Kailash Mansarobar Overland Tour
Kailash Overland Tour
Kailash Mansarobar Tour Overland
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Kailash Manasarovar Overland Tour

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Duration13 Days
Trip GradeModerate
Maximum Altitude5,613m
Group Size2-20
Travel StyleDrive and walking
Best TimeMay-September

The Overland trip to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar is a fascinating expedition through the Tibetan landscape into the pristine wilderness of the Himalayas. Kailash and Mansarovar Overland Tour: Revered by followers of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bonpo, this journey offers an immersive experience to the sacred land of Lord Shiva. The pilgrimage is adorned with breathtaking Himalayan scenery, secluded landscapes, and ancient religious settlements. Lake Mansarovar, surrounded by towering peaks, enhances the ethereal beauty of this spiritual journey, offering a serene setting for reflection and exploration.

Highlights of Kailash Manasarovar Overland Tour

  • Experience the Sacredness of Mount Kailash: Embark on a trek to Mount Kailash, revered as the holiest mountain in Asia, and immerse yourself in its spiritual significance. This sacred peak is a pilgrimage site for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Bonpo followers.
  • Discover the Serenity of Lake Mansarovar: Visit the pristine Lake Mansarovar, believed to be the holiest lake in the world. Enjoy the tranquil beauty of its crystal-clear waters surrounded by the majestic Himalayas, offering a serene backdrop for reflection and spiritual rituals.
  • Explore Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries: Delve into authentic Tibetan culture by exploring unique Buddhist monasteries and sites. Visit iconic landmarks such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Palcho Monastery, each offering a glimpse into the rich spiritual and cultural heritage of Tibet.
  • Journey through Scenic Landscapes: Traverse through breathtaking Himalayan landscapes, from lush valleys to high-altitude deserts. The journey offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks, remote villages, and vibrant prayer flags fluttering in the wind.
  • Cultural Immersion in Tibetan Traditions: Engage with local Tibetan communities and experience their traditional way of life. Participate in cultural exchanges, enjoy Tibetan cuisine, and learn about the customs and practices that define this unique region.

Kailash and Mansarovar Overland Tour: Journey Details and Routes

The trip, initially conducted via the Kodari/Zhangmu border, now utilizes the Kyirong (Kerung) border following the 2015 earthquake's impact. The journey from Kathmandu to the Tibetan border is challenging, passing through the Langtang National Park region with several checkpoints. Despite the rigorous conditions, the overland route offers a more economical alternative to flying. Kailash and Mansarovar Overland Tour: Travelers experience stunning landscapes, visit monasteries and local Tibetan villages, and immerse themselves in the region's rich cultural tapestry. The pilgrimage includes a parikrama of Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, believed to cleanse sins and grant salvation.

Kailash and Mansarovar Overland Tour: Spiritual and Cultural Significance

Mt. Kailash, at 6,740 meters, and Lake Mansarovar hold profound religious significance. Kailash and Mansarovar Overland Tour: Hindus see Kailash as the abode of Lord Shiva, while Buddhists regard it as a meditation site of the Buddha. Jains believe it to be where their first saint achieved liberation. The pure waters of Lake Mansarovar, revered across religions, attract pilgrims for ritual circumambulations and holy dips. This journey, encompassing rugged terrains and spiritual rituals, is designed to be transformative, offering both physical adventure and deep spiritual fulfillment.

Kailash Mansarovar Tour Cost for 2024

Kailash Mansarovar Tour Cost for 2024: The cost for the Kailash Mansarovar Tour in 2024 starts from USD 2500 and may reach up to USD 2600, depending on the traveler's nationality. For American and Canadian citizens, the tour is priced at USD 2600 per person for the 13-day overland journey through Kailash and Mansarovar. This comprehensive package includes transportation, accommodation, meals, and guided tours, ensuring a comfortable and enriching experience. For travelers from other nationalities, the cost is set at USD 2500 per person. This price difference accounts for various logistical and administrative factors specific to different countries. Regardless of nationality, all participants will have the opportunity to explore the sacred landscapes, engage with local cultures, and experience the spiritual essence of this revered pilgrimage.

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Detailed Itinerary for Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour


Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will greet you and escort you to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Nepali dinner while receiving a brief overview of the tour. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Max Altitude: 1,345mMeals: DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Today, we will explore the famous Hindu temples in the Kathmandu Valley. After breakfast, we will visit Pashupatinath Temple, Guhyeshwari Temple, Jal Narayan (Sleeping Vishnu) Temple, and Baudda Nath Stupa with a break for lunch in between. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Max Altitude: 1,345mMeals: B, L, DAccommodation: Hotel

After breakfast, we will drive to Syabrubesi via Trishuli and Nuwakot. Enjoy the scenic views along the way. Overnight at a guesthouse in Syabrubesi.

Max Altitude: 2,380m.Meals: B, L, DAccommodation: Guest House

We will start our day with breakfast and then drive to the Nepal-Tibet border, crossing the newly opened friendship bridge. We will reach the first Tibetan village, Kerung, in about two hours. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Kerung.

Max Altitude: 2,900m.Meals: B, L, DAccommodation: Guest House

Our journey continues through high hills on a paved road to the village of Saga. We will pass through the Thong La and La Lung passes, enjoying views of Lake Peikutso and Tibetan yak and sheep grazing along the way. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Saga.

Max Altitude: 4,640mMeals: B, L, DAccommodation: Guest House

After an early breakfast, we will head towards the highest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Mansarovar. This sacred lake is surrounded by Mount Kailash, Mount Gurula-Mandala, and Lake Rakshash. Overnight stay at a guesthouse by Lake Mansarovar.

Max Altitude: 4,558m.Meals: B, L, DAccommodation: Guest House

We will spend the morning exploring the holy Lake Mansarovar, performing rituals, and soaking in the spiritual atmosphere. Afterward, we will drive to the village of Darchen, located at the base of Mount Kailash. Overnight at a hotel in Darchen.

Max Altitude: 4,575m.Meals: B, L, DAccommodation: Guest House

We will drive to Tarboche, the starting point of the Kailash Kora. From Yamadwar, the gateway of the god of death, we will trek to Derapuk, located in front of the north face of Mount Kailash. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Derapuk.

Max Altitude: 4,900m.Meals: B, L, DAccommodation: Guest House

Today is the longest and most challenging day of the Kailash Kora. We will trek over the Drolma La Pass, experiencing symbolic rebirth rituals at Shiva-tsal before descending to the banks of the Lham-chu Khir River. We will follow the river to Khando Sangam La, eventually reaching the village of Juthulpuk. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Juthulpuk.

Max Altitude: 4,760m.Meals: B, L, DAccommodation: Guest House

In the morning, we will explore the caves and temples around Milarepa Cave. After breakfast, we will complete the Kailash Kora with a short trek back to Darchen. After lunch, we will start our journey back to the village of Saga. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Saga.

Max Altitude: 4,640mMeals: B, L, DAccommodation: Guest House

We will enjoy a scenic and comfortable drive back to Kerung. The afternoon will be free for relaxation and leisure activities. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Kerung.

Max Altitude: 2,900m.Meals: B, L, DAccommodation: Guest House

Today, we will cross the Nepal-Tibet border and return to Kathmandu. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in the capital city. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Max Altitude: 1,345m.Meals: B, L, DAccommodation: Hotel

Our representative will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure, concluding this memorable journey. Meals Included: Pure Veg Breakfast and Lunch

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Trip Service Details
  • 3 nights in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast (BB) basis.
  • 1 day city tour in Kathmandu.
  • 1 night stay in Dhunche, Syabrubesi, or Timure.
  • Accommodation at Guest Houses during the Tibet visit on a shared basis with Tibetan common toilets.
  • Transportation between Kathmandu and the China border in a Non-A/C vehicle.
  • Tibet group Visa fee.
  • All vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • Travel within Tibet will be provided by a luxury air-conditioned coach.
  • Supporting truck for carrying equipment.
  • English-speaking Tibetan guide.
  • All necessary travel and trekking permits as per the itinerary.
  • Supporting crew members including cooks, helpers, and Sherpas.
  • Oxygen cylinders for emergency use and a medical kit bag.
  • Kailash Yatra completion certificate.
  • Escort for airport pick-up and drop-off.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges.
  • Travel insurance, including rescue and evacuation services.
  • Nepal re-entry Visa fee for NRIs or other passport holders.
  • Tips for guides and drivers, and personal expenses.
  • Horse riding during the Parikrama (approximately 4500 Yuan).
  • Airfare to Kathmandu and the return flight home.
  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu outside of the outlined plan.
  • Additional costs due to political disturbances.
  • Extra accommodation charges if flights are canceled due to bad weather or delays in obtaining permits/Visa from Tibet (please ensure your air ticket is flexible to change dates).
  • Visa splitting charges and extra transportation costs if returning early from Tibet.
  • Bank deposit charges or card payment charges.
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Accommodation and Amenities for Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: Experience a variety of accommodations ranging from five-star hotels in urban areas to guest houses and camping in rural and remote regions of Nepal and Tibet. We ensure you have the best possible facilities at every stop, under the careful supervision of our experienced staff.

Travel Insurance for Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: Embark on your pilgrimage with peace of mind by opting for our recommended Mount Kailash Travel Insurance. This specialized insurance offers coverage for trip disruptions, medical emergencies, and unforeseen events, ensuring your safety and tranquility as you explore the spiritual wonders of Mount Kailash.

Health Precautions for Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: High altitudes can pose challenges such as lower oxygen levels, leading to symptoms like headaches, nausea, lethargy, and breathlessness. These effects can impact anyone, regardless of age or fitness level. Proper acclimatization is essential; avoid tranquilizers and antibiotics, take frequent rest breaks, and engage in activities at a slower pace. Drink plenty of fluids, avoid sudden exertion, and protect yourself from cold, dust, and sun. Follow the guidance of experienced guides, and prioritize rest, hydration, and appropriate clothing, especially during winter.

Communication and Network on Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: While Wi-Fi is available in Kathmandu, connectivity will be limited in more remote areas of Nepal. Our tour guide will carry a satellite phone for emergencies. In Tibet, Wi-Fi is more accessible, but not available in Mansarovar or during the Parikrama. E-sims can be used for cellular data, though social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook are restricted in China. Using a VPN can facilitate communication with family back home.

Weather and Climate on Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: From May to September, daytime temperatures in Nepal and Tibet range from 10 to 22°C. The intense sun at high altitudes can create a warmer sensation, though nighttime temperatures can drop significantly, sometimes reaching as low as -5°C.

High Altitude Precautions for Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: As you ascend to higher altitudes, your body needs time to adapt to the lower oxygen levels. Proper acclimatization is crucial to maintain health and comfort during your journey. Many people feel the effects of reduced oxygen at elevations over 2,500 meters. Taking Diamox (Acetazolamide) can help facilitate acclimatization and prevent High Altitude Sickness. Further details and recommendations will be provided as your travel date approaches.

Physical Fitness for Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: Prior to embarking on the yatra, it is advisable to consult your doctor and undergo a medical examination. Due to the high altitudes, start a fitness routine at least a month in advance, including walking, jogging, yoga, and breathing exercises, to prepare for the physical demands of the journey.

Packing List for Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour

  • 1 warm down jacket
  • 1 pair of windproof jackets and trousers
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Warm hat/cap
  • 2 pairs of warm thermal wear
  • 2 pairs of warm trousers/pants
  • Light sweater or jacket
  • 2-3 pairs of light t-shirts
  • 1 pair of light walking shoes for morning/evening walks
  • Another pair of waterproof warm trekking shoes
  • 3-4 pairs of warm socks
  • Sun cream, sunglasses
  • Raincoat
  • Trekking stick for the 3-day Kailash Parikrama (available in Darchen)
  • Regular medication
  • Duffel bag for your goods (this stays on the bus and is available every evening)
  • Small day bag
  • Water flask for warm water
  • Vicks
  • Camera

Currency Information for Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour

  • In Nepal, the currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR), with favorable exchange rates often found in Thamel Market, Kathmandu.
  • In Tibet, the Chinese Yuan (CNY) is used. It is advisable to exchange your money to Chinese Yuan at international airports or in Kathmandu, as US Dollars and other currencies are not accepted in Tibet.
  • While US Dollars and major currencies, including Indian Rupees, are widely accepted in Nepal, this is not the case in Tibet.

Passport Validity and Visa Information for Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of completing your tour.

  • Holders of Indian passports do not need a visa to enter Nepal.
  • Foreign passport holders can obtain a 30-day multiple-entry visa for Nepal upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport or online via the Nepal Immigration Website.
  • All visas, permits, and necessary documents for Tibet will be arranged by the Recreation Holidays team.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: There are two main routes:

  • Outer Kora: 3 days, about 56 km (35 miles), and is more popular among pilgrims.
  1. Trek from Darchen to Drirapuk (22 km, 10-12 hours walk).
  2. Drirapuk to Dhultripuk (22 km, 10-12 hours walk).
  3. Trek from Dzultripuk to Darchen (14 km, 6-8 hours walk).
  • Inner Kora: More challenging, takes 3-4 days, covering Kailash Nandi and Saptasishi Cave. Inner Kora is about 25 km and follows different routes based on religious beliefs.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: In emergencies, you will be transported to lower altitudes by private vehicle, jeep, or horse with local assistance. For altitude sickness (AMS), take first aid medicine and allow extra days for acclimatization. Keep yourself well-hydrated and refrain from consuming alcohol or taking sleeping pills. Do not rush at high altitudes.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: Bring extra money for personal expenses, around 3000 Yuan per person for a 13-day tour. The amount depends on individual spending habits and shopping preferences. Exchange your money in Kathmandu or your home country.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: Yes, you can hire a horse or yak man during the Kailash Parikrama for about 300 Yuan per day. Please notify us ahead of time to arrange this service.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: Mineral and filtered water are available during the Yatra. Water purification tablets can also be used. Small shops along the route sell drinking water.

Note: that there are no hot shower facilities during the Kailash Yatra.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: The tour typically takes 11 to 115 days. The Kathmandu to Lhasa flight or Kathmandu to Kyirong border route takes about 13 days, including arrival and departure. The Hilsa border route with helicopter charter takes a minimum of 11 days for the Kailash Parikrama.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: The Chinese Yuan is widely accepted in Tibet. While US Dollars, Pounds, and Euros are accepted in some places, it is crucial to have enough Chinese Yuan for remote areas. Credit cards can be used in cities for online payments, and ATMs are available in major city areas.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: There is no strict age restriction. Past participants have ranged from 11 to 80 years old. Physical and mental fitness are essential. Generally, individuals aged 10 to 70 can participate and obtain a Tibet tour permit.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: Cell phones do not work during the Kailash Yatra. Batteries can be charged up to Darchen but not during the 3-day Kailash Parikrama. It is recommended to bring a power bank, and our guide will have a satellite phone for communication.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: Yes, the Yatra is available to people of all nationalities. However, specific visa restrictions and permits may apply. It's essential to consult our experts for the most current entry requirements.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: The best time to visit is from April to October. Central Tibet can also be visited in November. Heavy snowfall during winter can block roads in the Mt. Kailash area, making travel difficult.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: There are four main routes:

  • Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa.
  • Drive from Kathmandu to the Kodari border (currently closed due to the 2015 earthquake).
  • Drive from Kathmandu to Kyirong (a newly opened route).
  • Travel from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, then to Simikot by helicopter, followed by a short walk to the Tibetan border.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: Transportation options include flying from Kathmandu to Lhasa or driving from Kathmandu to Darchen. The drive involves a deluxe bus, jeep, or car to the Tibet border, followed by a comfortable coaster, jeep, or 4-wheel drive within Tibet.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: The Yatra offers vegetarian meals, suitable for Hindu pilgrims. Vegan, kosher, and gluten-free options can be arranged if requested in advance. Our experienced kitchen crew prepares fresh North and South Indian cuisine. Special dietary requirements can be arranged if notified in advance.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: In Kathmandu, stay in 3/4 star hotels with breakfast included. During the tour, accommodations range from hotels to guest houses and dormitory-style bedrooms or tents during the Mt. Kailash Kora. Recreation Holidays ensures comfortable accommodations throughout the journey.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: Various permits, including the Tibet Travel Permit, are necessary for the Yatra. Kailash Vision Treks will assist you in obtaining all required permits.

Kailash Mansarovar Overland Tour: Physical and mental fitness are vital for the Mt. Kailash Yatra. Engage in daily physical exercise for at least a month before the journey. Reducing alcohol consumption and smoking is beneficial. The Kora involves crossing altitudes of 5000 meters and walking 6 to 8 hours daily, so preparation is crucial.

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