The trip begins and ends in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. This 17day Kailash Mansarovar full moon tour and Guge Kingdom exploration is an in-depth adventure to western Tibet with a trip to the sacred Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar ono full moon dates. Throughout the tour, you will get to enjoy the natural beauty, religious atmosphere, and exotic culture and architecture. Besides, the majestic snowcapped peaks, limitless western Tibet, and numerous stunning high altitude lakes, etc. will add thrill to your trip to the mysterious Tibet.
The tour begins with the trip to the renowned Potala Palace, then to Jokhang monastery and many others in Lhasa. After that, we will move westwards to Ngari prefecture to tour the holy Mansarovar Lake and explore the lost civilization of the Guge Kingdom. We will also engage in Kora around sacred Mt. Kailash, the world’s center to people of many religions. Then we head towards Tingri from where we will trip towards Everest Base Camp and Rongbuk Monastery. Later, the tour ends with a visit to Pelkor CHode and Kumbum stupa in Gyantse, and Yamdrok Lake.
Explore the sunlight city Lhasa, with a visit to its most famous attractions including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung, and Sera Monastery among many others
Engage in Kora in the Barkhor city, Lhasa’s charming medieval pilgrim circuit
See the marvelous turquoise water of Yamdrok-Tso, one of Tibet’s most sacred lakes
Visit Shigatse and Gyantse, two of the crucial cities of Tsang
Climb the sparkling Gyantse Kumbum and pray to the giant 26m gold Buddha at Tashilhunpo monastery
Enjoy the three-day pilgrimage trek around Mt. Kailash
Explore the ruins of the ancient Guge Kingdom at Traparang
Hike in the sandy shore of holy Mansarovar
- All necessary permits in Tibet
- Entrance fees for every tourist sites listed in the itinerary
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- All ground transfers as per itinerary
- An experienced English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group
- Excellent hotel accommodation with a twin sharing room
- All Service Charge & Government Taxes
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Tibet Handy Map
- Drinking water Provided during the trip
- International flight
- Domestic flight or train to and out of Lhasa
- Tips and gratuities to tour guide and driver
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone calls, snacks, soft drinks (please try to avoid alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
Arrival at Lhasa
Upon your arrival at the airport, our airport representative will welcome you and escort you to the hotel. Along the way, the representative will provide a brief explanation of your further trip to Tibet. On the way to the hotel, you can enjoy a beautiful view of Tibet’s natural wonders, architecture, culture, and lifestyle. After you reach the hotel, check-in and simply relax for the day. It is essential to get enough rest so that you get adapted to a high altitude environment. Newcomers of Tibet are prone to altitude sickness, so take it easy for a few days. It will help to drink plenty of water and eat enough fruits and vegetables.
Lhasa sightseeing tour
After breakfast, we begin our trip of sightseeing in Lhasa. We will visit the Potala Palace, the winter home of Dalai Lama. Tibetans proudly refer to the palace as the prime miracle since the creation of the world. With the golden roof shining in the sun, the castle is visible from any distance. You can spend time exploring the rooms used by the previous Dalai Lama and also rooms of many Buddhist icons. Afterward, we visit the Jokhang Temple. The Jokhang temple consists of many small temples within it dedicated to particular beings, protectors, high lamas, or saints. You will see paintings and sculptures everywhere in the temple. Walls are full of images of clouds, people, mandalas, or decorative patterns. There are also colorful silk banners with t=height about three stories hung in various places. You will see different colors, paintings, and patterns all around you. The main image inside the structure is the 30-foot high golden image of Maitreya Buddha. After Jokhang Temple, we stroll around the street beside the temple, Barkhor street. Barkhor Street is the oldest street in Tibet. Here, pilgrims hoard to do Kora around Jokhang Temple. You will smell yak butter and incense throughout the road. Barkhor street also consists of numerous shops so that you can buy handicraft souvenirs here.
Lhasa sightseeing tour
After breakfast, we make a trip to Drepung Monastery. Drepung monastery is one of the Great Three monasteries of Tibet. The monastery holds more than 10 thousand monks. The monastery looks like a heap of rice from afar. Thus, its name comes from this fact; Drepung means Collecting Rice in the Tibetan language. Afterward, we will visit the Sera monastery. Sera Monastery is also one of the great three monasteries of Tibet. We will hike around to enjoy the beautiful valley near the monastery. Here, we can even stop for a picnic and enjoy the food amidst the beautiful nature. Created in 1419, the Sera monastery is a prominent Buddhist seminary. The monastery’s name Sera translates to the court of wild rose. You will notice lots of roses inside and around the monastery. The major attraction of the monastery is the monk’s debate, held Monday to Friday between 3-5 pm.
Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse
After exploring Lhasa and getting adapted to a high altitude environment, On the way, you will get the chance to enjoy the vast Tibetan landscape. At the same time, you go for a hike along the turquoise waters of Lake Yamdrok. Lake Yamdrok is one of the four holy lakes in Tibet. You can see this sparkling lake from the peak of the Kamba La at the height of 4700 meters. The lake lies below the road and looks like a scorpion. In the distance, you will see a majestic Mt. Nojon Kangstsang. From here, we move past the Karo La pass and Simi La to move towards Gyantse. Along the route, we will also pay a visit to Pelkor monastery, and the stunning Kumbum Stupa. Both built in the 15th century, lies on the northwestern edge of Gyantse. In the afternoon, we drive for around 90kilometers to Shigatse, the second-largest city of Tibet. It is also the traditional capital of Tsang.
Shigatse to Saga to Tingri
Today, we will get a chance to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama. This monastery is basically a walled town with paved and winding lanes that revolve around a glorious monastery. After enjoying the time at Tashilhunpo Monastery, we drive towards Saga via Lhatse and Sang Sang. On the way, we pass several lakes, towns, and high plateau nomadic sites. Then, we move towards Sagayou, where we will visit the Sakya Monastery, the first monastery, and the seat of the Sakya School. Finally, we will reach Tingri, where we will acclimatize the high altitude.
Tingri to Rongbuk Monastery
After breakfast, we have to drive for about three hours to reach Rongbuk through a 90 km new twisting road in the mountains. Passing through the torrent and towering mountains and the wild grassland, you can see the splendid mountain backdrop. If the day is clear, you can get a panoramic view of some of the tallest mountains, including Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m) and Mt Makalu (8481m). You might also get to see the mesmerizing sunset over the mighty Everest.
Everest Base Camp to Saga
We have to wake up early in the morning to get the view of the sun rising over the summit of Mount Everest. From Rongbuk, we will go to EBC to view the sunrise. After visiting Everest Base Camp, we drive towards Saga County via the old Tingri road, which passes through the isolated plain of Digur Tang. Along the route, we can get mesmerizing views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Shishapangma (8012m). After descending towards the Peikhu-tso Lake, we drive towards Saga. Saga is a small town within a distance of about 69 kilometers from Peikhu Tso Lake.
Day Eight :
Saga to Darchen via Lake Mansarovar
In the morning, we first drive about 167 kilometers from Saga to Drongpa County, which is at the sources of Brahmaputra River. Then, we will make a short trip to Lake Mansarovar, the sacred lake of both Tibetan and Hinduism. You can enjoy a relaxing tour around the lakeshore and immerse in the natural beauty of the Lake Mansarovar with shining silver mountains in the background. You might also see many pilgrims praying and circling the lakeshore. In the late afternoon, we will reach Darchen. Darchen is a small town that lies at the base of Mount Kailash. The trek guide will help you to arrange trekking yaks and porters and to make preparation for your next three days’ trekking around Mt.Kailash.
Kora day one- Darchen to Drirapuk
This is the first day of Kora around Mt. Kailash. We will take the eco-friendly bus from Darchen to Sarshung village. Here, your trekking crew will be waiting for you. The distance from Darchen to Sarshung village is 8 kilometers, and it takes around 40minutes by bus. After we reach the Sarshung village, we begin our trip on foot. Walking for around a couple of hours, we will reach a grassy plain with nomads’ settlement. From here, it will take another two hours to reach the Dirapuk. Today, we will spend the night at the tent guesthouse of the monastery.
Kora Day two – Drirapuk to Dzultripuk
Today’s trek is the most challenging trek of the whole kora. We will be crossing the most straining circuit with the Dolma La Pass that lies around 6.4 kilometers ahead of Drirapuk. After we reach the Dolma La Pass, we take a short break while enjoying the magnificent view from the pass. Then, we walk for about an hour from the pass down to reach the Lhachu valley floor. From here, we still have to walk around four hours to reach our final destination for the day. There are no shelters on the way, so we need to reach the destination to spend the night. Walking on the right side of the river, we will eventually get to Dzultripuk (with a miracle cave of Milarepa). After you reach, take a good night’s rest and prepare for tomorrow’s departure.
Kora day three- Dzultripuk to Darchen and drive to Zada
This is the final day of Kora around Mt. Kailash. The day starts with a trip to Milarepa’s cave. There are many temples and shrines built around this cave. After visiting the cave, we walk back to Darchen. The walk back to Darchen is quite easy, and we will reach the exit from the valley within three hours. After we exit the valley, we will take the vehicle parked there and drive to Zada.
Day tour around the Guge Kingdom
After breakfast, we head out to explore the lost kingdom, Guge Kingdom. We will visit Tsaparang, the oldest center of the Guge Kingdom, and the former Summer Palace of the kings. However, Tsaparang vanished in the middle of the 17th century. And then, we will visit the Toling Monastery, built by Richen Zangpo in the 10th century. It was once Ngari’s most important monastic complex, and the monastery is still an essential cultural heritage of Ngari.
Travel back from the Guge Kingdom to Mansarovar
Today, we drive back to Mansarovar along the incoming road. We spend the night in a guest house near the Mansarovar.
Mansarovar Lake to Saga
After breakfast, once again, we enjoy the beauty of sacred lake Mansarovar. Then, we drive back to Saga, where we will spend the night.
Saga to Shigatse
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we depart from Saga and drive to the stunning alpine lake, Pleiku-tso. We will take a short lunch break at Peiku-tso. Here, you can get an amazing sight of the lake with Shishapangma in the backdrop. After lunch, we will continue our trip back to Shigatse, where we will spend the night.
Shigatse to Lhasa
The trip almost comes to an end. We drive back from Shigatse to Lhasa, on this day. And spend the night in Lhasa.
Today, we have to bid farewell to each other. If you have a flight in the afternoon or later, you can enjoy the morning shopping in Barkhor Street. Barkhor Street has numerous shop that sells unique handicrafts. These handicrafts will make a perfect souvenir.
Our airport representative will transfer you to the airport at the scheduled time of your flight.