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Explore Historic Ruins of Guge Kingdom, western Tibet from Lhasa Tour

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Trip Overview

Lhasa Guge kingdom tour in western Tibet is the best adventure in the remote villages of Tibet. This Tour let you experience lost adventure in the Kailash Guge Kingdom tour in Tibet Himalayas. The trek through a magnificent mountain area, villages of the Thakuri, rivers is one to go for. Once you reach south of Kailash, which Hindus and Buddhists view as the “center of the world”. The views from Gosul Gompa and the surrounding mountains surpass everything. I have seen”, wrote Sven Hedin in “Transhimalaya” (1909).

Guge Kingdom tour comes closer with the mighty rock dome of Kailash. Together with pilgrims far and wide, you follow the trail (Parikrama) across the Dolma La (5600m). The Guge Kingdom tour destination is full of countless prayer flags. It takes three days to circumambulate the snow-covered cupola. In Tibetan tradition, you will conclude this pilgrimage in Tirthapuri. It is one of the most important pilgrims along with Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.

Almost surreal appears the canyon-like valley of the Sutlej. Imbedded lie the ruins of Tsaparang, the capital of the former kingdom of Guge. After visiting the 900-year-old site our drive takes us to the canyon of the Sutlej. On this Guge Kingdom tour light and shadows of the summer, clouds make for a magical atmosphere. Dip the barren vastness in tinges of pastel green, yellow deep blue and violet. En route, we visit two of the most sacred temples of Tibet: Tashilhunpo in Shigatse and Kumbum in Gyantse.

Guge Kingdom tour in Tibet is the most if you want to explore something more than usual on your travel list.


Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1337m)

Arrive receive and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing including Shri-Pashupatinath Temple, Budhanilkantha, and Swayambhunath Stupa. Evening, program Briefing, and Packing.

Day 03: Arrive Lhasa (3600 m)

When you arrive in Lhasa, you will be greeted by our guide and will escort you to your hotel. It is highly recommended to take a good rest and try to avoid heavy works. Later you can wander around the Barkhor street. it is an Ancient Tibetan market surrounding the Jokhang temple and it is a popular destination for both tourists and pilgrims.

Day 04: Lhasa Guided tour

You will explore the Jokhang, the holiest Buddhist temple in the Himalayas. Founded nearly 1400 years ago, Jokhang Temple houses the most sacred statue of Buddha. You will work your way through this fascinating temple alongside Buddhist pilgrims from the faraway regions of Tibet. The sound of pilgrims chanting mantras fills the air as does the smell of yak butter candle offerings.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Potala Palace, Tibet’s most iconic building. Towering above Lhasa with more than 1000 rooms, the Potala Palace served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lama for hundreds of years.

Day 05: Lhasa guided tour

You will start the day by visiting the Drepung monastery and will be a nice idea to cover the pilgrimage circuit around Drepung and it takes about an hour and will have the opportunity to experience spectacular views. And then visit Sera monastery in the afternoon. As Sera monastery, apart from visiting the monastery, you can experience the monks doing a live philosophical debate in the courtyard and this can be an experience which you can recall when you get back to your home.

Day 06: Drive Lhasa to Shigatse (3840 m / 354 km )

In the early morning, you will depart Lhasa and drive to Yamdrok, one of Tibet’s most beautiful lakes. From the lake, you can see the 7191-meter peak of NojinKangtsang in the distance. You will then travel along the lakeshore and drive up to the amazing Karo La Glacier before arriving in the town of Gyantse.
In Gyantse, you will visit the Pelkhor Chode Monastery where you can see the largest stupa (Buddhist pagoda) in Tibet. From Gyantse, you will then make the short drive to Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city. Between Gyantse and Shigatse, you will stop at a couple of traditional farming villages. In Shigatse, you will explore the large monastery complex of TashiLhunpo.

Day 07: Drive Shigatse to Latse (4200 m / 150km)

From Shigatse, you will continue driving through the rugged and beautiful landscape of central Tibet. During this 3 hour journey, we will drive through the wilderness of Tibet. We will also visit the great Sakya monastery, the principal seat of Sakyapa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. these Mongolian style structures are very different than what you will see in the Lhasa region.

Day 08: Drive Latse  to Saga (4500 m / 340 km)

Today we will drive 340 kilometers of wilderness and if we are lucky we might spot some wildlife or beautiful landscape with the heavenly display of light.

Day 09: Drive Saga To Manasarovar Lake (5000 m / 520km)

This Day marks the beginning of wild western Tibet. We will surely have a spectacular view of Tibetan Plateau landscapes, We will drive along the Yarlung Tsangpo river. we will stop at the Manasarovar lake. the lake is one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Hindus believe taking a bath in this holy lake could wash away sins from many lives. I would recommend travelers to take a little opportunity to sit in silence and Mediate for sometimes. After the Manasarovar, we will continue Darchen. the Base camp for Kailash trekking. We will take a good rest for the trekking tomorrow.

Day 10: First day of Kailash Trek (5080 m / 20 km)

The first day of our trek will take us 20 kilometers from Darchen around Mt. Kailash to DiraPuk Monastery. You will follow this ancient pilgrimage route with Tibetan Buddhist and Indian Hindu pilgrims. You will stay in a small guesthouse near the monastery. The elevation of the DiraPuk Monastery is 5080 meters.

Day 11: Second day of Kailash Trek(5630 m / 18 km)

The second day of our trek around Kailash will take us up and over the Dolma La Pass, the highest pass on the circuit at 5630 meters. Excellent mountain and glacier views will follow you for most of the day. From the Dolma La Pass, you will descend to ZutulPuk Monastery, elevation 4820 meters. The total trekking distance this day is 18 kilometers.

Day 12: Final day of Kailash Trek (5000 m / 14 km)

The third and final day of our trek will cover 14 kilometers from ZutulPuk Monastery back to the town of Darchen. After the trek, we will return for one final night along the shores of scenic Lake Manasarovar.

Day 13: Drive Darchen to Guge (3699 m / 254 km)

Today we will drive further west to the Kingdom of Guge. The kingdom of Guge is our second hight light of the journey, where we will see the massive ruins of Guge Kingdom. We will stay in a small town near the ruin called Shanda.

Day 13: Drive Guge to Manasarovar lake (4597 m / 290 km)

First, in the morning, we will visit the Guge ruin and the Tholing Monastery. After visiting this two spot we will drive back to the Manasarovar Lake for the night

Day 14: Drive Lake Manasarovar to Saga(4500 m / 897 km)

We will travel back the Saga along with the same route.

Day 15: Drive Saga to Mount Everest Base camp (5200 m / 493 Km)

Today we are driving to the Rongbuk monastery and walk to the lap of the mighty Mount Everest. At the Pang-la pass we will have a distance view to some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas and the world; Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Mount Everest. we will take the zig-zag route to the Mount Everest base camp. we will stay a night in Tent guest house near the Rongbuk monastery.

Day 16: Drive Everest Base Camp to Shigatse Distance ( 3840 m / 350km)

After watching the sunrise on Mt. Everest, you will begin the journey back to Shigatse. You will stop at some farming villages as well as the small farming town of Lhatse. You will arrive in Shigatse with enough time to explore the main market street there or to hike the pilgrimage path at TashiLhunpo Monastery again.

Day 17: Drive Shigatse to Lhasa ( 3600 m / 260 km)

The last full day of your Lhasa-Everest and Kailash group tour will take you back to the Tibetan capital city of Lhasa. You will arrive with enough time to do any last-minute souvenir shopping and to walk the pilgrimage circuit around Jokhang Temple one more time.

Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu.

Depart Lhasa In the morning, you will be transferred to the Lhasa airport or train station to depart Tibet. Arrival, receive, and transfer to hotel.

Day 19: Departure

After breakfast departure transfer to Airport.


Cost Details

TREK COST: USD 4999.00 per person on Twin Sharing room accommodation
Single Room Supplement: US$ 590.00 per person

Extra: Tibet/China Visa fee US$ 210 for Other Nationals
Extra: Tibet/China Visa fee US$ 195 for American Nationals

Trip Date & Departure 2024 Date & Departure 2025

KTM Arrive Date: 16 April 2024 
End Departure Date:
30 April 2024

KTM Arrive Date:
14 May 2024
End Depart Date: 28 May 2024

KTM Arrive Date: 11 June 2024
End Depart Date: 25 June 2024

KTM Arrive Date: 14 Aug 2024
End Depart Date: 28 Aug 2024

KTM Arrive Date: 10 Sept 2024
End Depart Date: 24 Sept 2024

KTM Arrive Date: 9 Oct 2024
End Depart Date: 23 Octo 2024

KTM Arrive Date: 16 April 20245
End Departure Date:
30 April 2025

KTM Arrive Date:
14 May 2025
End Depart Date: 28 May 2025

KTM Arrive Date: 11 June 2025
End Depart Date: 25 June 2025

KTM Arrive Date: 14 Aug 2025
End Depart Date: 28 Aug 2025

KTM Arrive Date: 10 Sept 2025
End Depart Date: 24 Sept 2025

KTM Arrive Date: 9 Oct 2025
End Depart Date: 23 Octo 2025


Price Includes

  • Airport-hotel-airport transfers for International and domestic flights
  • All hotels in Kathmandu on twin sharing with bed and breakfast basis as per the itinerary
  • In Tibet accommodation on twin sharing basis with daily breakfast as per the itinerary
  • In Kailash part tented camps and hotel/guest houses as per itinerary on full board basis
  • English speaking experienced Tibetan guide in Tibet
  • All trekking equipment such as two men tent, dinning tent, kitchen utensils, toilet tents, sleeping mattresses, camp chairs tables, all food stuff
  • Daily wages, insurance, food for trekking staffs
  • Nepal Trekking permit fee
  • Meals during trekking in Nepal
  • Gamow bags (life saving device incase of altitude sickness)
  • Portable oxygen cylinders in case of emergency
  • Yak and Yak man for porter age of luggage and equipment
  • English speaking experienced Nepali guide in Nepal
  • All transportation in Tibet by TOYOTA landcruiser jeep as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and Monastery entrance fees and necessary Tibet permits as per our itinerary
  • Entrance fees in Nepal

Price Excludes

  • Tibet Visa Fee
  • Airfare Kathmandu- Nepalgunj- Simikot and Kathmandu - Lhasa
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee
  • Lhasa and Kathmandu parts Lunch and Dinner in hotels
  • Alcoholic beverages & bar bills
  • Sleeping bag and Down jacket
  • All expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry etc
  • Any kind of travel insurance, Emergency evacuation cost
  • Extra charges for hiring horse ride meals accommodation incase of staying back instead of doing kailash kora and vehicles in case of land slide and other natural calamities
  • Tips to staff