A Journey to Mt. Kailash

In the hundred ages of the gods I could not tell the glories of (the Himalaya) .....
There is no mountain like (the Himalaya) for in it are Kailash and Manasarovar.
From the Hindu epic 'RAMAYANA'

MT. KAILASH (6741m) is perhaps the most scared of Holy Mountains in TIBET. Together with the two lakes of MANASAROVAR & RAKAS, the region is one of the few truly natural wonders of the world. Three of the orient's greatest rivers; the BRAHMAPUTRA, the SUTLEJ, and the INDUS, all take their sources within a hundred kilometers of this "SNOW CAPPED JEWEL" which attracted Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bon-po's from the four corners of Asia for centuries. MT.KAILASH - also known as TISE or KHANG RIMPOCHE (Jewel of the snow), has since the time immemorial been celebrated in many eastern cosmologies as MT MERU, the axis mundi (the center of the physical and metaphysical universe). For the Hindus, it represents the abode of Lord SHIVA and for the Buddhists, a terrestrial projection of the cosmic MANDALA of the FIVE DHYANI BUDDHAS & The Wheel of life.

People believe that a single Kora or Parikrama washes away the sins of a lifetime and Buddhists believe that 108 circuits secure Nirvana in this life. On the trek, one may encounter Bon Pilgrims circling the route counter clockwise or the very devoted continually prostrate themselves along the whole 32.5 miles loop. There is also the 'inner Kora' that passes two lakes to the south of Mt. Kailash. Tradition dictates that only those who have made 13 circumambulation of Kailash may follow this inner route. The mouth of the four great rivers are within 100 Km of the mountain-the Indus, The Brahamaputra, The Sutlej and the Karnali, a major tributaries of The Ganges. The Mt.Kailash circuit is 32.5 miles of strenuous trails which crosses the Dolma La. This pass is the route highest point at 18,525 ft. At a large boulder is a collection of offerings where pilgrims traditionally deposit one item and take another.

Although the journey entails long rides by Land Cruisers over Tibet's great western plateau through a region inhabited by few wild animals, holy lakes and the occasional nomad, this existing tour involving a four day trek with yaks in the remotest part around MT KAILASH and offers the most fascinating experience on the ROOF OF THE WORLD.



Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m)
Day 02: Sightseeing of Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhnath Stupa
Day 03: Drive Katmandu to Nyalam (3,700m - 160 kms)
Day 04: Nyalam full day acclimatization
Day 05: Drive Nyalam to Saga (4,580m - 291 kms)
Day 06: Saga to Paryang (4,750m - 235 kms)
Day 07: Paryang to Mansarovar (4,590m – 280 kms)
Day 08: Explore Mansarovar and later drive to Darchen (4,600m –53 kms)
Day 09: Drive Darchen to Chukku Gompa bridge and then trek to Dira Phuk (4,890m - 18 kms) Camp
Day 10:Trek Dira Phuk to Shabje Drakthok (4,790m - 18kms) Camp
Day 11: Trek Shabje Drakthok to Darchen 19 Kms and drive to HorQu (60 kms) Camp
Day 12: Drive Mansarovar to Saga (4,580m) (8-9 hrs)
Day 13: Drive Saga to Nyalam (6-7 hrs)
Day 14: Drive Nyalam to Kodari and to Kathmandu (6 hrs)
Day 15: Departure

Trip Facts

Country: Nepal & Tibet
Best Period: May to July & Sept to Oct
Number of Days: 14 Nights / 15 Days
In Nepal: 03 Nights
In Tibet: 11 Nights
Accommodations: Hotels in Kathmandu & Tibet
Trek Cost: Details of cost upon request


Country: Nepal & Tibet
People: Tibetan & Chinese
Language: Tibeto Burmese, Tibetan and Chinese
Mountains: Mt. Everest, Mt. Kailash, Mt. Himalaya, Mt. Gandis, Mt. Henduan, Mt Makalu, etc.
Highest Altitude: Drolma La (5,630m)
Lake: Lake Manasarovar, Lake Paigu Tso


Map of A Journey to Mt. Kailash