Extended itinerary to the Mansarover and Lhasa, Mount Kailash along with the Tibetan capital Lhasa is the dream of the travelers. For many people, the name Tibet conjures up images of the roof the world, drylands, snowcapped mountains, monks in red robes and the Potala Palace. Yes, the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China is all that and more! We can take you on tours ranging from visits to the capital city of Lhasa to the revered Mount Kailash and the Base Camp of Everest (on the Chinese side). There is such a variety of trips to this fascinating country we are sure you will
find something to suit you. Whether you fly into Lhasa to explore the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temples, and bazaars, or whether you drive in by jeep to experience something of the countryside or join us on a trek to and around Mount Kailash or Everest Base Camp – we can find something for you.
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The average price for the overall visit to Mt Kailash to Lhasa Tibet for around 17 days can be around USD 2190. The price is for the main tourist season i.e. from April to November. If you are in a group of at least two or more then it is considered a group price. Also, the price is applied as when you depart from Kathmandu to Mt Kailash.
Besides, if you decide to make the entry point to Kathmandu, there are additional costs such as visa fees, flight tickets, transportation, etc. If so, the costs are further broken down:
17 days tour cost for Mt Kailash
|Package fee/per day(Main season)||USD 2190|
|Package fee/per day(Offseason)|
|Single supplement charge|
|A full-time student under the age of 25|
Except for Nepal which borders Tibet, there are no direct international flights from foreign countries to Tibet. This means that you can only come from mainland China or Nepal through Tibet. The best way is to fly from Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu to Lhasa Gonggar International Airport to Tibet, and then follow the overland route from Lhasa to Kailash. Also, if the trip starts from Lhasa, you get to visit the Everest Base Camp of the highest mountain in the world, Mt Everest. You can also get a chance to visit the Guge Kingdom and explore the remains of the kingdom.
If you're coming from Tibet to Mt. Kailash you'll need a Tibet Travel Permit. You will also need an Alien's Travel Permit, plus the Foreign Affairs and Military Permit. You will also need to visit the Kailash region via a Frontier Pass. On the other hand, if you opt for a tour of Kathmandu, you'll also need a Visa from China Group. However; travel agencies are not in a position to arrange for Indian Passport Holders to visit Mt. Kailash according to the regulations. But there is a particular organization named "Pilgrim Center" that helps Indian passport holders visit Kailash. Now that the border crossing at Gyirong Port is open, there are two main ways to get to Tibet from Nepal, discounting a flight to China and taking the train. You can go overland for direct routes, taking the 1,300-kilometer journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa, which normally takes up to 7-8 days anywhere.
The daily flights from Air China to Nepal leave Lhasa at 11:15 am to arrive at 10:10 am NPT in Nepal. Sichuan Airlines still only have three flights a week from Lhasa to Kathmandu, which depart at 11:15 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to arrive at 10:10 are (local time) in Nepal.
If you visit Tibet from Nepal then a group tourist visa is required. Foreign passport holders and tourists from Taiwan to Tibet are required to apply for a visa, and citizens of Hong Kong and Macao are not required to apply for a visa. Any visitors, bar ambassadors, journalists, and government officials, can get it through a travel agency. They have to go through the Department for Foreign Affairs in Tibet. ALSO, foreign tourists usually have to have four types of documents to travel to Tibet, which are Chinese Visa, Tibet Permit, Military Pass and Alien's Travel Permit. It might take around 12 working days to receive a TTB whereas for a military permit it shall take around 30 working days. The Alien Travel Permit will be applied after your arrival in Tibet with your original passport.
There are around 6-7 hotels when you travel to Mt Kailash. But as Mt. Kailash is still developing in travels, high hopes and expectations for accommodations aren't encouraged. There are 4-star hotels with a price range of 650-1080, 3-star hotels with a price range of 173-218 and also economical hotels with price ranging from 140-200. Most of the 4 and 3-star hotels give facilities such as 24-hour hot shower, air conditioner, TV, telephone and free WI-FI. The economical hotels are very good choices for budget-friendly travel.
While traveling to Mt Kailash, it is recommended to carry some packaged high-calorie food such as energy bars beforehand as the food varieties are limited on this route. On the way, there are different monasteries that offer some food like stir-fried rice. There are also small tents other way but they offer only instant noodles. The main food you get on this trip however is Tibetan food such as Tsampa and noodles.
In Mt. Kailash, it is recommended rather not spending much on anything extra as the whole cost of the tour is a bit on the expensive side. But as other expenses come, it would mainly be souvenirs or gifts to take back home for yourself or your friends and family. Extra expenses could also come from the snacks or beverages taken during the tour. You could also spend on tickets or on some other activities.
The best time to visit Mt. Kailash is during spring (April and May), summer (June, July, and August) and autumn (September, October, and November). It is very important to make sure that our visit doesn't align with bizarre weather conditions. You should expect snowfall throughout your travel and also carry proper winter clothing any day you visit the mountain. Also, you can schedule your visit to Mt. Kailash during the Saga Dawa Festival that usually falls on the 15th day of June to enjoy the festival with the Tibetan locals. Always remember to cross-check the weather of the mountain before fixing your trip dates.
Here is the weather of Mt Kailash and the temperature throughout the year:
Things you should know before visiting Tibet
- There are over 800 settlements in Tibet.
- The Tibetan economy is dominated by subsistence agriculture.
- Due to limited arable land, the primary occupation of the Tibetan Plateau is raising livestock, such as sheep, cattle, goats, camels, yaks, dzo and horses.
- The dogs of Tibet are twice the size of those seen in India, with large heads and hairy bodies. They are powerful animals, and are said to be able to kill a tiger. During the day they are kept chained up and are let loose at night to guard their masters' house.
- Tibetan architecture contains Chinese and Indian influences, and reflect a deeply Buddhists approach. The Buddhists Wheel, along with two dragons, can be seen on nearly every Gompa in Tibet.
- Losar is the Tibetan New Year festival.
- The six red bands in the Tibetan Flag are: the Se, Mu, Dong, Tong, Dru, and Ra
- Ethnic Tibetan comprise 90% of the total population of 3 million in the Tibet Autonomous Region, the exact population number depends on how temporary migrants are counted.
- You are not allowed to visit Tibet independently. Foreign citizens need to have a guide with them.
- Journalists and Diplomats are not allowed to travel to Tibet with a travel agency.
- Not every place in Tibet can be visited. There are Attraction Restrictions.
- You can't enter Tibet during the Tibetan New Year- Usually in February and March.
- One of the best places to visit around Mt. Kailash is the Mansarovar
Frequently asked QuestionExpand/Close
Tibet is located in the southwest of China. It is bordered by India, Burma, Nepal, and Bhutan. U-Tsang, Kham and Amdo are the three original provinces of Tibet.
The best time to visit Mount Kailash is the end of April to July and mid-September to early October.
The best option to get to Tibet is from Kathmandu's flight to Lhasa. Also, you can take flight from China.
Yes, you need to have a vis to travel Tibet. All the non-Chinese resident needs an entry permit for Tibet.
Yes, it is safe to travel to Tibet as the crime rates are low. However, it is better to take care of yourself and your backpack and also travel with a professional guide.
Located near Lake Mansarovar and Lake Rakshastal, Mount Kailash lies in the far west corner of Tibet.
Yes, a valid passport is required for Mount Kailash tour.
Individuals are not allowed to travel to Mount Kailash according to China's regulation. You need to consult the tour operator or organize a group tour.
From 14 years kid to 60 years adult, anyone can do the trip. However, you need to be healthy.
For Mount Kailash tour you need to be physically and mentally healthy. It is better to have a medical check-up before starting the tour.
Hotels and guests house is found in Mount Kailash tour. But you need to know that the quality depends upon the place to place. You will be staying in the camp on this tour.
If you got caught by altitude sickness, make sure to keep yourself hydrated, take rest, go slow, avoid the intake of alcohol, etc.