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

Tibet, also 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 Kerung, you head to Saga 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 Saga via Mansarovar. Then you will be driven to Kerung and return to Kathmandu via the same route.

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

The 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 Tours 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 from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi (1462m/4795ft) Duration: 7 Hours

Day 04: Syabrubesi to Kerung

Day 05: Drive from Kerung to Saga (5-6 hours, 4640m). 

Day 06: Drive from Saga to Lake Mansarovar (5-6 hours, 277km, 4558m). Overnight at Guest house

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: Kailash Kora. Drive back to Saga

Day 11: Drive back to Kerung

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 13: Tour Ends

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private vehicles, 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 tour
  • Tibetan guide and support crew members for the Tibet tours.
  • Meals on teahouses during the tours. Mainly veg meals.
  • 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

  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu.
  • 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 equipment
  • The extra cost of transportation, Porterage, etc., involved due to landslides, snowfall
  • Services other than specified. Extra days stay at Kathmandu / any other place.
  • Tips for trekking crew members and drivers.

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.


Rachel and MeganUSA

We had an unbelievable adventure completing the Mardi Himal Trek in January 2023. Our guide Rajendra (Raj), and porter Rajesh  were professional, fun, energetic, and knowledgeable about not only the trek we were on but about many others in the area.

Tamar NitzanUSA

I'm so happy I went with Nepal Hiking Team. From the moment I arrived at the hotel, I knew I made the right choice. The hotel was in a great area. Bars, restaurants, clubs, shops were all within a 10 minute or less walk from the hotel.

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I completed the 14 day Annapurna Circuit early December 2022, thank you so much to Surya and Rabin, who both went out of their way to make this trip, that I'd been planning so long,and  memorable. They were always checking in with me during the hike

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Namaste! I highly recommend Nepal Hiking Team for your trekking adventure in the beautiful Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. This was my first trip to Nepal and additionally my first ever muli-day trek. Annapurna Base Camp Trek became a dream of mine about

JulesSydney, Australia

Posted on Nov 22 | Trip Advisor Review

We completed the 15-day Manaslu Circuit trek with Nepal Hiking Team in late November 2022.

The scenery of the Manaslu region is stunning and far more beautiful than we had imagined. The weather was excellent!