[Videos] How to Prepare for a Mt Kailash Trek

As you’re about to see, preparing for a Mt. Kailash trek is not hard.

It’s not a great mystery, and you don’t need special skills to do it.

You only need a desire to experience one of the most sacred spots on earth.

In these 7 videos, you will learn, step by step, how to prepare for a Mt Kailash trek.

We taped these videos as Yolanda was preparing for an actual Tibet trip in 2017.

Let’s dive right in…

Mt Kailash Trek Prep — Here’s How:

#1: Timelines for Planning your Trip

The first video gives you guidelines on how far in advance you need to prepare the various stages of your trip — from international flights to special permits.

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#2: Staying Healthy at Altitude

This is a second of a series of videos walking you through the process of planning a trip for Tibet’s famous Mt. Kailash.

#3: Setting up a 30 Day Itinerary

Here’s the third in a series of videos on preparing for a trip to Mount Kailash in Central Tibet — which includes preparing to visit Lhasa and Everest Base Camp — since you visit both of them on the way.

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#4: Booking Hotels In Mainland China for Tibet Trip

This one focuses on researching and choosing hotels in mainland China on your way in and out of Tibet. Here Yolanda talks about how to research and book hotels in Xining and Chengdu.

#5: Focus on the Altitude Medication Diamox

This video focuses on the altitude sickness medication call Diamox. We talk about the current recommended dosages, when to start and stop taking it, and a few tips about it. (This is not medical advice! Please see your doctor for advice about Diamox.)

#6: Booking Hotels inside Tibet

This is the 6th in a series of videos preparing you for a trip to Mt. Kailash in Tibet. This one focuses on choosing and booking hotels inside Tibet. Here Yolanda talks about how to book your hotels with a focus on getting good Tibetan-owned ones.

#7: Packing

Today is about what to pack for your Mt Kailash trek and trip.


In addition to the videos on this page, check out our collection of detailed posts on the Mount Kailash journey: Mt. Kailash: How to Travel to the Holiest Mountain on Earth.

For a trip to Mt Kailash you might also find our info on Lhasa and Everest Base Camp helpful — since you usually visit both of them on the way.

One final note: this is one traveler’s experience, and none of it is set in stone — we invite you to share your best Tibet travel tips and tools in the comments, to help other travelers.


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Updated on March 8, 2020. First published on July 22, 2017.

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Most people who want to go to Tibet don't know how to get there or who to trust for help. We’re Lobsang Wangdu and Yolanda O’Bannon, and we help make Tibet travel more simple, safe and ethical so you can feel peace of mind about your trip. Learn more about us and YoWangdu here.