Tibet Permit is a mandatory document required to enter Tibet
Ensure you have valid insurance coverage before your trip
Complete medical check and consult the doctor for your trip
Draft your list and have important items package for the trip
For thousands of years, Mt.Kailash has been the pilgrimage destination of Buddhism, Bon, Hindu and Jainism worshippers alike. At an altitude of 6714 meters, Gangkar Ti-se, as it is known in Tibetan, has perennial snow cover and is the focal point of all travel to western Tibet.
Pilgrims travel to this sacred mountain to complete a spiritual circuit, as it is believed that it will wash away their sins.
- Stay in a Tibetan style guesthouse in the backstreets around the Jokhang Temple and see the local people doing kora under your window
- Challenge your breathing limitations — approach Everest Base Camp and feel the thin air
- Admire the sacred Potala Palace and count the steps
- Observe monks debating at Sera Monastery
- Explore the local culture at Tashilunpo Monastery, Shigatse
Generally, the price for the offered package differs from seasons to season and groups size.
The peak season is April to Octomber and the cost is higher comparatively.
The size of the group is one important factor on the price of the tour package. We offer private tour service, group tour service as well as FIT tour package service to individual tourist.
Other factor affects the price is the hotel and transportant standard requested from the customers.
Hence, we would request you please advice if you prefer a private tour, group tour or FIT group.
What are included in the price?
Whatever price is quoted, the following lists service products are included in the price.
1. Tibet Permit
2. Guide Fee
5. All entry tickets
6. Food and meals
DAY 1 Arrive in Lhasa (Elevation 3,650 Meters)
Your assigned tour specialist will come and pick up either from the airport or railway station. It takes about 45 minutes to drive from the airport to the downtown and 20 minutes from the railway station. The tour specialist will accompany you to the hotel and help you to check in the hotel.
It is important to take a good rest and take plenty of water for the first day. The first day of the trip is to help you to get acclimatized to the environment and adjust the jet lag. Please contact your assigned tour specialist for any kind of uncomfortable situation and your tour specialist is always available on call.
DAY 2 Lhasa: Norbulingka, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery
The day starts with Norbulingka Palace – the summer palace of The Dalai Lama. You will see the palaces built in a very traditional and beautiful ways that attract the local as well as international tourists.
Drepung Monastry is around 15 minitues in car and it is the biggest monastery in Tibet. The monastry used to be the center of different institues in the history. The monastry today hosts hundred of monks and it can even host meals for thousand of people at one time.
Your lunch is arranged in a local Tibetan restaurant at Drepung monastry. You are recommended to drink a lot of Tibetan butter tea which is believed to be very helpful for acclimatization.
Your afternoon destination is Sera monastery. The monastry is very popular for its Buddhist philosophy study and many domestic and international tourists visit the monastry to grab the opportunity to see the Buddhist debate there.
- Circumbulance in clockwise
- Please do not discuss sentive informaiton
- Please remove hat and sunglass when you enter the chapels
- Please make sure that you seek for permit before you take video or photo
DAY 3 Lhasa: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
The third day of the tour requires some level of energy and you should be fine with it after light tour of the first two days. You are now to move toward Potala Palace in the morning. The palace is considered as one of the wonders and it used to be the winter palace of The Dalai Lama. The palace is covered with white and red paint symbolizing religion and administration.
Post lunch destination is Jokhang – Mecca of Tibetan Buddhist. The temple hosts the only twelve years old Sakyamuni image in the world. Tibetans from all corner of the autonomous regions worship the image. The outer circle of the temple is called Barkhor street which is the only way to circumbrance of the temple.
DAY 4 Lhasa – Gyangtse (4,040 Meters) – Shigatse (3,836 Meters): Yamdrok Lake, Palcho Monastery
Time to move out from Lhasa and travel toward south direction via one of the popular passes – Gampa La pass. The first stop of the trip is Yamdrok Lake and it is one of the top four Buddhist holy lakes in Tibet. It’s about 150 kilometers from Lhasa and takes 2½ hours to get there by car. Karuola Glacier is another popular sightseeing to see and it is one of the top three continental glaciers in Tibet.
Gyangtse is one of the popular towns historically and religiously. The popular Tibetan-Braitain war was fought there and the town hosts the biggest Tibetan Buddhist stupa there. Palchoe monastry is a must visit site, which is the “One Hundred Thousand Buddhas Pagoda”.
Your next destination for the day is Shigatse and more to expore there.
DAY 5 Shigatse (3900m) – Lhatse (4200m), 150km
In the morning you will visit the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and your guide will make time to obtain the ATP permit from the local PSB. Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in western Tibet and boasts over 600 years of history.
En route to our overnight destination Lhatse, you will drive off the main road to Sakya Monastery to explore the twisting alleys with the pilgrims. In the 13th century Sakya monastery was an important scholastic study center for Buddhists in Tibet.
DAY 6 Lhatse (4200m) – Saga (4500m), 340km
You will spend the day driving straight to Saga through a scenic valley of Brahmaputra tributary. Having recently been reconstructed and paved road, the journey to Saga should be very smooth.
DAY 7 Saga – Darchen (5000m), 520km
During this thrilling journey, you will pass by sand dunes, mountains and sandstone valleys before you reach the holy Lake Manasarovar in the late afternoon. The lake is one of four holy lakes in Tibet.
From there you will drive to Darchen, a small nomadic village and important launch point for pilgrimages around Mt. Kailash. In the afternoon, your guide will arrange trekking necessities like porters and yaks for luggage transportation.
DAY 8 Trekking to Drapuk 20km.
From Darchen, our trek will follow the small trail in a clockwise circuit around Mt. Kailash at an average altitude of 4700m. After a 4-hour trek you will reach Tamdin (4780m) where you will have a simple lunch inside a nomadic tent. From there it is only 4km hike to Dirakpuk Monastery where you will stay at a nearby guesthouse for the night.
This 4km stretch contains some of the best scenery of the entire kora. Overnight at the local guesthouse at Dirapuk, the rooms are very basic.
DAY 9 Trekking to Zultul Puk (4790m) 18km.
This will be our most challenging day of trekking. The Dikpala (5000m) and Dormala (5600m) passes are not steep, but trekking at such high altitudes will be very tiring and slow.
The day continues to Zultul Puk for the night, Zultul Puk Monastery (4790m) was built by two important religious figures, Milarepa and Naro Bonchung.
Overnight at the local family guesthouse at Zultul Puk, the rooms are very basic
DAY 10 Trekking and drive to Manasarovar (12km trekking and 80km drive).
Today is an easy day trek to complete the circuit and your driver will pick you up from Tashi Do (which is also called as Dzongsar). Then will continues drive to Lake Manasarovar and overnight at guesthouses near the lake.
You may have a short visit to the Chiu monastery by walking up on the small hill.
DAY 11 Track back to Saga
Today you will trace the road back to Saga for the night.
DAY 12 Saga to Everest Base Camp (5150m)
In the morning, you will head for Everest Base Camp, located in the Rongbuk Valley. Nearby Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world and houses both monks and nuns.
In the afternoon you have the option to do a short trek from the tent guesthouses community to the actual Everest Base Camp. It will take you about 2 hours or more depending on your physical condition (6Km), or you can take the dedicated minibus instead.
Please bring your own sleeping bags as accommodations at the tent guesthouse are very simple.
DAY 13 Everest Base Camp (5150m) – Shigatse, 350km.
After you enjoy the sunrise view of the Mt Everest, you will drive back to Shigatse through the friendship highway, in Shigatse, you will enjoy a hot shower at the hotel and rest.
Overnight at Shigatse.
DAY 14 Shigatse – Lhasa, 250km
Today you will drive back to Lhasa, in the afternoon you have sometime to explore around the town and buy some gifts for your family and friends at home.
DAY 15 Departure
A team of Tibet Trip Hub will visit you at the hotel and offer Tibetan Khata and thanking you for choosing Tibet Trip Hub to visit Tibet. Your tour specialist will later accompany you till either to the airport or railway station.
A very beautiful and memorable trip with a very good guide. He was very knowledgeable and reliable. I would definitely recommend him to friends travelling to Tibet.
Pemste and his team provided us with a world-class trip. He spent time finding out what we wanted to do in Tibet before arranging our wonderful family trip to Lhasa and Everest Base Campt (EBC). We learned about Tibet, Buddhism, and life in the Himalayas. The staff was very well spoken and the drivers very safe. Best of all, we saw extradinary sights. Our family is grateful that so much attention was given to our comfort and enjoyment. There is no substitute to visiting a country with locals who can answer questions and explain local culture.