Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash Tour -17 Days

Trip Overview

Mt. Kailash 6,638 m also known as Tise, Kailasa & Kang Rinpoche (Jewel of the Snows) is one of the famous tourist sites yet mostly chosen destination. Hindu Religion regards it as a sacred place and considers it as a home for Lord Shiva, a Hindu God and for the Buddhists, an earthbound projection of the cosmic mandala of Dhyani-Buddhas &  Bodhisattvas. The Wheel of Life; for the Bonpos, Kailash was the sacred nine-storey Swastika Mountain, upon which the Bonpo originator Sherab alighted from paradise. Four of the great rivers of the Indian subcontinent originate from here: the Karnali flows through Nepal which feeds into the Ganges then Indian Ocen, the Indus (north), the Sutlez (west) & the Brahmaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo, east). Most importantly, the place is visited due to its religious significance. The place is a pilgrimage site for Hindus, Buddhists, Bon, and Jain.
The Manasarovar Lake is located nearby Mt. Kailash at the height of 4,592m above sea level and its glacier is main the source of the lake. Similarly, The Manasarovar Lake is also considered holy and pilgrims take a holy bath in the lake with a belief that all the sins will be washed. The lake is also believed to change its color and famous for an exotic view on the full moon night.
Besides the religious mean of this place, Mt. Kailash is also very rich in its natural beauty. Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash Tour -14 Days includes lots of driving and hiking, will be an ideal trip for those who are interested in adventure and a physically fit. Come and join Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition to have lifetime memorable trip!
Trip Highlights:
  • Full day Kathmandu valley tour in UNESCO heritage sites.
  • Driving through the countryside road until base of Mount Kailash (Darchen)
  • Three days trek around Mt. Kailash - Parikrama or Kora.
  • Crossing Highest Pass Dolma La (5630m) during Mt. Kailash Circuit (Parikrama).
  • Excursion to Manasarover Lake - one of the most sacred lakes in Tibet.
  • Puja and Hawan at the bank of Holy Lake Manasarovar.
  • Experience the Tibetan lifestyle and culture.

Additional Information

We have tried to consign almost all necessary information on the website. However, you might have some confusion regarding the time, cost, and some technical help. So to have further discussion and information about the trip please directly contact us info@amazingnepaltrek.com and feel free to ring +977-9851116042/9841966352 and talk to us directly at any time.

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu, 1,300m/4,264ft
Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley and Preparation for Trekking, 1,300m/4,264ft
Day 03: Kathmandu-Nylam, 3750m/12303ft, 155 km
Day 04: Nylam -Pelgu TSO, 4595/15075ft, 57 km
Day 05: Saga, 4280m/14041ft
Day 06: Paryang, 4750m/15583ft, 255 km
Day 07: Lake Manasorovar, 4560m/14960ft, 260 km
Day 08: Darchen (4560m/14960ft, 30 km
Day 09, 10 and 11: Kailash Circuit Trek - Diraphuk : (6 hrs)
Day 12: Lake Manasorovar, 4560m/14960ft - Rest day or self-exploration
Day 13: Lake Manasorovar – Paryang, 4750m/15583ft
Day 14: Paryang–Saga, 4280m/14041ft
Day 15: Saga-Nylam, 3750m/12303ft
Day 16: Back To Nyalam And Kathmandu, 1,300m/4,264ft, 155 km
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu

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Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu, 1,300m/4,264ft
Upon your arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a company representative, who will drop you off at our hotel. After checking in, take a rest or visit Amazing Nepal's office. You may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition. For dinner, you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country's authentic food culture. If your flight arrives late, both the meeting and dinner would be scheduled for the following day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley and Preparation for Trekking, 1,300m/4,264ft
After breakfast, you will set out for sightseeing of the culturally and architecturally rich heritage sites of the Valley. Places such as the Pashupatinath, the world famous temple precinct of the Hindus, the Boudhnath and Swaymbhunath, the world famous Buddhist stupa precinct, and Kathmandu Durbar Square will open up completely a new cultural world of Nepali art and architecture to you. You will also be taken to the Kumari Ghar, where resides the Virgin Goddess. We will also discuss the trip, and you will be introduced to your fellow trekkers and our crews.
Day 03: Kathmandu-Nylam, 3750m/12303ft, 155 km
Today we will drive to Nyalam from Kathmandu across the lush greenery of Nepalese countryside, along with but in opposite direction to the Bhote Koshi River, right up to the Nepal-Tibet border from the border we will drive on the steadily climbing road to the town of Zhangmu and on to Nyalam. We will call it a day here in Nyalam and spent our night at Nyalam Guest House.
Day 04: Nylam -Pelgu TSO, 4595/15075ft, 57 km
Today we leave Nyalam behind and drive to Pelgu Tso through the Thong La Pass. The road then drops before climbing again to Lalung La Pass. From here we will have an incredible view of Shisha Pangma (8012 M). We will call it a day and camp for today in a suitable place.
Day 05: Saga, 4280m/14041ft
Today we will drive from our camping site to Saga, which is a typical Chinese and Tibetan town. This town is the gate away from the pilgrims who are visiting Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar.
Day 06: Paryang, 4750m/15583ft, 255 km
It’s a 145 Km drive from Saga to Zhongba.The road is fine and the trip will take about 4-5 hours of driving. In Zhongba there is a small monastery at the western end of town. You can stop by and visit the monastery if you wish to. Roads beyond Zhongba are very bumpy and dusty. Though the sceneries are very beautiful and you might want to stop now and then to take a few snaps.
Day 07: Lake Manasorovar, 4560m/14960ft, 260 km
It’s a long and difficult drive from Paryang to Lake Manasarovar. The road is very bumpy and dusty. And it will take about 10 hours to complete this journey. On the way, we will pass several rivers and we will pass Mayum La pass too. The scenery is stunningly beautiful with panoramic views of the Himalayas. Upon the arrival of Manasarovar, we will spend our night camping at Hor Qu.
Day 08: Darchen (4560m/14960ft, 30 km
Darchen is about 30 Km away from our camping site in the north direction. This is the main gate away for the Kailash pilgrims. Here we will arrange yak or ponies for Kailash Circuit trek.
Day 09, 10 and 11: Kailash Circuit Trek - Diraphuk 
The Kailash circuit covers three days of trekking. Its 53 Km long and it’s quite challenging route to trek on.
Kailash circuit day 1: Darchen- Diraphuk
This trek will take about 6 hours of hiking and climbing. We will head west in clockwise direction and after few kilometers, the trail climbs up to the cairn at 4730m, from where Mt. Kailash comes to view. En route we will visit Tarboche, where annual flagpole raising ceremony takes place in Saga Dawa.
Kailash circuit day 2: Dhiraphuk- Zutrulphuk
Today we will cross Dolma La pass at the height of 5630 m and frozen Lake of Gouri Kunda at 5608 m. This is the lake where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in the icy water of the lake.
Kailash circuit day 3: The final day of parikrama is an easy 2-3 hours of a walk down to where the river emerges on to the Barga plain. Today we will complete the 3 days Kailash circuit and drive to Darcha and then to Lake Manasarovar today. We will be spending the night at Chiu Gompa this day. Chiu Gompa is situated on the edge of a rocky cliff overlooking the Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash.
Day 12: Lake Manasorovar, 4560m/14960ft - Rest day or self-exploration
This is the day you will rest and explore the Manasarovar area on your own. You can explore the meditation caves in these areas. You can take a bath in the holy water of Manasarovar Lake or can just pass the peaceful hours in the Chiu Gompa.
Day 13: Lake Manasorovar – Paryang, 4750m/15583ft
Today we will follow the same road we drove in from Paryang to Manasarovar to go back to Paryang. As you already know it will take about 10 hours of a bumpy ride with fantastic sceneries on both side of the road.
Day 14: Paryang–Saga, 4280m/14041ft
Today we will drive from Paryang to Saga and spend the night in Saga.
Day 15: Saga-Nylam, 3750m/12303ft
Today we will drive from Saga to Nyalam through the barren plains of Tingri.As you leave the Tibetan plateaus you will progress towards the Nyalam city where you will spend the night at a cozy warm hotel.
Day 16: Back To Nyalam And Kathmandu, 1,300m/4,264ft, 155 km
Today after the morning breakfast you will drive from Nyalam to Zhangmu, through the winding downhill road offering you fantastic views of beautiful waterfalls. This drive will take around an hour. A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu will take you to the friendship bridge on the Bhotekoshi River, which separates Tibet from Nepal. You will drive through the lush greenery of Nepalese countryside for five hours to reach Kathmandu to enjoy its evening markets and bustling beauty. En route you can stop for a quick fish snack at Chehere and Dolalghat.
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu
Yes, we will see you off at the Tribhuvan International airport.

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Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation on Hotel/Guest House and tent Camp as per the itinerary.
  • Transportation by 4WD Land Cruiser. 
  • All Sightseen and entrance fee as per the itinerary.
  • All Necessary Travel and Trekking Permit.
  • All trekking Equipment- including mattress and tent.
  • Supporting Truck to bring logistic support + foods. (Above 03 Pax)
  • Yak and Yak man During the Trek to bring Luggage and food.
  • Nepali Supporting Staff (Sherpa, Cook, and helper) from Kathmandu.
  • Full board meal during the trek
  • Sleeping bag and Down jacket
  • Necessary Government taxes and Service charge.

Cost not Includes:

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Laundry, Telephone call, and hot water Bottle
  • Personal expenses
  • Medical fee if in case of emergency
  • Hiring porter or Horse.(Pony)
  • Rescue and Evacuation Service
  • Any Additional cost due to Natural calamity and Unforeseen Circumstances and etc.
  • Tips for Guide, Driver and Sherpa Staffs
  • All those things not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Every Day Departure
We can depart our trip every day(Nepal Packages). You Can Schedule your own departure date and contact us. We will make your Itinerary as your convenient.
Weather conditions from March to October in Tibet can be expected to be dry and sunny, with precipitation in July and August. Day time temperatures can be as high as 22 degrees centigrade in Tibet. The average daily temperature will be 10 degrees centigrade, however, the intense sun at higher elevation can make it feel even hotter. Usually, there is an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening time; temperatures at night time can drop as low as 0 to -15 degrees centigrade at altitudes of 5000 meters, our highest camp during the Kailash Circuit.
This is considered as a moderate trek therefore some specific level of fitness is required.  Though, all those people can join this tour/trek if they think themselves fit and have strong will power. People suffering from cardiac or respiratory problems should consult to their doctor. Morning and evening walks, jogging, stretching, meditation and regular exercise make the journey comfortable for all.
Altitude sickness can effect anyone who gain the elevation too rapidly without proper acclimatization.  We advise to read any book on trekking that has a chapter on this and also consult your doctor before you leave for the trip. Please note that Diamox has to be taken by all participants as a precaution measure. Our advice: Drink at least 4 litters of water a day, do not exhaust yourself so much, breathe deep and take more rest than usual. The level of Oxygen become thinner at higher elevation. The inclement weather and high altitude induces certain illness generally not encountered over the plains. Headache, nausea, lassitude, lethargy, breathlessness, general uneasiness [malaise], high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia are a few. It is common to all irrespective of the age, sex and physical fitness. Gradual acclimatization is the best answer. Some of symptoms indicate that the body mechanism is readjusting to new environments.
The best idea is deliberately slow down all the activities and observe the following rules: 
  • Rest and relax or do not exert, be excited.
  • Keep talking in low voice or observe silence with smile.
  • Walk slowly – set one third of your usual pace.
  • Keep your daypack light.
  • Stop every 20 minutes and take short rest.
  • Whenever you feel uncomfortable, just stop; rest and relax.
  • Ignore the sudden outbursts of fellow trekkers and avoid arguments.
  • Never go too high and too fast.
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol, drugs and intoxicants.
  • Consume plenty of fluid; never keep your stomach empty.
  • Chant or visualize everything around to suit your pleasant thoughts or put on the earphones and listen to your favorite music. 
  • Be careful not to catch a cold. It is better to be over clothed than under protected. En-route avoid taking bath or drinking water straight from lake, stream or river as your system is not conditioned for this. 
  • Keep your boots/Ked inside. Protect yourself against dust and direct sunshine during the long stretches of driving. Face, feet and hands must be well protected. 
  • Always talk and listen to your guide or the one with experience. Never leave the group.
‘Yuan’ is the currency unit  in Tibet, China. Approximately, one US Dollar equivalent to six Yuan. All major foreign currencies are accepted in Zhangmu bank in return for Yuan.  Credit cards are easily accepted.
Valuable goods taken for personal use (Mobile Phones and moive/video camera etc) should be declared at customs office by completing a customs declaration form and brought back to return journey. Antiques must be properly certified; otherwise they may be confiscated. We strongly advise that not to bring any kind of books, magazines or any published  materials against China or its Territory.
We will provide a Private Van or Bus from Kathmandu to Kerung as per the group size and in whole Tibet part will be in Land cruiser/Pajero or Deluxe Tourist Buses. Also we will provide a support truck for luggage and all camping equipment and food supplies.
Our highly experienced Nepalese staff will be responsible for all camping and cooking arrangements during the whole Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash Trek.
We will arrange a ‘Detail Trip Briefing Program’ in Kathmandu before you leave for the trip. It is very mandatory that all participants attend this briefing. If you have any unsolved queries then you discuss during this meeting.
Most of the places rooms are available nowadays. We may use camps (Tented room) during Kailash Circuit. Rooms found in locally are very basic without any modern amenities and accommodate 3-4 persons in one room. Laundry services will not be available throughout the trip. Single occupancy room may not be available.
We will serve delicious continental food; Breakfast and Dinner in Campsite serve by Nepali trained staff. Pack lunch will be provided for daytime. We will serve mineral water for drinking purpose. It will be advisable to bring sufficient supplementary food like chocolates, biscuits, nuts, pickles, bhujias, swahilis etc.
To enter Tibet, we organize a group visa, and in order to do this we will need a copy of your passport at least 30 days prior to the commencement of your trip. Tourism regulations in Tibet are subject to change without prior notice. As per current regulation of Chinese government, Indian passport holders must get visa from Chinese Embassy Delhi so we collect all passport there. For Others (Except Indian), we collect passport in Kathmandu at least 2 days before. At least six months validity of passport is needed for visa processing.
Local English speaking Tibetan Guide will escort the group throughout the trek/tour in Tibet.
Still Cameras, Home Video cameras are allowed into Tibet without having to take any permission.
We recommend that you have a Travel Insurance against any kind of sickness, emergency rescue, accident hospitalization, flight cancellation etc. as we accept no responsibility for damages or expenses which may arise from mishaps to persons or their belongings during the trip.
Since the last few years, communication have been improved a lot in Tibet. Most of places  such as Nayalam, Saga, Paryang and Darchen have international phone/wifi facilities. Internet cafes also are found at bigger towns, check with your guide for the best internet cafes in every town.
You will also have a roaming facility added to your mobile phone as it works nicely in Tibet. If you buy a Chinese SIM card at the border, you will be connected almost any time with your friends and family. Please talk to your guide for the latest facilities and schemes on Chinese Mobile Operatiors.
Amazing Nepal Trek & Expedition will put every effort to make your journey very smooth and pleasant. However, all the programs in Tibet are conducted strictly under the rules and regulations of China Tibet Tourism Bureau. Therefore, we or our Tibet counterpart shall not be responsible for any change and alterations in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snow, and political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, delay shortage of Land Cruiser Jeep in Tibet and sickness or accidents. Any extra cost incurring there of shall be borne by the clients on the spot. It is most recommended for clients to have full insurance against medical and personal accidents as well as trip cancellation.
All notice of cancellation must be sent to our office in writing; verbal cancellation will not be accepted. There is no refund for services not used. In case of any cancellation the booking amount will be completely forfeited. In addition, the following cancellation rules will be applicable on the balance amount payable.
  • 15 days period from tour departure date 30% cancellation.
  • 10 days period from tour departure date 75% cancellation.
  • 5 days and less period no sow 100% cancellation.
Above rules are applicable as per the rules and regulation of China Tibet Tourism Bureau and (IPSC) Indian Pilgrims Service China.

If you want to book a trekking package with Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition and still wondering about the essential equipment for your trekking journey, here we are more than happy to offer our checklist for your references. Please make necessary amendments to our checklist as per your need and convenience. For some case, if you couldn’t get any of these listed equipment/gears in your hometown or you’re in a rush before you fly to Kathmandu, don’t worry! The listed necessary items mentioned below can be easily purchased here.
Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. A porter is available for two people who will carry maximum up to 25 kg. So, You have to be careful while packing your Bag or luggage.
Moreover, There is an allowance of 15kg per person on the domestic flights. Additional personal items are not needed for the trekking portion of the trip which can be kept in the hotel’s storage room without extra cost.

Below is the checklist of equipment that is required for the trek:

  • Buff headwear /neckwear
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch


  • Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Down filled jacket  (Your own Down Jacket is strongly recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary down jacket which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)


  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Thermal underwear


  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable Hiking boots
  • Sneakers /slippers


  • Gore-tex gloves


  • Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C (Your own sleeping bag strongly is recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary sleeping bags which is needed to be returned after the completion of trek)
  • Trekking bags/duffel bag (Amazing Nepal Trek will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel/kit bag, but one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for items that are left at the hotel in Kathmandu)
  • Large plastic bags (For keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (Optional, Recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Sewing Kit
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • The first-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes 
  • Reading or writing material

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