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How to get to Kailash in Lhasa

Tibet's Ngari area is located at the peak of the roof of the world, with an average altitude of more than 4,500 meters, which is the largest on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, so it is also known as the roof of the roof of the world. It was at this high altitude that the sacred mountain Kailash and the holy lake of Manasarovar Lake were created. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Bonism have different beliefs and different deities, but they all regard Kailash as a sacred mountain, which gives Kailash the divine sanctity of multiple religions. Even ordinary tourists are attracted by this mysterious power and want to get closer to Kailash to see what her charms really are.

Where are Kailash and Manasarovar Lake in the wrong place?

Mount Kailash is located in Pulan County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibet, at an altitude of 6,638 meters, about 1,300 kilometers from the city of Lhasa and about 250 kilometers from the Shiquan River, the capital of Ngari. Kailash is located on the north side of National Route 219, and the starting point of Kailash Turn, Tachin is only 3 km from National Highway 219. Therefore, it is more convenient to see Kailash Peak, and the car can reach it directly.

The holy lake of Manasarovar Lake is located south of Kailash and separated by National Highway 219. Located south of National Highway 219, the closest distance between the national highway and the lake is only about 3 kilometers, it is a must-pass place for tourists to travel to Ngari.

On the west side of Manasarovar Lake is the famous ghost lake - Laonco, the two lakes are closer together and the scenery is similar, Manasarovar Lake is a freshwater lake, and Laonco is a saltwater lake. On the south side of Lake Manasarovar Lake is the highest peak of the Himalayas in Ngari, Namunani Peak, 7694 meters above sea level, opposite the sacred mountain Kailash across the mountain of Manasarovar Lake. It is called "Goddess Peak" by Tibetans, and you can see Namunani Peak from a walk on the 219 aisle.

How far are Kailash and Manasarovar Lake from Lhasa?

Every year, thousands of tourists from all over the world flock to Lhasa, Tibet, to begin their pilgrimage to the snowy holy land. Some of them came for Mount Everest, some for the mysterious Tibetan Buddhism, and some for the sacred mountain and holy lake. They will choose to arrive in Lhasa first, acclimatize to Lhasa at an altitude of 3,600 meters, and then travel to higher altitudes.

Kailash and Manasarovar Lake are located on either side of National Highway 219, about 1,300 kilometers from downtown Lhasa. There is a road connection between the two places, although the distance is long, but the transportation is relatively convenient, whether it is the elderly or children, can easily reach it.

What are the transportation options from Lhasa to Kailash and how many days does it take? Lhasa is separated from the sacred mountain and holy lake by 1,300 kilometers, which is a long distance, but Tibet is now more easily accessible and can be reached in many ways.

The first, train + road

Take the Tangzhu Ancient Road train of the Rari Railway from Lhasa to Shigatse, it takes 2.5 hours.After arriving in Shigatse, and then from Shigatse to Kailash by chartered bus of National Highway 318 + National Highway 219, the whole land route is about 1000 kilometers.

This is a little faster than the full road, but you will miss many of Tibet's classic tourist destinations, such as Yangdroyongcuo and Karora Glacier. In order for you to have no regrets during your trip to Tibet, we recommend at least one-way all-overland travel, and on the way back, you can choose to take the train from Shigatse back to Lhasa to save time.

The second, airplane + highway

The flight from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to Ngari Kunsha Airport takes 2.5 hours. Then charter a car from Ngari Airport along National Highway 219 to Kailash for about 200 kilometers.

Flying is the fastest way to get to Kailash by plane, but rising from Lhasa at 3,600 meters above sea level to Ngari Airport at 4,270 meters above sea level within two hours makes the average tourist prone to altitude sickness, so we generally don't plan our trips that way. If you travel to high altitudes such as Ngari multiple times, you can choose this option.

The third is the whole road

From Lhasa, the chartered bus travels the whole way along the New Tibet Highway to Kailash and covers a total of about 1,300 kilometers by land.

Chartered to Tibet Ngari is the best solution provided by travel agencies for tourists visiting Tibet, don't feel that this driving will be more delayed, in Tibet with an average altitude of 4,000 meters, you will only want all the movements to be slower, a little slower. In this way, altitude sickness is not easy to find you, so that you can have a more pleasant mood to enjoy the beauty of Tibet and feel the magnificence of the sacred mountain and holy lake.

Elevation change of the Lhasa-Shigatse-Ngari highway

As can be seen from the figure, from Lhasa to Shigatse, the altitude is relatively undulating, with high and low. However, after Shigatse, the altitude rises, but the altitude fluctuations are small, and the road is maintained at an altitude of about 4500 meters.

Lhasa Highway to Kailash and Manasarovar Lake Wrong Travel, how to arrange the itinerary? Lhasa is 1,300 kilometers away from the sacred mountain and holy lake, and if it is a direct trip, it can be reached in two days. But in order for your Tibet travel experience to be better, we will generally make better routes for your trip. Our Tibet Mini Tour Tours generally include popular tours from all over Tibet, including the 15-day Mini Tour from Lhasa to Ngari that includes a visit to the sacred lake of the sacred mountain. The itinerary of this route is reasonable, which effectively considers the adaptation of tourists to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

DAY1-3: Lhasa city sightseeing tour, rest adjustment.

At an altitude of 3,600 meters, Lhasa is lower than other scenic spots in Tibet, so a few more days for tourists visiting Tibet is conducive to alleviating altitude sickness and adapting to the plateau climate.

DAY4-6: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Saga

The total length of the Lhasa to Everest Base Camp is about 700 kilometers, and the three-day itinerary is relatively relaxed, and more scenery will be enjoyed along the way, such as Yangzhuoyun (4440 meters above sea level), Karora Glacier (viewing point 5400 meters above sea level), etc., and slowly entering the base camp can also effectively reduce the possibility of altitude sickness.

DAY7-8: Everest Base Camp - Tachin Town (Kailash Hiking Starting Town)

After coming out of the Everest Base Camp, pass through Dingri County, Jilong County, Saga County, Chomba County, etc. to reach the town of Tachin to see Kailash for about 800 kilometers. Two days can slow down the trip and give visitors more time to see the vastness and magnificence of the snowy plateau as they travel.

DAY9-11: Kailash trekking to the mountain

Ordinary tourists' mountain transfer trip is generally two days, we deeply consider the different physical fitness of tourists and different reactions to the plateau, specially arrange the mountain transfer tour for three days, and combined with environmental vehicles, horseback riding and other different ways to hike around the mountain, so that tourists can move forward slowly, enjoy the scenery of the journey, have more time to rest, take photos, feel the sacredness of Kailash .

DAY12: Tachin-Manasarovar Lake

When you come to Ngari, in addition to feeling the holiness of the sacred mountain and holy lake, how can you not go to the ruins of the Guge Dynasty to have a look? Our itinerary takes into account the curiosity and love of tourists about the mysterious Ngari region, and the ruins of the Guge dynasty will take you to experience the history and glory of Ngari in Tibet. The crystal clear waters of the lake will beast your eyes and complete your trip to Tibet.

DAY13-14: Manasarovar Lake returns to Lhasa by mistake

After visiting all the sights, we will return to Lhasa in two days, a distance of 1,000 kilometers, and after more than ten days of traveling in Tibet, we have adapted to the plateau, so we can speed up the drive and return to the holy city of Lhasa. Choose our sacred mountain and holy lake tour, your trip to Tibet will be even more colorful, because we have the bilingual service of local Tibetan guides in Tibet, who have rich knowledge of Tibetan history and culture, professional knowledge of altitude sickness medicine, and warm and caring service. Tibetan drivers who are very familiar with the road conditions in Tibet will also make your journey smooth and worry-free.

If you are only going to transfer the mountain, it will take at least 6 days to return from Lhasa.


Departing from Lhasa, to Ngari Sacred Mountain, Kailash and the holy lake of Manasarovar Lake, the tour is the best tourist route in Tibet. Lhasa is more than 1,300 kilometers from Kailash and you can choose between plane, land and train, as well as the entire road to reach it. No matter which way you choose to visit, you will enjoy the most magnificent trip to the sacred lake of the sacred mountain. If you have more questions about Ngari tourism or Tibet tourism, please leave us a message below or feel free to contact us, we will answer you as soon as possible.