• Visit the Potala Palace in Lhasa
• Explore Jokhang Temple and Drepung and Sera Monasteries
• See the holy Lake Manasorovar
• See and explore two holy mountains, Kailash and Everest
• Hike the 3-day Kora at Mt. Kailash
• Visit the Tibetan Everest Base Camp
• 27 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start and finish in Kathmandu
• All meals included
• Activity Level: 5
The spiritual draw of Tibet's holy mountains has long been the inspiration for millions of Tibetans to make the harsh overland pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash and Mt. Everest. Join our challenging hiking adventure to the rooftop of the world. This trip includes scenic drives on rough roads, long hikes at high elevation and several nights of camping.
For Buddhists and Hindus, the circumambulation of Mt. Kailash is said to erase the sins of a lifetime. At 6,714 meters (22,022 ft) high, with its four sheer walls and snow-capped peak, it is an awe-inspiring sight. A supremely sacred site of four religions and billions of people, Mt. Kailash is seen by only a few thousand pilgrims each year due to its extreme, remote location in northwestern Tibet.
Mt. Everest, also known as Mount Chomolongma (Mother Goddess of the Universe in Tibetan), is the highest peak in the world, at 8,844 meters (29,017 ft). It has long been a holy pilgrimage for Tibetans, and more recently, travelers from all over the world.
Our journey is not just about these must-see destinations. This arduous adventure includes some of Tibet's most famous attractions, including the impressive Potala Palace, the holy Jokhang Temple, Sera, Drepung and Tashilhunpo Monasteries and Khumbum Stupa. Drive over high mountain passes and marvel at the brilliant blue waters of Yamdrok Tso Lake. For many, a true highlight is the cultural encounters with nomadic Tibetans on their religious journey of enlightenment.
We invite you to take your own personal pilgrimage to a magical land filled with the highest peaks on earth, while encountering some of the world's friendliest and most devout people.
Please note: due to high elevation and strenuous, physical activity, this is an application trip. Please call the ElderTreks office for more information.
Most accommodation in guesthouses is very basic, share rooms and share facilities. 5 or more nights camping with no toilet facilities or washing facilities.
20 days at over 9,000 feet. Many long, dusty drives. Hiking is at high elevation. Participants must be very fit.
Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu — old city
Fly to Lhasa, drive to Tsedang
Tsedang — Yambu Lakang Fort, Samye Monastery
To Lhasa, Norbulinka
Lhasa — Potala, Dragon Pool, Chagpori Hill
Lhasa — Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Drepung and Sera monasteries
To Gyantse — via Kamba La and Karo La Pass
Palcho Monastery, Khumbum Stupa, Tashilhunpo Monastery, to Shigatse
Shigatse to Lhatse
Ronguk Monastery — in the Shadow of Mt. Everest
Hike to Everest Base Camp
Rongbuk to Tingri
Paryang to Lake Manasorovar
Lake Manasorovar to Darchen
Mt. Kailash Kora, Darchen
Darchen to Paryang
To Dulikhel through the Himalayas
Bhaktapur, to Kathmandu