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Mt. Kailash Tour via Lhasa - Fly In Fly Out

Mt. Kailash Tour via Lhasa - Fly In Fly 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/Plane

  • 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

Mt. Kailash Tour via Lhasa Fly In-Fly out is a popular option for travelers who wish to explore the sacred and majestic Mt. Kailash, located in western Tibet. This tour involves flying into Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, and then driving to Mt. Kailash, before returning to Lhasa by road.

The tour typically starts with a flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu, Nepal. In Lhasa explore the city's famous sights, such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street. The journey from Lhasa to Mt. Kailash takes you through stunning landscapes, including vast grasslands, snow-capped mountains, and scenic valleys. Mt. Kailash is considered sacred by several religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. Many pilgrims from around the world come to circumambulate the mountain, which is believed to bring good luck and spiritual purification. During the trek known as the Kora done around Mt. Kailash, you will be surrounded by breathtaking scenery, including pristine lakes, snow-covered peaks, and colorful prayer flags.

Mt. Kailash Tour via Lhasa Fly In-Fly out offers a unique opportunity to explore some of the most sacred and stunning landscapes in Tibet. It is a journey that combines cultural immersion, spiritual exploration, and outdoor adventure, making it a truly memorable experience for any travelers.

Mt. Kailash Tour via Lhasa Fly In-Fly out Highlights:

  • Scenic flight of Kathmandu/Lhasa/Kathmandu.
  • Lhasa sightseeing visiting Potala Palace, Jokhang temple etc.
  • 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: Fly from Kathmandu (1,300m) to Lhasa (3,650m)
Day 2: In Lhasa- Sightseeing
Day 3: Drive Lhasa to Shigatse (3,845m) 350 km – 8/9 Hrs
Day 4: Drive Shigatse to Saga (4,640m) 450km – 9 hours
Day 5: Drive Saga to Lake Manasarovar (4,590m) 410km – 8 Hours
Day 6: Drive Lake Manasarover to Darchen ( 4600m) 32 km/45 min drive
Day 7: Trek to Dira-Puk (5000m) ‘Kailash Kora Start’ 15km/7 hrs walk
Day 8: Trek to Zuthul Puk (4805m) 18km/6-7 hrs walk, 550m ascent, 600m descent
Day 9: End of Kailash Parikrama (Kailash Kora finish) & drive to Saga
Day 10: Drive to Lhasa from Saga 450 km/8-9 hrs drive
Day 11: Transfer to airport for Flight to Kathmandu

Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa which altitude is about 3,650 meters (11,975 feet). This is a considerable altitude difference and could potentially lead to altitude-related symptoms. To mitigate the effects of altitude sickness, it's advisable to take it easy for the first day upon arriving in Lhasa, avoid strenuous activity, and stay well-hydrated. Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet and holds significant cultural and historical importance. The city is home to attractions such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street. Spending time in Lhasa initially is crucial for acclimatization.


Start your day by visiting the iconic Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former residence of the Dalai Lama. This massive palace complex contains numerous chapels, halls, and rooms showcasing Tibetan art, religious relics, and historical artifacts. The panoramic view from the palace offers a breathtaking sight of Lhasa and its surroundings. Then head to the Jokhang Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. This temple is a spiritual center for Tibetan Buddhists and houses the revered Jowo Rinpoche statue. Spend some time exploring Barkhor Street, which encircles the Jokhang Temple. This ancient pilgrimage path is a vibrant hub for both locals and visitors. Then visit other attractions like Norbulinka etc.

Breakfast included

The drive from Lhasa to Shigatse covers approximately 350 kilometers (217 miles) and takes around 8 to 9 hours. The route takes you through diverse landscapes, including vast plateaus, winding roads, and stunning mountain vistas. You pass through small towns and villages, offering glimpses of local life.In Shigatse visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the most important monasteries in Tibet. This monastery is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, the second highest-ranking Lama in Tibetan Buddhism. Explore the grand halls, chapels, and the massive Maitreya Buddha statue.

Breakfast included

The drive from Shigatse to Saga is a full-day journey. The route between Shigatse and Saga will take you through more of Tibet's picturesque landscapes. You pass through valleys, cross rivers, and encounter vast open spaces that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Along the way, stop and appreciate the natural beauty of the Tibetan plateau. Upon reaching Saga, you'll check into your accommodation. After the long day of travel, take some time to relax, unwind, and adjust to the new surroundings. 

Breakfast included

The drive from Saga to Lake Manasarovar is another full-day drive, with a considerable distance to cover. Lake Manasarovar is located at an elevation of around 4,590 meters (15,060 feet). It is one of the most sacred lakes in Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism. It's a place of pilgrimage and spiritual significance for people from various cultures. Take time to appreciate the serene beauty of the lake and the surrounding mountains. You'll check into your accommodation near Lake Manasarovar, which offer stunning views of the lake and the surrounding landscape.

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

The drive from Saga to Lhasa will cover a similar route to the one you took on your way to Saga. This return journey gives you a chance to retrace your steps and enjoy the familiar landscapes. As you travel back, you recognize the stunning views, mountains, valleys, and towns you encountered on your initial drive. Upon arriving back in Lhasa, you'll feel a sense of completion and achievement. Spend your final moments in Tibet enjoying the city's atmosphere.

Breakfast included

Today fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu. As you depart from Tibet, take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey you've had and the memories you've made. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, you'll be greeted by the familiar sights and sounds of Nepal. Use the rest of the day to unwind, reflect on your journey, and perhaps explore Kathmandu further if time permits.

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Tibet Visa Fee.
  • Airport Pickup/ drop service.
  • Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Daily Breakfast.
  • Private Transportation by jeep/van.
  • Necessary Tibet Travel Permit.
  • Sightseeing and Entrance fee as per the itinerary.
  • English speaking guide.
  • All the Government and local taxes.

What is not included?

  • All international flight cost.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Personal expenses like beverage, mineral water and tips.
  • Natural and political disturbance and unforeseen circumstance.


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 Lhasa is a sacred and challenging journey through the high-altitude regions of Tibet. Here's a comprehensive packing list to help you prepare for this spiritual adventure:


  • 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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