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Believed to have been formed about 30 million years ago, Mount Kailash, "Jewel of Snow" or " Snor Jewel," rises an altitude of 6714m. Pilgrims of the Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Tibetan Bön faiths come to Kailash to complete a ritual circumambulation around the base of the mountain.


Mount  Kailash  has a unique  shape, with four sheer faces matching the cardinal points. Kailash is regarded as the earthly manifestation of mythic   Mount Meru, or Sumeru, the spiritual center of the universe in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cosmology. To Tibetan Buddhists, Kailash is the abode of Demchog. Hindus see Sacred Mt Kailash as the throne of Shiva, while the Jains revere Kailash as the site at which their first prophet received enlightenment. A yatra or sacred pilgrimage to  Mount Kailash and a bath in the Mansarovar is believed to bring about salvation (Moksha). 


Mount Kailash Pilgrimage via Simikot Itinerary


Day 01  Arrive Kathmandu, meet our representative  and transfer to Hotel


Day 02  Full Day sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley. Join the welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural 


Day 03: Preparations for the trip. Hotel Overnight.


Day 04: Flight: Kathmandu- Nepalgunj. Free to explore the town on arrival or rest prior to the start of the trek. Stay Overnight Hotel.


Day 05: Flight: Nepalgunj - Simikot and prepare for the trek. Commence the trek to Tuling which will take about 3 hours.). Overnight Camp.


Day 06: Continue the trek to Kermi , taking about 5 hours. Overnight Camp.


Day 07: Continue trek to Yangar (6 hrs trek). Overnight Camp.  


Day 08: Continue trek to Muchu (6 ½ hrs trek). Overnight Camp.


Day 09: Continue the 5,5 hour trek to the settlement of Yari with its stone houses and checkered fields. Overnight Camp.

Tibet Portion


Day 10: Meet the Tibetan team or your Mt Kailash trek at Shara border and drive  to Purang. Overnight in a Hotel


Day 11: Drive about 90km to  Manas Lake at 4500m. It is advisable to get some sleep on arrival due to the increase in altitude.  Camp Overnight. 


Day 12: Continue the drive to Darchen at 4580m. Overnight Guesthouse. 


Start of Trek to Mt Kailash 

Day 13: Today we start the trek up to an altitude of 4800m. It will take us about 7 hours to complete a distance of 14km's, due to the altitude. Camp overnight.


Day 14: Today, we will drop in altitude as we trek about 24kms over 9 hours to about, 4680meters. Camp overnight 


Day 15: On this final leg of the trek, we will walk for 15km in about 3-4 hours and then drive on to Horchu, Manasarovar Lake at 4500 meters. Camp Overnight


Day 16: Spare day to explore the surrounding area of Mansarovar Lake. Camp Overnight . This will be our last night of the trek near the base of Mount  Kailash.


Day 17: Today will drive to Paryang , rising up to about 4700 meters, 292 kms away. Camp Overnight.


Day 18: Today, we will drive about 252km to Saga at 4600 meters. Camp Overnight


Day 19: Our camp tonight will be at Lhatse  at 4050 meters, a 9 hour drive away. Camp Overnight


Day 20: After a 5 hour drive, we will arrive at Shigatse at 3700 meters. Hotel Overnight. Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet with lovely markets and also the Tashilhunpo Monastery. This monastery is one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Overnight at the Hotel.


Day 21: Drive to Gyangtse (3800meters). (95kms, 02hrs). Hotel Overnight.


Day 22: Today we will continue our overland journey along the  Friendship Highway towards Lhasa, at 3680m. We will cross several high passes today, beautiful valleys and Tibetan villages Hotel Overnight.


Day 23: This morning we will visit the  Potala Palace, which dominates the city of  Lhasa. This spectacular building contains the private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present palace was constructed in the 17th century.  A visit to the Drepung Monastery this afternoon will complete a truly awe-inspiring day. Founded in the 14th century, this monastery was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution. 


Day 24: Flight: Lhasa Kathmandu. Free day to explore the attractions. Hotel Overnight.


Day 25: Free day for shopping and etc. Hotel Overnight.


Day 26:  Final Departure at the end of your Mt Kailash Tour


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Mt Kailash trek

Location: Tibet

Total Tour Duration: 26 Days

Accommodation: Hotels, Tents, Lodges

Minimum Group Size: 1

Departures: April to October

Best: Saga Dawa

Risk: Altitude Sickness

Maximum Altitude: 4,800m

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Mt Kailash Difficulty

A combination of long days with steep paths, boulders and some mountain scrambling. The route follows reasonable paths through thick vegetation, up hillsides, across rocky areas, and slippery shale surfaces.  Altitudes to 6000m



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