Mount Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage Tour 2017 & 2018

Overview

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 Himalayas 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.

Lake Mansarovar

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.

Itinerary

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 Manasarover (4558m) 506 km, in Chiu Gompa Guesthouse

Day 05: Pooja and drive to Darchen (14975 ft) 40km, in minzhiguang Guesthouse or similar one

Day 06: Trek to Darpoche to Selung Gompa or Chuku Gompa/5000m, in guesthouse

Day 07: Selung Gompa or Chuku Gompa to Nandi inner Kora-Dira Puk Monastery, o/n in guesthouse

Day 08: Trek Dirapuk-Zuthulpuk, 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 Jianzang Hotel in Gyantse

Day 13: Gyantse-Pelkhor 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

Detail Itinerary

Day01 Kathmandu – Nyalam [3,750m]
Tour starts form early morning at 06:00. Drive to Dhulikhel, stop for breakfast and then again drive to Kodari which is 114 km from Kathmandu takes 05-06hrs. Upon arrival our tour escort 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 form 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.
Day02 Nyalam Rest day for acclimatization
Day03 Nyalam -Saga [4280m]
After breakfast our journey start to Saga which is 06-08 hrs drive, 4050 m in elevation and over night in camp.
Day04 Saga-Manasarovar [4,560m]
Early morning drive to Manasarovar which takes 4-5 hours drive, 4550m in elevation and over night 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 over night 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.
Day07 Selung or Chuku Gompa-Kailash Inner Kora-Mt.Nandi tough trekking-Dirapuk, o/n in guesthouse
Day08 Dira-Puk Monastery-Zutul-Puk Monastery
Parikrama continues to Zutul-Puk which will takes approximately 08 hours, 4,790m in elevation and overnight in camp.
Day09: Zutul-Puk- Darchen- Hor-Qu [4,560m]
End treks at Darchen and drive to Hor-Qu and over night in camp.
Day10 Hor-Qu-Saga [4,280m]Drive to Saga and over night 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
Day12 Shigatse-Gyantse [3,950m], 90km, Approx 2 hrs drive
Morning sightseeing to the Panchen Lama’s Tashilunpo 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 (4794M) and the Brahmaputra River (Yarlung Tsangpo). Overnight in hotel
Day14-15In Lhasa:
Two full days sight seeing tour to Lhasa including Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Sera Monastery, Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery, etc. Overnight in Hotel
Day16 Lhasa final departure

Include/Exclude

Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
3 nights accommodation in 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the in trekking.
Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
All accommodations during the trek.
Everest trekking map.
Both ways domestic flight from Kathmandu/ Lukla/ Kathmandu with airport tax.
An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
Travel & Rescue arrangement.
All government taxes and Vat.
Cost Excludes
Meals yourself Kathmandu (L+D).
Your Travel insurance.
International airfare.
Nepal entry visa ( You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
Personal shopping and laundry etc.
Personal trekking Equipments.
Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.

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