Mt Kailash Kora with Mt Everest Tour

Duration:
14 Days
Destination:
Lhasa- Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Darchen - Mt Kailash Kora - Lake Manasarovar - Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
Add to Favourites

Mt Kailash kora or circult is one of the most important pilgrimages in Asia. There’s some gorgeous mountain scenery along this trek, including close-ups of the majestic pyramidal Mt Kailash, but just as rewarding is the chance to see and meet your fellow pilgrims. En route, we will also visit Mt Everest Camp

DayRoute
1 Arrival in Lhasa
2 Lhasa City
3 Lhasa Suburb
4 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse
5 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongphu - EBC
6 EBC - Saga
7 Saga - Darchen
8 Mt Kailash Kora①: Darchen - Dirapuk
9 Mt Kailash Kora②: Dirapuk - Zutulpuk
10 Mt Kailash Kora③: Zutulpuk – Darchen; Drive From Darchen - Manasarovar;
11 Manasarovar - Payang - Saga
12 Saga - Lhatse - Shigatse
13 Shigatse - Lhasa
14 Departure from Lhasa by Flight/Train
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway to transfer you to hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it usually takes abt 1.5hrs; from Lhasa Railway Station, abt 20mins. After transferred to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it. 

Day 2 Lhasa City

As the capital city, Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history over 1300 years.

The Potala Palace stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
In front of the Jokhang Temple, you can see many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions.
Day 3 Lhasa Suburb

Today you will visit attractions in Lhasa suburb. You will stay long hour on sightseeing under the fierce sun of Tibet, do arm yourself with sunglasses/ hat/ sunscreen, etc.

Drepung Monastery is also a Buddhist education base. It is the best place to learn and impart the Buddhism.
Sers Monastery, a best place to see the colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines
Day 4 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

From Lhasa to Gyantse is abt 264km, en route you will pass by Khamba-la Pass (4794m), and with the huge massif of Mt Nojin Kangtsang (7191m) at far distance in view. Then head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land.

Sacred Lake Yamdrok glows with various colors, like turquoise, when the sun is shining
The white glacier is spectacular from the highway
Day 5 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongphu - EBC

Tibet has a serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only abt 350km or so, the no-more-than-40km/hr regulation, and the many road checks dotted on the way, really slow us down. So be prepared to spend around 10~12hrs on the road including meal time. The upside is the view along the way is superb. Get your camera ready. Also, prepare some snacks with you to bring along.

If it’s summertime (usually May~Oct), we will carry on the last few kilometers to Everest Tent Camp to stay the night; if winter time (usually Nov~Apr), we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. Both places have but dorm bed lodging available. Both places you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

Though Rongbuk Monastery is not resplendent and magnificent, it is still one of the holiest monasteries in Tibetans’ mind.
The best time to travel to Mt. Everest would be May, June, Sep and early Oct. EBC is relatively less windy and clear.
Day 6 EBC - Saga

From EBC to Saga is abt 460km, a hard-drive of abt 10~12hrs. The sprawling truck-up town of Saga is the last of any size on your tour to Mt Kailash, cherish it – have a lavish meal and take a long hot shower, of which you have to do without for the following days. 

Beautiful Peikutso lake
Mother an son walk along Peikutso lake
Day 7 Saga - Darchen

Drive from Saga to Zhongba to Paryang to Hor Qu then finally today’s destination of Darchen. A photogenic section of dunes, lake and mountains kicks in 60km from Zhongba. About 23km before Paryang you create a pass and drop past more dunes to Paryang. Photos taken along this route can often get steppe, streams, desert dunes and snowcapped mountains in the same shot.

Day 8 Mt Kailash Kora①: Darchen - Dirapuk

The kora path begins on the western edge of Darchen. Quickly leaving all traces of the village behind, you head westward across the Batkha plain, a sandy expanse speckled with greenery like a massive camouflage jacket. To the north, the east-west ridge blocks your view of Mt Kailash, but to the southeast are clear views of huge Gurla Mandata(7728m). Api and other peaks in Nepal are visible to the south, while look to the southwest for the twin, sharp humps of Kamet(7756m) in India.

Only 4km from Darchen the trail climbs up over the southwest end of the ridge to reach a cairn at 4790m. the cairn is bedecked with prayer flags and marks the first views of Mt Kailash’s southern face, the first of the kora’s four prostration points.

Very quickly the trail bends around to the north and enters the barren Lha-chu Valley. The valley is so open at this point you can see ahead to the tall Tarboche flagpole(4750) in the distance, one of the most significant sites for Saga Dawa Festival.

Just west of Tarboche is the ‘two-legged’ Chorten Kangnyi. It’s an auspicious act for pilgrims to walk through the small chorten’s archway. A short climb above Tarchorten to the east is the sky-burial site of the 84 mahasiddhas(Tantric practitioners who reached a high level of awareness). The first of the kora’s three Buddha footprints is here, but hard to find. The views of the valley are superb from here.

Beyond Tarboche the valley narrows dramatically at an area called Sershong. You can begin to get clear shots of Mt Kailash now, standing to attention above the eastern ridge.

Chuku Monastery(4820m), founded in the 13th century by Gotsangpa Gompo Pel, a Kagyupa-order master, is perched high above the valley floor on the hillside to the west. It bends so secretively into its rocky background you may not able notice it’s there.

From the Chuku it’s abt 3hrs to Dir-puk Monastery. Take your time between this stretch for it has some of the best scenery of the entire kora. High sedimentary faces, wonderfully puckered and dented, and chiseled into shapes that seem alive, hem you in on both sides. When the weather is warmer there’s even the occasional ribbon of water tumbling down the slopes from hundreds of meters high. Along the route, you will find the second prostration point, with its prayer flags and clear view of the east side of Mt Kailash. 30mins later, just past a tea tent selling the usual drinks and snakes, look for the second Buddha footprint, and a carving of the god Tamdrin, a wrathful horse-headed deity, on a black stone smeared with eons of yak butter. From the rock, the trail starts to clim and heads northeast toward Dira-puk Monastery.

Dira-puk(Lhalung Dira) Monastery(5080m) sits in a superb location on the hillside north of the Lha-chu. It directly faces the astonishing north face of Mt Kailash, which from this angle appears as a massive, jet-black slab of granite ornamented with alabaster-white strips of snow. Three lesser mountains are arrayed in front of Mt Kailash: Chana Dorie to the west, Jampelyang to the east and Chenresig in the center.

There are many legends about Mt. Kailash. One love story tells that Mt. Kailash was a handsome man who married Mt. Naimona'nyi and later met his Valentine—Lake Manasarovar.
With an altitude of 6656m, Mt. Kailash is not the highest mountain in the world. But it is mysterious that it is never to be conquered.
Day 9 Mt Kailash Kora②: Dirapuk - Zutulpuk

No doubt when you wake in the morning and step outside you’ll want to revel in the glory of your surroundings. Mt Kailash’s dramatic black face dominates the skyline, while the middle slopes echo with the moans of yaks.

The main kora path heads off to the east, crossing the Lha-chu by bridge and then climbs on to a moraine to meet the trail on the east bank. The long ascent up the Drolma-chu Valley that will eventually lead to the Drolma-la has begun.

Less than an hour along is the meadow at Jarok Donkhang(5210m). Near Jarok Donkhang a trail branches off to the southeast, leading over the snow-covered Khando Sanglam-la. Also nearby, Polung Glacier descends from the east ridge off the north face of Mt Kailash, down through the Polung Valley between Chenresig and Jampelyang.

Only a short distance above Jarok Donkhang, is the rocky expanse of Shiva-tsal(5330m). Pilgrims are supposed to undergo a symbolic death at this point, entering in the realm of the Lord of the Deas, until the reach the top of the Drolma-la and are reborn again. It is customary to leave sth behind at Shiva-tsal, an item of clothing, a drop of blood or a lock of hair, to represent the act of leaving this life behind.

After Shiva-tsal the trail mercifully flattens for a time and proceeds along a glacial ridge. There are a number of interesting sights ahead, such as the sin-testing stone of Bardo Trang(a flat boulder that pilgrims are supposed to squeeze under to measure their sinfulness).

Abt 30mins from Shiva-tsal the trail turns eastward for the final ascent. Allow around an hour for the 200m climb to the top of the Drolma-la(5640m). After a few false summits, the rocky pass is reached. The great cubic Drolma Do(Drolma’s Rock) that marks the top is barely visible behind an enormous number of prayer flags.

Weather permitting, most pilgrims and trekkers pause at the pass for a rest and refreshment before starting the steep descent. Almost immediately, Gauri Kund(5608m), the Lake of Compassion.

It takes approximately an hour to make the long and steep 400m descent to the grassy banks of the Lham-chu Khir. En route there is a much-revered footprint of Milarepa. When the trail reaches the valley, you may find nomad tents and a teahouse selling drinks and noodles. A huge rock topped by the kora’s third Buddha footprint stands nearby.

About 30 mins south, a valley comes down from the Khando Sanglam-la to join the western trail. This valley provides the only glimpse of Mt Kailash’s eastern or crystal face. The kora’s third prostration point is at the valley mouth.

Grassy fields start to appear alongside the river. A couple of hours from the third Buddha footprint a side valley enters from the left. From here on the river changes name to the Dzong-chu, translated as ‘Fortress River’.

Soon you will see Zutul-puk Monastery(4820m). The miracle cave that gives the monastery its name is at the back of the main hall. Milarepa’s footprint and handprint can still be seen today.

There are many legends about Mt. Kailash. One love story tells that Mt. Kailash was a handsome man who married Mt. Naimona'nyi and later met his Valentine—Lake Manasarovar.
With an altitude of 6656m, Mt. Kailash is not the highest mountain in the world. But it is mysterious that it is never to be conquered.
Day 10 Mt Kailash Kora③: Zutulpuk – Darchen; Drive From Darchen - Manasarovar;

From Zutul-puk Monastery the trail follows the river closely for an hour or so then climbs above the river and enters the lovely Gold & Red Cliffs, a narrow canyon whose walls are stained purple, cobalt, and rust.

When the canyon narrows look for holes gouged into the cliff walls. These are not natural but made by pilgrims looking for holy stones. Also look for prayer flags festooned across the river, and in the far distance the blue waters of lake Raksas Tal.

Where the trail emerges onto the Barkha plain, close to the fourth prostration point, Gurla Mandata is again visible in the distance. It’s now an easy 1hr walk back to Darchen along a dirt road.

There are many legends about Mt. Kailash. One love story tells that Mt. Kailash was a handsome man who married Mt. Naimona'nyi and later met his Valentine—Lake Manasarovar.
It is said that one kora around Mt Kailash can wipe away sins of this lifetime; 108 koras can help people break the cycle of rebirth and assure one of nirvana at death.
Day 11 Manasarovar - Payang - Saga

Enjoy the ride back with leisure. Our vehicle will stop along the ride for you to take photos.

Lake Manasarovar is the most transparent fresh water lake in China. It supports life while the salt lake Rakshas Tal lies next to it supports no life.
Travelers back from Manasarovar could never forget the beauty of the lake. In the sunshine, the lake water is crystal clean and glimmering blue.
Day 12 Saga - Lhatse - Shigatse

Enjoy the ride back with leisure. Our vehicle will stop along the ride for you to take photos.

Day 13 Shigatse - Lhasa

We will depart today from your hotel in Shigatse around 08:00ish. The rode condition is pretty good but because of the speed-limit, we will spend about 6hrs on the road. 

Tashilhunpo Monaster was founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447
Tashilhunpo Monastery covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters
Day 14 Departure from Lhasa by Flight/Train

Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

Our private customized Tibet tours are ideal for families, small groups and individual travellers who desire a more thorough and intimate introduction to Tibet. Price varies with size, season, hotel rate. etc. Please fill out this form so our travel designers can start helping you plan a trip.

Your Contact Information

Asked Questions from our Clients

Ris ***

2018-11-07

visting Tibet in december for 19 days :)

Image

Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that you would like to visit Tibet in December. To be frank, the best option for a solo traveler is to join a small group tour to keep the cost down. However, we don’t have any 19-day group tour. Besides, it’s too cold to visit Kailash in December. So, we have to arrange you a private tour which is a little bit expensive since there are no others to share the cost of the vehicle and guide.

 

Is it okay for you?

 

Before I could suggest a suitable tour package, please let me know what kind of accommodation you’d like to get. The comfortable (4-star), or the economy class (3-star) hotel?

Ms. ***

2018-09-18

Hi, 4 people from Estonia are interested in budget Kailash trekking tour in the end of April 2019 starting and ending in Lhasa. What is the price per person? We do not need any luxuries. Kind regards, Ms. Rutt Veide

Image

Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that four of you are interesting in budget Kailash trekking tour at the end of April 2019. We happen to have a 15-day Mt. Everest & Mt. Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour. Please check if you like the following itinerary.

Nadj***

2018-09-05

Hi! I am italian woman at the moment leaving in austria and planing my next travel to china - tibet. I would like to arrive by train from peking - xining to lhasa. and than partecipate on your 14 days tour mountain kailash and everest. is it possible to participate like individual traveller? How much does it cost? can you arrange all the permits? and is it possible to do the tour in the beginning of november? or do you have already fix dates? Thank you very much for your help regards nadja

Image

nance

Due to Tibet's unique background, apart from a Passport and a Chinese Visa, all foreign tourists allowed to enter Tibet must have Tibet Permits. We could surely get all your necessary permits to Tibet after your tour booked with us, we need your passport and China visa copies to apply for them from Tibet Travel Bureau before tour starts and get them to you usually within 30 working days if you go to Mt.kailash. Also, according to policy from Tibet Tourism Bureau, foreign tourists are not allowed to do a individual travel in Tibet, they need to book the tour with a local Tibet travel agency and travel in Tibet with a Tibetan tour guide. 

In your inquiry, you mentioned that you’re interested our 14 days Mt Kailash Kora with Mt Everest Tour which is a private tour. Frankly speaking, the cost of a private tour for a solo traveler would be a little bit expensive. For people less than five, we usually suggest them join our small group tours to keep the cost down. So how about having our 15 days Mt.Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour? Here is the brief itinerary, 

Pedr***

2018-08-01

Dear GTT team, I am planning to visit Tibet from the 1st to the 15th of September. I am really looking for a trekking experience to the most iconic nature spots in Tibet, e.g., Everest, Mt Kailash, lakes, valleys, etc. your 14 day trip to Mt. Kailash would be of an interest to me would you have any trip planned for the dates I have availability? otherwise would you have any trekking experience that include Everest and other iconic places? thank you

Image

Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to do the 14 Days Mt Kailash Kora with Mt Everest Tour which is a private tour. Frankly speaking, it is a little expensive for a solo traveler to do this private tour. As travelers less than five, we often suggest them join our small group tour to keep the cost down.

We need at least 45 days to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit related Mt.Kalish. So, there is no time to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit related Mt.Kalish. I suggest you join the 10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour from Sep.3rd to Sep.12th. We just need 12 working days to apply for the usual Tibet Travel Permit. 

Note:

Tibet Tourism Bureau doesn't accept the application of Tibet Travel Permit during the Shoton Festival. Shoton Festival is from Aug.11th to Aug.17th this year. 

Here is the itinerary of 10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour. 

Matt***

2018-07-04

Want to see Everest and Mt. Kailash. 10-15 days Want to be on tour for July 27, 2018 (lunar eclipse) Is it possible? How much please? Thanks!

Image

Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that you would like to visit Everest and Kailash in July. To be frank, the best option for a solo traveler is to join a small group tour to keep the cost down. We happen to have a 15-day Mt.Everest & Mt Kailash Kora Pilgrimage Group Tour starts on 30th. July which I think perfectly matches your needs.

Read More ...

You may also like

Join Kailash kora tour in Ngari.
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen - Mt Kailash Kora - Guge Kingdom - Ali - Gegye - Gertse - Shigatse - Lhasa
Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt. Everest Group Tour
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Shigatse – Lhasa
FROM $850
Group members for Lhasa everest namtso tour
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Shigatse - Lhasa - Lake Namtso - Lhasa
On the way to Mt. Kailash
Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse - EBC - Saga – Darchen - Kailash Trek - Lake Manasarovar – Saga - Shigatse - Lhasa

Tailor-made your Tour within 0.5~24 hours

If you couldn't find suitable tours, let us help you! Please kindly send us your ideas about the travel plans, destinations, attractions, your group, hotel class, etc. We specialize in planning your journey based on our first-hand experience, your budget, style, and interest!