Kailash Trek - A pilgrimage trek in Tibet

The uniqueness of the Mount Kailash is what contributes to the mystical aspects of Kailash trek. The tourists who visit this region are entitled to experience the holiest trails followed my mystery and adventures. It is one of the most sacred treks for the pilgrims who come from an ethnic background of Hindu, Buddhism, and Jain. The views and religious belief of this place spiritually enlighten the body, mind, and soul of the visitors. The unforgettable adventurous encountered en route is unparalleled to any modern day tourism activities and adventures in the world.

  • Kailash Trek
  • Kailash Trek

Situated in a remote mountain region in the far east of Tibet, Mt. Kailash that towers to over 6800 meters welcome no more than just a few thousand visitors in a year, in which the majority of pilgrims are always high. Although Mt. Kailash is considered as one of the most sacred sites, it is a rare trekking site for tourists still, which makes it even more special. A mountain considered to be the physical embodiment of the mythical Mt. Meru, Mt. Kailash is considered to be one of the most rewarding journeys of all times.

Locally referred as “Kang Rinpoche” or “Precious Snow Mountains”, Mt. Kailash is a part of the Trans-Himalayan and holds a great religious significance including two of the breathtaking turquoise blue, pristine high-land lakes, Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshatal. It is considered as the abode of Lord Shiva in the Hindu religion and represents the power Lord Shiva possessed. Another remarkable factor contributing to the beauty of the region is the fact that four of the longest and sacred rivers in Indian-subcontinent begins from here, namely: The Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, and Karnali River. Our company has been guiding tourists and pilgrims from all around the globe on this amazing Kailash trek for many years now. We believe in maintaining a strong bonding with both, our guests and the locals in the region. Therefore, we assure a better understanding, experience, and professionalism as we lead our way along the pilgrimage trip across western Tibet. This journey promises you a lifetime experience of unforgettable and cherished memories.

Trip Itinerary

Kailash Trek – short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam (3650m), 6 hours.

Day 04: Acclimatization day in Nyalam.

Day 05: Drive from Nyalam to Old Dongba (4600m), 6 hours.

Day 06: Drive from Old Dongba to Mansarovar (4500m), 6 hours. 

Day 07: Short drive from Mansarovar to Darchen (4500m), 1 hour.

Day 08: Drive from Darchen to Tarboche (30 minutes), trek to Dirapuk (18km/5 hours).

Day 09: Trek from Dirapuk to Zuthulpuk (4760 m), (22 km trek / 9-10 km) (passing through Dolma-la pass 5636 m).

Day 10: Trek from Zuthulpuk to Darchen (13 km / 4-5 hrs) and then drive to Saga (end of Kailash Trek).

Day 11: Drive Saga to Kathmandu (496 km) 7-8 hrs.

Day 12: Final Departure.

Tour Cost: Please contact us and let us know the number of members in your group, the category of hotels you would like to stay with and any other special desires and requirements of yours. We will be glad to quote you the price as per your requirements.

ESTIMATE FOR ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES IN Kailash Trek:

  • Horse for personal use on Kora days is approx USD 300 per person extra
  • Extra ride for day trip to Astapad USD 40 per person extra
  • Extra day in Kathmandu USD 45 to 50 per person with 2 meals and twin sharing room.
  • Muktinath trip USD 650 per person including two nights in Pokhara, one night Jomsom and round trip flight to and from Jomsom with meals and private transfers.

INSURANCE:

Alpine Eco Trek highly suggests you to apply for Medical Insurance, covering emergency evacuation and all medical expenses are must for Kailash Trek. So, please be insured prior to the holy journey to the Heavenly Abode of Lord Shiva.

MEALS DURING JOURNEY:

Meals during your stay in Kathmandu are provided in package at the same hotel where you stay. Meals during the journey will be all vegetarian. Alpine Eco Trek's staff will serve you hot and delicious meal at every day breakfast, lunch and dinner on the way in Kailash Trek. We will provide you packed lunch while doing Kora around Mount Kailash. And, we also suggest you to bring some of your favorite dry foods, sweets and ginger and garlic Candies along the tour. 

TOUR LEADERS, GUIDES AND STAFF:

Since our establishment, Alpine Eco Trek and Expedition (P) Ltd is a pioneer operator of Mount Kailash and Manasarovar treks. We have dozens of regular and trained tour leaders, guides, cooks, drivers and supporting crew engaged for a professional and reliable service. Extremely friendly, knowledgeable and experienced team and other first aid treatment trained crew will be there in your group to serve you and make your trip a memorable one for the rest of your life! 

TRANSPORTATION: 

We will provide transportation for Kailash trek depending on group size like if there are below 5 we provide a Jeep, if 5 to 08 we provide a Van, if 08 to 16 we provide two vans, if above 16 up to 25 people we prove a deluxe bus.

ACCOMODATION (KATHMANDU-KAILASH TIBET):

During your stay in Kathmandu, we will provide you any kind of accommodation as per your needs. You can have a single, or double or family room in Kathmandu. We select the best categories of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels in Kathmandu. But accommodation in Kailash region is will be very basic.  Read more…

HEALTH PRE- CAUTION:

Normally, at higher altitude area in Tibet including Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarover, the amount of oxygen is less in the air. Certain illness such as loss of appetite, mild headache, nausea, tiredness, breathlessness, general uneasiness, high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia etc may be induced in the windy weather and high altitude area which generally is not encountered over the plains. This kind of symptoms can be seen in anyone irrespective of their age, sex and physical fitness read more ….

PACKING LIST OF Kailash Trek:

  • Small bag pack for 3 days trekking/Parikarma/ Kora around Mount Kailash
  • Sufficient warm clothing including warm down jacket for Kailash tour.
  • essential medicines (for minor injuries / life saving kits)
  • Any regular medicines that you have been prescribed
  • Toiletries kit (shop, Shampoo, Toothpaste, tooth brush)
  • Water bottle /Thermos flask for hot water (2litters bottle)
  • Hiking shoes good for walking 3 days Kailash Kora/trekking
  • Woolen gloves, Woolen socks (minimum 4 pairs), hand clove
  • Wool / Thermo cot undergarments, wind and water proof jacket
  • T-Shirt, long shirt and pants which is easier to be while doing trekking 
  • Sunglasses, Sun lotion/cold cream, Torch light, rain coat
  • Umbrella, walking stick, Sandal for use evening & morning
  • Sweets, Zinger / garlic candies or dry fruits, lozenges, etc… Read More...

Detail Itinerary

Kailash Trek – Detailed itinerary:

Day 01: arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Arrive at Kathmandu airport, meet one of our tour leaders, and transfer to hotel. Rest and free until the tour leader will come to see you again in the evening with all the necessary documents, form, programs and payment details. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu.
Free day in Kathmandu, packing or last minute shopping for the trip, as per your request we can also organize a city for you, please let us know. The tour leader will come to your hotel with all the documents including Tibet/Kailash visa and permits. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam (3650m), 6 hours.
We leave Kathmandu early in the morning (about 5:30 AM), breakfast will be served somewhere after two hours drive. As soon as breakfast finish we continue drive to Kodari (Nepal/Tibet boarder). Lunch will be served in Kodari.  After lunch we will walk to Friendship Bridge, there will be some immigration formalities; our guide will do all the immigration work including visa and permits. After completing all the official works we drive to Nyalam.  Overnight in Guest house.

Day 04: Acclimatization day in Nyalam.
Today is rest day or more acclimatizing day, after breakfast we will do some hiking around Nyalam and in the afternoon we will hike near to Sky burial site. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Drive from Nyalam to Old Dongba (4600m), 6 hours.
After breakfast, we begin our amazing journey passing through many villages and camps of yak herders. Far south we can see snow-capped mountain peaks. Arrive in Old Dongba and enjoy hot tea. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Drive from Old Dongba to Mansarovar (4500m), 6 hours.  
Early breakfast and get ready for longest driving day. Late afternoon we have first view of Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Mansarovar; the highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rakshash are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Overnight at guest house nearby Manasarovar Lake.

Day 07: Short drive from Mansarovar to Darchen (4500m), 1 hour.
Holy Mansarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning bath and spiritual activities we will be heading for Holy Mansarovar Kora by land cruiser with packed lunch and continue drive towards Darchen which is considered as a base camp for Holy Kailash Kora/trek. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Drive from Darchen to Tarboche (30 minutes), trek to Dirapuk (18km/5 hours).
After breakfast drive to Tarboche; Kora starting point. Tarboche is also known as outer “Asthapath”. It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is everywhere with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will be kept on appearing. Overnight at mud house or fixed tent accommodation with bed.  

Day 09: Trek from Dirapuk to Zuthulpuk (4760 m), (22 km trek / 9-10 km) (passing through Dolma-la pass 5636 m).
After breakfast, today you will be climbing to Drolma-la and then descend gradually to Zuthulpuk (4760m). Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Today is the most difficult day of our trek. Once we reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget in eternity. Once your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By late afternoon we arrive in Zuthulpuk (the cave of Miracles, the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have preformed miracles here). Overnight at mud house or fixed tent accommodation.

Day 10: Trek from Zuthulpuk to Darchen (13 km / 4-5 hrs) and then drive to Saga (end of Kailash Trek).
After breakfast, in the morning we explore the caves, temples and shrine around Milarepa cave. After walking 3 hours, we end our Kailash trek right here and drive to Saga via Paryang and Dongba. Overnight at a better hotel in Saga. Enjoy hot shower and cozy rooms.

Day 11: Drive Saga to Kathmandu (496 km) 7-8 hrs.
After breakfast, we leave Saga as early as possible; we will cross Tibet Nepal Friendship Bridge before 4PM local time and drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Final Departure.
After breakfast we will drive you to international airport for your onward journey.

Cost Includes/Excludes

The cost includes:

  • All necessary airport arrival and departure, drop, pick up to/from Kodari transfers by a private coach.
  • Three night's accommodation in Kathmandu in 3/4 star standard hotel twin sharing room with fullboard meals.
  • Half day guided tour in Kathmandu as per mentioned in itinerary
  • Eight night's accommodations in Tibet on private room sharing basis using guesthouse / Hotel.
  • Freshly cooked vegetarian meals 3 times a day.
  • Supporting Nepali crew including our own cooks.
  • Permits for Manasarovar  Prikarma and Kailash Kora (round).
  • Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved guide.
  • Private transportation in an eight seated deluxe van for clients and small truck for staff and food during the trip.
  • Kailash trek Permit
  • Camping equipments for kitchen, Shower
  • Sleeping bag/ Down Jacket if needed on Returnable basis.
  • Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipments) & day carry hand bag
  • Experienced tour leader / co-coordinator
  • ENOUGH Oxygen cylinder entire of tour
  • Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making round of Mt. Kailash.
  • Priest (Brahmin) for Homa.
  • Manasarovar Parikarma by Vehicle.

The Cost Exclude:

  • Personal Pony Charges (will cost US$ 300 per pony and helper for three days)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, phone calls, extra drinks, laundry, yak etc.
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities, flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc.
  • Tips to drivers, hotel staff.
  • Extra cost of transportation, Porterage etc involved due landslides, snowfall.
  • Services other than specified. Extra days stay at Kathmandu than 3 nights/ any other place.

Why travel with us?

Why travel with us?

Small Group
A Smaller number of people means more attention and better access to the group leader for a more intimate and personalized experience. The primary goal of our trek to the sacred Mount Kailash is to provide our customers with an eco-friendly, well-equipped and well-instructed crew members. A maximum of 20 or fewer pilgrims will be taken for the holy trek at a time. We ensure that the group formed is sufficient for each one of the trekkers to be well attended, as well as large enough to enjoy the journey along with other pilgrims.

Commitment to Safety
The top priority of our company is to provide our valued customers with a strategically approach to their safety and security. Each year we make equal or more efforts to refine the previous operations and work on improving the already existing safety procedures. We make sure the guides and trainers provided to the customers are experienced and knowledgeable in first aid and emergency management. They are also well-trained for any emergency situations that might occur in the higher altitudes or while trekking. However, we request our customers to take precautions beforehand itself, and make precise and necessary food arrangements and give personal hygiene the most preference. Every necessary equipment such as sleeping bags, warm down jacket etc. required for the holy trek will be provided to you. Our customer's health and safety is our prior concern, therefore we carry first aid kits and Portable Altitude Chambers (Gaymow Bag) for any high altitude sickness emergency.

Stress Free Travel
Even tiny hurdles along the way can ruin the excitement of the journey. Alpine Eco Trek aims to minimize almost every hassle and tedium that is most likely to come in the way while trekking. This not only kills the mood but distracts you from admiring the most beautiful parts of the journey. Hence, starting from your arrival day itself, our team fully devote themselves to your service. Our crew members make sure every aspect of the travel including accommodation, transportation, and the food is taken care of beforehand. We make confirmations with every lodges, hotels, private bus and vans for an efficient and reliable service before we start the trek. Every entrance fees for monasteries, palaces, etc. on the way will be included in the itinerary itself and a deluxe van or a regular van will be on standby, giving us the freedom to explore the area if requested.

Quality Service
Compromising the quality of the services that Alpine Eco Trek offers, is never an option under any circumstances. Every trek we organize is an updated version of the previous treks in which we make the necessary changes and reconsider various aspects. From the equipment provided to the travelers, for example, sleeping bags, quality down jackets to the littlest guidance on the trek, every aspect of the trek is precisely focused and worked on, for the comfortable trip of our customers. The main focus is given to the most basic factors of the tourism activities and that is the availability of transportation, comfortable accommodations, and healthy food. The holy trip to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar requires various equipment which is also taken care by us. We particularly request each of our valued customers to give us their genuine feedbacks on the overall journey to Mount Kailash that helps us monitor our drawbacks and helps design quality operations and adopt approaches useful for a better trek in the future.

Well Trained Staff
We are a firm believer that for every company to run successfully, the internal management and the team must be strong. Hence, we have built a team of professionals who show extreme passion and determination towards their work. We ensure that every customer is accompanied by a well-trained, soft-spoken and an enthusiastic team leader who makes the journey more enjoyable.

Competitive Price
To gain the trust and reliability from any customer, transparency is a must. Therefore, Alpine Eco Trek works on providing the trekkers with an affordable, competitive and transparent cost which remains same for every traveler.

Our Goal
lpine Eco Trek aims to provide the best Himalayan pilgrim travel at the most reasonable price. We believe in building a fine bonding with our customers, keeping quality and reliable services in mind. The mission of our trips is also to offer a wide range of adventure and thrill, covering most the attractions of the region. We take our customers to the most beautiful, worth seeing sites, giving them an insight into the local culture and lifestyle, while also establishing a genuine friendly bond with both, the locals and the crew.

Guidelines& Considerations
Following are some of the guidelines and considerations to make while picking a travel company for your trip:

01) Make sure that the company takes good care of their own staffs and guides by providing them with the necessary equipment, food, proper clothing, along with a good pay for their work. This shows the work ethics of the company and a respect for their staffs. Secondly, observe and be confident on how focused the itineraries provided to you are on promoting the culture and beauty of Nepal.

02) Make sure the company is a certified company and is registered under the appropriate local travel and trekking associations. Also, make sure that it is operating under the laws of the land(s) in which you will travel.

03) Ensure that the travel company you select is experienced and holds an overall knowledge about the local environmental issues of the site you are traveling to. The company should be considerate and sensitive to the issues and should respect the culture, tradition, and privacy of the inhabitants of the region.

04) Make sure that the company gives importance and consideration to the littlest details of the trip such as toilet arrangements, cooking fuel, rubbish disposal, first aid, etc

05) Make sure the company that you choose has an appropriate travel insurance and it abides by the regulations regarding operations of travel and trekking company.

Alpine Eco Trek follows all the above-mentioned guidelines in order to provide its customers with the most trouble free, eco-friendly and safe journey that they desire.

FAQs

Mt. Kailash Tour Frequently Asked Questions

Question 01: Do I Need a Passport?
Yes, you will need a passport to travel Mt. kailash and Lake Manasarovar because Kailash is located in the Autonomous Region of Tibet, China.

Question 02: What about Chinese visa?
Please be informed that this is not regular Chinese visa which you would get on your passport is not valid at Tibet. Your travel permit and Visa for travelling to Kailash and Manasarovar is organized by our company with the help of our Lhasa partner. If you are Indian passport holder you need to provide us the original passport for visa application. Foreigners can send us their passport copies by email and we will apply their visa for Kailash here in Kathmandu with their passport copies. The visa charges differ depend on nationalities, contact us for more information on Visa and permits.

Question 03: How many days required for Mt. Kailash Tour Trek?
Answer: A journey to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar require 13 days by overland (Land cruiser or Van) and 10 days by Helicopter from Simikot Region. We are also organizing Lhasa Kailash Lhasa Tour.

Question 04: How we will be doing 13 days overland tour and how about 10 days by Helicopter from Simikot?
Answer: You will be doing 13 days Kailash tour by a deluxe Van or Land cruiser. From Kathmandu to Kodari (Nepal- Tibet boarder) by a deluxe tourist coach, while in Tibet new model Land cruiser or a deluxe Van will be used. The route for the trip will be Kathmandu – Nyalam – Saga – New Dongba – Manasarovar – Darchen – Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk – Darchen – Paryang – Saga – Zhangmu – Kathmandu.

For 10 days tour by Helicopter:
Kathmandu - Nepalganj - Simikot - Hilsa (by helicopter) - Taklakot - Mansarovar - Darchen - Dirapuk - Zuthulpuk - Darchen - Mansarovar - Taklakot (by land cruiser or Van)- Hilsa - Simikot (by helicopter) - Nepalganj – Kathmandu (by regular plane or private coach).

Question 05: In how many days would I finish Mt. Kailash Kora and long it is?
Answer: The holy Kora around Mt. Kailash is approximately 53 km trek to be completed in 2 nights 3 days. Night camping will be in Dirapuk and Zuthul- Puk.

Question 06: When is the best time to Travel?
Answer: The best time to travel to Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar would be from the last week of April till end of October every year.

Question 07: What is Land cruiser?
Answer: Land Cruiser is the most comfortable vehicle in Tibet, a four wheel driven Japanese vehicle. We accommodate maximum 4 tourists in one land cruiser.

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Further Information:
Our website contains as much information as possible about Mount Kailash & Tibet Tours and Treks. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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Trip Facts

Trip Name: Kailash trek

Duration:  12 Days including KTM

Trip Code: AETKT-005

Activity:  Cultural and spiritual trek and overland drive.

Group size: Min. 02 to Max. 15 people.  

Max-Altitude:   5638m /18,500ft

Country: Nepal, Tibet/China      

Transportation: Jeep, Van or Mini bus.                

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

Note: The best season to Trek Holy Mt. Kailash is from May to October; please try to trek always with a local and direct agent and small group – private departure dates available. All the travelers including Indian passport holders travelling to Mt. Kailash must be in possession of a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining.

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