Kailash and Mansarovar Tour is like a dream come trip for devout pilgrims around the globe. The trip to the holy Mt. Kailash is one of the most challenging trips. The entire journey to Kailash Mansarovar provides unusual travel experience as you get to visit several highly worshipped pilgrimage sites blessed with cultural heritage and natural beauty. Different than the heavenly natural beauty from the Lhasa to EBC, once you enter the Nagri region, you will notice the tangible sense of sacredness. The mystic environment, vivid terrain, delightful Mansarovar, and beautiful Mt. Kailash will surely surprise you throughout the journey. As you start the Kora Trek along with the prostrating devotees in the serene pilgrim route, you will begin to feel the calmness of the trip.
Mount Kailash, one of the holiest mountains, is the spiritual joint for the Hindus, Buddhist, Jains and Bonpos followers from all around the world. Mount Kailash tour offers the excellent objective of the spiritual quest to the sole pilgrims. And, for nature-enthusiasts, this trip illustrates raw beauty, remoteness, isolation, and adventure of a lifetime. This 15 day Kailash and Mansarovar tour begins with the architectural beauty of Lhasa. We pay a visit to majestic Potala Palace, charming Barkhor Street, significant Drepung & Sera Monastery, Jokhang temple, and the captivating summer palace of the Dalai Lama – Norbulinkha. The tour offers a firsthand experience of local culture and traditions.
After acclimatizing properly and visiting Shangri-La's hidden gem, we take the strenuous trip to the Everest Base Camp. Here, we witness the majestic Mt. Everest accompanied by several other peaks like Lhotse and Nuptse. Then, we take a scenic drive to Mt. Kailash, where we can witness several isolated villages, nomad's camps with herds of sheep, domesticated mountain goats, and isolated land where people seem to be very far from material attachments.
Mount Kailash, standing at an altitude of 22028 feet, is popular as the physical embodiment of the legendary Mt. Meru and is one of the most sacred mountains of the world. The snowcapped rocky peak of Mt. Kailash lies between the Himalayas and Karakorum range, a scenically blessed area of western Tibet. The whole surrounding of Mt. Kailash is religiously notable and comprises of a couple of turquoise-blue high altitude lake of Mansarovar and Rakshasa. Mt, Kailash is the holy dwelling of Lord Shiva and his spouse Parvati, as in Hindu mythology. The Mansarovar Lake nearby Mt. Kailash is the first creation of Lord Brahma on the planet earth. Tibetan calls Kailash, Kang Rimpoche. Jains believe it as Mt. Ashtapada, the peak where the religion's founder, Rishabnatha, achieved his spiritual liberation. And Bon-Po (pre-Buddhist shamanistic religion) devotees worship it as the soul of the Tibet.
The best time to make a atrip to Kailash is between April to October, particularly in April, May, September, and October. For this trip, travelers should not only acquire Tibet Entry Permits but also buy the Alien Travel Permit. Public Security Bureau of Tibet issues the Alien Travel Permit. The formalities are a bit different for Indian citizens, so let us know in advance if you are an Indian citizen. Mt. Kailash lies about 1300 kilometers west from Lhasa. We can conduct the tour to Mt. Kailash via flight or overland tour. The air trip takes about 3 hours but is scheduled only four times a week. And, the overland tour takes about three days from Lhasa, if we move directly rather than visiting the Everest Base Camp.
Enjoy major sightseeing highlights of Lhasa
Trek around the Majestic Mt. Kailash
Relax in the lakeshore of tranquil Lake Mansarovar
Visit some of the oldest monasteries
Get the beautiful view of Mt. Everest along with numerous mountain peaks from EBC
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Accommodation at a 3-star category hotel (or more according to the budget)
- City tours, with all entry fees, private transportation, and tour guide
- Three daily meals including tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Finest twin sharing lodge for lodging during the trek
- Domestic airfare as per itinerary
- Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
- A highly experienced, well-trained Government License holder guide who speaks English fluently with all his salary, food and drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance paid for
- Sleeping bag, Down jacket during the trek, if required (to be returned after the trip)
- Duffle bag for trekking
- T-shirt, Trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medicine kit
- Sagarmatha National Park Permit fee
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Travel insurance
- International airfare to and from Tibet
- Entry visa
- Beverages including water
- Personal trekking equipment
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
- WiFi internet and phone call unless it's free
Arrival in Lhasa
Upon your arrival at Lhasa, our airport representative will receive and escort you to the hotel in Lhasa. On the way, the representative will provide you a brief explanation on the further tour. You can enjoy the beautiful highland view on the way along with the Yarlung Tsangpo river, the longest river in Tibet, and the highest river in the world with an elevation of 4,000m. The river originates from the melt of Jiemayangzong Glacier of the northern Himalayan range.
Lhasa Tour- Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street
Today, we visit the famous Potala Palace, the winter palace of Dalai Lama. The palace stands on the red hill from where you can get an astounding view of Lhasa. The place is mostly full of religious pilgrims.
Since the time of 33rd great king of Tibet, around the 7th century, the palace was put in use. Some of the most valuable collection of the Potala Palace includes the floated burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation cave of 33rd great king of Tibet. In the evening, we visit the famous Jokhang Temple. Jokhang Temple offers a glimpse of the devout Tibetans. Here, we will see the shining statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, Tibetan Buddhism's rarity. We can see many Buddhist pilgrims prostrating in front of the temple. Then, we head towards the old Barkhor Street, where we can witness traditional art and architecture. Besides, we will taste a local dish and local tea in the tea house, while interacting with the locals. If the time permits, we can also visit the Tibetan Handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center.
After breakfast in the hotel, we head out to visit the Drepung Monastery, one of the great three Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Jamyang Choge built the Drepung Monastery in 1416 AD. Jamyang Choge is one of Tsongkhapa's main disciples. We will also look at the biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and explore many Buddhist sculpture carving workshops near Drepung. In the afternoon, we move towards Sera Monastery to pay homage. Sera Monastery is another one of the great three Gelug monasteries in Tibet. Here, we can witness the Monks debate around 3 to 5 in the noon. Besides, we make a short trip to the Tibetan religious scripture printing house inside the monastery. Here, we can see three sand Mandalas and vibrant Rock Painting of Lord Buddha.
Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse (3900 meters via Gyantse
After morning breakfast, we depart from Lhasa and drive towards Shigatse. Along the route, we move across the Gampala Pass at an elevation of 4790 meters and get the stunning view of Yamdrok-Tso. Majestic mountain peaks surround the lake, and we can also see the astounding holy mountain Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. Driving further from here, we can see the Karola Glacier on the side of the road. We will see lots of prayer flags at Simila Mountain Pass. From here, a short drive takes us to the historical city, Gyantse. Gyantse is the third-largest city in Tibet after Lhasa and Shigatse. We pay homage to sacred holy Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum in Gyantse. We can also get a far-off view of the Gyangtse fortress from here. From here, we drive for about one and a half hours to reach Shigatse. Shigatse is the second-largest city in Tibet. Here, we can explore the traditional Barley Mill and enjoy the landscape of the Barley field.
Drive from Shigatse to Everest Base Camp (5200 meters) via Tingri
Waking up early in the morning, we move towards the holy seat of Panchan Lama- Tashilunpo Monastery. After that, we attain a travel permit and drive from Shigatse to Lhatse, a small town. Here, we take a short break for lunch. Then, we move across the Tsola Pass and Gyatsola Pass to enter the Sagarmatha National Park. With superb views of Himalayas from Gawula, we drive on a winding road to the Everest Base Camp at 5200 meters.
Everest Base Camp to Saga
After breakfast, we enjoy the view of the first ray of the sun over the Mt. Everest and the nearby peak at the lodging area, if the weather is clear. Then, we drive towards Saga, along the route we can get the view of the 14th highest peak in the world, Mt. Shishapangama, and also a gorgeous lake Peiku Tso at the height of 4590 meters. If you are lucky, you might also encounter alpine wildlife, including a wild donkey and wild antelope, among many others.
Saga to Darhcen via Lake Mansarovar
After breakfast, we make our way towards Darchen. On the way, we can get an electrifying view of the Saga valley between the Gangdise Range and Himalayan Range. We will also see lots of picturesque local villages and grasslands. Driving across the Mayomla Pass at the height of 5112 meters, we get stunning views of Naimonanyi. Ultimately, we reach Lake Mansarovar; then, we drive further towards the southern base of Mt. Kailash, the most worshipped mountain in Asia.
Day Eight :
Darchen to Dirapuk
We take a bus tour from Darchen to Sarshung valley, today. Here, we see the Yaks and porters (the tour package does not include hiring cost of yaks, horses, and porters). Then we begin the trek through the rocky trail to Drirapuk Monastery through the Lachu valley and rivers. Today, we can get the astounding sight of both the west and north face of Mount Kailash. We visit the Drirapuk Monastery and spend the night here.
Dirapuk to Dzutrpuk
Today, we move across the Dromola La Pass at an altitude of 5630 meters. Dromola La Pass is the highest pass of the Kailash Kora. Along the way, we stop a few times to rest in a tea house. This is the most strenuous day of the Kora. Throughout the way, we can witness many Tibetan prostrating in the Kora Path and Kadoe Lake. We also pay a visit to Zutulpuk Monastery.
Dzutrupuk to Darchen
This day is the last day of the Kora. We will trek for seven kilometers to reach Zongto. From Zongto, we take a bust to drive back to Darchen. On the Kora, we will notice loads of Mani stones and prayer flags. You can also enjoy the bath and Lake Mansarovar. The natural hot spring can cure aches and relax tired muscles.
Darchen to Saga
After breakfast, we head back to Saga. Today, we retrace the path that we came before.
Saga to Sakya
After breakfast, we head out to Sakya. Along the route, we can enjoy the majestic views of mountain peaks and lovely scenery.
Sakya to Shigatse
After breakfast, we go for sightseeing around the ancient Sakya town. We will also visit the Sakya Monastery. The monastery houses extraordinary paintings, scriptures, and statues. After exploring the Sakya town, we head back to Shigatse.
Shigatse to Lhasa
After breakfast, we visit the Tasilunpo Monastery in Shigatse. The monastery is one of the most revered monasteries in the region. It is one of the six important yellow hat sect monastery and the holy seat of the Panchen Lama Family. From the entry point, we can see the imposing view of the entire monastery along with the gigantic Jamba Buddha statue. Afterwards, we drive back to Lhasa via the Northern Friendship Highway while enjoying the impressive views and the incredible scenery of the Brahmaputra River.
Today, we will bid you goodbye. Our airport representative will transfer you to the airport approximately three hours before your scheduled flight.