15 days Tibet Mt. Kailash Kora tour

⇀ Shigatse
⇀ Saga
⇀ Manasarovar Lake
⇀ Mount Kailash Kora
⇀ Shigatse
⇀ Lhasa
Mt Kailash refers to the 'sacred mountain' in Tibetan. It is the place where the religion of Bon is originated. It is said that Mt. Kailash is the Sumeru Hill in Buddhism. Semeru means the center of the world.
15 days
Trekking, Overland
Trip code
From ¥ 10,800 per person

Mt.Kailash Kora actually is 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 travelers. The kora is 53 km 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.

Day 01 :
Arrival at Lhasa [3,658m] (B)=breakfast

Upon arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, to be met and transferred to your hotel / hostel in Lhasa. Afternoon have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 02 :
Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Potola Palace & Jokhang Temple (B)

Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have purposely arranged only to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Jokhang temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa, the circuit around it called Barkhor street, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Both of them are the focal points of pilgrims from entire Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 03 :
Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Drepung monastery, Sera monastery (B)

Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung, Sera monasteriese. Both monasteries are Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect monastic colleges. Drepung monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. Sera monastery is famous for its Buddhism philosophical debate practice, the clapping sound and aggressive expression of the monks are well worth to see.

Day 04 :
Lhasa/ Yamdrok lake (4,300m) / Gyantse (3,900m) / Shigatse (3,800m) (360KM, 7hour drive) (B)

Morning drive up to Kampala pass (4,794m), you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, the turquoise coloured Lake Yamdrok Yutso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Karo la pass is wonders of the day. Then along the Friendship southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, the most stunning architectural wonder in Tibet. Late afternoon drive to Shigatse. Overnight at Shigatse.

Day 05 :
Shigatse (3,800m) / Sakya / Lhatse (200KM, 5hrs) (B)

Morning you will be arranged to visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas, monks of this monastery are nice looking with their home-made traditional shoes. Then drive to Sakya, visit Sakya Monastery, which is the main monastery at Sakyapa, hike around the monastery northern ruins. Late afternoon drive to Lhatse. Overnight at Lhatse.

Day 06 :
Lhatse / Saga (4,500m) (300KM, 7hrs)

Today drive from Lhatse to Saga, pass several high plateau lakes, towns, herders tents and along the route with plateau mountain ranges, diverse forms of mountains are overlooking through the valley. Overnight at Saga.

Day 07 :
Saga(4600m) / Paryang(4750m) / Lake Manasarovar - Chiu Monastery(4560m) (505Km, 7-8hours)

Morning drive from Saga to Paryang, you weave your way through small dusty town of Zhongba amidst enchanting panoramic views, dotted nomads tents are mingled with their herds of animals on the open plateau. Pass numbers of villages and camps of Yak herders with the distance view of snow capped mountains, cross the Mayun-la pass (5216m), if lucky might see many wild animals at the plateau grasslands. After arrival at Lakeside, make a walk to Chiu Monastery which is the best point to see Lake Manasarovar. Overnight at Chiu Monastery village guesthouse. (guest house, dorm bed without bathroom).

Day 08 :
Lake Manasarovar(4,558m) / Darchen (4,600m) (60KM, 1.5hours)

Manasarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning bath and Puja, we will be heading towards Darchen, the tiny village of Darchen is the starting and ending point of the Mt. kailash trekking, in the afternoon prepare for the trekking and guide will arrange needed yaks and porters. Overnight at Darchen (Guest house, dorm bed).

Day 09 :
Trek from Darchen to Dira-puk Monastery, (20km, 6hrs trekking)

The first day's trekking is start from the Sershong and a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. From the valley you can see the Choku Monastery up on the hillside. The trail leads to few ups and downs till we reach our camp at Dirapuk (4,750 m). You will meet many more Bon pilgrims going in the opposite direction (Anticlock-wise), because Mt. Kailash is being worshipped by four different religions, viz Buddhisms, Bons, Hindus and Jains. Camping on the nice grassy meadows with a view of Kailash, north west face at Dirapuk for overnight halt. Overnight at Dirapuk guesthouse.

Day 10 :
Trek from Dira-puk Monastery to Dzutul-puk Monastery by crossing Drolma-la Pass, (15KM, 6-7hrs trekking)

Today our trekking 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), and the pass is quickly descending to the gradual field towards Dzutul-puk for the overnight camp, Dzutul Puk in Tibetan and which means magical cave, this small monastery is connected to an interesting story of talent competition between Great Yogi Milarepa (Buddhist) and Naropa (Bon). Overnight at Dzutul-Puk guesthouse.

Day 11 :
Trek back to Darchen (14Km, 4-5hrs trekking)

The winding gradually comes out of the valley and follow the river you will arrive at the Barka plain, the trekking stops at Trangser Trangmar and your car will take you back to Darchen. Overnight at Darchen (Guest house, dorm bed).

Day 12 :
Darchen / Paryang / Saga (520KM, 9hrs)

Today drive back to Saga retracing the same route, you will have a last view of the Mt.Kailash on the way. Overnight at Saga.

Day 13 :
Saga / Lhatse or Shigatse (456km, 9hrs)

Today start drive back to Lhatse. After such a long time drive, you will have a good rest at Lhatse. Overnight at Lhatse / Shigatse.

Day 14 :
Lhatse or Shigatse / Lhasa (450KM / 300KM, 8hrs / 6hrs

Morning start driving back to Lhasa from Lhatse or Shigatse via northern friendship highway, driving along Yarlutsangpo river and enjoys its beautiful sceneries. Overnight at Lhasa .

Day 15 :
Lhasa airport /train station send-off (B)

Your guide and driver will see you off at the airport or train station, end the trip.

Tour notes:

Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

Please contact one of our Tour Advisors to get a custom quotation made to your requirements.
All required government taxes and fees.
All required Tibet permits and domestic travel documents.
Necessary oxygen and medicine for the acute high altitude sickness.
Where possible 3 star hotels will always be provided, if the city or town does not have then the local guest house or monastery guest house will be provided (i.e. tent / dormitory bed, no private bathroom etc.)
All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
Local Tibetan guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.
Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.
All necessary animals for portage of luggage. with their caretakers (i.e. Camels, Horses or Yaks.

General exclusions:

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
Tips for your guide and driver.
Meals that are not specified in the tour itinerary.
Optional Attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.
Flight tickets or train tickets in and out of Lhasa (Please note: We can offer you train and/or plane tickets in and out Lhasa from all cities within China. Please check the latest price with us via email.)

You may also like

⇀ Lhasa
Lhasa ⇀ Shigatse ⇀ Mount Everest ⇀ Saga ⇀ Mount Kailash Kora ⇀ Manasarovar Lake ⇀ Shigatse ⇀ Lhasa
15 days
Group, maximum of 12 person(s)
This adventure group tour bring you to visit 2 important Tibetan mountains. Hike at Everest Base Camp, plus a full Kora trek at holy Mt. Kailash. Plus visit Holy Lake Manasarovar, makes for an unforgettable experience for your Tibet trip.
⇀ Lhasa
Lhasa ⇀ Shigatse ⇀ Saga ⇀ Manasarovar Lake ⇀ Mount Kailash Kora ⇀ Saga ⇀ Shigatse ⇀ Lhasa
14 days
∙ Private ∙
Travel the same route as pilgrim departing from Lhasa to Mount Kailash. Upon arrival trek from Darchen to see the extraordinary peak of Mount Kailash, on the way enjoy a spectacular picture formed view with Manasarovar Lake.
⇀ Kathmandu
Lhasa ⇀ Shigatse ⇀ Saga ⇀ Manasarovar Lake ⇀ Mount Kailash Kora ⇀ Zanda ⇀ Guge Kingdom Ruins ⇀ Ali ⇀ Gertse ⇀ Tsochen ⇀ Lhasa ⇀ Kathmandu
22 days
∙ Private ∙
Besides Mt Everest, Mt Kailash, Guge Kingdom Ruins, you will also get into the far northern Tibetan plateaus. This desolate ruggedly beautiful area is covered in snow-capped peaks, beautiful valleys, vast grasslands and has plenty of wildlife!
⇀ Chengdu
Chengdu ⇀ Luding ⇀ Yala Snow Mountain Trekking ⇀ Danba ⇀ Mount Siguniang Valley Trekking ⇀ Chengdu
9 days
∙ Private ∙
Discover Yala Snow Mountains and Mount Siguniang in this moderate Sichuan hiking. Admire the picturesque scenery mixed with snow peaks, lakes and forests. See all this plus a visit at Danba Tibetan Zhonglu village to form everlasting memories.


Fri, 10/12/2018

I'd like to find out if you can offer a trekking tour from Lhasa to Mt Everest, with 4-7 days of trekking, some sight seeing in Lhasa and stops on the way to the area near Everest. Travel on to Kathmandu via the Friendly highway. We're 2 people. 2019. What time would be best?

Replied by
Murphy Feng
Murphy Feng
Mon, 10/15/2018

In reply to by Dami (not verified)

Hi Dami,

Thanks for contacting us.

Generally speaking, the appropriate time to do this trekking is from mid of May to September.  I have just sent you am email with more details about this tour, please check it and let me know your opinions. Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you again. 



Sat, 05/06/2017

I plan to visit tibet by 2 persons and we want to know what is the highest trakking camp of Mount everest for tourist can get ?, thank you

Replied by
Murphy Feng
Murphy Feng
Mon, 05/08/2017

In reply to by Sumitaro (not verified)

Hi Sumitaro,

Thanks for contacting us. To answer your question, the highest camp of Mt. Everest for tourists can get is the Everest Base Camp with the altitude of 5,250m (17,220ft). During this overland tour, you would spend 1 night at Everest Base Camp.

I have just sent you am email with some comments and questions about this tour, please go through the details and let me know your opinions on it.

Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you soon!


Fri, 01/29/2016

Could you please let me know how much it will cost to complete Mt. Kailash & Manasarovar pilgrimage in July 2016. I would like to join in a senior group, if I may.

Only one person. Please let me know all inclusive costs for the above tour.

Look forward to receive your reply soon.

Replied by
Tagong grassland by July Yuki
Yuki Yi
Mon, 02/01/2016

In reply to by Arijit (not verified)

Hello Arijit,

Thanks for your comments!
I have sent you a email with detailed tour itineraray & quotation few minutes ago, please go through the details and kindly let me know for any further questions on it.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Best Regards,

Sat, 04/26/2014

Hi, I’m Arnaldo from Italy.
I would like to go to mount Kailash for a kora trek.
I’m travellig alone and I would like to know if you have fixed departures or a group I could join to share the costs. I could leave for trekking in the second half of july.
Best regards
Arnaldo Angelucci.

Corri Gallicano
Corri Gallicano
Thu, 04/03/2014

I'm a solo Canadian traveller, and am interested in possibly joining this or another tour in July 2014. A cycling tour also interests me if you have it.
I currently live in Beijing so am interested in the train journey to get to Lhasa as well.

Replied by
Andy Tsewang
Andy Tsewang
Thu, 04/03/2014

In reply to by Corri Gallicano (not verified)

Hello Corrie,

Glad to be able to help plan your trip to Tibet. I have sent you a direct email with more information. We have a Tibet train group tour and can help organzie this private tour to Mount Kailash.



Thu, 01/30/2014

I travel with my mother, 58. We also want to do a trekking tour on Mt. Kailash. But, if possible, something not too hard and for 3-5 days.
Do you offer this? How much would it cost.

Murphy Feng
Murphy Feng
Mon, 01/13/2014

Hi Stan,

Thanks for contacting us!

We do have several different group tours in Tibet, but comparing with the regular sightseeing tours, there are less travelers would do the trekking tours in Mt. Kailash. We will do out best to help you gathering a group, but we need to know a bit more details about your plan. So I just sent you an email with few questions, please check it and I'm looking forward to hearing from you again!



Sat, 01/11/2014

I am solo traveler. Do you have any scheduled trekking trips in 2014? What is the minimum group size required?


Add new comment