Mount Kailash Tour


About Mount Kailash:

Mount Kailash is situated in the western part of Tibet. It is at an altitude of 22028 ft (6714 m). Situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, this legendary snow-shrouded rock dome is revered by four different religions as one of the most sacred pilgrimage destinations in Asia. The sources for four of South Asia's greatest rivers are nearby, and at the base of he mountain are two vast lakes, Manasarovar and Rakshas Tal.


Hindu Regard Mount Kailash as the earthly manifestation of Mount Meru, their spiritual center of the universe, described in ancient texts as a fantastic "world pillar" 84000 miles high, around which all else revolves, its roots in the lowest hell and its summit kissing the heavens. On top is the abode of their god Shiva, Lord of the Mountains, who shares this lofty peak with his consort, Parvati. Sprawling below is the sacred Manasarovar, where a ritual bath will deliver a pilgrim to Brahma's paradise and a drink of its waters relinquishes the sins of a hundred lifetimes. For the Jains, a religious sect holding many beliefs similar to those of Buddhists, Kailash is acclaimed as the site where there first prophet achieved enlightenment. Although they look much like Hindu pilgrims, Jains can often be identified by the small cloth bag containing prayer beads clutched in their right hands.


Mount Kailash is known to the Tibetans as Gang Rimpoche or by its aboriginal name, Ti-se. Tibetan Buddhists, like Hindus, recognize Kailash as the manifestation of Mount Meru, the "navel of the world" rusubg "like the handle of a mill stone" into the heavens. From the slopes of Mount Meru a stream is said to pour into Mapham Yumtsho, and from this lake flow four rivers in the four cardinal directions towards the oceans: the Senge Khabab (rivers from Lion Mouth) to the north, the Tamchok Khabab (river from the Horse Mouth), to the east, The Mapcha Khabab (river from the Peacock Mount) to the south, and the Langchen Khabab (river from the Elephant Mouth) to the west. Thesemythical rivers arenow associated with the four major rivers originating near Mount Kailash: the Indus, the Brahmaputra, The Karnali, and the Sutlej, respectively. Mount Kailash also has a special association with the poet saint Milerepa, who spent several years here meditating in caves. Mount Kailash is sacred to the Bon religion as well.


About Lake Mansarovar:
The great lake Mansarover is situated in the south-west corner of Tibet and in the north-west of Nepal . It beyond high Himalayas which borders Nepal and
China . Tibetan plateau in itself is unique in its geographic make up with its fauna and flora and mythical setup of ecosystem. The lake is 20 kms from Mount Kailash and is one of the most beautiful and sacred lake in Asia . It can be circumambulated in four or five days. It is often a gem like cobalt blue color
but during storm, it can turn into a churning black sometimes.


According to Hindu and Buddisht epics, the four great rivers of the Indian sub-continent, the Indus , Ganga , Sutlej and Brahamaputra actually arise from
Mansarover. In reality, only the Sutlej originates from the lake. Lake Mansarover has been circumambulated by the Indian pilgrims at least since being extolled in the sacred Sanskrit literature called the Puranas around 1700 years ago. Legends has that the mother of Buddha, Mayadevi was bathe at Mansarovar by Gods before giving birth to her son.


In a hundred ages of the gods i could not tell thee the glories of [the himalaya]...................... there is no mountain like [the Himalaya] for in it
are Kailash and Mansarovar. From the Hindu epic Ramayan.


Here in this page of Mount Kailash Tour we have tried our best to provide all the necessary information travellers needed while travelling to Holy Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar and also other necessary things devotees or adventurer needed before travelling to Tibet.



 General Facts of Holy Mount Kailash Tour:

Trip Days : 16 Days
Maximum Altitude: 5630 m.
Weather : Be well equipped for coldness.
Accommodation : Basis Guest House (Dormitory room).
Trek Grade: Moderate to Strenuous.
Per Day Trekking: 5 to 8 hours.
Season : May -September
Tour Code: MKT 85.


Holy Mount Kailash Tour Summary:

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival.
Day 02: Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu.

Day 04: Kathmandu - Syafru Besi.

Day 05: Syafru Besi - Kerung.

Day 06: Free day for acclimatization at Kerung.
Day 07: Drive Kerung - Saga (4200 m).

Day 08: Drive Saga - Lake Mansarovar (4560 m).

Day 09: Drive Lake Mansarovar - Darchen (4663 m).

Day 10: Drive Darchen - Yama Dwar - trek to Deraphuk Gompa (4920 m).

Day 11: Parikrama (trek) Deraphuk - Zuthulphuk (476s0 m) – 22 kms.
Day 12: Parikrama (trek) end (11 kms) - Drive Mansarovar (Hor Que).

Day 13: Drive Mansarovar - Saga (4200 m).

Day 14: Drive Saga - Kerung.

Day 15: Drive Kerung - Kathmandu.
Day 16: Departure.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up and transfer to hotel. We will collect all of your original passport to apply for Chinese visa. You will be free and relax in the evening. Overnight at Kathmandu.


Day 02: Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu.
Wake up in the morning have your breakfast and begin sightseeing. Visit: Pashupatinath temple, Bouddha Nath Stupa and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Then you are free for your tour preparation. In the evening at 5.30 PM we will sit for short briefing program about Kailash Mansarovar Tour. We will handover all of your original passport back to you. Overnight at Kathmandu.


Day 03: Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu.
Wake up in the morning have your breakfast and begin sightseeing. Visit: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhu Nath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square. Then you are free for your tour preparation. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 04: Kathmandu - Syafru Besi - Kerung.150 kms - 9 hours
The road follows the trisuli river, passing through green mountains and cliffs following Trisuli, dhunche all the way to Syafru Besi. We will stay overnight at Syafru Besi.


Day 05: Drive Syafru Besi - Kerung Border.
After breakfast begins driving to Kerung border. It is around 2 hours to Kerung border. Finish the border formality and drive to Kerung Town.


Day 06: Free day for acclimatization.
Rest in Kerung for acclimatization purpose. Budget Guest house (dormitory room).

Day 07: Drive Kerung - Saga (4200 m). 220 kms - 6 hours.
Today, we should drive for an approximately 220 km to reach Saga (4200 m.).The road climbs up to the Thong-La Pass (5120 m.), La Lung (5050m) and then passing through Lake Peikutso, and continue to Saga. We passes through the gigantic valleys following the various rivers through the eye-catching view of grazing lands of yaks and sheep and Himalayan goat (Chyangra). The landscape is highlighted by snow capped peaks rising out of the distant and dunesfollowing the way we finally reach to our todays destination Dongba. Overnight at Budget Guest house (dormitory room).


Day 08: Drive Saga - Lake Mansarovar (4560 m). 370 kms - 6 hours.
Today we will continue our journey to Mansarovar. It is around 6 hours drive. The holiest Lake mansarovar is the source of four great holy rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra, Sutlej and Indus River. It is said that Lord Vishnu floated in it for an eternity, dreaming, until the life force stirred, and out of the water's infinite potential sprang forth all of creation. Overnight at Budget Guest house (dormitory room).

Day 09: Drive Lake Mansarovar - Darchen (4663 m). 35 kms - 1hour.
This day offers a wonderful opportunity to see the great lake Manasarover with mt. Gurula Mandhata (7728m) on south and Holy Kailash on the north. After holy bath drive to Darchen( The base camp of Mt.Kailash ) via Chiu monastery and hot spring.


Day 10: Drive Darchen - Yama Dwar - Parikrama (trek) - Deraphuk Gompa (4920 m).18 kms - 5 hours walk.
After breakfast, drive 45 minutes to Tarboche (Yama Dwar). We passes through numerous chortens as well as the sky burial site of the 84 Mahasiddas.This is a parikrama starting point and from here you can see the closest view of Mt. Kailash. Then after start trekking about 56 hours to reach Deraphuk (4880 m). Budget Guest house (dormitory room).

Day 11: Parikrama (trek) Deraphuk - Zuthulphuk (476s0 m) – 22 kms - 9hours.
Today is the hardest but holiest day of the pilgrimage. We will cross through a rocky expanse dotted with stone cairns draped with the clothes offered by pilgrims as a spiritual sign of death. Gaurikunda is one of the holiest sites to view/ visit from the top. Further hiking brings us to the accent up to Dolma -La pass (5630m). After a nice break at the top of the pass we will head down the steep trail to our eventual campsite at Zutul-Puk Monastery (the cave of miracles where Milarepa meditated). Budget Guest house (dormitory room).

Day 12: Parikrama (trek) end (11 kms) - Drive Mansarovar (Hor Que).
After a short trek, we will reach near Darchen from where we will be picked up to transfer Mansarovar (Hor Que side) around 40 kms drive approximately 1 hours. Local Guesthouse (dormitory room).


Day 13: Drive Mansarovar - Saga (4200 m).
This day we will have our breakfast and drive continues from Mansarovar to Saga. It is around 231 kms and will take around 6 hours. Upon reacing Saga Free and relax. Local Guesthouse (dormitory room).


Day 14: Drive Saga - Kerung.
We return through the same route. The same procedure as earlier will be followed for meals and accommodation. Drive to Kerung stay in a Guest house. Local Guesthouse (dormitory room).


Day 15: Drive Kerung - Kathmandu.
Following the same way be drive back to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. Free and relax in the evening. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 16: Departure.

Include & Exclude

Cost includes:
Airport pickup, sightseeing and airport drop by non a/c car.
Kathmandu - Border - Kathmandu by non a/c jeep or bus.
English speaking guide during sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Sightseeing place entrance fee as per itinerary.
Chinese Visa fee.
3 nights in Kathmandu on twin sharing room.
Transportation in Tibet part by Van or bus.
Accommodation in Tibet part on local guest house.
Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
All necessary Tibet Travel permit.
Yak and Yak men during Kailash kora to carry luggage only.
English speaking Tibetan guide in Tibet part.
All applicable taxes and service charge.


Cost Excludes:
Lunch and Dinner throughout the trip.
Personal expenses.
Bar, Beverages and mineral water.
Air ticket to Kathmandu & return from /to your home country
Nepal entry or re-entry visa fee.
Your travel insurance.
Rescue and evacuation service.
Asthpad Darshan (restricted to drive by vehicle but you can trek if you want)
Horse & porter for your personal riding during the Parikrama
Bottled drinks.
Tips for Sherpa staff, guide & driver.
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival from Kailash.
Any additional cost (transport, hotel, visa split charge) that occurs due to illness or rescue of the member
Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances.



Facts About Mount Kailash Kora (Circuit Trek):

The Pilgrimage Tour of Mount Kailash and Manasarovar has always been one of the most difficult in Asia, if not the world. The distances were tremendous, weather particularly harsh, supplies almost nonexistent, and bandit attacks a constant worry. Nevertheless pilgrims came from the far corners of the continent, defying hardships to walk the 32 miles (52 kilometers) circuit around Holy Mount Kailash and to bathe in or circumambulate the sacred waters of Manasarovar.

The Pilgrimage Kora around Mount Kailash starts and finishes at Darchen. The clockwise circuit initially enters the Lha Chu (Divine River) Valley, swings behind Kailash's sheer northern face to Dolma La (5550 m), the highest point en route, then descends into the Lham Chu Valley and onto Darchen. The hearty Tibetan pilgrims usually take one long day to complete the kora, starting about 4:00 AM and returning late in the afternoon or evening, they believe that walking three or thirteen circuits is particularly auspicious. Some pilgrims complete the kora doing full-body prostrations along the ground, a slow journey that can take two weeks. For Tibetans, walking around this holy mountain is more than an act of merit: One circuit is said to purify all the sins of a lifetime, 108 circuits will bring enlightenment during this lifetime. Commercial trek groups and Indian pilgrims generally spend 2 and half days on the circuit, camping one night near Drira Phuk gompa and a second night at Dzutrul Phuk gompa before returning to Darchen.

The Circuit around Mount Kailash is a wide, obvious trail starting near the old Darchen monastery. Lined with rocks and devotional cairns, the kora undulates over a desert of scrub and sandy soil, following the seam where the Barka plains lap against the foothills. Gurla Mandata rises unchallenged, a massive block of tilted rock and ice dwarfing the distant spires of the Zanskar Range off to the right, which delineate the Nepal - India- Tibet border. One hour from Darchen the trail ascends a low ridge of moraine topped with prayer flags, where Kailash South Face reemerges above the hills. Heaped beside the trail are stone cairns and offerings of clothing, an act considered auspicious at the most holy of pilgrimage sites. On this ridge is the first of four Chaktsalgang, or prostration sites, found around the kora. Pilgrims perform full-body prostrations here, first touching their joined hands to the head, the mouth, and the heart, in quick succession before reclining on the ground, face down with arms extended over the head in an act of complete devotion.

Above the trail to the right is Darpoche, the site of an annual religious festival held on the full moon of Saga Dawa. Following the way crossing several crumbling chortens and a prayer wall we reach Choku Gompa (the first temple on the kailash circuit), continue further walking we will reach a day camp at Drira Phuk . The next day we contiune our Holy Mount Kailash kora. We ascent from Drira Phuk to Dolma La around 4 hours, Zuthul Phuk, the next temple on the circuit is further 4 hours beyond the Dolma la Pass (5490 m). From here the trail descends east. Gaurikund Lake quickly comes into view, a milky green glacial tarn about 60 m below the main trail. Hindu pilgrims are supposed to take a ritual bath here, but the surface ice is often too thick to actually do so.Following the way we will arrive back to Darchen. Darchen is around 4 hours walk from Zuthul Phuk. Upon reaching back to Darchen we will be picked up by our vehicle and we begin our drive back following the same path.