20 Days Lhasa to Everest-Kailash-Guge Kingdom Trek
Overview of 20 Days Everest - Kailash Trek
To begin with, we will start out with visits to two key iconic landmarks in Lhasa; namely, the Potala Palace and the Jokhang temple. As we travel to Shigatse city, the second largest town and the traditional capital of Tsang province of Tibet, we will stop by the Yamdrok Lake and the Karo La Glacier, to sink in with their tranquillity and majesty.
Making most of our time in Shigatse, we will pay a visit to Tashi Lhunpo monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery in the Tsang province or the west-central Tibet. We will then journey north to the Everest Base Camp, to appreciate an up-close view of the world’s highest peak, the Mt Everest. From there, this amazing journey will take us to lake Manasarovar, considered very sacred by Tibetans Buddhist, Hindus, and Jains. We will then undertake a grand 3-day trek around Kailash, deeply numinous and the most sacred peak on the planet.
The last part of the journey will be a visit to the ruins of the ancient Kingdom of Guge, located in the far western Tibet, which are remarkable sites for archaeologists and the like to explore crumbling monastery walls and cave complexes.
In short, great culture, memorable trekking, stunning landscapes and more in the remote western Tibet, and the cultural feel you will experience on this tour will be amazing and mind-blowing.
Tour Map of 20 Days Everest - Kailash Trek
Detailed Itinerary of 20 Days Everest - Kailash Trek
Day 1: Lhasa Elevation: 3690 meters
- Arrive in Lhasa – you will be met by our guide and be transported to hotel
- Acclimatization – self-paced exploration around the bustling Bakhor street
Day 2: In and Around Lhasa
- Explore the Jokhang temple – considered as the“spiritual heart of the city” – the most sacred Buddhist temple in Tibet
- Visit Sera Monastery, one of the “Great Three” Buddhist monasteries of Tibet
Day 3: In and Around Lhasa
- Visit the Potala Palace, a landmark monastic building in Lhasa and World Heritage Site
- Visit Drepung Monastery, once one of the “Great Three” largest Buddhist institutions in Tibet. The other two are Ganden and Sera monastery
Day 4: Lhasa – Yamdrok Lake-Karo La Glacier-Gyantse Distance: 260kms Elevation: 3840m
- Depart Lhasa early in the morning, all day overland drive, transiting through:
- The Yamdrok Lake – a freshwater lake that can be seen from the summit of Kamba-la (4700m)
- The Karo La Pass – an amazing alpine view of the holy (and pristine) Mt. Nyenchen Kangsar glacier
- Arrive in the town of Gyantse, historically considered the third largest and most prominent town in Tibet
- Overnight stay in Gyantse
Day 5: Gyantse- Farming Villages-Shigatse Distance 95kms Elevation: 3840m
- In Gyantse, visit the magnificently tiered Pelkhor Chode Monastery, the largest Chorten (Buddhist stupa) in Tibet
- Then, drive a short distance to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, tour around Tashi Lhunpo, which houses the largest gilded statue of Future Buddha in Tibet – indeed a historic and culturally important Buddhist monastery in Shigatse
Day 6: Shigatse – Gyatso La Pass – Shelkar Distance 235kms Elevation: 4320m
- Leave Shigatse city, and travel west to the small town of Shelkar
- Cross over the Gyatso La Pass (a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5220 meters)
- Reach Shelkar
- Overnight stay in Shelkar
Day 7: Shelkar-Rongbuk Monastery-Everest Base Camp Distance: 115kms Elevation 5150m
- Travel on from Shelkar, cross over the Geu La Pass – enjoy a stunning view of the Himalaya Range
- Visit Rongbuk Monastery, claimed to be the highest monastery in the world (5000 metres)
- Travel on to the tourist Everest Base Camp for view of the majestic Mt. Everest
- Double back and overnight stop in Rongbuk Monastery
Day 8: Everest—Peiku Lake—Saga Distance: 300kms Elevation: 4500m
- Leave Everest Base Camp, and drive on
- Stop by the Peiku Tso, a beautiful alpine lake located near Shishapangma, the 14th highest mountain in the world
- Roll on and reach the town of Saga, situated on the banks of the river Brahmaputra, with amazing landscapes
- Overnight stop in Saga
Day 9: Saga — Lake Manasarovar Distance: 485kms Elevation: 4590m
- Get going again – to continue and see the wilderness of western Tibet
- Drive by and hop out for a close “feel” of the holy lake of Manasarovar, a stunning freshwater lake, with spectacular views of the surrounding Himalaya range
- Overnight stop by the lake – either campout or guesthouse
Day 10: Lake Manasarovar — Darchen Distance: 35kms Elevation: 4690m
- A short drive to Darchen, the starting point for Mount Kailash trekking tour
- Make the final preparations for the 3-day trek around the deeply mystical Mt Kailash
- Overnight stop in Darchen
Day 11: Kailash Trek Day 1 Distance: 20kms Elevation: 5080m
- Start out with the first stretch of the trekking
- Cover 20 kilometers and end at Dira Puk Monastery
- Overnight stop near the Dira Puk Monastery – guesthouse
Day 12: Kailash Trek Day 2 Distance: 18kms Elevation: 4820m
- Continue with the trekking, cover roughly 18 kilometers
- Cross over the Dolma La Pass, the highest pass on the circuit (5630 meters)
- Descend to Zutul Puk Monastery (4820 meters)
- Overnight stop near the Zutul Monastery – guesthouse
Day 13: Kailash Trek Day 3 Distance: 14kms Elevation: 4590m
- Complete the last stretch of the trek
- Cover 14 kilometers of trekking
- Trek back to Darchen
- Overnight stay in Darchen
Day 14: Darchen — Zanda Distance: 235kms Elevation: 3740m
- Drive from Darchen to the far western region of Zanda
- Appreciate the stunning landscapes along this journey route
- See the ruins of Guge Kingdom – the magnificent Tholing Monastery
- Overnight in Zanda
Day 15: Guge Kingdom
- Explore Tsaparang fortress, the historic site of the capital of the Guge Kingdom
- Excursion through the ancient ruins of the Kingdom
- Overnight in Zanda
Day 16: Zanda — Lake Manasarovar Distance: 265kms Elevation: 4590m
- Journey back to Lhasa starts on this day
- Overnight stop by the lake – either campout or guesthouse
Day 17: Lake Manasarovar — Saga Distance: 485kms Elevation: 4500m
- Leave Lake Manasarovar, and head east to the town of Saga
- Overnight stop in Saga
Day 18: Saga — Shigatse Distance: 450kms Elevation: 3840m
- Leave Saga and stop in Shigatse for the night.
**NB: Instead of returning to Lhasa on day 18th, you can go to the China/Tibet-Nepal border and exit Tibet from there (If the border between Tibet and Nepal is open).
Day 19: Shigatse — Lhasa Distance: 260ms Elevation: 3600m
- Leave Shigatse for Lhasa
Day 20: Tour concludes
- Depart Lhasa – airport or train station – for your next journey
Good to Know about 20 Days Everest - Kailash Trek
Best Time of Visit
The package journey from Lhasa to Everest, Mt. Kailash and Guge Kingdom can be done anytime from mid-April through to late October; however, the best months are from mid-April through to mid-June and again from mid-September through to October. We can arrange this journey for groups of two to ten people. Price is discounted for groups of 3 or more.
Please contact us for the price for this journey at email@example.com
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 the comfortable and pleasant boutique or 3-star Tibetan-owned hotels. At Everest Base Camp, accommodation will be either simple tent hotels or basic guesthouses. In Saga, Lake Manasarovar and along the trek around Mt. Kailash, accommodations will be very simple, as these areas are very remote and poor. Guesthouses have no heating, but plenty of blankets. Toilets are usually outside and are not always clean. Showers are often unavailable or are available at a local shower house that is not attached to the hotel. Hotel upgrades available are in Lhasa upon request.
Meals: Breakfast is included in the quote for each morning you are in Tibet. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price.
Participants must be in good health and physically fit to be able to spend each day walking around towns, villages and monasteries. 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. The 3 day trek around Mt. Kailash is 52 kilometres long and will take 3 days to complete. This trek is beautiful but is quite demanding as the high pass rises to 5630 meters (18,465 feet). You will spend 3 nights in Lhasa for altitude acclimatization before going above 3600 meters. Ascent will be slow and gradual along the way from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp and on to Mt. Kailash.
This is the primary document required in order to visit Tibet after the Passport and Chinese Visa. The permit can only be applied at the Tibet Tourism Bureau, Only a travel agency registered with the Bureau can apply it for. We can make your permit and we will need 25 days for entire process of the permit.
Other Important Information:
Terms for 20 Days Everest - Kailash Trek
- All accommodations (double occupancy, unless otherwise requested)
- Breakfast each morning while in Tibet
- Welcome dinner in Lhasa
- All ground transportation in Tibet
- All entrance fees for the itinerary listed
- Local Tibetan guide fees
- All fees for Mt Everest and Mt Kailash
- All Tibet travel permits
- Local Tibetan guide fees
- Lhasa Airport or train station pick up and transfer
- Passport and Chinese visa fees
- International airfare to/from Lhasa
- Yak, horse or porter fees at Mt. Kailash (available for an extra cost)
- Lunch and dinner
- Travel vaccinations
- Insurance (travel, medical, etc)
- Souvenirs or personal items such as laundry, snacks, alcohol drinks, etc
- Photography fees inside temples and monasteries
- Gratuities to the Tibetan guide and driver
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.