Holy Mt. Kailash in Tibet, China is one of the most popular ultimate Hindu pilgrimage sites in the Himalayan region dedicated to Lord Shiva where every devotee wants to go. We have designed 12 days itinerary via west Nepal Nepalgunj – Simikot – Hilsa – Taklakot – Mansarovar – Kailash and back via the same route. Many people think the whole yatra is by helicopter, it is not true.
People have been misleading the Yatries. In this 12 days Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage all agencies use fixed-wing aircraft from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and to Simikot and from Simikot – Hilsa ( Nepal – China border) – Simikot helicopter. From Hilsa to Mansarovar and Kailash we use regular Van / Bus to travel. This is the shortest route but we don’t recommend this route highly because the chance of cancellation of the flight is high so the trip may delay or it may add more cost.
We have other popular three itineraries that we offer for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, kindly go through the link below and let us know which itinerary suits your interest.
Kathmandu drive to Kerung / Nylam – Kailash – Kathamndu 13 days overland tour or
Kathmandu – Lhasa flight and drive to Kailash and exit from Kerung / Nyalam – 14 days or
Fly to Lhasa via Chinese city and drive to Kailash and back to Lhasa and fly out 12 days
Earthbound Expeditions have been taking people to Kailash since 1999 and We have 1000’s of satisfied customers from US, UK, Australia, India, let us know if you are interested to talk to them or can read reviews at TripAdvisor too.
Kindly let us know if you are interested in the above itineraries, we can also customize the itinerary as per your need or interest like adding Everest base camp in Tibet, Guge Kingdom, Tirthapuri, Limi valley, Muktinath, Damodar Kunda area.
Mount Kailash, which is believed to have been formed 30 million years ago when the Himalayas were in their early stages of formation, is one of the most revered places in the Himalayas.
Mt. Kailash at 6,740 meters is the high peak, situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet / China far west part of Nepal.
Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash are two of the holiest pilgrimage areas for devotees of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Bonism and many other faiths. Each year thousands of devotees undertake the treacherous and rigorous journey through the mountains and plains of Nepal and China (Tibet) to reach this sacred land.
For the Hindus, Mount Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru, their spiritual center of the universe, described as a fantastic ‘world pillar’ 84,000 miles high, around which all else revolves, its roots is the lowest hell and its summit kisses the heavens. On the top, live their most revered God – Lord Shiva (Paramashiva, Kailashapati and MahaRudra) and his consort Parvati.
For the Jains and the Indian religious group, Kailash is the site where Shiva achieved enlightenment.
For the older, more ancient religion of Bon, it is the site where its founder Shanrab is said to have descended from heaven.
Spread out on the Tibetan plateau beside Mount Kailash is the giant lake of shifting colors – Lake Mansarovar.
A pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and a bath in the Mansarovar is believed to bring about salvation (Moksha) and wash away all the sins of a man, accumulated during his life.
Over the centuries pilgrims have constantly journeyed immense distances to achieve enlightenment or cleanse themselves of sin, braving enormous distances, particularly harsh weather and bandit attacks.
This adventure begins with the drive across the Himalayas in the west into Tibet to Holy Lake Mansarovar. Here you will join the throngs of pilgrims who for centuries, have converged on this remote southwestern corner of Tibet to circumambulate the sacred mountain Kailash, considered to be the center of the universe
Kailash enjoys great popularity by the folk religion of Tibet. It is the soul of the country and assures protection for all Tibetans. The fountainhead of four great Asian rivers, the Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra and Karnali and the few mountains surrounding it, reveals Kailash for its mystique isolation and prominence.
Take advantage of our knowledge and expertise as Earthbound Expeditions have been taking people to Kailash Mansarovar safely last 20 years. Everyone claims they do operate Kailash Mansarovar tour but many of them are booking agents only, they take some commission and hand over groups to local agents.
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Earthbound Expeditions is recommended by lonely planet, Trip Advisor, Newyork Times, the Guardian and many other national and international newspapers and magazines for our good services. The leader and co-owner of the company Mr. Rajan have successfully lead the trip to Kailash Mansarovar over 18 times and all the strong supporting team we have are trained and professionals with many years experience in the Himalayan expeditions.
Meals, transport, and equipment for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
For the Kailash Mansarovar tour, we will arrange a Tibet travel permit for you. We will provide a duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag, Bennie, buff. We will provide everyday hot meals prepared by our trained cook ( south Indian, north Indian and mix of western food). Good caring staff to take care, good bus and supporting truck. We will perform Puja and haven at Mansarovar, we provide hot water from Mansarovar at the bank of Lake Mansarovar for the bath at shower tent before puja and havan and prepare prasad. We will bring the havan samagri as well.
About Kailash and Mansarovar Parikrama ( Kora) :
We can drive all the way to Mansarovar by bus. The Parikrama of the Mansarovar we will do by bus( the bus provided by Nagri Kailash tourism Authority) and for Kailash Parikrama ( Kora) we will drive up to Tharboche – Yama Dwar and from there we will walk for 3 days. The total distance we walk while doing circumambulation of Kailash is about a total of 40 KMs in 3 days. 1st day walk up to Dairaphuk is about 14 KMs walk, 2nd day walk via Dolmala pass is about 18 KMS to Zutholphuk and 3rd-day walk is about 8 KMs to the ending point of Parikrama.
For the ones who can’t walk, they can use Horse or come back to Darchen from Yamadwar and wait for others to complete the Kailash kora.
You will be greeted on your landing by one of our representatives at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Next on, you will be transported to your hotel, check into the room and spend some relaxing time until we meet again in the evening for the short briefing about ‘Mount Kailash Manasarovar Yatra by Helicopter.’ Overnight at hotel.
After the first beautiful night in Nepal, today we head for an exciting half day sightseeing tour around the beautiful places of Katmandu Valley. You will be exploring some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath and other exciting places. At the time of lunch, we will get back to the hotel to have lunch and then get ready to fly to Nepalgunj. We take about an hour flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj ( by fixed-wing aircraft), a beautiful city located in the Terai region of Nepal. After landing at Nepalgunj, we check in to our hotel. Overnight at Hotel
After early breakfast, we drive to Nepalgunj airport to take an exciting about an hour flight to beautiful Simikot ( by fixed-wing aircraft), a hilly area Nepal at an altitude of 2910 meter. Simikot is the gateway to beautiful Kailash Manasarovar from where take a Helicopter ride. We rest for the day and night at Simikot to get acclimatizes with a higher Himalayan atmosphere. Overnight at Hotel.
After a fantastic day and night in Simikot, today we get into a thrilling Helicopter ride of about 25 to 30 minutes which allows 10 kg bags for a person so you might need to pack your bags very carefully. We cross the Nepal-Tibet border and land at Hilsa. From here, we take an exciting drive of 27 km distance to beautiful Taklakot. Overnight at Guest House.
After breakfast in Taklakot, we take a drive towards the holy lakes of Manasarovar which is 88 km distance from Taklakot and takes about two hours of drive. On the way, we stop to one of the beautiful lakes of the area, Rakas Lake, to enjoy the magnificent of the lake. Continuing the drive, we eventually reach to Manasarovar and check into our guesthouse. After lunch and some rest, we take a short drive to Manasarovar kora for some exploration of the area. Overnight at Guest House.
Lake Manasarovar is among the world’s highest fresh-water lakes at an elevation of 4550 meter which covers 412 square kilometers of an area of the Himalayas. The lake is located just 20 km southeast of the glorious Mount Kailash. Today, we explore the beautiful lake and also do and enjoy some ritual puja at the bank of Lake Manasarovar. A holy bath in the Mansarovar lake is believed to bring salvation (Moksha) and wipe away all the sins acquired during a journey of life. After lunch, we take a quick drive to Darchen where we prepare for a fantastic next day. Overnight at Guest House
The Kailash Kora ( Parikrama) begins today as we take a drive to Tharboche, a valley of God, and then trek around five to six hours to get to Derapuk, the north face of holy Kailash, at an altitude of 4920 meters. The day is full of excitement today. If you feel like you can’t walk, you can also book personal horse and helper for you. After a fantastic day, we stay overnight at a guest house in Derapuk.
Today will be the second Kailash Kora day. After an early breakfast, we start the toughest day with lots of up and down a trail. Before we begin the day, we pack some lunch as its going to be a long day hike. After few hours of walking, we cross Dolmala Pass at an elevation of 5,613 meters which is the leading destination of this beautiful voyage. The pass offers impressive views of the lakes and Himalayas. After relishing the views from the pass, we soon hike down to Gaurikunda. Then after a while, we again continue the journey and trek around two hours to meet the smooth trail which leads us to today’s rest stop, Juthulpuk. Overnight at guesthouse.
From Zuthulpuk, we hike about two hours to catch our ride which will take us to the Nepal border. We have lunch on the way at Darchen and continue to drive to the border. After finishing some official immigration work, we leave the Tibet behind and hike towards Hilsa in Nepal side. Overnight at Guest House.
Today is going to be all about flying high in the sky and enjoying the fantastic views. Early morning after breakfast, we fly back to Simikot by heli and then continue to fly to Nepalgunj ( by fixed-wing aircraft). In Nepalgunj, we take some rest and explore the places around. We again take a flight to Kathmandu. In the evening, we will have a short refreshment gathering to talk about the experience of the whole journey. Overnight at Hotel.
Traveling to beautiful places might bring some uncertainties. In case there comes any severe weather in the journey, we may have one extra day for the voyage completion.
Today will be the final day of your Yatra in Nepal. We will gratefully drop you to the airport two to three hours before your final departure. You will be flying back home with treasurable memories in your heart. Farewell, Namaste!
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: Although this route is short, the Helicopter only goes up to the border of Nepal and Tibet / China, not all the way to Kailash. Sometimes due to weather the flight/trip may be delayed for several days or cancel.
: Cost based on min. 10 person or above on trip, if we have a smaller group cost will be revised. For Indian nationalities, we need min. 17 person to make the trip cost reasonable, contact us for more details.