Pilgrimage around Mt Kailash

Mt Kailash Trek via Kerong

Mount Kailash trek is one of the most demanding and challenging of pilgrimage treks. This trek route in Tibet is widely known as a kora around Mt Kailash. The average altitude of this trekking is nearly 5,000m. The Kailash "Gang Rinpoche", which means "Jewel of snow" is striking in the way it rises high above the surrounding range and always remains snow - capped. Mount Kailash has a unique and distinct shape, with four sheer faces matching the cardinal points of the compass. It is also free standing, solitary.

Regarded as the earthly manifestation of mythic Mount Meru, or Sumeru, the spiritual center of the universe in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cosmology, Mount Kailash is also believed to be the source of four life-giving rivers.

To Tibetan Buddhists, Kailash is the abode of the tantric meditational deity Demchog. Hindus see Kailash as the throne of the great god Shiva, while the Jains revere Kailash as the site at which their first prophet received enlightenment.

A pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and a bath in the Mansarovar is believed to bring about salvation (Moksha).


Day-1: Kathmandu

Day-2: Kathmandu

Day-3: Kathmandu- Kyirung

Day-4: Rest Day in Kerung

Day-5: Drive Kerung to Saga

Day-6: Drive to Paryang

Day-7: Drive to Horchu

Day-8: Visit Darchen

Day-9: Start the trek

Day-10: Trek. 24kms

Day-11: Complete the trek (15kms / hrs). Drive to Horchu

Day-12: Free Day

Day-13: Drive back to Paryang

Day-14: Drive back to Saga

Day-15: Drive back to Kerong

Day-16: Cross to Kathmandu

Day-17: Free day to explore Kathmandu

Day-18: Final Departure


Mt Kailash Trek via Kerong Detailed Itinerary

Day-1:Arrive and transfer to Hotel

Day-2: Obtain Tibet Visa / Sightseeing. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day-3: Drive Kathmandu- Kyirong (Kerung)

We drive from Kathmandu to Nepal Tibet border along a scenic highway. After immigration formalities at the border, you meet our Tibetan guide and driver. After some briefing we drive to a Guest House.

Day-4: Rest Day in Kyirong (Kerung)

Free to explore the town on arrival or rest prior to the start of the trek. Stay Overnight Guest House.

Day-5: Drive Kerung to Saga/4450m- 232 km

Drive about 250km to the town of Saga at 4600m, passing by the huge lake called Peiku-tso. We will also cross over two high passes with spectacular mountain views before leaving the Friendship Highway and heading west. The drive will take us about 7 hours to cover 232km. Camp Overnight

Day-6: Drive to Paryang at 4700 meters

The drive is about about 8 hours, across the vast dry plains of the Tibetan Plateau. Overnight

Day-7: Drive to Horchu (4500 meters).

Covering 290 kms in about 8 hours. Overnight

Day-8: Visit Darchen at 4580 meters

Prepare for the trek. Today will be a relatively short drive of about 1.½ hours

Day-9: Darchen - Dirapuk Monastery (6rs, 20km 4800meters) Trek:

During the trek you will ascend and descent in altitude and dependant on the time of year, may be accompanied by a number of other people doing the pilgrimage. During the Saga Dawa festival around May, hundreds of Tibetans flock to this point, some trekking from as far away as China. Some will pass you walking, and others will complete the trek by prostrating themselves on the ground for the full distance around the mountain.

The Kailash kora usually begins on the western edge of Darchen. Only 4km from Darchen the trail climbs up over the southwest end of an east-west ridge to each a cairn at 4730m. The cairn is strewn with prayer flags and marks the first views of Mt Kailash's southern face and the first of the kora'ss four prostration points. Very quickly the trail enters the barren Lha-chu Valley.

After passing a series of ruined chortens and a number of long mani (prayer) walls, the trail reaches a small bridge across the Lha-chu at 4710m. The bridge is about three hours walk from Darchen and is directly below Chuku Monastery perched high above the valley floor. During the pilgrim season, a few nomad tents may be set up on the other side of the river from the monastery, with food (instant noodles and snacks) and water for sale.

Day-10: Dirapuk Monastery to Dzultripuk Monastery (7-8h, 22kms, 9 to 10hrs, 4680meters.)

This is the most challenging part of the 3-day trek as you will challenge the Drolma La Pass (5630m). Walking about two hours, you will reach a rocky expanse of Shiva-tsal (5330m). Pilgrims are supposed to undergo a symbolic death at this point, entering in the realm of the Lord of the Dead, until they reach the top of the Drolma-la and are reborn again. About 30 minutes from Shiva-tsal the trail turns eastward for the completion of the ascent to the highest point of this trail - 5630m Drolma-la. Weather permitting, most pilgrims and trekkers pause at the pass for a rest and refreshments before starting the steep descent. It takes approximately an hour to make the long and very steep 400m descent to the grassy banks of the Lham-chu Khir.

Day-11:Complete the trek (15kms / hrs).

From the monastery, the trail follows the river closely for an hour or so then climbs above the river and enters a narrow scanyon. When the canyon narrows look for holes gouged into the cliff walls. These are not natural but made by pilgrims looking for holy stones. Also look for prayer flags festooned across the river, and in the far distance the blue waters of the lake Raksas Tal.

When the trail emerges onto the Barkha plain, it's now an easy one-hour walk back to Darchen along a dirt road.

Drive to Horchu, (4500 meters) and Lake Mansarovar. This is a holy, sacred lake. Camp Overnight

Day-12: Free time

Today we will have a free day to spend time to explore the surrounding area of the Lake Overnight

Continue Back

Day-13: Drive back to Paryang. (292 kms / 08 to 09 hrs).

Day-14: Drive back to Saga (252 kms / 07 to 08 hrs).

Day-15: Drive back to Kerung (232 kms / 07 hrs).

Overnight at Guest House.

Day-16: Cross the border and continue drive to Kathmandu (115 kms / 05 hrs).

Hotel Overnight.

Day-17: Free day to explore Kathmandu.

Hotel Overnight.

Day-18: Final Departure from your trip to Mount Kailash

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Kailash Variations

Mt Kailash via Simikot 26 Days Mt Kailash from Lhasa 22 Days

Day-1: Kathmandu

Day-2: Kathmandu

Day-3: Preparations for the trip

Day-4: Flight to Nepalgunj.

Day-5: Flight Nepalgunj - Simikot. Simikot to Dharapani

Day-6: Dharapani to Kermi

Day-7: Kermi to Yalbang

Day-8: Yalbang to Tumkot

Day-9: Tumkot to Yari

Day-10: Yari to Hilsa. Drive to Purang

Day-11: Mansarovar Lake

Day-12: Continue the drive to Darchen

Day-13: Darchen - Dirapuk Monastery

Day-14: Dirapuk Monastery to Dzultripuk Monastery

Day-15: Trek, then drive to Horchu, Lake at 4500 meters

Day-16: Mansarovar Lake

Day-17: Drive to Paryang

Day-18: Drive to Saga

Day-19: Lhatse

Day-20: Shigatse

Day-21:Drive to Gyangtse (3800meters)

Day-22: Lhasa

Day-23: Lhasa sightseeing

Day-24: Flight: Lhasa Kathmandu.

Day-25: Free day

Day-26: Final Departure

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2:Full day guided sightseeing

Day-3. Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)

Day-4: Lhasa

Day-5: Lhasa

Day-6: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m)

Day-7: Gyantse to Shigatse 90km

Day-8: Drive to Lhatse

Day-9: Drive to Saga

Day-10: Drive to Paryang

Day-11 : Drive to Horchu

Day-12: Visit Darchen

Day-13: On Trek

Day-14:On Trek

Day-15: On Trek

Day-16: Complete the trek (15kms / 03 to 04 hrs).

Day-17 : Drive back to Paryang

Day-18: Drive back to Saga

Day-19: Drive to Kyirong County

Day-20: Cross the border (Kerung)- Kathmandu

Day-21: Leisure

Day-22: Depart  

Your Questions Answered

The best season to go on this trek is from April to September. May is the peak time to go as this is Saga Dawa Festival time.
The average altitude of this trekking is nearly 5,000m, so it is a very great challenge and requires strong perseverance.
No you only need to carry your day pack as a porter will carry your gear for you.
Age recommendation to pursue Kailash Yatra is 10-70 years. Any person undertaking Kailash Yatra should be medically fit with no serious health condition and breathing related issues as this involves trekking and long hours walk
Yes you can and we can easily plan your trek on dates that suit you.
This is one of the most often asked questions - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an 'unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly, acclimatise correctly, don't ascent too quickly and drink plenty of water.
The tour part uses hotels and guesthouses and then camping on Mt Kailash.
The hike is about 32km which is short but high altitude trip.
Tibet is new to tourism and as such, you may often encounter things running a little differently to the way they do in the west. Time adherence can be slow and facilities e.g. some restaurants and public toilets seriously "wanting." The roads are also prone to wash ways causing delays or detours and often sections of a road will be closed without prior notice. As such, a good degree of patience is required when travelling to Tibet. We do however, endeavour to make your journey run as smoothly as possible despite these issues. When entering Tibet from Nepal, Chinese Visas cannot be used. As such, the visa for Tibet must be obtained from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. As visa's are only issued on Mondays, Wednesday's and Thursdays (except if they fall on a Chinese Holiday), tours need to be arranged to suit these visa issue dates, i.e. any one going on a tour departing for Tibet from Nepal, needs to arrive in Kathmandu at least three days before entering Tibet. When you confirm your trip with us, we will organize your Travel Permit for Tibet, Visa Approval Documents and apply to the Chinese embassy to obtain your visa. We will thus require your full passport details, 3 weeks prior to your arrival at Kathmandu. The final documentation will be done on arrival in Nepal. Please note that visa for Tibet obtained elsewhere has still got to be endorsed by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu.