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Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Road from Kathmandu

14 Days
Kathmandu - Kyrung - Saga - Darchen - Mt Kailash Kora - Manasarovar - Saga - Kyrung - Kathmandu
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This 14-day Kailash Mansarovar Yatra trip is customized to pilgrims who expect a spiritual journey. This route is considered to be one of the most devout pilgrimages for followers of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. The adventurous tour begins at Kathmandu with an homage to Lord Pashupatinath Temple & Lord Narayan Temple, then gets through Langtang National Park and crosses the Nepal-Tibet border via Kyrung. After that, you will drive across Saga, Darchen and finally reach Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, which are considered as the shrine of Lord Shiva by Hindus. You will see many believers during your Kora. On the trip, you will not only enjoy the beautiful scenery of the snow-capped mountains and the vast plains but also get spiritually inspired.
DayRouteAttractions & Activities AccommodationMeals
1 Arrival at Kathmandu Pick up from the airport Kathmandu, 4★/5★ D
2 Preparation & Half-Day Kathmandu Pilgrimage Sightseeing Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Budhanilakanth Temple Kathmandu, 4★/5★ B/L/D
3 Kathmandu To Syabrubesi, 137km, Approx. 7hrs Syabrubesi Village Syabrubesi, Guesthouse B/L/D
4 Syabrubesi To Kyrung, 40km, Approx. 5hrs Kyrung Port, Paba Temple Kyrung, Guesthouse B/L/D
5 Full Day Acclimatization at Kyrung Stay at Kyrung Kyrung Town, Guesthouse B/L/D
6 Gyirong – Saga, 105km, Approx. 2.5hrs Lake Peiku Tso, Yarlung Tsangpo River Saga, Guesthouse B/L/D
7 Saga - Manasarovar, 410km, Approx. 7/8hrs Lake Mansarovar Manasarovar, Guesthouse B/L/D
8 Mansarovar to Darchen, 35km, Approx. 1hr Chiu Gompa Monastery, the hot spring Darchen, Guesthouse/4★ B/L/D
9 Mt Kailash Kora①: Darchen - Dirapuk, 10km, Approx. 6~7hrs Mount Kailash Kora Dirapuk, Guesthouse B/L/D
10 Mt Kailash Kora②: Dirapuk - Zutulpuk, 22km, Approx. 8~9hrs Mount Kailash Kora Zutulpuk, camp/ guesthouse B/L/D
11 Mt Kailash Kora③: Zutulpuk - Darchen, 8km, 3hrs; Drive to New Gongpa/Saga Mount Kailash Kora New Gongpa/Saga, 3★ B/L/D
12 Drive to Kyrung/ Skabrubesi, 145kms, Approx. 5hrs Drive to Kyrung then Skabrubesi Syabrubesi, Guesthouse B/L/D
13 Drive to Kathmandu, 140kms, Approx. 8hrs Drive to Kathmandu Kathmandu, 4★/5★ B/L/D
14 Puja at Pashupatnath Temple & Departure Puja at Pashupatnath Temple B

Daily Itinerary

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will be greeted at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and transferred to the hotel. It’s only 6km from the airport to the downtown area.
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After breakfast, you will leave for pilgrimage sightseeing to Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Budhanilakanth Temple, for seeking blessings from Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu respectively. Then you will return to your hotel to have lunch. In the afternoon, there's a briefing about the preparation for the yatra where you will be introduced to all your group members. It's important to have a good rest in the comfort of your room.
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Our local operator will pick up from your hotel in Kathmandu and get together around 9:00-9:30 am, and then we will drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, which is a beautiful resident village inside the Langtang National Park(a famous trekking region in Nepal). En-route, you’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way such as green hills, deep valleys and Trisuli River.

Stay overnight in Syabrubesi village, Guesthouse

The road to Syabrubesi
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After breakfast, we will drive to the border to enter Tibet. After immigration formalities at Kyrung Port, you will meet our Tibetan tour guide and driver. Then continue driving to Kyrung Town. Gyirong has conserved many famous temples, such as the Nepali-style Paba Temple (2800m). It was said to be built by Songtsan Gambo when he married the Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti. In the afternoon, you can rest in the hotel or take a short walk to visit the temple. Stay overnight in Kyrung, Guesthouse
Paba Monastery
Paba Temple
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Today is the only day when can you get ample sleep and rest. You are free to acclimatize yourself. Freshly cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner and sufficient tea/coffee will be served. Our experienced trip leaders are very pleased to take you around the place on a short hike in preparation for the Kailash trek, which will help you adapt quickly to the highland environment.

Overnight stay at hotel in Kyrung.

Street scene of Kyrung Town.
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After breakfast, you will drive along thrilling roads to Saga(4,640 meters, 105km, 3/4hrs drive)/ New Dongpa(4,462 meters, 182km, 4/5hrs drive). The scenery all the way is amazing! You will be able to enjoy the panoramic view of Peikutso Lake and the stunning view of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. If you're lucky, you can even see the unique wild animal-Tibetan antelope.

After approx. 3/4hrs' drive you will reach Saga. Arrive in Saga and stay overnight.

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It's the longest driving day today. After breakfast, drive to Mansarovar(4,556m). Go all the way west. En route, you will be able to have the first view of the holy mountain Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Mansarovar is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world with a turquoise surface. When arriving at Mansarovar, you may take a holy bath; perform Puja, Hawan, and Devtarpan, etc. Freshly cooked dinner will be served at the edge of Mansarovar lake. Stay overnight at the guesthouse.
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After a short 45-minute drive, you will reach Darchen(4,664m). En route, you can visit Chiu Gompa Monastery as well the hot spring behind it. Finally, you will arrive in Darchen, which is situated on the foothill of Mount Kailash and considered as the base camp for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. From Darchen, you can see the mighty west face of Mount Kailash. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around.

Stay overnight in Darchen

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Today, you will start the sacred circumambulation around holy Kailash. A light breakfast will be served before your departure. Then drive 6km to Tarboche, which is the starting point of the Yatra. In Yama Dwar, also known as the Gates of the Lord of Death, you will meet with your porter, horses and yaks and then set off together to trek to Diraphuk. After 6 kilometers, you will get to Chukku monastery, usually, people will have lunch with their packed meal boxes here.

Then, continue trekking to Dirapuk (4,765m). It stands at an elevation of 4,920m. This is the only place where you can see up close the mighty north face of Mt. Kailash. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

See the mighty north face of Mt. Kailash.
Darchen to Dirapuk
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Today is the longest, hardest but holiest day of your pilgrimage Yatra and you will continue your Parikrama. After leaving Dirapuk for 3km, you will go uphill and see the sky burial platform. Keep moving 2 kilometers, you will reach the highest point of this divine trip - Droma La Pass (5,585m), full of fluttering prayer flags. After a short break, you will make a gentle descent from this pass, you will spot a tiny glacial lake on the right side of the trail. This is Gauri Kunda. The legend of this pool is connected with Mata Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva.

After Gauri Kunda, you will be lead downward along a steep and stony trail and eventually reach your campsite at Zulturpuk Monastery(4,790m). Overnight stay at camp/ guesthouse.

Droma La Pass, the highest point of Mt.Kailash kora.
Droma La Pass
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Today is the last day of this divine circumambulation. You will follow an easy and flat trail, which takes about 3-4hrs in the morning to complete your Kailash Parikrama. Packed lunch will be served on the way.

In Darchen, your vehicle will be waiting for you and take you and the group to New Dongpa (350km, 6-7hrs, drive 4,464m) or Saga (4,640m, 430km, 7/8hrs drive). Overnight stay at hotel.

Zutulpuk - Darchen
Zutulpuk - Darchen
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Drive to Kyrung(2,700m, 105km, 3/4hrs drive). You will have lunch after arriving in Kyrung Town and further drive to Nepal/China border (20km, 30mins drive). After completion of immigration formalities, you will be picked up and drive to Syabrubesi (20km, 30mins drive). Stay overnight at your hotel in Syabrubesi.
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After Breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu, which will take about 7-8 hours. This is the best time to recollect every moment spent on the trek and new inspiration you've gained during your time here. On the way, your Lunch will be arranged. After arriving in Kathmandu, check into the hotel directly. Evening certificate distribution program will be organized which is followed by dinner. Then relax and enjoy the comforts of your hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
The road across the Himalayas
Skabrubesi to Kathmandu
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Breakfast and proceed to Pashupatinath Temple for a Holy water offering. Return to your hotel and pack up your luggage. You will have free time until your departure. Transfer to the International airport for your onward flight with fresh energy and a refreshing perspective on life.
Our Service

* Airport-Hotel-Airport transfer by private vehicles;
* Three nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at 5/4 star hotels;
* Eight nights' accommodation in Tibet/ China using guesthouse/camping with all meals;
* Two night's hotel accommodation in Syabrubesi's hotels;
* All land transfers from Kathmandu-Kyrung-Kathmandu;
* Fully Trained Nepali staff & Sherpa team;
* Professional government license holder English-speaking tour guide in Tibet;
* Three meals in a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) while on the yatra;
* Mineral & boiled water;
* Oxygen cylinder and oxygen pillow as per the requirements;
* Tibet Visa & Permit Fees and Necessary Border charges;
* Ground transfers in Tibet on Deluxe Coach;
* Required trekking equipment, and First aid kit, Free use of Down Jacket, Backpack, Raincoat( Pancho), Monkey cap & duffel bag for free;
* Yatra Completion Certificate;
* Wages, meals, accommodation, transportation, equipment, insurance and other facilities for Nepali staff during the trip;
* All kinds of local and government TAX etc.


* Nepal visa fees US$ 30 or 50 (Single Entry Visa valid for 30 days payable in cash at immigration and requires a recent photograph), no visa applications for the Indian passport holder;
* Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary;
* Any items and services not mentioned in the INCLUSION section;
* Items of personal nature such as trekking equipment, bar bills, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone, calls internet, SIM Card, extra mileage, personal gratuities as tips to the staff at hotels, guide, driver, porter, Horse / Pony ride, etc.;
* Extra costs that may arise due to delays to receive Tibet Travel Permit and Visa, prolonged delays or postponement of flight due to technical reasons;
* Expenses incurred by re-routing, inclement weather, floods, famine, political disruptions, strikes, riots and other disturbances;
* Personal insurance policy - suggested comprehensive travel insurance covering tour and flight cancellations, loss of valuables, thefts, illness, accidents and hospitalization;
* Insurance that covers Trekking/ Travel/ Accident /Medical/Emergency evacuations;
* Photography charges in the monasteries and monuments;
* All other obligations and penalties incurred due to death, early return, etc.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Bhar***

Planning mid-May to Kathmandu.

Answered by Catherine 2022-08-24

Dear Bharatkumar Shah, Thank you for sending us an inquiry! This is Catherine from Great Tibet Tour at your service.  Great Tibet Tour is a local tour operator based in Lhasa, Tibet. It was founded in 2005 and recommended by Lonely Planet as one of the best reputed local Tibet travel agencies. We specialize in arranging Tibet travel for foreigners, as well as other parts of China & Nepal.  In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 14 Days Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Road from Kathmandu next May which is a private tour. May would be a good time to visit Kailash. We can organize the tour for you after Tibet reopens. At present, Tibet remains closed to international tourists due to COVID-19. Therefore, the price is not available. We will keep you updated. 

Asked by Amar***

I am travelling from Bengaluru, India. My aim is to visit Mount Kailash. Please guide me on which is the best point to start the journey. I am looking for the most cost effective plan. I am ready to travel overland for any long distance. I also need info regarding visa and permits.

Answered by Catherine 2022-06-25

Dear Amarnath Srikantachar,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry! This is Catherine from Great Tibet Tour at your service.  Great Tibet Tour is a local tour operator based in Lhasa, Tibet. It was founded in 2005 and recommended by Lonely Planet as one of the best reputed local Tibet travel agencies. We specialize in arranging Tibet travel for foreigners, as well as other parts of China & Nepal. 

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to visit Mount Kailash in September. The overland pilgrimage for Indian citizens usually starts from Kathmandu and takes 13 days. We can organize the Kailash tour and arrange the permit for you as well. However, Tibet's border remains closed at this moment. The departure dates and prices are not available either. Tibet is expected to open next year, and I would like to keep you posted when it re-opens.

Asked by Mr. ***

Hello, In September 2022 is available .. pls send me the details and cost..thank you regards vijay

Answered by Catherine 2022-06-14

Dear Mr. Vijay, Thank you for sending us an inquiry! This is Catherine from Great Tibet Tour at your service.  Great Tibet Tour is a local tour operator based in Lhasa, Tibet. It was founded in 2005 and recommended by Lonely Planet as one of the best reputed local Tibet travel agencies. We specialize in arranging Tibet travel for foreigners, as well as other parts of China & Nepal.  In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 14 Days Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Road from Kathmandu. We can organize the tour for you. However, Tibet's border still remains closed for the prevention of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is expected to open next year. The departure date and cost in September are not available at present. I will keep you updated!

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