Mt Kailash tour is a journey that introduces visitors to a mountain which is considered to be the most sacred mountains in the world for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is among the very few mountains that havent been climbed before. Revered by followers of Buddhism, Bon, Hinduism and Jainism, Mt Kailash lies near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal in Tibet. Both these lakes also hold religious significance. Their deep blue color adds even more charm to the pristine environment around this holy mountain. Many pilgrims make the trip to Mt Kailash annually especially to make a pilgrimage around its fifty three kilometers circuit.
Mt Kailash Yatra starts from Kathmandu, (Optional-Kathamndu-Nepalgunj-Simikot-Trekking to Taklakot Nepal Tibet border and inter into Tibet. This route takes 17 days to complete). we begins Kailash trip by driving Kodari-Nyalan-Mansarovar and to Yama Dwar and then start the parikrama trip to Mt Kailash towards Deraphuk Camp. While in parikarma journey through Dolma La high pass and Gauri Kunda. The trek from Deraphuk to Zutulphul Gompa takes about eight hours. The three days parikarma trek will end at Darchen. You will then drive from Darchen and drive to Paryang-Saga- Nylam-Zhangmu-Kodari and Kathamndu.
Day 01 : Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam (3700 m)
Day 02 : Nyalam for acclimatization
Day 03 : Drive Nyalam to Saga (4600 m) 240 Kms./ 6 - 7 hours drive
Day 04 : Drive Saga to Prayang ( 4540 m) - 260 kms / 06 hrs
Day 05 : Drive Prayang to Mansarovar (4558 m) – 285 kms/07 hrs
Day 06 : Drive to Darchen (4620 m) and trek to Asthaath
Day 07 : Drive to Tarboche/ yamodwar (13 km) and trek to Dirapuk (4860 m) 7 km/ 4 hrs.
Day 08 : Trek to Zuthulphuk (4760 m) 18 km/ 9 - 10 hrs.
Day 09 : Zuthulphuk to Prayang / Dongba (4600 m)
Day 10 : Drive Prayang to Nyalam (3900 m) 490 kms/7-8 hrs
Day 11 : Drive Nyalam to Kathmandu via Zhangmu (Kodari)- (1350 m) – 160 kms / 6 hrsDownload detail itinerary (PDF File)
Day 01Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam (3700 m)Our Trip will start at 6 AM in the morning and goes through Dhulikhel, where we stop for breakfast and keep drive to Border. About 145 kms from Kathmandu, at a height of 2,300 m. Zhangmu is the main entrance point of Tibet, China. On arrival at Zhangmu you will be welcomed by guide reserved for you by our partners in Tibet. Complete the immigration formalities here to enter Tibet and then take further 35 kms / 03 hours journey to Nyalam (3700 m). The stay will be in a simple and basic lodge or guest house at Nyalam.
Day 02Nyalam for acclimatization The day is free for acclimatization at Nyalam before you start the Yatra to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. A short walk for about 03 hours will be organized in Nyalam. The night stay will be at Hotel Nyalam or equivalent.
Day 03Drive Nyalam to Saga (4600 m) 240 Kms./ 6 - 7 hours drive After completing your breakfast at the hotel and drive to Saga. This beautiful drive to Saga from Nyalam gives you fantastic view of snow capped mountains and also the opportunity to pass through many villages and huts of Yak herders. you will also experience the superb view of high Himalayan ranges Gaurishanker, Shishapangma to Langtang Himal as you pass through the first highest pass of Lalung La Pass (5000 m). Continue the drive past Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peigutso Lake (4400m). To reach Saga (4600 m) we also cross today the river "Yarling Tsangpo" which is known as Bhramaputra. On arrival at saga.
Day 04Drive Saga to Prayang ( 4540 m) - 260 kms / 06 hrs This morning we will drive through barren territory passing many villages and huts of Yak herders with distance view of snow capped mountain ranges. The journey will be through quite a flat and smooth road. After the comfortable drive reach Prayang where you stay for the night in a guest house.
Day 05Drive Prayang to Mansarovar (4558 m) – 285 kms/07 hrs The day begins always after breakfast then drive to Mayum River (112 kms). Have lunch near the river and then continue drive to Mansarovar Lake. The first lifetime darshan of holy Mt. Kailash parvat and Holy Lake Mansarovar. Continue parikrama to the Mansarovar Lake on foot over night at Chui Gompa.
Day 06Drive to Darchen (4620 m) and trek to Asthaath This day is very special day of your trip as you attain Puja and take holy bath in the Lake Mansarovar today. After Puja and holy dip into the Mansarovar Lake continue drive to Darchen (4620 m) located on the lap of Holy Kailash. Continue trek Serrlung Monastry to visit Asthapath which offers an excellent view of Nandi Parvat and Mount Kailash. Night stay will be in the guest house or camp.
Day 07Drive to Tarboche/ yamodwar (13 km) and trek to Dirapuk (4860 m) 7 km/ 4 hrs. This morning take a short drive of about 13 Kms. to reach Tarboche which is the starting point for the trekking on Holy Mount Kailash Parkrama. The first day of our Kora is a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. The trek today leads us to few ups and downs till we reach our camp/guest house at Dirapuk (4860 m). Stay in a basic camp on the grassy meadows giving you the fascinating view of Mount Kailash, north-west face. Important point to note is that those who are not feeling fit to continue the mount Kailash parikarma will be driven back to Darchen where they will wait for the other group members to return. Night stay will be in the guest house or camp.
Day 08Trek to Zuthulphuk (4760 m) 18 km/ 9 - 10 hrs. Today is difficult and full of climax on the holy yatra of Kailash Mansarovar. Today after early breakfast we trek to the higher side of the mountains just under the Holy Mount Kailash. The walk along the Mount Kailash will bring you to Drolma La, 5,200 m. which is one of the highest points on the trek. From here we descend towards the gradual fields of Zuthulphuk where we have the overnight stay arranged. The descend is steep to the valley below. From the valley below the walk becomes pleasant and relaxing a bit. The path takes you through some gentle slopes over the grassy field. Reach Zuthulphuk for overnight stay in a fixed tented house.
Day 09Zuthulphuk to Prayang / Dongba (4600 m) Breakfast will be served at the same place and one can enjoy the morning time in exploring the caves, visiting the temples and shrine built around. Here you will see a married old couple supervising the temple. The temple is a residence for over half a dozen Tibetan devotees, helpers or relatives who keep busy themselves busy with the maintenance of the buildings. The cave also contains consideration platforms. Climbing up to these caves before ending the final trek of the holy Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is worth. After a 10 kms / 4-5 hours walk we reach to the final destination of our Mansarovar Yatra trek near Prayang or Dongba. Those who did not do Parikarma will be brought to this point to continue further journey with the group.
Day 10Drive Prayang to Nyalam (3900 m) 490 kms/7-8 hrs Have relaxing breakfast and then get ready to take the journey back with endless memories Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar Darshan.
Day 11Drive Nyalam to Kathmandu via Zhangmu (Kodari)- (1350 m) – 160 kms / 6 hrs After breakfast, drive to Zhangmu. After reaching Friendship Bridge, we'll be leaving our Tibet side vehicles on the other side of border and after completing custom and immigration formalities, we shall walk for approximately 15 minutes towards Nepal Immigration where our coach for Nepal would be waiting for us. Our Border guide will assist us to shift our belongings towards Nepal side of the bridge. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
-Is it safe to visit Tibet?
Of course Tibet is safe destination to travel unless you are not involved in any criminal activities.
-When is the best time to visit Tibet?
Tibet can be travel through April to December but August and December/January are not the friendly weather due to the rain and winter.
Safety and Mountain Sickness
You better to exercise before the trip least one month just to make sure that your can resist the altitude.
Is it safe to travel in winter time, especially from Tibet to Kathmandu (my port of exit)?
Of course it is safe to travel unless there is no landslide along the road.
Is mobile phone is accessible in Tibet tour?
Most of the places you can use your mobile if you have international rooming system.
Is there entertainment facilities in Tibet?
Of course, there are many entertainment facilities in most of the major cities.
Is independent tour allowed in Tibet?
No, you cannot have 100% independent tour in Tibet instead, you will have either a private tour or a group tour including a guide, driver and etc. Even before 2008, independent tour in Tibet was rare, and after 2008, the restriction has been reinforced by adding many checking-points on the way, particularly if you travel outside of Lhasa or visit some sensitive areas. There are always someone checking your permit, and you must have a tour guide to help you go through those formalities.
How much tour freedom do I have if I must need a tour guide?
Your tour guide is neither your 24 hours guardian nor nanny, so long as you do not visit scenic spots without him or her, you can hang out any where you like. Just tell your guide you want to spend today alone and he or she will be waiting for you somewhere else at your disposal or even stay home. But you must follow the rules not visiting scenic spots alone. If you were caught by the policemen, not only you but also your guide, your travel agent would be in great trouble. So, please travel responsibly while you want to have a free day in Tibet.
What all travel permits do I need to apply for if I travel to Tibet?
There are several kinds of travel permits in Tibet tourism. To make it simple, you only need a TTB (Tibet Tourism Bureau) permit if you just want to have a few days in Lhasa city or somewhere near Lhasa. However, if you travel outside of Lhasa to some areas like Mt. Everest, Tsedang, Nyingchi, you still need PSB permit and ATP permit, your tour agent will take care of them all if you book tour with them.
Can I get the permit in my country before arriving in China?
Generally not, because this will make the cost high if international delivery is used. As a common practice, you will get your permit after your arrival in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu or in Kathmandu (Nepal) where you enter Tibet by train or air. We, travel agent will deliver the permit to the hotel that you book in a specific city; you must provide us the name, address and phone number of the hotel.
Is it possible to extend my visit in Tibet after my permit expires?
No, it is not possible to extend if you only intend to overstay one or two days in Lhasa not somewhere else. And you must tell your plan to your agent in advance, and we know how to help for you. It will make extension more difficult if you tell them at the very end of your tour.
Can I travel in Tibet by public bus as the private vehicle rental is expensive?
No, public bus is not allowed for non-Chinese tourist in Tibet.
Can I stay in Tibet without a guide, or can my driver be my guide at the same time?
It is impossible as explained above. Besides, it is also impossible to have your driver to be your tour guide at the same time even your driver speaks fluent English. This is just the rule of Tibet tourism.
How much is a Tibet permit?
Please note that we never just SELL a permit as this is illegal. We only help you obtain a permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau. The cost for a permit includes both the charge by the government and the service fees by our travel agency. The cost will be calculated into the quote of the whole tour package including tour guide and other items.
What are the hotels like in Tibet?
Tourism in Tibet is in its infancy and the number of 4/5 Star hotels is quite limited. The newer hotels have been built away from the city center in order to protect the city history and environment. These hotels have central heating which is used in winter but no cooling is available in summer. We would still warn that the facilities and service standard may not be as you would expect from a hotel with this rating in other parts of the world. Older hotels located in the city have a good location but will not provide the level of comfort of the newer hotels and may not have any central heating. The level of service and facilities may be quite basic. Staff will probably not speak much English. Hotels in small cities and the Everest Base camp are very basic. They will usually have a public bathroom with squat toilet.
What happens if I got problems to go after my confirmed booking?
After the trip is confirmed, If you need to cancel the trip, you have to pay the cancellation charge and give off the trip, but you should cancel least a week in advance otherwise there is no refund.
What are the hotel rooms like in hotels in Tibet?
Often, in a room, there are two beds which we call twin-sharing room. Some hotels have queen bed room and some even have triple room. But the number of queen bed room and triple is very limited. Twin-sharing room with two beds inside is commonly used in Tibet.
Does the hotel room have access to internet?
Some hotel rooms, not all, in Lhasa have access to internet, so you should inquiry your travel advisor for accurate information before making decision. But some hotel has business center where you can use internet service.
Is there 24-hour hot water running?
Due to basic condition in Tibet, sometimes with the poor pressure, the water flow may small and water sometime is not hot but just warm. In remote area, the condition can be even worse.
What can I eat in Tibet?
In Lhasa, There are several verities of continental, Indian, Chinese and Tibetan food as well. But in remote places/areas, food choice is limited.
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Group Size: 3 - 15 people
Specialty Categories: Pilgrimage tour Hiking and Trekking
Best Season: May to September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Max. Elevation: 5400m
Cost Per Person from: 2150 US Dollar (USD)