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TTCS: 13 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Mt. Kailash and Kathmandu Adventure Tour
Tour Type: Private Tour,your family, friends or group
Guide & Driver: Chinese-English-speaking guide & air-conditioned
Tour Highlights:
    • Fully explore the sunlight city Lhasa with its well-known palace of Potala and holy monasteries of Jokhang and Sera.
    • Follow monks, mendicants and fellow pilgrims around the Barkhor, Lhasa’s fascinating medieval pilgrim circuit.
    • Marvel at the turquoise waters of Yamdrok-tso, one of Tibet’s most sacred lakes.
    • Sleep in nomad tents and gaze upon the north face of Mt. Everest.
    • Have a deep discovery of the two important cities of Tsang, Gyantse and Shigatse, climb the dazzling Gyantse Kumbum, and worship before a 26m gold Buddha at Tashilhunpo Monastery.
    • Join the pilgrims looking to erase the sins of a lifetime on the three-day trek around holy Mt. Kailash.
    • Hike the sandy shores of scared Lake Manasarovar, or just marvel at the turquoise waters and snow-capped mountain backdrop.
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Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer.

Upon your arrival in Lhasa, our Tibetan guide will be greeting you at airport or train station with auspicious white Hada. Then you will be transferred to hotels in Lhasa. The guide will briefly introduce the itineraries and remind you about other dos and dont's for newcomers. To quickly get acclimatized to Tibetan plateau, it’s better to have a good rest in the hotel.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the incredible Potala Palace – the highest palace in the world. As we climb to the entrance gate, you will have a spectacular view over all of Lhasa. After exploring the numerous interesting chapels and learning about the traditional culture and history of the palace and the city, we will move on to the spiritually significant Jokhang Temple, one of the most important temples in Tibetan Buddhism. To see the “real” Lhasa, we’ll stroll through Barkhor Street with its thriving local market where you can pick up some local Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian handicrafts and souvenirs.

Meals: Breakfast Provided by the hotel

Accommodation: Lhasa Economic/Comfortable Standard Hotel (Twin sharing)

Potola Palace
Jokhang Temple
Day 3 Lhasa Tour (B) Visit Drepung and Sera Monastery

In the morning tourists will have a tour for Drepung Monastery, the ever largest monastery with more than 10 thousand monks, Buddhist debates often occur there. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given its name which, in the Tibetan language, means Monastery of Collecting-Rice. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks there.

The afternoon is spent touring Sera Monastery, have a little hike for the beautiful valley scenery nearby and picnic there, in the afternoon, visit Sera monastery, which was created in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As rose are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild rose”. Today still 200 lamas live in there. Catch the famous debate session of the monks (usually from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.) before returning back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
Day 4 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse(B) Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Kumbum Monastery

In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Shigatse .On the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .

Later, we will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside; At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass; Then, we will arrive in Gyantse, historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the Far view of Gyangtse Fortress.

After one and a half hours of driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse,  we may visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).

Meals: Breakfast Provided by the hotel

Accommodation: Shigatse Economic/Comfortable Standard Hotel (Twin sharing)

Yamdrok Lake
Gyantse Kumbum
Day 5 Shigatse to Everest Base Camp via Tingri (B) Rongphu Monastery, sunset at EBC

After breakfast we’ll set out towards the peak of the world – Mount Everest. Departing from Shigatse and traveling via Lhatse and Tingri, you will see some of the most beautiful and unique scenery in the world – incredibly blue skies, floating high clouds, endless grasslands and the highest mountain peaks in the world. We’ll also stop by the Rongbuk Monastery – the world’s highest altitude monastery before spending the night at the Everest Base Camp.

Travel Tips: 1. Tibetan Tent or uegsthouse (8-15 pax/tent, multi-beds room), from Oct to April next year due to the withdraw of Tibetan Tent in Base Camp, travelers will stay in Basongcun/Tashizongcun guesthouse(multi-beds room).
2. Today the accommodation is poor, the altitude is high, and the temperature is low. Please pay attention to keep warm and prevent altitude sickness. The temperature is about 0-8 degrees in summer night, so please bring down jackets, or rent one in the Base Camp.

Meals: Breakfast Provided by the hotel

Accommodation: EBC Tent or Rongphu Guest House (Dorm bed with humble facility)

Rongphu Monastery
Everest Base Camp
Day 6 Everest Base Camp - Shishapangma Protection Zone – Pelkhu-tso - Saga Shishapangma Protection Zone, Pelkhu-tso

Today we will drive the old Tingri Road to Saga County, with views of Mount Everest and Mount Shishapangma (elevation 8012 meters), which was the last of the world’s 8000-meter peaks to be climbed. The road conditions get rougher from the old Tingri Road as it runs parallel to the to the Himalayan mountain ranges and the Nepalese sides known as the Anapurna Ranges. The main road passes through the desolate plains of Digur Tang, with its enormous sand dunes contrasting with the neighboring snow peaks of Shishapangma and Langtang to the south. As we leave the Bum-chu basin, we will descend into the relatively lower elevations of the Pelkhu-tso (elevation 4600 meters), a cobalt blue lake. After checking out the lake, we’ll drive the additional 69 kilometers on to Saga County and spend the night in the small town of Saga.

Meals: No Meals

Accommodation:Saga Hotel or Similar

Pelkhutso Lake
Pelkhutso Lake
Day 7 Saga – Zhongba – Payang – Darchen - Mt. Kailash - Lake Manasarovar – Lhanag-tso Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar

On this 7th day we will drive to Drongpa County, which was founded around the bountiful resources of the Brahmaputra River. We will make a stop in a small village along the main road that consists of only a few basic guesthouses, restaurants and a small monastery known as “Old Drongpa”. Scattered around the monastery you will be able to observe a pile of yak heads that are carved with “sutras” and “mantras”. New Drongpa is another small town with a few shops, hotels and restaurants located about 25 kilometers from Old Drongpa monastery. We will continue on to the Baryang Township (elevation 4750 meters) and drive around Lake Manasarovar before reaching our final destination for the day, Darchen, where we will spend the night.

Meals: No Meals

Accommodation:Darchen Local Hotel

Mt. Kailash
Mt. Kailash
Day 8 Mt. Kailash Trek Day One – Darchen – Drirapuk (11 kilometers) Trekking Day 1

Buddhist pilgrims traditionally begin the 52-kilometer religious trek around Mt. Kailash at Darchen (elevation 4574 meters), which is also the finishing point for the circumnavigation of the sacred mountain. After hiking for a few hours out of Darchen, we will reach a valley known by the locals as “Sarshung” where we will meet an eager group of porters who will be happy to help us carry our gear on yaks and horses along the rest of the trek. After another couple of hours of trekking, we will find a grassy plain populated by nomads, who will be happy to offer up their tents as a place to relax with some soft drinks for a while. From here, we will travel on for another approximately two hours to a place known as Drirapuk (elevation 4920 meters) where we will spend the night in a monastery’s guesthouse that offers the best accommodations in this area (although it is still very rustic.)

Meals: No Meals

Accommodation:Local Guest House (Dorm Bed with humble facility)

Mt. Kailash Trekking
Mt. Kailash Trekking
Day 9 Mt. Kailash Trek Day Two – Drirapuk – Dzultripuk (22 kilometers) Trekking Day 2

This second day of our circuit of Mt. Kailash will be the toughest as we ascend 762 meters up to the Dolma-la Pass. The peak of this pass lies about 5630 meters above sea level, so we’ll get an early start as the sun begins its rise over the mountain ridges above us. Once we have reached the peak of the Dolma-la Pass, we’ll stop for a rest and the opportunity to admire all of the fantastic scenery around us. Then we will begin our descent to the Lhachu Valley, which will take us about one hour. After another short rest, we’ll trek on for another four hours to our final destination for the day. We will walk along the right side of the river to finally reach Dzultripuk, whose name means “miracle cave of Milarepa” in the local language. We will be glad that we got an early start to reach Dzultripuk so that we will get there before the other groups – there are a limited number of rooms available here. We will have time this evening for some rest and relaxation in the guesthouse as we prepare for the final stretch of our trek tomorrow.

Meals: No meals

Accommodation:Local Guest House (Dorm bed with humble facility)

Mt. Kailash Trekking
Mt. Kailash Trekking
Day 10 Mt. Kailash Trek Day Three – Drirapuk – Dzultripuk Trekking Day 3

Today we will complete our trek around Mt. Kailash, beginning by visiting the many caves, temples and shrines that have been built upon around Milarepa’s cave. It is an easy walk back towards Darchen, taking only about 3 hours of trekking to reach the end of the valley where our driver will meet us to take us back up to Darchen and then the driver will take us to Zanda where we will spend the night.

Meals: No meals


Mt. Kailash Trekking
Mt. Kailash Trekking
Day 11 Drive from Darchen to Saga ( 477Km, 8 hours) Enjoy Scenery en route

Drive from Darchen to Saga and stay overnight in Saga Xibuyizhan Hotel or Mu Linsen Hotel

Meals: No meals

Accommodation:Saga hotel or Similar

Day 12 Saga to Kyirong, Exit the Border Enjoy Scenery en Route

Today, you will go exit China in the afternoon after 5-6 hours driving from Saga to Chinese Kyirong border, also called Rashuwaghadi in Nepal, living in the border to wait for the Nepalese driver to pick you up in the next morning.

From Saga to Kyirong border, you will find a whole new world quite different than the snow land, waterfall, flourish forest, deep gorges accompany you traveling all the way. The most amazing view is the snow-capped mountains standing behind the forest, which makes scenery take varied forms.

Meals: No meals

Overnight in the hostel at Rashuwaghadi, the border town in Nepal side

Day 13 Rashuwaghadi to Kathmandu (8-9 hrs, 130km)

The road between the border to Kathmandu is small, it takes 8-9 hours driving to Kathmandu, you are free to stop anywhere on the road if it is safe to park and enjoy the mountain view. Tour ends in Kathmandu, the driver will send you to your reserved hotel.

B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner

The quotation for this trip is from Request P/P

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

Price Includes.

    Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;

    All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;

    Meals as specified in the itinerary;

    Local tour Transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable Tourist Vehicle according to Group Size.;

    Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group;

    Comfortable Hotel Accommodations;

    Service Charge & Government Taxes;

    The above tour price does not include single room supplement. If you are a solo traveler, you need to share one room with another tourist (same sex in most cases); if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement. And the exact price depends on market fluctuation in high and off season of Tibet tour. For the exact price, please refer to your travel consultant.

    Arrangements include planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

    Welcome Dinner in local restaurant when group members meet in Lhasa

    Free Airport shuttle transfer between Lhasa Gongar airport and Hotel on designated time.

    Group tours only include a welcome dinner after your arrival in Tibet.

    Drinking water Provided during the trip

    Tourist accident/casualty insurance;

Price Excludes.

    International flight to and out of China;

    Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price, please contact us our travel experts for the details.)

    Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself.; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).

    Tips and gratitude to the guide and driver. If you are satisfied with their service, you may consider tipping them at an amount you find it suitable.

    Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

Travel Guide Tips.

Travel Tips for 13-day Lhasa Mt. Everest Mt. Kailash and Kathmandu Adventure Tour

1. Why should I book this trip?

As a close neighbor, Tibet has long been regarded as the best gateway to Nepal. If you plan to visit Nepal from Tibet, this epic trans-Himalayan road trip is exactly the ultimate fantasy you’ve been looking for.

You will enjoy the classic EBC tour from Lhasa and then keep moving northwest to Mt.Kailash via holy Lake Manasarovar before descending to Kyirong, Sino-Nepal border and finally enjoy our transfer service to your hotel in Kathmandu. The thrilling adventure across the Himalayas and our one-stop service bring you a journey of a lifetime.

2. Where is the best place to view Mt. Everest?

There are 2 places, widely believed to be the best vantage points to admire Mt. Everest. Firstly, at Gawu La Pass (5198m), where you will enjoy the awe-inspiring panorama of the mighty Himalayas, including Mt. Everest (8844.43m), and other 3 eight-thousanders like the Makalu(8463m), Lhotse(8516m) and Cho Oyu (8201m).

The other place is on the at either Rongbuk Monastery or the statue of Mt. Everest, marking the altitude of Mt.Everest. Standing below the foot of the world’s giant, you can get a phenomenal shot of Mt. Everest up close.

3. What should I pack for Kailash trek?

Basically, bring the clothes, preferably in multiple-layers, enough to protect you from the cold, such as down jacket, windbreaker, thermal underwear, moisture-wicking and fast-drying clothes, beanie, water-proof jacket, woolen sweater, jeans, trekking socks/boots.

Besides, medicine for cold relief, altitude sickness and diarrhea. You may also bring light snacks to avoid low blood sugar when trekking and a vacuum flask for drinking, and toiletries. We will provide trekking poles and sleeping bags for you when needed. Not tents are needed because you will stay in the guesthouse for the 3-day trek.

4. How can you ensure the travel safety, given the high altitude?

For this physically challenging journey, we only arrange the best of the best of our Tibetan guide to travel with you. They will closely follow your health and check the oxygen level in your vein with a pulse oximeter and provide you with oxygen supply and timely treatment when needed. At EBC and Mt.Kailash, we even have a portable hyperbaric chamber for acute mountain sickness.

5. How can I exit Tibet to Kathmandu?

After your Tibet tour is done, our Tibetan guide will see you off at Kyirong Border, the current Sino-Nepal border. After you cross the border, our Nepali guide and driver from our Kathmandu office will be expecting you on Nepal’s side and transfer you with designated jeep service all the way to Kathmandu. The one-stop service will save you from many hassles.

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