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17 Days Private Tour (Nepal) - Kyirong – Paiku Tso / Xixiabangma - Shegar – Rongbuk / Everest BC – Shegar - Shigatse – Gyantse – Lhasa – Nam Tso - Serling Tso - Dangra Tso – Nyima – Dong Tso – Gertse – Oma - Gerkyi – Shiquanhe - Tsada – Tirthapuri – Darchen – Kailash - Manasarovar – Saga – Kyirong - (Nepal)
Highlights
Self Drive Tour to Northern Tibet and Kailash
DAY
1

Kathmandu – Kyirong border, proceed into Tibet

Welcome to Tibet, China

Arrive at Kyirong border. After custom formalities we enter Tibet and meet with our Tibetan guide and transfer to hotel.

185 km
7 hours
Overnight at Kyirong Hotel
Kyirong
Kyirong
Photo by Chen Hao
DAY
2

Kyirong – Shegar

Paiku Tso Lake, Shishapangma

Drive to Shegar. On the way, pass by Paiku Tso Lake where we take a walk by the holy lake. With an area of more than 300 square kilometers, embraced in the arms of three mountains, the lake is rich in fish resources. Varieties of rare animals like wild horses, wild donkeys and yellow ducks inhabit in this area. Far view of Shishapangma (8012 m). In the late afternoon reach Shegar.

333 km
5 hours 53 minutes
Overnight in Shegar
Xixiabangma
Xixiabangma
DAY
3

Shegar – Rongbuk / Everest - ShegarShegar – Rongbuk / Everest BC - Shegar

Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp

In the morning drive to Rongbuk monastery (5,154 m) and the Everest Base Camp. On the way at Pang La (5150 m), the view is magnificent: from left to right Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse and Cho Oyu. From the Rongbuk monastery you can enjoy the impressive Qomolangma with its steep north side. Rongbuk is the largest monastery in this region and was built at the beginning of the 20th century. In the afternoon drive back to Shegar.

223 km
5 hours 19 minutes
Overnight in Shegar
Everest
Everest
Photo by Mr. Zeng
DAY
4

Shegar – Shigatse

Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse

Drive to Shigatse (3,880 m), the second largest city with 40,000 inhabitants in Tibet and the traditional capital of the Tsang. In the afternoon visit Tashilunpo monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447 and one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha, the biggest gilded statue of Maitreya (Buddha of the future) in China, and a tomb of the 4th Panchen Lama containing masses of jewels and gold. In Tibet Buddhism, Panchen Lama is just the reincarnation of Maitreya Buddha.

237 km
3 hours 57 minutes
Overnight in Shigatse
Tashilunpo
Tashilunpo
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
5

Shigatse

Formalities for self drive in China

In Shigatse, handle your temporary number plate and temporary driver's license. If there is enough time, have a travel in Shigatse city and the free market.

Overnight in Shigatse
Pilgrims in Tashilunpo
Pilgrims in Tashilunpo
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
6

Shigatse - Gyantse - Yamdrok - Lhasa

Pelkor Monastery, Kumbum Stupa, Yamdrok Lake

In the morning after the first 2 hours drive you will arrive in Gyantse and visit its Pelkor Chode Monastery as well as the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby, both of them built in the 15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse. Afterwards leave Gyantse along the lake Yamdrok to Lhasa (3650m), the capital of Tibet. The holy lake of Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. Enjoy amazing views at the Kamba La pass both to the lake Yamdrok and snowy Peaks Nojin Gangzang and Jangzang Lhomo.

356 km
6 hours 41 minutes
Overnight in Lhasa
Pelkhor Monastery in Gyantse
Pelkhor Monastery in Gyantse
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
7

Lhasa

Potala Palace – landmark of Lhasa, Jokhang and Barkhor Street

In the morning visit Potala, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, innumerable magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures altogether create a dense religious and art atmosphere that impresses every visitor. In the afternoon visit Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. The temple, built in 647, is the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties.

Overnight in Lhasa
Breakfast
Potala
Potala
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
8

Lhasa

Panoramic view over Potala, Norbulingka, Debate in Sera

In the morning visit Parla Lupu Cave Monastery, located on the slopes of Yaowang Mountain, was built in the 7th century. It is 22m high and from here you can have a wonderful panoramic view over Potala palace. Then visit Norbulingka The 40-hectare jewel park was built in the middle of the 18th century. as a summer residence of the Dalai Lamas. In the afternoon you drive to the monastery Sera. Sera, the Wildrosenhof, is also one of the six master monasteries of the Gelugpa. You have the opportunity to experience lamas' debates. Public religious debates are part of the education of monks.

Overnight in Lhasa
Debate in Sera
Debate in Sera
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
9

Lhasa – Nam Tso Lake

Nam Tso Lake and Nianqingtanggula Mountain

Today you drive north to Nam Tso Lake. At Nam Tso Lake, the nomads live in the vast Changthang (Qiangtang) Plain. With the at 4718 m above sea level, Nam Tso is the highest lake in the world. The Nam Tso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and it is an important sanctuary for the Tibetans. Walk around the Tashi Peninsula and complete a circle around the sacred mountain whose cliffs have been eroded in recent centuries. There are mani stones in the street. You have the opportunity to visit the people in the Yakshaare’s woven tents. In good weather, you can admire the magnificent sunset on Nianqingtanggula Mountain and Nam Tso Lake.

250 km
5 hours 40 minutes
Overnight at simpla guesthouse in Nam Tso Village
Nam Tso and Nianqingtanggula
Nam Tso and Nianqingtanggula
Photo by Mr. Zeng
DAY
10

Nam Tso - Bange (4715m)

Sunrise over the Nam Tso Lake, Shengxiang Tianmen and San Sheng Shi Scenic Areas

Today, you will wake up early to experience the unforgettable sunrise over the Nam Tso Lake and Nianqingtanggula Mountain on a clear day. Then drive to the northern shore of the Nam Tso Lake to visit the Shengxiang Tianmen (Holy Elephant Gate) and San Sheng Shi (Three Llives Stones) Scenic Areas. There are natural elephants stone statue and beautiful lakeshores at Shengxiang Tianmen Scenic Area. Besides, you can enjoy the spectacular panorama of Nam Tso and possess a great place to watch Nianqingtanggula main peak that is located in the south of Nam Tso. It is said that the couple will get marriage in the other three lives as long as they make a wish on the San Sheng Shi. Finally, drive to Bange.

266 km
8 hours
Overnight in Bange
Elefant Gate by Northern Shore of Nam Tso
Elefant Gate by Northern Shore of Nam Tso
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
11

Bange - Serling Tso - Dangra Tso

Serling Tso, Dangqiong Tso, Dangra Tso

Today drive to the Serling Tso (4530 m), the second largest lake in Tibet. In Qiangtang, northern Tibet, you will see fewer and fewer people, but more and more wildlife and birds which you can photograph. Drive over a more than 5000 m high path and a small lake Dangqiong Tso to Dangra Tso (about 4500 m, or Dangra Yumtso). Here are many wild animals such as Elsels, deers, antelopes and birds. Dangra Tso is a well-known holy lake for the followers of the Bon. Friendly local people wear beautiful traditional costumes. In the south of the Dangra Tso stands out Targo Ri, the holy mountain of the Bon.

450 km
8 hours
Overnight in Wenbu South Village

Dangra Tso
Dangra Tso
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
12

Dangra Tso – Nyima – Dong Tso – Gertse

Dong Tso Lake

Walking and visit to Dangra Tso Lake in the morning, then continue via Nyima and the Dong Tso lake to Gertse (about 4500 m).

360 km
6 hours
Overnight in Gertse

Black Necked Crane in Northern Tibet Qiangtang
Black Necked Crane in Northern Tibet Qiangtang
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
13

Gertse – Oma - Gerkyi – Shiquanhe

Arrival in Shiquanhe, capital of Ngari district in western Tibet

Continue towards west through the small town of Gerkyi (4524 m) to Shiquanhe (4300 m), capital of Ngari (Ali) district.

490 km
6 hours 30 minutes
Overnight in Shiquanhe
Kiang in Northern Tibet Qiangtang
Kiang in Northern Tibet Qiangtang
Photo by Liu Bin
DAY
14

Shiquanhe – Tsada

Earth forest in Tsada, ruins of the Kingdom of Guge, Tolin Monastery

Drive to Tsada, by the way admiring Tsada Earth Forest. Walking in the secluded valley of the Tsada forest, you feel like you are in the ruins of a huge old city. You can see a wild and imposing picture. Then drive to Tsaparang, the oldest center of the Kingdom of Guge. Four temples around the lower fortress walls, the fifth is located above the city, in the remains of the former summer palace of the kings. Various motifs adorn the coffered lattice ceilings and carved beams of the temples. Partly well-preserved murals with numerous details decorate the walls. Lama Anagarika Govinda calls these works of art "prayers and meditations in color and form, Every stroke is carefully completed". Then visit the Toling Monastery. Its unique murals represent exaggerated and extravagant style have a coincidental resemblance to Picasso's works.

251 km
5 hours 10 minutes
Overnight in Tsada
Ruins of Guge Kingdom
Ruins of Guge Kingdom
Photo by He Wenjing
DAY
15

Tsada - Tirthapuri - Darchen / Kailash - Manasarovar

Tirthapuri meditation cave Padmasambhavas, Kailash Mountain, Manasarovar Lake

Drive to Darchen (4,800 m, starting point of the Kailash circuit). The Darchen Town consists of only a few stone houses and is located about 6 km north of the main street. Soft hike at the foot of the sacred mountain Kailash and continue to reach Manasarovar Lake about 1 hour. With330 square kilometers and 81.8 meters deep, Manasarovar Lake is nestled between two snow-covered mountain ranges and is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Tibet. For Hindus, Manasarovar is holy water from heaven. For this reason, circumnavigation of the lake and ritual purification in its holy water are the highest goals for pilgrims. Short hike to visit Manasarovar Lake. Enjoy the scenery of the north-facing of Kailash and the eight monasteries on the banks of Manasarovar Lake. Overnight in a simple guest house near the Chiu Gompa on the north side of Manasarovar Lake (4588 m).

272 km
5 hours 22 minutes
Overnight by Manasarovar Lake
Kailash
Kailash
Photo by Li Chaojun
DAY
16

Manasarovar – Paryang – Saga

Walk around Manasarovar lake

Morning walk around Manasarovar Lake. Then drive via Paryang to Saga.

495 km
6 hours 53 minutes
Overnight in Saga
Manasarovar
Manasarovar
Photo by Li Chaojun
DAY
17

Saga - Kyirong – Kathmandu

Farewell to China

Drive to the customs at Kyirong, assistance for the exit formalities.

187 km
4 hours 14 minutes
Village in South Tibet
Village in South Tibet
Photo by Liu Bin
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