Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour - 14 Days

Mansarovar Lake Tibet

Trip Info

Trip Duration

14 Days

Max Altitude

5630 m



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Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour Overview

Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour can be a spiritual and cultural journey to the Lord Shiva’s abode to the pilgrims while it can also be a cultural and adventurous trip to one of the most beautiful regions in the world for others. In other words, it is one of the best journeys to experience a sense of peace, serenity, and adventure. 

Mt Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour combines the visits to two of the unique and highly praised destinations in Tibet i.e., the holiest in Asia, Mount Kailash, and one of three sacred lakes in Tibet, Manasarovar Lake. 

Mount Kailash (6,714 m) is a revered sacred mountain also known as Tise, Kailash, or Kang Rinpoche (Jewel of the Snows). Hindus, Buddhists, Janis, and Bonpos revere Kailash, viewing it as the center of the material and spiritual cosmos. According to Hindu mythology, the Hindu deity Shiva lives on the peak accompanied by his wife goddess Parvati, daughter of the Himalayas. Buddhists see it as the cosmic mandala of Dyani Buddhas and Boddhisattvas as an earthly projection (which represents the Wheel of Life). The Jains think that Adinath, their first guru, obtained freedom here. Additionally, Mount Kailash is revered by Bon believers (a pre-Buddhist faith) as the sacred nine-story swastika mountain and a source of spiritual power because their saint is said to have fallen from this peak. In addition to its religious significance, Mt. Kailash is well known for its breathtaking natural beauty. It is a difficult location to visit, thus many adventure seekers could love it here.

Similar to Kailash, Manasarovar Lake is the symbol of clarity and purity. It is considered to be a sacred site for pilgrimage attracting Hindus from all around the world. There is a belief that those who bathe and drink in this sacred lake, get purified & their sins washed wash. The magnificence and natural beauty of these sacred religious sites are beyond belief. 

Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour is possible through many routes. This particular package starts from Kathmandu through the Nepal-Tibet Border which is the most fruitful, convenient, and economical option. Kailash Manasarovar Overland Journey combines a spiritual experience with gorgeous scenery, breathtaking passes, turquoise lakes, and a magnificent view of Mount Kailash. 

The route to the holy Mount Kailash from Saga includes many days of driving and three days of trekking. The route is filled with the magnificent monasteries situated on the cliff, the hospitality of Tibetan people, Yak traveling over the white snowy passes, and most importantly the spectacular Himalayan range and crystal-clear lake.  Also, you can enjoy colorful Tibetan arts, crafts, traditions, culture, lifestyle, customs, and meals. If you want to skip a few driving days, check out our Mount Kailash Helicopter Tour.  

Mark the date to make a trip to Mount Kailash and Manasarovar and create a lifetime memory and experience. We, Himalayan Trekkers are always there to help you travel to the fullest.

Mt Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour Highlights 

  • A sneak peek into the culture, tradition, people, and lifestyle of the Kathmandu Valley
  • Explore the wonders of the Kathmandu valley that are listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • A scenic drive via the gushing white river and the views of the lush green hills from Nepal to Tibet
  • Discover the natural, cultural, and religious beauty of one of the sacred lakes in Tibet, Manasarovar Lake. 
  • Participate in the holy circuit/Kora of the sacred Mount Kailash
  • Relish the views of the many Himalayan ranges both in Nepal and Tibet
  • Get a glimpse of the different religions and cultures during Mt Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour

Mount Kailash Kora (Circuit) Difficulty 

The Kailash Parikrama also referred to as the Kailash Kora, is one of the holiest walkings around the sacred mount Kailash. There are two kora routes, one is the outer route and the other is the inner route. The outer route is the most famous one that circles Mount Kailash and goes via the high mountain pass, Drolma La. It takes 56 kilometers to travel Mount Kailash's outer kora. It involves three-day travel with overnight stops at the monasteries of Drirapuk and Zutulpuk along the way. Some pilgrims who perform prostration can complete a circle in as little as a day, while most foreigners require three days. 

The outer Kora starts from Darchen and ends in Darchen making a complete circuit that required full trekking. But, these days, the vehicle goes up to Tarboche which is just a 7 km drive from Darchen. Also, the trekking can be ended in Hor Qu village nowadays before arriving at Darchen in a vehicle on the last day of Kora. So, the vehicle transfer makes the journey a little easy as you will be skipping some hours of trekking. 

Generally, the first and the last day of the Parikrama are easier than the second day because we have to come across a high mountain pass named Drolma La Pass at 5645 meters on the second day. This is also the highest elevation a traveler gains during the Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour. The second day would also be the longest trekking day of this Mount Kailash Kora where we should encounter rocky paths, ice-covered hills, and ruins. 

Another challenge during the Mount Kailash Parikrama and the whole Mt. Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour would be the AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness). Tibet is already at a high altitude and during this trip, we would be traveling to higher elevation places over 4000 meters. So, there are chances of getting altitude sickness but we can prevent it by taking the required acclimatization, hydrating, moving slowly, etc. Similarly, if you witness symptoms of altitude sickness, you are advised to inform about it your guide as soon as possible. 

Best time to do Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour

It would be best to do Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour during the Saga Dawa Festival, which typically takes place in May. Great events are planned in the area to celebrate the birth, enlightenment, and death of Lord Buddha during this festival. Additionally, during this festival season, a sizable number of pilgrims, particularly from Tibet and India, come to this location, filling nearly every available lodging. So, if you're thinking of taking the Mount Kailash Tour during the Saga Dawa Festival, it's best to book in advance with a recognized agency like Himalayan Trekkers. Additionally, keep in mind that the festival date varies each year and that you should be informed of it.

Other than the Saga Festival time, tours of Kailash Manasarovar are possible at any time from spring to autumn season. If we have to choose the best, then it would be the months from May to June and September to October when the visibility is excellent, the scenery is breathtaking, and the weather is comfortable. During these times, Kailash Manasarovar experiences a majority of sunny days with deep blue skies and very fresh air for circumambulating the sacred Mountain. The views along the Kora route and the driving route also become vast and captivating with great visibility. 

Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour can also be done during the summer monsoon season because this area has much lower precipitation than the other parts of the county which are just a little more than showers. 

Winter is not the recommended time to do the Tibet Trips including the Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour because the cold in the higher altitude is very harsh. With the temperature dropping to minus, the driving roads and the Parikrama (Kora) routes are covered with snow which makes the journey hard to complete.  

Permits to do the Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour 

The following four permits are necessary for Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Yatra.

1. Tibet Travel Permit 

Tibet Travel Permit is mandatory to enter Tibet Autonomous Region and visit any of its places. Tibet Travel Bureau (TTB) provides this permit. To obtain this permit, you have to first book a tour with an authorized agency like us. Then, we will forward your passport and document copies to our agency partner in Tibet which will be then submitted to TTB. After around two weeks, our representative in Tibet will receive the permit and hand it over to you once you land in Tibet. 

2. Chinese Group Visa 

Chinese Group Visa is compulsory for any traveler entering Tibet from Nepal. As this Kailash Manasarovar Trip starts from Nepal, you will need the Chinese Group Visa which is also called the paper visa. This visa is issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu and requires the original passports of the travelers. So, once you arrive in Nepal, your documents will be collected and submitted to the Chinese Embassy. It takes 3 working days to grant the visa so the traverses must arrive in Kathmandu 3-4 days prior to departing to Tibet.  

3. Alien’s Travel Permit

Alien’s Travel Permit is a special permit to explore the restricted areas of Tibet that also includes the Mount Kailash & Lake Manasarovar region. Your guide will help you get this permit once you are in Tibet which takes only an hour or two to get it. 

4. Military Permit 

A military Permit is another special permit that is especially required to explore the Mount Kailash area. This permit is granted by the military affairs office.

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Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Hotel
Max Altitude: 1350 M

Once you are at the Kathmandu Airport, a representative from Himalayan Trekkers will meet you, transport you to the hotel, and help you with the check-in process. On your early arrival, we will collect your passports, signatures, and other necessary paperwork for the Chinese Group Visa applications. But if you have a late arrival, the paperwork will be picked up the following morning. Three working days are required for the visa process.

We will also have a short discussion session regarding your Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour before we hit the streets of Thamel Bazaar. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 2: Full-Day Kathmandu Sightseeing
Full Day
Max Altitude: 1350 M

The guided sightseeing starts after breakfast and the Budhanilkantha Temple will be our first stop. It is situated about 10 kilometers from the center of Kathmandu at the base of Shivapuri Hill.  The centerpiece of the temple is a 5-meter-long statue of Vishnu dozing on a pond. The figure is one of Nepal's largest and most exquisite stone carvings. Buddhists also go to the temple to pray in Budhanilkantha, in addition to Hindus.

We will then travel to Boudhanath Stupa after touring the Budhanilkantha Temple. The largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world, Boudhanath or Boudha, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and is a popular tourist site for both international visitors and residents. Numerous tourists and pilgrims make a counterclockwise round around the stupa every day while Buddha watches over them. Additionally, the stupa is said to have the remains of both "Siddharta Gautama Buddha," the fourth and most recent Buddha, as well as "Kasyapa Buddha," the third Buddha of the Bhadrakalpa.

After lunch, we will drive to Pashupatinath Temple, one of the four most important Hindu monuments in the world. It is one of the oldest temples in the country and is also a World Heritage Site. It is situated on the bank of the revered Bagmati River. The main temple is devoted to Lord Shiva but pictures and non-Hindus are not permitted in the main shrine. 

However, anyone can view the other 200-plus monuments here. You will also get to witness the open-air cremations beside the river and attend the evening aarti ceremony which is one of the highlights. Then we will return to Kathmandu and spend the remainder of the day as per your interest before going to bed. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 3: Day Hike to Champadevi/Shivapuri
Full Day
Max Altitude: 2200 M

As Kathmandu is surrounded by high hills, there are many renowned hills or hill stations for a day of hiking and viewing the Himalayas. Some of the most famous hills are Champadevi, Nagarkot, Shivapuri, Jamacho, Namobuddha, Phulchowki, etc. Hiking to these hills helps in acclimatization purpose if you are traveling to a higher altitude. So, we have set this day for you to experience hiking to one of the above-mentioned hills and get used to a higher altitude also enjoy the landscape, Kathmandu valley, and Himalayan views (the Himalayas are seen only on a clear day since they are very far from Kathmandu).  

Note: Hiking is not compulsory but we recommend it for acclimatization purposes as we will be traveling to higher altitudes in this Mount Kailash Manasarover Lake Tour. If you prefer to stay in the city, we can organize the city activities as there is plenty to see in Kathmandu city. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 4: Drive Kathmandu – Syabrubesi
6/7 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 1680 M

Our representative will collect your Chinese Group Visa and your passports from the Chinese Embassy in the first office hour and deliver them to your hotel. Then, we start our Mt. Kailash Manasarovar Lake Journey with a long scenic hilly drive. The drive on the highway along the Trishuli River, lush hills, small villages, and terraced farms will keep us occupied. After 3-4 hours, we will reach Trishuli Bazaar where we will take the lunch break before continuing another 3 hours drive to Syabrubesi. 
Once we get there, we will check in at the designated lodge and rest. Later, you can take a town tour if you feel like it. 

Note: We can drive even farther up to Kerung if your immigration and visa processes were already finished the day before. Also, since Kerung is far away (about 10 hours away from Kathmandu) and we have to leave very early in the morning. If not, we'll stay the night in Syabrubesi and travel to Kerung the next day in peace.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guest House
Day 5: Drive Syabrubesi – Kerung/Gyirong & Explore
2 Hours Drive & Explore
Max Altitude: 2700 M

After breakfast, we begin the brief trip from Syabrubesi to Kerung through the Nepal Tibet Friendship Bridge. On the Tibetan side of the bridge, you will bid your Nepali guide and driver farewell and meet our Tibetan guide and driver. We will spend the night in Kerung County, a little town tucked into the Himalayan slope, after completing the border formalities at the border port. We will see Kerung top attractions after checking in and taking a short break to relax and gradually acclimate to the higher altitude.

Kerung, also known as Gyirong, is a great area to stop for a break while traveling from Nepal to Tibet. Gyirong offers a beautiful nature view, as well as various historical and cultural monuments, making it more than just a place to rest. One of the town's top attractions, Bhrikuti Cave, may be closed without notice depending on the time and circumstances. Additionally, you can go to Pakba Monastery, a Gelugpa shrine constructed by Tibetan King Songtsen Gambo to guard the border. Dolma Lhakhang is another site to visit here. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Kerung
Day 6: Drive Kerung – Saga
6 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 4200 M

As we go from Kerung to Saga, the wonderful trip through Tibet's mountainous topography and subsequently its plains offers us a breathtaking perspective. Turn northward and cross the Yarlung Zangpo (Brahmaputra River), arriving in the lovely town of Saga (4640m). Saga is a lovely Tibetan town with some decent hotels or guesthouses, some excellent local eateries, and a market where you may have fun while adjusting. 

Note: If time and circumstances allow, we can also drive further up to a village named Dongba. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guest House
Day 7: Drive Saga – Manasarovar Lake
6/7 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 4550 M

Today is a significant day in our Mt. Kailash Manasarovar Lake journey because we will not only arrive at the revered Lake Manasarovar but also catch the first view of the revered Mount Kailash. 

Our trip begins early in the morning on the paved road. We will pass through many small Tibetan settlements and meadows with Tibetan cattle. On the way, we halt in Horchu to get our first look at Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. We continue our drive to Chui Gumba near the lake and spend the night there in a monastery guest home that offers a view of Mount Kailash's south face clearly.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guest House
Day 8: Explore Manasarovar Lake & Drive to Darchen
2 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 4640 M

After breakfast, we will do morning rituals such as puja and hawan along the lake's edge before starting our drive to Darchen. The tour takes only an hour and offers beautiful views of Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar while passing by the Rakshasa Taal (Devil Lake) and Chui Gompa. A sizable number of hotels can be found in Darchen, which is also home to a significant number of Chinese and Tibetan drugstores. In addition, it serves as Mount Kailash's base camp and the beginning and finish of a 53-km, 2.5-day "Parikrama" or "Kora" (circumambulation of Mount Kailash).
When we get to Darchen, we check into the hotel and take the rest of the day off to acclimatize and get ready for the circuit.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Darchen
Day 9: Drive to Tarboche & Trek to Diraphuk - 1st Day of Kora
1 Hours Drive & 5/6 Hours Walk

In the morning, we travel 10 kilometers from Darchen to Taroche Village, where we will make a halt for Yam Dwar (Yam is the Lord of Heaven & Hell, and Dwar means door). Here, we will also meet the porters and begin the trek or Kora to Diraphuk. To reach our destination, we will walk for about six hours while taking in the close-up view of Mount Kailash. In Diraphuk, we stay the night in a guesthouse.

Note: During the famous Saga Dawa Festival, Diraphuk is renowned for planning a significant celebration. Therefore, if we travel during a festival, we will have a fantastic opportunity to have a deeper understanding of the culture and traditions.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Monastery Guest House
Day 10: Trek to Zuthulphuk via Drolma La Pass - 2nd Day of Kora
6/7 Hours Walk
Max Altitude: 5600 M

If the weather is clear, we rise very early before dawn to witness "Golden Kailash's" splendor as the first sunlight touches the mountain's summit. After this wonderful experience, we will eat breakfast and go for Zuthulphuk on the second day of the Kora. This day is the longest and most challenging of the entire trip because we will be climbing a 22-kilometer-long track and crossing the Drolma La Pass at 5680 meters, which is also the highest point of Mount Kailas Manasarovar Journey. 

We pass by a location where we can view Milarepa and Shiva Tsal's footsteps on our journey to the Dolma La. In order to represent the act of leaving this life behind and wishing for the end of a miserable life, pilgrims offer a drop of blood, a lock of hair, or their goods at this site. 

We'll spend a good deal of time at the prayer flag-draped Drolma Las Pass before continuing our ascent. With only a few steep hills, the remaining portion of the journey is mostly downhill. We will go a little way from the pass before arriving at Gauri Kund (also known as Parvati Kund). We will pause for a while to explore the Gauri Kunda before continuing to descend to Zuthulphuk. Before calling it a day, we will have a trip about the area and stop by the Zuthulphuk Monastery in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Monastery Guest House
Day 11: Hike to Darchen - Last day of Kora & Drive to Saga
3Hours Walk & 4 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 4200 M

The final day of Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Yatra Prikarama is today. After breakfast, we trek a long, steady 10-kilometer descent to the settlement of Hor Qu, where our vehicle will be waiting for us. After that, we drive to Darchen. Then, we'll carry on driving to Saga for the night. 

Note: Due to the accessibility of the road to Hor Qu Village, we stop our trek here and start the driving journey. However, we can arrange a trip from Darchen to Darchen if you want to complete the full circuit, which is done for spiritual reasons. Before making your travel arrangements, you would need to confirm this plan.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guest House
Day 12: Drive Saga – Syabrubesi
6/7 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 1680 M

We set out on our journey to Syabrubesi after breakfast. We will travel across the vast, open Tibetan grasslands after crossing the bridge over the lovely Brahmaputra River while enjoying beautiful Himalayan views, especially of Shishapangma and the Pieko-Tso Lake. Then our vehicle goes on a steep road across high terrain before arriving at the Kerung Border where you will bid farewell to your Tibetan guide and the driver. From here, you need to proceed to the Rasuwagadi Nepalese immigration checkpoint to complete the necessary entrance procedures before being transferred to your vehicle to take you to Syabrubesi for the night. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guest House
Day 13: Drive Syabrubesi – Kathmandu
6/7 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 1350 M

Biding farewell to the Himalayan region, we will return back to Kathmandu after breakfast via the same route we used to get there. Upon arrival in Kathmandu and after your hotel check-in formalities, take in a brief rest before we gather for the farewell dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 14: Final Departure from Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Airport

As your Mount Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour comes to an end, you will be transferred to the airport 3 hours prior to your flight to your home country or onward destination. If your flight is scheduled in the evening, you can spend the day as per your interest. 

Meals: Breakfast

What is included / not included


  • Arrival/departure transfer by private vehicle
  • 3* standard category accommodations on a twin/double sharing basis in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Best Available lodge/guest house accommodations in Syabrubesi, Kerung, Saga & Manasarovar
  • All necessary tents, kitchen equipment, and camping gear during the Parikrama
  • Guided heritage site was seen with all entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • Chinese Group VISA fees, Kailash Permit, and Tibet travel permits
  • Private Transportation for all required ground transfers 
  • All Vegetable meals during the Trip
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket ( if required)
  • Tibet Local guide and Nepali guide with supporting crew
  • Accommodation, Meals, wages, allowances, insurance, Medical, and equipment for Himalayan trekkers’ Mountain Guide and the supporting crew
  • Welcome/farewell dinner
  • All applicable government taxes and official expenses


  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Nepal re-entry Visa
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges
  • Riding Yak/Horse for Kailash Parikrama (direct payable to Yak/horse herder)
  • Meals in the city (Kathmandu and highway)
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, battery charging, hard and soft drinks, etc
  • Personal gears & clothing (available for hire)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslides, strikes, political unrest, etc. In such case, extra will be charged as per actual
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the includes


Accommodations During Mt Kailash Manasarovar Lake Tour

Himalayan Trekkers offer the best available 3* standard category accommodations on a twin/double sharing basis in Kathmandu. However, if you want to upgrade the service or prefer a single supplementary, we can manage them for you at an additional cost.

During your stay in Syabrubesi, Kerung, Saga, and Manasarovar, we offer you the best available guest house in the region with a clean room and warm and comfortable bed and during the Mount Kailash Parikrama, you will be staying in the very basic monastery guest houses. The services are very basic than the hotels in city areas as they lie at high altitudes. 

Meals During the Kailash Manasarovar Tour

Every breakfast during the Mount Kailash Helicopter Tour is included in the package cost. And except for the lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, all other meals are provided by Himalayan Trekkers. You can find a variety of dishes such as Tibetan cuisines, Sichuan cuisines, Hunan menus, etc. on your way to Mount Kailash. And, the meals during the Yatra trip will all be vegetarian. 

We have not included lunches and dinners in Kathmandu as this city has wide options to select from. There are hundreds of good restaurants in Kathmandu where you can find dishes from anywhere around the world including Indian, Chinese, Continental, and Western along with the local Nepalese dishes. However, we can recommend the place to dine in as per your preferences.

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