Mt. Kailash is considered the most sacred destination in Tibet; there is a steady flow of Hindus as well as Buddhists to this holy place every year. It is not permitted to climb Mt. Kailash, but one can undertake a 52km circumambulation around the mountain.
This is a journey by a chartered helicopter. Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Simikot. At Simikot, make a charter helicopter flight to Hilsa, the place closest to China border and drive to Lake Mansarovar across the open spaces of the Tibetan Plateau. Then take the fascinating trip to Mt. Kailash and make a circumambulation around the base of the mountain.
On the tour of Mt. Kailash visitors can bathe in the sacred Mansarovar Lake, with a periphery 88km, depth of 90m and total area of 320 km2. The itinerary is planned so that visitors reach Mansarovar Lake on the full moon day. Asthapavat and Tirthapuri can be visited if pre-arranged. The total journey is 10days/9 nights and the maximum elevation is 5636m.
Tibetan terrain is dry, cold, windy and dusty and night is much colder than the day. The best months for a Mt. Kailash trip are from May to September. During this period, the maximum temperature will be 22oC and minimum temperature will drop to -10oC.
Anyone who can walk for an average of 4-5 hours a day can make this trip. The itinerary is programmed to help get the clients acclimatisation to the gradual rise in altitude. All participants are advised to check their fitness before joining the trip.
Altitude sickness may be felt above 3000m, but with the acclimatisation day and the gradual rise in altitude, you shouldn’t feel too much at discomfort. It’s always advisable to stay hydrated and drink lots of water.
Transportation in Tibet will be by Land Cruiser or Tourist Coach. A support truck will be travelling along to carry all the camping gear, food provisions and luggage.
Four star hotel accommodation will be provided in Kathmandu. In Tibet, accommodation will be in lodges for every stay overnight, whereas during the Kailash Parikarma and at Mansarovar, there will be tents with foam mattresses and sleeping bags.
Sometimes the lodges in Tibet may not be sufficient to provide individual rooms, so you may have to share with fellow participants.
While on the trip, all main meals, tea, coffee, juice and drinking chocolate are included. Food is prepared by our trained cook and is served hot – however while travelling, a packed lunch will be provided until the next stopover. Proper boiled water/mineral water will be provided.
There will be restricted means of communication during the trip, but the team leader will have a roaming phone to convey messages in an emergency which you can also use to call your home. Also telephone lines are available at various points of the journey.
Each participant must be covered by travel and medical insurance that should include helicopter evacuation in an emergency. Please hand us a copy of your insurance.
Bottled oxygen with mask and regulator for all emergency/medical purposes will be carried during the tour and the parikarma.
Prior to departure from Kathmandu each participant must leave a bond with Climb High in the form of an authorization letter. This enables Climb High, in the event of an emergency, to initiate emergency services and any other services necessary without delay.
In Tibet, only Chinese currency ‘Yuan’ is accepted. So it is advisable to exchange the currency you need before your departure for Tibet. You can exchange INR/ USD to Yuan in any money exchange in Kathmandu or at border. There are no ATM facilities available anywhere during the tour.
Each group will have a tour leader/guide accompanied by an experienced cook and the required number of helpers as per the group size. They are courteous and are fully committed in providing the best of their services. The tour guides are highly experienced with years of Kailash trips behind them. Similarly the cooks too are experienced and well trained to prepare all dishes.
|Month||Date of departure||Mansarovar |
(full moon day)
|May||05, 11, 17, 23, 29||17|
|June||04, 10, 16, 22, 28||16|
Note: The above are provisional dates for joining.
Climb High Himalaya staff will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The group will be briefed about the tour and final preparations i.e. checking and demonstration of equipment to be used during the tour. Our staff will assist in buying and renting any necessary gear.
A city tour guide will take you around the holy sites in the valley, including Pashupati Nath, Jal Narayan, Swayambu Nath in the morning. Then transfer to Kathmandu airport to catch up flight to Nepalgunj.
Early morning flight to Simikot and a helicopter flight to Hilsa. Then cross the Karnali bridge over to Tibet. Drive to Purang (Taklakot). Immigration formalities at the border custom office before Purang.
A day to relax and acclimatize to the high altitude. It is important to stay hydrated (3/4 litres a day) and be extremely aware of one’s physical condition, which the staff will also monitor at all times. The group have the option of hiking which would definitely help pilgrims/trekkers get used to trek conditions for Kailash Parikrama.
A beautiful drive through the dramatic valleys, the rivers and through the grazing lands of yaks and sheep. The landscape is filled with snowcapped peaks rising out of the distant sand dunes. Many Tibetan nomads and traders in their traditional dress inhibit this area. By late afternoon, the drive through the green pastures and massive valleys gives way to the first sighting of Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar from Chhesakhang. Walk through the small village of Sherlung and Thugu Gompa on the banks of the holy lake or drive all the way to the western bank for an overnight stay at Chui Gompa (monastery).
One can visit the lake and enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Gurula Mandhata 7,728m to the south and Kailash to the north.
The staff will set up individual bath tents on the banks of Lake Mansarovar for the pilgrims before circumambulating Mount Kailash. A ritual bath at Mansarovar is considered to attain moksha and a drink of its water relinquishes the sins. After lunch, drive north towards Darchen, a village considered the base camp for Kailash. If pre-arranged, one can visit Rakshasi Lake, Asthaparbat, Nandi Parbat and Tirthapuri.
Drive to Sershong. First day of walking around Kailash begins at Tarbuche. Along the way, one passes numerous chortens (stupas), Chukku monastery, the burial site of the 84 mahasiddhas and wonderful views of cascading creeks, streaming waterfalls and the mighty west face of Kailash. After five hours one arrives at the Dirapuk monastery. The north face of Kailash is seen from a distance. Stay overnight.
Long and challenging day of the parikrama. Cross Dolma-La pass 5,636m between two valleys, Yamastal and reach Shiva-sthal, where to symbolize death, pilgrims leave the old clothes, hair or drop of blood in hope that Yamarajan (God of death) will aceept these and allow the pilgrims to be born in spirit to pass Dolma-La. In Buddhism, the pass symbolizes with the goddess Container and in Hinduism to Parvati, wife of Shiva. On reaching the top, Shiva-stal, the offerings are placed and one can meditate. On the way down, one crosses Parvati-stal, Gauri Kunda and reaches Zuthulpuk (the cave of miracles, the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here) along the river. All along the way, there are wonderful views of high peaks, streams, waterfalls and mountain caves.
After 3 hours' comfortable walking (10km) along the river valley, the jeeps/vehicles will start the journey back. The transport will drive to Purang. One can have a Mansarovar lake parikarma by drive. Night halt at either Purang or Hilsa.
Flight to Simikot by Helicopter. Same day flight to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.
Morning check-out and drop at the airport.
For an optional tour to Manakamana, Pokhara and Muktinath darshan, keep 4 days extra. For more information, please enquire with Climb High Himalaya.
Personal Hygiene / Toiletry
Visa for entering Tibet
All nationals require a Chinese visa and a Tibet permit to enter Tibet. You will need to send a coloured scanned copy of your passport details and passport photos at least 45 days prior to the commencing your trip. We will send you a Chinese visa form, which you need to fill out, attach a passport photo, scan and email back to us. On arrival in Kathmandu, we will need your original passport with two passport size photos and home address details.
Visa for entering Nepal
Indian passport holders will not need a visa to enter Nepal, but all other foreign passport holders will need a 15 day multiple entry Nepal visa which can be purchased on arrival at the airport. You need to have 2 copies of recent photograph along with USD 25 for 15 days valid multi entry and USD 40 for 30 days valid multi entry.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the trek or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone:
00 (977) 1-470-1398
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To book a place on this trek, please complete the booking enquiry on our ‘Reservations’ page.
As we are a Nepali company, you will need to send your deposit by bank transfer to our bank account in Kathmandu. This is a completely safe process and may be done at any UK, European, Aus/NZ or US bank in a few minutes. Some banking websites even allow this to be done online.
Details will be sent to you once you have decided to proceed with your booking.
For all cancellation, only a written notice will be accepted. A verbal notice will not be entertained.
|Nationality||Kathmandu to Kathmandu (10 days)||Lucknow to Lucknow (9 days)|
|Indian passport holder||INR 190000.00||INR 160000.00|
|Foreigner & NRI (Non Resident Indian)||US$ 3600||US$ 3100|
|Upgrade to 5* hotel on twin sharing basis||US$ 180 per person per day|
|Extra days in Kathmandu (3* star)||US$ 50per person per day|
* The above mentioned cost is based on per person. Schedule and rate are subject to change under unavoidable circumstances.
The US dollar payment can be paid in Indian rupees equivalent as per the existing exchange rate at the time of the payment.
Group Size: Minimum 25 people in each group (if travelling by coach)
Booking: Passport details must reach 30 days prior to the date of tour with 35% of total group amount as non-refundable advance payment. The remaining amount has to be paid in full before arriving in Kathmandu.