Kailash Yatra by Bus from Kathmandu - 14 Days
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra considered as one of the most pious Hindu Pilgrims at the same time is most difficult for one to reach at the abode of Lord Shiva for absolute salvation. However, with Kailash Mansarovar landcruiser tours the difficult terrain of Kailash Manasarovar becomes easy and accessible with the modern road infrastructure at Nepal as well as Tibet with the help of modern transport system. This 14 days long trip filled with spirit of adventure begins from Kathmandu.
The trip begins from Kathmandu with a scenic drive to Kerung in Tibet crossing Nepalese border at Rasuwagadi. After Kerung your tour on Landcruiser designed to make task to driving on long Tibet route simpler and easy. Reaching Kailash Mansarovar you will be blessed with holy bath and parikrama to accomplish your spiritual journey before returning to Kathmandu.
Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu
Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu, welcome by our tour representative and transfer to hotel. Check into room and refresh. Overnight at 3* equivalent hotel on twin/triple sharing basis.
Distance covered : 0 kms, Altitude : 1400 m , Meals Included : Dinner
Day 02 : Kathmandu Temple visit
In the morning after breakfast in the hotel and then continue for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu we will visit Pashupatinath Temple and Budhanilkanth Temple (Sleeping Vishnu), both are biggest holy temple in regards to Lord Shiva & Vishnu respectively. Return hotel from sightseeing and take lunch in hotel. In the evening, we will have short briefing for the program followed by introduction to all group members. Overnight at hotel. (Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: One can even book for Mountain Flight as an optional tour for this morning. This is an hour flight over World’s highest Mountain peaks. The flight departure time is at 6.30 am so those passengers who booked for this incredible flight should be ready by 5.30 am in the hotel and one of our tour officer will pick up and transfer to the domestic airport.
Distance covered : 0 kms, Altitude : 1400 m , Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03 : Drive Kathmandu to Dhunche or Shyabru Besi
After breakfast drive to Dhunche or Shyabru Besi in your bus. The drive to Dhunche or Shyabru Besi is not long in distance but the road and traffic conditions can make it tiring and time taking. Upon reaching Dhunche or Shyabru Besi stay in a lodge/guesthouse. Dinner and stay at the guesthouse.
Distance covered : 130 kms, Altitude : 3200 m , Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04 : Drive Dhunche /Shyabru Besi to Keyrong via Rasuwagadhi
After breakfast drive to the Nepalese border Rasuwagadi which is about 15 kms from Shyabru Besi. After immigration formalities the group will cross the border on foot to reach China side. The pilgrims are then transferred on their Chinese bus for onward drive to Keyrong. We travel in sturdy and comfortable vehicles that are controlled and guided by Tibetans. The accompanying Nepalese Sherpas get into the coaches after loading the food materials water etc and the onward journey into the Tibetan/Chinese region continues toward the town of Keyrong (also spelled as Gyirong or Kerung sometimes). On arrival, check into room and take rest for today. Our kitchen crew will serve hot tea or coffee with light snacks within short interval of time, after setting their kitchen. Then you can stroll around hotel vicinity or go for a walk in nearby markets. Dinner will be prepare by our cook and serve between 7 to 8 PM (Chinese time). Overnight stay will be in a guesthouse at Keyrung in dormitory style.
Distance covered : 125 kms, Altitude : 3700 m , Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05 : Free day at Keyrong (Kerung) for acclimatization
This day is reserved for rest for acclimatization in Tibet’s tough climate. Our tour manager will assist you for a short hike in and around Keyrong for warming up your body to adjust with Tibet’s high altitude. Also, you can enjoy the day with chanting Bhajan or Katha in the guesthouse.
Distance covered : 0 kms, Altitude : 3700 m , Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06 : Kerung to New Dongba via Saga
After on enjoyable drive through the mountains terrain and then the plains provides us a marvelous view of huge and bhuish lake Pieko-Tso. The yearlong Tsangpo ( Brahmaputtra river) is crossed over on, past the turn off for the northern route, and arrive at settlement of Saga (4840m). The landscape gradually changes to the high plains of Tibet, soft beautiful and photogenic. We drive further to New Dongba. Stay overnight at guesthouse/lodge in dormitory style.
Distance covered : 380 kms, Altitude : 4750 m , Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 07 : Dongba/New Dongba to Lake Manasarovar
We have very important day today as we are heading to the holiest place at Lake Manasarovar. As per above time schedule, our day begins with breakfast at 0730 AM. On the way before Mayumla Pass (4900 m), we take break for permit formalities and for lunch then continue the journey crossing Mayumla pass and Paryang county. You will have very good opportunity to see first glimpse of Mt. Kailash from the shore of Lake Manasarovar. There will be few minutes’ halt before heading to our camp / guesthouse at Lake Manasarovar for the permit formalities, that period you can use with praying and exploring the beauty of Mt. Kailash. After immigration complete, we will drive further to our guesthouse at Chiu Gompa (Depending on permission of the local authorities we may have to change our vehicle here and travel in local buses operated by the authority near Mansarovar and Kailash region). Today, you will complete Lake Manasarovar parikrama approx. 70% and rest will be complete when you return from Kailash Trek. You will have very significant moment in Lake Manasarovar with almighty bless and even graceful evening with the breathtaking view of holiest Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash. Besides this, you can also see or visit Chiu Gompa Monastery situated in hillock near Guesthouse. Stay in guesthouse in dormitory style.
Distance covered : 310 kms, Altitude : 4600 m , Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 08 : Lake Manasarovar to Darchen
Today morning, we wake up comfortably and we will find a good place for holy dip in Lake Manasarovar for all our pilgrims. We will also arrange shower tent for ladies nearby the bank of lake for change the clothing and also you can arrange your puja / haven at feasible place according to you. Our crew member will assist you if anything help require. After finishing holy bath and puja, and taking lunch, we make short drive to Darchen. On the way to Darchen, we can also see panoramic scenery of Rakshas Tal (Demon’s Lake) in the other side of Lake Mansarovar. Darchen is the major administrative hub of Kailash region with basic development in infrastructure and facility and also considered as the base camp of Mt. Kailash from where the circumambulation around Kailash begins. You can stroll around small market in Darchen in the afternoon. Stay in a guesthouse in dormitory style.
Optional trip : We arrange Asthapad excursion trip from Darchen on request but please be inform that one should trek from Darchen – Asthapad – Darchen, if there is no transport service permitted by Chinese authorities in this area. The trip to Astpad is subject to permission of local authorities and on direct payment basis to Tibetan Guides).
Distance covered : 40 kms, Altitude : 4650 m , Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 09 : 07 kms Drive to Yam Dwar. Start Parikrama to Dirapukh– 13 kms / 6 hours trek
Today, we wake up early and take breakfast then head to Tarboche / Sersong. All pilgrims have opportunity to pass through Yama Dwar before trek commence. Also, the members who are not going for parikrama will return from Yama Dwar after very close darshan of Mt. Kailash from this point and get back to Darchen guesthouse waiting for parikrama group. And other travelers who are going for parikrama will continue trekking ahead through by foot. Those who wish to hire Horse/Yak and porter may do it directly with the help of the Tibetan guide on direct payment basis. You will given name coupon to choose the horse & porter if any travelers book for this and the same horse or porter will accompany throughout the trip. We will manage Yaks & Yak men to carry our kitchen and other camping logistics for Kora. Travelers should not forget to carry their pack lunch and hot drinkable water from kitchen before start trekking Today trek is flat and gradual ascend along through the bank of Glacier River so it will be easy and reach Diraphuk camp comfortably within 5-6 hours. We will stopover in mid way for our packed lunch (Fruits, Frooty, Chocolates etc). Our Tibetan guide will help us to book our guesthouse in advance and will check into room immediately as soon you reach there because of chilly weather. Diraphuk is one of the best and closest point from where we can see crystal clear north face of Mt. Kailash standing ahead. You will have great opportunity to take several memorable picture of Kailash from here. The night will be too cold below zero degree temperature so we will have quick dinner (Khichdi, soup etc) and rest in bed.
Distance covered : 13 kms, Altitude : 4900 m , Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 : Trek Dirapukh to Zuthulphuk 22 kms trek/10 hours
Wake up very early morning before dawn, we witness first sunlight on Mt. Kailash offering amazing view of the holy mount, take quick light breakfast and get ready to begin the trek towards Zuthulphuk camp. This day is considered as toughest day of this trip. The trek goes steep climb up continuously upto Dolma-La high pass (5600 m) for about 3-4 hours and steep down to Gauri Kunda and upto flat valley for about 2.5 hours then after you will walk all the way flat land for about another 2-3 hours. That’s why, it is the tough & longest trek of about 9-10 hours. We should cross the high pass as early as possible in pleasant weather before strong windy at day time. At the top of Dolma La, you can even find the place called Shivasthal that covered with holy flags and the personal related things like clothing, ornaments, for which there is strong belief in Tibetan religion that you will get it (whatever you offered here) in heaven after your death.
Travelers should not forget to carry their pack lunch and hot drinkable water from kitchen before start trekking. After crossing Dolma La, you will see Gauri Kunda at downhill in the right side of your path. Then further walking down for a while, we will take break for pack lunch. This downhill trail is not easy due to rocky & loose stones so we should walk very carefully. Then after, you will catch soon flat trail that reach to Zuthulphuk. Also please note, the travelers who are in horse ride should also walk for 2 to 3 hours in between trekking while you are coming steep down after Dolma La.
In Zuthulphuk, we will have govt. guesthouse or in fixed tent with bed, bed sheet & warm blanket. Stay can be in dormitory style, we will take dinner at earliest it prepared and go to warm bed.
Distance covered : 22 kms, Altitude : 5600 m , Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 : Trek to Darchen and drive to Dongba – 5 hours trek
This is our last trek day and we have to make short trek about 4-5 hours so we wake up in normal time and begin trekking to descend Darchen town. Our transport will pick up us from the mid way to Darchen, upto where the road is accessible and drive to guesthouse at Darchen where our other groups staying and then take lunch there. Then after, we straight fowards continue our drive to New Dongba by completing the remaining course (approx. 30%) of parikrama of Lake Manasarovar. Stay in a guesthouse in dormitory style.
Distance covered : 310 kms, Altitude : 4600 m , Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 : Drive Dongba to Kerung
After breakfast we begin our journey towards Kerung. On the way we pass through the town of Saga, we cross the bridge over beautiful Brahmaputra River and continue our journey across the vast open Tibetan plains. The journey offers stunning Himalayan views, particularly of Shishapangma and the Pieko-Tso Lake. Driving on well pitched roads and mountainous terrain we reach Kerung for an overnight. Stay in a guesthouse in dormitory style.
Distance covered : 380 kms, Altitude : 3700 m , Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 : Kerung to Kathmandu via Rasuwagadhi
After breakfast drive from Kerung towards we walk to the Nepalese immigration control in Rasuwagadi, complete the re-entry formalities and get transferred to our hotel in Kathmandu. This should take about 7-8 hours by bus. Dinner and night stay will be in the guesthouse.
Distance covered : 170 kms, Altitude : 1400 m , Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 : Leave Kathmandu
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport to board your flight back to home.
Distance covered : 0 kms, Altitude : 1400 m , Meals Included : Breakfast.
The tour cost for Mount Kailash Manasarovar Yatra by bus for 2018 is as below:
Instalment Price :
For Indian Nationals: 1,25,000 Per Person
For Foreign Nationals & NRI: USD 2460 Per Person.
Price Includes :
Arrival & departure transportation in Kathmandu
Sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Temples.
3 nights in 3 Star equivalent hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with all veg meals
Return transfer to Nepal-China border by local bus.
Tibet Portion: accommodation in guesthouses on sharing basis in dormitory style
Pure vegetarian meals.
Support vehicle for carrying luggage and kitchen equipments
English speaking Tibetan guide & Nepali tour leader supported by cook & helpers
First Aid kit with the group and Oxygen cylinders in Tibet side
Necessary permit Langtang and Kailash region.
Normal Tibet/China visa fee to visit Kailash.
Kerung border tax
Yak to carry kitchen equipments during parikrama
01 Backpack bag, 01 Duffle Bag and 01 Wind Cheater complimentary
Yatra completion certificate
What is not Included in our package price :
Air ticket to Kathmandu and back, extra cost for additional stay, food & transport in the any delay due to weather conditions or unforeseen reasons, evacuation expenses in case of emergency, travel insurance, riding yak/horse, porters for parikraama, any expenses of personal nature, urgent visa fee, GST 5%, etc. Our package cost does not include any other item which is not listed in the above list of inclusions. We do not bear any liability for any other expense occurred during the trip and the same will be payable by the travelers on their own.
Trip Duration : 14 Days / 13 Nights
Travel Type : Overland travel by deluxe bus
Yatra starting point : Kathmandu, Nepal
Yatra finishing point : Kathmandu, Nepal
Mt. Kailash Elevation : 6,638 meters
Highest point on trek : Dolmala Pass (5,600 meters)
Season Time : May till September
How to register for kailash mansarovar yatra
If you are interested in joining one of our Kailash Yatra group please follow the process mentioned below
STEP 1 If you have questions, please fill Enquiry Form or send us email at To check availability of seats in our group, please fill Yatra Booking Form or send us email at firstname.lastname@example.org
STEP 2 Upon finalizing your dates and other information with our office, please send scanned copy (coloured copy) of your passport via email at or email@example.com (Please note the passport must be valid for minimum 6 months from the date of yatra)
STEP 3 Send advance payments to our office.View payment options
Important Remarks : While you request booking with us you confirm having read and accepted the Terms of Bookings with us as mentioned on our website and on ‘Yatra Registration Form’ .
Passport & Visa
Indian Passport Holders
Nepal portion - Indian national does not require a passport or visa to travel to Nepal. A valid identity card (voter ID card) is acceptable by Nepal Immigration to give permission to Indian nationals for travelling in Nepal.
China/Tibet portion – A valid passport, visa and a special permit to visit Kailash region is mandatory for Indian nationals willing to undertake the yatra. Please send a scanned copy of your passport to our Delhi headquarters for obtaining China Visa and Tibet Permit for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.
Foreign Nationals and NRIs
Nepal portion - A valid passport and Visa is mandatory for all foreign nationals and NRIs (Non-resident Indians) to enter Nepal. Nepal immigration offers Visa on Arrival facility at Kathmandu airport against all valid documents and visa fee.
China/Tibet portion – A valid passport, visa and a special permit to visit Kailash region is mandatory for all foreign nationals and NRIs (non-resident Indians) willing to undertake Kailash Yatra. Please send a scanned copy (coloured) of your passport to our Delhi headquarters and also carry a coloured copy of your passport alongwith 2 passport size photographs upon arrival at Kathmandu airport.
It is strictly advisable and is mandatory to carry a valid Travel Insurance covering medical expenses, emergency evacuation expenses, additional stay and food expenses etc for traveling to Kailash region. Our trips does not include the price of Travel Insurance and it is the sole responsibility of the pilgrim / traveler to ensure that he/she is adequately insured for the full duration of the trip. For more details please read Terms of Bookings carefully
We require a valid copy of health certificate of the pilgrims issued by his/her physician mentioning that the pilgrim/traveler is in perfect condition to undertake yatra to Mount Kailash at a height of above 15000 feet and above. Medical certificate is not the responsibility of ours and we do not take any liability of any health issue. All expenses for medical treatments, evacuation, hospitalisation, embulance etc are to be paid by the traveler only. For more details please read Terms of Bookings carefully.