Mount Kailash Trek

Mount Kailash so-called Gang Rinpoche in Tibetan is one of the holiest peaks on the earth. The Mountain lies in the heart of Trans-Himalayas region in Tibetan plateau. The place lies near the origins of the longest river in Asia namely Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, and Karnali River. A great mountain that stands 6714 m in height is never ascended because of its holy behavior. The place is regarded as the divine spots for Hinduism, Buddhism Jainism, and Bon faiths. Likewise, Lake Manasarovar situated at (4590m) near Mt. Kailash and to its west lies a Lake Rakshastal which even has added a great significance to the place.

  • Price:


  • Trip Length:

    20 Days

  • Difficulty:

    Moderate to Difficult

  • Trip/Group Size:

    2-10 Pax and Above

  • Activities:

    Pilgrimage, Trekking, Sightseeing

  • Best Season:

    September to December, March to May

One of the popular pilgrimage destination since centuries has its own significance and is regarded as the Navel of the world or center of the universe according to Buddhist and Hindu Mythology. Also, Hindus believe the place as the dwelling place of Lord Shiva who is renowned as destroyer and transformer of this Universe. Similarly, Jains believe this as the Meru Parvat or Sumeru and the people of Bon faiths believe this place as the source of all spiritual power. The holy place is visited by thousands of devotees and pilgrims of different religions from all over the world. In a major, a tourist from Buddhist countries like Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Hindu devotees from Nepal and India counts maximum number. They believe that anyone who encompasses Kailash on foot will get Salvation or Nirvana and hope that it will bless with good fortune.

The place was hidden and unexplored for around forty years after the communist invaded Tibet. And only after the year of the 1980s, they allowed foreign tourist to enter the region. This is the most demanding and difficult trekking route for devotees in the globe. The route is basically known for Kora encompassing Mt. Kailash. The place also has come tiny human settlement which will provide the replica of traditional Tibetan lifestyle, culture, and traditions. Similarly, the mountain is enclosed with holy monasteries like Nyari, Drirapuk, Songchu and Thailong Monastery. These monasteries are the sample of Tibetan architecture, simple lifestyle and are decorated with Thankas, Paintings, and Sculptures. Because of its remoteness and arid land area, the Gompa itself sometimes provides accommodation for the pilgrims and tourists.

How to reach Mount Kailash Mansarovar

There is two route to reach Kailash one form the southern route (Xinjiang-Tibet Highway) and the other from the northern route from Kathmandu to Kailash. You can take a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa and drive via Xinjiang – Tibet Highway or hire tourist vehicles to Kodari and hike till Nepal-China Border to Zhangmu and take a car to Kailash. A four wheel (Range Rover or Land Cruiser) is a very efficient drive to Kailash because of its comforts. Nowadays, the most popular route to travel takes a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and again next flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot and hike till Nepal-Tibet Border following the places like Dharapori, Kermi, Yari, Hilsa and so on till you reach Mount Kailash.

Perfect Time to Explore/ Trek Kailash

May to October is the best time to trek or travel this destination because the climate is a bit warmer comparing rest of the year. Normally the area will be covered with snow rest of the month and it is very dangerous to trek during winter. ‘Saga Dawa’ a popular Tibetan festivals is also celebrated on 15th of April (Mid-April). It decided with the help of Tibetan Calendar by holy monks. The day is famous as the birthday of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. During this time people all over Tibet gather to this place for a celebration. In the same time, the old prayers flag is replaced with new one and the huge flagpole is pulled. This is the ideal time to visit Tibet.

Mount Kailash Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Explore Kathmandu Valley and Trekking preparation (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, 1 hour Flight (150m/490 ft.)

Day 04: Fly From Nepalgunj to Simikot Airport (2,985m/9,790ft) and hike to Dharapori 2360m/7740ft), around 4-6 hours

Day 05: Trek Dharapori to Kermi, 5 - 6 hours (2,860m/9,383ft)

Day 06: Trek Kermi to Yalbang, 5-6 hours Trek

Day 07: Trek Yalbang to Thumkot, 5-6 hours (3,073m/10, 082ft)

Day 08: Trek Thumkot to Yari, 6-7 hours, (3,663m/12,017 ft.)

Day 09: Trek Yari to Hilsa through Nara La Pass, 5-6 hours (3,647m/11,965ft)

Day 10: Trek from Hilsa to Purang, 2-3 hours (3,772m/12,375 ft.)

Day 11: Trek from Purang to Montser and sightseeing at Tirthapuri, 3-4 hours (4,450m/14,599 ft.)

Day 12: Overviewing Garuda Valley and heading towards Darchen, 3-4 hours, (4,560m/14,956ft)

Day 13: Beginning of Kora, Trek to Dira Puk Monasteries, 5 to 6 hours (5120m/16,792ft)

Day 14: 2nd Day of Kora and Hike to Dzutul-puk, 6-7 hours, (4,790m/15,765ft)

Day 15: 3rd day of Kora: Trekking to Darchen and Transfer to Manasarovar, 3 to 4 hours

Day 17: Mansarovar to Saga, 8-9 hours, (4600m/15,088ft)

Day 18: Saga to Shigatse, 8 to 9 hours (3900m/12,795ft)

Day 19: Shigatse to Lhasa, 4-5 hours (3650m/11972ft)

Day 20: Farewell Day

Mount Kailash Trek/Tour Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Heartily welcome to you in Nepal. Our company Personnel will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport you will be transferred to three-star category hotel in a privately owned car. Hotel Check-in, resting time, freshen up time will be provided and you have to get ready for the meeting in the company office. The meeting includes the brief explanation of the activities, do and don’ts, and details description of the itinerary. Also, you will receive your permits to enter Mount Kailash. After the completion of the meeting you will be taken for welcome dinner accompanied with Nepali music, dance and cuisines in best typical Nepali restaurant with Nepali Themes.  

Day 02: Explore Kathmandu Valley and Trekking preparation (1,300m/4,264ft)

The sightseeing features some of the main landmarks and UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley including Pashupatinath Temple, Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa. This trip will freshen up your mind and will provide the opportunity to come across the culture and tradition of Nepal. Similarly, you will also experience the ancient royal lifestyle. You will come to see the rituals, belief, and lifestyle of people around the Kathmandu valley. After the trip, all of you are requested to gather in our office for the remaining trek preparation like finalizing your clothing and training to handle the trekking gear if necessary.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, 1 hour Flight (150m/490 ft)

After experiencing Kathmandu its turn now to explore Nepalgunj. We will fly one hour from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is the place that lies in western Nepal on Terai belt of Nepal and also the border of Nepal-India. We will visit some of the important landmarks like Mini Zoo, Traditional Markets, and Local community villages. We will stay overnight in Hotel.

 Day 04: Fly From Nepalgunj to Simikot Airport (2,985m/9,790ft) and hike to Dharapori 2360m/7740ft), around 4-6 hours

Flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot is around 40 minutes. We will get golden opportunities to gaze the Nepal’s Natural beauties like mountains, rivers, terrains and breathtaking Himalayan peaks. Simikot is the nerve center of Humla District and presents multi-ethnic atmosphere. You can even study local community practices, beliefs, values, etc. The place is influenced by Buddhist and Tibetan culture because of its proximity to Tibet.  We need to obtain the permit to hike from the police station and the hike will start as soon as we finish our lunch at Simikot. After that, we will climb up for around and hour and again climb down towards Tuling village. We will follow the bank of Karnali River to reach Dharapori. Rest in a hotel in Dharapori for the day.

Day 05: Trek Dharapori to Kermi, 5 - 6 hours (2,860m/9,383ft)

Dharapori to Kermi trek will provide you a great chance to see the variety of attractions. From the free flowing Karnali River (Longest River in Nepal) to beautiful barley, rice and buckwheat fields, from Natural springs to Traditional monasteries the trek will provide you the ultimate satisfaction in your life. You will spend today experiencing the nature and you will stay overnight in a hotel at Kermi.

Day 06: Trek Kermi to Yalbang, 5-6 hours Trek

The trek is the combination of both flat and steep ways till you reach the Pass. After you pass by suspension bridge you can appreciate the greenish Pine forests and aggressive flows of Karnali River. The track has one traditional monastery called Namkha Khyung Dzong which is also the major attraction among the tourist. Night stay in Yalbang.

Day 07: Trek Yalbang to Thumkot, 5-6 hours (3,073m/10, 082ft)

Slowly and steadily missing the sight of greenery we will reach the place called Thumkot after our 5-6 hours of walk. The trail begins just above the Karnali river and passes through Dhungkar Choezom Monastery (one of the major monasteries in Tibetan province). Night stay in Thumkot.

Day 08: Trek Thumkot to Yari, 6-7 hours, (3,663m/12,017 ft)

Today you will experience the massive variation in climate, temperature, and vegetation. Similarly, you will come to see only arid land. You will miss the scenario of pine trees and Karnali River. Night stay in Yari.

Day 09: Trek Yari to Hilsa through Nara La Pass, 5-6 hours (3,647m/11,965ft)

The trek begins after our breakfast in yari. The trip will be a little bit difficult as we are going to cross the Nara La Pass (4,620m). We will hardly see the vegetation and the topography will be like mountain dessert similar to Tibet. The accomplishment of the Pass will lead to the elegant view of Tibetan Plateau. Now, we step down until we reach the village of Hilsa. Night stay in Hilsa.

Day 10: Trek from Hilsa to Purang, 2-3 hours (3,772m/12,375 ft)

The day we will be entering China leaving Nepal via Friendship Bridge in the place called Hilsa. The Chinese securities personnel will check necessary requirements like permit and visas to enter the Republic of China. From here, you will also meet our Tibetan Guide. After necessary paper works, we leave to Purang through Kangje Village and Rinzin Zangpo monastery. Night stay in Purang.

Day 11: Trek from Purang to Monster and sightseeing at Tirthapuri, 3-4 hours (4,450m/14,599 ft)

The day we will enjoy the beauty of Rakshas and Mansarovar lakes which falls on our way to Montser. After, the glance over these two lakes we will hike to Tirthapuri which is located northwest of Mt. Kailash. Also, it has hot springs related with Holy Guru Rinpoche. The devotee takes a holy dip in the spring and follows Guru’s footsteps and search for healing stones throughout this route. In the evening we will return to Montser and stay overnight.

Day 12: Overviewing Garuda Valley and heading towards Darchen, 3-4 hours, (4,560m/14,956ft)

The average time to reach Garuda Valley from Montser is like 2 hours. The valley is situated on the southwest of Mount Kailash. The place is well acquainted for a number of mystic caves. It is also believed that before Buddhism there used to be the dominance of Tibetan Civilization under the rule of Shang Shung Kings. After the discovery and clear understanding of Garuda Valley, we now head towards Darchan, a small town located on the right edge of Mount Kailash.

Day 13: Beginning of Kora, Trek to Dira Puk Monasteries, 5 to 6 hours (5120m/16,792ft)

Today is the beginning of Kora at Mount Kailash, and you will walk six hours in the valley via walls of red rock. The kora route will follow Shershong, bridge heading to Chuuku Gompa and to Dirapuk. The walkway provides the spectacular view of Mount Kailash and surrounding monasteries. Night stay in Dirapuk.

Day 14: 2nd Day of Kora and Hike to Dzutul-puk, 6-7 hours, (4,790m/15,765ft)

We will cross the second Pass in our journey to Mount Kailash called Drolma La Pass elevated (5,750m/19,910ft). This is the most troublesome part of our entire trek. After the successful reach at the Pass, we will climb down to Dzutul-puk. At Dzutul Puk, we will see Thugje Zinbu which is also referred as Lake of Compassion and also the traditional caves. Night stay in Dzutul-puk.

Day 15: 3rd day of Kora: Trekking to Darchen and Transfer to Manasarovar, 3 to 4 hours

After spending the night in Dzutul-puk next morning, we will hike down to Darchen through Barka Plain. We have to drive 2 hours in order to reach Lake Mansarovar from there. Lake Mansarovar is the pilgrimage of both Hindu religion and the followers believe one who drinks water from the lake will reach to Habitat of Lord Shiva. Similarly, the followers of Buddhism believe that Queen Maya become pregnant. Night stay in Mansarovar.

Day 17: Mansarovar to Saga, 8-9 hours, (4600m/15,088ft)

Today we will drive from Mansarovar to Saga introducing some of the attractions on our way like Chiu Monastery. We resume our drive leaving behind Hor Quo, Mayum La Pass. We will also have a sight of some tiny urban like Zhongba and Paryang. The total distance we drive today from Mansarover to Saga will be 525 km.

Day 18: Saga to Shigatse, 8 to 9 hours (3900m/12,795ft)

We will pave our way to Shigatse through Latse and the track will feature major rivers like Tsangpo River and Brahmaputra Territories. As we reach Shigatse, we take few hour rest and after refreshments, we will leave to visit Tashihunpo Monastery established by Pachen Lama in the year 1447. Night stay in Shigatse.

Day 19: Shigatse to Lhasa, 4-5 hours (3650m/11972ft)

After breakfast in Shigaste we are on our mission of driving 265 km towards Lhasa. There lies a Shalu Monastery on the way which was founded in 1040. The monastery is basically famous for its architect and paintings. We will meet Karo La Pass (5,045m), Khamba La Pass (4,794m), Nazin Kang Sang glacier and Turquoise Lake (Yamdrok Tso) which are also the pioneer tourist’s attractions in Tibet. Overnight stay in a hotel in Lhasa.

Day 20: Farewell Day

This is the end of Kailash tour and will be your last day in Lhasa and our company staff will pick you up from hotel to airport depending on your flight schedule. If you wish to add some more days to your trip or want to explore more we are ready to help you in every matter 24/7.

Trek Inclusive and Exclusive

What is Included?

 Airport Pick up and Drop in privately owned Vehicles

Complimentary 3 nights stay in three-star Hotel in Kathmandu

Complimentary 2 Nights stay in three-star Hotel in Nepalgunj

Tea House Accommodation or Hotel/Lodge accommodation during trek

One full Day Kathmandu Valley trip in privately owned Vehicles

Welcome and Farewell Dinner hosted by Company in Nepalese themed restaurant

Paper-works like permits and documentation for Tibet Entry

Tourist Bus (Deluxe A/C) Transportation and vice versa

Government Licensed trekking guide with fluent English language proficiency along with his all expenses

All meals during the Trek (Include only for Breakfast in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, Lhasa)

Tea/Coffe (served in a cup)

Seasonal Fresh juice during dinner (Upon Availability)

Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers) with all his expenses

Insured Guide and Porter

Necessary Local and government taxes

Down Jackets/Duffel Bag and Sleeping bag

Trekking map/official T-shirt with company Logo

Hygienic Drinking water

What is not included?

Nepal Arrival Visa

China Arrival Visa

Only Breakfast is included in City and only Special Dinner mentioned

Travel Insurance that covers cancellation and helicopter evacuation

Extra Porters, battery charging, and hot shower during trek

Tips and Appreciation and any other forms of extending trips and accommodation

Monuments Entrance Free will not be applicable during City Tour

Personal Expenses: Like Coke, Beer, Cigarettes

Kailash Kora Trek

Kora means steps circling a holy site. This is the act of paying respect and faith in the idol.  Mount Kailash Kora is not as simple walk in the park. This is very difficult and risky as the Kora trek is 52 km which begins from 1500 ft. (4600m) to 18, 372 ft. (5600m). Walking in this altitude average of 5000m requires lots of stamina and power. Most of the people suffer from altitude sickness. It is the most common risk for climbers and the symptoms like losing appetite, vomiting, dizziness, headache, breathlessness can happen anytime. So, we provide you with an experienced guide who can tackle all these problems and has a wide knowledge about the mountaineering and trekking activity.

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