Kailash Overland Tour

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Kailash Overland Tour Highlights
  1. 11 days Kailash Overland Tour from Kerung boarder 
  2. 4 days stay in Kathmandu for final Kailash visa preparation  
  3. Group Joining Kailash Tour or Private Tour 
  4. Minimum 4 persons group size to ubtain Kailash permit and visa  
  5. 3 days Mount Kailash circumambulation/ Kailash Parikrama by walking or option to take personal horse and helper 

Kailash Overland Tour is now operating via Kerung boarder. Nepal Tibet boarder Kerung is about 140 kilometer via Kathmandu – Galchhi – Betrawati – Dhunche -  Syabrubesi - Rasuwa Gadi road. Nepal Highland Treks is operating private and group joining Kailash Overland Tour from its best season of May to September months. Total tour plan is for 16 days which including days in Kathmandu for the final visa preparation, your arrival and departure days. We spend 10 nights 11 days around Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. Take holy bath and involve in ritual function at bank of Lake Manasarovar. Take good snap of South, North, east and west face of Kailash. Involve 3 days Kailash Kora and return same way back to Kathmandu.

As per the rules from month of April 2023, Kailash tour permit and visa procedure need minimum four peoples to enter from Nepal. Although trip visa and permit can manage even for 2 peoples a group by adding 2 more our staffs. Kailash permit and visa is two different papers. Once Tibet permit is approved, we should submit your original passport with the permits in Chinese embassy Kathmandu to get Kailash visa. Both permit and visa does not stamp in your passport but it is in paper. Permit issue is with your passport copy but to issue Kailash visa, your original passport most submit. All these formalities we do care. It is suggest you to stay around Kathmandu valley during the visa applying period in case of any emergency inquiring from the embassy for you.

Nepal Highland Treks provide private Kailash tour as well as joining options. We have our own fixed departure group to join, whichis way to make your tour cost reasonable. Tour is small group departure from month of May till September. Our own professional staff team will take care entire tour. Itinerary can be customized as per our client’s interest. Tirthapuri visit, Guge Kingdom, Kailash Inner Kora and Manasarovar Kora are extra activities can include in the itinerary.

Acclimatization in the altitude during Kailash overland tour

11 days program only for the Kailash overland tour is designed with enough acclimatization days on the way. First day we reach at Nepal Tibet border and overnight at the altitude of about 1100 meters. Second day is only an hour drive and reach at 2700 meters altitude to overnight. We spend there the full day with small hiking reaching till the altitude of 3000 meters. Third day of the tour reach at 4450 meters which is crossing through 5000 meters passes. Reaching Saga town 4450 meters gain 1750 meters altitude in one day from Kerung. Reaching saga to overnight is only one option since there is no any accommodation on the way between Kerung and Saga. We have two nights stay here which is better way to get your body acclimatized. Another two days will be in the similar altitude at Lake Mansarovar and Darchen. Till Darchen town (Base camp of Mt Kailash), every one get fit to digest higher altitude during Kailash Kora overnight at 4900 Dirapuk and 4760 meters Juthulpuk crossing 5600 meters Dolma-La pass.

Kailash Overland Tour Itinerary
  • Day 01:Arrive at Tribhuban International Airport Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and Overnight 1350m
  • Day 02:Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing in Major highlight. Trip preparation and Overnight at Hotel
  • Day 03:Day in Kathmandu, waiting for final Tibet visa. Overnight at Hotel
  • Day 04:Third day of waiting for visa in Kathmandu. Overnight in the Hotel
  • Day 05:Day of visa receive, drive to Nepal Tibet border (7 Hours) site and overnight in local guest House
  • Day 06:Drive to Kerung Tibet (1 Hour -40km/ 3,700m) Overnight at local guest house
  • Day 07:Drive to Saga (230km – 6 hours) 4450m. Overnight at guest house
  • Day 08:Saga another day for acclimatization
  • Day 09:Drive to Manasarovar 4,580m (400km - 9 Hours) Overnight at Guest house in group sharing
  • Day 10:Explore Lake Manasarovar and drive to Darchen 4,575m (40km - 1 Hour) Overnight at Hotel
  • Day 11:First Day Kailash Parikrama. Drive to Tarboche valley and start Kailash Kora. First day of Kailash Kora is 40 minutes driving and 6 hours walking. Overnight at Guest house in Derapuk (4,900m)
  • Day 12:Second Day Kailash Parikrama. Walking to Dolma La pass (5,645m) and trek down to Juthulpuk (4,760m / 21km - 10 Hours) Overnight at Juthulpuk
  • Day 13:Third day of Kailash Parikrama, and drive back to Saga. 10 Hours journey drive and 3 hours easy trekking. Overnight at Hotel
  • Day 14:Drive back same way to Kerung. Overnight at guest house
  • Day 15:Drive back to Kathmandu (7/8 Hours). Overnight at Hotel
  • Day 16:Departure
  • Day 01:Arrive at Tribhuban International Airport Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and Overnight 1350m

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

  • Day 02:Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing in Major highlight. Trip preparation and Overnight at Hotel

    It is day to visit major highlights in Kathmandu valley. Visit Bauddhanath Stupa, Pashpatinath temple and Bhaktapur Durbar squire. come back to Hotel. It is group tour with prefesional tour guide inside the heritage sites. about 8 hours tour starts from the hotel after your breafakst at around 8am. We will apply your Kailash visa to embassy with your original passport and other dociments. You do not need to present there.  

  • Day 03:Day in Kathmandu, waiting for final Tibet visa. Overnight at Hotel

    We have to wait total 4 days working days in Kathmandu for final Kailash visa. Today is the second day of waiting. You have day free in Kathmandu valley. Do not plan to moove out of valley. In case of any calling from the Embassy, it will be easy to present immidiately. You have option to make any extra tour insite the monuments. Late afternoon stay in the group briefing. We invite you to Nepali dinner with cultural dance. 

  • Day 04:Third day of waiting for visa in Kathmandu. Overnight in the Hotel

    Today is the third day of waiting Kailash visa. Today you have option to plan some other visit inside the Kathmadnu valley or some of the hill station very nearby Kathmandu. Day hiking program can be also the good option which also help you to fit in the Kailash Parikrama. We will provide you accommodation in the same hotel for overnight 

  • Day 05:Day of visa receive, drive to Nepal Tibet border (7 Hours) site and overnight in local guest House

    Today, we get Kailash visa in between 12-2. We immediately start driving towards Nepal Tibet border TIMURE for overnight. We do not get enough time today to cross the border but overnight in the Timure is good for tomorrow to enter earlier. It is about 7 hours driving from Kathmandu. Reach there by late evening.  

  • Day 06:Drive to Kerung Tibet (1 Hour -40km/ 3,700m) Overnight at local guest house

    It is very near in the walking distance to cross Nepal Tibet friendship bridge. Our guide will finish custom formalities in Nepal site and meet Tibetan guide other site. After proper formalities in Tibet Part, we enter to Tibet and transfer to Tibetan bus. Drive to Kerung from friendship bridge and check in Guest house. You have full day there to stay at the altitude of 2700 meter from 1100 meters altitude of Timure. 

  • Day 07: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 guest house. Saga is small town having basic and deluxe guest house as accommodation an plenty of Chinese restaurants 

  • Day 08:Saga another day for acclimatization

    In this 4450 meters altitude, altitude sickness to the peoples are normal in the first day. Second day stay overnight in this altitude again will help your body to acclimatization for further movement. There is no any activities special today but can make small hiking around and visit the small city. Saga is second biggest city in Kailash region. 

  • Day 09:Drive to Manasarovar 4,580m (400km - 9 Hours) Overnight at Guest house in group sharing

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

  • Day 10:Explore Lake Manasarovar and drive to Darchen 4,575m (40km - 1 Hour) Overnight at Hotel

    It is day to explore around and rest to be ready for Kailash Kora. We almost spend hald day at lake Mansarovar. Deep in to the Lake, Take 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. 

  • Day 11:First Day Kailash Parikrama. Drive to Tarboche valley and start Kailash Kora. First day of Kailash Kora is 40 minutes driving and 6 hours walking. Overnight at Guest house in Derapuk (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 clear view of Mount Kailash can be see 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 view of North Face Kailash. 

  • Day 12:Second Day Kailash Parikrama. Walking to Dolma La pass (5,645m) and trek down to Juthulpuk (4,760m / 21km - 10 Hours) Overnight at Juthulpuk

     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.  

  • Day 13:Third day of Kailash Parikrama, and drive back to Saga. 10 Hours journey drive and 3 hours easy trekking. Overnight at Hotel

    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 

  • Day 14:Drive back same way to Kerung. Overnight at guest house

     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.  

  • Day 15:Drive back to Kathmandu (7/8 Hours). Overnight at Hotel

    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  

  • Day 16:Departure

    Departure or stay in Nepal as much as your want. Representative from Nepal highland treks drop you to International airport. It is important to start three hours before from Nepal. Hotel to airport distance is 7 kilometers and it take about 25 minutes to reach. 

16 days Kailash overland tour can be customizing in the lesser days in your private tour. There are 3 days possible to reduce by paying extra to get Kailash visa within 3 days instead of 4 days. Drive faster at the end of the tour after finishing Kailash parikrama to Nepal also reduce a day. 

Route Map

Kailash Overland Tour map
Cost Details
Includes
  • All arrival and departure arrangement
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing, three star category hotel
  • 1 night accommodation in Nepal Tibet border (Nepal site) 
  • Private transportation, guide and entrance fees in one day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
  • Private transportation drop and pick up from and to Kathmandu – Nepal Tibet boarder
  • Custom formalities at Nepal Tibet immigration, Kerung
  • Tibet/ Kailash travel permit and Tibetan visa
  • Transportation in comfirtable VAN or bus as per group size in Tibet / Kailash part
  • Truck to keep your goods and put kitchen/ food stuff
  • Accommodation in guest house on twin and group sharing in Kailash region
  • All the vegetarian foods during your tour
  • Drinking water and other hot drinks
  • Duffel bag to and small bag for your personal use
  • Warm jacket in returnable based
  • Entrance fees of Lake Mansarovar
  • Government licensed English speaking Tibetan guide
  • Nepali crew, coordinator, kitchen and helper team
  • Bathing, kitchen tents, kitchen cutleries and other needful equipment
  • Yak or helper to carry goods during Kailash kora
  • Emergency evacuation management
  • First aid kid, Service charge and taxes 
Excludes
  • Lunch and Dinner when you are in Nepal 
  • Personal equipment, personal insurance, emergency evacuation charge and personal medical expenses
  • Personal horse and helper if you need in Kailash kora
  • Extra days accommodation and foods in Nepal site in case of early arrive from Kaiash 
  • Other activities mentioned than in itinerary
  • Extra cost on accommodation upgrading 
  • Extra cost on emergency evacuation in case of need 
  • Tipping to staffs 
  • Any loosing or extra cost in case of cancellation the tour, or in case of late visa or permit because of immediate rules change from Tibet part
Price & Availability
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SundayJun 09, 2024
MondayJun 24, 2024
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PriceUS$2380
SundayJun 23, 2024
MondayJul 08, 2024
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PriceUS$2380

Our departure dates are for joining our groups. If you want to operate your own private tour, you can ask us to creat a new date for you. Private tour can manage from minimum two persons till any numbers. Cost of the tour may change as per the group size in the private tour.   

Useful Information

Foods in the Kailash trip

Our package is based on group and in full board based. Three times foods every day is including in the cost in Kailash region. Food items are Indian style in Indian origin group and foreigner style in foreigner group. Foods are all veg during the pilgrimage trip. Our own Nepali staffs from Kathmandu will prepare foods entire trip. In the case of small foreigner group, we feed all the Chinese / Tibetan foods from local restaurants.   

Accommodation in Nepal and Kailash 

5 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu Nepal as per itinerary is in 3 star category hotel on twin sharing room. Accommodation in entire Kailash region is in Hotels for 7 nights and in group sharing room local guest houses for 3 nights. The best availalbe hotels at Kerung, Saga and Darchen. 3 nights’ accommodation in Manasarovar, Derapuk and Juthulpuk do not have options other then local guest houses. Only basic guest houses are available here in group sharing.  

Transportation

it is private coach as per group size. For small group, we provide VAN. We provide you Nepali transportation in Nepal site and Tibetan transportation in entire Kailash with air-condition. During Kilash Parikram, vehicles are not allowed. It only allow up to valley of the God.    

Acclimatization

Kathmandu is about 1,400 miters you reach first day. After spending days in Kathmandu trip reaches at Kerung (Nepal Tibet boarder) which is 2,700 miters (Tibet site). Everyone is staying there for 1 night, but reaching there at the morning time after crossing the border and doing some fitness activities like hiking and walking. This is much helpful to acclimatize your body in high altitude. Next day saga is 4,550 miter altitude and we are going to spend 2 nights there just to adjust your body in the altitude. We stay almost in same altitude for another 3 nights which is again more acclimatized and helpful to reach 5,645 miters Dolma La pass during Kailash Kora.   

Booking procedure and documents

Booking is accepted until one month before from departure date. We need at least six month validity passport scan copy by email and trip confirmation amount of 20 percent from total tour cost. Additional documents are your pp size digital picture. We also send you a form by email to get your personal details.  

Payment policy

USD 500 per person is deposit at the time of trip confirmation. You can pay this amount by credit card, via remittance or deposit to our bank account. Rest of the amount is paying on your arrive in Kathmandu Nepal, before heading to Kailash Tour. Paying by cash, by credit card or bank deposit. Paying by credit card charges more 4 %.

Cancellation and refund Policy

  • Cancel your tour once it is applied for the permit, USD 500 per person cancellation charge.
  • Cancel in less than 24 hours, cancellation charge is USD 900 per person
  • If you return from on the way of trip, no any refund. All the extra expenses of person after group splitting have to bear personally.    

To be careful during immigration formalities

Do not bring any books or other printed materials related Tibet and monks. Do not even bring prayer flag in your bag. If your mobile gallery have got any pictures about monks and Tibet we suggest you to delete. Your mobile gallery sometime checked by custom officer. Finding pictures of monks and other related Tibet may get more trouble crossing immigration.

Duel passprot ? do not do this mistake

If you have more than a single countries passport, send us the same passport for your Kailash permit and visa preparation with the same you are travelling till Nepal and stamping Nepal visa. The same passport having Nepali visa, your arrival departure stamp is much important.

Packing list for the tour

Proper packing of your travel bag to Kailash is one of the important to sucess this trip. You are travelling in hot and cold temperature. Your packing list should be both with light clothes as well as warm clothes. We have described the full details what to pack during Kailash overland tour. Here is the details of our blog about how and what to pack for Kailash tour.  

 

    Kailash Overland Tour FAQs

    • The maximum altitude we reach is Dolma-La pass (5600 meters) during second day of Kailash parikrama from Dirapuk 4900 meters to Juthulpuk 4760 meters. Second day of Kailash Parikrama is about 9 - 11 hours walking and total 23 kilometers.

    • Kailash helicopter tour means not doing this tour entirely by Helicopter. Helicopters are only allow up to Nepal territory. From Kathmandu you can skip 6/7 hours mountain road by chartered Helicopter. Land of Tibet does not allow any helicopter flights, it is entirely driving. Do not make any confusion about landing the Helicopter nearby the Mansarovar Lake and Mount Kailash.

    • insurance for Kailash visa or for permit is not compulsory. It is only for your safety. In case of any emergency you can bill your extra expenses to insurance company. Any sickness in the altitude and rescue by driving down comes extra charges, in case of medical and hospital expenses that is also the extra cost from your tour cost. All these bills can claim to your insurance company if you secure travel insurance with your itinerary from your country.

    • Extra cost in this package is Lunch Dinner in Nepal, personal horse and helper during Kailash parikrama if you need, any tipping, your personal expenses and shopping.

    • Cost of personal horse and helper depends on local demand as per the peoples flow at current time. It normally cost Chinese yuen 3400, which is USD about 460 and it is for three days. This cost is not stable and fixed. Personal helper will carry your hand bag while you are on horse and walking together with you. You also have option not to hire horse or helper but walk yourself with your hand bag. Most of the goods from your big bag stay in our car in Darchen. Few of the your stuff will carry by Yak together with other group members. Hiring only a porter for your personal hang bag is also the option which cost USD 150 for 3 days.

    • Pure vegeterian foods, we serve during Kailash tour. Foods are from our own kitchen. Our professional kitchen team from Nepal prepare every day 3 times foods for you. Not only pure veg, we also can provide you vegan in demand. Foods when you are in Nepal is only provided breakfast in the Hotel. Lunch Dinner is extra from the cost. There are choices of restaurants in Kathmandu for this purpose.

    • Wifi in the most of the Hotel in Kailash region is available. If it is important for you to have every time internet, better to buy a local sim card at your first day reaching in Tibetan town Kerung. Active internet data package in your local SIM. Google are band in Kailash. You can download VPN to use regular browser.

    • Since Helicopter charter is not allow, bringing down to the lower altitude by driving is the only one option in case of emergency evacuation due to altitude sickness. Good hospital facilities are only available in Taklakot which is nearby Lake Mansarovar. Helicoper rescue are possible after crossing Tibet immigration at Nepali site.

    • Chinese Yuan is only the currency you should bring during Kailash tour. Since it is remote area, other currency, banking or your card payment is impossible. You can exchange Chinese currency from the bank of any money exchange in Nepal if you are travelling Kailash from Nepal. Or have option to exchange it in border site with any other currency. There are ATM facilities in Kerung and Saga town to withdraw Chinese currency from your card. Entering Kailash region from Lhasa have good option to take currency from ATM or exchange your other currency from the bank or from money ex-changer.

    • equipment for Kailash overland tour is not compulsory to bring from your home country. You can buy all the goods in Kathmandu Nepal or in Lhasa. Kerung the Tibetan town also provide lots of shops to buy warm clothes for your tour. Trekking sticks you may need during your Kailash Parikrama is suggest to buy in Darchen. Bringing all the way till there may damage by the time of using.

    Client Reviews

    • Kailash/Mansarovar trekking

      I had a fun and amazing time with Nepal highland treks. We’ve booked a Kailash and Mansarovar trekking and that was an fantastic journey. It was an sensory overloaded trip and couldn’t be happier to have done it with Nepal highland treks.

      Nariem Sarnam Chotkan
      Nariem Sarnam ChotkanNetherlands,October 23, 2023
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