Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra trekking trip

Question : How many days required for Mt. Kailash Yatra?

Answer. There are different routes and durations for Holy Mt. Kailash Yatra as mentioned below

  • - 14 days Kailash Overland Yatra from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • - 16 days Kailash overland yatra via Lhasa
  • - 11 days Kailash Yatra by Helicopter from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • - 08 days Kailash Yatra by Helicopter Nepalganj to Nepalgunj
  • - 09 days Kailash Yatra by Helicopter Lucknow to Lucknow
  • - 05 days Kailash Yatra by Helicopter via Nepalganj for VIP
  • - 09 days Kailash Yatra by Fly in Fly out from Ali Ngari

Question : What are the durations and places for each Kailash Yatra itinerary

Answer. Below is the route plan and duration for various Kailash Mansarovar Yatra trips

  • - 16 days Kailash Yatra by road from Lhasa side. Kathmandu – Lhasa – Shigatse - Saga - Lake    Mansarovar – Mount Kailash – 3 days Mt. Kailash Parikrama – Saga – Shigatse - Lhasa - Kathmandu

  • - 14 days Kailash Overland Yatra from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. Kathmandu – Rasuwagadhi –    Keiyrong – Saga - Lake Mansarovar – Mount Kailash – 3 days Mt. Kailash Parikrama – Saga –    Keiyrong - Kathmandu

  • - 11 days Kailash Yatra by Helicopter from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. Kathmandu – Nepalgunj –    Simikot – Hilsa – Burang – Lake Manasarovar – Mount Kailash – 3 days Mount Kailash Parikrama –    Taklakot – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu

  • - 09 days Kailash Yatra by Helicopter via Lucknow. Lucknow - Nepalgunj – Simikot – Hilsa – Burang –    Lake Manasarovar – Mount Kailash – 3 days Mount Kailash Parikrama – Taklakot – Nepalgunj -    Lucknow

  • - 08 days Kailash Yatra by Helicopter via Nepalganj. Nepalgunj – Simikot – Hilsa – Burang – Lake    Manasarovar – Mount Kailash – 3 days Mount Kailash Parikrama – Taklakot – Nepalgunj

  • - 09 days Kailash Yatra by Fly in Fly out from Ali Ngari. Lhasa – Ali – Mount Kailash – Manasarovar    Lake – Ali - Lhasa

  • - 05 days Kailash Yatra by Helicopter via Nepalganj for VIP. Nepalgunj – Simikot – Hilsa – Burang –   Lake Manasarovar – Mount Kailash Darshan – Taklakot – Nepalgunj

Question : What is the age restrictions for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra?

Answer. Though the age recommended for Kailash Yatra is 14 to 70 years, we have taken kid of below 04 year of age and elderly people of 74 year+ age on this trip. It is to be noted that officially it is not permitted for the people of 60 year age and above to undertake kora of Mount Kailash, but the same is always at the sole discretion of the local authority and depends on the health of an individual. Mount Kailash kora is usually an inbuilt part of the Kailash Yatra packages, but if not permitted by the authorities or health, it is under the authority of the guides to reject to take any for the kora of Mount Kailash. No refund or compensation is available in lieu thereof.

Question : What is the quality of accommodation in Kailash Mansarovar Yatra route ?

Answer. Generally on this route only basic accommodation with basic living facilities are available. In last few years some good hotels have come up at some places including Nepalgunj, Saga, Burang and Darchen specifically. Near Mansarovar accommodation is only in guest house and during trekking of Mount Kailash stay will be only in the available lodges.

Question : What type of toilet facilities are available on Kailash Mansarovar Yatra route ?

Answer. During Kailash Mansarovar travel it is very obvious to face difficulties with finding good and clean toilets. Where the newly come up hotels at Taklakot, saga, Darche offer rooms with attached toilets, most guest houses and hotels still offer common toilets which are sometime not very clean. There is a mix of Indian as well as English style toilets at those places and one need to be prepared for this. Travelers with knee problems going on Kailash Yatra must inform the guides in advance for their requirements of English toilets and the guides shall try to accommodate their need depending on the availability. During the kora / parikrma / circumambulation of mount Kailash there is no toilet facility and one has to use open air toilets due to no option. Sometimes the toilets with dug-pit loos are provided.

Question : What kind of food is served on the tour?

Answer. For breakfast one gets high energy and nutritious beverages like complan, bournvita, horlicks along with tea/coffee. There is porridge/cornflakes and the menu alternates pancakes, upma, pakoras etc., and bread with butter/ jams etc. are there. Lunch is generally packed and served at a scenic spot near some water pool. It consists of a tetra pack (Frooti etc) or lime water with glucose, puri/chapatti & vegetables, tinned fruits/sweets, pickle. Dinner is at the campsite and the menu is very varied with soup, Indian, Chinese and European cuisine and a desert. Water collected from streams near the campsite is boiled and hence safe for drinking. You can add iodine drops or chlorine tablets.

Question : Do we get pure vegetarian food without onion?

Answer. During entire trip of Kailash Mansarovar food served by the hotels, guesthouses and our chef is always pure vegetarian (Jain food) without onion and garlic.

Question : Do we get drinkable water on the trip to Kailash Mansarovar?

Answer. Yes, mineral water or filtered water or water purifying tables are made available during the trip to Kailash Mansarovar. There are number of small shops where packed drinking water is available.

Question : Does my India Mobile work during Kailash Yatra ?

Answer. Yes the Indian mobile does work during the Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar Lake Yatra (except the day of Mount Kailash Parikarma) , but kindly take international roaming from your provider.

Question : Can a single person or a couple join the Kailash Yatra group?

Answer. Max Holidays organizes Fixed Departure Tours by Land Cruiser and also by Helicopter and the same can be joined subject to availability in the specific departure dates. All our departures are guaranteed and any number of person may take part in these departures.

Question : What are the different ways of travelling to Kailash?

1. By road from India. This is a 28-30 day trek but the disadvantage of this trek is that it has to be booked well in advance and there is no certainty that one can go despite being in physical shape, because the number of seats is limited and participants are chosen for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through draw by the Ministry of External Affairs, India. About 400 people out of 6000 applicants go for this yatra each year.

2. By road from Kathmandu and from there by road to Lake Manasarovar at the base of Mount Kailash. One may fly to Kathmandu from Delhi, Varanasi, Kolkata or Mumbai. This is the most popular route for doing Mount Kailash Yatra.

3. Our Helicopter tours of Kailash are perfect choice for those who cannot afford to spend 15-16 days for the Yatra or who are not very comfortable with high altitude road journey. This tour uses fixed wing aircraft for the flight from Kathmandu to Nepalganj and from there to Simikot. From Simikot a helicopter flies to Hilsa. Landcruisers are then used to reach Manasarovar.

4. Tour via Lhasa wherein one will fly to Kathmandu and then to Lhasa by China Air and from there one will visit various towns in Tibet like Shigatse, Gyantse, Lhatse, Prayang etc. and will reach Lake Manasarovar. On the way back, there are three options :
a. drive back to Lhasa and fly back to Kathmandu
b. drive to Hilsa and fly via Helicopter and fixed wing aircraft to Nepalgunj
c. drive back to Kathmandu via Keiyrong – Rasuwagadhi Border (Nepal-China Friendship Route).

Question : What route does the Kailash 14 day tour follow?

Answer. As stated above after 2 nights at Kathmandu, the group leaves for the Tibet border (Keiyrong/Zhangmu) on the 3rd day. There is a 2-night halt at Keiyrong/Nyalam, with an additional day for acclimatising to the height. Thereafter halts are at Saga and the sacred Lake Manasarovar before reaching Mount Kailash. This is followed by the 3 day Kailash trekking (parikrama). The return route is the same. Each day there is an incredibly beautiful and equally exhausting drive for 8 hours or more, on rough and rugged terrain. There are very few metalled roads in this part of Tibet.

Question : Is passport must to undertake trip to Kailash Mansarovar region?

Answer. Yes, a valid passport is a must for undertaking the pilgrims Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. To apply for new passport Click Here

Question : Where do I need to apply for China visa to go to Kailash Mansarovar trekking trip?

Answer. As per the latest rules, after receiving necessary permits Indian nationals must apply for visa at China embassy in Delhi only and NRIs and Foreign passport holders must apply at China Embassy in Kathmandu only. The rules of the authorities keeps changing and are beyond our control, hence it is advisable to keep yourself updated on the same. You may further consult with our Kailash Mansarovar Yatra advisor by calling them or writing them an email.

Question : If I have a Chinese visa already, do I still need to apply for visa?

Answer. Yes, even if you have a Chinese visa on your passport you need to present your original passport to designated Chinese Embassy in order to get approved in Group visa. Failing to this you may not undertake Kailash Yatra tour.

Question : What all documents I must carry on Kailash Mansarovar Yatra tour?

Answer. Besides a valid passport one must carry a voted ID card (Indian Nationals), 04-05 coloured passport sized photograph, Travel & Medical insurance, Doctor’s Medical Certificate. Copy of Kailash Yatra permits and Group visa will be made available with the tour leaders/guides.

Question : What kind of fitness is required to undertake Kailash Mansarovar travel?

Answer. For Kailash Manasarovar Yatra in remote land of Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) physical and mental fitness is very important. It is advisable to get a medical examination with your regular doctor before you plan to go on Mt. Kailash Yatra. Anyone suffering from back problems may find the long drives over bumpy roads difficult. People suffering from Asthma or any kind of dust allergy are forewarned that the amount of dust on the road necessitates wearing a mask. Apart from that, it is a good idea to prepare in advance with brisk walking, and some regimen of exercise or preferably yoga asanas and pranayama. Eventually, for most people the Kailash parikrama is an act of faith.

Question : Which all tests I must go through before booking or undertaking the Kailash yatra?

Answer. Blood test, Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure, ECG are some basic tests which are recommended. Depending on age or physical status of a person, we recommend that he should get examined by the physician thoroughly. It is totally the responsibility of the traveller to ensure that he/she is fit to undertake this trip. Anytime during the trip if the person is found unfit to take further trip, he/she may be immediately off-loaded from the Kailash trip and sent back by offering no compensation in lieu thereof and all additional services hired in that case will be completely on the traveller only.

Question : What is the availability of medical Oxygen during Kailash Yatra?

Answer. During Kailash Yatra tour in Tibet and especially during the trekking our crew does carry oxygen cylinders/oxygen pillow/portable oxygen bottles for emergency use. Small portable oxygen bottles are available easily in the Burang market and one can also carry the same for emergency use on his own expense.

Question : What kind of emergency evacuation facilities available ?

Answer. During Kailash Yatra tour in the event of emergency we provide all possible and available emergency evacuation facilities such as ground ambulance, helicopter ambulance, doctors, hospitalisation etc but the same is payable by the travellers only. We do not take any liability for payments of hospital bills, medicines, emergency evacuation transport, additional accommodation and food bills etc. One must carry sufficient money to overcome with such situations.

Question : Do I need an Insurance for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra tour?

Answer. Yes, it is strictly advised to get yourself completely insured for any medical emergency evacuation, delay or cancelation of the trip etc. Emergency evacuation charges on this trip are sometimes very high and insurance for Kailash Mansarovar trip plays a vital role here when needed. While buying an insurance ensure that the same is valid for the specific trip and route. For more information contact Kailash Yatra consultants at our office.

Question : Which currency I must carry on my Kailash Yatra travel?

Answer. Indian rupees currency notes are widely accepted in all small and big establishments and shops in Nepal side. During travel in Tibet one must carry Chinese Yuan only. The exchange rate of Chinese Yuan is approx 01 Yuan = INR 11 which vary from bank to bank and also on the day of exchange. US Dollars are also accepted at some places but carrying Chinese Yuans for small payments is always better. Exchange is available at Kathmandu Nepal and Taklakot (Burang) Tibet side. To avoid inconvenience and high exchange rate it is better that you buy and bring Yuans before starting from home, if available.

Question : Is it compulsory to perform the Parikrama / Kora / Circumambulation of Mount Kailash

Answer. No, it is not compulsory. It depends on health and wish of an individual. But if you are travelling in a group you must stay at the base camp of Mount Kailash until the other group members come back after performing kora of Mount Kailash

Question : How long it takes for Mt. Kailash Parikarma / Kora / Circumambulation? How long is the trek ?

Answer. The circle of the mount Kailash from Darchen (base of Mount Kailash) to Darchen is about 52 kms, out of which about 10 kms is covered by vehicle. The trekking of Mount Kailash is about 42 kms total which is performed clockwise and takes 2 nights halt including one night each at Dhirapukh Gompa and Zuthulpukh Gompa.

Question : What if I start the kora / circumambulation and I find difficult completing it after 1st day trek?

Answer. The circle of the mount Kailash from Darchen (base of Mount Kailash) to Darchen is about

Question : What is the difference between Outer Kora and Inner Kora of Mount Kailash?

Answer. The outer kora is the normal 3 days parikrama / kora / circumambulation of holy Mount Kailash which leads through Dhirapukh Gompa and Zuthulpukh Gompa. On the other hand the Inner Kora of Mount Kailash includes (apart from the normal kora) visit and parikrama of Nandi parvat, Ashtapad, Atma Linga etc. The inner kora is comparatively very tough and is performed usually one or two times every year, depending on weather. However August is considered to be the most suitable time for Inner kora of Mount Kailash.

Question : How much walking is required on the Kailash Mansarovar tour package ?

Answer. During the rainy season in Nepal (late June to Aug), there is a strong possibility of landslides en-route to the Tibet border. This stretch varies from 3-5 kms and has to be walked, if required. After that, you will need to walk during the parikrama, if you decide to undertake it. This is a 52-kms / 3 days trek done at an average altitude of 15000 ft and the highest point is the Dolma La (Pass) at 19,500 ft. Attempt walking the entire distance including the trek up the Dolma La only if you are extremely fit physically. If you are reasonably fit, hire a pony (limited numbers available) for the 3-day parikrama (the rate for this service is about Chinese Yuan 2800 for a Yak and a porter). You may need the yak on day 2 of the parikrama on the ascent to Dolma La. But knowing the behaviour of the yaks and the yakmen, you should be prepared for walks on the first and last day of the parikrama. On these 2 days the walks are in general over level ground ( i.e. with no major ascents or descents). There will be a walking for approx. 8 hrs. a day. However, there is the option of not doing the parikrama at all and staying behind at Darchen at your own cost. We can pick you up after the parikrama.

Question : How should I prepare myself for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra tour ?

Answer. Both mental and physical fitness is required to complete the trip. It is one of the toughest land journeys which you would have ever taken on earth. Physical preparations include ANY or all of the following: walking 4-5 kms. a day, swimming, playing badminton, jogging, freehand exercise, climbing a 10/20-storey building etc. All this not only helps muscle development but also expands capacity of the lungs, which is vital in high altitudes due to lower levels of oxygen. This is not a yatra in which you can depend on 'palkis' or ponies to take care of you. You have to depend on your own reserves of strength and stamina. Mental preparation means being absolutely positive about wanting to complete the journey. Yoga helps. A medical check up is strongly recommended. Take your personal physician's advice on your participation. If you consume alcohal and smoke, better quit it.

Question : Which is the best time to go on the tour to Kailash Manasarovar ?

Answer. While tours operate from April to September in that region, please check the fixed day tours, and itinerary for details on dates. The Tibet plateau is a dry region and rain/precipitation is very little so any month between May-September is good except for August when you can expect heavy rainfall in Tibet. Weather wise although May and September will be colder. However, June-Sep, is the rainy season in Nepal and on the road to the border, landslides do take place and might require a 5-6 km walk on extreme cases. Weather in Tibet is very uncertain.

Question : I have read all information about the trip. How to book it now?

Answer. In order to book a trip to Kailash Mansarovar, you may contact one of our Kailash Mansarovar Yatra package advisor by phone, email, whatsapp or online chat. To book the Yatra please send a valid coloured passport copy of your passport, a passport sized coloured photograph for visa, a Kailash Yatra registration form duly filled and signed and a Yatra booking deposit amount to us. Once we have received these documents and payments we consider that you are enrolled in our fixed departure group to Kailash Mansarovar.

Question : How can I make payments for my Kailash Yatra package bookings?

Answer. One can pay through bank transfer, credit card payment gateway and other available mode of payments made available. For more details, please click on link.

Answer. There are a large number of small and big travel agents in India, Nepal and other countries which are now offering seats in fixed departure trips to Kailash Mansarovar, but not all are directly operating the trip. They perform as sub agents of Max Holidays or any other similar Kailash Yatra tour operators. During last few years Max Holidays has emerged as one of the largest and most preferred Kailash travel agent and Kailash Yatra package tour operators. A large number of Kailash Yatra traveller community vouch for the credibility of Max Holidays and their great ground arrangements for a successful operation of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. While selecting to book a trip to Kailash Mansarovar Yatra one should hardly get into bargains for few hundred or thousand rupees but pay adequate amount to the operator in order to ensure that all aspect of the trip are well taken care of and the trip is safe and enjoyable at the end. If you are choosing to go with some local Kailash Yatra booking agent, please ensure that you are dealing with the right agency which has a sound background and financial security for you. To know more about the difference bwtween the leading Kailash Mansarovar tour operator Max Holidays and other competitors, you may contact our customer heldesk now or write an email at or

Answer. Some useful tips for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra trekking trip :

Try and make friends with the Tibetan guide and driver. They may appear stand-offish initially but are warm and simple people. Small gifts like Hindi movie cassettes, dark glasses, a cap/hat etc. go a long way in overcoming language problems and establishing rapport.

The first two to three days are particularly tough as you get used to the rigours of the journey and acclimatise to the sudden change of altitude. This can cause breathlessness, lethargy, drowsiness, nausea, lack of appetite, sleeplessness, headache, irritation, anger, lack of judgement. Drink plenty of water (4-5 litres a day), remain calm and quiet, avoid petty arguments, rest as much as possible, eat properly at mealtimes. Talk to the helpful and caring staff and inform them of any difficulties.

If you are not allergic to sulpha drugs (please consult your physician), take one tablet of Diamox at Kathmandu the night before leaving for Tibet as well as on the 2nd and 3rd nights, or even longer. Alternatively, take half tablet in the morning and half in the evening. Now a days, we do have non-sulphar drugs available by Ranbaxy. Oxygen cylinders and Gamow bags are carried for anyone having major problems.

If you can't do the parikrama, say so. Don't take the altitude lightly. Many people understand at Darchen that the parikrama cannot be done by them and decide accordingly. We will make alternate arrangements for you to stay back at Darchen (at extra cost payable directly to the lodge, approx Rs.2,500 a day approx).