The best time or season to visit Kailash Mansarovar are the Spring season (March, April, and May) or the Autumn season (September and October).
Leaving behind the cold and freezing temperatures of the Winter season when it is substantially difficult to complete this yatra, the Spring season is a great time to visit Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. You can enjoy the winter snow that is left and the scenery is much clearer. Spring is a good time for this trek, leaving behind the winter seasons and dodging the rainy season.
Another great time to embark on the Kailash Mansarovar yatra besides Spring is during the Autumn season. The Autumn season offers clear skies for excellent views, and mild warm weather makes this yatra mesmerizing. However, the nighttime is still very cold in this part of the world in Autumn, so you might want to pack some jackets.
If you ask one out of these two seasons as the best time to visit Kailash Mansarovar, the Spring season stands out with more merits.
The summer season is also a fairly good time to embark on the Kailash Mansarovar yatra as the temperature does not go much high and the region receives low rainfall.
April, May and June are spring months in the area. The Spring season is the best time to visit Kailash Mansarovar. The weather and temperature are fantastic for trekking, and the scenery are better. Early April can still be a little colder than upcoming months but not as punishing as the core winter months. The temperature in May and June can rise to 12o C in the daytime while it reaches down to -6o C in the nighttime.
The months of June, July, and August aren't much suitable for this journey as they fall under the Rainy season. Although the region received minimum rainfall, you're schedules can be postponed due to road conditions and traffic. You can walk easily in this season as the temperature is mildly warm and the scenery are also great. We do not recommend this season is the possibility of muddy roads and flight cancellation.
September and October are the autumn months in the Ngari region. The season is the best time to visit Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar after the Spring season. With clear weather and suitable temperatures to walk on, you'll enjoy embarking on the yatra in these months. During the day, the temperature rises to 10o C and falls to about -9 or -10o C in the nighttime.
Winter starts in late October and lasts to March in the Ngari region like in most high-altitude regions. Cold winds and low temperatures make this region hard to walk on. Paths are also often blocked by snow. The temperature falls to -16o C in the winter, while the average high temperature is around 3o C.
Most travel agencies provide packages to Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar from May to October. As the region received heavy snowfall during the winter, the yatra remains closed for tourists in the winter.
Image: Mount Kailash
Mount Kailash is a holy mountain for four religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon, and Jainism. It is in Ngari Prefecture, Tibet and has an altitude of 6638 meters from the sea level. Hinduism devotees believe that Lord Shiva resides here in Mount Kailash. There are many spiritual stories tied to the Mount Kailash. People believe the mountain has never ascended. However, some climbers claim to have done it.
Mount Kailash is considered sacred in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bon. Pilgrims from around the world, mainly from China and South Asia, visit this region for various religious beliefs. In Hinduism and Buddhism, it is the earthly manifestation of Mount Semeru. Mount Semeru is considered to be the spiritual center of the universe. The region around Mount Kailash is also believed to be the realm between the earthly world and heaven world in some Hinduism beliefs and also the throne of Lord Shiva.
In Bon, Mount Kailash is believed to be the site from where Shenrab, the great founder of the Bon religion, came down from heaven. Mount Kailash is said to be the seat of all spiritual powers in Bon mythology. In Jain, Mount Kailash is believed to be the place where Rishabhadeva attained nirvana.
Due to these various reasons, the Kailash yatra is popular throughout the world.
In Tibetan, Mount Kailash is names as Kangrinboqe Peak.
Image: Lake Mansarovar
Lake Manasarovar is a high-altitude freshwater lake located in Ngari Prefecture, Tibet. Like Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar holds high religious values for the four religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jain, and Bon. It is at a height of 4590 meters from the sea level.
One of the most fabulous things about Lake Mansarovar is that you will observe the color of the water near the shores is sky blue, but as you look further into the center, you will see that the color of the water is emerald green.
Bathing in Lake Manasarovar is considered to wash out your sins. However, you are not allowed to dip into the lake water, but you will be allowed to take a bath by drawing water from the lake. Bathing from this water and drinking it is believed to give you strength and clarity.
The trekking circuit around Mount Kailash is about 52 kilometers (32 to 33 miles). Darchen is considered the starting point of the trek, which is the base camp of Mount Kailash. The actual starting point of walking is Sershung, which you'll reach after an hour's drive from Darchen. You'll reach an exquisite height of 5640 meters on this trek. The second day of walking yatra is considered superior, as on this day you'll get to touch the feet of Mount Kailash. The holy journey from Diraphuk to touching the feet of Mount Kailash is called Charan Sparsh. The yatra becomes crowded during the Saga Dawa and Guru Purnima. The vibe and atmosphere around here during these festivals is even more fantastic.
By road, Kailash Mansarovar yatra for a Nepalese costs from NPR 1.5 Lakhs to 2.5 Lakhs.
By road, Kailash Mansarovar yatra for an Indian will cost from INR 1 Lakhs to 2 Lakhs.
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What to Pack for a Kailash Manasarovar Yatra?
Like any other trek, you will mainly need warm clothes during the night and comfortable stretchy wears during the day when you will be walking. Try to pack as light as possible.
Here's a short checklist that you can refer to for your Kailash Mansarovar yatra:
We recommend to update and customize to your needs.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is highly challenging journey. Without proper preparation, you cannot complete this journey. First and foremost, you'll be required to have a Tibetan visa and permits to enter the Kailash Mansarovar region in Ngari Prefecture. If you're travelling by road, four days of consecutive travelling can make you feel exhausted.
The starting point of the trekking yatra is Darchen, which is at an altitude of 4670 metres. Usually such height is the highest point of most treks while this is the starting point in Kailash Mansarovar yatra. The maximum altitude you reach in this journey is 5650 metres at Drolma La. Altitude sickness is a real challenge you have to consider in this journey. Taking acclimatization breaks is highyly recommended. We also recommend you try some easy treks like Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal Base Camp, Lamtang Valley, etc. before you attempt this one.
The weather at Mount Kailash is not piece of cake either. Winds blow all day and night in the region. Nights are cold and the temperature go below freezing point most time of the year.
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Kailash Mansarovar yatra is a strenuous trek to embark on. The trails are not that hard, but the high altitude makes it difficult. You might feel tiredness and mild headache sometimes. We do not recommend this for first-time trekkers. Good preparation with strong will is required to complete this trekking journey.
The journey to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar is heavily disturbed by ice-cold winds and snow in the winter. That makes it difficult for transportation and walking provided you reach the starting point of the trek. Winter season is highly inadvisable for Kailash Mansarovar yatra.
Kailash Mansarovar yatra during the monsoon is possible but can be quite hard due to the rain. The Ngari region receives low rainfall, but opting to trek in a tricky weather is not suggested. We recommend to pick between Spring and Autumn.
There you go: the best time to visit Kailash Mansarovar by Guru Travels.