Kailash Mansarovar Yatra means mainly doing a parikrama of Mount Kailash and taking a holy baptism in Mansarovar Lake. It is said that these can alleviate any sins of the pilgrims and bring them salvation.
People who are between 18 and 70 years old and in good health are eligible to take the Kailash Manasarovar trip. The yatra can be done on foot, by bus, or by helicopter. To undertake the yatra, please book either through the Ministry of External Affairs or through a Tibet/Nepal tour operator.
How to Take a Kailash Mansarovar Yatra?
To reach Kailash Mansarovar, Indian pilgrims can take a road trip from Dehli. Because the Ministry of External Affairs organizes the yatra from June to September each year through two different routes — Lipulekh Pass (Uttarakhand) and Nathu La Pass (Sikkim).
The yatra is in batches with a certain number of pilgrims each year.
Alternatively, you can go to Kathmandu to join the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage trip starting here.
So if you have a US passport or other passport, you can fly to Lhasa to start your Kailash parvat trek. For instance:
Via Lipulekh Pass
The route through Lipulekh Pass involves some trekking.
The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra cost is about Rs 1.6 lakh per person/USD2133. This is the lowest cost.
And the duration of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is 24 days, including 3 days of preparation in Delhi.
After completion, it cuts travel time from 5 days by a trek to just two days by vehicle.
Via Nathu La Pass
The route connects Sikkim India with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region).
And the cost is about Rs.2 lakh per person/USD2667. The duration would be 21 days including 3 days in Delhi for preparatory work.
Because it passes through scenic spots such as Hangu Lake and the vast landscape of the Tibetan Plateau.
Because the helicopter package is easier and faster, which takes 12 days and costs RS 210,000/USD2800 per person.
You will be flying from Kathmandu to Simikot via Nepalgunj. And then take a helicopter ride from Simikot to Hilsa.
In addition, the view over the Himalayan mountains is breathtaking and wonderful. So after entering Tibet we will drive you to Kailash and Mansarovar.
This route will take 12 ~15 days. And the Kailash Mansarovar tour cost via Great Tibet Tour ranges from Rs 140,219/1930USD per person.
Along the way, you can visit the Potala Palace, Yamdroktso Lake, Everest Base Camp, and view the sand dunes, beautiful grassland, local’s villages, etc.
What’s more, this Kailash Mansarovar yatra will be an unforgettable experience for you. Because you will not only enjoy the beautiful scenery of the snow-capped mountains but also the vast plains.
And after having your Mt.Kailash parikrama and dipping in Lake Mansarovar, you will return with fresh energy and a refreshing perspective on life.
What Is The Ideal Time For Mount Kailash Yatra?
The ideal time for a Kailash Mansarovar Yatra would be from April to June or from September to October. April-June is the spring period, so you will be able to witness clear blue skies, lush greenery and stunningly beautiful views. The weather will be pleasant on most days, and there are also high chances of rain.
September to October is the autumn, during which the oxygen content is higher than the rest of the year and the temperature is suitable. Therefore, the possibility of altitude sickness is less than usual, especially at such a high altitude place, on the kora trail from 4,700 meters to more than 5,700 meters above sea level.
On an average day, the temperature reaches as high as 14°C and as low as -12°C. During the summer period, it varies around 16°C-21°C. During the winter period, it varies from around 0°C to -4°C. The average difference between the day and night temperature is around 14°C. The nights are much colder than the day.
In recent years, Yatris go Kailash parvat from June to September cos they can only get their pilgrimage permits for this period. Although summer is the monsoon season, it usually rains at night so the weather will not affect the yatra too much.
How to Take Kailash Parvat Trek?
For pilgrims, Mount Kailash yatra can be divided into external kora and internal kora. The inner kora trek is shorter but more dangerous and difficult to accomplish it. And the local people believe that people are not qualified to take an inner kora until they accomplish 13 circles of the outer kora. Therefore, there are few people to take the inner kora, and it is not recommended to do so.
The outer kora is 52 kilometers long, and the total ascend is 1000m+. Kailash parvat trek belongs to high-altitude trekking and is physically demanding, usually taking 3 days.
Day 1: You can take an eco-bus from Darchen to Prayer Flag Square for 5 kilometers, and then you will trek for 20 kilometers. It is mostly uphill, taking about 6 hours to reach Dirapuk Monastery at a constant speed.
Day 2: This is the most challenging part of the trek as you will challenge the Dolma La Pass (5630m). During this time you need to be very careful about the drastic ascent and descent of almost 600 meters. You will trek 22 km to Dzultripuk Monastery, which takes around 11 to 14 hours.
Day 3: There are only 12 kilometers of gentle roads left, which is relatively easy. And you can take the bus for the last 3 kilometers.