|Duration Nights||13 Nights|
A great mass of black rock soaring to over 22,000 feet, Mount Kailash is a supremely sacred site to all the religious devotees spread across the globe. Located in the far western Tibet, it is the world's most venerated holy place. For a Hindu, to make the arduous pilgrimage to Kailash and have the darshan (divine view) of Shiva's abode is to attain release from the clutches of ignorance and delusion. However, Mt. Kailash holds significance to not only Hindus, but the other religions as well. Although tucked away in a remote place and making itself very arduous, the journey is much more rewarding with spectacular views and impeccable cultural heritage.
This trip covers Mansarovar Parikrama or Kora in three days. Once at Nyalam, we pass the dusty planes to arrive at Lake Mansarovara, with its own special significance. A dip in this holy lake is believed to cleanse and purify a person from all his sins. After a day here, you head to Danchen, the starting point of the Kora, and continue the Parikrama, passing through several high passes, giant lakes, and a very famous monastery. The journey is strenuous, but the lovely ambience of the place resting quietly amidst snow-laden mountain peaks, and sights of ravishing beauty will make you forget that you were ever tired. After spending a few days in this holy shrine, you make your way back to the Nepal-China border, bid farewell to the porters and drivers, and drive back to Katmandu.
This journey is bound to overwhelm you with its beauty and divinity. The highly pronounced tradition will fill your heart with content and peace, and you will return a happy person full of life!
Day 01: Drive to Nyalam
You will be received for your long drive to Nyalam. You’ll stop for lunch at the border, where the custom and immigration is compeleted, and you proceed towards Zhangmu. You will meet the chauffeurs, and also the land cruisers here, and continue towards Nyalam.
Day 02: Acclimatization at Nyalam
Nyalam, the tibetian town near Nepal border, is full of stone houses with tin roofs. It was also called the “gate to hell” by Trans-Himalayan traders because the old route was very dangerous. It is a fast-growing little town, and you can use a day to acclimatize yourself here.
Day 03: Drive to Saga
Today's drive involves crossing of two high passes and also passes by a lake called Pelkutso.Lablung Lanoffers spectacular views of Mt. Sishapangma, Gaurishanker and many other peaks, all of which are dwarfed by the Tibetan plateau. You will also cross the Bramhaputra River just before Saga. Healthy packaged lunch will be served on the way.
Day 04: Drive to Paryang
Continue on the vast dry plains, you the small dusty Tibetan town of Zhongba, and drive further to Paryang with enchanting panaromic views on the way. You will spend the night at a famous campsite.
Day 05: Drive to Lake Manasarovara
Today's drive includes what is probably the best panorama over this journey. As you near this breathtaking sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the North West shore of the lake. From Horgu, you will have the first glimpse of holy Mt. Kailash. The crew will set up the camp at Manasarovara.
Day 06: Rest day
You can take a dip in the holy lake, which is believed to purify the person, and do the Pooja (Sacred ritual). A stroll at your own leisure around this peaceful place, is an enchanting experience.
Day 07: Mansarovar Parikrama - Darchen
You head on the trail of Mansarovar Parikrama, and if time permits, also visit Chui Gompa. After noon, you’ll drive to Darchen, the starting point of Kailash Parikrama.
Day 08: Drive to Dira Puk via Tarboche
You drive along the jeep trail to Tarboche, marked by a tall flagpole adorned with thousands of multi-colored prayer flags and kata scarves strung out in radiating lines from the pole. Further ahead from Tarboche, you trek past lush meadows and picturesque streams, overlooking the Turquoise River which cascades over a narrow canyon with tall steep cliffs on either sides. You visit the Dira Puk monastery which will give a deep insight on the long-held tradition of this place.
Day 09: Continue Parikarma over Dolma La Pass to Zuthul Puk
Lha Chu Valley blurs as you ascend towards Drolma Chu Valley. The Drolma la gives sighting breathtaking view of Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion. Further on, the trail descends to the flat fields of Zutul-Puk, home to a monastery and several fascinating caves. The caves at this locale, lined in mani stones, are most popular for meditation.
Day 10: Drive to Darchen
Away from Zutul-Puk, you follow the trail through Bharkha plain leading to Darchen, along some impressive gorges and around many mani stones and mani walls. You mark the end to the holy experience of Kailash Kora today.
Day 11: Drive to Paryang
The road is rough with many bumps but the scenery is so magnificent that you’ll find yourself stopping at various stops for wonderful clicks. You will frequently cross rivers and the Wild antelope and kiang (the Tibetan wild ass) are a common sight. This is the land of the Drogpa nomads and you will pass many encampments with large herds of sheep and goats.
Day 12: Drive to Saga.
It is another day of long day drive to Saga, passing through the small, dusty town of Zhongba.
Day 13: Drive to Nyalam
You cross the Yarlung Tsangpo [Brahmaputra River] by ferry and continue your journey across the vast open plains. Accompanied by stunning views of the mountains, you reach the gian lake of Paigutso, you will continue driving south towards the Nepalese border. You cross Lalung La, and come to Nyalam.
Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu
From Nyalam, you drive down to the border town of Zhangmu. From here, it’s a short drive to the Friendship Bridge, where you part with your Tibetan guide and driver. You walk to the Nepalese Immigration Control, where you will be met by your Nepalese staff. After completing the formalities, you continue the drive to Kathmandu.
The Cost Includes:
- All necessary permits, Tibet/China Group Visa.
- All surface transport in Tibet by Japanese land cruisers 4500 CC with supporting truck.
- Freshly cooked 3 vegetarian meals a day by our experienced Sherpa staff.
- All Camping equipment (tent, mattress, dinning tent, kitchen tent, kitchen utensils, tables, chairs, toilet tent, sleeping bag etc.).
- Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipment).
- Accommodation as per itinerary in clean comfortable guesthouses throughout the trip.
- English Speaking Guide.
- Yaks with yak drivers for carrying camping luggage & cooking equipment's during the Kora.
- Oxygen cylinders.
The Cost Excludes:
- Airfares to Kathmandu.
- If need Ponies for riding upon for Kailash Kora, early request to our guide is necessary and the cost will be borne by guest on the spot. Beware of the possible risk being thrown out by the ponies.
- Any expenses of personal nature such as travel insurance, drinks,laundry, telephone / fax calls, porters or arranging additional transportation.
- Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (Landslides, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes, evacuation costs etc.
- Services other than specified.
Booking terms and Conditions:
To confirm the booking for your Kailash Yatra, you need to send us advanced payment of certain amount, and the balance should be cleared 30 days beforeyour departure from India. You need to send us by e-mail or fax, your clear scanned valid passport photocopy together with text of details as below:
Date of Birth: __________________________________________________________
Passport Number: ______________________________________________________
It is the sole responsibility of passengers to pay the tour price by the due date.
Passengers can cancel their trip 15 days before their departure; of which the former prepaid booking charge will not be refunded. Please send your cancellation by fax or email, Oral cancellation will not be entertained.
Cancellation charges per person:
- 21 or more days prior to departure Booking charge non refundable.
- 07 to 15 days prior to the departure 50 % of the Holiday cost.
- 07 days prior to departure or In case of no show 100 % of Holiday cost.
Kindly Note :
- Its illegal and punishable offence to carry INR 500 /- & INR 1000 /- currency notes in Nepal. Rest of the terms & conditions as per the brochure .