Kailash Everest Base Camp Tour visits incredible monuments and ancient places, trekking the holy Kailash kora deep in the Himalayas, seeing spectacular landscapes adorned with prayer flags, exploring bustling Lhasa, listening to monks debating at a monastery, experiencing the thrill of Everest Base Camp.
Either from Nepal or mainland China travel to Tibet, the roof of the world. Witness the splendor of the Potala Palace, the backdrop of Everest, and the majesty of remote monasteries before arriving for a hike at Asia’s most sacred mountain, Mt Kailash. This is comprehensive Tibetan tour features small 4X4 vehicles to get off the beaten track, local Tibetan guides to lead the way. So make sure you camera’s charged and be prepared to have your breath taken away by mesmerizing Tibet.
Kailash Everest Tour holiday is classic tour designed for maximum variety; these trips are geared towards travelers searching for a health mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures. On a tour the service level will be standard where you will have genuine experience at reasonable prices. Comfortable tourist class hotel and guest houses with character and mix of private and public transportation are provided.
Everest Base Camp Tour is a physical demanding tour may include high altitude hiking of up to 8 hours per day and other activities that require a moderately high level of fitness. This is a small group trips average about 2 to 12 travelers per departure, depending on the adventure. The maximum is usually no more than 16.
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Tibet Travel Permit & Visas
Please note that visa for China are the responsibility of the individual traveler. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. For the most up to date information please check your government’s foreign ministry website or with us as rules keep change. It is important that you check for yourself. For most travelers there will probably have an embassy and consulate in the country that you live in.
China Visa: You will need to organize a China visa yourselves before your trip commences.
Your Chinese visa must be valid for the entire time you are in China including Tibet.
As Tibet is still a sensitive area for travel we suggest you refrain from listing Tibet as one of the places you are going to visit as your application for a visa will be denied. We suggest you list the areas of Beijing and Xian, when filling in your application. For entry to Tibet, we will arrange for a Tibet Permit for the group as a whole. You must send copy of passport and Chinese visa to us in order for the Tibet permit to be issued. Please note, if you are going to book this tour within 60 days to departure you must have all your travel documentation i.e. Chinese Visa, updated Passport ready for submission.
Nepal visa are available at the Nepal border town of Kodari - USD25 in USD cash + 1 photo. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation.
Day 1: Arrive in Lhasa
You will be received by our representative once arrive in Lhasa and transfer to the hotel. This historic city is situated in a small valley, 3700m above sea level. Lhasa rose to take an important role in the administration of the country over 1300 years ago.
Day 2/3: Lhasa tour
Although little of the 7th-Century Lhasa survives, the 1600s saw a second stage of renovation and development, which included the building of the Potala Palace. Perched on Red Hill overlooking the town, this massive structure dominates the landscape with grace and dignity - a true architectural wonder.
The Jokhang Temple is the spiritual heart of Tibet and also the most active. Prostrating pilgrims circle the temple endlessly, day and night, some of them traversing the extremes of the Tibetan landscape by foot to celebrate and express their faith. Nearby are the huge monastic universities of Drepung and Sera are still active institutions.
Begin with a tour of the Jokhang and make a kora (circumambulation) of the Barkhor, the holiest devotional circuit, which surrounds the Jokhang and houses a market bazaar where people bargain for Buddha images, yak skulls with ruby eyes, woodcarvings, carpets, prayer wheels and the odd goat\\\'s head. Visit the Potala Palace and either the Sera or Drepung Monastery leaving plenty of time for your own explorations of this wonderful city.
Day 4: Lhasa -Gyantse
The drive to Gyantse is a spectacular one, crossing three passes over 5000 meters and skirting the shores of the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdrok Tso. Once of major importance as a wool trading centre on the routes between India, Sikkim, Bhutan, Tibet and China, Gyantse retain the feel of old Tibet. The imposing hill fortress, Gyantse Dzong, dominates views of the town and is a great place for sunset views over the town. Visit Pelkor Chode Monastery, founded in 1418, and the unique Gyantse Kumbum (meaning 100,000 images) which forms a 3-dimensional mandala containing a seemingly endless series of tiny chapels full of Buddhist images – Buddhas, demons, protectors and saints.
Day 5: Gyantse -Shigatse
The drive to Shigatse is a spectacular one. Shigatse is Tibet\\\'s second-largest town, and the seat of the Panchen Lama who ranks second in importance to the Dalai Lama. The huge complex of Tashilunmpo is visited daily by hundreds of devotees, armed with yak butter to fuel the lamps, who prostrate themselves around the stupas or walk up to the chapel that houses the 26m-high, gold-plated statue of the future Buddha. Perhaps we will join the pilgrims on their evening kora (circumambulation) around the perimeter of the monastery.
Shigatse bazaar also buzzes with life. Stalls selling everything from slabs of yak butter to yak wool, prayer wheels and rosaries, line the streets while Tibetans vie with each other to win a sale. Be tempted by the antiques, jewelry and fur hats with elaborate gold brocade designs or perhaps visit the carpet factory where hand-woven carpets are made showcasing traditional designs.
Day 6: Shigatse -Rongbuk & Everest Base Camp
An exhilarating drive brings us to Rombuk Monastery (5000m), only 7km below Everest Base Camp. The view from here is utterly spectacular! Rombuk is certainly the highest monastery in the world and the views that surround are breathtaking. The monastery here was first built in 1902 by the Nyingma Lama and originally housed more than 500 monks. Today, only about 50 monks and nuns remain, sharing the same prayer hall but with separate residences. The energetic can make the 7km hike to Base Camp for a closer view of this magnificent mountain and for the rest - the bus is a go.
Day 7: Rongbuk-New Dongba
Drive across the Tibetan grasslands and a number of high passes. The scenery is fantastic and, depending on the time of year, you may see nomadic herders and their livestock. Accommodation in New Dongba can be quite basic – shared toilets, no running water and often only multi-share rooms available. All part of the adventure!
Day 8: New Dongba –Darchen.
It is a long but scenic drive to Darchen. Today we can see the first view of holy Mount Kailash.
Day 9: Darchen -Dirapuk
Arriving after a long and scenic drive up from Saga, the Kailash kora is physically demanding due to altitude. The highest point, the Drolma Pass is 5630 meters and most people will find this tough going. However we take it slowly, taking 2.5 days to complete the 53km circuit while most Tibetans will complete the kora in a single day. If you are unable to participate in the kora it is possible to remain in Darchen with our drivers.
Day 10: Dirapuk -Zhuthulpuk
The second day of the kora is particularly long, but is within the capabilities of any reasonably healthy person. Accommodation on the kora is extremely basic and food options are limited in their variety. It is a good idea to bring snacks (chocolate, muesli bars etc.). Kailash is also the geographical watershed of South Asia; here its great rivers are born - the Indus, the Sutlej, the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) and the Karnali / Ganges. At its foot lies the most venerated of Tibet\\\'s lakes, Manasarovar. The ‘Lake Conceived from the Mind of God’ is a brilliant turquoise expanse of water, pure beyond conventional scientific confirmation.
Day 11: Zhuthulpuk –Manasarovar Lake
Completing the kora we drive to Lake Manasarovar, spending the night in the guest house of one of the lakeside monasteries. Of incredible geomantic power, Kailash (Sanskrit) or Kang Rinpoche (Tibetan) marks the center of the Earth for Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Bon. To Buddhists it is the abode of Demchok, the wrathful manifestation of Buddha Sakyamuni. To Hindus it is the dwelling of Shiva, the destroyer. According to the Sanskrit tradition of Vishnu Purana, it is a representation of Mount Meru, the cosmic mountain at the center of the universe. It is the place where the founder of Bon descended to Earth and where the founder of the Jain faith was spiritually awakened.
Day 12: Manasarovar Lake –Paryang
It is nearly 200km drive takes for 5/6 hours.
Day 13: Paryang to Saga
Today we will retrace the route south, reflecting on the magical mountain, body of water, and devout pilgrims we just had the opportunity to witness.
Day 14: Saga -Zhangmu
The road down to the highway takes approx 4 hours is a rough one – but spectacular views adequately compensate – Qomolangma, the Mt Everest and Cho Oyo are visible for much of the way. Another 5 hours to Zhangmu crosses one of the most spectacular of passes – topped with prayer flags and wind-driven prayer wheels. You truly feel on top of the world.
Days 15: Zhangmu -Kathmandu
A very short drive in morning brings us to the border. After completing Chinese immigration we drive down to the bridge where we say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and drivers. Complete Nepal immigration and start drive to Kathmandu. It is only 132km to Kathmandu, but it can be a slow trip – the first section of the road is narrow and winding as it continues down the ravine and occasionally blocked by landslides.
Days 16: Kathmandu Airport
Transfer to Kathmandu airport to get your flight back to home. It needs to be at Kathmandu airport at least 3 hours before your schedule flight time. Thank you for join us this tour and say good bye to Kathmandu, Nepal.