Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Trekking Tibet: From Mount Kailash to Guge Kingdom (12 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Lhasa, China To Guge, China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Mar 2019

Trekking Tibet: From Mount Kailash to Guge Kingdom (12 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Lhasa, China
None Dinner

On this first day you will arrive in Lhasa, the administrative capital of Tibet. On the journey from airport, stop by the Tibetan Village Project, a humanitarian project that promotes sustainable village life. Check in to the luxurious Shangri-La hotel and have the rest of the day to relax or enjoy the hotel’s signature spa treatment.


Day 2
Lhasa, China
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A whole day of exploring this fascinating city is on the bill today, with guided stops-offs to Barkhor Square, the incredible Potala Palace (which is perched 361 feet above Lhasa) and the recently renovated Old Town area. Other cultural excursions include visits to an ancient monastery and Jokhang Temple, widely-considered to be Tibet’s holiest place of worship.


Day 3
Shigatse, China
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leave the luxury of the Shangri-La behind and make the epic seven-hour journey to Shigatse, passing some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Along the drive, there will be a chance to see the majestic Lake Yamdrok Tso as well as 600-year-old monastery. Once in Shigaste, the capital of the central Tsang region and Tibet’s second-largest city, you’ll have an authentic dinner at a local family home before checking in to the hotel.


Day 4
Saga, China
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day four marks the start of a three-day journey to the legendary Mount Kailash, with stop-offs at Saga and Paryang along the way. Most of the day will be spent on the road to Saga, a stunning mountainous town nestled deep in untouched Tibet. After an eight-hour drive with several stops on the way, you’ll check into Saga Hotel and have dinner before having time to relax.


Day 5
Paryang, China
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The second full day on the road will take you to Paryang, a particularly remote area that is known to be one of the highest towns in the world at around 15,000 feet above sea level. The eight-hour journey will take you through more stunning scenery and over jaw-dropping Himalayan valleys. Arrive in good time to check in to the hotel, with time in the evening set aside for dinner and relaxation.


Day 6
Paryang, China
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The final leg of your three-day overland journey takes you to the picturesque Lake Mansarovar. The drive from your hotel in Paryang to here takes approximately nine hours, and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop off and enjoy the spectacular scenery, as well as lunch along the way. Check in to your guesthouse near the lake in the evening before sitting down to a delightful dinner.


Day 7
Dirapuk, China
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This first day of trekking gives you a great chance to warm up for the rest of the trip, with no steep slopes or particularly difficult terrain. The total trek, which will circle Mt Kailash and end up in at Dirapuk, will take around eight to nine hours. You’ll also be spending the night in the region’s main monastery, Dirapuk Monastery, making for a truly unforgettable night’s stay.


Day 8
Dirapuk, China
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This second day of trekking - lasting eight to nine hours in total - will take you up to the Drolma-La Pass (by around midday), and there’s a chance to visit various holy sites along the way. Drolma-La is a popular pilgrimage spot, and you too can string up prayer flags and make an offering to the Gods above. A steep afternoon ascent will take you to Zulpultruk, where you’ll be sleeping in a historical monastery for the night.


Day 9
Dirapuk, China
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Say goodbye to the peaceful Zulpultruk monastery and head for Tirthapuri, the final destination of your epic three-day trek through Tibet. Along the way, you’ll be treated to more incredible views of Lake Manasarovar, which at 14,948 feet is the highest freshwater lake in the world. There’s also a chance to bathe in and even drink the water here, which is believed to rid believers of their sins. After an eight-hour trek, there is an onwards drive to Tirthapuri (two hours) where you’ll be spending the night in a guesthouse.


Day 10
Guge, China
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A seven-hour drive to Guge Kingdom awaits on this tenth day, a very remote and holy region of Tibet. There, you’ll have the chance to visit untouched shrines, temple ruins and visit the highly-regarded system of mountainous caves, which are currently under consideration to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check in to Xiangxiong hotel, where you can enjoy dinner and relax in the evening after another full day.


Day 11
Guge, China
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This penultimate day of your 12-day Tibetan adventure is dedicated to more time in the stunning Guge Kingdom, with time set aside for exploring more ruins of this ancient settlement. Your tour guide can take you to several remote towns and former monasteries, many of which lie in ruins today. Dinner will be back at the hotel and the rest of the evening can be spent preparing to depart this remote region back to Lhasa the next day.


Day 12
Guge, China
None Breakfast

After a morning check-out, private transportation will take you to the airport, where you’ll catch the flight back to the Tibetan capital, Lhasa. You’ll be welcomed back to the stunning Shangri-La hotel, where your Tibetan journey first began 12 days ago. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing or doing some final shopping in the city before catching your final flight home the following morning.


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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Description

Thanks to its relative isolation of the years, Tibet has remained one of the most mysterious countries in the world, until now. The country is slowly becoming more accessible, and this 12-day trekking tour will uncover the best of what this breathtaking Chinese territory has to offer. You’ll start by exploring the administrative capital of Lhasa, before embarking on an epic overland journey both in car and on foot. A three-day drive will take you to Mount Kailash via the remote towns of Saga and Paryang. Three days are then dedicated to trekking, where you’ll pass stunning mountain gorges, the majestic Lake Mansarovar and end your journey in the ancient Guge Kingdom, all whilst sleeping in untouched monasteries along the way.


Highlights

  • Discover the partly-modernized, partly-untouched administrative capital of Tibet, Lhasa, including the incredible Potala Palace

  • Make your way to the highest town in the world, Paryang, whilst passing through the breathtaking Himalayas

  • Spend a full three days trekking from Mount Kailash through incredible scenery, staying in local mountainside monasteries along the way

  • Witness the natural beauty of Lake Manasarovar, the highest freshwater lake in the world

  • Visit the ancient town and temple ruins at the remote and holy Guge Kingdom

About Us

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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • 50% of total trip price refundable if cancelled 30-90 days before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable


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