Mt. Kailash, Mansarovar Tour in Tibet

Kailash tripMount Kailash and Mansarovar Tour, situated within Tibet to the Northern part of the Himalaya. 
The Mount Kailash Tour is the spiritual center for four great religions:  Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion - the Bonpo. And strangely enough, four major rivers i.e. the Karnali, Sutlej, Indus and the longest one - Brahmaputra, originate from near Kailash Mountain. For the Tibetans it is a particularly special place, the poet saint, Milarepa, spent several years here meditating in a cave. 

The Kailash Mansarovar tour For the Hindus Mount Kailash and Manosarober is the earthly manifestation of their spiritual center of the universe, ‘world pillar’ around which all else revolves, its roots in the lowest hell and its summit kissing the heavens and on top lives their most revered God Shiva. The governments of Nepal and China reached an accord 3 years ago, that allowed the first treks across the border between the two countries. While it had been a route for Nepalese pilgrims for years, the foreign trekkers were never allowed to trek from Nepal to Tibet.

Mt. Kailash Yatra 6,714m / 22,028ft is situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet. It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with four great faces; the eastern face is believed to be crystal, the western ruby, the southern sapphire and the northern gold. It is the spiritual centre for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion-Bonpo. To Tibetans it is known as Khang Rimpoche(Precious Jewel of Snow) and they see it as the naval of the world. It is said that a stream from the mountain pours into a nearby lake and from here rivers flow in the four cardinal directions.

Mt. Kailash, Mansarovar Tour Fact box

Trip Grade: Moderate to adventurous

Tibet Trip / Camp:12 / 13 days.

Overall Trip:15 / 16 days.

Trip Map

Mt. Kailash, Mansarovar Tour Map

Mt. Kailash, Mansarovar Tour Itinerary

Day, 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m)
Welcome at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Our representative will greet you and escort you to the hotel for check-in and stay overnight at hotel. 

Day, 02: Kathmandu – visit temples
After breakfast, we go for half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, visit Pasupatinath Temple and Budhanilakantha. Return to hotel for lunch. After lunch we will allow free time for final preparation for Kailash pilgrimage tour i.e. checking the equipment which will be used during the tour. If our clients need to buy a few things or rent something, our staff will assist them. In the evening Chinese visa and Tibet permit will be handed over and briefing about the trip will be organized. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Overnight at hotel.

Day, 03: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam 3750 m (150 km)
After early breakfast we drive through Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel  and reach Friendship Bridge (i.e. Nepal-China border). From here we walk for about 10 minutes to cross   Friendship Bridge and meet our Tibetan guide and land cruiser drivers. After all the immigration and custom formalities at the Chinese check post here, our journey continues for another 35 km which can take almost 3 hours through the up-winding road to Nyalam with beautiful scenery. Then, you will be transferred to the guest house in Nyalam (3700m). The facilities of the guesthouse are very simple and basic. We stay free and spend overnight here. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, O/N hotel. 

Day, 04: Nyalam – day free for acclimatization.
Today is free for acclimatization. We will be going for short trek which is in preparation for Kailash Parikrama and it helps us to acclimatize fast. Overnight stay at Nyalam guest house.  Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, O/N hotel.

Day, 05: Nyalam – Saga 4450 m (240 km) (passing through Lalung-La 5050m) (6-7 hrs)
Early breakfast and drive to Saga. First long drive over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keeping you busy. Today you will be passing through the first highest pass Lalung-La 5050m. Stop and stay for about 10 minutes at Lalung-La and experience how you feel at an altitude of 5050 m. You can see the superb view of Gaurishankar, Shishapangma to Langtang Himal. Continue drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peigutso Lake (4400m). We will be crossing River Brahmaputra (Tibetan name “Yarling Tsangpo”) to reach Saga (4640m). Overnight stay at guest house. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, O/N hotel.

Day, 06: Saga – Paryang 4600 m. (185 km)
After breakfast drive to Paryang. Passing through many villages and camps of yak herders. Far   south you can see snow-capped mountain peaks. Most of the time you will be driving on plains hence a comfortable drive. Arrive in Paryang and enjoy hot tea. Overnight stay at guest house. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner, O/N hotel.

Day, 07: Paryang – Mansarovar 4558 m (277 km)
Early breakfast and get ready for longest driving day. Late afternoon you can have first view of   Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Here a small village is situated near Holy Mansarovar Lake. Holy Mansarovar (14950 ft/4558m) – the highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rakshash are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Night will be spending at Chui Gompa. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, O/N hotel.

Day, 08: Mansarovar – Tarchen (40 km)
Holy Mansarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning bath and puja we will be heading for Holy Mansarovar Parikrama by land cruiser with packed lunch and continue drive towards Tarchen (Darchen). If time permits, we visit Chui Gompa. Tarchen is considered as a base camp for Holy Kailash Parikrama. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, O/N hotel.

Day, 09: Tarchen – Tarboche (13 km drive) – Dirapuk (4860 m.) (7 km trek / 5 – 6 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Tarboche – starting point of Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also known as outer “Asthapath”. It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is everywhere with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will be kept on appearing. For 7 km trail it takes almost 7 hrs. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner, O/N hotel.

Day, 10: Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk (4760 m) (18 km trek / 9-10 km) (passing through Dolma-la pass 5,200 m).
Today you will be climbing to Drolma-la (Dolma-La 18600 ft) and then descending gradually to Zuthulpuk (4760m). Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass.
Today is the most difficult day of the trek. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget in eternity. Once your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By late afternoon you will arrive in Zuthulpuk (the cave of Miracles, the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have preformed miracles here).  Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, O/N hotel. 

Day, 11: Zuthulpuk – Tarchen (Darchen) (10 km / 4-5 hrs) – Mansarovar (end of Kailash Parikrama). 
Morning free time to explore the caves, temples and shrine around Milerappa cave. After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting for your arrival. By late afternoon you will be at your lodge/camp near Mansarovar Lake. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, O/N hotel.

Day, 12: Drive to Dongba (366 km) 7-8 hrs.  
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. O/N hotel

Day, 13: Drive Dongba to Nyalam (376 km) 7-8 hrs.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. O/N hotel

Day, 14: Drive Nyalam to Kathmandu (156 km) 6-7 hrs.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Overnight at Hotel. O/N hotel

Day, 15: Transfer to airport for your onward destination.


Details Cost Includes:  

  • 3 night’s accommodation in Kathmandu in 2/3 star hotel with twin sharing room.
  • One day guided tour in Kathmandu.
  • 11 night’s accommodations in Tibet on group sharing basis using guesthouse / camp.
  • Freshly cooked vegetarian meals 3 times a day and 3 Mineral Bottles of Water per day per person. .
  • Supporting crew including our own cooks.
  • Permits for Manasarovar and Kailash Kora (round).
  • Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved guide.
  • Transportation by 4500 Land cruisers (4 people each) – Tibet part & Non AC buses - Nepal side
  • Kailash Permit, Tibet (Chinese) visa fee
  • All equipments for camping
  • Tents, mattress, dinning tent, kitchen tent, kitchen utensils, etc
  • Sleeping bag/ Down Jacket on Returnable basis.
  • Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipments)
  • Experienced tour leader / co-coordinator with each group
  • ENOUGH Oxygen cylinder entire of tour
  • Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making round of Mt. Kailash


Details of Cost Non-Includes

  • Yak / Pony Charges (will cost approximately US$280- US$ 325 per yak/pony and driver for three days, irrespective of the number of days or hours used).
  • Personal expenses like shopping, phone calls, extra drinks, laundry, yak etc.
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities, flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc.
  • Tips to drivers, hotel staff.
  • Extra cost of transportation, Porters etc.. Involved due landslides, snowfall.
  • Services other than specified. Extra days stay at Kathmandu / any other place.
  • In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of tour, landslides, landslide & other uneventful event the extra charge for porters and transportation should be borne by you at the spot.