Kailash Inner Kora Trek

Mount Kailash is one of the Asia’s most sacred mountain which is situated in the middle of six mountain ranges representing the perfect structure of Lotus. Popularly known for its spiritual values, Mount Kailash receives thousands of pilgrims, mostly Buddhist, Jain and Hindu followers, from all around the world. Mount Kailash is believed to be the home of the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva. For Jain followers, Mt. Kailash is the place where the first Jain Tirthankara, Rishabhadeva attained deliverance from rebirth. The region holds a very special religious significance which compels tourists to visit this holy place at least once in their lifetime. Hence, Kailash Inner Kora Trek is particularly designed to touch every spiritual, natural and cultural aspect of this region. However, the trek is strenuous and contains physically challenging climb up the Kora (Parikarma) for the devotees. The rugged terrain and a sudden climatic variation and increase in altitude are what makes this trekking hard.

  • Kailash Inner Kora Trek
  • Kailash Inner Kora Trek

The Kailash Inner Kora comprises of a 34 km journey on the foothill of the Holy Mountain, Mt. Kailash, which is at an elevation of 19,000 feet above the sea. The trekkers get an exceptional opportunity to witness the majestic beauty of the sacred Mt. Kailash along with a splendid view of the pristine turquoise colored Lake Manasarovar and Lake Rakshyastaal. As the region is a holy site for the devotees, we pass through many monasteries that display the unconditional faith and belief of the Buddhists towards their culture. The trail to the Mount Kailash Inner Kora is made up of different types of rocks, crevices and is covered with snow which spreads magical aura in the environment. Completing the 13 outer Koras (53km Parikarma of holy mount Kailash), is believed to erase all the sins committed by a person in their life, and it is one of the main reasons why people show a strong devotion while climbing the mountain. The mystical charisma and enchanting experience of the region have been able to catch a lot of attention worldwide.

Trip Itinerary

Kailash Inner Kora Trek – short itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport

Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and trek preparation

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam

Day 04: Free day in Nyalam for Acclimatization

Day 05: Drive from Nyalam to Saga and then to Dongba

Day 06: Drive Dongba to Lake Manasarovar

Day 07: Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen

Day 08: Darchen to Darboche (13 km drive) and trek to Diraphuk

Day 09:  Trek from Diraphuk to Zuthul Puk

Day 10: Trek from Zuthul Puk  to Darchen

Day 11 and Day 12: Nandi Parikrama

Day 13, 14 and 15: Kailash Inner Kora

Day 16: Drive from Manasarovar Lake to Dongba

Day 17: Drive from Dongba to Nyalam

Day 18: Drive from Nyalam to Kathmandu

Day 19: Final Departure from Kathmandu

Tour Cost: Please contact us and let us know the number of members in your group, the category of hotels you would like to stay with and any other special desires and requirements of yours. We will be glad to quote you the price as per your requirements.

ESTIMATE FOR ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES IN KAILASH INNER KORA TREK:

  • Horse for personal use on Kora days is approx USD 300 per person extra
  • Extra ride for day trip to Astapad USD 40 per person extra
  • Extra day in Kathmandu USD 45 to 50 per person with 2 meals and twin sharing room.
  • Muktinath trip USD 650 per person including two nights in Pokhara, one night Jomsom and round trip flight to and from Jomsom with meals and private transfers.

INSURANCE:

Alpine Eco Trek highly suggests you to apply for Medical Insurance, covering emergency evacuation and all medical expenses are must for Kailash Inner Kora Trek. So, please be insured prior to the holy journey to the Heavenly Abode of Lord Shiva.

MEALS DURING JOURNEY:

Meals during your stay in Kathmandu are provided in package at the same hotel where you stay. Meals during the journey will be all vegetarian. Alpine Eco Trek's staff will serve you hot and delicious meal at every day breakfast, lunch and dinner on the way Kailash Inner Kora Trek. We will provide you packed lunch while doing Kora around Mount Kailash. And, we also suggest you to bring some of your favorite dry foods, sweets and ginger and garlic Candies along the tour. 

TOUR LEADERS, GUIDES AND STAFF:

Since our establishment, Alpine Eco Trek and Expedition (P) Ltd is a pioneer operator of Mount Kailash and Manasarovar tours. We have dozens of regular and trained tour leaders, guides, cooks, drivers and supporting crew engaged for a professional and reliable service. Extremely friendly, knowledgeable and experienced team and other first aid treatment trained crew will be there in your group to serve you and make your trip a memorable one for the rest of your life! 

TRANSPORTATION: 

We will provide transportation for Kailash Inner Kora Trek depending on group size like if there are below 5 we provide a Jeep, if 5 to 08 we provide a Van, if 08 to 16 we provide two vans, if above 16 up to 25 people we prove a deluxe bus.

ACCOMODATION (KATHMANDU-KAILASH TIBET):

During your stay in Kathmandu, we will provide you any kind of accommodation as per your needs. You can have a single, or double or family room in Kathmandu. We select the best categories of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels in Kathmandu. But accommodation in Kailash region is will be very basic.  Read more…

HEALTH PRE- CAUTION:

Normally, at higher altitude area in Tibet including Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarover, the amount of oxygen is less in the air. Certain illness such as loss of appetite, mild headache, nausea, tiredness, breathlessness, general uneasiness, high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia etc may be induced in the windy weather and high altitude area which generally is not encountered over the plains. This kind of symptoms can be seen in anyone irrespective of their age, sex and physical fitness read more ….

PACKING LIST OF KAILASH INNER KORA TREK:

  • Small bag pack for 3 days trekking/Parikarma/ Kora around Mount Kailash
  • Sufficient warm clothing including warm down jacket for Kailash tour.
  • essential medicines (for minor injuries / life saving kits)
  • Any regular medicines that you have been prescribed
  • Toiletries kit (shop, Shampoo, Toothpaste, tooth brush)
  • Water bottle /Thermos flask for hot water (2litters bottle)
  • Hiking shoes good for walking 3 days Kailash Kora/trekking
  • Woolen gloves, Woolen socks (minimum 4 pairs), hand clove
  • Wool / Thermo cot undergarments, wind and water proof jacket
  • T-Shirt, long shirt and pants which is easier to be while doing trekking 
  • Sunglasses, Sun lotion/cold cream, Torch light, rain coat
  • Umbrella, walking stick, Sandal for use evening & morning
  • Sweets, Zinger / garlic candies or dry fruits, lozenges, etc… Read More...

Detail Itinerary

Kailash Inner Kora Trek – detailed itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu International airport, our airport representative will be receiving you and the representative will be displaying Alpine Eco Trek’s   signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. We will provide you with detail briefing about the trip and necessary things that you will need during journey. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and trek preparation
Our day begins with the sightseeing of the city. First, the breakfast will be provided in the hotel and then continue for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. You will visit some famous temples as Pashupatinath Temple and Budhanilkanth Temple. These both temples are most significant holy temples of Nepal in regards to Lord Shiva & Vishnu respectively. We will also visit some UNESCO World Heritage sites and Kathmandu Durbar Squares. Then you return to your hotel and free time can be used for personal activities and other pre tour preparation. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam
We collect our pack breakfast from hotel’s reception and start early morning drive to Kodari, Nepal-Tibet Friendship boarder.  On the way we will make short break for pack breakfast. Upon arrival at Kodari, we will start all the formalities for immigration and meanwhile we will also take lunch in a restaurant. Our border representative will assist you to clear immigration and customs in Nepal side. Then we will walk for 5-10 minutes to reach the ‘Nepal-China Friendship Bridge’. And then after, we get in to our vehicle in Tibet side; we proceed the journey to Zhangmu, and then to Nyalam.  Overnight at guest house.

Day 04: Free day in Nyalam for Acclimatization
Today is a rest day to gain a proper acclimatization with Tibet’s high altitude. The day gives us a chance to relax and acclimatize at the high altitude. Our tour leader will assist taking you to short hike around Nyalam for warming up your body and to adjust with Tibet climate. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Drive from Nyalam to Saga and then to Dongba
After enjoying yummy breakfast cooked by our crew, we begin our journey to Dongba passing through Saga and beautiful villages. Along the way we can see the camp of yak herders as well. We can see beautiful snow-capped mountain peaks on our far south.  We will pass 5000m high pass, the Lung La with great views over the Himalayas including the Mt. Shishapangma. You will also cross beautiful Peiku Lake, Brahmaputra River at Saga. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Drive Dongba to Lake Manasarovar
Breakfast will be served at around 8:00 am local time, today is a very important day as we will be heading to the holiest place at Lake Manasarovar via Paryang and Mayumla Pass. On the way before Mayumla Pass (4900 m), we take break and then continue the journey crossing Mayumla pass and Paryang. You will have very good opportunity to see the first glimpse of Mt. Kailash from the shore of Lake Manasarovar. We have few minutes break before heading to our guest house at Lake Manasarovar for the permit formalities. You can use this time for praying at Mt. Kailash. After completion of immigration, we will drive further to our camp near Chiu Gompa and will stay in the guesthouse. We will have very significant moment in Lake Manasarovar with graceful evening and the breathtaking view of holiest Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash. Besides, we can also see or visit Chiu Gompa Monastery situated in hillock near Guesthouse. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 07: Drive from Lake Manasarovar to Darchen
Since our journey to Darchen is very short, today we will wake up comfortably and find a good place for holy dip in Lake Manasarovar for all our pilgrims. After finishing holy bath and puja, and taking lunch, we will make short drive to Darchen. It is 40km drive. On our way to Darchen, we can see panoramic scenery of Rakshas Tal (Demon’s Lake) on the other side of Lake Manasarovar. Darchen is considered as a base camp for Holy Kailash trek. Darchen is the major administrative center of Kailash region with very basic development in infrastructure and facility from where the circumambulation around Kailash begins. You can spend some time around small market in Darchen in the afternoon. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 08: Darchen to Darboche (13 km drive) and trek to Diraphuk
Today is first day of our holy Kora, after breakfast at Darchen we drive to Yama Dwar and then heads to Darboche. This day we have to walk continuously for about 6 to 7 hours to Diraphuk. We will have spiritual activities, meditation at Mt. Kailash on north face. Overnight at guesthouse or mud house.

Day 09:  Trek from Diraphuk to Zuthul Puk
This day is also considered as a tough day of Kailash Inner Kora trek. After taking quick light breakfast cooked by Alpine Eco Trek’s crew we get ready to begin the parikrama towards next destination Zuthul Puk. The trek goes steep up to Drolma La high pass (5944 m) for about 4 hours and then steep down to Gauri Kunda up to flat valley for about 2.5 hours. Then after we have to will walk all the way flat land for about another 2/3 hours. Therefore, it is the tough as well as longest trek of about 8/9 hours. We need to cross the high pass as early as possible in pleasant weather before strong windy at day time. Then on the top of Drolma La, we can find the place called Shivasthal that is covered with holy flags and other personal items like clothing and ornaments. There is strong belief in Tibetan religion that whatever you offer here, you will get it in heaven after your death. We will catch soon flat trail that reach to Zuthul Puk. In Zuthul Puk we will spend overnight at a mud house.

Day 10: Trek from Zuthul Puk  to Darchen
Today is the last of our holy Kora and we have to make it short trek which will be about 2.5 hours. So we wake up at the normal time and begin the trekking toward the Darchen town. Our transport will pick up us from the mid-way (Chongdo) and take us to Darchen, up to where the road is accessible. We will be driven to the guesthouse at Darchen where the other groups will be staying and then take lunch there. After then, we start preparation for Inner Kora. Overnight at guest house.

Day 11 and Day 12: Nandi Parikrama
We make sure that everything is equipped with us for Holy Inner Kora and early in the morning we head towards the Inner Part of Mt Kailash. Here we can view Sherlung Gompa, Sapta Rishi Cave, Astapad,Nandi Parvet, Kailash Gange, Kuber Kunda, Astamatrikagan Parbat, Dakshinmurti Shivalaya, Atmalingam and Sapta Rishi caves. This high pass between Mt. Kailash & Nandi parvat needs some skill of high altitude trekking. After parikrama, we trek down to Sherlung Gompa following the trail of Kailashi Gange.  The jeep will pick us up later. Overnight stay in camp.

Day 13, 14 and 15: Kailash Inner Kora
In these days, we cross Polongue glacier, Khandelsunglung pass, Kuber Kunda and East face of Mt. Kailash. Then after we walk back to Darchen and Drive back to Manasarovar.

Day 16: Drive from Manasarovar Lake to Dongba
After breakfast,  we will be driving from Lake Mansarovar to Dongba for about 7 to 8 hours. The distance to Dongba is 366 km. overnight at guesthouse.

Day 17: Drive from Dongba to Nyalam
Today we will drive in good road for 7 to 8 hour from Dongba to Nyalam. The distance of driving is around 376 Km. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 18: Drive from Nyalam to Kathmandu
After more than two weeks long and enjoyable journey in high isolated land of Kailash Region we drive to the Nepal Tibet border early in the morning. We will see the lavish greenery surrounding and easy breathing once we cross Nepal. We will follow the same route as before and clear immigration and custom formalities in both Tibet & Nepal side and have the lunch near the border then move to Kathmandu.  Upon arrival at Kathmandu we check in hotel you can take hot shower to refresh yourself. Have delicious taste of food in dinner and spend comfortable night in your hotel.

Day 19: Final Departure from Kathmandu
After breakfast at hotel we will transfer the group to the Kathmandu International Airport to board your flight back to home. This is an amazing way to end a life-changing journey. Come join Alpine Eco-Trek for this memorable trip.

Cost Includes/Excludes

The cost includes:

  • All necessary airport arrival and departure, drop, pick up to/from Kodari transfers by a private coach.
  • Three night's accommodation in Kathmandu in 3/4 star standard hotel twin sharing room with fullboard meals.
  • Half day guided tour in Kathmandu as per mentioned in itinerary
  • 15 night's accommodations in Tibet on private room sharing basis using guesthouse and tents.
  • Freshly cooked vegetarian meals 3 times a day.
  • Supporting Nepali crew including our own cooks.
  • Permits for Manasarovar  Prikarma and Kailash Kora (round).
  • Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved guide.
  • Private transportation in an eight seated deluxe van for clients and small truck for staff and food during the trip.
  • Special permit for Kailash Inner Kora and Nandi
  • Camping equipments for kitchen, Shower
  • Sleeping bag/ Down Jacket if needed on Returnable basis.
  • Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipments) & day carry hand bag
  • Experienced tour leader / co-coordinator
  • ENOUGH Oxygen cylinder entire of tour
  • Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making round of Mt. Kailash.
  • Priest (Brahmin) for Homa.
  • Manasarovar Parikarma by Vehicle.

The Cost Exclude:

  • Personal Pony Charges (will cost US$ 300 per pony and helper for three days)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, phone calls, extra drinks, laundry, yak etc.
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities, flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc.
  • Tips to drivers, hotel staff.
  • Extra cost of transportation, Porterage etc involved due landslides, snowfall.
  • Services other than specified. Extra days stay at Kathmandu than 3 nights/ any other place.

Why travel with us?

Why travel with us?

Small Group
A Smaller number of people means more attention and better access to the group leader for a more intimate and personalized experience. The primary goal of our trek to the sacred Mount Kailash is to provide our customers with an eco-friendly, well-equipped and well-instructed crew members. A maximum of 20 or fewer pilgrims will be taken for the holy trek at a time. We ensure that the group formed is sufficient for each one of the trekkers to be well attended, as well as large enough to enjoy the journey along with other pilgrims.

Commitment to Safety
The top priority of our company is to provide our valued customers with a strategically approach to their safety and security. Each year we make equal or more efforts to refine the previous operations and work on improving the already existing safety procedures. We make sure the guides and trainers provided to the customers are experienced and knowledgeable in first aid and emergency management. They are also well-trained for any emergency situations that might occur in the higher altitudes or while trekking. However, we request our customers to take precautions beforehand itself, and make precise and necessary food arrangements and give personal hygiene the most preference. Every necessary equipment such as sleeping bags, warm down jacket etc. required for the holy trek will be provided to you. Our customer's health and safety is our prior concern, therefore we carry first aid kits and Portable Altitude Chambers (Gaymow Bag) for any high altitude sickness emergency.

Stress Free Travel
Even tiny hurdles along the way can ruin the excitement of the journey. Alpine Eco Trek aims to minimize almost every hassle and tedium that is most likely to come in the way while trekking. This not only kills the mood but distracts you from admiring the most beautiful parts of the journey. Hence, starting from your arrival day itself, our team fully devote themselves to your service. Our crew members make sure every aspect of the travel including accommodation, transportation, and the food is taken care of beforehand. We make confirmations with every lodges, hotels, private bus and vans for an efficient and reliable service before we start the trek. Every entrance fees for monasteries, palaces, etc. on the way will be included in the itinerary itself and a deluxe van or a regular van will be on standby, giving us the freedom to explore the area if requested.

Quality Service
Compromising the quality of the services that Alpine Eco Trek offers, is never an option under any circumstances. Every trek we organize is an updated version of the previous treks in which we make the necessary changes and reconsider various aspects. From the equipment provided to the travelers, for example, sleeping bags, quality down jackets to the littlest guidance on the trek, every aspect of the trek is precisely focused and worked on, for the comfortable trip of our customers. The main focus is given to the most basic factors of the tourism activities and that is the availability of transportation, comfortable accommodations, and healthy food. The holy trip to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar requires various equipment which is also taken care by us. We particularly request each of our valued customers to give us their genuine feedbacks on the overall journey to Mount Kailash that helps us monitor our drawbacks and helps design quality operations and adopt approaches useful for a better trek in the future.

Well Trained Staff
We are a firm believer that for every company to run successfully, the internal management and the team must be strong. Hence, we have built a team of professionals who show extreme passion and determination towards their work. We ensure that every customer is accompanied by a well-trained, soft-spoken and an enthusiastic team leader who makes the journey more enjoyable.

Competitive Price
To gain the trust and reliability from any customer, transparency is a must. Therefore, Alpine Eco Trek works on providing the trekkers with an affordable, competitive and transparent cost which remains same for every traveler.

Our Goal
lpine Eco Trek aims to provide the best Himalayan pilgrim travel at the most reasonable price. We believe in building a fine bonding with our customers, keeping quality and reliable services in mind. The mission of our trips is also to offer a wide range of adventure and thrill, covering most the attractions of the region. We take our customers to the most beautiful, worth seeing sites, giving them an insight into the local culture and lifestyle, while also establishing a genuine friendly bond with both, the locals and the crew.

Guidelines& Considerations
Following are some of the guidelines and considerations to make while picking a travel company for your trip:

01) Make sure that the company takes good care of their own staffs and guides by providing them with the necessary equipment, food, proper clothing, along with a good pay for their work. This shows the work ethics of the company and a respect for their staffs. Secondly, observe and be confident on how focused the itineraries provided to you are on promoting the culture and beauty of Nepal.

02) Make sure the company is a certified company and is registered under the appropriate local travel and trekking associations. Also, make sure that it is operating under the laws of the land(s) in which you will travel.

03) Ensure that the travel company you select is experienced and holds an overall knowledge about the local environmental issues of the site you are traveling to. The company should be considerate and sensitive to the issues and should respect the culture, tradition, and privacy of the inhabitants of the region.

04) Make sure that the company gives importance and consideration to the littlest details of the trip such as toilet arrangements, cooking fuel, rubbish disposal, first aid, etc

05) Make sure the company that you choose has an appropriate travel insurance and it abides by the regulations regarding operations of travel and trekking company.

Alpine Eco Trek follows all the above-mentioned guidelines in order to provide its customers with the most trouble free, eco-friendly and safe journey that they desire.

FAQs

Mt. Kailash Tour Frequently Asked Questions

Question 01: Do I Need a Passport?
Yes, you will need a passport to travel Mt. kailash and Lake Manasarovar because Kailash is located in the Autonomous Region of Tibet, China.

Question 02: What about Chinese visa?
Please be informed that this is not regular Chinese visa which you would get on your passport is not valid at Tibet. Your travel permit and Visa for travelling to Kailash and Manasarovar is organized by our company with the help of our Lhasa partner. If you are Indian passport holder you need to provide us the original passport for visa application. Foreigners can send us their passport copies by email and we will apply their visa for Kailash here in Kathmandu with their passport copies. The visa charges differ depend on nationalities, contact us for more information on Visa and permits.

Question 03: How many days required for Mt. Kailash Tour Trek?
Answer: A journey to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar require 13 days by overland (Land cruiser or Van) and 10 days by Helicopter from Simikot Region. We are also organizing Lhasa Kailash Lhasa Tour.

Question 04: How we will be doing 13 days overland tour and how about 10 days by Helicopter from Simikot?
Answer: You will be doing 13 days Kailash tour by a deluxe Van or Land cruiser. From Kathmandu to Kodari (Nepal- Tibet boarder) by a deluxe tourist coach, while in Tibet new model Land cruiser or a deluxe Van will be used. The route for the trip will be Kathmandu – Nyalam – Saga – New Dongba – Manasarovar – Darchen – Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk – Darchen – Paryang – Saga – Zhangmu – Kathmandu.

For 10 days tour by Helicopter:
Kathmandu - Nepalganj - Simikot - Hilsa (by helicopter) - Taklakot - Mansarovar - Darchen - Dirapuk - Zuthulpuk - Darchen - Mansarovar - Taklakot (by land cruiser or Van)- Hilsa - Simikot (by helicopter) - Nepalganj – Kathmandu (by regular plane or private coach).

Question 05: In how many days would I finish Mt. Kailash Kora and long it is?
Answer: The holy Kora around Mt. Kailash is approximately 53 km trek to be completed in 2 nights 3 days. Night camping will be in Dirapuk and Zuthul- Puk.

Question 06: When is the best time to Travel?
Answer: The best time to travel to Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar would be from the last week of April till end of October every year.

Question 07: What is Land cruiser?
Answer: Land Cruiser is the most comfortable vehicle in Tibet, a four wheel driven Japanese vehicle. We accommodate maximum 4 tourists in one land cruiser.

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Further Information:
Our webstie contains as much information as possible about Mount Kailash & Tibet Tours and Treks. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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Trip Facts

Trip Name: Kailash Inner Kora Trek

Duration:  13 Days including KTM

Trip Code: AETKT-004

Activity:  Cultural and spiritual tour, trek and overland drive.

Group size: Min. 02 to Max. 15 people.  

Max-Altitude:   5,944m/19,500ft

Country: Tibet/China

Transportation: Jeep, Van or Mini bus.

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

Note: The best season to Travel Holy Mt. Kailash is from May to October; please try to travel always with a local and direct agent and small group – private departure dates available. All the travelers including Indian passport holders travelling to Mt. Kailash must be in possession of a current passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining.

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