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Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Trip code
Package name Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
Duration 13
Max. elevation 4515 m
Level Easy
Transportation All ground transportation as per itinerary.
Accomodation 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Hotel/Lodge during the trip.
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu - Tibet - Kathmandu
Cost USD 0 per person



Mount Kailash is one of the most sacred peaks in the world located in Southern Tibet and standing at a height of  6,638 m. It has recently become one of the must-visit places on any tour of Tibet. This mountain is regarded to be sacred by four separate religions; Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bon. To the south of this sacred Mount Kailash peak, beautiful Lake Manasarovar and its twin, Lake Rakshastal, are located.

Lake Manasarovar, sometimes referred to as Mapam Yumtso, is one of the Great Three Holy Lakes of Tibet and is a major pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. This region is mainly visited during the ritual of the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, where thousands of Buddhists and Hindus travel the sacred kora surrounding Mount Kailash. These pilgrims take a bath and drink from the holy water after climbing the traditional kora around Mount Kailash. This once in a lifetime trip is an epic road trip journey from Kathamandu to Saga, Lake Mansarovar, and Mt.Kailash. Our package combines all the major Tibetan attractions.

This 13 days tour starts from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. We then take a private jeep ride to Kerung, a newly opened border between Nepal and China, before heading to Lasha.  The drive follows a winding road to Dhunche and Syabrubesi which is located in the Langtang Himal region of the Rasuwa district. At Syabrubesi village, the air turns cold as the drive passes between the enormous Ganesh and Langtang Himal peaks. A short drive from here follows dirt roads passing several nice villages before arriving at the border between Nepal and China/Tibet. 

We walk to the entrance of Tibet to complete the visa formalities, and our Himalayan Forever Tibetan guide will be waiting there to receive you. We finally enter the Tibetan soil through Kyirong, an area located beyond Ganesh and Langtang Himal. Spend some time at Kyirong, before heading towards Tibetan vast windswept country that offers jaw-dropping views of snow-capped peaks. 

Our journey now heads towards Saga which is the first long-drive of our trip. We drive on the desert terrain land and will be crossing Brahmaputra/Yarling Tsangpo river on our way while also enjoying the amazing views of Gaurishankar, Shishapangma and Langtang Himal. Drive from Saga and head to another city of Paryang (4558m), which offers the first view of Mount kailash and the holy Mansarover lake. Besides, Manasarovar is the highest freshwater lake with a turquoise complexion and is surrounded by Mt. Kailash. 

The road trip continues as we head for Darchen, which serves as the base for Mt Kailashkora. Enjoy some peaceful hours at the shores of the sacred Manasarovar Lake , and then our trekking journey starts as we trek towards  Dira-Puk(5000m). We continue trekking towards Dira Puk-Zuthul Puk and once you reach the top, make some holiest offering and sit down for meditation as is the ritual of this place. Enjoy a spectacular panorama of the Tibetan vast plateau and snow peaks, as you finally end the Kailash Parikrama/Kora.
Drive back to Saga through Lake Mansarowar and get back to Kyirung. Eventually, we drive form Kyirung to Kathmandu after finising necessary formalities. Experience unreal aerial views of the Himalayan mountain range, which includes Makalu, Lhotse, Shisapangma, and Mount Everest. Finally, our Mount Kailash Overland Tour comes to an end, leaving us with wonderful memories of majistic Tibetan cities and several world's highest plateaus. 

How to Plan Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
Planning a Kailash Mansarovar Yatra requires meticulous preparation and attention to detail. From obtaining the necessary permits and visas to arranging transportation and accommodations, it's essential to plan every aspect of your journey in advance to ensure a smooth and seamless experience.

Updated Guide for 2024: Step by Step Mt. Kailash Tour Packages
In 2024, numerous tour operators are offering comprehensive Mt. Kailash tour packages designed to cater to the needs and preferences of pilgrims from around the world. These packages typically include transportation, accommodation, meals, guided tours, and support services throughout the pilgrimage.

The Significance of Mount Kailash
Mount Kailash holds immense spiritual significance in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bonism. Revered as the abode of Lord Shiva and a symbol of enlightenment and liberation, it attracts thousands of pilgrims each year who undertake the arduous trek to circumambulate its sacred slopes.

Visit to Lake Mansarovar
Lake Mansarovar, located at the base of Mount Kailash, is revered as one of the holiest lakes in Hinduism and Buddhism. Pilgrims perform ritualistic prayers and bathe in its sacred waters, believing it to cleanse them of sins and bestow blessings and spiritual merit.

Best Time for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
The best time to embark on the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is during the summer months of May to September when the weather is favorable, and the mountain passes are accessible. However, pilgrimages are also conducted during the monsoon season, albeit with greater challenges due to heavy rainfall and muddy trails.

Travel Permit and Visa for Kailash Tour
Obtaining the necessary permits and visas for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is an essential aspect of trip planning. Pilgrims must obtain permits from the respective authorities in Nepal and China, along with securing the necessary travel visas well in advance of their journey.

Kailash Mansarovar: A Spiritual Journey to the Abode of the Gods
The pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar is not merely a physical journey but a profound spiritual odyssey that nourishes the soul and deepens one's connection to the divine. It offers pilgrims an opportunity for introspection, self-discovery, and communion with the sacred energies of the Himalayas.

The Surroundings of Kailash Mansarovar
The surroundings of Kailash Mansarovar are characterized by awe-inspiring landscapes, rugged terrain, and pristine natural beauty. Pilgrims are treated to panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks, verdant valleys, and crystal-clear lakes, creating an atmosphere of serenity and tranquility.

The Challenges of Visiting Kailash Mansarovar
Visiting Kailash Mansarovar presents numerous challenges, including high altitude, extreme weather conditions, rugged terrain, and logistical hurdles. Pilgrims must be physically and mentally prepared to overcome these challenges and navigate the rugged terrain with resilience and determination.

Travel Tips for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
To ensure a safe and successful pilgrimage, it's essential to heed the following travel tips:

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu 1,320 m and transfer to hotel.

After you arrive at the international terminal of Kathmandu airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our company representative. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to a hotel by the Himalayan Forever staff. When you arrive at the hotel, check out your incredible rooms, and then, once you've had a chance to rest, visit the Himalayan Forever office for a meeting. 

Day 2 : Kathmandu sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

There are several landmarks and monuments within Kathmandu valley. This city holds seven UNESCO listed world heritage sites within a radius of 20km. This comprises the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, the durbar squares of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur, among many other places. We can visit these locations or any other location of your choice. 

Kathmandu Durbar Square:

Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Hanuman Dhoka Square, stands as a testament to the city's royal history. Surrounded by ancient palaces, courtyards, and temples, this UNESCO World Heritage Site encapsulates centuries of Nepalese architecture. The square served as the royal palace for the Malla kings and later the Shah dynasty.

Upon entering, visitors are greeted by the magnificent Hanuman Dhoka Palace, a complex adorned with intricately carved wooden windows and doors. The Kumari Ghar, home to the living goddess Kumari, adds an air of mystique to the square. The Kumari, a prepubescent girl chosen as the living embodiment of the goddess Taleju, occasionally makes appearances at her window, captivating onlookers.

Exploring the narrow alleys surrounding the square reveals hidden courtyards, shrines, and vendors selling traditional artifacts. The combination of historical charm and vibrant street life makes Kathmandu Durbar Square an unforgettable destination.

Pashupati Nath:

A short journey eastward leads to the sacred grounds of Pashupati Nath, one of the holiest Hindu temples in the world. Nestled on the banks of the Bagmati River, Pashupati Nath is dedicated to Lord Shiva and draws pilgrims from across the globe.

The main temple, adorned with intricate wood carvings and golden spires, stands as the focal point of the complex. Only Hindus are allowed into the inner sanctum, but visitors can witness the rituals and ceremonies from the eastern bank of the river. The atmosphere is infused with spirituality as devotees perform rituals, sadhus (holy men) meditate, and the scent of incense wafts through the air.

Pashupati Nath is not only a religious site but also a reflection of Nepal's rich architectural heritage. The surrounding area, with its ancient statues, shrines, and ghats, provides a serene backdrop to this spiritual haven.


Heading northeast from Pashupati Nath, the journey culminates at the iconic Boudha Stupa, a symbol of Buddhism and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The colossal white dome, adorned with the watchful eyes of the Buddha, dominates the landscape, creating a serene and contemplative ambiance.

The Boudha Stupa is encircled by a bustling market, where locals and tourists alike peruse a plethora of shops offering Tibetan artifacts, prayer flags, and traditional handicrafts. The rhythmic prayer chants, the spinning of prayer wheels, and the fluttering of colorful flags create a mesmerizing atmosphere.

The stupa itself is a marvel of symmetry and symbolism. Pilgrims circumambulate the structure, spinning prayer wheels and offering prayers, while monks in nearby monasteries engage in their daily rituals. As the sun sets, the stupa is illuminated, casting a tranquil glow that adds to the spiritual aura.

Day 3 : Drive to Syabrubesi 1,470 m via Dhunche town 1,950 - 06 hrs.

After having breakfast in Kathmandu, start your journey by heading towards the north from the valley. Enjoy the scenic views of the lush, rolling hills and valleys while riding in the comfort of a jeep. The route passes through several farming villages and cities, and travelers may see several snow-capped peaks in the northwestern direction. The route continues on through twisting hills until it reaches Dhunche, the headquarter of the Rasuwa district. This city is the gateway to entering Langtang National Park, the first park established in  Himalayan region. 

Moreover, this region is basically the home of Tamang people, the indigenous old tribes interwoven with Buddhism religion and culture. Take a short refreshing break at Dhunche, and then drive downhill to Syabrubesi village to spend the night, before entering Tibet.

Day 4 : Drive to Kyirong in Tibet near Nepal border 2,890 m - 03 hours.

Take a short drive from Syabrubesi in the morning and you will reach to the border of Nepal and Tibet at Rasuwagaddi. The route is 15km long and the drive takes around 1 hours. Our Tibetan drivers and guides will receive you at the border and help you with the necessary immigration and customs formalities. Hop on new jeep and after driving for few hours on a good road, you will reach Kyirong, a small town in Tibet. 

Kyirong a famous religious and historical place in Tibet, and a great saint named Guru Millerepa lived here during the 11th century. He is renowned for his tantric insight, poetry, folk singing, and his song are still sang by local herdsman and villagers. Our guide will book the best available lodge or guest house available in this city for you to spent the night. During the spare time in afternoon, relax and enjoy views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal that lies between the border of Nepal and Tibet.

Day 5 : Day 03: Drive from Kyirung to Saga(4450m)- 232 km - 4-5hours

This is the first day of our long drive in Tibet , which passes nomad camps, sheep and yak herds, and arid terrain. Enjoy the majestic view of Gaurishankar, Shishapangma, and Langtang Himal from the pass.Continue to drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen, and Peiku Tso Lake (4400m). Furthermore, we will be crossing the river Brahmaputra (“Yarling Tsangpo” in Tibetan) to reach Saga (4600m). After reaching Saga, stay there for the night in the guest house.

Day 6 : Saga to Paryang (4558m) to Mansarovar (4600m) 507 km, 8-9 hrs

Start driving from Saga on the terrain road which offers the view of several mountains in the distance. We travel for a while before passing through Zhongba, a tiny village, and finally reach Paryang. Paryang is the first place of our tour that provides the view of Mt Kailash and the holy lake of Mansarovar. 

Manasarovar is the highest freshwater lake on the planet which has a turquoise complexion. It is surrounded by Mt.Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandata, and Lake Rakchyas which simply seems heavenly. As you approach this serene and sacred lake, the historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the North West shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can have a glimpse of the majestic Mount Kailash.  Out team will arrange a beautiful guesthouse for you to stay the night in Paryang.

Day 7 : Day 05: Drive to Darchen (14975ft) 40km

After spending a worthwhile time in the shores of the sacred Lake Manasarovar and witnessing the snowy massif of Gurla Mandhata just across the lake, we drive for 40 km to reach Darchen. This place serves as the base for Mt Kailashkora (circumambulation). This 53 km long Kora was constructed in just three days.Stay in a nice local guest house here.

Day 8 : Trek to Dira-Puk Monastery(5000m)- 7 hours(First day of Mt. Kailash Parikrama)

The whole journey from Darchen to Dirapuk Monastery is 20 kilometers(5km drive and 15km trek), mostly uphill. It will be one of the most memorable days of your journey as you walk along the beautiful rocky cliffs and cross waterfalls and some clouds in the clear blue sky. After reaching Dirapuk, stay in a nice hotel for the night!

Day 9 : Trek from Dira Puk to Zuthul Puk, 18km, 6-7 hrs(Second day of Parikrama)

This is the hardest trek of our pilgrimage journey, but the hard work would be worth as you are going to have a deep spiritual experience in this day. Start the journey from Dira Puk and cross Dolma La pass that stands at the altitude of 5670 m. Once you reach the top of the pass, make some holy offerings as per the ritual of this place and sit down for a deep peaceful meditation. Many tourist in the past has claimed this to be a life changing experience. Start to trek again and by the late afternoon, you will arrive at Zuthul Puk where the great ascetic Milerappa was said to have performed miracles. Stay there for the night at a local guest house. You will ascend for 550 m and descent 600m in this day.

Day 10 : Trek to Darchen(3 hours) and drive to Saga(End of our Mt. Kailash Parikrama)

This is the last day of Mount Kailash Parikrama which is around 8 Kms and we trek towards Darchen to complete our parikrama/kora. We walk on gradual path for some time and reach to a place where our guide and team members are waiting for us on a jeep. After taking some rest, we drive towards Saga through the route of Lake Mansarovar. We arrive in Saga after a few hours of drive and spend the night there in a beautiful guest house. 

Day 11 : Drive back to Kyirung(6-7 hours)

After having an early breakfast, we keep driving towards Keyrung. On the way, we cross the bridge over beautiful Brahmaputra River and continue our journey across the vast open Tibetan plains. This route offers stunning views of several Himalayan peaks, in addition to Shishapangma and the Pieko-Tso Lake. We arrive at Keyrung after driving in steep terrain and well-pitched road. Stay there for the night!

Day 12 : Drive from Kyirung to Kathmandu-150 km(6 hours).

From Kyirong, travel down to the Nepalese border of Rasuwagadi and bid farewell to our Tibetan guide and driver. A short walk from here will lead you to the Nepalese Immigration Control center where our the Nepalese escorts from our team will be waiting to receive you. Complete the necessary re-entry formalities and start the scenic drive to Kathmandu. After some hours, you will finally reach the capital city of Nepal, Kathamandu. 

Day 13 : International departure for homeward bound.

This is your last day in Nepal and you should get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. You will be escorted to the airport by the Himalayan Forever Trek guide and team. Our guide and staff will bid you a farewell as you depart for your country. You will surely never forget this wonderful experience and adventure of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Namesty!


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