This tour takes you to explore the northern and far western regions of Tibet which are featured in diverse culture and landscape. You will start your journey from Lhasa where you will spend 2 days to explore the famous attractions, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, etc. Then leave Lhasa for the golden route to Mount Everest (Yamdrok - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri - Everest) which takes 3 days to complete. After, you will head from the highest peak to the holiest mountain in the world - Mt. Kailash where you will take a 3 days' memorable trekking.
Note: If you have any questions concerning the requirements or the unique demands for your particular tour package, please feel free to contact one of our helpful Travel Consultants for further information.
It's advisable to have a body check-up or have your doctor's advice before visiting Tibet. Visitors with a record of heart, lung, liver, or kidney problems must seek medical advice before making the decision to go to Tibet Also, people with any of the following problems should not go to Tibet.
High Altitude Sickness is one of the biggest challenges when travelling in Tibet. According to our experience, most people will be fine up to 3500m above sea level, as the altitude go higher up to 4500m, mild symptoms as shortness of breath, headache might occur. Adverse reactions may vary from person to person. In most cases, the symptoms are mild and will subside in several hours to several days as the body acclimatizes.
Mild Symptoms of AMS include:
After arriving at Lhasa on the Day 1, you will go to visit the most classic attractions in Lhasa on Day 2 and Day 3, including the grandiose Potala Palace, holy Buddhist sites Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery, also the exotic Barkhor Street and quiet Norbulingka.
You will travel from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit the tranquil Yamdrok Lake, imposing Karola Glacier and unique Palcho Monastery on route. Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse.
In the following three days, you will firstly visit Mount Everest. Then transfer from Everest to Darchen, the nearest town to Mount Kailash. The holy lake Manasarovar Lake will be visited on route.
In the following three days, you will trek around 50 kilometers to complete the Mount Kailash Kora.
Drive back to Lhasa from Ngari, visit Manasarovar Lake, Sakya Monastery and Tashilhunpo Monastery on route. Leave Lhasa on the Day 15.
You are warmly greeted to Tibet by hearing Tashi Delek at the Train station/airport from the local guide, and then be escorted to your reserved hotel in Lhasa. After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimate yourself to the high altitude and weather of Lhasa.
In today(or tomorrow)'s evening, a welcome dinner will be held to meet other members of this group tour. Enjoy the party.
Tips of today: 1. Go for some walking to acclimate the high altitude but avoid strenuous activities; 2. You’d better not have bath; 3. Drink more water.
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After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up in your hotel. Then drive about 30 minutes to visit the Drepung Monastery. This Gelug monastery has a history of more than 500 years. It used to be the largest monastery in the world with totally 10,000 monks there. Many precious stupas, sculptures, paintings, Thangka...are displayed in the hundreds of chapels. And the annual Shoton Festival is organized here.
In the afternoon, you will visit another famous Gelug monastery around Lhasa city - Sera Monastery, which is famous for its “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. It is only 3km away from Lhasa city. Enjoy the debating.
Tips of today: 1. Feel free to ask tour guide questions about Buddhism or else; 2. Obey Buddhist manners and talk appropriately; 3. If you don't know where to have meals, restaurant in your hotel is a great choice.
In the morning, the overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, it was built in 641 AD and was the winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet’s pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship. Finally, walk the special circular pilgrimage route as local followers always do at Barkhor Street where you can buy Tibetan traditional or religious things as souvenir.
Tips of today: 1. Wear hat and sun glasses to prevent ultraviolet radiation, but remember to take off when visiting in the monasteries. 2. Usually taking photos is not allowed in chapels inside monastery. 3. Remember to bring your passport which is needed to showcase when check in Potala Palace.
After breakfast, leave Lhasa city, and drive along the Ngachu Valley and cross the Kamba La Pass(altitude: 5,030m), you will get to the famous holy lake Yamdrok (altitude: 4,400m). It is one of the clearest lakes without any pollution in Tibet. The water is as clean as crystal, and the glimmering water will shock you in sunshine. Far in the distance you’ll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (altitude: 7,191m). After the sightseeing, keep driving to Gyantse. On route, you will pass by the imposing Karo-la Glacier (altitude: 5,045m) along the highway. After arrival at Gyantse, go to visit the elegant Palcho Monastery (altitude: 4,040m). The highlight is the Kubum Stupa has a 35m-high chorten with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome.
Leave Gyantse, and drive about 2 hours to Shigatse City (altitude: 3,800m), the second largest city in Tibet.
Tips of today: 1. Wear warm clothes to prevent from cold and wild; 2. Get your passport prepared for application of Allien's Travel Permit when arrival at Shigatse.
After breakfast, set out to chase the journey to the peak of the world - Mount Everest. Departing from Shigatse city, via Lhatse, you will witness spectacular high plateau views that you can never see in other places - super blue sky, float light clouds, stretching snow mountains, endless grasslands... Finally you will reach the outstanding Everest. Stop and go to visit Rongbuk Monastery (altitude: 4,980m), the highest monastery in the world. Enjoy the intoxicating view of Mt. Everest.
If you visit Mount Everest during the off season (November to April), you will usually accommodate at Rongbuk Guest House near Rongbuk Monastery; if you visit Mount Everest during the peak season (May to October), you will usually accommodate at the Tibetan Tent Camp which is about 4km further from Rongbuk Monastery. Please note that the accommodation conditions at both places are very basic. Only dorm beds are available.
Tips of today: 1. Bring more food and drinks for long driving; 2. Bring a warm and thick coat for low temperature on Mount Everest; 3. Avoid strenuous activity on Mount Everest.
Wake up early to enjoy the marvelous sunrise on the highest peak of the world. Then drive about 4km further to Tibetan Tents Camp (altitude: 4900m) where you can enjoy a closer view of Mount Everest. You will see the top part of Mount Everest is covered by snow and ice all the year round. When the sun shines on the mountain, the peak is like a giant golden pyramid. More often, the thick freely moves clouds and fogs, seems as if a flag with the mast of the peak was swinging, will shroud the peak. This peculiar phenomenon of Mt. Everest is known as “Flag Cloud”. An additional wonder generated here are the bright glaciers, where ices are formed into various shapes like bridges, pagodas and others.
Lastly, leave Mount Everest for next destination - Saga County. About 8 hours driving may be long and tough, but the landscape you can enjoy on route is fabulous - witness the dominating snow peak Shishapangma from afar, get shocked by desolate and wild plains, enjoy the pure scenery of the Pelkhu tso Lake (4600m)...
Tips of today: 1) to protect the environment of Mount Everest, currently Everest Base Camp is not open for tourists – the Everest landscape can be enjoyed at Rongbuk Monastery and Tibetan Tent Camp as well. The base camp marker, a tablet reading “Mt. Qomolangma Base Camp” has been transferred to the Tibetan Tent Camp. You are suggested to take a photo at the marker to commemorate your wonderful adventure tour; 2) the sunrise usually starts around 6:30 am to 7am on Mount Everest; 3) keep warm all the time; 4)get well prepared for long driving on the road.
After breakfast, you have to take another long driving about 550km from Saga to Darchen (4,575m), a small village located as the starting point of the walking kora of the holy Mount Kailash. During the auspicious pilgrimage times, Darchen will be flooded with Pilgrims with hundreds of tents all over the small village.
Accommodate at local guesthouse in Darchen.
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Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs, 20km
Trek from Darchen (4,560m) to Dirapuk Monastery (4,750m). The trek is a gradual walk in the clockwise circuit at the average altitude of more than 4,700 meters. You will be accompanied by many local Buddhist pilgrims also walking the same kora. If you meet people who come the anti-clockwise direction, don't be surprise, they are Bon pilgrims. You will stop at the Tamdin (4,780m) for lunch and hot water supply. Then keep trekking 4km to the final destinations of today - Dirakpuk Monaster. This section of trekking boasts some of the best scenery of the entire kora.
Accommodate at Dirapuk guesthouse.
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs, 18km
Trek from Dirapuk Monastery uprising 762 meters at altitude to Zutulpuk Monastery by crossing Drolma-la Pass (5,630m) before quickly descending to Dzutul-puk monastery (Dzutul-puk means "magical cave" in Tibetan).
Stay overnight at the tent guesthouse of monastery.
Trekking Time: 3 hrs,11km
Wake up in the holy sunrise of Mount Kailash, after breakfast, you will trek back to Darchen. Todays' trekking is leisure and relaxing, which can be done in 3 ~ 4 hours. On route, explore the meditation cave of Milarepa, the famous Buddhist master and Yoga meditator. Surrounding the cave are many temples and shrines.
Once you exist from the valley, your driver will pick you up and transfer to visit the famous holy lake Manasarovar. Like Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar is a holy place of pilgrimage, attracting religious people from India, Nepal, the neighboring countries and Tibet. Believers bath in the Manasarovar Lake and drink its water are believed to cleanse all sins. Every summer, pilgrims from Tibet, India and Nepal cluster to make circumambulation and bathe in the lake. After that, they will return home and bring some samples of the holy water to family and friends as precious gifts.
Stay over night in a local guest house near the Lake Manasarovar.
Drive through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders, and back to Saga. There are many opportunities to take great pictures!
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Today, you will drive to Lhatse from Saga, which is a driving distance of about 312km (abourn 7 hours).
(Note: As Gyirong Port on the Tibet-Nepal border is open for international travlers, you can also drive from Saga to Gyirong Town on the Day 12, and leave for Kathmandu on the Day 13)
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Today you will travel from Lhatse to Shigatse, approximately a driving around 4 hours. Driving for a while from Lhatse, you will turn right to the country road to Sakya Town to visit the featured Sakya Monastery which is about 150km from Shigatse City. Built in 1073 by Khon Khonchong Gyalpo, on the hill side with gray earth surrounded, Sakya Monastery is the principal monastery of the Sakyapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism.Different from other monasteries in Lhasa, its wall painted in red, white and grey strips, which represent Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani, as a special architecture to distinguish from other Buddhist schools. As the first temple of Sakyapa with over 900 years history, it kept many historical relics, including numerous stupas, Buddhist scriptures, magnificent surviving artwork, Tibetan Thangkas and more.
After the Sakya visit, keep driving to the final destination of today - Shigatse city. You will get to Shigatse in the afternoon, then take a visit to the official seat of Panchen Lama - Tashilhunpo Monastery which is also the largest and most influential Gelug Monastery in Shigatse prefecture. Here you will see a giant statue of Future Buddha, the largest one of its kind on earth ( 26.2 meters high and 11.5 meters wide ), decorated with precious pearls, turquoises, corals and ambers.
Accommodate in Shigatse City.
After breakfast, drive about 6 hours to Lhasa. On the halfway, you will take a visit to Nyemo Tunba which was the home of Tunmi Sangbuzha who invented the Tibetan character as well as the famous Tibetan Tibetan Incense. Here in Tunba, you also have chance to witness the process of making Tibetan Incense with water mill. At the same time, the scenery here is fabulous - ancient cypress trees, green willows, murmuring river...
Have a good rest in Lhasa.
Today is free for you until your tour guide transfer you to the airport in time for your flight or drop you off at Lhasa train station.
Tips of today: 1. Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charger, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel. 2. If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.
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Note: 1. The above departure dates are subject to change, you'd better contact us to comfirm the final depature before your booking；2. The quoted price is based on double occupancy, 3 star accommodation level in low season, and subject to change according to group size and payment methods.
We offer free transfer between hotels and airport or train station if your flight or train schedule meets our available time, and your hotels in Lhasa is booked with us.
Free Airport Transfer to Hotel in Lhasa
- Around 10:00 pick up travelers who arrive at Lhasa Gonggar Airport before 09:30 AM
- Around 14:00 pick up travelers who arrive at Lhasa Gonggar Airport before 13:30 PM
- Around 17:00 pick up travelers who arrive at Lhasa Gonggar Airport before 16:30 PM
Free Transfer to Airport from Hotel in Lhasa
- Around 07:00 pick up travelers who departs from Lhasa Gonggar Airport between 09:00 ~ 11:30 AM
- Around 09:30 pick up travelers who departs from Lhasa Gonggar Airport between 11:30 AM ~ 14:30 PM
- Around 12:30 pick up travelers who departs from Lhasa Gonggar Airport after 14:30 PM
1. we use shuttle bus to transfer travelers together to or off airport; 2. you may have to wait for other travelers if you arrive at airport much earlier than the designated time; 3. If you miss out our designated time for airport pick up because of flight delay, or prefer a private transfer, you have to pay extra fee.
Lhasa Train Station pick up and drop off are free for all train schedules of arrivals and departures.
While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.
When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.
A great way to enjoy the lowest possible price is to invite more people to join your trip to share the travel experience as well as the tour expense. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)
Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.
Save money, make lifetime friends on the way!
Getting more people in the group is a great way to save money. Our group tour is very suitable for solo travelers and students. When inquiring, please ask our travel consultants if there are other people also travel alone and indicate if you would mind to travel with like-minded people.
Our group tour is a join-in tour. You will travel with other visitors from all over the world. You will share the costs of hiring vehicle, guides and accommodation with other visitors.
Our group size is from 2-20 people. To make sure the tour guide is able to take good care of everyone in the tour, there will be less than 8 people for most of our group tours. We had handled tours only had 3-4 peoples, which is like a private tour.
For clothing, we suggest casual style and layered clothing because temperatures in Tibet vary greatly during a day. Down coat is necessary if you go beyond Lhasa and Shigatse to remote areas, e.g. the Everest Camp or further to Mt.Kailash. Sun glasses, sun block,moisture cream are necessary too.
For food, 2L of water each day, and some snacks. We also find the energy drink Red Bull is a great energy boost while traveling in Tibet.
For medicines, we suggest that you take some pain-killer pills with you and enough medicine for colds, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment andthroat-moistening pills will be of great help for those who are sensitive tochilly weather conditions. Please consult your doctor prior to your travel toTibet. Medicine is a must for travelers to Tibet.
We will take care of all necessary Tibet permits in all of our Tibet tours. It is included in the price quotation and it is part of our tour services. It's advisable to apply for your travel permits at least 10 days prior to your entry date. The earlier, the easier for us to get a permit for you.
Please tell us your real occupation when applying a tibet travel permit. Journalists and people involved with political matters (such asdiplomats and government officials) require more complicated procedures to beissued a permit.
Breakfast: If you are staying in a star hotel, breakfast is usually included. If you are staying in a guesthouse or tent, breakfast is not included.
Lunch and Dinner:
We don’t usually include lunch and dinner in our tour itinerary. We do arrange lunch or dinner for you at your request though. However, we prefer to give you the freedom to choose the food you want and pay on the spot. From our previous customers' responses, we find that most of our clients prefer to leave the dinners open on their own so that they can enjoy some time to themselves. They can choose either to go to a local restaurant for a little adventure or to have a simple dinner in the hotel where they stay. They may also prefer to choose a restaurant which appeals to their own unique tastes.
We have created a list of our favorite restaurants in Tibet and hand-picked some local restaurants to recommend to our customers. In Lhasa, you can choose Chinese food, Western food, Tibetan food as well as Nepalese food and Indian food. In "off-the-beaten-road" destinations, choices are limited. Our tour guide will be more than happy to recommend good restaurants for you and take you to the restaurants available according to your tastes and preferred style of dishes. Soon you’ll develop your favorite Tibetan dishes!
Acclimatize: We suggest that you take it easy for your first few days in Tibet. Don't push yourself physically since your body will require some time to get used to the high altitude.
Photography: When photographing Tibetans, please be sure to get their permission first. Also, when inside the religious sites, please be aware that if photography is permitted. It is not allowed to take pictures while inside the halls of Potala Palace and JokhangTemple. Make sure you bring a flashlight if you want to see the inside of the monastery, though please ask for permission when taking pictures in the monastery. Some Monastery might charge visitors a 10-30RMB fee for taking pictures. Please ask your tour guide if you are not sure.
Free time: During the free time of your trip, like the rest of the first day and the last day before departure, you can walk around on your own and do some shopping if you wish.
Anxiety is the common cause of mountain sickness. Our customers age range from 20 years old to 70 years old, there is no evidence that suggests that age has anything to do with the occurrence of mountain sickness.
Taking a Tibet tour with Tibet Discovery, our tour guide will take care of you and give advice on how to avoid high altitude sickness on arrival. A bottle of oxygen will be prepared for each person for emergency use when the tour includes visiting places like Mt. Everest, Lake Namtso, Mt. Kailash and activities like trekking and biking. Always remember that if you have any problems or feel uncomfortable, please tell your guide immediately or contact our travel consultant.
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Travel Insurance: We provide a limited Accident/Casualty Insurance in Tibet through China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance which only covers accidents that occur within Tibet. This policy’s indemnity is relatively low, so if you would like a more inclusive plan, then it is best to purchase one in your home country before your departure.
Refund Policy: Cancellations made…
30 or more days prior to departure result in a 90% refund
29-15 days prior to departure result in an 80% refund
14-7 days prior to departure result in a 70% refund
6-2 days prior to departure result in a 50% refund
Less than 2 days prior to departure or a no show result in no refund.
Note: Additional cancellation fees, if applicable, imposed by the service providers other than Tibet Discovery tours (i.e. flight ticket booking, train ticket booking, hotels reservation, etc.) will be deducted from the money refunded. While this is the official policy, in cases where our customers face unexpected and unavoidable problems, we can sometimes offer a more generous refund.
Before the trip: Before your trip, feel free to contact our Travel Consultants for any further information you need. All of our tours are fully customizable, so if you are not satisfied with any part of a tour pakage, just let us know and our expert Travel Consultants will do their best to design the perfect tour for you.
During the trip: If you have any questions or concerns during your trip, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your Travel Consultant will do his or her best to resolve any problems you have and ensure that your trip runs as smoothly as possible.
After the trip: Once you have returned home and have had a chance to settle back in, we’d love to hear from you. We welcome your comments, suggestions, pictures, and whatever else you want to share with us about your trip. We are always striving to improve our customers’ experiences, and also love to hear about their adventures!
Best time to go:
Peak Season: June, July,
August, September (June to October 15th )
In July and August, the crowds will be considerably larger and the costs for vehicle, food, accommodation, and tour guides are higher. June-August generally has great weather, though during July and August, Tibet tends to be extremely crowded as many Chinese travel there for their summer vacation. As July and August is the peak season to travel to Tibet. We highly recommend you avoid those two months to reduce the costs.
Best Value: April, May,
and Late October to November (April 16th to May 31st)
Late April to Early June, late October to November is the best value time to go, as the weather still nice and the cost is considerably less. The tour costs between this time is usually a few hundred dollars cheaper than peak season.
Shoulder Season: Late November
December, January, February, early April (Nov 16th to April 15th)
December-February tends to be a slow period for travel to Tibet. The weather is generally quite cold, though there will be no crowds like there are during the peak season. Another benefit to traveling during the shoulder season is that prices are considerably lower. The view might not be as vivid but you can enjoy another side of Tibet.
Note: Above information applies to most Tibet tours. For specific best travel time, please contact our travel consultant.
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All my questions have been answered fast and to my satisfaction.
Receiving the travel permit was a bit tricky (mainly due to the lack of english knowledge of my hotel staff). The tour itselfs was perfectly arranged and the guide showed a lot of flexibility to adjust to our wishes.
I would reccomend Tibet Discovery to everyone, who wants to visit tibet.
Great Tour! The trip to tibet has been very expensive - but the money was worth spent. The guide and driver were very nice and the tour was perfectly arranged. Also in case of misunderstandings (one of the guesthouses was below the standard I booked), Tibet Discovery found good and pragmatic solutions.
Improve communication between Tibet Discovery and Tour guide (I spent one night in a guesthouse below the standard I booked, due to a mistake in the communication), shorten time on Lake Manosavar (a few hours are enough - not neccesary to spend a night there).
It is our last night in Lhasa and we are already missing our fellowship. We have had such a great voyage in Tibet and will recommend it to everyone. We are especially pleased with our tour guide Julia who had very good knowledge about all things and could easily answer all our questions. She speaks very good English and explains Tibetan culture with passion. We found Julia to be extremely kind and considering and she went out of her way to make sure everybody was comfortable. Also she is always in a good mood and very patient. She had excellent recommendations for us to shop for local things and where to enjoy Tibetan cuisine. We also could not be happier with our driver 雪域之子 who was perfectly professional, made everybody feel safe on the road and sure that he would get us to our destination every time. Also we enjoyed his warm presence and effort to make us feel good, always ready, always on time, carrying our things and always with a smile.
We have had the time of our lives and we really want to thank you for making it happen for us. Hopefully we will be back soon.
Tour was amazing! We really enjoy it and definetely we would reccomend you.
Oye guide was awsome, he is really prepared to explain all history about the Tibet and buddism. He was so helpful till the last minute!! Also driver was really kind.
Maybe my only suggestion, is that you should include some local actual life attraction or sightseeing, that is not related to religion, so you can get to know how is Lhasa now a days, apart from religion.
Thanx for everything!!
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Anais Visited Drepung Monastery, Lhasa
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