Day 1: Turgart Pass or Khunjerab Pass - Kashgar
Arrive in China through Turgart Pass, the China-Kyrgyzstan border or through the Khunjerab Pass, the China-Pakistan border.
Upon arrival, meet your guide and check in at your hotel.
Note: The first two days should be weekdays in order to meet the office hours of the inbound check and application of driving permit.
Day 2: Kashgar
Day 3: Kashgar
Today is free to explore on your own in Kashgar.
We recommend you to pay a visit to the Kashgar Bazaar, one of the largest outdoor markets in mid-Asia. Little donkeys with harmoniously tinkling bells thread their way among the throngs of people entering and leaving the bazaar. Here you can find beautiful pots and bowls engraved with delicate and intricate traditional designs, or the simple, everyday kitchenware.
The Old Town of Kashgar and the Id Kah Mosque are also on our recommendation list.
Day 4: Kashgar - Yecheng (about 250 km)
Head northwest from Kashgar to Yecheng in the early morning via G315 Highway.
Upon arrival in Yecheng, take a tour in Yecheng if the time permits. Situated on the southern rim of the Taklamakan desert, Yecheng is the main centre for Chinese immigration into western Xinjiang and it has become quite a large, sprawling town to date.
Day 5: Yecheng - Mazar (about 250 km)
Today you'll drive to Mazar. Mazar is a special religious system with strong regional characteristics practiced by Muslims in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Mazar means "places of paying homage" in Arabic, which refers to tombs of the saints. Muslims here believe that Mazar has sacred position and immortal power, and that every Muslim should pay homage to it and pray to the soul of the saint buried in Mazar. Try to pray and make wish before Mazar, you will probably gain spiritual freedom and happiness sometime somehow.
Then the local hosts in Mazar will provide you with a wonderful home visit. Smell the lifestyle and taste the culture by having a nice chat and some belly laughs with the hospitable locals.
Day 6: Mazar - Dahongliutan (about 250 km)
Day 7: Dahongliutan - Songxi (about 250 km)
After one night’s sound sleep, you'll head to Songxi from Dahongliutan. Prepare yourself for the charming scenery along the way.
Now you're officially in Tibet, since Songxi is the foremost northwestern county of Tibet. Explore on your own and get ready for the journey of the following day.
Day 8: Songxi - Bankun Tso - Rutok (about 200 km)
Your schedule today will cover Songxi and Rutok. Make a quit pitstop at Bankun Tso. Bevies of seagulls, gaggles of wild geese and shoals of fish mirror into your eyes over the clear lake water.
And don't forget your unfinished journey--head on to Rutok, a major production base for cashmere.
Day 9: Rutok - Gar (about 125 km)
Today you have a loose schedule. Hit the road from Rutok in the morning hours, and you'll reach Gar (Shiquanhe) soon.
Gar Monastery is set in one of the most beautiful locations of any monastery in Tibet. It is located in the Dza River valley at an elevation of around 4000m. An evergreen forest surrounds the monastery while craggy mountain peaks can be seen all around. A small lake is also located in the valley below the monastery.
Arrive in Gar town in the late afternoon. It is a new and modern town. We will recreate here by nice meals and comfortable bath.
Day 10: Gar - Zanda (about 190 km)
Day 11: Zanda
Day 12: Zanda - Barga (about 300 km)
Day 13: Barga - Mt.Kailash (about 30 km)
Bid farewell to Zanda and you will drive to Mt. Kailashi. Mt. Kailash is a peak in the Gangdise Mountains. It lies near the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia: the Indus River, the Sutlej River, the Brahmaputra River, and the Karnali River. It is considered a sacred place in four religions: Bön, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. You will meet the pilgrims from Tibet, India and nearby. Here you can do nothing but purify your heart.
Day 14: Mt. Kailash - Lake Manasarowar
Drive to Manasarovar Lake in the morning. Today’s highlight is an excursion to Lake Manasarowar. Famous as one of the three holy Lakes in Tibet, Lake Manasarovara is the most venerated of the Tibet’s lakes. The altitude of the lake is about 4,588 meters, making it one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world. Enjoy the extremely blue sea of Manasarovar, you can make a pilgrimage in the forest of Tibetan wind and horse flags. The sacred Mt. Kailashi is guarding this land in white armor.
Day 15: Lake Manasarowar - Purang (about 100 km)
Day 16: Purang – Payang - Zhongba (about 460 km)
Day 17: Zhongba – Saga - Tingri (about 480 km)
Day 18: Tingri - Base Camp of Everest - Tingri
Day 19: Tingri - Zhangmu Pass (about 325 km)
Turgart Pass - Kashgar - Yecheng - Mazar - Daliushutan - Songxi - Bankun Tso - Rutok - Gar - Toling - Zanda - Barga - Mt. Kailash - Payang - Tingri - Zhangmu Pass
1. The administration only issues permits to the certified travel operators, not availed to any requirement by individual travelers. We'll assist you with driving, import & re-export permits and licenses at the public security bureau, traffic bureaus and the Customs for a more flexible and efficient journey.
2. Leaving the team is not allowed. Tour guide service will be provided throughout the journey.
3. The above quotations are for reference and are subject to change during some Chinese festivals, holidays, and big events. You are suggested to confirm the tour price with travel adviser in such cases.
4. Due to the road conditions, weather, and availability of hotels, the tour guide may adjust the program accordingly.
- Permits issued by China National Tourist Administration and Ministry of the Public Security, including cars / motorbikes import & re-export permit from China Customs; temporary vehicle travel & driving permits; temporary number plates
- Limited personal travel injury insurance in China
- Compulsory traffic insurance of vehicle
- One English-speaking guide accompanying the group all the trip
- Agent’ s fee of Customs declaration
- Hotel accommodations; (Our guide can help you with the hotel booking all the way according to your request and budget)
- Sightseeing tickets
- Tips to the guide
- Road toll, parking fee and any cost related to the vehicle.