Mt. Kailas Tour

Mt. Kailas Tour

Mount Kailash, which forms part of the Transhimalaya in Tibet Autonomous Region, China. It lies near the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia: the Indus River, the Sutlej River (a major tributary 

Mount Kailash (also Mount Kailas; Kangrinboqê or Gang Rinpoche is a peak in the Kailash Range (Gangdisê Mountains), which forms part of the Transhimalaya in Tibet Autonomous Region, China. It lies near the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia: the Indus River, the Sutlej River (a major tributary of the Indus River), the Brahmaputra River, and the Karnali River (a tributary of the River Ganga). It is considered a sacred place in four religions: Bön, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. The mountain lies near Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshastal in Tibet Autonomous Region, China.

The mountain is known as  "Kailasa"  The word may be derived from the word "Kailasa"  which means "crystal". In his Tibetan-English dictionary, Chandra (1902: p. 32) identifies the entry for 'kai la sha' (Wylie: kai la sha) which is a loan word from Sanskrit "Kailasa"

The Tibetan name for the mountain is Gangs Rin-po-che. Gangs or Kang is the Tibetan word for snow peak analogous to alp or himal; rinpoche is an honorific meaning "precious one" so the combined term can be translated "precious jewel of snows".

"Tibetan Buddhists call it Kangri Rinpoche; 'Precious Snow Mountain'. Bon texts have many names: Water's Flower, Mountain of Sea Water, Nine Stacked Swastika Mountain. For Hindus, it is the home of the mountain god Shiva and a symbol of his power symbol om; for Jains it is where their first leader was enlightened; for Buddhists, the navel of the universe; and for adherents of Bon, the abode of the sky goddess Sipaimen."

Another local name for the mountain is Tisé mountain, which derives from ti tse in the Zhang-Zhung language, meaning "water peak" or "river peak", connoting the mountain's status as the source of the mythical Lion, Horse, Peacock and Elephant Rivers, and in fact the Indus, Yarlung Tsangpo/Dihang/Brahmaputra, Karnali and Sutlej all begin in the Kailash-Lake Manasarovar region.

An illustration of the Hindu significance of Mount Kailash, depicting the holy family of Shiva, consisting of Shiva, Parvati, Ganesha and Kartikeya (Muruga)

Religious significance

In Hinduism

According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva, the Destroyer of evil, resides at the summit of a legendary mountain named Kail??a, where he sits in a state of perpetual meditation along with his wife P?rvat?. He is at once the Lord of Yoga and therefore the ultimate renunciate ascetic, yet he is also the divine master of Tantra. According to Charles Allen, one description in the Vishnu Purana of the mountain states that its four faces are made of crystal, ruby, gold, and lapis lazuli.It is a pillar of the world and is located at the heart of six mountain ranges symbolizing a lotus.

In Jainism

In Jainism, Kailash is also known as Meru Parvat or Sumeru. Ashtapada, the mountain next to Mt. Kailash, is the site where the first Jain Tirthankara, Rishabhadeva, attained Nirvana/moksa (liberation).

In Buddhism

Tibetan and Nepalese Thangka depicting Mount Kailash

Tantric Buddhists believe that Mount Kailash is the home of the Buddha Demchok (also known as Demchog or Chakrasamvara),] who represents supreme bliss.

There are numerous sites in the region associated with Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), whose tantric practices in holy sites around Tibet are credited with finally establishing Buddhism as the main religion of the country in the 7th–8th century AD.

It is said that Milarepa (c. 1052 – c. 1135 AD), champion of Tantric Buddhism, arrived in Tibet to challenge Naro Bön-chung, champion of the Bön religion of Tibet. The two magicians engaged in a terrifying sorcerers' battle, but neither was able to gain a decisive advantage. Finally, it was agreed that whoever could reach the summit of Kailash most rapidly would be the victor. While Naro Bön-chung sat on a magic drum and soared up the slope, Milarepa's followers were dumbfounded to see him sitting still and meditating. Yet when Naro Bön-chung was nearly at the top, Milarepa suddenly moved into action and overtook him by riding on the rays of the Sun, thus winning the contest. He did, however, fling a handful of snow on to the top of a nearby mountain, since known as Bönri, bequeathing it to the Bönpo and thereby ensuring continued Bönpo connections with the region.

In Bön

The Bön, a religion native to Tibet, maintain that the entire mystical region and the nine-story Swastika Mountain are the seat of all spiritual power.


Every year, thousands make a pilgrimage to Kailash, following a tradition going back thousands of years. Pilgrims of several religions believe that circumambulating Mount Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. The peregrination is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists. Followers of the Jain and Bönpo religions circumambulate the mountain in a counterclockwise direction. The path around Mount Kailash is 52 km (32 mi) long.

Some pilgrims believe that the entire walk around Kailash should be made in a single day, which is not considered an easy task. A person in good shape walking fast would take perhaps 15 hours to complete the 52 km trek. Some of the devout do accomplish this feat, little daunted by the uneven terrain, altitude sickness and harsh conditions faced in the process. Indeed, other pilgrims venture a much more demanding regimen, performing body-length prostrations over the entire length of the circumambulation: The pilgrim bends down, kneels, prostrates full-length, makes a mark with his fingers, rises to his knees, prays, and then crawls forward on hands and knees to the mark made by his/her fingers before repeating the process. It requires at least four weeks of physical endurance to perform the circumambulation while following this regimen. The mountain is located in a particularly remote and inhospitable area of the Tibetan Himalayas. A few modern amenities, such as benches, resting places and refreshment kiosks, exist to aid the pilgrims in their devotions. According to all religions that revere the mountain, setting foot on its slopes is a dire sin. It is claimed that many people who ventured to defy the taboo have died in the process[citation needed]. It is a popular belief that the stairways on Mount Kailash lead to heaven.

Following the political and border disturbances across the Chinese-Indian boundary, pilgrimage to the legendary abode of Lord Shiva was stopped from 1954 to 1978. Thereafter, a limited number of Indian pilgrims have been allowed to visit the place, under the supervision of the Chinese and Indian governments either by a lengthy and hazardous trek over the Himalayan terrain, travel by land from Kathmandu or from Lhasa where flights from Kathmandu are available to Lhasa and thereafter travel over the great Tibetan plateau by car. The journey takes four night stops, finally arriving at Darchen at elevation of 4,600 m (15,100 ft), small outpost that swells with pilgrims at certain times of year. Despite its minimal infrastructure, modest guest houses are available for foreign pilgrims, whereas Tibetan pilgrims generally sleep in their own tents. A small regional medical center serving far-western Tibet and funded by the Swiss Ngari Korsum Foundation was built here in 1997.

Walking around the holy mountain—a part of its official park—has to be done on foot, pony or yak, taking some three days of trekking starting from a height of around 15,000 ft (4,600 m) past the Tarboche (flagpole) to cross the Drölma pass 18,200 ft (5,500 m), and encamping for two nights en route. First, near the meadow of Dirapuk gompa, some 2 to 3 km (1.2 to 1.9 mi) before the pass and second, after crossing the pass and going downhill as far as possible (viewing Gauri Kund in the distance).


The region around Mount Kailash and the Indus headwaters area is typified by wide scale faulting of metamorphosed late Cretaceous to mid Cenozoic sedimentary rocks which have been intruded by igneous Cenozoic granitic rocks. Mt. Kailash appears to be a metasedimentary roof pendant supported by a massive granite base. The Cenozoic rocks represent offshore marine limestones deposited before subduction of the Tethys oceanic crust. These sediments were deposited on the southern margin of the Asia block during subduction of the Tethys oceanic crust prior to the collision between the Indian and Asian continents.

1.Mt.Kailash tour 14 days fromKathmandu (Drive in and Drive out)

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive to Nyalam. 

Day 04: Drive to Saga.

Day 05: Drive  to Dongba.

Day 06: Drive to Manasarovar.

Day 07: Trek to Dirapuk.

Day 09:Trek to Zhuthul Puk.

Day 09: End Kailas Parikarma and drive  Dongpa./Paryang.

Day 10: Drive to Saga.

Day 11: Drive to Naylam.

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu. 

Day13: Reserve day in Tibet or in Kathmandu

Day 14: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping.

In Addition Visit Guge Kingdom

Day 09: End Kailas Parikarma and drive Tsaparang.

Day 10: Drive to Toling. Excursion of the Guge Kingdom.

Day 11: Drive to Dongpa.

Day 12:  Drive to Paryang.

Day 13: Drive to Saga.

Day 14: Drive to Naylam.

Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu. 

Day 16-18: Visit Pokhara/chitwan National park /Free days for sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Day 19: Free day  in Kathmandu for shopping.

Day 20: Final Departure.

2.Mt.Kailash  tour via Simikot and Kodari Route   21  days fly in and drive out

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Basantapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, Boudhanath

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj: 1 hour

Day 04: Fly to Simikot (2,985m/9,790ft) and trek to Dharapori (2,360m/7,740ft) 4 - 6 hours

Day 05: Dharapori to Kermi (2,860m/9,383ft): 5 - 6 hours

Day 06: Kermi to Yalbang (2,879m/9,445ft): 5 - 6 hours

Day 07: Yalbang to Tumkot (3,073m/10,082ft): 5 - 6 hours

Day 08: Tumkot to Yari (3,663m/12,017ft): 6 - 7 hours

Day 09: Yari to Hilsa (3,647m/11,965ft) via Nara La pass: 5 - 6 hours

Day 10: Hilsa to Purang (3,772m/12,375ft): 2 - 3 hours

Day 11: Purang to Montser (4,450m/14,599ft) and sightseeing in Tirtapuri: 3 - 4 hours

Day 12: Sightseeing of Garuda Valley, then transfer to Darchen (4,560m/14,956ft): 3 - 4 hours

Day 13: First day of Kora: hiking to Dira Puk Monasterys (5120m/16,792ft), 5 - 6 hours

Day 14: Second day of Kora: hike to Dzutul-puk (4790m/15,765ft): 18km, 6 - 7 hours

Day 15: Third day of Kora: hiking to Darchen (4,560m/15,000ft): 14km, 3 - 4 hours and transfer to Manasarovar

Day 16: Tour of the Mansarovar Lake

Day 17: Mansarovar to Saga (4,600m/15,088ft) 495 km, 8 – 9 hours

Day 18: Saga to Zhangmu (3,750m/12,300ft) 325km, 4 – 5 hours

Day 19: Zhangmu to Kathmandu: 153km, 4 – 5 hours

Day 20: Final Departure

3.Mt.Kailash Tour via Simikot(Nepal) 11 days 





Rameswaram/Jagannath/Dwarika-Dhangadi/Nepalgunja Nepal

 by Airplan +Train/Bus

2 days


Nepaljunga/Dhangari-Simikot 45 minute flight and rest day for aclimatization     



simikot- Hilsa flight by Heli and Drive to Manasarover Lake 



Mt.Kailash Kora  and back to Purang/Hilsa   

4 days


Hilsa-Nepalgunja by lfight   

1 day

Day 19-11"

Nepalgunja- Drive train and bus back to your sweet home in India       

2 day



4.Mt.Kailash Tour  via lhas  (fly in and Out)

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel 
Day 02:  Kathmandu  
Day 03: Fly to Gonggar airport & drive to Lhasa
Day 04: Sight-seeing  in Lhasa 
Day 05: Drive Lhasa to Xhigatse 3782m.   
Day 06: Drive Xhigatse to Saga 4640m

Day 07: Drive-Manasarovar Lake 

Day 08: Morning Puja & lunch drive to Darchen 
Day 09: Drive to Yamdwar & start walk - Dirapuk
Day 10: Trek to Dolmala 5636m.and Zuthul Puk
Day 11: Trek to Chongdo, drive Manasarovar lake
Day 12: Drive to Shigatse.and over night at hotel
Day 13: Drive to Lhasa
Day 14: Drive to airport & fly back to Kathmandu   
Day 15: Transfer to KTM airport for final departure

5.Mt.Kailash  Tour via Lipu Pass 21 days(Drive in and Drive out)


 Lhasa-Kailas Tour cost (15 days)

Group Size



KTM-Lhasa Flight Ticket

Total Cost Per person

7 person

US$ 2900.00




8 and Plus person

US$ 2900.00



US$ 3835.00

10 and above

US$ 2900.00



US$ 3765 .00

Single Supplementary US$  500 (If take single room) but not every place in Tibet. 
For Indian Nationals:
5 -9 Persons, Per Person             INR 2,99,000
10-15 Persons, Per Person          INR 2,50,000
16 Persons or more, Per Person INR 1,99,000

Cost includes:

1.     Arrival Kathmandu, transfer- hotel, evening Arati Darshan

2.     Visits to Pashupatinath and Budhanilkantha (Jal Narayan)

3.     3 night hotel in Kathmandu (double-bed sharing basis)full

4.     Fly KTM  to Gonggar airport &transfer to Lhasa city, Tibet

5.     Drive to Xhigatse, Saga &meet Nepali staff from overland

6.     Saga-Kailash tour breakfast, lunch, dinner make by our staff

7.     Lhasa, Xhigatse - meals  in local restaurant (full vegetarian)

8.     After Saga meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner) pure Vegetarian

9.     Hotel in KTM,  Lhasa to Saga, guest house & mud houses

10.   Tibetan guide, Nepali team leader  fluently speak  English

11.   Cook who can prepare Indian dishes as your requirement

12.   Cook helper, assistant guide for Mount Kailash tour /Yatra

13.   1 Mini bus 16 seater for whole group travel to Kailash-Lhasa

14.   Support truck for carrying Kailash tour food  & Nepali staff 

15.   We have oxygen cylinder, mask- regulator emergency use

16.   We take basic first-aid-kit box altitude sickness dimox

17.   Duffel bag, complete tour certificate -  Kailash (If required)

18.   Kailash travel permit and Tibet visa Mt. Kailash tour Yatra


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