Mt. Kailash Tour

Mt. Kailash (6714m) is the holiest mountain in Tibet and is one of the famous pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. Mount Kailash, is believed to have been formed 30 million years ago when Himalayas were in their early stage of formation, is one of the most revered places in the Himalayas. To Tibetans, Mt. Kailash is known as the Ghang Rimpoche (Jewel of the Snow) of Tise (Tibetan name). Circumference (Kora in Tibetan) around Mt. Kailash that takes a minimum of 3 days is the holiest and difficult part of this journey. The Kailash – Manasarovar yatra starts and finishes at Darchen (4550m), a small settlement serving as the base camp to the mountain. The highest point in route around Mt. Kailash is Droma La Pass (5550m).

The ancient text, Rigveda has a mention of the Himalayas, their formation and sacredness. The most sacred peak in the Himalayan range, Mount Kailash, is said to have been formed 30 million years ago during the early stages of the formation of the Himalayan chain. According to the Jains, at the dawn of history their first law giver, Rishabhdev attained Nirvana on Mount Kailash. Near Mount Kailash, during the geological shift in the initial stages of the formation of the Himalayan mountain chain four rivers arose from the area, flowing in four different directions : the Indus flowed north, the Karnali south, the Yarlung Tsangpo flowed east and Sutlej travelled west. This tour is organized from May till September. The starting point of the tour is Kathmandu.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.

You are welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program upon arrival. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Ppreparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple , Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple. 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. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 04: Nyalam –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 at Guest House.  
Day 05: Nyalam – Saga (4450 m) 240 km (passing through Lalung-La 5050 m)
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. Overnight at Guest House.
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 at Guest House.
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  Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Hore – 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. Overnight at Guest House.
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  landcruiser 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. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 09:  Tarchen – Tarboche (13 km drive) – Derapuk (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. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 10: Derapuk – Zuthulphuk (4760 m) (18 km trek / 9-10 km)
Today you will be climbing to Dolma-la (Dolma-La 18600 ft) and then descending  gradually to  Zuthulphuk (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 Zuthulphuk (the cave of Miracles, the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have preformed miracles here). Overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 11: Zuthulphuk – Tarchen (10 km) – Mansarovar (end of Kailash Parikrama)
Morning free time to explore the caves, temples and shrine around Milarepa cave.   After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting for your arrival. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 12:  Drive Mansarovar to Dongba 366 Km drive.
Today we have 8 hours 366 km drive back to Dongba.   Overnight at Guest House.
Day 13: Drive Dongba to Nyalam
After breakfast at the guest house, drive back to Nyalam. The 8-hour journey takes you through 376 km of spectacular Himalayan landscape. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 14: Drive Nyalam to Kathmandu
After an early morning breakfast, take a 1½-hour drive to Zhangmu. On arrival in Kodari Border, complete the immigration formalities to cross the Friendship Bridge on foot. On the other end, board the jeep for a drive back to Kathmandu.  Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15: Departure
We transfer to the airport to board the flight for your home country or to continue your onward destination.

Cost Included

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
  • Three night’s accommodation with breakfast at 3* category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehecle nclusive of all entrance fees.
  • All accommodation during Tibet (Basic Lodges, Guest House and Tented in twin sharing basic).
  • All your standard meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with hot drinks link tea coffee, chocolate etc.
  • A government licensed English speaking guide during the trek.
  • All Supporting crew including our own kitchen staff.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine for all our staff.
  • Permits for Mansarovar and Kailash Kora (Parikrama).
  • Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved guide.
  • Transportation by 4500 Land cruisers (4 people each) and support truck during tour in Tibet.
  • Nepal-Tibet border (Friendship Bridge) transfers and pick up by bus/jeep
  • Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa, monasteries entry fees and Kailash permit for group.
  • All equipments for camping including guest tents, mattress, dinning tent, kitchen tent, kitchen, etc
  • Enough Oxygen cylinder entire of tour
  • Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making Parikrama of Mt. Kailash
  • All our government taxes and official expense.
  • Not Included

  • 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 for staff.


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Trip Highlights

The Historical Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour, Exciting landscapes, superb mountain views, rich Buddhist history & Tibetan cultures. Breathtaking Adventure through Some of the Most Spectacular Scenery, Visiting several Tibetan Monastery, The Exploration of Manasarovar Lake & Mt Kailash Parikrama, The Tibetan Plateau through the Eastern Himalaya.

Trip Facts

Tour Code:
Trip Duration:
15 Days
Tour Arround :
KTM -Kailash-KTM
Tour Grade:
4500 M. Land Cruiser
Group Size:
2 (minimum)
Best Time:
May - Oct.
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Trip Cost:
USD 2250.00 Per Person


Ganga & Team!
Thank you so much for your hospitality and great support for our Everest Base Camp Overland Tour. We found your company is really professional and Migmar, our Tibetan Guide was amazing, his English is fluent and very good experienced! The Land Cruiser was very comfortable, and well driver, it was wonderful experienced of life time. Thank you and hope to see you again.
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