Mt. Kailash Journey   |  17 Days

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experience holy pilgrimage within worlds highest country and plateau of Tibet

Mt. Kailash Journey where you can experience one of the wildest adventures within world highest and largest plateau of South West Tibet, certainly a country of great fascination with its arid and barren landscapes and yet beautiful where our overland ride takes you to view most glamorous views.

Mt. Kailash Journey which is hard to express the experience on in words or verbally where one needs to join in this awesome adventure to experience exciting moment on this journey to Mt. Kailash and sacred Manasrover Lake.

Lake Manasrover a largest lake within Tibet with70 k.m. wide and 90 k.m length regarded as holiest of all holy lakes by Hindu-Buddhism and Jain religions, certainly a lake of great beauty.
Mt. Kailash stands at above 6,714m / 22,028ft high within remote corners of Tibet where its southern border touches western Nepal, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh areas of Northern India extends near to Pakistan.

Mt. Kailash the holy mountains for Hindu-Jain and Buddhism including the ancient pre-Buddhism the Bon sect, where four major rivers originates from the glacier of holy Kailash mountain, where walk leads over high and sacred spot at Droma-la with amazing views of Mt. Kailash at close distance.

Starting Mt. Kailash Journey from Kathmandu heading towards newly border of Nepal and Tibet at Kyirong, where drive leads around Langtang and Ganesh Himal area and then into Tibetan vast windswept country heading further west to reach at Lake Manasrover and Mt. Kailash on reaching at the base of Kailash in Darchen town where our actual adventure begins.

Following the pilgrimage path past Dhiraphuk and over high Droma-la pass towards Zutul-Puk and then drive back towards the border of Nepal and Tibet / China, as our journey proceeds entering into Nepal and then back at Kathmandu after a most memorable and adventure on Mt. Kailash Journey.

Trip Highlights

  • On pilgrimage experience to sacred Manasrover Lake and holy Mt. Kailash within scenic Tibet
  • Tibetan Journey into worlds highest and largest plateau with sweeping panorama
  • Explore rural country farm villages of immense interest and vivid culture and custom
  • Scenic and exciting overland journey into Tibetan soil with amazing and fascinating scenery
  • Around Mt. Kailash and over highest past at Droma-la to complete the holy circuit
  • Scenic and exciting overland drive to and from Kathmandu Tibet on newly opened frontier


  • 1 Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be warmly received by our guide and staff and then transfer you to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city. First check into your hotel rooms on getting refreshed from the flight and with Jet-Lag, then join with other members of Kailash Journey for group briefing, where our expert guides will inform regarding your stay in Nepal, hotels, trekking, local lodge and overland drives with do’s and don’ts information, evening welcome group dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with Folk cultural programs to entertain you during your meals.
  • 2 Day 2: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour around world heritage sites.Morning after breakfast leave the hotel for exciting guided sightseeing around Kathmandu where our city guide will lead you to places of interest, Kathmandu a metropolitan city still retaining its ancient heritage and varied ancient culture where you will visit world heritage sites around Kathmandu for half day. After an interesting tour of ancient historical and religious sites around Kathmandu afternoon free preparation for next day journey to Tibet.
  • 3 Day 3: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,470 m via Trisuli and Dhunche town 1,950-06 hrs.Morning an exciting drive on Kathmandu to Dhunche-Syabrubesi highway, heading towards Himalayan foothills, on reaching at Trisuli Bazaar within warm sub-tropical area, as our journey continues towards uphill on long winding road towards cooler alpine area past farm villages and town to reach at Dhunche, at 1,950m high. Dhunche headquarter and main town of Rasuwa district within Langtang Himal where Langtang National Park starts and ends. From Dhunche drive leads downhill on zig-zag road to reach at Syabrubesi village the home of Tamang tribe people in the shadow of Ganesh and Langtang Himal, overnight in a nice cozy lodge at Syabrubesi.
  • 4 Day 4: Drive to Kyirong 2,890 m (Kyidrong / Dzonga) County camp or in local Guesthouse.From Syabrubesi morning drive leads on newly built road that links Nepal / Tibet towards Rasuwagadhi (1800m / 15 km / 1 hr min from Syabrubesi), here received by our Tibetan counterpart guide and drivers, after completing immigration & custom formalities on both side of the frontier Nepal / Tibet at Rasuwagadhi, continue drive further to Kyirong county with first overnight stop in Tibet accommodation at local guest-house. At Kyirong afternoon with time to relax and enjoy views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal that borders Nepal and Tibet.
  • 5 Day 5: At Kyirong acclimatization day and explore Tibetan culture and custom.At Kyurong in Tibet for acclimatization and familiarization within Tibetan soil where you can take short walks around its villages and witness interesting Buddhist culture and custom of Tibetans with views of Ganesh and Langtang Northern Face.
  • 6 Day 6: Drive to Drive to Saga 4,400 m -5 hrs.Morning after breakfast drive continues on the wide vast Tibetan windswept plateau past few high passes with great views of mountain range, as the drive continues with some small stop with villages and nomads camps where you can view sheep’s and yak grazing. Our journey heads towards remote corners of Tibet past many farm villages finally drive through a bridge over Yalung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) River which flows from the source at Mt. Kailash. Saga a growing town into city with several lodge, hotels and restaurants, on arrival check into the best available hotels or guest houses.
  • 7 Day 7: Drive to Paryang 4,550 m. - 05 hrs.Starting morning drive which takes us past Saga town within complete wilderness, after few hours’ drive the road winds and climbs to a pass of about 4,900 m and then descends to a long stretch flat area, on a clear day great views of the distant snow capped peaks towards North West Nepal, after few hours of scenic drive then reaching a windswept village at Paryang for overnight stop.
  • 8 Day 8: Drive to east Manasrover Lake 4,550 m - 05 hrs.Today's drive leads to more barren, arid landscapes with few stops and through many small farm villages and nomads camps with large Tibetan tents serving as teahouses and restaurants, drive continues on this vast flat land and then climbing up to the pass at Mayam-la at 5,050 m the road meanders to a long ascend the road gains altitude rapidly at first, then levels crossing the barren base below the pass and with a gradual drive of few hours reaches at the shore of Lake Manasrover for the overnight stop.
  • 9 Day 9: At Manasrover acclimatization and rest day.Another rest day for acclimatization at holy Lake Manasrover, located in West Tibet between Mt. Kailash 6,714 meters and Gurla Mandhata Mountain Range stands at 7,694 meters. The Lake Manasrover floats beneath the shadow of holy Kailash as the lake formed in the mind of God. In Buddhist-Hindu-Jain religion, this is the holiest lake of Asia; the best time to go around Lake Manasrover is in late autumn and early spring when the streams and rivers are low. It is then possible to walk very near the shoreline, an optional drive around Manasrover Lake can be done on request which takes about four hours.
  • 10 Day 10: Drive to Tarboche trek to Dhirapuk 5,010 m - 05 hrs.After a rest day, morning starts with a short drive on the Barkha windswept valley to near Darchen town, which is a busy place with bazaar, during auspicious time this place is flooded with Tibetan and Indian pilgrims for kora, parikrama or holy circuit walks. Our journey continues further from Darchen town to Tarboche, one of the holy spot of this region with views of West Face of Mt. Kailash, from here our holy walk begins leading north on the wide arid terrain to Shershong, and with gradual climb and pleasant walk reaches to our overnight stop at Dhiraphuk Gompa, with magnificent view of holy Mt. Kailash North Face. Here depending upon the season with pilgrim’s crowd either in guest houses or tents with our camping.
  • 11 Day 11: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,790 m - 06 hours.From Dhiraphuk with the highest camping of this trip, morning walk continues on the uphill trail onto moraine for more than two hours, then with a steep climb at Dromo-la at 5,630m /18,525ft the highest point of this awesome journey, here a big boulder represents the goddess Dolma or Dromo (Tara) festooned with thousands of prayer flags and ritual offering by both Hindu’s and Buddhist pilgrims. This holy spot as well a physical and spiritual high point for the pilgrimage or kora, after a nice break here walk leads to descend towards a wide valley a flat area, on reaching the bottom of Dromo -la pass then the walk is pleasant reaching at Zutul-Puk Gompa for overnight stop. Zuthul means cave in Tibetan, this place is named after a holy cave in which poet, and saint Milareppa meditate in the early 11th century, his footprints can be seen on the cave roof top.
  • 12 Day 12: Trek near Darchen and drive near Mayum-la 5,050m.Today the last day of this holy circuit and kora, morning walk leads to a nice gradual walk for few hours on the winding trail, reaching at a narrow valley Gorge, from here our walking route turns west towards Darchen, just an before Darchen ending this holy trek for a drive towards near Mayum-la pass base for overnight camping, around this area chances of spotting some wild life and the beautiful Kang a wild ass can be seen herds around this place.
  • 13 Day 13: Drive to Saga 4,500m - 06 hrs.Morning drive over the high Mayum-la pass at 5,050 meters, then reaching the other side of the valley with interesting drive and parallel snow capped mountains views that borders Nepal and Tibet, this long scenic drive reaches at Saga town for overnight stop, probably in the comfort of nice guesthouses and hotels after passing couple of towns like Paryang, Saga town a growing place with more building construction, this town which is situated on the bank of great river Yarlung Tsangpo or Bhramaputra River.
  • 14 Day 14: Drive to Kyirong 2,890 m (Kyidrong / Dzonga) County camp or local Guesthouse.An exciting drive back to reach Kyirong frontier town, journey leads past great Tibetan dry plateau taking a newly opened route of five hours overland drive to reach the border town of Tibet-China and Nepal at Kyirong for last overnight stop in Tibet.
  • 15 Day 15: Drive to Dhunche town 1,900 m - 05 hrs.Farewell to our Tibetan guides and drivers as morning starts leaving Tibet with short drive to the border post of Nepal and Tibet / China at Rasuwa-Gadhi, here on completing visa and custom formalities then enter into Nepal border at Rasuwa Gadhi, here again completing immigration process and continue drive on rough dirt road for a while to reach at Syabrubesi village, after a short refreshing break journey continues on winding uphill to reach at Dhunche town for overnight stop.
  • 16 Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotels.Morning transfer into a vehicles either by car-coach or in tourist bus (as per the size of the group), for overland journey back to Kathmandu with scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields within nice villages and towns as drive brings you back at hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
  • 17 Day 17: Depart for international flight home ward bound or to respective countries.Your last memorable day in Nepal after a wonderful experience on Kailash Journey with great service of Explorer Adventure, and as per your international flight then transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to your respective destinations.
  • Trip Duration 17 Days
  • Destination Tibet
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
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