Kailash & Manasarovar Tour
This trip is solely designed to include Kailash Kora and Lake Mansarovar making it more suitable for those travelers with limited time.The ultimate destination of this trip is Mt Kailash and then to complete a Kora around the mountain. The Kora is followed by an excursion around Lake Mansarovar.
Mt. Kailash, 6,740 m. is situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet. It is the perfect mountain in so many ways and stands serene with all its awesome beauty four great faces look out to this world and the one beyond. It is the spiritual centre for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion – Bonpo.To Tibetans it is known as Khang Rimpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow) and they see it as the navel of the world. It is said that a stream from the mountain pours into a nearby lake and from here rivers flow in the four cardinal directions. The River of the Lion Mouth to the North, the River of the Horse Mouth to the east, the River of the Peacock Mouth to the south and the River of the Elephant Mouth to the West. Strangely enough, four major rivers do indeed originate near Kailash, the Indus, the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Karnali and the Sutlej. Tibetans believe that it is the residence of Demchog, a fierce looking tantric deity who lives there with his consort, Dorje Phagmo. For the Tibetans also it is a particularly special place where poet saint Milarepa, spent several years here meditating in a cave.
For the Hindus Mount Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru, their spritual centre of the universe, described as a fanatastic ‘world pillar’ 84,000 miles high and around which all else revolves.Its roots are firmly rooted in the lowest hell and its summit rises so high to kiss the heavens. On the top their most revered God, Shiva, and his consort Parvati live.
For the Jains, an Indian religious group, Kailash is the site where their first prophet achieved enlightenment. For the older, more ancient religion of Bon, it is the site where its founder Shanrab is said to have descended from heaven. It was formerly the spiritual centre of Zhang Zung, the ancient Bon Empire that once included all of western Tibet. Bon people walk around the mountain in a counter clockwise manner, unlike the other religions.
Over the centuries pilgrims have constantly journeyed immense distances to achieve enlightement or cleanse themselves of sin, braving enourmous distances, particularly harsh weather and bandit attacks.
Day 01 : KATHMANDU – NYLAM. (3750m)
Tour starts from Kathmandu early morning at 06:00. Drive to Dhulikhel, stop for breakfast and then again drive to Kodari which is 114 kms from Kathmandu takes 5-6hrs. Upon arrival our tour escort will help you through immigration formalities in Nepal / after immigration formalities in Tibet you will be met by our Tibetan Guide with 4WD Jeeps and supporting trucks to take you to Zhangmu (Tibetan town 9 km uphill drive from border.). At Zhangmu again you have to go through Chinese immigration formalities / lunch served here and further drive to Nyalam (30 kms from Zhangmu takes 2 hrs uphill drive.) / overnight in guest house.
Day 02 : NYALAM
Rest day for acclimatization.
Day 03 : NYALAM – SAGA
After breakfast / start to Saga which is 6-8 hrs drive, 4050 m in elevation and overnight camp.
Day 04 : SAGA – PARAYANG
After early morning breakfast / drive to Parayang / 6-7 hrs drive overnight camp.
Day 05 : PARAYANG – MANASAROVAR.
Early morning drive to Manasorovar / takes 4-5 hours drive, 4550m in elevation / overnight camp.
Day 06 : MANASAROVAR:
Free day for excursion & acclimatization
Day 07 : MANASAROVAR – DARCHEN.
Explore Lake Manasorovar in the morning / drive to Darchen which 1 hour / 4,560 m elevation / over night in camp / guest house.
Day 08 : DARCHEN – DIRAPUK.
After early morning breakfast trek starts (The Kora begins) / 5 – 6 hours trek to Dirapuk / 4,890 m elevation / overnight camp.
Day 09 : DIRAPUK – ZUTULPUK.
Parikrama continue to Zutulpuk / approximately 8 hours / 4,790m elevation / overnight camp.
Day 10 : ZUTULPUK – DARCHEN – HORFE.
End trek at Darchen / drive to Horfe / overnight camp.
Day 11 : HORFE – PARAYANG.
Drive back to Parayang / overnight camp.
Day 12 : PARAYANG – SAGA.
Drive to Saga / overnight camp.
Day 13 : SAGA – NAYALAM.
Drive to Nayalam / over night in guest house.
Day 14 : NAYALAM – KATHMANDU .
Drive to boarder and re entry to Nepal / drive back to Kathmandu / overnight at hotel.
- Arrival departure transportation in Kathmandu
- Sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Temples.
- 3 nights in 3 Star equivalent hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with all veg meals
- Return transfer to Nepal-China border by local bus.
- Tibet Portion: accommodation in guesthouses on sharing basis in dormitory style
- Pure vegetarian meals.
- Support vehicle for carrying luggage and kitchen equipments
- English speaking Tibetan guide Nepali tour leader supported by cook helpers
- First Aid kit with the group and Oxygen cylinders in Tibet side
- Necessary permit Langtang and Kailash region.
- Normal Tibet/China visa fee to visit Kailash.
- Kerung border tax
- Yak to carry kitchen equipments during parikraama
- 01 Duffle Bag (as souvenir) and 01 down Cheater (on returnable basis)
- Yatra completion certificate