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10 Days Kailash Pilgrimage Tour via Gyirong Port

10 Days Kailash Pilgrimage Tour via Gyirong Port

(TGT019) Kathmandu – Kerung – Saga – Lake Mansarovar – Mt.Kailash- Saga – Kerung - Kathmandu


The tour itinerary starts from Kathmandu and takes pilgrims and nature lovers to the stunning and holy destination of Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarova. This life time journey includes a 3 day trek around Mount Kailash, giving travelers ample time to experience the spiritual significance of this revered mountain. One night will be spent at the shore of Lake Manasarova, providing the opportunity for pilgrims great time for worship and for travelers to soak in the natural beauty of their surroundings.

Throughout the tour, travelers will have the opportunity to witness the breathtaking beauty of the valley of the Himalaya Mountain range and Gandis Mountain range. The journey offers stunning views of vast wetlands, meandering rivers, cattles in pasture, and the majestic River Brahmaputra.

This tour is an experience of a lifetime, designed to leave the travelers with a sense of great happiness and contentment. With its mix of spiritual significance and natural beauty, this tour offers a unique and unforgettable experience for all those who embark upon it.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Drive Kathmandu To Syabrubensi

Our significant Kailash journey will begin in Kathmandu, where we will travel overland. Our first undertaking will be to drive across the vast valley of Mt. Himalaya, which will take us from an altitude of 1500m up to the Nepal-China border at 2800m. Although the road is bumpy, the stunning views make it worthwhile. As we approach Mt. Himalayas, we will witness deep gorges and snow-capped mountains that will leave us in awe. We will spend the night at the charming Syabrubensi, a small town before crossing the border.

It is important to note that before beginning the tour, you must stay in Kathmandu for three working days to apply for the Chinese Visa.

Overnight in Family Guest House in Syabrubensi

Day 2: Syabrubesi to Kyirong (40km, 3-4hrs) (B)

After breakfast, we will travel approximately 15km to reach the Chinese border. Once in China, you will meet our guide who will accompany us on a 1-hour drive to Kyirong (2800m), nestled amidst towering snow-capped peaks and verdant forests.

In the afternoon, feel free to explore Kyirong and visit Paba Temple (2850m), a stunning Gelugpa temple commissioned by Tibetan King Songtsan Gambo at the request of his wife, Nepali princess Bhrikuti. The temple showcases intricate murals in the Nepalese style and is only a short walk from your hotel. The remainder of the day can be used to acclimate to the high altitude of Tibet in Kyirong.

Stay overnight in Kyirong Hotel

Day 3: Drive from Kyirong to Saga County (200km, 4-5hrs) (B)

After enjoying breakfast, we embark on a 250km (4500m) journey to Saga. Along the way, you will be treated to stunning views of iconic landmarks such as Mt. Shishapangma (the world's 14th highest peak) and the picturesque Turquoise Lake Peiku tso (standing at an impressive altitude of 4590m). Keep your eyes peeled as you may also be fortunate enough to catch glimpses of rare wildlife such as wild donkeys and antelopes.

Stay overnight in Saga Hotel

Day 4: Saga to Lake Manasarover 4500m (450km) (B)

En route to Lake Manasarover, you will be mesmerized by the breathtaking vista of the Saga valley nestled between the stunning Gangdise and Himalaya mountain ranges. Additionally, you will catch sight of verdant grasslands and quaint local settlements. Upon crossing the Mayomla Pass (5112m), you will be greeted by the awe-inspiring sight of Mt. Naimonanyi (7694m). Ultimately, our journey leads us to the holy Lake Manasarover, revered as one of Tibet's most sacred lakes. Today is a particularly auspicious day, as it marks the first glimpse of Holy Manasarovar and a panoramic view of Mt. Kailash from the Horchu Pass.

Overnight stay Lodge at Chhu Gompa at the shore of lake Manasarovar.

Day 5: Lake Manasarovar to Darchen (30km,B)

Today, we will be spending the majority of the day at the enchanting Lake Manasarovar. You will have the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll along the shores of the lake and explore the impressive monasteries in the vicinity.

This visit will also hold a special significance for devout Hindus and Buddhists, who will be able to achieve a lifetime-goal by visiting the divine abode. They can partake in rituals such as Puja, Havana worship, meditation, and a holy bath. As the day progresses, we will embark on a drive to Darchen later in the afternoon.

Stay overnight at Hotel in Darchen.

Day 6: Kailash Kora Darchen to Diraphuk Monastery 18km, driving & trekking

In the morning, we will embark on our eco-bus journey from Darchen to Sarshung valley. Once we arrive, we will meet our trusted Yaks and porters in Sarshung village.

Please note that hiring these animals and carrying assistants are not included in the package.

After we have gathered our team, we will start our approximately 13km trek from Sarshung to Drirapuk Monastery via the beautiful Lachu valley and rivers. This route will provide you with incredible views of both the west and north face of the magnificent Mount Kailash.

Finally, our journey will conclude with a visit to the Drirapuk Monastery, leaving you with cherished memories.

Overnight at Drirapuk Guesthouse

Day 7: Drirapuk-Dzutrpuk (Trek 18km)

Today's trek will take us to the highest point of the Kora - the Dromala pass (5630m). En route, you can stop for a break at a cozy teahouse. Throughout the journey, you will witness the awe-inspiring sight of local Tibetans performing prostrations along the Kora path and the stunning Kadoe Lake, as you make your way downhill. Additionally, we will have an opportunity to explore the culturally-rich Zutulpuk Monastery.

Overnight at Zutulpuk Monastery Guesthouse

Day 8: Zuthulphuk to Darchen, end the Kora. Drive to Saga(Dongba)(B)

After having breakfast, we will set off on an 8 km trek to reach the designated point where a bus will be waiting to take us to Darchen, marking the end of the Parikarma (Circuit). After lunch, our expedition will continuely drive towards Saga or Dongba while passing by Lake Manasarovar, allowing another opportunity to admire its beauty.

Overnight at Hotel in Saga

Day 9: Drive back to Kyirong(B)

Drive back to Kyirong along the road we come.

Overnight at Kyirong Hotel.

Day 10: Driva back to Kathmandu(B)

Drive back to Kyirong along the road we come, tour ends in Kathmandu/p>

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2023

Please Note:

    1. If you couldn’t find a tour date suitable for your travel schedule in the above form, please contact our travel experts and they will help you plan a delightful vacation to Tibet at the BEST local price.
    2. Discount: 1.) 5% off for those booking the tour together with other two travelers (3 or 3 above in total) at the same time; 2.) 5% off for those booking the tour 3 months in advance.

(Note: the above preferential policies can only be enjoyed by either one of them, not both.)

The above price is not availble to tourists with Indian passport. To Indian citizens with Indian passport, please send us an inquiry to ask tour fixed departure tour packages for Indian Pilgrims.

Service Included:

  • Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary;
  • Local tour Transfers, 7-29 seats comfortable Tourist Vehicle according to Group Size.;
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group;
  • Comfortable Hotel Accommodations;
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes;
  • The above tour price does not include single room supplement. If you are a solo traveler, you need to share one room with another tourist (same sex in most cases); if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement. And the exact price depends on market fluctuation in high and off season of Tibet tour. For the exact price, please refer to your travel consultant.
  • Arrangements include planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
  • Drinking water Provided during the trip
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of Kathmandu;
  • Lunches and dinners are not included, Breakfasts during Kora are not included;
  • Tips and gratitude to the guide and driver. If you are satisfied with their service, you may consider tipping them at an amount you find it suitable.
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
  • Hospital expenses (incase sick on the way kailash Yatra). Personal riding horse, personal using porter;

Transfer Service between Hotels and Airport/ Train Station

Lhasa Gongar International Airport is about 70km from the downtown, and it takes about 1.5 hours for a car transfer between airport and hotel. Considering the distance and language barrier, Tibet Vista provides free transfer service from/to airport.

Upon your arrival at airport, our Tibetan local pick-up guide will hold a board with your name and wait for you at the exit, he will escort you to the transfer car, accompany you to the hotel, and assist you with hotel check-in. When tour ends, our guide will pick you up at hotel and escort you to the airport.

Airport Pick-up Schedules: Pick up tourists at 10:00 am; 13:30 pm; 17:00 pm

Airport Drop-off Schedules: Pick up tourists at 06:30 am; 08:00 am; 12:00 pm

If your flight time is not within our transfer schedule, feel free to contact our travel consultant, we will do our best to arrange the most proper transfer service for you.

Besides the airport transfer, Tibet Vista also provides unlimited free transfer between hotel and Lhasa Railway Station according to your arrival/departure time.

Please kindly note: if passengers are less than 3 per transfer, we may use publish transportation like public airport bus or Taxi instead of using our shuttle service.

Travel Tips for Mount Kailash Tour

1. Can Indian Travelers Join this Kailash Group Tour?

Yes, Indian travelers can join this trip to Kailash. You can apply for the Tibet Travel Permit through us with your Indian passport.

2. What Should I Pack for the Trek?

Traveling light is the best advice for such an arduous trek. Breathable and thermal underwear will keep you comfortable and warm. Dressing in layers, such as fleece jacket, sweater, wind/water-proof jacket, and down jacket and vest, trekking pants will help you deal with the fluctuation of temperature during the trek.

Besides, the sun protection gears, warm headwear, and comfy trekking boots and a pair of trekking poles are also essential. You may also bring personal stuff, like toiletries, medicine and a vacuum flask for drinking and headlamp, etc.

3. Is There a Need to Hire a Porter or a Horse for the Trek?

Well, it depends on your physical level and how heavy the gears you carry. If you are above the average fitness level and are determined to complete the holy yourself, you are fine to give it a go.

However, if you carry too much stuff and not confident enough for the challenging trek, given the thin air, high altitude and treacherous terrain on day 2, hiring a porter and a horse will give you the backup you need.

4. What Is the Toughest Challenge for the Kailash Trek?

Physically, the biggest challenge is to walk 52km in 3 days, with thin air, the unforeseeable climate at the mountain pass and rugged terrain. While mentally, your tenacity will be put to a real test. Only those with strong faith and unyielding spirits can single-handly finish the entire trek.

5. Where to Stay and What to Eat During the Trek?

During the 3-day trek, you will stay in the guesthouse of Dirapuk Monastery and Dzultripuk Monastery respectively. Though no compare to the hotel quality in Lhasa, the basic facilities here offer you a warm shelter from the biting wind outside.

You may also have chances to enjoy a tea break in locally-run yak tents after you descend from Dolma La Pass. You can enjoy warm butter tea, noodles, stairred fried rice, etc. A great idea is to stock up own food and have it whenever you need it during the trek.

Nothing Matters More than Bringing you a Safe and Comfortable Journey!

Spiritually-uplifting yet physically-demanding, Tibet travel is no ordinary experience. Though you may have done many research, nothing prepares you for the real adventure. However, you can rest assured that the moment you set your foot in Lhasa, your Tibetan guide, driver and all of Tibet Vista’s team are pooling our resources and doing what we can to ensure you a safe and pleasant travel experience.

The following value added tour service will be your best guarantee for a seamless Tibet travel on Tibetan Plateau.

Routine Tour Service Workshop and Seminar for Our Tibetan Guide

To an organized tour, we believe, whether or not you will have a great travel experience largely depends on whom you travel with. So, we attach great importance to the training and exchange amid our Tibetan guide and other staff. Each year, a series of workshops and seminars and training courses will be held for our Tibetan guides and other staff to exchange their guide experience and offer first-aid training, etc. They are committed to offering the quality and tourist-friendly service to you.

Celestron Telescope Give You Close-up View of Mt. Everest at EBC

Standing at the foot of Mt. Everest and gazing at this holy mountain form an integral part of EBC tour. Apart from taking you to the best vantage points to view this natural wonders, we offer brand-new Celestrontelescope (with 60 optical zoom Lens) for you to get close-up view of the world’s highest mountain. Besides, don’t miss the starry Milky Wayin EBC.

Helpful Service: Trekking Pole, Camping Lantern and Portable Charger

When travelling on Tibetan Plateau, we highly suggest you travelling list. And we offer helpful rental service (50 CNY deposit), such as trekking pole, camping lantern and portable charger. Upon your request, we may also prepare the camping tent, sleeping bag, etc. for you. A small amount of service and cleaning charge is expected. Our friendly travel consultants will give you pro advice to remove your heavy daypack.

Keep You Warm and Protected from Harsh Alpine Climate

In addition to warm sweet tea and hot water and warm smile, we feel obligated to protect you from chilly wind at EBC and Mt. Kailash, etc. Why not bundle up in our well-prepared warm Tibetan Apron. If you forgot to bring you gloves, no problem! The hot water bagbring you instant warmth and our versatile magic scarfwill work like a charm to protect you from sunburn and dust in Tibet.

Multiple Travel Kits Make Your Trip More Comfortable

As the long ride is very common esp. travelling beyond Lhasa, we kindly prepare a full set of travel kit for you to enjoy an easy ride in Tibet. Upon your request, we may offer neck pillow, eye mask, and ear plugs, fork knife spoon set, and sleeping bag at EBC tent during your journey.

Free Battery Recharging

Besides, you may use our free power recharge service at our office at Lhasa Gang Gyan Hotel (first floor 1102).

Unique Eco-friendly Bottle for Drinking

Tibet Vista is a staunch supporter for Eco and responsible travelin Tibet. As we visit Tibet, why not work with us to save limited resources and minimize human’s impact to the natural environment.We designed a tailor-made Eco-friendly Bottle for drinking throughout your tour in Tibet. It’s very convenient to use it to drink hot water, coffee, Tibetan milk tea. Such a fine souvenir, don’t you think?

Easy-to-Use Tibet Tourist Map and Other Useful Travel Stuff

What’s more? Plenty of useful travel brochure and travel kits such as Tibet tourist map,up-to-date travel advice, etc. will greet you in Lhasa. You will find them exceedingly helpful to your day-to-day travel in Tibet.

Meet Beloved Mr. Kunga, Your Best Guard for a Safe and Pleasant Journey

And now, the last but not least, I take great pride in introducing our beloved Mr. Kunga, the customer service manager of our company.If you have any problem adapting to the life on Tibetan plateau? Or simply wanna to learn more about Tibet. Do not hesitate to stop by our customer service office in Lhasa Gang Gyan Hotel (first floor 1102) and have a friendly little chat with him.

Mr. Kunga would make a good cup of tea for you and share with you his more than 30 years’ guide experience in Tibet. In fact, Tibet Vista is the only local Tibet travel agency that has a designated customer service manager who offers prompt support to your need.

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