Mount Kailash and Guge Kingdom

A pilgrimage to this very famous and important mountain in Tibet followed by a visit to a remote and fascinating kingdom in the far west of Tibet which is called the Guge Kingdom.  

The Tibetan Plateau has a fairly distinct annual weather pattern with its weather affected greatly by the Himalaya immediately to the south and of course its high altitude. The ideal time of year to visit Kailash and the Guge Kingdom is usually late September and October. The chance of rain/snowfall at this time is normally still very low and the temperatures have not yet started to drop too much as they do from November til around March-April.


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Mount Kailash and Guge Kingdom itinerary

We take vehicles from Kathmandu across the border into Tibet/China across the Friendship bridge and climb onto the Tibetan plateau, acclimatising along the way in small villages which line the highway that runs all the way across the country to Lhasa. After a stop at the lakes for a rest and further acclimatisation the journey continues on foot round Mount Kailash, staying in small lodges or tents if you wish. After three days of the circuit the jeeps continue further west to a very remote part of Tibet where the remains of the ancient Guge Kingdom can be found and explored. The journey back is the same as the route out. This trip involves a lot of travelling by road in jeeps which are well equipped to deal with the conditions. The highway across the roof of Tibet is one of the great journeys of the world to undertake, and there is no doubt you will return to civilisation feeling that for a few days you left the modern day world behind completely. 

Day   Summary
1 Arrive Kathmandu
2 Rest, Preparations & Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1400m)
3 Drive Kathmandu - Tatopani - Nyalam (Tibet)
4 Rest & Acclimitisation in Nyalam (3500m)
5 Drive Nyalam - Saga (4450m)
6 Drive Saga - Manosarovar (4560m)
7 Visit Manosarovar Lake & Chiu Gompa (4570m)
8 Drive Manosarovar - Tarchen (4675m)
9 Kailash Trek Day 1. Tarchen - Dirapuk (5210m)
10 Kailash Trek Day 2. Dirapuk - Dolma Pass (5630m) - Zutulpuk (4810m)
11 Kailash Trek Day 3. Zutulpuk - Tarchen (4675m)
12 Drive Tarchen - Zanda (3660m)
13 Visit ruins of Guge Kingdom's capital at Zanda/Tholing
14 Day trek to explore the ruins and vicinity of Zanda/Tholing
15 Drive Zanda - Manasarovar
16 Drive Manasarovar - Saga
17 Drive Saga - Zhangmu
18 Drive Zhangmu - Kathmandu
19 Depart Kathmandu (or further independent travel)

Guge Kingdom & Mt Kailash cost £1,895.00

All inclusive land only cost which covers the vehicles and staffing, all meals and accommodation, permits to enter China and liaison officer as required, permits to go round Mount Kailash and visit the Guge Kingdom, plus all the equipment needed for this journey and adventure. 

Not included are personal drinks and purchases, travel insurance, your flight to Kathmandu, Nepalese visa and hotel in Kathmandu. We can recommend quite a few, but we also have our own guesthouse available. 

Our local provider is Adventure Alternative Nepal which is run by Pasang Tendi Sherpa. The local company has received investment and staff training from AAUK since 2007. 


A deposit of £250 is required on booking to secure your place and we ask that the remaining balance (trip price minus the deposit) is paid in full 4 weeks prior to your departure. When you book with us you're given your own secure online account which you can access 24/7. Through this account you can edit your booking, add flight, health, insurance and dietary details and also make interim payments. We make payments as flexible as possible and you can choose, if you wish, to pay a bit off your trip fee whenever it suits you.

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