Mount Kailash is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. Mount Kailash is also known as Mount Meru. It is the home of the Buddha Cakrasamvara. Its height is 6,638 meters above sea level.
Hindu believe that Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is also the lord of Yoga and master of Tantra. He has spent his time in Mount Kailash practising yogic austerities. It is a divine mountain universally; its shape is like a pyramid with four nearly mirror-like sites. There are five monasteries. Nyari Monastery, Dirapuk Monastery, Songchu Monastery, Gyangzha Monastery, and Thai long Monastery. Each and every monastery has its own different stories.
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Highlights of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Lhasa
- Monasteries in Lhasa.
- A private and customized trip.
- The greatest- Kailash Mansarovar.
- A professional guide along the tour.
- Spectacular views of Mount Everest.
- Culture, traditions and lifestyle of local people.
Nyari monastery is Choku Gompa in Tibetan. It is at an altitude of 4820 m. The main attraction of the Nyrari monastery is the conch shell, teapots, and choku statue. Drirapuk is at an altitude of 4950 m. It is also a famous monastery on the way to the famous Kailash kora. There are two lakes, Manasarovar and Rakshastal.
Kailash Mansarovar via Lhasa Facts
Name of Trip
Kailash Mansarovar via Lhasa
15 Nights and 16 Days
Type of Tour
Sightseeing, Hiking and Pilgrimage
Moderate to Difficult
Hotels and Local Guest Houses
Places to Visit
Kailash Mansarovar via Lhasa
Kailash Mansarovar via Lhasa is a 15 nights and 16 days tour to Nepal and Tibet. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will check-in at the hotel. The next day you will take a flight to Lhasa. Depending on your flight time you can also get a few hours of free time in Lhasa. If you get free time then you can explore the places near your hotel.
During your first day of sightseeing at Lhasa, you can explore two of the most popular sites. Jokhang Temple and Potala palace are the major places that you will be exploring during your sightseeing tour at Lhasa. The next day you will take a drive to Shigatse. The distance from Lhasa to Shigatse is about 272 kilometres and it will take about 5 hours to reach. During your drive, you can witness the marvellous views of the snow-capped mountain ranges, high passes and lakes.
You will also drive to the base camp of the highest peak in the world Mount Everest and have a wonderful view of the mountain. After that, you will drive to Saga and then to Darchen via Mansarovar Lake. After that, you will take a two days trek around Mansarovar lake and finally take a drive to Mansarovar. You will take the same route to reach Saga, Shigatse and then to Lhasa. After that, you will take a flight back to Kathmandu.
Lake Mansarovar is popular as Anotatta or Anavatapta. Furthermore, it is a sacred divine lake near Mount Kailash. Many people go there to take a bath because people said, taking a bath in Lake Mansarovar you will clean yourself from all the wrong things that they did in their past.
Also known by the name Swan rinpoche the total area of this lake is 410 square kilometres. Also considered as the highest freshwater lake, it lies in the far western part of Tibet. Meanwhile, it lies at an elevation of 4,583 meters above sea level.
Mount Kailash can be completed via Lhasa. The adventurous journey with amazing views of the top of the world Mount Everest is another major attraction along the way. The tour comprises the best destination in Tibet. The pilgrimage trip to Kailash Mansarovar will surely be one of the best journeys with the wonderful Himalayan beauty as it gives some insights on the Himalayas and the supreme experiences in the Tibetan region as well. Explore the lifestyle and culture of Tibetan people and also complete your pilgrimage trip to Kailash.
Potala Palace lies the capital of Tibet, Lhasa. Situated at an elevation of 3,700 meters above sea level it is 117 meters in height. Meanwhile the total area of this palace is 130,000 square meters. Pho Brang Potala is the Tibetan name of this palace which has 1,000 rooms. Besides that, it is also the winter palace of Dalai Lama from 1649 to 1959.
Listed under UNESCO world heritage sites in 1994, It was built by 5th Dalai Lama Songtsen Gompa. The bodies of the Dalai Lama from 5th to 13th are preserved in this palace. Meanwhile, only 2,300 visitors are allowed per day to protect the palace and visitors have an uncrowded tour of the palace.
Jokhang Temple was built in the 7th century to display the Jowo Shakyamuni Statue of the 25-year-old Buddha. The time bore the enlightenment. The statue was created at the time when the historical Buddha lived. It is elaborately decorated with gold, jewels and precious stones. Its significance in the political structure of the past and culture of today may be found in any documentation of the temple and the city.
It took about 3 years to complete this temple and different architectural styles such as Han style, Tiberian style, Nepalese style and Indian style can be seen. The actual name of this temple is Resa and the meaning of Re is the ‘Goats’ and Sa means ‘Earth.’ The name was given to show the graduation to the goats who carried all the materials used to build the temple. After the 15th century, the temple was named Jokhang Temple.
Yamdrok Lake lies in Nagarze County of Shannan City, southwest China's Tibet autonomous region. It is believed that this sacred lake is able to help Tibetians find the reincarnation soul of the Dalai Lama. Embraced by the uninterrupted snow-capped mountains and lying under the clear blue sky it is one of the must places to visit in Tibet. Meanwhile, Yamdrok Lake appears very holy and evokes solemnity.
The Tibetian name of Yamdrok lake is Yamdrok Yumtso. Various species of fish are found inside the lake but are illegal to catch. Situated at an elevation of 4,441 meters above sea level it lies about 170 kilometres away from Lhasa. Similarly, the maximum length of this lake is 72 kilometres and the maximum depth is 60 meters.
We will be driving through high mountain ranges, going through several high passes and Everest viewpoints. We will reach a tent camp near the Everest Base Camp in the evening. It will take about 3 days of driving to reach Everest Base Camp of Tibet from Lhasa city. Meanwhile, the distance from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp is about 620 kilometres.
After reaching the Everest Base Camp you can have marvellous views of Everest along with other snow-capped mountains. Besides that during your drive to Everest Base Camp from Lhasa, you can also witness some of the marvellous views of the high mountain ranges, mountain passes as well as lakes. North Mount Everest Base Camp lies at an elevation of 5,200 meters above sea level in the Gamegou of Qudang Township, Shigatse.
Depending on the traffic and weather conditions, we might have time to visit the Rongbuk monastery – the highest monastery in the world. There is a meditation cave, dating back to the 8th century, where Padmasambhava meditated. We will stay there for a few quiet minutes to relax after a long day.
Kathmandu Arrival, Transfer to Hotel
Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
At 06:00 PM: In the evening we will meet for a coffee and will brief you on the details of your trek program.
*Optionally you can add one additional night stay in Kathmandu to cover cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu as well for your trek preparation shopping.
Flight to Lhasa
You arrive at the Lhasa Gonggar airport or the train station. The airport is 62 km/ 39 miles away from the city and it takes approximately 1 hour to get to the hotel from there. On the way to Lhasa, you will enjoy beautiful views of the mountains. The train station is located in Lhasa and we will only need a short transfer to the hotel.
Depending on the time of your arrival, you might have some free time to spend in Lhasa. Our guides will be happy to advise you on what you can do in Lhasa. After you check in the hotel, you are welcome to explore the city, visit nearby temples, do some shopping, try delicious Tibetan food in one of the local restaurants, or just take a rest.
Walking around Bakhor street can be an excellent choice for your first day in Lhasa.
Most importantly, on your first day in Tibet, relax, enjoy your day and allow some time for acclimatizing.
Lhasa City Tour
We are visiting the two most important religious sites in Tibet. Potala Palace and the Jokhang Temple are two of the most popular sites that you will be visiting in Lhasa. Both of these sites are equally important in Tibet and hold some of the major artefacts, history and treasures.
Drive to Shigatse
Today we will take some of the most beautiful roads in Tibet to drive to Shigatse. Prepare your cameras to capture the breathtaking views when we will be going up to the highest point of the day – Kamba la pass (almost 4800 meters).
Our next stop will be at Yamdrok Lake. It is one of the holy lakes in Tibet, and it is famous for its turquoise colour water. After that, we will head towards Gyantse. On the way, we will make a stop to see the spectacular glaciers.
In Gyantse, we will visit the monastery and the biggest stupa. Finally, we will reach Shigatse late in the evening and stay there overnight.
Drive to Everest Base Camp
In the morning we will visit Tashilumpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lamas. After that, we will move towards the Mount Everest Base Camp. Meanwhile, you can also hike up to the Everest Base Camp from your overnight stay place. Besides that if the time favours us then we can also visit Rongbuk Monastery.
Drive to Saga
In the morning, we can enjoy the sunrise of Mount Everest at the lodging area if weather permits; then As we head to Saga, you can view the world’s 14th highest peak Mt. Shishapangma (8012), and Turquoise lake Peiku Tso (4590m). If you are lucky enough, you are very likely to see wild animals like wild donkeys, wild antelope etc. We will drive 450 km to reach Saga from Everest Base Camp.
Drive to Darchen via Lake Mansarovar
On the way to Darchen, you will have a chance to appreciate the stunning view of the Saga valley between Gangdise Range and Himalaya Range. Meanwhile, the beautiful grassland and local villages can also be seen. As we cross the Mayumla Pass (5112M), you can enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Naimonanyi (7694M). Then we are supposed to pass by the holy lake Manasarovar and finally arrive at the Southern at the foot of Mt. Kailash, the holiest mountain in Tibet. We will drive 450 km to reach Darchen from Saga. Stay overnight in a local guesthouse.
Trek to Dirapuk
In the morning, we will start trekking to Dirapuk monastery along the road of Lachu valley and rivers. We have to walk about 22 km to reach our destination. You can enjoy both the west and north face of Mt. Kailash today. Finally, we will visit Dirapuk Monastery. Stay overnight in a local guesthouse.
Trek to Zutrulpuk
Today, we will trek over the Drolma pass(5630m), the highest pass of the Kora. We have to walk 18 km to reach Zutrulpuk from Dirapuk. On the way, you can have a rest in a teahouse. All the way, you can see local Tibetan prostrating in the Kora path and beautiful Kadoe Lake when walking downhill. We may also visit Zutru-Puk Monastery. Stay overnight in a local guesthouse.
Trek to Darchen
On day three of the kora, you will trek 12km. Along the Kora, you can see piles of Mani Stones. We will end the Trek around noon, and rest in the lodging place. (Optional): Take a bath in Lake Manasarovar and enjoy the hot spring.
Drive to Mansarovar
In the morning, we will drive to the holy Lake Manasarovar(4558m). The rest of the day is at leisure. You can relax around the lakeshore and experience the natural beauty of the lake. In summer, flocks of swans will gather on the lake, bringing grace and life to the area. You can also see so many Tibetans and Hindus praying and circling around the lakeshore for the whole day, snow-capped mountains in the background and hundreds of swans gathering on the lake, attracting hundreds and thousands of tourists from all over the world. Stay overnight at Chiu Monastery (Guest house, dorm bed)
Drive to Saga
In the morning, starting from the beautiful lake, we drove about 4 hours to Paryang (4700m). You will be shocked by the fabulous view of distant mountains, Yak herders camp, if lucky enough, you might come across a herd of Kyang (Wild Ass). After having lunch at Paryang, we continue heading to Saga through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with the distant view of snow-capped mountains. This vast and dry plateau is the traditional campsite of the nomads, grazing their animals during the summer. It will take about 8-9 hours to reach Saga by covering 506 km. Stay overnight at Saga.
Drive to Shigatse
We can take the western Tibet road from Shigatse to Saga which is about 470 km. It is quite a long drive, and the newly paved road can help us drive faster and safer. Stay overnight in hotels in Shigatse.
Drive to Lhasa
We will follow Yalong Valley back to Lhasa. On the way, you can stand on the viewing platform to view the vast Yalong River bed and visit a water mill making Tibetan incense material (in Summer, if time permits). Drop off at a hotel in Lhasa. We will drive 280 km to reach Lhasa from Shigatse. Stay overnight in hotels in Lhasa.
Flight to Kathmandu
Hotel to airport station transfer. And the flight to Kathmandu. Overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Our representative will drop you back at the airport 3 hours before your outbound flight.
- Four-star standard Hotel accommodation throughout the trip.
- Breakfast is included throughout the trip.
- Guide fees and permits are included.
- All entrance charges for mentioned sightseeing places.
- Transportation on a private transfer basis.
- Kathmandu to Lhasa and return Lhasa to Kathmandu flight fare is also included.
- Tibet visa fees.
- Kathmandu Airport pickup and drop off.
- Lunch and Dinner are not included.
- Service charges other than mentioned.
- Personal expenses.
- Train or flight tickets.
- Any Tips and Donations. (recommended)