Travel Budget for Mount Kailash

Tibet, China

How much does it cost to travel to Mount Kailash?

How much money will you need for your trip to Mount Kailash? You should plan to spend around ¥411 ($58) per day on your vacation in Mount Kailash, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ¥142 ($20) on meals for one day and ¥181 ($25) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Mount Kailash for a couple is ¥313 ($44). So, a trip to Mount Kailash for two people for one week costs on average ¥5,754 ($810). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    ¥411
  • One Week Per person
    ¥2,877
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    ¥5,754
  • One Month Per person
    ¥12,330
  • One Week For a couple
    ¥5,754
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    ¥11,508
  • One Month For a couple
    ¥24,661
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A vacation to Mount Kailash for one week usually costs around ¥2,877 for one person. So, a trip to Mount Kailash for two people costs around ¥5,754 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ¥11,508 in Mount Kailash. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Mount Kailash can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.



How expensive is Mount Kailash?

How much does a trip to Mount Kailash cost? Is Mount Kailash expensive? The average Mount Kailash trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Mount Kailash prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Mount Kailash can vary, the average cost of food in Mount Kailash is ¥142 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Mount Kailash should cost around ¥57 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Mount Kailash is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Mount Kailash is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ¥181 per person, per day, on local transportation in Mount Kailash.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    ¥157
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    ¥313
  • Food2 Meals for one day
    ¥142
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    ¥181
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    ¥90
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    ¥16
Flights to Mount Kailash

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Typical tour prices for Mount Kailash

How much do tours to Mount Kailash cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    12 days
    $ 1315
    ($110/day)
  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    14 days
    $ 1150
    ($82/day)
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    14 days
    $ 1200
    ($86/day)
  • Trafalgar Award-winning tours
    10 days
    $ 2400
    ($240/day)
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The main point of entry to Mount Kailash is a small village called Darchen. Once an important sheep station for nomads and their flocks, the village has now grown to provide for the pilgrims wishing to embark towards Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. It contains a number of guest houses and restaurants as well as a hotel where pilgrims must get permission from the Public Security Bureau to make the trek around the mountain. Also in the village are a handful of small stores and kiosks, as well as some grounds for camping. It is about 330 km (a one-day bus drive) from the town of Shiquanhe to the northeast, where Gunsa Airport is located, offering flights twice a week to Lhasa and Chengdu.

Activities
Those who come to Mount Kailash come to embark on a pilgrimage. There are two circuits in the area—one being the Mount Kailash Kora, the other the Lake Manasarovar Kora. The first involves making circuits around Mount Kailash, generally taking about three days to do so for the regular visitor. Each religion, however, has its own methods. Buddhists and Hindus, for example, travel clockwise around the mountain, while Bonpos travel counter-clockwise. Some make the 52-kilometer journey in a day, while others remain seeking enlightenment from the mountain for weeks.

The second pilgrimage circuits around Lake Manasarovar. With a distance just over 100 kilometers, this pilgrimage path takes about 4 to 5 days to complete. A good starting point for this trek is at Chiu Gompa, located 30 kilometers south of Darchen.
Food and Dining
Traditional Tibetan cuisine is largely limited to barley, meat (usually mutton or yak), and dairy products. Very few spices and vegetables are used in the cooking, though most dishes are served with a very hot chili sauce on the side. Along the trekking route of Mount Kailash, there are a few local restaurants and guest houses to accommodate visitors, so tourists do not have to prepare their own food and tents. Choices, however, are limited and it may be wise to bring a supply of your own as back up. Traditionally, pilgrims only eat vegetarian food in the region due to its proximity to the sacred Lake Manasarovar and Mount Kailash. Some traditional fare of the region might include:

Momos: dumplings filled with meat or vegetables, steamed or fried

Tingmo: bland, nearly tasteless steamed bread

Thukpa: a hearty noodle soup with vegetables or meat

Thenthuk: thukpa with handmade noodles

Yak butter tea: salty tea churned with butter, a Tibetan staple and usually an acquired taste for most Westerners

Chang: a Tibetan beer made of barley, light in flavor

Transportation
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As mentioned earlier, the village of Darchen is the entry point for Mount Kailash. There are only four routes available to reach it by land. From the Indian border there is a route that follows Delhi-Haldwani-Dharchula-Lipu Lekh-Purang, from Shigatse it can take 4 to 6 days via hired jeep depending on the route, there is a route from Kashgar through Ngari, and one from Simikot/Hilsa in Nepal through Purang.

If you fly into Gunsa Airport, serving the town of Shiquanhe in Ngari Prefecture, you are only a one-day bus ride away from reaching Darchen at the base of the Mount Kailash passage.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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