Mount Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage Tour June, July & August 2017
Mount Kailash lies in the southwestern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. At 6,714 m Mt. Kailash is the highest peak in the Kailash Range of the Himalayas. It has been a pilgrimage destination for both Hindus and Buddhists since time immemorial. Separated from the Great Himalayan chain by a trough that is drained in the northwest by the Sutlej River and in the southeast by the Yarlung Zangbo River (the extreme upper Brahmaputra River). Lying just south of Mount Kailas at 4,557 m is one of the world’s highest lakes-Lake Mansarovar. For Hindus, the peak is the home of the god Shiva, while Buddhists compare the mountain with Mount Sumeru , the cosmic center of the universe.
The great lake Mansarovar is situated in the south-west corner of Tibet and in the north-west of Nepal. The lake is 20 km from Mt.Kailash and is one of the most beautiful and sacred lakes in Asia . It can be circumambulated in four or five days. It is often a gem like cobalt blue color but sometimes during storm, it can turn into a churning black.
According to Hindu and Buddhist epics, the four great rivers of the Indian subcontinent, the Indus , Ganges , Sutlej and Brahmaputra actually arise from Lake Mansarovar. In reality, only the Sutlej originates from the lake. Mansarover has been circumambulated by the Indian pilgrims at least once in a lifetime as mentioned in the Puranas around 1700 years ago. Legends has that the mother of Buddha, Mayadevi had been bathed at Mansarovar by Gods before giving birth to her son.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam (150 km), 3300m, in Ardun guesthouse or similar one if late booking
Day 02: Rest Day at Nyalam, 3300m, in Ardun guesthouse or similar one if late booking
Day 03: We drive from Nyalam to Saga/4450 m, in budget guesthouse
Day 04: We drive from Saga to Mansarovar (4558 m) 506 km, in Chiu Gompa Guesthouse
Day 05: Pooja and drive to Darchen (14975 ft) 40 km, in mind zhiguang Guesthouse or similar one
Day 06: Trek to Darchen to Selung Gompa or Chuku Gompa/5000m, in guesthouse
Day 07: Selung Gompa or Chuku Gompa to Nandi inner Kora-Dirapuk Monastery, o/n in guesthouse
Day 08: Trek Dirapuk-Zuthulphuk, 18km, 6-7 hrs, 550 m ascent, 600m descent, in guesthouse
Day 09: End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Manasarovar, in Chiu Gompa Guesthouse
Day 10: Drive to Saga (about 506 km) 7-8 hrs, in guesthouse
Day 11: Drive to Shigatse city which is the 2nd largest city of Tibet, o/n in Manasarovar hotel
Day 12: Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery and local market, then drive to Gyantse after lunch, o/n in Jianzhang Hotel in Gyantse
Day 13: Gyantse-Palkhor Monastery-Yamdrok-Lhasa
Day 14: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar
Day 15: Drepung and Sera Monastery
Day 16: Leave Tibet for Nepal or China
Day01 Kathmandu – Nyalam [3,750m]
Tour starts from early morning at 06:00. Drive to Dhulikhel, stop for breakfast and then again drive to Kodari which is 114 km from Kathmandu takes 05-06 hrs. Upon arrival our tour We will help you to go through immigration formalities in Nepali part and after immigration formalities 03-04 minute walks to other side of the border i.e. Tibetan part, there will be our Tibetan Guide with 4WD Jeeps and supporting trucks takes you to Zhangmu (Tibetan town 09 km uphill drive from border.). At Zhangmu you again have to go through Chinese immigration formalities and there you will have your lunch and further drive to Nyalam (30 km from Zhangmu takes 2 hrs uphill drive.) o/n in Guest house.
Day 02 : Nyalam Rest day for acclimatization
Day 03 :Nyalam -Saga [4280m]
After breakfast our journey start to Saga which is 06-08 hrs drive, 4050 m in elevation and overnight in camp.
Day 04: Saga-Manasarovar [4,560m]
Early morning drive to Manasarovar which takes 4-5 hours drive, 4550m in elevation and overnight in camp.
Day05 :Manasarovar- Darchen [4,560m]
Explore Lake Manasarovar in the morning and drive to Darchen which is 1 hour drive and, 4,560 m in elevation and overnight in camp/ guesthouse.
Day06: Darchen-Darpoche-Selung Gompa or Chuku Gompa
After early morning breakfast trek starts (The Kora begins) and after 5-6 hours trek to Selung Gompa (5020m) or Chuku Gompa (4860m), in elevation and overnight in camp.
Day 07: Selung or Chuku Gompa-Kailash Inner Kora-Mt.Nandi tough trekking-Dirapuk, o/n in guesthouse
Day 08: Dira-Puk Monastery-Zutul-Puk Monastery
Parikrama continues to Zutil-Puk which will takes approximately 08 hours, 4,790m in elevation and overnight in camp.
Day 09: Zutul-Puk- Darchen- Hor-Qu [4,560m]
End treks at Darchen and drive to Hor-Qu and overnight in camp.
Day 10: Hor-Qu-Saga [4,280m]Drive to Saga and overnight in camp or in local hotel.
Day11 : Saga – Shigatse (3,900m), Approx 10 hours slow and safe drive
Scenic drive through the highest point, Gyatso La pass (5,220m) en route to Lhasa via Lhatse and Sakya Monastery. Overnight in hotel
Day 12: Shigatse-Gyantse [3,950m], 90 km, Approx 2 hrs drive
Morning sightseeing to the Panchen Lama Tashilhunpo Monastery. Drive through the Tibet’s biggest Agricultural field to Gyantse and visit to the Kumbum Stupa & Pelkor Choede Monastery. Overnight in Hotel
Day13 :Gyantse-Lake Yamdrok-Lhasa [3,650m] 261 km, about 4 hrs drive
Full day picturesque drive along the turquoise lake Yamdrok, crossing over Kampala Pass (4794 M) and the Brahmaputra River (Yarlung Tsangpo). Overnight in hotel
Two full days sightseeing tour to Lhasa including Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Sera Monastery, Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery, etc. Overnight in Hotel
Day16 : Lhasa final departure back to Kathmandu Nepal guide info pickup from Airport drop to hotel
17: Back to home
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