Kailash Kora


One of the world’s most holiest places, Mount Kailash is considered a place of considerable spiritual power. Doing the kora at Kailash is considered to earn great karma. Join hundreds of pilgrims on the circuit around this holy mountain. It takes a full week of travel and acclimatization including UNESCO World Heritage sights in Lhasa to arrive at Mount Kailash. On completion of the kora, we spend a night at Everest base camp, the perfect way to wrap up this incredible 16 night journey on the roof of the world.

This trip is designed for adventurous travellers who must be in good fitness for this high altitude trek. This journey is not recommended for travellers under 12 or over 70 years of age. To provide the ultimate Tibet experience, we have hand-picked the accommodation. You will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Tibetan guide who will really look after you throughout your journey, and play a special part in your Tibetan experience. 


16 night tour
DEPARTS: chengdu

Maximum elevation: 5,150 m
Availability: May to September

Scheduled trip: 

29th June - 15th July 2018

* Price is per person, based on a group of four (twin share).  Single room supplement available on request.

Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here


  • International airfare to Chengdu. (This can be arranged for you.  Please contact us for details).
  • Chengdu airport pick up on return
  • Stopover hotel if needed
  • China Visa
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.  Click here for an insurance quote.
  • Additional activities not included in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic or soft drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips for guide & driver

Trip Inclusions

  • Domestic flight from Chengdu to Lhasa
  • Hotel accommodation in Chengdu at start and end of trip
  • Chengdu airport drop off
  • All accommodation (twin share)
  • All meals
  • Private vehicle and driver
  • Tibet Travel Permit (TTP)
  • All entrance fees and activities as included in itinerary
  • Excellent english speaking Tibetan guide
  • Use of a cell phone with local number for duration of the trip 


Begin this special pilgrimage journey in the city of Chengdu, before flying into Lhasa on the roof of the world. It takes a full week of travel and acclimatisation, including visiting UNESCO World Heritage sights in Lhasa, to arrive at Mount Kailash. From Lhasa, we head west to spend a few nights in the historic towns of Gyantse and Shigatse. Once we are more acclimatised, we head west towards Mount Kailash. Here, we join pilgrims on a three day trek around the kora of the mountain. Returning from Kailash, we spend a night at Everest Base Camp the perfect way to wrap up this incredible journey, before our return flight to Chengdu.  




Arrive in Chengdu, Tibet:   Arrive in Chengdu and visit the Zhuge Liang Memorial Temple and Jinli Ancient Street. Visit the Giant Panda Research and Breeding Centre and the Buddhist temple Wenshu Yuan.

Altitude: 485 m                                                                                                             Overnight: Chengdu


Lhasa:   Fly from Chengdu to Lhasa.  Explore the lively Barkhor Bazaar that surrounds the venerated Jokhang Temple.                                                                                       Driving time: 1 hr                                                                                                             Altitude: 3,656 m                                                                                                                   Overnight: Lhasa


Lhasa:  Stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Norbulingka , meaning "Treasure Park." Visit the Norbulingka Palace and gardens, the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lama. After lunch, visit Sera Monastery in the foothills north of Lhasa. Watch the monks engage in their daily religious debate.                                 Altitude: 3,656 m                                                                                                             Overnight: Lhasa

DAY 4 

Lhasa:   Start the day with a tour of the Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lama. After lunch visit a Tibetan rug factory to see how these beautiful rugs are made. Altitude: 3,656 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Lhasa

DAY 5 

Gyantse:  Drive along the Friendship Highway linking Tibet to Nepal. This scenic drive offers superb views at the mystical Yamdrok Lake. We reach the historic town of Gyantse after stopping at the Karola Glacier.                                                                 Driving time: 6 hrs                                                                                                             Altitude: 3,656 m                                                                                                             Overnight: Gyantse


Shigatse:  Visit the Kumbum in Gyantse before continuing to Shigatse the traditional seat of the successive Panchen Lamas.                                                                          Driving time: 2 hrs                                                                                                           Altitude: 3,800 m                                                                                                         Overnight: Shigatse


Shigatse:  Spend the day acclimatising in Tibet’s second largest city. Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery in the morning and join locals on the kora.                                               Altitude: 3,800 m                                                                                                          Overnight: Shigatse


Saga:  Depart early for a drive through ever changing amazing scenery.  The harsh barrenness of the Tibetan plateau contrasts with lush grasslands and emerald lakes. We stop for dinner in Lhatse before continuing to Saga for the night.                             Driving time: 9 hrs                                                                                                               Altitude: 4,610 m                                                                                                                   Overnight: Saga


Darchen:  We follow the Tamachok Tsangpo River (which later becomes the Brahmaputra in India) through rolling Himalayan foothills. As you approach Darchen, watch the sunset over remote Lake Manasarovar with your first glimpses of Kailash. Driving time: 8 hrs                                                                                                           Altitude: 4,575 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Darchen  

DAY 10

Kailash Kora (Day 1) :  Watch the sunrise on Kailash before breakfast and starting your trek.  It is a fairly easy trek with stunning views of Kailash before ascending to our overnight camp.                                                                                                               Walking distance: 18 km.                                                                                                           Altitude: 5,080 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Camp: Dira-puk monastery

DAY 11

Kailash  Kora (Day 2):  Although some pilgrims do the remainder of the Kora on the second day (33 km), we take the more leisurely three days to complete the Kora. The trail ascends quickly and continues gradually for the next seven or eight kilometres before crossing a 5,600 metre pass. Dropping down the other side, there are superb views. We pass an alpine lake before the narrow valley opens up and we camp for the night.                                                                                                                                          Walking distance: 22 km                                                                                                  Altitude: 4,820 m                                                                                                         Overnight: Camp: Zutul-puk monastery

DAY 12

Kailash Kora (Day 3): As most of the elevation has already been gained and lost, it is a relatively flat walk back to Darchen. The trek becomes easier and you are surrounded by beautiful scenery.  Arrive back in Darchen for a late lunch and a shower at a local bath house.                                                                                                                                 Walking distance: 11 km                                                                                                   Altitude: 4,575 m                                                                                                                 Overnight: Darchen

DAY 13

Saga: We retrace our route to Saga, giving your body a full day to recover in the car. Driving time: 8 hrs                                                                                                           Altitude: 4,640 m                                                                                                                           Overnight: Saga

DAY 14

Everest Base Camp:   Today's destination is Mt. Everest's North Face. Passing the beautiful turquoise waters of Peiku Lake on the way up to Everest Base Camp, you'll arrive just before sundown. The very basic lodging of Rhongpu Monastery guesthouse offers warm hospitality and an incredible sunset on the world's largest mountain. Driving time: 10 hrs                                                                                                         Altitude: 5,150 m                                                                                                                   Overnight: Rombuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp

DAY 15

Shigatse:  Wake up to the grandeur of Everest’s north face bathed in morning sunlight. After breakfast, set off for our comfortable hotel in Shigatse.                                     Driving time: 8 hrs                                                                                                           Altitude: 3,800 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Shigatse

DAY 16

Lhasa Airport - Chengdu: A morning drive to Lhasa airport follows the Yarlung Tsampo River and offers beautiful views of idyllic Tibetan farming villages along the way. This afternoon you bid a reluctant farewell to your guide and depart from the roof of the world.                                                                                                                           Driving time: 4 hrs                                                                                                                 Altitude: 485 m                                                                                                             Overnight: Chengdu

DAY 17

Depart Chengdu: Free time in Chengdu before departure.