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Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour

Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour offers a great opportunity to visit picturesque Lhasa's legendary palaces and monasteries and fortress of Gyantse and Shigatse. Moreover, the tour gives you a golden chance to explore mystic Guge Kingdom in far western Tibet. A drive over amazing Tibetan plateau enjoying the stunning views of the lofty mountains, landscapes with trekking around Mt. Kailash and returning via Friendship highway to Kathmandu are the major highlights of the Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom Tour!

  • Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour
  • Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour

The journey begins after a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, where you can feel the different lifestyle and experience a unique culture still existing on the roof of the world. After exploration of palaces, monasteries and fortress of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, the journey leads you towards the holy Mount Kailash and Guge Kingdom. The stunning peak of Mt. Kailash is the main highlight of the entire journey which lies at the heart of the region.  For Hindus, Buddhists, Bons and Jains, it is the holy pilgrimage destination and the center of the UNIVERSE.

Further we drive towards Zanda and Tsaparang and reach the Guge Kingdom where we explore Guge valley, Tsaparang castle and Tholing Monastery which are the significant treasures of this region. The monasteries and temples of the kingdom of Guge are still safe and sound and contain the beautiful murals and attractive motifs having of more than 10,000 years!  The scenic journey gets continue towards Saga, Nyalam and finally ends at Kathmandu. Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour includes adventure overland drive and thrilling 3 day trekking around Mt. Kailash. All the travelers with moderate level of physical fitness can join this ultimate journey organized by Alpine Eco Trek.

Trip Itinerary

Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour – short itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport

Day 02: Obtain Chinese Visa and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Day 03: Fly to Lhasa airport from Kathmandu

Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa, visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market

Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa, visit Drepung and Sera Monastery

Day 06: Drive to Shigatse via Yamdrok Lake and Gyantse

Day 07: Drive from Shigatse to Saga

Day 08: Drive from Saga to Lake Manasarovar

Day 09: Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen

Day 10: Trek from Darchen to Derapuk Monastery

Day 11: Trek from Derapuk to Zuthulpuk crossing Drolma-la Pass

Day 12: Trek from Zuthulpuk to Manasarovar via Darchen

Day 13: Drive from Manasarovar to Zanda

Day 14: Explore Guge Kingdom and Tholing in Zhanda

Day 15: Drive back to Manasarovar Lake

Day 16: Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Saga

Day 17: Drive from Saga to Nyalam then to Kathmandu

Day 18: Final departure transfer to the airport

Tour Cost: Please contact us and let us know the number of members in your group, the category of hotels you would like to stay with and any other special desires and requirements of yours. We will be glad to quote you the price as per your requirements.

ESTIMATE FOR ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES LHASA KAILASH GUGE KINGDOM TOUR:

  • Horse for personal use on Kora days is approx USD 300 per person extra
  • Extra ride for day trip to Astapad USD 40 per person extra
  • Extra day in Kathmandu USD 45 to 50 per person with 2 meals and twin sharing room.
  • Muktinath trip USD 650 per person including two nights in Pokhara, one night Jomsom and round trip flight to and from Jomsom with meals and private transfers.

INSURANCE:

Alpine Eco Trek highly suggests you to apply for Medical Insurance, covering emergency evacuation and all medical expenses are must for Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour. So, please be insured prior to the holy journey to the Heavenly Abode of Lord Shiva.

MEALS DURING JOURNEY:

Meals during your stay in Kathmandu are provided in package at the same hotel where you stay. Meals during the journey will be all vegetarian. Alpine Eco Trek's staff will serve you hot and delicious meal at every day breakfast, lunch and dinner on the way in Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour. We will provide you packed lunch while doing Kora around Mount Kailash. And, we also suggest you to bring some of your favorite dry foods, sweets and ginger and garlic Candies along the tour. 

TOUR LEADERS, GUIDES AND STAFF:

Since our establishment, Alpine Eco Trek and Expedition (P) Ltd is a pioneer operator of Mount Kailash and Manasarovar tours. We have dozens of regular and trained tour leaders, guides, cooks, drivers and supporting crew engaged for a professional and reliable service. Extremely friendly, knowledgeable and experienced team and other first aid treatment trained crew will be there in your group to serve you and make your trip a memorable one for the rest of your life! 

TRANSPORTATION: 

We will provide transportation for Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour depending on group size like if there are below 5 we provide a Jeep, if 5 to 08 we provide a Van, if 08 to 16 we provide two vans, if above 16 up to 25 people we prove a deluxe bus.

ACCOMODATION (KATHMANDU-KAILASH TIBET):

During your stay in Kathmandu, we will provide you any kind of accommodation as per your needs. You can have a single, or double or family room in Kathmandu. We select the best categories of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels in Kathmandu. But accommodation in Kailash region is will be very basic. Lhasa can offer even five stars accommodation and we can organize any kind of accommodation in Lhasa.  Read more…

HEALTH PRE- CAUTION:

Normally, at higher altitude area in Tibet including Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarover, the amount of oxygen is less in the air. Certain illness such as loss of appetite, mild headache, nausea, tiredness, breathlessness, general uneasiness, high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia etc may be induced in the windy weather and high altitude area which generally is not encountered over the plains. This kind of symptoms can be seen in anyone irrespective of their age, sex and physical fitness read more ….

PACKING LIST OF LHASA KAILASH GUGE KINGDOM TOUR:

  • Small bag pack for 3 days trekking/Parikarma/ Kora around Mount Kailash
  • Sufficient warm clothing including warm down jacket for Kailash tour.
  • essential medicines (for minor injuries / life saving kits)
  • Any regular medicines that you have been prescribed
  • Toiletries kit (shop, Shampoo, Toothpaste, tooth brush)
  • Water bottle /Thermos flask for hot water (2litters bottle)
  • Hiking shoes good for walking 3 days Kailash Kora/trekking
  • Woolen gloves, Woolen socks (minimum 4 pairs), hand clove
  • Wool / Thermo cot undergarments, wind and water proof jacket
  • T-Shirt, long shirt and pants which is easier to be while doing trekking 
  • Sunglasses, Sun lotion/cold cream, Torch light, rain coat
  • Umbrella, walking stick, Sandal for use evening & morning
  • Sweets, Zinger / garlic candies or dry fruits, lozenges, etc… Read More...

Detail Itinerary

Kailash Guge Kingdom tour – detailed itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu International airport, our airport representative will be receiving you and the representative will be displaying Alpine Eco Trek's   signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. We will provide you with detail briefing about the trip and necessary things that you will need during journey. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Obtain Chinese Visa and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Our day begins with the sightseeing of the city. First, the breakfast will be provided in the hotel and then continue for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. You will visit some famous temples as Pashupatinath Temple and Budhanilkanth Temple. These both temples are most significant holy temples of Nepal in regards to Lord Shiva & Vishnu respectively. We will also visit some UNESCO World Heritage sites and Kathmandu Durbar Squares. Then you return to your hotel and free time can be used for personal activities and other pre tour preparation. Regarding obtaining visa, our office crew will do all the formalities for visa and take care of all your necessary travel documents. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Lhasa airport from Kathmandu
After breakfast at hotel, around 8:00 A. M. we will be transferred to Kathmandu airport for a scenic an hour flight to Lhasa. The flight takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world terminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. After landing at Gongar Airport, our Tibetan guide will take us to Lhasa which is further 2 hours' drive. It is highly advisable to acclimatize for rest of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa, visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Market
Today, we will start our day with the visit of Potala Palace which dictates the city of Lhasa.  It's a remarkable building that contains private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. The Palace existed here since the 5th or 6th century, but the present Palace was constructed in the 17th century in replacement of the old one. After visit the Potala Palace we will visit Jokhang Temple as well as Barkhor market. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa, visit Drepung and Sera Monastery
The entire day today, we spend in visiting historic monasteries in Lhasa. Among one of them is Sera Monastery which is the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet. Within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study here. After visiting Sera and Drepung, if time available we will visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Drive to Shigatse via Yamdrok Lake and Gyantse
Beginning our adventure in the Himalayas, today we drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok lake where we will get an opportunity to visit the famous Gyantse Kumbum as well. Along the way we cross over the Kamba la and the Karo la passes with spectacular views. Then we drive to Gyantse, where we will visit the Pelkor Chode monastery and Kumbum Stupa followed by two hour drive to Shigatse. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Drive from Shigatse to Saga
Today, there will be an arrangement for us to visit Tashilumpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas. We can also see the monks of this monastery nice looking with their home-made traditional shoes. After spending few times here, we then drive to Saga passing several high plateau lakes, towns, herder's tents. Along the route with plateau mountain ranges we can see diverse forms of mountains overlooking through the valley. Towards the south, we can see sandbanks, Rocky Mountains, and snow-capped peaks. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Drive from Saga to Lake Manasarovar
Our day begins with drive through a wide valley along a scenic river where can watch the grazing land of yaks and sheep. Depending on the season, travelers and other mobile shopkeepers will be attired in traditional costume. We can join them for a cup of hot tea in their home. Then we continue our drive to west. In the late afternoon we will catch the first sight of Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. Then arrive in Manasarovar and spend the night in the guest house near the Lake.

Day 09: Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen
After completing an exploration of holy lake, you can dip into the lake, Homa/Puja for Hindu pilgrims, we will drive towards Dachen which is considered as a base camp for Holy Kailash Parikrama. The rest of the time will be spent prepareing for the circumambulation around Mt. Kailash. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10: Trek from Darchen to Derapuk Monastery
Today is the first of our holy Kora around Mount Kailash, the day starts with trekking from the Sershong and a steady walk with many other local pilgrims chanting and praying. We can see the Choku Monastery up on the hillside from the valley. Then the trail leads to few ups and downs till we reach our camp at Derapuk where we will see many more Bon pilgrims circumambulating in the opposite direction (Anti clock-wise). Overnight at a mud house.

Day 11: Trek from Derapuk to Zuthulpuk crossing Drolma-la Pass
The second day of Kora leads to much higher altitude of the holy path just beneath the Mount Kailash. The hiking will bring us to one of the highest point at Drolma La Pass (5636m), and the pass is quickly descends to the gradual field towards Zuthulpuk monastery. In Tibetan it means magical cave. This small monastery is connected to an interesting story of talent competition between Great Yogi Milarepa(Buddhist) and Naropa(Bon). We will spent night at a mud house.

Day 12: Trek from Zuthulpuk to Manasarovar via Darchen
After breakfast, we have given some free time to explore the caves, temples and shrine around Milarepa cave and then start walking 3 hours at flat land near by Darchen and drive with tour regular transportation to Manasarovar via Darchen. Overnight at Guest House banks of the Manasarovar Lake.

Day 13: Drive from Manasarovar to Zanda
After breakfast, we drive from Manasarovar to banks of the Sutlej River. It is 4 hours driving to reach Tirthapuri which is a holy place of Bhasmasur in Hindu and closed associate with Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) in Buddhism. Hike-up to visit monasteries containing footprints of Guru Rinpoche. At the end of day, reach at Thada (Zanda) town and overnight at guest house.

Day 14: Explore Guge Kingdom and Tholing in Zhanda
Today, we explore Tholing and 20 kilometer east Tsaparang valley today. Visit Ruins and significantly important monasteries. Both valleys have significant role of Buddhism containing most important monasteries and other holiest sides. Overnight at guest house.

Day 15: Drive back to Manasarovar Lake
After breakfast at lost kingdom we retrace our journey back to Lake Manasarovar. We stay at guest house near the bank of Lake. Explore evening view of Lake and Mount Kailash. Overnight at guest house.

Day 16: Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Saga
We will start heading back to Saga and today is the last time that we can see the view of Mount Kailash. Overnight at guest house.

Day 17: Drive from Saga to Nyalam then to Kathmandu
After an early breakfast at Saga, we start our amazing day with a scenic drive over the vast Tibetan Plateau crossing the several high passes to Nyalam. We have lunch break at Nyalam, after lunch we drive down to Zhangmu, farewell the Tibetan guide and driver and cross the Friendship Bridge and start another 5 hours scenic drive along the Arniko highway to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. Enjoy hot shower, good meal and cozy room.

Day 18: Final departure transfer to the airport
After breakfast, the tour leader from Alpine Eco Trek will farewell and transfer to Kathmandu International Airport to board your flight back to home. This is an amazing way to end a life-changing journey. Come join us for this memorable trip.

Cost Includes/Excludes

The cost includes:

  • All necessary airport arrival and departure, drop, pick up to/from Kodari transfers by a private coach.
  • Three night's accommodation in Kathmandu in 3/4 star standard hotel twin sharing room with fullboard meals.
  • Half day guided tour in Kathmandu as per mentioned in itinerary
  • 14 night's accommodations in Tibet on private room sharing basis using guesthouse and hotels.
  • Freshly cooked vegetarian meals 3 times a day.
  • Supporting Nepali crew including our own cooks.
  • Permits for Manasarovar  Prikarma and Kailash Kora (round).
  • Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved guide.
  • Private transportation in an eight seated deluxe van for clients and small truck for staff and food during the trip.
  • Special permit for Guge Kingdom and Tholing Monastery
  • Camping equipments for kitchen, Shower
  • Sleeping bag/ Down Jacket if needed on Returnable basis.
  • Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipments) & day carry hand bag
  • Experienced tour leader / co-coordinator
  • ENOUGH Oxygen cylinder entire of tour
  • Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making round of Mt. Kailash.
  • Priest (Brahmin) for Homa.
  • Manasarovar Parikarma by Vehicle.

The Cost Exclude:

  • Personal Pony Charges (will cost US$ 300 per pony and helper for three days)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, phone calls, extra drinks, laundry, yak etc.
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities, flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc.
  • Tips to drivers, hotel staff.
  • Extra cost of transportation, Porterage etc involved due landslides, snowfall.
  • Services other than specified. Extra days stay at Kathmandu than 3 nights/ any other place.

Why travel with us?

Why travel with us?

Our Goal
At Alpine Eco Trek our goal is to provide an affordable Himalayan travel experience for our clients that is second to none, an experience that reveals the full beauty and grandeur of this magical and holy land. Our trips provide time for both adventure and reflection while establishing genuine and caring connections with our clients with the aim of providing insights into the people and places that make the Himalayan region so fascinating.

Conservation and Cultural Awareness
The Himalayan region is especially fragile, not only in terms of flora and fauna, but also with respect to the cultural and religious beliefs and customs of its people. At Alpine Eco Trek we follow a “tread lightly, leave nothing behind” philosophy that seeks to respect and honor the region and its people.

Guidelines& Considerations
Here are some guidelines and considerations that we believe will help you to choose a qualified travel company. If you keep them in mind when reviewing the many travel options you have, we believe you will choose Alpine Eco Trek to lead your next Himalayan travel adventure.

01) Before booking a trip be confident that your trip provider respects the land and culture in which you will be traveling, and that guides, porters and other staff members receive fair pay and are provided with proper clothing and footwear, as well as nutritious food and accommodations.

02) Make sure your company is registered with the appropriate local travel and trekking associations, that they are a certified company professionally established and operating under the laws of the land(s) in which you will travel.

03) Ensure that the travel company you select is fully knowledgeable about local environmental issues, and that they are sensitive to and aware of all issues pertaining to the inhabitants of the region.

04) Make sure that the company you choose attends to the small but important details of toilet arrangements, cooking fuel and rubbish disposal, first aid and,

05) That they have the appropriate travel insurance and abide by the regulations regarding operation of a travel and trekking company.

You can be assured that Alpine Eco Trek follows all of these guidelines at all times.

FAQs

Mt. Kailash Tour Frequently Asked Questions

Question 01: Do I Need a Passport?
Yes, you will need a passport to travel Mt. kailash and Lake Manasarovar because Kailash is located in the Autonomous Region of Tibet, China.

Question 02: What about Chinese visa?
Please be informed that this is not regular Chinese visa which you would get on your passport is not valid at Tibet. Your travel permit and Visa for travelling to Kailash and Manasarovar is organized by our company with the help of our Lhasa partner. If you are Indian passport holder you need to provide us the original passport for visa application. Foreigners can send us their passport copies by email and we will apply their visa for Kailash here in Kathmandu with their passport copies. The visa charges differ depend on nationalities, contact us for more information on Visa and permits.

Question 03: How many days required for Mt. Kailash Tour Trek?
Answer: A journey to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar require 13 days by overland (Land cruiser or Van) and 10 days by Helicopter from Simikot Region. We are also organizing Lhasa Kailash Lhasa Tour.

Question 04: How we will be doing 13 days overland tour and how about 10 days by Helicopter from Simikot?
Answer: You will be doing 13 days Kailash tour by a deluxe Van or Land cruiser. From Kathmandu to Kodari (Nepal- Tibet boarder) by a deluxe tourist coach, while in Tibet new model Land cruiser or a deluxe Van will be used. The route for the trip will be Kathmandu – Nyalam – Saga – New Dongba – Manasarovar – Darchen – Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk – Darchen – Paryang – Saga – Zhangmu – Kathmandu.

For 10 days tour by Helicopter:
Kathmandu - Nepalganj - Simikot - Hilsa (by helicopter) - Taklakot - Mansarovar - Darchen - Dirapuk - Zuthulpuk - Darchen - Mansarovar - Taklakot (by land cruiser or Van)- Hilsa - Simikot (by helicopter) - Nepalganj – Kathmandu (by regular plane or private coach).

Question 05: In how many days would I finish Mt. Kailash Kora and long it is?
Answer: The holy Kora around Mt. Kailash is approximately 53 km trek to be completed in 2 nights 3 days. Night camping will be in Dirapuk and Zuthul- Puk.

Question 06: When is the best time to Travel?
Answer: The best time to travel to Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar would be from the last week of April till end of October every year.

Question 07: What is Land cruiser?
Answer: Land Cruiser is the most comfortable vehicle in Tibet, a four wheel driven Japanese vehicle. We accommodate maximum 4 tourists in one land cruiser.

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Further Information:
Our webiste contains as much information as possible about Mount Kailash & Tibet Tours and Treks. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

Trip Facts

Trip Name: Lhasa Kailash Guge Kingdom tour

Duration:  18 Days including KTM and Lhasa

Trip Code: AETKT-009

Activity:  Cultural and spiritual tour, trek and overland drive.

Group size: Min. 02 to Max. 15 people.  

Max-Altitude:   5636m/18,500ft

Country: Tibet/China     

Transportation: Jeep, Van or Mini bus.

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

Note: The best season to Travel Holy Mt. Kailash is from May to October; please try to travel always with a local and direct agent and small group – private departure dates available. All the travelers including Indian passport holders travelling to Mt. Kailash must be in possession of a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining.

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