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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)



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Mt.Kailash & Lake Manasarovar From Lhasa Tour Name:         Mt.Kailash & Lake Manasarovar From Lhasa
Tour Code:          M98D242
Duration:            18 Days & 17 Nights
Destination:        Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Mt.Everest Base Camp, Saga, Manasarovar Lake, Mt.Kailash
Features:            Mt. Kailash (6,638m/21,778 ft) is Asia's most sacred mountain and the source of four greatest rivers in Asia, the Indus River, the Sutlej River (a major tributary of the Indus River), the Brahmaputra, and the Karnali River (a tributary of the Ganges River). Mount Kailash is considered as the spiritual center of the universe and a Kora around Mt. Kailash on the famous pilgrim circuit with many Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims is undoubted a great inspirational journey. This trip also takes you to Manasarovar Lake, the divine lake for both Buddhists and Hindus. A thrilling excursion to the Base Camp of Everest, world's highest mountain is life-changing and a great experience Tibet has to offer.
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Arrive in Lhasa, be met and transferred to hotel. Free at own leisure for altitude acclimation. N/A  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel



Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel



Visit Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka Park and see monk debating at Sera Monastery. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel


 Lhasa - Shigatse

Drive to Shigatse. On the way visit Yamdrok Lake, Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Chorten in Gyantse B, L Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel


 Shigatse - Shegar

Morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse, drive to Shegar and explore Sakya Monastery on the way. B, L, D Mt.Everest Hotel

 Mt.Everest Base Camp

One day excursion to the Base Camp of Mt.Everest, walking at B.C. and camping at Rongbuk, world's highest temple. B, L, D Overnight Camp


Descend to Tingri and onwards to Saga via Peikutso Lake. B, L, D Local Lodge

 Saga - Paryang

Explore Saga Town, head out for Paryang. B, L, D Local Lodge

 Paryang - Manasarovar Lake

Drive to Manasarovar Lake and walk at lakeshore. B, L, D Camp or lodge

 Manasarovar Lake - Darchen

Explore Manasarovar Lake by 4WD jeep, drive to Darchen.  B, L, D Camp or lodge


Mt.Kailash Kora. B, L, D Camping Tent


Mt.Kailash Kora. B, L, D Camping Tent


Trek back to Darchen and end of Kora before noon. Drive to Tirthapuri and explore the hot spring and visit little temples nearby.  B, L, D Camp or lodge

 Tirthapuri - Manasarovar Lake

Drive to Chiu Monastery by the lake Manasarovar. B, L, D Camp or lodge

 Manasarovar Lake - Saga

Leave in the morning for Saga.  B, L, D Local lodge

 Saga - Shigatse

Transfer back Shigatse and explore Phuntsoling Monastery, visit local market in Shigatse. B, L Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel

 Shigatse - Lhasa

Drive back Lhasa and en route visit Ralak Yungdrungling Monastery and a Tibetan family.  B, L, D Lhasa Kyichu Hotel


Transfer to airport for departure flight. Trip ends.  B  N/A

Day01 Arrival Lhasa
You will be greeted and received by your Tibetan guide and driver with Hadda (snow white silk ribbon for Tibetan to greet distingue guests). Transferred to your hotel in the city and free at own leisure to acclimatize to the altitude.

Day02 Lhasa (B, L)Potala Palace
Today you will have a full day guided tour in Lhasa. You will first of all visit Potala Palace, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. Then you will admire Jokhang Temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. Walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit and do some shopping if desired. 

Day03 Lhasa (B, L)Norbulingka Park,Lhasa
Visit Drepung Monastery the sacred land of Gelug Sect, which was established in 1416AD and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. After that you will be transferred to Norbulingka Park, the former Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas. Additionally you will be transferred to visit Sera Monastery, which was created in AD1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. Here in Sera, you have chance to see the grand occasion of the Buddhist monk debating at one big courtyard. Lunch served at a good local restaurant and dinner will be arranged at your hotel.

Day04 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse (B, L)Kumbum Stupa,Gyantse,Tibet
In the morning drive to Gyantse along the Kyichu River. On the Kamba La (4.796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. The Yamdok Yumtso, one of the three largest lakes of Tibet, lies about a hundred kilometers' distance to the southwest of Lhasa, is within Langkamu county, with an area of 638 square kilometers and a coastal line of 250 kilometers. The deepest point is 60 meters. To the interior of the lake ten or so hilly islands stand independently one from the other which give homes to flocks of wild ducks. A lot of colorful ducks and geese are swimming on the surface of the lake. There is also plenty of natural fodder for the fish in the lake. The lake has a fish reserve of about 300 million kilograms. That is why it is called "the Fish Store of Tibet". The coast of the lake is an ideal pasture. All these make an intoxicating quite picture. Then drive over the 5, 010 m high Karo La and the Simi La to Gyantse (approx. 3.950 m). On arrival, you will explore the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby. Built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse, Pelkor Monastery is the only one large building complex in Tibet that old monastery and stupas are completely preserved and characterized as a monument. It is recorded 14,000 kilograms of copper was used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. The 8-storey stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameters contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. Kumbum Stupa opens 8 doors, which are decorated with relief sculptures of lively flying dragons, running lions and walking elephants. It is a master-piece of the joint efforts of the Nepalese, Tibetan and Chinese. Then you will drive to Shigatse.  

Day05 Shigatse - Sakya - Shegar (B, L, D)Sakya Monastery,Tibet
In the morning visit Tashilunpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447. The monastery is the biggest Gelugpa monastery in the Tsang regions of Tibet, sprawls on the slope of Mt. Niser, south-west of Shigatse. Tashilhunpo is associated with the Gelugpa order and is one of the six great Gelugpa institutions along with Drepung, Sera and Ganden in Lhasa and Kumbum and Labrang in Amdo. It is probably the largest functioning monastic institution in contemporary Tibet and is an impressive place to explore. Then you will drive out the city to Sakya County for a tour to the Sakya Monastery (4.280 m), the centre of the Sakyapa Sect (White Earth Order). The construction of the monastery was started in 1073 by Kung GungQuijiepuo with the order from basba. The southern founded in 1268 by a famous abbot of Sakya named Pagpa who once had ruled the whole of Tibet under the Yuan Dynasty's supervision. So it is of typical Yuan Dynasty style resembling powder or cinnabar. It has over 10,000 volumes of Tibetan books on astronomy, medicine, calligraphy, and history. Owing to its valuable and voluminous amount of Buddhist sutras and cultural remains, the Sakya Monastery is often considered as the "Dunhuang the Second". Overnight at Shegar

Day06 Mt.Everest (B, L, D)Mt.Everest Base Camp,Tibet
In the morning drive to Rongbuk. With an altitude of 5,030 meters it is the highest temple in the world. It was said the Rongbuk Monastery had been built as early as the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama. Mount Everest, meaning "Goddess" in Tibetan is the highest mountain on earth with an altitude of 8, 848.13 meters. Its snow peak sends out silver radiance year after year. Its waist is hidden in the clouds. The optimum weather to visit Mt. Everest is from April to June, a golden period for mountaineers. Each year, a great number of brave robust mountaineers come from all over the world to visit and climb Mt. Everest, hope to fulfill a life-long wish by climbing onto and looking over from the world's highest peak. We walk 7 km to the Base Camp and do some sightseeing there. Walking or drive by horse vehicle to Rongbuk for one night stay. Enjoy sunset.

Day07 Rongbuk - Saga (B, L, D)Himalayas,Tibet
Drive to Saga along the Sino-Nepalese Friendship HWY. You can view the spectacular mountain peaks of the Himalayas such as the Makalu 8,463m, Cho Oyu 8,201m, Shishapangma 8,012m and Lhotse 8,516m. The first stop is at Tingri. In the afternoon you will drive via lake Paiku to Saga. Paiku is near Shishapangma, a beautiful alpine lake with lots of birds. 1N at simple hotel/guesthouse in Saga

Day08 Saga - Paryang (B, L, D)Paryang,Tibet
Explore Saga Town, head out for Paryang, a small town on the south route and traditionally a base for the Indian pilgrims to West Tibet.

Day09 Paryang - Manasarovar Lake (B, L, D)Manasarovar Lake,Tibet
Leave in the morning and drive on the newly paved road to Manasarovar Lake. The road is very good and hence we can reach Paryang at around 14h00 pm and Manasarovar Lake by 19h00. 1N at local guesthouse at Seralung Monastery by the lake

Day10 Manasarovar Lake - Darchen (B, L, D)Darchen,West Tibet
Today you will start your tour at Manasarovar. You will take the jeep and visit the lake clockwise from Seralung Monastery to Trugo Monastery and then to Chiu Monastery. You can trek part of the shore if desired. Later in the afternoon transferred to Darchen. 1N at local guesthouse at Darchen

Day11 Mt. Kailash Kora (B, L, D)Mt.Kailash Kora,Tibet
Enjoy sunrise in the morning and then drive half an hour to Darchen where you get ready for your forth coming trekking (Kora) around Mt. Kailash. You will have your first hour walking to Tarbochen where the annually Saga Dawa Festival takes places and this year it is on 4th JUNE. Keep walking towards Chorten Kangnyi and getting to Chuku Monastery and finally you reach Dira-puk Monastey your first night camp. Camping or stay at local primitive tented guesthouse for the pilgrim

Day12 Mt. Kailash Kora (B, L, D)Mt.Kailash Trekking Kora,West Tibet
Enjoy hot tea and coffee in the morning and get ready for the Day ii trekking. You will cross a bridge and get over Dromla La Pass. This part of the trekking towards Dromla La is hard as you will climb up three steep slopes and altitude rising to 5300 metre above sea level. Have some good views at the pass and then get down to Lham Chukhir Valley and take another 10km walking to Zutul-puk where Milarepa took meditation here. Camping or stay at local primitive guesthouse for the pilgrim

Day13 Trek back to Darchen, drive to Tirthapuri (B, L, D)Tirthapuri,West Tibet
This morning is leisure walk. You trek along Dzong Chu and viewing prayer flags and countless Mani Stone Walls leading you to Darchen and starting and finish point of the Kora. Meet with your driver again and have lunch break at Darchen before transferring to Tirthapuri which is 2hrs jeep away. On arrival you will enjoy hot spring and visit little temple as well as a Kora along the holy track. You will visit the site where Guru Rimpoche once took meditation. 1N at local guesthouse or camping at Tirthapuri

Day14 Tirthapuri - Manasarovar Lake (B, L, D)Camp by Lake Manasarovar,West Tibet
In the morning you can take a little walk at Tirthapuri if desired. Then you will be transferred to Chiu Monastery by the lake Manasarovar. 1N at local guesthouse or camping for the night

Day15 Manasarovar - Saga (B, L, D)Tibetan in Western Tibet
This morning you will drive to explore the ruins of ancient Cherkip Monastery and Langbona Monastery. Then you will leave Manasarovar for Saga. On the way you have photo opportunities to the wild animals and landscapes.

Day16 Saga - Shigatse (B, L)Phuntsoling Monastery,Tibet
Leave in the morning for Shigatse via Lhatse. You will visit Saga Monastery and on the way to Shigatse you will have a stop at Ngamring Lake. In Lhatse we will visit Phuntsoling Monastery which was built as early as AD1615, belongs to a Gelupa tradition, in its peak time it once had 35 chapels and one huge assembly hall with 3300+ monks. On arrival Shigatse, we can explore and shop around at a local free-market in town.

Day17 Shigatse - Lhasa (B, L, D)Ralak Yungdrungling Monastery,Tibet
Check out and leave for Lhasa. On the way you will visit Ralak Yungdrungling Monastery which is located at the foot of the Yulha Jiesam Mountain in the Numa village in Namling County about 90 km. from Shigatse. The monastery is also one of the four major monasteries of Bon religion in Tibet, which was constructed by Jianggun Dawujian during the rule of Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. You will also visit a local Tibetan family to observe what their today's life is.

Day18 Depart Lhasa (B)
Transfer to airport for your departure flight. Journey ends.

Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
01). All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Tibet local travel permits such as Tibet Entry Permit (TTB), Alien's Travel Permit (PSB) and Military Permit etc. when applicable;
08). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
09). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

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