17 Days Northern Mt Kailash(Ali) Tour
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17 Days Northern Mt Kailash(Ali) Tour

2018 join in tour: A trip to visit Mt. Kailash (Gyantse,Shigatse,EBC,Lake Manasarovar, Mt. Kailash, Tsada Earth Forest, Site of Ancient Guge Kingdom, etc.) 17 days Round Trip to Northern Tibet. We provide online consultation and tour reservation service with a introduction of Tibet travel advice including Tibet sightseeing places, customs, religious, food and weather.

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17 Days Northern Mt Kailash(Ali) Tour

  • lhasa
  • yamdrok lake
  • shigatse
  • mt.everest
  • lake manasarova
  • kailash trek
  • saga
  • namtso

17 Day

$ 1960

Itinerary Highlights

    Fixed Departure time, a good choice for travelers perfer joining in group tours

    Explore the "unmanned zone" - a paradise of wild animals and birds

    Admire the center of the world - Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar

    Search for the ancient Guge Kingdom

    Enjoy the unique scenery of Tsada Tulin

  • Itinerary Details
  • Tour Cost
  • Service Included
  • Trip Notes
Day 1 Chengdu Arrival
Hotel: Overnight at Chengdu 3-star hotel Meals:dinner

Upon your arrival in Chengdu, your driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. (One night’s hotel in Chengdu is provided free with this tour)

Day 2 Lhasa Arrival
Hotel: Lhasa Hotel (3-star/4-star) Meals:Welcome dinner

Your private guide and driver will pick up you at Lhasa's airport or train station and bring you to your hotel.

To preempt altitude sickness, we suggest you have a good rest and do not get too excited. We haven’t arranged any activity for this first day of your trip, in order to give you time to acclimatize. There is a chance you might suffer from symptoms of altitude sickness, including abnormal tiredness or headache. If you need any help, your guide is on 24-hour standby. If you feel good, feel free to explore this gorgeous ancient city on your own. Take it easy and move slowly.

Tip:
Always ask your guide whether you can take a photo inside of monasteries.

Enjoy some time on the square in front of the Potala Palace at night. It’s a good chance to see more of the locals, as Lhasa people like to get together there at night

Tibet Tours

Lhasa Tours

 

Day 3 Lhasa City Sightseeing - Potala Palace - Jokhang Temple - Barkhor Street
Hotel: Lhasa Hotel (3-star/4-star) Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

This is your 2rd day in Tibet, so you should be physically ready for Potala Palace—the palace with a lot of steps.

Climb up to Potala Palace, Tibet’s iconic landmark. You’ll see a lot of precious decorated statues, Buddhist scriptures and murals inside. Your guide will reveal to you the interesting history of the palace.

Visit Jokhang Temple (elevation 3,700 m), said to be the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. You will see many pilgrims prostrating themselves near the temple. Take part with locals in the 20-minute walk with prayer wheels, clockwise around Jokhang Temple. Take a stroll round Barkhor Street and see some Tibetan handicrafts.

Tip:
There are 1,080 steps up to Potala Palace and climbing steps on the plateau is not easy. If it’s too demanding physically, you don’t have to climb all the steps, and your tour guide will adjust your route accordingly.

Day 4 Lhasa City Sightseeing - Sera Monastery – Drepung Monastery
Hotel: Lhasa Hotel (3-star/4-star) Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

Enjoy a hotel breakfast, and visit Norbulingka in the morning; formerly the summer palace for the Dalai Lamas. Nowadays, Norbulingka is a beautiful public park and a good place to see locals camping and picnicking in summer.

Watch a monks’ daily debate in Sera Monastery (elevation 4,000 m), the second most important monastery in Tibet. The debate not to be missed is held at 15:30 every day, except Sundays. Monks are happy to live in the monastery and study Buddhist scriptures there.

Later you will visit Drepung Monastery, renowned as the site for the annual Shoton Festival. If you visit in early August, you will have a chance to see for yourself this largest of Tibetan festivals.

General rules for visiting temples in Tibet: Cameras are not allowed in the temples or in the debate field, but taking photos with a cell phone is ok. When visiting a temple, your shoulders should be covered, and you should not wear shorts. Walk clockwise when visiting Barkhor Street.

Sera Monastery

Drepung

Day 5 Lhasa- Shigatse via Gyantse (360km)
Hotel: Overnight at Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel or similar Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Shigatse .On the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .

Later, we will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside; At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass; Then, we will arrive in Gyantse, historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the Far view of Gyangtse Fortress.

After one and a half driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we may visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).

Day 6 Shigatse to EBC (350 km)
Hotel: Overnight at Guest house or Tent. Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. Then, we’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can have lunch.

After that, we will pass Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). Shortly after we enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass(5198m).Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Everest Base Camp(5200m). You can get closer to gazt at the Mt. Everest peak. The sunset of golden Everest peak if time and weather permits at the lodging area.

ebc

Day 7 Everest Base Camp - Shishapangma Protection Zone – Pelkhu-tso - Saga (450 km)
Hotel: Guest house without private bathroom Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

Today we will drive the old Tingri Road to Saga County, with views of Mount Everest and Mount Shishapangma (elevation 8012 meters), which was the last of the world’s 8000-meter peaks to be climbed. The road conditions get rougher from the old Tingri Road as it runs parallel to the to the Himalayan mountain ranges and the Nepalese sides known as the Anapurna Ranges. The main road passes through the desolate plains of Digur Tang, with its enormous sand dunes contrasting with the neighboring snow peaks of Shishapangma and Langtang to the south. As we leave the Bum-chu basin, we will descend into the relatively lower elevations of the Pelkhu-tso (elevation 4600 meters), a cobalt blue lake. After checking out the lake, we’ll drive the additional 69 kilometers on to Saga County and spend the night in the small town of Saga.

saga

Day 8 Saga – Zhongba – Payang – Darchen - Mt. Kailash - Lake Manasarovar – Lhanag-tso (500 km)
Hotel: Guest house without private bathroom Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

On the way to Darchen, you will have a chance to appreciate the stunning view of the Saga valley between Gangdise Range and Himayala Range. Meanwhile, the beautiful grassland and local's villages can also be seen. As we cross the Mayomla Pass(5112M), you can enjoy the spectacular vista of Mt. Naimonanyi(7694M). Then we are supposed to pass by the holy Lake Manasarover and finally arrive at the southern foot of Mt.Kailash, the most holy mountain in Tibet.

Day 9 Full Day of Exploration at Lake Manasarovar
Hotel: Guest house without private bathroom Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

Today we will have a relaxing day with time to play around the lakeshore and explore the natural beauty of the lake. In the summer, flocks of swans gather on the lake, bringing grace and life to the area. You will also see many Tibetans and Hindus praying while circling around the lake with its beautiful backdrop of snow-capped mountains. We will spend the night in Darchen again tonight.

Day 10 Darchen – Tsada (300 km)
Hotel: Guest house without private bathroom Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

After our fun day at Lake Manasarovar, we will continue on another scenic route to Tsada, where we can enjoy the unique scenery of Tsada Tulin.

Day 11 Tsada – Guge Kingdom -Shiquanhe (350 km)
Hotel: Guest house without private bathroom Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

After breakfast, we will visit the ruins of the ancient Guge Kingdom and the Torling Monastery. Located in the Ngar Region of Tibet, the ruins of the Guge Kingdom were once an imperial estate, which fell into disrepair after the civil war revolt and the invasion of the 8 Allied Forces of foreign countries that destroyed the once prosperous state. Luckily the legendary kingdom has not been totally lost as much can still be learned from what remains of it today. After our visit there, we will continue on with more scenic driving to Shiquanhe where we will spend the night.

Day 12 Shiquanhe - Gegye - Gertse (700 km)
Hotel: Guest house without private bathroom Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

Today we will drive in an easterly direction from Ali to Gegye, about a 115-kilometer drive. We’ll make a stop in Gegye to refresh ourselves before continuing on to Gertse. Along the way we will cross over the beginnings of the Indus River and soon thereafter enter into a marshland with an abundance of bird life, including golden ducks and large black-necked cranes.

 

Day 13 Gertse - Dong Tso - Nyima (400 km)
Hotel: Guest house without private bathroom Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

In the morning we’ll set off for Nyima, a small village in northern Tibet. The road from Gertse to Nyima is muddy and difficult to pass, so it will take almost one full day to reach it. Along the way though, we will be able to see Dong Tso Lake and the Qingtang Grasslands, which are excellent spots for seeing the natural scenery of rural Tibet as well as Tibetan wildlife.

Day 14 Nyima – Bange (360 km)
Hotel: Guest house without private bathroom Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

Another interesting drive today from Nyima to Bange, where we will see Selin Tso and again have numerous opportunities to observe Tibet’s rare and unique wildlife.

Ali

Ali

Day 15 Bange - Namtso (200 km)
Hotel: Guest house without private bathroom Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

Today features more opportunities for wild animal and rural Tibetan scenery observation. As we will be in the rarely traveled areas of Tibet, the roads will be rough so it’s best to be prepared for the bumpy ride.

Day 16 Namtso – Lhasa (250 km)
Hotel: Lhasa Hotel (3-star/4-star) Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

We will arise early to view the magnificent sunrise over this holy sky lake before we begin the drive back to Lhasa. On our return journey we will pass the famous Yampanchen Hot Spring. If you are interested, we can make an optional stop here although the cost for visiting the hot spring is not included in the cost of the usual tour itinerary. You will have some free time this evening in Lhasa.

Day 17 Depart from Lhasa
Hotel: None Meals:breakfast

The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.

Class/Price for Per Person  Apr.1 to
Jun.24
Jun.25 to
Aug.25
Aug.26 to
Oct.15
Oct.16 to
Nov.15
Economic Class (3-Star Hotels) 0.00US$ 1980 US$ 1980 US$ 0.00 US$

 

Service Included:

Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;

All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;

Meals as specified in the itinerary;

Local tour Transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable Tourist Vehicle according to Group Size.;

Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group;

Comfortable Hotel Accommodations;

Service Charge & Government Taxes;

The above tour price does not include single room supplement. If you are a solo traveler, you need to share one room with another tourist (same sex in most cases); if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement. And the exact price depends on market fluctuation in high and off season of Tibet tour. For the exact price, please refer to your travel consultant.

Arrangements include planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Welcome Dinner in local restaurant when group members meet in Lhasa

Free Airport shuttle transfer between Lhasa Gongar airport and Hotel on designated time.

Group tours only include a welcome dinner after your arrival in Tibet.

Drinking water Provided during the trip

One shared big Oxygen tank in the car;

Tourist accident/casualty insurance;

Service Excluded:

International flight to and out of China;

Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (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.)

Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself.; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).

Tips to tour guide and driver, you are suggested to tip them 7 USD/day in total.;

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.

If extra help like Yaks, horses and porters is necessary for some clients, the local guide will help to arrange but clients have to decide the day before the trekking.

    Trip Tip

    1.Tibet Travel Permit;

    You will need a Tibet Entry Permit. Its cost is included in the tour quotation. Send your passport and China visa copies to us 20 days in advance, and we will apply for your permit once you book a Tibetan tour with us. In our experience, we can virtually guarantee to get your permit during times when Tibet is open to foreign travelers.

    2.Accommodation

    We’ve selected heritage hotels in the more traditional area of Lhasa, near Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, so that travelers can experience more of the local life and culture. If you prefer to stay in a hotel with special oxygen supplies, other hotels in Lhasa are recommended (as above).

    The accommodation in Dingri is poor (see above).

    3.Guiding;

    Our English-speaking guides are natives of Tibet with good knowledge of Tibetan culture, history, and Buddhism. Most are trained to offer Western-standard service.

    4.Food

    Enjoy local Tibetan, Western Chinese and Nepalese food on the tour.
    You will have standard western hotel breakfast in Lhasa, and specially prepared breakfasts outside of Lhasa: including butter, bread, coffee, tea, etc.
    After the first day, lunch is included every day. Your guide can recommend some good local restaurants for dinner. Outside Lhasa, we suggest you have dinner in the hotels where you are staying.

    5.Altitude Sickness

    Before your trip, ask your doctor for any suggestions in relation to altitude sickness and bring some medicine just in case. The most popular altitude medicine among foreigners is Acetazolamide/Diamox.
    We recommend that during the first two days after arriving in Tibet, visitors should keep warm, not take a bath, not smoke or drink alcohol. Drink plenty of water (>4 litres per day) before going and at altitude, and eat lots of vegetables and carbohydrates. Slow down, even if you feel energetic. Moving slowly is the best way to avoid altitude sickness.
    If you don’t feel well after entering Tibet, go and see a doctor as soon as possible. There are doctors in major hotels in Lhasa, and you can call your tour guide for help at any time. We offer a free oxygen bag in the car.

    6. What to Pack

    Seek medical advice about altitude effects and pack any medicine you might need. Sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block, walking boots, and down jackets are all recommended.

    7.Transport

    Comfortable private cars/vans with experienced drivers will be arranged for you. All our vehicles meet the requirements of the Tibet Tourist Bureau, and are equipped with GPS and speed-limiting equipment.

    8.Booking

    Take into consideration the time you need to apply for your Tibet Entry Permit. It’s best to book a tour with us at least 30 days before your tour starts.

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