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MT. KAILASH AND LAKE MANASAROWAR JOURNEY

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Duration

15 Days

Max. Elevation

5700mm

Group size

2 PAX MIN

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Comfortable coach or four-wheel drive as group size
Best Season
March to May, September to December
Accomodation
Hotel&Lodge
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch&Dinner
Starts at
KATHMANDU
Ends at
KATHMANDU
Trip Route
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Highlights

    • “Following the holy pilgrimage trail to revered Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarover
    • Journey on top of the world’s highest and largest plateau with dramatic scenery
    • Exciting drive on vast Tibetan plains crossing high passes with grand scenic vista.
    • Walk around Mt. Kailash four cardinal faces from south, west, and north to east.
    • Enjoy the holy dip and bathe on the huge and sacred beautiful Manasarover Lake

Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarover Journey lead you to the holiest of all holy places on this planet earth. Revered as a sacred spot for four main religions Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, and ancient Bon of the pre-Buddhism sect. It will be a special place for all cast and creed and religions also, to experience its wild and scenic surroundings. Holy Mt. Kailash rises solely on its own at 6,638 m and 21, 778 feet high, the Tibetan calls Kang Rinpoche. An amazing mountain, the source of four major systems of Asia, Brahmaputra / Yarlung Tsangpo, Sutlej, Karnali, and Indus. Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarover, situated within a vast wide plateau at Ngari province of Far South-West Tibet, which was once the heart of the ancient kingdom of Guge. Some 1,600 km and 990 miles west of Tibet from capital Lhasa and 538 km about 335 miles distance from Kathmandu. The starting and ending point of Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarover Journey, where a drive leads you to an exciting country. Heading north of Kathmandu valley to reach Langtang Himal area within green farm areas and forest to enter Tibet at Kyirong. Spending extra day at Kyirong also called Gyirong Zangbo, next to Gyirong River, a tributary that later joins the Trisuli River in Nepal. A perfect height for acclimatization before heading towards a higher region of great Tibetan dry and arid wilderness. From Kyirong or Gyirong, the adventure begins heading the far western region of the Tibetan plateau, crossing over a pass to reach Brahmaputra River / Yarlung Tsangpo near the town of Saga. As the journey continues towards holy Lake Manasarover, where we will have an extra day to enjoy the views around the huge Lake. Which is almost 90 k.m. long and 70 k.m. wide, one can take a hike to old Chu Gomba perched on top of a cliff cave. A religious person can offer prayer and have a dip or a bathe on the shallow side of the holy lake, the ritual done mostly by Hindu followers. After a pleasant time at Lake Manasarover, our journey takes you on a wide Barkha plain, past the busy town of Darchen. Drive leads west at a holy spot of Taboche where our trek and pilgrimage walk begins from the west of Mt. Kailash. To reach Dhiraphuk within North Face of stunning Mt. Kailash, spending overnight in a simple lodge. Holy walk, circuit, Parikrama, or Kora continues heading for a big steep climb to reach the highest point of the adventure. Stand on top Dolma-La Pass 5, 630 m / 18,471 feet high facing Mt. Kailash North- Eastern Face. The pass regarded as a holy place with the closest views of the great Mt. Kailash, and then towards long downhill.  On reaching the base of Dolma-La Pass, the rest of the walk on a gradual trail to reach Zutulpuk. A small settlement with a few simple lodges and shops and a huge cave, the word Zutul means a place with a cave. Where 11th Century saint Milarepa meditated in this cave leaving an image of his foot-prints.Finally, our holy circuit/kora completes on reaching a road-head, for a long drive to the border of Tibet and Nepal. On route spending overnight stops at Saga and Kyirong, and then enter into Nepal back into the green vegetation. Within tall tree lines and heavily farmland villages, as the drive takes you to Kathmandu with last night halt around Langtang Himal. As our adventure comes to an end to complete in Kathmandu, after a marvelous experience on Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarover Journey.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: At Kathmandu preparation for Mt. Kailash Journey, sightseeing tour.

Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi village 1,420 m - 06 hours. 
Day 04: Drive to Kyirong in Tibet near Nepal border 2,890 m - 03 hours.
Day 05: At Kyirong rest day for acclimatization.
Day 06: Drive to Saga 4, 400 m - 05 hrs.
Day 07: Drive to Manasarover Lake at Chu Gompa 4,588 m- 07 hours.
Day 08: At Manasarover rest day for acclimatization.
Day 09:  Short drive to Taboche past Darchen 4,600 m, start to walk to
Dhiraphuk 4,900 m - 05 hours.

Day 10: Trek to Zutulpuk 4,760 m via Dolma-la 5, 630 m - 06 hrs. 

Day 11: Trek to near Darchen and drive to Saga town - 07 hrs.

Day 12: Drive to Kyirong in local guesthouse - 05 hrs.

Day 13: Drive to Dhunche town 1,950 m past Syabrubesi - 05 hrs. 

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel - 06 hrs.
Day 15: International departure for homeward.

 Additional Information: 

For Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarover Journey from Kyirong and Saga, it is important and much better to spend nights in tented camps, rather than using a simple lodge at Manasarover and around the Kailash circuit, with camping food served from our camping kitchen. As the lodges can be overcrowded with pilgrims sometimes, especially during the high season for pilgrimage and in Saga Dawa festival time. While in Tibet using Beijing Standard Time which is 2 hours- 15 minutes ahead of Nepal standard times, the currency is Chinese Renminbi Yuan which is about US$ 1 = Yuan 6-7, and NRS 17 for 1 Yuan. Overland drive from Tibet to Nepal entry point at Kodari (Nepal) via Nylam and Zhangmu (Tibet-China) not possible at present, due to broken roads from the landslide of 25th April & 25th May earthquakes. The road might open for travel in near future we will keep in touch with us for updates regarding this situation. The only way to enter Tibet is by air from Lhasa or from Kyirong taking an overland journey, through the Langtang Himal region which has been opened for foreign visitors for the last few years.



Trip Itinerary

Day

1

On arrival at Kathmandu-Nepal International Airport via various airlines, our guide and staff receive you for a short transfer to the heart of Kathmandu city. Where your hotel is located, after checking into your rooms and then meet other members of the trek at the hotel lobby for briefing. Information of Tibetan Journey Overland, briefing includes useful details to make your holiday in Tibet more enjoyable. Evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to Nepalese culture of various parts of Nepal with folk dance and music. 


Day

2

The morning after good breakfast, enjoy a tour of Kathmandu places of great interest where our city guide leads you with a short drive and walks to visit famous historical and religious monuments with old palaces. Most of the ancient temples, Stupas, and monasteries including royal courtyards are listed in world heritage sites in the chapter of fascinating wonders. After an enjoyable back to the hotel, for the final meeting and preparations for the most wonderful adventure to Tibetan Journey by Overland.

 

Day

3

Start early morning after a good breakfast, for an interesting drive beyond Kathmandu valley to reach high cooler Himalayan hills at Dhunche, headquarter town of Rasuwa district and entrance to Langtang National Park. From here a long descend on a zig-zag turn to reach Syabrubesi village for an overnight stop in the best available local lodge. Herewith time to browse around the village and witness the local culture of Tamang the hill tribe of Langtang Himal range practice Buddhism and Bon sect of pre-Buddhist. 


Day

4

Enjoy a good breakfast at Syabrubesi, where morning leads to an exciting drive on a newly built dirt road that takes you to enter Tibet from the border post of Nepal at Rasuwagadhi. After a few hours’ drive from Syabrubesi, and then a short walk across to the Tibetan side of the border. Where our Tibetan guide and driver from our counterpart agents of Tibet, will meet you and then through immigration and customs formalities. Then a short drive reaches you in Tibet at Kyirong County for first overnight, accommodation in a nice local guest-house.


Day

5

In Kyirong a free day for acclimatization, which is necessary before heading towards the high altitude terrain of the vast Tibetan plateau. Enjoy the day with short walks and browse around this small town and witness the local impressive culture interwoven to Tibetan Buddhism religion within the backdrop of Ganesh and Langtang Himal range.


Day

6

After a relaxing day and overnight stops in Kyirong, then having breakfast drive takes you into a river gorge for an hour to enter a wide-open country. The start of Tibet's vast south-west plateau, a wild windswept landscapes of arid and dry air with sparse vegetation, as the journey continues where the road from Nylam / Zhangmu joins at near Paigut-Tsho, a huge salt lake. From here drive leads up to cross over the small pass towards Brahmaputra River / Yarlung Tsangpo that flows from the source of Mt. Kailash. Drive heads to cross a long bridge to reach Saga for an overnight stop. A moderate size town situated en-route to Mt. Kailash, where Lhasa and Shigatse road joins. Spend the overnight in a nice guest house, lodge, or hotel with time for a short walk around the town of Saga within a windblown high country.


Day

7

From Saga, start the day early morning to cover a long distance to reach holy Manasarover Lake within Mt. Kailash area. Drive heads to cross several high passes to reach a small town of Drongba, to enter within a long stretch of vast wide Tibetan landscapes. On drive enjoy views of distant Himalayan peaks that borders the western part of Nepal with Tibet. Driving through villages and towns and observe nomads and yak herders’ camp as the ride reaches you at Paryang, a windswept small town. Stopping here for a possible lunch stop, and then drives continues to cross a high pass of Myum-la at 5, 150 m, chances of spotting some wildlife like mountain antelope with a herd of Kang the wild Ass, then downhill to the east side of Lake Manasarover close to the small town of Horpa, with the first glimpse of Mt. Kailash towards the north. From Horpa enter the large and wide Barakha plain of Ngari province within remote areas of Far South West Tibet then end the day for an overnight halt at the west side of holy Manasarover Lake. Close to an old monastery Chu Gompa is located on a high red cliff within an overhanging cave. Accommodation in a simple lodge or guest-house, in the high season of pilgrimage this gets over-crowded with Indian devotees and pilgrims. 


Day

8

Another rest day on this beautiful location by the holy Lake Manasarover with views of Mt. Kailash and Gurla Mandhata mountain range which is 7,694 m high towards the south of the lake with Kailash in the north. Enjoy the day for acclimatization as well for prayer and worship or take a short walk uphill to interesting Chu Gompa. The myth and legend behind Lake Manasarover, where Hindu belief is Manasarover float beneath the shadow of holy Kailash as the lake formed in the mind of Gods like the word ‘Manas’ origin from ancient Sanskrit language mean mind or soul of god and the holy spirit. For interested and keen members, option for few hours Parikrama or circuit of Lake Manasarover on four-wheel drive, for complete circuit covering a distance of 110 k.m. The best time for kora and Parikrama around Lake Manasarover, in late autumn and early spring when the tributary streams and rivers are low that joins the lake. 


Day

9

From Lake Manasarover, after enjoying a nice relaxing day our main goal and highlight start with a short drive to reach the near west face of holy Mt. Kailash. The ride leads past Darchen town with many hotels and lodges and markets, can be busy with pilgrims on auspicious time for kora and Parikrama on Saga Dawa, the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, especially for Buddhist pilgrims. On reaching Taboche, a holy spot for Tibetan Buddhists marked with thousands of prayer flags and a tall wooden flag pole changes the pole and flags once a year on the day great festival time of Saga Dawa. Enjoy looking grand vista of Mt. Kailash West Face, from here our walk commences heading towards wide dry plains taking a path along the bank of a stream with a few small high altitude prickly shrubs and bushes. As gradual climb starts for few hours, but most of the walk on a level trail to reach Dhiraphuk Gompa for an overnight stop, accommodation in a simple lodge and guest-house with close towering North Face of Mt. Kailash. 


Day

10

The second day of the holy walk will be the hardest and tough day due to the steep climb and high altitude to reach Dolma-La top, the highest pass of the journey. Morning from Dhiraphuk starts on a gentle trail for a short hour on reaching a small wooden bridge, which is on the route of inner and outer Kora/circuit. The walk leads to outer Parikrama and circuit with a climb on a well-defined path, marked with many stone cairn, and various items offering by Tibetan pilgrims. As the climb proceeds then reach the highest and holy spot Dolma-La Pass at 5, 630 m high, with closest views of Mt. Kailash North-East Face. A sacred place, the pass festooned with prayer flags and offerings by Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. Enjoy the best time of your life and experience being on the highest and holy point of the adventure. From the top a long downhill with views of a small glacial pond called Parvati Kund. As the walk continues to reach the base of Dolma-La around Lamchu Valley on the eastern side of Mt. Kailash. On reaching the valley floor, the rest of the walk is on an easy gradual wide path to reach Zutul-Puk, a small settlement with few shops and a simple lodge close to a cave, where 11th Century saint Milarepa meditated. Where you can notice a trace of his holy footprints on the ceiling of this large cave. The word Zutul-Puk means a place with a cave.


Day

11

Another day to start early from Zutulpuk, after a simple local breakfast a short walk of few hours to reach on a road-head, where our Tibetan drivers will be waiting for a long drive to Saga town. The last day of the holy circuit, kora or Parikrama is on a gradual flat valley trail walking past many Mani prayer monuments to reach a narrow gorge by the side of the great Karnali River that flows towards Western Nepal. Our direction diverts west near Darchen on the last leg of the walks. As our holy hike ends at a dramatic exit from the river valley. Where drive leads to Saga on the same route over Mayum-La Pass then reaching Saga for an overnight stop, having late dinner and then retire to your rooms after a most exciting day and long drive.


Day

12

Today overland journey will be exciting to reach at the end of wide arid and barren Tibetan plateau, following the same route as earlier then enter into a narrow river gorge and then to a wide-open valley on reaching Kyirong County, by late afternoon as well for the last overnight stop in Tibet.


Day

13

Feeling at your best as the altitude gets to lower normal heights with a nice overnight in Kyirong, having last breakfast in Tibet a short drive to reach frontier post and immigration of China, completing passport and visa formalities. After security check short walk to enter Nepal at Rasuwagadhi, bidding farewell to our good Tibetan guide and cheerful drivers. Walk towards Nepal side, here again going through visa formalities, drive into Nepal with a local driver as ride leads past farm villages within lush green surroundings to reach Dhunche for overnight in a nice lovely lodge. Dhunche headquarters town of Rasuwa district is located within Langtang Himal and the gateway to various trekking around the Langtang region.  


Day

14

Leisure and late morning for breakfast at Dhunche town populated by Tamang people the hill tribes of Central Himalaya and Langtang region. After a nice breakfast an exciting drive to Kathmandu. As drive follows lovely villages and town of Ramche and Manebhanjyang. The journey continues around warm low areas of Trisuli Bazar and heading past Nuwakott to reach Kathmandu, and then transfer to your respective hotels. Afternoon free on last day in Kathmandu for individual activities and shopping Nepalese souvenirs. 


Day

15

Last day in Nepal in the country of Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time either morning, afternoon, or evening. Vertex Holiday guide and staff transfer you to the airport for a homeward journey or to the next port of call, after a wonderful time and adventure on Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarover Journey. 


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I book for Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarover Journey?

For your kind interest and information book this trip with Vertex Holiday (P) Ltd. On booking please mention your arrival date and duration of a holiday for this trip in Nepal and Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarover Journey. While booking with us, e-mail, or in any other medium to contact Vertex Holiday. Booking should reach us at least a minimum of two weeks ahead before the trip departure, along with booking a full deposit or 50 % of the payment for the trip, rest balance to be paid on arrival in Kathmandu, before the trip departure.  Sending us your full passport details and photo’s for the visa process. 

How are the hotel accommodation standard and food on this trip?

Depending upon your budget and choice of hotel standard, from simple tourist class, 2 to 5-star deluxe hotels the choice of hotels applies only for Nepal. Not for Tibet, where our counterpart Tibetan agents will book the hotel and lodge in Tibet as per the trip cost. Nevertheless, hotel accommodation and foods in Kathmandu and at Kyirong and Saga of moderate standard, with all modern facilities that are required in all international hotels. The food from breakfast, lunch, and dinner from local Nepalese / Tibetan cuisines to continental meals or Chinese dishes. But from Saga, the accommodation is much simple and basic, best in tented camping facilities served by our field staff and Nepalese cook.        

To charge our electronic device and gadgets what are AC power:

In Kathmandu / Nepal capacity 609 MW in Integrated Power System, of 230 volts in A.C. single phase and 400 volts in three phases for general.Electricity in Tibet / China is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles. We do have two pins & 3 pins power sockets, you better have two Pin travel plug adapter which will be useful to charge your batteries.

What are the currency exchange rate in Nepal and Tibet?

The currencies in Nepal is Nepalese Rupees which is at present exchange rate is US$ 1 equals to NRS 116.95, As for Tibet with Chinese currency than US $1 equals 6: 50 Chinese Renminbi Yuan, which is the official currency of the People's Republic of China, and translates to “people's money. 

How many people on this tour?

Depending upon the time of booking and holiday duration of some people, we do have set departure dates in all our tours, for Tibet minimum of 3-4 people and a maximum of more than 10 people in the group. The larger group much better as the tour cost will be slightly lower in a small group, we also organize and run this tour for a minimum of 2-3 person also, a special rate to cover all tour package.

What are the weather like in Kailash and Manasarover Journey?

Around whole areas of Tibet, the weather is fine and clear most of the season, a land of high altitude gets much sun for long hours, although cold morning and from late afternoon till night time. Can get very windy especially on the drive from Saga onwards during afternoon time till late 4 p.m. Chances of snowfall sometimes around high passes and altitude wise, do get light rain around monsoon time of June to mid-September, but the mostly dry and arid country as weather-wise. Does not get heavy rain like in southern countries of the Himalayas range.

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