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13 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Mt. Kailash and Kathmandu Adventure Tour

Tour Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Darchen - Kailash Trek - Darchen - Saga - Gyirong - Kathmandu

Trip Overview:

Take this 13-day adventure through Tibet, embracing its most iconic destinations including Mount Everest and Mount Kailash for an unforgettable experience. Your journey begins in Lhasa, uncovering the city’s ancient monasteries and the renowned Potala Palace. Then explore the stunning Yamdrok Lake and proceed to Shigatse, Tibet's second-largest city.

Next, venture to the Everest Base Camp, where the world's highest peak awaits your exploration. Following this, delve into the sacred realms of Lake Manasarovar and the revered Mount Kailash. Immerse yourself in a 3-day trek around Kailash, sharing this spiritual journey with local pilgrims.

Concluding the adventure, your route leads you to Kathmandu via the Gyirong border, a seamless transition from the mystical landscapes of Tibet to the vibrant cityscape of Nepal's capital. This comprehensive tour promises an enriching and cherished experience of these extraordinary destinations.

  • Tour Code: TGT013

  • Trip Level : Moderate to Strenuousi

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    Can I join this tour?

    • The Lhasa to Mount Kailash and Kathmandu tour is suitable for those physically fit and have experiences of high altitude trekking. But as long as you're in good health, you can confidently join our tour. However, to ensure your health and safety, we recommend consulting a professional doctor before your departure.
  • Tour Type: Small Group (Max 12) i

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    Our Small Group Tour Features

    • Guaranteed Departures: With our fixed tour dates, we guarantee every departure.
    • Flexible Scheduling: Should you not find a suitable travel date, worry not. Share your preferred timing, and we'll tailor a personalized itinerary, inviting fellow travelers to join.
    • Non-shopping Journey: Enjoy a commerce-free expedition with us. Our commitment to top-notch tours ensures an authentic and immersive exploration of Tibet.
  • Time to Visit : April to Octoberi

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    Time to Visit Guide:

    • The best time to visit Mt Kailash are in April, May, June, September, and October when the temperature is moderate and scenery becomes more enchanting.
    • July, August, and the first eight days of October are peak seasons in Tibet, with a high number of visitors.
    • The Saga Dawa Festival held on the fifteenth day of the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar is the best time to experience the festival atmosphere of Mount Kailash. The 2024 Mount Kailash Saga Dawa Festival will begin on May 23rd.

Highlights:

  • Take the 3-day Mount Kailash kora trek for a spiritually uplifting experience.

  • Admire the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, from four different viewpoints.

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple.

  • Roam around Drepung Monastery, the largest temple in Tibet, exploring the life of Tibetan monks in their practice.

  • Immerse yourself in the daily life of Lhasa residents, visiting traditional homes, teahouses, and joining Tibetans in worship.

  • Explore the most beautiful lakeside village in Tibet and savor a traditional lunch at a villager's home.

  • Observe Mount Shishapangma with the serene Pelku Tso Lake below the majestic snow-covered peaks.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa, Get the First Impression of Tibet

Welcome to Tibet! Upon arrival, our Tibetan guide will greet you at the airport or train station and present you with a Hada (the traditional Tibetan ceremonial scarf) to wish you good luck!

You'll then be transferred to your hotel in downtown Lhasa by the guide and driver. Along the way, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of Yarlung Tsangpo River, Lhasa River, and the typical Tibetan villages.

After arriving at the hotel, take some time to rest and acclimate to the high altitude. It's helpful to take it easy for the first few days and remember to stay hydrated by drinking water.

Later in the afternoon or evening, your guide will welcome you with traditional Tibetan gifts, provide travel guidance, and introduce you to the other members of your group.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Warm Tips:
If you require any assistance or have specific needs, please don't hesitate to visit our service center located at Gangjian Hotel.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Lhasa

Day 2: Lhasa Day Tour: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B, D)

Today, you will first visit the Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet that once housed over ten thousand monks. Here, you'll explore the Coqen Hall, where your guide will provide a detailed explanation of the Tibetan Buddhist worldview and narrate the stories of renowned figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.

Additionally, you'll tour the Loseling College (or an equivalent) within Drepung Monastery to understand monks' practices and studies. Exploring their dormitories will offer insight into their daily routines and living conditions.

In the afternoon, the tour proceeds to Sera Monastery, established in 1419 and long regarded as a significant Buddhist seminary. Here, you'll observe the renowned monk debates, a highlight of Sera Monastery. Your guide will provide a comprehensive explanation of how these debates aid monks in acquiring knowledge and advancing through academic degrees.

After today's sightseeing, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow group members.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Lhasa

Meal:

Breakfast | Welcome Dinner

Day 3: Lhasa Day Tour: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Street (B)

After breakfast, your guide will accompany you to visit the magnificent Potala Palace, where you'll stand atop its heights and gaze down upon the city of Lhasa. Your guide will narrate the life and tales of the successive Dalai Lamas within the Potala Palace and meticulously introduce the various halls and treasures housed within its walls.

Once you've explored the grandeur of the Potala Palace, your next stop will be Longwangtan Park nestled at its base. This tranquil spot offers a unique vantage point to admire the majestic Potala Palace and partake in traditional Tibetan cultural experiences.

In the afternoon, you'll head to the sacred Jokhang Temple—the heart of Tibetan faith and life. Within the temple resides the rare and revered 12-year-old statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, an image so lifelike that it resembles seeing the Buddha in person. Around the temple is Barkhor Street, where you can take a clockwise kora, witnessing how local Tibetans practice their Buddhist beliefs.

Following this, your guide will take you to the liveliest indoor Tibetan tea house in Lhasa, where you can enjoy Tibetan sweet tea with locals. Your guide will join everyone, sharing insights into the social relations and daily leisure life of Tibetans.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Lhasa

Meal:

Breakfast

Day 4: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse (B, L)

After exploring Lhasa, you'll travel overland to Shigatse, Tibet's second-largest city. Along the way, immerse yourself in Tibet's splendid scenery and discover the leisurely lives of local villagers.

The first stop will be at Yamdrok Lake, one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. This stunning lake unveils its beauty from the Gambala Mountain Pass (4790m), curving like a blue ribbon, while the towering Mt. Noijin Kangsang (7191m) can be seen in the distance. As you descend to the lakeshore, explore various viewpoints offering intimate encounters with the lake's shoreline. Towards the lake's end, you'll have the opportunity to visit a welcoming local family in the village and have lunch with them.

Next, you'll pass by the Karola Glacier (5100m). Positioned right by the roadside, it resembles a serene maiden grooming herself while gazing from afar at the majestic snow-capped mountains.

Continuing your journey towards Gyantse, you'll make a stop at Simila Mountain Pass. Here, you can hang prayer flags, offering prayers for global peace and the well-being of your loved ones.

Upon arrival in Gyantse, seize the opportunity to capture memorable photos of the ancient city. En route from Gyantse to Shigatse, you will witness vast stretches of lush green barley fields (in summer) and golden fields (in autumn), alongside numerous farms.

Finally, upon reaching Shigatse and checking into the hotel, take a moment to relax and prepare for the upcoming trip to Mount Everest the following day.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Shigatse

Meal:

Breakfast | Lunch with a Tibetan Village Family

Day 5: Shigatse to Everest Base Camp (B)

In the morning, you will set off towards Mount Everest after breakfast. Beginning with the Gyatsola Pass (5280m), the viewpoint offers your first glimpse of Mount Everest. Veiled within the mountain range, Everest resembles a budding lotus flower, a captivating sight along the roadside.

Continuing into Mount Everest National Nature Reserve, the Gawula Pass (5198m) presents a panoramic view of the Himalayas. Here, you will see the breathtaking lineup of the five world's highest peaks in the Himalayan range, all towering above 8000 meters. This is your second glimpse of Mount Everest.

Then traverse the new winding road toward Everest Base Camp (5200m), each turn reveals a closer perspective of the majestic Everest, gradually unfolding before you. This marks your third view of the Everest.

Upon arrival at Everest Base Camp, the huge white pyramid peak stands tall before you. As dusk approaches, the setting sun casts warm golden hues upon Everest's northern face—your fourth view.

As night descends, the glistening Milky Way alongside the snow-white peak of Mount Everest offers your fifth and final encounter with the majestic peak.

Stay overnight at Everest Base Camp or in the nearby village if the EBC tent hotels close during the winter season.

Warm Tips:

1. Everest Base Camp sits at an altitude of 5200 meters, and it's common to experience headaches and difficulty sleeping at night due to altitude. This is a normal occurrence, so there's no need to panic. Continue to take it slow, relax, and savor the beauty of Everest. The symptoms will gradually ease.

2. The visibility of Mount Everest depends on weather conditions and cannot be assured.

3. From November to March, the tent hotels at Everest Base Camp usually close. Hence, if you're traveling during this period, your accommodation choices are restricted to the nearby village near EBC.

Accmodation:

Overnight in EBC Tent Hotel

Meal:

Breakfast

Day 6: EBC - Peiku Tso Lake - Saga

After marveling at the magnificence of Mount Everest, you will venture westward into the Ngari Plateau along the Himalayas, marveling at the grasslands, lakes, and snow-capped mountains along the way.

Before departing from EBC, you'll visit the world's highest monastery, Rongbuk Monastery (5154 meters). This Tibetan Nyingma monastery sits in close proximity to Mount Everest and is a place where nuns and monks reside together.

Following this, you will set off towards Tibet's most mysterious plateau, the Ngari Plateau. Along the journey, you will pass by Shishabangma (8027 meters), one of the world's highest peaks. Here, you'll witness the magnificent stature of the three sister peaks of Shishabangma, standing in close proximity, along with the golden-hued Peiku Tso beneath the mountain peaks.

Crossing through the western grasslands of Tibet, you will reach Saga County, a transportation hub in western Tibet and not far from the sacred Mount Kailash. The subsequent journey will take place at an average altitude of 4500 meters on the Ngari Plateau. Upon reaching Saga, if necessary, you can purchase any essential travel supplies for your Kailash trek here.

Stay overnight in Saga.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Saga

Day 7: Saga - Zhongba - Darchen

Today's journey will take you through the valleys between the Himalayas and the Gangdise Mountains, to reach the foot of the sacred Mount Kailash.

Along the way, you will have the chance to witness herds of yaks and sheep leisurely grazing on the broad grasslands at the foot of the snow-capped mountains. And the beautiful green lake, Gongzhuo Lake, will come into view at the same time.

After crossing 5211-meter-high Mayum La Pass, you will officially enter the Ngari region. Crossing this pass feels like entering a kingdom of wild animals. What unfolds before you is the sacred Lake Manasarovar with the majestic Mount Kailash towering in the distance.

Continuing along the lakeshore, you'll reach the destination of this journey, the starting point for the Mount Kailash kora trek - Darchen. Upon arrival, you can rest at the hotel, preparing and gathering strength for the forthcoming four-day trek.

Stay overnight in Darchen.

Warm Tips:
If you require porter services during the trek, please inform the guide in advance for arrangements. Note that porter services during the trek are not included in the tour cost and will require an additional fee.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Darchen

Day 8: Trek Day One: Darchen - Dirapuk Monastery (13 km)

Today is the first day of your Mount Kailash kora trek. During this journey, you'll marvel at the stunning scenery along the southern, southwestern, and western slopes of Mount Kailash.

To begin, you'll board an eco-friendly bus from Darchen to Sarshung village, where your 13-kilometer trek around Mount Kailash begins. This initial leg of the trek is relatively moderate, following the valley at the mountain's base and offering clear vistas of its southern and western slopes.

Upon arrival at the Dirapuk Monastery guesthouse situated at the western slope's base, you'll check in and store your luggage. Then you will follow your guide to explore the ancient Dirapuk Monastery. One of the most awe-inspiring moments here is witnessing the sunset over Mount Kailash. As the sun gently descends, you can patiently wait for the afterglow to illuminate the steep cliffs of the western slope.

After nightfall, you'll have the opportunity to admire the mesmerizing sight of the moon hanging over Mount Kailash's peak.

Stay overnight in Dirapuk Monastery Guesthouse.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Dirapuk Monastery Guesthouse

Day 9: Trek Day Two: Dirapuk Monastery - Zutulpuk Monastery (24 km)

Are you ready for the most demanding day of your Mount Kailash trek? Today, you'll trek over the 5630-meter-high Dolma La Pass, joining devout pilgrims on this sacred journey.

Early in the morning, you'll depart from Dirapuk Monastery to start today's hiking adventure. After advancing 4 kilometers and steadily ascending to 5430 meters, you'll witness the magnificent sunrise over Mount Kailash's northwest slope.

Continuing for another 2 kilometers leads you to the pinnacle of the Mount Kailash trek - Dolma La Pass (5630 meters). Standing there amidst fluttering prayer flags, it feels like the guardian spirits of the sacred mountain are present.

Throughout your journey, you'll witness devout pilgrims prostrating themselves, measuring the sacred grounds with their bodies, whether on boulders or rocky terrain, showing unwavering devotion.

After successfully crossing Dolma La Pass, the vivid green Lake of Compassion (also known as Guri Kund) comes into view. It's believed that bathing in this lake cleanses a lifetime of sins. Here, you'll also catch sight of the thick glaciers on Mount Kailash's northwest slope.

Continuing down from Lake Guri Kund, a lengthy descent follows until you reach the valley at the southeast base of Mount Kailash. Within the valley, you may encounter charming wildlife and find a resting site on the grassy plains for relaxation.

Stay overnight in Zutulpuk Monastery Guesthouse.

Warm Tips:
Due to the high altitude of Dolma La Pass, even in summer, the path might be icy and scattered with loose stones, so extra caution is required to prevent slipping during the hike.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Zutulpuk Monastery Guesthouse

Day 10: Trek Day Four: Zutulpuk Monastery - Darchen (12 km)

Today marks the finale of your Mount Kailash trek.

In the early morning, you'll depart from Zutulpuk Monastery, returning to the starting point of the Mount Kailash trek, Darchen.

Later in the afternoon, your guide will accompany you on a 30-kilometer drive to visit the sacred Lake Manasarovar. The lakeside offers an ideal spot for meditation, where you can listen to the gentle waves of the sacred lake and immerse yourself in a serene atmosphere.

At the lakeside of Lake Manasarovar, there are also hot springs available for foot baths and soaking. If the trek has left you feeling tired, consider spending some time in the hot springs to relax and soothe your weary body (additional cost applies).

After the tour, return to Darchen, concluding today's fulfilling journey.

Stay overnight in Darchen.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Darchen

Day 11: Darchen - Saga

Today, you'll retrace your steps back to Saga, rediscovering the beauty of the Ngari Plateau, the Himalayas, and the Gangdise Mountains. Along the way, you can pause at lush green pastures and lakes, getting up close to appreciate the natural scenery of Ngari and its wildlife.

Stay overnight in Saga.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Saga

Day 12: Saga - Gyirong

Today, you'll leave the Ngari Plateau and journey toward the Tibetan border, exploring the snowy mountains and lush forests of the Gyirong Valley, nestled on the edge of the Himalayas.

After breakfast, your guide will accompany you to the hidden gem near the Sino-Nepal border – the Gyirong Valley. As the altitude gradually decreases, the scenery transforms from snow-capped barren landscapes to vibrant forests and stunning gorges.

Upon arriving in Gyirong Town in the afternoon, you'll venture into the "most beautiful valley in the world," acclaimed by the British explorer Howard-Bury in “Mount Everest: The Reconnaissance.” In this picturesque wonderland, you'll have the opportunity to visit Sherpa villages, wander through dense forests, and behold the elusive snow peaks above the trees. Additionally, you'll experience a markedly different moist and mild climate compared to the dry, high altitude of Ngari, offering a completely different sensation.

Stay overnight in Gyirong.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Gyirong

Day 13: Gyirong Border - Kathmandu

In the morning, bid farewell to your Tibetan guide and driver. Our staff at the Nepal border checkpoint will welcome you, assist in arranging the handling of your large luggage (additional fee required), help with your Nepalese visa procedures, and ensure your safe transfer in our private car, all the way to your hotel in Kathmandu.

After entering Nepal, you'll encounter numerous snow-capped mountains along the southern Himalayan foothills, such as Gaurishankar Himal (7,134 meters), Ganesh Himal (7,422 meters), Annapurna Range's Annapurna III (7,555 meters), Lamjung W (6,983 meters), Mount Kanguru (6,981 meters), Himchuli West (6,441 meters), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 meters), and Gaurishankar (7,181 meters).

Due to challenging road conditions, we won't make many stops along the way. But you will feast your eyes on the breathtaking landscape along the way, and enjoy the final gift the Himalayas have in store for you.

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If you couldn’t find a tour date suitable for your travel schedule in the above form, please contact our travel experts and they will help you plan a delightful vacation to Tibet at the BEST local price.

Discount:

1.) 5% off for those booking the tour together with other two travelers (3 or 3 above in total) at the same time;

2.) 5% off for those booking the tour 3 months in advance;

3.) Please kindly be aware that the two discounts mentioned above cannot be enjoyed simultaneously.

What's Included?

1. Tibet travel documents such as Tibet Travel Permit (excluding expedited processing fees), and delivery of the permit to your hotel in mainland of China.

2. Standard tourist vehicles based on the number of group members, ensuring one seat one person. Experienced local drivers offer attentive service.

3. Three-star hotels throughout the itinerary (upgrades available for an additional fee; single room supplement required when not sharing; multi-person rooms for EBC Tent Guesthouse).

4. All meals listed in the itinerary. (Meal fees are non-refundable if declined due to personal reasons).

5. Excellent local Tibetan English-speaking tour guide (Prices for guides speaking other languages may be subject to separate negotiation).

6. Admission tickets for all tourist attractions listed in Itinerary, fee for environmentally-friendly sightseeing bus.

7. Travel accident insurance.

8. Free shuttle between Lhasa Railway Station and the downtown hotel. Free transfers between Lhasa Gonggar Airport and the downtown hotel during specific times.

9. Other services: exquisite Tibetan souvenirs, tourist map, portable oxygen, medical oxygen in the vehicle, bottled mineral water, and more.

What's Excluded?

1. Chinese Visa (for any visa assistance services, please contact us for details)

2. Nepal Visa (Payment of $30 in cash for a 15-day Nepal visa at the Gyirong border)

3. International flights to and out of China.

4. Domestic flight or train to Lhasa (If you need ticket booking service, please leave your requirements in the Online Inquiry Form.)

5. Single Room Supplement: Hotels are based on double occupancy (twin-bedded rooms) by default. If you prefer a single room or if room sharing isn’t possible, a single room supplement is required (please consult the travel consultant for specific price differences).

6. Porter service during the 3-day Mount Kailash kora trek. (For specific costs, please consult with the travel consultant).

7. Some meals not included in the itinerary.

8. Tips to the guide and driver based on your satisfaction with their services. We recommend paying a total of $7 per person per day for both the guide and driver.

9. Additional expenses resulting from force majeure events (such as natural disasters, traffic controls, loss of valuables, visa delays, flight delays or cancellations, etc.).

10. Personal expenses and any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusion list.

Lhasa Kailash and Kathmandu Trip Notes

  • 1. When is the deadline to book this 13-day Mount Kailash Small Group Tour?

    To ensure a seamless trip, it is recommended to book your Tibet tour at least 15-20 days before the departure date.

    Certainly, booking your tour 1-2 months or earlier in advance will assist us in arranging your Tibet Travel Permit and other necessary documents, as well as securing accommodations. Additionally, early bookings may qualify for early-bird discounts. This arrangement facilitates better preparation and a more relaxed journey.

  • 2. What travel documents are required for a trip to Mount Kailash?

    For traveling to Tibet Mount Kailash, various tourists require specific travel documents:

    1) Foreign tourists: Passport, Chinese Visa, Tibet Travel Permit, Alien’s Travel Permit
    2) Tourists from Hong Kong and Macau: Home Return Permit, Frontier Pass
    3) Tourists from Taiwan: Mainland Travel Permit (MTP), Tibet Travel Permit, etc.

    Additionally, traveling to Nepal requires obtaining a Nepalese visa. A short-term visa for 15 days can be applied for, and a payment of $30 for the visa fee is required for an on-spot interview at the Gyirong border.

  • 3. How to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit? How Long Does It Take, and When Can I Get the Permit?

    For foreign tourists applying for the Tibet Travel Permit, photos or photocopies of a valid passport and Chinese Visa are needed. Holders of a working visa need to additionally provide a work certificate, while student visa holders require student certification.

    However, Taiwanese tourists only need to provide photos or photocopies of Mainland Travel Permit for the Tibet Travel Permit application.

    Generally, processing the Tibet Travel Permit takes 7-14 working days. Once the permit is successfully issued, we'll mail it to your address in mainland of China 3-5 days before your departure date, ensuring you have it in hand for your train or flight to Tibet.

  • 4. When is the best time to take this Lhasa Mount Kailash and Kathmandu tour?

    Except for winter (November to March), you can visit Mount Kailash at any time during the year. However, the ideal visiting time are from April to June and from September to October when the weather is pleasantly warm and the scenery is captivating.

    If you wish to experience the festival culture of Mount Kailash, consider visiting during the Saga Dawa Festival, celebrated on the 15th day of the fourth month in the Tibetan calendar. This festival commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of the Buddha. While celebrations take place throughout Tibet, the festivities held at the foot of Mount Kailash are the most representative.

    Warm Tips:
    The Mount Kailash tour during the Saga Dawa Festival in 2024 will depart on May 16, 2024. If you want to personally experience the mystical atmosphere of Tibetan Buddhist festivals, make sure to book your trip well in advance.

  • 5. How long does it take to trek around Mount Kailash?

    Under normal circumstances, completing the kora around Mount Kailash only takes 3 days.

    Day 1: Darchen to Dirapuk Monastery (13 kilometers)
    Day 2: Dirapuk Monastery to Zuthulpuk Monastery (24 kilometers)
    Day 3: Zutulpuk Monastery to Darchen (7 kilometers)

    Of the three days of trekking, the second day is the most challenging and difficult. This is because it involves crossing the Dolma La Pass at an altitude of 5630 meters, which is the highest point in this trek.

  • 6. What is the altitude along the route from Lhasa to Mount Kailash and Kathmandu?

    Mount Kailash is at an altitude of 6638 meters. The highest point during the Mount Kailash trek is the Dolma La Pass, which is at an altitude of 5630 meters.

    The altitude along the route from Lhasa to Mount Kailash rises from 3658 meters to over 4500 meters. Along the way, you'll get a close view of the majestic Mount Everest at an altitude of 5200 meters in Everest Base Camp, where you'll spend one night.

    The altitudes of major attractions along the way are as follows:

    AttractionsAltitude
    Lhasa 3658m
    Yamdrok Lake 4441m
    Shigatse 3850m
    Everest Base Camp 5200m
    Saga 4487m
    Darchen 4576m
    Zutulpuk Monastery 4790m
    Drirapuk Monastery 5210m
    Dromala Pass 5630m
    Lake Manasarovar 4590m
    Gyirong 2774m
    Kathmandu 1400m

    Our thoughtfully organized schedule allows for a smooth adaptation to increased elevations. Our tour vehicles are equipped with oxygen tanks, prioritizing your convenience. Should you experience symptoms of altitude sickness such as headaches or dizziness, please notify your guide immediately for expert assistance.

  • 7. Is it possible for me, as an Indian passport holder, to travel to Mount Kailash?

    Indian passport holders seeking to visit Mount Kailash must apply for the Tibet Travel Permit via the Foreign Affairs Office of TAR or the Pilgrim Center.

    For more detailed information, please contact us.

  • 8. Is the Mount Kailash trek challenging? What if I can't complete the trek?

    The three-day Mount Kailash trek averages an altitude of 4500 meters, reaching a maximum of 5630 meters at the Dolma La Pass. This trek falls under moderate difficulty in Tibet, requiring moderate fitness levels and some trekking experience.

    If you decide not to participate in the trek around Mount Kailash and prefer to admire its beauty, you can choose to stay in places like Darchen at the foot of Mount Kailash while the rest of the group completes the trek. During this time, you'll have the opportunity to explore local villages or monasteries and enjoy your time. This arrangement allows you to choose an experience that suits you while still capturing the magnificent views of Mount Kailash.

  • 9. Is there an age limit for traveling to Mount Kailash?

    Actually, there isn't an age restriction for traveling to Mount Kailash. We've hosted an 82-year-old who successfully completed a trip to Lhasa, Mount Everest Base Camp, and Mount Kailash.

    Rather than age, the most crucial factor is an individual's physical condition. Before planning a trip to Tibet, it's advisable to consult a doctor. Those with cardiovascular issues, pregnant women, and similar special cases are not recommended to visit Tibet. Furthermore, due to Mount Kailash being in a remote western location with limited facilities, it's not advised for children under 5 years old to travel there.

  • 10. How much to pay for a porter for trekking around Mount Kailash?

    If you're concerned about carrying heavy luggage during the trek and wish to hire a porter, you can inform your guide upon arriving at Darchen. Your guide will assist in arranging a porter for you. Generally, the cost for porter services is around 330 yuan per day, but actual charges may vary depending on the situation.

  • 11. Do I need to camp during the Mount Kailash trek? Where should I stay overnight?

    Camping isn't necessary during the 4-day Mount Kailash trek. Accommodations are available in guesthouses at various monasteries along the route.

    The lodging conditions in these guesthouses are relatively simple, with rooms typically having 3-4 beds and shared bathrooms on the same floor. Moreover, these guesthouses might not have shower facilities, so it's advisable to carry wet wipes for basic cleanliness needs.

  • 12. What to eat during the Mount Kailash trek?

    During the trek, there are open-air tented restaurants and monastery dining halls along the way offering simple foods like fried noodles, fried rice, and providing hot water, sweet tea, butter tea, instant noodles, among others. Additionally, supply shops at rest stops might have biscuits, sausages, beverages, beer, bottled water, and instant milk tea for quick snacks.

  • 13. What to wear for traveling to Mount Kailash?

    Considering the average altitude of over 4500 meters in the Ngari region, where temperatures are relatively low with significant morning and evening temperature variations, it's essential to prepare for cold weather. Besides comfortable and warm undergarments, it's necessary to have outerwear that is easy to put on, warm, and wind-resistant.

    Additionally, it's crucial to bring a pair of comfortable and sturdy hiking boots. Considering portable trekking poles might be helpful, or you can opt to rent them locally.

    Select a properly sized hiking backpack to carry personal items, ensuring it meets the demands of the trek. Alternatively, hiring a porter to transport luggage is also an option.

    Sun protection is a must when traveling to Tibet. Apart from high SPF sunscreen, don't forget to bring physical sun protection like sunglasses and a hat.

  • 14. What to pack for a Mount Kailash tour?

    1) Personal Essentials: Skincare products like face wash, moisturizer, sunscreen, lip balm, body lotion, hydrating masks, and other skincare items. Since the journey from Lhasa to Mount Kailash is quite long by car, consider bringing a neck pillow for added comfort during the ride. Also, having a thermal flask ensures you have access to hot water whenever needed.

    2) Basic Medications: Plasters, motion sickness pills, cold medicine, stomach meds, anti-inflammatory drugs, eye drops, altitude sickness medication, and other commonly used medications should be carried along for any immediate needs. (Always follow medical advice and avoid excessive use of medications.)

    3) Electronic Gadgets: Depending on personal preferences, bring your phone, camera, headphones, and their chargers and power banks.

    4) A Small Amount of Cash and Bank Cards: Even though mobile payment methods are becoming more common in Tibet, some places might still require cash. It's advisable to carry a small amount of cash and at least one bank card.

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    Personalized Care with Our Award-Wining Service Manager

    Meet Mr. Kunga, our awesome customer service manager! He's here to help everyone, whether you've booked with us or not. With over 30 years of experience and having won the "National Golden Tour Guide" award in Tibet, he ensures that every client has a fulfilling trip.

  • Our Tibetan guides

    Elite Team: 40 Top Tibetan Guides at Your Service

    Since 1984, we've been a local Tibet travel agency, and we now have an amazing team of 40 top Tibetan guides. They'll make your Tibet trip super enjoyable and comfortable, promising unmatched happiness and satisfaction!

  • Safe drive in our vehicle

    Experienced Drivers for Safe and Scenic Routes

    Our skilled drivers make sure your journey is safe and fun, going through different routes like winding mountains and wide grasslands. Get ready for an amazing adventure exploring Tibet's beautiful landscapes with us! And don't worry—we always have oxygen and bottled water in our vehicles for your safety and comfort.

  • Our small group at Jokhang Temple

    Pioneers in Small Group Tours with Varied Itineraries

    We're the top Tibetan tour operator, focusing on small group tours—our specialty! Our trips offer classic experiences with lots of choices and often leave at great prices. No shopping pressure, just budget-friendly fun! Our groups stay small, maxing out at 12 people, and we get over 5,000 clients every year.

  • Guaranteed service by us

    Guaranteed Tibet Permit and Complimentary Service

    With 30+ years of experience, we provide you with a free Tibet Permit! Count on us to handle all your travel needs smoothly, ensuring your trip to explore stunning Tibet is stress-free. Your permit is our promise for an amazing adventure in the Himalayas!

  • Local Tibetan restaurant

    Supporting Local Communities through Tibetan-Owned Businesses

    We only pick Tibetan-owned restaurants and hotels to help our community. Your trip with us directly helps the Tibetan community by supporting local businesses. Come embrace real Tibet and make a positive impact while exploring with us!

  • Explore Mount Kailash

    Authentic Exploration of Tibet's Rich Culture

    Discover the real Tibet with us! We're dedicated to showing its true spirit and exploring its lively culture. Our aim is to give you an authentic experience, sharing the beauty and richness of Tibetan traditions. Come along for a journey deep into the heart of Tibet!

  • Leisurely explore Lake Yamdrok

    Unhurried Exploration of Every Destination

    We never hurry on our tours, so you can enjoy every spot fully. We promise a relaxed pace, letting you take in each place on our list. Journey with us for a truly satisfying experience!

  • Photo with Mount Everest

    24/7 Support & Daily Communication with Guide

    Feel safe with our 24/7 local support! Your safety and comfort matter most to us. We talk to our guides every day to keep your trip smooth. Count on us for ongoing help, making your journey hassle-free and fun. Relax knowing we're here for you throughout your adventure!

  • Pleasant trip in Tibet

    Constant Optimization for Superior Travel Experiences

    Join us for amazing travel adventures! We keep making our trips better every year, improving quality wherever we go. We're dedicated to giving you the best service possible. Come with us on unforgettable journeys where every detail shows how much we care about making you happy!

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What Our Customers Say

  • My Tibetan tour

    I just returned from my 8 day Tibetan excursion with my guide Kelsang Dorje I had a wonderful trip seeing fantastic places - there Jokhong Temple ,Potala Palace , the base camp of Everest. Kelsang was a wonderful guide and very informative about all the visits...More reviews

    May 2024 teri
  • Amazing trip with Pasang as the best guide ever!

    This was a great tour! Tibet is of course amazing but what really made this trip special is our guide Pasang! I feel we could not have been more lucky with him as our guide...More reviews

    May 2024 Celine C
  • Wonderful experience in Tibet

    Really enjoyed visiting the monasteries and Everest base camp. Our tour guide Keldor was very good with arranging everything for us in the trip. Our experience wouldn’t be as great as it is without Keldor.More reviews

    May 2024 Nathan N
  • If you go to Tibet you will never forget

    This trip was one of the most amazing I have ever taken! I experienced the most unique way to learn about Tibetan culture and people. And nature is just mind blowing. No words can describe beauty of Tibetan nature, you must see yourself to believe it...More reviews

    April 2024 Juris U
  • Amazing experience

    Amazing experience, thankfully to our guide the young Kunga, whose knowledge is amazing! Superb experience, highly recommended...More reviews

    April 2024 Tim Starcic
  • Best Tibet trip ever

    Such an amazing trip! Having the opportunity to visit this lovely part of the world is very eye-opening:) our guide, Tenzin, was very knowledgeble and kind. A 10/10 experience...More reviews

    April 2024 Crete
  • Truly memorable experience

    We did a private trip actually, after a thorough research of numerous agencies we decided to go with Tibet Vista as they seem very experienced in Tibet tours and they are also very responsive. It was well-made decision, we loved our tour and our guide Kungga was excellent, he was attentive and accomodating to us...More reviews

    Apr 2024 Denira K
  • Once in a life time

    14 days from Beijing to Tibet and Nepal. The reality was beyond my expectations. A trip that I will remember for the rest of my life. The trip was arranged in an exceptional way! Laura Tang did an amazing job! She responded to all my questions immediately, she supported and solved any problems very quickly. The hotels she arranged for me were amazing!! ...More reviews

    Jan 2024 nico k
  • Nice view in winter!

    The view was magnificent. got to see snow and snow capped mountains. Thanks to Gemma Wei for helping with all the planning. Also thanks to Kunchok and Tsering for going accomodating to my needs as i was not used to the altitude. They also helped alot with the trek up the hills! ...More reviews

    Dec 2023 Benjamin X
  • Tibet is beautiful

    The tour was great! We visited amazing places and could feel the sacred atmosphere in all the temples. The nature is breathtaking with beautiful mountain and lake views. Our guide Jingme told us all about the history and showed us great places. All the hotels were much better than what I expected...More reviews

    Nov 2023 Krisyna H

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