Immerse yourself into the vast landscapes of Tibet. Climb the highest passes. Follow the pilgrim circumambulation around Mount Kailash and take a holy bathe in Lake Mansarovar. This trip is packed with adventure and variety from Tibetan culture to the rugged and diverse landscapes en-route to Asia’s most sacred mountain peaks.
Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour
Trip Difficulty: Hard
Trip Style: Tour
Accommodation: Budget rooms – Guest Houses – 3 Star
Group Size: Upon your request
Max Elevation: 5,600 metres
Route: Kathmandu – Syabrubesi – Kyirong Town – Saga – Mansarovar – Darchen - Yama Dwar – Dhiraphuk – Zutulphuk – Saga – Syabrubesi – Kathmandu
Best Season: Mid May to September
Remarks: Foreigners supplementary $300
- Drive through Northern Nepal’s wild and rugged terrain across the peripheries of Langtang National Park.
- Cross the Friendship Bridge on the Nepal/China border.
- Bathe in the holy Lake Mansarovar.
- Trek Tibet’s high mountain passes.
- Follow the ancient pilgrims’ trails.
- Get up close with one of Asia’s most sacred mountain peaks.
- Circumambulate around Mount Kailash.
Day 01ARRIVAL KATHMANDU:
Day 02SIGHTSEEING TOUR WITHIN KATHMANDU:
Day 03DRIVE, KATHMANDU - SYABRUBESHI:
Day 04CROSS KYIRONG BRIDGE THEN DRIVE TO KYIRONG TOWN:
Day 05DRIVE, KYIRONG TO SAGA:
Day 06DRIVE FROM SAGA TO LAKE MANSASAROVAR (CHIU GOMPA):
Day 07LAKE MANSAROVAR TO DARCHEN (MANSAROVAR – DARCHEN- 35Km | 45 Min. ):
Day 08DRIVE TO YAMA DWAR THEN START TREKKING TO DHIRAPUK:
Day 09TREK TO SHIVASTHAL, GAURIKUNDA (5,620 m) THEN CONTINUE ZUTULPHUK:
Day 10TREK, ZUTULPHUK TO TREK ENDING POINT (ZONGDAU), & RETURN TO SAGA:
Day 11SAGA TO KYIRONG BRIDGE THEN RETURN TO SYABRUBESHI (NEPAL SIDE):
Day 12MORNING AFTER BREAKFAST, DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU:
- Three nights Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis.
- All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) in Kathmandu.
- Sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley as per the program.
- Chinese group visa.
- All necessary travel permits and other necessary documents.
- Transfer by luxury Bus.
- Emergency vehicle.
- English/ Hindi speaking Chinese guide.
- Entry fees for Kailash & Mansarovar area.
- Yak and Yak man during the parikrama to bring food & logistics.
- Accommodation in Tibet in Hotel and guesthouses on sharing basis (as mentioned).
- Nepali staff team (Cook, tour manager and sherpas).
- All vegetarian foods & bottled drinking water for the entire journey.
- Oxygen cylinder and medical kit bag.
- All applicable taxes and service charge.
What's not included
- Your travel Insurance.
- Tips & gratitude for staff.
- Emergency rescue and evacuation services if required.
- Laundry bill/ telephone bill/ personal expenses.
- Horse & porter.
- Drinks & beverages such as coke, fanta, juice, red bull etc.
- Any additional expenses that occurs due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances.
- Any service that is not mentioned above.
Tradition and Culture
For thousands of years this region has been the ultimate goal for pilgrims. It is the home of the Gods for Hindu, Jains, Buddhists and Bon. Mount Kailash – standing at 6714 metres high – is known in Tibet as Tise (the peak) of Khang Rinpoche (Jewel of Snows). For Hindus, Mount Kailash is the home of Hindu God Shiva and his partner Devi, whilst for Tibetans it is the home of God Demchong and his consort Dorje Phangmo.
According to legend, it is here that Milarepa - a great Tibetan Yogi and master of Tantric Buddhism - contested with Naro-Bonchung - a grandmaster of Bon - to prove the superiority of Buddhism. Many contests took place, but the final one was to see who could first reach the summit of Mt Kailash at the crack of dawn. Riding his damaru (ritual drum) Naro-Bonchung flew towards the peak onlu to be overtaken by Milarepa at the last second. Naro-Bonching was so astonished that he let go of his drum, which crashed down mountain leaving a vertical scar – a distinctive feature of the south face.
We recommend that you bring clothes for changing weather conditions, as the temperatures in Tibet can vary substantially. Wet weather gear is also necessary.
We will provide you a duffel bag in a hotel at kathmandu one day before leaving for Kailash Yatra , in which you need to repack important items for the journey and other suitcase and luggage will be stored in hotel during the whole time of journey.
The intensity of the light – and the high UV factor – in Tibet makes sunglasses imperative, as well as plenty of sun-block. Sunscreen products are not easily available in Tibet, so make sure you bring plenty of your own. A brimmed hat is also recommended, for extra protection.
You need to pack all your items in duffel bag, and a waterproof cover for your backpack in which you will carry important items such as changing clothes, tooth brush, creams and other stuff for your daily uses. You will carry only backpack when you are travelling in bus, the duffel bag will carry by the truck on the journey.
The following is a checklist of the items, which you should pack:
Walking boots and sandals (or trainers are OK)
At least one thick sweater
Warm socks, preferably woolen
Torch with spare batteries
Personal medical supplies
Sewing kit, Towels
Day pack (for valuable items such as camera, money, passport)
Rucksack for clothes
Down jackets (we can provide these on a returnable basis in Kathmandu. Please note that in case of loss or damage, you will be required to reimburse the cost of the same.)
Warm hat with sun protection, Gloves
First Aid Medical Kit
You need to carry first aid kit or personal medical kit (typical backpacking kit for minor injuries/ our guide also will carry) Diamox, Aspirin, painkillers, Lip balm, Mustard, oil, Vaseline, Plasters, TCP, salt, mint, Vicks for sore throats.
If you have any other problem to your health first take a advise of a doctor for any medicine change for high altitude.
Payphones will be available in Kathmandu for Nepal region and for China region you have to buy another sim which is available at Lhasa, Shigatse. For Indian people Airtel data roaming can work till Lake Manasarover from there you need to keep China region sim card. The program coordinator will be equipped with a local China phone at Manasarovar and Kailash for emergency communication.
Lack of oxygen at high altitudes (over 2,500 m) affects most people to some extent. With an increase in altitude, the human body needs time to develop physiological mechanisms to cope with the decreased oxygen levels. This process is called acclimatization.
Diamox (Acetazolamide) tablets are necessary to counter high altitude sickness. Please see your doctor for a prescription as it is mandatory to start taking these tablets three days before arriving in Kathmandu. This medicine must be taken for the entire duration of the journey.
Those allergic to sulfa drugs can alternatively take Gingko Biloba, a natural supplement available at online stores.
During the trip, participants will be given simple, yet unique and tested practices for faster acclimatization.
A qualified doctor, especially trained to handle high altitude sickness and other conditions that may arise, will accompany the group throughout the journey. The doctor will be equipped with all necessary medications and equipment including life-saving oxygen cylinders and Gamow bags.
Accommodation during this trip
Accommodation en route is very basic. However, we provide the best available Hotels/ Guesthouses on the way. Twin sharing rooms are available only in Kyirong. In rest of the places accommodation will be provided on triple sharing basis or in dormitory.
Meals & Drinking Water
We cater vegetarian Indians foods throughout the journey. Our experienced kitchen team along with Sherpas will travel with group throughout the tour. All provisions including drinking water will be taken from Nepal.
Level of Ease
This trek requires you to be physically and mentally fit. Please note that this trek is not advised for pregnant women and those suffering from chronic health problems, such as epilepsy, heart ailments, uncontrolled blood pressure or diabetes, asthma, psychological problems, physical disabilities or obesity. It is mandatory to get medical insurance, which also covers emergency evacuation for the trip.
We provide luxury Chinese Bus in Tibet part. Bus with capacity of 29 seats will be provided. If the group size is above 32 pax, we will provide an emergency vehicle too. Apart from this, there will be a supporting truck to carry foods and other logistics.
The best season to travel to Tibet is between Mid May and Mid September. Tibet is has a predominantly dry landscape with some of the most beautiful and sacred lakes.
Read more on when is the best time to travel to Tibet.
Visa & Travel Permit Information
Visa fees will be charged according to the rule of Chinese government.
Invitation Letter (for travel permit): A clearly scanned colour passport copy at least 30 days before arrival.
Visa Application: Original passport, Visa application form and supporting documents.
Please see more information regarding your Tibet Travel Permit and China Visa.