Affordable Overland tour to Mt. Kailash - 14 days

Affordable Overland tour to Mt. Kailash - 14 days

Tour begins and ends at Kathmandu

This trip is private tour, can be start at your choice dates. We need minimum 2 person to run this trip. We travel first to Syabrubheshi on Nepal side and do little village walk. Next morning a shoryt drive will take you to Nepal/Tibet boarder called Rashuwagadi, Kyirong in Tibet. You make overland journey after acclimatize at Kyirong country that lies at the height of 3950m. Drive to Dongba and overnight, the next day drive will take you to Mansarover lake.  From here we drive upto Darchen and we commence our parikrama. We return to Kathmandu using the same route after parikrama. 

Making a praikrama (walking round Mt. Kailash) wash your sins away. Specially when this is done on an auspicious year or time. On such an occasion a circuit equals to 13 circuits completed during the year.


Buddhist, Hindus and Bonpo faithful consider Mt. Kailash as their sacred land. The mountain is known as the throne of “Shiva", a powerful God in Hindu mythology. Buddhist considers it as Kang Rinpoche, the precious Snow Mountain. Devotee of Jain religion considers the peak as Mount Ashtpada. Rishabanatha, founder of Jain faith, believed that he gained spiritual liberation on the summit of Mt.Kailash. Bon po, pre Buddhist religion in Tibet believes that this is the 'Nine storey Swastika Mountain' that lead to the heaven. Despite its barren and dry features the lake and the mountain has magnetic influence to devotees and visitors alike. The pilgrims walk and prostate around the mountain path of 55-km Kailash parbat (mountain) known to them as Meru in ice and stone. There is a strong belief among Hindus and Buddhist that a single walk around the holy mountain would wash away all the sins of a lifetime. Travelers and explorers see in its raw form the amazing beauty in the middle of dull landscape and the faithful feels that it is the sanctuary of the God which gives life to the entire human being. Everybody always find in it something valuable. Kailash peak and Mansarover Lake are situated at 4500 meter above sea level at the highest elevation on the Tibetan plateau. It is the source of holy rivers of south Asia like Indus, Sutlej, Brahamaputra and Karnali Mt. Kailash. It is the only peak in the entire Himalayan range revered as ultimate sanctity. It is also one of the highest Mountains in Tibet at over 6714m (22,022 ft) and Lake Manasarovar at 4558m (14,950 ft) is probably the highest freshwater lake in the world. Though the entire Himalayas is regarded as divine dwelling yet Mt. Kailash is the only peak that is revered as ultimate sanctity. Pilgrim takes bath in the lake Mansarover, known as Mana (mind) of Brahama.

The place is certainly remote and difficult to reach especially in the extreme weather conditions and often on dusty and rough road. The distance from Kathmandu is about 1000 km and from Lhasa it is almost double. On the geographical aspect the mountain is the source of four great rivers that merge in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. It is the source of the civilization of Indus and Brahamaputra river valley in India. Despite the reality of Cultural Revolution in China and Tibet, regions around Kailash suffered least. Though many monuments around it and in the vicinity were destroyed yet the faith of its followers has remained stronger than ever. More than the pilgrimage of your lifetime it is truly an adventure that remains with you life long. 

The distance in Tibet is very wide and the road is rough. So schedules are often disrupted by mechanical problem, floods, or landslides. To tackle the problems that arise out of these unforeseen circumstances you would certainly need spirit of adventure and patience. In fact your journey to Tibet would be a rewarding and unforgettable experience like the one Tibetan pilgrim get once they are in Lhasa. The trip to Tibet is in high altitude region. The road is at elevation above 3600 meter (12000 ft.) above sea level most of the time and goes as high as 5300 meter if you go to base camp of Everest or Kailash in a short period. 

We travel from Kathmandu by bus to Kodari bridge known as Friendship Bridge, and travel on ward to Zangmu and Nyalamu. At Nilamu you are already at a high elevation. We spend a day at Nyalamu to acclimatize your body and then continue to drive to Saga, Paryang and ultimately to the holy lake of Mansarover. We start our Parikrama (Walk around) of Mt. Kailash from Darchen. After the parikrama we drive back to Zangmu and to Kathmandu through the same route.

The total distance around Mt.Kailash is 55km. Yaks and porters carry camping gear and food. You follow the guide and other pilgrim on the trail around the holy mountain. The camp staff takes care of meals and sleeping during the entire parikrama (walk around). The staff takes care of every need. You walk on your own pace though local takes less than 3 days to complete the round. Beside the normal walk chanting mantra there are other who make full body prostration throughout the parikarima. It is an amazing sight. The walk around Kailash is a pious thing to do for both Hindus and Buddhist.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival - Hotel accommodation

Airport pickup and transfer to your Hotel.  A short briefing about Kailash Mansarovar Yatra before dinner. Dinner and cultural presentation.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing - Hotel accommodation

After Breakfast – Sightseeing of Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa. Packing and preparation for the trip

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi - Guest House Accommdoation

Drive to Syabrubesi (1600m / 145 km / 7 hours drive). Overnight stay at Lodge.

Day 04: Drive to Kyirong County (3950m) - Overnight stay at Guesthouse

Drive to Rasuwagadhi (1800m / 15 km / 45 min from Syabrubesi), complete immigration and custom formalities in Nepal and Tibet side at Rasuwagadhi, and then continue drive to Kyirong county (3950m – 3 hours/ 105 km) 

Day 05: At Kyirong County – Rest Day for acclimatization - Overnight stay at Guesthouse

Spend whole day at acclimatization or make a short treks to stretches your legs to prepare Kailash Yatra.

Day 06: Drive to Dongba - Overnight stay at Guesthouse

After Breakfast – Drive to Dongba (335 km – 7 hours) en-route passing Thorong La, Paigu-Tso Lake and Brahmaputra River.

Day 07: Drive from Dongba to Mansarovar Lake - Overnight stay Guesthouse

Drive towards Mansarovar Lake (7 hours) crossing beautiful places and stay at the shore of the Lake. Fill spiritual water. Parikrama of Mansarovar Lake by vehicle (2 hours - 110 km)

Day 08: Drive to Darchen - Overnight stay at Guesthouse

Most of the day – Take holy bath and perform Puja (prayer ritual your own) at Mansarovar Lake. PM – Drive to Darchen (2hrs)

Day 09: First Day of Outer Kora – Trek to Dirapuk – Guest house accommodation

After short drive, we will reach Tarboche and visit Yama Dwar. This is starting point for Kora. We will trek to Dirapuk (4860 m) which is 12 kms trek (5-6 hrs). You will visit North face of Mt. Kailash and touching the feet of Mt. Kailash (Charan Sparsh). Travelers who do not want to trek around (Parikrama) Kailash can go back to Darchen and wait for rest of the group to arrive from Parikrama.

NOTE: Those not doing Parikrama will stay at  Darchen 

Day 10: Second Day of Outer Kora – On to Zuthulphuk with Trek to Drolma La Pass - Overnight stay at Guesthouse

Trek from Dirapuk to Drolma La Pass and proceed to Zuthulpuk (22 km trek for 7-8 hours trek). This is the most difficult journey throughout the yatra since you have to trek up to the 18,600 ft. Descend to Gaurikund and further trek along with the river to Zuthul-puk.

Day 11: Drive to Dongba - Overnight stay at Guesthouse

After short Trek (2 hours) and reach to the point where the coach will be waiting and we will drive to Darchen and merge with other members who were waiting and drive to Dongba

Day 12: Drive back to Kyirong - Overnight stay at Guesthouse

Back journey, drive to Kyirong County – 270 km / 5.5 hrs.

Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu - Hotel

Drive back to Kathmandu via Rasuwagadhi border completing immigration formalities – around 8-9 hours / 265 km.

Day 14: Transfer to Kathmandu Airport

Rudraksha and certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the trip. You will be free till your flight time. We will drop you at Airport 3 hours before flight time. 

Cost includes:

01. Arrival/departure transfers in Kathmandu

02. Welcome dinner, sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English speaking tour guide

03. Entrance fees during sightseeing tour

04. Private transport from Kathmandu to Syabrubeshi and, from  Kyirong to Kathmandu after the completion of Yatra

05. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu using Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar on BB

06. Tibet travel permits

07. English speaking Tibetan guide, entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary

08. Land transfer by land van or Mini bus according to the group size

09. Guest House accommodation on BB basis (dormitory room), no attached bathroom and toilet in Mansarover and during Kailash Kora

10. Yaks and Yak man for carrying luggage only during 3 days Kora ( 2 pax sharing one yak)

11. Lunch and dinner at local lodges in Tibet

12. Environmental protection bus fee of Kailash and lake Mansarover

13. Oxygen 1 liter bottle one each, sleeping bags, down jackets, oxymeter 

Cost does not include:

011. Group visa fee for China / Tibet with same day delivery - US$90 per person. For US Citizen US$175 per person

02.Personal clothing and Sleeping bag (rental cost US$30)

03. Personal Insurance, Medical box, emergency rescue evacuation, etc

04. Lunch and Dinner, alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, telephone, porterage (In case of landslide or border crossing) and tips.

05. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned.

06. Expenses due to flight delay, road disruption, flood, sickness and other contingencies 

Hotels we will use:

Kathmandu – Holy Himalaya or Hotel Fuji

Syabrubeshi – Local best available Guest House 

Kyirong = Pengtso Rosar Hotel

Dongba = local Hotel

Tarchen = local budget hotel

Lake Manasarovar, Dirapuk, Zultulpuk  = local guesthouse (shared dormitory room with 4-8 beds in one room, there is no attached bathroom and toilet, it's impossible to take a shower )

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  • Price : USD 2875
  • Destinations : Mt. Kailash Tour, Tibet
  • Max Elevation : 5400m
  • Weather : May June, July, August, September are best time to visit
  • Trip Duration : 14 days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate
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