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Kathmandu - Mt. Kailash Tour

Kathmandu - Mt. Kailash Tour

Facts About Trip

Days 10 days
Grade Moderate to Moderate
Best month October/November/December, April/May/June
Maxi Elevation Dolma La pass (5,645m)
Group size minimum 4 people (group joining)
Accommodation Lodge accommodation
Meal choose your own meal on trek
Starts From Kathmandu
End at Kathmandu

Overview And Highlights

There are certain limitations when entering Tibet from Nepal. The most notable is that your Chinese visa will be a ‘special’ visa that will be limited in the amount of time that you can spend in China, usually 15-21 days, sometimes a maximum of 28-30 days.

The second one is that all travel within Tibet requires a Tibet Travel Bureau issued a permit and that to obtain the permit you must have a guide, a driver and a pre-planned itinerary. Since these things are required, if there are no other people desiring to travel the same route at the same time, the cost will be very expensive. However, our pre-planned group departures make sure that this trip fits under your budget. We can also help you prepare the visa support documents needed to travel to China.

Our Mt Kailash pilgrimage tour goes through the northeast border of Nepal (Kodari) to Saga, Paryang, and to Mt. Kailash without going to Lhasa. After driving from Kathmandu to Nyalam, Saga, Paryang, and Tarchen, we will undertake a three-day trek (also known as Parikrama or Kora) around Mount Kailash before a final nights camp alongside the shores of Lake Manasarovar. The great lake lies in the southwest of Tibet beyond the great Himalayas bordering Nepal and China. Mansarovar is a sacred place to both Hindus and Buddhists who believe that the Indus, Ganga, Sutlej, and Brahmaputra originated from this lake

If you plan on traveling Mount Kailash at the time of the Saga Dawa festival, you’ll come across thousands of pilgrims from throughout Tibet gathered there to pay homage to the mountain. The ‘Pilgrims peak’ is of religious significance to Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, and Bompons. Hindus and Buddhists believe Mount Kailash to be the center of the universe and walking around this holy mountain, is a supreme goal for the faithful.

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Day 1 : Arrive at Kathmandu 1,350m, overnight stay in Kathmandu hotel
Hotel Stay

We will pick up you and transfer you to the Hotel. Collect your original passport, picture and fill out a form for final visa approval. Your arrival should be before 11 am today

Day 2 : Kathmandu sightseeing
Hotel Stay

Visa day in Kathmandu. You can be yourself visiting Kathmandu at UNESCO heritage site, overnight stay in hotel,

Day 3 : Visa day in Kathmandu. Final trip preparation, stay in trip briefing

Visa day in Kathmandu. Final trip preparation, stay in the trip briefing, overnight stay in Kathmandu

Day 4 : Start drive to Nepal Tibet boarder. 140 km - 7 Hours’ drive reach at Kerung (Tibet) 3500m
Lodge Accommodation

The tour starts from Kathmandu from where we drive along the friendship highway to the Kerung border it will take 07-08 hours. We drive from Kathmandu to the Nepal-Tibet border along a scenic highway. After immigration formalities at the border, you meet our Tibetan guide & driver. After some briefing, we drive to O/N at Guest House.

Day 5 : Stay at Kerung for acclimatization. Acclimatization activities. Hiking and rest
Lodge Accommodation

Acclimatization in Kerong before further driving. A free afternoon looks around. O/N at Guesthouse.

Day 6 : Drive to Saga. 230km – 6 hours 4,450m
Lodge Accommodation

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 to drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen, and Peiku Tso Lake (4,400m). We will be crossing the river Brahmaputra ( “Yarling Tsangpo” in Tibetan ) to reach Saga (4600m). O/N at Guesthouse.

Day 7 : Drive to Lake Mansarovar 400km – 9 Hours 4,580m
Lodge Accommodation

Watching the mountains in the distance and driving through the road we pass through the small town of Zhongba before reaching 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-Mandate, and  Lake Rakshas is simply heavenly. O/n at Guesthouse.

Day 8 : Explore around Lake Mansarovar, Hike to TsuiGumba and drive to Darchen 40km – 1 Hour 4575m
Lodge Accommodation

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. O/n in a Guesthouse.

Day 9 : Kailash Kora first day. Darchen to Derapuk 19km – 6 Hours walking 4,900m
Lodge Accommodation

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. O/N Guesthouse.

Day 10 : Kailash Kora second day. Derapuk – Juthulpuk through Dolma La pass (5,645m) 9 Hours 4760m
Lodge Accommodation

Hardest but Holiest day of your pilgrimage trek, cross Dolma La pass at 5,670 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 Zuthul Puk where the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles. O/N at the local guesthouse.

Day 11 : Third day of Kailash kora and drive to Saga. 3 Hours walking – 5 Hours drive. Saga 4,450m
Lodge Accommodation

Complete the kora and drive to Lake Manasarovar to Saga O/N at Guest House.

What Is Included ?

  • Hotel/Guest House Accommodation as per program
  • Private Transportation by Van / mini-coach
  • All necessary Tibet Travel and Trekking permit
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide
  • All Sightseeing and Entrance fees as per the itinerary.  
  • Meal plan on B/B Basis

Medical support: An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

Accommodation and meals: During tea house tour our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation. 

Water: Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house tour. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

What Is Excluded?

  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Hiring porter, Yak/ horse/ arrangement in Kathmandu
  • Rescue and Evacuation Service
  • Any Additional cost due to Nature calamity and Unforeseen Circumstances and etc

Travel Insurance: –
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness, and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while traveling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.

Altitude Graph

Additional Information


If you’d prefer to share this Peace Nepal holiday trip with your own group of friends, we’ve got good news, it’s also available as a Private Adventure!, Our Private Adventure specialists are on hand to give you a quote or talk through some different options.

Feel free to give them a call on 977-1-4266467 or Email us at

Nepal has four climatic seasons Spring:

  • March-May
  • Summer: June – August
  • Autumn: September – November
  • Winter: December – February

While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.

Check-list of personal equipment:

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swimwear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woolen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunblock
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

The following equipment is needed during the Climbing period: –

(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore-Tex Jackets).

Client Reviews

Santi Vinuales

Kathmandu, Nepal

8th Jul, 2022

Kailash yatra 2019 Last September I did an amazing Yatra to the top most Holy Mount Kailash with Peace Nepal Treks. Everything was arranged very well, and the agency manager was so nice and lovely person, gentle in every aspect and always careful to do his best service for the customers. I find Nir Lama a real friend in Nepal. Lots of thanks again Peace Nepal Treks! Always Blessings!

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