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14 Days Nepal to Mount Kailash and Lhasa Overland

Fourteen days tour beginning at Nepal-Tibet border and going to Mt. Kailash. After completing trek around Mount Kailash, we continue our journey to Everest. Traveling further towards Lhasa we will visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery in Shigatse, Kumbum stupa and monastery in Gyantse, Karola glaciers and Yamdrok lake, before finally arriving in Lhasa. The sightseeing in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, includes visiting the main highlights of the capital – Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera and Drepung monasteries..

Dolma la pass in Mountain Kailash in Tibet


Main Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, Yamdrok Lake, Kumbum Stupa, Tashi Lumpo Monastery, Everest Base Camp, Rongbuk Monastery, Manasarovar lake, Chiu monastery and Mount Kailash.

Duration: 14 days

Maximum Elevation: 5,640 m/ 18,600 ft

Best Time to Travel: May – October


Day 1 – Arriving in Tibet, crossing border from Nepal

Our guide will meet you at the Gyirong border entry point. Spend one night by the border to acclimatize.

Day 2 – Driving from Gyirong to Saga

Today we are driving away from the Tibet-Nepal border at Gyirong. The area near Gyirong is very scenic, along the way you see stunning landscape: Himalayan mountain ranges, forests and waterfalls.

As we drive further, we will pass by Pelku Tso lake and see the view of the Shishapangma mountain.

We will stay in the hotel in Saga.

Day 3 – Saga to Darchen, via Lake Manasarover

On the way to the Manasarovar lake, we visit the 7th-century local temple. We will also stop at the desert area filled with sand dunes (an unexpected change of landscape!).

We will see the Rakshas-Tal lake. It has a very beautiful bright color, but it is so salty that it is called the “dead lake”.

After a short stop with a view on Manasarovar lake, we are driving to Darchen.

From Darchen you can see the Southern side of Mount Kailash. In Darchen we will pack for the 3-day trek, and we are leaving everything else in the hotel.

There is a company in Darchen that can arrange porters if needed for some fee.

Day 4 – Trek, 1st day: Darchen-Dira Puk (20km/ 12.4 miles)

We will start our trek very early in the morning. We will be walking around the Kailash in a clockwise direction. From Darchen we will head west towards the area with the main prayer poll and the sky burial place. It is the area where Tibetans celebrate the Saga Dawa Festival, commemorating the day of Buddha’s birth, his enlightenment, and death.

Later we will reach the first tea shop on the trek where we will stop for lunch.

In the afternoon we will continue to the Dira Puk Monastery and stop there for the night (at a guesthouse). From the guesthouse you will get a spectacular view of the north face of the Kailash Mountain.

Day 5 – Trek 2nd day: Dira Puk – Zultiul Puk (22 km/ 13.6 miles)

On the second day we will start the trek very early to go through the highest pass. First we will walk to the tea house to have breakfast and prepare for crossing the pass. After we are done eating, we will start ascending the pass. The Dolma La Pass is 5,630 meters/ 18,600 ft. high.

Once you reach it, you can see the stunning views of the mountains and the lakes below. There are many colorful prayer flags that people hang there to spread their prayers with every gust of wind.

On the way down, we will cross the river and continue to the next tea shop for lunch and a short break.

After that, we will walk to the Zutiul Puk Monastery where we will be staying overnight (in a guesthouse).

Day 6 – Trek 3rd day: Zultiul Puk-Darchen (14 km/ 8.7 miles)

Today will be our shortest and easiest day. We will be walking through a gorgeous valley following the mountain river. Throughout the day we will see the east side of Mt. Kailash.

We will be staying overnight in the hotel in Darchen. (A hot shower available for an additional fee).

Day 7 – Darchen-Manasarovar

In the morning, we will drive to the holy Manasarovar Lake (4558m).

As we arrive there, we will visit 8th century Chui monastery. The monastery houses an important meditation cave where Padma Sambhava was meditating. Unlike most of the monasteries that we visited earlier, Chui monastery belongs to the Red Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism and the statue of Padma Sambhava is the main one there.

In the afternoon you can spend some time by the lake, walk y its shore.

Alternatively, you can visit a hot spring (approximately 10 min walk). The hot spring provides bathtubs and clean facilities.

We are staying at the guesthouse overnight. The guesthouse has dormitory rooms.

Day 8 – Driving from Lake Manasarovar to Saga

In the morning, we will leave Manasarovar lake and start driving back to Saga.

First, we will drive approximately 4 hours to Parayang. From there you can enjoy the view on the mountains in the distance, yaks herds. Sometimes, we can spot wild donkeys or antelopes grazing in the grasslands.

After lunch we continue to Saga. We are driving through vast grasslands, where many nomads set up their tents.

We are staying overnight in Saga hotel.

Day 9 – Driving to the Everest Base Camp: night by the Everest.

Depending on the traffic and weather conditions, we might have time to visit the Rongbuk Monastery – the highest monastery in the world.

We will stay in the tent for the night. You can order dinner and breakfast there as there is an English menu available.

Day 10 – Driving from Everest Base Camp to Shagatse.

Depending on the weather conditions from the previous day, we might finish some of the activities that we were not able to do yesterday. After breakfast, we will head back to Shigatse.

We will be driving through high mountain ranges, go through several high passes and Everest view points.

Depending on the time of your arrival, you might have some free time to spend in Lhasa. Our guides will be happy to advise you on what you can do with your time in Lhasa. After you check in the hotel, you are welcome to explore the city, visit nearby temples, do some shopping, try delicious Tibetan food in one of the local restaurants, or just take a rest.

Day 11 – Driving from Shigatse to Lhasa: Gyantse Monastery, Kumbum Stupa, Yamdrok lake and Karola glaciers.

Today we will travel on some of the most beautiful roads in Tibet on our drive from Shigatse to Lhasa.

After breakfast, we will head towards Gyantse. In Gyantse, we will visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum – the biggest stupa in Tibet.

After the visit, we will continue driving to our destination Lhasa and make a stop to see the spectacular Karola glaciers.

And stop for Lunch in Nangkartse town.  

Our next stop will be at Yamdrok Lake. It is one of the holy lakes in Tibet, and it is famous for its turquoise colored water.

Be prepared to take photos of the breathtaking views as we go up to the highest point of the day – Kamba La Pass (almost 4,800 meters / 15,750 ft).

We will make several stops on the way in order to enjoy the views of the Brahmaputra River.

Finally, we will reach Lhasa late in the evening and stay there overnight.

Day 12 – Lhasa city tour: Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple (Walking Tour)

This tour visits the two most important religious sites in Tibet.

The Potala Palace was the seat of the Dalai Lamas since the 17th century. We will go inside and spend approximately 1.5 – 2 hours there. While there, you will see many of its most famous artifacts.

There will be free time for lunch after visiting the Potala Palace. .

Next, we will walk towards the Jokhang Temple. It was built in the 7th century to display the Jowo Shakyamuni Statue – the statue of the 12-year-old Buddha before his enlightenment. The statue was created at the time when the historical Buddha lived. It is elaborately decorated with gold, jewels, and precious stones.

After visiting the temple, we recommend taking a walk around Bakhor Street.

Day 13 – Lhasa city tour: Drepung and Sera Monasteries

We are visiting the two most important monasteries in the capital.

We will first visit Drepung Monastery, which once was the largest monastery in the world with over 10,000 monks living there. It was the residence of Dalai Lamas before the Potala Palace was built.

There will be free time for lunch after the Drepung Monastery.

In the afternoon we are visiting Sera Monastery. It was founded by Tsongkhapa’s disciple in the 15th century. Nowadays it is famous for monks debate that you can witness. Debates are a very important part of learning and understanding Buddhism. Monks gather in the courtyard in the shade of the trees to refine their knowledge.

Day 14 – Departure From Lhasa

The airport is 62 km/ 39 miles away from the city, and it takes approximately one hour to get to it from Lhasa. The train station is located in Lhasa, and you will only need a short transfer from hotel.

Please prepare in advance for your departure. It takes approximately one hour to drive to the airport and around thirty minutes to reach the train station. We will arrive at the airport three hours before your departure flight if you are traveling to Nepal and two hours before any domestic flight.



  • All necessary Travel Permits to travel in Tibet
  • All accommodations based on double occupancy in hotels, guesthouse or tent camp with dormitory rooms at the Everest, guesthouses at Manasarovar Lake and during the trek
  • Breakfast when staying in hotels in Lhasa and Shigatse
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Ground transportation in a clean and comfortable vehicle
  • English speaking Tibetan guide
  • All entrance fees, tickets to the attraction sites and monasteries outlined in the itinerary
  • First Aid Kit
  • Oxygen supply


  • Passport and Chinese visa fees
  • International airfare to and from China or Nepal
  • Photography fees inside monasteries
  • Flight or train tickets to Tibet
  • Lunch and dinner in the cities and all meals outside of Lhasa and Shigatse
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical expenses
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Porter/ Horse or Yak fees during trekking
  • Personal expenses: laundry, shopping, phone calls, etc.



A beautiful and exciting journey, starting in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet and going to the Everest Base Camp. The tour visits Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera, Drepung and Tashilhunpo monasteries, Kumbum Stupa, Yamdrok Lake and Karola glaciers.

Both group and private tours are available

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