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Mount Kailash, Tibet, China

How much does it cost to travel to Mount Kailash?

You should plan to spend around $70 (¥514) per day on your vacation in Mount Kailash. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $24 (¥177) on meals
  • $31 (¥226) on local transportation
  • $54 (¥391) on hotels

A one week trip to Mount Kailash for two people costs, on average, $986 (¥7,193). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

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
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Mount Kailash cost?

A one week trip to Mount Kailash usually costs around $493 (¥3,596) for one person and $986 (¥7,193) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Mount Kailash on average costs around $986 (¥7,193) for one person and $1,971 (¥14,385) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per 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 will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Mount Kailash on average costs around $2,112 (¥15,413) for one person and $4,225 (¥30,826) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Mount Kailash has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Mount Kailash expensive to visit?

Mount Kailash is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in China, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It falls in the average range in the country for its prices. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Asia, Mount Kailash is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Chichibu-Tama-Kai or Yangshuo.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Mount Kailash Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Mount Kailash?

The average Mount Kailash trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Mount Kailash travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥391 ($54)
Local Transportation 1 ¥226 ($31)
Food 2 ¥177 ($24)
Entertainment 1 ¥112 ($15)
Alcohol 2 ¥10 - 30 ($1 - 4)
Accommodation Budget in Mount Kailash
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Mount Kailash is $27 (¥196). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Mount Kailash is $54 (¥391). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

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Transportation Budget in Mount Kailash
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Mount Kailash is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $31 (¥226) per person, per day, on local transportation in Mount Kailash.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Mount Kailash
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Rental Cars in Mount Kailash
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Food Budget in Mount Kailash
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Mount Kailash can vary, the average cost of food in Mount Kailash is $24 (¥177) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Mount Kailash should cost around $9.71 (¥71) 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.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Mount Kailash
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Mount Kailash typically cost an average of $15 (¥112) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Alcohol Budget in Mount Kailash
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $2.74 (¥20) on alcoholic beverages in Mount Kailash per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Mount Kailash On a Budget
Mount Kailash Mount Kailash
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.

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

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. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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