Kailash Mansarovar Tour from Nepal: North Nepal 2023, 2024

Hotels and Lodge
Tibet Region
Start / End Point
10 Nights 11 Days
Max. Altitude
5,630 m|18472 ft
Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Group Size
2 - 50
Nature of Trek
Lodge to Lodge trekking
Best Season
May, June, September
Trip Code
Activity Per Day
6 - 7 hrs drive/5 - 6 hrs trek (Depends on Itinerary)
Bus/ Van/ Jeep
Moderately Challenging


The short Kailash Mansarovar trek is a spiritually significant pilgrimage route in Tibet, China, known for its natural beauty and high altitude. Typically lasting around 10-11 days, the trek starts in Darchen and involves circumambulating Mount Kailash and visiting Lake Mansarovar.

Why you will love Kailash Mansarovar Yatra?
    • Mount Kailash, the sacred abode of Lord Shiva
    • Lake Mansarovar, a holy lake for ritual baths and prayers
    • Kora (Parikrama), a spiritually enriching yet challenging trek encircling Mount Kailash.
    • Gauri Kund, a sacred pool on the Kailash Parikrama route
    • Dirapuk and Zuthulphuk Monasteries, ancient monasteries along the trek
    • Asthapad, believed to be the place where Lord Shiva meditated
    • Yam Dwar, the gateway to the Kailash Parikrama
    • Religious rituals and prayers performed throughout the journey
    • Scenic landscapes with stunning views of the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau
    • Cultural encounters, interactions with local Tibetans and pilgrims
    • Spiritual and personal growth as a transformative pilgrimage experience

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra overview:

The Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar Tour is one of the most sacred treks, and it is mostly known as the Kailash Mansarovar yatra(pilgrimage). The Kailash Mansarovar Tour from Nepal takes you to the holiest adobe of lord shiva, Mount Kailash, and the holy Lake Mansarovar in the western part of Tibet. While the definite proof is missing, the word Kailash is believed to be derived from the word kelāsa, meaning crystal in Sanskrit. Mount Kailash is situated at an altitude of 6,638 m | 21,778 ft; however, it is believed that only a spiritually powerful and disciplined Buddhist monk, Milarepa, has climbed to the top of Mt Kailash to this date. 

While most of the visitors travel to Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake with religious beliefs and the quest for salvation, others travel for the Mount Kailash Trek and experience the local culture of the Tibetan people in the rural area of Tibet. Subsequently, the Journey to Mount Kailash is not just a spiritual one but also a cultural one, as visitors can accommodate the culture of the remote region of Tibet. Additionally, the high passes like Dolma La Pass add to the difficulty of this trek, making it a perfect journey for even experienced trekkers. 

The easiest, cheapest, and shortest route for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is from Nepal, with a scenic drive to the Nepal-Tibet border along the highway. The tour lasts for nine(9) - eleven (11) days. Still, it can be extended if you wish to spend more time during the Kailash Parikrama, also known as Kailash Kora, or if any unforeseen circumstances occur during the trip. Furthermore, the Parikrama or Kora of Mount Kailash lasts for three days, and the second day of the Parikrama is the challenging one as you cross the Dolma La Pass at an altitude of 5,660 m | 18,540 ft and stay overnight at Zutulpuk. While the Parikrama starts and ends at Darchen, the total Kailash Mansarovar Tour begins and ends at Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Best Time to Visit Kailash Mansarovar:

As Kailash Mansarovar yatra lies in the particularly remote and high-altitude region of Tibet, we need to be sure of the weather conditions before visiting Kailash Mansarovar. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is featured in different seasons, leading to varied climates and temperatures, which directly influence the visitors/pilgrimages on the Kailash Mansarovar Tour from Nepal.

Briefly, the best time to visit Kailash Mansarovar starts from May till the end of September and can be extended to the first or second week of October. The months from May to September mostly guarantee minimal rainfall, high visibility, and comfortable temperatures with stunning views of desert and mountain alike. Most days are dry with fresh air from the holy mountain, with sunny days and deep blue sky, perfect for the Kailash Mansarovar Tour.

However, the same can't be said for the weather after the second(2nd) week of October as the cold temperature starts and snow begins accumulating in the paths, making it impossible for the Kailash Mansarovar Tour or Kailash Parikrama. Talking about months, the best season for Kailash Mansarovar is between May, June, July, and September, but the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra can be slightly extended till the second (2nd) week of October.

Religious and Spiritual Significance of Mount Kailash:

Mount Kailash is a revered destination for people with different religions, due to which not just Tibetians but tourists all across the globe arrive for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. The major religions that hold religious significance for Mount Kailash are Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. 

 In Hinduism, Mount Kailash is recognized as the abode of Lord Shiva. It is believed to be a pillar of the world as it lies in the center of the earth, and the presence of spiritual energy can be felt during every step of the Kailash Parikrama. Mount Kailash is so revered in the Hindu religion that most Hindus directly remember Lord Shiva rather than the Mountain itself while discussing Mount Kailash. 

Moreover, it is also believed to be the gateway to Heaven; as described in Mahabharata, the Pandava brothers, with their wife Draupadi, walked to the summit of Mount Kailash on their path to liberation. In Buddhism, Mount Kailash is known as Mount Meru and is central to Buddhist cosmology. Mount Kailash is believed to be the home of the Buddha Cakrasamvara, who is also known as Demchok and represents supreme bliss, a state of eternal happiness. 

Moreover, according to the Buddhists, Milarepa has been to the top of the holy Mount Kailash and made it back successfully, which makes him the only person ever to summit Mount Kailash.

In Bon, Mount Kailash is believed to be the adobe of Sky goddess Sipaimen, and followers of Jainism believe Rishabhdeva attained nirvana (Moksha) (translateable to liberation) at Mount Meru.  

Kailash Parikrma/Kora:

The religious name for the circumambulation of Mt Kailash is known as Kailash Parikrma in Hindu, whereas the Buddhist/Tibetan word is Kailash Kora. The pilgrims of many religions believe that Kailash Parikrma/kora on foot provides a powerful sensation of spiritually beneficial practice that can bring various positive effects, such as the collection of meritorious karma, cleansing of one's sin, and excellent fortune. Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists circumambulate Mount Kailash in a clockwise (right) direction, whereas Bonpos/Bon performs the circumambulation of Mount Kailash in an anti-clockwise (left) direction. 

The Kailash Parikrama, or Kailash Kora, begins and ends at Darchen, at an altitude of 4,670m | 15,320 ft, covering a distance of 53 km (33 mil). The Kailash Parikrama takes a total of three days, taking you from Darchen to DiraPuk on the first day, followed by DiraPuk to Zuthul Puk and Zuthul Puk to Darchen where Parikarama ends.

Kailash Mansarovar Tour from Nepal: North Nepal 2023, 2024 Photo

Kailash Mansarovar Trek Itinerary:

  1. day 1

    Drive from Kathmandu (1400 m | 4600 ft) - Gyirong (2774 m | 9101 ft):

  2. day 2

    Acclimatization at Gyirong:

  3. day 3

    Drive from Gyirong to Saga 4640 m|15223 ft:

  4. day 4

    Saga to Mansarovar (4590 m | 15060 ft):

  5. day 5

    Mansarovar to Darchen (4575 m | 15320 ft):

  6. day 6

    Darchen to Yamaduar (Short drive) and trek to DiraPuk (5210 m| 17093 ft)

  7. day 7

    Dirapuk to Charansparsa and back to Dirapuk:

  8. day 8

    Trek from Dira Puk to ZuthulPuk via Dolma La Pass (5630 m | 18471 ft): 

  9. day 9

    End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Saga:

  10. day 10

    Drive from Saga to Kyirong:

  11. day 11

    Drive from Kyirong to Kathmandu: 

Whats Included?

    • As per the itinerary, accommodation in Tibet: 
      • Hotel in Keyrong/Tibet - 3 Nights ( 2 Night before Parikrama and 1 Night after Parikrama) 
      • Hotel in Saga Tibet - 2 Nights Hotel/Tea House in Mansarovar Lake - 1 Night
      • Hotel in Darchen - 1 Night
      • Hotel in DiraPuk- 2 Night (Itinerary Based)
      • Hotel in ZuthulPuk - 1 Night
    • Fresh cooked vegetarian meal by our cook. Hot and cold drinking water. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
    • Tibet Travel permit and group Visa, Tibetan Guide, All Monastery, and Kailash entry permits.
    • Professional, reliable, friendly, and service-oriented Nepali leader fluent in English and Hindi, and English-speaking experienced Tibetan guide.
    • Jeep throughout the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, in Nepal and Tibet.
    • Pulse Oximeter, first aid kit with high altitude sickness medicine.
    • Kailash Mansarovar Yatra and Dolma la pass Trek complete certificate.

What's Excluded?

  • Personal expenses for Nepal-Tibet.
  • Personal Travel insurance and Rescue Evacuation on the tour.
  • Tips and Gratuities for staffs.
  • Kailash Tour Rescue jeep in case needed if someone needs to go back earlier than group.
  • Extra cost incurred in case of Landslide or natural problem, or any other problem outside of our reach.
  • Extra days in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal visa or re-entry Nepal visa price. 
  • Yaks or porters in TIbet region (our guide will help you manage, or you can directly book with us for a bit of extra cost).
  • Any other charges such as photography, or extra purchases such as Bells, and Mala that are not mentioned in the What’s Included section.

Written by: Mohan Bhandari

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