Trip Facts

Duration: 17 days
On Trek: 4 days
Max. Altitude: 4,890 m/16,044 ft

Description

In a hundred ages of the gods I could not tell thee the glories of [the Himalaya]….there is no mountain like [the Himalaya] for in it are Kailash and Manasarovar.

- From the Hindu epic Ramayana

Few mountains in the world rival the grandeur of Mount Kailash (6,717m/22,028ft), the famed holy peak in Western Tibet. Situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, this legendary 'crystal mountain' is revered by four different religions as one of the most sacred pilgrimage destination in Asia. The sources for four of  South Asia's greatest rivers are nearby, and at the base of the mountain are two vast lakes, Manasarovar (Tib., Mapham Yumtsho, the Unconquerable Turquoise Lake) and Rakshas Tal (Tib., La-ngak or Langka Tsho). 

Our Kailash journey begins in Kathmandu, Nepal. From there we drive across the Friendship Highway to Tibet, arriving on the shores of Lake Manasarovar, the holiest lake in Asia. After completing the pilgrimage kora around Mount Kailash itself, we’ll attend the annual festival of Saga Dawa, held at the foot of the mountain. Finally we continue our Kailash trek with an impressive drive across the Tibetan plateau to Zhangmu and then back to Kathmandu.

Note: this trip can be shortened by 4 days if we exclude the visits to Asthapad and Sapta Rishi Cave. 

Day 1: Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to hotel. If time permits, you will visit the Monkey Temple followed by trip briefing.
Day 2: Visit World Heritage Sites - Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa - in the morning. Drive to Kodari (4 hrs) near Nepal-China border and stay overnight at a guest house.
Day 3: Experience the rigors of border crossing at immigration check-points of Nepal and China. You will then drive to the traditional Tibetan town of Nyalam ((3,750m/12,303ft). Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: The entire day is free for acclimatization. We will go on short treks in preparation for the Kailash journey.
Day 5: Drive to Dongba (8 hrs). The scenery along the way is terrific as the fertile Nepalese valleys give way to arid Tibetan plateau. En-route we will cross the Tong La Pass (4,996m/16,390ft) and pass Paiku-Tso lake & Brahmaputra river.
Day 6: Drive to the holy lake of Mansarovar (7hr). The road follows the Tsang Po River, passes through a number of villages before crossing the Mayum La Pass (5,280m/17,323ft). Circumambulate the sacred lake (2.5 hrs) and enjoy the experience.
Day 7: Most of the day is free for spiritual activities - prayers, hawans and a dip in the holy lake. You can also walk to Langpona Gompa from where you can see the river winding its way towards lake Mansarovar. Drive to Darchen.
Day 8: Drive to Tarboche (8 km) and visit Yamdwar. We will then trek to Diraphuk monastery (5,209m/17,090ft).This is the first day of Kailash Parikrama (circumambulation). We will walk for about 6 -7 hours to the north face of Mt Kailash. Overnight at lodge.
Day 9: Trek to Dzutrul Phuk monastery via Khandro Sanglam pass. The climb is steep as we pass the glacier to the Northeast of Mt Kailash and the Shiwa Tsel (Dakini Charnel Ground). The descent down into the valleys takes us by Kuber Kund.
Day 10: Enjoy a relatively peasant and beautiful trek (8 kms) to finish the parikrama (circumambulation). Drive to Darchen where you will spend the night.
Day 11: Take an excursion to Asthapad from where you will have the closest and the best view of Mt Kailash. It is approx. a 20 minute drive or a trek of 5 hours. Overnight in tent. (Asthapad visit will only take place if “permitted” by the Chinese government)
Day 12: Trek to the Atma Lingam, Sapta Rishi caves & Nandi Parvat. Return back to Asthapad and stay overnight in tent.
Day 13: Trek to Darchen (5 hrs) and stay overnight at lodge.
Day 14: Drive to New Drongba (7 hrs) via Mayum La (5,150m/16,896ft) and Paryang (4,600m/15,092ft) where you will probably have lunch. Cross the Soge La pass and continue the drive beside Tsang Po river. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 15: Drive to Nyalam (5hrs) passing many Tibetan peaks, the Peku Tso lake, the mighty Lalung La and Thong La passes with great views of Shishgangma, the worlds 13th highest peak.
Day 16: Drive to the border town of Zhangmu, After customs formalities, you will transfer to Nepalese transport and continue your drive alongside the banks of the Sun Koshi River towards Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17: Transfer to airport for your flight back home.

Cost Includes: *3 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu on full board basis *Half-day sightseeing of Kathmandu city (one half day) *Kathmandu-China Border-Kathmandu transfer by private coach *Tibet group visa fee *Accommodation in Tibet in guesthouse/camp * Visit to Asthapad, Sapta Rishi cave, Nandi Parikrama *All vegetarian meals during tour (breakfast, lunch & dinner) *Transportation in Tibet side by private luxury a/c coach (road conditions are good) or by four wheel drive vehicle (Land Cruiser) *English speaking Tibetan guide *All necessary travel & trekking permits as per the itinerary *Supporting team or crew members (cook, helpers & porters) *Oxygen cylinders for emergency use & medical kit bag *Airport pickup & drop off *All applicable taxes & service charges

Accommodation: Hotel, guesthouse & tent

If wishing to travel at other times alternative itineraries are available.

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