18-Days Trekking in & around Mt. Kailash

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Mt.Kailash Kora actually is a pilgrim circumambulation. Many pilgrims of all religions come to worship the mountain and to walk around it. Right now it becomes a very popular trekking route for tourists. More and more people come here to do the Kailash Kora. The kora is 53km long, starting at the town of Darchen just south of the mountain, going up the western valley, then crossing a high pass to the north of the mountain, and walking down the valley to the east of the mountain all the way back to Darchen. Our Mt.Kailash Kora still involves the holy Lake Manasarovar. The Kailash kora can be done from May to middle October.
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It is very expensive to take a private tour like this, you are suggested to click here and book our group tour to Mt. Kailash if you have a limited budget and do not want to miss any of the attractions.

Day 1: Lhasa

We will meet you either at the airport, border between China and Nepal or at the Lhasa Train Station, have a good rest in the afternoon to get acclimatized.

Day 2: Lhasa

Excorted tour in Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market.

Day 3: Lhasa

Still in Lhasa for the excorted tour including family visit, Tibet museum where you can get the whole idea of Tibet geography, and Sera Monastery.

Day 4: Gyangtse
Driving to Gyangtse via Yamdrok Lake, visit the famous Gyantse Kumpum (300km, 7 hours).
Day 5: Shigatse / Lhatse

Driving to Shigatse to visit Tashilunpo Monastery, afternoon drive to Sakya, visit Sakya Monastery(240kms, 5 hours).

Day 6: Saga

Driving from Lhatse to Saga (300kms, 9 hours, 4450m high).

Day 7: Paryang

Driving from Saga to Paryang through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with the distance view of snow capped mountains(250km, 7-8 hours, 4600m high).

Day 8: Lake Manasarovar

Driving from Paryang to Lake Manasarovar through open territory with a view of distant mountains, Yak herders camp, if you are lucky enough you might come across a herd of Kang Wild Ass (294km, 8 hours, 4558m high), you will have the first sight of Holy Kailash and Manasarovara.


Day 9: Lake Manasarovar

Resting and sightseeing at Lake Manasarivar. Overnight at the village Hore or Chiu Monastery.

Day 10: Darchen

Driving from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen (60km, 2 hours, 4560m high), prepare for trekking.

Day 11: Dira-puk Monastery

Trekking from Darchen to Dira-puk Monastery, 20km, takes about 5 - 6 hours.
The firstday parikarama is a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. The trail leads to few ups and downs till we reach our camp at Dirapuk (4,750m). Camping on the nice grassy meadows with a view of Kailash, north west face at Dirapuk for overnight halt.


Day 12: Zutul-puk Monastery
Trekking from Dira-puk Monastery to Zutul-puk Monastery by crossing Drolma-la Pass, 15km, takes about 6 - 7 hours; Today our parikarama leads to much higher side of the holy path just beneath the Mount Kailash. The walk will bring us to one of the highest point at Drolma La, 5,200m. before descending to the gradual field towards Zuthulphuk for the overnight camp. Zuthulphuk has a small monastery
Day 13: Darchen

Trek back to Darchen,14km, 4- 5 hours; The winding gradual tracks finally ends our holy pilgrimage 5 hours, Overnight at Darchen

Day 14: Paryang

Driving from Darchen to Paryang (4550m, 340km, 9 hours).

Day 15: Saga

Driving from Paryang to Saga (252km, 7-8 hours).

Day 16: Lhatse

Driving from Saga to Lhatse (300Km, 9 hours ). Here is the alternative: go to Kathmandu of Nepal via the border of Zhangmu, overland

Day 17: Lhasa

Driving from Lhatse to Lhasa (450km, 7 hours).

Day 18: Leaving

Transfer from your hotel to Gonggar airport or Railway Station of Lhasa in the morning, trip ends.

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