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Tour Type : Trekking
Departure : Lhasa
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Day 1 Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa by plane or by train
Lhasa train station/ airport picking up. You will be warmly greeted by our local guide and driver, transfer you to reserved hotel in Lhasa. Today is your first day in Lhasa, so have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 2 Day 2 Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace/Jokhang Temple/Barkhor Street(B)
In the morning we arranged you to visit the Potala Palace which is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Inside Potala palace, you will see the throne room of Dalai Lamas and their golden funeral stupa.  Afternoon section is to visit the most sacred shrine and spiritual heart of Tibet, the Johkang Temple, which is built in 7th century by 33RD King Songtsen Gampo.   Barkhor street, most known ritual circumambulation where you can see Tibetan locals prostrating and murmuring mantras in strong faith. After you can ask your guide to take you to Local tea stall to have some sweet milk tea .Overnight at Lhasa
Day 3 Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery/Sera Monastery (B)
Today, you will visit two monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung monastery is situated at 8km away from central Lhasa and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was biggest monastery in the world in 17th century, housed over 10000 monks in 1614 and Ganden podrang in Drepung was the Tibet governmental administration from which former Dalai Lamas had practiced contral over Tibet. Later moved to Potala palace by fifth Dalai Lama, Lobsang Gyatso. After lunch, continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is  Monks debating which is related to logic, is held there in the courtyard at around 3pm to 4:30pm. Overnight at Lhasa
Day 4 Day 4 Lhasa/Yamdrotso lake/Gyangtse/Shigatse(B)
Driving over Kambala pass 4794m, you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, the turquoise colored Lake Yamdrok Yutso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Karo la pass are wonders of the day. Then along the Friendship southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. Drive to Shigatse. Overnight in Shigatse
Day 5 Day5 Drive to Sagar County (450km)
You will visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa(future god) in Tibet and golden funeral tomb of former Panchen Lamas. Start driving to Saga via Lhatse and Sang sang, pass several lakes, towns and high plateau nomadic sites. In Saga, you will a number of Indian pilgrimages heading toward Mt. Kailash. Overnight in Saga..
Day 6 Day6 Move from Saga to Lake Manasarovar (500km)
On the way from Saga to Lake Manasarovar though Dongba and Paryang, you will look over view of snow capped mountains in distance, sand dunes and nomade campsite with animals grazing in wild vast grassland. By the way a lots of wild life like wild ass, deer and antelope can be seen. After 4hours drive from Paryang, we will arrive at holy lake manasarovar. Overnight at Chiu monastery.
Day 7 Day7 Spend a day around Manasarovar lake, then to Darchen to prepare your trekking (30km)
In the morning, you can hike around the lake and make pictures of Mt. Kailash from distance. Lake manasarovar is one of the holiest lake in Tibet which cover 400km sq. Lake is devoted by billions of buddhists and hindus. Afternoon drive to Darchen 30km away. Darchen is small village infront of Mt. Kailash. It is starting and ending point of Kailash trekking. At Darchen, accommodations are very simple and basic. You can relax and rest and prepare for next day trekking. Overnight in Darchen.
Day 8 Day8 Trek day one (Outer circuit) - Darchen to Dirapuk (20km)
Trekking around Mt. Kailash is 52km, start from Darchen. Walking toward Tarboche in west. During Saga Dawa festival, thousands of Tibetans and tourist are gathered here to celebrate the festival. From here facing toward north through Sershong valley. Chuku monastery was founded at face of hill on opposite side. Lha-chu river provides a steady supply of water all the way to Dira-puk monastery at north west face of Mt. Kailash. Overnight at Dira-puk guesthouse.
Day 9 Day9 Trek day two - Dirapuk to Zutul-puk (18km)
Second day of trekking is hardest of trekking. You have start second day by climbing up the highest point of trekking Drolma-la pass 5630m high. On the top, many pilgrimages are reading holy books and hanging prayer flags to bring luck and success in life. Have a glimpse and make memorial picture of north face of Mt. Kailash. From here high pass is descending down to grassy field to Zutul-puk monastery. Dzong-chu river on left of trekking path is affording those with camping site and grazing yaks and horses in peak season. Overnight in Zutul-puk monastery guesthouse.
Day 10 Day 10 Trek day three- Dzultripuk to Darchen (14km)
Today is last and ending of trekking, in the morning visit Zutul-puk monastery and cave of Milarepa(kagyupa magician in 11th century) . Walking through the small gorge and river allows you to see the Barkha plain. You driver will take you to Darchen. Have a good rest after a long trek. Over night in Darchen.
Day 11 Day 11 Drive from Darchen to Zanda (243km)
Drive from Darchen to Zanda along Xinjiang-Tibet highway and cut off the main highway after 160km to west at Moincer, 6 and 7hours driving ziazagging up and down road through gorges and gullies. You will see the magnificent landscape of Zanda, looks very similar to the landscape of Ladhak in India. Afternoon visit Tholing monastery. Overnight in Zanda.
Day 12 Day 12 Zanda / Guge Kingdom ruins (20km)
Morning drive to Tsaparang Guge Kingdom ruins, only 20km drive in the valley of Sutlej river. Guga kinggdom is 9th century fortress etched into the very stone of a towering ridge, a large number of temples are fated so far and contains marvelous murals and ancient caves dated back to 10th century. After your visit there, drive back to Zanda and overnight there.
Day 13 D13-16 Zanda-Lhasa
Day 17 Day 17 Lhasa airport dropping off (B)
The driver will take you to airport or train station, end the service

Services Include
1.All required Tibet permits and domestic travel documents.
2.Local Tibetan guide fluent in English
3. Hotel (shared twin room with private bathroom)
4.Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.
5.Comfortable and clean private minivan or 4WD with driver,Vehicle type according to your private group size
6.All admission fee as noted in the tour's itinerary.


Services Exclude
1.Personal expenses .
2.Tips for your guide and driver.
3.Meals that are not specified in the tour itinerary.
4.Flight tickets or train tickets in and out of Lhasa (please contact us to help you book these titckets if you need)
5.Optional Attractions/Activities that are not specified in the itinerary.