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15 days Kailash & Manasarovar Small Group Tour
Our expertly-designed Mt.Kailash tour starts in Lhasa. You will have 3 days to get acclimatized to the Tibetan Plateau while touring the most iconic Buddhist sites in Lhasa city. Then, we set out on a thrilling journey across Shigatse via historical Gyantse to EBC (Everest Base Camp). The first part of the adventure overlaps the classic travel route of Lhasa to EBC tour and will leave you in awe with amazing Himalayan mountain ranges. Then we head further west to Darchen via Saga and holy Manasarovar Lake for the long-awaited Mt.Kailash kora. Our Tibetan guide will accompany you to experience the ultimate hoy walk (Kora) around sacred Mt.Kailash. This package offers a comfortable trip with transfer, meals and accommodation arrangements.

Brief info

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Length: 2630 kms
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High degree of strength endurance, high-altitude tolerance and strong cardiovascular conditioning is required. Start training at least a month before the climb.
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Duration: 15 days
Altitude gain: 1319 m
The best time to do kora around Kailash is from June till mid-September since it is warm and the weather is rather stable. Trekking from October till May is also possible, but it will be more cold and challenging, but also less crowded.
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Easy hiking/ trekking with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.
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You will cover most of the route in a car
The highest point you will reach is Dolma La Pass (5630 m) during Kailash Kora
1. Easy
Light physical activity, usually walking or hiking, that is good for most fitness levels. Also suitable for children and elderly people. Perfect for whose who have never been to the mountains and who want to try it out.

2. Moderate
Activity involves daily walking for 3-5 hours a day, usually multi-day treks or long 1-day hikes that require a high level of physical activity. Suitable for people with an average level of physical fitness.

3. Challenging
Activity involves daily walking for 3-5 hours a day at various types of terrain (rough trails, partially exposed areas with danger of falling, gravel plains, pathless steep terrain) or high-altitude treks above 2000 meters. Requires an average to above average fitness level.

4. Strenous
Activity involves walking up to 6-7 hours a day in fairly difficult terrain (steep rocky slopes, snow covered glaciers or firn fields with danger of slipping) or high-altitude treks above 3000 meters. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.

5. Extreme
Activity involves walking up to 6-10 hours a day with difficult terrain and conditions (tricky rocky slopes or snow covered glaciers with increased danger of slipping), strenuous high-altitude treks at 4000-5600 meters. Requires very high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as good practical experience of multi-day trekking on high altitudes.
HIKING/ TREKKING ACTIVITY LEVELS
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements
Easy hiking/ trekking with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.

1. Beginner
Basic navigation skills are required if hiking/ trekking without a guide. Previous hiking/ trekking experience is not required, but desirable. No danger of falling with appropriate behaviour.

2. Intermediate
Average navigation skills are required if hiking/ trekking without a guide. Basic alpine experience is needed.

3. Advanced
Path not necessarily available. Sometimes need to use hands to keep going. Terrain assessment, good navigation skills and good alpine experience is required.

4. Professional
Mostly without a path and unmarked, might involve some climbing sections. Excellent navigation skills are required even if trekking with a guide. Proven alpine experience, mountaineering skills and familiarity with alpine equipment are required.
HIKING/ TREKKING: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY LEVELS
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.

Itinerary

Important details

Accommodation
As the accommodation facilities have been greatly improved nowadays, there is no need to camp during the 3-day kora. You can stay in the basic guesthouse at Dirapuk Monastery (the 1st night) and Dzultripuk Monastery (the 2nd night). And a few Tibetan-run tented camps down Dolma La Pass can be found, offering basic food, such as instant noodle, soup and sweet tea, hot water and some stirred fried rice, etc. As for accommodation on the way to Kailash - you will be staying in comfortable hotels with all essentials.
Meals
This tour package includes only breakfast options. Please make sure you plan your lunches and dinners separately.
Your guide
Our local provider has been offering trekking options in Tibet since 1984, providing their clients with the widest tour choices and ultimate convenience for Tibet travel. All guides are certified by Mountain Planet experts for their experience and quality services.
How hard it is
Mount Kailash trekking tour is one of the most demanding and challenging of treks for pilgrims in the world. The average altitude you will gain during this trekking is nearly 5,000m, so it is a very great challenge and requires strong perseverance. Though this tour is suitable for people with average fitness level and even 12 year old children can join it. We strongly recommend people suffering from cardiac or respiratory problems to consult their doctors before joining the tour. If you are not sure about your fitness level we propose you to start training one month prior to the departure (walking, jogging, yoga and other breathing exercises).
Transfers
All transportation in Tibet is included in the price, including shuttle from and to Lhasa airport/train station and 5-29 seats comfortable Tourist Vehicle according to Group Size for travelling along Tibet. Jeeps will be provided If there will be up to 5 people in the group, if more - comfortable vans.
Medicine & Insurance
Altitude sickness can be the biggest concern you should take into consideration. Diamox is generally used as useful medicine for easing altitude sickness. However, you should always follow the doctors' prescription and dosage and advice. To make sure you have a safe journey, our Tibetan guides walk by your side and be above attentive to your needs. They will check the oxygen level and pulse of you with Pulse Oximeters. And the life-saving Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber is also prepared at Mt.Kailash for emergency.
Sustainability
While bringing clients the seamless travel experience to Tibet, our providers lay their eyes on long-term and sustainable Tibet tour development. They do it by promoting eco-travel and responsible travel in Tibet. By preferring using local service, like Tibetan staff and Tibetan restaurants and hotels, or working with local Tibetans for travel purposes, we created more than 1,200 job opportunities for locals (both directly and indirectly, till now).

"Leave only the footprint in Tibet and bring back the great memory". In the long run, we wish more people can see the incredible beauty of Tibet and enjoy its unspoiled landscape as it was.
Equipment
Traveling light is the best advice for such an arduous trek. Breathable and thermal underwear will keep you comfortable and warm. Dressing in layers, such as fleece jacket, sweater, wind/water-proof jacket, and down jacket and vest, trekking pants will help you deal with the fluctuation of temperature during the trek.

Besides, the sun protection gears, warm headwear, and comfy trekking boots and a pair of trekking poles are also essential. You may also bring personal stuff, like toiletries, medicine and a vacuum flask for drinking and headlamp, etc.

15 days Kailash & Manasarovar tour options

Small Group tour
Visit one of the most intriguing places in the world on this 15-day Kora around Kailash. During this trek you will take a peak on Everest and travel around the most beautiful places of Tibet. This package offers you comfortable accommodation, tasty meals, transfers during the whole program, permit and entrance fees to all the tourist sites.

You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
from $1880 per person
Group climbs are available on fixed dates, prices vary due to the season
Show dates
Aug 6 – Aug 21, 2020 - $2090
Aug 27 – Sept 11, 2020 - $2090
Sept 9 – Sept 24, 2020 - $2090
Sept 25 – Oct 10, 2020 - $2090
Oct 25 – Nov 9, 2020 - $1880
Dates & prices in 2020
What's included
Fees
  • Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes
Meals
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Drinking water Provided during the trip
Transfers
  • Local tour Transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable Tourist Vehicle according to Group Size
  • Free Airport shuttle transfer between Lhasa Gongar airport and Hotel on designated time.
Guide
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group
Accommodation
  • Comfortable Hotel Accommodations
Welcome Dinner
  • Welcome Dinner in local restaurant when group members meet in Lhasa
Map
  • Tibet Handy Map
Insurance
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance
What's not included
Airplane tickets
  • International flight to and out of China
  • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price, please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
Meals
  • Lunches and dinners are not included (around $3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region)
Tips
  • Tips and gratitude to the guide and driver. If you are satisfied with their service, you may consider tipping them at an amount you find it suitable
Personal expences
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
Good to know
Can Indian Travelers Join this Kailash Group Tour?
So far, this Kailash group tour is not available to Indian nationals, according to Tibet travel policy. To visit Mt.Kailash, you are expected to book the tour run by either Nepali or Indian travel agencies.

However, if you want to visit somewhere else, like EBC, it's readily available to you and we feel pleased to run the tour for you.
What Should I Pack for the Trek?
Traveling light is the best advice for such an arduous trek. Breathable and thermal underwear will keep you comfortable and warm. Dressing in layers, such as fleece jacket, sweater, wind/water-proof jacket, and down jacket and vest, trekking pants will help you deal with the fluctuation of temperature during the trek.

Besides, the sun protection gears, warm headwear, and comfy trekking boots and a pair of trekking poles are also essential. You may also bring personal stuff, like toiletries, medicine and a vacuum flask for drinking and headlamp, etc.
Is There a Need to Hire a Porter or a Horse for the Trek?
Well, it depends on your physical level and how heavy the gears you carry. If you are above the average fitness level and are determined to complete the holy yourself, you are fine to give it a go.

However, if you carry too much stuff and not confident enough for the challenging trek, given the thin air, high altitude and treacherous terrain on day 2, hiring a porter and a horse will give you the backup you need.
What Is the Toughest Challenge for the Kailash Trek?
Physically, the biggest challenge is to walk 52km in 3 days, with thin air, the unforeseeable climate at the mountain pass and rugged terrain. While mentally, your tenacity will be put to a real test. Only those with strong faith and unyielding spirits can single-handly finish the entire trek.
Where to Stay and What to Eat During the Trek?
During the 3-day trek, you will stay in the guesthouse of Dirapuk Monastery and Dzultripuk Monastery respectively. Though no compare to the hotel quality in Lhasa, the basic facilities here offer you a warm shelter from the biting wind outside.

You may also have chances to enjoy a tea break in locally-run yak tents after you descend from Dolma La Pass. You can enjoy warm butter tea, noodles, stairred fried rice, etc. A great idea is to stock up own food and have it whenever you need it during the trek.

Nature and Local Community Support
"Leave only the footprint in Tibet and bring back the great memory"

While bringing clients the seamless travel experience to Tibet, our providers lay their eyes on long-term and sustainable Tibet tour development. They do it by promoting eco-travel and responsible travel in Tibet. By preferring using local service, like Tibetan staff and Tibetan restaurants and hotels, or working with local Tibetans for travel purposes, we created more than 1,200 job opportunities for locals (both directly and indirectly, till now).
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