Mt Kailash Tour Via Kathmandu - 15 Days

Mt Kailash Tour Via Kathmandu - 15 Days

US $ 2199 per person

Trip Duration

15 Days

Max Altitude

5680 M


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Mt Kailash Tour Via Kathmandu - 15 Days


Mt. Kailash Tour from Nepal is one of the adventurous and holiest tours in Tibet which offers a mystic combination of high challenging passes, holy and religious experiences, splendid landscapes, turquoise lakes, and a stunning view of Mt. Kailash.

Kailash Tibet tour from Kerung border has made access to Mt. Kailash easier. This alternative route has re-opened in August 2017 and provides you the most wonderful journey on the comfortable road.

This tour begins with sightseeing in Kathmandu city. The guided tour to Mt. Kailash provides you the best of Nepal by taking you around the UNESCO Listed World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu valley. You will explore Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, etc., and make your Kailash Pilgrimage tour more exciting.

After short sightseeing in the city, we will drive inside the Langtang National Park and reach Kerung by crossing the Nepal-Tibet border and arrive at Kerung. From Kerung, we will drive alongside the villages such as Saga, Manasarovar, Darchen, etc. with the stunning glimpse of sacred Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Manasarovar Lake, Rakshas Lake, etc.

From day 9, we will start our 3 days long Kailash Kora. The major attractions of the Kailash temple tour include the sacred peak of Kailash, Holy Lake of Manasarovar, the highest pass of Drolma La, Milarepa Cave, etc.

Greater Himalaya has been organizing the Mt. Kailash tour for several years. We also design the itinerary as per your budget and schedule. So, we request you all, not to miss this excellent opportunity to step into the holy land with our experienced and local guide. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Highlights of Mt. Kailash Tour via Kathmandu

• Strolling around the bustling tourism hub of Nepal - Thamel and Indra Chowk (Ason)

• Exploring the UNESCO Listed World Heritage Sites and stepping inside its historical palace

• Crossing the Friendship Bridge via Rasuwagadhi border

• Interacting with the Tibetan people and learning about their culture and traditions

• Stunning views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal from Kerung town

• Performing Puja and taking bath at Manasarovar Lake

• Enjoying the glimpse of Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, and Rakshas Lake

• Taking continuous 3-days of kora at the holy land of Mt. Kailash

• Crossing the high challenging pass - Drolma La Pass

• Visiting the Milarepa Cave where Guru Milarepa used to mediate


Arrival: Kathmandu Nepal > Departure: Kathmandu Nepal


Arrival at Kathmandu

Max. Altitude: 1,300m
Overnight at Kathmandu (Hotel)
Meals Included: Dinner

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu's airport, our representatives will help in fulfilling the documents formalities and escort you to the hotel. You can take shower and rest in a hotel.

In the evening, you will be provided with a 'Welcome Dinner' from Greater Himalaya. You will be served authentic Nepalese dishes. If possible, some programs can also be arranged for entertainment purposes. Also, the local guide will briefly explain the following days' Nepal Tour.

Don't forget to chat with the locals by practicing a few Nepali words. This will help you to observe the unforgettable smile on the innocent faces of Nepalese.


Kathmandu Sightseeing

Max. Altitude: 1,300m
Overnight at Kathmandu (Hotel)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Pasupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath & Kathmandu Durbar Square

Today is the important day of our Nepal tour where we will explore the 4 major UNESCO Listed World Heritage Sites of Nepal.

We will start our journey early in the morning by visiting one of the major sacred Hindu temples, Pasupatinath Temple. It lies on the bank of the Bagmati River and God Shiva is worshipped in this temple. Several small and big statues of gods and goddesses around the premises of this temple will help you to calm your soul and mind.

From Pashupatinath Temple, we will head towards Boudhanath Stupa. This stupa is a famous Buddhist shrine that has been home to Tibetan refugees. It is the largest stupa in the world which is 131ft. height. It is designed in mandala style and was built in the 5th century.

We will also visit Swayambhunath Stupa which is an important religious site for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is also known as 'Monkey Temple'. From the top of this stupa, you can see the beautiful view of Kathmandu city and its surroundings. Also, the flapping prayer flags, murals, Mani walls, Buddha statues, etc. make its surroundings more religious.

After exploring the Hindus and Buddhist sites, we will head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square which is also known as Hanuman Dhoka Palace. This place was ruled by Newari Mallas between the 12th and 18th centuries. We will visit Taleju Temple, Kumari Goddess Temple, Kal Bhairav, Jagannath Temple, King Pratap Malla statue, etc. inside the premises of this durbar square.


Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi

Driving Duration: 6-7 Hours (140km)
Max. Altitude: 1,460m (Syabrubesi)
Overnight at Syabrubesi (Guesthouse)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Highlights: Scenic Drive

Today we will get on our Mt. Kailash overland tour through the scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. Syabrubesi is considered the gateway to the Kerung. You will never feel bored throughout the driving journey. You will get a chance to observe the rural villages, fields of rice, maize, and millet, and thrilling roads from the windows of the jeep.

We will stop at Trishuli River for Lunch where you can taste the different dishes. After crossing this river, we will ascend towards Dhunche from where you can get a glimpse of the Ganesh Himal range. After our arrival in Syabrubesi, we will roam around the town and interact with the locals to learn about their way of life.


Drive from Syabrubesi to Kerung

Driving Duration: 1-2 hour (55km)
Max. Altitude: 3,400m (Kerung)
Overnight at Kerung (Hotel)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Highlights: Crossing Nepal-Tibet border & Scenic Drive

From Syabrubesi, we will drive to Rasuwagadhi linking Nepal-Tibet. We will drive to Nepal China Friendship Bridge. Here, we will go through all the immigration formalities of the Nepal side and cross the bridge. After crossing the bridge, we will again complete all the immigration formalities from the China side. Here, we will be received by the Tibet side guide and driver.

After a brief introduction with the guide and driver, we will proceed towards our journey. Bypassing through beautiful landscape and Tibetan plateau, we will reach Kerung town where we will be spending our night.


Acclimatization Day at Kerung

Max. Altitude: 3,400m (Kerung)
Overnight at Kerung (Hotel)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Highlights: Panorama of Ganesh and Langtang Himal & Visiting Home of Guru Milarepa 

Tibet is the Himalayan kingdom which is located at a high altitude. So, before continuing the journey towards the Tibetan vast plateau, it is crucial to acclimatize by relaxing and undertaking short hiking. Also, Kerung is the perfect place to make our body prepared for an over 4,000m journey as it falls under 3000m altitude.

So, today we will relax and enjoy the stunning panorama of Ganesh and Langtang Himal bordering Nepal and Tibet. This town is also popular from religious and historical sides as it used to be the home of saint and Guru Milarepa during the 11th century.

Guru Milarepa is known for his tantric wisdom and is popular as a poet and folk singer. His songs are still popular in traditional villages and between herders.


Drive from Kerung to Saga

Driving Duration: 4-5 hours (104km)
Max. Altitude: 4,740m (Saga)
Overnight at Saga (Hotel)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Highlights: Crossing Thong La & La Lung Passes and Observing Paikutsho & Brahmaputra River

After a warm rest day at Kerung, we will start our journey towards the high altitude. We will make sure to keep the slow pace. Otherwise, it will be hard for our body to adjust to the high elevation.

We will drive to Saga from Kerung town and join the road coming from Zhangmu after an hour of driving. We will drive for around 4-5 hours with a beautiful view of the Tibetan landscape throughout the way.

We will pass through the high hills and comfortable paved roads to arrive at the Saga village. We will climb up and down the passes of Thong La and La Lung before reaching Saga. We will also observe the huge Salt Lake - Paikutsho and the grazing technique of Sheep and Yak adopted by Tibetan, on our way. Also, we will cross the bridge over the Brahmaputra River or the Yarlung Tsangpo.


Drive from Saga to Manasarovar Lake

Driving Duration: 5-6 hours (277km)
Max. Altitude: 4,558m (Manasarovar)
Overnight at Manasarovar (Hotel)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Highlights: View of Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, and Rakshas Lake 

After having breakfast, we will depart from Saga and drive towards Dongba town. We will pass through old and new Dongba and drive for a few hours to the Tibetan plains while enjoying the view of giant peaks.

We will continue our journey bypassing a few villages and camps of Yak herders. Then, we will reach Paryang village where there are around 15-20 houses. From here, we will continue our drive over Myam-La-Pass to reach Manasarovar Lake.

Manasarovar is regarded as the highest freshwater lake in the world. It is located at 4,558m of altitude and is greenish-blue in color. It is believed that this lake used to be the relaxing place of Lord Vishnu. This Lake is surrounded by Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, and Rakshas Lake.

From this lake, we can enjoy the first glimpse of Mt. Kailash. Also, it is believed that Rakshas Lake was created by evil King Ravana so that villagers believe that the water of this lake is poisonous.


Exploring Manasarovar & Drive to Darchen

Driving Duration: 1 hour (30km)
Max. Altitude: 4,575m (Darchen)
Overnight at Darchen (Hotel)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Highlights: Performing Puja, Hawan and Devtarpan, Hot Spring Bath at Chuigumpa, etc.

Today, we will explore the holy Manasarovar Lake by performing some rituals. We will wake up early in the morning and take bath at the holy lake and perform Puja, Hawan, and Devtarpan. After this, we will take a short walk around the bank of this lake.

In the late afternoon, we will continue our drive towards Darchen town. This town is in front of Kailash. Throughout the way, we will get to enjoy the beautiful view of Mt. Kailash. If possible, we will also enjoy a hot spring bath at Chuigumpa. This town is terribly busy and crowded during the time of Kailash Kora as the holy walk starts and ends from this town. It was known as Lhara during the old days.


Drive to Yamadwar & Trek to Dirapuk

Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours (10km)
Max. Altitude: 4,900m (Dirapuk)
Overnight at Dirapuk (Hotel)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Highlights: View of peaks such as Ape, Kamet, Guru - Mandala, etc.

Today we will drive towards Yamadwar which is located in the small village of Tarboche. We will pack the lunch box for today's journey and reach Tarboche. On our way, we can see the stunning panorama of peaks such as Ape, Kamet, Guru - Mandala, etc. Yamadwar, Tarboche is the starting point of the Kailash kora. It is believed that Yamadwar is the gateway of the god of death.

At Yamadwar, we will meet our pony caretaker and we will trek towards Dirapuk where we will be stopping for a night.


Trek to Zuthul-Puk via Drolma La Pass

Trekking Duration: 8-9 hours (19km)
Max. Altitude: 4,760m (Zuthul-Puk) and 5,470m (Drolma La Pass)
Overnight at Zuthul-Puk (Hotel)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Highlights: Crossing Drolma La Pass, Hike to Shiva-tsal, Guru Milarepa’s Cave

Today is the longest trekking day of our Kailash Yatra. Also, it is hardest too as we have to cross the challenging pass. We will start our journey by trekking to Jarok Dongkhang village. From this village, we will hike to Shiva-tsal. It is believed that if people undergo a symbolic death in Shiva-tsal, then they will be reborn again.

Also, rebirth is possible if they arrive at the top of the Drolma La Pass. The big boulder of this pass symbolizes the goddess Dolma or Tara. We will hike to the top of this pass and rest for a while.

Then, we will go down and get to the banks of the Lam-chu Khir River. We will hike alongside this river and reach Khando Sangam La which faces the eastern side of Mt. Kailash. On the way, we can witness the footprint of Lord Buddha.

From here, after walking for a while, we will reach the Zuthul-Puk village. The name of this village has been derived from a popular miracle cave where Guru Milarepa stayed meditating.


Trek to Darchen and Drive to Saga

Driving Duration: 6-7 hours (307km)
Trekking Duration: 3 hours
Max. Altitude: 4,740m (Saga)
Overnight at Saga (Hotel)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Highlights: Exploring Temples and Caves

Today is the last day of our holy walk at Mt. Kailash tour. In the morning, we will stroll around the Zuthul-Puk village and explore temples and caves. After breakfast, we will undertake a short hike of around 3 hours on a flat land filled with flapping prayer flags, Mani walls decorated with carved Yak skulls, murals, etc.

After completing Kailash Kora, we will return to Darchen. We will enjoy our lunch here and then drive to Saga village.


Drive back to Kerung

Driving Duration: 4-5 hours (104km)
Max. Altitude: 2,700m (Kerung)
Overnight at Kerung (Hotel)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Highlights: Scenic Drive

Today is our last day in Tibet. We will enjoy the long drive from Saga to Kerung by following the same route as before. We will spend our leisure time strolling around the Kerung town for one last time and observing the lifestyle of the Tibetan people.


Drive to Dhunche Town

Driving Duration: 4-5 hours
Max. Altitude: 1,900m (Dhunche)
Overnight at Dhunche (Hotel)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Highlights: Glimpse of Ganesh Himal

We will bid goodbye to our Tibetan guides and drivers. We will observe Tibetan Plateau for the last time on this trip. After having breakfast, we will depart from Kerung and start our drive towards the Tibet-China border at Rasuwagadhi.

After completing the visa and customs formalities, we will cross the Friendship Bridge. On reaching the Nepal side, we will again go through a visa check to enter the Nepal border. You will meet your Nepalese guide and driver here and drive on a bumpy road to reach Syabrubesi village. From this village, we will again drive uphill and reach Dhunche town where we will be spending our night.


Drive Back to Kathmandu

Driving Duration: 5 hours
Max. Altitude: 1,300m (Kathmandu)
Overnight at Kathmandu (Hotel)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Highlights: Exploring Thamel and Ason Bazaar

Today we will get back to Kathmandu by enjoying the short and scenic drive. On the way, we can observe hills, green vegetation, dense forests, and a stunning panorama of Langtang and Ganesh Himal. We will continue our drive through Trishuli Bazaar and reach Kathmandu. We will check into the hotel and take a rest for a while.

In the evening, you can utilize your leisure time by strolling around the bustling Thamel and Ason Bazaar. These two places are famous shopping destinations for Nepalese. Also, Thamel is popular as a major tourist hub where you can find a substantial number of markets selling local Nepalese products. You can also get an insight into Nepal's arts and architecture from all those small markets.

In Ason Bazaar, you can find clothing, stationery, decorative, household, electronics, etc. items at reasonable prices. If you have forgotten to bring anything needed for a tour from your home country, then you can buy them here. Also, remember to try spicy street foods being sold in Ason.

After a short exploration of nearby places, you will be served authentic Nepalese dishes as Farewell Dinner from the Greater Himalaya side.


Departure Day

Meals Included: Breakfast

This is the last day of 15 Day Mt. Kailash tour via Kathmandu. We will bid goodbye and our office representatives will drop you at the airport for a flight to your home country. We hope that you will visit Nepal and other destinations in the future and give us a chance to serve you again in the coming days. Happy Journey!!!


Accommodation in Mt. Kailash Tour


The accommodation during our Mt. Kailash Tour from Kathmandu is in a homely and pleasant environment. During the modern and popular town visit, we will be staying in a 3-star hotel where you can get access to air conditioning, an attached bathroom, and a shower. Sometimes, we will also be staying in a farmhouse and resort where you can experience living in uncrowded and green lands.


If you want to stay in a 5-star hotel rather than a 3-star hotel, then we can make changes to your itinerary. You can enjoy the luxurious facilities, if they are available, just by paying a little extra. Just tell us and we will give you everything as per your demand.


In some of the towns like Saga, Manasarovar, Darchen, etc. you will stay in simple guesthouses/mud houses where there are no facilities of shower and attached bathroom but the rooms are clean and well-equipped with the needed facilities.


You have to share the twin room with another touring partner because it is extremely hard to find a room in a hotel during peak season in these countries. However, if you want a single room, then you can tell us and we will manage it for you at an additional cost.


Meals in Mt. Kailash Tour


In most of the Greater Himalaya itinerary, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the tour package. We will try our best to serve authentic and unique food during the tour. However, if you want to taste something beyond this such as street foods, snacks, water, etc. then you need to pay for it on your own.


Since you are traveling in two different nations, you will get to taste the distinct food throughout your trip. So, be ready to give the fiery blast to your tongue in the Mt. Kailash tour from Kathmandu.


During your Nepal trip, you can enjoy authentic Nepalese food such as Dhidho and Gundruk. Besides these, you can also find the western and oriental dishes such as dal, vat, rice, dumplings, thukpa, pizzas, burgers, Thai, french fries, etc. Indian and Chinese dishes are also easily available in Nepal.


On the Tibet tour, you can enjoy dumplings and Thukpa as it is a famous dish of this city. Besides this, you can also enjoy yak cheese and dried yak meat. Chinese dishes are also available in Tibet. You can also get pure vegetarian dishes.