Lake Yamdrok in Tsetang, Tour with Tibet Local Guide
15 Days Mt.Kailash and Manasarovar Group Tour
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The spiritual Mt Kailash-Lake Manasarovar tour needs a professional and reliable Tibet travel service team. When you plan the once a life time tour to Mt.Kailash, it is essential to book your tour effeciently with reliable agency and tour operator in Lhasa for authentic Tibetan experiences while with better offer. Our expertly-designed 15 days Mt.Kailash and Everest adventure starts in Lhasa with 3 days acclimatization to the Tibetan Plateau. You will visit the most iconic Buddhist sites such as the winter Palace of Dalai Lama, the landmark Jokhang Temple and many more. Then, we set out on a thrilling adventure across Lake Yamdrok, Shigatse via historical Gyantse to the highest mountain in the world, the Mt. Everest. This is more than a Big trip, if you have 4 or more people already, we suggest you click the Enquire Now button below to get a customized tour with much more surprised extra services and nice offer!
Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
For the most adventurous pilgrimage tour in Tibet, a proactive service and professional team are crucial to your overall tour experience. Before you land in Lhasa, we’ve already had everything prepared for you. Our expertly-designed Mt.Kailash tour starts in Lhasa. You will have 3 days to get acclimatized to the Tibetan Plateau while touring the most iconic Buddhist sites in Lhasa city. Then, we set out on a thrilling journey across Shigatse via historical Gyantse to EBC. The first part of the adventure overlaps the classic travel route of Lhasa to EBC tour and will leave you in awe with amazing Himalayan mountain ranges.
Then we head further west to Darchen via Saga and holy Manasarovar Lake for the long-awaited Mt.Kailash kora. Our Tibetan guide will accompany you to experience the ultimate holy walk around sacred Mt.Kailash. Finally, you may choose to head back to Lhasa or exit Tibet into Nepal via Gyirong border. Quite flexible, isn’t it! If you have more time or with a deep pocket, you may choose the big loop tour across Mt.Kailash that may travel for nearly a month.
Am I fit for this Mt.Kailash tour? Well, so long as you are physically fit without respiratory or heart problem. You are the right candidate to hit the road. For children under 10 or the elderly above 70, it’s advisable to consult the doctor before you book the tour. In addition, our Tibetan guide team consists of the best hands in the field and you have the widest spectrum of hotel choice, and a literally infinite opportunity for upgrading your service and tour activities. On top of that, the multiple value-added services and life-saving facilities will ensure you make the most of the divine experience for the Mt.Kailash tour.
Kailash Everest Base Camp Trip Itinerary At a Glance
Day 1 Lhasa Arrival
Day 2 Lhasa Tour – Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B, D)
Day 3 Lhasa Tour – Drepung and Sera Monastery (B)
Day 4 Lhasa- Shigatse via Gyantse (360km)(B)
Day 5 Shigatse to EBC 350 km(B)
Day 6 EBC–Saga (450km)
Day 7 Saga to Darchen, via Lake Manasarover (450km)
Day 8 Darchen-Drirapuk (driving 7km, Trek 13km)
Day 9 Drirapuk-Dzutrpuk (Trek 18km)
Day 10 Dzutripuk-Darchen (Trek 7km, driving 5km).
Day 11 Darchen-Saga (450km)
Day 12 Saga to Sakya (350km)
Day 13 Sakya to Shigatse (170km)
Day 14 Shigatse-Lhasa(B)
Day 15 End the tour, Airport drop off(B)
Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
Meals as specified in the itinerary;
Local tour Transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable Tourist Vehicle according to Group Size.;
Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group;
Comfortable Hotel Accommodations;
Service Charge & Government Taxes;
The above tour price does not include single room supplement. If you are a solo traveler, you need to share one room with another tourist (same sex in most cases); if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement. And the exact price depends on market fluctuation in high and off season of Tibet tour. For the exact price, please refer to your travel consultant.
Arrangements include planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
Welcome Dinner in local restaurant when group members meet in Lhasa
Free Airport shuttle transfer between Lhasa Gongar airport and Hotel on designated time.
Group tours only include a welcome dinner after your arrival in Tibet.
Tibet Handy Map
Drinking water Provided during the trip
Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
International flight to and out of China;
Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price, please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself.; usually it costs about USD 3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
Tips and gratitude to the guide and driver. If you are satisfied with their service, you may consider tipping them at an amount you find it suitable.
Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
Arrive in Lhasa (3680m), airport/train station pick up transfer, rest for altitude acclimatization
When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. Tourists may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river on their way to Lhasa.
After arriving in Lhasa, you can take a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around.
Stay overnight in Lhasa (3-Star Hotel).
Lhasa City Highlight Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Streets
Today’s tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.
Besides, We can taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house; The welcome dinner will also be arranged accordingly;
Stay overnight in Lhasa (3-Star Hotel)
Lhasa City Highlight Attractions: Sera Monastery , Drepung Monastery
In the morning ,you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. You can visit biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung.
In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 – 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house; inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha.
Stay overnight in Lhasa (3-Star Hotel)
Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake-Karola Glacier -Pelkor Monastery -Gyantse - Shigatse
In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Shigatse. On the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400 m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191 m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .
Later, we will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside; At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass; Then, we will arrive in Gyantse, historically Tibet’s third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the Far view of Gyangtse Fortress.
After one and a half driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we may visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).
Stay overnight in Manasarovar Hotel
Shigatse -Tashilunpo Monastery - Everest Base Camp(5200 m) 350 km
In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama – Tashilunpo Monastery. Then, we’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can have lunch.
After that, we will pass Tsola Pass(4600 m), and Gyatsola Pass(5248 m). Shortly after we enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass(5198 m).Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Everest Base Camp(5200 m). You can get closer to gaze at the Mt. Everest peak. The sunset of golden Everest peak if time and weather permits at the lodging area.
Stay overnight at Tent Guest House
Sunrise Of Everest Peak-Everest Base Camp - Saga(about 460km)
In the morning, we can enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at lodging area if weather permits; then As we head to saga, you can view of the worlds’14th highest peak Mt.Shishapangma (8012 m), and Turquoise Lake Peiku tso(4590m). If you are lucky enough, you are very likely to see wild animals like wild donkey, wild antelope etc.
Stay overnight in Saga Xibuyizhan Hotel or Mu Linsen hotel
Saga - stunning view of the Saga valley between Gangdise Range and Himayala Range - Sand Dunes - via Manasarovar Lake - Darchen(450 km)
On the way to Darchen, you will have a chance to appreciate the stunning view of the Saga valley between Gangdise Range and Himayala Range. Meanwhile, the beautiful grassland and local’s villages can also be seen. As we cross the Mayula Pass(5112 m), you can enjoy the spectacular vista of Mt. Naimonanyi (7694 m). Then we are supposed to pass by the holy Lake Manasarovar and finally arrive at the southern foot of Mt. Kailash, the most holy mountain in Tibet.
stay overnight in Darchen Chongqing Hotel
Mt Kailash Kora①: Darchen - Sarshung valley - Drirapuk Monastery (Driving 7 km, Trek 13 km)
In the morning, we are supposed to take Eco-bus from Darchen to Sarshung valley. Then we will meet Yaks and porters at Sarshung village. (the cost of hiring yaks, horses, and porters are not included in the package) After that, we can begin the trek (Around 13 km) from Sarshung to Drirapuk Monastery along the Lachu valley and rivers. You can enjoy the both west and north face of mountain Kailash today. Finally, we will visit Drirapuk Monastery.
stay overnight in Guest House
Mt Kailash Kora②: Drirapuk Monastery - Zutulpuk Monastery - Dzutripuk Monastery(Trek 18 km)
Today, we will trek over Dromala pass(5630 m), the highest pass of the Kora. On the way you can have a rest in a tea house. All the way, you can see locals Tibetans prostrating in the Kora path and beautiful Kadoe Lake when walk downhill. We may also visit Zutulpuk Monastery.
Stay overnight in Guest House
Mt Kailash Kora③: Dzutripuk Monastery - Darchen (Trek 7 km, driving 5 km).
On the day three of the kora. you will trek 7 km to Zongto where you can take bus to Darchen. Along the Kora, you can see piles of Mani Stones. We will end the Trek around noon, rest in the lodging place.
(Optional): Taking bath in Lake Manasarovar and enjoy hot spring
Stay overnight in Darchen Chongqing Hotel
Darchen - Via magnificent Lake Manasarovar - Back to Saga (450 km)
Drive from Darchen to Saga via Lake Manasarovar
Stay overnight in Saga Xibuyizhan Hotel or Mu Linsen hotel
Saga - Beautiful and Splendid View Of Plateau Views - Sakya (350 km)
Drive from Saga to Sakya
Stay overnight in Sakya Yuan Fu Hotel
Ancient Sakya Town - Sakya monastery - Shigatse (170 km)
In the morning, we will visit ancient Sakya town and you can tour Sakya monastery with amzing murals and huge collection of scriptures and statues.Then we are abou to drive from Sakya to Shigatse.
Stay overnight in Manasarovar Hotel
Shigatse - Via Enchanting Yalong Valley - Back to Lhasa
We will follow Yalong Valley back to Lhasa. On the way, you can stand on the viewing platform to view the vast Yalong River bed and visit Water Mill making Tibetan Incense material (in Summer, if time permits). Drop off at hotel in Lhasa
Stay overnight in Lhasa (3-Star Hotel)
Departure From Lhasa, transfer to Airport/Railway Station for next destination
Hotel to airport/train station transfer, end the tour.
(Or Go to Nepal after Tibet Mt.Kailash Tour)
The tour is also available for tourists who start in Lhasa and end in Gyirong border, so if the group has members to exit Tibet to Nepal from Gyirong, we will see them off at the Sino-Nepal border, thus the itinerary from the Day 12 will be done with valuable detour to Gyirong, which will give you one extra destination to Kelong Valley, this destination is considered the most beautiful valley at the foot of Himalaya Mountain Range and attracts many tourists a year.
Mt Everest Base camp adventure with Tibet Local guide
Tibet, a slowly developing region in far west China, is an under developed economy zone. The tourism infrastructure standard in Tibet is very basic in comparison with other Chinese major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xi’an, etc. Even though there are more and more higher category hotels coming up, with the St. Regis or Shangri-La or Intercontinental Hotel as example, while, the most accommodation in Tibet is still basic. However, comparatively, we well select some accommodations which are better than the most with the similar level.
Here below are a hotel list for our Lhasa Group tours, final group tour hotel choice varies from case to case. Please note that: If you want to upgrade hotel, when you place the order, you may have the add on price options.
Lhasa Group Tours 3 Star Hotels option
- Lhasa Yak Hotel (3 star)
- Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel Tibet (the standard room type)
- Lhasa Dhood Gu Hotel
- Lhasa Tashi Norta Khangsang Hotel
- Lhasa Tashitakge Hotel (Nice Guesthouse in downtown, but reputable on TripAdvisor and Booking.com)
- Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Hotel
Lhasa Group Tours 4 Star Hotels option
- House of Shambhala (Recommended by few group tours due to room availability)
- Shambhala Palace (Recommended by few group tours due to room availability)
- Shangbala Hotel (near Jokhang Square)
- Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel Tibet (VIP Tower section) the front building beside the Beijing Road
- Lhasa Thangka hotel (4 star)
- Xin Ding Hotel
- Snow Heaven Hotel
Lhasa Group Tour Hotels Details (3 Star Standard Category Option)
1. Lhasa Yak Hotel: This 3 star standard hotel in the historic center of Lhasa provides a large number of comfortable rooms with modern amenities. It has welcomed guests from around the world for many years. It enjoys a great location as it is within walking distance from Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Streets. The staff are very professional and helpful. Guests especially love the convenient service they provide. There are also many on-site facilities available, such as the Western-style restaurant, the bar, the tea-house and the massage parlor. it’s a famous hotel because of the top location. Around 200 meters to Jokhang Temple and Barkhor streets, it absolutely saves you more time and money than staying in out of downtown.
2. Lhasa Gnagjian Hotel: 10 minutes’ walk to Jokhang Temple and Barkhor streets, is commonly used hotel for foreign travelers. With a stone-throw away distance to downtown center, it enjoys the “prime location “. This hotel has 170 rooms with different room types and categories. So, there must be some rooms meeting your budget. The European style rooms exude an elegant aura, while Tibetan style rooms allow the guests to be immersed in an authentic cultural heritage. Rooms on the west wing give full views of Potala Palace in the distance. You will also hear bell rings coming from Jokhang Temple in the south. WiFi is available throughout the hotel. The Tibet Gang-gyan Lhasa Hotel is an ideal accommodation for anyone visiting Lhasa due to location and experiences in serving western travelers.
3. Lhasa Dhood Gu Hotel: Dhood Gu Hotel is an excellent choice for foreign travelers visiting Lhasa, offering a charming environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay. Guests have access to a rooftop terrace while staying at Dhood Gu Hotel. In addition, Dhood Gu Hotel offers free breakfast, which will help make your Lhasa trip additionally gratifying. Close to some of Lhasa’s most popular landmarks, such as Canggu Temple (0.2 mi) and Xiamiyuan Temple (0.2 mi), Dhood Gu Hotel is a great destination for tourists. Plus, during your trip, don’t forget to check out Jokhang Temple (0.2 mi) and Barkhor Street (0.1 mi), some attractions that are a short walk from Dhood Gu Hotel. Some of this Hotel reception staff speaks good English, and their Nepali cook and meals are fantastic. Tibet Local Guide frequently book this hotel, especially the Potala View room if available.
4. Lhasa Tashi Norta Khangsang Hotel: Tashi Nota Khangsang Hotel is a comfortable 3 star hotel near Barkhor Streets in Lhasa. Opened in 2016, the hotel has a modern architectural style mixed with traditional Tibetan features. Located on Linkuo North Road, the hotel occupies a great location within the city of Lhasa. From the hotel, you can watch the sun set behind Potala Palace and smell the incense coming from Jokhang Temple in the south. You can also spot Sera Temple in the distance in the north. The hotel has 99 comfortable rooms and provide 24-hour hot water supplied by solar power. Additionally, the hotel boasts a great restaurant serving a variety of cuisines, a business center, a teahouse, etc. Tashi Nota Khangsang Hotel is our favorite hotel in Lhasa that we like to recommend to our guests! Book with us and enjoy the best deals for all room types! Tashi Nota Khangsang Hotel Highlights Convenient location! It gives travelers easy access to must-see attraction in Lhasa such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Streets. Great value! Guests choose Tashi Nota Khangsang Hotel because they can always get a luxurious accommodation for a reasonable price. They especially enjoy the spacious and clean rooms that allow them to have a fully relaxing time during their stay. Beautiful rooms! Guests also love the minimalistic Tibetan aesthetics of its interior design. The staff are professional and always helpful.
5. Tashitakge Hotel:Centrally located in the old town of Lhasa, Tashitakge Hotel Lhasa is a short 1-minute walk from Bakuo Street. This Tibetan property features a rooftop restaurant with views of Potala Palace and the mountains. Free WiFi is available at public areas. Lhasa Tashitakge Hotel is a 3-minute walk from Jekhang Temple and a 40-minute drive from the Lhasa Airport. Tibetan-style rooms are fitted with an electric kettle and a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom offers free toiletries and hot shower facilities. Laundry and dry cleaning services are available. The staff at the tour desk can assist in making travel arrangements. Dong Tian Ge, the property’s rooftop restaurant, serves a variety of local Tibetan dishes. Bread, fruits and coffee are available during breakfast. Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.8 for a two-person trip. We speak your language! Centrally located in the old town of Lhasa, Tashitakge Hotel Lhasa is a short 1-minute walk from Bakuo Street. This Tibetan property features a rooftop restaurant with views of Potala Palace and the mountains. Free WiFi is available at public areas. Lhasa Tashitakge Hotel is a 3-minute walk from Jekhang Temple and a 40-minute drive from the Lhasa Airport. Tibetan-style rooms are fitted with an electric kettle and a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom offers free toiletries and hot shower facilities. Laundry and dry cleaning services are available. The staff at the tour desk can assist in making travel arrangements. Dong Tian Ge, the property’s rooftop restaurant, serves a variety of local Tibetan dishes. Bread, fruits and coffee are available during breakfast. Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.8 for a two-person trip.
6. Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Hotel: It is a popular Tibetan-style boutique hotel in the heart of the historic center of Lhasa. The site was originally built for the family of the 11th Dalai Lama and was restored in recent times. The name of the hotel came from the title given to the parents of the 11th Dalai Lama. Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Hotel Highlights Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Hotel is a great choice if you want to stay very close to Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Streets. They are only a few minutes’ walk away. The beautiful traditional architecture ensures you a enjoyable stay and an authentic local experience. Guests especially love the spacious rooms and modern amentities that this hotel offers. It also has a garden. The staff are professionals in hospitality industry and speak fluent English.
Lhasa Group Tour Hotels Details (4 Star Standard Category Option)
1. House of Shambhala (Recommended by few group tours due to room availability): House Of Shambhala is highly reputable Tibetan-style boutique hotel in the historic center of Lhasa city. Resting quietly on an alley inside Barkhor quarter, the hotel is only a few minutes walk to Jokhang Temple. It is also a 10 minute taxi ride to reach Potala Palace from the hotel.
2. Shambhala Palace (Recommended by few group tours due to room availability) : The hotel has a tradition Tibetan style of architecture. The courtyard has wall carvings that depict the mythical story of the Shambhala Kingdom and its twenty five legendary kings. The environment and atmosphere will garantee you an authentic local experience during your stay. Guests especially love that the rooms are spacious and clean. Some rooms offer full views of Potala Palace. Guests can also get views of Lhasa on the roof terrace. The staff at Shambhala Palace Hotel are helpful and speak good English.
3. Shangbala Hotel (near Jokhang Square): Shangbala Hotel Close to some of Lhasa’s most popular landmarks, such as XiZangZiZhiQu LaSaShi BaKuo Jie BuXingJie (0.1 mi) and Canggu Temple (0.2 mi), Shangbala Hotel Lasa is a great destination for tourists. As your “home away from home,” the hotel rooms offer air conditioning, and getting online is easy, with free wifi available. Guests have access to room service and baggage storage while staying at Shangbala Hotel Lasa. In addition, Shangbala Hotel Lasa offers free breakfast, which will help make your Lhasa trip additionally gratifying. And, as an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests. If you’re looking for a cafe, consider a visit to DingFeng Cafe, Spinn Cafe and Tours, or The Sense Coffee, which are all conveniently located a short distance from Shangbala Hotel Lasa. Plus, during your trip, don’t forget to check out a , such as Monument of Alliance Between Tang Dynasty and Tibetan Regime. At Shangbala Hotel Lasa, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to Lhasa.
4. Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel Tibet (VIP Tower section) the front building beside the Beijing Road
5. Thangka Hotel: Thangka hotel rooms that offer air conditioning, and you can stay connected during your stay as Thangka Hotel offers guests free Wi-Fi. The hotel features room service. Plus, Thangka Hotel offers free breakfast, providing a pleasant respite from your busy day. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available. Nearby landmarks such as Barkhor streets (0.1 mi) and Canggu Temple (0.3 mi) make Thangka Hotel a great place to stay when visiting Lhasa. If you like Asian restaurants, Thangka Hotel is conveniently located near Tibetan Family Kitchen, Dunya Restaurant, and House of Shambhala Restaurant. Best of all, Thangka Hotel makes it easy to experience some great Lhasa attractions like Potala Palace, which is a popular castle. We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Thangka Hotel as you experience everything Lhasa has to offer.
6. Lhasa Xinding Hotel: It is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Lhasa, offering a family-friendly environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay. Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as Lasa Sanquan Scenic Resort (0.1 mi) and Barkhor streets, guests of Xin Ding Hotel can easily experience some of Lhasa’s most well-known attractions. Xin Ding Hotel offers guests an array of room amenities including a kitchenette and air conditioning, and getting online is possible, as free internet access is available. The hotel offers room service, baggage storage, and currency exchange, to make your visit even more pleasant. The property also features free breakfast. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking. If you like Asian restaurants, Xin Ding Hotel is conveniently located near Tibetan Family Kitchen, Dunya Restaurant, and House of Shambhala Restaurant. If you’re looking for something to do, Potala Palace (1.1 mi), Jokhang Temple (1.1 mi), and Barkhor Street (1.1 mi) are a nice way to spend some time, and they are all within walking distance of Xin Ding Hotel.
7. Lhasa Xueyu Tiantang International Hotel: Xueyu Tiantang International Hotel is a 4-star deluxe hotel in downtown Lhasa. The name means “Snow Heaven”. Situated on Linkuo North Road, the hotel has a luxurious modern style of architecture mixed with Tibetan features. The great location of the hotel means it is close to major Lhasa attractions including Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Streets. There are more than 100 rooms in the hotel. The rooms are bright and comfortable, and fully equipped with facilities such as TV, air conditioning, heating, etc. The hotel also boasts a western restaurant, a Tibetan restaurant, a conference hall, a VIP meeting hall, etc. Xueyu Tiantang International Hotel creates an elegant and comfortable local environment truly reminiscent of heaven.
Shigatse Group Tour Hotels Details (3 Star Standard Category Option)
1. Manasarovar Hotel: Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel is located on Qinghai Road in the center of Shigatse City. It’s just adjacent to the bus terminal and only 2 km away from Tashilhunpo Monastery. The hotel has 78 guest rooms including deluxe double rooms, standard double rooms, etc. The hotel has integrated Tibetan ethnic features with modern style. It provides comfortable stay for guests because each room has great facilities, such as humidifier and oxygen supplier. It also offers 24-hour hot water, free WiFi and other top-class services
Shigatse Group Tour Hotels Details (4 Star Standard Category Option)
1. Tashichota Hotel: Tashichota Hotel is a relatively new hotel (2011) in Shigatse city, Tibet. It is rated as four stars and has a very traditional Tibetan decor. It is a basic hotel and clean in Tibet standard, Rooms are of large size and can easily accommodate the chairs put in the room. The hotel is within walking distance to many restaurants, a grocery store, deserts locations and other places in town.
2. Vanray International Resort: VanRay International Resort is a hotel offering air conditioning, a minibar, and a refrigerator in the rooms, and it is easy to stay connected during your stay as free Wi-Fi is offered to guests. The hotel features a 24-hour front desk, room service, and a concierge. Plus, guests can enjoy free breakfast, which has made this a popular choice among travelers visiting Shigatse. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available. Travelers looking to enjoy some dumplings can head to Shigatse Wordo Kitchen. Otherwise, you may want to check out an Asian restaurant such as Shigatse Wordo Kitchen or Songtsen Restaurant. Tashilunpo Monastery and some popular attractions that are within walking distance. However this hotel service varies from time to time and some travelers do complain it and wish there will be more improvements in the near future.
Rongphu Monastery-Everest Base Camp Yak Tent House
Just play down your expectations! Due to the hostile natural environment and extreme altitude (5200m), the lodging facilities at EBC are downright humble. Only locally-run Tibetan yak tents and Rongbuk Guesthouse are available.
over However, the incredible view of the sunrise over the peak of Mt. Everest would make up for all your ordeal. Since there is a shortage of water at EBC, the sanitation of the lodging may be a challenge to westerners. You may consider bringing your own sleeping bag.
Saga Group Tour Hotels Details (3 Star Standard Category Option)
1.The Grand Hotel of Western Post: The Grand Hotel of Western Post was in operation from 2016 and It is by far the most grand and fashionable accommodation in Saga Country, Shigatse Prefecture, West of Tibet. However, this hotel looks nice from the outside overview, but the rooms are not as good as you imagine. Many travelers told us they prefer to stay in the much better standard rooms in Saga Hotel than staying here. This hotel has 71 fashionable Western style rooms with spotless beds and attached bathrooms. On this high altitude, you cannot find a better accommodation. However, this hotel does not supply breakfasts. Travelers can get the tasty Chinese food in the Moon Star Restaurant which is just to next door.
2. MuLinSen Hotel
Darchen (Kailash) Group Tour Hotels Details (3 Star Standard Category Option)
Some reference pictures of our hotels, for the actual final hotel booking, our travel consultant will reconfirm to you by email. Since it is a group tour, travelers are limited to select hotels per their own individual requests. However, to upgrade to a private tour if you have more than 2 people wanting more personal tour features, please click “customize” your trip.
Lhasa Yak Hotel (local 3 star standard category)
Lhasa Gnagjian Hotel (local 3 star standard category)
Lhasa Dhood Gu Hotel (local 3 star standard category)
Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Hotel Twin Room (local 3 star standard category)
Lhasa Tashi Norta Khangsang Hotel (local 3 star standard category)
Lhasa Snow Heaven International Hotel (local 4 star standard category)
Lhasa Thangka hotel (local 4 star standard category)
Lhasa Xinding Hotel(local 4 star standard category)
Lhasa Shambhala Palace Hotel (local 4 star standard category)
Lhasa House of Shambhala (local 4 star standard category)
Lhasa Shambhala Hotel (local 4 star standard category)
Saga The grand Hotel of western post (local 3 star standard category)
How can I get my Tibet Travel Permit?
It is critical to book your Tibet tour with a local travel agency like “Tibet local Guide travel service” for smooth travel permit application. Photo copy of your passport and the China visa copies are required for applying Tibet permits.
Please note that you will have to show the original permit in hand while asking for boarding pass and security checking in for flight to Lhasa or Copy of it while boarding the Train to Lhasa. However, Chongqing, Xi’an and Lanzhou railway station may also check original permits.
We will send it to your hotel in your flight departure city in China. While in urgent cases, we can send our permits delivery person to drop it to you at any China domestic airport if you just have few hours transit flight stop.
We do not send your Tibet permits to your home country, because permits come out regularly only 1 week to 2 weeks prior to your arrival date, and Tibet post companies have no efficiencies for handling international package delivery, so it is not trustworthy and not reliable to send your permits to your home county.
For more details of Tibet travel permits, you can email to email@example.com for instant Tibet local policy update.
What are the differences between travelling to Tibet from Nepal and entering Tibet from other Parts of China?
Foreign travelers have only two possible ways of getting to Tibet, one is from Nepal to Tibet by air or overland, while the other is from mainland city in China by train, air or car. Here below are the major differences.
- If you travel to Tibet from other provinces of China, you will need a valid China visa which allows you to travel, work or study in China, with this visa you can come to Tibet (but journalist, diplomats, public government service people, military persons and reporters, etc. must travel via Chinese government specified authorities, in most cases, these people are not allowed in), any Tibet travel agencies here in Tibet do not organize tours for those people whose jobs are listed as above. And the regular China visa categories are “L” tour visa, “Z” or “M” “Q” visa etc.
- Foreign travelers from a few countries such as Singapore and Japan may not need a China visa for specific period of time, in this case, these travelers can get Tibet entry permits without China visa. But please be noted that, you need to double check with your local china consulate to assure how long you can travel in China without a visa.
- Once you can travel in China legally, you can also get Tibet entry permits from local Tibet travel agency like us easily.
- To apply travel permits for foreign travelers entering Tibet from a city in China, none-restricted occupation travelers need to provide valid passport, valid China visa at least 2-3 weeks prior to arrival date to Tibet, and different travel destination in Tibet may require you to provide these documents even 30-40 days prior to arrival date because of many more complicated permits application process. These destinations are Kailash, North-loop-the Grand of Tibet, east Tibet bordering Kham (Sichuan province).
- Foreign travelers entering Tibet from mainland China can choose flight, train or overland driving. All the trains to Tibet will go through Xi’ning, Qinghai province, while the popular driving route is from Chengdu and Shangri-La or Kashgar or Xi’ning. The most picturesque driving adventure is between Tibet and Sichuan or Yunnan.
- If you enter Tibet from Nepal, you can go only by air from Kathmandu to Lhasa or by overland driving via Gyirong port or Purang (Taklakot) border, these are the only open borders between Nepal and Tibet. Currently the Indian-Tibet Sino border is not open for public.
- All foreign travelers from Nepal to Tibet must have 3 working days in Kathmandu to wait for the “Tibet Group Visa” prior to departure date for Tibet. This A4 size Tibet group visa (actually it is a china visa) document paper can only be issued through a registered travel agency in Kathmandu, but the important point is: any registered travel agency in Nepal has to obtain an official visa invitation letter photo copy issued from Tibet tourism Bureau here in Lhasa. To get this visa letter, a local Tibet travel agency like us can apply together with the Tibet permits around 2-5 weeks before visitor’s arrival in Tibet. So, travelers only need to bear in mind that, they do not apply any visa or permits by themselves, they just need to provide passport photo copies to Tibet based agency like us and we will handle all the rest.
- There is no train between Nepal and Tibet however. Kathmandu-Lhasa airfare is more expensive than via Chengdu, Chongqing, or Xi’an city in most cases.
- The overland driving between Kathmandu to Tibet border Gyirong is time consuming. The overall short distance may take around 10-15 hours especially in rainy seasons of July and August.
- No matter you enter Tibet from Nepal or mainland China, valid China visa (or Tibet group visa from Nepal) and Tibet permits are mandatory. And different permits are for different travel itineraries and specified schedule.
- When you fly from a city in China to Lhasa, original permits will be needed, however, if you fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa, you only need Tibet group visa for flight checking in(our Tibetan tour guide will take original permits to pick you up)
What documents do I have to send to you to secure all necessary Tibet Travel permits?
A short document list as below:
- Photocopies of valid passports data page for all travelers.
- Photocopies of valid China visa.
- Working certificate or student Id card copies if you do not hold “L” China visa but Z or F type of China visa.
- Marriage certificate or relatives’ statement with signature if you hold Q category China visa.
While booking your Tibet tour, we would like you to send us the copy of your Passport and China Visa for every member of the group. The copy of passport should be the same one you will be using to get your Chinese visa. If you renew your passports, but the China via is on the expired passport, please provide both passports photo copies.
If your visa is not the “L” category, i.e., tour category china visa, you will need to provide us the additional supporting document such as student certificates, resident and Work Permit and so on.
Please provide passport copies at least 2-4 weeks before arrival date. For Tibet tour without Kailash, eastern Tibet, North-loop Grand Tibet, we can accept urgent tour booking 2 weeks before your arrival date, but if your trip covers the places mentioned here, you’d better send us your passport photo copies 4 weeks to 5 weeks in advance at least, most of our Kailash travelers provide us passport copies half year in advance. And they can provide China visa copies 1 month in advance.
If you travel to Tibet from Nepal, we will only need your valid passport copies. Yet, we will have to apply for the Chinese Group Visa from the Chinese Embassy in Nepal.
Can I apply for Tibet Travel permit or Tibet group visa by ourselves?Definitely No, you cannot apply for Tibet travel permit or Tibet group visa directly. Tibet Travel Permit is only issued by Tibet Tourism Administration in Lhasa, together with other Chinese authorities such as military office, and foreign affairs office, national security office, public security bureau, etc. Therefore, an only local registered travel agency based in Lhasa can help you apply for it. Hence it is impossible for you to apply permits by yourself, and you will have to book your Tibet tour directly or indirectly with a local travel agency in Lhasa.
What is the Tibet travel documents list so I can check before coming?
During your traveling in Tibet, the three main primary documents are passports, China visa (or Tibet group visa) and Tibet entry permits. Different tour destination will need further document such as military permits, foreign affairs border passing permit, alien’s travel permits,
- Valid Passports.
- Valid China visa (for entering from China);
- Tibet group visa (for entering from Nepal);
- Tibet entry travel permits for all Tibet tours;
- Alien’s travel permits for trip covering Everest. Tsetang (Samye monastery), Kailash and north-loop Grand Tibet, eastern Tibet such as Draksumtso lake;
- Foreign affairs permit (policy keeps changing on this section)
- Border defense passing allowance permit (trip between Nepal and Tibet)
- Military permits.
Can a foreigner travel Tibet without travel permit?
Definitely No. it is not possible to travel to and in Tibet without a Tibet travel permit. No international travelers can visit in Tibet autonomous region of China without Tibet travel permit. It is mandatory for all the foreign nationals to get this permit prior to your arrival in Tibet. Only a local Tibet travel agency here in Tibet can help you make this document in Lhasa.
At all the entry and exit point to Tibet, the authority people will check the permit, passport, and Visa.
Can I have a few days as my own free time in Lhasa without hiring a guide?
Definitely Yes. it is possible but your activity is very limited. You can have some days free time in Lhasa to walk around, and do your shopping, try some local food, drink tea, coffee, and spend your leisure time, etc., BUT never enter a tourist attraction if without a tour guide. Furthermore, you cannot leave Lhasa for any other places in Tibet individually, especially when there is no tour guide and a licensed tour vehicle. You cannot extend further since there are many permits and identity checking points for exiting Lhasa.
How can I apply for a Chinese visa from my home country?
You can apply it through the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your country. Tibet local guide travel service team strongly recommend applying it without mentioning about your travel plan to Tibet. Your application might get rejected as Tibet is a sensitive region of China. We helped many foreign travelers providing China tour itinerary references together with their own flights booking references, hotel booking references, etc., they can normally get China visa without any hassles.
If you do mention your trip covers Tibet, we will have to apply and send the Chinese Visa Invitation from Tibet Tourism Bureau office here in Lhasa. For this, you will need to go to the Chinese Embassy, not the consulate to apply China visa. The Visa invitation will only address to Embassy, not to the consulate. So, we suggest you try to avoid complicated and time-consuming process but choose the simplified and workable process. However, China visa application is beyond our Tibet travel agency, and policy keeps changing due to many factors such as political climate, international relationship, etc., please consult with your local visa agent for more information.
For your reference, the Visa invitation letter can be only applied after Tibet permits application approval. Therefore, you will have to book the tour with us and send us the Passport copies to start making the permit at least 2-3 months beforehand. Please remember, we can never complete the Permit process without the copy of your China visa. So, you will have to email your passport copies to us as soon as you get it.
For what kind of Tibet tour do I need additional permits?
Technically Tibet entry permit is enough to go if you are only visiting the Lhasa Prefecture. If you are visiting other prefectures in Tibet, you will need the additional permit depending on the region you will be visiting.
The military permit is required if you are traveling to Mount Kailash, traveling overland from and to Xinjiang and traveling overland to and from Yunnan and Sichuan.
Alien’s Travel Permit (ATP) is needed if you are visiting from Lhasa to other prefectures in Tibet. Therefore, Mount Kailash in Ngari prefecture, Mount Everest in Shigatse prefecture, Samye Monastery in Lhoka prefecture and Nyingchi prefecture.
Additionally, there is another permit called Borders Permit. You will require it if you are traveling to any border region and arriving from Nepal to Tibet by flight.
But you will not need to worry about it all. Experienced Tibet travel agency in Lhasa will know which permits are required as per the tour itinerary.
How long does it take to apply our Tibet travel permit?
The duration of the Tibet travel permit application process varies from 2 weeks to 4 weeks prior to your arrival date. The authorities do not accept very early permits application submission. Sometimes those people in authority slow down the process without prior notice and all agents have to wait. As professional and experienced Tibet local travel agency and tour operator, “Tibet Local Guide travel service” team always suggest foreign travelers book Lhasa tour at least 3 weeks before arrival date, and book Kailash tours or other restricted regional tours at least 4-6 weeks prior to arrival date. To submit permits application for any Tibet tours around 4 weeks in advance can ensure on time application. If you have urgent booking, please talk with our consultants and see if it is doable or not, and urgent handling cost may occur. Every year, we did help some travelers for last minute Tibet tour booking.
Do I need multiple entry China visa to continue with china tour after Tibet?
Definitely No, Tibet is a part of China, called TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region of China) , single entry China visa or the Tibet group visa can allow your China tour after Tibet. BUT, please remember that, if you hold Tibet group visa (entering Tibet from Nepal) but want to travel to China after Tibet, you will need to hold individual pieces of the group visa to travel individually in China by yourself; while if you travel with the name listed group members together, all people can hold one “Group visa paper documents) since all are travelling together. Otherwise you will get issues when checking in hotel in China. Since 2019, most hotels in China need passengers to have face scanning and ID and or passports registry to check in a hotel room. Most travel agencies in Tibet do not know this, especially many agencies out of Tibet do not have this kind of experiences.
Do you provide Tibet Permit only service?
No, we don’t sell Tibet Permit service only since it is illegal. No agent is allowed to sell the Tibet Travel Permit. Even though on the permits itself, it says free and no commission fee, the permits application process and responsibility of managing foreign traveler’s travel in Tibet is strictly regulated. Tibet permits application is locally and lawful per the China local rules in Tibet for foreign travelers to ensure Tibet long run development, we have to obey the local rules and respect local policy regulations. So do not just book a permit only service, as local experienced Tibet travel agency, we can organize your trip with your maximum free time in Lhasa, meanwhile, not requesting you to hire a guide all the time. This is good for LHASA tours, if your trip covers places out of Lhasa, you will need to book tour including guide, driver and car at least.
Furthermore, we are only allowed to apply the permit when we provide Tibet tour service, which includes professional tour guide, tourist licensed vehicle with a driver and/or hotel accommodation.
All Tibet travel permits application is submitted by local registered travel agencies here in Lhasa, Tibet. No matter the agency is Han Chinese registered or Tibetan registered, if there is legal tourism license, permits can be applied. However, an agency like “Tibet Local Guide Travel Service” official name is Tibet Norpel Lin Travel service has many years experiences with focus on serving only foreign travelers, we can provide hassles free permits and quality Tibet tour services. It is one-stop shop Tibet tour solution with better local prices.
Tibet Local Guide Travel Service Team
I would like to recommend Tony, the General manager from Tibet Local Guide (initial brand Tibet Ctrip Travel Company), who I have known now since 2008. In 2008, I hired the services of Tony and his company TibetCtrip.com to organize a 4 week tour to Tibet via China, for my group of 16 kiwi people,that unfortunately was cancelled due to the government closing the border. Also a massive earthquake to make a major problem for us as we waited for the border to open, Tony was dedicated enough to organize a program under the most difficult situation. In my opinion, it was the BEST tour I have taken over my extensive travelling for 18 years.( Egypt, Peru, India, Europe etc.)
In 2010 we finally got in to Tibet so started a business friendship that saw Tony bringing his family to New Zealand in 2016 to research possibly bringing tours to NZ. After long time in Australia but too less time in New Zealand in 2016, Tony decided to take his family to NZ for almost one month in 2017 to do more research in NZ. In July 2018 he then brought a group of 13 children aged around 10 who could speak English and 12 parents where I organised a tour of new Zealand for them. Here the parents saw great potential to bring children to new Zealand to help further their studies in English. I accompanied them and found all children delightful and well behaved, and a delight to experience New Zealand through all of their eyes. In my opinion, the best education a child could get, is travelling…and having to speak English.
My husband and I would therefore like to recommend Tony and the Tibet Local Guide travel service team as a hardworking, genuine person wishing to help the children’s education, due to his also having been a teacher to the Tibetan children to help them learn English. His team keep doing all they can to help the Tibetan people, due to the nature and passion their team have to help more travelers to Tibet. I feel travelling to other countries is the best education out and also to unite this world to realise we are all ONE.
I am therefore more than prepared to answer any questions that you might have in regarding Tibet Local Guide travel service and their passion to help create more wonderful jobs for local Tibetan people, and also bring down the tourism prices for overseas travelers.You will enjoy their services, and of course they will improve and grow to be better company with their Tibetan vision.
Gail Nicholls (ND. DipClinHyp. LBL.)
( Garry Nicholls. JP)
Gail F Nicholls – Author of 《Remember Who You Are》
Speedwell Clinic and Tours, Howick, Auckland, New Zealand
ND.DipClinHyp.LBL(TNI reg USA) Author / Guest Speaker.
Ph +64 9 535 4065 / 021 537 055
19-day tour to Kailash/Guge/Everest
Fantastic experience! Extremely well organized with a super Tibetan guide (Pema) and driver (Gaesan). All details were exactly as specified. this review was quoted from our TripAdvisor review “Tibet Local Guide”
Kailash Manasarovar Private Trip with Tony's team - Tibet Local Guide Travel Service
We just came back after a two week trip to Kailash and Manasarovar. We were very pleased with the services. Couldn’t say enough nice things about Tony and his team. He has a personal touch. Guide Tenzin and driver Lakba were great! Treated us like family.
Excellent Trip of Tibet
Tony did a fabulous job organizing our trip. It was a pleasure learning about and experiencing Tibet from Sonam, our guide. He was so hospitable and warm, making sure our stay in Tibet was memorable. I will highly recommend the team for anyone who plans on visiting!
Tony did an amazing job organizing and customizing this tour based on our needs which were executed beyond our expectations by our tour guide Tenzin and driver Dawa. Because of their professionalism and their caring nature we managed this tour so successfully and flawlessly. They took care of every detail. I would give all the credits to both of them making our trip so enjoyable and blissful. this review was quoted from our TripAdvisor’s Review “Tibet Local Guide”