Located in the extreme remote region of Western Tibet, 6,714 meters, Mount Kailash, where the solitude, clean air and spirituality are at its peak. This site is sacred to four religions, the Hindus, Buddhists, Jain and the followers of Bon which is the ancient shamanistic religion of Tibet. The parikrama/kora or circumference of Mount Kailash is an essential part of your overall journey to Mount Kailash.
According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva Resides on top of Mount Kailash, where he sits in a state of meditation along with his wife Parvati. Mount Kailash is believed to be the ultimate destination of souls and the spiritual center of the world. Alike Mount Kailash, Lake Mansarovar is the abode of purity. It is a place of pilgrimage, attracting Hindus from all over the world. Taking a bath in Mansarovar and drinking its water is believed to cleanse all sins committed over a hundred lifetimes. Those who have visited the holy spots of Lake Mansarovar and Mount Kailash carry with them a memory of a lifetime which remind them of the presence of Lord Shiva in their lives that gives them a feeling of peace and tranquility.
- Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Kerung
- 3 days trek (called kora) to Mt Kailash
- The life of people in the roof of world
- Walking on Dolma La Pass at an altitude of 5,600m
Trip Cost Includes :
- Twin/Dormitory sharing accommodation as per the itinerary on BB basis (Bed and Breakfast)
- English speaking Tibetan Guide
- Transportation as per the itinerary by Van or Bus according to group size
- Entry fee of mentioned places
- Tibet Travel permit
- Porter or Yak and Yak man during Kailash Kora accordingly to group size
- Border transfer Kathmandu – Rasuwagadi – Kathmandu
- Tibet Visa fee
- Travel Insurance
- Lunch and Dinner
- Manasarovar Kora Fee by Environmental Protection Bus (approx US$ 50 per person)-optional
- Drinks beverages (hard and soft drinks)
- Expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry etc
- Gratuity to staff
- Expenses of porter, change of vehicle, accommodation en-route incurred due to any unavoidable unforeseen circumstances such as land slide, road blockade, snow falls, political unrest, delay arrival, sickness etc
- Services not mentioned in inclusion
Day 01: After arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Eve Holiday and will drop you off at your hotel. After checking in, you can freshen up and rest. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Eve Holidays. During dinner, you will enjoy excellent traditional Nepalese cuisine along with a brief cultural program.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Basantapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, Boudhanath
Today we visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Basantapur Durbar Square has ancient palaces with rich art and architecture. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest places for Hindus. The ancient Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world and the Swayambhunath Stupa, popularly known among foreigners as the Monkey Temple. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour
After our short excursion in Kathmandu, we take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, located in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj, a town near the Nepal-India border, is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla. The town itself is an interesting Terai town that showcases the diverse culture of Nepal. In Nepalgunj, we visit the local market, mini zoo and nearby villages. Overnight in Nepalgunj.
Day 04: Fly to Simikot (2,985m/9,790ft) and trek to Dharapori (2,360m/7,740ft) 4 - 6 hours
We take a 40-minute flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot and admire the beauty of the soaring mountain cliffs from our airplane. Simikot, the head quarter of the Humla District, is cut off from the rest of the country due to its remoteness. While here, we learn about the local people and their rich culture, which is closely tied to the Tibetans because of the close proximity of the two places. We have lunch at Simikot and also register for the permit at the police office. From Simikot, we ascend for a while, then descend towards the village of Tuling. We continue walking through jungles and villages along the Karnali River towards Dharapori. Overnight in Dharapori.
Day 05: Trek from Dharapori to Kermi (2,860m/9,383ft): 5 - 6 hours
Our walk is on relatively flat trails beginning with the trail alongside the Karnali River. We walk along the fields cultivated mainly with barley, buckwheat, rice and potatoes. There are two hot springs near Kermi where we may soothe our aching bodies. We can also visit ancient Buddhist monasteries close to Kermi --Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa. Overnight in Kermi.
Day 06: Trek from Kermi to Yalbang (2,879m/9,445ft): 5 - 6 hours
Today’ trek is a flat and steep ascent until reaching a small pass and crossing a suspension bridge over the Salli River. From here one can enjoy views of the beautiful pine trees and the mighty Karnali River. We will also visit the remote Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery. Overnight in Yalbang.
Day 07: Trek from Yalbang to Tumkot (3,073m/10,082ft): 5 - 6 hours
We walk on a trail above the Karnali River. As we ascend further, the greenery begins to vanish and so do the smaller bushes. They give way to pine trees and rocky hills. After reaching Tumkot, we visit Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, one of the most important Sakya monasteries in the Tibetan region. Overnight in Tumkot.
Day 08: Trek from Tumkot to Yari (3,663m/12,017ft): 6 - 7 hours
Today's trek is on a relatively easy trail above the Karnali River. After walking a few miles we begin to notice the change in climate, vegetation and landscape which becomes more rocky and secluded. The trees that you see are not pine trees anymore. They are now short and low junipers. Overnight in Yari.
Day 09: Trek from Yari to Hilsa (3,647m/11,965ft) via Nara La pass: 5 - 6 hours
We cross the first pass of the trek today, the Nara La pass (4,620m). The vegetation is bleak by now and the landscape is familiar to that of Tibet. After crossing the pass we will be greeted by excellent views of the beautiful Tibetan plateau and Yari Village. From here on, it is a shaky descent down until Hilsa, a border town which is also a dropping point for the pilgrims on their way to Mt. Kailash by helicopter. Overnight in Hilsa.
Day 10: Trek from Hilsa to Purang (3,772m/12,375ft): 2 - 3 hours
We walk across the Friendship bridge at Hilsa where the Chinese officials will check our permits and passports. We also meet our Tibetan guide here. We ascend from Hilsa to Purang and pass Rinzin Zangpo Gompa and Kangje Village along the way. In Purang, we visit the ancient Purang Gompa and explore the unique Buddhist frescoes of IIX century. Overnight in Purang.
Day 11: Purang to Montser (4,450m/14,599ft) and sightseeing in Tirtapuri: 3 - 4 hours
On our way to Montser we pass through Rakshas and Mansarover lakes. After reaching Montser we settle down for a while then visit Tirtapuri (4510m). Located northwest of Mount Kailash, the Tirthapuri Hot Springs are closely associated with Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). Pilgrims bathe in pools fed by the springs, visit the monastery containing the guru's footprint and dig for healing stones along a one-hour pilgrimage route. After touring Tirtapuri we return back to Montser to spend the night.
Day 12: Sightseeing of Garuda Valley, then transfer to Darchen (4,560m/14,956ft): 3 - 4 hours
It takes us around 2 hours to reach the Garuda Valley that lies to the southwest of Mt Kailash. It contains mysterious caves, some of which have never been explored. Many believe that this was the cradle of the Tibetan civilization during the time of the Shang Shung kings, long before Buddhism reached the roof of the world. For those interested in the archeological and historical sites, Garuda Valley will be a dream come true. After touring the amazing valley we move to Darchen a small town, situated right in front of the sacred Mount Kailash. Overnight in Darchen.
Day 13: First day of Kora: hiking to Dira Puk Monastery (5120m/16,792ft), 5 - 6 hours
Today, we begin our Kora of Mt. Kailash. The first day out of Darchen involves a six-hour hike in a deep valley through walls of red rock. We continue across the plain to Shershong. We further cross a bridge leading to Chhuku Gompa high on the hill visible from the valley. The trail leads to Dirapuk from where we will have a stunning view of the north face of Mt. Kailash. Overnight in Dirapuk.
Day 14: Second day of Kora: hike to Dzutul-puk (4790m/15,765ft): 18km, 6 - 7 hours
Today will be the most difficult section of our journey. We climb Drolma-la Pass at 5,750m/19,910ft. The pass whose name literally means the pass of Tara is beautiful and is filled with five-colored praying flags. From Drolma-la Pass, we descend to Dzutul-puk. At Dzutul-puk, we come across the incredible Thugje Zinbu (Lake of Compassion) and a few ancient meditative caves. Overnight in Dzutul-puk.
Day 15: Third day of Kora: hiking to Darchen (4,560m/15,000ft): 14km, 3 - 4 hours and drive to Manasarovar
We gradually wind out of the valley towards Barka plain. After completing the holy Kora of Mount Kailash at Darchen, we drive for 2 hours to Mansarovar Lake. The lake holds religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. As per Hindu theology, Lake Mansarovar is a personification of purity, and one who drinks water from the lake is believed to go to the abode of Lord Shiva after death. Buddhists also associate the lake with the legendary lake known as Anavatapta in Sanskrit where Queen Maya is believed to have conceived Buddha. Overnight in Mansarovar.
Day 16: Tour of the Mansarovar Lake by Jeep Drive
Today, we circumambulate the beautiful Mansarovar Lake which has a circumference of 90 km making it one of the highest fresh water lakes in the world. The belief is that the Kora of Mount Kailash is completed only with a holy dip in the lake and a drink of its holy water relieves one from the sins of a hundred lives. We circle round Mansarovar by Jeep, and if time permits, we visit Chui Gompa, another attraction of Manasrovar. Overnight in Mansarovar.
Day 17: Drive from Mansarovar to Saga (4,600m/15,088ft) 495 km, 8 – 9 hours
Today, we have to accomplish a long drive from Mansarovar to Saga traversing through the sacred historic Chiu Monastery. We continue driving past Hor Quo and across the Mayum La pass (5,200m). While passing through, we will have glimpses of small towns like Zhongba and Paryang. This journey covers 270 km from Mansarovar to Paryang and adjoins Saga, 255 km away from Paryang. From Saga instead of going towards Lhasa, we drive along a different route to Kathmandu. Overnight in Saga.
Day 18: Drive from Saga to Zhangmu (3,750m/12,300ft) 325km, 4 – 5 hours
At our return, we cross the Yarlung Tsangpo or Brahmaputra River and then drive to Nyalam. At the first pass we stumble upon Paigu-Tso, a huge lake with Mt. Shishapangma (8,027m) at its background. We also get a glimpse of Mt. Everest as the road climbs the Lalung La Pass (5,124m). After crossing yet another pass, Tong La (5,120m), we finally reach the border town Zangmu. Overnight in Zangmu.
Day 19: Drive from Zhangmu to Kathmandu: 153km, 4 – 5 hours
We drive to the border check point to go through the custom formalities. After reaching Friendship Bridge, we will be leaving our Tibet-side vehicles, and will walk for around 15 minutes towards Nepal. From Kodari, it takes another 4-5 hours drive to reach Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 20: Departure home
The Kailash Tour comes to an end today. Untill your flight time you can exchange emails with your travel companions, organize photos or just walk and buy soveniers for your loved ones. A representative from Eve Holidays will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight
Summer months from May to September is the best time for Kailash Tour via Simikot by Trekking. Please email us for your desired dates
Summer months from May to September is the best time for Kailash Tour
Weather conditions from May through September in Tibet are generally dry and sunny, with more precipitation in July and August. Daytime temperatures can be as high as 72 °F with the average daily temperature of 50 °F. However, the sun is much more intense at higher altitudes making it feel much hotter. At this time of year there is also an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening. The temperature at night will drop as low as 14 °F to 32°F at altitudes of 16,404 feet, which is our highest camp during the Mt. Kailash Circuit.
Accommodations in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and Tibet (except trekking) will be on twin-shared basis but while trekking (both in Nepal and Tibet), you will be accommodated in a common dormitory.
No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal and Tibet, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform to us
Phone calls can also be made from public booth in bigger towns. Internet cafes are also available at bigger towns, check with your guide for the best cyber cafes in each town.
You can also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone as mobile phones work fine in Tibet. If you buy a Chinese SIM card at the border, you could stay in touch with your family and friends most of the time.
All our tour guides have received 45 days training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides also take first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). We provide English speaking Nepali guide during your Nepal stay and the English speaking Tibetan guide for your Tibet tour
Weather conditions can change rapidly here and you should be prepared. It's unlikely you will have problems with the altitude other than shortness of breath, and less energy than you are used to as you will have been at altitude for quite some time just to get here, however Altitude Sickness is unpredictable, and you should always keep your plans flexible enough to give yourself a rest day if needed.
We will be served breakfast in hotels in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj. And, on our trekking journey within Nepal, we will be provided with all meals. A basic meal during trekking in Nepal will include rice, potatoes, noodle with soup, etc. However, note that we will not be provided any meals in Tibet. Therefore, it is better to set aside a food budget of up to $20- $30 every day while in Tibet.
Private minibus will be provided from Kathmandu to Kodari. From Kodari to Zhangmu (Tibet) will be in trucks. Throughout the journey in Tibet you will be traveling in 4500 Land Cruisers or 62 model Land Cruisers. Trucks will be provided for all luggage, camping equipment, and food supplies.
Besides Chinese Yuan, only US dollars can be accepted in Tibet. Also shops that accept American currency are very limited and you might not be able to get a good deal for an exchange rate. Credit cards can only be used at some hotels. The Bank of China also accepts credit cards. The banks in Tibet (China) are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. ATM is not widely available. Exchanging your money to Chinese currency will be the best option for you, which can be done at the Bank of China. While changing money at the local money exchange centers, please make sure that you are accompanied by your guide and do consult him as you may easily be duped with counterfeit notes.
Nepal Visa & Visa Fee
You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD
Visa &? Tibet Travelling Permit
Visas for individual travel in China are easy to get from most Chinese Embassies. But the Chinese Visa and Tibet Permits are different. All travellers entering Tibet must also obtain SPECIAL TRAVEL PERMITS from the Tibetan Tourism Bureau (TTB), Lhasa which is required to buy an air ticket into Tibet. One cannot travel to Tibet with Chinese Visa. So, visitors need to enter Tibet either through mainland China or Nepal. TRAVELLERS MUST OFFICIALLY BE PART OF A GROUP TOUR with a guide who will help dealing with the Chinese authorities at checkpoints. If you are traveling to Tibet via Nepal, you must obtain the Chinese visa which must be issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu but if you are planning to enter Tibet via mainland China, you need to get the Chinese visa from Chinese Embassy in your home country. As soon as you book the trip, Eve Holidays will arrange for the Tibet Travel Permits, for which you need to send us the copy of your passport if you wish to enter Tibet via Nepal and copies of your passport and Chinese Visa if you wish to enter Tibet via mainland China.
1. Your passport should be valid for at least six months before travelling. Visa is not provided to the passports with less than six months' validity. You need two passport-sized photos for the visa application.
2. All Tibet permits can be obtained using photocopy of your passport but you need your original passport to apply for Chinese visa. Visa section in Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is open on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday only from 10:00 hrs to 11:30 hrs for submitting and collecting passports. Normally Chinese Embassy takes 5 working days to issue the tourist visa but they issue visa even in a day charging an extra Urgent Visa Fee on top of normal fee.
3. Travellers must use the same passport for Nepal and Tibet.
4. Itinerary and the places to visit in Tibet must be stated clearly and finalized in advance because while applying for a Chinese visa from Kathmandu, a copy of this should be attached. Travel permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau (Lhasa) is obtained according to the places mentioned in the itinerary.
5.The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu does not issue Chinese visas to individual travellers and will even cancel any existing Chinese visa once you apply for it from Nepal.
6. Travellers are not allowed to carry any Tibetan religious books, literatures, photographs, especially related to Dalai Lama during your travel to Tibet. Possessions of such are confiscated and you are not allowed to enter Tibet.
7. Rules and regulations regarding Chinese visa and Tibet travel permit keeps on changing very often, therefore we suggest our customers to consult us regarding the visa issues so that your all programs and plans goes smoothly without any obstacles.
Getting into Mt. Kailash, Tibet
Tibet is accessible from either mainland China or Nepal ONLY.
Kathmandu –Lhasa is the only international flight to/from Tibet and the Friendship Highway connecting Nepal and Tibet (China) is the only international highway in Tibet.
For getting into Tibet the most popular options are:
By Air: Take a flight to Gonggar Airport, Lhasa, Tibet either from Kathmandu (Nepal), Chengdu (China), Zhongdian (China) or Beijing (China). Flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa run four times a week in the high summer season and twice a week in the low winter season.
By Rail: Take a train that links Qinghai (mainland China) to Lhasa (Tibet).
By Road: Or choose an overland drive over 865km stretch of road named Friendship Highway from Kathmandu (Nepal) to Lhasa (Tibet).
NOTE: Whichever way you enter Tibet, from China or from Nepal , you will have to be officially part of a group tour purchasing a package tour through a travel company. Please contact us for a hassle free and enjoyable package and Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permits.
All participants must provide a health certificate by the doctor. You will be traveling in remote areas at high altitude. Some of the recommended tests include: blood pressure, haemoglobin, blood sugar, stress test, electrocardiogram (ECG) and any other tests according to your particular health status.
Tibet is a remote location, and if you become seriously injured or very sick, you may need to be evacuated by air. Be sure your policy covers evacuation along with medical, theft and loss and all the adventure activities in your trip.
Please contact us for your required departure date. Best Months: May to September
Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at 977 1 6915029