Lhasa to Kailash and Back in 5 Days!

When it comes to mountains of peace and power in the world, Mt. Kailash, which grew from the depths of the ocean some 50 million years ago and today soars to over 22,000 feet, is surely one of the most renowned. A holy mountain venerated by millions, Kailash or Gang Rinpoche (Precious Snow Mountain) in Far Western Tibet is remote. Overland journeys from Nepal or Lhasa require weeks. 

Today, it's possible to go to Kailash by flying from Lhasa to Ali, a nearby mid-size city. However, before leaving on this trip, you should already be acclimatized to the altitude with a few days in Lhasa.

Landing in Ali, you will be met by your driver and guide and then check-in to a nice hotel. The next morning, there will be a short drive to Darchen (4 hours), a small village offering panoramic views of Mount Nemo Nanyi and simply lodgings. That afternoon, you will visit the sacred Lake Manasarovar. 

The next day, there will be a 5 km drive to Sershong (aka Tarboche), the beginning of the traditional Mt. Kailash walking circuit for pilgrims. You will visit Darwo Che (the navel of the world) and enjoy spectacular views of the north face of . Kailash. If you are not doing the three day walking circuit, you will return to Darchen for the night.

On the fourth day, you will have the option of driving to the  ancient ruins of the Guge Kingdom and spending the might at Tholing Monastery.  

On the last day, you will return to Ali and fly back to Lhasa.