Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Overland

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A spiritual adventure in the Himalayas to find yourself

Mt. Kailash, 6,740 m. is situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet. It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with 4 great faces. It is the spiritual center for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre -Mt Kailash HimalayaBuddhist 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 in that their poet saint Milarepa, spent several years here meditating in a cave .

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Dates 2016 (13 days by road from Kathmandu)

Important :- Kerong border will be open for Tourist and Pilgrims in the mid of July.

May’2016 June’2016 July’2016 August’2016 Sep’2016
02 May 06 June 14th July (Full Moon) 05th Aug 02nd Sep
09 May 12 June (Full moon) 29th July 09th Aug (Full Moon) 07th Sep (Full Moon)
13 May (Full moon) 15 June 21 July 13th Aug (Full Moon) 11th Sep (Full Moon)
16 May 22 June 28 July 17th Aug 15th Sep
23 May 29 June   20th Aug  
30 May     24th Aug  
Kailash Overland Yatra Bookings & Discounts

Detailed itinerary

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Icon Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu (1,400m)

Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu, welcome by our tour representative and transfer to hotel. Check into room and refresh. Overnight at 3* equivalent hotel on twin/triple sharing basis. (Meals included : Veg Dinner)

Icon Day 02 Kathmandu Temple visit

In the morning after breakfast in the hotel and then continue for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu we will visit Pashupatinath Temple and Budhanilkanth Temple (Sleeping Vishnu), both are biggest holy temple in regards to Lord Shiva & Vishnu respectively. Return hotel from sightseeing and take lunch in hotel. In the evening, we will have short briefing for the program followed by introduction to all group members. Overnight at hotel. (Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Optional: One can even book for Mountain Flight as an optional tour for this morning. This is an hour flight over World’s highest Mountain peaks. The flight departure time is at 6.30 am so those passengers who booked for this incredible flight should be ready by 5.30 am in the hotel and one of our tour officer will pick up and transfer to the domestic airport.

Icon Day 03 Drive Kathmandu to Kerung (2700m) via, Shyabrubesi - Rasuwagadhi 170 km / 7-8 hours

After breakfast drive to the Nepalese border Rasuwagadi. The customs and immigration formalities are completed crossed border on foot. The pilgrimage is then transferred on their Chinese bus for onward journey. We travel in sturdy and comfortable vehicles that are controlled and guided by Tibetans. The accompanying Nepalese Sherpas get into the coaches / waiting trucks after loading the food materiel’s water etc and the onward journey into the Tibetan/Chinese region continues toward the town of Kerung. Overnight stay will be in a basic guesthouse at Kerung in dormitory style. (Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Icon Day 04 Free day at Kerung for acclimatization (2700m)

A show walk down the market place or a gradual test trek up the nearby mountains would be ideal for the mind and body. A day for relaxation and acclimatization to the high altitude at Kerung. (Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Icon Day 05 Kerung to New Dongba via Saga (4600m) – 380 kms & 7-8 hours drive

After on enjoyable drive through the mountains terrain and then the plains provides us a marvelous view of huge and bhuish lake Pieko-Tso. The yearlong Tsangpo ( Brahmaputtra river) is crossed over on, past the turn off for the northern route, and arrive at settlement of Saga (4840m). The landscape gradually changes to the high plains of Tibet, soft beautiful and photogenic. We drive further to New Dongba. Stay overnight at guesthouse/lodge in dormitory style.

Icon Day 06 Dongba/New Dongba to Lake Manasarovar (4598m)

We have very important day today as we are heading to the holiest place at Lake Manasarovar. As per above time schedule, our day begins with breakfast at 0730 AM. On the way before Mayumla Pass (4900 m), we take break for permit formalities and for lunch then continue the journey crossing Mayumla pass and Paryang county. You will have very good opportunity to see first glimpse of Mt. Kailash from the shore of Lake Manasarovar. There will be few minutes’ halt before heading to our camp / guesthouse at Lake Manasarovar for the permit formalities, that period you can use with praying and exploring the beauty of Mt. Kailash. After immigration complete, we will drive further to our guesthouse at Chiu Gompa (Depending on permission of the local authorities we may have to change our vehicle here and travel in local buses operated by the authority near Mansarovar and Kailash region). Today, you will complete Lake Manasarovar parikrama approx. 70% and rest will be complete when you return from Kailash Trek. You will have very significant moment in Lake Manasarovar with almighty bless and even graceful evening with the breathtaking view of holiest Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Kailash. Besides this, you can also see or visit Chiu Gompa Monastery situated in hillock near Guesthouse. Syat in guesthouse in dormitory style. (Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Icon Day 07 Lake Manasarovar to Darchen (4663m) – 40 kms drive

Today morning, we wake up comfortably and we will find a good place for holy dip in Lake Manasarovar for all our pilgrims. We will also arrange shower tent for ladies nearby the bank of lake for change the clothing and also you can arrange your puja / haven at feasible place according to you. Our crew member will assist you if anything help require. After finishing holy bath and puja, and taking lunch, we make short drive to Darchen. On the way to Darchen, we can also see panoramic scenery of Rakshas Tal (Demon’s Lake) in the other side of Lake Mansarovar. Darchen is the major administrative hub of Kailash region with basic development in infrastructure and facility and also considered as the base camp of Mt. Kailash from where the circumambulation around Kailash begins. You can stroll around small market in Darchen in the afternoon. Stay in a guesthouse in dormitory style. (Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Optional trip : We arrange Asthapad excursion trip from Darchen on request but please be inform that one should trek from Darchen – Asthapad – Darchen, if there is no transport service permitted by Chinese authorities in this area. The trip to Astpad is subject to permission of local authorities and on direct payment basis to Tibetan Guides).

Icon Day 08 07 kms Drive to Yam Dwar. Start Parikrama to Dirapukh (4910m) – 13 kms / 6 hours trek

Today, we wake up early and take breakfast then head to Tarboche / Sersong. All pilgrims have opportunity to pass through Yama Dwar before trek commence. Also, the members who are not going for parikrama will return from Yama Dwar after very close darshan of Mt. Kailash from this point and get back to Darchen guesthouse waiting for parikrama group. And other travelers who are going for parikrama will continue trekking ahead through by foot. Those who wish to hire Horse/Yak and porter may do it directly with the help of the Tibetan guide on direct payment basis. You will given name coupon to choose the horse & porter if any travelers book for this and the same horse or porter will accompany throughout the trip. We will manage Yaks & Yak men to carry our kitchen and other camping logistics for Kora. Travelers should not forget to carry their pack lunch and hot drinkable water from kitchen before start trekking Today trek is flat and gradual ascend along through the bank of Glacier River so it will be easy and reach Diraphuk camp comfortably within 5-6 hours. We will stopover in mid way for our packed lunch (Fruits, Frooty, Chocolates etc). Our Tibetan guide will help us to book our guesthouse in advance and will check into room immediately as soon you reach there because of chilly weather. Diraphuk is one of the best and closest point from where we can see crystal clear north face of Mt. Kailash standing ahead. You will have great opportunity to take several memorable picture of Kailash from here. The night will be too cold below zero degree temperature so we will have quick dinner (Khichdi, soup etc) and rest in bed. (Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Packged snacks for Lunch, Light Veg Dinner)

Icon Day 09 Trek Dirapukh to Zuthulphuk (4760m) 22 kms trek/10 hours via Dolma La Pass (5600m)

Wake up very early morning before dawn, we witness first sunlight on Mt. Kailash offering amazing view of the holy mount, take quick light breakfast and get ready to begin the trek towards Zuthulphuk camp. This day is considered as toughest day of this trip. The trek goes steep climb up continuously upto Dolma-La high pass (5600 m) for about 3-4 hours and steep down to Gauri Kunda and upto flat valley for about 2.5 hours then after you will walk all the way flat land for about another 2-3 hours. That’s why, it is the tough & longest trek of about 9-10 hours. We should cross the high pass as early as possible in pleasant weather before strong windy at day time. At the top of Dolma La, you can even find the place called Shivasthal that covered with holy flags and the personal related things like clothing, ornaments, for which there is strong belief in Tibetan religion that you will get it (whatever you offered here) in heaven after your death.

Travelers should not forget to carry their pack lunch and hot drinkable water from kitchen before start trekking. After crossing Dolma La, you will see Gauri Kunda at downhill in the right side of your path. Then further walking down for a while, we will take break for pack lunch. This downhill trail is not easy due to rocky & loose stones so we should walk very carefully. Then after, you will catch soon flat trail that reach to Zuthulphuk. Also please note, the travelers who are in horse ride should also walk for 2 to 3 hours in between trekking while you are coming steep down after Dolma La.

In Zuthulphuk, we will have govt. guesthouse or in fixed tent with bed, bed sheet & warm blanket. Stay can be in dormitory style, we will take dinner at earliest it prepared and go to warm bed. (Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Packged snacks for Lunch, Light Veg Dinner)

Icon Day 10 10 kms trek to Darchen and drive to Dongba – 5 hours trek

This is our last trek day and we have to make short trek about 4-5 hours so we wake up in normal time and begin trekking to descend Darchen town. Our transport will pick up us from the mid way to Darchen, upto where the road is accessible and drive to guesthouse at Darchen where our other groups staying and then take lunch there. Then after, we straight fowards continue our drive to New Dongba by completing the remaining course (approx. 30%) of parikrama of Lake Manasarovar. Stay in a guesthouse in dormitory style.

Icon Day 11 Drive Dongba to Kerung (380 kms/7-8 hours drive)

After breakfast we begin our journey towards Kerung. On the way we pass through the town of Saga, we cross the bridge over beautiful Brahmaputra River and continue our journey across the vast open Tibetan plains. The journey offers stunning Himalayan views, particularly of Shishapangma and the Pieko-Tso Lake. Driving on well pitched roads and mountainous terrain we reach Kerung for an overnight. Stay in a guesthouse in dormitory style. (Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Icon Day 12 Kerung to Kathmandu via Rasuwagadhi (170 kms / 7-8 hours)

After breakfast drive from Kerung towards we walk to the Nepalese immigration control in Rasuwagadi, complete the re-entry formalities and get transferred to our hotel in Kathmandu. This should take about 7-8 hours by bus. Dinner and night stay will be in the guesthouse. (Meals included : Veg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Icon Day 13 Leave Kathmandu

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport to board your flight back to home.

What’s Included

Airport Services

Air conditioned car with driver Company staff for airport assistance

Accommodation

12 nights in hotels / guest house

Meals

12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunch, 12 Dinner

Visa

Visa and permit fee charges.

Transport

All ground transport for sightseeing trips

Guides / Escorts

Expert tour guides for sightseeing tours.

Activities

Kathmandu sightseeing, Kailash & Manasarovar darshan.

What’s not included

Flights

International or domestic flights are not included.

Travel insurance

Please carry a valid travel insurance.

Entry Tickets

Monument and museum tickets.

Personal expenses

Any kind of personal expenses/bills.

Other inclusions

Govt service tax 3.625%

Accommodation Style Max Holidays

Accommodation style

Travelers will be staying in basic 3-4 star accommodation in Kathmandu and in ordinary guest houses or tents in Tibet region. The accommodation in this region is very basic and food will be pure vegetarian cooked by the chef and his team travelling with the group.

Single room accommodation can be provided only in Kathmandu whereas at other places your accommodation will be on sharing basis in dormitory style.

Remark : You can ask us to upgrade your accommodation in Kathmandu at additional cost.