Lhasa Ali Kailash Tour

13 Days, 12 Nights

Kailash Pilgrimage via Lhasa Ali

Ali Kunsha Airport, also referred to as Ngari Gunsa Airport, stands at an elevation exceeding 4,200 meters, ranking among the highest elevated airports globally. Serving both military and civilian purposes, its unique geographic location allows for just one operational flight from Lhasa to Kunsha. Mount Kailash lies a mere 200km away from Ngari Gunsa Airport, making the Lhasa Ali Kailash Tour a highly accessible and convenient option for travelers.

For Hindu devotees, Mount Kailash (6,714m) embodies the sacred abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. They regard the Kailash Parikrama (circuit) as the ultimate path to spiritual enlightenment. Similarly, various religious beliefs attribute different significance to the mountain; Buddhists consider it the home of Lord Shakyamuni, Jains venerate it as the site of a great guru’s Liberation, and Bon tradition regards it as the Jewel of Snow. The Kailash Parikrama covers a challenging and sometimes technical distance of approximately 54 km.

Embarking on the Kailash Mansarovar Tour via Lhasa Ali promises a life-altering experience, undertaken by thousands of pilgrims annually in pursuit of their spiritual aspirations. For devotees, this journey to a secluded, timeless, breathtaking, and spiritual site represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1 : Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft), our dedicated representative will warmly welcome you and ensure a seamless transfer to your hotel. Rest assured, your comfort and convenience are our top priorities. Enjoy a relaxing overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 2 : Kathmandu

On day two, we will indulge in a fascinating exploration of Kathmandu’s rich cultural and historical heritage. You will begin your day with a hearty breakfast before setting out on a guided city sightseeing tour to discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered throughout the city. Marvel at the ancient wonders of Durbar Square, pay homage at the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, soak in the spiritual atmosphere of Swyambhunath Stupa, and admire the majestic Boudhanath Stupa. Later in the day, ensure your trekking preparations are complete by having your gear checked by our knowledgeable Kailash tour experts. Rest easy knowing you’re fully equipped for the adventures that lie ahead. Enjoy a peaceful overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 3 : Kathmandu-Lhasa

Embark on an exhilarating trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa on day three of your journey. As you soar through the skies, be captivated by breathtaking panoramic views of the towering Himalayan peaks, including the awe-inspiring Everest and Kanchenjunga. Upon landing in Lhasa at an elevation of 3,650 meters, you’ll be transferred to your comfortable 3-star hotel. Take this opportunity to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude, ensuring your body adjusts smoothly to the change in elevation. Relax and rejuvenate as you prepare for the exciting adventures that await in Lhasa. Enjoy a peaceful overnight stay in the heart of this enchanting city.

Day 4 : Lhasa

On day four, immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Lhasa as you embark on a full-day exploration of its historic, religious, and cultural landmarks. Begin your journey with a visit to the awe-inspiring Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former residence of the Dalai Lama. Marvel at its grandeur and intricate Tibetan architecture as you delve into centuries of history and tradition. Next, wander through the serene gardens of Norbulingka Palace, a tranquil retreat reflecting the essence of Tibetan royalty. Explore the vibrant Barkhor market, where you can soak in the bustling atmosphere and browse an array of traditional Tibetan handicrafts. Cap off your day with a visit to a local Tibetan hospital, gaining insight into traditional healing practices. Return to your comfortable 3-star hotel in Lhasa for a restful overnight stay, allowing ample time for acclimatization to the high altitude.

Day 5 : Lhasa-Gunsa Airport Ngari-Ngari Shichen he (Ger)

Today, embark on an exhilarating journey from Lhasa to Ngari-Shichen-he (Ger), the capital of Ngari Prefecture, nestled amidst the breathtaking Himalayan landscapes. After enjoying a hearty breakfast, we will head to Lhasa airport for a scenic flight to Gunsa Airport (4,400m), where you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the majestic Himalayas. Upon landing, set about on a picturesque drive to Ngari-Shichen-he (Ger), at a height of 4,300 meters,  where you’ll be enchanted by the pristine natural beauty surrounding you. Relax and unwind in the comfort of a cozy 3-star hotel as you prepare for the adventures that lie ahead.

Day 6 : Ngari Shichen he-Darchen

Today, we will go on a picturesque journey from Shiche-he (4,300m) to Darchen (4,600m), a charming town nestled at the base of Mount Kailash. Traverse through the rugged landscapes of Tibet, soaking in the mesmerizing views along the way. Upon reaching Darchen, unwind and relax at the Hotel Kailash, readying yourself for the adventures that await in this sacred region.

Day 7 : Mansarovar-Chiu Gompa-Darchen

This day,, immerse yourself in the spiritual aura of Lake Mansarovar, one of Tibet’s holiest sites and the highest freshwater lake in the region. Participate in traditional rituals and take a holy bath in the serene waters. Embark on a Kora, a sacred circumambulation around the lake (via bus) soaking in the divine energy of the surroundings. If time allows, we will explore the Chiu Gompa, a picturesque monastery nestled in the tranquil landscape. As the day draws to a close, we shall drive back to Darchen and unwind at the hotel for the night.

Day 8 : Darchen Pass-Tarboche FlagPole-Dirapuk

We will commence the sacred Mt. Kailash Kora journey from Darchen Pass, traversing through awe-inspiring landscapes and significant pilgrimage sites. Pass by the first prostration point at Tarboche FlagPole before continuing to Dirapuk (4,765m), where you’ll spend the night in a guesthouse or tented camp. Experience the spiritual essence of this revered trek as you immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings.

Day 9 : ZuthulPhuk-Dolma La Pass-Gauri Kund

Today, the Kora journey continues from Dirapuk to ZuthulPhuk, traveling through the challenging terrain of the Dolma-la Pass (5,630m). Experience the breathtaking views of Gauri Kund beneath the pass as you trek through this sacred route. Rest for the night in a guesthouse or tented camp, surrounded by the serene ambiance of the Himalayas.

Day 10: ZuthulPhuk Monastery-Darchen

Embark on a trek to the ZuthulPhuk Monastery, the third and final prostration point along the sacred Kora route. After visiting the monastery, we will begin the return trek to Darchen, where you will be driven back to your hotel for a well-deserved rest. You will have an overnight stay in Darchen, rejuvenating for the days ahead.

Day 11: Darchen-Gunsa Airport-Lhasa

Today, we will journey from Darchen to Gunsa Airport for the return flight to Lhasa. Upon arrival at Lhasa, delve into further exploration of the captivating landmarks that Lhasa has to offer. Spend the evening immersing yourself in the rich culture and history of this ancient city. Spend overnight in a 3-star hotel at Lhasa, reflecting on the unforgettable experiences of your pilgrimage tour.

Day 12: Lhasa-Kathmandu

Board on a scenic flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu, relishing the aerial views of the majestic Himalayas en route. Upon arrival, unwind and rejuvenate at the hotel, reflecting on the remarkable journey you’ve embarked upon. You will spend the night in Kathmandu, cherishing the memories of your spiritual odyssey.

Day 13: Kathmandu-Final Departure

On the final day of your journey, bid farewell to Kathmandu as you move towards Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure.

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