Kailash Mansarovar Tour (For Nepalese Citizens)

10 Days, 9 Nights

Mount Kailash Pilgrimage – Embarking on a Spiritual Voyage to the Heart of the Universe

In the dialects of Tibet, Mount Kailash is known as Khang Rimpoche, signifying a precious jewel of snow. Towering at 6,714m (22,028ft), Mount Kailash is a majestic spectacle, boasting four cardinal faces – the northern face is said to gleam like gold, the western like ruby, the southern like sapphire, and the eastern like crystal. This sacred mountain is revered by countless pilgrims annually, yet no one has dared to attempt its ascent.

The Mount Kailash overland tour is a journey to the spiritual epicenter of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bon religions. Hindus regard Mount Kailash as the divine abode of Lord Shiva, while Jains identify it as Mount Ashtapada, associated with their Tirthankara. Similarly, adherents of the Bon tradition see it as the Mountain of Tise, believed to be the dwelling of Sipaimen, the Sky Goddess.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1 : Kathmandu-Kerung

Start your unforgettable journey from Kathmandu and set off on a scenic drive to Kerung, a quaint town nestled amidst the Himalayas at an altitude of 2,800 meters. The route spans 175 km and takes approximately 7-8 hours, offering breathtaking views of lush valleys and winding rivers against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. Upon reaching Kerung, you will check into your hotel and take a moment to relax and rejuvenate after the journey. You will have an overnight stay in the picturesque town of Kerung.

Day 2 : Kerung

On your second day in Kerung, take advantage of the opportunity to acclimatize to the high altitude. While you rest and prepare for the upcoming hike, immerse yourself in the charming atmosphere of Kerung. Explore local markets, interact with the friendly locals, and indulge in moments of relaxation amidst the picturesque surroundings. We shall stay the night in Kerung, ensuring you’re fully rejuvenated for the adventures ahead. 

Day 3 : Kerung-Saga

After breakfast, we will set out on a picturesque journey from Kerung to Saga (4,350m), approximately 160km (5-6 hours drive), immersing ourselves in the stunning landscapes along the way. As you traverse the route, be captivated by the majestic Ghantula Pass, standing at an impressive altitude of 5,226 meters, with panoramic vistas of the Brahmaputra River and the Himalayan terrain. Upon reaching Saga, you will check into your hotel and unwind from the day’s travels. Overnight stay in Saga, where you can rejuvenate before continuing your adventure.

Day 4: Saga-Mansarovar

After an early breakfast, continue your journey from Saga towards the sacred Mansarovar Lake (4,500m), approximately 466 km (7-8 hour drive). Traverse through the breathtaking landscapes, passing Dongpa Mahim La Pass, where you’ll be greeted by the awe-inspiring sight of Mount Kailash towering over the horizon. Arrive at Mansarovar and immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of the sacred lake, soaking in the spiritual energy that surrounds it. Enjoy an overnight stay in Mansarovar, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the Himalayas.

Day 5: Mansarovar-Darchen

Start your day with sacred rituals and a purifying bath in the tranquil waters of Mansarovar Lake, soaking in the spiritual energy of this revered site. Following this spiritual immersion, make your way to Darchen (4,600m), known as the base camp of Mount Kailash and the starting point for the circumambulation (parikrama) of the sacred mountain. Take some time to rest and prepare yourself for the upcoming spiritual journey ahead. Enjoy an overnight stay in Darchen, surrounded by the majestic Himalayan scenery.

Day 6: Darchen-Yamadwar-Dirapuk

After a hearty breakfast, set out on the first leg of your circumambulation journey from Darchen to Dirapuk (5,100m) through a 5-6 hour drive. Begin with a scenic 7 km bus ride to Yamadwar, the starting point of the trek. As you trek amidst picturesque hills and cascading waterfalls, marvel at the awe-inspiring sight of Mount Kailash towering above. Arrive at Dirapuk, where you can immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings and prepare for the spiritual experience ahead. Enjoy an overnight stay in Dirapuk, surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Himalayas.

Day 7: Dirapuk-Dolma La Pass-Gauri Kunda-ZuthulPhuk

Embark on a challenging trek from Dirapuk to ZuthulPhuk (4,900m), beginning before sunrise to make the most of the day. Traverse through the formidable Dolma La Pass, standing at an impressive 5630 meters above sea level, and witness the sacred site of Gauri Kunda along the way. Feel the spiritual energy of the Himalayas as you journey through this sacred landscape. Arrive at ZuthulPhuk by afternoon (7-8 hour drive) and unwind amidst the serene surroundings. Enjoy a well-deserved overnight stay in ZuthulPhuk, surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of the mountains.

Day 8: ZuthulPhuk-Saga

Conclude your circumambulation journey with a final 2-hour walk covering approximately 10 km before boarding a bus back to Saga (7-8 hour drive) after breakfast. Take this time to reflect on the profound experiences and spiritual insights gained during the pilgrimage around Mount Kailash. Arrive in Saga and settle in for a restful overnight stay, contemplating the significance of your journey amidst the tranquil surroundings.

Day 9: Saga-Kerung

After enjoying a hearty breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to Saga and embark on a picturesque drive back to Kerung (4-5 hour drive). Take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas one last time as you journey through the rugged terrain. As you arrive in Kerung, take a moment to relax and reflect on the unforgettable experiences of your pilgrimage. Overnight, cherish the memories of your spiritual journey in Kerung.

Day 10: Kerung-Kathmandu

After a satisfying breakfast in Kerung, embark on your journey back to Kathmandu via Rasuwagadhi. Traverse the scenic route, spanning approximately 168 kilometers, which will take around 7-8 hours. As you arrive in Kathmandu, conclude your pilgrimage in the evening, filled with cherished memories and profound experiences that will last a lifetime.

What to Pack for Mount Kailash?

Clothing:

    • Shoes suitable for trekking
    • Warm and comfortable clothes
    • Long-sleeved shirts
    • Fleece
    • Shorts (for warmer days)
    • Trekking pants
    • Rain jacket

Essentials:

    • Soap/Shampoo
    • Toiletries
    • Dust mask/Sanitizer
    • Toilet paper and Wet tissues
    • Quick-dry towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen/Sunblock

Additional Items:

    • Travel Documents (Passport/Permits/Visa)
    • Cash
    • Hiking poles
    • Binoculars 
    • Headlamp
    • Small First-aid kit
    • Camera, Batteries 
    • Water bottle, Plastic bags, Deodorant, Needle and Thread