Mount Kailash stands as the peak of the holy mountain in the far west of Tibet. The most sacred mountain in the world is believed by Hindus, Buddhists, Bon, Janis, and alike as the adobe of the god and the centre of the universe. Visitors come from a great distance in the area as a pilgrimage to make their sacred Kora from Mount Kailash and deep in Lake Manasarovar. Not only for pilgrimage towns, today the area is popular for other westerners since it reaches nature, cultures and offers adventure trekking on Mount Kailash for 3 days which is also known as Kailash Parikrama or Kailash Kora. Beautiful scenery, panoramic views of the Himalayas, dozens of over 5,000 meters steps decorated with Tibetan prayer flags along the way. Typical Tibetan villages, their lifestyle, the oldest monastery, temples, and other monuments are also the to-do list.
Nepal Highland Treks is organizing a Kailash Group Joining Tour Package to join it from May to September, every year. The tour is overland from Kathmandu to Kerung and on the same way back. It is the minimum size of a group of foreigners of 5 people and up to 15 pax. The tour begins and ends in Kathmandu Nepal. You also have the option to customize the travel plan, including Lhasa, Guge, or Everest base camp. The 13-night and 14-day tour also has preparation time and sightseeing tours of the Kathmandu Valley.
Any tour in Tibet is very expensive. The tour for single people or for less than 5 people still costs to be expensive. Our Kailash Tour as a small group joins the beneficiaries as we offer luxury services at a reasonable cost. Any group size, even a single person, can be run as a private tour to Kailash and Mansarovar with a personalized itinerary and plan based on interest. Since this tour starts from Nepal and there are few days in Nepal to get preparation for the Kailash visa, that time can use and trip to Nepal. Short trekking in Nepal is much suitable which also helps to get fit for three days Kailash trekking.
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, waiti for final Tibet visa. Overnight at Hotel
Day 04:Drive Kathmandu to Kerung via Syaprubensi (7/8 Hours -140km/ 3,500m) Overnight at local guest house
Day 05:Day in Kerung for acclimatization. overnight at guest house
Day 06:Drive to Saga (230km – 6 hours) 4450m. Overnight at guest house
Day 07:Drive to Manasarovar 4,580m (400km - 9 Hours) Overnight at Guest house in group sharing
Day 08:Expore Lake Manasarovar and drive to Darchen 4,575m (40km - 1 Hour) Overnight at Hotel
Day 09: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 10: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 11:Third day of Kailash Parikrama, and drive back to Saga. 10 Hours journey drive and 3 hours easy trekking. Overnight at Hotel
Day 12:Drive back same way to Kerung. Overnight at guest house
Day 13:Drive back to Kathmandu (7/8 Hours). Overnight at Hotel
This tour is small group joining tour for other foreigners and Nepali passport Holder. We have other cost and including details for Indian passport holder. Please email us for more details, our fixed departure dates and services. Other than Indian passport holder also can join group of Indian but tour cost may change.
Chinese embassy in Kathmandu and TTB from Tibet keep change their rules regarding permit and visa of Tibet. They do not notice prior and they do not even make the reason to change their rules. In the case of that, Nepal Highland treks may inform you same. Any loose or extra cost because of rules change should bear clients themselves.
Now small group joining tour is for 14 days instead of 13 days
after we get your permit from Tibet, we again need to get Tibet visa from Chinese embassy Nepal with your original passport. With their recent rules, there should be 3 full working days to get Tibetan visa. With this new schedule of rules, tour itinerary now is 14 days. Your arrival should be at first hour to handover your original passport by 12 am. You also have option to arrive at day earlier in Kathmandu which makes your tour itinerary total 15 days.
Kailash tour during special occasion
kailash Tour during special occasion can be Saga Dawa Festival or during full moon day. Saga Dawa is Buddhist ceremonial yearly festival that happened near mount kailash. Saga Dawa Festival will give you a chance to experience various religious events and celebrations. As per Lunar calendar main date of Saga dawa festival occurs different dates every year. Being at Lake Mansarovar or at north face of Kailash in the day of full moon day is special for pilgrimage peoples. They want to spend this special day at bank of Mansarovar and make special puja/ hawan.
High altitude sickness and acclimatization in Kailash region
Whole region of Kailash is altitude and dry land with less oxygen. First day of entry reach about 3,600 miters altitude. Mostly person getting symptoms of altitude sickness at first day till second day is normal. Headache, vomiting, hard of breath, not feeling drinking and eating are normal symptoms of altitude sickness. From second day, symptoms should be out and body should feel more acclimatize to go further as usual. Our Kailash tour package from any route via Nepal and Lhasa have one day acclimatization next day of your arrive in Tibet. This helps a lot. Regular drinking, time to time eating, involve in small hiking help a lot. If symptoms of altitude sickness do not go out or it goes worst, immediately reaching at low altitude is only one option in Tibet/ Kailash. In any worst case, do not force to go ahead. Simple careless of altitude sickness may more dangerous.
Emergency evacuation management from Kailash
Evacuation from Kailash region is driving option only. There is no permission to get emergency Heli chartered by government. When peoples get unexpected sickness and any other emergency evacuation need, immediately driving back with emergency vehicle is possible. All the expenses of emergency evacuation are extra paid but we do look after every arrangement.
Customize your Kailash tour itinerary with some other famous destination nearby
Lhasa, newly modern but well preserved cultural heritage sites is option to add in your Kailash tour itinerary. Start your tour from Lhasa or end your tour in Lhasa. You will also explore other historical cities like Shigatse, Gyantse and beautiful landscape, peoples and culture one the way from Lhasa to Kailash. Guge Kingdom is very near from Mount Kailash region is option to add in your tour plan. Everest Base Camp in another famous destination in Tibet is another option to add in your tour plan. We will provide you suitable tour plan and manage the tour with professional way as per your interest and timeframe.
Day 1Arrive at Tribhuban International Airport Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel and Overnight 1350mRepresentative 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.
Day 2Day 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. Final preparation of the trip. Briefing and packing. Tomorrow morning have to get up earlier to drive Kerung boarder
Day 3Day in Kathmandu, waiti for final Tibet visa. Overnight at Hotel It is day to wait our final Tibetan/ Kailash visa. It is rest day for you or you can choose to make any tour in Kathmandu valley. stay in briefing of Kailash tour with group. final preparation and packing of the tour.
Day 4Drive Kathmandu to Kerung via Syaprubensi (7/8 Hours -140km/ 3,500m) Overnight at local guest houseDrive to Friendship Kerung Border from Kathmandu via Shyaprubensi. Start very early from Kathmandu with your packed breakfast to enter Tibet same day. Make immigration formalities in Nepal and Tibet Part. Enter to Tibet and transfer to Tibetan bus. Drive to Kerung from friendship bridge and check in Guest house.
Day 5Day in Kerung for acclimatization. overnight at guest house Kerung is 24 kilometer 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.
Day 6Drive to Saga (230km – 6 hours) 4450m. Overnight at guest houseIt 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 7Drive 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 8Expore 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 9First 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 10Second Day Kailash Parikrama. Walking to Dolma La pass (5,645m) and trek down to Juthulpuk (4,760m / 21km - 10 Hours) Overnight at Juthulpuk It is hard day of Tour. Early in the morning with enough water and foods, we start to walk 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 buttom of Dolma La pass. After Dolma la seriouse down hill reach at tent house. After those tent house easy walking about 3 hours reach at Juthulpuk where we stay at guest house.
Day 11Third 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 12Drive 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 13Drive 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 14Departure Departure or stay in Nepal as much as your want. Representative from Nepal highland treks drop you to International airport.
Due to Covid-19, all the trips to Mt Kailash (Tibet) is stopped for 2020. We are providing you our fixed departure dates of 2021. The best season of this tour is from May to September month but we start to run Kailash tour from April and till October month.
You also have an opportunity to provide your own suitable date, so that we can follow your date as our fixed departure dates to offer other peoples to make a small joining group.
Accommodation in Kathmandnu is in 3 star category hotel on twin sharing. Accommodation in Kailash region is in guest houses. 6 nights accomodation in Kailash region is in twin sharing deluxe guest houses in this package. rest of 3 nights are in group sharing basic guest houses.
Package is including every morning breakfast. Lunch and dinner is extra cost. If group size is more than 10 pax, we can include lunch and diner in this pacaage with same cost. Foods are from local restaurants and guest houses. Foods items are Chinese and Tibetan style veg or non-veg. we provide our own kitchen staffs to cook foods as per demand in bigger group or and Indian group.
Drinking water in the trip is extra cost and you can buy bottled mineral water. It is suggested drinking at least 3 litters water every day to make your body balance in high altitude. During 3 days Kailash parikrama, you ca buy bottled mineral water from local tent shops. Boiled water provide if this trip is escort by Nepali kitchen staffs.
Transporation in this tour is by Van or bus. it is depend on group size. we drive with car or bus till valley of the God, little further from Darchen and start walking for 3 days to complete Kailash Kora. Our private transporations are not allow during Kailash Kora.
Extra cost in the trip is drinking water, your personal expenses and shopping yourself. Accept that personal horse and helper if you need during Kailash Parikrama that is also extra from the tour cost. Personal helper during Kailash Kora may need to handover your hand bag if you are not able to carry it yourself. Personal horse and helper may need if you are not able to walking in Kailash Kora. Extra expenses may spend to tipping your staffs.
I heard stories that Lord Shiva lives in Mt Kailash in Tibet. Whenever people visit Mt Kailash their lives positively change. It was always a magnet for me to go there.. A year ago the opportunity came unexpectedly to me.. I can definitely confirm that it’s incredible experience to go there. The trip turned to be life changing. Hemanta was able to join us for small group tour with another 3 peoples and total numbers of participants were 6. We had nice accommodation, guide and other arrangements. Tour cost he provided us was comparing the less as I was second time with his company.
- Olga Chermenina, Russian Federation
I went on a Tibet tour including the Trek around holy Mount Kailash, the Kailash Kora. It was a 11 day tour and I joined in another group. We took a flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa. From there we travelled by road to western Tibet and had daily stops at different places. Once we reached Mount Kailash we went on a trek around the holy mountain for 3 days. From there we went back by road again. Accommodation along the way was quite good, most in 4 star hotels. On the trek things were more basic as the area is very remote. I had the luck that apart from our nice and competent tibetan guide Hemantha, the owner of Nepal Highland Treks, joined our group as well. He is a very nice and competent guide. His english skills are very good and all was well organized and taken care of. A very genuine and experienced man. He really knows his business and gets you what you buy. I can recommend the company very much for any tour around Tibet and Nepal.
- schwaerze Martin, Switzerland
This is our second time to travel with our friend Hemanta from nepal highland. The first time was in 2013 when he orgnized our trek to Anapurna base camp. This time hemanta orgnized and trekked with us and 3 more friends to Tibet, mount Kailash and to the Ganden -samye trek. Thank you dear hemanta for everything you did for us , always with a smile, taking care of all the details that are needed. We'll keep in touch and recommend our friends to trek with you.
- Orit Horesh, Israel