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Overview

Kailash Overland Tour is an exhilarating tour in the roof of the world Tibet. Crossing the barren flatlands, driving via 3000 to 5000 meters above sea level passing by different types of the vegetation and people. They make the tour even more awesome than the flight tour. The state of China is the autonomous area with its vibrant geographical settings and Buddhist monasteries. The overland tour to Kailash consists of the Potala Palace, Caves, clear view of Mount Everest, modern cities of Tibet and blue watered Mansarovar Lake.

The Tibet was opened for the tourists to visit only in 1985 and since that date, the region is getting popularity among the tourists and pilgrims. The scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa will take place and then the Kailash overland tour starts. Once you have settled the visa issues in Lhasa immigration you will be accompanied by the Tibetan guide who will take you to the landmark destination of the Tibet and surrounding cities within the state. The places like Gyantse, Tingri, Zhangma and other significant destinations could be awesome adventure tour in Tibet. If it was from Nepal itself in the four wheel drive then you would have travelled 1000 km journey.

The spectacular sightseeing destinations like Norbulinkha Palace, Jokhang Temple and other monasteries used by the Dalai Lama could be the center of attraction to you. Turquoise lake and numerous high passes along with the panoramic views of the mountains like Lhotse, Makalu and Everest from another side of the world will amaze you. The visit of the Mansarovar Lake which in itself is the source of Indus, Sutlej, Karnali and Brahmaputra rivers is very attractive as if it is the heaven on earth.

Come and book this amazing Kailash Overland Tour package to witness the mystical monasteries, scenic mountains, enchanting lakes and the modern cities of the traditional Tibet state of China with the responsible team of Peregrine Treks & Expeditions.

Important Notes of Kailash Overland Tour:

  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) & Military Permit usually takes about 30-working-day to apply. If you couldn’t provide the required documents & information on time, an extra USD 80 per permit will be charged;

During the 3-day Mt Kailash Kora—

Lodgings: clean dorm-bed guesthouse; in peak season, we provide a tent in case the guesthouses are fully booked by Indian pilgrims.

Food: You can buy Tibetan noodles (USD 5) & instant noodles (USD 2) along the way.

Luggage: leave most of your luggage in our vehicle; bring only the immediate essential goods. We provide yaks & harder to carry your entire luggage

  • We reserve the right to amend the itinerary in Lhasa, but we are committed to providing all services.
  • If you prefer to book a hotel yourself over those included in our group tour; please meet the rest of the group at their daily hotel on time. Transportation from your hotel is not included.
  • We need to pick up and drop off all tours members of the group on first & last day from Lhasa Airport, thus there may not always have guide presence but driver.
  • Due to the special nature of Tibet travel, any unforeseeable and unavoidable objective circumstances, including but not limited to natural disasters, war, terrorism, riot, civil commotion, strikes, public health emergencies, government action, major traffic jams, delay or cancellation of flight, attractions temporarily closed. etc., resulting in a change of itinerary, the increased cost will be paid by travellers; if any attraction visits have to be cancelled due to the same reasons above, Peregrine Treks won’t be held responsible for a refund except certain attraction entrance fee which will be solely decided by Peregrine Treks.
  • Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travellers, single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveller to share the twin rooms, the single supplement will be refunded.
 

Kailash Overland Tour Itinerary & Other Details

Day 01                        Kathmandu Arrival

Day 02                        Full Day Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03                        Kathmandu to Lhasa by flight

Day 04                        Lhasa Sightseeing

Day 05                        Lhasa city sightseeing

Day 06                        Lhasa – Gyantse by drive

Day 07                        Gyantse – Shigatse by drive

Day 08                        Shigatse – Tingiri – Rongbuk – Everest Base Camp by drive

Day 09                        Everest Base Camp – Saga by drive

Day 10                        Saga – Darchen by drive

Day 11                        Trek from Darchen to Dirapuk

Day 12                        Trek from Dirapuk to Zutulpuk

Day 13                        Trek from Zutulpuk to Darchen and Drive Darchen – Manasarowar

Day 14                        Manasarowar to Payang Saga by drive

Day 15                        Saga – Lhatse – Shigatse by drive

Day 16                        Shigatse – Lhasa by drive

Day 17                        Depart from Lhasa – Kathmandu by flight

Day 18                        Departure at your destination


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Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu, transfers to hotel

Our airport representative picks up you from Tribhuvan International Airport and departs at your pre-booked hotel. We will organize welcome dinner with Nepali cultural dance. (Meal: Dinner)

Day 02

Kathmandu Valley sightseeing

After breakfast at the hotel, your private vehicle is ready for sightseeing at your hotel. This day you will visit in Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swyambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar square. (Meal Breakfast)

Day 03

From Kathmandu fly to Lhasa (3650m)

This day you will depart to Lhasa and our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, usually, takes about one and half hour. After transfer to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. This day in you rest is essential to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it. For our free Lhasa Airport transfer, please check the Inclusions for the information of our free Lhasa Airport transfers. (Meal Breakfast)

Day 04

Lhasa Suburb

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Today you will visit totally 2 attractions in Lhasa suburb. In the morning, we will arrange you to see Drepung Monastery. In the afternoon, we will visit Sera Monastery. You will stay a long hour on sightseeing today under the fierce sun of Tibet, do arm yourself with sunglasses/ hat/ sunscreen.
Also, a welcome dinner will be held tonight to introduce you to the whole gang that you are going to travel with. We have customers from all over the world. You will be fun to meet people from different countries, culture and background.
Located about Eight km west of central Lhasa, Drepung Monastery was once one of the world’s largest monasteries. The word Drepung literally translates as ‘rice heap’, a reference to the huge numbers of white monastic buildings that once piled up on the hillside. Sera Monastery is situated in the northern town of Lhasa City. The monastery was named Sera which mean wild rose in the Tibetan language because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. From Monday to Friday, every afternoon, you will be able to see monks debating at Sera Monastery. (Meal: Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 05

Lhasa City Sightseeing

Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
This is an important and main day of Lhasa tour. In this morning, you will depart to visit Potala Palace. It is around 3,700 meters above sea level and it is the highest palace in the world! At the top the palace called golden roofs; you can have a bird-eye view of the whole of Lhasa. In the distance, there are rolling mountain ranges, the beautiful Lhasa River, tracts of fields, tree-shaded villages and the glistening Jokhang Temple.
In this Afternoon, you will visit Jokhang Temple, it is the first built during the period of Songs a Gambo in the 7th century, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. You will find many pilgrims pray earlier than the monastery. The circuit around it called Barkhor Street, a famous local handmade crafts market, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs. (Meal: Breakfast)

Day 06

Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m) – 261 km

Highlights: Karola Glacier, Yamdrok Lake, Pelkor Chöde Monastery
Yamdrotso Lake: dazzling Yamdrotso (elevation 4441m) is normally first seen from the summit of the Kamba-la (4700m). This lake is situated a hundred meters below from the road, and in clear weather is a wonderful shade of deep turquoise. You can see the amazing view of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang(7191m).
Karola Glacier: Mt Nojin Kangsang stands tall with an elevation of 7,191m between Gyantse County and Nagarzê County, with several snow-capped mountains over 6,000m surrounding it. Mount Nojin Kangsang is the most accessible glacier site on the Tibetan Plateau. The famous Kharola Glacier (elevation 5,560m) is below the south ridge of Nojin Kangsang.
Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum: the sprawling compound in the far north of townhouses Pelkor Chöde Monastery and the monumental Gyantse Kumbum, a chörten filled with fine paintings and statues. Palkhor lies at the foot of Dzong Hill. It is renowned for its Kumbum, This is 108 chapels in its four floors. The multi-storied Kumbum Stupa was crowned with a golden-haired ground and umbrella, bounded with more chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals. (Meal Breakfast)

Day 07

Gyantse sightseeing and drive to Shigatse (3900m) – 90 km

Highlights: Tashilump Monastery
Upon entrance in Shigatse, we will first go to submit an application for the Alien's Travel Permit (PSB) with your original passport. It usually takes about 30 minutes before sightseeing.
Tashilunpo Monastery is one of the Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. Somebody describes the Heap of Glory, the monastery is situated at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse. Established by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, the monastery's structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. It covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters. The main construction establishes in the monastery is Maitreya Chapel, Panchen Lama's Palace and Kelsang Temple. Tashilhunpo is the place of Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and right now there are around 800 lamas. (Meal Breakfast)

Day 08

Shigatse -Tingri -Rongpuk –EBC (5200m)

Highlights: Rongbuk Monastery, Sunset of golden Everest peak
In the morning, you will leave Shigatse to Lhatse, a small town located 150 km from Shigatse, and you may have lunch in local restaurant. After a short rest, you will go ahead to Tingri. You will pass Tsola Pass (4600M), and Gyatsola Pass (5248M). In the late afternoon, you enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve. You can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass (5198m).Then we drive along the new zigzag road to Rongpuk or the Tent Camp to stay overnight. If the weather is good, you can have a clear view of the sunset of golden Everest peak.
Stay overnight in Nomad Tent, (Dorm Bed) or Rongpuk guesthouse (Meal Breakfast)

Day 09

EBC - Saga

Highlights: Sunrise of Everest Peak, Everest Base Camp, Far view of the Mt. Shishapangma, Peikutso Lake
We didn’t include breakfast this morning. You will understand why when you’re at the spot. Tibetan breakfast, such as noodle, zanba, etc. about CNY 30 is available here. You are highly recommended to bring along some cookies, instant noodles, coffee etc. of your own.
Everest Tent Camp is the furthest point vehicles can drive to. From here you will have to take the shuttle bus for the last glorious 4Km which is incredibly scenic. You’re hemmed in by high grey ridges to the east and west and as you look to the south, Everest’s north face dominates the skyline. Gifted with springs, Everest Base Camp (elevation 5150m) has a couple of enduring structures and a small army base. Clamber up the small hill festooned with prayer flags for great views of the star attraction, Mt. Everest, then have your snapshot taken at the base camp marker, interpret ‘Mt. Qomolangma Base Camp’.
Peikutso Lake: the beautiful turquoise Peiku-Tso (4590m) is one of Tibet’s magical spots with stunning views of the snowcapped Shishapangma (8012m) and the Langtang range bordering Nepal to the south.
Overnight in Saga, Guesthouse (Meals: Not Included)

Day 10

Saga - Darchen

Highlights: Sand dunes, beautiful grassland and local's villages, far view the Mt. Naimonanyi
The extensive town of the saga is the last of any size on the route and your last chance to eat a plentiful meal. A photogenic section of dunes, lake and mountains kicks in 60km from Zhongba. About 23 km before Paryang you create a pass and drop past more dunes to Paryang. Photos taken along this route can often get stepped, streams, desert dunes and snow-capped mountains in the same shot. (Meals: Not Included)

Day 11

Trek from Darchen – Dirapuk (6hrs/ 20km/ 200m ascent)

Highlights: Mt. Kailash Kora
The Kora path starts in the western parts of Darchen. Quickly leaving all traces of the village behind, you head westward across the Batkha plain, a sandy expanse speckled with greenery like a massive camouflage jacket. To the north, the east-west ridge blocks your view of Mt Kailash, but to the south-east are clear views of huge Gurla Mandata(7728m). Api Himal and other peaks in Nepal are visible to the south, while look to the south-west for the twin, sharp humps of Kamet (7756m) in India.
Only 4 km from Darchen the trail climbs up over the south-west end of the ridge to reach a cairn at 4790 Meters the cairn is decorated with prayer flags and symbols the first views of Mt Kailash’s southern face, the first of the kora’s four prostration points.
Very quickly the trail bends around to the north and enters the barren Lha-chu Valley. The valley is so open at this point you can see ahead to the tall Tarboche flagpole (4750) in the distance, one of the most significant sites for Saga Dawa Festival.
Just west of Tarboche is the ‘two-legged’ Chorten Kangnyi. It’s an auspicious act for pilgrims to walk through the small chorten’s archway. A short hike above Tarchorten to the east is the sky-burial site of the 84 mahasiddhas (Tantric practitioners who achieved a high level of awareness). The first of the kora’s three Buddha path is here, but hard to find. You can see superb view of the valley.
Beyond Tarboche the valley narrows dramatically at an area called Sershong. You can start to get clear pictures of Mt Kailash now, standing to the concentration above the eastern ridge.
Chuku Monastery (4820m), founded in the 13th century by Gotsangpa Gompo Pel, a Kagyupa-order master, is perched high above the valley floor on the hillside to the west. It curves so mysteriously into its rocky backdrop you may not able notice it’s there.
From the Chuku it’s about 3 hours to Dir-puk Monastery. Take your time among this enlarges for it has some of the best scenery of the intact Kora. High sedimentary faces, wonderfully puckered and dented, and chiselled into shapes that seem alive, hem you in on both sides. When the weather condition is warmer there’s even the infrequent ribbon of water reducing down the slopes from hundreds of meters high. Along the route, you will find the second prostration point, with its prayer flags and clear view of the east side of Mt Kailash. 30mins later, just past a tea tent selling the usual drinks and snakes, look for the second Buddha footprint, and a carving of the god Tamdrin, a wrathful horse-headed deity, on a black stone smeared with aeons of yak butter. From the rock, the trail starts to climb and heads northeast toward Dira-puk Monastery.
Dira-puk(Lhalung Dira) Monastery(5080m) sits in a superb location on the hillside north of the Lha-chu. It directly faces the surprising north side of Mt Kailash, which from this angle appears as a massive, jet-black slab of granite decorated with alabaster-white strips of snow. Three lesser mountains are arrayed in front of Mt Kailash: Chana Dorie to the west, Jampelyang to the east and Chenresig in the centre.
Overnight in Dirapuk, Camp/Guesthouse (Dorm Bed) (Meal Breakfast)

Day 12

Trek from Dirapuk – Zutulpuk (8hrs/ 18km/ 550m ascent/ 600m descent)

Highlights: Mt. Kailash Kora
When you wake up in the morning and go outside you want to revel in the glory environments. Mt Kailash’s dramatic black face dominates the skyline, while the middle slopes boom with the moans of yaks.
The main Kora path heads off to the east, crossing the Lha-chu by the bridge and then climbs on a moraine to meet the trail on the east bank. The long climb up the Drolma-chu Valley that will ultimately guide to the Drolma-la has started.
Less than an hour along is the meadow at Jarok Donkhang (5210m). Near Jarok Donkhang a track twigs off to the south-east, leading over the snowy Khando Sanglam-la. Also, close by, Polung Glacier descends from the East Ridge off the north face of Mt Kailash, down through the Polung Valley among Chenresig and Jampelyang.
Little distance above Jarok Donkhang, there is the rocky area of Shiva-tsal (5330m). Pilgrims are believed to undergo a figurative death at this point, entering the kingdom of the Lord of the Deas, until they reach the top of the Drolma-la and are reborn for the second time.
After Shiva-tsal the trail mercifully flattens for a time and proceeds along a glacial ridge. There are many interesting things to see ahead, such as the sin-testing stone of Bardo Trang (a flat boulder that pilgrims are believed to squeeze under to measure their wickedness).
About 30mins from Shiva-tsa
l the trail turns eastward for the final ascent. Allow around an hour for the 200m climb to the top of the Drolma-la(5640m). After the high point, you will reach the rocky pass. The great cubic Drolma Do (Drolma’s Rock) that marks the top is barely visible behind an enormous number of prayer flags.
When the weather is good, most pilgrims and hikers break at the pass for a rest and refreshment before starting the steep descent. Almost instantly, Gauri Kund (5608m), the Lake of sympathy.
It takes about an hour to make the long and steep 400 m fall down to the grassy banks of the Lham-chu Khir. En route there is a much-revered path of Milarepa. When the valley arrives, you can get nomad tents and a teahouse selling drinks and noodles. A huge rock topped by Kora’s third Buddha footprint situated nearby.
Around 30 minutes south, a valley comes down from the Khando Sanglam-la to join the western trail. This valley provides the only glimpse of Mt Kailash’s eastern or crystal face.
You can see grassy fields along to the river. After few hours from the third Buddha footprint, a side valley comes from the left. From this point, the river changes its name as Dzong-chu, interpreted as ‘Fortress River’.
Soon you will see Zutul-Puk Monastery (4820m). The wonder cave that provides the monastery with its name is at the back of the main hall. Today also, you can see Milarepa’s footprint and handprint.
Overnight in Zutulpuk, Camp/Guesthouse (Dorm Bed) (Meals: Not Included)

Day 13

Trek from Zutulpuk – Darchen (4hrs/ 14km/ 150m) and Drive Darchen - Manasarovar

Highlights: Mt. Kailash Kora, Lake Manasarovar
From Zutul-puk Monastery the trail follows the river closely for an hour or so then climbs above the river and enters the lovely Gold & Red Cliffs, a narrow canyon whose walls are stained purple, cobalt and rust.
When canyon looks like the gouged into the precipice walls. These are artificial but made by pilgrims looking for holy stones. Also look for prayer flags decorated crossways the river and in the long distance the blue waters of Lake Raksas Tal.
When the trail appears onto the Barkha plain, close to the fourth prostration spot, Gurla Mandata is again visible in the long distance. It takes one hour hike back to Darchen along a muddy road.
Meet your driver at Darchen. Drive to Lake Manasarovar, which is the most venerated of all Tibet's many sacred lakes. It is especially sacred to Hindus, who have been walking around it for approaching 2,000 years. Buddhists associate the lake with Maya, Buddha's mother. Hindu and Buddhist cosmology had it that nearby Mount Kailash is the spiritual mountain and Manasarovar is the source of Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra and Karnali they are the biggest river in Asia. Overnight in Manasarovar, Guesthouse (Dorm bed) (Meals: Not Included)

Day 14

Manasarovar - Payang - Saga

Enjoy the ride back with leisure. Our vehicle will stop along the ride for you to take photos.
Overnight in Saga, Guesthouse (Meals: Not Included)

Day 15

Day 15: Saga - Lhatse - Shigatse

Enjoy the ride back with leisure. Our vehicle will stop along the ride for you to take photos.
Overnight in Shigatse (Meals: Breakfast Included)

Day 16

Shigatse - Lhasa

Highlights: The Yarlung Tsangpo, Tibetan Incense Workshop in Nyemo
After taking breakfast at hotel you will drive back to Lhasa along the friendship way, the northern way to Lhasa. Yarlung Tsangpo valley lies in the way. In Nyemo, you’ll have a chance to visit the Tibetan Incense Workshop. Nyemo County has a history of more than 1,000 years. Except for sacrificial ceremonies, this fragrant incense also can be used to prevent infectious diseases like flu and influenza, for its ingredients contain herbal medicines such as saffron, Sandalwood, Chinese Usnea, and borneol. Overnight in Lhasa (Meal Breakfast)

Day 17

Departure from Lhasa for Kathmandu

Your Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour ends today. After breakfasts, you will be free for the morning, at this time you will buy gifts for your family and friends. A private vehicle is a standby at your hotel to drop you at the airport. (Meal Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 18

Departure at your destination

You will be departed after breakfast at the hotel. If you have delay flight you can wander around the hotel, you can buy gifts for your relatives and friends. We will provide private vehicle before 3 hours earlier than your scheduled flight.

Includes

  • Three Night hotel with breakfast in three-star category
  • Private vehicle for sightseeing with tour guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Welcome and farewell dinner with Nepali cultural dance
  • Kathmandu – Lhasa – Kathmandu Flight ticket
  • Tibet Lodgings:

7 Nights, twin sharing bed;

1 Night, dorm bed at NOMAD TENT;

3 Nights, twin room en suite in GUESTHOUSE;

2 Nights, dorm bed in by CAMP/GUESTHOUSE;

1 Night, dorm bed in GUESTHOUSE;

  • Meal: 7 Breakfasts & 1 Dinner;
  • Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB);

Alien’s Travel Permit (PSB) to be applied in Shigatse with your original passport which takes about 30mins;

  • Military Permit;
  • Lhasa Airport pick-up at 12:30 pm or 15:30 pm from Lhasa Airport on the first day;
  • Lhasa Airport drop-off at 07:30 am or 12:00 pm from hotel in Lhasa on last day;
  • Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
  • Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide
  • Attractions: all entrance fee mentioned in itinerary
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance;
  • Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express)
  • Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
  • All applicable government taxes and company service charge

Excludes

  • Flight ticket from and to Kathmandu
  • Visa fees, meals except than cost inclusion part
  • All personal expenses and bar bills
  • Some Breakfast, all Lunch & Dinner (Please follow itinerary)
  • Yaks & herders during 3-Day Mt Kailash Kora
  • Shuttle Bus fee at Mt Kailash & Lake Manasarovar: $60/person
  • Private Lhasa Airport transfer if your flight isn’t within our free service time, $60/vehicle/time.
  • Super-fast express delivery of Tibet Entry Permit (eg. China Air Express)
  • Additional days caused by unexpected nature disasters. eg. Land Slide, Avalanche, etc.
  • Personal travel insurance and tipping for guide, porter and driver
  • Anything not listed in INCLUSIONS
 

Trip Facts

Destination:Nepal and Tibet
Duration:17 nights 18 days
Group Size:any
Arrival on:Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Departure:Kathmandu
Max Altitude:Around 5000 meters
Difficulty:Strenuous
Accomodation:3 star hotel in Kathmandu
Meals:as per itinerary

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