Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake - 17 days

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What You'll Do
  • Kathmandu City tour
  • Scenic drive Kathmandu - Nepal/China Friendship Bridge - Nyalam – Kathmandu
  • Circling around Manasarovar, a sacred Lake.
  • Mt. Kailash Kora, a holy mountain
  • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the roof of the world.
  • Walking on the Dolma La Pass over 5600 meters.
It's an adventurous trip that has trekking on Mount Kailash and visit around Lake Mansarovar; both of them are very popular and considered important in Tibet. The trip will also make you close to some Tibetan Buddhist cultures.
What to Expect
Mount Kailash a holy mountain stands at 6714 meters a very popular mountain peak of Tibet, also known by the name of Tise, Kailash or Kang Rinpoche (Jewel of the Snows). Mt Meru (Kailash) is sacred to the Hindus, Buddhists, Janis, and the Bonpos taken as the centre of the physical and metaphysical universe. For the Hindus, the mountain represents the seat of Shiva. For the Buddhists, a terrestrial projection of the cosmic mandala of Dyani Buddhas and Boddhisatvas (which represents the Wheel of Life)

For the devout pilgrim a visit to Mt. Kailash & Lake Mansarovar forms the ultimate realization of their spiritual pursuit, and for the adventure-lovers it offers rugged beauty, remoteness and solitude. If you tour to Mount Kailash during the month of May it gives you the opportunity to face Buddhist festival of Saga Dawa while most of the other trips are planned to arrive at Mt. Kailash during the full moon period to give all participants a rare experience. A journey you can truly call as `once-in-a-lifetime.

This tour offers rigorous overland driving, trekking and camping, passing the remote and wild western Tibet, in altitudes between 2,745meters to 5600meters.

Please have a look at the tour itinerary:

Day 01 - Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m)
Our airport representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel on a private tourist vehicle. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 02 - Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley
At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

After the pre-trip meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty five windows, Art Galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Later, you will be supplied with our Trek Pack and departure information for the next day. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 03 - Drive Kathmandu to Nepal/China Friendship Bridge, and onto Nyalam (3,750m)
Depart at 5am from the hotel in Kathmandu and drive to the Nepal-Tibet border along the famous Araniko Highway. We stop for a quick breakfast at Dhulikhel and lunch at Kodari. After immigration and custom formalities on both sides (Kodari and Zhangmu) we drive to the small town of Nyalam (3,750m). The total distance from Kathmandu to Nyalam is 125km. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 04 - Acclimatization day at Nyalam
Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 05 - Drive to Saga (4,450m) via Lalung La Pass (5,050m)
After breakfast we get to enjoy the grand view of Mt. Shishapangma (8,021m), Gauri shanker and other high mountains from Lalung la Pass (5,050m). A packed lunch will be served at the sacred Lake Pigutso. The total distance travelled today will be 250 kms. Overnight at a guesthouse or in tented camps.

Day 06 - Drive to Paryang (4,610m)
After breakfast we drive across the vast Tibetan plateau to Prayang (225 kms). A packed lunch will be served on the way. Total distance is 250 kms today and the approximate driving time will be 7 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse or in tented camps.

Day 07 - Drive to Manasarovar Lake (4,560m)
The auspicious day for all travellers as we catch our first glimpse of the Holy Manas and Darshan of Mt. Kailash from the Horr Chu Pass. Total distance travelled today is 280 km and the approximate driving time is 8 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse or in tented camps.

Day 08 - Drive to Darchen (4,570m)
The experience of being in the abode of God - a life-time achievement: Puja, Havana-worship, meditation, holy dip, Tarpan, later we drive to Darchen (4,570m). Preparation day for Kailash Kora. Overnight at a guesthouse or in tented camps.

Day 09 - Mt. Kailash Kora (parikrama) starts
Trek to Dairaphuk Gompa (5,000 meters). Enjoy the close up view of north face of holy Mt. Kailash. Overnight in tented camps.

Day 10 - Second day of Kailash Kora
Trek over Dolma La Pass (5,600m) and trek down to Zudulpuk (4,800m). Overnight in tented camps.

Day 11 - Kailash Kora parikrama ends
Trek to Darchen, Kailash Kora ends. On the way we visit Zuthulphuk Gompa and drive to Horr Chu to collect holy water of Lake Mansarovar to bring back. Overnight in tented camps.

Day 12 - Drive to Paryang
Overnight at a guesthouse or in tented camps.

Day 13 - Drive to Saga
Overnight at a guesthouse or in tented camps.

Day 14 - Drive to Nyalam (3,750m)
We drive by the beautiful Pigutso Lake, enjoy good view of the Himalayan range including Shisapangama. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 15 - Drive to Kathmandu
Drive to the Friendship Bridge (Nepal-Tibet border) and then to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16 - Leisure day in Kathmandu
You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 17 - Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
What's Included
  • Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up & drop
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in four/five star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu
  • All your standard meals
  • All hot drinks
  • All accommodation during Tibet
  • English speaking guide
  • The required number of local staff
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine for all staff.
  • Japanese Land cruisers (4WD, 4500 model) and Support truck during the Tibet Tour.
  • Kodari border (Friendship Bridge) transfers and pick up by A/C Bus.
  • Tibet entry permits
  • Entrance fees and Kailash permits
  • 1 Yak for 2 clients
  • Camping equipment
  • Our free kits
  • Government expenses
  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) and Oxygen (it is used in case of emergency)
What's Not Included
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency is required to obtain Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days. Likewise, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 100 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. You will also require 2 passport size photos.)
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Internet, telephone call, tips for guide, driver, helpers
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section
Meeting Point

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

What to Remember
Altitude sickness may occur. Also, note that US$70 per person per night for Single room and US$ 45 per person per night for Double (twin sharing) room if you need extra accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.

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