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Mt. Kailash Tour

Mt. Kailash Tour

Mt. Kailash (6,740m.) located to the north of the Himalayan region in Tibet and situated between the Karakorum and Himalayan ranges is not just the tour to the holy mountain but this overland tour takes you to the pristine lake. The tour offers great chance to see natural beauty, explore the culture and lifestyle of Tibetan Buddhist. Also, people from different religions like Buddhists, Hindus, Bonpos and Jain visit and admire this sacred peak for its divinity.

In Hinduism, Kailash is known as residence of Lord Shiva and the soul of Brahma near Manasarovar Lake. Tibetans describes Kailash Kang Rinpoche. It is worshipped as Mt Ashtapada by Jains, where Rishabanatha (religion's founder), attained spiritual liberation. And, the followers of the ancient pre-Buddhist shamanistic belief of Tibet Bon-Po admire Kailash as the essence of Tibet.

Actually, the entire area of Mt. Kailash has religious significance and embraces the two pristine high-elevated lakes of Manasarovar as well as Rakshash. Pilgrims visit the holy lake to take ritual bathes in the purification water of Manasarovar Lake. All in all, this Kailash Tour is idyllic for adventure enthusiasts too and it confers natural beauty, tents in grasslands, overwhelming mountain views and the remote lands which definitely will make this journey memorable for life time.

Nepal Tibet Tours & Treks as a leading pilgrimage tour agency has been arranging pilgrimage tour to Mt. Kailash for both small and large groups and the most famous one is Kailash Mansarovar Yatra which is arranged every year. And, our well trained, experience Nepali supporting groups and Tibetan guiding team will bestow you first-class service concerning especially about your safety on this rather challenging trek which makes your Kailash tour like a reverie coming true. Moreover, you will be served hot and fresh meals during the entire Kailash tour every day. In this cultural, natural and pilgrimage tour of 13 days Mt Kailash Tour you will be accommodating at hotel or lodge or guesthouse.

How to go Mt. Kailash?

1) Reserve your air ticket to Kathmandu on your own or through your agent.
2) Send your lucidly scanned passport copy and advance fee few months before.
3) After arrival in Kathmandu, collect your Tibet Visa, Tibet permit and necessary documents from Visit Nepal –Tibet Treks.
4) Start your Mt. Kailash Tour through Nepal Tibet border (Kodari or Zhangmu) and return back to same way to the Kathmandu after your trip or tour to Lhasa.
5) A number of Mt. Kailash Tour begins from Lhasa, a few of the Mt. Kailash Tour starts from Nepalgunj – Simikot side.

Mt. Kailash Tour - Outline Itinerary

[Day 01 ] Welcome to Kathmandu, meet our representative and Transfer to Hotel. Overnight Hotel.
[Day 02 ] Kathmandu, Tour of Pashupatinath-Boudhanath-Swayambhunath.O/n Hotel.
[Day 03 ] Drive to (150km), Kerung, 2450m, Overnight Guest House.
[Day 04 ] Rest Day at Kerung, 2450m, Overnight Guest House.
[Day 05 ] We drive from Kerung, 2450m to Saga/4450m, Overnight Guest House.
[Day 06 ] We drive from Saga to Mansarovar(4558m) 230 km 7-8 hrs
[Day 07 ] Pooja and drive to Tarchen (14975ft) 40km, Overnight Guest House.
[Day 08 ] Trek to Dira-Puk/5000m, Overnight fix camp.
[Day 09 ] Trek Dira-Puk-Zuthul Puk, 18km, 6-7 hrs, 550m ascent, 600m descent. O/n at fix camp.
[Day 10 ] End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Manasarovara and then to Saga. O/n geust house.
[Day 11 ] Drive to  Kerung, 2450m: (245km) 6-7 hr. O/n guest House.
[Day 12 ] Drive Kerung, to Kathmandu. O/n at Hotel.
[Day 13 ] Departure - transfer to airport



1)  3 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu with good Breakfast
2)  All ground Transportation by Private Car with driver, all fuel and car parking fee
3)  English speaking expert Tour guide along the Tour
4)  All sightseeing Entrance fees
5)  All accommodation Twin sharing basis


1)  Tibetan English speaking tour guide
2)   Accommodations as specified as above
3)   Private vehicle for all transfer per the itinerary in Tibet
4)   Private driver
5)   All necessary Travel permit
6)   Entrance tickets for all the sights per the itinerary
7)   Petrol for the tour vehicle

Cost Excludes

Lunch & dinner, drinks, snacks (You can easily explore on your own, 1-10 US$ per meal) 
Tibet group visa, USD175 for US citizen, USD85 for other nationalities
Nepal visa, $25 for a 15 days multiple entry tourist visa
 Personal Natural expense like Laundry, IDD calls, etc
Bank Telex wire transfer processing fee
Tips for your guide and driver
Porter at Border if used
Tipping, Photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites
Insurance & emergency rescue charges, cancel or shortening down the tour by the bad weather, altitude sickness, or any political reasons refund won’t be entertain and all not mentioned above etc..

Mt. Kailash Tour - Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1400m.)
After you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our representative at the airport and then you will be transferred to the hotel. You will be briefly described about your tour and check in to the Hotel. You will have dinner in typical Nepali restaurant and enjoy folk dance performances in the evening at 7 to 9 pm and overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu
Today, you will be going around cultural heritages enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley – the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the world biggest Stupa, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath Stupa (monkey temple) and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square  and amazing Kumari House widely known as Living Goddess in Basantapur of central Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive to Nyalam (150km, 3300m.)
After you leave Kathmandu, you will start your day with a short trip through attractive Nepalese country side. Reaching the border will be quick. As soon as we get there, you need to fill different paper work. After all the things, you will head to Nyalam with a string of vertical switchbacks. You will be surrounded by the gorgeous cascading waterfalls and mossy gullies in your path.

Day 04: Rest Day at Nyalam (3300m.)
It is more a day for good acclimatization which is necessary for Kailash trekking journey. Free afternoon look around. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05:  Drive from Nyalam to Saga (4450m.)
This is your first long driving day on the rocky and sandy path of Tibet. You will also see lake, wanderers looking for thousands of yaks, sheep. In the late afternoon, you will come across Brahmaputra River making way to classic Chinese and Tibetan city. Here the Saga Hotel will be the top and standard local hotel.

Day 06:  Drive from Saga to Manasarovar (4558m.) 8-10hrs drive hrs
Today, you start your trip by driving from Saga to Paryang which more or less take seven hours to reach and which is about 255 km far. You will go through Zhongba. After that, you start your drive yet again from Paryang to Mansarovar (Chiu Village) which is about 260km far and could possibly take six to seven hours to arrive. Later after the long and stressful drive, you will be staying in a guest house or Tents.

Day 07: Puja and drive to Tarchen (14975ft) 40 km
After the holy Puja and bath at Lake Manasarovar, you drive off to Darchen which is about 30km far and could probably take one hour to arrive. After the drive, you will be spending your time doing whatever you want and will be staying in a Guesthouse tonight.

Day 08: Trek to Dira-Puk (5000m.)
You trek for about 5000m to reach Dira Puk. You will be having our breakfast on the way and head to Tarboch which is 8 km away. After you leave the place, you start your trek from Kora of Mt. Kailash to Dira Puk. You will be having a light lunch on the way. When the day is about to end, you will have your dinner at a camp and most probably, you will be staying in a fixed camp tonight.

Day 09: Trek Dira-Puk-Zuthul Puk (18 km, 6-7 hrs, 550m ascent, 600m descent)
The trek is around 16 km to Zuthul Puk. Down the way, yak men and yak will help you carry the bags and you will follow your Tibetan guide. Your Tibetan driver will also trek on this region if he wants to.  After the long walk and stress, you will probably stay in a guest house tonight.

Day 10: End of Kailash Parikrama, drive to Mansarovar  and then to Saga(4590m.)
Early in the morning you start your trek from Zutul-Puk to Darchen and then later drive to Mansarovar. After spending some time in Mansarovar you will be starting a new drive from Mansarovar to Saga after the long day drive, you will be spending your night in a Guesthouse or in a Hotel in Saga.

Day 11: Drive to Kerung: (245 km, 6-7 hr, 2450m)
After breakfast drive back to Nyalam or Zhangmu. The drive will continue for about 6 to 7 hours through the main trail enjoying the great scenario of the surroundings. The Nylam is at the altitude of 12303 ft. the night will be enjoying at the Nyalam after the long driving of 6 to 7 hours at the local hotels or guest house.

Day 12: Drive from Kerung to Kathmandu
Today, you will finally enter Nepal from Tibet. It is the last day of our Mt.Kailash Tour. After your breakfast, you start a drive from Kerung to Kathmandu. After you reach Kerung, you will be said good-bye by your Tibetan driver and guide and you meet up with our Nepali representative who will assist you with official procedures. You drive back to Kathmandu which is 5 hours drive after that. You will spend your night in one of the Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 13: Departure
You will finally be transferred to the airport for the final departure or to next destination. Other Nepal Tour can be planed before or after the Kailash tour.

Trip Duration: 13 Days including Kathmandu
Country: China (Tibet)
Trip Start from: Kathmandu
Trip Ends at: Kathmandu
Trip Grade: Easy
Highest altitude: 5650m Drolma La Pass
Activities: Historical, Cultural, Religious and Natural Tour /Trekking
Meals during Trip:  Breakfast in City & all meals during Trekking
Accommodation during Trip: Hotels, Guest House, Lodge or Camping in Trekking
Mode of Transportation:  Private Comfortable Car/van/Hiace/tourist bus
Trip Route: Kathmandu- Nyalam- Saga- Mansarovar- Tarchen- Dira Puk- Zuthul Puk- Mansarovar- Saga- Nyalam- Kathmandu

Clothing and equipments

Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.


1. Boots

Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.

2. Track shoes

A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.

3. Jacket

Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.

4. Shirt and Sweaters

Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.

5. Trousers

A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.

6. Underwear

Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.

7. Tracksuit

A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.

8. Sleeping Bag

As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)

9. Sun Hat, SunCream/Block & Lip Salve

Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.

10. Personal First Aid Kit

You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)

11. Hat/ Glove/ Sandle/ Shocks/ Underwear

a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.

Equipments and Accessories

a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph

Trip Photos

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