The Kailash Manasarovar pilgrimage is considered by many as the journey of a lifetime. These spaces are revered as the spiritual center of the universe by five religions and are subjects of innumerable legends.
Nepal, Tibet, China
Vehicle, Hiking, Trekking
The North road to Kailash Yatra from Lhasa makes a large roundabout in the northern part of Tibet through Nagqu and Ngari Prefectures. Soil forests, snow mountains, plateau lakes, grassy marshlands, hills and Danxia landform spread all along the journey, making the on-the-way scenery the most unique and stunning than any other places in the entire Tibet.
We are specialized in Kailash Yatra from Lhasa the Forbidden City is the heart & soul of Tibet for centuries & is still a city of wonders. Throughout history, Lhasa has remained the spiritual, political and economic center of Tibet. Lhasa houses most of the important monasteries and cultural treasures of Tibet A visit to Lhasa is not just the visit of Tibet’s capital but it will allow an opportunity to experience Tibetan culture, visit the numerous heritage sites and watch the daily life of the Tibetans. The majestic Potala palace dominates the Lhasa skyline & is the residence of the Dalai Lamas. Jokhang, the central cathedral is the spiritual heart of Lhasa & is its most sacred temple. Encircling the Jokhang Temple is the bustling & fascinating Barkhor market & the devotional pilgrim circumambulation circuit. Other attractions include visits to Sera & Drepung Monastery,
Kailash Yatra from Lhasa Located in western Tibet, in Ngari Prefecture, Mount Kailash lies more than 1,083 kilometers from Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, as the crow flies. For those driving to the sacred mountain from Lhasa, it is a distance of more than 1,200 kilometers, and an epic journey to the most sacred mountain in the world.
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Highlights of Kailash Yatra Via Lhasa
- Visit to Lake Mansarovar
- Exploring the mystic temples
- The Inner Kora – Nandi Parikrama
- Rakshas Tal – The Poison Lake dedicated to Ravana
Get down at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Receive a warm welcome from our staff and enjoy the ride to the hotel followed by dinner. Stay for an overnight before you begin your journey.
Pray at the Pashupatinath temple and also do sightseeing of other tourist attractions in the city. The temple of Pashupatinath is located on the gorgeous Bagmati River. Enjoy a heavy breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an overnight stay, before you make preparations to commence the yatra from the next day.
Enjoy flying amidst the clouds and experience the breathtaking view of the Himalayas. You will take 1 hour to reach the beautiful location of Lhasa. Enjoy the fortune of taking a glimpse of Mount Everest. Once you reach the airport in Gonggar, our staff will fetch you from the airport and drop you at the guesthouse. Explore the beautiful Barkhor market for a street shopping and stay for an overnight at the guesthouse. The plan will include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Enjoy your morning breakfast before beginning the journey to Shigatse by a deluxe bus. To share a fact, Shigatse is the second largest city of Tibet. You will find beautiful locations like Khamba la Pass, the Holy Yamdrol Lake, beautiful landscapes of Gyantse, Panchen Rinpoche seat-Tashilumpo Monastery on your way to Shigatse. Stay for an overnight at the Guesthouse after having lunch and dinner.
Take the pleasure of a long drive with the beautiful view of mountains and lush green landscapes. You will also see the sacred Brahmaputra River. Make an overnight stay at the Dongba guesthouse. The plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Get up early morning and begin your journey to Lake Mansarovar Chiu Gompa. Enjoy breakfast and head towards Lake Mansarovar via the Mayum La Check Post. It is an army check post which will follow the formalities of verification. It is one of the largest check posts of Tibet. Continue to drive and experience the first glimpse of Mansarovar Lake and Kailash.
From this location, you will also get to see Mt Gurla Mandhata towards the south and Mount Kailash towards the north. Complete the parikrama of Lake Mansarovar. The parikrama will take about 3 hours by eco bus. You will also see the Rakshastal (Lake). Stay at the Guesthouse for an overnight. The plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner
The staff will arrange tents for a holy dip in Mansarovar Lake. You may perform the rituals, hawan, and prayers to Lord Shiva on the banks of the Lake. Enjoy the lunch and proceed to Darchen by an hour’s drive. It includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Take a ride of 15 km to YamaDwar. This is the point from where your actual trek will begin. North facing of the Darshan is considered to be auspicious for the devotees. In case you do not wish to trek, you will need to drive from Yamdwar to Darchen.
Parikrama isn’t a compulsion; many people prefer to ride my horse and some prefer on foot. Old people do not perform it at all. People who are unable to do the Parikrama can return from Yamdwar back to Guest House, Darchen. The meals and accommodation are arranged at the guesthouse for a comfortable overnight stay.
Take early morning breakfast and begin trekking to Dolma La Pass. It is a journey of 22 KMS. The second day of the journey could be challenging for those who are not used to trekking. The yatra takes you up to 18,600 ft height above sea level. You need to begin from La Pass descend to Gauri Kund and then trek some more along the gorgeous river on the way to Zuthulpuk. There are overnight arrangements at a Lodge or a Guest House.
The travelers and trekkers may have to trek about 6-7 KM on their second day of the yatra. The passage is very steep to climb and thus, it makes a difficult phase of the journey to cover. We request the travelers to take rest wherever possible. Once they finish the 7 KM journey, the remaining 16 KMS are easy to cover as the paths are plain and convenient to walk.
Point to Remember: On your second day of Parikrama, you will face Shivasthal. It is a sacred place for Tibetans who have their own religious beliefs). You will also come across Gauri Kund. The view is amazingly beautiful and you will be able to see Mount Kailash facing east. The meals are arranged at the Guest House along with an overnight stay.
Begin trekking to the breathtaking location of Zhongguo. The journey is not as difficult as the other places. It is a trek of 2 hours approx…Once you complete the trekking, you will then drive to the Saga town. Enjoy your meals served at the guesthouse and sleep at peace for a night.
Get up early morning for breakfast and then a drive to Shigatse. Explore the market and shop for your basic needs. The meals will be provided at the guesthouse followed by an overnight stay.
Enjoy a healthy breakfast and begin your drive to Lhasa. Explore the Lhasa market and stay for the final period of vacation at Tibet. Enjoy your stay at a 4-star hotel that is inclusive of three-time meals.
Our staff will drop you to the airport for Kathmandu. Once you land at Kathmandu, our staff will provide a pickup and drop facility from the airport to the hotel. Enjoy the evening exchanging pictures and discussing the experience of the journey with your friends and family. The package includes breakfast and lunch.
Finally, you will return to your hometown carrying all the unforgettable memories of Kailash Yatra. Our staff will arrange for your drop facilities at the airport.
- VISA Yatra Permit
- Vegetarian Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- Accommodation ( 3 Nights Accommodation in 3/4 Star Hotel & 7 Nights Hotel accommodation in Tibet Side of Yatra. Totel 10 Nights Hotel accommodation out of 13 Nights. )
- Transportation (Flight & Road) during our complete trip wherever mentioned in itinerary. (Note: Ticket fare is $ 750 per pax, Subject to change)
- All sightseeing in Kathmandu & Tibet side in AC coach.
- 1 Nepali Tour Guide / Manager, 1 Chinese / Tibetan Tour Guide, Team of Sherpa to carry your luggage & Cooks to prepare food
- Transport by Volvo category Bus / coach in Tibet side as per group sizes.
- Oxygen cylinder for emergency use. Oxy-meter for measuring the level of oxygen in your body.
What's not included
- Any kind of personal expenses.
- Air fare / Rail fare or any other expenses from your home location to Kathmandu airport.
- Pony / Porter expenses in Kailash Parikrama.
- Any kind of insurance.
- Any kind of Medical expenses.
- Any kind of donation or tip to Guide / Sherpa / Drivers /Cooks / Porter / Priest / or any crew member.
- Extra days accommodation in Kathmandu / Nepalgunj / Simikot / Hilsa /Purang due to bad weather / flight cancellation or any other reason.
- VISA splitting charges & transportation charges, if leaving early from Tibet.
- Any evacuation / rescue / additional charges / losses due to natural calamities / unforeseen circumstances.
- Any kind of extra baggage charges in flight / helicopter during Yatra.
- Anything which is not included in inclusions.
If you are preparing to travel to Mount Kailash or Yatra, you are kindly requested to be fully aware that it is a demanding tour where we will spend most of the time at high altitudes. At least two months of regular exercise, such as running, swimming, hiking, etc., is recommended to help accomplish your Kailash tour. Moreover, if required, you’d better cut alcoholic beverages and smoking and consult your doctor about your health condition and personal prescriptions from your physician. First, Aid Kit is essential for travel.
3-Day Kailash Parikrama is considered the most challenging part of the Mount Kailash Tour. The 52-KM whole trekking starts from Darchen (4,560m). You enter Lha-Chu valley, Lham-Chu Calley, Dzong-Chu Valley, and ends at Darchen. During the Kailash Kora, you would stay one night in Dirapuk Monastery and another in Zuthulpuk Monastery. The average altitude of the Kora around the Kailash Mountain is about 5,000m, and the moderate walk is about 7 to 8 hours a day. Every pilgrim who comes to Kailash to make the Kailash Kora walks through the Kailash Mountain in a clockwise crossing the highest pass Dolma La (5645m).
Travel to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar is suitable for the average physically and moderately fit traveler, and no previous experience is required. However, it is suggested that some physical fitness is essential such as swimming, running, hiking, etc. It is necessary to consult with your physician about your physical and health condition before you make a plan for the Mt. Kailash tour. Remember that while in Kora, you will cross over 5000m and trek for about 7-8 hours.
We provide 3 to 4-star hotels with twin sharing bedrooms and breakfast. However, accommodation while on tour is essential in guest houses. The guest houses are considered very basic and have dormitory bedrooms, no attached bathroom, outside bathroom (acceptable), no shower facilities, etc. Although some of the guest houses are pretty good, these are fully booked most of the time.
On the other hand, we can send our Sherpa crew from Kathmandu, who fixes tents and prepare food. We can accommodate you in the tent and serve food ourselves, which is far better than staying at the local guest house.
HimalayanWindows is all about providing local insights, lifestyles as well we adventure. We use the best Toyota 4WD, SUVs, and comfortable coasters to drive across the Tibetan highland for the Mt. Kailash tour. On a city tour in Nepal, we use private vehicles for sightseeing such as Car, Hiace, Van, and Coaster. For big groups, we also use supporting vehicles such as Mini Trucks, Vans, etc. These vehicles are completely comfortable and reliable and they make your journey as smooth as possible.
The Best season for touring in Mt. Kailash is between April and October.
The climate of Tibetan terrain is dry, cold, dusty, and windy; night is more complex than a day. Flooding rivers and landslides are common, especially in the Nepal portion. The classic route is from Kathmandu to Kodari via Friendship Highway to Tibet and split from Shegar to Saga and further to Mansarovar Lake. Unfortunately, the way to Mt. Kailash via the Kodari border has been obstructed since an earthquake in April 2015. We believe it will re-open as soon as possible.
The currency used in Tibet is Chinese Currency, Yuan, and other currencies like USD, EURO, and POUND are accepted in Tibet. However, we recommend you exchange your money for Yuan before you travel to Tibet. If you are entering via Kathmandu, exchange your money at any money Exchange in Kathmandu. Or, If you are entering from mainland China, you can also exchange or use ATMs in Lhasa. As you are traveling remote regions of Tibet, finding ATMs or Banks is very difficult, so it is suggested to bring CASH with you to cover all the expenses. Please consult with your travel agent on how much you should get for the trip as it depends on your package for the journey.
Clothing: Choosing clothes is an essential factor for traveling to high-altitude regions. As you will be trekking above 5000 meters, the climate could be harsh at any time. While traveling on the Mount Kailash tour, warm clothing will be required as soon as you come out of your Vehicle. We have listed some vital clothing and accessories that are highly recommended to carry while traveling to Tibet.
Thick and warm pullover
Think of and warm pullover
Warm trousers or pants
Light but warm loose cotton pants
Cotton full-sleeved T-Shirts
Wind and waterproof Jacket
Thermal full t-shirts or vest
Waterproof sporty light shoes and light rubber sandals
Warm woolen socks (5-6 pairs)
Cotton or silk scarf
Gloves, Hat, Soft Tissue papers, Towels, and Washing kits
We recommend you buy some Diamox (250mg) or consult your doctor; You can use it if you feel uncomfortable due to altitude sickness. Apart from this, you can bring throat lozenges, nasal decongestants, Aspirin, cold and flu tablets, Multivitamins, Diarrhea tablets, iodine, Motion sickness Tablets, and water purifying tablets. First Aid Kit with Compression Bandages, Small Scissors, Tweezers, Band-Aids, etc. And do not forget to bring your other medication prescribed by the physician. And get a camera of good quality to keep you memorized of your travel for a lifetime.
Tent (two men), Foam Mattress
Dining Tents, Table, and Stools
Kitchen Tents, Equipment
Food, Cook, and Helpers
Porters (Yaks to carry your luggage while doing Kora)
Vehicles (Either Jeep or Mini Bus)
Supporting Truck for more than 4 Pax
Oxygen Cylinder with Mask in every Vehicle
Duffle bag for your cloth and Equipment
Note: These services and Equipment are provided only if you are in a group of four or more with a Full Board Package.
Pack Ur Bags Nepal suggests every Kailash tour traveler needs to have a complete Insurance policy from your home country. This comprehensive insurance must cover tour cancellation, travel disturbance or delays, Emergency Medical support and evacuation, medical expenses, loss of baggage, etc.
Here are the lists of the document that you need to send while making a booking with HimalayanWindows:
Passport copy (Color Scanned with clear details of Name, DOB, DOE, Nationality, Place of issue)
Your Occupation like banker, doctor, actor, etc
Complete the form of booking
Advance refundable deposit
* Do not exhaust yourself and take complete rest if you feel any symptoms
* Bring prescribed medication and Diamox before starting the trip to Mount Kailash
* Stay away from alcoholic beverages, smoking, and taking sleeping tablets at the high altitude
* Take high-carbohydrate foods such as rice, pasta, and cereal, and drink plenty of water (3 liters a day)
* Use Oxygen to relieve symptoms
* If nothing else works, immediately return to the lower elevation area or inform your guide to implement urgent rescue arrangements.