Let's go to Tibet Tour

  • Price:US $1700 per person
  • Duration: 16 Days and 15 Nights
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Tour Pace: Leisure
  • Departure: Flexible
  • Hi Altitude: 3,650 m
  • Physical Demand:Very High
  • Main Attractions: Potala Palace, Mt Kailash, Manasarovar lake, Guge kingdom, Sand dune.
  • Tour Code:TB-LA-4D
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This tour will take your to the “Roof of the World”- Ali prefecture, with an average altitude exceeding 4,500m above sea level. It is famous for its remoteness. Its holy mountains and lakes are important to followers of Buddhism, the Bon, Hinduism and Jainism, attracting many religious believers from Nepal and India every year. Three days of trekking around Mount Kailash gives plenty of time to enjoy the unique landscape of Tibet.

Recommended Groups: highly recommended for students, youth and couples, and especially photographers.

Conditions: This tour takes you from the center of Tibet to the very west of Tibet. It is a long journey. You will spend about 6-8 hours per day on the car but the road condition is good for most sections except for raining or winter season.

Best time: Between May and early October is the best time to visit Ali prefecture. Avoid July and August as they are simultaneously the peak season and rainy season. Parts of the roads might be closed during winter time and rainy season. It may be too cold to travel to Ali prefecture from November to March.

Day 1 Lhasa Arrival

Welcome to the roof of the world! You will be pick up at the airport or train station, then be escorted to your hotel in Lhasa city at the comfort of your own private vehicle. En route, enjoy the breathtaking view along the Yarlong Tsangpo River. Tibetan features can be seen along the way, including Big Buddha engravings on the hill near the road, colorful prayer flags and friendly Tibetan people.

After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city at the top of the world.

Tips of today: 1. Go for some walking to acclimate the high altitude but avoid strenuous activity after arrival; 2. You’d better not have bath; 3. Drink more water, and have some fruit; 4. Have a good rest.

Day 2 Lhasa Sight seeing

After breakfast, you will firstly visit the Norbulingka Park, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama. Explore the beautiful gardens and experience one of the most holy sites in Tibetan Buddhism while soaking up the rich history. Next, come to Drepung Monastery, which was once the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday. Learn about the lives of Tibetan monks.

Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, where you will get the chance to experience “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. These debates are unique to Sera and are quite famous. Enjoy the debates!

Tips of today: 1. Obey Buddhist manners and talk appropriately. 2. Feel free to ask tour guide questions about Buddhism or else; 3. Don't forget take your sun glasses and suncream.

Day 3 Wondering Lhasa

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.

Tips of today: 1. Don't climb the Potala in a rush, which may cause hard breath; 2 Please don't disturb pilgrims. You can take pictures from a distance. 3. Don't fear to bargain and compare price if you do shopping in Barkor Street; 3. If you still have energy in the evening, you can go to the square on your own in front of the Potala Palace around 8:30pm to enjoy the 2-hours music fountain for free; 4. On this day, you will be mainly outside, please bring plenty of water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses.

Days 4 Lhasa to Shigatse

Today you will drive from Lhasa to Shigatse (6.5-hrs). En route, you’ll stop to see Yamdrok Lake, one of three most famous holy lakes in Tibet. For Tibetans, it is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and the home of the “wrathful deities”. The scenery of turquoise blue water in the lake with the reflection of surrounding snow-capped mountains is awesome. After arrival in Gyantse, you will tour Pelkor Monastery to admire fancy frescoes, statues and sculptures.Overnight at Shigatse.

Tips: The road condition from Lhasa to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake is rough road around mountains. Feel free to ask your driver to stop and have a rest on the road.

Day 5 Shigatse to Lhatse

Drive to Lhatse from Shigatse today. Enjoy the stunning landscape along the way up to Lhatse. Stay overnight in Lhatse. 308km, 6-7 hours

Tips: Feel free to ask the driver to stop the vehicle so you can take breaks to stretch your legs and take pictures! Also, make sure you bring snacks and water with you.

Day 6 Lhatse to Saga

Drive to Saga from Lhatse today. Enjoy the stunning landscape along the way up to Saga. Drive through typical Tibetan villages where you can see how normal Tibetans live. Stay overnight in Saga. Saga's altitude is 4,640m above sealevel. Very close to the Nepalese/China border, you will see a garrison of Chinese border soldiers in Saga that patrol the area. Saga is the last stop for pilgrims and travelers on their way to Mt. Kailash.

Distance: 300km, 8-9 hours

Tips: Feel free to get out in the villages to take pictures and explore a little bit. Make sure you bring snacks and water.

Day 7 Saga to Prayang,

After early breakfast, proceed to Paryang. Drive through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders. There are many opportunities to take great pictures! Stay overnight at a hotel in Prayang.

Distance: 200km, 6-7 hours

Tips: On this day the road is quite flat, hence the drive will be comfortable compared to other days.

Day 8 Paryang to Hor Quo and Mansarovar Lake

Today, you’ll arrive at the Holy Mansarovar Lake after a 5-6 hour drive. This holy lake is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world (4,590m above sealevel). It is also one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. In Hinduism Lake Manasa Sarovar is a personification of purity, and one who drinks water from the lake is believed to be cleansed of all his sins committed over even a hundred lifetimes. The lake is very popular in Buddhist literature and associated with many teachings and stories in Buddhism. Lord Buddha, it is reported, stayed and meditated near this lake on several occasions. Mansarovar Lake attracts thousands of tourists and religious people every year from all over the world. Spend the night camping on the bank of Holy Mansarovar Lake.

Distance: 223km, 5-6 hours

Tips: The restaurants in the area are not so good, so it is best if you bring plenty of food with you.

Day 9 Mansarovar Lake to Darchen

Today, enjoy the sunrise over Mansarovar Lake, and then have a picnic lunch on the bank of the Holy Lake. Later, drive to Darchen (4,575m), s small village with a couple of guesthouses located beneath the majestic holy Mount Kailash.

During auspicious pilgrimage times, Darchen will be flooded with Pilgrims with hundreds of tents all over the small village. Darchen is both the beginning and end point of the Kora.

Distance: 223km, 5-6 hours

Stay overnight at Hotel Darchen.

Day 10 Trek to Dirapuk Monastery

Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs, 20km

Trek from Darchen (4,560m) to Dirapuk Monastery (4,750m). The trek is a gradual walk with local pilgrims chanting and praying along the way. Camp on nice grassy meadows with a view of Kailash, northwest face at Dirapuk for overnight halt.

Day 11 Trek to Zutulpuk Monastery

Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs, 15km

Trek from Dirapuk Monastery to Zutulpuk Monastery by crossing Drolma-la Pass (5,200m) before quickly descending to Dzutul-puk monastery (Dzutul-puk means "magical cave" in Tibetan). Camp overnight near the monastery, beneath Mt. Kailash.

Day 12 Trek back to Darchen

Trekking Time: 4-5 hrs,14km

The winding trails finally end at our holy pilgrimage site after roughly a 5 hour trek. Stay overnight at Darchen.

Day 13 Darchen to Paryang

After breakfast, drive to Paryang. Stay overnight at Paryang.

Distance:250km, 6-7 hours

Day 14 Paryang to Saga

After breakfast, drive back to Saga. Stay overnight in Saga. There will be many pilgrims and travelers going toward Mt. Kailash. Soak in the atmosphere!

distance: 255km, 6-7 hour

Tips: Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to take great pictures of the beautiful area and the pilgrims

Day 15 Saga to Zhangmu

Drive from Saga to Zhangmu, Stay overnight at Zhangmu.

Distance: 240km, 6-7 hours

Day 4 Departure from Lhasa

Today is free for you until your tour guide Drive to Friendship-Bridge which links Kathmandu and Tibet. And fly to Nepal or your next destination.

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.

Prices 2015
Tour codeDestinationdurationtour type1 person2-5 person6-9 personmore than 10
TB-LA-4DLhasa City 4 days Private Tours$470 $450$430$400
TB-SG-6DShigatse and Lhasa 6 daysPrivate Tours $780$750$700$650
TB-CT-7DNyingchi and Lhasa 7 days Private Tours $800$780$750$700
TB-NM-5DLhasa and Namtso 5 days Private tours $680 $650$620 $580
Price per Person: More people, you will get more discount, Extra charge applicable for not included in Itinerary

What's included in this price?

1. Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
2. Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
3. All necessary Tibet travel permits.
4. All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Above three star rated hotels in towns and city. Guest house or tent in remote areas.
5. Meals, depend as noted in the itinerary.
6. Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
7. All Service Charges (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
8. Accident / Casualty Help

What's excluded in this price?

1. China visa, all air tickets and train tickets to and from Tibet.
2. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
3. Meals not listed in the itinerary.
4. Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
5. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
6. Excess Baggage Charges.
7. Single room supplement.

Value for money:

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 ensure the lowest possible price is to invite more people on the trip. 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.


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