Mt. Kailash Trek via Kyirong

Mt. Kailash

Mt. Kailash (6,638 m/ 21,778 ft) is the most sacred mountain in Asia making it an ultimate pilgrimage destination. It is believed to be the physical embodiment of the mythical Mt Meru, which is said to be the center of the universe or ‘navel of the world’. Mt. Kailash is revered sacred by people of mainly 4 religions; to Hindus, Kailash is the abode of Shiva and nearby Manasarobar Lake is the means or soul of Brahma. Tibetans call Kailas Kang Rimpoche meaning; ‘Precious Snow Mountain. Jains worship it as Mt Ashtapada, the peak from which the religion’s founder, Rishabanatha, achieved spiritual liberation. Followers of Bon-Po, the ancient pre- Buddhist shamanistic religion of Tibet, refer it as the soul of Tibet. The Kailash circuit is an approximate of 55 kms which is completed in 3 days.
Holy Kailash trekking tour offer superb Himalayan views including Holy Mt. Kailash (6714m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) , Mt. Shishapangma (8013m), Gurla mandadata, Lakpa Ri etc, beautiful landscape, lush valley, Tibetan monasteries.

Duration: 13 days
Grade: Moderate
Max. Altitude: 5,630 meters/
18,471 feet
Location: Tibet Autonomous
Region of China.
Accommodation: Lodge/ hotels
Meals: Basic meals during
the trek
Hiking hours: An average of 7-8
hours in a day
while trekking.

Day 1
DayArrival in Kathmandu 4,383 feet / 1,336 meters:

Representative from EWT will receive you at the airport and take you to the hotel.

Dinner on own.

Day 2
Day : Sightseeing in Kathmandu

We will visit a UNESCO Heritage site; Boudhanath Stupa, which lies approximately 6 km north east from central Kathmandu, which was probably built in the 14th century. Located at the valley floor, Boudhanath Stupa is considered a jewel point in the center of a natural mandala, a store of sacred energy. Today it remains an important place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists and local Nepalis, as well as a popular tourist site. The site was damaged in the 2015 earthquake. Thanks to the united efforts of the community, it has been restored to its full glory. We will have lunch at one of the restaurants overlooking the scenic stupa site.

In the afternoon we will visit the Pashupatinath Temple, also a UNESCO Heritage site. It is a famous and sacred Hindu temple located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Non Hindus are restricted from entering the main temple and so will be going around the cremation spot. You can see the richly ornamented pagoda house with the sacred linga or holy symbol of Lord Shiva.

In the evening pack and get ready for the trek tomorrow. Pack a bag you need for the trek and you can leave the rest at the hotel/ EWT office.

Dinner on own.

Day 3
Day 3: Kyirong 2,700 m

Drive down to Nagdhunga and along the Trishuli River to the North from Galchi and drive to Kyirong through Dhunch and Saybrubasi to the Nepal China border with is 140km. After immigration formalities we drive to Kyirong 70 km.

Day 4
Day 4: Kyirong

Rest for acclimatization.

Day 5
Day 5: Saga 4,600 m

The drive across Lalung La 5,200 m offers you a spectacular view of the majestic lake- Peiku Tso with Shishapangma 8,027 m in the back drop, passing through traditional box villages on the way.

Day 6
Day 6: Mansarovar 5,200 m / 9-10 hours drive

After breakfast, we drive to Mansarovar. You will be able to see the snow covered peaks as we drive through the Paryang and cross the Mayumla Pass with lots of rocky peaks and sand dunes giving you an idea of Tibet’s landscape. As you near this incredible sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the North West shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can even catch a glimpse of the majestic Mount Kailash

Day 7
Day 7: Darchen 4,560 m

The highest fresh water lake of utmost turquoise color is full of fish and swans with the holy Kailash Parbat, Mt. Gurula-Mandata and Lake Rishikesh in its surroundings. We explore the Lake Mansarovar in the day and then drive down to Darchen which is a one hour drive. We then spend our night at Chu Gumba.

Day 8
Day 8: Dirapuk 4,900 m

Early in the morning after breakfast, we begin our trek to Dirapuk for the kora. Arrangements for yaks and porters will be finalized before heading off. You will pass through verdant meadows and picturesque streams towards Lha Chu Valley. The trail overlooks the turquoise river cascading over a narrow canyon with high steep cliffs. En route, the north face of Kailash comes into vision. The trail will approach the 13th century monastery of Dira-Puk. Visiting this monastery is said to be a kind of blessing experience gifted in your Mount Kailash tour and trek. Finally, you will conclude the trek of the day by camping at Dira-Puk.

Day 9
Day 9: Zutulpuk 4,790 m

Lha Chu Valley is a passing vista as you turn towards Drolma Chu Valley and ascend towards the Drolma La (5630m), which is the highest point of the trip. The breathtaking view of Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion at the summit, is a reward that awaits you at the top. Further on, the trail descends to the flat fields of Zutul-Puk which houses a monastery and several fascinating caves. The caves at this locale are most popular for meditation; Milarepa’s cave being one of them with Milarepa’s footprints and elbow prints believed to be imprinted all over this cave of mani stones. As we continue our Parikrama, we camp at Zutul-Puk.

Day 10
Day 10: Darchen-Saga

Our pilgrimage trek concludes at Darchen and we move towards Saga.

Day 11
Day 11: Kyirong

As you drive to Kyirong, you cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra River) by a ferry and continue driving 220 km to Kyirong. Soon after leaving Saga the road opens into a wide flat flowing plain passing through spectacular views of Shishapangma (8,027m) in the backdrop.

Day 12
Day 12: Kathmandu

From Kyirong, you cruise down to the border town Rasuwagadi Nepal border and hike down to the Nepalese Immigration Control where you will be met by your Nepalese escorts. After completing the re-entry formalities you continue the scenic drive to Kathmandu which, depending on road and weather conditions, should take about 7-8 hours.

Day 13
Day 13: Final departure


  • • Guide fee.
  • • Sightseeing in Kathmandu inclusive of
  • entrance fees.
  • • Accommodation and standard 3 meals
  • (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the
  • trek and accommodation with breakfast
  • only in Kathmandu.
  • • Insurance for staff.
  • • Permit fees
  • • A well-stocked first aid and medical kit
  • sufficient to counter any possible
  • mountaineering ailments from
  • headache to serious injury.
  • • Celebration dinner in Kathmandu.
  • • Airport transfers (international &
  • domestic).


  • • Insurance.
  • • Trekking equipment (available on hire).
  • • Mineral water, Beverages & Snacks
  • outside of scheduled itinerary.
  • • Laundry and dry cleaning services.
  • • Internet and phone facilities.
  • • Trip cancellation charges
  • • International flight tickets.
  • • Visa fees.
  • • Tips to guides and porters.
  • • Any cost outside of scheduled itinerary.

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Mt. Kailash Trek via Kyirong