Mt.Kailash Tour

The kora (circumambulation/circuit/parikrama) around Mt Kailash is one of the most important pilgrimages in Asia. Mt Kailash has been a religious sanctuary since pre-Buddhist times. Pilgrims of Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon believe that one kora around Mt Kailash cleans sins of this lifetime; 108 koras breaks the cycle of rebirth and assures one of nirvana at death.

Mt Kailash Kora is 52km long, usually takes 3 days to complete. Altitude ranges from 4675m at Darchen the starting point to 5630m at Drolma-la, the highest point of the kora. The kora is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists but counterclockwise by followers of the Jain and Bön religions.

A trip here wonderfully integrates the spiritual, cultural and physical dimensions of any trip to Tibet. Being able to meet pilgrims from across Tibet and other countries is one of the many alluring factors of this trek.

On the way to Mt. Kailash
This tour can lead tourists to explore Tibetan culture more deeply than other packages. But it’s a challenge to tourists’ physical body, so you’d better make sure you are in a good condition to complete this pilgrimage to the holy Mt. Everest and Mt. Kailash.
FROM $1780

15 days Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour

Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse - EBC - Saga – Darchen - Kailash Trek - Lake Manasarovar – Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa
Trek on the way
The highest mountain in the world – Everest and the center of the universe – Kailash, are included in this classic itinerary. You will visit the famous Everest Base Camp and trek for three days around the holy Kailash to complete a sacred kora and get purified.

14 days Mt Kailash Kora with Mt Everest Tour

Lhasa- Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Darchen - Mt Kailash Kora - Lake Manasarovar - Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa
Visiting Guge Kingdom, a group of precious cultural relics.
This itinerary offers a chance to explore the west of Tibet, where there is the center of the world – Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, and a paradise of wild animals – Qiangtang Highland. Three days kora around Kailash is the most significant part of this tour.

21 days Ngari Loop with Mt Kailash Kora Tour

Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen - Mt Kailash Kora - Guge Kingdom - Ali - Gegye - Gertse - Shigatse - Lhasa
The vanishment of Guge Kingdom is still a mystery.
Starting from Lhasa, passing by Gyantse, Shigatse, and Ngari, this itinerary includes all the must-see attractions in the center and western Tibet, such as the Potala Palace, Everest Base Camp, the sacred lake Manasarovar and the holy Mt. Kailash, etc. Get ready to be impressed by the in-depth charm of Tibet.

20 days Mt. Everest & Ngari Off-The-Beaten-Path Tour

Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen - Mt. Kailash - Guge Kingdom - Ali - Gegye – Gertse - Shigatse - Lhasa
Grand Ngari Northern Route Tour
This exciting tour covered most of the tourist attractions in Tibet. It’s a great chance to gain insights into the beautiful views, culture and Tibetan Buddhism of the holy land. As a long adventure on the high Plateau, this journey is for warriors who are strong-willed and fearless.

29 days Grand Ngari Northern Route Tour

Lhasa - Tsetang - Nyingtri -Pomi - Nyingtri - Lhasa - Lake Namtso - Ali - Darchen - Mt.Kailash - Lake Manasarovar - Saga - EBC - Shigatse - Gyantse - Lhasa
This tour starts from Lhasa. You will visit Mt.Everest and Kailash, finally ends at Gyirong border.
The 12-day group tour will take you to explore the most spectacular natural and cultural scenery of Tibet, including Mt.Everest-the world's highest mountain and Mt.Kailash-the center of the world. The tour will end at Gyirong border. After the trip, you can drive to Kathmandu to explore the mysterious and romantic land.
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12 days Lhasa Mt Everest & Mt Kailash Kathmandu Group Tour

Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse - EBC - Saga – Darchen - Kailash Trek - Lake Manasarovar – Saga - Gyriong

Frequently asked questions

Is it no problem for elders to visit Mt. Kailash and have a kora trekking tour around it?

Normally, it will be no problem as long as you don’t have any cardiovascular, cerebrovascular or pulmonary diseases. We just had a group tour in this July, a client over 70 years old also went to Mt. Kailash. And he was fine to finish the whole itinerary.

However, I cannot guarantee if it’s okay for you to trek in the Kailash area. We do have some elders did this tour before. But, it varies with different individuals. For a small group tour, there are no yaks to hold your luggage. You need to do it by yourself and trek on the plateau with an elevation of 4,000 meters (13,124 feet). Of course, you could hire a yak or a porter to carry the luggage. Or, ride a horse to finish the trekking.

Please look for some professional advice from your doctor as well in case of any unexpected situation.

According to the regulations, travel agencies are not able to arrange Indian Passport Holders to visit Mt. Kailash. We could only provide a Tibet tour except for Ngari Prefecture for you. There is a special organization called "Pilgrim Center" for Indian people to do Kora around Kailash. Please ask for help from them.

The total distance is around 50 kilometers. Usually, three days are enough to finish it. Some strong people could even finish it within two days. But, we arrange three days for our clients as per the ordinary situation. And we have a 15-day Kailash tour, which is following the route: Lhasa – Everest – Kailash – Lhasa.

If you are traveling to Mt. Kailash from Tibet, you will need a Tibet Travel Permit. You will also need an Alien's Travel Permit, plus the Military Permit and Foreign Affairs Permit. You will also need a Frontier Pass to visit the Kailash region. On the other hand, if you opt for a tour via Kathmandu, you will also need a China Group Visa. 

The best time to visit the region is from April to the first half of October. During these periods, the temperature at the region hovers around 8 to 9 degrees Celsius on average. Monsoon season begins in July up to August. Hence, you should doublecheck the weather for these months before embarking for Mt. Kailash. You should expect snowfall when you reach Dolma-la Pass. So, you should bring with you some cold-weather clothes. You can schedule your visit to Mt. Kailash during the Saga Dawa Festival that usually falls on the 15th day of the month of June.

Travel to Mt. Kailash is not cheap. A 15-day tour to Mt. Kailash via Tibet would usually cost around $2,500 on average. This amount will cover most of the important things that you need, including meals, tour transfer service, hotels, guide service, travel insurance, etc. Yet, the larger portion of this amount is usually spent on plane tickets.

If you go solo when traveling, you can expect a higher cost for your trip. Yet, if you opt for a small group tour, you can surely save. Moreover, you should choose your travel time. Traveling during peak season is surely more expensive than traveling during the off-season. 

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