Kailash Mansarovar Tour

Duration: 10 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Tibet
  • Start/End KTM-KTM
  • Group Size 4-20
  • Max. Altitude 5210m

Highlights

  • Embark on an excellent journey in the Himalayas that offers a profound spiritual connection and natural beauty
  • Explore the high terrain of Tibet and its arid landscapes
  • Enjoy a comfortable ride across rugged Tibetan landscapes and witness stunning mountain vistas
  • Spend nights in beautiful Tibetan villages and get to see their lifestyle
  • Explore the stunning Mansarovar Lake, Gauri Kunda, and Rakshastal Lake
  • Visit several monasteries, shrines, and caves
  • Do the holy Kora around Mt. Kailash

Kailash Mansarovar Tour: 10 Days from Kathmandu

Embarking on a journey to Kailash Mansarovar is not just a tour; it's an adventure of a lifetime. Whether you are a devotee seeking spiritual enlightenment or an adventure enthusiast craving the thrill of the Himalayas, our Kailash Mansarovar tour from Kathmandu/Nepal is the perfect choice. Over ten days, you will traverse arid Tibetan landscapes, circumambulate the majestic Mt. Kailash, and immerse yourself in the rich spiritual heritage of the region.

The Kailash Mansarovar tour involves driving in a comfortable tourist vehicle and three days of trekking. In these three days of trekking, you will walk 53 kilometers, completing the Kora. Enjoy a scenic ride between Kerung (the Nepal-Tibet border) and the base of Mt. Kailash, from where the Kora starts and ends.

The Kailash Mansarovar tour is accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. Apart from the Kora, there is no physical strain during this tour. We at Outfitter Himalaya are committed to providing the best service and cost for the Kailash Mansarovar tour from Kathmandu, ensuring that everyone can experience this exceptional adventure in the Himalayas.

We welcome Nepali, Indian, and all other nationals on this exceptional adventure in the Himalayas that leads you to the core of Hinduism!

Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake religious importance

Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake are the pinnacle religious destinations for Hindu pilgrims. Hindus dream of visiting these two places at least once in their lifetime. They are the permanent homes of the great Lord Shiva and his wife, goddess Parvati.

Lord Shiva, the destroyer and transformer of the Hindu trinity, makes Kailash a place of immense spiritual power. Devotees visit to seek blessings and cleanse their sins. The Kailash Mansarovar tour is a pilgrimage that brings devotees closest to their deity, a journey of profound spiritual significance.

So, you can see many pilgrims everywhere traveling to this place. Kailash Parikrama, also known as Kora, is believed to cleanse one's soul and lead to liberation from the cycle of rebirth. It is a sacred, challenging three-day walk. Likewise, Mansarovar Lake is at the base of Mt. Kailash.

The lake is believed to have been formed from Lord Brahma's mind. It is one of the most sacred lakes for Hindus. Pilgrims dip in its icy cold water to purify their bodies, minds, and souls, adding the meaning of moksha (liberation) to their journeys and lives.

Kailash Mansarovar tour from Kathmandu itinerary

Usually, traveling to Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake is considered challenging. However, if you are traveling from Kathmandu, you will get well-made roads, making the journey smooth and not leaving you tired.

From Kathmandu, you will ride for 8 to 9 hours to reach the Nepal-Tibet border, Kerung. Our Tibetan representatives will support you from here on. Kerung is at a high altitude (2,900 meters), so you will spend a few nights here acclimatizing and exploring.

From Kerung, continue the ride to Saga, enjoying stunning mountain views and alpine lakes like Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen, and Peiku Tso. On the fourth day, you will reach Mansarovar Lake. From Saga, you will drive across the Mayomla Pass (5,112 m) and descend to Paryang.

From here, drive to Mansarovar. Visit Chui monastery and Rakshastal Lake. The following day, a short 2 to 3 hours of drive will take you to Darchen, the base of Mt. Kailash. The Kora starts from here. You will spend almost an entire day resting and recovering from the long rides of the last few days.

You will start Kora (circumambulating around Mt. Kailash) on the sixth day and walk for three days to complete it. On the first day, you will walk to Dira-Puk, 5,210 meters. The trail goes along rocky cliffsides. The next day, you will walk to ZuthulPhuk.

It is the most challenging day of trekking because you will cross the Dolma La pass (5,670 m), the highest point of the Kailash Mansarovar tour for ten days. Upon reaching the top of the pass, you will enjoy the view and do Puja.

Spend time relishing the powerful energy surrounding the top and descend to ZuthulPhuk to spend the night. You will visit Gauri Kund at the base. The final day of Kora involves walking a few kilometers. You will explore shrines, caves, and monasteries on the way.

Once you reach the end of the Kora, get ready to drive back to Saga on the same day. The highway will be the same. From Saga, you retrace the road back to Kerung. Our Nepali representatives will welcome you back to Kathmandu on the other side of the border and drive you to your hotel.

Join Kailash Mansarovar's tour from Kathmandu.

Many find traveling to Kailash Mansarovar difficult or impossible because of the region's remoteness, high altitude, fitness requirements, and undeniable expense. However, with our well-crafted package and logistic support, we make this journey possible for people of almost all ages.

Moreover, we provide additional support and resources to make your dream of Kailash Mansarovar darshan come to reality (an extra cost applies accordingly). So, contact us if you want to take yourself or gift this lifetime trip to your parents. Our team will meet your requirements and curate the tour to suit your preferences.

Itinerary

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You will drive from Kathmandu to Kerung, the Nepal-Tibet border. You will follow a scenic highway. The ride will be long but smooth. At the border, complete the immigration formalities and meet our Tibetan guide and driver on the other side. They will take care of you during your tour in Tibet. After a quick meet and greet, drive to your hotel in Kerung.

  • Altitude: 2,900 m
  • Distance: 170 km
  • Drive hours: 9-10 hours
  • AccommodationGuest House

Kerung is at a high altitude, so you will spend one more night here to acclimatize. As you ascend, avoiding altitude sickness in the coming days is essential. After a delicious breakfast, you will explore this beautiful town surrounded by mountains and hills.

The scenery is outstanding, with the Yangrankangri and Langbangkanri peaks. You will visit an old Buddhist monastery called Qiangdui Monastery, which dates back to the 13th century. Likewise, visit the Paba Temple, built to honor Bhrikuti, the wife of King Songtsen Gampo, the 33rd Tibetan King.

  • Altitude: 2,900 m
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • AccommodationGuest House

We will start the day early with a warm breakfast. Leaving Kerung, you will drive through the high desert terrain, enjoying majestic views of Langtang Himal, Mt. Shishapangma, Mt. Gaurishankar, yak herds, and nomad camps.

On the way, you will also see many lakes, such as Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen, and Peiku Tso Lake. Soon, you will cross the holy Brahmaputra river and reach Saga. Saga is a beautiful city in Shigatse province.

  • Altitude: 4640 m
  • Distance: 250 km
  • Drive hours: 5-6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • AccommodationGuest House

From Saga, the tour continues to Manasarovar. The road goes through a small town called Zhongba. You will drive to Mayomla Pass (5,112 m) and descend to Paryang. This place offers a stunning view of Mt. Naimonanyi and pasturelands.

As you continue the ride to the lake, you can see the captivating view of Mt. Kailash and the holy Mansarovar lake. Soon, you can see the Chui monastery on the lake's northwest shore. In the west of Mansarovar Lake, you can see Rakshastal Lake.

  • Altitude: 4700 m
  • Distance: 507 km
  • Drive hours: 8-9 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • AccommodationGuest House

Start the day early and visit Mansarovar Lake and explore around it. It is like being in heaven with the serenity of the area, tall mountains, and the powerful holy energy.

After breakfast, you will drive to Darchen, the base of Mt. Kailash Kora. The Kora is 53 kilometers long and complete in three days. Get the rest and get ready for the parikrama (circumambulation).

  • Altitude: 4670 m
  • Distance: 40 km
  • Drive hours: 3-4 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • AccommodationGuest House

From this day onwards, you will begin the Mt. Kailash Kora. Follow the rocky cliffs and gradually walk. On the way, you can see beautiful waterfalls. It will be a long walk to Dira-Puk, located above 5,000 meters.

You can hire a porter to carry your backpack. This option costs extra money (not included in our package cost). The mountain views and the arid Tibetan plateau are mesmerizing. Soon, you will reach your destination and call it a day.

  • Altitude: 5210 m
  • Distance: 15 km
  • Walk hours: 7-8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • AccommodationGuest House

From Dira-Puk, you will hike to ZuthulPhuk. On the way, cross the Dolma La pass (5,670 m). The walk is quite challenging on this day. The trail starts at 2-3 hours and is accessible.

After that, you will begin gaining altitude to Shiva Tsal. From here, you will ascend for two more hours to reach the top of the Dolma La pass. The view from the top of the pass is sensational. It is the highest point of Mt. Kailash Kora. You will perform pooja here and spend some time relishing the energy of this place.

Further, the trail descends to ZuthulPhuk. Here, you can see Gauri Kunda at the base of Mt. Kailash and visit the ZuthulPhuk monastery, where you can learn about the legendary Milarepa.

  • Altitude: 5670 m
  • Distance: 18 km
  • Walk hours: 7-8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • AccommodationGuest House

Today is the last day of the Kora. From ZuthulPhuk, you will trek the last few kilometers and reach the end of the Kora. On the way, explore shrines, monasteries, and caves.

After you complete the Kora, rest and drive back to Saga. The drive will be comfortable and scenic. Later in the day, shower and rest in your hotel.

  • Altitude: 4670 m
  • Distance: 13 km
  • Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • AccommodationGuest House

On this day, you will drive back to Kerung. After a delicious breakfast, you will leave Saga. It is a long drive so that you will leave your hotel early in the morning.

Follow the same highway, enjoying mountain views and arid Tibetan landscapes. Spend the night in Kerung.

  • Altitude: 2700 m
  • Distance: 250 km
  • Drive hours: 8-9 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • AccommodationGuest House

On this day, you will drive back to Kathmandu. Your Tibetan crew will drop you at the border. You will complete the immigration formalities, and our team in Nepal will be ready to pick you up.

You will enjoy a smooth and scenic ride back to Kathmandu. The remaining day is free in the city.

  • Altitude: 1400 m
  • Distance: 150 km
  • Drive hours: 8-9 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast

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    Inclusions

    • Hotel/Guest House Accommodation as per program
    • Daily breakfast
    • Private Transportation by Van/ mini-coach
    • All necessary Tibet Travel permit
    • English-speaking Tibetan Guide
    • All sightseeing and entrance fees.
    • China visa fee
    • Kathmandu to Kerung – Kathmandu transportation.

    Exclusions

    • Insurance of any kind.
    • Hiring porter/ yak/horse
    • Meals (Lunch and Dinner)
    • Rescue and Evacuation Service
    • Any additional costs due to natural calamities, unknown circumstances, etc.

    Essential Info

    Visa and Permit for Kailash Mansarovar Tour

    Permit: You need a travel permit to travel to Tibet; we at Outfitter Himalaya apply for and obtain a travel permit once you book the trip with us.

    Visa: A China visa is required to travel to Tibet. We need a color-scanned copy of your passport within a month to apply for a permit and visa and your passport for a few (4 business) days while you apply for and get a Chinese visa.

    You must arrive in Nepal/Kathmandu a few days before your Kailash Mansarovar Tour from Kathmandu. We have many Tours in Nepal for you while waiting for the Chinese Visa, and some of them are:

    FAQs

    • Q1. What is it like doing the Kailash Mansarovar tour for ten days?

      The ten-day Kailash Mansarovar tour is physically and mentally challenging. It demands that you leave the comfort of modern life and the distractions of the digital world and embark on a profound journey in the Himalayas. It's a high-altitude voyage amidst the arid Tibetan terrain and mountains that will test your endurance and resilience.

      The Kailash Mansarovar tour is a high-altitude voyage amidst the arid Tibetan terrain and mountains. It is an overland tour, so you are saving a lot of unnecessary walking before the Kora begins.

      On the way to Mansarovar Lake and the Kora starting point, you will pass by a few beautiful Tibetan towns and spend nights in a couple of them. You will get to see the Tibetan lifestyle, culture, and architecture. You will also enjoy delicious Tibetan delicacies and interact with the locals.

      While driving, you will see many gorgeous alpine lakes and snow-capped mountains, such as Langtang Himal, Mt. Shishapangma, Mt. Gaurishankar, Mt. Kailash, Mt. Naimonanyi, etc. The Kailash Mansarovar tour perfectly blends adventure, excitement, holiness, natural beauty, and deep spiritual connection.

    • People of all ages can take the Kailash Mansarovar tour from Kathmandu. You can join this tour if you are healthy and can walk a few hours a day without any issues. Our Kailash Mansarovar tour package is open to solo travelers, families, friend groups, couples, students, etc.

      You do not need previous high-altitude experience to travel to Kailash and Mansarovar. The tour is leisurely (apart from the Kora part). If you are not well prepared for the Kailash Mansarovar tour, you can start exercising a few weeks before the trip begins to get fit.

    • The most challenging part of the Kailash Mansarovar tour from Kathmandu is the three days of trekking around Mt. Kailash. Every day, you will walk 7 to 9 hours a day following uneven cliffsides. Therefore, participants have to be fit and able to walk.

      If you are not physically active, you may have poor Stamina and strength. To improve Stamina, we recommend regularly walking and participating in cardio activities like cycling, swimming, running, hiking, etc. Similarly, you also need to be well-packed for the tour.

      You must bring breathable and comfortable hiking clothes, shoes, thermal layers, toiletries, first aid, and poles (optional). Please do not wear a new pair of shoes on the trip because they will be uncomfortable to walk in and may cause blisters.

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