Mount Kailash trekking vacation in Tibet

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Small group vacations
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travelers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Mount Kailash trekking vacation in Tibet


We provide information on how to preserve the environment, for example putting trash in the proper place like the rubbish box and using established fire pits which can burn disposable wastage. Non disposable things are brought back and handed over to the garbage management organization. The group size of 4-8 people will minimize the impact we have on the environment.


Our tourism generates income for the local community. We purchase local products such as fresh fruits, handloom products, meat, drinks and fresh vegetables. We use local Tibetan guides and drivers on this trip and stay at Tibetan standard hotels and guest houses.

We give support to local schools and health organizations. We donate money and educational materials to kids according to the condition of the school and facilities. We provide support to local health posts by giving medical materials. We also provide support to the Kvresthali Women Society to help repair Culvert Bridge. It also helps goat farming and adult literacy for women projects.

3 Reviews of Mount Kailash trekking vacation in Tibet

3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 28 May 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Trekking around beautiful Mount Kailash.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Tibet is a spectacularly beautiful but poor country with very small towns and villages with limited infrastructure, so be well prepared for basic accommodation and facilities.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

All accommodation and supplies were purchased from local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Highly recommended. The company was very efficient in their organisation and everything went seamlessly.

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Our journey began in Kathmandu and involved traveling to Tibet and to Mount Kailash. The most memorable part of the trip was undertaking the kora around the holy mountain. However the whole experience was memorable, traveling across Tibet gave such an insight into both the spectacular geography of this country and into the way of life of those Tibetans who live along or near this road.

We were a party of only 2 and were well looked after by our Tibetan guide and very calm driver. Being such a small group , we felt, gave us very good access to local people, we enjoyed sitting in hotels/guest houses/nomad tents and watching life go on around us.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The necessity of adjusting to the high altitude makes it essential that the journey to Mt Kailash is undertaken slowly. You have to have patience and accept that this preparation for your trek is essential if you are to succeed. I would recommend some preparation in learning about the significance of this mountain for the Hindu, Buddhist and Bon pilgrims you will be sharing your trek with.

You are not going to have a quiet or solitary walk in beautiful mountains, you are going to be caught up in a devotional experience enjoyed by many fellow walkers. Facilities are basic but local people are welcoming and the overall experience is very rewarding.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

The tour company were very committed to helping the local Tibetan people. We stayed at Tibetan guest houses and ate there or in local tea houses. There was a sense that this sort of tourism was making a direct impact on people, keeping their business viable and providing some funds to improve or expand. For example one guest house was building improved washing facilities.

Our guide and driver were welcomed everywhere and were careful to buy locally and to minimise our impact in that we used local resources, were careful about waste and drove slowly and carefully.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Our vacation organisers took great care of us. There were complications around permits that were the result of both Chinese actions, the border had been closed and we crossed on the first day it was open, and complications we gave them because of last minute changes to our passport details. They were patient and very hard working on our behalf.

Throughout they took great care of us - we felt that we were getting great personal service from a company that were treating us like friends. A dinner out at the end of the trip with the company Team Leader, Achut, was memorable. We would recommend them to everyone and I'm sure we will be back to do other trips with them in the near future.

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

I did not regard my trip as a vacation, it was in fact for me a pilgrimage around Mt.Kailash. Although I was the only British Buddhist in a group of Indian Hindu pilgrims, I was made to feel very much part of their group and enjoyed their company. Yes, I took one of the parts of a demon in an impromptu sketch on the rotating of the Lord Shiva?!? Bollywood next stop?

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The positive action taken by my agent the trekking company in Thamel, Kathmandu, rather than disappoint me as a group of one, kept costs down by my joining other groups - to make up a viable number to visit Tibet's holy mountain and sacred lake. So trust this agent who quietly and with much courtesy arranged this link up.

Take plenty of wet-wipes and bog rolls and don't forget the Diamox if you suffer from altitude sickness.

Find a very large boulder to hide behind when the Yaks suddenly panic and decide to run down the mountain side in your direction.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

No, I was made very much aware that the Chinese were in control of Tibet. Although our group's guides collected our own waste my overall impression was that the Chinese and Tibetan people tended to drop their rubbish as and where they wished.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

For me the trip was very satisfying rather than enjoyable, albeit hard going on occasions due to the high altitude.

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