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Potala Palace, Lhasa
Yamdruk Tso Lake
Gyantse Village
Manasarovar Lake
Kailash round way to Diraphuk
Mount Kailash view from Tatapuri
Guge Kingdom

Lhasa - Mt. Kailash


The holy mountain Kailash in west Tibet has attracted many pilgrims and adventurer for primeval times. For Hindus, Buddhists and Jainas the Kailash represents the center of the universal Mandala. MountKailash is their "world mountain" and the centre of the cosmos.  Such an expedition offers deep insights into the original Tibetan culture and wonderful nature and landscape experiences. 

A trip into the mysterious Tibet is often a life‘s dream that like to become completed. The incredible width and the spirituality of this country have attracked many pilgrims, researchers and adventurers already for decades. 

Tibetans are deeply religious people who believe in the Tibetan Buddhism and keep the Buddhist ceremonies and traditions very stringently.  The Buddhism stretches through the entire country with numerous monasteries, temples, prayer stones and prayer flags.  The Tibetan population with their openness, tolerance and kindness are very charming people. 


Trip Facts

KailashmapCode: TI 04
Duration: 23 Days
Max. Elevation: Dolma La Pass (5,670 m)
Walking Hours: 3 - 8 hrs per day
Average driving times: 6 - 8 hrs per day
Difficulty: 4boots
Price: on request
Min. Group Size: 4 participants 
Best Season: May-Sept



Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Airport pick up, Drive to hotel, overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu (Swayambunath, Durbar Square), Welcome Dinner in the evening, overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 03: Sightseeing Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Boudanath), overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 04: Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,650 m). Stay overnight in hotel
Day 05: Sightseeing Lhasa (Visit to Jorkhang temple, Barkhor market and Sera monastery). Stay overnight in hotel
Day 06: Sightseeing Lhasa (Visit to Potala palace and Drepung monastery). Stay overnight in hotel
Day 07: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse (3,950 m) via Yamdroktso Lake. Stay overnight in hotel
Day 08: Visit to Palkhor monastery and Kumbum Stupa in Gyantse. Drive from Gyantse to Xigatse (3,900 m). Stay overnight in hotel
Day 09: Visit to Tashilumpo monastery in Xigatse. Drive from Xigatse to Lhatse (4,050 m). Stay overnight in camp
Day 10: Drive from Lhatse to Saga (4,600 m). Stay overnight in camp
Day 11: Drive from Saga to Paryang (4,750 m). Stay overnight in camp
Day 12: Drive from Paryang to Darchen (4,675 m). Stay overnight in camp
Day 13: Start Mt. Kailash Round (approx.  5 – 6 h) Stay overnight in camp
Day 14: Mt. Kailash Round (approx.  5 – 6 h) Stay overnight in camp
Day 15: Parikarma Darchen Manasarovar (4 h walk). Drive to Manasarovar (4,560 m). Stay overnight in camp
Day 16: Free day in Manasarovar. Stay overnight in camp
Day 17: Drive from Manasarovar to Mayumla Pass (5,630 m). Stay overnight in camp
Day 18: Drive from Mayumla Pass to Zhongba. Stay overnight in camp
Day 19: Drive from Zhongba to Paikotso Lake (4,850 m). Stay overnight in camp
Day 20: Drive from Paikotso Lake to Nyalam (3,800 m). Stay overnight in camp
Day 21: Drive from Nyalam to Kathmandu, overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 22: Free day in Kathmandu, overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 23: Drive to airport, departure to home country

Additional information

Tour- Highlights:

  • Explore Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • Kora around the Holy Mount Kailash
  • Visit Holy Lake Manasarovar
  • Fascinating views to Mount Kailash (6,714 m)

 Lake Manasarovar
The Holy Lake Manasarovar is located at 4,560 m and is worshipped by Tibetans and Indians.  Many pilgrims and believers  walk around the Holy Mountain Mount Kailash and around the Holy Lake Manasarovar.  The lake with crystal clear water offers together with the snow covered mountain range a fascinating natural scenery . 

Mount Kailash
The Holy Mountain Mount Kailash (6,714 m) is a magic attraction to many people. Regarding to the Hindu and Buddhist religions, every believer should complete at least one circumambulantion around Mount Kailash in their life.  In order to get more happiness and less sorrows in the next life the circumambulation should be done by prostrations. 

The circumambulation, named "Parikrama" in Nepalese and "Kora" in Tibetan, comprises 52 km and lasts 3 days. 

Lhasa in a height of 3,650 m is the capital of Tibet.  Visits to Potala palace (former residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama), to Norbulinka (former summer residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama), to Jokhang temple, to Sera monastery and to Drepung monastery are recommended.

Tour details:

Difficulty  and requirements

The Kailash Round is technically simple, but due to the height however very strenuous. Our plan stipulates 3 days for the Kailash Round (Parikrama). The highest point of this trip is Dolma La Pass with 5,670 m. During the drive and during the Kora you will stay always in heights over 3,000 m and/or over 4,000 m. The possibility of the mountain attitude sickness should be always kept in mind. 

The long daily drive in Jeeps over bad streets through the deserted and wide Tibetan highland requires high physically and psychic aspects. They require stamina from all participants. Your organism must be healthy and you need good condition. The trip is unsuitable for persons with heart problems and circulation problems as well as for persons with back troubles (for example: spinal disk sorrows). The condition of the local vehicles is bad, repairs can continue delay. Heavy rain could cause landslide (no rarity in the zone), which could lead to impassable streets. Due to this fact route changes could be necessary.  During the stay in Tibet, you spend the night usually in customary hotels and guest houses. These are partially extremely simple lodges with little comfort and simplest sanitary plants.  In the guest houses, double rooms cannot be guaranteed; overnight stay in more bed rooms is possible. 

As Chinese allow Nepalese Sherpa services our Nepalese guide will accompany you during the tour in Tibet.  Active assistance during the Kora in all occurring works (built-up and built down of the tents, etc.) should be naturally. Tolerance and partnership spirit are prerequisite for this tour. For the tour you need a day backpack in which you can carry the most necessary things like rain protection, pullover, drinking water bottle etc. Other baggage and equipment are transported by jeep.

Includes / Excludes


  • All transfers according to tour plan (incl. transport during sightseeing) in Nepal
  • All transfers according to tour plan in Tibet with a land cruiser 4500cc Model
  • Map
  • Accommodation (double room / two-men-tent) in Tibet and in Kathmandu *)
  • Tibet permit and China visa application letter (for group visa)
  • Entrance Fees in Kathmandu
  • English speaking guide in Kathmandu
  • English speaking experienced Nepali and Tibetan guide in Tibet
  • Yak-service (Yak and Yak man) during the Kailash Round
  • Food (full board) incl. country typical drinks (coffee, tea) during camping tour
  • Camping equipment (two-men-tent, mattress, dining tent, toilet tent, chairs, tables,  EXCEPT SLEEPING BAG) during the camping tour
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa
  • Airport tax
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and during the tour in hotels and guest houses
  • Welcome-Dinner in Kathmandu

Not included:

  • Visa for Nepal, Re-entry Visa for Nepal and Visa for China
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, mineral water during the camping tour
  • Food (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and during the tour in Tibet in hotels and guest houses
  • All kind of drinks in Kathmandu and during the tour in Tibet in hotels and guest houses
  • Domestic flights
  • Personal travel- and health insurance
  • Emergency transport / emergency evacuation
  • Tips (especially to guides, driver, cook and cook assistant)
  • Personal expenses or expenses due to unforeseen events and natural causes
  • Flight from home country to Kathmandu and back

*) single supplement has to be added, if requested.