How to Plan a Successful Kailash Mansarovar Yatra in 2024?

As 2024 unfolds, we are here with a well-curated travel plan for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra this year. The holy pilgrimage welcomes thousands of pilgrims and adventure seekers every season. And, this season might be your chance to embark on this transformative journey to one of the holiest destinations in the world, Kailash.

Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar are situated in the Tibetan Plateau. These natural landmarks are believed to be the key to the mystical dimension of existence. It is considered the abode of Lord Shiva and holds tremendous importance for Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bon religion. The captivating mystical ambiance of Kailash is considered a transformative experience like no other. Whether you are a spiritual seeker or a nature explorer, this journey has everything in store to make your trip unforgettable. 

Photo after a successful kailash mansarovar Yatra
One of our first trips to Kailash after the ease of Travel Restrictions in Tibet. The team was led by the CEO of Himalayan Glacier, Mr. Sagar Pandey, himself.

In order to make this fascinating journey a success, you will require a well-crafted Kailash Yatra plan first. This includes various aspects like historical and cultural importance, preparation advice, routes, challenges, timing, and more. Likewise, we will also help you navigate through all kinds of details necessary for a successful Kailash journey. Get ready to discover all you need to know about this incredible journey to the Tibetan Himalayas. 

Best Time for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

The best time to travel to Kailash may vary depending on your preferences. However, the place is best explored during spring and autumn. Spring lasts from April to Jule, while autumn lasts from September to October. These months of the year are followed by a pleasant environment, mild temperatures, clear skies, tranquil sceneries, and peaceful exploration. 

Another best time to visit Tibet is during summer (July to August), which is the peak tourist season in Tibet. While this season is considered optimal for traveling and experiencing Tibetan culture and festivals, it is mostly jam-packed with visitors. Therefore, for those who prefer peaceful journey, spring and autumn might be the best fit for you.

Guests posing in front of Mount Kailash during the best time for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Where Does Your Kailash Journey Begin?

The journey begins in the scenic capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. It is a gateway to Tibet and serves as an incredible destination to begin your Kailash journey. You can start the epic adventure by exploring the culturally and historically rich city of Kathmandu. You can explore the city by visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Pashupatinath Temple and Swayambhu. After spending a day or so, as per your Kailash Yatra travel plan, you will head to your next destination. 

Navigate the Route to Kailash Mansarovar

Mainly, there are four routes to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Out of these four routes, three are via Nepal and the route with direct connection via India is under construction. Check the pointers below to get a detailed guide to the Kailash Yatra routes 

1. Rashuwagadhi, Nepal

This is the only route open for visitors currently and is one of the famous routes to Kailash. It is around 2 weeks long journey which follows the following trail:

  • Kathmandu
  • Dhunche
  • Rasuwagadhi
  • Kerung
  • Saga
  • Lake Mansarovar
  • Darchen
  • Mount Kailash

2. Tatopani-Kodari, Nepal

One of the currently closed routes to Kailash is the Tatopani-Kodari route in Shindhupalchowk district. The journey through this route takes you to Kailash through the following destinations:

  • Kathmandu
  • Dhulikhel
  • Kodari
  • Zhangmu
  • Nyalam
  • Lake Mansarovar 
  • Darchen
  • Mount Kailash  

Note: This route suffered massive damage during the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. It has been closed ever since to the foreigners because of bad road conditions. Furthermore, occasional natural disasters have also contributed to the damage.

3. Simikot Route, Nepal

This 20 days long route to Kailash and Mansarovar is another one of the most used routes for the Yatra. This route takes you through stunning western Nepal. It allows you to explore the trade links across the border of Nepal and Tibet. However, this route is also closed by Tibetan authorities at present. This route will lead you to Kailash Mansarovar via the following destinations:

  • Kathmandu
  • Simikot
  • Dharapori
  • Kermi
  • Hilsa
  • Garuda Valley
  • Kailash Kora
  • Darchen
  • Mansarovar
  • Saga
  • Lhasa

4. Darchula-Lipulekh road, India

This is the newest route to Kailash Mansarovar and is the only route via India. The road is not yet fully constructed and travel approval from Tibetan authorities is yet to be passed. The Chinese authorities have strict rules and regulations regarding the Kailash Yatra permit. Therefore, it cannot be said when this route will get approval for the Yatra. You will potentially traverse through the following destinations via this route:

  • Delhi, India
  • Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand
  • Darchula
  • Tawaghat
  • Gunji
  • Taklakot
  • Lake Mansarovar
  • Darchen
  • Mount Kailash

Updated Itinerary Plan for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

As the only accessible route to Kailash is through Kerung currently, we have prepared an updated itinerary following the recent route updates. This plan for Kailash Yatra is designed to enrich your adventure with the inclusion of cultural as well as spiritual experiences. From the beginning of your journey in Kathmandu to reaching Kailash, this itinerary covers everything to ensure an unforgettable journey.

ItineraryMaximum AltitudeWalking/Hiking
Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu1,350m/4,429ft
Day 02: Pashupatinath Darshan, Boudhnath Stupa and Patan Visit1,350m/4,429ft
Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepal-Tibet Border at Rasuwa Ghadhi1,800 m/5,905 ft6-7 hrs
Day 04: Easy day to Kerung to acclimatize2,700m/8,858ft
Day 05: Drive from Kerung to Saga4,600m/15,093ft5-6 hrs
Day 06: Drive from Saga to Manasarovar4,590m/15,060ft8-9 hrs
Day 07: Travel to Darchen – The Gateway to Mount Kailash4,700m/15,420ft4 hrs
Day 08: Parikrama to Dehara Puk5,100m/16,732ft4-6 hrs
Day 09: A Day Hike to Charansprash ( Optional)5,500m/18,044ft8-9 hrs
Day 10: Parikrama to Dolma-La Pass – The Most Challenging and Sacred Day of our Pilgrimage Yatra5,650m/18,536ft10-12 hrs
Day 11: Conclusion of Parikrama and Return to Saga4,600m/15,093ft3 hrs
Day 12: Return to Kathmandu from Saga via Kerung1,350m/4,429ft11-12 hrs
Day 13: Contingency Day – Preparing for the Unexpected1,350m/4,429ft
Day 14: Fly Home Sweet Home – A Journey’s End1,350m/4,429ft

For detailed information on the itinerary, you can also check out Kailash and Lake Mansarovar Yatra

How to Prepare Your Body and Mind for the Journey?

One of the major factors in determining a successful Kailash Yatra is how well you have prepared your body and mind for the challenging terrain in the Himalayas. Your physical fitness is the key to a safe journey. Therefore, here are some of the things to be noted when it comes to the physical preparation for the Kailash Yatra:

  • Engage in a regular exercise routine such as cardio, strength, and flexibility training at least 3 to 6 months prior to the trip.
  • As the trip requires long walks in rocky Himalayan terrain, you must focus on building endurance and stamina through exercises.
  • Go on short hikes or treks to prepare your body for the journey.
  • Acclimatize sufficiently and ascend gradually during your journey to get your body accustomed to the increased elevation.
  • For a spiritual experience in Kailash, you can prepare your mind by practicing mindfulness and meditation.
  • Make sure to get a thorough body check-up before taking up the journey.

Packing Guide for Kailash Yatra

Himalyan Glacier Clients Group Photo

Embarking on a high-altitude journey requires a well-curated packing list because those essential gear determine your safety in rough terrain. And, packing for such a trip can be a bit of a hassle sometimes. Here are some of the essentials for the Kailash Yatra packing list you can include in your journey:

  • Warm clothes
  • Extra pairs of socks and warm gloves
  • Travel clothing such as joggers, cargo, windproof and waterproof clothes
  • Sunglasses
  • Good-quality hiking boots
  • Hats
  • Headlamps
  • Hot water bottle
  • Trekking poles
  • Trekking bag
  • Travel documents
  • First aid and medicines
  • Toiletries

These are only a few of the major essentials for the journey. But, if you want a complete guide, make sure to go through the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra packing list for a safe and comfortable trip.


Currently, the only means of transport available for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is via land. From Kathmandu, you will be transported to the Nepal-Tibet border via Zeep or via helicopter (as per your preference and trip budget). Beyond the border, you will travel the Tibetan territory via bus with a capacity of around 30 to 35 passengers. 

Previously, you could take a direct flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu, which is the only international flight permitted in Tibet. But for the past few years, the flight has not been allowed and the only way to travel to Kailash is via land transport throughout the trip. 

Traveling to Kailash Mansarovar by bus


On your journey to Kailash, you will be arranged with food of your preference. If you are a pilgrim of Indian origin and prefer Indian taste, we arrange for personal chefs to cook the Indian cuisines of your choice throughout the journey. Whatever your food choices are, our team of chefs will prepare them for you. As most of the pilgrims opt for vegetarian meals throughout the Yatra, our staff will prepare the meal accordingly, maintaining the purity of the food.

However, if you wish to explore local cuisines, you can certainly find some amazing Tibetan dishes on the way to Kailash. In Tibet, you can explore the unique local cuisine options such as tsampa, thenthuk, Tibetan bread, tingmo, thukpa, and so on.


During the trip, well-facilitated hotels will be arranged for you wherever possible. You will be spending the nights in the finest hotels in most of the destinations. But as you move further to Mansarovar, the accommodations differ in services from the ones in Kathmandu, Kerung, Darchen, or Saga. The available accommodation options near Kailash are guesthouses with basic services but are comfortable enough for your to spend quality nights.

Guides and Staffs

During the trip, you will be accompanied by trusted staff and guides to ensure your safety. You will be under the guidance of expert tour guides, or Sherpas with over a decade of experience as Kailash tour guides. They will help you navigate through the Tibetan territory and support you during the trek. At the same time, you will also be accompanied by staff chefs who will take care of your breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the trip.

Experience the Fascinating Kailash Kora

One of the significant highlights of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is Kailash Kora, also known as the circumambulation of Mount Kailash. This holds immense religious and spiritual importance for the pilgrims. It is believed that Kailash Kora enhances one’s spiritual journey and establishes a profound connection with the divine. Some of the key pointers of the Kailash Kora are:

  • The distance covered in Kailash Kora is approximately 52 km (32 miles) and generally takes 3 days to finish.
  • The Kora begins at Yam Dwar at the base of Mount Kailash, taking the pilgrims in a clockwise direction around the base of the mountain. 
  • The Kailash Kora or parikrama takes you through challenging rocky terrain with steep and rugged trails. 
  • It is a sacred walk to reflect one’s devotion and is considered to pave your path to liberation.
  • Pilgrims engage in various rituals, prayers, and chanting during the Kora.

Dates and Cost Details

As the Tibet travel season is already in bloom, we present you with available dates and cost details for Mount Kailash Yatra. With these details, you can plan your Kailash Mansarovar Yatra accordingly and prepare for a wonderful adventure. 

Day 01May 18Jun 17Jul 16Aug 14Sep 13
Day 02May 19Jun 18Jul 17Aug 15Sep 14
Day 03May 20Jun 19Jul 18Aug 16Sep 15
Day 04May 21Jun 20Jul 19Aug 17Sep 16
Day 05May 22Jun 21Jul 20Aug 18Sep 17
Day 06 (Full Moon)May 23Jun 22Jul 21Aug 19Sep 18
Day 07May 24Jun 23Jul 22Aug 20Sep 19
Day 08May 25Jun 24Jul 23Aug 21Sep 20
Day 09May 26Jun 25Jul 24Aug 22Sep 21
Day 10May 27Jun 26Jul 25Aug 23Sep 22
Day 11May 28Jun 27Jul 26Aug 24Sep 23
Day 12May 29Jun 28Jul 27Aug 25Sep 24
Day 13May 30Jun 29Jul 28Aug 26Sep 25
Day 14May 31Jun 30Jul 29Aug 27Sep 26

If you want more information, make sure to go through Mount Kailash Yatra’s dates and costs for 2024. 

What are the Permit Procedures for Kailash Yatra?

The permit procedures are one of the crucial steps to plan a successful Kailash Yatra. As you are not allowed to enter Tibet without the necessary permits, this is a vital step for the journey. The procedures to obtain the permits are:

  • The permit-obtaining process requires 3 working days, which needs your presence in Nepal.
  • Provide a copy of your passport to your travel operator.
  • The operator will present the passport to the Chinese embassy and submit the application for a Tibet permit.
  • You have to be present at the embassy for biometrics on the first day of the process.
  • Your travel operator will receive your permit and further process for the Chinese visa.
  • The operator will collect the visa on the third day and then you can take off for your journey.

These permits can only be obtained through travel operators and you can’t apply for them directly. As the permit-obtaining steps will be carried out by the operator, make sure to provide them with valid documents. Furthermore, you can also go through the Visa requirement for Kailash Mansarovar for further details.

Essential Guidelines of Kailash Mansarovar Journey

For a smooth travel experience to Kailash, you must be aware of some of the important do’s and don’ts. Therefore, these are some of the travel tips for Kailash Yatra to help you navigate the cultural, spiritual, and environmental aspects of the journey and travel respectfully.

Guest posing in front of a welcome gate in Tibet


  • First, prepare yourself mentally and physically before taking on the journey.
  • Make sure to carry all necessary travel documents such as visas, permits, and identification.
  • Take note of the cultural sensitivity of Tibet, and dress respectfully during your visit to holy sites.
  • Stay hydrated and wear warm clothes to adjust to the high-altitude terrain.
  • Listen to your guide and follow the guidelines of the local authorities for a safe travel experience.


  • Make sure to acclimatize sufficiently to prevent the risks of altitude sickness in the Himalayas.
  • Do not indulge in disrespectful activities in the sacred sites and maintain a respectful attitude.
  • Do not disregard the traditions and customs of the locals or other pilgrims visiting the holy site.
  • Be a responsible tourist and do not contribute to any kind of environmental damage, including reckless waste disposal.
  • Do not disturb the peace of the holy sites by consuming alcohol or other intoxicants and engaging in ill-mannered behavior. 

How Hard is Kailash Kora?

Kailash Kora is a short trek of only 2 to 3 days. This 32-mile-long walk takes you through the highest point of the Kora, the Dolma La Pass. But, unlike any other high-altitude trek, the Kora trail does not require you to traverse through the terrain with rapidly rising elevations. Therefore, it is not as demanding as other treks. However, you must make sure that you are in the right health and proper fitness to avoid any risks. Nonetheless, with our tour success rate of 98%, you need not worry about the difficulty level. We assure you of a successful Kailash Yatra through our assistance.

Is Bathing or Snan Allowed at Mansarovar Lake? 

Pilgrims were previously allowed to take a dip in Mansarovar Lake which is considered a holy pursuit in this sacred journey to Kailash. The dip in Mansarovar signifies the purification of the soul and the seeking of spiritual blessings. However, in the past few years, the Tibetan authority has prohibited visitors to take a bath in the lake. 

Can We Use Horse During Kailash Kora?

The animal available for transport in the Kora trail is mainly the pony and not the horse. Its usage for Kailash Kora is generally recommended only for old-aged or unwell people. Furthermore, it is also used for carrying goods and for rescue purposes. The ponies are available for hire on the trail. It can be a convenient option for those who are unfit for the 3-day trek around Mount Kailash. But, the important thing to be noted is that ponies are not a luxury option and should only be used in case of emergencies. They are often only used while ascending the Kora trail and not during the descent for safety purposes. Also, because of the smaller size of the pony, it has limited carrying capacity.

Choosing the Best Kailash Tour Operator

Now, we have come to the most important aspect of the Kailash tour, which is selecting the right tour operator. Traveling to Kailash requires a lot of proper planning and preparation because of its high-altitude terrain. Also, as it is situated in the Tibetan region, the journey requires additional paperwork for travel permits. Only with the assistance of a well-experienced travel operator, you can experience a smooth and hassle-free journey to the holy mountain. Things to be considered  while choosing the best Kailash tour operator are:

  • Experience and expertise
  • Itinerary and services
  • Safety measures
  • Client reviews and testimonials

Himalayan Glacier has been actively organizing the successful Kailash Mansarovar Yatra for several years now. With years of expertise and experience, we are one of the trusted Kailash tour operators. Hundreds of positive client testimonials are proof of our quality service and trustworthiness. Our strongest points are our reliability, quality service, and a team of experts and professional staff. Garnering 98% of tour success, we are here to assist you in planning a perfect Kailash tour. So, to join our upcoming trips contact our team of experts or you can also contact us via WhatsApp (+1-410-307-0007). Let’s make this epic adventure come true together!

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