This Kailash Pilgrimage tour is an incredible journey to one of the highest peaks in the Kailash Range of the Himalayas. We will be staying for the first 4 nights in the ancient city of Lhasa. You will get the opportunity to see the culturally and historically interesting sites such as Potala Palace, Sera, Derpung, and Tashilunpo monasteries. You will get the chance to travel along the wonderful Friendship Highway while leaving Lhasa.
Along the way to this tour, you walk through beautiful monasteries, villages, forests, rivers, and many more. The major rivers of the Kailash regions are Sutlej and Yarlung Zangbo that carry cultural significance. You will get the opportunity to see the world’s highest lakes called Mansarovar. Kailash is the home of god Shiva for Hindus. Similarly, Buddhists compare Mt. Kailash as the cosmic center of the universe. Do not miss the opportunity to walk on the glacier rocky and slippery pathway as well as beautiful scenery while trekking. All these features of this trip are very thrilling and unforgettable. There is no precise age boundary for this trekking. Seniors and minimum age people can also do it if they find it safe and convenient. However, it is better to be aware of the route map, itinerary, difficulty, altitude, action challenges, fitness, medications, necessities before the trip.
We guarantee this tour to be the memory of a lifetime. You will never forget Tibet’s striking landscapes, ancient cities, and alpine settlements. Similarly, the mountain views and vibrant Buddhist culture and tradition will add more knowledge and experience to your trip. The pilgrimage tour to Kailash has cultural importance for Hindus and Buddhists as they find Lake Mansarovar as the sacred one.
You can change this itinerary, services, accommodation, duration of this trip etc.to suit your needs and budget. The choice is yours. Let us help you tailor your perfect holiday.
Upon your arrival at Lhasa Airport, your Tibetan guide will greet you. The guide will transfer you to the hotel. The drive to Lhasa is very easy that takes about one and a half hours. Lhasa is commonly known as the capital city of Tibet. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing or acclimatizing on your own. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
You will be provided for breakfast early in the morning. The guide will take you to the amazing Potala Palace. This is Lhasa’s major attraction and is also a wonder of eastern architecture. You will remember this experience for years to come. After that, we will be visiting the Jokhang Temple. It is another beautiful attraction of the city. Tibetans consider this temple as the most sacred and important of all. We will also be visiting Barkhor Steet which is an equally important street in the city. The street is located among Jokhang temple in Khasa. Again, we arrive at Lhasa to stay overnight.
We visit one of the major attractions of the city, Sera Monastery. The monastery is one of the “great three” Gelung academia of Tibet. It is located 1.25 miles north of Lhasa. The monastery is well known for advanced Buddhist studies and practices. On this day, we will also visit Drepung Monastery. It is the world’s biggest monastery and is home to more than 10 thousand Tibetan monks. The monastery lies hidden in rocky a ridge that is just beyond Lhasa city. Throughout so many years, much of the building was left untouched which was very surprising. After that, we head towards Lhasa to stay overnight.
Today, you will be provided for breakfast early in the morning. We leave Lhasa on a four-wheel along the Friendship Highway. Trekkers will enjoy crossing across the amazing high passes. It includes Khambo La and Kharo La. You will observe stunning views of the Himalayan Mountains. You may observe an enormous glacier rises nearly straight up from the road. This will be noticed when the trip passes Kharo La pass. The drive is much more exciting with beautiful Tibetan settlements, valleys, and a famous lake called Yamdrok. We reach Gyantse by late afternoon and then finally arrive at Shigatse to stay overnight.
Today, we leave Shigatse and drive along the wonderful Friendship Highway. Here, you will enjoy the spectacular views of this desert plateau. We will be then arriving at Tingri which is a town in Tingri country. It is located in the South of Tibet Autonomous Region. In the afternoon, we descend to Rongbuk Valley, where we will be observing the Rongbuk monastery. From there, Mount Everest will quickly jump into view. It would be our first opportunity to grasp a sight. We will be heading forward to Everest Base Camp to stay overnight at the tented camp.
Today, we will be departing away from Everest Base Camp to Saga. On the way, you will be observing various important sites of the region. We will see the Peiku-Tso lake that is surrounded by snow-peaked mountains. Similarly, you may also see Shishapangma Mountain which is above 8000 meters. The region also includes the Shishapangma protection zone which is the home for most of the endangered flora and fauna of the world. After that, trekkers will be driving up to the high pass to get a view of the grasslands. In this way, in the evening after enjoying all those beauties we arrive at Saga to have dinner and check into the hotel.
Today, we will be departing from Saga to another destination at Manasarovar. We will be heading towards western Tibet. Zhongba is another country of Prefecture in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. Our journey will take us to Payang which is a town and township in Zhongba country.
After a few hours of travel, we arrive at Darchen which is a beautiful village. It is known as an important gateway to Mt. Kailash. In this way, we visit the giant Mt. Kailash and head towards Manasarovar lake. Spending time around the lake in the evening is more relaxing. After that, we finally head towards Lhang-Tso which is a saltwater lake opposite the freshwater holy lake. The water here is poisonous. Therefore, it is famous with the name Ghost Lake.
Today is the 1st day to trek along the circuit of Mt. Kailash. People trek for about 3 days to make a circuit of Mt. Kailash. It is called Kailash Parikrama which is done to get blessings from Lord Shiva. Mt. Kailash is the sacred mountain for major religions like Hindus, Buddhists, Jain, and Bon. Pilgrimages from all over the world are willing to take a holy bath at Lake Manasarovar. Our first day starts at Darchen. We will be driving towards Tarboche valley which is also known as the valley of god. You may also see the western face of Kailash after walking for 2 hours. At the end of the day, we reach at Derapuk to accommodate in a local guest house.
The second day of the trek is quite challenging. You need to walk through the rocky way to reach the highest pass called Domla. You need to cross more than 700 meters by hard walking into thin air. After a series of ups and downs, we reach Juthulpuk which is at an altitude of 4,700 meters. You may also observe Dolma La pass which is decorated with huge Tibetan Prayer flags. After that, we will be crossing a beautiful rocky valley with Gauri Kunda. Other small lakes are also situated there. The lakes carry the holiest importance. Today’s whole Parikrama is about 11 hours that includes resting time in between. On the way, you may observe the eastern face of Kailash. In the evening, we will again be reaching at Juthulpuk to stay overnight.
The third day of the Kailash trek is relatively easy and short. It takes about 3 hours to walk on totally flat land. You will be walking up through the beautiful Juthulpuk valley today. You may observe grazing fields with yaks and sheep on the way. Trekkers may also hire a horse for the entire path if they are willing to. Kailash kora is not that difficult until your body is fit. People get altitude sickness at the time of entering Kailash. So, you need to be prepared for that. Today, after finishing the 3rd day of Kailash Kora, we will be arriving at Darchen to stay overnight.
You will be provided for breakfast early in the morning. You will be driving today on the desert terrain. You may see various giant mountains such as Gaurishankar, Shishapangma, and Langtang Himal on your way. We will continue our drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen, and Peiku tso lake. In this way, after crossing the river Brahmaputra we arrive at Saga. Overnight stay will be at the guest house.
Today, we will be heading towards Tibet’s second-largest city called Shigatse. As you drive across the plains, you will be observing Shigatse Dzong. The place lies high on a hilltop that overlooks the town. Do not forget to take your camera to capture the precious moments. It is a truly amazing experience to steer up at the Shigatse Dzong. The hill towers above us in a magical way. By noon, we will be arriving at Shigatse. We will be passing through a wonderful Friendship Highway. Overnight stay will be at Shigatse.
After breakfast, the drive continues towards the northern highway to Lhasa. On the way, we will be visiting Tashilunpo Monastery. It was founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama. The monastery which is located in Shigatse has cultural and historical importance. Today, we leave the second largest city of Tibet, Shigatse, and head towards Lhasa. This is about the six-hour journey along with the different views. Upon our arrival, we will check into the same hotel for our comfortable stay. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Our journey towards Kailash and Mansarovar comes to an end from today. Our representative will guide you to the airport for about 3 hours before our planned flight. On our way home, we have an abundance of time to map our next adventure in the astonishing country of Tibet.
Before starting your trek to Kailash Pilgrimage, you need to take both mental and physical training. This helps to withstand extreme weather and adventure in this region. We provide the best guides for you. All our trek guides are authorized and licensed by reputed organizations. They have years of experience and are fluent in various languages including English, Chinese, Japanese and more.
Altitude sickness has been a major problem for most of the visitors. Here are the few tips that are tried and tested by our professional leaders:
Slow your ascend and take proper rest
Stay hydrated all the times
Eat a healthy balanced diet food which is a mixture of carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins
Sleep well throughout the trek for at least 7 hours
Avoid alcoholic products, tobacco, and other beverages
Be mentally strong and prepared
Train your body accordingly to cope with uphill hikes
Take medicine if necessary
The most significant things to be included on the backpack are:
You need to pack your bags lightly because you will not be able to carry heavy loads along with the trek. You will not be able to enjoy your journey in the Himalayas unless you pack wisely. You will be sleeping in small lodges during the entire trip. Please be prepared with the right clothes as per the season. It will get colder at the higher elevations especially during winters. You can also consult us or simply visit our comprehensive packing list for the Kailash Pilgrimage tour.
The trek is not difficult physically. However, the altitude will make it hard. The trek has rising and falling flats and abruptly ascends but it is generally manageable for the trekker of any age. They require little trekking experience. However, it is advised for the trekker to be physically fit and have some training before planning this trek.
You will be guided by experts who are experienced and have been to camp multiple times for years. Our guides are locals who communicate in English. They acquire deep knowledge of the mountain, people, culture, hygiene, and safety.
It is not possible to prepare a visa and permit yourself because of the strict tourism policy by the government. You can travel alone but that must be accompanied by a guide. This is because every tour needs to be organized.
The best month for the trek is April to Mid-November. However, the better months are from August to October. Also, post-monsoon months starting from late September till December are also considered favorable. You need to prepare accordingly during the winter seasons. Some people also go trekking in February and early September.
Trekkers will enjoy 3 hearty meals on each day of the trek. You will have breakfast and dinner at the same lodge where you will stay at night. You will be provided lunch at small restaurants along the way. You can easily choose favorite food from the menu provided. Our leaders will make sure that you are provided with the right foods.
Yes, the trek is fixable. We can continue to other trekking as per guest request. However, visit other trekking sites may include an additional charge.
14 Days from US $13000
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