sensation of rugged beauty, remoteness, and solitude. Along with this journey, we will be also exploring the ruins of the Guge Kingdom considered to be the highest of the ancient kingdom located on the ridge of the Roof of the World.

In addition, along with this tour, you will get an ample chance to visit and observe the traditional life of the indigenous Tibetans by visiting a traditional rural Tibetan farmer’s village or a local Tibetan nomadic communities, as well as to visit local Tibetan restaurant and tea shops. A visit to Tibetan traditional handicraft center will be also arranged during the tour to see and learn the extraordinary array of authentic Tibetan traditional and contemporary works of crafts and arts. Lhasa – Everest – Kailash – Guge Expedition Tour will give visitors an amazing travel experience.

Tour Map of Lhasa – Everest – Kailash - Guge Expedition Tour

Guge Kailash tour map

Detailed Itinerary of Lhasa – Everest – Kailash - Guge Expedition Tour
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa Elevation 3650m
  • AM: Arrive in Lhasa & Acclimatization
  • PM: Self-paced exploration around the Barkhor street
Day 2: Around Lhasa Elevation 3590m
  • Visit Jokhang Temple.  The temple is the Holiest of all the temples in Tibet. The entire city of Lhasa was found around it.
  • Sera Monastery, one of the “Great three” Buddhist monasteries noted for their Buddhist dialectic debate session usually held in the afternoons
  • Continue to explore around old quarters of the town
Day 3: In and Around Lhasa Elevation 3590 meters
  • Visit the Potala Palace, an iconic Buddhist building as well as a World Heritage Site
  • Visit the Monastery complex of the Drepung Monastery.
  • Stroll around the surrounding old quarters
Day 4: Lhasa – Yamdrok Lake – Karo La Glacier-Gyantse – Shigatse Distance 380kms Elevation 3,980m
  • Depart Lhasa early in the morning, all day overland drive
  • Cross over the Kamba La pass (4795 meters) – stop at the summit for a stunning view of the Yamdrok Lake, one of the three largest sacred (freshwater) lakes in Tibet, and the 7191 meters high Mt. Nojin Kangtsang in the distance
  • Descend and drive by the lakeshore, and cross over Karo La pass and witness a striking glaciated landscape (Karo La glacier)
  • Arrive in Gyantse, a small, but prominent town in Tibet
  • In Gyantse, visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery, and the Gyantse Kumbum – a 32 meters (105ft) high structure, a nine-tier building with 108 gates
  • Leave Gyantse and head to Shigatse, the second-largest town and the traditional capital seat of the west-central province of Tibet
  • Stop by a couple of farmers’ villages en route
  • Overnight stay in Shigatse
 Day 5: Shigatse – Lhatse Distance 270kms Elevation 4200m
  • Visit the majestic Tashi Lhunpo monastery in Shigatse, and witness the largest gilded statue of Future Buddha in Tibet
  • Leave Shigatse and proceed journey toward Lhatse
  • Take a detour 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, crossover 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: Darchen—Guge Distance 254kms Elevation 3699m
  • Depart Darchen early in the morning, all day overland drive
  • Arrive in Guge and explore around the ruins of the Guge Kingdom considered the highest of the ancient kingdom located on the ridge of the Roof of the World
  • Drive on to Zada county for overnight stop
Day 12: Guge—Lake Manasarovar Distance 291kms Elevation 4597m
  • In the morning prior to departing for Manasarovar, visit Tholing Monastery the oldest monastery in the Nagri Prefecture
  • Reach and an overnight stop in Manasarovar Lake
Day 13: Manasarovar Lake – Baryang – Saga, Distance 400kms Elevation 4556m
  • Leave Manasarovar lake for Saga
  • Look out into 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 14: 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 15: Everest Base Camp to Shigatse Distance 350kms Elevation 3840m
  • Rise early to catch a stunning view of the Mt Everest
  • Then, leave Everest Base Camp and drive back to Shigatse
  • Overnight stay in Shigatse
Day 16: Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa Distance 270kms Elevation 3650m
  • Leave Shigatse and travel back to Lhasa, taking the Northern tarred Route
  • Reach Lhasa, and Rest
Day 17: Departure from Tibet
  • Transfer to Lhasa train station or Lhasa airport
Good to Know of Lhasa – Everest – Kailash - Guge Expedition Tour
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.


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.


Participants must be in good health and physically fit. Because visitors need 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. Furthermore, it also not recommended who have had problems with high elevation in the past.

Terms of Lhasa – Everest – Kailash - Guge Expedition Tour
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
  • Tibet travel permits (All)
  • 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: 100USD  There is 100 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.


Departure Dates Price (per person)/Status
23rd April 2019 2050 USD/ 2 Booked
12th May 2019 2050 USD/ 3 Booked
27th May 2019 2050 USD/ 1 Booked
10th June 2019 2050 USD/ 3 Booked
18th June 2019 2050 USD/ 2 Booked
28th June 2019 2050 USD/ 2 Booked
5th July 2019 2150 USD/ 4 Booked
12th July 2019 2150 USD/ 1 Booked
19th July 2019 2150 USD/ 1 Booked
26th July 2019 2150 USD/ 2 Booked
2nd August 2019 2050 USD/ 1 Booked
10th August 2019 2150 USD/ 1 Booked
17th August 2019 2150 USD/ 2 Booked
23rd August 2019 2150 USD/ 1 Booked
27th August 2019 2150 USD/ 2 Booked
1st September 2019 2150 USD/ 4 Booked
13th September 2019 2150 USD/ 2 Booked
20th September 2019 2150 USD/ 1 Booked
27th September 2019 2150 USD/ 3 Booked
1st October 2019 2150 USD/ 2 Booked


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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.

About Us:

Tibet Universal Tours and Travel is a fully officially licensed international tour operator based in Lhasa, owned and managed by 100% local Tibetans. One of the most respected, longest running and best-reviewed tour operators since 1997.

Over 20 years of experience in the Tibetan travel industry, our team consists of the best and experienced Tibet travel guides that will show you the best that this extraordinary place has to offer, unravel all the undiscovered beauty of Tibet unique culture and tradition in front of you.  Whether a guest is looking to join a Tibet group tour or take a private tailor-made journey, we are the best choice.

Other than the above services, we provide stop over tour services in Nepal, Bhutan, and cities in Mainland China, you can also be booking your Tibet Flight and Tibet Train tickets with us. So, what are you waiting for? Reach us to embark on a trip that will last for a lifetime with Tibet Universal Tours and Travel!!!

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