• Trip Duration
    14 Days
  • Start Point
    Kathmandu
  • Finish Point
    Kathmandu
  • Trip Type
    Group Joining
  • Trip Expense
    from 155,000

Kailash Yatra by Bus from Kathmandu

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is considered as one of the most pious pilgrimage for the followers of Hindu and Jain religion and at the same time the most difficult trekking trip of Asia. However, with Kailash Mansarovar overland tours the difficult terrain of Kailash Manasarovar becomes comparatively easy and accessible with the modern road infrastructure and transport system in Tibet. This 14 days long trip filled with spirit of adventure begins from Kathmandu with a rough and scenic drive to Keyrung, crossing Nepalese border at Rasuwagadi. The black top roads of Tibet leading to Lake Mansarovar and Mount Kailash offers scenic view of snowcapped mountains and great Tibetan plains.



Trip Schedule

13 nights / 14 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu by road

01 Day

Arrive Kathmandu

Start your trip from Kathmandu today as you arrive at Kathmandu international airport. Upon arrival the representative of Max Holidays will greet you outside the airport and will provide you transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. Rest of the time is free. Dinner and night stay will be at the hotel.

Meals Included : Veg Dinner at the hotel
Max. Elevation : 1400 m
Accommodation Style : 3* equivalent hotel

02 Day

Kathmandu Sightseeing

At around 08.00 am the temple visit will start. We will try to reach Pashupatinath Temple before 09.00am to attend aarti in the main temple. Also visit many small and big temples in the complex. After visiting Pashupatinath Temple visit the ‘Sleeping Vishnu’ Temple (Jal Narayan Temple) and Guheshwari Mata Temple. After visiting temples, drive back to your hotel and spend time in preparing for the next day travel to Nepal-China border. If you want to buy some stuff for your trip you may pay a visit to the popular market of Thamel. Here you may get almost every item related to trekking and adventure activities. In the evening, we will have short briefing program followed by introduction of all group members. Overnight stay and dinner at the hotel.

Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Max. Elevation : 1400 m
Distance covered: 40 kms within the city / 04 hours
Accommodation Style : 3* equivalent hotel

Optional Tour : An hour mountain flight over the world’s highest mountain peaks can be a feast for the eyes of the travelers. The flight departs at around 06.30am from domestic airport. If you want to take this trip, please book in advance to avoid non-availability of seats.

03 Day

Kathmandu To Shyabrubesi

After breakfast, the group will drive to Syabru Besi (2380m) in a bus. The drive to Syabru Besi is not long in distance but the bad road conditions and traffic can make it much tiring, uncomfortable and time taking. Estimated driving time is around 07 - 08 hours to cover the distance of 148kms. Upon reaching Syabru Besi, stay will be organized in a lodge. Dinner and stay at Syabru Besi.

Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Elevation : 2380 m
Distance covered : 148 kms / 7-8 hours approx.
Accommodation Style : Guesthouse

04 Day

Shyabrubesi To Keyrong

Today the group will be entering China and there can be time taking formalities at the border immigration. The guide might announce early wake up and breakfast so that we reach the border early to avoid rush of pilgrims at the border immigration counter. We start our short drive to the Nepalese border Rasuwagadhi (1850m) which is about 15 kms 01 hour) from Syabru Besi. After completing 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 110 kms drive to Keyrong (2700m). Travel in sturdy and comfortable vehicles that are controlled and guided by Tibetans. The accompanying Nepalese Sherpas get into the coaches after loading your luggage, necessary food materials, water supply 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 your guesthouse and take rest. 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 prepared by our Nepalese chef and serve between 7 to 8 PM (local time). Overnight stay will be in a guesthouse at Keyrong in dormitory style.

Important Remark : As you are staying now travelling in high altitude, there might be some consequences of uneasy feeling with your health, therefore it is advised to all travelers that they drink liquid more as possible that may be in any form of soup, juice, tea, coffee or hot water etc. This will help they in rehydration as well as in improving the breathing system.

Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Elevation : 2700 m
Distance covered : 125 kms / 4 hours approx.
Accommodation Style : Guesthouse on sharing basis

05 Day

Free Day Keyrong For Acclimatisation

This day is reserved for acclimatization in Tibet’s tough climatic conditions. 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. (Note - If situation permits, the guides may take the group to Saga today for night stay).

Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Elevation : 2700m (if at Keyrong), 4640m (if at Saga)
Distance covered : 0 km
Accommodation Style : Guesthouse on sharing basis

06 Day

Keyrong To Saga / Dongba

The enjoyable drive through the mountains terrain and then the plains of Tibet provides us a marvelous view as we travel to Saga from Keyrong. Cross the Yarlung Zangpo (Brahmaputra River) and then turn for the northern route, and arrive at beautiful town of Saga (4640m). Saga is a beautiful Tibetan town with some fairly good hotel or guesthouses, some good local restaurants and market where you can spend good time while acclimatizing. Meals and night stay will be at Saga.

Note : If time and situation permits, the guide will take the group further to Dongba for night stay to minimize the driving time for the following day to Lake Mansarovar

Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Elevation : 4640 m
Distance covered : 105 kms
Accommodation Style : 3* equivalent hotel

07 Day

Saga To Lake Mansarovar

Today is an important day of your drive as today you will not only reach the holy Lake Mansarovar but will also get the first glimpse of holy Mount Kailash. The drive starts early as we have to travel a long way to Lake Mansarovar and there are several check points on the way which will make the journey tiring and time taking. It is estimated to start the drive by 07.00 am. Before Mayumla Pass (4900m) we will stop at the check post. From here we continue our drive to Lake Mansarovar and get the first darshan of Mount Kailash. Though the drive today is long but the road conditions are good and surrounded with scenic beauty. Reach Lake Mansarovar and check into a guesthouse. Dinner and stay will be at the guesthouse.

Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Elevation : 4590 m
Distance covered : 461 kms
Accommodation Style : Guesthouse on sharing basis

Night view of Lake Mansarovar : In the night the travelers may pay a visit to Lake Mansarovar to witness its beauty under the moon light. Though visiting lake in the night is completely safe but it is advisable to go in a group and if possible take a Nepalese Sherpa with you for any required help. Cover yourself properly with warm clothes or blanket as the temperature outside will be cold. Also don’t forget to carry a torch and a whistle.

08 Day

Lake Mansarovar To Darchen

Early morning visit the Mansarovar lake for holy bath, performing puja, hawan and other rituals as per your own customs. The lake looks stunning in the morning and the beautiful sight of Mount Kailash makes it even more delightful. The water of the lake will be definitely very cold but the devotees are always full of spirituality and devotion and do not wish to skip this holy bath. It is to be noted carefully that the recent change in the law of Tibetan Govt has restricted dip bath in the lake and has categorized it as a punishable offence. So kindly refrain from going inside the lake and for the bath ask our sherpas only to bring water in a bucket for you. After dip bath and prayer the group is ready to drive to Darchen and will travel through Rakshasa Taal and Chiu Gompa by performing 70% parikrama of the holy lake. Remaining part of parikrama will be performed while coming back from Darchen after kora of Mt. Kailash.

On reaching Darchen check into the hotel and spend rest of the time relaxing and preparing for the next day kora of Mount Kailash. Dinner and night stay at the hotel.

Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Elevation : 4575 m
Distance covered : 114 kms
Accommodation Style : 3* equivalent hotel on sharing basis

09 Day

1st Day Kora/Parikrama Of Mt. Kailash, 12 Kms Trek To Dirapuk

Today, we wake up early and after taking light breakfast, we head to Tarboche. Do not forget to fill your water bottle before leaving for the trek. All pilgrims have the opportunity to visit Yama Dwar before trek (kora) starts. Tarboche is the point (towards the South face of Mount Kailash) where one can hire horse/pony to ride on the trek during the kora. The price and availability of horse/pony and porter is controlled by the local Union and Kailash yatra trip operators and our team will have no control over it. From Tarboche we proceed to Yama Dwar which is considered to be the start point of Kailash kora. From Yama Dwar we start 12 kms trek to Dirapuk slowly and gradually. The trek to Dirapuk Gompa today is fairly easy but as you walk in high altitude lack of oxygen in the air makes the trek little difficult, as you feel short of breath on the trek. We will take a stop in the middle of the trek where we find some small shops and tea stall and then again continue to Dirapuk. On reaching Dirapuk the pilgrims will see the majestic Mount Kailash standing high on right side of their trek. Take some beautiful photos and then continue to your guesthouse near Dirapuk Monastery. The night will be too cold below zero degree temperature so we will have quick and light dinner (Khichdi, soup etc) and rest in the bed.

Important remark : Group members who want to make change in their schedule and do not want to go for trek may visit Yama Dwar and come back. They may ask the guide to arrange for their hotel stay in Darchen and can pay for their hotel and other additional expenses directly

Optional trip from Darchen : It is possible to arrange a visit to Ashtapad from Darchen on request of the pilgrim but please be informed that one should trek from Darchen to Ashtapad and back to Darchen, as there is no transport service permitted by Chinese authorities in this area. The trip to Ashtapad is subject to permission of local authorities and on direct payment basis to Tibetan Guides.

Optional visit from Dirapuk : Charan Sparsh (5475 m is 3 kms trek from Dirapuk Gompa. One can ask the tour guide to organize for this short trek to touch feet of holy Mt. Kailash. This visit is not a part of the tour package and depends on guide’s decision and availability of time. The trek towards the feet of Mt. Kailash is tough and is not compulsory for the guide to arrange. All expenses for organizing this additional visit is to be paybel by the pilgrims directly to the guide.

Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Packed snacks, Light Dinner
Max Elevation : 5210 m
Distance covered : 06 kms drive +12 kms trekking
Accommodation Style : Guesthouse on sharing basis

10 Day

2nd Day Parikrama, 22 Kms Trek To Zuthulpukh Via Gauri Kund

Wake up very early morning before dawn and witness the first sunlight on Mt. Kailash offering amazing view of the ‘Golden Kailash’. Take a quick light breakfast, fill hot water in your flask and carry your snacks for the lunch and get ready to begin the trek towards Zuthulphuk. This day is considered as the toughest day of this entire trip as the trek goes steep up continuously up to Dolma-La pass (5630 m) and then steep down to Gauri Kunda. Near Dolma La pass you will witness colourful flags around and belongings of people spread nearby. This place is called Shiva Tsal (Shiva Sthal). It is said that people performing parikrama must leave something behind here may be a used cloth or ornament or a drop of blood or a lock of hair which symbolizes the act of leaving this life behind and wishing for the end of a miserable life. The total trek today we have to cover is about 22 kms to reach Zuthulpuk Gompa for night stay.

Important remark : If at Dirapuk you do not feel for continuing trek further to Zuthulpuk and wish to change your schedule and go back to Darchen for night stay, you must inform the guide for additional arrangement for you. All additional expense for the change including accommodation and meals at Darchen are to be taken care by the traveler(s) changing their schedule.

Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Packed Lunch/snacks, Light Dinner
Max Elevation : 5630 m
Distance covered : 22 kms trekking
Accommodation Style : Guesthouse on sharing basis

11 Day

3rd Day Trek To Darchen, Drive To Saga

This is our last day on Mount Kailash trek. Wake up and after light breakfast we continue our trek down to reach Darchen. We walk on gradual trek for about 6 kms and reach at a point where the vehicles are waiting for us. The vehicles will take us to Darchen where other group members are waiting. After some refreshment continue drive to Saga by completing the remaining course (approx. 30%) of Lake Manasarovar parikrama by vehicle. Relaxed time and stay at guesthouse in Saga.

Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Elevation : 4640 m
Distance covered : 492 kms
Accommodation Style : 3* equivalent hotel

12 Day

Saga To Keyrong

After breakfast we begin our journey towards Keyrung. 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 Keyrung for night stay.


Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Elevation : 2700 m
Distance covered : 105 kms
Accommodation Style : Guesthouse on sharing basis

13 Day

Keyrong To Kathmandu Via Rasuwagadhi

After breakfast, drive towards Keyrong border. Here we walk to the Nepalese immigration control in Rasuwagadi, complete the Nepal entry formalities and get transferred to your vehicle standing in Nepal side. Drive further to Kathmandu. This drive may take about 7-8 hours or more by bus depending on road and traffic conditions. Dinner and night stay will be in the hotel at Kathmandu.

Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Elevation : 1400 m
Distance covered : 262 kms
Accommodation Style : 3* equivalent hotel

14 Day

Depart From Kathmandu

Intime you will be transferred to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International airport to board your flight back to your hotel/next destination


Meals included : Veg Breakfast



Kailash Manasarovar Overland Yatra Cost
Nationality Trip Cost Other Charges
Indian INR 155,000 Chinese Visa - Included in package cost
Tibet Permit - Included in package cost
Nepal Visa - Not required
Travel Insurance - Included in package cost
Non-Resident Indian (NRI) USD 2580 Chinese Visa - Included in package cost
Tibet Permit - Included in package cost
Nepal Visa - USD 40* as off now
Travel Insurance - Not Included

Visa Fees for USA & Canadian USD 125 Extra*

Kailash Manasarovar Overland Yatra Cost

INR 155,000

Other Charges
Chinese Visa - Included in package cost
Tibet Permit - Included in package cost
Nepal Visa - Not required
Travel Insurance - Extra as per age

USD 2580

Other Charges
Chinese Visa - Included in package cost
Tibet Permit - Included in package cost
Nepal Visa – USD 40* as off now
Travel Insurance - Extra as per age

USD 2490

Other Charges
Chinese Visa - Included in package cost
Tibet Permit - Included in package cost
Nepal Visa - USD 40* as off now
Travel Insurance - Extra as per age



Kailash Yatra Dates 2020 for Overland Trip ex Kathmandu
MAY' 2020          
Batch No. Start Date End Date Remarks Yatra Cost  
202001 01.05.2020 14.05.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
202002 02.05.2020 15.05.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
202003 06.05.2020 19.05.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202004 12.05.2020 25.05.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202005 13.05.2020 26.05.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202006 14.05.2020 27.05.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202007 17.05.2020 30.05.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202008 18.05.2020 31.05.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202009 19.05.2020 01.06.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202010 20.05.2020 02.06.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202011 25.05.2020 07.06.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202012 26.05.2020 08.06.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202013 27.05.2020 09.06.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202014 28.05.2020 10.06.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
202015 30.05.2020 12.06.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
202016 31.05.2020 13.06.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
JUNE' 2020          
Batch No. Start Date End Date Remarks Yatra Cost  
202017 01.06.2020 14.06.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
202018 03.06.2020 16.06.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202019 08.06.2020 21.06.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202020 10.06.2020 23.06.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202021 11.06.2020 24.06.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202022 13.06.2020 26.06.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202023 14.06.2020 27.06.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202024 15.06.2020 28.06.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202025 17.06.2020 30.06.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202026 18.06.2020 01.07.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202027 22.06.2020 05.07.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202028 24.06.2020 07.07.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202029 25.06.2020 08.07.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202030 27.06.2020 09.07.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
202031 28.06.2020 10.07.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
202032 29.06.2020 11.07.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
202033 30.06.2020 12.07.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
JULY' 2020          
Batch No. Start Date End Date Remarks Yatra Cost  
202034 01.07.2020 14.07.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
202035 08.07.2020 21.07.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
202036 09.07.2020 22.07.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202037 10.07.2020 23.07.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202038 12.07.2020 25.07.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202039 13.07.2020 26.07.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202040 15.07.2020 28.07.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202041 16.07.2020 29.07.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202042 17.07.2020 30.07.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202043 20.07.2020 02.08.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202044 22.07.2020 22.07.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202045 23.07.2020 05.08.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202046 24.07.2020 06.08.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202047 26.07.2020 08.08.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
202048 27.07.2020 09.08.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
202049 28.07.2020 10.08.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
202050 29.07.2020 11.08.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
AUGUST' 2020          
Batch No. Start Date End Date Remarks Yatra Cost  
202051 05.08.2020 18.08.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202052 06.08.2020 19.08.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202053 09.08.2020 22.08.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202054 10.08.2020 23.08.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202055 11.08.2020 24.08.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202056 12.08.2020 25.08.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202057 16.08.2020 29.08.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202058 19.08.2020 01.09.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202059 23.08.2020 05.09.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202060 24.08.2020 06.09.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202061 25.08.2020 07.09.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
202062 26.08.2020 08.09.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
202063 27.08.2020 09.09.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
202064 28.08.2020 10.09.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking
SEPTEMBER' 2020          
Batch No. Start Date End Date Remarks Yatra Cost  
202065 01.09.2020 14.09.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202066 02.09.2020 15.09.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202067 06.09.2020 19.09.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202068 08.09.2020 21.09.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202069 09.09.2020 22.09.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202070 15.09.2020 28.09.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202071 16.09.2020 29.09.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202072 22.09.2020 05.10.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202073 23.09.2020 06.10.2020   155,000 Request Booking
202074 26.09.2020 09.10.2020 Full Moon 155,000 Request Booking

What is Included or Not Included

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.
Travel Insurance for Indians
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

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
Riding yak/horse, porters for parikraama,
Any expenses of personal nature, urgent visa fee
GST 5%, etc.

Note : 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.



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