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Trip Code: NHT1448
Trip Grade: Moderate To Strenuous
Max Elevation: 5600 Meters
Total Duration: 13 days
Best Time: April - June & Sept - Nov
Group Size: 04 - 20 People
The Kailash Mansarovar Tours is an experience where you would be having an exemplary visit to many of Tibet’s highlights and will encounter the celebration of a very important festival. A deeply integral part of spiritual Asia, Mount Kailash and the holy Manasarovar Lake hold a culturally and historically significant part in many religious belief systems. Starting the journey from Kathmandu, you would be heading on a spiritual path to Mount Kailash and the holy lake of Manasarovar. The Buddhist history and Tibetan culture are showcased beautifully in the Kailash Mansarovar Tours and the journey is embedded with beautiful natural sceneries and wonderful mountain views. The exotic land of Tibet and many of its monasteries and landscapes are a part of the tour, presenting you with an experience that is sure to fulfill your wanderlust. A peak in the Kailash range forming a part of the Trans-Himalaya in Tibet, Mount Kailash lies near the source of some of the longest rivers in Asia. The rivers include the Indus River, the Sutlej River (a major tributary of the Indus River), the Brahmaputra River, and the Karnali River (a tributary of the River Ganga). A sacred place for religions like Bön, Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, Mount Kailash lies near the Manasarovar Lake and Lake Rakshastal.
The name of the holy mountain derives from the word kelāsa, which means “crystal” in Sanskrit. The mountain is also known as the “water peak” or the “river peak”, connoting the mountain’s status as the source of the mythical Lion, Horse, Peacock and Elephant Rivers. In fact, the Indus, Yarlung Tsangpo/Dihang/Brahmaputra, Karnali and Sutlej all begin in the Kailash-Lake Manasarovar region. The Kailash Manasarovar Tours lets you experience the marvelous mountainous scenery of the land and lets you walk on paths that are brimming with the beauty of the Himalayan landscape. According to the Hindu historical legend, Lord Shiva- the Destroyer of evil, resides at the summit of Mount Kailash, where he sits in a state of perpetual meditation along with his wife Pārvatī. Every year, thousands make a pilgrimage to Kailash, following a tradition going back thousands of years. Pilgrims of several religions believe that circumambulating Mount Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. According to all religions that revere the mountain, setting foot on its slopes is a dire sin. It is a popular belief that the stairways on Mount Kailash lead to heaven.
Lake Manasarovar is also considered very sacred by Tibetans, Buddhist, Hindus, and Jains. According to legend, Lake Manasarovar is the lake in which a great Tibetan monk saw the letters “Aha”, “Kha”, “Mha”. These three initials helped the search team to locate the current the 14th Dalia Lama of Tibet. The word “Manasarovar” originates from Sanskrit, which is a combination of the words “Mana” and “Sarovar,” with mana meaning mind and Sarovar meaning lake. According to Hinduism, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma after which it manifested on Earth.
Join Nepal Hiking Team for this spiritual journey Kailash Mansarovar Tours that takes you to holy places of massive religious significance where you can see diverse cultures and experience a taste of exotic customs of the people.
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Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM) Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Our airport representative will welcome you and explain the program further. There are no planned activities for the day, so check into the hotel. Enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02 - Tours preparation and Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour
Touring the World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley that includes: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.
Day 03 - Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam 3750 m (150 km)
After early breakfast we drive through Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel and reach Friendship Bridge (i.e. Nepal-China border). From here we walk for about 10 minutes to cross Friendship Bridge and meet our Tibetan guide and land cruiser drivers. After all the immigration and custom formalities at the Chinese check post here, our journey continues for another 35 km which can take almost 3 hours through the up-winding road to Nyalam with beautiful scenery. Then, you will be transferred to the guest house in Nyalam (3700m). The facilities of the guesthouse are very simple and basic. Overnight stay at Guesthouse.
Day 04 - Nyalam –free for acclimatization
Today is free for acclimatization. We will be going for short trek which is in preparation for Kailash Parikrama and it helps us to acclimatize fast. . Overnight stay at Guesthouse.
Day 05 - Nyalam – New Dongba 4600 m. (390 km)
After breakfast drive to Paryang. Passing through many villages and camps of yak herders. Far south you can see snow-capped mountain peaks. Most of the time you will be driving on plains, hence a comfortable drive. Arrive in Paryang and enjoy hot tea. Overnight stay at Guesthouse.
Day 06 - New Dongba – Mansarovar 4558 m (277 km) Duration: 7-8 hrs
Early breakfast and get ready for longest driving day. Late afternoon you can have first view of Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Hore – a small village is situated near Holy Mansarovar Lake. Holy Mansarovar (14950ft./4558m) – the highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rakshash are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Overnight stay at Guesthouse.
Day 07 - Mansarovar – Tarchen (40 km) Duration: 2-3 hrs
Holy Mansarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning bath and puja we will be heading for Holy Mansarovar Parikrama by land cruiser with packed lunch and continue drive towards Tarchen (Darchen). If time permits, we visit Chui Gompa. Tarchen is considered as a base camp for Holy Kailash Parikrama. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around. Overnight stay at Guesthouse.
Day 08 - Tarchen – Tarboche (13 km drive) – Dirapuk (4860m.) (7 km trek / 5 – 6 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Tarboche – starting point of Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also known as outer “Asthapath”. It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is everywhere with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will be kept on appearing. For 7 km trail it takes almost 7 hrs. Overnight stay at Government Guesthouse.
Day 09 - Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk (4760m) (18 km trek / 9-10 km) (passing through Dolma-la pass 5,200)
Today you will be climbing to Drolma-la (Dolma-La 18600ft) and then descending gradually to Zuthulpuk (4760m). Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Overnight Stay at Government Guesthouse.
Day 10 - Zuthulpuk – Tarchen (Darchen) (10 km / 4-5 hrs) – Mansarovar- Dongba (end of Kailash Parikrama)
Morning free time to explore the caves, temples and shrine around Milarepa cave. After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting for your arrival. By late afternoon you will be at your lodge in Dongba. Overnight stay at Guesthouse.
Day 11 - Drive Dongba to Nyalam (376 km) 7-8 hrs. Overnight stay at Guesthouse.
Drive Dongba to Nyalam (376 km) 7-8 hrs. Overnight stay at Guesthouse.
Day 12 - Drive to Kathmandu
Today, we leave Nyalam behind. We pass the Bhote Koshi River and cross the Chinese – Nepalese border. After a short drive, we bid our Tibetan guide a goodbye. We then drive and walk to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kodari. Our Nepalese staff will complete the re-entry formalities and we drive to Kathmandu. Overnight Stay at Hotel.
Day 13 - Farewell
Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport.
- All ground transports in private vehicle including airport transfers
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
- Best available twin sharing Lodge/Guesthouses during the Tibet tours
- Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) approved guide for Tibet tours
- Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage while Kailash Parikrama
- Tibet entry travel permit, Chinese visa and applicable entry fees during the trek/tours in Nepal/Tibet
- Oxygen cylinder for Kailash Parikrama
- All government taxes and official expense
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa
- All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
- Shopping, laundry, internet, phone bills
- Personal trekking equipments
- Extra cost of transportation, Porterage etc involved due landslides, snowfall
- Services other than specified. Extra days stay at Kathmandu / any other place
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
Cost & Dates
Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.
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