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14 days Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar Pilgrimage 2020


The unique two weeks pilgrimage is just designed for overseas Indian travelers. This overland journey offers you one day Lhasa top highlight trip after one day good rest. And the trip will ascend slowly to Holy Lake Manasarovar where we will stay for overnight, then go to Mt. Kailash. For those who can not do the full Kora at Kailash, they can stay at the best hotel of Himalaya Kailash hotel to wait for the main party to get back together. We have done this trip 4-5 times every year for Indian pilgrims. More details, please send us inquiry. 

Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar Pilgrimage tour Itinerary overview

Day 1: Lhasa Arrival, Acclimatization, comfortable hotel in downtown center
Day 2: Lhasa Free day
Day 3: Lhasa top highlight experience: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor streets
Day 4: Big Day experience: Lhasa-Yamdrok Tso, Karola Glacier, Gyantse Monastery-Shigatse city, o/n in Gesar Hotel or similar
Day 5: Shigatse -Saga, Saga Hotel or The West Grand Post
Day 6: Saga – Lake Manasarovar Sand dunes, Lake Manasarovar, o/n at guesthouse
Day 7: Lake Manasarovar-Darchen Chiu Monastery, pprepare for trekking, o/n at Kailash Hymalaya Hotel (best available)
3 days SAGA DAWA FESTIVAL & Mt. Kailash Kora Trekking around Mt. Kailash
Day 8: Darchen-Dira Puk ([20 km, 5-6 hours, 5050 m] o/n at guesthouse (dormitory basis)
Day 9: Dira Puk-Trek to Zuthul Puk Monastery, [18Km, 6-8 hours, 4820 m] o/n at guesthouse (dormitory basis)
Day 10: Zuthul Puk-Darchen [14 Km, 3-4 hours, 4670 m] o/n at Kailash Hymalaya Hotel (best available)
Day 11: Darchen – Saga (530 km), Saga Hotel or The West Grand Post
Day 12 Saga – Shigatse (405 km), Gesar Hotel or similar
Day 13: Shigatse -Lhasa 280 km
Day 14: Final Departure

Trip Highlights:

  • Handpicked Tibetan travel guide and driver;
  • Comfortable Tourism Licensed vehicle
  • 100% Tibet Kailash Travel Permits Guarantee;
  • Using reputable accommodation recommended on TripAdvisor
  • Off the beaten path experience in remote regions
  • 4-25 pax per group (per car/bus)
  • 100% experiences for organizing Indians to Mt. Kailash in the past years.


Day 1: Arrival in Lhasa (3650m)
When you arrive in Lhasa either by train or flight, your Tibetan tour guide and driver will meet you all with your name sign and take you to your hotel in downtown Lhasa. The one hour 65 km driving will offer you the view to the Yarlung Tsangpo River also known as Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river.
After arrive in Lhasa, you can take a good rest and try to get well acclimatized. If you feel good, you may walk slowly to Barlkhor street or to the Potala square, where you will enjoy the fountain with music and get amazing photos of the Potala and around.
Accommodation: Downtown Located local 4 star standard Snow Heaven Hotel or Ganggyan Hotel, Lhasa Tibet or the equivalent one

Day 2: Lhasa free day to get good rest
Accommodation: Downtown Located local 4 star standard Snow Heaven Hotel or Ganggyan Hotel, Lhasa Tibet or the equivalent one

Day 3: Lhasa Highlight Tour: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Street
Today we will go to the must-see attractions in Lhasa city. In the morning, we will start our tour from the world’s highest palace, Potala Palace. There are so many to see inside of the palace, such as marvelous Buddhism frescos, statues, scriptures and other religious stuff. After about one hour visiting, we will head to Jokhang Temple, the most significant Buddhism temple in Tibet. You will see the famous Sakyamuni statue which was brought by Princess Wencheng in Tang Dynasty. There are many pilgrims worshiping in and around the temple, which add strong religious atmosphere in the holy temple. Around Jokhang Temple lies Barkhor Street which sells many Tibetan local artifacts, religious stuff an etc. You can buy what you want but remember bargain with the vendors. There are also many pilgrims circumambulating around Barkhor Street. Their devoutness will definitely leave a deep impression on you. The Barkhor Street is a window to know local Tibetan life and provides a real taste of Tibet.
Accommodation: Downtown Located local 4 star standard Snow Heaven Hotel or Ganggyan Hotel, Lhasa Tibet or the equivalent one

Day 4: Lhasa –Yamdrok-tso – Karola Glacier – Gyantse (4040m)- Shigatse (3840m) 354km
Our adventure into the grand Tibetan plateau starts today! We head west towards the second largest city in Tibet, Shigatse. On our way, we cross Kampala Pass (4797m) and then Karola Pass (5050m). We will first encounter the stunning holy lake of Yamdrok-Tso and then Karola Glacier only steps off the main road. We will visit Pelkhor Chode Monastery in Gyantse that houses the most important Tibetan paintings in Kumbum Stupa, and the majestic Gyantse Dzong (fortress) that overlooks the valley. We will finally reach Shigatse before dinner. You will have plenty of time to rest. Overnight in Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Gesar Hotel or Manaarovar hotel

Day 5: Shigatse –Saga, 450 km, about 8-9 hours’ drive, set off at 8:30-arrive at around 17:30
Attractions for today: Lake Lang Tso and Landscapes along the way.
Take breakfasts around 8:00 am, we will start the drive from Shigatse to Saga, the last sizable county on the way to the starting point for your Mt Kailash trekking. We will have lunch at local restaurant nearby Sangsang town around 13:30. And then we will keep driving to Saga. You can view typical plateau scenery on the way and have stopovers to take photos if you want.
Accommodation: Saga Hotel or West Post Grand Hotel

Day 6: Drive from Saga to visit Lake Manasarovar 450 km, about 8-9 hours’ drive
We will make a small detour to Lake Manasarovar, the holy lake of Tibetan and Hinduism. You can relax around the lake shore and experience the natural beauty of the lake. In the summer time, flocks of swans will gather on the lake, bringing grace and life to the area. You can also see so many Tibetans and Hindus praying and circling around the lake shore, snowcapped mountains on the background and hundreds of swans gathering on the lake, attracting hundreds and thousands of tourists from all over the world.
Stay overnight in local guesthouse at Lake Manasarovar

Day 7: Drive 60 km from Holy lake Manasarovar to Darchen and prepare for the Mt. Kailash Kora
Travelers can have a good rest and get acclimatized to the high altitude by the holy lake and in Darchen (4560m). Get ready both physically and mentally for the next 3-day kora around Mt. Kailash.
Stay overnight at best hotel-Himalaya Kailash Hotel

Day 8: Trek Day One - Darchen to Drirapuk (6.5 hrs, 20km)
The Traditionally pilgrims undertake 52 km trekking circuit around Mount Kailash, commencing at Darchen (4574m) and crossing the Dolma-la pass on the second day of the three day walk. 8 kilometers after leaving Darchen with environment-friendly bus (40minutes), we get to a village called Sarshung, where porters are waiting for their clients. After two hours, we come upon a grassy plain populated by nomads. For this turn in the valley it is another two hours at least before reaching Drirapuk(4920m). You need to camp or can rest in monastery's guest house made from cement with a few good facilities than others in Drirapuk. At the opposite side of Drirapuk, there you can see small monastery with its guest house little cleaner than others.

Stay overnight at the guesthouse of monastery.
The name of Mt. Kailash means 'Treasure or Saint of Snow Mountain' in Tibetan for the year-round snow on its peak and its historical religious connections.
Day 9: Trek day two - Drirapuk to Dzultripuk (18km, 7-8hours)
The second day is the hardest and most tough circuit with the Dolma-la pass lying 6.4km ahead but 762m above Drirapuk. The peak of Dolma-la pass is about 5630m above sea level, so it is better to set off early in the morning as the sun rays break over the ridges above. After taking a rest at the peak of Dolma-la pass, you will descend staircase bringing you to Lhachu valley floor, taking about one hour from the pass. From here it is still four hours trekking to the today's final destination with no shelters on the way. It is better to walk on the right side of the river and finally get to Dzultripuk (with miracle cave of milarepa). It is advisable to get there before other groups because limited numbers of rooms are available there in Dzultripuk. Take a good rest in the guest room and prepare for next morning's departure.
Stay overnight at the tent guesthouse of monastery.

Day 10: Trek day three- Dzultripuk to Darchen and finally to Darchen (14km, 3-4hours)
Today, we will go through Milarepa's cave, where the temple and shrines have been built around. Then we walk back to Darchen is easy and the exit from the valley can be reached within three hours. At the ending point of the valley, the driver will come to pick you and take you back to Darchen. For those who can not do the full trekking, we can meet all together at Darchen

Stay overnight at best hotel at Darchen (Himalaya Kailash Hotel)

Day 11: Drive back to Saga, Stay overnight in Saga 
Recuperate the tired body on the way back to Saga, where you spend the upcoming night. At noon, lunch will be settled at Payang town just the same as coming.
Accommodation: Saga Hotel or West Post Grand Hotel or similar if booking late.

Day 12: Drive to Shigatse 450km road trip back to the 2nd largest city of Tibet-Shigatse
Stay overnight in Gesar Hotel or Lake Manasarovar hotel

Day 13: Drive back to Lhasa
have a good rest and you may also do some shopping along Barkhor Street before you leave Tibet
Stay overnight in comfortable hotel in Lhasa

Day 14: Final departure Airport Drop off for flight back to Kathmandu or Chengdu/Beijing/Shanghai per requests
The guide and driver will transfer you to the airport and help you get aboard. Then you take your onward flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu or other destinations of China.

Dates & Price

Group Size / And Dates 2020

  April 24, May 30, June 15, July 2, Aug.1, Aug.30, Sept.5, Sept.15, Sept.20             

           Van/Bus (7-29 seats per final group size)                     

 2 - 5 Pax

from 1750 USD per person

6 - 9 Pax

from 1650 USD per person 

 10 - 15 Pax

Upon inquiry

 16 - 20Pax

Upon inquiry

 21-25 and more

Upon inquiry

For more details, please feel free to send us inquiry.

Service Details

Price includes
  • Local Expert Tibetan guide handpicked;
  • All Necessary Tibet Travel Permits;
  • Local tourism driver handpicked;
  • Transportation in Tibet: Ranging from mini van to mini bus (7 to 29 seats) according to final group size;
  • Tour Vehicle gasoline and parking fee;
  • All Entrance tickets for programs listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation:
    Comfortable accommdation in city
    Budget guesthouses in remote towns;
  • Oxygen canisters: 2 portable oxygen cylinder for each person;
  • Two Oxygen cylinders (10-15 L compressed oxygen) in the tour vehicle for emergency use;
    Lodging and meals for guide and driver;
  • Travel Agency Liability travel insurance;
  • China domestic flight/train (Optional per further requests)
  • Mineral Water (2 bottles per person a day)
Price Excludes
  • Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency and evacuation(recommended);
  • Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);
  • International flight/train (Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and ticket availability with your travel consultant);
  • Yaks and porters during the trekking days (Optional per further requests);
  • Meals that are not specified in the itinerary (Averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD 6-20 per person);
  • Tibet group visa fees: We can help you to obtain the Tibet group visa through our partner agent in Nepal
  • Gratuities for the guide and driver

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