Kailash and Lake Mansarovar Yatra

Duration: 13 Days

Kailash and Lake MansarovarYatra with Adventure Club Trek is a once in a lifetime spiritual journey- one that is a pilgrimage and a scenic exploration of one of the most remote regions in the Himalaya.Mt. Kailash is a peak (6,638 m) in the Kailash Range which falls in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China and is a part of Transhimalaya. Lake Mansarovar is the highest freshwater lake in the world, and it is near Mount Kailash. The lake is sacred to four religions-Bön, Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism.

A parikrama (Circumambulation) of Mt. Kailash and taking a bath in the lake Mansarovar is believed to cleanse you of sins committed over a hundred lifetimes and bring you salvation. Kailash and Lake MansarovarYatra is a journey to the foothills of Mt. Kailash where Lake Mansarovar lies in its pristine and tranquil form.

The most convenient route to Kailash and Mansarovar is through Nepal, most people who have made the journey would agree. We start the trip with a ride from Kathmandu to Kerung where we stay the next day to acclimatize. The next day we drive from Kerung to Saga. The day after we ride from Saga to Mansarovar and the following day we make around ( parikrama) of the lake Mansarovar in a Jeep.

The two days following the Parikrama of Lake Mansarovar are the most difficult. The first day is a 6-8 hour walk at the height of over 4,500m for DeharaPukparikrama. The second day is the toughest with 10-12 hours hike crossing Dolma La (high pass) at 5,944m and ending the Parikrama. You have now completed the holy 13-day-long Kailash and MansarovarYatra pilgrimage which only a couple of thousand people can manage to do every year. We drive to Saga after the Parikrama ends, then to Kerung next day and from Kerung to Kathmandu the day after. Experienced guide/s can make what seems like an impossible pilgrimage a reality for you.

For those looking for a shorter trip to Tibet along with a tour of Everest Base Camp, Adventure Club Trek has Lhasa and Everest Base Camp Tour- 8 Days and Kathmandu to Lhasa Tour via Everest Base Camp-9 Days.  For those looking for a shorter trip to Tibet, Tibet to Kathmandu Tour-6 Days and Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour (Fly in-drive out) is ideal. Kailash and Lake MansarovarYatra Facts Country: Nepal, China and the Autonomous Region of Tibet

Trip Highlights:

Kailash and Lake Mansarovar Yatra 

The ‘’yatra’’ holds significance for two things mainly- performing a parikrama of Mount Kailash and taking a dip in the holy Lake Mansarovar. These two acts are believed to rid the pilgrims of sins committed in a hundred lifetimes and bring salvation. Pilgrims believe that a kora (parikrama or circumambulation of Mt. Kailash) gives them a new life, that they are re-born.

The Parikrama

The walking around in anti-clockwise or clockwise (done clockwise by the pilgrims) direction is called a Parikrama. Pilgrims to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar circumambulate the area which takes 2-3 days on foot, one can also hire a yak or a pony or a Jeep for some parts. For, non-religious people, the journey is simply one of the most scenic routes in one of the most remote places on earth. Mount Kailash is not only visually stunning but a real challenge to get to as well, and Lake Mansarovar situated on the foothills of Mt. Kailash is not only one of the holiest lakes in the world, but also one of the most visually pleasing.

Mount Kailash and the mythology related to it:

Mt. Kailash is more than a summit to Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Bon followers. The 6,638m tall peak in the Kailash range is a part of the Tibetan Transhimalaya and is sacred to Hindus. Hindus believe Mt. Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva, to Jains the mountain is where Tirthankara the first Jain attained Nirvana, for Buddhists Kailash mountain, is where Buddha resides in his supreme bliss and Bön religion believes the entire region is the seat of all spiritual power. The high altitude and its remote location in western Tibetan Himalaya result in only a few thousand pilgrims doing the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra every year.

Lake Mansarovar:

It is one of the two most important elements of Adventure Club Tre’s 13-day long Kailash and Lake Mansarovar Yatra. At the height of 4,500 meters, Mansarovar is the highest body of the freshwater lake in the world and is considered one of the holiest lakes in the world.  The lake is believed to be clear blue near the shores and change the color to emerald green towards the center. The lake looks stunning in full moon.

Other Major Attractions of Kailash and Lake Mansarovar Yatra 

Besides Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, other attractions include Tirthapuri-where one can bathe in spring pools, Gauri Kund (known as the Lake of Compassion), Yam Dwar where the ‘parikrama’ initially starts, Dolma La (a high pass), and the scenic drive from Sera to Kerung among others. Lake Rakshash or Rakshashtal even though not mythically favored, is just as much of a visual delight as Lake Mansarovar.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Pashupatinath Darshan, Boudhnath Stupa, and Patan Durbar Squire Visit
  • Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Kerung (2,700m/8,900ft), 175km, 8-9 hours
  • Day 04: Rest and Acclimatize Day at Kerung
  • Day 05: Drive from Kerung to Saga (4,392m/14,409ft), 184km, 5 -6 hours
  • Day 06: Drive from Saga to Lake Mansarovar: (4,558m/ 14,954ft), 370 km, 6-7 hours
  • Day 07: Parikrama of Mansarovar by Jeep and drive to Rakshash Lake (4,565m/14,975ft)
  • Day 08: Parikrama to DeharaPuk (5,000m/16,404ft) : 6-8 hours walk
  • Day 09: Parikrama continues to Dolma-La Pass(5,944m/19,500ft) :10-12 hours walk
  • Day 10: Parikrama ends and drive to Saga
  • Day 11: Drive from Saga to Kerung
  • Day 12: Drive from Kerung to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
  • Day 13: Transfer to airport for your flight to the next destination:
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Adventure Club Trek will receive you and transfer you to your hotel where you can rest and make any necessary preparation for the tour or tomorrow’s Pashupatinath Darshan (visit), and Boudhanath and Patan visit. Welcome dinner from the company.

  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Pashupatinath Darshan, Boudhnath Stupa, and Patan Durbar Squire Visit

    Since we are here for the holy pilgrimage to Mount Kailash, we cannot skip a visit to Pashupatinath. After the Pashupatinath visit, we stopover Boudhanath Stupa, it is one of World’s largest stupas and then to Patan-it houses the Golden Temple, Patan Durbar Square, and Krishna Mandir among other historically and the religiously important structures-the trip ends with a discussion about our journey to Kailash that we start tomorrow.

  • Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Kerung (2,700m/8,900ft), 175km, 8-9 hours

    Buckle up for an early morning drive! It is a 154 km long ride to Rasuwagadhi from where we have to drive an additional 23 km to reach Kerung, Nepal-China border. In this process, we pass through Langtang National Park, and thus we have to go through many check-posts as well. Overnight in Kerung.

  • Day 04: Rest and Acclimatize Day at Kerung

    Kerung, a VDC in Solukhumbu District in north-eastern Nepal is Nepal-China’s commercial border as well. We start the day with a filling breakfast and tour the small village of Kerung. We are spending this extra day in Kerung for acclimatization. We will be at 4500 m altitude in two days. Overnight in Kerung.

  • Day 05: Drive from Kerung to Saga (4,392m/14,409ft), 184km, 5 -6 hours

    The 5-6 hours’ drive (including lunchtime) from Kerung to Saga is scenic as much as it is holy-we cross the holy Brahmaputra River today! Other major highlights of today’s drive include the crossing of the Lalung La (a high pass) at 5000m and views of snow-capped high mountains like Gauri Shankar (7,134m), Shishapangma (8,013m) and Langtang Lirung (7,227m) We rest the night at Saga- a small quiet town at 4,640 meters in Shigatse Prefecture in southern Tibet. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Day 06: Drive from Saga to Lake Mansarovar: (4,558m/ 14,954ft), 370 km, 6-7 hours

    Today’s drive in an auspicious one-we will witness the first glimpse of Mt. Kailash and visit Lake Mansarovar. We also take a dip in the holy lake Mansarovar; the holy dip is said to get rid of all our sins and bring salvation to the pilgrims. After the dip, we relax for a while and then explore the Mansarovar area. Overnight in a tented camp

  • Day 07: Parikrama of Mansarovar by Jeep and drive to Rakshash Lake (4,565m/14,975ft)

    We start today with a ‘havan puja’ on the Mansarovar lake. Then, we circle the Mansarovar (make a Parikrama) by Jeep. We continue the drive to Lake Rakshash Tal (lake of the devil). In Buddhism, Lake Mansarovar is like the sun and Rakshastal is shaped like a crescent which means they respectively connote ‘’brightness’’ and ‘’darkness.’’ Both Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshashtal lie in the proximity of Mount. Kailash, so as we are going to Lake Mansarovar, we are also performing Parikrama of Mount. Kailash. We overnight in a tented camp.

  • Day 08: Parikrama to DeharaPuk (5,000m/16,404ft) : 6-8 hours walk

    The days of jeep rides are over! We continue our Parikrama we started from Lake Mansarovar; today we reach the DeharaPuk after a 6-8 hour-long walk, the walk is on a relatively flat trail, so the only obstacle we face is the altitude. We will witness excellent up-close views of Mt. Kailash as we near Dehara put in our Parikrama. Overnight in tented camp.

  • Day 09: Parikrama continues to Dolma-La Pass(5,944m/19,500ft) :10-12 hours walk

    Today is the hardest day of this trip, but it is the holiest and most rewarding as well. As we get close to Dolma-La (pass), we cross Yamasthal (meaning the place of the god of death) and Shiva-sthal (meaning the abode of Lord Shiva, the god of destruction). At the top of the pass, you can make holy offerings and sit down to meditate, if you wish. On the way to the pass, we also see Parvati-sthal (meaning the place of Parvati, Hindu Goddess and the wife of Lord Shiva) and Gauri Kund (Gauri is another name for Parvati. We will also observe ZuthalPuk or the cave of miracles, later in the afternoon. Overnight in tented camp

  • Day 10: Parikrama ends and drive to Saga

    Our holy circling of Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar ends today. We conclude the Parikrama after the 3-hour-long walk. We will find our driving crew waiting for us at the end of the trail and proceed to drive to Saga with them. Overnight in a camp/guesthouse in Saga.

  • Day 11: Drive from Saga to Kerung

    After early morning breakfast, we continue our drive from Saga to kerung. It is a pleasant ride with views of Tibetan Himalayan landscapes, Buddhist settlements, lakes and fantastic views of the clouds hovering over. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Day 12: Drive from Kerung to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

    We have to go through check-posts at Kerung-Rasuwagadhi border before meeting the Kathmandu representative from Adventure Club Trek who will drive you back to Kathmandu from Kerung. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Day 13: Transfer to airport for your flight to the next destination:

    As much memorable and auspicious this 13-day-long journey to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar was, it had to come to an end. You can exchange contacts and photos with your team if you already haven’t. A representative from Adventure Club Trek will drop you to the airport for your next flight. We will be happy to assist you in your future adventures.

Cost Includes

  • All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide, and private vehicle
  • Breakfast (only) in Lhasa and Shigatse
  • While camping we provide two-man tents, mattresses, sleeping bag & camping equipment like dining & toilet tents 
  • Best available twin sharing Lodge/Guesthouses during the Tibet tours
  • Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) approved guide for Tibet tours
  • Kailash permit & normal Tibet/China visa fee.
  • English speaking  Tibetan guide 
  • Nepali tour leader
  • The permit fee for Nepali staff
  • Transportation by a comfortable vehicle
  • Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage while Kailash Parikrama
  • Tibet entry travel permit, Chinese visa, and applicable entry fees during the trek/tours in Nepal/Tibet
  • Oxygen cylinder for Kailash Parikrama
  • All government taxes and official expense

Cost Excludes

  • Airfares from Home - Kathmandu - Home 
  • All beverages, Photography charges, and Telephone calls 
  • Travel Insurance of clients 
  • All meals except breakfast in Lhasa and Shigatse
  • Emergency evacuation expenses. 
  • Riding Yak/Horse for Kailash Parikrama (direct payable to Yak/horse herder) 
  • The extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring additional transportation 
  • Personal expenses of urgent visa fee etc & Services other than specified
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Visa Information

Flying out to Tibet requires a Chinese visa and a Tibet Travel Permit which can both be acquired in Kathmandu with the help of a travel company (Tibet via Nepal). A valid visa for China isn't the same as a Tibet Travel Permit. Those with a Chinese traveler visa will at present need to apply for a Tibet travel permit. The permit is still required for remote foreign travelers traveling to Tibet from territory China. To obtain the permit you have to book a guide for your whole trip and pre-organize private transport for trips outside Lhasa. The trip outside Lhasa likewise requires extra permits which are arranged by the travel agent you are going with.


  • All who intend to enter Tibet must hold at least 6 months valid passport.
  • Passport - valid for 6 months
  • Chinese Visa — you can apply for one from a Chinese Embassy or through China Highlights (who entry from China)
  • Group Visa — whom entry from Nepal to Tibet after Tibet tour traveler can visit China mainland with a valid group visa.
  • Individual Visa will be cancel when we apply for group visa (if a visa is in the passport)
  • Tibet Entry Permit — it is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau and is an absolute necessity for outsiders entering Tibet.
  • A few people who wish to travel to specific areas in Tibet must also obtain:
  • Travel Permit — it is required when you are planning to the movement to closed areas in Tibet. These are issued after you land in Tibet.
  • Military Permit — it is acquired to travel to some militarily sensitive regions.

Weather Information

The weather in Tibet is similar to that of Mainland China, though with lower temperatures due to higher altitudes. Summers have warm days with strong sunshine and cool nights, but summer days can even be chilly at higher elevations. Winters are cold but there isn't all that much snow. Lhasa enjoys much sunshine even in winter. Most of Tibet experiences frost at least 6 months of the year. Some high lakes are frozen from October to March. The weather varies a lot from region to region. Lhasa is an ideal destination because it is in a valley area of lower elevation.

Safety Guidelines

We recommend you to go through our following safety guidelines and stay tuned with the latest happenings.

  • Have at least 2 copies of Tibet Permit.
  • Keep your belongings properly.
  • When you feel uncomfortable due to altitude change or have any troubles, report to train staff promptly.
  • Never rush to visit attractions shortly after you arrive in Lhasa.
  • Shop around but avoid undue bargaining with street vendors and never buy wildlife and unknown Tibetan herbal medicine and fake products.
  • Take your money and important belongings with you all the time.
  • Spend a few days in Lhasa for acclimation and always follow a gradual ascent when traveling to higher places to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Refrain from heavy drinking and smoking.
  • Respect the religion, customs and avoid taboos in Tibet.
  • Pay special attention to unique alpine climate (such as sunburn, dramatic temperature change, etc.)
  • Keep the necessary medicines at the consult of your doctor.
  • Never travel alone at night or venture into unknown places without informing your guide.
  • In most places, cash is only accepted. Do prepare enough and small change.
  • If an emergency arises, report it to your guide promptly.
  • Don’t carry any documents or papers related to Dalai Lama or feel Tibet.
  • We also recommend not carrying any guidebook to Tibet.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-36
  • Trip Duration 13 Days
  • Destination Tibet
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate to Strenuous
  • Trip Style Popular
  • Accomodation Hotels and Guest Houses
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