Kailash Mansarovar Tours

Kailash Mansarovar Tours
Trekking & Tours
  • Max Altitude
    5600 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min. 4 People 
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Guest Houses 
  • Best Time
    April - June & Sept - Nov 
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All Inclusive Price: $2,500USD

Trip Overview

Kailash Mansarovar Tour takes you to the holy Mount Kailash and the sacred Mansarovar Lake in remote western Tibet. A sacred pilgrimage destination of Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Bons, Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar are revered and worshipped by followers of these faiths.

Mount Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva, one of the three major gods in the Hindu religion. According to the Hindu religious texts, he stays at Kailash with his consort (goddess Parvati), sons, and followers.

For Jains, the mountain is sacred because the first Jain Tirthankara, Rishabadeva, attained enlightenment here. Buddhists consider Mount Kailash as Mount Meru – the center of the universe. It is also the place where Milarepa (a Buddhist saint) meditated. Practitioners of Bon religion, regard the mountain as the ‘axis mundi’ or the point connecting the earth to the heavens.

The beautiful Lake Mansarovar stands under the shadow of Mount Kailash. It is fed by the glacier of Mount Kailash, Surrounded by brown hills and frozen peaks, this heavenly lake is said to have originated in Brahma’s (the Hindu god of creation) mind. Before getting to Mount Kailash you stop by this lake to worship or soak in the views.

Your Kailash Mansarovar Tour begins from Kathmandu with a sightseeing tour to the city’s world heritage sites. Drive to the Nepal-China border on a private vehicle and after completing the immigration formalities, enter Tibet. You meet your Tibetan driver and guide in Zhangmu, the border town on the Tibetan side.

An extra day in Nyalam will help you acclimatize to Tibet’s high elevation. Known as the Roof of the World the average elevation in Tibet is 4,380 meters. As you will be traveling to places above 5000 meters it’s important to allow your body to adapt to the rarefied air. From Nyalam, you head to Paryang or Dongba and onward to Lake Mansarovar.

Like a blue jewel surrounded by snowcapped peaks, the crystal clear water of Mansarovar appears spellbinding. After meditating and taking pictures of the holy lake you move towards Darchen.

Your Kailash trek or kora begins from Tarboche which lies a short drive away from Darchen. It takes three days to circle the sacred mountain. You can complete the kora or circumambulation on foot or hire a pony or a horse to take you around. Enjoy views of all four faces of Mount Kailash’s summit while walking around the mountain.

The final leg of the trek involves crossing a high mountain pass, the Dolma La. Situated at an elevation of 5630 meters, this is the highest point of your trip. Close to Dolma La is Shiva Sthal, a place where pilgrims leave behind a personal item to signify leaving behind their old life and starting anew.

After the kora is complete, you descend to Darchen and drive to Dongba via Mansarovar. From Dongba, you will be driven to Nyalam and return to Kathmandu via the same route

The best months for Kailash Mansarovar Tour are May, June, July, August, and September. During these months the days are warm and nights cold. Most sections of the trail remain free of snow and ice making it easier to navigate.

Duration of the trip is thirteen days. The overland journey from Kathmandu to the base of Mount Kailash and back will be on a private vehicle. If you plan to complete a kora around Mount Kailash, then it will take three days. The trek starts from Tarboche. There are not many steep ascents but the trail is gravely and filled with loose stones. The most difficult part of the trek is the crossing of Dolma La.

You will be staying overnight at local lodges or guesthouses. During the trek, you may have to stay in dormitories due to the lack of accommodation around Mount Kailash. Vegetarian meals are available at all stops. As this tour takes you to one of the remotest corners of Tibet, the facilities en route will be basic.

Kailash Mansarovar Tour is for those who are physically fit and healthy. You will be traveling through places where oxygen levels are low and nighttime temperatures dip below freezing point. Those with respiratory and heart ailments should consult their physicians before booking this tour.


Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM) Kathmandu

Day 02: Tours preparation and Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam 3750 m (150 km)

Day 04: Nyalam –free for acclimatization

Day 05: Nyalam – New Dongba 4600 m. (390 km)

Day 06: New Dongba – Mansarovar 4558 m (277 km) Duration: 7-8 hrs

Day 07: Mansarovar – Tarchen (40 km) Duration: 2-3 hrs

Day 08: Tarchen – Tarboche (13 km drive) – Dirapuk (4860m.) (7 km trek / 5 – 6 hrs)

Day 09: Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk (4760m) (18 km trek / 9-10 km) (passing through Dolma-la pass 5,200)

Day 10: Zuthulpuk – Tarchen (Darchen) (10 km / 4-5 hrs) – Mansarovar- Dongba (end of Kailash Parikrama)

Day 11: Drive Dongba to Nyalam (376 km) 7-8 hrs. Overnight stay at Guesthouse.

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 13: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Best available twin sharing Lodge/Guesthouses during the Tibet tours
  • Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) approved guide for Tibet tours
  • Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage while Kailash Parikrama
  • Tibet entry travel permit, Chinese visa and applicable entry fees during the trek/tours in Nepal/Tibet
  • Oxygen cylinder for Kailash Parikrama
  • All government taxes and official expense

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa
  • All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  • Shopping, laundry, internet, phone bills
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Extra cost of transportation, Porterage etc involved due landslides, snowfall
  • Services other than specified. Extra days stay at Kathmandu / any other place
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

Cost & Dates

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.


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