15 days Mt. Everest and Mt. Kailash group tour
Our longest group tour starts from the holy city Lhasa, where you can feel the different lifestyle and existing culture of the roof of the world. Then proceed to see the world highest peak Mt. Everest along Tibet Nepal Friendship Highway by passing Shigatse and Shegar.
Later, we will head to the other prime focus of this journey - the glories peak Mt. Kailash, you will pass through Pelku Tso Lake and Great Himalayan Range on the driving way. As one of bonus, you will take the 3 days kora trek to worship the holy mountain Kailash together with the pilgrims from Buddhists, Bon, Hindus and Jains.
Upon your arrival at Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa railway station, your will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and transferred you to your hotel in the city. From the airport to Lhasa is 68 km (42 mi), roughly an hour drive to your hotel. The drive from the train station is only 15 km (9 mi) and takes 20 minutes. During the course of the ride, you will not only be amazed by the spectacular scenery of the Tibetan plateau, the scattered Tibetan villages, but certainly by the hospitality of your guide and driver, as well! After checking into the hotel, you will have the remainder of the day to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude.
For the first day in Lhasa, you will visit Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Potala Palace is the best known cultural landmark in Tibet. It is most renowned as the residence of the lineage of Dalai Lamas (Avalokiteshvara), though the massive structure contains a small world within itself. It was first built by 33rd ruler of his dynasty, King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century, but still is in surprisingly good repair because of continual rejuvenation projects.
Jokhang Temple is the most scared building in Tibetan Buddhism, located in the heart of Lhasa old town. It is the most sought after pilgrimage destination for all Tibetans.
Barkhor Street is a popular Kora (holy walking path) which surrounds the Jokhang Temple. Always full of Tibetan faithful, visitors may find mingling with local pilgrims around the Barkhor Street uniquely engaging. It is also a popular shopping district where you can buy gifts for your family and friends. (B) = Breakfast
Today you will visit the two famous monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and Sera Monastery.
Drepung Monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet.
Sera Monastery's famous debating monks go back and forth in their debates every day between 3 pm to 5 pm (except on Sunday), a performance well worth seeing.
Optional Program: In the evening, your guide can take you to enjoy a local Tibetan performance (price is not included).
Make your first day driving towards Eveverest, today's hihglight is Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier and Gyantse Kumbum.
Yamdrok Lakeis one of the 3 holiest lakes in Tibet and the easiest one to reach from Lhasa. The scenery on the way to Yamdrok Lake is fantastic - the road winds through snow-capped mountains and drives along the lake for about half an hour, during which you can get out of the car to go down to touch the blue water and take photographs.
Karo La Pass[5,100 m] overlooks Mt. Nyenchen Kangsar glacier. A short stop is arranged for this great photo opportunity.
Gyantse Kumbum is one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. A kumbum is a type of Tibetan chapel, and Gyantse's boasts multiple levels and 108 small chapel rooms.
After breakfast, you will visit Tashilunpo Monastery, it is one of the six prominent yellow hat sect monasteries and is the seat of the Panchen Lama lineage. There is a panoramic view of the whole monastery from the entrance, as well as a massive Jamba Buddha Statue.
In the afternoon, drive further to Shegar, at Gyatsola Pass [5,200 m], you will have a chance to get out of your car to enjoy the view and take pictures of these majestic wonders.
Get your camera ready today as you will first reach Pangla Pass [5,250 m] where you will see the spectacular Himalayan Range and the glorious peaks of Mt. Makalu [8,463 m], Mt. Lotse [8,516 m], Mt. Everest [8,844 m], Mt. Cho Oyu [8,201 m] and Mt. Shishapama [8,020 m] (from left to right in your view at the pass).
Then visit Rongbuk Monastery, it is the highest monastery in Tibet and is functioning with both monks and nuns. You can visit and see the workings of the monastery.
Sunset at E.B.C: Most people say that sunset over Everest is more stunning than sunrise, but since one can only go to E.B.C once per ticket, the group can choose to see the sunset or the sunrise. The trekking from the Tent guest house community to E.B.C will take you about 2 hours to cover 4 km. Or you can take the dedicated minibus. For winter tours, your driver will drive you there as there is no sightseeing bus there.
Note: It is cold and windy in the valley, so we recommend taking a sleeping bag with you. Also, food options are scarce, so be sure to prepare for providing your own meals at Rongbuk.
If the weather permits, you will see sunrise at E.B.C. Late morning start driving northern to Saga, pass several high plateau lakes, towns, herders tents and along the route with plateau mountain ranges, diverse forms of mountains are overlooking through the valley.
Morning drive from Saga to Paryang, you will pass through the small dusty town of Zhongba amidst enchanting panoramic views, dotted nomads tents are mingled with their herds of animals on the open plateau. Pass numbers of villages and camps of Yak herders with the distance view of snow capped mountains, cross the Mayun-la pass [5,216 m], if lucky might see many wild animals at the plateau grasslands. Finally reach the tiny village of Darchen, it is the starting and ending point of the Mt. Kailash trekking.
The first day's trekking starts from the Sershong and a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. From the valley you can see the Choku Monastery up on the hillside. The trail leads to few ups and downs till you reach the camp at Dirapuk [4,750 m]. You will meet many more Bon pilgrims going in the opposite direction (Anti-clock wise), because Mt. Kailash is being worshiped by four different religions,viz Buddhisms, Bons, Hindus and Jains.
Today your trekking leads to much higher side of the holy path just beneath the Mount Kailash. It will bring you to one of the highest point at Drolma La [5,200 m], and the pass is quickly descending to the gradual field towards Dzutul-puk for the overnight camp, Dzutul Puk in Tibetan and which means magical cave, this small monastery is connected to a interesting story of talent competition between Great Yogi Milarepa (Buddhist) and Naropa (Bon).
The winding gradually comes out of the valley and the river allows to follow in to the Barka plain, the trekking stops at Trangser Trangmar and your car take you to Darchen. Afterwards, we will drive to visit the Lake Manasarovar. Manasarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss.
Today drive back to Saga retracing the same route, you will have the last view of the Mt. Kailash on the way.
Today drive back to Shigatse. After such a long time drive, you will have a good rest at Shigatse.
Morning drive back to Lhasa via northern friendship highway, along the body of Bramaputra River, various landscapes will attract your attention. In the afternoon, you will have the free time in Lhasa on your own, enjoy the last day of the holy city Lhasa and its beauty.
Today is your last day of this 15 days group tour in Tibet, your guide and driver will see you off at the Lhasa Airport or Train Station, which concludes the tour.