• Nepal
  • 11 Days

A Sacred Pilgrimage to Mount Kailash, Tibet

  • Multi Destination Journey
  • Cultural Immersion
  • 11 days; 10 nights
  • 2 to 10 travelers
  • Begins & ends in Kathmandu
Kailash and Lake Manasarover -- hidden in the Western region of Tibet -- is one of the most sacred places in the world. At over 22,000 feet, Mt. Kailash has the unique distinction of being the world's most venerated holy place at the same time as being the least visited. Although it is a supremely sacred site of four religions and billions of people, it sees only a few thousand pilgrims every year. The reason for this is the difficulty of access -- no plans, trains, or buses, travel anywhere close to the region. Mt. Kailash is thought to be the center of the universe -- the abode of Lord Shiva. It is sacred to the Buddhists, Hindus, and Jainas (read https://sacredsites.com/asia/tibet/mt_kailash.html) We will travel overland for 11 days through the Himalayas to reach this sacred site. Beginning in Kathmandu, we will quickly enter the sacred Himalayas, journeying through remote Tibetan villages and crossing the Kerong border. Other ways can be arranged, such as flying into Lhasa (inquire with us). Upon arrival, we will embark on the Kailash Kora, a three day spiritual journey around Mount Kailash. Many pilgrims embark on this journey to gain extra merit or psychic powers. We will take a plunge in Lake Manosaravar, which means the Lake of Consciousness and Enlightenment. "The goal of pilgrimage is less to reach a particular destination than to transcend through inspired travel the attachments and habits of inattention that restrict awareness of a larger reality."read more

At a Glance

Creature comforts


Physical activity


Ground support

fully guided


  • Mountains
  • Rivers
  • Lakes


  • For ages 18+
  • Fluent english spoken


  • Camping
  • Mountaineering
  • Meditation
  • Local festivals
  • Historic sites
  • Indigenous culture

Your Local Expert

Friendship World Treks

I am Nima Tamang and I love Trekking, Mountaineering, Volunteering! I am an adventure seeker and outdoor activities are my passion. I am very experienced in Trekking, Climbing, but also in natural good producing. I am passionate about offering knowledge and new experiences to people. I have also been awarded for my activities and gained a prize in some competitions! Trekking & Hiking, Climbing is a hobby that I do almost every weekend. I want to share this experience with you all. I am associated with a Trekking Agency and community NGO since 2002 in Nepal. Originally, I am from the Eastern part of Nepal-Mount Everest region where my ancestral belongs to. I have been organizing Trekking, Tours & Other Activities from Asian countries, American, European universities and All over the World. Whereas our 10% profit from Trekking and other activities that each earnings goes to the quality education of children from marginalized communities through Friendship Society Nepal.read more

The Journey

Day 1

Drive Kathmandu- Kyirung

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

Day 2

Rest Day in Kyirung

Acclimatize in Kyirung before further driving. Free afternoon look around. O/n at Guest house.

Day 3

Drive Kyirung to Saga/4450m- 232 km

Drive Kyirung to Saga/4450m- 232 km First day with a long drive on the desert terrain. Driving past nomad camps and sheep and yak herds. We can see Gaurishankar, Shishapangma and Langtang Himal from the pass. Continue drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peiku tso Lake (4400m). We will be crossing river Brahmaputra ( “Yarling Tsangpo” in Tibetan ) to reach Saga (4600m). O/n in guest house.read more

Day 4

Saga to Paryang (4558m) to Mansarovar (4600m) 507 km 8-9 hrs

Saga to Paryang (4558m) to Mansarovar (4600m) 507 km 8-9 hrs Watching the mountains in distance and driving through road we pass through the small town of Zhongba before reaching to Paryang.. Offering the first view of mt kailash and the holy lake only after several hours of drive. As you approach this serene and sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the North West shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can have a glimpse of majestic Mount Kailash. Manasarovar , the highest fresh water lake with turquoise complexion - surrounded by mt Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandata and Lake Rakchyas is simply heavenly. O/n at Guesthouse.read more

Day 5

Drive to Darchen (14975ft) 40km

Drive to Darchen (14975ft) 40km After some peaceful hours at the shores of the sacred Lake Manasarovar with the snowy massif of Gurla Mandhata 7694m just across the lake, we drive 40 km to Darchen which serves as the base for Mt kailashkora ( circumambulation). The Kora is 53 km in total and completed in three days. O/n in a Guest house.

Day 6

Trek to Dira-Puk/5000m

Trek to Dira-Puk/5000m It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs and waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky. The 15 km trail takes almost 7 hrs. O/n Guest house.

Day 7

Trek Dira Puk-Zuthul Puk, 18km, 6-7 hrs, 550m ascent, 600m descent.

Trek Dira Puk-Zuthul Puk, 18km, 6-7 hrs, 550m ascent, 600m descent. Hardest but Holiest day of your pilgrimage trek , cross Dolma La pass at 5670 m. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget you. By the late afternoon you will arrive at Zuthul Puk where the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles. O/N at local guest house

Day 8

End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Saga

End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Saga Complete the kora and drive to Lake Manasarovar to Saga O/N at Guest House.

Day 9

Drive back to Kyirung O/N at Guest House

Drive back to Kyirung O/N at Guest House

Day 10

Kyirung to Kathmandu 150 km

Kyirung to Kathmandu 150 km Driving further to Nepal Tibet border, complete the immigration formalities,

Day 11

Departure to your Destination.

Departure to your Destination.


  • Cost Includes

    SERVICE INCLUDES:- 1. Hotel/Guest House Accommodation as per program 2. Private Transportation by Van 3. All necessary Tibet Travel and Trekking permit 4. English speaking Tibetan Guide 5. All Sightseeing and Entrance fee as per the itinerary. 6. Meal plan on B/B Basis

Not Included


     Nepal re-entry visa fees  Lunch and Dinner  Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket  Insurance of any kind  Expenses of personal nature  Emergency evacuation Cost.

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