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Mt. Kailash (Tibet)Travel

Quick View About Mt.Kailsah
  • Located in: Western Tibet (China)
  • Altitude of Mt. Kailash: 21,778 feet
  • Climate: (30 to 70 Degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Best Months to Visit: September, October
  • Kailash Circuit: 32 miles (three days)
  • Maximum altitude in Circuit: 19,500 feet
  • Lake Mansarovar: 14,954 feet
  • Mansarovar Circuit: 63 miles

Best Months to Visit
September and October are considered to be the best months, although trips to Mt Kailash can be undertaken from April to October.

Weather conditions from May through September in Tibet are generally dry and sunny, with more precipitation in July and August. Daytime temperatures can be as high as 72 °F with the average daily temperature of 50 °F. However, the sun is much more intense at higher altitudes making it feel much hotter. At this time of year there is also an incredible drop in temperature from early afternoon to evening. The temperature at night will drop as low as 14 °F to 32°F at altitudes of 16,404 feet, which is our highest camp during the Mt. Kailash Circuit.

Weather conditions can change rapidly here and you should be prepared. It's unlikely you will have problems with the altitude other than shortness of breath, and less energy than you are used to as you will have been at altitude for quite some time just to get here, however Altitude Sickness is unpredictable, and you should always keep your plans flexible enough to give yourself a rest day if needed.

Accommodation in Mt. Kailash trips are in basic lodges without much modern amenities, where ever possible. Rest of the days, twin sharing high altitude tents will be provided. On the camping days we will provide all tents, mattresses, sleeping bags and equipments required for the trip, except personal clothing. No laundry services will be available during the whole trip.

You will be provided with the vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinners at the campsite during Mt. Kailash circuit and vegetarian breakfast only will be provided during lodge stay. You will be required to bring enough amount of supplementary food such as dry fruits, chocolates, biscuits, candy, sweets and snacks.

Private minibus will be provided from Kathmandu to Kodari. From Kodari to Zhangmu (Tibet) will be in trucks. Throughout the journey in Tibet you will be traveling in 4500 Land Cruisers or 62 model Land Cruisers. Trucks will be provided for all luggage, camping equipment, and food supplies.

Private minibus will be provided from Kathmandu to Kodari. From Kodari to Zhangmu (Tibet) will be in trucks. Throughout the journey in Tibet you will be traveling in 4500 Land Cruisers or 62 model Land Cruisers. Trucks will be provided for all luggage, camping equipment, and food supplies.

Visas & Travelling Permit
Visas for individual travel in China are easy to get from most Chinese Embassies. But the Chinese Visa and Tibet Permits are different. All travelers entering Tibet must also obtain SPECIAL TRAVEL PERMITS from the Tibetan Tourism Bureau (TTB), Lhasa which is required to buy an air ticket into Tibet. One cannot travel to Tibet with Chinese Visa. So, visitors need to enter Tibet either through mainland China or Nepal. TRAVELLERS MUST OFFICIALLY BE PART OF A GROUP TOUR with a guide who will help dealing with the Chinese authorities at checkpoints. If you are traveling to Tibet via Nepal, you must obtain the Chinese visa which must be issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu but if you are planning to enter Tibet via mainland China, you need to get the Chinese visa from Chinese Embassy in your home country. As soon as you book the trip, Alpine Club of Himalaya arranges for the Tibet Travel Permits, for which you need to send us the copy of your passport if you wish to enter Tibet via Nepal and copies of your passport and Chinese Visa if you wish to enter Tibet via mainland China.

  1. 1. Your passport should be valid for at least six months before travelling. Visa is not provided to the passports with less than six months' validity. You need two passport-sized photos for the visa application.
  2. 2. All Tibet permits can be obtained using photocopy of your passport but you need your original passport to apply for Chinese visa. Visa section in Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is open on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday only from 10:00 hrs. to 11:30 hrs. for submitting and collecting passports. Normally Chinese Embassy takes 5 working days to issue the tourist visa but they issue visa even in a day charging an extra Urgent Visa Fee on top of normal fee.
  3. 3. Travelers must use the same passport for Nepal and Tibet.
  4. 4. Itinerary and the places to visit in Tibet must be stated clearly and finalized in advance because while applying for a Chinese visa from Kathmandu, a copy of this should be attached. Travel permit from the Tibet Tourism Bureau (Lhasa) is obtained according to the places mentioned in the itinerary.
  5. 5. The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu does not issue Chinese visas to individual travelers and will even cancel any existing Chinese visa once you apply for it from Nepal.
  6. 6. Travelers are not allowed to carry any Tibetan religious books, literatures, photographs, especially related to Dalai Lama during your travel to Tibet. Possessions of such are confiscated and you are not allowed to enter Tibet.
  7. 7. Rules and regulations regarding Chinese visa and Tibet travel permit keeps on changing very often, therefore we suggest our customers to consult us regarding the visa issues so that your all programs and plans goes smoothly without any obstacles.
Getting into Mt. Kailash,Tibet

Tibet is accessible from either mainland China or Nepal ONLY.

Kathmandu –Lhasa is the only international flight to/from Tibet and the Friendship Highway connecting Nepal and Tibet (China) is the only international highway in Tibet.

For getting into Tibet the most popular options are:

By Air: Take a flight to Gonggar Airport, Lhasa, Tibet either from Kathmandu (Nepal), Chengdu (China), Zhongdian (China) or Beijing (China). Flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa run four times a week in the high summer season and twice a week in the low winter season.

By Rail: Take a train that links Qinghai (mainland China) to Lhasa (Tibet).

By Road: Or choose an overland drive over 865km stretch of road named Friendship Highway from Kathmandu (Nepal) to Lhasa (Tibet).

NOTE: Whichever way you enter Tibet, from China or from Nepal , you will have to be officially part of a group tour purchasing a package tour through a travel company. Please contact us for a hassle free and enjoyable package and Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) permits.

Health Information
All participants must provide a health certificate by the doctor. You will be traveling in remote areas at high altitude up to 19,500 feet. Some of the recommended tests include: blood pressure, hemoglobin, blood sugar, stress test, electrocardiogram (EKG) and any other tests according to your particular health status.

Tibet is a remote location, and if you become seriously injured or very sick, you may need to be evacuated by air. Be sure your policy covers evacuation along with medical, theft and loss and all the adventure activities in your trip.

The currency in Tibet is Chinese Yuan. The Bank of China can exchange all foreign currencies. The banks in Tibet (China) are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Travelers Cheques and credit cards are very difficult to be cashed outside the banks especially outside Lhasa. ATM facilities are easily available in Lhasa and Shigatse; however, it may be difficult to find one in other smaller towns or in remote places. Moneychangers at Zhangmu (by the Nepal border) will change Yuan into Nepali rupees and vice versa.