A Travel Price Comparison for China Mount Kailash vs. Wuyuan for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Mount Kailash or Wuyuan?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Mount Kailash or Wuyuan? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Mount Kailash or Wuyuan?

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.

Wuyuan

Wuyuan, China is a small city in the Jiangxi Province in the south central area of the country. The city acts as a transport hub for the province, with many main bus routes running through it. Wuyuan also acts as the main thoroughfare when traveling to local remote villages in the area. It is best to know some Mandarin as this region does not see many non-Mandarin speaking tourists, which also means you should expect some very friendly attention!

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Which place is cheaper, Wuyuan or Mount Kailash?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Mount Kailash is $71, while the average daily cost in Wuyuan is $57. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Mount Kailash and Wuyuan in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Mount Kailash $27
    Wuyuan $26
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Mount Kailash $54
    Wuyuan $52
Compare Hotels in Mount Kailash and Wuyuan

Looking for a hotel in Mount Kailash or Wuyuan? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Mount Kailash


Hotels in Wuyuan


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Mount Kailash $31
    Wuyuan $13

Is it cheaper to fly into Mount Kailash or Wuyuan?

Prices for flights to both Wuyuan and Mount Kailash change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Mount Kailash $25
    Wuyuan $20

Typical Food Prices in Wuyuan

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Wuyuan:


  • Gummy Candy
    $0.28
  • Cookies
    $0.69

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Mount Kailash $16
    Wuyuan $19

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Mount Kailash $2.77
    Wuyuan $14


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Mount Kailash and Wuyuan, we can see that Mount Kailash is more expensive. And not only is Wuyuan much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Wuyuan would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Wuyuan and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Mount Kailash would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Mount Kailash than you might in Wuyuan.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Mount Kailash Expensive? and Is Wuyuan Expensive?.