Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Lhasa – 19 Days

19 Days
  • Holy Mount Kailash
  • Havan at Mansarovar
  • Mansarovar


30/08/2017 17/09/2017
Adult : 3450 per person
Return economy class international flights
Economy class air ticket from Kathmandu – Lhasa Return
Arrival / departure transfers – Private
Accommodation on twin/ triple sharing at 5 star hotel in Kathmandu Only, Guest houses or tents during yatra (Triple rooms are usually a Twin/ Double room with a single roll away bed or mattress), Multiple sharing outside Kathmandu in Tibet part.
All Vegetarian Meals (Full Board)
All the entrance fees
Mineral Water Bottle
Tibet Permit is included for British and European passport holders
Kathmandu to Tibet border by non a/c vehicle
Tibet part by Bus
Travel Insurance
Evacuation Cost by helicopter or Overland
Nepal Visa fee ( Available on arrival at Kathmandu airport)
Extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring Porterage or additional transportation
Expenses of personal nature.
Tip £20 per person
Pony or Porter for Kailash Parikrama
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or other place , if arrive early in case of evacuation
Medical and other expenses in case of emergency and evacuation
Single Supplement in Kathmandu and Lhasa: £550
Any flight deviation, will be charged accordingly




Depart from UK airport to Kathmandu. ( Dinner in Flight)



Arrival in Kathmandu. You will be met by our staff at the Tribhuvan International Airport & transferred to Hotel. Evening; we conduct a meeting for tour briefing. ( Dinner)
- Airport- Hotel: 5 km | 30 minutes



Full day sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. You will visit Pashupatinath temple (the holiest temple of Hindus), Guheshowri Mata temple, Budhanilkantha Bishnu temple (also known as Jal Narayan or Seshnarayan) and Monkey temple.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



Morning after breakfast, you will be escorted to the international airport/ Kathmandu for your flight to Lhasa. This is probably the most spectacular flight in the world crossing mighty Himalayan range. If the weather permits; we can see the view of Mt. Everest. The flight duration is 1 hour & 10 minutes.

At Lhasa airport; you will be met & greet by our Chinese guide then transferred to Hotel. Evening, free for independent activities or rest.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Overnight Hotel
- Kathmandu to Lhasa: 1 hour & 10 minutes.
- Gonggar airport to Lhasa city: 65 km | 1 hour.
- Altitude of Lhasa: 3650 m. | 11972 ft.



Today, you will do sightseeing tour in Lhasa. You can visit Potala Palace (the winter Palace of Dalai Lama), Jokhang temple & Bustling Barkhor Square market and Norbulinkha Palace (the summer Palace of Dalai Lama).
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Overnight Hotel
- Altitude of Lhasa: 3650 m. | 11972 ft.

There are two types of ticket to enter the Potala Palace. The entry ticket for inside Palace is not included in our service. However, we can circumambulate the palace from outside. Those who wants to go inside have to climb 13 storey Palace with no elevator and they are requested to inform us in advance because ticket is limited. Ticket fee will be extra.



Morning after breakfast, you will set off for Gyantse. Gyantse is situated to the south-west of Lhasa and it is an ancient trading hub as well as it used to be an important strategic point in the past. The city is jeweled with Palkor Chode Monastery, Khumbum stupa (the largest stupa in Tibet) and Gyantse Dzong (the fortress).

On the way, you will be crossing over two high passes, Kamba-La and Karo- La. Kamba- La is on the mountain that divides Lhasa valley and Nakartse-county. The high pass offers probably the most stunning overlooking views of Lake Yamdruk Tso & other mountain views. Karo- La is a beautiful pass with its magnificent hanging glacier. Both high passes are over 4800 m. (15,744 ft.) from the sea level.

Lake Yamdruk Tso is another attraction of today’s journey. After descending from Kamba- La, you will be driving for a while along its shore. This is the largest fresh water lake in Tibet that spreads in the area of 638 sq. km.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Overnight at Hotel
- Lhasa to Gyantse drive- 263 km | 5 hrs drive.
- Elevation of Gyantse- 3950 m. | 12,956 ft.
- High light of today: Kamba La Pass, Lake Yamdruk Tso and Karola Glacier.



The very first city after Gyantse is Shigatse. Here, we make a brief halt for visiting Tashilungpu Monastery. Shigatse is the head quarter of Shigatse prefecture of Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The city is situated 94 km north of Gyantse and it is the second largest city of Tibet and official throne of Panchen Lama. Panchen Lama is the highest ranking Lama of Glugpa sect of Buddhism. Tashilungpu Monastery is an icon of Shigatse and the abode of Panchen Lama.

After visiting Tashilungpu Monastery, we continue our journey for Lhatse. The drive takes about three hours to get to Lhatse from Shigatse. We can see many Tibetan villages en route. Lhtase is the place from where the highway divides into two. One goes to Kailash and the other goes to Zhang Mu.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Overnight at Lhatse in Hotel
- Gyantse to Lhatse: 245 km | 4 hrs drive.
- Elevation of Lhatse: 3950 m. | 12,956 ft.
- Highlights of the days: Tashilungpu Monastery



Early morning drive to Saga from Shigatse. It is a long drive via Lhatse and Sang Sang, so we need to commence our journey early morning.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Overnight in Guesthouse in Saga
- Lhatse to Saga: 446 km. | 7 hrs.
- Altitude of Saga: 4480 m. | 14695 ft.



Morning after breakfast you will set off from Saga. The journey should be started early in the morning because you have to cross a significant distance today. After crossing near about 150 km you will reach Old Dzongba. This is the habitat of Tibet herders. From old Dzongba, you will continue drive to Paryang through high passes and wide pastures en route.

Paryang is a small town with the Chinese military base. The village is situated in a wide-open pasture land which is facing Himalaya. So, the weather of this place is harsh. From Paryang, you will continue your journey to the west. On the way, we will stop in Horchu river where there is a military check post. After completing formalities of security check and others, we will drive for another 10 minutes beyond the check post and make a brief halt for lunch.

It is another two hours journey to reach Manasarovar from Mayum La. The holy dip & pooja can be performed either today or tomorrow depending on the time you are reaching there and of course, with no doubt, the weather plays a vital role for this. The decision can be made after mutual discussion amongst guide, group manager and tour leader.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Overnight Guesthouse | dormitory room with common Tibetan styled toilet facility.
- Saga to Lake Manasarovar: 455 km | 6 hrs.
- Altitude of Lake Manasarovar: 4550 m. | 14925 ft.



Rest in Manasarovar for Pooja and Homa.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Guesthouse | dormitory room with common Tibetan styled toilet facility.
- Saga to Lake Manasarovar: 455 km | 6 hrs.
- Altitude of Lake Manasarovar: 4550 m. | 14925 ft.



Today is the highlighted day of our journey. The most exciting part, sacred circumambulation around Kailash, commences today from Yama Dwara. Morning, after breakfast, we depart from lake strand to Yama Dwar (also called 'Tarboche' in Tibetan) that demands approximately one & half hour to reach there. We should make a brief halt in Darchen because some travel documents obtained from local Police and Army officials as well as we have to make group entry in the region. From Darchen, it is another half an hour to reach Yama Dwara.

Our Yaks, porters and horses are waiting here for us. Those who are making circumambulation around Kailash on feet can instantly proceed for Deraphuk; rest of members can commence their journey after taking their horse/s and porter/s. The Total walk to Deraphuk is for 4 to 5 hours but the timing depends on your own pace. The route is quite easy, flat but mild ascend. Due to its extreme elevation, we feel tired while walking and need to have break very frequently.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Overnight at Guesthouse (dormitory room with no toilet facility)
- Lake Manasarovar to Yama Dwara: 45 km, 1 & half hour drive.
- Yama Dwar – Dhriraphuk (10 km): 5 to 6 hours trek.
- Elevation of Dhriraphuk: 4920 m./16,138 fts
- Expected temperature: day time: 10 to 15 degree Celsius/night time: -5 to -8 degree.
- Average climatic condition: windy and partly cloudy & rainy.
Those members, who are not participating for Kailash circumambulation, will return to Darchen from Yama Dwar and wait until other members come back from the circumambulation.
- Overnight at Guesthouse
- Elevation of Darchen: 4664 m./15,285 fts.
- Expected temperature: day time:- 10 to 15 degree Celsius/night time: -4 to -5 degree.
- Average climatically condition: windy and partly cloudy



Today is the toughest & longest journey of this trip. We have to trek almost 22 km through rugged highland to reach Zutulphuk. Literally, we have to pack up our gear and set off from hotel at 5 a.m. Chinese time. Initially, it is an uphill trek from Deraphuk but after walking for an hour or so, the trail turns into mild ascend. Half of the trail passes through an elevation of 4900 m./16,000 ft. or above, so there is no wonder if we get suffered from breathlessness or headache. Though, we should try to keep our pace slow & steady.

Please do not forget to carry water bottle, down jacket, raincoat and some dry fruits & chocolates with you. Everybody has different pace of walking. People might not be around when you them. So, you have to be self-dependent in basic things.

After making an up hill trek for about 4 hours or so, we will reach to a high pass where we will find Tibetan prayers flags fluttering. This is called ‘Dolma La pass’ (5800 m.). This is the highest point that we will be crossing over during this divine trip. After making a gentle descend from the pass, we will find our self near a tine glacial lake. This is ‘Gauri Kunda’.

From Gauri kunda, the trail leads us rapidly down through the area full of boulders and loose pebbles. Going down can be difficult and painful than coming up. If we have taken horse, we can’t even use it in this bit. After trekking down for another 1 & half hour or so from Gauri Kunda, we will eventually reach to the valley floor. From this point on, the trail is easy & flat. It is another 2 hours easy-walk to reach Zutulphuk from here.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Overnight Mud house – dormitory.
- Dhiraphuk to Zutulphuk: 21 km (8 - 9 hours trek).
- Elevation of Zutulphuk: 4820 m./15,810 fts.
- Expected temperature: 10 to 15 degree Celsius; Night time: -3 to -5 degree.
- Climatic condition: windy



After breakfast, we pack up our belongings and set off for further trekking. The distance between Zutulphuk and ending point is about 8 km. Today, we will find the entire trail flat & easy. It takes approximately, 3 hours to complete this journey.

At the ending point, we will find our vehicle standing by. We board on the Bus then start driving towards Lake Manasarovar. The lake is approximately 37 km in distance from this particular places and takes about 45 minutes to reach there.
We stay overnight at the eastern shore of Lake Manasarovar tonight. Evening, free on our own and independent activities.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Zutulphuk to Trek ending point: 6 km, 3 hours.
- Trek ending point to Lake Manasarovar: 37 km, 45 minutes.
- Elevation of Lake Manasarovar: 4550 m./14924 fts.:



Today, we will have to cross an extensive distance to reach Saga. We have to start early morning from lake manasarovar, so our gear should be packed before joining for breakfast. After having breakfast, we board on vehicle and move towards to the checkpoint where we will get off from the “green vehicle” and board on the same vehicle that we had left here before. After shifting all our belongings, we will have a last glimpse of Lake Manasarovar and mount Kailash; then we move on.

Driving for an hour from the eastern sore of manasarovar will bring us to a beautiful lake on the way. We drive along the bank of this lake for a while then start going up gradually towards the top of Mayum La pass (5200 m.). From Mayum La, we descend to the military check post then continue our journey to Paryang.

After Paryang, we drive through sand dunes area and gradually drive up towards another high pass and descend to the wide pasture, the other side. On the way, we will traverse through several Tibetan villages and pastures then eventually reach Dongba.

We serve picnic lunch in Dzongba. After lunch we continue our journey to Saga. En route we will cross a bridge over river Brahmaputra then drive towards a high pass and descend to the Saga valley. Saga is situated on the bank of river Brahmaputra. From here, the highway forks in two parts. One leads to Lhasa and the other leads to Zhang Mu via Peiko Tso and Shisapangma area.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Overnight guesthouse ( Multi Sharing room).
- Lake Manasarovar to Saga: 455 km. | 6 hours.
- Elevation of Saga: 4664 m. | 15,298 fts.
- Expected temperature: daytime- 15 degree Celsius | nighttime- -3 to -4 degree.
- Climatic condition: windy & dry



Morning after breakfast, we set off for Rongbuk (EBC). Rongbuk situated at an elevation of 5300 m. from the sea level is the highest human settlement on earth. On the way, we can see beautiful Ganesh Parvat and Peiku Lake. It is an extensive drive today. We have to cross approximately 360 km to reach Rongbuk from Saga.
From Rongbuk village, it is another 9 km drive to reach the actual Base Camp. You can climb up a small hillock from where a magnificent overlooking view of the Base Camp can be seen.

Evening return back to the Xegar via Geu La high pass which is above 5000 meters. Overnight stay in Xegar.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Overnight at Guesthouse (Xegar).
- Saga to EBC & return to Xegar: 440 km. | 8 hours.
- Elevation of Xegar: 4300 m. | 14104 ft.
- High lights: Ganesh Parvat, Peiku Lake, Rongbuk village and Mt. Everest Base Camp.

If groups members are alright with physical condition; we can keep them in Rongbuk instead of bringing them back to Xegar. This part subject to change depending on the situation.



We have to start early morning from Xegar for Lhasa. It indeed is a long drive. Almost 500 km need to be crossed to reach Lhasa. On the way we pass through Lhatse and Shigatse. There is speed limit in this part of highway; so we have to drive slowly.

The final part of the journey will be along the river Bank of the Brahmaputra. The river originates in Kailash and flows all the way to Lhasa then onward to Tsangpo Gorge (east Tibet). There it makes a dramatic bends and drop down to the plain of Asham via Arunchal Pradesh. Evening free on your own.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Overnight at Hotel
- Xegar to Lhasa: 511 km | 8 hours
- Elevation of Lhasa: 3650 m. | 11,972 ft.



Morning after breakfast, we leave for airport. As per the international rule, we should be at the checking counter two hours in advance. We take spectacular flight to Kathmandu over the mighty Himalaya range. Everest is in our left side while flying to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu; we meet you at the airport & transfer to Hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Overnight Hotel
- Lhasa to Airport: 1 hour
- Lhasa to Kathmandu flight: 1 hour & 10 minutes
- Kathmandu airport to Hotel: 30 minutes



Today you are free in Kathmandu on your own. You can do shopping or other independent activities.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)



It is time to say goodbye! We will transfer you to Tribhuvan International airport for your flight back home. Reporting time is three hours in advance. (Breakfast)