Kailash Overland Tour via Kerung, Booking Open for 2024

Kailash overland tour via Kerung boarder is the best way to reach the sacred mount Kailash. About 125 km north of Kathmandu, Kerung is a beautiful town with pleasant climates throughout the year is also known as the valley of Happiness. This is an exclusive town in Tibet where the plenty of green vegetables are grown! The roads from Kathmandu to Kerung are quite tough, bumpy and often landslides encounter. As a backup, a helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Kerung (half an hour journey) is very popular among the pilgrims.

Kailash overland tour via Kerung starts at Kathmandu and follows the scenic and exciting Pasang Lhamu Highway that connects Nepal Kerung and Tibet Jilong. We drive early morning from Kathmandu to Timure, Rasuwa Ghadi, after completing immigration formalities we drive to Kerung. Or as an option, we can stop in Saybrubesi for acclimatization proposes before heading to Kerung. We can acclimatize two nights in Kerung or a night in Saybrubesi (Nepal side) and a night in Kerung, it will depend upon the situation and then continue the trip to Mt Kailash and Lake Manasarovar!

  • Kailash Overland tour via Kerung
  • Kailash Overland tour via Kerung

Mount Kailash is a sacred peak in the Kailash Range, which forms part of the Trans-Himalaya in Tibet China. It lies near the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia: the Indus River, the Sutlej River, the Brahmaputra River, and the Karnali River. Kailash is considered a sacred Mountain in four religions: Bön, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. The mountain lies near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal in Tibet. Trekking around this mountain is 53km (2 nights 3 days) has to be done on foot, pony or yak, starting from a height of around 15,000 ft (4,600 m) past the Tarboche (flagpole) to cross the Drolma pass 18,200 ft (5,500 m), after crossing the pass we drive back to Kathmandu.

Following is the new and updated itinerary for Kailash overland tour via Kerung border, we are organizing small group tours from the boarders and Lhasa. If you are interested in joining one of our trips please contact us at alpineecotrek@gmail.com

Kailash Overland Tour via Kerung Boarder (Full Moon and Non-Full Moon) Departure Dates for 2024 and 2025 - Booking Open

Months Fixed Departure Dates Inquiry Now 
May 2024 05th, 12th, 14th May, (Full Moon on 23rd May), 25th May (arrive in Kathmandu) Booking open
June 2024 05th, 08th, 11th June (Full Moon on 21st June), 14th, 19th, 28th June (arrive in Kathmandu) Booking open 
July 2024 07th, 12th, 14th, (Full Moon on 21st July), 26th July (arrive in Kathmandu) Booking open
Aug 2024 06th, 09th, 11th (Full Moon on 19th Aug), 16th, 23th, 30th Aug (arrive in Kathmandu) Booking open
Sept 2024 10th (Full Moon on 18th Sept), 15th, 20th, 23rd, 27th Sept (arrive in Kathmandu) Booking open

Note: 14th May, 11th June, 14th July, 11th Aug and 10th Sept are the arrival dates in Kathmandu for the Full Moon Tour for 2024. If you are looking for Lhasa Kailash overland tour please click for more about Lhasa Kailash fixed departure tour for 2024.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel (1350m)

Day 02 to Day 04: In Kathmandu, Visa/paper works, sightseeing and preparation for Kerung Kailash overland Tour (1350m)

Day 05: Drive to Kerung (3560m) 

Day 06: Rest day in Kerung (3560m)

Day 07: Drive to Saga/Dongba (4500m)

Day 08: Drive to holy Lake Manasarovar (4550)

Day 09: Exploration of Lake Manasarovar (4550), drive in the evening to Darchen.

Day 10: Kora starts: Trek from Darchen to Dira Phuk Monastery (4800m)

Day 11: Trek to Zutul Phuk Monastery via Dolma La Pass (4700m)

Day 12: Trek back to Darchen and Drive to Saga (4600m)

Day 13: Drive to Kerung, cross boarder and continue to Kathmandu

Day 14: Fly back to home.

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.


  • Horse for personal use on Kora days is approx USD 500 to USD 600 per person extra
  • Extra day trip to Charan Sparsh USD 90 per person extra
  • Extra day in Kathmandu USD 55 to 65 per person with 2 meals and twin sharing room.
  • Muktinath trip USD 950 per person including two nights in Pokhara, one night Jomsom and round trip flight to and from Jomsom with meals and private transfers.


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


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 Kerung Kailash overland tour. 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. 


Since our establishment, Alpine Eco Trek and Expedition (P) Ltd is a pioneer operator of Mount Kailash and Manasarovar tours. 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!


We will provide transportation for Kerung Kailash overland tour 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.


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…


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 ….


  • 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...

Kailash Overland tour via Kerung – detailed itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel (1350m)
Upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu; Alpine Eco Trek Team will welcome you with scarp (Khada) in Buddhist Traditional way or with flower Mala in Hindu Traditional way and transfer to hotel. We organize evening team meeting and collect original passport and photos for Tibet/Chinese visa. Dinner and overnight at a standard hotel.

Day 02 to Day 04: Kathmandu day preparation for Kerung Kailash overland Tour (1350m)
Sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath and Baudhanath. Pashupatinath stupa offers great insights into hindu religious highlights. And in the similar way, Boudhanath stupa is another spiritual Buddhist UNESCO world heritage site. Visa collection, preparation of the trip and packing.  Our staff will assist you if you need any help. Overnight at a standard hotel.  

Day 05: Drive to Kerung (3560m) 
We start our journey from Kathmandu early in the morning and drive for about 170kms through the beautiful Nepalese countryside to Timure Nepal - Tibet border. After completing the border formalities at both the Nepalese and Chinese immigration posts we drive up to Kerung city. Our staff will prepare fresh breakfast, packed lunch and dinner for group and serve daily at usual time with different items and food varieties. Overnight stay at Guesthouse in Kerung.

Day 06: Rest day in Kerung (3560m).
We spend our rest of the day in Kerung (3560m) today in order to acclimatize before heading up higher. Walk around market, rest and acclimatize. Or we can drive by the late afternoon to Saga for better accommodation.  Overnight at Guesthouse in Kerung.

Day 07: Drive to Saga (4500m)
Today we drive over beautiful arid Tibetan land and passing nomad settlement and crossing numerous pass including Jerkyung La which is more than 5000m high. Further, we cross Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo) river lifeline of millions of people of Tibet, Nepal and India and Saga the biggest nomadic city in the area. Overnight at Guesthouse in Saga.

Day 08: Drive to holy Lake Manasarovar (4550)
Today we drive over beautiful arid Tibetan land and passing nomad settlement like Paryang, Mayum etc. and crossing Mayum La Pass and Dungyun Tso beautiful Lake. Overnight at Guesthouse in Manasarovar Lake.

Day 09: Exploration of the Lake Manasarovar (4550), in the late afternoon drive to Darchen.
Today, we will spend almost half of the day at Manasarover lake exploring this amazing place. We will visit the picturesque Chiu Monastery on the North West shore of the lake, with the imposing sight of Mount Kailash in the background. Also we enjoy the good views of Mount Gurlamandata in south of Lake Manasarovar and view of Rakshas Lake (Lahang Tso) from a top of Chiu Hill. In the late afternoon, we will drive about 35km to Darchen for overnight stay.

Day 10: Kora starts: Trek to Dira Phuk Monastery (4800m)
We drive towards Mount Kailash base camp Tarboche flagpole; which is marked by a tall pole adorned with prayer flags. This is the starting point for our kora, the 53km trek around the mountain. We walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mount Kailash towering above us. We follow the river, which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Continuing up the valley, the North Face of Mount Kailash comes into view before we reach the 13th century monastery at Dira Phuk. Overnight at Guesthouse in Mount Kailash North Face.

Day 11: Trek to Zutul Phuk Monastery (4700m)
Now we leave to the Lha Chu Valley and enter the Dolma Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Dolma La (5636m). It's a tough climb to the summit which is festooned with prayer flags but from there it is all downhill to Syabje Dadok and flat walk to Zuthul Phuk Monastery, with views of one of the highest lakes in the world, Gaurikunda Lake (Thukpe Dzingbu), known as the Lake of Compassion. As well as the cave monastery at Zuthul Phuk, there are several meditation caves and another cave containing an image of Jechun Milarepa. Overnight at Guesthouse in Zuthul Phuk.

Day 12: Trek to Darchen and Drive to Saga (4500m)
On the final day of the kora we cross several streams, and follow an impressive gorge. Along the way we are once again treated to magnificent views of Mount Kailash. We then enter the Dzongdud plain and conclude the Kora in Dzongdud Mani wall and drive to Saga. Overnight at Guesthouse in Saga.

Day 13: Drive to Kerung, cross boarder and continue to Kathmandu
We again cross the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo) River and drive to Kerung, We say goodbye to our Tibetan guide and driver and walk to Nepalese Immigration where we meet Alpine Eco Trek representatives, after completing the re-entry formalities we continue the drive to Kathmandu which, depends on road and weather conditions. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Fly back to home 
Drive to airport and fly back to home.

Cost Includes/Excludes

The cost includes:

  • All necessary airport arrival and departure, drop, pick up to/from Kerung transfers by a private coach.
  • Accommodations 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
  • 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 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 (only for bigger group of poeple, 30 above).
  • Manasarovar Parikarma by Vehicle.

The Cost Exclude:

  • Personal Pony Charges (will cost US$ 500 to 600 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.
  • Tibet/China Visa Fee (US$230 pp for the US passports and US$ 125 pp for other nationalities).
  • 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?

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.


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: Kerung Kailash overland tour

Duration:  14 Days including KTM

Trip Code: AETKT- KKOT

Activity:  Cultural and spiritual tour, trek and overland drive.      

Group size: Min. 02 to Max. 30 people.  

Max-Altitude:   5638m /18,500ft

Country: Nepal, Tibet/China      

Transportation: Van or Mini bus.

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

Note: The best season to Travel Holy Mt. Kailash is from May to October; please try to travel 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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