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

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Mount Kailash trekking holiday in Tibet


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.


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

3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 28 May 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Trekking around beautiful Mount Kailash.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Tibet is a spectacularly beautiful but poor country with very small towns and villages with limited infrastructure, so be well prepared for basic accommodation and facilities.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

All accommodation and supplies were purchased from local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

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

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Our journey began in Kathmandu and involved travelling to Tibet and to Mount Kailash. The most memorable part of the trip was undertaking the kora around the holy mountain. However the whole experience was memorable, travelling across Tibet gave such an insight into both the spectacular geography of this country and into the way of life of those Tibetans who live along or near this road.

We were a party of only 2 and were well looked after by our Tibetan guide and very calm driver. Being such a small group , we felt, gave us very good access to local people, we enjoyed sitting in hotels/guest houses/nomad tents and watching life go on around us.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The necessity of adjusting to the high altitude makes it essential that the journey to Mt Kailash is undertaken slowly. You have to have patience and accept that this preparation for your trek is essential if you are to succeed. I would recommend some preparation in learning about the significance of this mountain for the Hindu, Buddhist and Bon pilgrims you will be sharing your trek with.

You are not going to have a quiet or solitary walk in beautiful mountains, you are going to be caught up in a devotional experience enjoyed by many fellow walkers. Facilities are basic but local people are welcoming and the overall experience is very rewarding.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

The tour company were very committed to helping the local Tibetan people. We stayed at Tibetan guest houses and ate there or in local tea houses. There was a sense that this sort of tourism was making a direct impact on people, keeping their business viable and providing some funds to improve or expand. For example one guest house was building improved washing facilities.

Our guide and driver were welcomed everywhere and were careful to buy locally and to minimise our impact in that we used local resources, were careful about waste and drove slowly and carefully.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Our holiday organisers took great care of us. There were complications around permits that were the result of both Chinese actions, the border had been closed and we crossed on the first day it was open, and complications we gave them because of last minute changes to our passport details. They were patient and very hard working on our behalf.

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. A dinner out at the end of the trip with the company Team Leader, Achut, was memorable. We would recommend them to everyone and I'm sure we will be back to do other trips with them in the near future.

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

I did not regard my trip as a holiday, it was in fact for me a pilgrimage around Mt.Kailash. Although I was the only British Buddhist in a group of Indian Hindu pilgrims, I was made to feel very much part of their group and enjoyed their company. Yes, I took one of the parts of a demon in an impromptu sketch on the rotating of the Lord Shiva?!? Bollywood next stop?

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The positive action taken by my agent the trekking company in Thamel, Kathmandu, rather than disappoint me as a group of one, kept costs down by my joining other groups - to make up a viable number to visit Tibet's holy mountain and sacred lake. So trust this agent who quietly and with much courtesy arranged this link up.

Take plenty of wet-wipes and bog rolls and don't forget the Diamox if you suffer from altitude sickness.

Find a very large boulder to hide behind when the Yaks suddenly panic and decide to run down the mountain side in your direction.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

No, I was made very much aware that the Chinese were in control of Tibet. Although our group's guides collected our own waste my overall impression was that the Chinese and Tibetan people tended to drop their rubbish as and where they wished.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

For me the trip was very satisfying rather than enjoyable, albeit hard going on occasions due to the high altitude.

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