Kailash Mansarovar Yatra - 13 Days

kailash mansarovar yatra

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is the ultimate spiritual journey for the attainment of peace and salvation. Kailash is the most important pilgrimage for Hindus in the remote Himalayas range. A round walk/ Circumambulation (Parikrama) and a holy bath in Mansarovar Lake are said to take away your sins and cleanse your heart.

The peak of Kailash at 6,638 m falls in the Autonomous Region of China which is called Tibet. Lake Mansarovar is also situated in proximity to the freshwater lake. Mount Kailash is considered the home to Lord Shiva, the ultimate gods of gods for Hindu people.

This is the closest you get to the powerful Lord Shiva. Not just for Hindus, this Kailash and Mansarovar tour is also considered sacred for Bön, Buddhism, and Jainism. Where else will you find such unity and togetherness? 

Amazing Kailash Tour From Kathmandu

kailash mansarovar tour from kathmandu

Although Kailash and Mansarovar lie in the Tibetan region, the easiest way to get there is from Nepal. Starting of Kailash tour from Kathmandu, you will get to Tibet from the Kerung border. The other’s day drive from Kerung to Saga is also equally fun. On the next day, we drive to Mansarovar Lake where we can dip ourselves in the holy lake and conduct a puja. 

Then, we drive towards the Mount Kailash base at Darchen. Then, the tough journey on the foot commences. We walk at over 4,500 meters from Dehara Pukparikrama to the Dolma La high passes. Dolma La at 5,944 meters is the highest point of our trek. After two and half days of walk, we get back to Darchen and drive to Saga. Then, we drive from Saga to Kerung and finally to Kathmandu

Since we will be driving for most of the tour, the Kailash trekking is very short. This means that the tour can be accomplished by anyone without much difficulty. All the permits and arrangements will be done by our team and you get to enjoy the moments. 

The Highlight Of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

  • A completely rejuvenating round walk, the mandatory Parikrama around the mount Kailash
  • A spiritual bath and Prayer ceremony conducted in the Lake Mansarovar
  • Fabulous mountains views of the entire Himalaya region and a challenging climb to Mount Kailash 
  • Explore many century-old Monasteries, rivers, waterfalls, Tibetan Medical School, and many natural wonders along the trail
  • A deep understanding of ancient Tibetan Buddhism and the rural lifestyle of both Nepal and China
  • The accomplishment of holy Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from Kathmandu without having to face any legal problems 

What Is The Best Time For kailash Mansarovar Yatra?

what is the best time for kailash mansarovar yatra

Among different times of the year, autumn (September to November) has received the biggest number of Kailash Kora visitors. The weather in autumn is also very stable and warm. The views of the mountains are very clear and the weather of the Kailash region is favorable. The other preferable month is spring which the entire region is very warm.

The Kailash Mountain definitely remains beautiful, but there are so many other perks like colorful blooms of wildflowers and fresh alpine vegetation. Summer, also a rainy season in Nepal doesn’t have much impact in the trans-Himalayan region of Tibet. The Kailash region is open for treks during June and July but you might have to wait for a few days if the rain starts to pour.

Otherwise, it’s also the best time for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Lastly, we have the winter season when the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is not permitted. The Kailash Kora is closed and the permits will not be issued to trek in the winter. That’s because the temperature becomes very cold in winter and the entire path is covered in snow. 

Since, we will be staying in the camps for about 2 days, trekking to Kailash in the right weather is really important. However, the limited number of guest houses in the Kailash Mansarovar region are over-occupied during the peak season. Our Himalayan masters’ team will help you with all these arrangements. 

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Itinerary 

kailash mansarovar yatra itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Our Himalayan master’s team will be waiting for you at the airport. From there, we will drive you to the hotel over Thamel in a private car. We will also pick our visitors from different cities of Nepal or Bus Park. Just let us know when and where you will arrive. 

After some rest, you can stroll around the colorful stress of Thamel. Then, there will be a short briefing session and we shall all gather for the welcome dinner. 

Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing 

We wouldn’t actually head to Tibet without exploring some of the best places in Kathmandu. Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital is also called the city of temples. And the name justifies the existence of seven UNESCO world heritage sites around the valley. Obviously, we start the day with a short drive to Swayambhunath monasteries.

In the daytime, we can visit Bouddhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Pasupatinath temple. We might also be able to attain evening arati in Pashupatinath. Then, we get back to the Thamel and the guide will help you shop essential gear for the trip. We complete the packing and enjoy the dinner.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Kerung 

After breakfast in Kathmandu, we will hop into our vehicle and drive to Syabru Besi (2380m). Due to the bad road conditions, we cover this 148kms in 5-6 hours. We stop here for some rest and then further continue driving to Kerung. First, we get to the Nepalese border at Rasuwagadhi and complete some legal formalities here. Then you will be transferred to the Tibetan side. After some preparation here, we drive to Kerung. Here, we will be staying in the local guest house. 

Overnight in Kerung

 Day 4: Rest and Acclimatize Day at Kerung

Although we could have driven to Saga on the 4th day, we need a rest day for acclimatization in Tibet’s altitude. Also, we will have some extra time for shorter hikes around Kerung. We can join the chanting Bhajan/ Katha in the guesthouse and visit other nearby areas. 

Overnight in Kerung

Day 5: Drive from Kerung to Saga 

This is a very relaxing and fun day of driving on the beautiful cliffs of Saga. We leave the Kerung valley and drive via the mountains terrain of Tibet. Firstly, we cross the Yarlung Zangpo which is also called the Brahmaputra River. Driving further north, we reach the stunning village of Saga. Here are some beautiful tea houses for our night’s stay.

Overnight in Saga.

Day 6: Drive from Saga to Lake Mansarovar

Our plan for the day is to reach the holy Lake Mansarovar by evening. We will drive a long way, crossing many check posts along the route. Firstly, we drive to the Mayumla Pass and soon drive to Lake Mansarovar. Today, we also get our very first glimpse of Mount Kailash. Although the drive to Mansarovar is long, the road is quite easy. In Mansarovar, we check-in at a local guest house and emerge ourselves in its beauty. 

Overnight in Lake Mansarovar

Day 7: Mansarovar Parikrama and drive to Darchen Lake 

We wake up quite early in the morning and then drive to Mansarovar Lake. After the holy bath and the prayer, we conduct Hawan and other rituals. Please note that dip inside Mansarovar Lake is banned by the government and marked as a punishable crime. The beautiful sight of Mount Kailash will obviously captivate us.

So, we hop inside our jeep and then drive to the Darchen. On the way, we stop at the beautiful Rakshasa Taal for some pictures. Then, we visit the Chiu Gompa and directly stop at Darchen. Darchen is the base camp of Kailash kora. We stay at a local guesthouse for the night. 

Overnight in Darchen 

Day 08: Parikrama to Dirapuk

Be ready for the first day of your Kailash Kora in the early morning. You need to wake up early and start the drive to Tarboche. From Tarboche, we walk/ horse-ride to the South face of Mount Kailash. We first visit Yama Dwar before the trek actually starts. Our next stop shall be Dirapuk Gompa.

After a warm cup of tea here, we continue the walk to Dirapuk. Here, you can see the Kailash on the right side. Today, we cover about 12kms of Kailash Mansarovar distance. You can either stay in a small guesthouse located near Dirapuk Monastery or set up your own camp. 

Overnight in Dirapuk

Day 09: Parikrama to Zuthulpukh 

Our day starts with the view of ‘Golden Kailash’ as the sunrises in the morning. After breakfast, we start the trek to Zuthulphuk. This is the hardest day of the trek as we cover the longest Kailash Mansarovar walking distance. Firstly, we walk to the Dolma-La pass at 5630 m.

The view of Mount Kailash from this point is absolutely beautiful. Now, we walk steep downwards towards the Gauri Kunda. We will also stop at Shiva Tsal (Shiva Sthal). We will reach Zuthulpuk Gompa in the evening and stay at the guesthouse or at a camp here. 

Overnight in Zuthulpuk

Day 10: Parikrama ends and drives to Saga

This is the final day of our Mount Kailash trek. We start the trek from Zuthulpuk after the early morning breakfast. In the morning, we walk in the mountain for about 6kms. At this point, a vehicle will be waiting for our arrival. Initially, we drive to Darchen and then stop for some refreshment. Then, we walk to Saga, which is also a part of Lake Manasarovar Parikrama. We reach the guesthouse at Saga only in the evening. 

Overnight in Saga 

Day 11: Drive from Saga to Kerung

This is a relaxing day of driving along the winding road of Tibet. We start the drive after morning breakfast we get to Kerung. Before getting in the open Tibetan plate, we cross the beautiful Brahmaputra River. We stop at the Shishapangma and the Pieko-Tso Lake to witness more wonders of nature. Further driving along the highway, we reach Kerung only at night. 

Overnight in Kerung

Day 12: Drive from Kerung to Kathmandu 

Today’s journey takes us to Kathmandu from a familiar road. After breakfast in the morning, we drive to the Kerung border and complete some paper works. Next, we shall head to the Rasuwagadi immigration control and formally enter Nepal. This means we will get into a new vehicle and drive further to Kathmandu. The road on the Nepalese side is a little rough and takes a long time. Back to our hotel in Thamel, we will all gather for a farewell dinner. It’s time to celebrate your victory of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2022. 

Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 13: Transfer to the airport for your final departure

This is your final day of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Inform us about the place and time you want us to drop you. A driver with a private vehicle will be waiting for your arrival. We wish you a safe journey back home.

Also Read:- Detailed Itinerary Of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Final words, 

So, when do you plan to head for this deeply rejuvenating journey? Although this is a great adventure to endeavor, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra also comes with many serious problems of health, accommodation, and permits. That’s why you should book the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2022 trip from a trusted travel agency like Himalayan masters.

You can send us an email or contact us to book your trip or comment on your general inquiry below.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival

Altitude: 1400 meters

Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3
Drive Kathmandu to Kerung

Altitude: 2,700m
Distance: 175km
Duration: 8-9 hours

Day 4
Rest and Acclimatize Day at Kerung

Day 5
Drive from Kerung to Saga

Altitude: 4,392m
Distance: 184km
Duration: 5 -6 hours

Day 6
Drive from Saga to Lake Mansarovar

Altitude: 4,558m
Distance: 370 km,
Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 7
Mansarovar Parikrama and drive to Darchen Lake

Altitude: 4,565m

Day 8
Parikrama to Dirapuk

Altitude: 5,000m
Distance: 12kms
Duration: 6-8 hours walk

Day 9
Parikrama to Zuthulpukh

Altitude: 5,944m
Distance: 22kms
Duration: 10-12 hours walk

Day 10
Parikrama ends and drives to Saga

Altitude: 4640 m
Distance: 492 km
Duration: 5-6 hours

Day 11
Drive from Saga to Kerung

Day 12
Drive from Kerung to Kathmandu

Day 13
Transfer to the airport for your final departure

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the total cost of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra?

Obviously, the cost of Kailash Mansarovar depends on which agency you pick and the type of package (Budget or luxurious). The average Kailash Mansarovar Yatra cost is about $2500 for the 13 days trip. Since the cost of permits, transportation, and accommodation in Tibet is higher than in Nepal, the trip cost is relatively high.

Himalayan master offers the best deal for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra package at a lower price. If you travel in a bigger group at the minimum facility, the lowest cost of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2020 can be about $1500.

Is Kailash Mansarovar Yatra difficult?

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is mostly about the drive in a private car and staying in the luxurious guest-house. Out of these 13 days, you only have to trek for two and a half days. Kailash Mansarovar’s walking distance is about 40kms of the walk; and among those 40kms. We cover Kailash Mansarovar distance of 22kms on the second day only. Also, we might have to stay in a tent or very small houses during these two days. Otherwise, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is quite an easy journey.

However, anyone with a health issue- physical or mental shouldn’t go for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2022 trip without physician permission. Trekking at 5,000 meters is not a joke- it can be deadly due to altitude sickness.

Can I do Kailash Mansarovar Yatra on my own?

The Chinese government doesn’t issue tourist visas to individual/ solo travelers. You must apply for the group visa directly to Tibet. Even then, getting these permits for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra isn’t an easy job. Also, you need to book the hotels and arrange the tents for the Kailash Kora.

Indian travel agencies also can’t issue you these permits- they often trade travelers with a Nepalese travel agency. So, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra for Indians is easier and cheaper when they make the booking directly to Nepal.

What kind of accommodation will there be in Kailash Mansarovar Yatra?

All accommodation will be done in a local guest house. The guest houses have small and clean rooms with twin beds. Only in Kathmandu, you will be staying in luxurious hotels with private baths. Wi-Fi and Electricity are available up to Darchen in Tibet (all days except for Kailash Kora). All kinds of Nepalese and Chinese meals are served in these guest houses.

During 2 nights of the Kailash trek, you will stay in quite basic rooms or tents. Our expert team at Himalayan masters ensures that you get the best available facility in Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. So, there is nothing to worry about.

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Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
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