Kailash group tour has become one of the most popular Tibet travel destinations in the last few years and there are thousands of thousands tourists and pilgrims are visiting Mount Kailash every year. People travel to Mount Kailash from Lhasa through visiting some of the important sites on the way or drive directly to Mount Kailash from Kyirong or Hilsa border between Tibet and Nepal.
The Mount Kailash also known as Gang Rinpoche to Tibetans which means the precious treasure of snow, with the elevation of 6638m (21778ft). It is located in the western part of Tibet. The mount Kailash is a sacred mountain for four different religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Bon religion.
followers of these religions consider the Mt. Kailash as the holiest mountain. The
different believes about Mt. Kailash according to each religion are:
Buddhism, Mt. Kailash is the adobe of Demchok and his consort Dorje Pagmo and
also the meditation cave of Saint Milarepa is there.
Hindus, Mt. Kaialsh is the home of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati.
Jain, it is believed that the founder of their religion was awaken spiritually
at Mt. Kailash.
Bonpo, the Mt. Kailash is the place where their religious leader descended from
The Mount Kailash tour proffer you to have the distinctive experience of culture, landscapes, different kinds of wild lives, lakes and snow capped mountains, faithful pilgrims and many more….
The Mount Kailash
group tour is the most popular tour that’s why every year there have hundreds
and thousands of tourist to do Mount Kailash tour. For Kailash group tour, you
at least need the holiday of 14 days in Tibet. The Kailash tour can be done in
few ways for e.g.
- Overland Kailash tour from Kyirong Border or Hilsa Border
- Lhasa to Lhasa Kaialsh tour
- Lhasa flight to Ali and by road to Lhasa or depart for border or by flight again abck to Lhasa.
Local Tibet Travel
Agent like Tibet Shambhala Adventure who has many years of experience and
knowledge, can provide you the successful and adventurous tour with verities of
Mt. Kailash programs with different highlights of Kailash according to your
WHAT YOU GET TO
VISIT DURING 14 DAYS KAILASH GROUP TOUR?
The Kailash group tour starts from Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region. Like most of other Tibet tours, you are going to spend 3 days in Lhasa visiting the very religious highlights of Lhasa:
The famous winter palace of the Dalai Lama known as the POTALA PALACE, JOKHANG TEMPLE, the oldest and most sacred temple of Tibet, takes a walk around BAKHOR BAZAAR where hundreds of Tibetans are circumambulating around the Jorkhang Temple in order to pay homage to the image of Buddha Shakyamuni.
the largest monastery in Tibet and the second largest monastery in Tibet. SERA
MONASTERY and enjoy the popular debating between monks taking place every day
except in Sunday.
From day 4, you
are going out of Lhasa heading towards Shigatse via Gyantse through three big
mountains passes, KAMPA LA the highest pass of these, KARO LA and SIMI LA
respectively. YAMDROK LAKE or the Turquois Lake.
Once you get to Gyantse, visit PALCHOE MONASTERY and KUBUM STUPA. In Shigatse, visit Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Penchen Lama and one of the six largest monasteries of Gelukpa school in Tibetan Buddism.
On day 5, you will
drive to Sakya where you could visit SAKYA MONASTERY which is founded by
Konchok Gyelpo in around 12th century and there you also get to
visit the great Buddhist library which has thousands of Buddhist scripture.
From Sakya, you
will drive about 485km to Saga then to Drongba County via NAMRING LA with the
elevation of 4650mts and you will see amazing view of villages and beautiful NGAMRING
LAKE through vast grassland. You will reach Drongba about 8-9 hr. since we need
to consider the speed limit.
Next day, you will
drive to MANASAROVER LAKE known as Mapam Yumtso in Tibetan with the surface
elevation of 4590m. As to Hinduism believes that once he or she swims in the the
Manasarover lake and take a bath, his or her sins will be cleansed for hundreds
of lifetimes. At the same time, there are lots of Indians doing prayer or puja.
In Bon religion. it is said that the founder of Bon religion called Tonpa Shenrab took bath in the Mansarovar lake after he ascended to the top of the Mount Kailash so the Bonpo also believe Mansarovar lake as a very holy lake for them.
In Buddhism, our
lord Buddha used to meditate near the Mansarovar lake on many occasions. Near the
Manasarover lake, there is a very beautiful monastery called CHIU MONASTERY
built on the hill side with a great view of Mt Kailash from the monastery.
On the way to Mt Kailash, you will encounter beautiful Tibetan nomad camps, wild animals like wild donkey and antelopes etc. From Lake Manasarover, you can see a magnificent and incredible view of Mount Kailash.
Walk around holy lake,
visit Chiu Monastery, from monastery, you will have the most beautiful view of
Mount Kailash as well as Manasarover lake from Chiu Gonpa.
Once you visit
Chiu Gompa and finish exploring around Mansarovar lake, you will be driving to
Darcchen which is located to the foot of the Mount Kailash as you need to
prepare for the upcoming three days Mount Kailash trekking known as Kailash
Kora such as hiring porters or yak through the support of your local Tibetan
1ST DAY OF KAILASH KORA: First day of Kailash Kora starts from Dharchen with the elevation of 4560m. After around 2 hr. of walk, you will reach at Dharpoche where you will see huge prayer flag pole which is changed every year during the Saga Dawa Festival.
During Kora, you will meet lots of Tibetans doing the same kora. Continue walking towards DIRAPHUK which is a small monastery that you can visit during your Kailash Kora and it is also the first night stop with a great view of Mount Kailash north face. It will take 6-7 hr. of walk to reach Diraphuk.
2nd DAY OF KAILASH KORA: Starting from Diraphuk to Zutrulphuk with the average elevation of 4810m. Today’s trekking is the most difficult day during your Kailash Kora as you are going to ascend to Drolma La with the elevation of 5630m and steep down to Zutrulphuk.
Zutrulphuk monastery is the magical cave where Mila Repa saint used to meditate in the 11th century when he visited Mount Kailash. It will take 8-9 hr. walk to get to Zutrulphuk.
OF KAILASH KORA: Starting from Zutrulphuk to Dharchen, the last day of Kailash
Kora as well as the easiest walking day. Today, you will have a beautiful view
of Lake Rakshas Tal from distance when you are trekking down in the valley and
it is also the ending point of Mount Kailash Kora. From there, you will drive
towards Lake Manasarover.
Next day you will
drive from Manasarover to Saga via Drongba County through the vast Tibetan
plateau and grassland where you will see some wild animals like wild donkeys
known as Kyang in Tibet.
drive to Shigatse through beautiful mountains views, villages, grassland etc. From
Shigatse, you will directly drive to Lhasa along the Brahmaputra River.
Brahmaputra river is started from Mount Kailash, it flows through the western
plateau, Shigatse, Tsetang valley and then to Nyingtri where it makes a grand
Canyon and finally empties into India. .
WHEN IS THE BEST
TIME TO VISIT MOUNT KAILASH?
The best time to
do the Kailash Tour is from May to October. From June to September you will
meet many pilgrims doing Kailash Kora. Especially in June, it’s Saga Festival
and in Dharpoche, there will have a big religious ceremony and will change the
prayer flag like every year.
At the highest
peak of Kailash Droma La pass, you will see snow during most of the period
almost throughout the year. The temperature normally drosp below zero on the
top of the pass during the summer as well when the weather is cloudy or snowing
on the top.
AROUND MOUNT KAILASH
These days, the
accommodation condition in Kailash area has been improved a lot. But still the
guest houses around Kailash Kora are still very basic comparing to other parts
On the way to Mount Kailash, the accommodation in In Drongba, Saga, Kyirong, Tholing and Dharchen: they have some good hotels from 3 to 4 star hotels like Himalaya Hotel, Changbao Hotel, Saga Hotel, Norling Hotel, Kyirong hotel etc. which can provide attached bathroom, where you can take hot shower.
But in Manasarover Lake, Diraphuk, and Zutrulphuk, they have very basic guest houses or lodges where you have to use public toilet on these places and also you have to share the rooms as dormitory rooms.
If you choose to do camping during Kailash
tour, you can do that and we can provide you all camping equipment and cooking
team which makes trip more deluxe and comfortable during three days Kailash
Kora and around Mansarovar lake but the trip cost makes much higher than
staying in guest houses because of extra support truck, equipment and cooking
WHAT TYPE OF FOOD
YOU WILL GET DURING KAILASH TOUR?
For Kailash tour,
you cannot expect lavish meal like other place of Tibet. There are only small
restaurants in Kailash area where you will find Tibetan noodles, fried rice,
steamed momo, some vegetable with meat etc.
During Kora, you
can prepare some instant food, fruits etc. you will encounter some food seller
where you will get noodles, fried rice, vegetable and potatoes, snacks water
etc. during kora.
TIPS TO AVOIDE
HIGH ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Since Kailash group tour starts from Lhasa where you get to acclimatized gradually to high altitude. You need to stay hydrated all the time, drink water as much as you can, eat lots of fruits and green leafy etc. don’t let yourself to catch cold which is very dangerous for high altitude sickness, you must avoid alcohol and keep your immune system strong.
Tibetan herbal medicine called HONGJIINGTIAN and GAUYUANAN helps a lot to prevent from high altitude sickness. Also the medicine name DIAMOX can also help but it cannot get in Tibet, you have to bring it with you from your place if necessary.
Just in case you
are sick from altitude and dos not help even if you take some medicine, then
contact with your local Tibetan tour guide and go to the hospital or to the
lower altitude place.
Kailash Group tour
can give you the lifetime experience with amazing landscape, Tibetan nomadic
camp, vast grassland, holy Manasarover lakes, magnificent Mount Kailash etc. also
you get to see lots of different religious pilgrims and tourists as well as
local people doing kora around Kailash. You can experience abundant of religious
site and monasteries throughout the Kailash group tour.
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