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Mt. Kailash Mansarovar Lake Tour – 15 Days

Mount Kailash (6,714m) is a very popular holy mountain in Tibet and is also known by the name of Tise, Kailash or Kang Rinpoche (Jewel of the Snows). Mt Meru (Kailash) is sacred to the

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour, Sightseeing and Trekking, Overland Tour
Trip Duration: 15 Days
Max Altitude: 5,600 m /18368 ft
Trip Starts From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends At: Kathmandu
Trip Region: Tibet
Best Season: 
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Trip Level: Strenuous
Ventures at this grade are 'Tough Treks' and must be fully supported. The altitude attained is between 3,500 to 5,000m. These treks also involve several nights stay above 4,000m. These are genuine expeditions where preparation and a willingness to 'rough it' are necessary. You must have be physically fit for this trek.
Trip Route: Kathmandu-Nyalam-Manasarovar Lake-Kailash Kora-Dongba- Nyalam-Kathmandu

Trip Information

Mount Kailash (6,714m) is a very popular holy mountain in Tibet and is 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 and 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 witness the 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.

This tour offers rigorous overland driving, trekking and camping, passing the remote and wild western Tibet, in altitudes between 2,745m to 5,600m.


    ITINERARY

  • Day  01 – Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m). Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day  02 – Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 03 – Kathmandu to Kodari (114 km, 5 hrs) and cross Border then drive to Nyalam-3750m (32 km, 1 hr). Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 04 – Acclimatization day at Nyalam. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 05 – Drive from Nyalam to New Dongba(4500m), 357 km, 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 06 – Drive from New Dongba to Lake Mansarovar (Hor Chu) 4500 m, 369 km, 6 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 07 – Lake Mansarovar parikrama by Jeep (88 km, 1.5 hrs) and then drive to Darchen, 88 km. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 08 – Start parikrama to Deraphuk (4920 m), 5 hrs trek. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 09 – Trek Shivasthal-Gaurikunda-Zutulphuk (4820 m)- 9 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 10 – End of Trek and then Drive to Manasarovar, 3 hrs trek and 1 hr drive. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 11 – Return back to New Dongba, 6 hrs drive. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 12 – Return back to Nyalam, 6 hrs drive. Overnight at a guesthouse.

  • Day 13 – Return back to Kathmandu, 4 to 5 hrs drive. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 14 – Leisure day in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 15 – Transfer to the airport for your final flight departure.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • 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.
    (No meals Included)

  • 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, travelling permit and Visa for the trip and information regarding your departure. Overnight at a hotel.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 03 - Kathmandu to Kodari and cross Border then drive to Nyalam(3750m).

    Early wake up and take pack breakfast from hotel and drive to Kodari (border of Nepal & China). On the way we will stop for breakfast and then continue to border. Our border representative will help us for Nepal immigration and custom formalities then we proceed to China by walk through Friendship Bridge. Meet our guide in China border, complete immigration formalities then proceed to Nyalam in 4WD Land Cruiser or Luxury Bus. It takes approximately an hour & half to reach Nyalam, the distance from the friendship bridge to Nyalam is near about 32 km. Overnight at a guesthouse.
    Kathmandu to Kodari – 115 km (4 hrs & half)
    Kodari – Nyalam: 32 km (one and half hour)
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 04 - Acclimatization day at Nyalam

    Today, we are free in Nyalam for acclimatization purpose. It is better, if we go for a short hiking above Nyalam village. This will help us to be acclimatized in new atmosphere. Overnight at a guesthouse.
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 05 - Drive from Nyalam to New Dongba(4500m).

    After breakfast, we drive to Dzongba, en route we will be passing through Lablung-La Pass (5100 m.), Milareppa cave & lake Peiku then eventually cross the bridge built over River Bramhaputra in Saga.

    Continue drive further to Dongba after Saga. Lunch will be served on the way. Overnight at a guesthous.
    Nyalam to New Dongba: 357 km (6 hrs drive)
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 06 - Drive from New Dongba to Lake Mansarovar (Hor Chu) 4500 m.

    Today is the highlighted day of this journey. We are going to reach the holy Lake “Manasarovar & Mt. Kailash” which is our ultimate goal. On the way, we will driving through the highest motorable pass of this journey (Mayum-La; 5200 m.)

    Lunch will be served somewhere near Horchu River, before the Mayum-La pass. Overnight at a guesthouse.
    New Dongba to Lake Manasarovar: 369 km (6 hrs drive)
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 07 - Lake Mansarovar parikrama by Jeep and then drive to Darchen.

    Morning after breakfast, we will drive around the Lake Manasarovar (clockwise) then continue to Darchen. After keeping our luggage in the guesthouse, we will drive to Asthapad (optional program if pre-booked) & return back to Darchen in the evening. Overnight at a guesthouse.
    Manasarovar parikrama (88 km/55 miles) – 1 & half hour
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 08 - Start parikrama to Deraphuk (4920 m).

    Morning after breakfast drive to Yam Dwar or Sherson (15 minutes drive). From Yam Dwar, you will start trekking to Dera Phuk (north face of Kailash). Overnight at a guesthous.
    Darchen to Yama Dwar – 10 km (30 minutes)
    Trek, Yama Dwar to Diraphuk – 18 km (5 hrs)
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 09 - Trek Shivasthal-Gaurikunda-Zutulphuk (4820 m)

    This is the toughest day of Kora. The journey right from the beginning starts going uphill till to Dolma-La (5600 m.) then continue descending to the valley floor, the other side of Dolma pass. The last leg of the journey is along with the River Bank, up to Zutulphuk. The high light of the day are Shivasthal, Dolma-La and Gaurikund which are on the way. Overnight at a guesthouse.
    Driraphuk to Zutulphuk (22 km – 9 hours)
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 10 - End of Trek and then Drive to Manasarovar.

    Today, the trail is easy & flat, so you will complete the journey within 3 to 4 hours. We will be picked up at the ending point near Darchen by our Jeep, then transferred to Lake Manasarovar (east side). Overnight at a guesthouse.
    Zutulphuk to ending point (11 km, 3 hrs trek)
    Ending point to Lake Manasarovar: 35 km (1 hr drive)
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 11 - Return back to New Dongba.

    Have last look of both Kailash & lake Manasarovar, then proceed for new Dongba. Overnight at a guesthouse.
    Lake Manasarovar to New Dongba: 369 km (6 hrs drive)
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 12 - Return back to Nyalam.

    Return back to Nyalam via the same route.. Overnight at a guesthouse.
    New Dongba to Nyalam: 357 km (6 hrs drive)
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 13 - Return back to Kathmandu.

    Morning after breakfast drive down to ZhangMu, cross over the friendship bridge then drive back to Kathmandu. Lunch will be served on the way. Evening dinner and rest. Overnight at Hotel.
    Kodari to Kathmandu – 115 km (4 hrs & half).
    (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 14 - 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. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you). Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
    (Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included)

  • Day 15 - 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.
    (Breakfast Included)


    COST INCLUDES

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in a threestar hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (4 nights)

  • Basic guesthouse accommodation for the tour in Tibet (dormitory style room with common toilet) including breakfast

  • All transportation by private tourist vehicle for the tour in Kathmandu and in Tibet (4 passengers in one Land Cruiser)

  • Truck to transfer the equipment and food during the driving tour if you have choosen for Tented Camp Stay in Tibet.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu on a private vehicle on day 02

  • Sightseeing/monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (on Day 02).

  • Government-licensed English-speaking Tibetan tour guide while in Tibet.

  • The required number of ground staff for the tour like helpers and drivers.

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our ground staff.

  • A down jacket and a sleeping bag provided Aarohi Holiday (which needs to be returned after the trip).

  • Free Aarohi Holiday duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (On Day 14th).

  • Tibet entry permission, Chinese visa and monastery entry fees.

  • Yak and yak men during the Kailash Kora (one yak for every two clients)

  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) and oxygen (in case of emergency).

  • All government taxes, vat and Tourist service charges

  • All official expenses.


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Internet and telephone calls.

  • Lunch and dinner for entire trip – about USD 15 to 20 per person per day.

  • Item of Personal nature like alcohol, hot & cold drinks and laundry.

  • Personal clothing and equipment.(See the equipment tab for detail information)

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)

  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.


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