kailash mansarovar trip with EBC

Kailash-Mansarovar Trip via Lhasa with Everest Base Camp

Mount Kailash is believed to be the holiest mountain in the world, to those of Hindu, Bon, Buddhist and Jain faith. It has proven to be a great enigma for adventurers throughout the ages, and for modern day travellers it offers an adventure unparalleled to any other modern-day adventure on this planet Earth.

This holy mountain is part of the Trans-Himalaya in far western Tibet, near the source of four of the major rivers in Asia: the Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, and Karnali River. To top off its magical connections, two powerful and Holy Lakes are found very near Mount Kailash, Mansarovar Lake and the Skanda Sagar.

The locals refer to Mount Kailash as Kang Rinpoche, or ‘Precious Snow Mountain’; we can also say that this mountain is precious in many ways, to those of different faiths. For the Hindus, Mount Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva, and a symbolic of his Divine Power.

Trip Dates

Arrival in Kathmandu Departure to Lhasa Return to Kathmandu Depart to home
13 May 2018 16 May 2018 1 June 2018 3 June 2018
2 Sep 2018 5 Sep 2018 21 Sep 2018 23 Sep 2018

Trip Highlights

  • Cultural and historical heritage sites of Kathmandu
  • Journey of a lifetime from the holiest city to the holiest mountain
  • Highly revered monasteries of Tibet
  • Close view of Tibetan nomadic culture and lifestyle
  • Magnificent view of Mt. Everest

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
    Karnali Excursions’ representative will meet and arrange immediate transfer to your hotel. A short briefing on immediate and further arrangements will be delivered. Overnight in Radisson or similar ones on b/b basis.
  • Day 02: City sightseeing in the morning and briefing on Kailash trip in the afternoon. We will explore Kathmandu Durbar Squares and Swayambhunath Stupa in the morning. There will a detailed briefing on Kailash trip in the afternoon. Overnight in Radisson Hotel or similar ones on b/b basis.
  • Day 03: Visit Pashupatinath temple in the morning and trip preparation in the afternoon.
    After breakfast, we will visit Pashupatinath temple and Budhanilkant. There will be time for packing after lunch. Overnight in Radisson Hotel or similar ones on b/b basis. 
  • Day 04: Fly to Gonggar Airport and drive to Lhasa (3,700m)
    We will fly to Gonggar Airport where we will meet our Tibetan guide and driver. After completing immigration formalities, we will drive to Lhasa. It takes an hour and quarter to reach Lhasa from Gonggar Airport. Overnight in Hotel Yak or similar hotel on b/b basis.
  • Day 05: Explore Lhasa
    After breakfast, we will explore Potala Palace and after lunch we will visit Jokhang temple. Overnight in Hotel Yak or similar hotel on b/b basis.
  • Day 06: A day tour to Ganden Monastery
    After breakfast, we will drive to Ganden Monastery. This monastery is located 47km from Lhasa. It was build during the reign of fifth Dalai Lama in 1679, but received severe damage during the Cultural Revolution. Once, this monastery housed more than 2,000 yellow hat monks. After visiting Ganden, we will return to Lhasa. Overnight in Hotel Yak or similar hotel on b/b basis.
  • Day 07: Drive to Gyantse (3,800m)
    Today, we will drive to Gyantse after having breakfast. En-route, we will visit Yamdruk Tso Lake.  In Gyantse, we will visit Gyantse Khumbum. Overnight in Hotel Gyantse or similar hotel on b/b basis.
  • Day 08: Drive to Shigatse (3,900m)
    After breakfast, we will drive to Shigatse. After lunch, we will explore Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. Overnight in a Gesar Hotel or similar ones on b/b basis.
  • Day 09: Explore Shalu Monastery
    We will drive to Shalu Monastery, which is located 22 km south of Shigatse. It was founded in 1040 by Chetsun Sherab Jungnay.  For centuries, it was renowned as a centre of scholarly learning, psychic training and its mural paintings. We will return to Shigatse after exploring the Shalu Monastery. Overnight in Gesar Hotel or similar hotel on b/b basis.
  • Day 10: Drive to Saga (4,250m)
    After breakfast, we will drive to Saga. It is 6-7 hours vehicular journey to Saga from Shigatse. All meals will be served from Karnali’s kitchen
  • Day 11: Drive to Mansarovar Lake (4,588m)
    Today, we will drive to Mansarovar Lake. If the weather is favourable we will have our first view of Mansarovar Lake and holy Mount Kailash. Overnight in a basic guest house. All meals will be served from Karnali’s kitchen.
  • Day 12: A day at Mansarovar Lake
    Today, we will have a leisure day at Mansarovar Lake to take a ritual dip, explore around and acclimatize. Overnight in a basic guest house. All meals will be served from Karnali’s kitchen.
  • Day 13: Kora starts: – Drive to Darchen/Tharboche and commence trekking to Diraphuk (4,900m)
    After breakfast, we will drive to Darchen/Tharboche from where we will commence trekking to Diraphuk. It takes 4-5 hours to reach Diraphuk. Overnight in a basic guest house. All meals will be served from Karnali’s kitchen.
  • Day 14: Cross over the Dolma La Pass (5,650m) and trek to Zuthulphuk (4,700m)
    Today is the hardest day of our trip because we have to cross the challenging Dolma La Pass. It takes 3-4 hours to reach the top of Dolma La Pass and another 3-4 hours to reach Zuthulphuk after the pass. Overnight in a basic guest house. All meals will be served from Karnali’s kitchen.
  • Day 15: Trek to Tangsar/Darchen and drive to Mansarovar Lake
    Today is the easiest day of the Kailash kora as it is all gradual downhill trek to Tangsar/Darchen. We will have lunch at Darchen and then we will drive to Mansarovar Lake. Overnight in a basic guest house. All meals will be served from Karnali’s kitchen.
  • Day 16: Drive to Saga
    We will drive to Saga and stay overnight in a guest house. All meals will be served from Karnali’s kitchen.
  • Day 17: Drive to Rongbuk Monastery
    We will drive to Rongbuk Monastery. We will explore Rongbuk Monastery in the afternoon. Overnight in monastery guest house or tents. All meals will be served from Karnali’s kitchen.
  • Day 18: Explore Everest Base Camp and drive to Shigatse
    After breakfast, we will drive to Everest Base Camp and onto Shigatse after exploring Everest Base Camp. Overnight in Gesar Hotel or similar hotel on b/b basis.
  • Day 19: Drive to Lhasa
    We will drive to Lhasa. Overnight in Yak Hotel or similar hotel on b/b basis.
  • Day 20: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
    We will drive to Gonggar Airport and fly to Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel Shangri-La or similar hotel on b/b basis.
  • Day 21: Leisure day in Kathmandu
  • Day 22: Depart Kathmandu
    Karnali Excursions will provide a vehicle for airport transfer.