Overland to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar-12 Days

Trip Facts:

Trip Name : Mount Kailash Tour via Lhasa
Trip Duration : 11 Nights 12 days tour
Max. Altitude : 5,620m
Best Season : May to September
Meal : Breakfast at hotel, self lunch and dinner

Trip Highlights:

  • Breathtaking view of Mt. Kailash
  • Scenic Mansarovar Lake and holy bath
  • Lifetime Experience of trekking in the Kailash Mountain
  • Spectacular view of high mountain range.
  • Driving through amazing Tibetan plateaus
  • Ancient monasteries with historic values at different places on the way


Overland to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar tour starts upon your arrival at Kathmandu valley. Commence this exotic tour into the Himalayan wilderness of Mt. Kailash and enjoy sightseeing fascinating Himalayan panorama, unseen landscape, charismatic Lake and enjoy the visit around cultural settlement and there warm hospitality.

A sacred home to Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake, Tibet is a world famous pilgrimage destination for all the Hindu, the Buddhist, the Jain and the Bon devotees. The 6714 meters elevated Peak is the center of beauty with the diverse landscape, and peaceful surrounding. It is believed to be the meditating and the dwelling of the founders of these religions. Buddhist all over the world worship the snow capped Great Mountain as the “Center of the Universe” and entire spiritual power is believed to have been concentrated within this particular region. Lake Manasarovar or Mapaham Tum Tso in Tibetan is Tibet’s most scared lake. It is among the world’s highest fresh-water lakes at an elevation of 4,583 meters and covers 412 square kilometers. The lake is located in the Burang County, 20 km southeast of the Mount Kailash. It is believed that bathing with the water of Manasarovar will drive off avaricious desires, troubled thoughts and past sins; drinking the water will keep healthy and away from disease; while circling the lake will bring boundless beneficence to the pilgrims.

What to Expect?

Overland to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar provides exotic tour into the Himalayan wilderness of Mt. Kailash and enjoy sightseeing fascinating Himalayan panorama, unseen landscape, charismatic Lake and enjoy the visit around cultural settlement and there warm hospitality.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Kathmandu (1300m)-Kerung Border (2,700m)

Overland to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar starts with a drive to Kerung Border (Nepal-Tibet Border) through the beautiful Nepali countryside enjoying the rivers, hills and landscapes. After completing necessary border formalities at Nepalese immigration move forward to an hour adventurous uphill by Bus or Jeep or walk for two hours. Then continue our drive to Kerung. Overall we cover the distance of 145 km. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Acclimatization at Kerung (Gyriong)

Full day rest at Kerung for the acclimatization for the next day high altitude drive. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Kerung to Saga (4600m) 119 km, 3-4 hours

On the third day of Overland to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar we drive from Kerung to Saga (4,600m) covering the distance of 119 km for about 2 to 3 hours. We drive past nomad camps and sheep and yak herds and observe Gaurishankar, Shishapangma and Langtang Himal from the pass. Continue drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peiku tso Lake (4400m). We cross river Brahmaputra (“Yarling Tsangpo” in Tibetan ) to reach Saga (4600m). Overnight in hotel.

Day 04: Saga to Paryang (4558m) to Mansarovar (4600m) 507 km, 8-9 hours

We continue our drive to Manasarovar via Paryang. Enjoying the beautiful mountains we pass through the small town of Zhongba before Paryang which offers the first view of Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. As you approach this serene and sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the North West shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can have a glimpse of majestic Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Manasarovar to Darchen (14974ft) 40 km

After the mesmerizing view of sacred Lake Manasarovar we drive 40 km to Darchen which serves as the base for Mount Kailash Kora (parikrama). The kora is 56 km in total and take about 2 and half days for completion. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 06: Trek to Dirapuk (5120m) 5-6 hrs

Today, we begin our Kora of Mt. Kailash. The first day out of Darchen involves a six-hour hike in a deep valley through walls of red rock. We continue across the plain to Shershong. We further cross a bridge leading to Chhuku Gompa which is high on the hill visible from the valley. The trail leads to Dirapuk from where we will have a stunning view of the north face of Mt. Kailash. Overnight in Dirapuk.

Day 07: Trek to Zutulpuk (4790m) 18 km, 6-7 hrs

Today will be the most difficult section of our journey. We climb Drolma-la Pass at 5,750m/19,910ft. The pass whose name literally means the pass of Tara is beautiful and is filled with five-colored praying flags. From Drolma-la Pass, we descend to Zutulpuk where we come across the incredible Thugje Zinbu (Lake of Compassion) and a few ancient meditative caves. Overnight in Zutulpuk.

Day 08: Trek to Darchen (4560m) and return to Manasarovar

On the eighth day of Overland to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, we gradually wind out of the valley towards Barka plain. After completing the holy Kora of Mount Kailash at Darchen, we drive for 2 hours to Mansarovar Lake. The lake holds religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. As per Hindu theology, Lake Mansarovar is a personification of purity, and one who drinks water from the lake is believed to go to the abode of Lord Shiva after death. Buddhists also associate the lake with the legendary lake known as Anavatapta in Sanskrit where Queen Maya is believed to have conceived Buddha. Overnight in Mansarovar.

Day 09: Drive back to Saga (4600m) 507 km, 8-9 hrs

Today we continue our long drive of 507 km for about 8-9 hours and get back to Saga (4600m). Overnight at Saga.

Day 10: Drive back to Kerung (2700m) 119km, 2-3 hrs

Today, we drive to saga via the same route before.

Day 11: Kerung to Kathmandu (1,300m)

Your Overland to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar terminates today so after breakfast drive towards Kathmandu. The distance from Kathmandu to Rasuwa Bridge of Gyirong (Kerung) Port, the China-Nepal border, is about 160 km and will take about 6 hours. We enjoy the striking drive viewing the landscapes of both Tibet and Nepal till reaching the Kathmandu.

Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation on Hotel/Guest House and tent Camp. As per the above itinerary.
  • Transportation by 4WD Land crusier.
  • All Sightseen and entrance fee as per the itinerary.
  • All Necessary Travel and Trekking Permit.
  • All trekking Equipment- including mattress and tent.
  • Supporting Truck to bring logistic support + foods. (Above 03 Pax)
  • Yak and Yak man During the Trek to bring Luggage and food.
  • Nepali Supporting Staff (Sherpa, Cook and helper) from Kathmandu.
  • Meal Plan: Full board (B/L/D) Basis.
  • Necessary Government taxes and Service charge.

Cost Excludes:

  • Sleeping bag and Down jacket (Good Quality thick one)
  • Laundry,Telephone call and hot water Bottle
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for Guide, Driver and Sherpa Staffs
  • Travel expenses
  • Gyammow Bag (Pressure Bag)
  • Medical fee if in case of emergency
  • Hiring porter or Horse.(Pony)
  • Rescue and Evacuation Service
  • Any Additional cost due to Natural calamity and Unforeseen Circumstances and etc.
  • Nepal re- entry visa fee (If coming to Nepal)

Trip Note

During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factor, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!