Mount Kailash Tour with Hike to Everest Base Camp (EBC) can be started either from Mainland China (Beijing/Shanghai/Chengdu) or Kathmandu. You will first land in Lhasa, acclimatize for a few days, and start the journey to Mount Kailash and Mount Everest Base Camp (EBC). This Mount Kailash Tour with Hike to Everest Base Camp (EBC) is the combined trip of Kailash Parvat/Mount Kailash and Mount Everest Base Camp (EBC) that allows you to explore picturesque scenic landscapes, stunning mountains, turquoise Lakes, and the cultural beauty of local Tibetans.
Thousands of people visit this pilgrimage site, Mount Kailash, following a custom going back thousands of years. Pilgrims of several religions consider circumambulating Mount Kailash on foot a holy ritual that will carry good fortune. The walk is made in a clockwise direction by Hindus and Buddhists. Followers of the Jain and Bon religions circumambulate the peak counterclockwise. The trail around Mt. Kailash is 52 Km long, which starts and ends at Darchen and goes through Dirapuk & Zuthulpuk.
Apart from this Mount Kailash Mansarovar Tour, another adventure is to get to the Mount Everest Base camp, which shows you a magnificent view of the north face of Mount Everest and Mount Kailash. Mount Everest is the world’s highest peak, standing up to 8848M. If you have a short time for the Mount Kailash Pilgrimage tour, please check out this itinerary for the Mount Kailash Pilgrimage tour – 10 Nights, 11 Days.
Fly to Lhasa or arrival at Lhasa from Mainland China. Lhasa is situated on the north bank of Kyi-chu River and in the Tibetan language means “Place of the Gods”. You will then be transferred to your hotel and assisted in the check-in process as well. Rest is important today as you acclimatize to the rarefied atmosphere of this high altitude city. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing of Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, . Potala Palace, this legendary palace built atop a single hill is synonymous with Tibet by the first foremost king Songtsen Gompa. Jokhang Temple, situated in the heart of Old Lhasa, it houses Tibet’s most precious religious relic, a golden Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought as a gift by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on the occasion of her wedding to the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gompo. Barkhor Market place, which is the religious and social focus of Lhasa. After Sightseeing you will be transferred to hotel for your Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
After breakfast full day sightseeing of Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Market. Sera Monastery, 5 Kms north of Lhasa, Sera setting is one of Lhasa’s prettiest monasteries. Once a community of more than 5,000 monks resided here and was virtually extinguished by the Chinese. Some free time for shopping or own activities O/N at Hotel.
Drive to Gyantse while crossing over Karo-La (5,010 mt.), Kamba-La (4,794 mt.), the colorful Yamdrok Lake and the Brahmaputra River (Yarlung Tsangpo). The 260 kms from Lhasa to Gyantse should approximately take five to six hours of driving to pass through. Visit in the morning, the Kumbum Chorten and Pelkor Chode Monastery in the town before driving to Shigatse. Visit Panchen Lamas’ Tashilhunpo Monastery in the town. Overnight at hotel or guest house. The 90 kms from Gyantse to Shigatse should approximately take two to two and a half hours of driving to pass through.
Drive from Shigatse to Shegar which is also known as the New Tingri. The 225 kms from Shigatse to Shegar should approximately take five to six hours of driving to pass through. Drive to the Rongbuk Monastery via the Pang-La pass. It is situated below the giant north face of Mt. Everest. Overnight stay at guest house. The 90 kms from Shegar to Rongbuk should approximately take three hours of driving to pass through and you can enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Everest (8,848 mt.), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 mt.) and Mt. Makalu (8,481 mt.). O/N at Guest house.
After an early morning two-hour trek from the Rongbuk Monastery to the Everest Base Camp (North Face), drive from there to Tingri. Overnight at hotel or guest house. The 145 km drive from Everest Base Camp (North Face) to Tingri should take approximately five hours.
Drive from Tingri to Saga. Overnight at hotel or guest house. The 216 km drive from Tingri to Saga should take approximately six hours.
Drive from Saga to Paryang which is around 255 km away and should approximately takes seven hours to reach. You will cross Zhongba on the way. Overnight at hotel or guest house.
Drive from Paryang to Mansarovar (Chiu Village) which is around 260 km away and should approximately takes six to seven hours to reach. Overnight at guest house or tent camp depending on the availability.
Visit Lake Mansarovar, drives to Darchen which is around 30 km away and should approximately take an hour to reach. The remaining day is for you to spend at leisure. Overnight at guest house.
Today, you start your holy trek (Parikrama / Kora) in which you circumambulate Mt. Kailash. You begin with an hour’s drive towards Dirapuk, after which you have to trek for approximately four hours to reach Dirapuk. The trek offers myriad views the western face of Mt. Kailash and its fantastically changing hues at sunrise and sunset. Also, for aged travelers and those not able to undertake the trek for fitness concerns, we can arrange a horse ride or a yak ride provided we are informed for the same well in advance.
Trek from Dirapuk to Zutul-puk via the Drolma-la Pass which takes approximately eight to nine hours to complete. En-route, you will also pass Shivasthal, one of the highest points in your trek and if legend is to be believed, where Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati used to sit. Overnight at tent camp.
Trek from Zutul-puk to Darchen, which should take you around four hours, to finish your circumambulation of Mt. Kailash. You will then drive to Lake Mansarovar which you should reach in approximately an hour. Overnight at tent camp.
Drive from Mansarovar to Paryang which is around 260 km away and drive to Saga. drive approximately take six to seven hours to reach. Overnight at hotel or guest house.
Drive from Saga to Tingri which is around 374 KM away and should approximately take five/six hours to reach. Overnight at hotel or guest house.
Leave early in the morning and drive to the Kodari Border or Kyirong border which should take approximately. After completing the immigration formalities, you will then cross the border and drive approximately for four to five hours to reach Kathmandu. End of the tour.
At the moment, Kodari border is closed, therefore you will proceed to Kyirong border and complete border formalities.
Payment: 30% of the total tour cost is required as an advance deposit to confirm the tour with HimalayanWindows (HW). The remaining balance can be paid 3 days before the departure date. Payment can be made through Wire Transfer or Credit Card. We process your credit card payment securely and no extra fee is charged.
Cancellation: For cancellation more than 30 days before the Tour Start Date, No Cancellation fee is charged. For cancellation from 29 calendar days up to and including 4 calendar days before the Tour Start Date, a charge of 30% of the total invoice amount is charged. For a cancellation occurring within 3 days of the date of travel or No Show shall be charged 100% of the total invoice amount. Learn more about Terms and Conditions.
Accommodation: Accommodation is in twin rooms in cities unless a special request is made for a single supplement with an additional fee. Accommodation is in twin or dormitory at lodges on the trek, especially in a peak season, it is difficult to find single/twin rooms in the mountains. Our main focus is to provide clean and safe rooms to our valued guests.
Meals: Basically, every package we offer includes breakfast; lunch, and dinner are provided based on the cost we offer on the tour. In Bhutan, every package is on a full board plan that includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. During the trek, we provide all meals where you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.
Nepal Visa: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Nepal needs to obtain a Nepal Visa. A Nepal Tourist Visa can be obtained on arrival and some countries need a visa before traveling to Nepal. Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Make sure to obtain a multi-entries Nepal Visa if you are planning cross-country tours.
Bhutan Visa Clearance: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Bhutan needs to obtain a Bhutan Visa Clearance before the travel to Bhutan. We obtain your Bhutan visa; you need to send your color scanned clear passport copy. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Before flying to Bhutan, a Visa Clearance will be sent to you from your tour operator, you have to print the clearance paper and show it at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during the Check-in. The original visa would be stamped into your passport upon arrival at the Paro airport. Learn more about Bhutan travel info.
Tibet Group Visa (TGV): Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Tibet from Nepal needs to obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu through the help of a tour operator. Make sure to land in Kathmandu 3-4 working days before the travel date t process for TGV. If you are traveling from China, no TGV is required, a Chinese Visa & Permit are needed, though. Learn more about the Tibet entry procedure.
Nepal & Bhutan: Nepal and Bhutan share the climate from high mountains to the low land sub-tropical plains and jungles. Both countries have similar weather and are ideal to visit at the same time of the year. March to April (spring) & October to December (autumn and early winter) are the best time to visit as the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder and June, July, and August (summer) are monsoon seasons.
Tibet: The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October as the weather is warmer, fresh, and sunny skies. November to March are usually very cold, but still possible to visit if the route is not blocked by the snow, especially in the regions like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, Mount Kailash, etc.
HimalayanWindows advises bringing proper Travel Insurance to all the travelers who are interested in traveling in the Himalayas. Travel Insurance is a policy that helps cover medical problems, emergency evacuation, theft, loss of belongings, last-hour tour/ticket cancellation, etc.