Kailash Yatra with Namsto Lake

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Quench Your Thirst for Adventure While Having an Intense Spiritual Experience

You must have heard about the life-changing Kailsah Mansarovar Yatra. But if you haven't undertaken this deeply spiritual journey yet, now is your time. Both Mount Kailsah and the Lake Mansarovar are held in high esteem by followers of religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Whether you are planning to satisfy your thirst for adventure or divinity, this yatra is all you need. On the one hand, circumambulating Mount Kailash is believed to bring good fortune. On the other, taking a holy dip in the Lake Mansarovar is known to purify your soul.

Arrive in Lhasa. Set out on a full day of sightseeing around Lhasa to visit a number of Buddhist monasteries and other attractions. Drive to Shigatse via Gyantse. Visit famous Buddhist monasteries en route. Your next halt is Saga, from where you'll drive to the Lake Mansarovar. And get ready for a Darshan of the Mount Kailsah and Lake Mansarovar. Enjoy adrenaline-pumping trekking tours at places like Darchen, Dhiraphuk and Zhulthulphuk. Get back to Darchen and reach Saga following the mighty Brahmaputra River. The nomadic regions of western Tibet are worth exploring for adventure lovers. In Shigatse, you'll have the opportunity for gaining more insight into Buddhism and its traditions.

Next day, get ready to drive to the Namtso Lake, the highest saltwater lake in the world. This lake is famous for stunning natural beauty. Spend some quality time at this place while keeping your cameras poised. Finally, drive back to Lhasa to catch your flight to Kathmandu for travelling back home.

Kailash Mansarovar tour itinerary

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Day 01 Lhasa

Arrive Lhasa (literally the 'Place of the Gods') is still largely a city of wonders. On arrival your tour guide and driver will transfer you to your hotel in Lhasa. Spend the first day free to acclimatize with the altitude as Lhasa is at 3650m above sea level. Spend the night at Hotel Brahamputra or Four Points by Sheraton or similar in Lhasa.

Day 02 Lhasa / Lhasa

Jokhang Temple : This is a huge building structure consisting of three floors and an open roof all dotted with chapels and chambers. The Jokhang Temple has undergone massive additions and reconstructions since the 7th century and particularly during the reign of 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. While parts of the existing temple structure date from Potala Palace Tibet earlier times, most of the murals are from the 18th and 19th centuries and few statues (with the notable exception of the Joyo Sakyamuni) are older than the 1980's. The temple was sacked several times during Mongol incursions but its worst treatment has been at the hands of the Chinese since their occupation of Tibet in 1959. The Jokhang is the most celebrated temple in Tibet. Because the temple is not controlled by a particular sect of Tibetan Buddhism it attracts adherents of all the sects as well as followers of Bon-Po, Tibet's indigenous religion. Three pilgrimage circuits exist in Lhasa, each directing pilgrims to the Jowo Sakyamuni statue: the Lingkhor, which encircles the city’s sacred district; the Barkhor, which encloses the Jokhang temple; and the Nangkhor, a ritual corridor inside the Jokhang. Every day throughout the year hundreds of pilgrims circumambulate each of these three circuits. Some pilgrims will cover the entire distance by prostrating every few feet, and others will walk slowly, chanting sacred mantras and spinning hand-held prayer wheels. For more than a thousand years millions of pilgrims have trod these sacred paths with devotion in their hearts; this cumulative focusing of intention and love has charged the Jokhang with an enormously powerful field of sanctity.

Potala Palace : Potala was the winter palace of the Dalailama, which was originally built in the 7th century by the king Sotsen Gampo and rebuilt to the present size by the 5th Dalai lama in the 17th century. Built in the mid-18th century by the 7th Dalailama, Norbulingka, the Jewel Park was the Dalai lama's summer palace, it covers 100 acres with palaces, pavilions and a zoo.

Overnight at Hotel Brahamputra or Hotel Lhasa in Lhasa.Barkhor Street : The center of the old Lhasa, Barkhor is a circular street, which is the oldest street in Lhasa and remains very traditional. It is a place where Tibetan Norbulinka Palaceculture, economy, religion and arts assemble and a place to which a visit must be paid. It was said that in the seventh century when Songtsen Gampo, the first Tibetan King (617 or ?-650) who unified Tibet, married Chinese Princess Wencheng and Nepal princess Tritsun. Later Princess Tritsun built Jokhang Temple to accommodate the Jowo Sakyamuni aged 12 brought to Tibet by Princess Wencheng. Barkhor is the road which pilgrims tramped out around Jokhang Temple through centuries. Buddhist pilgrims walk or progress by body-lengths along the street clockwise every day into deep night. They comprise most of Lhasa's floating population.

Day 03 Lhasa / Lhasa

After breakfast, you will firstly visit -

Norbulingka Park: 'Treasure Park' in Tibetan, is situated in the western suburb of Lhasa City, at the bank of the Kyichu River, The garden covers an area of 360,000 square meters (about 430,000 square yards), with 374 rooms inside. It is the biggest man-made garden in Tibet Autonomous Region. It was used as the Summer Palace for successive Lamas, where they solved the political problems and held festive celebrations. After a series of expansions and renovations, the appearance was improved with potrangs, pavilions, gardens and woods. It has now been turned into a park open to the public.

Drepung Monastery - First of the three principal monasteries of the Gelugpa School of Buddhism. It is also the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Drepung Monastery used to be the living quarters of the Dalai Lamas before the reconstruction of the Potala Palace.

Sera Monastery - The Sera Monastery, one of the three most distinguished monasteries in Lhasa, is famous for its tantric teachings.

Day 04 Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse

Yamdrotso Lake : it is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you have spectacular views of Mt. Nojin Kangsang - highest peak of Lhagoi Kangri mountain range. is known as holy peak for the local Tibetans and people used to burn incense and put prayer flags for the peak at Karo La spot.

En route we will drive pass by Mt Nojin Kangsang and its Karola Glacier - a 30 minutes drive more down the road to Gyantse passed the Yamdrok Lake will take you to the Karola Glacier. . The whole area is fantastic to see. The view between Yamdrok Lake and the glacier is stunning .

Pelkor Chöde Monastery - having the characteristics of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture.

A Kumbum is a multi-storied aggregate of Buddhist chapels in Tibetan Buddhism. The most famous Kumbum forms part of Pelkor Chöde Monastery. It was crowned with a golden dome and umbrella, surrounded with more chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals.

Overnight Hotel.

Day 05 Shigatse / Saga

Early breakfast in the hotel and continue drive to Saga. The drive is quite long today. Packed lunch will be served by our representative en route. On arrival check into Hotel

Accommodate at Saga Town.

Day 06 Saga - Manasarovar Lake - Darchen

After breakfast, you will drive about 550km from Saga to Darchen - a small town in Purang County situated right in front of the Mount Kailash at an altitude of 4,575 metres (15,010 ft) and is the starting point for pilgrimages in the region. It is flooded with Pilgrims during the auspicious pilgrimage times, and there are hundreds of tents all over the small village.

Today is the day for the lifetime that you are going to have Darshan of the Holy “Mt. Kailash & Lake Mansarover” - This holy lake is one of the important pilgrimages for Hindus and Buddhists. It attracts thousands of tourists and religious people towards itself every year from various parts of the world, but mainly from India, Tibet and its neighboring countries. The best to visit the lake is during springs as it is during this time the lake melts and allows people to bathe in its holy water. As believed by bathing and drinking this water one becomes fortunate and clears all his sins.

Accommodate at local guesthouse in Darchen.

Day 07 Trek from Darchen to Dhiraphuk

Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs, 20km

Start Parikrama of Mt. Kailash will start Trekking. Today is the first day of your Kailash Parikrama where you have to Trek for about 6 to 7 hours. You will visit North Face of Mt Kailash and touching the feet of Mt. Kailash (Charan Sparsh). Reach Dhirapuk 16300ft Overnight stay – Lodge. Those who do not wish go for Parikrama can go back to Dharchen after Pooja O/N stay at Dormitory Guest House.

Day 08 Dirapuk to Zhulthulphuk by trek (18 km)

This day is very sensitive and we have to pass Dolma-La Pass, which is 5250 Mtr. The most Difficult Journey throughout the Yatra-trek up to the 18,600ft. The weather in unpredictable in Doma-la Pass and at any time snowstorm can fall. But you can touch the Kailash parvat. So we try to start our journey as early as possible. In route we can have Darshan of Gaurikund but it is very difficult to go and touch. Overnight stay at Zuthulphuk in Guest House 3- 4 pax dormitory accommodation.

Day 09 Zhutulphuk / Darchen

Trek from Zhutulphuk to Darchen. Accommodate at local guesthouse in Darchen.

Day 10 Darchen / Saga (490 Kms / 9 hours)

From Darchen, we will follow the Brahmaputra River back to Saga as we pass through the nomadic regions of western Tibet. There are many opportunities to take great pictures!

Accommodations: Guest house

Day 11 Saga / Shigatze 450kms, 9 hours

Driving from Saga to Shigatse (450km, 9 hours). Stay overnight at Shigatse.

Accommodations: 3/4 star hotel

Day 12 Shigatse / Lhasa

After breakfast visit the most important monastery in Shigatse region - Tashilhunpo Monastery where you will spend about 2 hours for visiting.

Tashilhunpo Monastery - one of the Great Six centres of the Gelugpa tradition which was founded by His Holiness the 1st Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gedun Drup in 1447, and became the largest, most vibrant monastery in Tibet. Its name means “heap of glory” or “all fortune and happiness gathered here” Tashilhunpo has been the traditional sear of successive Panchen Lamas, who are the second highest ranking Tulku lineage in the Gelugpa tradition.

After sightseeing drive back to Lhasa. Enroute visit Nyemo Tunba village famous for producing Tibetan incense. The Tibetan incense here is handmade by folk artists with herbs, flowers and minerals.

Tibetan incense not only plays an important part in Tibetan culture, but also has magical effects in medicine to prevent disease, enhance immunity, sterilize and disinfect.

Continue drive to Lhasa. Overnight Lhasa.

Accommodations: 3/4 star hotel

Day 13 Lhasa / Namtso Lake / Lhasa

Today, you’ll be driven to Namtso Lake, Namtso, Tibetan for ‘Heavenly Lake’, is often described as being next to heaven because of its lofty altitude, stunning beauty, pure blue water, and spiritual associations.

It is the highest saltwater lake in the world. Snow-capped mountains and open grassland, dotted with yak herds and local nomads, surround the crystal clear water of Lake Nam, making it one of the most beautiful places in Tibet. Besides the beautiful scenery, the place is also a famous sacred Buddhist site. There is a Zhaxi Temple in Zhaxi byland. In every Tibetan year of sheep, thousands of Buddhism adherents will come here to worship. As a rule, they will walk clockwise along the lake in order to receive the blessing of the gods.

After the tour, transfer back to Lhasa.

Accommodations: 3/4 star hotel

Day 14 Lhasa Departure

Today will be free until you are escorted to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu.

End of Services.

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 Exclusions

Govt service tax 4.50%

Accommodation Style Max Holidays

Accommodation style

In Kailash Mansarovar trekking tour you 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 Nepalese chef and his team travelling with the group to Kailash Mansarovar.

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

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

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Trip Disclaimer

To provide the most accurate and updated information most our tour itineraries are updated every year. We keep into consideration the reviews of our past travellers on such trips and if need be we incorporate immediate changes for betterment so that our future travellers can be benefitted from it. While booking a Kailash Mansarovar Yatra tour package with us, we recommend that you read reviews of our past travellers, trip notes on the page, FAQs and terms of bookings etc. and ensure that the same are meeting to your plans and satisfaction. If you are interested in one of our Kailash Mansarovar tour package and have some queries before preceding the bookings, you can contact our Kailash Yatra team via email or phone and ensure that you have clarified on all your queries and all our information and terms of bookings are meeting with your satisfaction. Our Kailash Mansarovar Yatra tour experts will ensure that all your queries are answered with the best available information at the quickest possible time. The length of this Kailash Mansarovar trip is 05 nights and 06 days and such trips have been operating with least interruption. However, it is to be noted that inclement weather conditions, flight delays, political reasons, social ceremonies, frequently changing rules and plans of the local govts or concerned authorities and many other reasons may cause some small or major changes in the itinerary before or during the trip. Such reasons may also cause changes in time, place and order of sightseeing trips of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra tour package.

All sightseeing points are mentioned in the itinerary and will be visited with our team members and/or tour guides. Single entry visa and permits for this trip are in the package price usually. For trips other than the planed schedule, the traveller must inform our office in advance or communicate to our staff or local tour guide. Such additional trips will be subject to availability and can be booked at additional cost only. Our staff and guides work under the supervision of our local expert team in each place, to ensure your safety and minimize any sort of risk. Though we try to offer the travellers the lowest possible price for the trips, but sometimes our price may be slightly higher than our competitors since at Max Holidays there are a team of many local experts engaged in organisation and execution of your Kailash Mansarovar Yatra group tour. To ensure your safety and best possible quality of services, we recommend that, in the event of any additional sightseeing trip, additional hotel bookings, flight tickets etc you contact our staff in Delhi head office, directly.

Important Notes

The prices indicated with each Kailash Mansarovar trip are based on accommodation on sharing basis with other group members in twin/triple/quad sharing basis. If you are a single traveller and wish to stay in a single room in Kathmandu or other city where it is possible, you must notify to our staff in advance and upon confirmation on availability of single room at various places, you must pay single room supplement. If you are a single traveller booking the trip with us we will be offering you accommodation with a traveller of same gender. In the event we do not find any other single traveller willing to share the room, you will be offered a single room only with additional single room supplement cost payable by you on the spot. For more information in this regard you may also contact our Kailash Mansarovar Yatra group tour specialist in India head office.

For all our fixed departure Kailash Yatra Tour packages, the maximum size of the group is usually 24 to 30 person, but in the event of higher demand of a Kailash tour package departure date, it may increase. The total strength of the group members is at the sole discretion of the Company and its staff.

Pure vegetarian food is served during the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Consumption of liquor and smoking is strictly prohibited on our Kailash Mansarovar Yatra tours. On our Kailash Yatra group tour packages mostly all meals are included in the price. The first meal usually is dinner after joining the group and the last meal on the trip is breakfast before checking out of the Kailash yatra tour. Additional meals and other extras are chargeable and must be paid by the traveller. During the parikrama of Mt. Kailash light eatables such as fruits, cookies, juices, chocolates etc are served. It is strictly advisable to follow the routine and meal plan of the group and follow the instructions of the tour guides for a successful completion of the trip.

It is the responsibility of the traveller to respect the law of the land, local culture, customs and nature. Kindly ensure to keep the places you travel clean, do not encourage beggars by tipping them.

It is strongly recommended that while travelling in public areas and crowded streets or/and otherwise too, keep your passport, money etc in a neck wallet or locker. On the trip to Kailash Mansarovar avoid wearing / carrying heavy jewellery items etc as you will not require them for the trip. Many hotels also provide the facilities of safety lockers which can be used as per the hotel policy.

Though it is not mandatory for the travellers but tour guides, drivers, porters etc expect tips for their service. This is not included in our price and is totally at your own discretion.

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Once your booking request for Kailash Mansarovar tour package has been received by our team, they will communicate with you over the phone or email and upon receiving the booking amount from your side they will enrol you in the group departure.

If you are planning a private trip for your own group, we have flexibility with dates and we welcome your queries. For any kind of assistance, you may contact our Kailash Yatra team at following contact addresses:

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Visa, Permits & Insurance

Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar are situated in Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) and to visit this region one must carry a valid entry permit with the group. Such necessary permits are a part of the package and is taken care by our team. Getting permit for Kailash Mansarovar tours is a bit complicated as it is totally at the discretion of the Tibetal (Chinese) Authorities which are responsible for organising Kailash Mansarovar Yatra tours. We require a valid passport copy (coloured), 2 passport size photographs of the travellers, Yatra Registration Form duly filled and signed by the traveller and deposit amount to apply the necessary Kailash Yatra permits. No trip to Kailash Mansarovar is confirmed unless a yatra permit is issued. Neither we have any control over nor do we warrant issuance of such permits for any traveller. 

A single entry Chinese visa to visit Kailash Mansarovar region is included in our packages and is taken care by our team. Visa is granted at Chinese Embassy in Delhi (For all Indian passport holders) and at Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal (for NRIs and Foreigners), only after issuance of the yatra permit. It is to be noted that all permits and visa are at the sole discretion of the concerned authorities. Any delay or non-grant of permit or visa is not under our control. However we have expert team of staff who organise all such permits and visas for your visit to Kailash Mansarovar.

Travel cum Medical Insurance is compulsory for a trip to Kailash Mansarovar. It is strictly advisable that you carry a valid travel and medical insurance on the trip to Kailash Mansarovar. A copy of such insurance must be sent to our office before start of the trip.

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