10 days Kailash budget tour begins from Kathmandu by overland to Kailash Manasarovar via Gyirong, a small group tour to Kailash for budget travellers. It is an awe-inspiring spiritual holy yatra to Mount Kailash via Rasuwagadi and Kerung border. Mt Kailash and Manasarovar Lake is a holy pilgrimage sites for Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. It is a hassle-free overland tour to Kailash and Mansarovar Lake. We have designed 10-day Kailash Manasarovar Overland tour for limited time bound travellers as it gives you an immense happiness to the people. Kailash Mansarovar region of Tibet is full of awesome landscapes and scenery which is around 1000 km drive from Kathmandu. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and call or leave message on WhatsApp at + 977 9851023742 to know more about Kathmandu Kailash Manasarovar Tour information. We offer a cheap basic, budget and standard Kailash Manasarovar Tour cost from $1850-$2390 with fixed departure dates of 2023/2024.
Tour Name: Kathmandu Kailash Tour
Tour Mode: Private/Group Tour
Tour Length: 10 Days
Tour Start/End: Kathmandu
Tour Difficulty: Moderate/Challenging
Tour Season: April to November
Trip Altitude: 2800m-5850m
Tour Cost: USD 1850- USD 2350
Mode of Transport: Jeep/Van/Bus
Accommodation: Budget Hotel/Guest House
10 days Kathmandu Kailash Mansarovar Tour is a perfect pilgrimage yatra to Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake from Nepal.
Mount Kailash is a sacred mountain, climbing Mt Kailash is fully banned.No one has climbed Mount Kailash. It is said that Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva that still resides on Mount Kailash. May to October is the best time of year tour to Kailash as the temperatures nice and warm with the visibility better. Keep in mind that temperatures can still drop down to zero or below during nighttime.The Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism believe that Kailash is the gateway to heaven as it looks like a big man-made pyramid.A tour to Kailash offers a real adventure travel experience as the landscapes are spectacular, the culture is incredible and the pilgrims have faith in Kailash. You can travel to Kailash from China and Nepal. Kathmandu and Lhasa is the entry and exit point of Kailash Mansarovar tour. It is also possible to extend Kailash tour with Lhasa, Everest Base Camp, Kathmandu, Guge Valley and Simikot as per your time availability. The 3 days Kailash Kora trek around Mount Kailash known as Sumeru Parbat is an adventures of Kailash overland tour.
Best season for Kailash Mansarovar Tour
The best time for Kailash Manasarovar tour is from May to October.However, snow could be encountered on the Drolma-la pass at any time of year. The temperature will often drop well below freezing at night, even during the summer months. The area hardly rains, with few annual rainfall, though July and August are the seasons of rains. For the rest of time, you will enjoy the blue sky, white cloud, widely different plants, and May is the best time to see the most beautiful Kelsang flowers. A great time to visit Mount Kailash is from June to September.While some die-hard travels may try to do the Kora when the passes are covered in snow, I won’t suggest it. Until early May, the pass tends to be snowed. If you just want to have an overland travel to Mount Kailash and other sites in far west of Tibet excluding the Kailash Kora, then you can consider to travel also in April or November.
Mt Kailash Tour Accommodation
The accommodation has been improved in West Tibet in the past years, due to more travelers demands, however it is still quite basic compared to larger cities. In Saga, Darchen, Zanda and Ali you can find local 3 to 4 star hotels, which provide rooms with private bathroom and hot shower, but at the village near Lake Manasarovar, Darchen, Dirapuk and Zuthulpuk accommodate dormitory beds at the local guest houses. In fact, only basic dorm beds are available in guesthouses and small inns at remote places. There are no private bathrooms and no water for shower. Those places are always lack of water and electricity due to the poor geography conditions.
Kailash Tour Meals
In some extremely remote places, tourists have to stay in tents or local monasteries, which might not be clean enough.There is also no fresh meat or vegetables in local and all the ingredients are from big cities like Lhasa and Shigatse. Therefore, the price for a meal is quite expensive. A very simple meal might cost $ 8 USD to $ 10 USD per person. For a breakfast, $ 2 USD for a cup of coffee and 3 USD for a cake, it is not enough for a quality breakfast, so we may buy some bread, coffee, or milk powder from the supermarket in big cities to improve the poor breakfast.In Lhasa and Shigatse you will find some international restaurants that serves some western food, as well as Nepali and Indian Thali sets. In the order places you will only be able to find local Tibetan and Chinese food.Traditional Tibetan food is quite basic, consist of Tsampa (barley flour) and butter tea, but now many Chinese dishes have been introduced to their diet. Many small restaurants on the way to Mount Kailash serve typical dishes like yak momo (steamed dumplings with yak meat), Tibetan soup noodles, fried rice with eggs (or vegetable with meat), braised yak meat with potatoes and some other fried Chinese vegetable dishes with/without meat (chicken, pork or yak meat).You may need to tell the restaurants that you don’t like too much oil or chili, when you order your food. Some guest houses like at Everest Base Camp and Darchen Village may offer some western style breakfast-pancakes and omelets.During the Kailash Kora trek, there are small tea houses along the road selling snacks, drinking water and instant noodles. The guest houses also offer very basic noodle and rice dishes. We suggest you for the 3 days Kailash trek is to prepare your favorite snacks in advance, and get some fresh fruit while in Darchen Village.
Kailash Tour and Travel Permit
Kailash Tour requires four permits-Tibet entry permit, Alien's travel permit, foreign affair permit, and military permit. We will arrange all of the travel permits for your Kailash Mansarover tour.It takes about 3-4 weeks to obtain all the permits and papers for Mount Kailash tour. Therefore, it is advisable to book your Kailash tour at least 3-4 months in advance.To apply for Tibet Kailash Tour Permit, the copies of your passport and China visa are required, when you enter Tibet from Mainland China. If you travel from Nepal to Tibet, then only the copy of your passport is required for obtaining the permits, but you will need to stay 6-7 days in Kathmandu for your group Tibet China visa.
Kailash Tour Cost
Kailash Mansarovar Tour cost ranges from $ 2190 USD to $ 3500 USD that includes all the basic lodging, permits, English speaking guide(local Tibetan), land transportation by minivan or minibus, personal entrance tickets and government tax.The meals-lunch and dinners, porters for the trek and personal expense is not included in the Kailash tour cost. All foreign passports holders are required to be in a organized tour to visit Tibet. For budget and solo travelers, Kailash group tour is the best choice as the price is much cheaper than getting a private tour. Kailash tour cost-$ 6000 USD per person for 1 pax group, $ 6000 USD per person for 1 pax group, $ 4000 USD per person for 2 pax group, $ 3500 USD per person for 3 pax group, $ 3000 USD per person for 4 pax group, $ 2500 USD per person for 5 pax and above private group tour.
Kailash Tour-Group Size
Normally, the group size in this tour will be of maximum 12 travelers from different parts of the world. The main disadvantage of group tour is that you cannot choose the exact dates you want, although there are tours that depart often. If you are traveling with more than 4 people and seeking a more comfortable experience, then a private tour could be a better choice as the itineraries can be customized based on the needs, the guide/vehicle is only for you, and you will spend less than what you would spend with a group tour.
Day 1: Kathmandu-Rashuwagadhi-Gyirong(2800m, 165 km, 8 hours)
After breakfast at 7:00 AM, your journey will begin to Rashuwagadhi, After accomplishment of all the immigration and custom formalities, we then proceed the journey to Kerung.Overnight in Kerung at Hotel at budget hotel or guest house.
Day 2: Rest at Gyirong(2800m)
One day rest in Kerung for acclimatization and preparation of hiking.Overnight in Kerung at budget hotel or guest house.
Day 3: Kerung to Saga(4400m,160km,6/7 hours)
After breakfast you will start your journey to saga through Ghantu La pass (5226m)and beautiful Bramhaputra river.Overnight in saga at budget hotel or guest house.
Day 4: Saga to Mansarovar(4500m,466 km, 7/8 hours)
After breakfast you will start your journey to Mansarovar through dongba mahim la pass and first sight of holy Kailash Parbat and Mansarovar throungh beautifulsurroundings.Overnight in Mansarovara at budget hotel or guest house.
Day 5: Mansarovar to Darchen(4600m,40 km, 2/3 hours )
After finishing the holy bath and ritual puja in mansarovar lake, we will continue our drive to Darchen which is also known as base camp of Mount Kailash. Overnight in Darchen at budget hotel or guest house.
Day 6: Darchen tp Dirapuk(5100m,18 km, 5/6 hours)
After the morning breakfast, the drive will start for about 7 km by Bus to Yamadwar. The journey of hiking trip starts by walking along the beautiful hills waterfalls and beautiful clear blue sky facing the great view of mount kailash. Overnight in Dirapuk at budget hotel or guest house.
Day 7: Derapuk to Zuthulpuk(4900m,22km, 7/8 hours)
Before Sunrise your journey begins from Derapuk to zuthulpuk passing the highest pass Dolma La pass at 5630m and viewing the holy place gaurikunda on the way. BY afternoon you will reach to Zuthulpuk .Overnight in Zuthulpuk at guest house.
Day 8: Zuthulpuk to Saga(4400m, 479 km, 7/8 hours )
The journey of the hiking trip ends after walking for over 2 hours for distance of around 10 km. After morning breakfast you will return to saga by bus. Overnight in saga at guest house.
Day 9: Saga to Kerung(2800m,160 km, 4/5 hours)
After morning breakfast your drive will start from saga to kerung. Overnight in Kerung at guest house.
Day 10: Kerung to Kathmandu(1350m, 189 km, 7/8 hours)
After morning breakfast your drive will start from Kerung to Kathmandu through Rasuwagadhi, after reaching Kathmandu at the evening our journey will be completed.
Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS)
In Kailash tour, most of the places you will visit over 4000 m to 4500 m. So, you may suffer from acute mountain sickness(AMS) like Symptoms tend to be worse at night include headache, dizziness,loss of appetite, nausea, breathlessness and irritability. Difficulty in sleeping is another common symptom.In order to get rid of AMS, acclimatize your body gradually to the high altitude, keep on re-hydrated, avoid alcohol, keep your immune system strong by dressing warm, consuming enough calories and taking vitamins. Also helpful to have diamox tablet to get prevent from AMS. If the medication doesn’t relieve the symptoms, go to a hospital or evacuate immediately to a lower and safer altitude.
In order to get the China Tourist visa, you will need to apply at the CVASC where available and the Chinese consular office in your country. Normally it should take about 1 week up to 10 days, to get the visa. If you plan to enter Tibet from Nepal, you don’t need to have any individual China visa in advance, you can instead get a Group China visa at the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu. We will help you with that.The Group China visa application can only be required by submitting your original passport, and takes at least 3 working days. So, you will need to spend at least some days in Nepal. Tibet/China group visa cost-$ 180 USD for a regular application (4 working days required), $ 210 USD for an urgent application (3 working days) for US passport holders, and $ 90 USD for a regular application (4 working days), $130 USD for an urgent application (3 working days) for other nationalities other than US passport holders.
Packing list for Kailash Tour
A good equipment are necessary for Kailash Manasarovar tour.The temperatures is quite low during the Kailash trek, even in summer. The morning and evening will always cold, the lowest will be 0 to 5°C in the mid-summer and -5 to -10°C in the months of May and September.When the sun is high in the afternoon, it could be warmer it gets is 16 to 18°C in the mid-summer and 8 to 10°C in the months of May and September.The wind is very strong at the Kailash Kora especially at on the top of Drolma-la Pass. It is very important to pack the correct clothing for Kailash tour and trek.
Waterproof and Windproof jacket (with hood) and trousers (goretex or similar)
Soft Shell Trousers.
Long sleeve tops or shirts (not cotton).
Mid to heavyweight fleece or synthetic/ primaloft top.
Sleeveless/ gilet or body warmer type fleece / synthetic top.
Thermals or base layer for top and bottom (merino wool or synthetic).
Fleece or synthetic leggings.
Medium weight down jacket.
Heads and Gloves-
Warms mittens and/or gloves.
Wool or fleece hat.
Bandana or scarf.
Head torch. Bring extra batteries.
For Crossing the passes-
A pair of Gaiters.
Sleeping bag. Overnight lows down to -15 Celsius.
Fleece or silk liner for your sleeping bag.
Two water bottles
Sunscreen and Lipbalm with a high SPF.
Water purification tablets (Pristine, Biox Aqua or Aqua Mira).
Favorite snack food.
Books and cards etc.
Camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
Baby wipes (optional).
Duffel bag/Big rucksack/backpack
Toiletry bag with soap, travel towel, toothbrush etc.
Personal first aid kit-
Blister treatment (Compeed patches are the best)
Re-hydration powder (eg Dioralyte).
Analgesics (paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin).
Plasters and zinc oxide tape.
Diamox (helps with acclimatization).
Flight info(required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
Insurance certificate(required) (With photocopies)
Passport (required) (With photocopies)
Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
Cash, credit and debit cards
Watch and alarm clock
Waterproof backpack cove
Health and Safety
Face masks (required)
Hand sanitizer (required)
Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
As a general rule, your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Please ensure the passport details you provide are accurate. Any errors provided may result in extra fees for making corrections in bookings. We recommend taking copies of the main passport pages and other important documents with you as well as leave copies at home with family or friends.
Alcohol and Caffeine
Alcohol and trekking don't mix. We highly recommend that you limit your alcohol consumption in Kathmandu prior to your trip. Celebrate your achievements after your trip. Both alcohol and caffeine increase dehydration. Limit your intake of both when tour at high altitudes.
Medical Facilities and Treatment:
Medical facilities in Kailash are very limited, particularly outside Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, treatment at international-standard clinics is expensive and up-front payment for services is generally required. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment, including evacuation by helicopter.
The hot water for drinking is at low temperature about 70-80 degrees centigrade and always provided by a bottle.
Tourist visas are available on arrival at Kathmandu-Tribhuvan International Airport and at all land border crossings that are open to foreign travellers. While this is available for most foreigners, citizens of some countries are required to get a visa prior to arrival, while those from SAARC countries can get their visa free of charge.There are three different visa options and prices: Multiple Entry 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD and 90 Days – 125 USD. In order to get a visa on arrival you’ll need four things:
One passport size photo
A passport valid for at least six months
At least one blank page in your passport
The visa fee in cash (US Dollars is best)