Kailash Mansarovar Trip

17 Days

Mount Kailash a holy mountain stands at 6714 meters a very popular mountain peak of Tibet, also known by the name of Tise, Kailash or Kang Rinpoche (Jewel of the Snows). This Kailash Mansarovar trip offers you the best experience of trekking and passing the remote western part of Tibet.

Mt Meru (Kailash) is sacred to the Hindus, Buddhists, Janis, and the Bonpos taken as the centre of the physical and metaphysical universe.

For the Hindus, the mountain represents the seat of Shiva. For the Buddhists, a terrestrial projection of the cosmic mandala of Dyani Buddhas and Boddhisatvas (which represents the wheel of life).

For the devout pilgrim a visit to Mt. Kailash Mansarovar trip forms the ultimate realization of their spiritual pursuit, and for the adventure-lovers it offers rugged beauty, remoteness and solitude.

If you tour to Mount Kailash during the month of May it gives you the opportunity to face Buddhist festival of Saga Dawa while most of the other trips are planned to arrive at Mt. Kailash during the full moon period to give all participants a rare experience. A journey you can truly call as `once-in-a-lifetime.

This tour offers rigorous overland driving, trekking and camping, passing the remote and wild western Tibet, in altitudes between 2,745 meters to 5600 meters.

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery Adventures, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate.

You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your the hotel.

Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls.

Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.

There will also be a full trip briefing today with gear check. In case you need to hire or buy equipment locally there will be time to do this today.

Depart at 6.00 am from our Hotel in Kathmandu and drive through the Nepal reaching the Tibet border along the famous Araniko Highway. We stop for a quick breakfast at Dhulikhel and lunch at Kodari.

After immigration and custom formalities on both sides (Kodari and Zhangmu) we drive to the small town of Nyalam (3750 meters), Total distance 125 km from Kathmandu to Nyalam. Overnight at guesthouse.

Overnight at guesthouse.

After breakfast drive to Paryang. Passing through many villages and yak herders camps. Far south you can see snow-capped mountain peaks.

Most of the time you trip on the plains, hence a quiet drive. Arrive in Paryang and drink hot tea. Overnight at guesthouse.

After breakfast we drive across the vast Tibetan plateau to Prayang (225km). A packed lunch will be served on the way.

Total distance 250 km and approximate driving time will be 7 hours. Overnight at guesthouse or tented camp.

The experience of being in the abode of God – a life-time achievement: Puja, Havana-worship, meditation, holy dip, Tarpan, later we drive to Darchen (4570 meters).

Preparation day for Kailash Kora (parikrama). Overnight at guesthouse.

After breakfast drive to Tarboche–Kailash Parikrama’s starting point. Tarboche is also referred to as “Asthapath” within.

It’s one of the exciting days walking along the stunning rocky cliffs; waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feel like Great God Shiva is blessing you everywhere.

Occasionally, Kailash Parbat’s face will continue to appear. It takes nearly 7 hours for 7 km of track. Overnight at government guesthouse.

You’re going to climb to Drolma-la (Dolma-La 18600 ft) today and slowly descend to Zuthulpuk (4760 m).

To reach the Shiva-sthal, Yamasthal should be crossed as your steps approach the pass. Overnight at guesthouse.

Trek over Dolma La Pass (5600 meters) and trek down to Zudulpuk (4800 meters), Overnight at tented camp.Free time in the morning to visit caves, temples and shrine around the cave of Milarepa.

All the driving team will be waiting for your return after 3 hours of running. You will be at your lodge in Dongba by late afternoon. Overnight at guesthouse.

Drive Dongba to Nyalam (376 km) 7-8 hrs. Overnight at guesthouse.

Today we’re leaving behind Nyalam. We pass the river Bhote Koshi and cross the border between Chinese and Nepalese.

We give our Tibetan guide a goodbye after a short drive. Then we ride and walk to Kodari’s Nepal Immigration control. The re-entry formalities will be done by our Nepalese staff and we will drive to Kathmandu.

It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. If you get interested to take some gifts from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or go out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods.

The trip concludes! Our representatives will drop you off at the airport, according to your flight schedule.

The trip concludes! We will drop you off at the airport, according to your flight schedule.

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers pick-up and drop-off.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the tour.
  • All hot drinks such as tea, coffee during the tour.
  • All accommodation during Tibet tour (basic lodges), guesthouses and tented in twin sharing style).
  • A government licensed English speaking guide during the tour
  • The required number of staff during the tour including kitchen staff.
  • Accommodation / salary / food / drinks / insurance / equipment / medicine and transport for all staff.
  • Land cruisers (4WD) and support truck during the Tibet tour.
  • Kodari border (Friendship Bridge) transfers and pick up by private car / van / bus.
  • Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa, monasteries entry fees and Kailash permit for group.
  • Yak and yak men for Kailash Kora (1 yak for 2 clients).
  • All Camping gear including two men tents / dining tents / kitchen tents / toilet tents / shower tents & all kitchen equipment.
  • Walking stick (if it is required).
  • All government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner with culture show .

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and Nepal visa.
  • Personal trekking equipments.
  • Internet, telephone call, tips for guide, driver, helpers.(tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the 'Price Includes' section.

<strong>Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?</strong>

<strong>A.</strong> Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

<strong>Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?</strong>

<strong>A.</strong> For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.
<li> For trekking in Mustang or Dolpo region we recommend May to September.</li>
<li>The Poon hill  trek  in the Annapurna region takes place throughout the entire year.</li>
<li>Cultural tours takes place throughout the entire year. For the best mountain views the periods February to May and September to December are recommended.</li>
<strong>Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?</strong>

<strong>A. </strong><strong>Winter</strong> – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).

<strong>Spring</strong> – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.

<strong>Summer</strong> – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.

<strong>Early autumn</strong> – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.

<strong>Late autumn</strong> – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).

<strong>Q. Where can I change money?</strong>

<strong>A</strong>. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.

<strong>Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?</strong>

<strong>A</strong>. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).

Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.

<strong>Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?</strong>

<strong>A.</strong> Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.

<strong>Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?</strong>

<strong>A</strong>. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:
<li>Do not take photos of anyone without their permission; always ask permission first!</li>
<li>Do not wear hot pants/short paints or stylish clothes in the remote area! (shoulders and legs should be covered)</li>
<li>Do not wear hats or caps when you enter a chapel!</li>
<li>Do not touch Buddha statues or ritual offerings inside of a monastery!</li>
<li>Do not kiss or hug in public places, especially in monasteries!</li>
<li>Do not step across someone’s feet, cups or cooking gears!</li>
<strong>Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?</strong>

<strong>A</strong>. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.

<strong>Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?</strong>

<strong>A</strong>. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:
<li>15 days (several entries possible)  $ 25 (approx. EUR 20.00)</li>
<li>30 days (several entries possible)  $ 40 (approx. EUR 35.00)</li>
<li>90 days (several entries possible)  $ 100 (approx. EUR 85.00)</li>
An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.

<strong>Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?</strong>

<strong>A.</strong> CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111,

<strong>Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?</strong>

<strong>A.</strong> It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.

<strong>Q. What happens in bad weather periods?</strong>

<strong>A.</strong> There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.

When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making  allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.

<strong>Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?</strong>

<strong>A</strong>. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.

<strong>Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?</strong>

<strong>A</strong>. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).

<strong>Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?</strong>

<strong>A.</strong> There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

<strong>Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?</strong>

<strong>A.</strong> Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).

<strong>Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?</strong>

<strong>A</strong>. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. This itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.

On an adventure trip of this type, weather, political strikes, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

<strong>Special Note:</strong> The price of the trip will be adjusted according to the group size and the customization.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Kailash Mansarovar Trip
  • 17
  • Demanding
  • Minimum 2 to maximum 12 persons in a group
  • May, June, July, August, September.
  • 5600 Meters
  • US$ The price of the trip will be adjusted according to the group size and the customization.

“ I was born and raised in Nepal, nearby Everest region. I am proud to be a native Sherpa, and I have been a Mountain guide over a decade now. Following my passion, I decided to start helping travelers with their travel plans! I think life is a journey, a trip where you collect experiences when you share with other people and with nature. “

Trip Designer  


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