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Kailash hikes altitude change as well as high response pairs, Lhasa to Kailash altitude

Kailash tourism altitude changes and how to deal with high reaction Trek Mount Kailash is a way for Tibetans to show their devotion to the sacred mountain by walking or kowtowing all the way around the sacred mountain. Located in Pulan County, Ali Prefecture, Tibet, not far from the border between China and Nepal, Kailash is the main peak of the Gundes Mountains (and the second highest peak of the range) at 6,656 meters above sea level. Tibetans believe that it is extremely special to be able to go to Kailash and turn the mountain, and it is said that turning the mountain can wash away the sins of a lifetime.

Kailash Trek Travellers

Hiking in Kailash can be a challenging outdoor exercise for the average tourist, while more visitors believe that turning the mountain at Kailash brings good luck and happiness. The Kailash hiking trail averages around 4,500 meters above sea level, so hiking around the mountain here is no small challenge. But as long as you adapt to the altitude and climate of Tibet, it is not difficult to hike the mountain.

The elevation changes along the journey from Lhasa to Kailash Rinpoche

Map of elevation change from Lhasa to Kailash

Before trekking Kailash to the mountain, you'll head to the town of Tachin at the foot of Mount Kinabalu, where this pilgrimage begins and ends. Typically, the journey starts in Lhasa and covers a distance of 1,210 kilometers, gradually increasing in altitude along the way to better adapt you to the plateau environment.

Our 15-day sacred lake itinerary is based on years of experience in leading groups and the feedback of tens of thousands of tourists, taking into account the rest time, photo time, viewing time and adaptation time of the highland climate and altitude during the trip.

We usually travel along the Lhasa-Shigatse-Everest Base Camp-Shenshan Holy Lake-Lhasa, first reaching the Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5,200 meters, and then going to the Ali area to continue our trip to Tibet. If you don't have an obvious discomfort reaction at Everest Base Camp, then Ali's sacred mountain holy lake is waiting for you to conquer.

Kailash hikes the mountain to change elevation

The highest point of trekking mountain: Dolmala Pass, 5660 meters above sea level
The lowest point of trekking mountain: Tachin town, 4675 meters above sea level
Average altitude of hiking mountain: about 4800 meters

Kailash Trek Altitude

Kailash is the main peak of the Gundes Mountain Range at an altitude of 6,638 meters. The average altitude along Kailash Mountain is about 5,000 meters, and the highest point, Dolmala Pass, is 5,660 meters above sea level. It usually takes three days for visitors to complete this 56-kilometer turnaround route in a clockwise direction. Generally, the route starts in the town of Tachin (4675 meters above sea level) and passes through the Two-legged Stupa, Qugu Temple, Ji Ji Ji Temple, Dolmala Pass, Zuchu Temple, Dzongdui and finally back to Tachin. During the turnaround, you'll spend the night at Jirei Temple and Zuchu Temple, respectively.

Kailash Hiking Trail

Kailash hiking route map

Day 1: Tachin (4675m) - Warpa Square (4740m) - Qugu Temple (4860m) - Jijiji Temple (5057m) (20km, about 7-9 hours)

Depart from Tachin and head deep into the valley to prepare for a hike to the mountains. Once you're ready, you'll head up the valley. Along the way, the blue sky and snow-capped mountains will bear witness to your devotion. Occasionally a river meanders through it, and you can experience the magic of nature in the most authentic way. You'll also see the west and north sides of Mount Kailash towering over one side and layered on the other.

After about 13 kilometers of mountain turning, you will arrive at the first day of accommodation, the Jireji Temple. Among the colorful prayer flags, rest and sleep with a devotion to faith and reverence for nature.

Day 2: Jirei Temple (5057m) - Dolmala Pass (5648m) - Tojicuo (5568m) - Zuchu Temple (4790m) (18km, about 7-8 hours)

Today is the second day of Kailash trekking, and you will cross the Dolmala Pass (5,648 meters), the highest elevation of this turn, and along the way you will meet many devout Tibetans who bow their heads and bow their heads. In the breeze, the Dolmara Pass is full of prayer flags, and below the valley there is a beautiful little sea called Toji Bug. It is a lake of mercy, like a transparent piece of white jade, embedded in the majestic mountains.

Kailash hikes the highest point at the highest altitude, the Dolmala Pass

After crossing the Dolmala Pass, the descent begins, and the physical exertion will be much less. The snow-covered road is a little slippery, the gravel rolling down the valley is rumbling, and the road to the sacred is a little difficult, but you can go to the teahouse in time to rest and adjust your strength.

Day 3: Zuchu Temple (4790m) – Tachin (4675m) (14km, about 3-4 hours)

From the end of the mountain transfer from Zuchu Temple (4790 meters), it takes only 3-4 hours to hike. As the altitude decreases, the color of the surroundings gradually changes from snow white to emerald green, and small animals such as marmots among the bushes also become active, and the breath of life becomes stronger. In addition to small animals, there are also piles of mani stones, stacked colorfully between the snowy mountains and meadows, like monks praying intently.

How to go to Kailash to prevent altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is not a disease, it is just a natural overreaction of people who live at low altitudes for a long time to high altitudes. Some people have a short transition period and may adapt in one day, while others have a long transition period and may take three or five days or even a week to adapt. According to our previous experience in leading groups, most tourists can adapt to the highland climate of Tibet in three or five days and can swim in Tibetan soil.

Generally, tourists who go to high-altitude areas for the first time do not know how their ability to adapt, nor do they know how long their transition period is, they will follow many travel strategy tips, and follow the doctor's advice to take anti-altitude sickness drugs such as plateau An, Rhodiola, etc. before entering Tibet, but we want to remind you that traveling to the sacred lake area of Ali Shenshan is not just as simple as taking medicine. In addition to taking your medication as prescribed, we also give you the following advice:

1) Maintain a healthy physical condition

Good health is a necessary guarantee for entering Tibet. Some disease carriers are not recommended to enter Tibet, such as friends who are suffering from cold symptoms are not recommended to go to the high-altitude Everest Base Camp and the sacred lake area, staying in Lhasa to treat colds and adjust rest is the best choice. Tourists with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases are not recommended to enter high-altitude areas, and tourists with high blood pressure and lung diseases are not recommended to go to the sacred lake area. Visitors without these diseases are welcome to travel to Tibet, Kailash is a sacred land, and she does not refuse any visitors who come to worship her.

2) Maintain a stable and good mental state

Many symptoms of altitude sickness are psychological or caused by psychological effects. Some tourists obviously do not have high anti-symptoms, as soon as they hear that the area they arrived at an altitude of more than 4,000 meters, they immediately feel dizzy and short of breath, which may actually be a psychological effect. Before the trip, you can find a professional guide to understand the highland environment, relax and do not be afraid and fearful. Also do not get overexcited and excited because you are about to enter the Ali area and see Kailash the sacred mountain, a steady mind helps to adjust your breathing. Don't panic when you have symptoms of high reaction, just deal with the normal situation, our experienced guides and drivers will definitely be able to make it easy for you.

3) Choose an experienced and professional travel group

Altitude sickness does not have a specific population, and our physique changes every year, so there may be no altitude sickness in the base camp of Mount Everest, but there is a high reaction to Kailash Zhuanshan Mountain, and first-time tourists should pay special attention. Our experienced and professional Tibetan tour guides and drivers can easily cope with the high reaction situation that may occur during the trip, when you have symptoms of physical discomfort, please report your situation to the tour guide and driver in time, they will let you get proper treatment as soon as possible. There are two sections of driving on the way to Kailash Mountain, so be sure to inform your guide if you are weak or unwell, so you can arrange for the evacuation in time.


Kailash hikes to an average altitude of about 4,800 meters. To avoid high reaction, tourists can travel from Lhasa (3650 meters) through Shigatse to the sacred mountain sacred lake area of Ali, Tibet. Our 15-day sacred mountain holy lake tour is based on many years of experience in leading groups and the feedback of tens of thousands of tourists, fully considering the rest time, photo time, viewing time and adaptation time of tourists during the trip, so as to make your trip easier.