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Have you ever been in a dilemma about whether to go on a trek or a pilgrimage tour? Well, we have got an answer for you – The Kailash Yatra Pilgrims Tour. This tour is a perfect blend of an adventurous trek, a gutsy drive, and a spiritual trip.
Mt. Kailash (6,638m / 21,778ft) is a sacred peak located in the Kailash Range near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal. The surrounding of this mountain finds the sources of some of the longest rivers in Asia; the Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, and Karnali. This place has been one of the most sought-after religious tourism destinations in Tibet.
The Kailash Yatra Pilgrims Tour begins with a thrilling ride from Kathmandu up to Darchen. This part of the trip lasts for about five days. From Darchen, trekking begins via Dira-Puk and Zuthul Puk as we complete our Kailash Parikrama. Then, we drive back to Kathmandu via Saga and Kyirung.
The Kailash Yatra Pilgrims tour is a very exquisite trip for nature lovers, adventure seekers, as well as pilgrims. This journey will also instigate spiritual vibes in almost everyone who goes for it. Some people also believe that the trip to Mt. Kailash is a path to Salvation.
We will be driving through some of the scariest roads we will ever see in our lives during this trip. We will be camping in the remote regions of Western Tibet and also exploring the holy lake – Manasarovar.
We have offered a 13 day-itinerary for this fantastic trip. You can check out the outline and detailed itineraries below. We also offer different packages, including helicopter rides from Kathmandu or Simikot to Mt. Kailash. You can check them out as well and choose the best that fits you.
Kailash Yatra Pilgrims Tour TREK OVERVIEW
Kailash Yatra Pilgrims Tour TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
Kailash Yatra Pilgrims Tour ITINERARY
As soon as you land in the beautiful airport of Kathmandu, you will find our representatives waiting for you at the arrival. You will see placards of your names and bookies of flowers in their hands. It’s going to be a memorable pick-up.
From the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. There will be a short and quick check-in procedure at the hotel before you can get into your room. You can rest and relax in the hotel room, or you can stroll around the streets of Kathmandu.
We will stay overnight in the hotel.
On your second day in Kathmandu, we will take you on a half-day trip to two of the religious sites in Kathmandu: the Pashupatinath and the Boudhanath. They are also listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Therefore the trip is going to be exciting and educating as well.
From our hotel, we will drive to the Pashupatinath Temple. The Pashupatinath temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu, and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple complex temple is constructed in Nepalese pagoda style, and the architecture is mesmerizing to watch. The buzz of devotees around and the environment there will make us feel spiritual.
After we completed the tour of the Pashupatinath temple, we set out on a drive to the Boudhanath Stupa. Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in Nepal. This place also has a cultural significance. It is situated in a location that used to be an entry point coming into Kathmandu from Tibet. This place also holds religious importance for Buddhist people.
After we visit these two significant locations, we get back to our hotel and have some rest. Later in the evening, we will have a brief session to discuss our trip. We will also check all our gear and equipment and do last-minute shopping if we have missed any.
We will have a good morning breakfast and begin our drive from Kathmandu. The campaign will last for 7 to 8 hours before we reach our destination – Kyirung. The majority of the 150km road stretch is going to be offroad. Therefore we can expect an exciting yet tiring day.
We will drive along the Pasang Lhamu Highway, and we will also be crossing the Nepal Tibet border. There will be few immigration formalities to be carried out at the edge; we make a quick stop there. After completing the immigration procedures, we head forward for the last stretch of road to reach Kyirung.
We stay overnight in Kyirung.
The drive from Kathmandu to Kyirung is going to be tiring. Furthermore, we would have gained quite a lot of altitude on the first day of our trip. Therefore, we take a rest day in Kyirung.
The day is to re-energize ourselves and acclimatize to the changing environment. We can roam around the places nearby, or you can relax and do some indoor activities.
We stay overnight in Kyirung.
The majority road from Kyirung to Saga is going to be in desert terrain. We will also be gaining much altitude in today’s drive. Therefore we need to stay very careful and try not to catch altitude sickness. We also need to have a check on our friends and quickly act if someone feels uncomfortable.
Our drive will take us past nomad camps, sheep herds, and yak herds. We will get plenty of glances at the local lifestyle and culture.
We will also see Gaurishankar Himal, Shishapangma, and Langtang Himal from the pass on our trip.
Our trip goes on via Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peiku Tso Lake. The final major landmark on our day will be the river Brahmaputra, after which we will reach Saga.
We stay overnight in Saga.
The trip for today is divided into two sections. Initially, we will be driving to Paryang. Magnificent mountains will escort the route from Saga to Paryang in the distance. We drive along the exhilarating road and pass the small town of Zhongba. As soon as we cross Zhongba, we arrive at Paryang. Paryang will offer us our first view of Mt. Kailash.
In the second phase of our day, we drive from Paryang to Mansarovar Lake. There lies a historic monastery on the Northwest shore of the lake – Chiu Monastery. The sacred lake of Mansarovar offers us an exquisite glimpse of Mt. Kailash. At this point, we will be witnessing the highest freshwater lake. The lake has a turquoise complexion which offers magnificence in its beauty.
We stay overnight in Mansarovar.
We will spend quality time at the serene Lake Mansarovar. The place also offers a pretty view of the snow-capped massif of Gurla Mandhata, which stands at an altitude of 7,594m across the lake.
When we stay at Mansarovar, it will not feel like leaving. However, we need to carry on our trip. Therefore, today we drive from Mansarovar to Darchen on a road that stretches about 40 kilometers. Darchen is the base for Mt. Kailashkora. If we wish to circumnavigate the place, it will take us almost three days.
We stay overnight in Darchen.
We have had enough of driving along the gutsy roads of the trip. Today, we prepare ourselves for a short yet hectic trek. The trek from Darchen to Dira-Puk is not more than 15 kilometers. However, it will take us almost 7 hours to finish off the day.
Along the trek, we will be walking across beautiful rocky cliffs and witnessing alluring waterfalls. We take a rest in between and carry on along our trail. We will arrive Dira-Puk by the end of the day.
We stay overnight at Dira-Puk.
Today marks one of the most important days of our trip, as we will be trekking across the highest elevation of our entire trip. We will cross the Dolma La Pass (5,670m) while traveling from Dira-Puk to Zuthul Puk.
This section is undoubtedly the hardest tail-section of our trip. However, once we reach the top of the Dolma Lass Pass, all hard work gets rewarded. The view from the Dolma La Pass is astounding.
From the pass, we descend further to reach our destination for the day – Zuthul Puk.
We stay overnight in Zuthul Puk.
We will finish off our Kailash Parikrama today. After three days of circumnavigating around Mt. Kailash, the trekking part ends. So, we trek back to Darchen, end our trek there, and drive back to Saga.
We stay overnight in Saga.
There is nothing new on our day today. It’s just another day of driving on the same road we drove on a few days back. We will witness similar views. But, the drive for today is going to be relatively shorter because we will be descending.
After about 7 hours of driving along the road in mountainous terrain, we reach our destination at Kyirung. By now, Kyirung is a familiar place for us.
We stay overnight in Kyriung.
The beautiful trip to Mansarovar ends today with a drive from Kyirung to Kathmandu. We trace back our road from Kyirung to Kathmandu via the Tibet-Nepal border. We will enjoy the scenic drive across the Himalayas.
After driving for about 8 hours, we will arrive in Kathmandu. Our trip ends today in Kathmandu. But to make the day special, we will organize a farewell dinner party for all of you. It will be a cultural night, and you will enjoy it a lot. There will be plenty to remember from the last day of your trip.
You will have an excellent morning breakfast. Later in the day, our representatives will drop you off at the airport with the same hospitality as when you were welcomed. We will also make sure you do not face any difficulties at the airport. Then we bid goodbye for your flight to your home.
Tibet is in China’s southwest corner, bordering Nepal, India, Burma, and Bhutan. Tibet’s historical area would make it the tenth-largest country on the planet. Tibet is currently occupied by China and has been split, renamed, and merged into Chinese provinces. When China refers to Tibet, it refers to a portion of historic Tibet known as the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).
To enter Tibet, you will need to apply for a Tibet Travel Permit (TTP), which is provided by the Tibet Travel Bureau (TTB). We are unable to travel to Tibet without the proper authorization. Your travel agent will apply for the permit, which will take two weeks to complete.
Tibet’s weather is pleasant from April to mid-November, and much better from August to October. Lhasa’s climate is significantly more pleasant than that of other parts of Tibet, making it ideal for year-round travel.
Tibet uses the Chinese Yuan as its currency. Any bank or ATM in China may exchange your dollars, euros, or pounds for Chinese currency. In Tibet, banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. So, bring some cash with you before you start your day or trip. ATMs are available in Lhasa, Shigatse, and Gyantse; however, finding one in other small towns in distant areas may be difficult.