Mount Kailash trekking holiday in Tibet

“Visit some of the most sacred Buddhist and Hindu places on earth on an unforgettable journey through Tibet in search of Nirvana.”


Mount Kailash | Lake Mansarovar | Lake Rakshas | Gauri Kund Lake | Thong-La Pass | Kathmandu Valley | Lalung-La Pass | Himalayan high plains and peaks

Description of Mount Kailash trekking holiday in Tibet

For Buddhists and Hindus, Mount Kailash ('Precious Mountain') is one of themost sacred places on Earth. A single circuit around the mountain's base is believed to erase the accumulated sins of a lifetime though you will need to go around 108 times to achieve Nirvana...

But this holy pinnacle is just the end point in a glorious journey through Tibetan landscape and culture, with epic views of Himalayan peaks. You'll also visit two sacred lakes representing powerful cosmic forces - the smooth bright Lake Manasarover (associated with goodness) and the often strangely turbulent Lake Rakshas (linked to darkness).

Travelling by road from Kathmandu, traverse a luxuriant gorge to Nyalam and then onto Saga (4280m), then upwards again to the 5120m Thong-La Pass and nearby Lalung-La Pass, with views to Mt. Shishapangma (8012m). Crossing a sparsely beautiful plain the peak views are superb.

Reaching Lake Manasarowar, you have a free day of exploration before hitching up with yaks/ponies for the Kailash circuit trek covering around 35 miles in three days. You'll cross the Drolma-La Pass (5630m) to reach Gauri Kund Lake (5608m) where Hindus worship and immerse themselves in the icy waters. The end of your trek is an easy 2-3 hour walk down to where a river emerges onto the Barga plain. Time to head back to Kathmandu - perhaps a changed person...

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We provide information on how to preserve the environment, for example putting trash in the proper place like the rubbish box and using established fire pits which can burn disposable wastage. Non disposable things are brought back and handed over to the garbage management organization. The group size of 4-8 people will minimize the impact we have on the environment.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our tourism generates income for the local community. We purchase local products such as fresh fruits, handloom products, meat, drinks and fresh vegetables. We use local Tibetan guides and drivers on this trip and stay at Tibetan standard hotels and guest houses.

We give support to local schools and health organizations. We donate money and educational materials to kids according to the condition of the school and facilities. We provide support to local health posts by giving medical materials. We also provide support to the Kvresthali Women Society to help repair Culvert Bridge. It also helps goat farming and adult literacy for women projects.


3 Reviews of Mount Kailash trekking holiday in Tibet

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2019 by

We were paired with a wonderful guide in Tibet who helped make our trip even better. The most memorable part was actually seeing Kailash for the first time (a long awaited dream) - it was breathtaking! Read full review

Reviewed on 28 May 2013 by

Highly recommended. The company was very efficient in their organisation and everything went seamlessly. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2011 by

Our holiday organisers took great care of us. Throughout they took great care of us - we felt that we were getting great personal service from a company that were treating us like friends. Read full review

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