Kailash Manasarovar Tour

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Trip Overview


The Kailash Manasarovar tour is a spiritual and adventurous journey that takes you to the sacred Mount Kailash and the pristine Lake Manasarovar, nestled in the breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas. This tour also holds immense significance for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Bon followers, as it is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva and the center of the universe. The journey begins with a flight to Kathmandu, Nepal, where you will also embark on an exciting road trip to the border town of Zhangmu in Tibet. From there, you will traverse the rugged terrains of the Tibetan plateau, passing through picturesque valleys, serene villages, and high mountain passes. The road trip also offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks, vast plains, and meandering rivers, giving you a glimpse of the majestic beauty of the Himalayas.

Mystical Trails: A Sacred Journey to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar

Upon reaching Darchen, the base camp for the Mount Kailash trek, you will embark on a challenging yet rewarding journey. The trek encircles Mount Kailash, a holy peak that stands tall at 6,638 meters. The trek also takes you through rocky paths, high mountain passes, and sacred sites like the Dolma La Pass and Gauri Kund. Pilgrims undertake this arduous trek, often prostrating their way around the mountain, as an act of devotion and penance. After completing the trek, you will visit Lake Manasarovar, a crystal-clear lake known for its serene beauty and spiritual significance. Pilgrims take a dip in its holy waters, believing that it purifies the soul and cleanses them of sins. The tranquil surroundings and breathtaking views of the lake also create a profound sense of peace and spirituality. Throughout the journey, you will be accompanied by experienced guides and support staff who ensure your safety and comfort. They will share fascinating stories, legends, and religious beliefs associated with the region, enriching your understanding of the cultural and spiritual significance of the tour.

Conclusion and Summary

The Kailash Manasarovar tour is a transformative experience that combines adventure, spirituality, and natural beauty. It offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in ancient traditions, connect with nature, and embark on a personal journey of self-discovery. Whether you are a devout pilgrim or an adventurous traveler seeking a unique experience, this tour promises memories that will last a lifetime.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Kathmandu’s cultural sites, including Swayambhunath Stupa and Boudhanath Stupa.
  • Visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, a gateway to the Kailash Mansarovar region.
  • Experience the breathtaking views during a helicopter ride from Nepalgunj to Simikot.
  • Cross the Nepal-China border and drive to Taklakot (Purang) in Tibet.
  • Witness the stunning landscapes of the Tibetan Plateau during the drive.
  • Acclimate to the high altitude in Taklakot while exploring the local market.
  • Perform rituals and prayers on the banks of the sacred Lake Mansarovar.
  • Take a holy dip in the pristine waters of Lake Mansarovar.
  • Embark on the spiritual journey of the Kailash Parikrama trek around Mount Kailash.
  • Camp at designated locations along the trek route and immerse in the serene surroundings.
  • Experience the rich cultural heritage of the Tibetan people during the trek.
  • Marvel at the majestic Mount Kailash, a sacred peak revered by Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains.
  • Complete the challenging Kailash Parikrama trek and return to Darchen.
  • Drive back to Taklakot and enjoy the scenic vistas along the way.
  • Take a helicopter ride from Hilsa to Simikot, experiencing aerial views of the Himalayas.
  • Rest and relax in Simikot after the exhilarating journey.
  • Fly back to Kathmandu from Simikot, reflecting on the spiritual experiences.
  • Explore Kathmandu’s bustling streets and vibrant culture during your free time.
  • Depart from Kathmandu with cherished memories of your Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

  • Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal, the starting point for most Kailash Mansarovar tours.
  • Transfer to your hotel and rest after your journey.
  • Attend a briefing session where you’ll meet your fellow travelers and receive important information about the trip.
  • Visit the Pashupatinath Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

  • Explore Kathmandu’s cultural and historical sites, including Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
  • Complete any necessary permit formalities for the journey ahead.
  • Attend another briefing session in the evening, where you’ll receive final instructions for the journey to Kailash Mansarovar.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

  • Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, a city in the western Terai region of Nepal.
  • Nepalgunj serves as a transit point for travelers heading towards the Nepal-China border.

Day 4: Nepalgunj to Simikot

  • Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot, a small town in the remote Humla district of Nepal.
  • Simikot is situated at a high altitude and serves as the gateway to the Kailash Mansarovar region.
  • Rest and acclimatize to the altitude in Simikot.

Day 5: Simikot to Hilsa to Taklakot (Purang)

  • Take a helicopter ride from Simikot to Hilsa, a small village near the Nepal-China border.
  • Cross the border into Tibet, China, and drive to Taklakot (Purang), a town located in the Tibetan Plateau.
  • Complete immigration and customs formalities upon arrival in Taklakot.
  • Rest and acclimatize to the high altitude in Taklakot.

Day 6: Taklakot (Purang) - Rest Day

  • Spend the day resting and acclimatizing to the high altitude in Taklakot.
  • Explore the local market and interact with the local Tibetan community.
  • Attend a briefing session in the evening, where you’ll receive instructions for the journey ahead.

Day 7: Taklakot to Lake Mansarovar

  • Drive from Taklakot to Lake Mansarovar, a sacred freshwater lake located at the foot of Mount Kailash.
  • Perform rituals and prayers on the banks of Lake Mansarovar.
  • Take a holy dip in the lake and participate in religious ceremonies.
  • Camp near Lake Mansarovar and spend the night in tents.

Day 8: Lake Mansarovar to Darchen

  • Drive from Lake Mansarovar to Darchen, a small town located at the base of Mount Kailash.
  • Darchen serves as the starting point for the Kailash Parikrama (circumambulation) trek.
  • Rest and prepare for the trek ahead.

Day 9-10: Kailash Parikrama (Circumambulation)

  • Embark on the Kailash Parikrama trek, which involves circumambulating Mount Kailash on foot.
  • The trek typically takes two to three days to complete, covering a distance of approximately 52 kilometers.
  • Camp at designated locations along the trek route and perform rituals and prayers at key points.
  • Experience the breathtaking scenery of the Tibetan Plateau and the majestic Mount Kailash.

Day 11: Trek Conclusion and Return to Darchen

  • Complete the Kailash Parikrama trek and return to Darchen.
  • Rest and relax in Darchen after the challenging trek.

Day 12: Darchen to Taklakot (Purang)

  • Drive from Darchen back to Taklakot (Purang).
  • Rest and relax in Taklakot after the trek.

Day 13: Taklakot to Hilsa to Simikot

  • Cross the Nepal-China border and drive from Taklakot to Hilsa.
  • Take a helicopter ride from Hilsa to Simikot.
  • Rest and relax in Simikot after the journey.

Day 14: Simikot to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

  • Fly from Simikot to Nepalgunj.
  • Take a connecting flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu and rest after the journey.

Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu

  • Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time to explore Kathmandu or do some last-minute shopping.
  • Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward journey.

Price Includes



  • Flights: Airfare from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, Simikot, and possibly a helicopter ride from Simikot to Hilsa.
  • Road: Transportation by bus or private vehicle from Nepalgunj to Simikot, and later from Taklakot (Purang) to Darchen.


  • Hotels in Kathmandu before and after the tour.
  • Guesthouses or basic accommodations in Simikot, Taklakot, and Darchen.
  • Tented camps during the Kailash Parikrama trek.


  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the tour, including vegetarian options.

Permits and Fees:

  • Permits for travel to Tibet, China, and for trekking in the region.
  • Entrance fees to sites and attractions along the tour route.

Guided Assistance:

  • Services of experienced guides and support staff throughout the tour.
  • Assistance with immigration and customs formalities.

Trekking Equipment:

  • Basic trekking equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, and trekking poles.

Emergency Medical Assistance:

  • Basic medical assistance and first aid kit provided by tour operators.

Cultural Activities:

  • Cultural activities and interactions with local Tibetan communities.

Price Excludes


Travel Insurance:

  • Travel insurance covering medical emergencies, trip cancellation, and other unforeseen circumstances is typically not included in the tour cost but is recommended for participants.

Personal Expenses:

  • Expenses such as souvenirs, additional snacks, beverages, and personal items are usually not included in the tour cost.

Visa Fees:

  • Visa fees for entry into Nepal and China are typically not included in the tour cost.

Tips and Gratuities:

  • Tips for guides, drivers, and support staff are not usually included in the tour cost but are appreciated.

Optional Activities:

  • Optional activities or excursions not specified in the tour itinerary may incur additional costs.

Additional Medical Expenses:

  • Costs associated with additional medical treatments, medications, or emergency evacuations beyond basic medical assistance provided by the tour operator are not included.

Personal Porter Services:

  • If participants require personal porter services during the trek, this may entail an additional cost.

Extra Accommodation:

  • Accommodation costs for additional nights in Kathmandu before or after the tour are usually not included in the tour cost.
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