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10 Days Kailash Pilgrimage Tour from Kathmandu, via Gyirong Port

Tour Route: Kathmandu – Gyirong – Saga – Mt.Kailash – Lake Manasarovar – Darchen – Saga – Gyirong – Kathmandu

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Kathmandu to Mount Kailash tour Visit Sacred Mount Kailash Nepal Tibet overland Mount Kailash Summit Mount Kailash Trek
Kathmandu to Mount Kailash tour Visit Sacred Mount Kailash Nepal Tibet overland Mount Kailash Summit Mount Kailash Trek

Tour Code: TGT019

Tour Type: Join-in Small Group Tour (Min 1 - Max 12) i

Tour Service: Tibetan Local Tour Guide & Driver

  Time to Vist: April to October i

Trip Level: Moderate for Physically Fit  i

What Makes Our Kathmandu to Mount Kailash Trip Different?
Sonam Tenphel

We have specially designed this Mount Kailash for pilgrims, with a focus on the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra from Kathmandu via Gyirong by land.icon

------ Tibetan Travel Guru,Sonam Tenphel icon

10 Days from USD1499

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Overview & Highlights of this Trip

The tour begins in Kathmandu, guiding pilgrims and nature enthusiasts to the sacred destinations of Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarova. This extraordinary journey includes a 3-day trek around Mount Kailash, providing ample time to immerse in the spiritual essence of this revered mountain.

Throughout the itinerary, you will have the chance to marvel at the stunning landscapes of the Himalayan Mountain range and Gandis Mountain range. The expedition unfolds panoramic views of expansive wetlands, meandering rivers, grazing cattle, and the majestic Brahmaputra River.

Crafted as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, this Kathmandu to Mount Kailash tour aims to instill a profound sense of joy and contentment in you. Blending spiritual significance with the splendor of nature, it promises a unique and unforgettable adventure for all those who undertake it.

  • Mt.Shishabangma and Pelku Tso Lake

    Highlight 1 of this Trip: Witness Mt.Shishabangma (8027m) with Pelku Tso Lake beneath the snow-capped peaks.

  • Mount Kailash Kora during Saga Dawa Festival

    Highlight 2 of this Trip: Enjoy the vibrant cultural and religious vibes by taking Kailash Kora during the Saga Dawa Festival.

  • Lake Manasarovar near Mount Kailash

    Highlight 3 of this Trip: Refresh yourself at the holy Lake Manasarovar near Mount Kailash.

  • Visit Tibetan Monastery with Tibetan Guide

    Highlight 4 of this Trip: Explore the lives of Tibetan monks and their practices by visiting monasteries with our Tibetan guide.

Itinerary Details

Trip at a Glance

Day 1: Kathmandu - Rasuwa Gadi

Day 2: Rasuwa Gadi - Gyirong

Day 3: Gyirong - Saga

Day 4: Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen

Day 5: Darchen to Dirapuk Trek

Day 6: Dirapuk to Zutulpuk Trek

Day 7: Zutulpuk to Darchen Trek

Day 8: Darchen - Saga

Day 9: Saga - Gyirong

Day 10: Gyirong - Kathmandu

Day 1: Kathmandu to Rasuwa Gadi

Today, you’ll drive to the Sino-Nepal border along the southern side of the Himalayas!

In the morning, we will pick you up at your hotel in Kathmandu and drive to the Sino-Nepal border. After about 7 hours of driving (130km) you will reach the border town - Rasuwa Gadi.

The scenery along the way from Kathmandu to the border will make you almost forget the bumpy road. Along the way, you will see many magnificent snow-capped mountains at the southern foot of the Himalayas, covered by vast forest, towering into the clouds.

When pass through Langtang National Park, you will go through a very bumpy road section, with the vehicle swinging on the muddy road. But the exciting thing is that you may encounter some interesting wild animals on the way.

Upon arrival in Rasuwa Gadi, check in at your hotel and have a good rest.

Stay overnight in Rasuwa Gadi.

Insider Tips:
1. Make sure you arrive in Kathmandu in advance and please visit Tibet Vista’s office in Kathmandu at least 4 working days before you go.

2. You need to provide the original passport and pay the visa fee and service fee, so that our staff can apply for the Chinese Group Visa on your behalf.

Overnight in Rasuwa Gadi
  • Passing through the Langtang National Park while overland from Kathmandu to Lhasa

    Passing through the Langtang National Park while overland from Kathmandu to Lhasa

  • Admire magnificent snow-capped mountains at the southern foot of the Himalayas

    Admire magnificent snow-capped mountains at the southern foot of the Himalayas

Day 2: Rasuwa Gadi to Gyirong (B)

Enjoy a day excursion at Gyirong to acclimatize the altitude rise to 2800 meters above sea level.

After breakfast, you’ll take a 15-km drive to the border and enter China via the Gyirong border. Our Tibetan guide will meet you at Gyirong side and take you to Gyirong town within a 1-hour drive.

Upon arrival, you will explore Gyirong Valley described by British explorer Howard-Bury as the most beautiful valley in the world in his book 'Mount Everest: The Reconnaissance'.

Here, you can visit the Sherpa villages and admire dense forests, serene villages, and beautiful snow peaks above the woods.

Stay overnight in Gyirong.

Overnight in Gyirong
Breakfast
  • The picturesque scenery of Gyirong Town

    The picturesque scenery of Gyirong Town

  • Immersed in the local way of life here in Gyirong Valley.

    Immersed in the local way of life here in Gyirong Valley.

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

Today, you’ll head from the border to Saga.

After breakfast, you will leave Gyirong, which is densely covered with forests and snow-capped mountains, and officially head to Mount Everest region with an altitude of more than 4500 meters.

On this 380-kilometer journey, you will see the scenery along the road changing as the altitude increases.

First, you will be attracted by the forests, waterfalls, and bottomless canyons at an altitude of 2800 meters. Then cross the Kong Tang Lamu Pass at an altitude of 5236 meters and enter the plateau.

When passing by Mt. Shishabangma (8027m) and Pelku Tso Lake at its foot, you will be shocked by the tranquil and peaceful beauty.

After that, you will arrive at Saga.

Stay overnight in Saga.

Overnight in Saga
  • A glimpse of snow mountains along the way.

    A glimpse of snow mountains along the way.

  • Pelku Tso Lake is surrounded by rugged mountains.

    Pelku Tso Lake is surrounded by rugged mountains.

Day 4: Saga to Darchen via Zhongba

After breakfast, you’ll start today’s journey through the Saga Valley between the Himalayan Range and the Gangdise Range, marveling at continuous snow-capped peaks, vast grassland, and stunning lakes along the way.

En route, you may witness herds of yaks and sheep on the vast grasslands beneath the snow-capped mountains. Meanwhile, you’ll pass by the beautiful green lake - Gongzhucuo Lake.

After passing through the Mayum La Mountain at 5211 meters, you officially enter the Ngari Region. Crossing the mountain pass feels like entering a wilderness inhabited by wild animals, with the holy Lake Manasarovar coming into view. The view of Lake Manasarovar, with Mount Kailash in the distance, often makes people feel amazed and inspired.

Driving along the lake, you reach the sacred Mount Kailash, the ultimate destination of this journey.

Upon arrival in Darchen, the little town at the foot of Mount Kailash, settle into your hotel, recharge, and prepare for the upcoming 4-day Mount Kailash trek.

Stay overnight in Darchen.

Insider Tips:
If you need a porter, kindly inform your guide on this day, and your guide will arrange one for you the following day. Please note that the cost of the porter requires an additional payment.

Overnight in Darchen
  • Gongzhucuo Lake is like a sapphire buried in the wilderness.

    Gongzhucuo Lake is like a sapphire buried in the wilderness.

  • The stunning scenery along the way to Kailash.

    The stunning scenery along the way to Kailash.

Day 5: Darchen to Dirapuk Monastery (Trek Day 1: 13km)

Start your first day of trekking along the valley at the base of Mount Kailash! Enjoy the picturesque views of its southern, southwestern, and western slopes.

After breakfast, you are supposed to take an eco-bus from Darchen to Sarshung Valley, where to start today’s 13-kilometer trek around Mount Kailash.

The first 13 kilometers are relatively easy, guiding you through the valley at the foot of Mount Kailash. You can clearly see the southern and western slopes of the sacred Mount Kailash.

After reaching the foot of the western slope, you will check in at the guesthouse in Dirapuk Monastery.

For the remainder of the day, follow our guide to explore the ancient Dirapuk Monastery (also known as Zhire Temple). Capture unforgettable moments in front of the sacred stupas and the grandeur of the western slope of Mount Kailash.

Weather permitting, immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring spectacle of the sunset over Mount Kailash from Dirapuk Monastery. Witness the sun's afterglow delicately illuminating the steep cliffs of the western slope as night descends.

Stay overnight in Dirapuk Monastery Guesthouse.

Overnight in Dirapuk Monastery Guesthouse
Breakfast
  • Start trekking from Sarshung Valley to Drirapuk Monastery

    Start trekking from Sarshung Valley to Drirapuk Monastery

  • You can see piles of Mani Stones in Kailash Kora

    You can see piles of Mani Stones in Kailash Kora

Day 6: Dirapuk Monastery to Zutulpuk Monastery (Trek Day 2: 24km)

Are you ready for the most challenging day of your Mount Kailash Trek? On this day, you’ll trek across the highest point at 5630 meters, and walk alongside devout prostrating Buddhist pilgrims.

Start your day early with a 4-kilometer trek from Dirapuk Monastery to reach 5430 meters. This section offers a rapid climb with a breathtaking view of the sunrise over the northwest slope of Mount Kailash.

Afterward, you’ll continue another 2-kilometer trek to Dolma La Pass, the highest point at an altitude of 5630 meters. Along this path, you’ll see prayer flags hanging everywhere on the pass.

(Notice: The high altitude means even in summer, the path is icy and scattered with rocks, requiring caution to prevent slipping.)

After successfully crossing Dolma La Pass, you’ll be greeted by the emerald-green Lake of Compassion (also knonw as Guri Kund), believed to purify a lifetime of sins with a dip. You’ll also witness the thick glaciers on the northwest slope of Mount Kailash.

Following the Lake of Compassion, a gradual descent leads you to the valley beneath the southeast foot of Mount Kailash, where Zutulpuk Monastery (also known as Dzutripuk Monastery) is located. Here, you may encounter adorable wild animals and find a peaceful resting spot on the grasslands.

Stay overnight in Zutulpuk Monastery Guesthouse.

Overnight in Zutulpuk Monastery Guesthouse
  • Trek over Dromala Pass (5630m), the highest pass of the Kora

    Trek over Dromala Pass (5630m), the highest pass of the Kora

  • You can enjoy the stunning view of Guri Kund.

    You can enjoy the stunning view of Guri Kund.

Day 7: Zutulpuk Monastery to Darchen (Trek Day 3: 12km)

Complete the Mount Kailash kora and refresh yourself at the holy Lake Manasarovar.

In the morning, you’ll trek back from Zutulpuk Monastery to Darchen, the starting point of Kailash Trek.

After completing the Kailash trek in the morning, you are going to take a 30-kilometer drive to Lake Manasarovar. You’ll approach the shores of the sacred lake to touch its holy waters.

At the lakeside, you can engage in meditation, listen to the rhythmic waves of the sacred waters, or simply clean your body with the holy water, which holds significant spiritual meaning for Hindus and Buddhists.

There are also hot springs (optional) offering foot baths or soaking opportunities for visitors. If the Mount Kailash pilgrimage has left you feeling weary, consider spending a few dollars to enjoy the hot springs.

After today’s tour, get back to Darchen.

Stay overnight in Darchen.

Overnight in Darchen
  • Breathtaking scenery of Lake Manasarovar

    Breathtaking scenery of Lake Manasarovar

  • At the Manasarovar lakeside, you can engage in meditation.

    At the Manasarovar lakeside, you can engage in meditation.

Day 8: Darchen to Saga

Today, you'll say goodbye to the Ngari Plateau and return to the Himalayas.

After breakfast, you’ll travel back to Sage and relive the scenic wonders of the Ngari Plateau, the Himalayas, and the Gangdise Mountains. Along the journey, you can stop at grassy pastures and lakes to get close to the nature and wildlife of Ngari.

Later today, you will finally arrive in Saga.

Stay overnight in Saga.

Overnight in Saga
  • Take a glimpse of Tibetan gazelle in the distance

    Take a glimpse of Tibetan gazelle in the distance

  • You can enjoy the picturesque scenery along the way back to Saga.

    You can enjoy the picturesque scenery along the way back to Saga.

Day 9: Saga to Gyirong

Today’s highlight is to explore the snowy mountains and forests on the edge of the Himalayas.

In the morning, start your journey to Gyirong Valley, the hidden gem on the Sino-Nepal border. As the altitude drops, the scenery along the roadside changes from snow-capped mountains and wastelands to dense forests and canyon landscapes.

Upon reaching Gyirong Town in the afternoon, you’ll explore Gyirong Valley described by British explorer Howard-Bury as the most beautiful valley in the world in his book 'Mount Everest: The Reconnaissance'.

Here, you can visit the Sherpa villages and admire dense forests, serene villages, and beautiful snow peaks above the woods. Additionally, you can experience the humid and mild oxygen, quite distinct from the dry and thin air of the Ngari Plateau.

Stay overnight in Gyirong.

Overnight in Gyirong
  • The picturesque scenery of Gyirong Town

    The picturesque scenery of Gyirong Town

  • Immersed in the local way of life here in Gyirong Valley.

    Immersed in the local way of life here in Gyirong Valley.

Day 10: Gyirong to Kathmandu

Farewell to Tibet and welcome to Nepal today!

After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to your Tibetan guide and driver. Our Nepali staff will meet you at the Nepal border, assist with handling your large luggage (additional fee required), help you apply for a Nepal visa, and ensure a safe transfer for both you and your belongings to your hotel in Kathmandu with Tibet Vista’s vehicle.

After entering Nepal, you will see many snow mountains in the southern foothills of the Himalayas, such as Gaurishankar Himal (7134m), Ganesh Himal (7422m), Annapurna Range's Annapurna III (7555m), Lamjung W (6983 m), Mount Kanguru (6981m), Himchuli West (6441m), Ngadi Chuli (7871 m), and Gaurishankar (7181m).

Due to the poor road conditions, we will not make frequent stops. Nevertheless, you'll be treated to captivating landscapes along the way, savoring the last glimpses of the Himalayas.

Upon your arrival at your hotel in Kathmandu, the tour service ends.

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2024

Class/Price for Per Person Apr.1 to
Jun.20
Jun.21 to
Oct.10
Oct.11 to
Oct.31
Comfortable Class
(Lodging: 3-Star Hotels)
1499 US$ 1629 US$ 1499 US$
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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.

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.

Price Inclusions:

Tibet Travel Permit and all required local travel documents for this tour (excluding expedited processing fees);

Local tour transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable tourist vehicle according to the group size;

All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;

All meals listed in the itinerary;

Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group (For prices of tour guides in other languages, please inquire);

Comfortable local hotels or guesthouses. Upgrades are available for an additional fee. (Single room supplement required when not sharing the room);

Free shuttle between Lhasa Railway Station/Lhasa Gonggar Airport and the downtown hotel;

Service Charge & Government Taxes;

Arrangements including planning, handling, operational, and communication charges;

Tourist accident/casualty insurance;

Additional services include fine Tibetan souvenirs, a tourist map, portable oxygen, medical oxygen in the vehicle, bottled mineral water, and more.

Price Exclusion:

China Group Visa (Need to be applied through the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu);

Single Room Supplement: Hotels default to double occupancy with twin-bedded rooms. If you prefer a single room or room sharing isn't possible, a single room supplement is necessary. Please consult the travel consultant for specific pricing details.

Meals not listed in the itinerary;

Porters and Yaks for carrying luggage during Mount Kailash trek;

Tips for the guide and driver. If you are satisfied with their service, it is suggested to tip $7 (50 RMB) per day per person to be shared between the driver and the guide;

Other expenses caused by force majeure events (such as natural disasters, traffic control, loss of valuables, visa delays, flight delays or cancellations, etc.);

Personal expenses, like laundry, phone calls, snacks, soft drinks (please do your best to avoid alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

Kathmandu to Mount Kailash Trip Notes

1. How far in advance should I book the tour from Kathmandu to Mount Kailash?

Generally, it takes around 7 to 14 working days to process the Tibet Travel Permit. Given the additional travel permits required for a trip to Mount Kailash, the processing time could be longer than for ordinary Tibet tours. It is recommended to book your Mount Kailash tour at least 30 days in advance to allow sufficient time for processing all required paper applications.

2. What are the necessary travel documents for traveling from Kathmandu to Mount Kailash?

First, you need to apply for a Chinese Group Visa from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Make sure you don’t have a Chinese Visa, or your former visa will be canceled once the group visa is issued.

Then, you also need the Tibet Travel Permit to enter the Tibet Autonomous Region from Nepal.

Some other local travel documents, like the Alien’s travel permit for visiting the Mount Everest area, are also required for the overland journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa.

We’ll take care of Tibet Travel Permit, as well as other local travel documents as part of our tour package. Simply follow our guidance, and there’s no need to worry about the process.

3. How to apply for a Chinese Group Visa?

Whether you already have a Chinese visa or not, you need to apply for a group visa through the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu if you are going to enter Tibet from Nepal.

Our local office in Kathmandu provides visa assistance services. After booking your Nepal to Tibet tour with us, it is suggested to visit our Kathmandu office at least 4 working days before you enter Tibet.

You need to provide the original passport with 6 months of validity. Our travel consultants will arrange time reasonably and assist in processing visa matters to ensure that you can successfully obtain a group visa. The visa fee and service fee need to be paid on-site.

Important Notice: If you already hold a Chinese visa, it is not recommended to enter Tibet from Nepal as your original Chinese visa will be canceled due to the issuance of a group visa.

4. How to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit and how long can I get my Tibet Permit?

Once you book your Kathmandu to Lhasa tour with us, simply provide scanned copies of your Chinese Visa and a valid passport (with at least 6 months of validity).

Generally, it takes 7-14 working days to process the Tibet Travel Permit. Our Tibetan local guide will send the permit to you once you cross the border at Gyirong Port.

5. When is the best time to visit Mount Kailash?

Mount Kailash is accessible year-round, excluding harsh winter conditions. The best months for clear mountain views and pleasant weather are May, June, September, and October.

For a rich cultural experience, you can visit Mount Kailash during the Saga Dawa Festival in May or June (April 15 in the Tibetan Calendar), to experience how the pilgrims celebrate the birth, enlightenment, and nirvana of the founder of Buddhism, Sakyamuni. This is a rare opportunity to immerse in the strong religious atmosphere and join the kora with devoted pilgrims.

Notice: Our Mount Kailash tour for the Saga Dawa Festival in 2024departs on May 16th, 2024. If you want to join us, make your reservation as early as possible.

6. How long is the Kailash trek?

The trek around Mount Kailash, also known as the Kailash kora, typically takes 3 days.

Day 1: Darchen to Drirapuk Monastery (Trek 13km)
Day 2: Drirapuk Monastery to Dzutrpuk (Trek 24km)
Day 3: Dzutripuk to Darchen (Trek 7km)

Among the three days, the second day is the most difficult as you need to pass through the Dromala Pass, the highest point on this trail at 5630 meters above sea level.

7. Is it difficult to complete the Kailash trek? What if I can’t complete the trek?

This is a moderate trekking tour in Tibet, which is suitable for those with an average level of fitness. You need to trek for 3 days at an average altitude of over 4500 meters, with the highest point reaching 5630 meters at Dromala Pass.

If you just want to see Mount Kailash, without trekking, you can stay in Darchen at the foot of Mount Kailash to wait for other group members to complete the trek. During these days, you can explore the local village and visit the local monasteries.

8. Is there an age limit for the Mount Kailash tour?

No, there isn’t any age limit for trekking around Mount Kailash. Our oldest client successfully completed both the Everest Base Camp and the Mount Kailash Kora at the age of 82.

More crucial than age is one's physical condition. Individuals with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular conditions are not recommended to visit Tibet. Additionally, it is advised to avoid bringing children under 5 years old to remote areas like Mount Kailash due to limited facilities.

9. What to pack for a Mount Kailash tour?

In addition to personal hygiene essentials, whenever you visit Tibet, sun protection is a must. Alongside a high SPF sunscreen, don't forget to pack physical sun protection gear like sunglasses and a hat - they're absolute essentials.

With an average altitude of over 4500 meters in the Ngari region, temperatures can dip lower than those in Lhasa. This difference is especially noticeable during treks, where mornings and evenings can have significant temperature variations. So, apart from comfortable and warm sportswear, having easily removable outer layers is crucial.

Furthermore, ensure you have comfortable hiking shoes. You might also want to consider bringing along portable trekking poles, or you can opt to rent ours.

Selecting the right backpack to carry your belongings during the trek is important. Of course, you have the option to hire a porter to carry your luggage, but keep in mind that this comes with a higher cost.

After confirming your tour, we'll send a detailed packing list for your reference and preparation.

10. How much does a porter cost in Mount Kailash?

If you are concerned about trekking with heavy luggage, consider booking a porter service upon your arrival in Darchen. The cost for Mount Kailash porters is approximately 330 RMB per day, subject to actual conditions. You can share the cost with fellow group members requiring a porter. Just inform your guide upon reaching Darchen if you need this service.

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