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 1 Drive through Trisuli to Kerung in Tibet (6 hours, 149km)
We meet at Thamel and start our drive to Rasuwagadhi, early morning at around 4.30 am ,through the black-topped road to get to the newly started Nepal-Tibet border called Rasuwagadhi-Kerung border. After immigration formality at Rashuwagadhi, drive to Kerung which is the first village of Tibet and it takes 2 hours drive to reach Kerung from Kathmandu.
Overnight: Guesthouse in Kerung
Day 2 Acclimatization Day at Kerung
We need a day rest here to get accustomed to the high altitude. We will spend the entire day with short hikes around the village.
Overnight : Guest house.in Kerung
Day 3 Drive from Kerung to Saga (5-6 hours, 4640m)
Driving through the hills on black topped road we pass through the high passes Thong La and La Lung to reach Saga at an altitude of 4640 meters. Along the way, we will be able to see Lake Peikutso and Tibetan people grazing their yaks and sheep.
Overnight : Guesthouse in Saga
Day 4 Drive from Saga to Lake Mansarovar (5-6 hours, 277km, 4558m)
Starting early today, we will drive towards the highest fresh water lake in the world, the holy lake Mansarovar that lies at an altitude of 4558 meters. It is believed that the lake was once a resting place of Hindu God Vishnu and this lake is surrounded by Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandala and the Rakshash (Demon) Lake. Locals believe that this Demon Lake was created by one the evil King named Ravan, so the water in this lake is considered poisonous.
Overnight: Guesthouse in Mansarovar
Day 5 Explore around Mansarovar Lake and Drive to Darchen (1 hour, 40km, 4575m)
Today we have the time to explore around the holy lake Mansarovar and perform some rituals and drive onwards to Darchen. Darchen is situated right in front of the Mtount Kailash.
Overnight: Lodge in Darchen
Day 6 Kailash Kora Day 1. Drive to Tarboche and start trek to Dira Puk, 4,900 m (5-6 hours)
Today we will drive to the small settlement of Tarboche. Tarboche is the starting point of the Kailash Kora. Yamadwar, the gateway of the god of death, is located in Tarboche. So from here we will start on our leg and few hours of walk will take us to a village of Derapuk situated infront of the north face of Mt. Kailash. Today, we will be able to see the beautiful views of the Gurla-Mandala, Ape, Kamet and other high peaks.
Overnight: Lodge at Derapuk.
Day 7 Kailash Kora Day 2. Trek to Zhutul Puk crossing Dolma la Pass, 4,760 m (8-9 hours, 19km)
Today is the longest and streanous trekking day of the Kailash Kora. Walking through Jarok Donkhang Village and Shiva-tsal, we will get to the banks of the Lham-chu Khir River. We will follow the river and get to the Khando Sangam La facing the eastern side of Mt. Kailash and a short walk from here will take us to Juthulpuk. The place got its name from the famous cave of Juthulpuk or the miracle cave. On the way, we will be able to see the footprints of Buddha.
Overnight : Lodge in Juthulpuk
Day 8 Kailash Kora Day 3. End Kailash Kora and drive to Saga
During the morning, we will be exploring the caves and temples around the Milarepa cave. We will hike for 3 to 4 hours to complete our Kora and get back to the village of Darchen. We will have lunch there, and drive back to Saga.
Overnight: Lodge in Saga
Day 9 Drive back to Kerung
We will drive back to Kerung, freshen up and relax in our guest house.
Overnight: Guest house in Kerung
Day 10 Exit from Tibet; Drive back to Kathmandu
Today we drive back to Kathmandu and is the last day of your adventure tour to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar
Temperature and Weather
From May through September in Tibet are generally dry and sunny, with more precipitation in 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 Parikrama.
All participants must provide a medical clearance form completed by their doctor confirming that they are fit to undertake this Yatra. Please note you will be traveling in remote areas at high altitude up to 19,500 feet.
Please start to get in shape now. A good 45 minute walk every day, combined with light jogging, stretching and/or regular exercise will get you into the right shape. Concentrate on your heart and legs. Yoga breathing exercises also help to promote lung expansion which will allow your body to acclimatize faster. Porters will be carrying the bulk of your equipment. However, it is recommended that you are fit enough to carry some of your own snacks, water, camera, light weight rain gear, etc.
Pack clothing for both extremes of climate and temperature. While driving to Mt. Kailash, it will be warm inside the vehicle and light clothing will be required. However, as soon as you step out of the vehicle warm clothing will be required to keep off the cold wind of the Tibetan Plateau. Evening will be generally cold and warm clothing will be required. List of items to bring is provided.
VISAs and Documentation
All Participants must be in possession of their passport that is valid for at least 6 months. Eve Holidays will obtain each participant’s VISA for Tibet. Nepal Visa is obtained upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport. If Participant wished to continue his/her journey to India, they must also have VISA for India. While flying into Delhi, all participants will be a transient passenger.
Our highly experienced Sherpa staff will be responsibility for all camping & cooking arrangements. A local English speaking guide will escort the group throughout the tour in Tibet.
Oxygen cylinder will be provided throughout the journey and PARIKRAMA. Please note that Oxygen is to be used only in case of emergency.
Still cameras and video cameras are allowed in China. Taking photos or videos at any Chinese Government area (Army camp, Chinese Govt. home etc) is prohibited.
We recommend that you insure yourself against sickness, emergency rescue, accident hospitalization, trip cancellation etc as we accept no responsibility for damages or expenses which may arise from mishaps to persons or their belongings during these pilgrimages.
While on Yatra, all accommodations are basic lodges. If lodges are not vacant, our porters will pitch tents. Overnight at Lake Mansarovar and while on Parikrama will be in tents. All the lodges are basic accommodation with no shower facilities and common bathrooms. Shower houses are available in Saga and Darchen for a cost of Yen 15-20.
Most of the lodges/guesthouses will have communication connections with the exception of power outage. Urgent messages from families should be communicated by contacting Eve Holidays.
All arrangements within Tibet are solely at the discretion of the China Tibet Tourism Bureau (CTTB), a Government Organization,. We have no control over the quality of the vehicles or the facilities. Eve Holidays reserves the right to change itineraries without advance notice depending on the weather and road conditions. The China Tibet Tourism Bureau (CTTB) reserves the right to change itineraries without advance notice depending upon various diseases characterized by a high fever or any other strike in China and Nepal.
All major foreign currencies are accepted in Zhangmu Bank in return for yen. At the time of this writing the official exchange rate between U.S. dollar and yen is about 1:6.8 (US $1 = 6.2 yen). NOTE: Credit cards are not accepted while on Yatra. They are however, very useful while in Kathmandu. While in Kathmandu, Nepal Rupee can be exchanged at the hotel front desk.
Valuable goods taken for personal use (i.e. Electronics) should be declared at the Customs office by completing a customs declaration form and brought back on your return journey. Antiques must be properly certified, otherwise they may be confiscated. Do not take any photography of Chinese Officials.
Transportation as per the itinerary by Van or Bus according to group size
Recommended Packing List
4 pairs of pants (1 Cargo, 1 jogging or Yoga, 1 windproof- waterproof - breathable, 1 Ski Pants)
1 or 2 long sleeves Shirts (Fleece or Hoodies)
2 short sleeves (tees or polos)
One Towel (light weight), one warm Scarf, a Shawl, and a Pillow Case
2 pairs of cotton and 3 pairs of woolen Extra Thick socks
2 pairs of warm hand gloves (one warm and soft – one water resistant/Ski Gloves)
One pair of Gore-Tex, Ankle support Hiking Boots (should be 1 ½ size bigger than your foot measure)
One pair of Sneakers or Tennis Shoes and/or One Pair of sandal with back strap
8 Under garments, 4 small and large ziplock bags, and 4 X- large garbage bags, 10 plastic grocery bags
Two winter hats with ear covers
One Wind breaker jacket with a hood( water resistant/proof)
One oversized heavy duty Poncho
Two Thermals (two legging and two top) (microfiber thermals are great and comes in black)
One set of warm Pajamas for night sleep
2 Combination Locks for your luggage’s
Down jacket (provided -May choose to bring your own)
Small Back Pack (Day Pack) (Water proof or with rain cover)
Digital Camera with video capability, I-pod or Mp3 player, I-pod Speakers (Charging available up to Saga)(bring Asia plug adaptor for plug ins)
Headlamp or small Flash light with extra batteries AND UV protective Sunglasses with retainer (Thread/chain)
Slim Thermos for hot water AND a plastic durable water bottle (small)
Camel-Bak (small one or 2 liter) for drinking water during Parikrama (optional)
2 Trekking Poles to be used during Parikrama (optional, but highly recommended)
4 copies of Passport Photos (keep photos and passport in small zipbag to protect from rain)
Note book journal and a pen, Your Favorite book to read, Swiss army Knife, Travel Sewing kit
Travel size Sun block, Tooth paste and brush, Travel Size Soap, Travel Size Lotion, Travel size tissue packs (10 per person), Wide tooth comb, Lip balm, Travel Size Shampoo, Hair Moisturizer or oil, hand sanitizer, and Deodorant.
First Aid and Medical Kit
Medicines Consulting with your physician is highly recommended and bring the medications as per his/ her advice. Only bring enough to last for travel days: your prescribed medicines, cough medicine, cough drops, pain medicine (Tylenol/Advil) Imodium, Ciprofloxacin(Rx – Traveler’s diarrhea), Emergen-C, Visine Eye Drops, multivitamins, band aid, Neosporin, Vicks Vapor Rub, Muscle Relaxer Cream, Motion sickness and high altitude sickness medicine (Diamox is Highly Recommended )
Bring your favorite snacks like biscuits, Hard Candy, Chocolates, dry sweets, dry fruits, and Nasto
Pack all items in extra large clear easy zip bags in one suitcase as per airline size.
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 9841414582