Kailash Tour 2019 May full moon

  • Hemanta Budhathoki
  • Last Updated on Jun 20, 2024

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Kailash tour's best season starts from the month of May. Tour actually can be started from April month and can go till October. April and October month will be a bit cold in the Kailash region and an icy way to Dolma-La pass can be disturbed in Kailash Parikrama so that the best month for this tour is from the month of May till September. Full moon day during Kailash tour is something special. Spend full moon day and night at Lake Mansarovar or in the North face of Mount Kailash Derapuk. This blog is about a trip to Kailash during the full moon day of May. 19th May 2019 is the full moon day and we spend this day and night at Lake Mansarovar before circumambulating Mt. Kailash. Join our small group tour to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. 

Why Visit Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar During Full Moon Day
Visit Mount Kailash and taking a dip in Mansarovar Lake is considered as the ultimate goal to show one’s faith. Many believe that taking a dip in the lake on a full moon day washes away the sins of their current and past 100 lives. Walking around the lake 108 times is said to be the way to attain Nirvana in the Hindu faith. It takes about three days to complete one Kora around the lake. The beauty of the lake under the full moon is also another reason to visit the lake during the full moon. Total 88 kilometers round shape Mansarovar Lake is at an altitude of 4,590 meters. Doing a Kora around Mt Kailash during the full moon is considered very auspicious.
Lake Mansarovar and Mount Kailash

Short Itinerary
Day 01 – 13th May (Monday): Today your arrival in Kathmandu should be before 12 noon. We have to submit your original passport, photo, and form for the Kailash visa. You either have to arrive a day before. Pickup from Airport and transfer to Hotel
Day 02 – 14th May: Day in Kathmandu. Visa preparation day. You can spend the day in visit the UNESCO heritage site inside Kathmandu.
Day 03 – 15th May: Day in Kathmandu. Visa preparation day. You can spend your days to visit a heritage site
Day 04 – 16th May: Start driving toward Nepal Tibet border. It starts very early in the morning. Reach first Tibetan town Kerung and overnight
Day 05 – 17th May: Acclimatization day in Kerung. Hiking and walking tour to support your body in altitude
Day 06 – 18th May: Drive to Saga town
Day 07 – 19th May – Drive to Lake Mansarovar – Full moon day visit Lake Mansarovar and stay overnight at the bank of Lake. Observe the full moon day. You can fully view Mount Kailash's front face (Kailash South face) from here.
Day 08 – 20th May: Short drive to Darchen, the based on Mount Kailash and starting point of Kailash Kora/ Kailash Parikrama
Day 09 – 21st May: Start Kailash Parikrama. It is about 17 kilometers walking towards the north face of Kailash via the valley of the god. Kailash west face, South face and at the end of the day can see Kailash north face.
Day 10 – 22nd May: the second day of Kailash parikrama is about 19 kilometers. Walk to Dolma La pass (6,300m) is the hardest mountain pass. walk down to Juthulpuk via Gauri Kunda and Kailash east face. a long day walking.
Day 11 – 23rd May: End of Kailash parikrama, it is about 14 kilometers easy walking till Darchen. Take our vehicle drive back to Saga
Day 12 – 24th May: drive back to Kerung from Saga
Day 13 – 25th May: Drive back Nepal Tibet border and further drive to Kathmandu Nepal
Day 14 – 26th May: Departure from Kathmandu
Dolma La pass during Kailash Parikrama
5,600 miter Dolma La pass during Kailash Parikrama

Cost: 1,850 per person based on group joining

Single Supp: 100 (only in Kathmandu)
(American, Canadian, Brazilian, Argentina and Romanian: USD 90 per person more – because of visa cost different)


  • All arrival and departure arrangement
  • 4 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu in twin sharing hotel with breakfast
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with private transportation, Tour guide, and entrance fees
  • Private transportation to Kerung border and return to Kathmandu
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in twin sharing hotel/ Gust house in Kailash region (Kerung, Saga, and Darchen)
  • Every morning breakfast
  • 3 night’s accommodation in a guest house on group sharing
  • Private transportation, guide and entrance fees in one-day sightseeing in main monuments as per motioned in the itinerary
  • Custom formalities at immigration
  • Tibet/ Kailash travel permit and visa
  • Entrance fees of Lake Mansarovar
  • Government license holder English speaking Tibetan guide
  • Yak or helper to carry goods during Kailash kora
  • One duffel bag for the trip
  • Emergency evacuation management


  • Personal equipment, personal insurance, emergency evacuation charge, and personal medical expenses
  • Lunch and dinner in the entire tour
  • Accommodation upgrading in Kathmandu Nepal - our package is in 3-star category hotel
  • Drinking water, bottled drinks and bar bills
  • Personal horse and helper if you need in Kailash kora
  • Single supplementary
  • Other activities mentioned than in itinerary
  • Tipping and Shopping

Booking Procedure:- Send your passport scan copy by mail and pay $ 300 per person as a trip confirmation amount. You can pay it by credit card online or bank transfer

Terms and condition

  • The trip is with basic guesthouses on the way Kailash and group sharing for 3 nights rest of the nights are best available guesthouses on twin/triple sharing.
  • Group size is a minimum of 6 peoples and maximum 12
  • Tour cost is paid before departure the tour from Kathmandu, Paying by credit card cost 4% more
  • In case of any rules and regulation changes by the Tibetan government, risk self on clients.
  • The minimum cancellation charge of the tour is $ 300/- Last hour cancellation charge (less than 72 hours) $ 800 per person

Foods and drinks on the trip

  • Lunch and dinner in the trip cost is not including. You spend about 200 us dollar for your lunch and dinner on the entire tour. All the foods can buy from local restaurants. Only very simple restaurants are available in Lake Manasarovar, Derapuk, and Juthulpuk. The rest of the places has Chinese and Tibetan style good restaurants. There are plenty of shops to buy drinks and other  

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Details Itinerary 

Date and Day




Day 01

13th May  


Arrive at Tribhuban International Airport Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and Overnight 1350m

A representative from Nepal Highland Treks pick up you from the airport and transfer to hotel. It is about 7 kilometer from airport to the hotel. The hotel normally at the heart of the touristic area Thamel. We need your original passport, a photograph, and a few your information for the Chinese embassy visa form for the final group visa of Tibet/ Kailash. It is a full day rest here in Kathmandu.

Hotel on twin sharing


Day 02

14th May


Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing in Major highlight. Trip preparation and Overnight. It is a day to visit major highlights in Kathmandu valley. Visit Bauddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, and Bhaktapur Durbar squire. Come back to Hotel for overnight

Hotel on twin sharing


Day 03 15th May


Day in Kathmandu. it is preparation day of Kailash Tour and get final visa from Chinese Embassy

Hotel on twin sharing


Day 04


16th May


Drive Kathmandu to Kerung via Syaprubensi (7/8 Hours -140km/ 3,500m). Drive to Friendship Kerung Border from Kathmandu via Shyaprubensi. Start very early from Kathmandu with your packed breakfast to enter Tibet the same day. Make immigration formalities in Nepal and Tibet Part. Enter Tibet and transfer to the Tibetan bus. Drive to Kerung from friendship bridge and check in Guesthouse.

Twin sharing Guesthouse


Day 05


17th May


Day in Kerung for acclimatization. Kerung is 24 kilometers from Nepal Tibet friendship bridge of Rasuwagadi. Acclimatization activities and rest in here today. We make short hiking around the valley. Your guide will lead you after breakfast. Which really help your body to move on altitude.

Twin sharing Guesthouse


Day 06


18th May


Drive to Saga (230km – 6 hours) 4450m. Overnight at guest house. It is driving via high passes with panoramic Mountain View. Decorative Buddhist praying flags at the top of passes are so unique and picturesque. Stop and view several lake views on the way. Reach at saga by crossing Brahmaputra River and overnight at the guest house. Saga is a small town having a basic and deluxe guest house as accommodation plenty of Chinese restaurants

Twin Sharing Guest House


Day 07


19th May


Drive to Manasarovar 4,580m (400km - 9 Hours) Day is again a long driving through the beautiful landscape. The road is well paved throughout the tour. Driving today is again interesting with wide grazing fields, local Tibetan settlements. we love to stop many places to take good pictures. Today is also a day to view the first view of Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. Drive to Hore for overnight stay. It is only basic guest houses available at the bank of the Lake.

Group sharing Guesthouse

 Full moon Day

Day 08

20th May


Explore Lake Manasarovar and drive to Darchen 4,575m (40km - 1 Hour). It is a day to explore around and rest to be ready for Kailash Kora. We almost spend half a day at lake Mansarovar. Deep into the Lake, Take a holy bath, hike to Tsui Monastery or visit natural hot spring those are near the Lake. Drive to Darchen for Lunch, Dinner, and Overnight. We make final preparation for 3 days Kailash kora from here.

Twin Sharing Guest House


Day 09

21st May


First Day Kailash Parikrama. Drive to Tarboche valley and start Kailash Kora. The first day of Kailash Kora is 40 minutes driving and 6 hours walking. (4,900m). From Darchen, we need to prepare early in the morning. Drive with our car to Tarboche valley. We start walking from here. Yamadwar, Ruins valley with a clear view of Mount Kailash can be seen from here. If you have taken your personal horse and helper, you will meet those here. It is walking almost flat land entirely. At the end of the day, it is a bit uphill to reach Derapuk. Enjoy the view of North Face Kailash.

Group Sharing Guest House


Day 10

22nd May

Second Day Kailash Parikrama. Walking to Dolma La pass (5,645m) and trek down to Juthulpuk (4,760m / 21km - 10 Hours). It is a hard day of Tour. Early in the morning with enough water and foods, we start to walk the top of the Dolma La pass (5,645m) it is about 8 kilometer and takes 4 to 5 hours to reach at Top. Mount Kailash view is still viewing up to the bottom of Dolma La pass. After Dolma la serious downhill reach at tent house. After those tent houses, easy walking about 3 hours reach Juthulpuk where we stay at the guest house.

Group sharing Guesthouse


Day 11

23rd May

Third day of Kailash Parikrama, and drive back to Saga. 10 Hours journey drive and 3 hours easy trekking. Final day of Kailash Parikrama. we start quite early in the morning. It is 3 hours easy walking at flat land to reach near Darchen. All the way of walking is via bank of River from Kailash North face. We meet our driving crew ahead of Darchen and drive to Saga town today. We may reach Saga late afternoon. Check in Hotel

Twin Sharing Guest House


Day 12

24th  May


Drive back same way to Kerung. It driving back to Kerung same way from Saga. Stay overnight at Tibetan site and wait for tomorrow morning to drive immigration. It also have option to cross Nepal Tibet boarder and stay overnight at Nepal side which is comfortable for next day driving back Kathmandu. Accommodation at Nepal part is not enough if there are many tourist groups.

Twin sharing Guest House


Day 13

25th May


Drive back to Kathmandu (7/8 Hours). Early in the morning, drive to immigration from Kerung which is 24 kilometers. After crossing formalities in immigration, you will meet Nepali transportation and Nepali guide. driving back to Kathmandu via scenic hilly road. Transfer and overnight at Hotel

Twin Sharing hotel


Day 14

26th May  


Departure or stay in Nepal as much as you want. Representative from Nepal highland treks drop you to International airport.



Hemanta Budhathoki

Hemanta Budhathoki

Hemanta Budhathoki is team leader of Nepal Highland Trekking and travel company. 

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