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Lhasa to Kailash Tour

Targeting to travelers who want to travel via Lhasa and visit together cultural heart of Tibet Tibet Lhasa Kailash Tour is popular tour among the travelers

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    Trip Duration 17 Days

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    Max, Altitude 5660 Meters

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    Type Pilgrimage Tour

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    Best Season April to Sept

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    Meals Breakfast

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    Accommodation Guest House

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    Activity Tour & Hike

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    Difficulty Challenging

  • Exploration of visit to popular sites of Tibet’s Lhasa city first including popular Potala Place, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Norbulingka summer place of Dalai Lama and Tibetan traditional market Bharkhor market.
  • Scenic and incredibly beautiful landscape with holy glimpse of Mt Kailash and many other surrounding mountains.
  • Holy dip into  Manasarovar Lake and Rakshas Tal
  • Enjoy the Kailash kora.

Welcome to the Lhasa to Kailash Tour, the mystical and inspiring journey. This sacred pilgrimage is a life-changing experience that allows you to connect with the spirituality and beauty of the Tibetan plateau.

As you begin this adventure, you will be captivated by the rich cultural heritage, majestic landscapes, and the profound sense of tranquility that permeates this region.

Exploring the Lhasa to Kailash Tour: The Beginnings of a Spiritual Journey

Lhasa to Kailash Tour

Your voyage begins in the captivating city of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Known for its sacred monasteries and vibrant culture, Lhasa offers a unique blend of modernity and tradition.

Take some time to acclimate to the high altitude and immerse yourself in the local way of life.

The Road to Kailash

Leaving Lhasa, you will embark on a breathtaking journey towards Mount Kailash. This route takes you through some of the most remote and pristine landscapes on Earth.

Prepare to be amazed by the diverse topography of Tibet, with winding roads, stark deserts, and lush valleys.

The Sacred Mount Kailash

Reaching Mount Kailash is the highlight of your pilgrimage. This majestic peak, standing at 22,000 feet, is considered sacred by Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, and Bon followers.

It is believed to be the dwelling place of Lord Shiva, and circling the mountain is a deeply spiritual experience.

Cultural Encounters

Throughout your journey, you will have the chance to interact with local Tibetans, nomads, and fellow pilgrims. Their warm hospitality and rich traditions will leave a lasting impression on you. Share stories, try local cuisine, and participate in age-old customs.

When to Begin the Lhasa to Kailash Tour

The best time to begin the Lhasa to Kailash Tour is from May to September when the weather is mild. These months offer the optimal conditions for a successful and enjoyable journey without a hitch.

Preparations and Essentials for Lhasa to Kailash Tour

Before beginning  this spiritual journey, it is crucial to be well-prepared. Make sure you have sturdy trekking gear, warm clothing, and all the necessary documents for the journey.

Acclimatization is essential, so spending a few days in Lhasa is very important before venturing further into the Tibetan plateau.

Accommodations in the Lhasa to Kailash Tour

During your tour, you will stay in guesthouses. These accommodations may be basic, but they provide an authentic and enriching experience.

Altitude Considerations in the Lhasa to Kailash Tour

Be aware of the high altitudes you will encounter. It is important to take it slow, stay hydrated, and consult with a healthcare professional before beginning the journey, especially if you have underlying health concerns.

Lhasa to Kailash Tour Itinerary

A well-planned itinerary is crucial for a successful journey. We at Himalayan trekking consider a 14 to 16-day schedule that includes rest days, trekking, and cultural experiences along the way.

Gaining Spiritual Insights

While trekking the circuit around Mount Kailash, take time for introspection and meditation. This sacred journey is as much about inner exploration as it is about the physical voyage.

Flora and Fauna

The region is home to a unique variety of wildlife and plant species, such as wild yaks and snow leopards. Keep your camera ready to capture the natural beauty surrounding you.

Permits and Regulations for the Lhasa to Kailash Tour

Tibetan authorities have specific regulations for travelers in this region. We at Himalayan Trekking and Tours make sure that you have the necessary permits and adhere to all local guidelines and restrictions. So, that your journey is smooth and enjoyable.

Safety Measures for the Lhasa to Kailash Tour

Safety is a top priority. Stay informed about weather conditions, and travel with a group for added security.

The Significance of Kora

The act of circling Mount Kailash, known as “kora,” holds profound spiritual significance. Discover the meaning of this ritual and engage in this spiritual practice.

Traveling with a Group

Many travelers choose group tours as they provide a supportive environment and simplify logistics. Consider this option if you want a hassle-free and enjoyable journey.

Photography Tips

Capturing the stunning landscapes and cultural encounters requires skill. Be prepared with the right photography gear and techniques to document your adventure.

Local Cuisine

Indulge in the unique flavors of Tibetan cuisine. Don’t miss out on trying yak meat, momo’s, and butter tea, among other delicacies.

Weather Variability

Be prepared for unpredictable weather in the Tibetan plateau. Layered clothing and waterproof gear are essential.

Altitude Sickness

Awareness and prevention of altitude sickness are crucial. Listen to your body, stay hydrated, and consider taking medications as advised by your healthcare provider.

Connecting with the Divine

This journey is not just about reaching the destination; it’s about connecting with your inner self and the divine. Embrace the spiritual aura that surrounds Mount Kailash.


Plan your adventure today and connect with the spirituality and beauty of the Lhasa to Kailash Tour.

Join us at Himalayan Trekking for a mystical experience like no other.

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Itinerary of Lhasa to Kailash Tour

Short Itinerary Detailed Itinerary

Arrival  in Kathmandu International Airport/ Meeting and greeting you by our tour leader & transfer to hotel/ Tour Briefing. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

Today morning will visit Nepal’s cultural heritage places as Pashupatinath Temple (One of the holiest Shiva temples in the earth).Here you see many Shiva temples and meet many Hindu Sages). Other places as Swoyambhu nath, bouddha are also among the beautiful places. Then further we will proceed to Chinese Embassy for the visa apply with your required documents. Overnight at hotel.

Today, we will receive your China visa from the Chinese Embassy and you will be free for the trip preparation, buying necessary stuffs etc. overnight at Hotel.

Today we will depart from Kathmandu and arrive at Lhasa Gonggar Airport, you will be welcomed by the guide and transfer you to hotel. After some refreshment, we will roam around beautiful place in Lhasa (Known for one of the highest city in the workd) it is also said to be “place of the gods”. You will experience the culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites and is full of amazing things.
We will visit the famous places as Potala Palace (The landmark of Lhasa used to be the winter palace for the Dalai Lamas was built as the center of Tibetan government by the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645. This Palace is famous for its grand buildings, complicated constructions, devotional atmosphere and splendid artworks), Jokhang Temple (Located in central Lhasa this temple is considered as the most sacred temple in Tibet with four storeys with a golden top. It attracts crowds of prostrating Tibetan pilgrims and curious foreign tourists every day) and Barkhor Market (It is a very ancient round street market surrounding the Jokhang Temple. It shows the original outlook of Lhasa with varied shops stand on both sides of street).Overnight at hotel in Lhasa

Today we will head toward Shigatse via drive and in Shigatse, will visit Tashilhunpo monastery which is the seat of successive Panchen Lamas founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447 has more than 57 halls and 3600 rooms. This monastery has a giant statue of Maitreya Buddha (Future Buddha) which is the largest of its kind in China. The statue is 26 meters (85 ft) tall and contains 279 kilograms of gold and 150,000 kilograms of brass and copper. It will be fun knowing those stories. Overnight at hotel in Shigatse

While driving through Pang La pass (5050 m) and will enjoy view of world’s high peaks of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. In Rongbuk, will visit Rongbuk Monastery considered as the world’s highest Buddhist temple located at 4980 m above the sea level. It was built by a local lama in about 1899. In the frontispiece of the main hall there are the statues of Sakyamuni and Geru Rinpoche. And the mural paintings inside are especially worthy of appreciation. Walking forward from Rongbuk Monastery, you will see the famous Rongbuk Glacier Zone, which is the largest among all the hundreds of glaciers formed around the Mt. Everest. Overnight at guest house or local Tibetan tent in Rongbuk

Early morning, will enjoy Sunrise over Mount Everest. Then drive to Everest Base Camp (5200 meter/ 17060 feet) which is 4 km from Rongbuk. From Everest Base Camp (5250 meter) you can enjoy great views of high mountains like Cho Oyu (8201 meter), Shisapangma (8013 meter), Everest (8848 meter) and others. Then drive to Saga via Old Tingri. While driving you can see Mount Sishapangma, Langtang and also Annapurna range to the south. You pass through Pelkhu tso Lake (4600m), a cobalt blue lake and later crossing Brahmaputra river reach in Saga. Overnight at hotel.

It’s amazing to drive through unique Tibetan countryside that makes joyful all the time. En route you cross Mayum La Pass (5200m). This is first day to see Mount Kailash and Mansarovar. Reaching Mansarovar, you can have holy bath in the lake. Night halt will be at guest house of Chu Gompa which is in the shore of Mansarovar Lake. Overnight at guest house in Mansarovar

Today our journey will head to Darchen, base camp of Mount Kailash, Till that time you can do Puja (Worship), Havana, Meditation and also go for short Hiking to Chu Gompa (Ancient Buddhist Monastery nearby Mansarovar Lake). After reach to Darchen your guide will assist you if you need horse and porters for your following 3 days trekking around Mt.Kailash. Overnight at guest house in Darchen.

Morning drive to Shersung. We will start our trek from Shersung. After a short walk will reach Tarboche. Here is small temple called Yamdwar by Hindus. Near to this temple you see great flagpole. It is said that here Buddha came with 500 disciples for their supernatural power. Will continue our walk passing through grassy plain populated by nomads. En route you can view of west face of Mount Kailash. Then you reach at Dirapuk from where you will have good view of the north face of Mount Kailash. Overnight at guest house in Dirapuk.

Today is little bit harder to walk because to go up all the way to Dolmala passes (5723 meter/18776 feet). It is highest point in all this trip and then way down. From this trail you can have view of back side of mountain and many prayer flags at highest point. Also There’s a pool of great compassion at side of route which is called Gauri Kund by Hindus. In Zuthulpuk a temple and shrine is built around Milarepa’s cave where Milarepa, one of the most widely known Tibetan Saints, took dark retreat few years. He printed his hand and feet on the rock. After that overnight at guest house in Zuthulpuk.

Today is short and easy walking day. You walk through the grassy plain area along the river. The trekking end point is 4 km before Darchen. Once you reach there our vehicle will come to pick you up  and then drive back to Saga through the same previous road. Overnight at hotel/ guest house in Saga

The drive through the same road on day 8, It is about 450 km and takes 7 to 8 hour to reach Shigatse.Overnight at hotel in Shigatse.

Now, we will drive from Shigatse to Lhasa and the distance covers 270 km. Driving time: 4 hour 30 minutes. Elevation: 3658 meter/ 12001 feet. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa

Today our guide will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight to Kathmandu. Once you land in Kathmandu airport you will be picked by our vehicle and transfer to your hotel. Rest in Kathmandu/ Last minute shopping. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Our tour leader transfer you to the Kathmandu International Airport in time for your flight and help you get on board for your onward destinations.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Lhasa to Kailash Tour is a spiritual journey that takes you from the city of Lhasa in Tibet to the sacred Mount Kailash. It’s a life-changing pilgrimage that allows you to connect with the spirituality and beauty of the Tibetan plateau.

It’s crucial to be well-prepared, including having sturdy trekking gear, warm clothing, and the necessary travel documents. Acclimatization is essential, so you should spend a few days in Lhasa before venturing further into the Tibetan plateau.

The “Kailash kora” refers to the act of circumambulating Mount Kailash. It holds profound spiritual significance for various religious groups. Pilgrims trek around the sacred mountain as part of their spiritual journey.


While the tour offers a life-changing experience, it involves challenging trekking and high altitudes. Sadly, it may not be suitable for individuals with certain health conditions or those who are not physically fit.

It is advisable to consider your health and fitness level before opting on this journey.

Yes, you will have opportunities to interact with local Tibetans, nomads, and fellow pilgrims. These cultural encounters can be a significant part of your journey, allowing you to learn about their traditions, try local cuisine, and participate in age-old customs.

The Tibetan plateau can have unpredictable weather. It’s crucial to stay informed about weather conditions, and our guides will have local knowledge to navigate weather changes safely. Additionally, having suitable clothing and gear for various conditions is essential.

Absolutely yes! We work on customizable tour packages for you. If you have specific preferences, needs, or a particular duration in mind, you can inquire with us and we can help you tailor the journey to better suit your requirements.