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  • Country: China (Tibet)
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Altitude: Kailash Peak 22,022 feet
  • Climate: (0 to 70 Degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Best Time to Visit: April – September
  • Parikrama of Kailash: 32 miles (Three days)
  • High point of Parikrama: 19,500 feet
  • Lake Mansarovar: 14,954 feet
  • Circumference of Mansarovar: 63 miles
  • Group Size: 2 + Pax
  • Total Duration: 17Days
  • Trek Type: Tea House
  • Where is mt Kailash location : wikipedia Mt kailash google view Lord Shiva miracle Real Footage mount kailash view from satellite map in Google Earth 

Mt.Kailash Yatra is often regarded as one of the most sacred pilgrimage journeys for the devotees of Lord Shiva. For thousands of years, Kailash and Manasarovar region has been the abode of God and a pilgrimage site of utmost sanctity. Lord Shiva is depicted in Hindu Mythology to have resided at the top of Mount Kailash in a state of meditation along Parbati, his wife and the Daughter of Himalaya. Also known as Tise or Kang Rinpoche (The Jewel of Snows), the Kailash Parbat (Mt Kailash) is believed to be the ultimate destination of souls and spiritual center of the world. And people deeply believe that holy Himalaya is the grand palace of Gods who kept the universe secluded from the evil spirits. Not only for Hindus and Buddhists, but Mount Kailash is also regarded as the center of physical and metaphysical universe for Janis and Bonpos. Lake Manasarovar is considered the abode of purity and people believe that all sins committed over a hundred lifetimes will be cleansed once they drink its water. Mount Kailash Yatra forms the ultimate realization of their spiritual pursuit for the devout pilgrims while it offers the peerless beauty in the secluded and remote land of Tibet for the adventure-seeking hearts. 
Once you visit the holy spots of Lake Manasarovar and Kailash Parbat, you will carry the memory of a lifetime with you. Mount Kailash Yatra reminds you of the presence of Lord Shiva and their lives and gives you a spiritual feeling of peace and tranquility. After all, who will not mesmerized by the pristine beauty and serenity of such sacred religious sites? Kailash Yatra will instill you with a true feeling of being one with Lord Shiva himself.
Geographically located significantly in a remote south-west corner of Tibet, Mt Kailash is an astoundingly symmetrical 22028ft giant pyramid with a diagonal gash which is visible on one of its faces. Often recited as 'a compelling dome-shaped peak rising above a desolately beautiful 13,000ft plateau of rainbow-colored rocks', Mount Kailash is one of the most sacred and precious peaks in the world. Different existing mythologies in different religions depict Mount Kailash in their own ways as one of the most sacred places in the earth. Kailash Parikrama (Circumambulation of Mt Kailash) is one of the holiest pilgrimage activities for people from Hindu, Buddhist, and Bonpo communities.
Not only as a religious point of view, but Mt Kailash Yatra is also equally a place of eternal bliss for any nature lovers and ardent adventurers. Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Trip is an excellent opportunity to grasp the remote, rarely found mountain vistas and other sacred sites in Mt Kailash Trail.
Encounters Nepal offers you the best trip in Tibet letting your circumambulating the entire Kailash Parbat. Do Mt Kailash Yatra with us and experience the contentment for lifetime. We offer personalized care of each and every Yatri during the Kailash Yatra, and as a complimentary trip, we offer you the trek to Nandi Parbat and Asthapath Darshan. We have been operating scores of trips to Mount Kailash and Manasarovar with highest success rate. Come join our dedicated team of Nepalese trekking staffs and co-operative tour guides from Tibetan side as well.


Complimentray Darshan of Asthapath and Nandi Parbat
High success rate of Kailash Parikarma
Dedicated Team Of Nepali Trekking Staff and co-operative Tour Guide from Tibet / China side
ENCOUNTERSNEPAL.COM overlooks the accommodation facility at Paryang & Dirapuk. It has its own Fixed Camp at Zhuthupuk.

How much does it cost to go to Kailash?
Being a famous pilgrimage tour, a good question would be; how much does it cost to go to Kailash? The total cost to go Kailash with everything included is 4,100 USD per person. This cost to go to Kailash has Visa’s, transportation, accommodation and vegetarian meals included.

How difficult is Kailash Yatra?
Kailash Yatra is not difficult at all and the entire tour is well organized with transportation, accommodation and vegetarian meals included. The Kora itself around Mt Kaialsh can even be done by horse or donkey ride for those who are tired or unable.

Can we visit Mount Kailash?
You can certainly visit Mount Kailash during the Mt Kailash yatra or Mt Kailash tour. A visit to Mount Kailash is common amongst Hindu people and considered a pilgrimage where religious ceremonies take place while visiting Mt Kailash.

Why no one has climbed Mount Kailash?
Considered a holy mountain climbing to the summit of Mt Kailash is considered taboo by Hindu people and so no one has climbed Mt Kailash. Out of respect for Hindu communities who consider Mt Kailash as one of the holiest mountains the government has made the climbing of Mt Kailash as illegal and thus forbidden.

Can a helicopter land on mount Kailash?
Due to it being a holy mountain and with the restriction as a no fly zone, helicopters are not allowed to fly near and certainly not land on mount Kailash. If you want to reach Mt Kailash, than the only way is by tour.

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Trip Itinerary:

Day 01 - : Take the flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu / Arrival at Lhasa [Elev.3650m] / Lhasa airport pick-up / Stay overnight at Lhasa.
Day 02 - : Lhasa city sightseeing - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Area / Stay overnight at Lhasa. - Walking tour, no vehicle
Day 03 - : Lhasa city sightseeing, visit Drepung Monastery and Sera monastery / Stay overnight at Lhasa.
Day 04 - : Lhasa / Yamdrok lake / Karola Glacier / Gyantse - visit Gyantse Kumbum [Elev.3980m] / Shigatse [Elev.3840m]. 360KM, 7 hours' drive / Stay overnight at Shigatse.
Day 05 - : Shigatse - visit Tashilhunpo monastery and local living market / Sakya Monastery / Lhatse [Elev.3950m]. 210KM, 5 hours' drive / Stay overnight at Lhatse.
Day 06 - : Lhatse / Saga [Elev. 4610m]. 306KM, 7 hours' drive / Stay overnight at Saga.
Day 07 - Saga / Paryang [Elev. 4750m] / Lake Manasarovar - Chiu Monastery [Elev.4560m]. 500KM, 8 hours' drive / Stay overnight 
Day 08 - : Lake Manasarovar / Darchen [Elev. 4670m]. 60KM, 1 hour's drive / Stay overnight at Darchen.
Day 09 - : Mt. Kailash Kora 1st Day / Trek Darchen to Dira-puk Monastery [Elev. 5080m]. 20KM/6 hours/200M ascent / Stay overnight at Local Guesthosue.
Day 10 - : Mt. Kailash Kora 2nd Day / Trek Dira-puk Monastery to Zutul-puk Monastery [Elev. 4820m] by Drolma-la Pass [Elev. 5640m]. 18KM/6-7 hours/550M ascent & 600m descent / Stay overnight at Local Guesthosue.
Day 11 - : Mt. Kailash Kora 3rd Day / Trek back to Darchen [Elev. 4670m]. 14KM/2-3 hours/150M descent / Take some good rest at Darchen / Stay overnight at Darchen.
Day 12 - : Darchen / Paryang / Saga. 520KM, 8 hours' drive / Stay overnight at Saga.
Day 13 - : Saga / Old Tingri [Elev. 4610m]. 240KM, 6-7 hours' drive / stop to visit Pelku Tso Lake and overlook Mt. Xixiabangma / Stay overnight at Old Tingri.
Day 14 - : Old Tingri / Rongbuk [Elev. 4900m] / Mt. Everest Base Camp (E.B.C) [Elev. 5150m], 100KM, 2-3 hours' drive / Afternoon hiking to E.B.C (about 2 hours) or take the local sightseeing bus. Enjoy the sunset at E.B.C. / Stay overnight at E.B.C.
Day 15 - : E.B.C / Rongbuk / Shegar [Tingri, Elev. 4150m] / Shigatse, 340KM, 7-8 hours drive / enjoy the sunrise if weather allows / Stay overnight at Shigatse.
Day 16 - : Shigatse / Lhasa, 300KM, 5 hours' drive along the northern Friendship Hwy / Stay overnight at Lhasa.
Day 17 - : Lhasa airport drop off for your flight to Kathmandu / The end of your travel with EncountersNepal.

Price Includes:

  • 1. Round trip flight tickets Kathmandu – Lhasa – Kathmandu (economy class after taxes).
  • 2. All required Tibet Permits for this trip.
  • 3. All required government taxes and travel agency handling fees.
  • 4. Domestic travel accident insurance.
  • 5. Transportation: Comfortable and clean air-conditioned 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser with licensed driver - walking tour is arranged on Day 02.
  • 6. Entrance Fee: All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary, shuttle bus at EBC.
  • 7. Local Tibetan guide fluent in English that is certified by the state tourism build.
  • 8. Accommodations as mention
  • 9. Vehicle and guide entrance fee to Mt. Everest Base Camp region.
  • 10. Local sightseeing bus at Mount Kailash Kora.
  • 11. Lodging and food allowance for your guides and drivers.
  • 12. 2 bottles of mineral water provided daily per person.
  • 13. Portable oxygen inhaler and high altitude sickness medicine.
  • 14. Lhasa airport pick up and drop off.
  • 15 hotel with BB with mention place 


Price Excludes:

  • 1. International Travel insurance.
  • 2. Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks,lauch and dinner and mention place breakfast  Internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
  • 3. Optional activities, such as horse ride, hot spring, etc.
  • 4. Tips for your guide and driver, tip as you wish.
  • 5. Meals that are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • 6. Yaks and porters for Kailash trekking to carry luggage, you can hire it from there which cost around 45 USD per day/per yak.
  • 7. China Group Visa Fee (70- (American 199)USD per person based on 4 working days to process).
  • 8. Sightseeing bus at Lake Manasarovar, about 280 CNY per person.
  • 9.Your travel insurance. (Compulsory)
  • 10. International air fare.
  • 11.  Nepal entry visa fee.
  • 12. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • 13. Personal trekking Equipments.
  • 14.Extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring additional Transportation Or Porterage (approx $10 – 15 per person)
  • 15.USD 300 per person incase if you need hourse /yak in Parikrama

Useful Information

Deapture for Kailash-Manasarover 2019-2020 .We put every effort into making your journey smooth and pleasant, however, all Tibet tours are run strictly under Tibet Tourism Authority. We or our agents shall not be responsible for any change or cancellation of programmes due to any unavoidable circumstances such as road blockade, flood, snow, political unrest, cancellation of flights, delayed arrivals, sickness or accidents. Any resulting additional cost must be borne by clients. Therefore, we advise clients to have full insurance against medical and personal accidents etc. Cancellation insurance is also advised from your home country.For the French nationals, visa processing in the local Chinese Embassy requires at least a week (7 working visa days). In other words, the French nationals shall not be granted express visa despite of the express visa fees. Above airfare and visa fees are subject to change as per airlines and the Chinese Embassy. Tibet tour can closed any time with out notice cause to Chinese Government policy.Above cost is group sharing basis we could organized private trip also.


Travelers Review 

In September 2017, after a few years of dreaming about the possibility of this adventure and having recovered from serious orthopaedic surgery and again feeling fit, I arranged to undertake this iconic tour including the two day ritual trek, the “kora”, around Mt Kailash. Over the past five years, I have completed quite a number of memorable and enriching Himalayan tours all with En-countersNepal.com: trekking in the Anna Purna, travel to Tibet, Bhutan and Darjeeling and Sikkim, so it was great to be accompanied by Rishi Nepal, proprietor of EncountersNepal.com once again on this life changing trip. Before proceeding with the booking following a particularly bad flu season in Sydney, I ensured that I was completely healthy, as to undertake tours and trekking at the high altitudes you traverse on this trip, both lungs and legs need to be in tip top shape.

Lhasa greeted me again with its imposing Potala Palace aloft the hill overlooking the city and after a few days to acclimatise to the 3656 metre altitude by visiting some of the surrounding monasteries and markets, we departed on our road trip with an excellent safe driver and a local guide as well. The perfect turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake shimmered in the Autumn sunlight surrounded by green hills dotted with grazing yaks and bursts of bright yellow flowers, while the icy snow of the Karola glacier a couple of hours further on, glittered with reflected mountain cloud and made a beautiful contrast to the hundreds of prayer flags adorning its base.

Reaching Lake Manasarovar on Day 8 was a significant milestone on this trip. The name “Mana-sarovar” is derived from two Sanskrit words: “manas” meaning “mind” and “sarovara”, “lake”. Hin-dus believe the lake was created by the mind of Lord Brahma and that anyone who drinks its wa-ters will be cleansed of all their sins. The lake is holy to three other religions: Bon, Buddhism and Jainism. It is a serenely beautiful landscape and you can watch devotees from these religions per-forming rituals on the side of its waters and bathing in them. The ancient Chiu monastery sits ma-jestically on a mountain top overlooking it. The monks utilise a basic stone outdoor latrine nearby which commands the best views over the lake and surrounding mountains which I have ever seen from any “bathroom” anywhere! The guesthouse nearby and very close to the lake’s edge pro-vided warm bedding and a simple pancake and tea breakfast was taken in a teahouse heated by a fire nearby.

The highlight of this enriching trip of a life time was the ritual walk, the “kora” around the base of the sacred mountain Kailash. The walk is approximately 50 kilometres and is completed by most people over 2 - 3 days. It is considered medium to difficult in grade for average walkers due to the high altitude of the track. The small town of Darchen (4675m) is where you stay before and after completing the kora and it is quite challenging for someone who lives at sea level, as I do, to reach the highest point, the Drolma La at 5630m. Guides do carry small flasks of oxygen to assist if you start to feel the effects of the high altitude such as headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness. On this trip, I had already spent 11 days in Tibet and had been climbing gradually through the mountains on this tour, so while I did get a little light headed and breathless near the high pass, the Drolma La, a little slowing of the pace, lots of rest stops during the climb and a few puffs of oxygen from the aerosol container, really assisted my successful completion of the walk. Both Rishi and the local guide, Jampa, were so supportive and encouraging as well as exercising caution regarding the pace of the ascent, so at all times I felt safe. There are occasional tea houses along the route where you can enjoy a mug of hot steaming tea and a simple snack. We also all carried fruit, nuts and chocolate with us as you need to replenish the calories spent as well as drinking plenty water. At this altitude the air is very dry, the sun is also so strong so you must ensure that you stay properly hydrated. The overnight accommodation at Dira Puk opposite the monastery was simple, shared dormitory style. We also shared the surrounding slopes with many yaks and beautiful scenes of the sun setting over the surrounding mountains. While this accommodation was very basic, the experience of this trek is so uplifting and you are so tired yet filled with joy by the scenery and the people you encounter along the path, that falling asleep with exhaustion is easy!!! There were hot meals made to order in the nearby teahouse so no-one went to sleep hungry or thirsty. The next morning after hot tea, eggs and bread, we set off once again along the path leading to the pass. The sight of the local Tibetan people in their colourful costumes in the arid mountain landscape sometimes tinged with light snow falls, was wonderful. Many prostrate themselves the whole way and spend three weeks to complete the kora, wearing gloves to protect their hands from the dust and stones. Such commitment to their religious beliefs is truly moving. Some local people shared biscuits and baked goods with other pilgrims and walkers as part of their goodwill to others on this spiritual trek. The views, the devout, beautifully adorned local people who sprint up these steep paths at altitude with no difficulty at all, the exhilaration of the hike through such rough yet stunningly imposing terrain and the sight of snow covered, proud Kailash, the”home” of Lord Shiva looming above, are images imprinted on my mind and in my heart forever.

From Darchen at the end of the trek, we drove on towards Everest Base Camp.The sight of Chongmolongma in the late afternoon light being stripped of her mid girth veil of cloud before our eyes by the wind gusting down from the high ranges, was just magical. Around sunset, we entered, with humility, the Buddhist monastery at Ronbuk, the highest in the world at 5000m and Rishi presented the nun who was there with his Bodhi seed necklace which she accepted with grace, humility and also great warmth. This was such a moving moment.

After spending the night in the cosy inn and breakfasting with wonderful views, we departed on our return journey towards Lhasa, passing magnificent lookouts and view points of the majestic moun-tain giants of the region. In Shigatse we walked around the monastery with pilgrims in the morning sun and rested enjoying wide views over the valley and town.

A visit to Tibet is a transformative experience. Buddhism breathes from every rock and mountain. Mandalas, prayer wheels, burning juniper fill your senses wherever you go. The red robes of the monks, the sleeping dogs in the monasteries, the paintings, the statues, the yaks and sheep grazing in the mountain pastures, all become part of your own heart as you experience Tibet. I returned from these 17 days to Kathmandu, a richer person in my senses and soul.