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17 Days Kailash Mansarovar Full Moon Tour & Guge Kingdom Exploration

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

Trip Overview:

Starting and ending in Lhasa, this 17-day Kailash Manasarovar full moon tour and exploration of the Guge Kingdom delve deeply into western Tibet. You will visit the holy Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar Lake during full moon dates.

Throughout this journey, you'll discover Tibet's most prominent attractions, including Lhasa's iconic sites like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, and more. The adventure extends further to the breathtaking Yamdrok Lake, followed by a drive to behold the mighty Mt. Everest and visit the world's highest Rongbuk Monastery.

Continuing westward, immerse yourself in Ngari, experiencing the sacred Manasarovar, joining local pilgrims in the kora around the holy Mountain Kailash, and unraveling the mysteries of the Guge Kingdom. This tour transcends the ordinary - it's a genuine adventure.

  • Tour Code: TTK004

  • Trip Level : Moderate to Strenuousi

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    Can I join this tour?

    • The Kailash Manasarovar & Guge Kingdom 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:

  • Explore the otherworldly ruins of the ancient Guge kingdom, one of Asia’s unknown wonders.

  • 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.

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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 Gang-gyan Lhasa 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.

Stay overnight in Darchen.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Darchen

Day 8: Darchen - Tholing Monastery - Guge Kingdom

Today, you will travel from Darchen to Zanda County, where the ruins of Guge Kingdom remain. Get ready to see huge areas of old soil forests, caves with paintings in Guge Dynasty and Tholing Monastery, and big snowy mountains of Himalayas. You'll also spot wild animals running around.

Once you head past Darchen, you'll reach the real wild parts of Tibet. There, animals live freely with the amazing Himalayas in the background. As you travel through this place, you'll feel like you're in a dream heading toward the snowy mountains and the old Guge Kingdom ruins.

In the mountains, there's Tholing Monastery, a special place with beautiful paintings like those in Dunhuang Mogao Caves. These paintings show all kinds of things, from heavens to animals and fancy designs. The monastery looks unique with its mix of Indian, Nepali, and Tibetan styles. Surrounded by 83 stupas, it feels really old and special.

The Guge Kingdom was around for 700 years but vanished 400 years ago. What's left are like ancient forts with pretty carvings, gold and silver statues of Buddha, and paintings that people love, especially the "Guge Silver Eyes." It's a reminder of a time mixing Tibetan beliefs and history through amazing art.

Stay overnight in the guesthouse in Zanda.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Zanda

Day 9: Dongga - Piyang - Darchen

Today you will continue to visit the biggest Buddhist cave ruins globally—Dongga and Piyang ruins. Take in the stunning old city ruins worn by time and marvel at the endless beautiful paintings inside.

Dongga and Piyang Caves are once the heart of the Guge Kingdom's politics, economy, and culture. These cliffside caves, reminiscent of a honeycomb, scatter behind Dongga Village. Inside, intricate murals act as historical records. Painted with unique minerals, these ancient and realistic artworks vividly depict the prosperity of the Guge Kingdom, continuing to captivate with their brilliance.

After the sightseeing, you will return to Darchen. Upon arrival, you can rest at the hotel, preparing and gathering strength for the forthcoming 3-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 10: 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 11: 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 12: Trek Day Three: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: Gyirong - Tingri

Today, you'll return from the forested edges of the Himalayan region back to the plateau.

In the morning, you can take ample rest.

After lunch, you'll start the journey back to Tingri County in Shigatse. Along the way, you'll revisit the high plateau of the Himalayan region, once again marveling at the enchanting beauty of the Himalayas.

Upon arrival in Tingri, you can relax at the hotel.

Warm Tips:
For tourists plan to head to Kathmandu after visiting Mount Kailash, departure from Gyirong is available in the morning.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Tingri

Day 16: Tingri - Lhasa

Today's main activity involves visiting the largest monastery in Shigatse - Tashilhunpo Monastery. Subsequently, you'll travel back to the sacred city of Lhasa.

After breakfast, your guide will take you to visit the residence of the Panchen Lama, Tashilhunpo Monastery. The monastery, grand and magnificent, with its resplendent halls covering the entire mountainside, stands as a spiritual haven for the locals. Inside the monastery resides the world's largest bronze statue of Maitreya Buddha.

Following this, you'll bid farewell to Shigatse, journeying back to Lhasa along the Yarlung Tsangpo River.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Accmodation:

Overnight in Lhasa

Day 17: Finish This Unforgettable Tour and Depart from Lhasa (B)

Today your guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board. Please confirm your departure flight or train details in advance with your guide. The tour ends.

Meal:

Breakfast

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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.

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. All 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. International flights to and out of China.

3. Domestic flight or train to and out of Lhasa (If you need ticket booking service, please leave your requirements in the Online Inquiry form.)

4. 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).

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

6. Some meals not included in the itinerary.

7. 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.

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

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

Mount Kailash and Guge Kingdom Trip Notes

  • 1. When is the deadline to book this 17-day Mount Kailash and Guge Kingdom 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.

  • 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. 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.

  • 5. What is the altitude of Mount Kailash? What is the altitude along the route from Lhasa to Mount Kailash?

    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 Lhasa to Mount Kailash route 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

    However, don't worry. Our meticulously designed journey from Lhasa to Mount Kailash and Guge Kingdom will allow you to spend 2-3 days exploring Lhasa at an altitude of 3658 meters. After acclimatizing to Lhasa's altitude, you'll gradually ascend to higher altitudes in places like Shigatse, Everest Base Camp, and Ngari. Generally, severe altitude sickness is rare. In case of severe symptoms like intense headaches or breathing difficulties, please use oxygen, inform your guide, and seek medical attention promptly, accompanied by your guide.

  • 6. When is the best time to visit Mount Kailash?

    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.

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

    The 3-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.

  • 8. 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.

  • 9. 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.

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

    Camping isn't necessary during the 3-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.

  • 11. 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.

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