My Mount Kailash Travel 3 Days Trek

My Mount Kailash Travel 3 Days Trek

During my Tibet travel local journey, a 3-day trek in Mount Kailash, 52 kilometers, I made it a point to capture every moment of the journey so I could share it with all the Travelers.

I recorded the entire adventure into a one-hour video utilizing two phones' cameras with a extra charger, making sure I captured all the highlights. This video chronicles the breathtaking scenery, the challenging terrain, and the camaraderie among my fellow trekkers, starting from nearly 4 am in the darkness to the end of the journey to the beautiful light.

If you're interested in experiencing the 52 km Mount Kailash trek vicariously through my eyes, I invite you to check out the video at the end of the article. It's an immersive and unforgettable journey that I'm excited to share with you. So sit back, relax, and prepare to be transported to the heart of the wilderness.



1. The Journey to Mount Kailash Begins.

I wanted to share with you my experience of visiting Mount Kailash a few times. The first time was back in 2005 when I was a tour guide; I traveled to Mount Kailash 8 times during that year and did 5 times Kora trekking around Mount Kailash.

This is the story of my September 23rd, 2019, Tibet travel journey to Mount Kailash; I had the fantastic opportunity to go back and receive its blessings once more. This time, I started my journey from Lhasa. It was indeed a magical experience!


2. Sep 23rd: Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhatse - Namring - Saga

On September 23rd, my companions and I embarked on our journey from Lhasa in the morning. We opted to move quickly this time around, covering the distance from Lhasa to Saga in a single day. Due to the daily altitude changes ranging from 3700 meters to almost 4400 meters, travelers usually take their time with the journey. However, we drove at a faster pace.


By traveling on the northern Friendship highway, we covered a distance of 280km from Lhasa to Shigatse, passing through several towns such as Choshul, Nyemo, and Rinpung. After that, we journeyed to Lhatse town, which was a distance of 150km from Shigatse, for lunch. On the way to Saga town, we came across Namring town, which had two breathtaking lakes.

Photo: Beautiful snow on the way from Namring to Saga town.


Upon our arrival, it was already late at Saga town, which serves as the initial checkpoint town near Mount Kailash. Numerous quality hotels and restaurants can be found in Saga town.


3. Sep 24th: Saga - Drongpa - Paryang - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen.

Our journey took us from Saga town to Darchen, passing through Drongpa and Paryang town. After covering a distance of approximately 270km, we reached the vicinity of Lake Manasarovar. We performed the vehicle kora around the lake while marveling at the breathtaking sight of Mount Kailash in the background.

Photo: View of Mount Kailash from Lake Manasarovar.


In the late afternoon, we reached the town of Darchen. The town has a variety of excellent hotels, including the Himalaya Hotel, a 3-star hotel that features a nearby spa. Our overnight stay was at this hotel.


4. Sep 25th: Darchen - Dirapuk Monastery (Day One Kora Trek) (21km)

At approximately 6:30 in the morning, we embarked on our trek while it was still dark enough to observe the stars. Upon arriving at the Tarchen Saga Dawa festival prayer flag location, the sun had risen. We were fortunate to experience optimal weather conditions during our Mount Kailash journey.


During my journey, I encountered a lone female traveler from Xi'an who appeared exhausted and was on the verge of abandoning the trek. I engaged in conversation with her and offered my assistance in completing the kora. We proceeded together, with me carrying her bag and guiding her with my right hand at a leisurely pace.

Photo: I encountered a solo female traveler from the Mainland planning to go back, but we motivated each other and finished the trek together.


Upon completing a 21km journey, we arrived at the Dirapuk monastery, where we were provided with small tent accommodations. During the summer months, there were two decent hotels with electricity and indoor bathrooms available. I ascended a nearby mountain to witness the sunset over Mount Kailash.


5. Sep 26th: Dirapuk - Drolmala - Zutrulpuk Monastery (Day Two Kora Trek) (18km)

Day two was one of the most challenging treks, climbing up to the summit of Drolmala Pass (5600m). We enjoyed the terrific sunrise view of Mount Kailash (The Golden Kailash) near the Digpala Pass (5000m).

Photo: Me Enjoying stunning Golden Mount Kailash.


In the afternoon, we made it to the top of Drolmala Pass, which has an altitude of 5600 meters - the highest point on our trip. Once we descended Drolmala Pass, we were greeted with the sight of Drolma Tso Lake, which had a lovely green hue.


On our journey, we witnessed numerous Tibetan followers performing prostrations, even on the unforgiving, slanted rocks that typify the beauty of Buddhism. While observing one of the pilgrims' prayers, I heard him say, "May all beings experience happiness." It was indeed a beautiful sentiment. He also made aspirations for the enlightenment of all Sentient Beings.

Photo: Tibetan Pilgrims doing kora prostration around Mount Kailash.


Following the Drolma la Pass, the hiking trail becomes more manageable as it leads down towards the Zutrulpuk monastery. The snow that fell from the sky was considered a blessing of flowers. At the Zutrulpuk monastery, there is a comfortable meditation cave that belonged to the renowned Tibetan Yogi Milarepa. During our stay, we opted to stay at the monastery guest house, although two other cozy accommodations were currently under construction.


6. Sep 27th: Zutrulpuk Monastery - Darchen Town (Day three of kora trek) (14km)

On the final day of the excursion, we walked 14km to reach Darchen town. Along the way, we encountered various sacred locations that were significant to past spiritual leaders. These included imprints of hands and feet on stones, which served as reminders of their presence. If you're interested in seeing more, I have a one-hour video that documents the entire journey.



We made it to Darchen town in the afternoon, and we were so excited to celebrate our holy journey together. We hugged each other and couldn't stop rejoicing!


7. Conclusion

Travelers consider Mount Kailash as the epicenter of the world. A journey to Mount Kailash is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Upon completing a three-day, 52km trek, I feel physically lighter and spiritually blessed. I have rid myself of some bad karma.


As I reminisce about pleasant moments, a tune plays in my mind - The divine mother is summoning me, and I must answer her call.


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We appreciate you for reading until the end of this article. If you enjoyed it, we highly recommend that you take a look at Tibet Travelers' breathtaking article on Mount Kailash. Though it's quite lengthy at 2600 words, we assure you that it's worth your time and attention.


If you have any suggestions on how to improve this article, please leave a comment. Wishing you all the happiness that Mount Kailash can bring! And if you're planning a trip to Tibet, feel free to shoot me an email at info@tibettravelers.com.


Written By :Tenzin

Mar 21, 2023


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