Mt. Kailash Trek

Mt. Kailash trek is the most visited sacred destination in far-west in Tibet. It is one of the most demanding and challenging trek for pilgrims in the world. This trek route in Tibet is widely known as Kora around the Mt. Kailash. Due to the mythological or historical significance, climbing the Mt. Kailash is prohibited. It is a deeply numinous place with thronging pilgrims from not only from Tibet but also from India and Japan. The average altitude of this trekking in Tibet is nearly 5000m, so it is a great challenge and requires strong perseverance. You will get chance to explore lush green valleys, snow clad mountains, pristine blue lakes, winding past mani walls and skirting base of Kailash massif. Availability of accommodation and food throughout the trekking routes helps trekkers to enjoy trek to their heart’s content.

  • Day 1 : Arrival to Kathmandu
  • Day 2 : Flight to Nepalgunj
  • Day 3 : Flight to Simikot and trek to Dharapori
  • Day 4 : Dharapori to Kermi
  • Day 5 : Kermi to Yalbang
  • Day 6 : Yalbang to Tumkot
  • Day 7 : Tumkot to Yari
  • Day 8 : Yari to Hilsa
  • Day 9 : Hilsa to Purang
  • Day 10 : Purang to Montser and sightseeing in Tirtapuri
  • Day 11 : Sightseeing of Garuda valley and transfer to Darchen
  • Day 12 : Hiking to Dira Puk Monastery
  • Day 13 : Hiking to Dzutul Puk
  • Day 14 : Hiking to Darchen
  • Day 15 : Tour of Mansarovar lake
  • Day 16 : Mansarovar to Saga
  • Day 17 : Saga to Shigatse
  • Day 18 : Shigatse to Lhasa
  • Day 19 : Final Departure
  • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle and all other domestic transports.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Farewell dinner in a Nepalese restaurant on your last evening in Nepal.
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot flight ticket
  • Simikot special trekking permit
  • Accommodation in tea house/ lodges run by local people during trekking.
  • All additional government and local taxes.
  • Transportation by private vehicle in Tibet
  • All entry fees in Tibet
  • Tibet travel visa and permit
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Bar bills, telephone bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, etc
  • Personal trekking gears, sleeping bags, down jackets, etc.
  • Travel and emergency evacuation insurance of clients. Clients must have insured emergency evacuation.

Day 1 Arrival to Kathmandu

After arriving Tribhuvan Int’l Airport you will be welcomed warmly by our Office Representative and then you will transfer to hotel. Our staff will briefly explain about the programs. You can take rest and prepare for your tomorrow flight. You also have an option to stroll in the streets of Thamel, a popular tourist hub. Back to hotel for overnight

Day 2 Flight to Nepalgunj

After the short excursion of the valley, we take a hour long flight to Nepalgunj located in Western Nepal. It is an interesting Terai town as well as a gateway to Simikot-Humla. After transferring in the hotel you can either rest or can visit the nearby villages and local markets. Overnight at Nepalgunj.

Day 3 Flight to Simikot and trek to Dharapori

After breakfast we take a 40-minute flight to Simikot from Nepalgunj admiring the soaring mountain cliffs from the plane. We learn about the local people and their culture similar as of Tibetans after reaching Simikot. We then have our lunch and register for the permit at the police office. We therefore begin our trek to Dharaporoi first ascending for a while and descending towards the village of Tuling. We pass through the jungles and villages along the Karnali river and reach Dharapori(2360m), our camping site.

Day 4 Dharapori to Kermi

We begin the trek with the trail alongside the Karnali river moving forward to relatively flat trails. We walk along the cultivated fields of potatoes, barley and buckwheat. Today we encounter with a beautiful waterfall and hot springs. We may soothe our aching bodies in the hot springs and visit old monasteries close to Kermi. Overnight at Kermi.

Day 5 Kermi to Yalbang

Today we reach small pass named Salle pass after a flat and steep ascent and cross a suspension bridge over the Salle River. We pass through the beautiful pine forest and mighty Karnali river then make a visit to remote Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery. Overnight in Yalbang.

Day 6 Yalbang to Tumkot

We start the trek with the trail above the Karnali river and ascending further to pine trees and rocky hills. After reaching Tumkot, we visit important Sakya monasteries in the Tibetan region named Dhungkar Choezom Monastery located deep in the heart of the Himalayas. Overnight in Tumkot.

Day 7 Tumkot to Yari

We walk on a relatively easy trail above the Karnali river where we notice change in vegetation, climate and landscape. Landscape starts to be rocky and secluded. Now you can see the short and low junipers tree instead of pine trees. Overnight in Yari.

Day 8 Yari to Hilsa

Today we pass the Nara La Pass (4620m), first pass of the trek. Here, the landscape is similar to Tibet and vegetation is bleak. After crossing the pass we will be greeted by the beautiful scene of Tibetan Plateaus and Yari Village. To reach Hilsa, the border of Tibet and Nepal we descend down. Our camping site will be at Hilsa.

Day 9 Hilsa to Purang

Today we walk across the Friendship Bridge at Hilsa where our permits and passport checked by the Chinese officer. There we will meet our Tibet guide and ascend from Hilsa to Purang. We pass through Rinzin Zangpo Gampo and Kangje Village. In Purang, we visit ancient Purang Gompa where we explore the unique Buddhist frescoes of 12th century. Overnight in Purang.

Day 10 Purang to Montser and sightseeing in Tirtapuri

Today our final destination is to camp at Monster. We pass through Rakshas and Mansarovar lakes on our way to Montser. After reaching Montser we will settle down for a while and go for sightseeing Tirtapuri(4510m). We then visit the monastery containing Guru’s footprint and Tirtapuri hot springs. After sightseeing in Tirtapuri we return back to Montser to spend the night.

Day 11 Sightseeing of Garuda valley and transfer to Darchen

Today we walk for about 2 hours to reach Garuda Valley which lies to southwest of Mt. Kailash. Garuda valley is nirvana for those interested in archaeological and historical site which contains mysterious caves. After visiting Garuda valley we move to Darchen, a small town situated right in front of sacred Mt. Kailash. Then we stay overnight at Darchen.

Day 12 Hiking to Dira Puk Monastery

We begin our first Kora of Mt. Kailash. Today we hike for 6 hours in a deep valley through walls of red rock. We continue across the plain to Shershong and cross a bridge leading to Chhuku Gompa

Day 13 Hiking to Dzutul Puk

Today we climb Drolma Pass (5750m) which is the most difficult part of our journey. The path is filled with five colored praying flags. We then descend to Dzulpa Puk where we come across through ancient caves and incredible Thugje Zinbu (Lake of Compassion). Overnight in Dzulpa Puk.

Day 14 Hiking to Darchen

Today we head towards Barka Plain. After contemplation of holy Kora of Mt. Kailash at Darchen, we then drive for 2 hours to reach Mansarovar lake, which carrying religious significance of both Hindu and Buddhist. We spend our night in Mansarovar.

Day 15 Tour of Mansarovar lake

We start our day visiting the great Mansarovar Lake, one of the highest freshwater lake in the world having circumference about 90km. We circle round the Mansarovar lake in the jeep and if time allows, we will visit Chui Gompa. Overnight in Mansarovar.

Day 16 Mansarovar to Saga

Today we take a long drive from Mansarovar to Saga passing through the sacred historic Chiu Monastery. We will pass through small towns like Parang and Zongba to reach across Mayum La pass. After reaching Saga, we stay overnight there.

Day 17 Saga to Shigatse

Today we travel to Shigatse via Lhasa. We follow the path along the Tsanpo River in a region crisscrossed by the Upper-Brahmaputra and its tributaries. Reaching  Shigatse, we visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery after some refreshments and stay overnight at Shigatse

Day 18 Shigatse to Lhasa

Today we travel to Lhasa visiting Shalu monastery on the way .we pass through Karo La Pass(5045m) and Khambu Pass(4794m) to visit Yamdrok Tso and Nazin Kang Sang glacier(7252m). We stay overnight at Lhasa.

Day 19 Final Departure

Today is the end of the Kailash trek. We drive to the airport for the flights of Kathmandu.

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Code : #tibet3
  • Trip Grade : Challenging
  • Max Altitude : 5631m
  • Activities: Trekking
  • No of Trip Days: 19 Days
  • Group Size : 2-13
  • Transportation: Car, Jeep, Bus, Flight
  • Walking Per Day : 5 to 6 hours
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Best Season : March-May, September-November
  • Entry : Kathmandu
  • Exit : Kathmandu
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