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Mount Kailash Tour via Kyirong - Drive In Drive Out

Mount Kailash Tour via Kyirong - Drive In Drive Out

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: China

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Mount Kailash, Tibet

  • Activities

    Activities: Cultural Sightseeing/Hike

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Breakfast included

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Dolma La Pass (5630m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: May to Sep

A tour to Mount Kailash via Kyirong is a popular route for those who want to visit this sacred mountain in Tibet. The journey to Mount Kailash starts in Kathmandu where you will travel by road to the border town of Kyirong. Once you cross the border, you will enter Tibet and continue your journey towards Mount Kailash. The road from Kyirong to Mount Kailash includes visiting the scenic Lake Mansarovar, which is considered holy by Hindus and Buddhists. The Kailash Kora, a pilgrimage trail that circumnavigates the mountain, is a popular route for both religious and adventurous travelers. The trek takes 3 days to complete and offers breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks and serene landscapes. After completing the Kailash Kora, you will head back to Kyirong and then drive back to Kathmandu to conclude your tour. Mount Kailash tour via Kyirong is a remarkable journey that combines spirituality, adventure, and natural beauty. It allows you to experience the sacredness of this revered mountain and witness the stunning landscapes of Tibet.

Mount Kailash Tour via Kyirong Highlights:

  • Scenic drive Kathmandu/Nepal/China border/Kathmandu
  • Circling around Manasarovar, a sacred Lake
  • Mt. Kailash Kora, a holy mountain
  • Witness life of the “mountain people” living in the roof of the world.
  • Crossing over the Dolma La Pass over 5,600m


Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Kyirung (2300m) 185km/8 hrs drive
Day 2: Rest Day in Kyirung/ Acclimatization
Day 3: Drive from Kyirung to Saga (4450m) 232 km/3-4hrs drive
Day 4: Saga to Paryang (4558m) to Mansarovar (4600m) 507 km/8-9 hrs drive
Day 5: Drive from Mansarovar to Darchen (4670m) 32 km/45 min drive
Day 6: Trek to Dira-Puk (5000m) ‘Kailash Kora Start’ 15km/7 hrs walk
Day 7: Trek to Zuthul Puk (4805m) 18km/6-7 hrs walk, 550m ascent, 600m descent
Day 8: End of Kailash Parikrama (Kailash Kora finish) & drive to Saga
Day 9: Drive back from Saga to Kyirung (2300m)
Day 10: Drive from Kyirung to Kathmandu 155 km

After breakfast drive from Kathmandu to Kyirung in Tibet which is approximately 185 kilometers. The road takes you through picturesque landscapes, rural villages, and valleys. After a long drive, you'll reach the Nepal-China border. Once you've crossed the border and completed the required formalities, you'll enter Tibet and continue your drive to Kyirong. This border town in Tibet is often used as a gateway for travelers heading to Mount Kailash. You'll notice a change in the landscape and the local culture as you move further into Tibet. You'll reach Kyirong in the late afternoon or early evening, depending on road conditions and any delays. Check into your accommodation and rest after a long day of travel.


Today is a rest day in Kyirung to allow your body to acclimatize to the higher altitude before proceeding further. Acclimatization is important to prevent altitude sickness as you continue your journey to higher elevations. While in Kyirung, you can engage in gentle activities to aid in acclimatization. These might include short walks around the town, light stretches, and deep breathing exercises. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day to stay hydrated in the higher altitude. 

Breakfast included

After breakfast, you'll set out for your drive to Saga. The distance to be covered is approximately 232 kilometers. It is the first day with a long drive on the desert terrain driving past nomad camps and sheep and yak herds. We can see Gaurishankar, Shishapangma and Langtang Himal from the pass. Continue drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peiku tso Lake (4400m). We will be crossing river Brahmaputra ( “Yarling Tsangpo” in Tibetan ) to reach Saga (4600m). Check into your accommodation in Saga and take some time to rest and acclimate to the higher altitude.

Breakfast included

Today is a long day of driving as you make your way from Saga to Paryang and then to the sacred Lake Mansarovar. Watching the mountains in distance and driving through road we pass through the small town of Zhongba before reaching  to Paryang. Offering the first view of mt kailash and the holy lake only after several hours of drive. As you approach this serene and sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the North West shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can have a glimpse of majestic Mount Kailash. Manasarovar, the highest fresh water lake with turquoise complexion - surrounded by Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandata and  Lake Rakchyas is simply heavenly.

Breakfast included

After some peaceful hours at the shores of the sacred Lake Manasarovar with the snowy massif of Gurla Mandhata 7694m just across the lake, we drive 40 km to Darchen which serves as the base for Mt kailashkora (circumambulation). The Kora is 53 km in total and completed in three days. Darchen (4560 meters) is a small town where you rest and acclimatize to the higher altitude. This is especially important as you'll be starting the trek the next day. If you're feeling up to it, take a short walk around Darchen to familiarize yourself with the area. However, avoid exerting yourself too much to allow your body to adjust to the altitude.

Breakfast included

Begin your trek from Darchen, following the well-defined trail that leads you towards Mount Kailash. The trek to Dira-Puk takes you through varied terrain, including valleys, meadows, and rocky sections. Enjoy the stunning views of Mount Kailash as it looms majestically in front of you. It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs and waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky. As you walk, engage in your chosen spiritual practices or simply soak in the spiritual atmosphere of the journey. The kora is a time for reflection, self-discovery, and reverence. The altitude continues to increase as you trek. After several hours of trekking, you'll reach Dira-Puk (5000m). Check into your accommodation and rest.

Breakfast included

Start your trek from Dira-Puk following a challenging trail, with rocky paths and steep ascents. The trail involves a steep ascent to Dolma La Pass (5630 meters), the highest point of the kora. The altitude and challenging terrain require determination and steady pacing. Reach Dolma La Pass, which is marked by prayer flags. Take a moment to rest and soak in the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. After crossing the pass, you'll descend to Zuthul Puk. The descent can also be demanding, so proceed with caution. By the late afternoon you will arrive at Zuthul Puk where the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles. 

Breakfast included

Continue your trek from Zuthul Puk, making your way towards the point where you began the kora. This marks the completion of your circumambulation around Mount Kailash. As you conclude the kora, take some time for spiritual reflection and gratitude. Arrive back in Darchen, where you started the kora. After lunch, drive back to Saga taking you through familiar landscapes. Reach Saga in the evening. Check into your accommodation and take some time to relax after the day's trek and drive

Breakfast included

Leave Saga and start your drive back to Kyirung. The road will take you through the familiar landscapes you encountered on your way to Mount Kailash. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the region as you cover the distance between Saga and Kyirung. Stop for lunch at a suitable place along the way. Reach Kyirung in the afternoon or evening, depending on the road conditions and the pace of your journey. Check into a guest house in Kyirung where you'll spend the night. 

Breakfast Included

The drive will take you through the picturesque landscapes that you encountered on your way to Mount Kailash. It's a chance to reminisce about your experiences. Once you've crossed the border, you'll be back in Nepal. Continue your drive towards Kathmandu. Reach Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, in the afternoon or evening.

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Hotel/Guest House Accommodation as per program.  
  • Private Transportation by Van / mini coach.
  • All necessary Tibet Travel and Trekking permit.
  • English speaking Tibetan Guide.
  • All Sightseeing and Entrance fee as per the itinerary.  
  • Meal plan on B/B Basis.
  • Kathmandu to Border to Kathmandu transportation.

What is not included?

  • Lunch and Dinner.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Hiring porter, Yak/ horse
  • Rescue and Evacuation Service
  • Any Additional cost due to Nature calamity and Unforeseen Circumstances etc.


1. What is the significance of Mount Kailash?
Mount Kailash is considered sacred in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bon. It is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva in Hinduism and is a major pilgrimage site. Circumambulating the mountain is considered a sacred ritual.

2. What is the route via Lhasa?
The route via Lhasa typically involves flying into Lhasa from major cities like Kathmandu, acclimatizing to the altitude, exploring Lhasa and its attractions (such as the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple), and then traveling overland to Mount Kailash.

3. Do I need a visa for Tibet?
Yes, travelers to Tibet, including Lhasa and Mount Kailash, need a special Tibet Travel Permit. Additionally, a Chinese visa is required. It's important to check the latest visa regulations and travel requirements.

4. What is the best time for a Mount Kailash tour via Lhasa?
The best time for the tour is during the late spring to early autumn (May to September) when the weather is relatively mild, and the trekking routes are accessible. Winter months are extremely cold, and some areas may be inaccessible.

5. Is acclimatization necessary?
Yes, acclimatization is crucial when traveling to high-altitude regions like Tibet. Spending a few days in Lhasa before proceeding to Mount Kailash allows the body to adjust to the altitude.

6. What are the accommodation options in Lhasa and on the way to Mount Kailash?
Accommodation options in Lhasa include hotels ranging from basic to luxurious. On the way to Mount Kailash, accommodations may include guesthouses, lodges, or basic hotels, depending on the route and available facilities.

7. What is the trekking route around Mount Kailash?
The traditional trekking route, known as the Kora or Parikrama, circumambulates Mount Kailash. It is approximately 52 kilometers and is considered a sacred ritual by pilgrims. The trek usually takes about three days.

8. Are there any cultural considerations during the tour?
Respect for local customs and religious practices is essential. Photography may be restricted in some areas, and it's important to seek permission before taking pictures, especially of religious sites and ceremonies.

9. What is the level of physical fitness required for the tour?
The trek around Mount Kailash is challenging due to high altitudes, and participants should be in good physical condition. It's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before undertaking the journey.


Mount Kailash tour via Kyirong offers a unique and spiritual journey to one of the holiest sites in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The region has a high altitude and varying weather conditions, so it's essential to pack appropriately. Here's a packing list to help you prepare:


  • Layered clothing for changing weather conditions.
  • Warm and waterproof jacket.
  • Fleece or down jacket for chilly evenings.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Long-sleeved shirts and T-shirts.
  • Comfortable and durable pants.
  • Hat, gloves, and a scarf.


  • Sturdy and comfortable walking/hiking boots.
  • Insulated and waterproof boots for cold and wet conditions.
  • Thick socks to keep your feet warm.

Altitude Sickness Prevention:

  • Prescription medications or over-the-counter remedies for altitude sickness (consult your doctor).
  • Diamox (acetazolamide) or a similar medication if recommended by a healthcare professional.

Travel Documents:

  • Passport and visa.
  • Photocopies of important documents and extra passport photos.
  • Permits (e.g., Tibet Travel Permit).

Money and Payment:

  • Sufficient local currency (Chinese Yuan).
  • Credit/debit cards.
  • Small bills for tips and small purchases.


  • Voltage converter and plug adapter (China uses Type A and Type I sockets).
  • Mobile phone and charger.
  • Camera, extra batteries, and memory cards.
  • Power bank for recharging devices.


  • Basic toiletries.
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Wet wipes.


  • Any personal prescription medications.
  • Basic first-aid kit.
  • Pain relievers and altitude sickness medication.
  • Water purification tablets or a water filter bottle.

Travel Gear:

  • Backpack or daypack.
  • Duffel bag or suitcase with wheels.
  • Water bottle.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Headlamp or flashlight.


  • Travel guidebook and maps.
  • Travel pillow and earplugs for a comfortable rest.
  • Snacks for the journey.
  • A small sewing kit and duct tape for minor repairs.

Tibetan Culture and Etiquette:

  • Modest clothing, as Tibet is a conservative region.
  • Learn some basic Tibetan phrases and customs.

Be respectful when visiting monasteries and temples; modest clothing is often required. Remember that the packing list can vary depending on the time of year you're visiting Lhasa. Summers can be warm, but evenings are cool. Winters are very cold, and there can be snow. Altitude can also affect your comfort, so be prepared for the thinner air by taking it easy the first few days.

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