Mount Kailash, the
most sacred peak of Asia is located in far west corner of Tibet. The beauty of
the 6700 meter high Mount Kailash, that looks like a symmetrical cone shaped
rock perpetually capped by pure crystalline ice, is described in various
mythological and literary works.
Hindu pilgrims consider the mountain to be the home of their God-Lord Shiva. For Buddhists, Mount Kailash is said to be the Center of the Universe-the axis mundi in Asian cosmology. Every year hundreds of pilgrims travel from all over the Indian sub continent and Tibet to make the ritual circumambulation around the mountain in their quest for enlightenment.
Sprawling below Mount Kailash is the sacred Lake Mansarovar (4560m), it is believed that a ritual bath will deliver a pilgrim to Brahma’s paradise and a drink of its water relinquishes the sins of a hundred lifetimes.
The 53 km. Kailash circuit trek is the holiest of all Tibet’s pilgrimages and the beacon which draws most travelers to Western Tibet. It is said that a Single circumambulation erases the accumulated sins of a lifetime, while doing 108 circumambulation will achieve Salvation or Nirvana.
Day 1 Kathmandu-Nyalam (3750m.)
In the early morning, get ready for the drive to Tibet. You are expected to be in our local office in Kathmandu (Thamel) at around 06:00 AM. From here you will be transferred to the bus station where you will take the bus going to the Tibetan border. At around 07:00 AM the bus stops at Dhulikel for Breakfast. If the weather is clear, you can get the panoramic view of some of the mountains as well as the lush green surroundings. During breakfast, you can see the snowy peaks of Ganesh Himal and the Langtang range. Here you have the opportunity to switch money (Euro, Rupees, and Dollars) to Chinese Yuan. Via the little city Kodari, you'll reach the famous friendship bridge which forms the border between Nepal and Tibet. Severe border control formalities may take up to 1.5 hours on average to cross the border. Once you arrive at the Tibetan side, the Nepali guide will pass on his responsibility to the Tibetan guide who will escort you through Tibet. In Tibet, the journey continues by bus. You will spend the night in a guesthouse in Nyalam. The facilities are very simple here (Squat toilet, tab with cold water, thermos bottle with hot water). Stay overnight at hotel in Nyalam.
Day 2 Acclimatization at Nyalam
Today is your acclimatization/rest day at Nyalam as you have travelled quiet long drive yesterday and the altitude is also different than that of Kathmandu. Stroll around Nyalam and Stay overnight at hotel in Nyalam.
Day 3 Nyalam to Saga
Drive from Nyalam to Saga via Pelku-Tso which is about 220 KMs far and takes about 8 hours . On the way, cross the high Labung la pass (5050m) and enjoy the feeling of being at the top of the Himalayan pass which is at 5000 m above sea level. From the pass, you can enjoy spectacular mountain views. Continue your drive passing the big Peiku Tso lake & cross Brahmaputra river (Yarlung Tsangpa in Tibetan) to reach to Saga. Overnight at camp in Saga.
Day 4 Saga to Paryang
Drive from Saga-Zhongba-Paryang (4600m, 230km, 8 hrs). It is at Saga where the road will connect with the main road from Lhasa. Enjoying the mountains in distance you continue on across the vast dry plains to the small Tibetan town-Zhongba and from here further to Paryang for overnight stay at camp.At paryang you will feel the excitement of reaching Manasarovar the next day. Overnight at camp in Paryang.
Day 5 Paryang to Mansarovar
Drive from Paryang to Lake Mansarovar which takes around 8 hrs. Today is the day that your dream to reach Mansarovar comes true. You can have the Picture and can feel the Holy “Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarover”. Stay overnight in a camp.
Day 6 Chui to Darchen Rest at Lake Mansarovar.
Today, you will rest at Mansarovar Lake for holy dip, puja and other ritual performance. You can stroll around and can have an excursion along the lake side. Stay overnight in a camp.
Day 7 Mansarovar to Darchen.
Early morning you will drive to Mansarovar Parikarma by Jeep. If time permits, visit Chui Gompa. In the afternoon you will drive to Darchen (4560m). Stay overnight at Guest House in Darchen.
Day 8 Darchen to Dirapuk.
Today, drive for approximately 8 kilometers from Darchen Tarboche, the trek starting point of Kailash Parikarma. Trek to Dira Puk (4775m.) 12 kilometers which takes about 6 to 7 hours. Stay overnight at Guest house.
Day 9 Drive to Zuthul Puk.
Continue the drive to Parikarma over Dolma La Pass (5650m) to Zuthul Puk (4700m) ) and trek descend to Gauri kund and further trek along with the river to Diraphuk, which takes about 10-11 hours. Take your dinner and stay overnight at Guest house.
Day 10 Kailash Kora ends today.
After an easy trek of about 14 kilometers. You will then proceed to Hor Qu (4560m) at Lake Mansarovar. Stay overnight at Guest house.
Day 11 Drive from Darchen to Paryang (4540m.).
Today you have to travel through the rough road and there are some rivers to cross along the way. Wild antelope and kiang (the Tibetan wild ass) are a common sight. This is the land of the Drogpa nomads and you will pass many encampments with large herds of sheep and goats. The drives are long, bumpy and often dusty but the scenery is magnificent. Photo stops are a must! Stay overnight at a camp at Paryang.
Day 12 Drive from Paryang to Saga.
It is another long day drive, 230 km to Saga passing through the small, dusty town of Zhongba en route. Stay overnight at a camp.
.Day 13 Back to Nyalam (3800m) via Paigutso from Saga.
Leaving Saga, you will cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra River) by ferry and continue our journey for 110 KM across the vast open plains. Stunning Himalayan views, particularly of Shishapangma, accompany us as you head towards a huge lake, the Paigutso. You will continue driving south towards the Nepalese border, joining the Friendship Highway. You cross a high pass, the Lalung La (5200m.) and come to the small town of Nyalam. Stay overnight at hotel in Nyalam.
Day 14 Drive from Nyalam to Kathmandu.
You will drive to Kathmandu by private vehicle.
• All transport mentioned in the program ( bus from Kathmandu to Kodari, bus from the Nepali border to Lhasa, bus during sightseeing in and around Lhasa, flight Lhasa - Kathmandu economy class).
• All overnight stays from day 1 until day 7 in hotels and guesthouses, 2 person rooms (the first night in Nyalam you possibly sleep in a 4 person room, the guesthouses at the start of the trip are simple, the closer you get to Lhasa the more comfortable the hotels will be).
• Breakfast from day 1 until day 8
• Driver and licensed English speaking Tibetan guide. All meals, overnight stays, salaries, insurances for the driver and guide are included.
• Travel permit for Tibet.
• Visa for Tibet.
• All sightseeing and entree fees as mentioned in the program.
• During the whole trip: local travel guidance available.
• Food and drinks (other than breakfast).
•Tips monasteries/temples (not obliged but appreciated).
• Tips driver/guide (not obliged but appreciated).
• Personal expenses (phone bill, laundry, personal hygiene products, first aid kit, walking sticks, etc).
• Sleeping bag and towel (needed during our stay at the simple guesthouses along the road).
• All personal insurances.
• 2 Way flight home country - Nepal.
• Visa Nepal.
• All expenses which aren't stated at 'cost included'.
Mount Kailash Tour
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