Route: Kathmandu – Rasuwagadhi / Kerong – Saga – Paryang – Mansarovar – Darchen – Dira/Puk – Zuthul Puk – Manasarovar – Saga – Kyirong – Kathmandu
Mt Kailash and Lake Manasarovar’s tour is one of the most fascinating trekking and touring destinations into the Tibetan landscape. It is regarded as the most beautiful wilderness of the Himalayan range too. Mt Kailash is the holy land of Lord Shiva blessed with the natural and cultural serene and scenic arena. This pilgrimage destination is renowned for its unseen and unexplored landscape, Himalayan scenery, and religious settlements. Mount Kailash is known to the Tibetans as Gang Rinpoche or by its aboriginal name, Ti-se. Tibetan Buddhists, like Hindus, recognize Kailash as the manifestation of Mount Meru, the “navel of the world” rising “like the handle of a millstone” into the heavens. Mount Kailash, one of the most sacred peaks in the world with more than 1200 kilometers from Lhasa, has been one of the must-visit destinations for any Tibet tour in recent years. Mt. Kailash is situated at a height of 6714 m above sea level. It is the sacred place of utmost reverence including four major religions of the Buddhists, Hinduism, Jainism, Bonpo (a religion r to Buddhism). Kailash is the center point of the universe for Buddhists. For the Jains, it is Mt Ashtapada, the embodiment of their 28th Guru. For the Bonpo followers; the nine-faced swastika mountain is constantly emanating great power. For the Hindus; Sumeru Parvat, the throne of Lord Shiva and the spiritual center of the world around which all the earthly powers revolve. Bit looking at its history, it is believed, the Kailash Mansarovar region gives birth to four great Asian rivers the Indus, Brahmaputra, Ganges, and Sutlej. Hence, the significance of this tour is to have great insights into Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar.Do not miss this rare opportunity to immerse yourself in ancient culture and religion! Our trip will also take us to Lake Mansarovar, another holy site close to Mt. Kailash. Experience more religion and culture as you walk around this wondrous lake with both Indian and Tibetan Pilgrims. The trip will end with an unparalleled drive through the Tibetan Plateau.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu- Kyirong
We drive from Kathmandu to Nepal Tibet border along a scenic highway.
After immigration formalities at the border, you meet our Tibetan guide & driver.
Day 02: Rest Day in Kyirong)
Acclimatize in Kerong before further driving. Free afternoon look around. Overnight at at Guest house.
Day 03: Drive Kyirung to Saga/4450m- 232 km
First day with a long drive on the desert terrain. Driving past nomad camps and sheep and yak herds. We can see Gaurishankar, Shishapangma and Langtang Himal from the pass. Continue drive through Khunmen Tso, Sibling, Karru Ongchen and Peiku tso Lake (4400m). We will be crossing river Brahmaputra (“Yarlung Tsangpo” in Tibetan) to reach Saga (4600m), overnight at guest house.
Day 04: Saga to Paryang (4558m) to Mansarovar (4600m) 507 km 8-9 hrs
Watching the mountains in distance and driving through road we pass through the small town of Zhongba before reaching to Paryang… Offering the first view of mt kailash and the holy lake only after several hours of drive. As you approach this serene and sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the North West shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can have a glimpse of majestic Mount Kailash. Manasarovar , the highest freshwater lake with turquoise complexion – surrounded by mt Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandata and Lake Rakshas is simply heavenly. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05: Drive to Darchen (14975 ft) 40km
After some peaceful hours at the shores of the sacred Lake Manasarovar with the snowy massif of Gurla Mandhata 7694m just across the lake, we drive 40 km to Darchen which serves as the base for Mt kailash kora (circumambulation). The Kora is 53 km in total and completed in three days. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06: Trek to Dirapuk/5000m
It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs and waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky. The 15 km trail takes almost 7 hrs. Overnight at Guest house.
Day 07: Trek Dira Puk-Zuthul Puk, 18km, 6-7 hrs, 550m ascent, and 600m descent.
Hardest but Holiest day of your pilgrimage trek, cross Dolma La pass at 5670 m. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget you. By the late afternoon you will arrive at Zuthulu Puk where the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles. Overnight at local guest house
Day 08: End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Saga
Complete the kora and drive back to Saga. Overnight at Guest house.
Day 09: Drive back to Kyirong (232 km) 6-7 hr.
Day 10: From Kyirung to Kathmandu 150 km
Driving further to Nepal Tibet border, complete the immigration formalities, get your Nepal visa. Say good bye to your Tibetan guide and driver.
- Guest House/Accommodation as per program
- Private Transportation by Mini Bus/Van as per group size
- All necessary Tibet Travel and Trekking permit
- English speaking local Guide in Tibet
- Yak and Yak man during Kailash Kora
- Cook and Sherpa Staff from Kathmandu if we camp
- Supporting Truck (above 2 Pax) if we camp
- Full board service service Tea/Coffee/ and seasonal fresh fruits
- Kathmandu to Border to Kathmandu Transportation
- Travel and personal Expenses
- Insurance of any kind.
- Portable oxygen cylinders in of emergency
- Rescue and Evacuation Service
- Any cost which arise due to a change of the itinerary because of natural calamities. Political disturbance.
- Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
- Tips for Staff
Tibet Visa – Permit
Do not get the Chinese visa if you are going to Tibet from Nepal. Special Tibetan visa is issued on a paper. You can also join the tour from Lhasa, in which case your Chinese visa will be valid. However, in both cases, tourists still needs Tibet Travel permit, Alien’s Travel permit and Military permit. Permits could be only issued through travel agency.
Your passport should at least 6 month valid count from travelling date and you should bring same passport which you send us for permit while at trip confirmation. Due to uncertain Chinese policy, you are advice to confirm your trip as early as possible. We formally do not need your medical report, insurance etc for visa and permit procedure but it is necessary to have secure way. Obtained from your own country.
In past five years, accommodations have been significantly improved along the route to Mt. Western Tibet being the most remote part of Tibet, there are no higher-end hotels. Decent guesthouses with private bathrooms are available for most of the nights, except in the trek around Mt Kailsh. Towns like Kerung, Saga and Darchen have decent guesthouse with hot shower. Accommodations are limited at Derapuk and Zethulphuk and are available with common bathroom. Sleeping bags and toiletries are must to carry as you may have to share dormitory and use open air toilet.
Warm jacket (down jacket, if possible)
Water and windproof jacket (alternatively bring a poncho or umbrella)
Long sleeved synthetic fleece (windproof material, if possible)
Hat or Cap, pair of gloves and scarf
Comfortable hiking trousers (loose fitting)
Shorts and trousers, or skirt
2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks
2 pairs of running socks or liner socks
Proper hiking boots
Running shoes and flip-flops
Light and expedition weight thermal bottom
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
During winter season, additional clothing’s may include
The outer jacket should be warm, down jacket is highly recommended during winter season
Bring a pair of warm winter trousers, in addition to the hiking trousers
Bring at least one windproof layer of clothes, helping to reduce any chill factor influence.
Pair of polarizing sun-glasses (to be comfortable and to avoid potential snow-blindness)
Backpack and backpack cover (against rain and dust)
Map of the trekking route,
Head torch, or small torch, plus spare batteries
Sleeping bag and silk liner
A small light weight and quick drying towel
Bar of soap
Sunscreen (SPF +20)
Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
First aid kid
Water purification tables or a water filter
Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if going beyond 4,000 m elevations)
Camera, battery etc
Padlocks for guest house rooms and bags
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Day pack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Water bottles (2 bottles recommended)
Dairy or notebook plus pencil/pen