Mount Kailash Kora Trek is one of the most sacred and popular trekking routes in the world. Every year, thousands of pilgrimages and trekkers from all over the world gather at Mt. Kailash for a kora trek. It is really a unique and unforgettable experience! However, getting ready to trek in a remote area like Mount Kailash can be difficult. The process of booking air/train tickets, obtaining a passport (if you don’t have one or if it has expired), applying for Tibet Permit and visas, packing clothes and trekking gear is almost like taking on a second job. You are strongly suggested to start working on these details at least 3 months in advance. If you have no idea how to prepare for these, this guide will help you make it.
Mount Kailash Trek
Trek to high altitude areas brings particular challenges, both physically and mentally. These partly relate to low oxygen levels and partly to extreme environmental conditions. The low oxygen levels may result in high-altitude sickness and make exercise more tiring. To trek under this bad environmental condition, you need to build a strong foundation of fitness for the mountains before heading off. Here we have compiled some practical tips for you.
Mount Kailash Trek – Physical Condition
it is necessary for you to carry a detailed map of your Mount Kailash trek. You may not need it much for navigation (most popular routes are well marked), but it will still be useful. A good map with detailed trail descriptions can be helpful. It’s nice to know what challenges lie ahead and get excited about upcoming highlights.
Mt Kailash Trek – Map of Mount Kailash
Check the weather conditions before starting trekking is very important, since different weather will give you different sceneries of Mount Kailash. Good weather gives trekkers good, uninterrupted views of the mountains, while bad weather like rainy days gives trekkers bad visibility to see the peaks of mountains. No one wants to trek in bad weather, so it’s important for you to learn about the Mount Kailash weather before heading there.
Equipment and clothing are crucial for a trek since they directly decide whether you can have a great experience. Generally, if you trek in Tibet with a local agency, they will supply all necessary camping equipment. Apart from the equipment they prepare, you also need to prepare for some necessary equipment and clothing . Below is a list of suggested equipment and clothing for a trek.
There are 2 ways for trekkers to get to Mount Kailash: From Kathmandu, Nepal and from Chinese cities.
(1) From Chinese Cities to Kailash
This is one of the most popular ways to go to Mt. Kailash. Approximate 90% of people take this route. People often choose to go to Lhasa from Chinese cities by flights or train and stay there for 2-3 days for better acclimation, then leave Lhasa for Mt. Kailash. This not only because it is good for your body to adjust to the high-altitude, but because this route covers almost all attractions.
(2) From Kathmandu to Kailash
This is the easiest and closest way to go to Kailash. But we do not recommend you to take this route since it doesn’t give your body enough time to adjust to the high altitude. The dramatic increase of altitude from Kathmandu (1350m) to Paryang (4600m) in just 2-3 days may put your life in danger.
Guesthouse under Mount Kailash
There is no restaurant but simple teahouses on the way of trekking. The only places for meals are the guesthouses you stay overnight. The teahouses only provide tea and instant noodles. To ensure you have enough energy for trekking, we suggest you eat sufficient foods. Besides, you can also take some dry nuts, chocolate, and fruits in your small backpack to provide energy.
Accommodation is very important for trekking, cause a good sleep can enhance athletic performance, which is good for trekking. Here in this guide , we compile some of the best hotels in Mount Kailash for you to choose from.
One of the most common questions asked by those keen on trekking on Mount Kailash is when is the best time of year to do the trek. In general, the best season for trekking in Mount Kailash is from May through October. The weather during these months is mild, with sunny days and chilly nights in the mountains.
Autumn (September - October) is often considered the best time for trekking, with sunny days, clear blue skies, cool breezes and chilly night – optimal trekking conditions. At this time, the days are cooler and the willow and birch leaves begin turning yellow. No matter the weather or scenery is perfect for trekking.
Mt. Kailash – Autumn
Spring ( April to May) is the second most popular time of year for trekking. Since the snow is melt and the weather starts to warm. At this time of year, the barren hills don fuzzy green clothing of grass, while in some areas become lush and speckled with wildflowers and blooming shrubs.
Mt. Kailash Kora Trek is one of the most sacred and popular trek routs in Tibet. The routes start from Darchen, which is also the endpoint. The 52 kilometers trekking route can be covered in 3 days (or a little bit more) and offers tourists physical challenge, wildlife view, amount of pilgrimages and mountain scenery. If you have no idea on how to choose the best itineraries, below are two of the most popular and classic trekking itineraries we collect for you to refer to. Hope you have a pleasant journey!
When trekking in Mount Kailash, you will be far from hospitals. That makes it important to take every precaution before heading off. Below you’ll find some safety tips for trekking in Mount Kailash.
Important Notice for Mount Kailash Trek
I want to take the train from Lanzhou to Lhasa on the 12th of Nov. 2019 and need a permit for Tibet. I want to spend 5-6 days in Lhasa. I need to book a train ticket and accommodation I am a U.S. citizen and a solo traveler. My 4th time to China.
Please help!! I have had no success with other tour agencies.
Dear Ms. Pa***，
Thanks very much for your inquiry. From your travel time, here we recommend one 6 days Exploration of Legendary Ancient Cities group tour to you, and we currently have one departure date on 14th of November. Taking train from Lanzhou to Lhasa will cost you about 24 hours, and we are happy to help you book train ticket. Please kindly note that there is no "permit-only" or "accommodation-only" service, foreign tourists are not allowed to travel Tibet alone, you have to book a pre-organized tour including guide, car, and hotel as well. As you are only one person, joining a group tour is the most economical way. We will prepare guide, car, accommodation, Tibet permit for you. Applying for Tibet Permit requires copy of your passport and Chinese visa, and it usually takes about 15-20 days, if you want to join our tour, please send copy of your passport and visa to us quickly. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Best regards.
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