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16 Days Kailash and Manasarovar Small Group Tour: Touching Mount Kailash with Spiritual Saga Dawa Festival Experience

Tour Route: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Darchen - Kailash Trek - Darchen - Saga - Gyirong - Tingri - Lhasa

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Tour Code: TGT0016A

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

Tour Service: Tibetan Local Tour Guide & Driver

  Time to Vist: May 16th to May 31st, 2024 i

Trip Level: Moderate for Physically Fit i

What Make Our Mt.Kailash Trip Different?
Master Kungga Dundruk

Specially designed for the ultimate Saga Dawa Festival experience with a 4-day trek to touch Mount Kailash.icon

------ Tibetan Travel Guru,Master Kungga Dundruk icon

16 days from USD2209

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Overview & Highlights of this Trip

The Saga Dawa Festival is the most important religious day in Western Tibet, commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and passing away of the Buddha. The entire region celebrates this festival for a month.

One of the most significant activities is the Kora (circumambulation) around Mount Kailash in Ali during the 15th day of the fourth month in the Tibetan calendar. Followers from all over Western Tibet and around the world, including Hindu and Buddhist devotees, gather at Mount Kailash. They erect large prayer flags along the southern slope, offering blessings to all living beings.

For the Saga Dawa Festival in 2024, we have designed a special journey to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. We've arranged a 4-day Kora around Mount Kailash, where you'll join the devotees in walking around the peak, and also trek to the western slope's glacier and cliffs, experiencing the mystical power of Mount Kailash up close. It's a chance to be at the heart of the world, meditate, and contemplate the past, present, and future.

  • Mount Kailash Kora during Saga Dawa Festival

    Highlight 1 of this Trip: Enjoy the vibrant cultural and religious vibes by taking Kailash Kora during the Saga Dawa Festival.

  • Touch Mount Kailash

    Highlight 2 of this Trip: Take the rare chance to touch Mount Kailash.

  • 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.

  • the Potala Palace in Lhasa

    Highlight 5 of this Trip: Admire the Potala Palace, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the landmark of Lhasa.

  • Visit Yamdrok Lake

    Highlight 6 of this Trip: Experience the beauty of Yamdrok Lake up close, marveling at its stunning vistas from various points.

  • View the Himalayas at Gawula Pass

    Highlight 7 of this Trip: Enjoy the panoramic view of the highest Himalayan peaks at Gawula Pass on the way to Everest Base Camp.

  • Starry Night at Everest Base Camp Tour

    Highlight 8 of this Trip: Appreciate the splendid starry night at Everest Base Camp.

  • Visit Everest Base Camp

    Highlight 9 of this Trip: Visit Everest Base Camp at an elevation of 5200m above sea level and witness the summit of the world.

Itinerary Details

Trip at a Glance

Day 1: Lhasa Arrival

Day 2: Lhasa Day Tour

Day 3: Lhasa Day Tour

Day 4: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

Day 5: Shigatse - EBC

Day 6: EBC - Peiku Tso Lake - Saga

Day 7: Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen

Day 8: Darchen to Dirapuk Trek

Day 9: Dirapuk to the Western Slope of Mt.Kailash

Day 10: Dirapuk to Zutulpuk Trek

Day 11: Zutulpuk to Darchen Trek

Day 12: Darchen - Saga

Day 13: Saga - Gyirong

Day 14: Gyirong - Tingri

Day 15: Tingri - Lhasa

Day 16: Lhasa Departure

Day 1 (May 16, 2024): Arrival in Lhasa

Welcome to Lhasa (3650m)!

When you arrive in Lhasa, whether by train or flight, our friendly Tibetan guide will greet you with a Hada (the traditional Tibetan ceremonial scarf) and warm blessings.

Then, the guide and the driver will take you to your hotel in downtown Lhasa. You may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/Brahmaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa River.

After settling into your hotel, take some time to rest and adjust to the high altitude.

In the afternoon or evening, your guide will meet you with traditional Tibetan gifts, provide travel instructions, and introduce your group members.

If you need any help or specific needs, feel free to visit our service center at Lhasa Gang Gyan Hotel.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Overnight in Lhasa
  • Tibetan tour guide greets you at Lhasa Airport.

    Tibetan tour guide greets you at Lhasa Airport.

  • Lhasa River

    Lhasa River

Day 2 (May 17, 2024): Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B, D)

Today is Tibetan Monastery Day! You’ll have a full day to explore the largest monastery in Tibet, delve into the knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, and immerse yourself in the daily life of Tibetan monks.

In the morning, you’ll explore the largest monastery in Tibet - Drepung Monastery, which was once the home to over 10,000 monks. As you walk through the Coqen Hall, your guide will provide detailed explanations of the worldview of Tibetan Buddhism and introduce notable figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.

Next, you’ll visit the renowned Loseling College (or an equivalent), offering a glimpse into the study and life of Tibetan monks. Explore their dormitories to gain insights into the Tibetan monks' daily routines and living conditions.

In the afternoon, you’ll head to Sera Monastery, another of the ‘great three’ Gelug monasteries of Tibet, to witness the famous Tibetan Monks Debate (15:00 - 17:00, from Monday to Saturday). Your guide will intricately explain how Tibetan monks engage in these debates to acquire knowledge and advance in their academic degrees.

After today’s tour, enjoy a welcome dinner with your group members.

Overnight in Lhasa
Breakfast | Welcome Dinner
  • Drepung Monastery, one of the Great Three Gelug monasteries of Tibet

    Drepung Monastery, one of the Great Three Gelug monasteries of Tibet

  • Monk Debate is a highlight of Sera Monastery

    Monk Debate is a highlight of Sera Monastery

Day 3 (May 18, 2024): Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street (B)

Today’s Highlight is a visit to UNESCO World Heritage Sites Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, providing a glimpse into the daily beliefs and lives of the people of Lhasa.

After breakfast, your first stop is the Potala Palace, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Lhasa Old Town. Discover the lives and stories of the Dalai Lamas through history within the palace, and the extraordinary treasures it holds. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and the meditation cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

After touring the Potala Palace, you will visit Longwangtan Park at the foot of the Potala Palace. Here, you can appreciate the majestic Potala Palace from a different perspective and engage in local Tibetan folk activities.

In the afternoon, you will head to the heart of Tibetan religion - the Jokhang Temple. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor Street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.

Next, follow your guide to one of the liveliest indoor Tibetan tea houses in Lhasa. Sip traditional Tibetan sweet tea alongside local Tibetans as your guide shares insights into Tibetan social dynamics and daily life.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Overnight in Lhasa
Breakfast
  • Potala Palace is always the No.1 attraction for travelers visiting Tibet.

    Potala Palace is always the No.1 attraction for travelers visiting Tibet.

  • A Tibetan pilgrim is worshipping  Jokhang Temple

    A Tibetan pilgrim is worshipping Jokhang Temple

Day 4 (May 19, 2024): Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse 360 km (B,L)

In the morning, start the overland journey from Lhasa to Shigatse, which includes visits to Tibet's most beautiful lake, glacier, and a charming Tibetan village.

First, drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m) to catch a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m). The Yamdrok Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m), the highest mountain near Lhasa. Continue to explore the lakeshore from various viewpoints, and at the end of the lake, you could visit a local family in the village and have lunch with the locals.

Next, you will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside. It is the largest glacier in Tibet. As you see the ice tongue of the glacier climb the entire hillside, you will feel the magical power of nature.

Then, continue your journey to Gyantse. On the way, you will stop at Simila Mountain Pass, where you can hang prayer flags to pray for world peace and the health of your family.

After arriving in Gyantse, you can spend some time taking photos of the ancient city of Gyantse. From Gyantse to Shigatse, you will pass by green (in summer) and golden (in autumn) Tibetan barley fields and countless farms.

Finally, we arrive in Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. After checking in to the hotel, you can take a good rest and prepare for the next day’s trip to Mount Everest.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Overnight in Shigatse
Breakfast | Lunch with a Tibetan Village Family
  • Yamdrok Lake at Gampala Pass, where you can get a marvelous bird's-eye view of the lake.

    Yamdrok Lake at Gampala Pass, where you can get a marvelous bird's-eye view of the lake.

  • The Karola Glacier is so close that you will appreciate a spectacular view of the white glacier contrasted with blue sky.

    The Karola Glacier is so close that you will appreciate a spectacular view of the white glacier contrasted with blue sky.

Day 5 (May 20, 2024): Shigatse (3850m) to Everset Base Camp (5200m) (B)

Take the most use of your time today to admire the stunning Himalayan mountain ranges!

After breakfast, you will head directly to Mount Everest.

First, you will pass Gyatsola Pass (5280m). At Gyatsola Pass viewpoint, you’ll catch your first glimpse of Mount Everest. Hidden behind the mountain range, the Everest resembles a budding lotus flower, a captivating sight along the roadside.

Shortly after we enter Mount Everest National Nature Reserve, you will enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas at Gawula Pass (5198m). At this viewpoint, you will marvel at the majestic lineup of the five highest peaks in the Himalayas, including Everest at the forefront. This is your second glimpse of Everest.

Then, we drive along the new zigzag road to Everest Base Camp (5200m). As you get close to the base camp, the majestic Everest gradually unfolds before you, drawing nearer with each winding turn. This marks your third view of Everest.

Upon reaching Everest Base Camp, the colossal white pyramid peak of Mount Everest stands towering before you. As the day transitions to dusk, witness the golden hues of the sun casting a warm glow on Everest's northern face—your fourth view.

As night falls, the sparkling Milky Way and the snow-white peak of Mount Everest reveal your fifth and final encounter with Everest.

Stay overnight at Everest Base Camp or in the local village near EBC if the EBC tent hotels are closed during the winter season.

Insider Tips:
1.The visibility of Everest is subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.

2.During the winter season, typically from November to March, the tent hotels at Everest Base Camp close. Therefore, if you’re traveling in winter, your accommodation options are limited to the village near EBC.

Overnight in EBC Tent Hotel
Breakfast
  • Drive along the zigzag road to Everest Base Camp

    Drive along the zigzag road to Everest Base Camp

  • Enjoy your group tour to Everest Base Camp

    Enjoy your group tour to Everest Base Camp

Day 6 (May 21, 2024): Everest Base Camp to Saga via Pelku Tso Lake

Continue your journey westward into the Ngari Plateau along the Himalayas, enjoying the grassland, lakes, and snow-capped mountains along the way.

In the morning, you may have the chance to see the pink sunlight casting its glow upon the summit of Mount Everest.

After breakfast, visit the Rongbuk Monastery, the world’s highest-altitude monastery at 5154 meters above sea level.

Then, move on to Ngari, the most mysterious region in Tibet, to visit the sacred Mount Kailash and holy Lake Manasarovar. On the way, you’ll pass by Mt. Shishabangma (8027 meters), one of the world’s highest mountains over 8000 meters. You can enjoy a close view of the three main peaks of Shigabangma, as well as the golden glow of Pelku Tso Lake beneath the peaks.

After crossing the grassland around Peiku Tso Lake, you’ll reach Saga County, the transfer hub of western Tibet. This marks your entry into the gateway of the Mount Kailash region. The rest of the journey to Mount Kailash is at an average elevation of 4500 meters on the Ngari Plateau. If you need some essentials for your Kailash trek, you can buy them in Saga County.

Stay overnight in Saga.

Overnight in Saga
  • Rongbuk Monastery, the higest monastery in the world

    Rongbuk Monastery, the higest monastery in the world

  • Pelku Tso Lake is surrounded by rugged mountains.

    Pelku Tso Lake is surrounded by rugged mountains.

Day 7 (May 22, 2024): 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 8 (May 23, 2024): 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
  • 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 9 (May 24, 2024): Dirapuk Monastery to the Western Slope of Mt. Kailash Trek (Trek Day 2)

Today is the most significant day of your Mount Kailash trek. The expedition to touch Mount Kailash is highly adventurous and includes an extended exploration of glaciers and ice rivers.

In the morning, trek from Dirapuk Monastery up the mountain until reaching the glacier on the western slope of Mount Kailash at an altitude of about 5800 meters. Here, you'll have a unique opportunity to approach the sacred mountain closely. Our guide will lead you to meditating at the center of the world.

For those in good physical condition, our guide will accompany you to get closer to the rocky walls of Mount Kailash and attempt to touch Mount Kailash.

After this extraordinary experience, you’ll return to Dirapuk Monastery along the same route.

Stay overnight in Dirapuk Monastery Guesthouse.

Insider Tips:
The possibility of touching Mount Kailash depends on the specific terrain environment as the glaciers change with the seasons.

Overnight in Dirapuk Monastery Guesthouse
  • Drirapuk Monastery

    Drirapuk Monastery

  • Lovely antelopes living around Mount Kailash

    Lovely antelopes living around Mount Kailash

Day 10 (May 25, 2024): Dirapuk Monastery to Zutulpuk Monastery (Trek Day 3: 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 known 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 11 (May 26, 2024): Zutulpuk Monastery to Darchen (Trek Day 4: 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 12 (May 27, 2024): 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 13 (May 28, 2024): 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 14 (May 29, 2024): Gyirong to Tingri

Today, you will return to the highland from the forested edges of the Himalayan region.

This morning, you can enjoy ample rest. (Notice: If you plan to travel to Kathmandu after visiting Mount Kailash, you can depart this morning.)

After lunch, you’ll begin your journey back to Tingri County in Shigatse. Once again, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas as you ascend the plateau of the Himalayan region.

Arrive in Tingri in the afternoon. After checking into the hotel, you can have a good rest.

Stay overnight in Tingri.

Overnight in Tingri
  • You will be transferred to Gyirong Port for your Nepal tour.

    You will be transferred to Gyirong Port for your Nepal tour.

  • A glimpse of snow mountains along the way.

    A glimpse of snow mountains along the way.

Day 15 (May 30, 2024): Tingri to Lhasa

Today's main attraction is a visit to Shigatse's largest monastery, the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Later, you'll return to Lhasa along the Yarlung Tsangpo River.

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchen Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. The grand and magnificent halls of the largest local monastery occupy the entire hillside. This is the spiritual home of the Tibetan people in Shigatse, housing the world's largest statue of Maitreya Buddha.

Then, we will return to Lhasa along the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the mother river of the Tibetan people.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Overnight in Lhasa
  • Tashilhunpo Monastery, the home of Panchan Lama

    Tashilhunpo Monastery, the home of Panchan Lama

  • Yarlung Tsangpo River in autumn

    Yarlung Tsangpo River in autumn

Day 16 (May 31, 2024): Depart from Lhasa (B)

Today marks the end of your Tibet tour.

Please make sure to verify your departure flight/train details with our guide in advance. And your guide will take you to the airport or train station.

Thank you for choosing Tibet Vista, and we extend a warm welcome for your return to Tibet in the future.

Breakfast
  • Bid farewell to Lhasa, and may you have a safe and pleasant journey back home!

    Bid farewell to Lhasa, and may you have a safe and pleasant journey back home!

  • Your guide will escort you to Lhasa Railway Station if you depart Tibet by train.

    Your guide will escort you to Lhasa Railway Station if you depart Tibet by train.

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2024

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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);

All hotels listed in the itinerary or equivalent three-star hotels. 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 Visa (If you need visa assistance services, especially for Chinese Group Visa from Nepal to Tibet, feel free to contact us for more details.);

International flight to and out of China;

Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa (If you need us to book the domestic flight/train tickets, please contact us for the details.);

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.

Mount Kailash Trip Notes

1. What travel documents are required for this Mount Kailash tour?

First, you need to obtain a Chinese Visa. With your Chinese visa and a valid passport, you can apply for the Tibet Travel Permit.

As Mount Kailash is situated in the remote western part of the Tibet Autonomous Region, additional travel documents are required for your visit, such as the Alien’s Travel Permit and the Military Permit.

All necessary documents for visiting Mount Kailash (except for your Chinese Visa) are included in our packages. We guarantee the Tibet Travel Permit and other permits to ensure a worry-free Mount Kailash experience for you.

Just make sure to obtain your Chinese Visa in advance.

2. How far in advance should I book my Mount Kailash tour?

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.

3. Can I travel to Mount Kailash with my Indian passport?

For Indian passport holders, the Tibet Travel Permit needs to be applied through the Foreign Affairs Office of TAR or the Pilgrim Center.

Please contact us for detailed information.

4. 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 2024 departs on May 16th, 2024. If you want to join us, make your reservation as early as possible.

5. 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.

6. Can I touch Mount Kailash on this tour?

Yes! To bring you closer to Mount Kailash, we've enhanced our standard itinerary with an extra day for a trek from Drirapuk Monastery to touch Mount Kailash.

This additional day trek supplements the usual 3-day kora around Mount Kailash. During this extended trek, you'll ascend from Drirapuk Monastery up the mountain until you reach the glacier on the western slope of Mount Kailash, at an altitude of about 5800 meters.

Weather permitting, and if there's no snow, you'll have the opportunity to physically touch Mount Kailash.

7. How high is Mount Kailash? And what is the altitude along the way from Lhasa to Mount Kailash?

Mount Kailash is 6638 meters above sea level, and the highest point you will pass during your Mount Kailash trek is the Dromala Pass, which is 5630 meters above sea level.

From Lhasa to Mount Kailash, the altitude rises from 3658 meters to over 4500 meters in the Ngari Plateau. En route, you will visit Mount Everest and stay one night at Everest Base Camp at 5200 meters above sea level.

Check the altitude of major attractions along the way as below:

AttractionsAltitude
Lhasa 3658m
Yamdrok Lake 4441m
Shigatse 3850m
Everest Base Camp 5200m
Saga 4487m
Darchen 4576m
Zutulpuk Monastery 4790m
Drirapuk Monastery 5210m
Dromala Pass 5630m
Lake Manasarovar 4590m

Our well-planned itinerary ensures a gradual adjustment to higher altitudes. Equipped with oxygen tanks, our tour vehicles prioritize your comfort. If you encounter altitude sickness symptoms like headaches or dizziness, inform your guide promptly for professional assistance.

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

his is a moderate trekking tour in Tibet, which is suitable for those with an average level of fitness. You need to trek for 4 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. How about the road condition to Mount Kailash from Lhasa?

The road from Lhasa to Mount Kailash almost follows the national highway from Lhasa to Kashgar, Xinjiang. The entire route is well paved, except for a gravel stretch near Lake Manasarovar.

We ensure your travel in well-maintained vehicles, driven by experienced local Tibetan drivers. You can have complete confidence in them, allowing you to sit back, relax, and fully enjoy the thrilling adventure to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.

13. Do I need to camp during the Kailash kora? Where to stay while trekking?

No, camping is not necessary during the kora around Mount Kailash. While the accommodation conditions at Mount Kailash are relatively basic, you have the option to secure a bed in monastery guesthouses.

Typically, the guesthouse rooms accommodate 3 to 4 people, and only shared toilets are available on each floor. As there are no private bathrooms or bathing facilities, it's advisable to bring wet wipes for basic cleanliness.

14. What to eat during the Mount Kailash trek?

While trekking around Mount Kailash, don't expect traditional restaurants. Instead, monastery guesthouses offer basic eateries, and you'll find tented teahouses between key stops, like Drirapuk Monastery or Zutulpuk Monastery, where you typically stop for lunch.

However, the food choices are limited to basic local options. To ensure a satisfying meal, consider bringing your own dried and packaged foods, as the monastery offerings are generally below par.

Opting for tented eateries and teahouses is a better choice, providing simple essentials like instant noodles and hot water, ideal for lunch and dinner on the Kora route.

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