Mount Kailash Pilgrimage Tour

mount kailash pilgrimage tour

Highlights

  • Enjoy a spiritual tour of Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar in Tibet spanning 110km, and take a dip in Lake Mansarovar.
  • Explore two of the highest oligotrophic lakes on earth, Lake Mansarovar and Lake Rakshastal.
  • Enjoy three days, Kailash Kora or Mansarovar Parikrama, on foot overlooking the beautiful surrounding of western Tibet.
  • Enjoy a scenic sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley and explore some of the most sought-after UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Duration14 Days
  • Max. Altitude5600m
  • Trip GradeModerate_strenuous
  • Group Size2 - 10
  • Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu/Tibet
  • Accommodation4-star Hotel in Kathmandu/Best available accommodation in Tibet

Overview

Mount Kailash Pilgrimage Tour, Mt. Kailash (6638m) in Tibet makes one of the most sought-after pilgrimages. Embark on a spiritual journey through the diverse landscapes and terrains inside Nepal and Southern Tibet towards Lake Mansarovar (4590m). Also known as Mansarovar Yatra, the pilgrimage tour completes the entire 110 km circumambulation of Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar.

Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar are two of the significant landmarks of Tibet. Named after the Hindu Deity Lord Shiva, many Hindus believe that Mt. Kailash is the abode of Shiva. It is also known as “Meru” –the navel of the earth. The peak is revered by the adherents of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jain, and Bon religions. Lake Mansarovar remains popular among the pilgrims for its religious significance. Lake Rakshastal, Indus River, Sutlej River, and the Brahmaputra are a few of the other major landmarks of the region.

Mount Kailash Pilgrimage Tour

Mount Kailash Pilgrimage Tour begins with an engaging tour of Kathmandu Valley. Visit some of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath. Embark on a rather long yet adventurous road journey through the Hills and Himalayas of Nepal towards the desert-like Tibetan Plateau. Enjoy a scenic tour through Southern Tibet overlooking the beautiful mountains.

Drive alongside the massive Brahmaputra River en route to Lake Mansarovar. Hereon, you may witness many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims on their way to Mt. Kailash’s Parikrama (Kora). The Parikrama begins at Darchen and goes all the way through Yamadwar, Zuthrul Phug, and Dolma La Pass. You’ll encircle both Lake Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash during the Kora. Upon completing the Parikrama, you’ll drive back to Kathmandu via Saga and Kerung County. Catch the beautiful sights of some of the highest snowcapped peaks, such as Langtang and Manaslu en route to Nepal.

High Route Adventure specializes in custom tours around Nepal and Tibet. We organize all kinds of excursions and a trek, whether it is for holiday purposes or religion. You can choose to join our private, group, and family tours at a reasonable cost. Our tours are all-inclusive, which covers entire transportation, quality meal and hotels, an experienced guide, permits, and whole logistics.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

    The tour begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. Upon landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our representatives will meet you and bring you to your hotel located at the heart of Kathmandu City. Catch the beautiful sights of the mountains, hills, and the bustling city en route to the hotel. You will stay in one of the most exquisite Three Star Rated Hotel in Kathmandu. Enjoy the refreshment and relax at the hotel. In the evening, we will take you for a delicious welcome dinner in one of the most excellent Nepali restaurants. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Sightseeing in world heritage site and Program briefing

    The day begins with a delicious breakfast. Afterward, you will visit our office to discuss the tour. You will meet your trek guide who will brief you about the tour program. Today, you'll embark on a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley. The experienced tour guide will take you to some of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the valley, including Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Boudhanath. Most of the UNESCO sites in Kathmandu date back to the Lichhavi Kingdom (400 – 750 CE). Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the architectural wonders of the Malla Kingdom (1201-1779 CE). Pashupatinath, on the other hand, dates back to 400 BC. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 3: Drive to Syabrubensi (1600m / 145 km / 6.5 hrs.) or Timure (1800m / 157 km / 7 hrs.).

    The day begins with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Afterward, you'll embark on a jeep and drive to Syabrubensi village located in Rasuwa District. You'll start driving alongside Trishuli River and continue along the Budi Gandaki River towards Syabrubensi. Syabrubensi serves as the gateway to the Langtang Region. You can continue driving uphill from Syabrubensi and reach Timure village. Spend the rest of the day overlooking the beautiful view of the nearby mountains.

  • Day 4: Drive to Rasuwagadhi (1950m / 15 km / 45 min from Sybrubensi), and drive to Kerung town (2900m / 1hrs / 35 km)

    After breakfast, you’ll embark on the road journey and drive towards Rasuwagadhi. You’ll continue driving through the Friendship Highway that goes into Tibet in the north. Driving almost 45min from Syabrubensi, you’ll arrive at Rasuwagadhi village that lies close to the Tibetan border. Here, you’ll get your permits checked and then continue your journey towards Tibet. Almost an hour-long road journey will bring you to the populated Tibetan city of Kerung. Spend the rest of the day exploring Kerung.

  • Day 5: Drive to Saga (4400m / 150 km / 4 hrs)

    From Kerung, you’ll begin driving northwest towards Saga County. Kerung is the southernmost part of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. A four-hour-long journey will take you through the hills and into the Tibetan plateau towards Saga. Saga County is a part of Shigatse prefecture that connects the rest of Tibet with the Kailash Region. A scenic road journey will climb up to 850 meters in altitude. Overnight in Saga.

  • Day 6: Short walking to Brahmaputra River and Rest day in Saga for acclimatization

    Instead of moving forward, you’ll spend the day acclimatizing at Saga. After breakfast, you’ll embark on a short journey to the Brahmaputra River. You’ll continue walking alongside Dargye Tsangpo River towards the Brahmaputra. Because of its close location to the Mansarovar region, the river is highly revered by pilgrims. You can also choose to tour around and explore Lhartse in the east, Dzongkha, in the south of Purang in the west. Spend the rest of the day exploring Saga County.

  • Day 7: Drive to Lake Manasarovar (4600m / 9 hrs. / 510 km)

    Leaving Saga, you’ll begin driving through the rugged and remote part of Saga country towards Mansarovar. The entire journey may last 9hr and climb almost 200 meters in altitude. Enjoy the majestic sights of snowcapped peaks and High Mountain passes en route to Lake Mansarovar. Witness the nomadic villages en route to your destination. Cross Paryang (4550m) and the high mountain pass of Mayam La (5150m) en route to Lake Mansarovar. Overnight in Horpa town.

  • Day 8: Puja / holy dip in Lake Manasarovar & drive to Darchen (4700m / 1hr / 40 km)

    Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Horpa, and embark on a scenic tour of Lake Mansarovar. You can choose to take a holy dip in Lake Mansarovar during the tour. The pilgrims believe that taking a dip in the lake rids the humans of their sins. You’ll explore both Lake Mansarovar and Lake Rakshastal. A Hindu legend suggests that Lord Rama meditated in Lake Mansarovar while Ravana meditated in Lake Rakshastal. After a brief tour session, you’ll begin driving towards Darchen village.

  • Day 9: Drive to Yamadwar (9 km / 30 min), start Parikrama on foot to Dirapuk (4950m / 5 hrs / 12 km)

    After breakfast, you'll begin driving towards Yamadwar. Yamadwar or Tarboche marks the starting point of Parikrama or the Kora. The first day of the Parikrama may last almost 5hr. Catch the majestic sight of Mt. Kailash along the tour. You will also witness many Buddhist Chortens and stupas along the way. It's common for you to meet and greet pilgrims. The first day of Parikrama ends at Dirapuk village. Overnight in Dirapuk.

  • Day 10: Parikrama continues, Dirapuk to Zuthrul Phug (4950m) crossing Dolma La Pass (5600m / 8-10 hrs / 22 km)

    A challenging part of the Parikrama will follow today. After breakfast, you'll embark on the second day of Parikrama and begin trekking towards Dolma La Pass (5600m). The weather around the Dolma La remains famous for being unpredictable. You'll start climbing the pass overlooking the beautiful glacial lake of Gauri Kunda. The trail continues towards another high pass of Khanda Sanglo. From here, you'll start climbing down towards Zuthrul Phug. Spend the evening visiting the magnificent Zuthrul Phug Gomba (monastery).

  • Day 11: Our Parikrama continues up to near Darchen (2 hrs / 08 km) and drive to Saga (4400m / 9 hrs / 560 km)

    The third day of the Parikrama takes you around the trail towards Lake Mansarovar. After breakfast, you'll embark on an easy trail and begins climbing towards Darchen village. It may take almost 2-3hr to reach Darchen. You’ll continue towards Lake Mansarovar. After a brief tour of the lake, you’ll embark on a road journey back to Saga County. Continue driving through the rugged terrain towards Saga.

  • Day 12: Drive to Kerung (150 km / 4 hrs)

    After breakfast, you'll leave Saga town and begin driving south towards Kerung County. The trail goes along the beautiful mountainous pass and hills towards Kerung town. A short journey spanning almost 4hr will bring you back to Kerung. Enjoy the rest of the day, exploring the quaint and beautiful surroundings.

  • Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu via Rasuwagadhi (8-10 hrs / 195 km).

    Leaving Kerung, you'll begin driving back to Nepal. After breakfast, you'll embark on a road journey and head south through the Friendship Highway. After getting your permits checked, you'll cross the border and continue driving through Rasuwagadhi towards Syabrubensi village. Catch the beautiful sights of some of the highest mountains on earth as you make your way back. From Syabrubensi, you'll begin driving along Budi Gandaki River and Trishuli River towards Kathmandu. Spend the evening enjoying a delicious farewell dinner in one of the most excellent restaurants in Kathmandu.

  • Day 14: Departure day

    On the last day in Kathmandu, you can indulge in a brief shopping spree and visit the nearby Thamel to buy souvenirs. We’ll drop you off at the airport in time of your flight back home.

Tailor Made Holiday

You can change the itinerary, services, accommodation, and duration of this trip to suit your needs, budget. The choice is your.  Let us help you tailor-make your precious Vacation.

Inclusion

What's included ?

  • International airport pick up and drops facility
  • 4-star accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with a BB plan
  • Teahouse accommodation during the Tibet tour
  • Full day city tour with a tour guide in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • All ground transport as per itinerary ( private vehicle in Nepal and Deluxe bus in Tibet)
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners in Kathmandu with traditional ethnic music and dance.
  • Tibet visa and permit
  • Entry fee in Manasarovar and Mt Kailash
  • Sightseeing and monastery fee as per our itinerary
  • Necessary support crew member like a tour guide, cook, Helpers)
  • Meal plan during the tour (breakfast, lunch, Dinner)
  • All vegetarian meal while on tour
  • All necessary government and service charge

What's not included ?

  • Extra porter charge
  • Nepal visa charge
  • Cost for additional trips
  • Extra hot shower, Wifi, and battery charging on a tour
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation
  • Tipping to staff(as an appreciation)
  • All meal (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu
  • Any further price because of Natural cataclysm and Unforeseen Circumstances and etc

Notes

Best time to visit Tibet

You can get visit Tibet at any time of the year. However, August and September are the only months to visit Tibet. Also, the beginning of April until November could also be a blast to go to Tibet. The weather is pretty stable and is right for activities like hiking and trekking. you will get the only views of the gorgeous landscape and luxuriate in your trip to the fullest.

FAQs of Mount Kailash Pilgrimage Tour

  • How can I get Tibet Visa? Can I get my visa for Tibet from home?

    Authorized travel agencies in Lhasaare responsible for providing your Tibet Travel permit(Tibet visa). You should pre-arrange your trip itinerary through these travel agencies in Lhasa.The strict tourism policy of Tibet requires travelers to have the permit in hand to board the flight or drive overland to Tibet. If you are planning to travel to Tibet from Nepal, you should prepare for a Chinese Group Visa through legal travel agencies in Kathmandu.
  • Can I organize a Tibet visa myself? Can I travel alone in Tibet? If No How do you organize Tibet Tour?

    No, you cannot organize a Tibet visa by yourselfand travel alone in Tibet. The Tibet Travel Permit (TTP) is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) in Lhasa, and to obtain this permit, you will need to contact a legal travel agency in Lhasa. Only these registered agencies are permitted to apply for the TTP. So, you should provide the required documents to a trustable travel agency to process for your Tibet tour. You can choose to join a group or customize your private tour with the help of your travel agency.
  • Where is Tibet? What is Tibet known for?

    Tibet is situated in the southwestern part of China, bordering Nepal, India, Bhutan, and Burma. Tibet is famously known as the "Roof of the World." The plateau landscape, vast Himalayan Mountains, colorful monasteries, trekking destinations, sacred lakes, and unique Tibetan culture makes this country stand out from the rest of the world.
  • Do you have Airport pickup facilities? What kinds of vehicles are available for getting around Tibet?

    Yes, there are airport pickup facilities available for the tourists. In Lhasa, there are many options for vehicles to travel around, such as taxis, jeeps, and minibusses. Outside Lhasa, you can travel by van or a 4-wheeler. You can discuss the mode of transportation with your travel agency and local guide.
  • What do you suggest including in the clothing list if we travel to Tibet?

    You should pack casual clothing and dress with layers as the daytime can be pretty warm, and the evenings can be chilly. You should pack cotton t-shirts, jackets, warm pants, and warmers. If you are traveling further from Lhasa to places like Shigatse and Mt. Kailash, you should pack gloves, sunblock cream, sunglasses, warm trousers, thermal wears, hats, sleeping bags, raincoat, and thick socks.
  • What currency do I have to use in Tibet? Are there ATMs counters in Tibet?

    The currency used in Tibet is the Chinese Yuan. In Lhasa, you can exchange money in banks. Remember, the banks remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Also, some 5-star hotels can provide facilities for currency exchange services. Outside Lhasa, you can exchange money in Shigatse and Purang. Similarly, ATM facilities are available in Lhasa, Shigatse, and Gyantse. However, as the Chinese banking system is not linked to many international banks, it is best to have a UnionPay card for your stay in Tibet.
  • What kind of weather (how cold does it get) can we expect while in Tibet?

    The winter season in Tibet occurs from November to March. The weather is quite cold; however, there is not much snowfall. The winter in Lhasa, located at 3685m, is dry, with temperatures ranging from around 16 degrees in April to 8 degrees in December. If you are traveling to Shigatse, at a slightly high altitude (3836m) than Lhasa during winter, be prepared to face harsh climatic conditions with the temperature dropping as low as minus 13 during nighttime in peak winter months of December and January.
  • How bad is Altitude Sickness in Tibet, and what can I do to avoid or treat it?

    Tibet is one of the highest places on Earth. Many visitors traveling from lower altitude regions may suffer from altitude sickness. Generally, many visitors suffer only from minor symptoms of altitude sickness like headaches and loss of appetite. However, with time and rest, the body adjusts to the surrounding, and the symptoms go away. In any case, you should be prepared to tackle altitude sickness by packing necessary medicine and taking care of your body with enough rest and hydration. Your tour guide will be there to assist you too.
  • What is the electricity supply in Tibet, and what plugs are used? Is there internet access in Tibet for the foreign traveler?

    The electricity supply in Tibet is 220V, 50HZ. You should pack master plug-ins to charge your electronic devices while in Tibet. You can access the internet in Tibet, but only in places like Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse, and Tsedang. Hotels and cafes in cities like Lhasa and Shigatse also offer internet facilities to foreign travelers.
  • What type and standard of accommodation will I encounter? Is tap water safe to drink in Tibet?

    Accommodation in Lhasa ranges from basic guesthouses to 5-star hotels. Other cities like Shigatse and Gyantse also have some 3-star hotels for accommodation. However, in other remote regions, travelers will be accommodated in simple guesthouses. Drinking from tap water can be risky when traveling to a foreign place. So, you should take precautions and follow the safety measures. It is recommended that you buy bottled water instead of drinking from tap water.
  • Is it safe to travel in wintertime, especially from Tibet to Kathmandu? What is the Time Zone of Tibet?

    Wintertime means that the Chinese-Nepal highway can be blocked due to snowfall. Driving during such harsh conditions is also not a good option. So, it is recommended that you do not travel during wintertime. Tibet follows China Standard Time (GMT +8). It is 2 hours 15 minutes ahead of Nepalese Standard Time.

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