Mount Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage Tour 2024/2025

  • Duration 14
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Meals Tea House
  • Accommodation
  • Max. Altitude 6,714 m
  • Activity Trekking,hikking and climbing
  • Group Type Private
  • Group Size 1+
  • Best Season April- Sep.

Mount Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage Tour 2024/2025 Overview

Mount Kailash Tour 2024/2025

Mount Kailash lies in the southwestern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. At 6,714 m Mt. Kailash is the highest peak in the Kailash Range of the Himalayas. It has been a pilgrimage destination for both Hindus and Buddhists since time immemorial. Separated from the Great Himalayas chain by a trough that is drained in the northwest by the Sutlej River and in the southeast by the Yarlung Zangbo River (the extreme upper Brahmaputra River). Lying just south of Mount Kailas at 4,557 m is one of the world’s highest lakes-Lake Mansarovar. For Hindus, the peak is the home of the god Shiva, while Buddhists compare the mountain with Mount Sumeru , the cosmic center of the universe.

Lake Mansarovar

The great lake Mansarovar is situated in the south-west corner of Tibet and in the north-west of Nepal. The lake is 20 km from Mt.Kailash and is one of the most beautiful and sacred lakes in Asia . It can be circumambulated in four or five days. It is often a gem like cobalt blue color but sometimes during storm, it can turn into a churning black.

According to Hindu and Buddhist epics, the four great rivers of the Indian subcontinent, the Indus , Ganges , Sutlej and Brahmaputra actually arise from Lake Mansarovar. In reality, only the Sutlej originates from the lake. Mansarover has been circumambulated by the Indian pilgrims at least once in a lifetime as mentioned in the Puranas around 1700 years ago. Legends has that the mother of Buddha, Mayadevi had been bathed at Mansarovar by Gods before giving birth to her son.

Day to Day Itinerary
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  • Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
  • Meet your guide and fellow pilgrims, and discuss the tour details

  • Explore Kathmandu and visit sacred sites like Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa.
  • Attend a briefing session for the pilgrimage.

  • Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam, crossing the Nepal-China border at Zhangmu.
  • Acclimatize to the altitude upon arrival in Nyalam.

  • Rest and acclimatize in Nyalam.
  • Explore the surrounding area and enjoy the mountain views.

  • Drive from Nyalam to Saga, passing through picturesque landscapes.
  • Enjoy views of snow-capped mountains along the way.

  • Drive from Saga to Mansarovar Lake, one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world.
  • Take a holy dip in the lake and perform religious rituals.

  • Drive from Mansarovar Lake to Darchen, the starting point of the Kailash Kora (circumambulation).
  • Prepare for the trek and rest for the next day.

  • Begin the Kailash Kora (circumambulation) trek from Darchen to Dirapuk.
  • Trek along the Lha Chu Valley with views of Mount Kailash.

  • Continue the Kailash Kora from Dirapuk to Zuthulpuk, crossing the Dolma La Pass (5,630m).
  • Experience stunning views of the Himalayas and visit the Gauri Kund.

  • Complete the Kailash Kora by trekking from Zuthulpuk to Darchen.
  • Drive back to Mansarovar Lake and rest for the night.

  • Drive from Mansarovar Lake to Saga, retracing your route back.
  • Enjoy the scenic landscapes along the way.

  • Drive from Saga to Nyalam, continuing your journey back.
  • Relax and prepare for the next day’s drive.

  • Drive from Nyalam to Kathmandu, crossing the Nepal-China border.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu and rest.

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey, marking the end of your pilgrimage tour.

Altitude Chart

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

Departure Dates
  • We have daily departures for this trip from beginning March to May and from frist -September to mid-December. You can type in the number of passengers to book a reservation and select a date that is convenient for you. Due to group size, we never cancel a trip once you’ve made a reservation. If you would rather join the group, we will add more travelers on the selected date. You can let us know once you make a reservation or earlier.
FAQs
  • Mount Kailash is considered sacred in four religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bon. Hindus believe it is the abode of Lord Shiva. Buddhists believe it to be the axis mundi, the center of the world. Jains associate it with their first Tirthankara, Rishabhadeva.

  • Mansarovar is a freshwater lake located at the foot of Mount Kailash. It is believed to be the highest freshwater lake in the world and is considered sacred in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bon.

  • The pilgrimage can vary in duration depending on the route and mode of transportation. It typically takes around 12-18 days from Kathmandu, Nepal, or Lhasa, Tibet, and involves trekking and traveling by vehicle.

  • Yes, you will need a visa to visit Mount Kailash. If you are traveling from Nepal, you will need a visa for Tibet. If you are traveling from China, you will need a visa for Nepal.

  • Yes, there are several cultural and religious customs associated with the pilgrimage, such as walking in a clockwise direction around Mount Kailash, performing rituals at specific sites, and respecting the sacredness of the mountain and lake. It is important to be respectful of these customs and the local culture.

 

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