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A Spiritual Trek Into The Sacred Tibet | Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

kailash mansarovar yatra

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is one of the most popular pilgrimage trips in the world. What makes it so popular is that it’s a pilgrimage site not just for Hindus but Buddhists as well. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra takes you through some of the ecentric parts of Tibet, which includes the beautiful, historically and culturally rich cities, amazing natural landscapes, and of course, the star of the journey, Kailash Mansarovar. Kailash Mansarovar is actually a huge complex that includes Kailash Parvat and Mansarovar Lake. The two religious and natural heritages are taken as a single unit, and pilgrims from all around the world visit the complex to perform Korras around them. Korra is a term which simply means going around something. So, the pilgrims go around Kailash Parvat and Lake Mansarovar. And they do that by the means of trekking.

Kailash Parvat is a mountain with a height of 6638 m. Climbing this mountain is banned because it is considered a holy place. One of the prominent gods of Hinduism, Lord Shiva is believed to reside inside the mountain. Quite like Hinduism, the mountain represents different things in different religions. For example, the Buddhists consider Kailash Parvat as the navel of the universe. In the same way, the followers of Bon religion believe it to be the home of their sky goddess Sipaimen.  The followers of Jainism believe it to be the spot where the founder of their religion got enlightenment. In short, there are many legends related to the holiness of the peak.

kailash mountain

When it comes to Mansarovar Lake, it is also considered holy by different religions, like Jainism and Bon, apart from Hinduism and Buddhism, and all of them have their own reasons. For instance, the followers of Bon believe that this is the lake where Tonpa Shenrab, the founder of their religion bathed when he came to Tibet. Similarly, the Buddhists associate it with the lake Anavatapta, which is considered to be at the center of the universe, where Gautam Buddha was born. For Hindus, it is the personification of purity, and it was said to have been created by Lord Brahma, another prominent Hindu god. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva form the holy trinity of gods.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra means Kailash Mansarovar tour, and when you go for Kailash Mansarovar tour, you get to experience all these. Apart from performing Korras, the pilgrims also get involved in numerous other religious practices, such as Havans, during Kailash Mansarovar trip. Havan means a religious ceremony where the priest and other individuals, organizing the ceremony, sit around fire and chant mantras. Havans are conducted to have one’s wishes fulfilled. Generally, these ceremonies are deity specific, so, every havan is dedicated to a certain god or goddess. Kailash Mansarovar trip is full of experiences as such.

People go for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra for various purposes. The primary one is obviously to get engaged in all these religious activities. The secondary one is to enjoy nature. It is a journey that combines the elements of nature and religion, and so, even if you’re not a religious person, it is guaranteed that you will still love the trip. Now, the checklist for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra would depend on the purpose. If your purpose is religious, the things that you would carry would slightly differ from your checklist for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, if you’re visiting as a normal tourist. In the latter case, your checklist would be quite like any other journey – clothes, cash, documents, sanitary items, electronics, and other items important for you to carry on a trip.

mount kailash tibet

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Via Nepal

You can go for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from different parts of the world; you can go for Kailash Mansarovar yatra from USA as well, but you have to first enter mainland China, preferably Beijing, and that’s where the journey starts. From there, you head to Tibet, either on a plane, train or bus, and from there, your move forward. One of the options of going for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is through Nepal. On your Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Nepal, you start from Nepal, cross the Nepal-Tibet border, and then head towards Kailash Mansarovar. Visiting Kailash Mansarovar this way allows you to cover major historical and religious places of both Tibet and Nepal. You could also modify the itinerary to meet your interests.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Packages

There are so many Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Packages for you to choose from. These packages differ from one another on the basis of the medium of travel, such as bikes, on foot, vehicles, planes, and even helicopters. Yes, you can go for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by helicopter. But be informed that only a small portion of the journey is covered in the helicopter. The rest of the time you’d have to either walk, or ride a vehicle, depending on the package. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Packages differ from one another also on the basis of destinations that they cover. Few of them cover only Tibet, whereas others cover Nepal and China as well.

You can check our Kailash Mansarovar Yatra package:

Simikot To Mt. Kailash Via Limi Valley

Mt. Kailash Tour Via Simikot

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Cost

Quite like any other journey, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra depends on factors such as the length of the journey, the medium used to cover the journey, the level of luxury in terms of food, travel, accommodation, the travel partner you’ve chosen to accompany you during the trip, and so on. The latter one especially is the main factor responsible for making the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Cost expensive or inexpensive. Generally, the international travel companies tend to charge higher than local ones. So, it is better to give a chance to the local companies. This doesn’t just contribute to the country’s economy, but also helps you score a deal that is cheap, and fits your budget. When it comes to Kailash Mansarovar Yatra cost, it might range from $2100 to $3200.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Itinerary

The journey of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra starts from Kathmandu. From here, you drive till Rasuwagadhi, cross the Nepal Tibet border, and then reach Kerung. You cover different places in and around Kailash Mansarovar complex like Saga, Zuthulphuk, Diraphuk, Darchen, and so on. Now, there is another Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Itinerary which covers places like Simikot and Hilsa in Nepal, and Taklakot in Tibet. This is the itinerary where the distance from Simikot to Hilsa is covered in a helicopter. Depending on your interest, you could go for the itinerary of your choice. In the same way, you could also modify the basic itinerary to include places like Lhasa, which is the capital to Tibet. By doing so, you won’t just get to cover the cultural capital of Nepal, but that of Tibet as well. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra itinerary length can go from 10 days to 25 days and more, depending on the medium of travel, the places covered, and so many other factors.

kailash mansarovar lake

Without a doubt, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is a sacred trip, which doesn’t just allow you to visit all these important religious heritages, but also lets you experience peace and tranquility in them. Going on a Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is quite like performing meditation; the journey wakens up your spirit and makes you feel amazing overall. Whether you’re a nature lover, or you’re a religious person, this spiritual trek into the sacred Tibet is highly recommended. After all, you’d not just explore Kailash Mansarovar, but also some of the historical and religious cities and towns in Tibet. The majority of the time you’ll be travelling in vehicles, however, certain sections of the trip you’d cover on foot. All this makes the journey adventurous as well, up to a certain extent. Now, provided that you have the time and energy, you should definitely go for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. It’s certain that you’ll love the trip, and would want to do it again.

Great Nepal Treks offers the most exciting travel packages featuring popular and off-the-beat tourist destinations in countries like Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. The company specializes in trekking and expedition, however, if you’re not quite into challenges as such, you can go for activities like helicopter tour, food tour, cultural tour, pilgrim tour like Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, and other kinds of luxury tour.

Great Nepal treks is affordable, reliable, and provide the best travel related services. What makes them different from the other travel and tour operators is their focus on client satisfaction. They even take feedback from clients regarding the itinerary, and modify it, as far as practicable. Their intention is to make the journey as personal and close to the hearts of the clients as possible. If you’re searching for an ideal destination and activity to try out during your upcoming vacation, go for Great Nepal treks. And if you’ve already decided to visit one of these places, and try one of these activities during your next holidays, make sure to choose Great Nepal treks as your travel partner. With them by your side, it’s a guarantee that you’re going to have the most amount of fun. You’d definitely want to return time and again.

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About Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

  • 13 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • China
  • Altitude: 5600m/18372ft
  • Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size : 4-12 Pax
  • Trek Style: Tea House/Camping
  • Transport: Land Transport

Trip Highlights

  • Circumambulation (Kora) of the Holy Mt Kailash and Lake Mansarovar
  • Trek through the roof of the world
  • Gaze at the Beauty of Lake Mansarovar
  • Most sacred tour of your lifetime 
  • Visit Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrines of Himalaya

Mt. Kailash, a very sacred mountain amongst all Hindus is revered for bringing the abode of Lord Shiva. It is believed to be the physical incarnation of the mythical Mount Meru, also said to be the center of the universe or ‘Navel of the World’, depicted as a Mandala. Mount Kailash is holy to the followers of four religions. To Hindus, Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva. Tibetans call Kailash as Kang Rimpoche. Jains worship it as Mount Ashtapada, the peak from which the religion’s founder, Rishabanatha, achieved spiritual liberation. Every year, hundreds of devotees participate in this spiritual and holy trail seeking for blessings of the Lord and take a dip in the holy lake of Mansarovar. Followers of Bon-Po revere Kailash as the soul of Tibet. It is said that a single Parikarma erases the accumulated sins of a lifetime, while 108 will achieve Salvation. 

Lake Mansarovar (4510m), a sacred lake situated into the heart of Himalaya is believed to be adobe of purity. Taking a bath will cleanse all your sins you have committed over a hundred lifetime. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is a trip of a lifetime with stunning scenery and cultural highlights with Himalayan wilderness in a land of Buddhist culture, Artistic Monasteries and Centuries-old caravan trails.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Itinerary

Day 1:Arrive Kathmandu (1350M/4,430ft)

Arrive in Kathmandu. You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. You will have a brief explanation about the travel itinerary. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2:Sightseeing Tour and Preparation

Early morning commence for half day sightseeing tour of 2 biggest power place of Kathmandu, Pashupatinath and Budanilkantha. Rest of the day free time for last minute shopping. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3:Drive Kathmandu to Kerung (3499m/177km, 8-9Hrs)

After breakfast you will have a scenic drive to Rasuwagadi (154km) on Nepal-Tibet border. After immigration formalities, meet with our Tibet guide who will transfer you to Kerung (23Km). Overnight stay at Guest House.

Day 4:Free day at Kerung for acclimatization

Today you will have a free day for acclimatizing our body with Tibetan high altitude to prepare us for our journey ahead. You will have enough time to explore the surroundings. Overnight stay at Guest House.

Day 5:Drive Kyirung to Saga (4450m/ 232km, 6Hrs)

This day enjoy the drive through the deserted terrain of Tibetan plateau passing many nomad camps, sheep and yak herds. Cross Lalung La Pass (5000m/16404ft), from where you can enjoy dramatic views of Gaurishankar, Sishapangma and Langtang Himal. Continue your drive through Khunmen Tso, Singling, Karru Ongchen and Peiku Tso Lake (4400m/14435ft).This day we will also be crossing Holy River Bhramaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo) before arriving Saga (4840m/15879ft). Overnight stay at Guest House.

Day 6:Drive from Saga to Mansarovar (4600m/ 507 km, 8-9 hrs)

Today after breakfast drive through the mountains passing the small settlement of Zhongba and Mayumla Pass (4900m/16076ft), and Paryang to reach Lake Mansarovar from where you can see first glimpse of Holy Mt Kailash. Mansarovar Lake (4,590m/15,060 ft) is the highest freshwater lake with turquoise complexion, surrounded by Mt Kailash, Mt Gurula-Mandata and Lake Rakchyas. You will get a chance to perform a holy dip at Lake Mansarovar and explore the surroundings. Overnight at Tented Camp or Guest House.

Day 7:Drive to Darchen (5465m/40km, 2Hrs)

On the way to Darchen, we can also see the panoramic scenery of Rakshas Tal (Demon’s Lake) on the other side of Lake Mansarovar. Darchen is the major administrative hub of Kailash region with basic development in infrastructure and facility and also considered as the base camp of Mt. Kailash from where the circumambulation around Kailash begins. Overnight stay at Guest House.

Day 8:Trek to Diraphuk (5000m/16404ft, 7Hrs)

After breakfast start our Journey by driving up to Yamdwar and start walking continuously for about 7 hours. We can hire horses for those who cannot walk at extra charge. You will be walking through some beautiful waterfalls and rocky cliffs. The 13 km trial takes almost 7 hours to complete till Diraphuk. Overnight at Tented Camp or Guest House.

Day 9: Trek to Zuthulphuk (4790m/15715ft, 22kms, 8-9Hrs)

This day is the hardest yet holiest day of your Kailash Trek. With the first dawn of the light on Holy Mt. Kailash, start your trek towards Zuthulphuk with packed lunch. The trial ascends continuously upto Dolma-La Pass (5600m/18372ft) and descends steep down to Gauri Kunda. Once you reach the top, make your holiest offering. You can find the place called Shivasthal covered with holy flags and the personal related things like clothing, ornaments. There is strong belief in Tibetan religion that you will get it (whatever you offered here) in heaven after your death.After the downhill trial you will catch flat trial till Zuthulphuk. Please keep in mind that the one riding on horses also have to walk for 2-3 hours as the decents from Dolma-La is steep. By late afternoon you will arrive at Zuthul Phuk where the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles. Overnight at Tented Camp or Guest House.

Day 10:Ends of Parikrama. Drive to Saga

Today you will end your Holy Parikrama (Kora) after 3 Hours trek. Our crew will be waiting for you who will transfer to Saga. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 11:Drive back to Kerung (3499m/232km, 7Hrs)

Today retrace your trial back to Kerung. Overnight stay at Guest House.

Day 12:Drive Kerung to Kathmandu (3499m/177km, 8Hrs)

To drive back to Kathmandu via Nepal-Tibet border. Complete the immigration process and retrace your trial back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 13:Departure from TIA

Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.


  • Accommodation in the best Hotels and Guesthouses (on twin share/ dormitory basis)
  • Accommodation whilst in Kathmandu (as requirements with various categories as stated) on BB basis
  • Private Transportation by Jeep/ Van or Mini Coach as per group size.
  • All necessary Tibet Travel and Trekking permit
  • One English speaking Tibetan Guide
  • All Sightseeing and Entrance fee
  • Cook and Sherpa Staff from Kathmandu if we camp
  • Supporting Truck (above 2 pax) if we camp
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) in Tibet
  • Kathmandu to Border to Kathmandu Transportation
  • All Service Charge and Government Taxes


  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations and any additional staff other than specified
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses
  • Airfare of international flights
  • Hiring porter/ horse
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival)
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs
  • Any other item not included in above include section