Mt. Kailash Manasarover
mass of black rock soaring to over 22,000 feet,
Mt. Kailash has the unique distinction of being
the world's most venerated holy place at the
same time that it is the least visited. The
supremely sacred site of four religions and
billions of people, Kailash is seen by no more
than a few thousand pilgrims each year. This
curious fact is explained by the mountain's
remote location in far western Tibet. No planes,
trains or buses journey anywhere near the region
and even with rugged over-land vehicles the
journey still requires weeks of difficult, often
dangerous travel. The weather, always cold, can
be unexpectedly treacherous and pilgrims must
carry all the supplies they will need for the
The different practices based on the three
Vedas, Samkhya, Yoga, Pashupata-mata,
Vaishhnava-mata etc. are but different paths (to
reach to the Greatest Truth) and people on
account of their different aptitude choose from
them whatever they think best and deserved to be
accepted. But as the sea is the final resting
place for all types of streams, You (Holy
Kailash) are the only reaching place for all
people whichever path, straight or zigzag, they
Kathmandu Arrival/ transfer to hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu
Morning: breakfast/ guided tour of Kathmandu
holy sites including Pashupatinath, Boudanath/Soyambhunath
and Nilkantha Narayan. Back to hotel for lunch.
Afternoon: final preparation for Yatra. Personal
gear and equipment will be checked. If anyone
needs o buy or rent any gear we can assist you.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam
(3700m) 175 Km /9 hrs. Over Night at Guesthouse.
Journey begins early in the morning (around
5am). Breakfast in hotel (or packed breakfast on
the way/ Kodari), the road follows the river
valleys of the Sunkosi and Bhotakosi rivers,
passing through green mountains and cliffs. By
the noon we get to the Tibetan boarder.
Depending on the road conditions, we may stay in
Zhangmu. If road conditions permit, we will
continue 30km to Nyalam.
Day 04: Rest Day for acclimatization Over
Night at Guesthouse:
Nyalam (3700m) This day gives us a chance to
relax and acclimatize to the high altitude. It
is important to stay hydrated and extremely
aware of your body’s physical condition.
Day 05: Drive to Saga (4200m) 232km / 8 hrs.
Over Night at Guesthouse / Camp:
The road climbs up to the, La Lung (5124m) then
drops down before heading western part of Tibet.
Road to east goes to Lhasa, capital city of
Tibet. The driving is difficult, but the
stunning views of the Himalayas and in
particular Shisha Pangma (8012m) more than make
up for the rough travel. By late afternoon we
will cross the Bhramaputra river and a quick
drive will bring us to Saga.
Day 06: Drive to Paryang (4500m) 285 km / 8
hrs. Over Night at Guesthouse / Camp:
Our jeeps and trucks roll through the gigantic
valleys following the various rivers through the
grazing lands of yaks and sheep. The landscape
is highlighted by snow capped peaks rising out
of the distant sand dunes. Depending on the
season, many Tibetan nomads and traders in
traditional dress will inhabit this area.
Day 07: Drive to Lake Manasarovar (400m)
298km / 9 hrs. Over Camp:
This is the longest driving day of the trip. By
late afternoon the drive through the green
pastures and huge valleys gives way to the first
sighting of Mt Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. We
will drive to Thogu holiest bathing gate of
Day 08: Drive to Tarchen (4600m) 60km Over
Night at Guesthouse:
Lake Manasarovar (4500m) Lake Manasarovar is
regarded as the most holy of all of Tibet’s many
lakes. According to Hindu and Buddhist cosmology
the four great rivers of the Indian
sub-continent, the Brahmaputra, Sutlej, Ganges,
and Indus all arise from the lake. It is said
that Lord Vishnu floated in it for an eternity,
dreaming, until the life force stirred, and out
of the water’s infinite potential sprang forth
all of creation. This day offers a wonderful
opportunity to see the great lake Manasarover
with mt. Gurula Mandhata (7728m) on south and
Holy Kailash on the north. After bath and Puja
drive to Tarchen via Chiu monastery and hot
Day 09: A day to prepare for the Kora
(Those who are interested and fit can trek or
ask jeep driver to take Austapad for Puja,
please be ready for tips to driver for the extra
work). We can readjust the day as per the needs.
Day 10: Drive to Tarboche (5 km) trek to
Dirapuk (4800m) Over Night at Camp:
Our first day of trekking around Kailash begins
at Tarpuche. As we make our way along the route
we pass numerous chortens as well as the sky
burial site of the 84 Mahasiddas. We will also
have wonderful views of cascading creeks,
streaming water falls and the mighty west face
of Kailash. We will pass the Chukku Gompa and 5
hrs later arrive at the Dirapuk Gompa where we
will set up camp for the night. Total hiking for
the day will be 15 km 7 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Zutulpuk Gompa (4790m) Over
Night at Camp:
The hardest but holiest day of the pilgrimage.
We will cross through a rocky expanse dotted
with stone cairns draped with the clothes
offered by pilgrims as a spiritual sign of
death. Gaurikunda is one of the holiest sites to
view/ visit from the top. Further hiking brings
us to the accent up to Dolma-La pass (5630m).
After a nice break at the top of the pass we
will head down the steep trail to our eventual
campsite at Zutul-Puk Monastery (the cave of
miracles where Milarepa meditated) Total hiking
for the day will be 18 km 8 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Tarchen and drive to
Manasarovar Hor Over Night at Camp:
Trek to Tangsar Tangmar and drive to Manasarovar
Hor a 3 hrs walk brings us to where the river
emerges onto the Borkha plain. Our jeeps will be
waiting to transport us to our camp at Lake
Day 13: Drive to Dongba(345km) 10 hr.
Day 14: Drive to Nyalam (296km) 8-9hrs.
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu (163 km) 6-7
hrs / Stay in hotel / celebrate successful trip
with banquet for all travelers.
Day 16: Transportation to airport /
Cost & Booking
The above cost includes the following services:
• Twin sharing accommodations in tourist
standard hotels including breakfast
• Travel permits and visa fee
• Monastery entrance fee
• Meals 3 times a day during the trek
• Accommodation in 2 men tent and porters during
the trekking period
• Transportation by Land cruiser and supporting
The above Package does Not Include:
• Nepal re-entry visa fee
• Photography charges
• Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone
calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks
(including cold drinks and mineral water), tips,
gifts, souvenirs, etc.
• Insurance of any kind, including
travel/medical insurance and emergency