Kailash Mansarovar Trek Via Kerung

Trip Summary

Label Detail
Geography Hills and mountains
Location Tibet and mountains
Level Of Difficulty Difficult
Duration 14 Days
Max Aaltitude 5600m
Religion Buddhism
Ethnic People Tibetans
Accommodation Guesthouse and Hotel
Transportation Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
Minimum Pax 2 people

Detail Information

The Kailash Mansarovar trek via Kerung takes you on a much-needed spiritual journey that encompasses the major cultural and touristic sites of both Nepal and Tibet. This 15-days trek commences from the quaint lands of Nepal which later takes you around the holy Lake Mansarovar where you’ll get to witness the allure of this magical land. From the majestic view of Mount Kailash to the hidden mysteries residing in the monasteries at Darchen and Zuthulphuk, this Kailash Mansarovar Yatra will solve all your mysteries and provide you a spiritual awakening.

Kailash Mansarovar Trek begins upon your arrival in Kathmandu. Indulge in a quick sightseeing tour that takes you to the major UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu and the next day you’ll embark on a scenic road journey northwest of Kathmandu to the Sybrubensi village. Although popular as the gateway to Langtang Region, you’ll take a detour from Sybrubensi and head towards the Tibetan Border of Kerung Town by going through Rasuwagadhi.

After fulfilling the legal formalities, we finally enter Kerung. Spend a night in Kerung and find yourself on the road to Saga which lies in the Shigatse prefecture. The drive takes about 6 hours and sees a sudden increase in elevation. Spend a day here to observe the Tsangpo River and you can even see slight glimpses of Kailash from here. The next day, you’ll drive to Lake Mansarovar which takes normally 5 hours. You’ll get to witness this beautiful lake that resides at the base of Mt. Kailash. You’ll complete the 110km circumambulation of the lake before heading to Darchen. Once at Darchen, you’ll indulge in Kora or circumambulation of Mt. Kailash. During the first phase, you’ll get to witness the Rakshas Taal as well.

The second day of Kora goes along the Droma La pass and it is often considered as the most difficult part of the trek. Admire the beautiful Kuber Kunda and the small monasteries along the road to arrive at Juthulpuk where this Kora will end. The next day, you will head back to Saga and if time permits, you’ll take a short dip in the Lake Mansarovar. The long road from Saga takes us to Kerung and after completing all the legal formalities, we renter Nepal. Head back to Kathmandu and then catch a flight which will lead you home. Nepal Alibaba Treks specializes in custom tours around Tibet and Nepal. We organize full-board holiday and religious packages for private, group, and family tours at a reasonable cost. Our all-inclusive tour package covers entire transportation, quality meal and hotels, an experienced guide, permits, and entire logistics.

Trip highlights

  • Enjoy a religious tour to Mt. Kailash, Mansarovar Lake, and Rakshas Lake
  • Complete the whole 110km circumambulation of Lake Mansarovar
  • Complete the three days Kailash Kora or Kailash Parikrama on foot
  • Explore the quaint Kerung and Saga County in Southern Tibet
  • Enjoy the beautiful sight of Mt. Kailash, the most revered mountain in the world

Itinerary Summary

Outline

Day Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m) transfer to hotel and overnight

Welcome to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our representatives will warmly receive you and then escort you to your hotel. You will meet your tour guide at the hotel and discuss the itinerary in detail. In the evening, you can explore the town and purchase any needed gear, equipment, or accessories. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After an early breakfast, you’ll embark on a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. Your tour guide will accompany you throughout the tour and take you to some of the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. You’ll first drive to Swayambhunath, a Buddhist stupa located atop a small hill. A short distance from Swayambhunath lies Kathmandu Durbar Square or Hanuman Dhoka. You can witness numerous temples, religious sites, a royal palace, and artifacts here. Afterward, you’ll drive to Pashupatinath. It is the largest Hindu temple in Nepal and hosts the annual festival of Maha Shivaratri. You’ll further drive northeast towards Boudhanath, a revered Buddhist stupa located at the center of the bustling town of Boudha. You can witness many pilgrims in their regular circumambulation at Boudha. Boudha is also famous for authentic Tibetan cuisines such as Laphing, salt tea, Momo, and Thukpa. You can relish some of these cuisines before driving back to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
The day begins early. After breakfast, you’ll embark on a road journey and drive all the way from Kathmandu to Sybrubensi village located in the Rasuwa District. Sybrubensi is a small town located almost 6-7hr drive from Kathmandu. It also serves as the gateway to the Langtang Region and Ganesh Himal Trek. Once at Sybrubensi, you’ll rest for the night at a local lodge. Overnight in Sybrubensi.
Leaving Sybrubensi, you’ll continue driving northward through a newly built road linking Nepal to Tibet border. You’ll reach Rasuwagadhi village that lies near the Tibetan border. From here, you’ll continue driving towards the checkpoint at Kerung. After completing immigration & custom formalities, you’ll continue driving through the Kerung county and head towards Keung town. Overnight at Kerung.
Kerung is the southernmost country of Tibet which is an Autonomous Region of China. It connects to Rasuwagadhi in Nepal through a highway that serves as the port of entry. Leaving Kerung, you’ll begin driving northwest towards Saga country. Saga County lies in the Shigatse prefecture. You’ll drive through a perfectly pitched road and gain almost 850-meter altitude by reaching Saga. Saga is also the closest town to Kailash region after Darchen. Overnight in Saga.
Today, you’ll spend the day acclimatizing at Saga and exploring the city. Saga is a quaint city. Because of its close distance to Mansarovar, it serves as an important stop for the incoming pilgrims and tourists. You can embark on a short overland tour and traverse either Lhartse road in east, Dzongka road in south or Purang or Drongpa roads in the west. Overnight in Saga.
From Saga, you’ll begin driving through the long-pitched road leading all the way to the Mansarovar region. It may take anywhere from 5-6hr to complete the distance of 277km. You’ll pass along the long stretch of Tibetan plains, with great views of peaks, arid landscape, and Rivers. Almost closer to Mansarovar, you’ll pass few villages belonging to nomadic tribes. You’ll arrive at Paryang (4550m). From here, you’ll continue driving over Myam La pass (5150m) to reach east of Lake Mansarovar. Overnight in Mansarovar.
After early morning breakfast at Horpa, you'll embark on a scenic tour of Lake Mansarovar. Also known as the Parikrama, pilgrims generally complete the 110km journey on foot. You'll drive around the lake and complete the Parikrama. Lake Mansarovar is a freshwater lake located in the foothills of Mt. Kailash. Located beside Mansarovar, you'll also witness the Rakshas Tal that is popular in the folktales for being the meditation site of Ravana. After a brief photo session, you’ll begin driving towards Darchen. A short drive lasting almost 1hr will bring you to Darchen. Overnight in Darchen.
Today is the first day of Kailash Kora or Kailash Parikrama. After breakfast, you’ll drive towards Mt. Kailash at the small settlement of Tarboche. Tarboche serves as the starting point of the Kailash Kora. The first day of the trek may last anywhere from 5hr to 6hr. You can catch majestic sight of Mt. Kailash during the trek. You can find small Buddhist stupas erected along the way. After completing the trek, you’ll begin driving towards Derapuk village via Yamadwar. Yamadwar is also known as the gateway of the god of death. Overnight in Derapuk.
Today is the second and the longest trek day of Kailash Kora. The weather around the area is unpredictable and the trekking trail remains difficult. You'll cross the high pass of Doma La (5600m). From the pass, we can admire amazing views of the serene side of Tibet. You can enjoy the Darshan of Gaurikunda en route to Drolma La but it can be quite difficult. From here, you’ll trek towards Juthulpuk via another high pass of Khanda Sanglo. If time permits, you can visit the Kuber Kunda en route to Juthulpuk. Overnight in Juthulpuk.
Today is the last day of Kailash Kora. As the last day of Parikrama, you’ll encounter an easy trail that leads you directly to Darchen. The trek may last 3hr and it takes you back to the Mansarovar Lake. You can visit the lake and choose to take a holy dip in the freezing water. Most pilgrims fill a water bottle at Mansarovar to take back home. Darchen remains the end-point of the trek. Once at Darchen, you’ll have your lunch and prepare to drive back to Saga town. Overnight in Saga.
Leaving Saga town, you’ll begin driving towards Kerung. You’ll retrace your path and drive through Saga County and cross over to Kerung County to reach Kerung town. This is the last day in Tibet. You can explore the quaint surrounding at Kerung before resting for the night.
Leaving Kerung, you’ll begin driving towards Rasuwagadhi in Nepal. The trail leads you back to Sybrubensi village from where you’ll drive towards Kathmandu. Once at Sybrubensi, you can admire the authentic Tamang culture that the people here have. After having lunch, you will drive towards Kathmandu. A memorable trip, you can catch the beautiful sights of mountains, hills, and colorful Nepalese towns. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, head to your hotel.
Bidding farewell to Lhasa, you’ll embark on a flight back to your country. A scenic flight over the pristine Himalayas will bring you back to the historical Kathmandu city. You can catch the final sights of the Potala Palace, desert-like Tibetan plateau, and the Himalayas en route to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you’ll be escorted to your hotel.
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