16 Days Tibet Kailash Xinjiang Land Trip

Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Saga - Manasarovar - Darchen - 3 Days Kailash Kora - Guge Kingdom - Pangongtso - Dahongliutan - Yecheng - Kashgar

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Featuring the 3-day Mt. Kailash Kora and the challenging Xinjiang-Tibet National Highway G219, this tour is for the ones who inhabit a spirit of adventure and self-integrity. After visiting iconic attractions in Lhasa, you will head for Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash via Gyantse, Shigatse, and Saga. After the 3 days Mt. Kailsh Kora, you are to visit ruins of the ancient Guge Kingdom which possessed glorious wealth and civilization but disappeared mysteriously overnight, and the legendary Pangongtso Lake which is fresh in the eastern part but saline in the western.

Traveling along G219 Highway, the highest in the world, you can pass through solitary plains and endless desert, see desolate no man's land and unrestrained wild animals, getting a glimpse of places unlike any others in the world and experiencing different feelings inspired by the unique environment.

Itinerary Day by Day

Day1 Arrive in Lhasa (3650m)

Upon your arrival at Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station, you will be greeted by our guide and escorted to hotel in Lhasa downtown. Then, you can take a good rest in hotel to acclimatize to the high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day2 Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street

Today, you will visit the famous Potala Palace to watch the grandest chapels of its kind, the jeweled burial chorten of past Dalai Lamas, statuary, frescoes, and paintings. Then you will visit Jokhang Temple, the holiest temple in Tibet worshipped by numerous pilgrims all over Tibet. You can see the stature of Sakyamuni at the age of 12 in the temple. Afterward, you can visit Barkhor Street, the biggest bazaar in Lhasa where a variety of Tibetan handicrafts, ambers, jewelry, and costume can be found. The stroll around Barkhor is the well-known pilgrimage circuit circumambulating Jokhang Temple.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day3 Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery

Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet which used to be home to more than 10,000 monks, was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. Situated at the foot of Gebeiwoze Mountain, it is divided into two different colleges, Drepung Loselling and Drepung Gomang College.

After having lunch, you’ll continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The monastery includes Sere “jhe” and Sera “may”, but all monks assemble at “Tsokhang chenmo” and pray together there. The highlight of Sera is the monks debate in the courtyard in the afternoon. Besides, you can also try Drepung and Sera Monastery kora if you don’t feel tired.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day4 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse(360km)

Today, we will drive from Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse. On the way, you will cross over the Gampala Pass (4,700m) and have far view of Yamdrok Lake glimmering in fabulous shade of turquoise. Later, you can admire Korola Glacier on the roadside. When in Gyantse, you can visit Pelkor Monastery and the 35 meters high Kumbum Stupa with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome. At last, you’ll arrive at Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day5 Shigatse - Saga (450km)

Drive along the asphalt road from Shigatse to Saga.

Stay overnight in Saga.

Day6 Saga - Lake Manasarovar (500km)

You will pass by Drongpa County, a region around the source of Brahmaputra River about 167km from Saga, and you can see guesthouses, restaurants, and Old Drongpa Monastery along the way. Then you will pass by New Drongpa and Paryang before reaching Lake Manasarovar.


Day7 Lake Manasarovar - Darchen (30km)

You can walk around the lake and appreciate the snow-capped mountains on the background. You can also see Tibetans and Hindus praying and circling around the lakeshore. In summer, flocks of birds gather on the lake, making this holy place more lively than usual.

Stay overnight in Darchen.

Day8 Trek Day One: Darchen - Drirapuk (11km)

The outer circuit of Mt. Kailash Kora is about 52km. It starts and ends in Darchen with the highest point at Dolmala Pass on the second trek day. A few kilometers from Darchen, you will arrive at Sarshung Valley to meet porters, yaks, and horses. After 2 hours, you can come across a grassy plain populated by nomads and have sweet tea there. Trek for another 2 hours or more to reach Drirapuk (4920m). You can camp or rest in the monastery's guest house made from cement with better facilities than others in Drirapuk.

Camp or stay overnight in guesthouse.

Day9 Trek Day Two: Drirapuk - Dzutripuk (22km)

Today is the most challenging day of the Mt. Kailash Kora because you need to climb over Dolmala Pass (5630m), which is about 6.4km away but 762m higher than Drirapuk. After taking a rest on the peak of Dolmala Pass, you will trek about 1.5 hours to Lhachu Valley via staircase. Then trek about 4 hours to today's final destination Dzultripuk (miracle cave of Milarepa). You are advised to start the trek early so as to arrive at Dzultripuk earlier because this is the only lodging area with limited rooms.

Camp or stay overnight in guesthouse.

Day10 Trek Day Three: Dzutripuk - Darchen (11km)

After visiting the caves, temple and shrines built around Milarepa’s cave with tour guide, you will trek for about 3 hours to the exit of the valley, and take a car ride to Darchen.

Stay overnight in Darchen.

Day11 Darchen - Zanda (240km)

Today, you will enter Stujey Valley and arrive at Zanda County to visit Guge Kingdom and Tholing Monastery. Zanda County is the current name for the region of Guge Kingdom, and the county's capital is Tholing. Tholing Monastery, the oldest monastery in the Nagri Prefecture, was founded by Richen Zangpo in the 10th century. It was also the main religious center of Guge Kingdom after inviting the great Indian master ATISHA.

Stay overnight in Zanda.

Day12 Zanda - Pangongtso Lake (395km)

Today you will traverse among the vast Ngari Prefecture to Pangongtso Lake. You can appreciate the mysterious view of Pangongtso Lake, one part of which is inside Tibet while the other part is in Indian Territory.

Camp by the lakeshore.

Day13 Pangongtso - Domar - Dahongliutan (433km)

The road condition to Domar is bad and becomes worse after passing it. After passing Tialongtan-la Pass which is more than 5000 meters above sea level, it still takes 7-8 hours to get to Dahongliutan.

Stay overnight in Dahongliutan.

Day14-15 Dahongliutan - Yecheng (499km)

The driving time of this section depends on the road and weather conditions. On the way, you will enjoy the awe-inspiring Kunlun Mountain Ranges on the right side and the Karakorum Mountain Ranges on the left side. After passing by Mazar and Chiragsaldi Pass, you will arrive in Yecheng. Situated at the edge of the Taklamakan, Yecheng is a city with a pretty Bazaar inhabited by Uigur and Han Chinese.

Stay overnight in Yecheng.

Day16 Yechen - Kashgar (250km)

Kashgar is the largest oasis of China. Driving along the smooth asphalt road, you can admire the characteristic landscape of Taklamakan Desert composed of grey-black rocks and sand dunes. If you arrive in Kashgar on Sunday, you can experience its famous Sunday Market, one of the largest weekly markets in Asia. You can see full-load donkey trucks carrying vegetable, fruits vendors, children and women in the market.

End tour in Kashgar.

Service Inclusion

  1. Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  2. All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  3. Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  4. Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  5. All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  6. Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  7. All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  8. Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  9. First aid kit;

Service Exclusion

  1. International flight to and out of China;
  2. Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  3. Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  4. Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  5. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  6. Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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