Mt. Kailash Manasarovar Highlights

Grade Duration Trek Style Best Time Group
4 (challenging) 17 Days Combined May – Oct SGL / GRP / FM / STU

SGL = Single, GRP =Grouping, FM= Family, STU = Students

Mt. Kailash Manasarovar

(कैलाश मानसरोवर यात्रा) From the 9th to the 17th centuries, the Kingdom of Gu-ge ruled western Tibet. Its strong associations with India and Ladakh made Gu-ge the leader of the Buddhist restoration on the Tibetan Plateau. Particularly popular for their incredible art, there were once over 100 monasteries in this area.

The area is scenically magnificent, apart from the history. The Sutjej River cuts through the valley with its astonishing eroded sides.

Short Itinerary

DayActivityDestinationAltitudeTime
1FlyKathmandu-Gongkar3600m1 hr
DriveLhasa3658m2 hrs
2ShightseeingLhasa3658m
3SightseeingLhasa3658m
4DriveGyantse3950m2 hrs
5DriveShigatse3900m 2 hrs
6DriveSakya4300m3 hrs
7DriveSaga4580m8 hrs
8DriveParyang4520m7 hrs
9DriveDarchen4580m7 hrs
10Drivekora Mt. Kailash Trek3660m6 hrs
11Drivekora Mt. Kailash Trek4680m6 hrs
12Trekkora
DriveChiu Gompa4550m1hr
13Rest Day
14Drive Paryang4520m7 hrs
15DriveSaga4580m6 hrs
16DriveNyalam3500m8 hrs
17DriveZhang Mu2300m
DriveKathmandu1300m 5 hrs

Trip Information for Mt. Kailash Manasarovar

Cost includes:

Hotel accommodation  on BB plan in Lhasa and Shigatse – Twin share with breakfast

Guided tour in Tibet as per the itinerary

All Sightseeing entry fee, Tibet permit charges & royalties as per the itinerary

All land transfers by private vehicle (Bus or Van as per group size)

Support Truck

Yak & Yak men during the Mount Kailash kora trekking

English speaking Tibetan Guide

Airfare Kathmandu to Lhasa one way

Chinese/Tibet visa fee

The Cost Does Not Include

Cost for extra usage of vehicle, other than scheduled & mentioned in the itinerary.

Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” Head

Cost for Insurance.

Additional cost arising due to mishaps, political unrest, natural calamities like – landslides, road blockage, etc. In such case extra will have to be paid on the spot by the guest directly.

Payment for service provided on a personal request.

Personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, soft drinks, incidentals, porter charges, tips etc.

American national has to pay USD100 extra top of above price for Chinese/Tibet visa fee

Lunch and dinner in Tibet. In the route no meals included.

Nepal part .

Price for Mt. Kailash Manasarovar :

  • The given price is in US dollars. Do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Visa Information for Mt. Kailash Manasarovar:

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal.

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Note: Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos to issue visa.

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Insurance for Mt. Kailash Manasarovar :

Guide / Porters  : RMT (Royal Mountain Trekking) provides insurance facility to our guides and porters as per state law.

Day 1

FLIGHT KATHMANDU TO GONGGAR/3600m/ 1 HRS & DRIVE LHASA/3658m /100KMS / 2HRS

Needless to express more; how scenic and beautiful the flight to Lhasa Gongar airport, does not matter where the flight is from, one of the world`s most beautiful flight sightseeing!!!

Upon arrival at Lhasa Gongar airport, you will be welcomed by our Tibetan crew guide and driver, experience the first Tibetan hospitalities accompanied by sweet smiles and your Tibet touring experience has already started! You will be checked in the booked hotel and will be advised to relax and adjust your first high altitude day breathing and steps to the local altitude!!! (Hotel stay)

Day 2

SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA

The sightseeing at Lasa will start after a refreshing breakfast. A whole day program will be briefed and an your tour will be guided by experienced guide to Sera Monastery offering an insight to the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism, ka and the Barkhor Square. Its worth to pay a visit to Norbulingka the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. The building was ready in 1956 with richly decorated by Tibetan carvings and paintings. The Tibetan cultural glimpse can also be seen in the Jokhang temple. We can spend some time walking around the busy Barkhor Square and escort back for the hotel.

Day 3

SIGHTSEEING IN LHASA

Today, we visit the majestic Potala Palace, the imposing structure, for sightseeing. You will be guided through the structure of Potala Palace which dominates the landscape of Lasha. You can experience best Tibetan art as we continue through the ancient chambers. The palace has the vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues along with the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas.
Further, you will be escort move to adroabel scenery of Drepung Monastery and notice nuns and monks chanting mantra and conducting religious discourses. Finally, we will escort you back to hotel for pleasant rest.
Note: The sightseeing of the places will be decided as per the order decided by the Guide since only limited numbers of visitors are allowed to visit the Potala Palace.
Note: The sightseeing of the places will be decided as per the order decided by the Guide since only limited numbers of visitors are allowed to visit the Potala Palace.

Day 4

LHASA TO GYANGTSE /3950m/ 280KMS / 7HRS

By a private land cruiser with guide, Taking the friend ship high way towards the Khampa la pass ( 4730metres ), at the pass we have a short break for remarkable views of some major white peaks in the eastern regions of Himalaya to the south and the young Norjing Gang Sang religious snow mountain range to the west across the turquise colored waving waters of Yamdrok lake, descending from the pass down close to the lake and driving passing the local nomadic and farming villages as far as to the western edge of Yamdrok lake where we have a nice meadow next to the lake for our picnic lunch, After lunch continue our scenic driving to the next pass Karo la ( 5050metres ) where we have our first high altitude adventure experience of Norjing Gang Sang glacier peak and some funs with the local high altitude animal Yaks and their herders, we have our arrival in Gyangtse in the late afternoon, check in a hotel in Gyangtse ( 3850metres ), shower and prepare for a nice dinner!!! (Hotel stay)

Day 5

GYANGTSE TO SHIGATSE /3900m / 90KMS / 2 HRS

We will visit the local historical and the cultural centers, after breakfast The Palkhor Chode monastery including the Kumbum stupa and the local ancient Gyangtse fort, at noon we drive to Shigatse through the rich agricultural Nying Chu valley of central Tibet, on arrival in Shigatse and rest. (Hotel stay)
Day 6

SHIGATSE TO SAKYA/4300m / 150KMS / 3HRS

After breakfast, we visit the Tashilunpo monastery ( the main seat of Panchen Lama ) and the local Traditional market and afternoon leaving Shigatse town, drive continue west on the friendship high way to Sakya, visit Sakya monastery ( The main seat of Sakya pa sect of Tibetan Buddhism )  a  monastery which was once became the political center of majority parts of Tibetan territory and its history dates back to the11th century contemporary to the second diffusion of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet ), It has now still the largest library for ancient Buddhist scriptures although thousands of precious scriptures were destroyed during cultural revolution (4300metres) (Hotel stay).

Day 7

SAKYA TO SAGA / 4580m /275 KMS /8 HRS

This day we leave the main friendship high way and head into the high way up to the capital Ngari of west Tibet, we cross the Bramapurata to the North and drive west via Lang Tso lake, Namring lake and up to the rich grass lands of Sang Sang nomadic zone where we have our lunch. After lunch drive another 2 hours to reach Saga for overnight camp (4580 meters). (Camp)
Day 8

SAGA TO PARYANG /4520m / 240 KMS / 7 HRS

After early breakfast, proceed for Paryang. Drive through te windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders. After cross the wide open grass land arrive Paryang, we have spectuacular views of Himalya to the south un clear weather condition. On the day the road is quite flat, hence the drive will be comfortable compared to other days (4520metres). (Camp)
Day 9

PARYANG TO DARCHEN /4580m / 335 KMS / 9 HRS

We may have luck to see some wild lives such as wild ass, gazzles and antelopes and other bird kinds of high plateau, drive to Darchen ( 4580metres ) southern base of the so called sacred Mt Kailash ( the starting point of the holy circuit around the sarcred mountain ), Tibetan pilgrims do the 52kms distant circuit in a single day starting before dawn and completing before sunset but we take a leisurely 3 days walk to complete the interesting circuit. (Camp)
Day 10

KORA MT. KAILASH TREKKING /4780m / 6 HRS

Start trek with Yaks and Yakmen, this is our first day to explore a few of the mystical sites in Mt Kailash region and the walk is a slow and leisurely ascend to our first camp ( 4780 metres ) in the visinity of the historical hermitages of the great poet saint Milarepa on the Northern base of Kailash.
Day 11

KORA MT. KAILASH TREKKING /4780m / 6 HRS

This is our challenging day, we walk on our legs cross the highest pass on the whole trip known as Dolma pass 5700metres ( Highest point on this trip ), needless to mention today`s miraculous sites with legendary fairy tales en route,  our arrival at our camp ( 4680 metres ) on the eastern base of the mountain may get bit late as it has been a long day! But our chefs are at the camp far before us and will have drinks and foods prepared to greet your success of the life time experience day!!!

Day 12

KORA MT. KAILASH – TREKKING & DRIVE TO CHIU GOMPA/ 4550m /50 KMS / 1 HRS

Trek for 4 to 5hrs 14kms to complete the trek at noon in Darchen, having our lunch and a tea break there and afternoon drive Chiu Gompa for camp. (Camp).
Day 13

REST DAY AT CHIU GOMPA

Day at the lake, relax and rest, we can climb up to Chiu Gompa monastery where we can visit the meditation cave of Guru Rinpoche, walk to the lake and the surrounding area, we can also enjoy a hot-bath in the hot-spring there. Overnight stay there. (Camp).
Day 14

DRIVE FROM CHIU GOMPA TO PARYANG /4520m / 290 KMS / 7 HRS

We must leave early today for our drive back to Paryang. However, Our day is not wasted we have some of the best scenery on our trip to  be seen in this section. Relax and enjoy the unique beauty of this drive. (Camp).
Day 15

FROM PARYANG TO SAGA / 4580m / 240 KMS /6 HRS

Today is another driving day as we head towards Saga. Take in the views of the small dusty towns through the way! (Camp).
Day 16

FROM PARYANG TO SAGA / 4580m / 240 KMS /6 HRS

We drive cross the wide grass lands of Shisha Pangma plain, join the friendship high way to Nyalam town, en route at our last pass Thong La 5050metres in Tibet, we will have a beautiful chance to enjoy a long range panoramic view of Himalaya and the famous Tibetan peak “Shisha Pang Ma 8012metres”, we have a short break at this scenic spot before we go down to Nyalam for the night. (Guest house stay).
Day 17

NYALAM TO ZHANG MU (38KMS) TO KATHMANDU /1300m / 110 KMS/ 5 HRS

From Nyalam, we unbelievably descend from 3750metres within 1hr down to 2700metres at the border (with the quick changes of the scenery makes our last hour in Tibet another memorable moment), at the border you get the Tibet exit stamp and drive another 20minutes another few hundred meters down to the friendship bridge and cross the border on to Nepal (Our Tibetan crew will leave you from here and will return back to Lhasa).
Kailash Manasarovar Yatra

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