Travel Permits for Mt. Kailash Tour

Mt. Kailash has always been a place where many tourists have wanted to visit because of its beautiful scenery and sacred position in religion. Mt. Kailash is considered to be the center of the world in Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon religion and to Jainism believers because it is the source of the most famous four rivers in Asia.

Same as the other areas of Tibet, all foreign tourists who travel to Mt. Kailash must be on an organized tour. The tour must possess all the necessary permit applications: a vehicle, driver and tour guide arrangement through a travel agency.

Parts of the Ngari area are within the military management zone. No matter if there are domestic or foreign tourists from all over the world, both need corresponding permits to travel there. As a result, the travel permits application process for traveling to Mt. Kailash is relatively more complicated.

Here are some travel permits samples for the Mt. Kailash:

Tibet Travel Permit
Tibet Travel Permit

Alien's Travel Permit
Alien's Travel Permit

Foreign Affairs Permit
Foreign Affairs Permit

Military Area Entry Permit
Military Area Entry Permit

In addition to the Tibet permit issued by the Tibetan Tourism Bureau, there are several other necessary permits required for traveling to the Ngari area, such as the alien's travel permit, foreign affairs permit, and the military area entry permit. They are issued by different administrative organizations.

All the necessary permits for visiting Mt. Kailash can only be obtained through an authorized travel agency. And your passport and Chinese Visa copies are needed if you travel from inland China. (Please note that you’ll need a Group Chinese Visa which can only be issued by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu if you're entering Tibet from Nepal).

For the most routine Tibet itinerary, the Tibet permit arranging procedures usually takes 15 days to process. As for the permits to visit Mt. Kailash, they take up to 25 days, so we suggest that you send us the necessary documents at least 1 month before the trip. Late submissions may be rejected due to their being not enough time to process the permits. 

Indian passport holders shall be in a group to travel to Mt. Kailash under the arrangement of the Pilgrim Center. However, group travel is not required for the other nationality tourists, and a customized itinerary can be arranged. However, group travel can be a much more economical option for solo travelers, as the costs of the vehicle, driver and guide can be shared with other travelers. Below are two classic group tour packages that you may be interested in:

  1. 15 Days Kailash Pilgrimage Tour
  2. 15 Days Mt. Kailash Kora of Saga Dawa Festival 2019

Although traveling to Mt. Kailash requires more time to arrange the permits and more travel time within a tougher environment than if you were to travel to any other part of Tibet, you will eventually be rewarded by the breath-taking beauty of the Mt. Kailash and the scenery along the way.

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