13 Days Kailash and Manasarovar Pilgrimage Tour

Good to Know

    Mt. Kailash presents probably the biggest irony in the tourism world and pilgrimage destinations. It is the most renowned and divine place visited by the devotees across the borders. It is an important religious destination for many religions like Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism and holds different significance to different religion just like the various names it has. The mountain towers up to 22,000 feet above sea level and is considered to be one of the toughest high rises to climb or even reach. Pilgrims even with the toughest of vehicles take weeks to reach here through a journey, which is nothing less than a great challenge.

    For Hindus, Mt. Kailash is the sacred abode of Lord Shiva, ‘The God of Destruction’ of evil and sorrow. Hindus consider this mountain as eternal heaven and the center of soul and spirituality. As the legend has it, Lord Shiva sits at top of Mt. Kailash meditating and practicing yoga. The mountain is assumed to be the center of the world and the four rivers flowing through Kailash dividing the world into four different regions. In fact, the famous rock-cut Ellora caves in Maharashtra is named after Mt. Kailash. The walls of this cave have many carvings related to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

    Buddhist calls it Mountain Kang Rimpoche, ‘The Precious One of Glacial Snow’. The locales of Tibet call it Tise. They consider this to be the resting place of Buddha Demchok and the place where the intimidating battle between Milarepa and Naro Bonchung took place. Milarepa was the master of Tantric Buddhism (magic), and Naro Bonchung was the champion of Bon religion. After a long battle, no results were in sight and both came to the conclusion that the one who reaches the top of the mountain first wins. Soon Naro Bonchung got on his magic drum and proceeded towards the tip, but to everybody’s amazement, Milarepa sat there meditating. As Naro Bonchung was about to reach the top, Milerapa sprang into action and overtook him by riding the rays of Sun. Since then Buddhism prevails in Tibet.

    This begins from Kathmandu with city tours. This is a big opportunity to know about history, Culture and People lifestyle of Nepal and Tibet. The drive to Mt Kailash from Kathmandu through the scenic countryside offers you a lovely view of the high mountain range.
    Important Note

    Best Seasons for Kailash and Manasarovar Pilgrimage Tour

    Around Tibet with Lhasa tour one can visit from April to October including the monsoon wet months of June to August, as Tibet falls within rain-shadow where all black heavy rain clouds blocked by high Himalayan Mountain that makes Tibet a dry and arid country.

    The best times from April to June during spring and pre-summer season and from September and October months during autumn / fall.

    April to June much longer sunlight hours where most days are clear from morning till late afternoon, can get cloudy sometimes with chance of snows around higher elevation cold in the morning and night time.

    September and October during autumn / fall when days are crystal clear from morning till mid-afternoon, but days are shorter with sunlight hours, much cold with freezing temperatures in the morning and night as well in shades.

    Itinerary Disclaimer:

    Lhasa and Everest base camp tour provided with standard Itinerary days where some day tour can be shorter or longer, designated overnight stops provides you with all meals while on tour in Lhasa and around Tibet.

    We will follow the itinerary if its need to be changes in case of bad weather and local political and government rules, our leader and guides decides holding full authority for Trekking Planner Inc, USA.

    Climate & Weather:

    Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May to first week of June will be the best time during spring times, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours.

    Morning and night time as well in shade can be cold and much freezing temperatures around high hills.

    Other best months during September and October great times for tour when most days are clear for views, although much colder months of autumn season with extreme cold during morning and night time, where sunlight is much shorter.

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      On reaching Kathmandu on respective airlines, received by our staff for short transfer within hub of Kathmandu city, with time for briefing providing you with full information of Holy Mt. Kailash and sacred Lake Manasrover Yatra, with do’s and don’ts.

      Evening time group dinner is set in an authentic Nepalese restaurant serving excellent vegetarian meals with cultural program from various parts of Nepal to entertain you while having your nice dinner.

        This morning allows you to visit famous and holiest of all Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath, a short drive east of the city and enter into temple premises and worship the deities Lord Shiva, a beautiful temple adorned with golden pagoda roof and four cardinal silver doors with main Shiva Phallus at the centre.

        Pashupatinath Temple the nerve center of pilgrimage on Shiva-Ratri anniversary of Lord Shiva, the small religious area also houses great temple known as Debpatan, situated 5 kilometers east of the capital city. Where only Hindus are permitted to enter the main courtyard of the temple, alien foreign tourists can view the temple from eastern side of the River.

        After performing puja explore the area of Gujeswaori dedicated to Goddess Parvati consort of Lord Shiva, and then visit Bouddhanath Stupa or Chaitya stands as the largest Buddhist shrine around South East Asia, this ancient colossal chhorten or Stupa built in 6 th Century A.D. by King Man Deb.

        It rests on series of three terraces looking from bird's eye view it takes the form and relevant shape of a lotus flower, regarded as very holy object for all devout Buddhist world-wide.

        The chhorten surrounded by a circular market, which forms a part of Tibet town overlooking four sided Buddha's eyes give a vivid flash. The chhorten embraces the authentic philosophy of Mahayana the faith of which is known as Lamaism in Sikkim, Ladakh, Bhutan and Tibet.

        After a great interesting time back to hotel with afternoon free preparation for next early morning departure for Holy Mt. Kailash Yatra.

          Trisuli Bazaar within warm sub-tropical area, as our journey continues towards uphill on long winding road towards cooler alpine area past farm villages and town to reach at Dhunche, at 1,950m high.

          Dhunche headquarter and main town of Rasuwa district within Langtang Himal where Langtang National Park starts and ends, from Dhunche drive leads downhill on zig-zag road to reach at Syabrubesi village the home of Tamang tribe people in the shadow of Ganesh and Langtang Himal, overnight in a nice cozy lodge at Syabrubesi.

            From Syabrubesi morning drive leads on newly built road that links Nepal / Tibet towards Rasuwagadhi (1m800m / 15 km / 1 hr min from Syabrubesi), here received by our Tibetan counterpart guide and drivers, after completing immigration & custom formalities on both side of the frontier Nepal / Tibet at Rasuwagadhi, continue drive further to Kyirong county with first overnight stop in Tibet accommodation at local guest-house.

            At Kyirong afternoon with time to relax and enjoy views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal that borders Nepal and Tibet.

              At Kyirong in Tibet for acclimatization and familiarization within Tibetan soil where you can take short walks around its villages and witness interesting Buddhist culture and custom of Tibetans with views of Ganesh and Langtang Northern Face.

                Morning after breakfast drive continues on wide vast Tibetan plateau crossing several high passes with great views of mountain range, as drive continues with some small stop around villages and nomads camps where you can view sheep’s and yak grazing.

                Our journey heads towards remote corners of Tibet past many farm villages finally drive leads to a bridge over Brahmaputra River in Tibet known as Yalung Tsangpo which flows from the very source of Mt. Kailash.

                After the bridge entering into Saga, a growing moderate size town with some nice lodge, hotels and restaurants, on arrival check into the best available hotels or guest houses.

                  Morning drive leads past Saga town within complete wilderness, after hours’ drive where road winds to a climb over pass about 4,900 m high and then down-hill to a long stretch flat area, on a clear day great views of snow capped peaks towards North West that borders Nepal, after few hours of scenic drive reaching into a windswept village at Paryang.

                  Drive continues towards Kailash area with great Barkha valley within much barren landscapes, as journey leads past many small farm villages and nomads camps with large Tibetan tents serving as teahouses and restaurants.

                  Drive continues with climb up towards Mayam-la pass at 5,050 m high, and then with long descends to reach a near level track and then on gradual road of few hours with views of Lake Manasrover then drive heads towards western side of the lake at Chu-Gompa for overnight stop nearby Manasrover Lake with views of Mt. Kailash.

                    Morning freee at holy Lake Manasrover located in Western Tibet between Mt. Kailash 6,714 meters and Gurla Mandhata Mountain Range stands at 7,694 meters.

                    Where Lake Manasrover floats beneath the shadow of holy Mt. Kailash as this lake forms the mind of God, as the name Manas.

                    Here interested pilgrims can perform puja rites with dips in this sacred lake within shallow area by the shore.

                    In Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religion, the holiest lake of Asia; best time to go around Lake Manasrover is in late autumn and early spring when the streams and rivers are low. It is then possible to walk very near the shoreline, an optional drive around Manasrover Lake can be done on request which takes about four hours.

                    With time here after performing puja an interesting short hike to Chu Gompa located on a shelf of a over-hanging cliff cave, adorned with Buddhism arts and ancient idols of Lord Buddha and other high Gurus.

                    Afternoon a short drive takes you at the centre and main town of Kailash in Darchen with many shops-stores and lodges with Guest-House, an interesting market to visit around and observe Tibetan traditional life and culture, during auspicious time this place flooded with Tibetan and Indian pilgrims for Kora, parikrama or holy circuit walks.

                      After Darchen with time at sacred Lake Manasrover, morning starts with a short drive on Barkha valley beyond Darchen town to reach Tarboche, one of the holy spot of the region with excellent views of Mt. Kailash West Face from here our holy walk begins leading north on a wide terrain towards Shershong, then with gradual climb of nice walk reaching to our overnight stop at Dhiraphuk Gompa, with magnificent views of holy Mt. Kailash North Face.

                      Here depending upon the season with mass number of pilgrim’s staying either in guest houses or tents with our own camping facilities.

                        From Dhiraphuk and highest spot for overnight stops, morning walk continues heading uphill trail onto moraine of more than two hours, then with steep climb to reach on top Dormo-la pass at above 5,630m /18,525ft.

                        A holy spot closest views of Mt. Kailash North Face and the highest point of this adventurous pilgrimage, a big boulder represent goddess Dolma or Dromo (Tara) festooned with thousands of prayer flags and offering by both Hindu’s and Buddhist pilgrims.

                        This holy spot a physical and spiritual high point on pilgrimage, parikrama or Kora, after a nice break here walk leads to a long descend towards Lamchu wide valley a flat area, on reaching at the bottom of Dormo -la pass, a pleasant walk reaches you at a small Zutul-Puk Gompa for overnight stop, either in lodge or in tented camp.

                        Zuthul means cave in Tibetan, this place named after a holy cave in which poet, and saint Milereppa meditate in early 11 th century, his footprints can be seen on the cave roof top.

                          Today last day of our holy parikrama and circuit or Kora in Tibetan, morning walk leads to a nice gradual walk for few hours on winding trail, to reach a narrow valley into a river gorge of great Karnali River.

                          From here short walk to meet the trail heading towards Darchen, where walk ends for a drive just an hour before Darchen, after completing our holy trek drive towards near Mayum-la pass base and continue to reach at old Dzongba town for overnight stop.

                            An exciting time at Kailash drive back to reach Kyirong frontier town, journey leads past great Tibetan dry plateau taking a newly opened route of five hours overland drive to reach border town of Tibet-China and Nepal at Kyirong for last overnight stop in Tibet.

                              Farewell to our Tibetan guides and drivers as morning starts on leaving Tibet with short drive to cross border of Nepal and Tibet / China at Rasuwa-Gadhi.

                              With refreshing stop on route Dhunche, continue drive back to Kathmandu with scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields within nice villages and towns as drive brings you back at hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu.

                              On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

                                Last day in Nepal after a great journey and pilgrimage with ever-lasting experience on Holy Mt. Kailash Yatra, as per your international flight departure time transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to your respective destinations.

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                                What's Included
                                •     All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
                                •     04 night twin/double shearing accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
                                •     Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle and necessary entrance fee
                                •     A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding local guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
                                •     Kathmandu to Border to Kathmandu by tourist bus and border to Lake Manasarovar to border by 4WD drive.
                                •     Tibet special permit, visa and necessary entrance fees for Tibet tours.
                                •     12 night accommodation on full board.    
                                •     Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
                                •     First add kit box
                                •     Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
                                •     Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.
                                •     Oxygen tank for emergency use
                                •     All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary
                                What's Excluded
                                •     Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
                                •     All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
                                •     Nepal re-entry visa fee
                                •     Single room supplementary
                                •     Lunch and dinner during the journey and in Kathmandu
                                •     Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation
                                •     Your personal expenses such as (laundry, phone calls, bar and beverage bill, water, etc)
                                •     The tips to the trekking crews and drive
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