Mt. Kailash Yatra Trek

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Trip Overview of Mt. Kailash Yatra Trek

Mt. Kailash Yatra Trek allows sampling of two of the most exotic Buddhist cultures in the world, surrounded by the Himalaya, and crowned by Mt. Everest, our planet’s highest summit. Mt. Kailash Yatra is the most sacred, to both the Buddhist as well as Hindu peoples. Our journey visits the great cities of the region, Lhasa and Kathmandu, then sets off into the hinterlands of the high Himalaya, skirting under Mt. Everest, onto the barren heights of the Tibetan plateau, where we encounter revered Mt. Kailash, a holy summit set next to Manasarovar Lake. Our trek follows the pilgrim’s ancient footsteps around the mountain, where a three-day “Kora” trek is reputed to forgive a lifetime of sin. We duck over the border into Nepal, with special permission that has allowed us to cross. We begin the tour by travelling to Kathmandu and departing by road to the Nepal/Tibet border town of Zhangmu, where we collect our Transport. We travel by the SOUTHERN route, and after our pilgrimage (religious or secular), we return by the same route. 

The day-to-day outline program is as follows:

Detail itinerary of Mt. Kailash Yatra Trek

  • DAY 01


    When you arrive in Kathmandu, you'll be taken to your hotel. While in Kathmandu you will have time fascinating Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions are highlighted on our guided tour. There's time to explore the city's many charms on your own too. In the evening delicious traditional Nepali well come dinner await for you. O/N in Kathmandu.

  • DAY 02


    After breakfast, we'll visit Swayambhunath temple, and said to be 2000 years stupa on a hillock offers breath-taking view of Kathmandu City. We will then processed to Visit Pasupatinath and Bouddhanath. After lunch we'll visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan (Lalitpur) - which is the oldest of the three major cities in Kathmandu Valley - famous for its Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples, and you can catch the traditional artisans working with wood, stones and metals. O/N in Kathmandu.

  • DAY 03


    We will meet the group at Friendship Bridge and transfer them up to the Zhangmu border custom and help them to go through the custom formalities and after lunch continuously drive to Nyalam. The road condition from where we meet and up to Nyalam is bumpy and tough we can keep only 5-40km/per hour driving speed following a winding road up with a quick gaining of altitude from Zhangmu border 1700 meters to Nyalam 3700 meters. But so far we still have a view of green mountains and many water falls. The weather in this area is damp in the summer time, moisture degree is high so it gets many rains especially in summer season causing troublesome water flood and landslides. So what we will remind our clients to be fully prepared for this first day tough trip. And what if our vehicle and not come down to Friendship bride even to Zhangmu border because of the landslides then we will have to hire porters or trucks to bring us up to meet our team at the other side of landslides then our clients are due to pay all the extra cost. We will find a campsite to camp overnight at Nyalam. (CAMPING)

  • DAY 04


    Drive from Nyalam bridge Camp to Lablungla Pass we stop here to enjoy the fascinating Himalayan panorama and the Tibetan landscape. We then drive to Paiku Tso(Lake). The huge blue lake Paiku Tso on the right and Shisa Pangma Himal 8012metre on the left is an idyllic campsite. (CAMPING)

  • DAY 05


    Drive through an exotic valley then a hauntingly beautiful vista opens in about an hour. The cross-country drive over the undulating landscape with no human in sight will give us a Wild West impression. We meet a better smooth gravel topped road and the drive will be very enjoyable until when we approach uphill and downhill drive to the bank of the Brahma Putra. So serene and beautiful is the whole area that all will enjoy immensely. We cross the river by ferry then drive through the military town of Saga and continue driving to an old deserted town called old Dzongba. Having negotiated we shall drive to Dzongba Check post where our passports and the drivers documents will be examined. We shall stay quiet. Then drive through the wide Dzongba plain and reappear at the riverbank of Brahmaputra. On the ground we shall see a lot of red flowers. We will find a campsite to camp overnight.

  • DAY 06


    Start to drive early morning having going through the village of Gaqoi, we shall come to a ridge and a new visit opens in front of us. We get off the vehicles and walk down the sandy slope while our vehicles will trundle down. We see innumerable sand dunes. They are semi- circulars in shape. Beyond the waters of a lake and the Brahmaputra glitters and beyond as the backdrop are the Himalayas. The whole scenery walled village of Paryang, continue to drive across the river on a wide valley then arrive at the Brahmaputra River again and drive along the right bank and gradually gain the altitude finally reaching the high point at 5370 meters, the pass is known as Mazola Pass. Descend and drive along the boulder strewn section. In landcruiser the bumps will not be felt that badly. We then drive enjoying the beautiful scenery of Hanuma Lake and camp near the lake.

  • DAY 07


    We drive on the undulating plain for about an hour then reach the river valley and drive along the west bank and reach a cross section of roads when a vista will open. Manasarover so huge and blue with Gruel Mandata Himal 7728 on the left and Kailas, THE MOST SACRED MOUNTAIN on our right. We then drive to Darchen having gone through two check posts. Darchen with its rows of white tents. We shall stay in a lodge overnight. (Darchen Guesthouse)

  • DAY 08


    Early in the morning, having had the breakfast, we stroll west from our lodge and our yaks and staff shall follow us. At 4700 metres, the trail is so gradual that we feel as though we are walking somewhere in Rajasthan. In about an hour we come to a chorten, a collection of prayer flags fluttering in the air. We then descend to Lhachu River valley then head northerly direction towards Diraphuk. We shall camp here. The western face of Kailas will be in constant view.

  • DAY 09


    Gradual climb to Drolma La 5470metres pass noting various religiously important places of great significance. Just after the pass we shall take off our Tea Shirt, Vest or a blouse and put on a new one to remark the start of a new life. We then descend to Gauri Kund (hope no one dares to take a plunge) and to a camp at Zuthulphuk.

  • DAY 10


    We walk downstream viewing the eastern face of Kailas and arrive at Darchen. Collect our left luggage, have light lunch then proceed to Manasarover, hopefully to camp at the beach, but in case of the inclement weather, we shall stay at Chiu Gomba Lodge. An experience. (Extra fee paid by clients themselves).

  • DAY 11


    Early morning visit to Manasarovar, if one dares to take a dip wash the SINS away and view the sunrise and have a leisure walk around the lake.

  • DAY 12


    Return to Mazomila Pass.

  • DAY 13


    Return to Dzongba.

  • DAY 14


    Return to Paiku Tso.

  • DAY 15


    Return to Nyalam.

  • DAY 16


    Drive to friendship bridge and exit to Tatopani (Kodari) again drive to Kathmandu.

  • DAY 17


    Free day as your own in Kathmandu. O/N in Kathmandu.

  • DAY 18


    After breakfast free for you until time to leave the international airport for your final destination

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Service Includes
  • Airport pickup, sightseeing and airport drop by non a/c car.
  • Kathmandu – Border – Kathmandu by non a/c jeep or bus.
  • English speaking guide during sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing place entrance fee as per itinerary.
  • Chinese Visa fee.
  • 3 nights in Kathmandu on twin sharing room.
  • Transportation in Tibet part by Van or bus.
  • Accommodation in Tibet part on local guest house.
  • Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
  • All necessary Tibet Travel permit.
  • Yak and Yak men during Kailash kora to carry luggage only.
  • English speaking Tibetan guide in Tibet part.
  • All applicable taxes and service charge.
Service Excludes
  • Lunch and Dinner throughout the trip.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Bar, Beverages and mineral water.
  • Air ticket to Kathmandu & return from /to your home country
  • Nepal entry or re-entry visa fee.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Rescue and evacuation service.
  • Asthpad Darshan (restricted to drive by vehicle but you can trek if you want)
  • Horse & porter for your personal riding during the Parikrama
  • Bottled drinks.
  • Tips for Sherpa staff, guide & driver.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival from Kailash.
  • Any additional cost (transport, hotel, visa split charge) that occurs due to illness or rescue of the member
  • Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances


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Malginova Marina – Russia

Namaste We did this kailash tour with Sahara Holidays Nepal 2014. We had great time in this period. We enjoy alots. Marina from Moscow Russia

Klaus Schiffmann – Germany

Dear Gopal, thank you so much for the perfect organisation of our trip around Kathmandu valley and all the extras which you have provided for us.You are really the perfect guide, professional, helpful, well organsied and friendly. As on our trips before to Mount Kailash, to Bhutan or the round tour through Nepal, it has been a great pleasure to work with you. Thank you again and we wish you the best for the future. I want to suggest for everybody who wants to visit this region, go with Gopal, you won\'t be disappointed! Klaus Schiffmann and Esta Mueller, Meggi and Bernd Pieper