The natural circuit around Mount Kailash is one of the world’s great pilgrimage routes. With a 5630m pass to conquer, this Mount Kailash pilgrimage is a test of both the mind and the spirit. For followers of Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Bon, Mount Kailash is the most sacred place. Tibetans’ lifelong dream is to be able to complete the Kailash kora, as they believe that walking around the holy mountain can wipe out the sins of a lifetime.
For many tourists, they expect to experience something holy or profound. Beyond that, the scenery along the trail deserves a witness. The pyramidal Mt Kailash in sunset looks gorgeous! This is a journey of mind purification. Follow this article to know how to prepare your Mount Kailash pilgrimage.
Mount Kailash Pilgrimage
Part 1. Mount Kailash Pilgrimage Route & Map
Part 2. Best Time for Mount Kailash Pilgrimage
Part 3. Required Documents for Mount Kailash Pilgrimage
Part 4. Mount Kailash Pilgrimage Packing List
Part 5. Important Tips for Mount Kailash Pilgrimage
Note: Usually, tourists first take a train or fly to Lhasa and stay there for 2-3 days for acclimatization. Then hire a vehicle and drive from Lhasa to Darchen where you start the Mt. Kailash pilgrimage, via Gyantse, Shigatse, Everest Base Camp, and Saga. The 15-day Mount Kailash trek plus Saga Dawa festival tour provided by BudgetTibetTour is a great choice.
The 52km pilgrimage route completely encircles Mount Kailash. The most popular circuit route usually takes 3 days. You start by crossing a plain, then head up a wide river valley, climb up and over the 5630m Drolma-la, head down another river valley, and finally cross the original plain to the starting point - Darchen. Here comes the Mount Kailash pilgrimage route:
D1 Darchen to Dira-puk Monastery (20km / 6hrs)
D2 Dira-puk Monastery to Zutul-puk Monastery (18km / 7-8hrs)
D3 Zutul-puk Monastery to Darchen (14km / 3-4hrs)
Mount Kailash Pilgrimage Map
Mount Kailash Pilgrimage - Drolma-la
The best months to for Mt Kailash pilgrimage include April, May, June, September, and early October. More details on Mt. Kailash is offered below:
Some must-have documents are required for your Mt. Kailash pilgrimage.
Permits for Mount Kailash Pilgrimage
What to pack for the Mt. Kailash pilgrimage? Check the packing list below.
A light down-filled sleeping bag is necessary because it is cold at night. Prepare a pair of hiking sticks, a headlight, a power bank and sleeping pad. Also pack the medicine for cold, headache, stomach ache, insect bite, diarrhea, and high altitude sickness. Don’t forget to take a strong backpack.
For the Mount Kailash pilgrimage, you need basic warm clothing, including sun hat, gloves, wind and water proof jacket, long underwear, warm pants and shirts, as well as warm socks. It’s important to pack a pair of strong and well-fitting boots.
Pack some high calorie and high protein snacks, such as chocolates, biscuits, dried fruits, nuts and dried meat strips. Before the start of your pilgrimage, make sure your water bottle is full. There are water supplies midway.
Take lipsticks and suncream with a SPF of at least 30 to protect your skin from sunburn. A good pair of sunglasses with a high UV filter is necessary to protect your eyes.
Tent Guesthouse at the foot of Mount Kailash
Some extra tips for Mt. Kailash pilgrimage are offered here for your reference.
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I'm interested in the 14 day trip from Lhasa to Nepal trip. In in January or February would be great. how much would that be? is there space?
best regards Mo***
Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. Sorry we do not have any group tour in Jan or Feb to Kailash as there will be heavy snow and the road will be blocked, and also the area would be closed, and no one do the business there, no hotel, no restaurants there. So from Nov to March we would not send any groups there.
If you would like to do this tour, you must plan it from April to Oct. and at present we have the group tour in next 6th May and 29th May, and we will have more available date in future. if you are interested in joining in this, please kindly let me know. Best regards.
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