Kailash Manasarovar Yatra via Lhasa

When it comes to traveling from Lhasa to Mount Kailash for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, you can either take a flight or drive overland. If you want to travel by land with us, Divine Kailash, you can take three routes from Lhasa for your Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2022 - the northern route, the southern route, and by flight. Stunningly beautiful, both the roads are scenic and feature different conditions suitable for different travelers. However, boarding a flight will be the best option if you have a tight schedule, as the road to Kailash Mansarovar from Lhasa is a lengthy one! 3% of the yatris save time by taking the flight. As it is COVID-19 season, Divine Kailash makes sure to give you a safe yatra.

Take The Road From Lhasa to Kailash Manasarovar

The northern Kailash Mansarovar yatra route from Lhasa is rugged and travels past Lake Namtso through Nagqu. It then gets to Ngari from the northeast. On the other hand, the southern route is faster and has better road conditions. Cooped up fairly close to the Chinese border with India, Mount Kailash is situated directly opposite the sacred Lake Manasarovar, one of the great three sacred lakes of Tibet. It lies to the north of the main road from Lhasa to Xinjiang. Darchen is the closest village to Mount Kailash. The distance from Lhasa to Darchen is approximately 1,309 kilometers. Several trekkers and pilgrims take the overland route for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra as the journey includes visits to Mount Everest Base Camp and other popular attractions along the way.

South Route via Everest Base Camp

This route includes Lhasa, Shigatse, Tingri, EBC, Saga, Darchen, and Mount Kailash. You will cover a total distance of 1,577 kilometers. You will need a whole 15-20 days’ worth of journey up the mountain for Kailash Mansarovar ki Yatra. Get ready for a long and arduous Kailash Parvat Trek. Starting at Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, the route follows several different roads through picturesque towns and cities. The course then takes the G318 Friendship Highway through Quxu. Next, running past the stunning Lake Yamdrok, your route will turn off onto the S307. From the lakeshore, you will reach the town of Gyantse. Here you can witness the massive 32 meters tall stupa. Finally, you will reach Shigatse from Gyantse. This is the first halt in your Kailash Manasarovar Yatra from Lhasa.

The tour then continues along the G318, reaching Tingri, a small town on the Friendship Highway in Shigatse Prefecture, for an overnight stay. Your Kailash Mansarovar Yatra route now will turn south off the G318. Now, you will take the Zhufeng Road, heading to the famous Everest Base Camp and the Rongbuk Monastery. You will now be back on the G318 route. Your route now turns west to continue along the Friendship Highway to Nyalam County. From here, the trail turns more west and northwest along the S214 Provincial Highway.

The next destination in your Manasarovar Kailash trip is the small town of Saga. From Saga, you will head forward along the S214. Next, you will pass through the town of Paryang in Zhongba County. After that, the Mount Kailash tour road continues northwest before finally passing by the stunning Lake Manasarovar and turning to Darchen village. The whole trip takes around five days if you are driving.

North Route via Namtso Lake

The travel route includes Lhasa, Damxung, Namtso Lake, Baingoin, Nyima, Dongcuo, Gerze, Xiongba, Yare, Baga, Darchen, and Kailash. Your Mount Kailash tour route covers a distance of 1,832 kilometers and takes up to 6 days. Contrary to the southern Kailash Mansarovar Yatra route, this route via the Namtso Lake features a better road condition for most of the length. Starting from Lhasa, the course flows all the way to Damxung Town, along the Qinghai Tibet Highway. The route then takes you through small local roads across the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains to reach Namtso Lake. En route, you will witness several other lakes and swamps. Now, the Kailash Mansarovar road goes through Yagra and Ringtor. It finally passes through Hor Qu near the northern side of Lake Manasarovar to reach Darchen.

Fly From Lhasa to Kailash Manasarovar

If you want to avoid long rides for several days, choose to take a flight for your Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. The nearest airport is in Gunsa Village, just outside Shiquanhe Township. The starting point of the Kailash Parvat Trek, Darchen. Direct flight from Lhasa Gonggar International Airport to Ngari Gunsa Airport, also known as Ali Gunsa Airport operates daily with Tibet Airlines. The Ali Gunsa airport at Ngari Prefecture lies at an altitude of 4,274 meters above sea level. The flight departs daily at 7:30 am and takes around two hours to cross the plateau. However, you will have to hit the roads to reach your destination around Lake Mansarovar once you reach Ngari.

Day wise Itinerary of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra via Lhasa

Arrival at Kathmandu our support team will welcome you with Rudraksha Mala on your first day of holy Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, and we will transfer you to the hotel. Check in to the Hotel and relax.

Accommodation: Hotel Hyatt Regency or Similar on twin sharing.
Food: Vegetarian buffet dinner.

After breakfast, we will start with Kathmandu Sightseeing. We will visit Pashupatinath Temple, Guhyeshwari Temple, and Jal Narayan Temple. After sightseeing, we will have a briefing about the Kailash Yatra 2022. Post briefing, you can engage in final preparations and packing for Manasarovar Yatra 2022.

Accommodation: Hotel Hyatt Regency or similar on twin sharing.
Food: Vegetarian Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

After breakfast, we will drop you at Kathmandu International airport. Today we will be flying to the high-altitude capital town of Tibet, the flying experience to Lhasa is spectacular especially when you fly over some of the highest mountains of the world.

Accommodation: Hotel St. Regis or similar on twin sharing.
Food: Breakfast / Snacks / Dinner.

Today we will visit some of the must-visit places in Lhasa. We visit the world-famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor street and return to our hotel for a rest.

Accommodation: Hotel St. Regis or similar on twin sharing.
Food: Vegetarian Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Transfer to Lhasa airport and fly to Ngari Gunsa Airport, also known as Ali Gunsa Airport. After arrival, we will pick you from the airport and drive you to Darchen, 4 to 5 hours. Darchen is the gateway to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, you can see a spectacular view of Mt Kailash from this beautiful small town.

Accommodation: Hotel Himalaya Kailash or similar on twin sharing.
Food: Vegetarian Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

After breakfast, we drive towards the sacred Holy Lake Manasarovar and do the Parikrama by vehicle. The drive to Manasarovar is spectacular as you can see a magnificent view of Mount Kailash on your left, from the midway you can see a turquoise blue Lake Manasarovar from the vehicle. We will spend some time at the holy lake for your rituals then we will return to Darchen.

Accommodation: Hotel Himalaya Kailash or similar on twin sharing.
Food: Vegetarian Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

After breakfast, we will take a short drive to Yamdwar. The Starting point of Kailash Parikrama, the destination today is Diraphuk and it is a 12 Kms moderate trek that takes 6 hours. Pilgrims can either walk or hire a horse for this journey. Pilgrims can also hire porters to carry backpacks. The journey is filled with beautiful panoramic views of the Himalayas as well as the Holy Mt. Kailash. You can witness the north face of Mt. Kailash from Diraphuk. We recommend you not to miss the opportunity of witnessing the first rays of the Sun on Mount Kailash which turns golden and is indeed a treat to the eyes. We recommend our guests drink plenty of hot water as it helps in better acclimatization.

Accommodation: Basic Guest Houses on Multiple sharing bases.
Food: Vegetarian Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Today is the toughest day of the Kailash Parikrama in our Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2022 as we have an intense trek of about 22 Kms ahead. We start our day with a light breakfast and proceed to Zuthulphuk crossing the mighty Dolma La Mountain Pass, which is at a height of 5, 620 meters. The trek goes with a steep climbing up of about 4 -5 hours to cross the pass and steep climbing down towards Gaurikunda. After Gaurikunda we trek towards about an hour and a half to a valley where you find few local tea stalls, you can relax and have a cup of tea to regain your energy, then we continue our journey to Zuthulphuk which is a 2-hour trek from the tea stall.

Accommodation: Basic Guest Houses on Multiple sharing bases.
Food: Vegetarian Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Today is the last day of the Kailash Parvat Trek, wake up early morning have Tea/coffee/cookies and start the trek which is approximately 8 kilometers and takes around 2 hours to complete, you reach the endpoint catch the vehicle and drive to Darchen, Kailash Parikrama ends here. After breakfast, we drive from Darchen to Ali, Gunsa Village, Shiquanhe Town (4 to 5hrs).

Accommodation: At Hotel Himalaya or similar on twin sharing.
Food: Vegetarian Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

In the morning flies back from Ali Gunsa Airport to Lhasa after a lifetime experience of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2022. Rest day, relax, and in free time to explore beautiful Lhasa city.

Accommodation: Hotel St. Regis or similar on twin sharing.
Food: Vegetarian Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

After breakfast transfer to Lhasa Gonggar airport and take a flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, airport pick up and transfer to hotel. Rest day, souvenir shopping.

Accommodation: Hotel Hyatt Regency or similar on twin sharing.
Food: Vegetarian Breakfast, Dinner.

Your magnificent holy Kailash Manasarovar Yatra ends here. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Food: Vegetarian Breakfast.

Inclusions

  • Hotel /Food/Meal: Hotels, Pure Veg. Indian food dinner/breakfast/lunch) as per the above itinerary.
  • Transportations: all required Bus/van transportations as per the above-listed trip itinerary in Nepal & Tibet.
  • Flight Tickets: Kathmandu- Lhasa-Ali-Lhasa-Kathmandu (4 flights).
  • Permit/Visa -Tibet China visa, Tibet entry permit, & all local Taxes, Kailash, and Manasarovar Lake parikrama entry fee, all entry fees for sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Support crew: English and Hindi speaking Nepalese guide, English speaking Chinese guide.
  • Medical first aid kit, Oxygen gas cylinder, down jacket, duffle bag, day pack (duffle bag, day pack as a souvenir gift from our company).

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance, Rescue and Emergency Evacuation Charges, Medical, and Hospital Expenses in case of any emergency during the Yatra.
  • Extra Accommodation and food if in case the Yatra is delayed/ postponed due to weather or any other unavoidable circumstances.
  • Group Visa Splitting Charges – If any Yatri decides to return midway from the Yatra, the amount for transportation will be charged according to the China – FEC rules.
  • Personal Expenses, Expenses for hiring a horse for Parikrama, and Porters for Parikrama.
  • Beverages and other food which is not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Anything which is not specifically mentioned under ‘Inclusions’.

Tibet Permits Needed For Kailash Mansarovar Yatra:

If you choose to travel from Lhasa for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2022, you will need a few permits to reach your stunning destination. Here is a list of permits:

  • Tibet Travel Permit: This covers travel only in the area of Lhasa prefecture-level city. It takes around 15-20 days to process and is applied till you fly to China to travel to Lhasa.
  • Alien’s Travel Permit: It is required to travel to Tibetan areas outside Lhasa that are not under military control. It takes around 1 hour to process. You can get the permit from the Lhasa office of the Foreign Affairs Office.
  • Military Permit: Also known as the Restricted Areas Permit, this is needed to travel to Ngari. The permit allows you to travel in military-controlled areas like Nagqu, Ngari, and Nyingchi. It takes 2 weeks to process and is needed after you book your Kailash Mansarovar Yatra tour.
  • Frontier Pass: Both foreign and domestic travelers will need this to travel in the border areas of China with Nepal, Bhutan, and India. You can get it in Lhasa itself. It takes just an hour or so to process.