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Mount Kailash tour
Trip duration: 15 or 16 days
Starts at: Kathmandu
Ends at: Kathmandu
Highest altitude: 5670 m
Best season: April to October
Trip category: Strenuous
Mt Kailash tour from Kathmandu – this overland tour to the pristine lake Manasarovar and holy Mt.Kailash in remote western Tibet offers great natural beauty , insight toTibetan Buddhist culture and chances to see the real people of Tibet .
In the far western corner of Tibetan Plateau lie two spectacular tourist destinations –mount Kailash and lake Manasarovar. Mt Kailash is reachable after four days of continuous drive from Kathmandu across the vast Tibetan plateau ( or after a week long "Mount Kailash Trek" from Simikot in western Nepal).After four days of drive we reach to an extremely beautiful turquoise lake with floating swans and the spectacular mount Kailash nearby .For the Hindus, Mt Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva . Lake Manasarovar and Mt Kailash have relogious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists.Four great Asian rivers originate from Lake manasarovar – the Indus , Karnali, Bramhaputra and the Sutlej.
Mt Kailash 6741 m , is a black mountain with four sheer walls and snow capped top . The 53 km periphery is the trail for circumambulation around this holy mountain which takes 3 days .The Kora or circumambulation starts at Darchen some 30 Km from lake Manasarovar. After the Kora we drive back to Kathmandu or head for Lhasa for the extended tour . Along the route we enjoy spectacular views of world's highest mountains, meet the nomad sheep herders and enjoy the unique beauty of Tibetan desert . During our trip we travel on 4WD jeep and our belongings are carried on trucks .We sleep in guest houses wherever possible and in tented camps at other places . In the camping days food is cooked by our camp cook. Below you will find two different itineraries . The first one offers mt kailash tour from Kathmandu and the second one offers the same from Lhasa .
Mount Kailash Tour from Kathmandu
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu , transfer to hotel.
Our guide will receive you in Kathmandu airport, transfer you to hotel and help with check in formalities. Rest or explore the interesting streets of Kathmadu on your own. O/n in a hotel.
Day 02 Guided tour in Kathmandu
While we will apply an collect your Chinese visa, you will go for a guided tour of Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar square, Swoyambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa. Evening briefing about Mt Kailash trip . O/n in a hotel.
Day 03 Drive Kathmandu 1350 m to Zangmu/ Nyalam (150km), 3300m
First day of your Kailash adventure ! We drive from Kathmandu to Nepal Tibet boarder along a scenic highway. After immigration formalities at the boarder , you meet our Tibetan guide driver . After some briefing we drive to Nyalam 3300m . Rest or explore around . O/n in a hotel.
Day 04 Rest Day at Nyalam, 3300m
As you gain considerable height from 1350 m in Kathmandu to 3300 m in Nyalam, it is very important we rest and acclimatize in Nyalam before further driving .
Free afternoon look around. O/n in hotel.
Day 05 Drive Nyalam to Saga/4450m- 232 km
First day with a long drive on the desert terrain . Driving past nomad camps and sheep and yak herds we cross the high Labung La pass at 5050m. We can see Gaurishankar, Shishapangma and Langtang Himal from the pass. Continue drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peiku tso Lake (4400m). We will be crossing river Brahmaputra ( “Yarling Tsangpo” in Tibetan ) to reach Saga (4600m). O/n in guest house .
Day 06 Saga to Paryang (4600m) 230 km 7-8 hrs
Watching the mountains in distance and driving through dusty road we pass through the small town of Zhongba before reaching to Paryang. At paryang you will feel the excitement of reaching Manasarovar the next day . o/n in a guesthouse .
Day 07 Drive Paryang to Manasarover (4558m) 277km 8 hours
It is a long but an exciting day , offering the first view of mt kailash and the holy lake only after several hours of drive . As you approach this serene and sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the North West shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can have a glimpse of majestic Mount Kailash. Manasarovar , the highest fresh water lake with turquoise complexion - surrounded by mt Kailash, Mt.Gurula-Mandala and Lake Rakchyas is simply heavenly .
O/n in tented camp.
Day 08 Drive to Darchen (14975ft) 30km
After some peaceful hours at the shores of the sacred Lake Manasarovar with the snowy massif of Gurla Mandhata 7694m just across the lake, we drive 30 km to Darchen which serves as the base for Mt kailash kora ( circumambulation). The Kora is 53 km in total and completed in three days .
O/n in tented camp.
Day 09 Trek to Dira-Puk/5000m
It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs and
water falls with some clouds in the clear blue sky. The 15 km trail takes almost 7 hrs.
O/n in tented camp.
Day 10 Trek Dira Puk-Zuthul Puk, 18km, 6-7 hrs, 550m ascent, 600m descent.
Hardest but Holiest day of your pilgrimage trek , cross Dolma La pass at 5670 m .
Once you reach the top,just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget yourself.
By the late afternoon you will arrive at Zuthul Puk where the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles .
Day 11 End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Manasarovar
Complete the kora and drive to lake Manasarovar . Explore around or rest .
O/n in camp.
Day12 Drive to Paryang (277km) 7-8 hr
Day13 Drive Paryang to Saga (230km) 7-8 hrs
Day14 Drive to Nyalam or Zhangmu: (245km) 6-7 hr.
Day15 Zhangmu to Kathmandu 150 km
Driving further to Nepal Tibet boarder , complete the immigration formalities , get your Nepal visa . Say good bye to your Tibetan guide and driver . You will be received by our guide from Kathmandu and drive to Kathmandu . O/n in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 16 Fly back home / onward destination
Tour cost : Write us with the number of persons in your group, the category of hotels you want to stay with and any special requirements of yours . We will then quote you the price which is always reasonable one .
Tibet / China visa fee: USD 114 extra per person for European passports, USD 198 for US passport holders
- Arrival and departure transfers from and to the airport on private car
- Transfer to /from Tibet boarder to Kathmandu on private car/ van
- Visa and permit arrangements.
- Accommodation at 3 star hotel , twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis in Kathmandu, twin sharing room , bed and breakfast .
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, all entry fees .
Services included inside Tibet
- English speaking Tibetan guide, driver and land cruiser . ( 4500 cc , with 4 persons in one land cruiser)
- All tours as per itinerary, entry fees
- Twin sharing accommodation at best available hotels/ guest houses along the highway to mt Kailash. Three days on tented camps . Bed and breakfast on other days but full board for three days during Kora .
- Yaks & yak helpers / porters during Kailash kora to carry the luggage ( not for riding use)
- All necessary permits, their arrangements
- Environment protection fee
Service not included:
- Anything not mentioned above like the lunch and dinner, tips, personal nature expenses etc
- Tibet group Visa fee (USD114) for Europeans, USD 198 for US passport holders
- Donkey or mule or horse ride arrangement service in case you will be too tired (but you need to pay around US$50 per person per day for this if you need)
- Meals which you can easily explore on your own (or your Tibetan guide can help you find good suitable restaurant in the local place per meal USD 5-10)
- Personal natural expense like Laundry, IDD calls, etc
- ravel insurance .
- Tips for guide, driver
Mt Kailash Tour from Lhasa
Day 01 - Arrive Lhasa (3660 meters), rest / acclimatize
Day 02 - Sightseeing tour in Lhasa
Day 03 - Sightseeing tour in Lhasa
Day 04 - Drive to Gyantse (3950m)
Day 05 - Sightseeing tour & drive to Shigatse (3900m)
Day 06 - Sightseeing tour & drive to Lhatse (4050m)
Day 07 - Drive to Saga (4600m)
Day 08 - Drive to Paryang (4750m)
Day 09 - Drive to Manasarovar (4560m)
Day 10 - At Manasarovar (4560m)
Day 11 - Drive to Tarboche (4750m)
Day 12 - Trek to Dira-puk (4900m)
Day 13 - Trek across Droma La (5630m) to Zutul-Puk (4790m)
Day 14 - Trek to Darchen (4560m) & drive to Manasarovar
Day 15 - Drive to Paryang (4750m)
Day 16 - Drive to Saga (4600m)
Day 17 - Drive to Nyalam
Day 18 - Drive to Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 19 – Kathmandu sightseeing tour
Day 20- Fly back home , onward destination .