13 Days Tibet Kailash Pilgrimage Tour from Kathmandu

This 13 days Tibet Kailash Tour -comprises with holy adventure journey in roof of the world- pilgrimage travelers will be encountering new cultural destinations day by day. Time to time views follow incredibly beautiful landscape with holy glimpse of Mt. Kailash and many other surrounding mountains. Mt Kailash Tour also takes exploration visit to Manasarovar Lake and Rakshas Tal and three days holy KORA. This overland journey firstly takes 3 days from Nepal to our destination Lake Monasarova and Mt.Kailash through the wide valley between Mt. Himalaya Range and Gandise Range in Tibet Plateau. Further holy journey we start hiking to complete the KORA of Mt Kailash which takes more three days. After the Kora trip we get back to Nepal follow the way we come.


  • Enjoy the city highlights of Kathmandu and drive from Kathmandu to visit Mt. Kailash;
  • Experience the Tibetan Buddhism in monasteries along your way;
  • Meet snown mountains, tranquil lakes, shimmering rivers, Tibetan villages and rare animals on your way;
  • Trekking the most sacred and mythical mountain in the world-Mt. Kailash.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
  • Day 2: Kathmandu
  • Day 3: Kathmandu-Kerung or Nyalam 
  • Day 4: Kerung or Nyalam 
  • Day 5: Kerung or Nyalam-Dongba
  • Day 6: Dongba-Lake Manasarover
  • Day 7: Lake Manasarover-Darchen
  • Day 8: Trek to Diraphuk
  • Day 9: Pilgrimage Yatra
  • Day 10: Zuthulphuk-Dongba
  • Day 11: Dongba-Nyalam or Kerung
  • Day 12: Nyalam or Kerung-Kathmandu
  • Day 13: Kathmandu Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu (1300 m) Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities: None

Arrival at Kathmandu transfer to Hotel and have dinner. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2 Kathmandu 

Sightseeing and Activities:Pashupatinath,Jal Narayan and Guheshwari Temple
Meals:Breakfats, Lunch

Morning after breakfast sightseeing tour to Pashupatinath,Jal Narayan and Guheshwari Temple, after lunch preparing for Kailash Yatra. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3 Drive to Kerung (175 KM. 2,900 M) or Nyalam (153km, 3750m)

Sightseeing and Activities:sightseeing on the way
Meals:Breakfats, Lunch

 New Route Drive to Rasuwa Gadi(7hrs drive 170km)),After Immigration and customs formalities on both sides (Nepal & China). We drive to the small town – Kerung O/N Hotel (3700m). 

Plan B: Drive Kathmandu -Kodari – Nyalam (137 Km ) At Kodari ( border) After immigration and customs formalities on both sides (Nepal & China). We drive to the small town – Nyalam O/N Hotel (3700m).

Day 4 Rest Day for Acclimatization

Sightseeing and Activities:None
Meals:Breakfats, Lunch

Rest day for altitude acclimatization at Nyalam / Kerung.  Stay overnight in local hotel or guesthouse.

Day 5 Drive to Dongba

Sightseeing and Activities: Mt.Shishapangma, Lalung –La Pass, Lake Pikusto
Accommodation:Dongba Guest House
Meals:Breakfats, Lunch

After breakfast drive to Dongpa 250kms (4500m). Enjoy grand view of Mt.Shishapangma(8021mt High) Gauri Shankar and other high mountains from Lalung –La Pass(5050mt.high) another attraction will be a sacred Lake Pikusto.  Stay overnight in New Dongpa.

Day 6 Lake Manasarover (4558m) 500 km

Sightseeing and Activities:Lake Manasarovar, Mt. Kailash
Accommodation:Chhu Gompa Lodge
Meals:Breakfats, Lunch

Drive to – Lake Manasarovar 385km (4500m).Very auspicious day for all peopleWho will have first glimpse of Holy Manasarovar and view of Mt. Kailash from Horchu Pass. Overnight stay Lodge at Chhu Gompa at the shore of lake Manasarovar.

Day 7 Puja and drive to Tarchen (14975ft)

Sightseeing and Activities:Sightseeing on the way
Accommodation:Darchen New Hotel
Meals:Breakfats, Lunch

The abode of god will be a lifetime – achievement. Puja, Havana worship,Meditation, Holy bath etc. Afternoon drive to Darchen (30km) 4560m. Stay overnight at New Hotel.

Day 8 Trek to Diraphuk /5000m

Sightseeing and Activities:Trek to Diraphuk
Accommodation:Diraphuk Guest House
Meals:Breakfats, Lunch

Darchen to Diraphuk 18km.Kora (circuit) begins drive 10 km. cover  Tarboche and trek up to walk approximately about 04 / 05 hour Diraphuk (4890m).  Stay overnight at Guest House.

Day 9 Pilgrimage Yatra with Dolma-La (pass) of 18600ft between two valleys

Sightseeing and Activities:Zuthulphuk, Dolma La pass
Accommodation:Zuthulphuk Guest House
Meals:Breakfats, Lunch

Trek to Zuthulphuk (4790m) 22km. walk approximately 08 / 10 hours – Parikarma Continues, this is the day every pilgrims talks about, the most difficult journey through out the trip, Trek up to Dolma La Pass(5600m). We will offer very short prayers at Dolmala and move towards Gaurikunda. They programmed in the same as usual. Stay overnight at Guest house.

Day 10 End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Dongba

Sightseeing and Activities:Manasarovar Horchu
Accommodation:Dongba Guest House
Meals:Breakfats, Lunch

Zuthulphuk to Dongba via Manasarovar Horchu. After breakfast,we will trek around 8 km. We will be reaching at the point, where our jeeps will be waiting to drive us to Darchen, parikarma (Circuit) ends. After Lunch we will drive to Dongba via Manasarovar Horchu. Stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day 11 Drive Donga / Saga to Nyalam or Kerung

Sightseeing and Activities:Drive Donga / Saga to Naylam or Kerung
Meals:Breakfats, Lunch

Drive back to Nyalam / Zhangmu or Kerung. Stay overnight in local hotel or hostel.

Day 12 Drive back to Kathmandu (150 km)

Sightseeing and Activities: Drive back to Kathmandu (150 km)
Meals:Breakfats, Lunch

Kerung/Nyalam to Katmandu transfer to Hotel. Stay overnight and rest at hotel

Day 13 Kathmandu Departure

Sightseeing and Activities:Kathmandu Departure

Departure transfer to Kathmandu airport and service ends.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star
Kerung / / Port Business Hotel
Nyalam Tashi Choe Ta Hotel Songcheng Boutique Business Hotel Mingzhu Hotel
Darchen / / Darchen New Hotel

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation with breakfast as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide and vehicle for transfers & sightseeing;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  •  Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Two bottles of mineral water each day.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • All optional programs;
  • Domestic air tickets fares with airport tax and fuel extra fee based on economy class mentioned in the program.

Travel Tips:

  1. Tibet Permits

There are several permits required to visit Tibet. Tibet Entry Permit, issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, is the most important one which has to be obtained before your trip because you must have it to take your flight/train to Tibet. To get the permit, you have to book a Tibet tour with us, and send us your passport and Chinese visa about 20 days in advance, and then let us apply for the permit (all Tibet permits can only be applied by travel agency). If you travel to other prefectures like Shigatse, Nyingchi, Shannan, etc, you also have to obtain an Alien Travel Permit. If you travel to Mount Everest, you have to obtain a Border Permit. (Tibet Discovery, with office in Lhasa, has always kept up with the latest news on Tibet Permits. Traveling with us, all your permits are guaranteed as long as you are qualified to the requirements.)

  1. Available Months to Visit Tibet

Generally speaking, May to early October is the best time to for a Mount Kailash trip. July and August are the peak season and rainy season. It may be too cold to travel in Kailash area from November to March. There is usually heavy snow. The conditions in Namtso Lake and Mount Everest area are quite similar with Kailash. While other places like Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse are suitable for travel all year around.

  1. High Altitude Sickness

The average altitude of Tibet is about 4000 meters above the sea level (Lhasa: 3700m; EBC: 5200m; Namtso: 4718m). You may suffer a bit from High Altitude Sickness in the beginning days of your Tibet trip if you haven’t had rich high plateau travel experience. But don’t worry too much, the high altitude can be acclimatized usually in 2~3 days. Our suggestion is to take a physical examination and get suggestions from your doctor, and also bring some medicines to prevent from High Altitude Sickness before your trip. While in Tibet, you should keep warm all the time, avoid strenuous activities, drink more water and eat more vegetables and carbohydrates. You’d better not take showers during the first two days after your arrival at Tibet. If you don’t feel well, get help from your tour guide or go to the hospital without any delay.

  1. How to Go to Tibet

Basically you have two options – flight and train. Currently, you can take a flight to Lhasa from Beijing(4.5hrs), Xian(3.7hrs), Chengdu(2.5hrs), Chongqing(3hrs), Kuming(3hrs), etc. Among all these cities, Chengdu and Xian have more frequent flights to Lhasa. Kathmandu also has several flights to Lhasa each week.

If you a train travel, you can take a train to from Beijing(40.5hrs), Xian(32hrs), Chengdu(43hrs), Shanghai(47hrs), Chongqing(42hrs), Lanzhou(25hrs), Xining(22hrs), Guangzhou(54hrs).

  1. Packing and Wearing Ideas

Firstly you can’t forget your passport and Chinese Visa. A large backpack and a smaller one are recommended (the smaller one can be used for daily activities). Also bring the necessary medicine you need. Other stuffs like sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block are recommended. As for wearing, you are suggested to dress in layers (both thin and thick jackets). Down jacket is necessary in Spring and Autumn. A pair of durable and comfortable shoes is necessary.