• Trip Style : Adventure Overland Tour
  • Trip Difficulty : Challenging
  • Max Altitude : 5610m
  • Daily Walking Hours : 5 to 6 hours drive
  • Accomodation: Hotel, lodge, basic guesthouse
  • Food : Hotel and Guesthouses on Bed and Breakfast
  • Start-End : kathmandu - Kathmandu

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13 Days Kailash Overland Tour via Kerung

Kailash overland tour via Kerung is one of the most spectacular and thrilling journeys in Tibet. This amazing trip starts and ends in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.

A great mass of black rock soaring over 22,000 feet, Mt. Kailash 6741 m, has the unique distinction of being the world’s most respected holy place at the same time that it is the least visited. Reachable after four days of a continuous drive across the vast Tibetan plateau or after a week of an interesting trek from Simikot in western Nepal.

At the end of the drive, we reach an exceptionally beautiful turquoise lake with floating swans and a spectacular mount Kailash. For Hindus, Mt Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva. Both Lake Mansarovar and Mt Kailash have religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Four great rivers originate from Lake Mansarovar – the Indus, Karnali, Bramhaputra and the Sutlej.

The 53 km periphery is the trail for circumambulation around this holy mountain and takes 3 days. The Kora or circumambulation starts at Darchen some 40 Km from Lake Mansarovar. After the Kora, we drive back to Kathmandu. En route we enjoy a great view of the world’s highest mountains, meet the nomad sheepherders and enjoy the unique beauty of the Tibetan desert.

We have been organizing the Kailash overland tour since 2008, our guides, and supporting crews are the experts to make your trip truly delightful and memorable so come and do the holy trip of a lifetime with us.

Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar are some of the most popular ultimate Hindu pilgrimage sites in the Himalayan region dedicated to Lord Shiva where every devotee would like to go and do the holy Parikarma, Kora.

During our Kailash overland tour, we travel on a deluxe Van or luxury Bus depending on group size and our belongings are carried on a truck. We sleep in guest houses wherever possible and in mud houses or fixed-tented camps while doing the holy Kora.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the scenic drive from Kathmandu to the Kerung border.
  • Visit the historical Saga; Tibetan Trading town.
  • Visit the holiest Lake Manasarovar and trek the sacred mountain in Asia - Mount Kailash.
  • Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime trip to the majestic Mount Kailash, the world's highest peak.

Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, one of our team leaders from Alpine Eco Trek will come to the airport to greet you and transfer you to the selected hotel. In the evening, we heartily invite you to join us on a typical Nepali dinner with a live cultural show. Overnight at the Hotel.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Hotel
  • itinery-iconMeals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • itinery-iconPlace: Kathmandu
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:1350m

After breakfast, you will do half-day sightseeing in Kathmandu including Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath Stupa. After lunch, we will have time for final preparation for the Kailash Overland tour i.e. checking the equipment which will be used during the tour. If you would need to buy a few things or rent something, our staff will assist you. In the evening, a Chinese visa and Tibet permit will be handed over and brief you about the trip. Overnight at the Hotel.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Hotel
  • itinery-iconMeals: Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Kathmandu
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:1350m

Today is the first day of our holy and adventure overland journey to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. After an early breakfast at the hotel, we start a scenic 6 to 7 hours journey to the Kerung border. We cross the friendship bridge and meet our Tibetan guide and drivers. After all the immigration and custom formalities at the Chinese check post here, we drive to Kerung village, our first night in Tibet will be in this beautiful village. We will spend the night at a simple guest house in Kerung.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Guest House
  • itinery-iconMeals: Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Kerung
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:3500m

Acclimatization is the top priority for our adventure overland tour, so today is a rest day to have proper acclimatization. Leisurely walk or we will be going for the short hike which is in preparation for Kailash Kora (trek) and it helps us to acclimatize fast. Overnight at the same guest house.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Guest House
  • itinery-iconMeals: Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Kerung
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:3500m

Breakfast at Kerung, we start our drive to New Dongba passing through many beautiful but traditional villages and camps of yak herders. We can see snow-capped mountain peaks on our far south. But most of the time, we will be driving on plains, hence a comfortable drive. We will enjoy hot tea after arriving in New Dongba. Overnight at guest house.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Guest House
  • itinery-iconMeals: Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: New Dongba
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:4500m

A pure set of vegetarian breakfast will be ready by 7 AM, after breakfast, we start an amazing drive to Mansarovar, en route we would be enjoying the first view of Holy Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. We drive further to holy Manasarovar (4550m), the highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Mount Kailash, Mount Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rakshash are lying in its surrounding. Today is a special day for our holy and adventure journey. we will spend a full moon night on the banks of Lake Manasarovar to observe the full moon to get a glimpse of the moon high up in the sky, reflecting on Manasarovar, creating a divine silver Lake, Wow, it's breathtaking, it would be a great experience for the rest of our life. Overnight at a guest house near Mansarovar Lake.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Guest House
  • itinery-iconMeals: Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Mansarovar Lake
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:4600m

After breakfast, explore the holy Manasarovar - the lake of compassion, tranquility, and bliss that may take in the real spiritual world. After the morning excursion, we will move towards the Holy Mansarovar circuit by Eco-Bus and continue the drive towards Darchen. If time permits, we visit Chui Gompa. Darchen is considered as a base camp for Holy Kailash Kora. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with pilgrims all around. Overnight at a guest house in Darchen.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Guest House
  • itinery-iconMeals: Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Darchen
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:4580m

Drive to Tarbuche (trek starting point) and trek to Dirapuk, north of Kailash. Total hiking: 16km (6km driving and 10 km walking), 6-7 hours. Our first day of trekking around Kailash begins at Tarbuche. As we make our way along the route we pass numerous chortens (stupas) as well as the sky burial site of the 84 Mahasiddas. We will drive through the Yama Dwaar – the Gate of the God of Death to start the Trek (Kora). We will also take in wonderful views of cascading creeks, streaming waterfalls, and the mighty west face of Kailash. We will pass the Chukku Monastery and arrive at the Dirapuk monastery about six hours later, where we will stay in a mud house. A short hike to see the awe-inspiring north face of Kailash will be done after some rest and snacks.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Mud House
  • itinery-iconMeals: Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Dira-Puk
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:4920m

Total hiking: 22km, 8-9 hours. The hardest day of the pilgrimage tour is also the holiest. We cross a rocky uphill dotted with stone cairns draped with the clothes left as offerings by pilgrims who have come before us. Further hiking ascents up to Dolma-La pass (5700m) and a marvelous sight of Gaurikunda, after a short break at the top of the pass we will head down the steep trail (two and half hours) and walk on a flat river valley (two and half hour) to our eventual campsite at Zuthulpuk monastery (4790m), site of the cave of miracles where the greatest Tibetan yogi Milarepa meditated and developed the powers of flying. Along the way, we will be having wonderful sights of high peaks, streams, waterfalls, and mountain caves.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Mud House
  • itinery-iconMeals: Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Zuthul-Puk
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:4850m

Total Hiking: 15km (4-5 hours). On the last day of Kailash Kora, a three-hour gentle downhill walk along the river brings us to where it emerges onto the Barkha plain. Our Vans/buses will be waiting for us there, then drive to Mansarovar fill up spiritual jaal, later our tour starts back for Kathmandu following the same route and same system applies for all subjects of our accommodation and meal Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Saga.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Guest House
  • itinery-iconMeals: Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Saga
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:4500m

On the way, we will see the beautiful Pigutso Lake, enjoy a good view of the Himalayan range including Shisapangama. Overnight at Guesthouse in Kerung.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Guest House
  • itinery-iconMeals: Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Kerung
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:3560m

Drive to Kathmandu via Shybrubensi / Dunche. Immigration formalities will be done at Kerung (Chinese Immigration office) and at the Nepalese Immigration office and then transfer to Kathmandu. Overnight at the Hotel.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Hotel
  • itinery-iconMeals: Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Kathmandu
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:1350m

After breakfast, we will drop you at the Kathmandu International Airport to board your flight back home or if you would like to extend your journey to visiting Pokhara, Jomsom, and Muktinath Temple then let us know we would be happy to organize as per your requirement.

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  • small-thumbnails All ground transportation by private vehicle
  • small-thumbnails Kathmandu – Kerung – Kathmandu By Tourist Bus
  • small-thumbnails Airport Pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • small-thumbnails 3 star-standard hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with daily breakfast
  • small-thumbnails Half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with a tour guide and private transportation
  • small-thumbnails Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu, Kerung, Saga and group sharing in Manasarovar, Darchen, Dirapuk, and Juthulpuk with daily breakfast
  • small-thumbnails Tibet Travel Permits and PSB fees
  • small-thumbnails All necessary entrance fees during the tour in Tibet
  • small-thumbnails Special Kailash Mansarovar Eco-Bus Permit
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  • small-thumbnails An English speaking Tibetan Guide and experience drivers
  • small-thumbnails Medical kits which Tibetan guide will be carrying
  • small-thumbnails Enough oxygen cylinder, Other necessary equipment for guides and drivers
  • small-thumbnails yaks or porters for carrying luggage only for 3 days Kailash kora (1yak for every 2 clients)
  • small-thumbnails Custom formalities at Nepal Tibet immigration, Kerung
  • small-thumbnails Government licensed English speaking Tibetan guide
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  • small-thumbnails Lunch, Dinner and drinks throughout the tour
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  • small-thumbnails Air and any other expenses from your home location to Kathmandu airport
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  • small-thumbnails Extra days accommodation at any place due to bad weather or any other reason.
  • small-thumbnails TIBET VISA fee (US passports 185 for Americans and USD 85 for others)
  • small-thumbnails Any evacuation / rescue / additional charges / losses due to natural calamities / unforeseen circumstances.
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Cost for Kailash Overland Tour

Kailash overland tour fixed departure dates for the months of May, June, July, August, and September 2023. We have both Full Moon and Non-Full Moon departure dates for the Kailash overland tour in 2023.

The price we have offered on our website is based on a group joining tour.

The price of this 13 Days Kailash Overland Tour is USD 2090 per person based on a minimum group size of 10 people, If you are traveling alone or with your parents, family or friends, please let us know, We have a special offer for travelers looking for a private tour.

Accommodation during the Trip

Twin-sharing rooms (single rooms available for an additional cost) in a standard hotel in the heart of Kathmandu can be organized while in Nepal. In Tibet, very simple guest houses with shared rooms and basic toilet facilities (in case of heavy rush and emergency we do use tented camp as well) will be your accommodation.

Transportation for Kailash Overland Tour

A Luxury bus or van will be your transportation throughout the tour. During the trek, we provide yaks to carry your personal gear. Extra yak, horse, and yak, horseman can be provided (for an additional cost).

Visa and Documentation

Clients must have a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining. We will take care of all the Tibet Travel permits, Tibet visa, and entry permit procedures, once we receive a copy of your passport and advance deposit.

And, as per the latest rules put in place by the Tibet Tourism Corporation and the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, clients have to arrive in Kathmandu at least 3 working days prior to departure in order to obtain a visa.

Insurance for Kailash Overland Adventure

We recommend that all clients obtain proper medical and travel insurance prior to the trip. Make sure travel insurance includes emergency and rescue coverage.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude is a major factor on the Kailash overland tour We often reach altitudes of over 5000m. This can have mild or severe effects on the body no matter what your level of health. Symptoms can include headache, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. The best way to prevent this is to stay extremely hydrated and conscious of how your body is functioning. We also have rest days to help the body acclimatize.

Diamox is a prescription altitude medication (consult your doctor) that can help prevent symptoms. We also carry oxygen tanks and portable altitude chambers. Be sure each of you is traveling on your own risk. It is recommended to have a file with your medical history on this type of trip with a recent medical report.

Physical Fitness

Although most of the trip will be done in vehicles, it is important that clients be in relatively good health. The Kora/trek around Kailash requires some demanding hiking and altitude can take a physical challenge on the body. We suggest you start an exercise routine prior to the trip that includes hiking or jogging for a least an hour 3-4 days a week. If you have any concerns about the physical demands of the trip feel free to contact us, please. If you have any chronic health problems please consult your doctor.

Personal Gear Kailash Overland  Yatra

The following is a list of the personal gear required for the above tour. Some items might be available for rental in Kathmandu. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the gear.

List of Gears

  • 1 large duffel bag or backpack (we provide each of you one duffel bag of Alpine Eco Trek)
  • 1 small backpack or day pack
  • 2 pair of warm synthetic or cotton pants
  • 1 pair light hiking pants
  • 2 pair long underwear tops and bottoms
  • 1 fleece, wool jacket, pants
  • 1 down jacket
  • 1 Sleeping bag
  • 1 set of light rain gear tops and bottoms
  • 1 warm hat and 1 sun hat
  • 6 pair of warm socks
  • 1 pair of comfortable waterproof hiking boots
  • I pair comfortable shoes (for wearing around camp)
  • 2 pair long sleeve cotton shirt
  • 1 pair warm gloves or mittens
  • 1 pair of sunglasses (100% UV protective)
  • Sunscreen, lip salve (at least SPF 25)
  • 1 silk or polyester scarf (to protect neck from the sun)
  • 1 towel
  • Water bottle 2 liters
  • 1 flashlight (with extra batteries)

Toilet items:

Towel, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb/brush, razor, shaving cream, women’s items, toilet paper, etc.

First Aid and Medical Kits

We provide basic 1st aid items but we highly recommend that please bring a well-stocked personal medical kit. The suggested items are below. Consult your doctor for all prescription medicine.

  • 1. Band-aids, bandages, medical tape, Neosporin, and other wound dressings
  • 2. Blister dressings, moleskin, spenco, 2nd skin
  • 3. Cold and flu tablets, nasal decongestant
  • 4. Antihistamine (for allergies)
  • 5. Aspirin or ibuprofen
  • 6. Imodium or Lomotil (anti-diarrhea)
  • 7. Hydration powder
  • 8. Throat lozenges, cough medicine
  • 9. Small pof air scissors, tweezers, thermometer
  • 10. Antibiotics (consult a doctor)
  • 11. Full supply of all current prescription medications.

The extra Costs that you will have to pay on your own

Renting a horse for Kora

Our guide will arrange a horse and porter while on Kora, if you would like to hire a horse with a horseman it would cost you USD 600 to 650 for 3 days Kora which you would be able to pay to guide directly on the spot.

Meals in Kathmandu and during the tour in Kailash

Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu, there are so many options, you can choose any kind of restaurant like a purely vegetarian or a vegan in Kathmandu to enjoy your lunch and dinner.

During the tour in Kailash, each and every guesthouse in Tibet they have its own restaurant so you can order vegetarian meals from those restaurants and our guide will help you to find the best meal items. And the cost for lunch and dinner in Tibet will be about USD 20 per person per day.

Trip Reviews

We take great pride in taking care of our guests

  • December 27, 2022

Mount Kailash kora

A well organized group with resources to change plans as needed according to weather or availability. Wondrous staff.

  • reema z
  • December 27, 2022

Mount Kailash Trip August 2016

At the outset I would like to thank our group organizer for choosing Alpine Eco Trek for our recent trip to Mount Kailash, an excellent choice.Ram Kumar and his team did a fantastic job to make our trip memorable. Ram Kumar and his entire team are highly professional, sincere and courteous. I would to like thank Gurujee, Kaji, Sujan and Gopalji who were with us for the entire trip, starting from morning tea to dinner. Ram Jee, you should be proud of your team, keep up the good work.

  • Surender Z

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