Yatra Facts

Duration 11 Days
Max. Altitude
Max. Altitude 5000m
Grade Challenging
Starts Kathmandu
Ends Kathmandu
Best Season
Best Season Spring and Autumn
Accomodation Hotel, Lodge, Camp, and Guest House
Group 1-16
Transport Private Car and Flight

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Yatra Overview

For Buddhists, Hindus, and followers of other religions, the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is a major pilgrimage. It entails a journey to a majestic holy mountain, Mount Kailash, and a holy lake called Mansarovar. There are two other lakes near Mount Kailash; Lake Rakshastal situated to the west of Lake Mansarovar, and to the north Lake Gauri Kund.

Mount Kailash, standing at 6,714 meters (22,028 feet) above sea level is revered as the most sacred place and is said to be the home of Hindu Lord Shiva. It is also a popular pilgrimage place for Buddhists who believe it is the home of Avalokiteshvara, known as the Buddha of Compassion.

Furthermore, the powerful Mount Kailash is the source of four of the main rivers that flow across the Indian subcontinent: the Ganges (also known as the Karnali, the longest river in Nepal) flows on the south side, whereas, the Indus, the Sutlej, and the Brahmaputra (the Yarlung Tsangpo) in the east, west, and north, respectively.

Ancient Asian tales have regarded Mount Kailash, which is associated with the holy Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, as a hallowed location for all time. Several ideas claim it to be the origin and center of the world. Pilgrims believe that if they complete the journey and have a heavenly perspective of the Abode, they will reach Nirvana and have all of their sins forgiven. Anyone who travels here and participates in the pilgrimage will sense the incredible strength and tranquility that this area possesses. Anyone who travels here is thought to achieve enlightenment.

The Holy Kailash Mansarovar yatra is heavenly in and of itself, and along the road, you may see other locations that have special and spiritual importance in the thoughts of the pilgrims who come here from all over the world. According to reports, this pilgrimage is the most difficult and adventurous in the entire globe. A variety of snow-capped mountains, rich green valleys, endlessly extending arid areas, and stunning lakes will all be present for you to see. It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime event and a journey that should be on everyone’s “bucket list.”

Yatra Highlights

  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Simikot.
  • Observe the breathtakingly magnificent and arid plateaus of Tibet.
  • Explore the Sacred Manasarovar Lake, Rakash Taal (Demon Lake), and Parvati Kund.
  • Pass across Drolma La Pass, a renowned high mountain Himalayan Pass, at a height of 5620 meters.
  • Visit different World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu like Pashupatinath, a Hindu Temple
  • Discover the vibrant and enigmatic Kathamandu’s, Kailash Region’s and Tibet’s culture & way of life.

Yatra Notes

Kailash Yatra needs a Chinese Group Visa which takes a few days. So, you must spend a few days strolling around before performing the yatra to Kailash.

Permits: Tibet Travel Permit, Chinese Group Visa, Alien Travel Permit, Military Permit

Some permits, like Military Permit, may take much longer than expected, so we advised you to book the Yatra package a month earlier.

Yatra Itinerary

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Arrival in Kathmandu

Our guide will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport, greet you, and drive you to the hotel.

In the evening you can stroll around the Thamel and nearby areas.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

30 min. drive from Airport
Standard Hotel
Private Car

Holy Sightseeing in Kathmandu

As part of the Holy Yatra, our sightseeing will be in the holy places in Kathmandu. After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the Swayambhunath Stupa, also called the Monkey Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the religious pilgrimages for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is situated on the west side of Kathmandu on top of the hill with 365 steps that take you to the giant dome-shaped stupa. You will have a beautiful bird eye view of Kathmandu from this sacred place and it is one of the viewpoints in Kathmandu. After, strolling around the stupa and clicking some memories we then travel to Budhanilkantha.

Budhanilkantha is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Vishnu and is one of the most sacred and important temples for Hindus. You will get to see the reclining long statue of Lord Vishnu in the pond. The most interesting thing (not known by many people) about this temple is the oldest belief which says the King (now former) of Nepal should not visit this temple, as the King is believed to be the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. This temple is believed to be from the 5th century. From here, we will visit Bouddanath Stupa.

Bouddanath Stupa, also known as White Stupa is one of the sacred pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. Once you enter inside, you will find a huge courtyard where you will see the giant white dome standing. You will find peace and a perfect spot to relieve yourself from the hustle of Kathmandu. Spending our peaceful time here, we then drive to one of the Hindu holy sites, Pashupatinath Temple where we end our sightseeing yatra of Kathmandu for the day.

Pashupatinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the sacred sites for Hindus. This temple is situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River where you will witness the Hindu Cremation. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple and worship but one can stroll around the temple as it has covered a wide area where you will find numerous other temples and lots of spots to stop by and interact with. We will spend our time till evening as we will be joining the Sandhya Aarati. You will witness a large audience during this period just to listen and watch the Aarati done by Pujaris. There will be singing (songs and mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva), dancing, and worshipping.

This session will end in an hour and we then head back to the hotel. You can still spend your time before sleep by strolling around the Thamel, and Asan areas.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

Full Day
Standard Hotel
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Simikot

You will have breakfast in the hotel and then we will drive you to the Tribhuwan International Airport. You will then enjoy a 50-minute scenic flight to Nepalgunj. Once you reach there, you will join the connecting flight to Simikot. It is just a 30-minute flight.

Your guide will be waiting for you at the Simikot Airport. You will be then transferred to the hotel where you will take a rest and be briefed about the Kailash yatra. As Simikot lies on the hill, you can stroll in the evening around the hill to witness an astonishing view.

Overnight at Simikot.

Total 80 min. flight
Best Hotel
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Airplane / Private Car

Drive to Tsongsa

After having breakfast in the hotel, we are ready to go Tsongsa. Tsongsa, the base camp of Nyalu La (5000m), is the location where you may observe and experience the high alpine landscape’s borderland. Our stay here will be on tented camp.

Overnight at Tsongsa.

6 hrs. drive
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

Drive to Tupling or Jakpling

Once we finish the breakfast, we drive to Tupling. On the way, we pass the Nyalu La-5000m and reach the Talung Valley. We will stop here and enjoy the view, and take some photographs. There are two beautiful lakes, Seliman & Talung lake where we will visit and spend some time.

Overnight at Tupling.

5 hrs. drive
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

Drive to Lapcha la Syar

We will have an early breakfast and then we drive to Lapcha La Syar, a 2 hrs. drive. We will watch the glorious Holy Mount Kailash’s south face, and Lake Mansarovar.

Overnight at Lapcha La campsite.

2 hrs. drive
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

Extra day or Rest Day for Puja, Havan

Today, we will take a rest from the journey at this campsite and perform puja, bhajan-kirtan, or havans. This moment of being on the home of Hindu Lord Shiva is the once in a lifetime moment and we will enjoy this moment.

Overnight at Lapcha La campsite.

Full day
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Drive back to Tsongsa

Early morning, we will again visit the Holy Lake Mansarovar, take a holy bath and worship the Lord Shiva and then drive back to Tsongsa. It will 6 hrs. of drive.

Overnight at Tsongsa.

6-7 hrs. drive
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

Drive back to Simikot

After having breakfast, we will drive 6 hrs. to Simikot. If there is something you want to take back to home, then you can stroll around the market here.

Overnight at Simikot.

6 hrs. drive
Best Hotel
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Private Car

Fly back to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

Today as per flight schedule, we will fly back to Nepalgunj from Simikot, a 30 minutes flight. Then we take the connecting 50 minutes flight to Kathmandu.

Overnight at Kathmandu.

30 min. & 50. min flight
Standard Hotel
Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Airplane / Private Car

Departure from Kathmandu

You will be transferred to the airport three hours before your planned flight departs for your home country or the next location.

30 min. drive to Airport
Private Car

Itinerary Notes

For this Kailash Yatra, we’ve created a 11-day schedule taking into account the distance of the Yatra trails and the required acclimatization days in between. Nevertheless, if you just have a few days available or want to cut the yatra a little short, we may adjust it by slashing the suggested 2-3 days, based on the current state of the weather, the time of year, and other factors.

Yatra Cost Includes:

  • All airport transfers on a private vehicle
  • All private/public vehicle fares during the yatra.
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot and back airfares.
  • All permits and heritage entry fees as specified in the itinerary
  • English-speaking professional guide
  • Tibetan Travel Bureau (TTB) approved guide in Tibet
  • All meals during the yatra (as per itinerary)
  • All applicable government taxes

Yatra Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa Fee & International flight
  • Travel Insurance & Emergency Evacuation
  • Tips & gratitude to guides and porters
  • Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls, liquor, etc.)
  • Any costs that occurred under unavoidable circumstances (flight delay or cancellation, road blockade, illness, etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Yatra Cost Includes section
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