Trip Facts

Lhasa and Mt. Kailash Trek
Duration 14 Days
Lhasa and Mt. Kailash Trek
Accomodation Hotel and Guest House BB
Lhasa and Mt. Kailash Trek
Start Lhasa
Lhasa and Mt. Kailash Trek
End Kathmandu
Lhasa and Mt. Kailash Trek
Transportation Flight & Private Vehicle
Lhasa and Mt. Kailash Trek
Max Altitude 5,650 M
Lhasa and Mt. Kailash Trek
Best Season May to September
Lhasa and Mt. Kailash Trek
Group Size 1 - 15
Grade Moderate

Trip Overview

We traveled through various Tibetan cities to the holy Mansarover Lake and, eventually, to the sacred Mt. Kailash.  The most exciting travel to holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar from Lhasa is regarded to be the most sacred, comfortable, delightful, and unforgettable.

The sacred Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from Lhasa takes pilgrims over the Tibetan Plateau to the revered lakes of Mansarovar, also known as Brahma’s Lake, and Mount Kailash, a towering sacred mountain. The term “Color Shifting Lake” also refers to Lake Mansarovar. In addition to Lake Mansarovar, there are two more lakes close to Mount Kailash: Lake Rakshastal to the west and Lake Gauri Kund to the north.

The best time to set off on this journey is between May and October when the warmth of nature is at its most enticing. Look up at Mt. Kailash, a sacred peak rising 6656 meters above sea level with a pyramid-like structure formed by its symmetrical sides. Here, several religions come together to pay tribute to this magnificent peak, which is revered not just as a mountain but also as the center of existence. These religions include Jainism, Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, and Bon (the indigenous religion of Tibet).

Come join us on this 14-day trip to Kailash Mansarovar via Lhasa. You will witness Mount Kailash and the surrounding natural scenery as you travel to its remote. After you arrive at Lhasa, we will have plenty of time to explore and educate ourselves on Tibetan culture in Lhasa.  We proceed from there to Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash.  You truly will never forget this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Trip Highlights

  • Cross the well-known Drolma La Pass, a 5620-meter-high Himalayan Mountain pass.
  • Witness Tibet’s parched and incredibly beautiful plateaus.
  • Explore Tibet’s culture and way of life, as well as the colorful and mysterious Kailash areas.
  • Witness the Holy Lake Mansarovar and take a bath that is supposed to purge all sins.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 01

Fly to Gonggar airport then drive to Lhasa O/N Hotel (BB)

On your arrival at Gonggar Airport, our guide will pick you up and drive you to the hotel.

You can have decent food and rest at a hotel for acclimatization.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 02

Lhasa - Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market O/N Hotel (BB)

After having breakfast, we will do a sightseeing tour of Lhasa.

We’ll start our tour by visiting the renowned Potala Palace. This beautiful palace, built by the fifth Dalai Lama in the 17th century, gives amazing views of the entire city and is also the residence of the Dalai Lama, with multiple huge royal rooms, and chapels.

Following that, we’ll go to the famed Jokhang Temple, which was constructed in the 7th century by Songtsen Gampo and is regarded as Tibet’s most sacred monastery.

Immerse yourself in this enchanting land’s rich cultural heritage: wander through the colorful Barkhor old district and join pilgrims from all over the Tibetan plateau on a kora around the Jokhang Temple.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 03

Lhasa - Visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery O/N Hotel (BB)

You will have your breakfast at the hotel, and then our guide will drive to the largest Tibetan monastery, Drepung Monastery, which formerly held over 10,000 monks. In Tibetan, Drepung translates to “Rice Heap.” The white structures of the monastery cover the hillsides in a cluster, giving the overall structure a grand size. In the Gelug Sect., it is the most esteemed monastery.

The guide will take you to Sera Monastery in the afternoon, which is said to be the most exquisite Tibetan monastery. The Monks’ discussion, which takes place from 3 to 5 p.m., is the main attraction. Lama participation in discussions is part of the study, which helps them understand more and rise to higher levels of Buddhism.

Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 04

Drive to Gyantse, visit Khumbum Stupa and Pelkhor Chode O/N Hotel (BB)

Get ready for an eventful day with an early breakfast. We’ll head west into the Tsang area to ascend the Gampa-la Pass (4797m), where you can see the spectacular blue waters of Yamdrok-Tso, the holy lake, known as Turquoise Lake, and the stunning Mt. Noijin Kangsang (7206m).

On the way to the Karo-la Pass (5050m), you will be in awe of the spectacular glacier. After reaching Gyantse, we will visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery and also witness the impressive 32-meter stupa.

Before we call it the night, there is this unique stupa known as the Kumbum Stupa that comprises 108 chapels spread across nine stories, each housing thousands of sculptures and pictures. After visiting Kumbum Stupa, we will have a beautiful dinner and rest.

Overnight at Gyantse.

Day 05

Drive to Shigatse visit Tashilhunpu Monastery & Local Market O/N Hotel (BB)

We will have an early breakfast and dive to Shigatse (formally called Xigaze), the historic capital of Tsang province, which is the second-biggest city in Tibet after Lhasa in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR).

After reaching Shigatse, we will check in the hotel, freshen up, and visit the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, which was magnificently constructed in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama. Also, we will roam around the local market of Shigatse.

Overnight at Shigatse.

Day 06

Drive to Saga O/N Basic Guest House (BB)

This morning, get up early and enjoy a decent breakfast. We will later depart from Shigatse and go to Saga on a breathtaking journey across the stunning Tibetan grasslands. Saga means “The Lovely Place” or “Happy Land.” At Saga Chakzam, the Dargye Tsanpo River merges with the Brahmaputra after passing through here.

A charming town with many affordable motels or guesthouses and this is the must-stop ideal location. This Saga village has a kind greeting, delicious local cuisine, and a small market that’s worth exploring.

Overnight at Saga.

Day 07

Drive to Manasarovar O/N Basic Guest House (BB)

Today will be the most exciting journey as we are getting closer to Holy Mount Kailash. We will have an early breakfast in the hotel and drive to Holy Lake Mansarovar.

As we travel across the huge plains, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas of the Trans-Himalayan to the north and the enormous Himalayas to the south. Nomads are living in this area, along with lovely grasslands and local communities. Before the Mayomla Pass (5112m), we will stop for the immigration permit formalities. If we are lucky and the weather is clear, then we can view the Holy Mount Kailash from here too. Once the permit formalities are completed, you may witness the breathtaking view of Mt. Naimonanyi (7694M) as we pass over the Mayomla Pass (5112M) and reach Hor Que. In the Hor Que, we have to leave our vehicles and travel on public vehicles operated by the Tibetan Authority.

From here we will visit Lake Mansarovar and do a parikrama. You will experience a memorable moment at Lake Manasarovar. Enjoy an elegant evening while taking in the spectacular views of Mt. Kailash and the sacred Lake Manasarovar. One who gets to visit the Lake at Night can see the unique and stunning view.

Overnight at Mansarovar.

Day 08

Drive to Darchen O/N Basic Guest House (BB)

Early morning, take a holy bath in the bank of the Lake Mansarovar. We will provide you the warm holy water.

Note: You cannot directly bathe in the Lake, you have to take out water from the bucket and bathe nearby.

After taking a bath, we will continue our journey to Darchen. With rudimentary facilities and infrastructure development, Darchen serves as the primary administrative center for the Kailash region. It is also regarded as the base camp of Mount Kailash, from whence the walk around the peak commences. If you have time, you may take a stroll around Darchen’s modest market.

On the route to Darchen, we will witness the sweeping views of Rakshas Tal, also known as Demon’s Lake (on the other side of Lake Mansarovar). We will take a little detour to Rakshas Taal to get some stunning images. Drive on to Darchen and check into the hotel.

Relax and get ready for the next day’s schedule throughout the remaining time.

Overnight at Darchen.

Day 09

(Kora Day 01) Drive to Tarboche then Trek to Dira phuk O/N Basic Guest House (BB)

Today is the first day of the circumambulation of Mt. Kailash and we will head towards Tarboche early. Before we start our trek, we stop at Yam Dwar where we will find our porters and get ready for the Kora.

From here, we will trek to Dirapuk Monastery which will take around 6 hours. We get to see the north side of Mt. Kailash. Dirapuk is a famous place for hosting festival events. If we are fortunate enough to arrive during a Saga Dawa festival, we will witness a grand event and have the opportunity to learn more about the traditions and culture of the local communities that reside in the Dirapuk areas.

Overnight at Dirapuk.

Day 10

(Kora Day 02) Trek To Zutul Phuk O/N Basic Guest House (BB)

Today is the second day of Kora. You will wake up early today at dawn to see the Golden Kailash. You will witness the breathtaking view of Kailash as the first rays of sunrise dance across the peak of Kailash, turning it into a golden hue.

Then, we will have breakfast and get ready to trek for 6-7 hours to reach Zuthulphuk. This trek can be difficult so you have to be prepared yourself.

We will ascend to the highest point of the Kailash trek, the Drolma La pass(5680m). On the way to Drolma La Pass, we will witness the footsteps of Milarepa and Shiva Tsal (5330m).

We will spend some time at the Drolma La Pass. There will be prayer flags adorning the Drolma La Pass. We shall be descending on our trek from this point on.

Then, we arrive at Parvati Taal or Gauri Kund along the route. We’re going to stay here for a while because this lake is so serene. After that, we’ll carry on to Zuthulphuk.

Overnight at Zuthulphuk.

Day 11

(Kora Day 03) Trek End at Darchen then drive to Manasarovar O/N Basic Guest House (BB)

On this final day of the trek, we have descent for about 3 hours towards Darchen. We will wake up around 7:00 AM, eat breakfast, and begin our walk to Darchen. On reaching Darchen, we will find our vehicle waiting for us. Then we drove back to Lake Masarovar.

Overnight at Mansarovar.

Day 12

Drive to Saga O/N Basic Guest House (BB)

Today, you will wake up at regular hours, have a decent breakfast, and we will drive to Saga.

Note: Also, you can wake up early and visit Lake Mansarovar, and bathe one last time on the bank of Holy Lake before we eat breakfast.

Saga means “The Lovely Place” or “Happy Land” where we find a kind greeting, delicious local cuisine, and a small market that’s worth exploring.

Overnight at Saga.

Day 13

Drive to Nyalam O/N Guest House (BB)

After having breakfast, we will drive to Nyalam. It will take around 5-6 hrs. of drive.

Overnight at Nyalam.

Day 14

Drive to Zhangmu then to Kathmandu

We then drive to Zhangmu. Zhnagmu is the entry point to Nepal. After finishing the customs and immigration formalities, we will then drive to Kathmandu.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

Date and Price

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Please Note

We have updated our dates and price list which you can find above. But if you are unable to find a perfect date for the trip or you want to customize it, then you can Contact Us here.

Also, we are offering a discount for those travelers who come in a group of 3 or more than that. You may also get a discount if you book the trip earlier. Contact Us for more.

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers to hotel.
  • Private and public vehicles used for the trip
  • Any required permits and entry fees during the trip
  • Professional guide, profound in English, and approved by the Tibetan Travel Bureau.
  • All meals that are mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any applicable government taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Any International flights and China Visa Fee (not included in the trip)
  • Travel and medical insurance or any evacuation during the trip.
  • Any gratitude or tips in any form to guide, porters, or any other.
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, groceries, liquors, etc.
  • Extra day staying or traveling expenses other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any expenses incurred due to unforeseen events such as illness or a delayed or canceled flight.

We value your well-being and comfort trip

Surely, you may have researched a lot regarding the trip to Mt. Kailash and have gathered much more information. But, with all the information and your confidence in completing the trip will not be enough. We, our team, and guide with years of experience will do anything to make sure that you are safe and you experience a comfortable travel. Also, we have some other value-added services that will assure you had the perfect trip of lifetime.

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Accommodation

Accommodations on the Lhasa Kailash Tour include hotels and guest homes. A group-sharing room is the most basic type of guest house in Kailash. Sleeping in a tent or a camp is not necessary. Although it will cost more, you still have the option to upgrade to a more opulent guest house in Darchen or Lhasa.

Hospital and Medical facilities

In Kailash, there are no hospitals or other medical facilities. In an emergency, one must go to Taklakot, which only offers one medical service. The surrounding communities won’t have any access to medical care either. The Tashi Delek crew packs basic pharmaceuticals for the duration of the trek. The fundamentals of first aid are known to our leaders and guides. However, one may find modern pharmacies and clinics in cities like Lhasa.

If you are a child under 10 or an elderly person over 70, it is crucial that you consult a physician before making the tour appointment.

Communication facilities

Local phone facilities are available across Tibet, Nepal, and Kailash. For your mobile device, you will require a Nepali SIM card when entering Nepal and a Chinese SIM card after you are in Tibet. Chinese and Nepali sim cards can be bought and recharged while traveling when certain formalities are finished. While there is no WiFi in the Kailash region, it is available in several areas of Nepal and central Tibet. You might use a Chinese SIM card to go online. At Kailash Parikrama, the cellphone network isn’t always operational.

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