We start the trip with a few days of touring the capital city of Lhasa and local towns of Gyantse and Shigatse, then go to Mount Kailash.
Once-in-a-lifetime Mount Kailash tour
Mount Kailash is one of the world’s most elusive and exotic pilgrimage sites, and because of its remote location on the plateau, it is estimated that only a few thousand pilgrims a year make the trip, despite its vast Hindu and Buddhist significance. This trip entails a few days on the road, and trekking is involved in the middle stage of the journey. Highlights include driving, hiking on the scenic Tibetan plateau, and seeing the rich Tibetan culture and several monasteries.
Trekking is a wellness activity that helps in detoxification. We now provide meals that include superfood as part of the ingredients for better acclimatization to high altitude and better nourishment.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Temple visit in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Kerung (3700 m)
Day 04: Day in Nyalam for acclimatization
Day 05: Drive from Kerung to Saga (4600 m), 240-km/6-hour drive
Day 06: Drive from Saga to Chiu Gompa with Mansarovar Parikrama (4560 m) 223-km/5-to-6-hour drive
Day 07: Day at Mansarovar
Day 08: Drive to Darchen (4620 m) and trek to Asthaath
Day 09: Drive to Tarboche (13 km) and trek to Dirapuk (4860 m) 7 km/5 – 6 hours
Day 10: Trek to Zuthulphuk (4760 m) 18 km/9 – 10 hours
Day 11: Zuthulphuk to Darchen trek, 10 km/4 – 5 hours, and drive to Saga (4600 m)
Day 12: Drive from Saga to Zhangmu (Kodari) border to Kathmandu (340-km/10-to-11-hour drive)
Day 13: International departure
- All airport-hotel-airport transfers in Kathmandu by car/coach
- Expert trek leader or hire Raj
- Hotel accommodation at four-star hotel in Kathmandu with pure vegetarian breakfast for a total of three nights (two nights on arrival before the start of the journey and one night before the final departure)
- Two-night stay at Hotel Kerung or similar on sharing basis with common toilet facility
- One or two-night stay in Hotel Paryang or similar on sharing basis with common toilet facility
- Two-night stay in Hotel Saga or similar on sharing basis with attached toilet facility
- Two-night stay in a guest house at Darchen
- One or two-night accommodation at Mansarovar in a guest house with shared toilet
- One-night stay at Hotel Dirapuk or a guest house with shared toilet
- One-night accommodation at Zuthulpuk in fixed camp with shared toilet
- One half-day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, Nepal
- Transport services from Kathmandu to Nepal border and back by a non-air-conditioned coach — van or bus according to group size
- Facilities of a support truck to carry baggage, food, and camping equipment for the pilgrims
- Camping arrangements and all meal facilities arranged by Nepalese Sherpa crew on the Tibet side
- Charges for sleeping bags for the journey
- An expert trek leader (English speaking) from Kathmandu and an English-speaking Tibetan guide from Kodari border to escort us during the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
- Yak and yak men to carry your bag (maximum one piece per person permitted) for Kailash Parikrama
- All monastery entrance fees
- Normal Tibet visa for the yatra
- One duffle bag per person
- One jacket per person for the Kailash Mansarovar yatra on a returnable basis
- A certificate for completion of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra for each person
- Insurance charges for our Sherpa crew
- Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only; leader’s tip at your discretion)
- Travel and medical insurance
- Rescue evacuation cost in case of emergency
- International airfare
- Extra cost incurred in the event of landslide for hiring additional transportation or porterage on the Arniko Highway (INR 500 – 700 per person approx.)
- Soft/hard beverages, photography charges, porterage at the airports/hotels, laundry, tips, telephone calls, etc. and any other expenses of personal nature
- Yak/pony hiring charges for riding during Kailash Parikarma
- Any other item which is not mentioned in our inclusions list above
Am I too young or old?
Most of our clients, from 3 years old to some in their 70s, have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel name.
Do I need a visa?
Four documents are required if you want to travel in Tibet freely.
- Chinese Visa: It can be applied for at the Chinese Embassy in your country.
- The Tibet Entry Permit is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) and is compulsory for all foreign tourists entering Tibet.
- The Alien Travel Permit is issued by the PSB and is required when you are planning to travel to the remote areas of Tibet. Your local travel company will obtain it after you arrive in Tibet.
- Traveling to Tibet from Nepal: If you are entering Tibet from Kathmandu, Nepal, you are required to obtain a Chinese visa at the consular department of the People’s Republic of China in Kathmandu. It is done by an outsourced agency, and your Nepal travel company will handle this for you. The visa processing for Tibet is only open in Kathmandu between 10 am to 1 pm from Monday to Friday. Please note that this visa application is compulsory even if you already have a Chinese visa from your country. The border treaty signed between Nepal and China has regulated this.
What should I bring on a Trek?
Being properly equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip. Please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will be able to offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.