The highest region on earth – Tibet is known as the forbidden land. Protected by the grand Himalayas, Tibet is a land of natural beauty and religious sites. Nepal is yet another Himalayan country worth visiting. The 16-day Kailash Manasarovar Overland Tour Ex Lhasa takes you to Kathmandu, Lhasa, Shigatse, Saga, Lake Manasarovar, Mount Kailash, and more. Beginning in Kathmandu, spend two days soaking in the sights and sounds, before heading to Lhasa for another two days of fun and sightseeing. Next, head to Shigatse for a day before proceeding to Saga. From here, visit the sacred and beautiful Manasarovar Lake for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. Then, travel to the quaint village of Darchen, followed by Yam Dwar. Enjoy a 22-km trek from Derapukh to Zuthulpukh via Dolma-La Pass before starting your journey back to Kathmandu.
Day 1: Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu; the capital of Nepal. At a height of 1,400 m above sea level, the city is surrounded by four major mountain ranges. Among all the capitals of the world, Kathmandu has the most UNESCO World Heritage sites. After reaching Kathmandu, check in at the hotel and enjoy a scrumptious vegetarian dinner, before retiring for the night.
Day 2: Kathmandu
Spend the day visiting Kathmandu’s most popular places of interest. Kathmandu is the gateway to Nepal and has grown to become a favored vacation spot for tourists from all over the world. Experience the city’s artistic heritage and ageless culture as you get a glimpse of the lives of the locals. Some of the popular spots in the city are Boudhanath Temple, Swayambhunath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, and Thamel. After spending the day, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 3: Kathmandu – Lhasa
Travel 3650 m from Kathmandu to Lhasa. After the one-and-a-half-hour flight, check in at the hotel. Located on the northern slopes of the Himalayas, Lhasa is over 1300 years old. It is the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region and is the center of Tibet’s economic, cultural, political, and religious activities. The city is home to numerous historic sites and relics.
Day 4: Lhasa
Spend the day visiting the famous spots of the city. Lhasa’s tourist attractions consist of several historical sites; some of them are Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, and Potala Palace. A day of sightseeing offers tourists insights into the captivating culture, life, and history of Tibet. The city enjoys over 3000 hours of sunshine every year, giving it the name ‘the Sunshine City’. After you are done with the sightseeing, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 5: Lhasa - Shigatse
After enjoying a hearty vegetarian breakfast, check out from the hotel and travel 272 km to the town of Shigatse, located 3875 m above sea level. The 7-or-8-hour journey will also cover Gyantse. Known as the ‘Heroic City’, Gyantse is a great place to get a taste of rural Tibetan culture. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet and one of the world's highest cities. On arrival, finish the check-in formalities at the hotel.
Day 6: Shigatse - Saga
After breakfast, get ready for a day of traveling to Saga. The 390-km journey will take approximately 8-9 hours. You will pass beautiful scenery before reaching the Chinese army town of Saga, located at a height of 4640 m. Lying on the banks of the Yarlung Tsangpo river, Saga is an important stopping point for tourists and pilgrims on the way up to Mount Kailash.
Day 7: Saga - Lake Manasarovar
After checking out from the hotel, travel 490 km (8 hours) to the beautiful Lake Manasarovar. At an elevation of 4598 meters, the lake spreads across 412 square kilometers. It is the world’s highest freshwater lake and has a few monasteries around it. The lake is extremely beautiful with crystal-clear waters and the mountains in the background. It is considered as an important pilgrimage spot for Hindus and Buddhists.
Day 8: Lake Manasarovar - Darchen
After breakfast, get ready for a short drive to Darchen. Located 80 km away, the journey takes around 2 hours. At a height of 4874 m, the Tibetan town of Darchen used to be sheep station for nomads and their flock of sheep. Situated in front of Mount Kailash, the town is the starting point for pilgrimages. There are only a few buildings and guesthouses here along with a camping ground. Enjoy the simplicity of the place before heading to the guesthouse for some rest and relaxation.
Day 9: Darchen - Derapukh
After breakfast, take a short 8-km drive to Yam Dwar and start the 12-km trek to Derapukh. Enjoy a packed lunch on the way and once you reach Derapukh, check in at the guesthouse and freshen up. At a height of 5056 m, Derapukh is one of the best points to get a clear view of Mount Kailash. Enjoy the scenery as you have a hearty dinner before retiring for the night.
Day 10: Derapukh – Zuthulpukh
Get ready for a rewarding day of trekking. From Derapukh to Zuthulpukh, the 22-km trek takes approximately 10 hours and goes through Dolma-La Pass (5630 m). The trek involves steep climbs and walking through flat lands. Enjoy a packed lunch during the trek. Dolma La is the highest point of the trek. From here, as you move downhill, you can see the Gauri Kunda; a pilgrimage site. Soon, you will catch a flat trail that leads to Zuthulphuk (4790 m).
Day 11: Zuthulpukh - Darchen-Paryang
After breakfast, proceed for a short 3-to-4-hour trek down to Darchen town. From there, travel to Paryang which is just 270 km away. After the 4-to-5-hour drive, check in at the guesthouse. Paryang is a great place for travelers to rest while on their way to Mount Kailash. The small town is quiet and a great place to take some photographs – thanks to the clear blue skies.
Day 12: Paryang/Dongba - Saga
After having breakfast at the guesthouse, get ready to head back to Saga. Enjoy the scenery during the 4-to-5-hour drive across 255 km; you will reach by afternoon. After reaching, check in at the hotel and unwind. If time permits, go out and take in the sights of the city before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 13: Saga – Shigatse
After breakfast, continue your return journey by traveling to Shigatse. The 390-km distance will be covered in 8-9 nine hours so you can marvel at the passing scenery. Enjoy a packed lunch during the journey. On arrival, check in at the hotel, have dinner and return to your room for an overnight stay.
Day 14: Shigatse – Lhasa
After breakfast, proceed towards Lhasa. The 272-km journey should be covered under seven hours. On arrival, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Later, return to the hotel for a hearty dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 15: Lhasa – Kathmandu
After breakfast, travel to the airport to board the flight back to Kathmandu. The flight would take roughly an hour and a half and is considered to be quite a scenic one as you fly over the Himalayas. On arrival at Kathmandu, head to the hotel to complete the check-in formalities. After dinner, return to your room for overnight stay.
Day 16: Kathmandu
Your Kailash Manasarovar Overland Tour ends on this day. After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to Tribhuvan International Airport to board your flight back home.
Maximum altitude: 18471 feet
1. Arrival & departure transportation
2. Sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Budhanilkantha
3. 3 nights hotel at Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with all meals
4. Kathmandu – Lhasa – Kathmandu airfare
5. Accommodation in guest house in Tibet
6. Pure vegetarian meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner) providing by our counterpart at local restaurant
7. English speaking Tibetan guide
8. Basic first-aid kit
9. Kailash permit & normal Tibet/ China visa fee