Kailash and Manasarovar Pilgrimage Tour-14 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5700m
  • Group Size 1+
  • Trip Starts Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Style Group and Private
  • Activities Tours
  • Best Season May, June, July, August, September

Highlights

The Kailash and Manasarovar Pilgrimage Tour is a spiritual journey to one of the most revered sites in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bon religions. The tour typically takes around 14-20 days, and the highlights include:

  • The Holy Lake Manasarovar: Located at an altitude of 4,590 meters, this freshwater lake is believed to be the abode of Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswati. The serene beauty of the lake is awe-inspiring and offers a stunning reflection of Mount Kailash.
  • Mount Kailash: Considered the center of the universe and the abode of Lord Shiva, Mount Kailash is a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Bon practitioners. The 6,638-meter peak is believed to be the ultimate destination for spiritual seekers who wish to attain enlightenment.
  • Trekking Around Mount Kailash: The Kailash Parikrama or the circumambulation of Mount Kailash is a 52-km trek that takes around three days to complete. The trekking route passes through the Dolma La Pass, which is the highest point of the trek at 5,630 meters.
  • The Cultural Experience: The Kailash and Manasarovar Pilgrimage Tour offers a unique opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of Tibet and Nepal. The tour includes visits to ancient monasteries, temples, and local villages, where you can interact with the locals and experience their way of life.
  • Spiritual Practices: The tour provides an ideal environment for spiritual practices such as meditation, chanting, and prayer. The serene and peaceful surroundings of Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar offer the perfect atmosphere for spiritual seekers to connect with their inner selves.
  • Adventure Activities: The tour also offers various adventure activities such as river rafting, trekking, and camping, which are perfect for thrill-seekers looking for an adrenaline rush.
     

Overall, the Kailash and Manasarovar Pilgrimage Tour is a life-changing experience that offers a unique blend of spirituality, culture, adventure, and natural beauty.

An Advantage of Booking a Trip with a Trekking Planner Nepal

  • Private vehicles pick up and drop off passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s down jackets, t-shirt, and cap, if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Introduction: Kailash and Manasarovar Parikarma

Mount Kailash presents probably the biggest irony in the tourism world and pilgrimage destinations. It is the most renowned and divine place visited by devotees across the borders. It is an important religious destination for many religions like Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism and holds different significance to different religions 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, Mount 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 the 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 divide 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 the 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 toward 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 the Sun. Since then Buddhism prevails in Tibet.

This begins from Kathmandu with city tours. This is a big opportunity to know about the 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.

What are the sacred sites located in Kailash Mansarovar Yatra?

There are various sacred sites which are located in the Kailash Mansarovar area. Typically, the Kailash Mansarovar tour encompasses 21 holy sites that broadcast the spirituality of Kailash Mansarovar. A brief description of these religious sites is described as follows:

Holy Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash is a sacred mountain with an immense religious background. The individuals following Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Bon religion (a pre-Buddhist shamanistic religion) highly value the importance of Kailash and Mansarovar. For Hindus, Mount Kailash is the representation of Lord Shiva where he and Goddess Parvati reside and meditate. It is also believed that circumambulation of the mountain guarantees a place in heaven.
Similarly, for Buddhists Mt Kailash is home to Demchog who represents supreme bliss. So, Mt Kailash is one of the sites that is related to Buddha Shakyamuni, Guru Rinpoche, and the great Yogi Milarepa. Likewise, for Jains, they regard Kailash as Sumeru. The mountain next to Mt. Kailash which is Ashtapada is the location where first Jain Tirthankar, Rishabhadeva attained nirvana. On the other hand, the Bon religion understands Kailash and the nine-story swastika mountains are seats of all spiritual power.

Gurla Mandhata Parvat

It is a sacred mountain that is associated with Goddess Parvati which is located south of Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake. Glaciers originating from Gurla Mandhata Parvat mix up to form Mansarovar Lake.

Mansarovar Lake

It is one of the holiest lakes which is associated with divine power and religious importance. According to Hindu mythology, Mansarovar represents the soul of Brahma (the creator). Similarly, the lake is also where Lord Shiva and Parvati bathe so it is also a representation of purity. It is also said that drinking the water of Mansarovar will secure a home to Lord Shiva. On the other hand, in Buddhist religion, it is believed that lord Buddha meditated near the holy lake.

Skandha Sagar

The Skandha Sagar is also known as Rakshas Tal. It is said that the Demon King of Lanka Ravana did penance to please Sita. Similarly, according to Buddhism, the lake is considered a source of fierce power.

Tirthapuri

The tirthapuri is home to Lord Bishnu. It is considered one of the 24 major power places of the Jamsbudvipa sub-continent. Hot springs for Jains and Guru Rinpoche Cave are some of the holy sites of Tirthapuri. It is said that Lord Shiva gave a boon to the demon Bashmasur where the demon would burn anyone to ashes once he kept his hand on the head. However, with a turn of events the demon wanted to kill Shiva but Vishnu came to the rescue in the form of a beautiful woman Mohini. Mohini promised to marry the demon if he could follow the movement. So, in one dance movement, she kept her hand on her head, and following that Bashmasur did the same and burnt into ashes. Ever since the event Trithapuri has been associated with Lord Vishnu.

Tharboche

It is located on the southwest side of Mt Kailash where Saga Dawa great flag-raising festival is celebrated every year on the occasion of Buddha Purnima (Full moon day/Birthday of Lord Buddha). There is also a shrine of Yama god of death that presents immense value for Hinduism too.

Nyenri Gompa and Lang Chhen Phugpa

Nyenri Gompa is also one of the holiest gompa located on the western side of Mount Kailash. There is a rare statue of Amitabha Buddha here. Similarly, the Lang Chhen Phugpa is a cave where Guru Padmasambhava meditated.

Driraphuk Gompa

It is located in the north of Mt. Kailash. It is believed that Godshangpa was led to the cave by a female yak goddess named Senge Dongpa “the lion-faced celestial angel” when he was caught in heavy rainfall during the visit to Lake Mansarovar. Due to this reason, Driraphuk Gompa is also known as the cave of the female yak horn.

Shiva-Sthal

It is the second sky-burial place where piles of clothing are found. One can also see monks and lamas lying on the ground performing Chod rituals for them.

Khado Sanglam

Khado means space-goer and Sanglam means secret path. The Khado Sanglam is a shortcut around Kailash and Tibetans where it is believed that the path is only to be taken if one has circled Mount Kailash twelve times.

Dolma La

It is the highest pass on the Kailash Kora and is one of the challenging parts of the Kailash Circuit. The pass represents the transformation into a new life after passing the former life by forgiving all the sins by the Goddess of Mercy, Dolma. The Dolma La is also one of the holiest places filled with colorful prayer flags, clothing, pieces of hair, photos of loved ones, and other mementos.

Shabje Drakthok

It is located at the bottom of Dolma Pass where footprints of people are seen. It is said that there was an argument over which direction to go around Kailash. Presently, the Buddhists go clockwise while the Bon goes anticlockwise around Kailash.

Gaurikunda

The Gaurikunda Lake is also known as Lake of Mercy which is located 60 meters below the Dolma La Pass. According to Hindu Mythology, it is said that Goddess Parvati bathes here. It is also said that Parvati performed penance to impress Lord Shiva here. Similarly, according to Buddhism, the lake is home to Tshering Chhe Nga (Five Long-Lived Heavenly Sisters).

Zutrulphuk Gompa

The Zutrulphuk Gompa is located in the southeast part of Mt Kailash and it is also known as “the Holy Cave of Magical Display.” This is because it is believed that there was a contest held between Buddhist saint, Milarepa and Bon-po priest, Naro Bonchhung.

Gyan Drag Gompa

After an hour’s ascent from Darchen there is a deep valley of Gyangtag where Gyan Drag Gompa is located. Jain followers visit the site to tribute to Ashtapada where the first Trithanker, Rishabhdev attained nirvana.

Selung Gompa

It is the fifth gompa which is around Mt Kailash and provides a splendid view of Mount Kailash and Nandi.

Ashtapada and Nandi

Ashtapadha and Nandi are the mountains which are revered by Jain and Hindu followers. The mountains are situated to the south with just one hour’s ascent from Darchen to Kailash.

Sardung Chugsum and Saptarishi Cave

The Sardung Chugsum and Saptarishi Cave are located below the southern side of Kailash.

Khyunglung and Guru Gyam Monastery

The Khyunglung and Guru Gyam Monastery are holy places for Bon pilgrims. The Khyunglung Ngulkhar was a famous castle which is now pre–Buddhist Zhang Zhung state. The Guru Gyam Monastery consists of caves and remains of a ruined castle with mani wall stones with spiritual credentials.

Tholing and Tsaparang

Tholing and Tsaparang lie 270km southwest of Darchen and are the center of Buddhism in western Tibet. Tsaparang is a ruined fortress that is situated on a pyramid-shaped rock. There are numerous tunnels and caves carved out on the rock with a base serving as a village for the locals.

Khojarnath Gompa

It is an important Gompa that was built by great Tibetan translator Rinchhen Zongpo around the 10th century. The Gompa lies on the banks of the Karnali River around 130km southwest of Mansarovar Lake. The gompa is believed to be constructed and decorated by Nepalese and Tibetan artists and it houses the Khojarnath Jowo.

The Four Sacred Rivers flowing in Kailash Mansarovar Mandala

Four sacred rivers flow around the Kailash Mansarovar region which are equally important as the sacred sites available in Kailash Mansarovar. The rivers of Kailash with a brief description provided by Nepal Trekking Planner are as follows:

Brahmaputra River (Yarlung Tsangpo)

The Brahmaputra River is also known as Yarlung Tsangpo which originated from Tamlung Tso lake of western Tibet, and southeast of Kailash Mansarovar. It is one of the holy rivers which flows in the Kailash and Mansarovar regions. The river later forms South Tibet Valley and Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon to reach the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. This river thereby reaching the Arunachal Pradesh is known as the Brahmaputra River.

Sutlej River (Langchhen Khabab)

It is another holy river that originates in the Kailash region. The Sutlej River is believed to be originated from Kailash, Mansarovar, and the region where Rakshas Tal lies. The thereby Garuda Valley Zhang Zhang lies in the upper valley of the Sutlej River and the Tibetans believe that the holy river originated from the mouth of the dragon. However, the Hindus believe that the river originated from the cosmic vehicle of Lord Indra Airavat: the elephant. 

Indus River (Senge Khabab)

It is one of the major rivers in all of Asia. The Indus River flows through Tibet, Pakistan, and India which originated in the western Tibetan Plateau in the Mt Kailash area. Similarly, the river runs through the Ladhak region of Jammu Kashmir through Gilgit, Baltistan, and finally to the Arabian Sea near Sindhi Karachi. The river is also mentioned as the home of the Hindu civilization, in Vedic Rigveda. Likewise, the Tibetans consider the Indus River to have originated from the mouth of a lion which is the cosmic vehicle of Ma Jagdamba.

Karnali River (Maja Khabab)

The final river after the above-mentioned rivers is the Karnali River which is another sacred river in the Kailash Mansarovar region. The river is also considered the major tributary to the holy Ganga River. Buddhists and Hindus believe that the river originated from the mouth of a peacock which is the cosmic vehicle of Kartike, son of Lord Mahadev and Parbati.

Best Seasons for Kailash and Manasarovar Pilgrimage Tour.

The best season to go for the Kailash and Manasarovar pilgrimage tour is in spring and autumn. Spring lasts from April to June and it is marked by moderate temperature that enables comfortable waking conditions. Spring initiates by leaving the winter season and the summer rainfall. During the springtime in Kailash snow starts melting with an unobstructed view of the mountain peaks. The cool breeze during the day and night provides a refreshing atmosphere with longer day lengths for trekking. Similarly, the spring temperature of Kailash Mansarovar ranges from 8-16 degrees Celsius during the day and drops around 5 degrees Celsius during the night.

Likewise, autumn is another best season to trek towards Kailash and Mansarovar. The autumn season starts immediately after summer thereby leaving behind the monsoon. September and October during autumn/fall is when days are crystal clear from morning till mid-afternoon. However, days are shorter with sunlight hours, and much cold with freezing temperatures in the morning and night as well in shades.

Consequently, around Tibet with the Lhasa Tour, one can visit from April to October including the monsoon-wet months of June to August, as Tibet falls within a rain shadow where all black heavy rain clouds are blocked by high Himalayan Mountains that make Tibet an arid country.

The Kailash Mansarovar trek can also be done in winter and summer months however the experience may be compromised due to adverse climatic conditions. Kailash Mansarovar trekking route during winter which lasts from October to March is marked by thick snowfall and extreme cold temperatures. Due to this reason, extra layers of cloth and caution during the walk must be maintained. So, as the trek is difficult during the cold weather conditions which can reach up to -20 degrees Celsius, trekking in Kailash during winter is not recommended but can be conquered with careful planning.

Likewise, summer lasts from June to August in the Kailash area. The summer season in Kailash is marked by heavy rainfall which causes the Kailash trekking trail to be slippery. So, one should be extra careful while walking on the Kailash trail. The summer season temperature in Kailash can reach up to 15 degrees Celsius during the day and up to zero degrees Celsius during the night.

Climate and Weather During Kailash Manasarovar Yatra

Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May to the 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 the shade can be cold and much freezing temperatures around high hills.

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

How crowded is the Kailash Mansarovar Trekking during the best seasons?

The Kailash Mansarovar Trekking map can be crowded during the peak season months. April to June and September to November are when the Mansarovar and Kailash regions are mainly packed with trekkers. The trails are crowded with bag packers and pilgrims who wish to visit the area. For those who do not have a problem with the crowd can trek during these periods. Even though the crowd is more, the best experience with comfortable climatic conditions is found in these periods.

Similarly, those who want to omit the crowd can shift the trekking period to two to three weeks later or one can simply trek during April and November. The months of April and November are where there are higher chances of snowfall however, the landscape is really beautiful.

Likewise, during the peak season, twelve to thirteen hundred can be expected in the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra which is a high number so understand the crowd conditions and prepare for the trek accordingly.

When does the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Opens?

The opening of the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra trek route can vary from year to year, and the exact date is determined by the Chinese authorities who manage the pilgrimage. Typically, the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra trek route opens around May or June and remains open until September or October. However, it's important to note that this information is based on the knowledge available up until September 2023, and the actual opening dates for the trek in any given year may vary. It is recommended to check with the relevant authorities or Nepal Trekking Planner official representatives for the most up-to-date information regarding the opening of the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra trek.

What to Expect during Kailash Manasarovar Parikarma?

The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is a sacred pilgrimage in the Himalayas, primarily undertaken by Hindu and Buddhist devotees. It involves a trek through rugged terrain to reach the sacred Mount Kailash and the nearby Lake Manasarovar. Here's what you can expect during the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Trek:

  • Scenic Beauty: The trek offers breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayan Mountain range, picturesque valleys, and pristine landscapes. You'll have the opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the region.
  • Challenging Terrain: The trek to Kailash Mansarovar is physically demanding. The route includes steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, high altitudes, and varying weather conditions. It requires good physical fitness and mental preparedness.
  • Altitude Sickness: As you ascend to higher altitudes, the air becomes thinner, and altitude sickness can be a concern. It's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and follow the advice of your guides. Taking it slow and allowing your body to adjust is crucial.
  • Spiritual Significance: Kailash Mansarovar is considered a sacred place by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Bon followers. It is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva and is associated with spiritual liberation. Many pilgrims undertake this journey to seek blessings, perform religious rituals, and experience a sense of spiritual awakening.
  • Religious Rituals: Throughout the trek, you'll have opportunities to participate in religious rituals and ceremonies. These may include bathing in the holy Lake Mansarovar, circumambulating Mount Kailash (a practice known as Kora or Parikrama), and visiting significant monasteries and temples in the region.
  • Cultural Experience: The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra offers a chance to immerse yourself in the rich local culture. You'll interact with the local people, encounter Tibetan Buddhism, witness traditional practices, and learn about the region's history and mythology.
  • Accommodation and Facilities: During the trek, basic accommodation options such as guesthouses, tented camps, or lodges are available in designated locations along the route. However, facilities may be limited, and it's important to be prepared for basic living conditions.
  • Weather Conditions: The weather in the Kailash Manasarovar Region can be unpredictable. It's advisable to pack appropriate clothing layers, including warm clothing for cold temperatures and rain gear for possible rainfall. The weather conditions may affect the accessibility and duration of the trek.
  • Group Travel: The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is often organized in groups, and you'll likely be part of a larger group led by experienced guides. This allows for a more organized and safer journey, and also provides opportunities to interact with fellow travelers from different backgrounds.
  • Inner Transformation: The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is not just a physical journey; it is also believed to be a transformative spiritual experience. Many pilgrims describe a profound sense of inner peace, self-discovery, and personal growth during and after the yatra.

It's important to note that specific details and arrangements for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra may vary depending on the tour operator, the chosen route, and the duration of the pilgrimage. It's recommended to thoroughly research and plan your journey, consult with experienced organizers, and be well-prepared both physically and mentally for this challenging and spiritually significant trek.

How Many Peoples are Required for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra?

The number of people required for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra trek can vary depending on the specific arrangements made by Trekking Planner Nepal and the regulations set by the authorities managing the pilgrimage. Typically, a group size of at least 4 individuals is preferred for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Trek. This is primarily for logistical and safety reasons, as it allows for better management of the journey, including transportation, accommodation, and support services. However, it's important to note that these numbers are subject to change, and it's recommended to consult with authorized Trekking Planner Nepal senior office representatives or the concerned authorities for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding group size requirements for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Trek.

Why is the speciality Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Trek?

The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is a significant pilgrimage and trek that holds deep spiritual and cultural importance for various religions, primarily Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bon. Here are some reasons why people undertake this journey:

  • Spiritual Significance: The Mount Kailash, considered sacred by multiple religions, is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva in Hinduism and the residence of other deities in different faiths. It is regarded as a place of spiritual power and is believed to offer blessings and a transfocrmative experience to those who visit.
  • Cultural Exploration: The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in the rich cultural heritage of the region. Travelers can witness unique traditions, rituals, and ceremonies practiced by locals, and gain insights into the religious and cultural practices of the Himalayan region.
  • Personal Journey and Inner Transformation: The trek to Kailash Manasarovar is often seen as a personal journey of self-discovery and inner transformation. It involves physical challenges, high-altitude trekking, and facing one's limitations. Many participants find it a profound and introspective experience that helps them gain clarity, peace, and a deeper connection with themselves and the spiritual realm.
  • Natural Beauty: The Kailash Manasarovar region is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty. The journey takes you through picturesque landscapes, serene lakes, snow-capped mountains, and lush valleys, offering a chance to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas.
  • Cultural Exchange and Camaraderie: The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra brings together people from different backgrounds and faiths, fostering cultural exchange, understanding, and a sense of camaraderie. It allows participants to connect with fellow travelers, share experiences, and create lifelong memories.

It's important to note that the decision to go on the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is a personal one, driven by individual beliefs, interests, and aspirations. It's advisable to research, plan well, and ensure you are physically and mentally prepared for the challenges associated with this trek.

How to prepare for Kailash Manasarovar Trek?

Preparing yourself for the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Trek requires careful planning and physical and mental preparation. Here are some steps you can take to prepare for the journey:

  • Physical Fitness: The trek to Kailash Manasarovar involves challenging terrains, high altitudes, and long hours of walking. It is important to focus on improving your cardiovascular fitness, endurance, and strength. Engage in regular physical activities such as walking, hiking, jogging, or cycling. Additionally, consider incorporating exercises that target your legs, core, and overall stamina.
  • Altitude Acclimatization: The journey takes you to high altitudes, which can pose a risk of altitude sickness. Gradual acclimatization is crucial. If possible, engage in activities at high altitudes before the trip to allow your body to adapt. During the trek, ensure proper hydration, maintain a slow and steady pace, and listen to your body. Consult with a healthcare professional regarding altitude sickness prevention and any necessary medications.
  • Packing Essentials: Prepare a comprehensive packing list based on the recommendations of your tour operator or experienced trekkers. Include essentials such as suitable trekking gear (hiking boots, comfortable clothing, rain gear, etc.), a sturdy backpack, a good quality sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a first aid kit, and any necessary medications. Pack light but ensure you have adequate layers for varying weather conditions.
  • Mental Preparation: The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is not only physically demanding but also emotionally and mentally challenging. Prepare yourself mentally for the trek by setting realistic expectations, understanding the significance of the pilgrimage, and embracing the spiritual and cultural aspects of the journey. Practice mindfulness, meditation, or other techniques that can help you stay focused, calm, and positive during the trek.
  • Research and Information: Gain as much knowledge as possible about the trek, including the route, weather conditions, accommodations, and local customs. Understand the cultural sensitivities and etiquettes to ensure respectful interactions with the local communities. Stay informed about any travel advisories or requirements from relevant authorities.
  • Seek Professional Guidance: Consider joining a reputable tour operator specializing in the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. They can provide guidance, handle logistics, and ensure your safety throughout the journey. Their expertise can help you navigate the challenges and make the most of the experience.

Remember to consult with your healthcare provider before embarking on any physical activities or taking medication for altitude sickness. Each individual's preparation may vary, so it's essential to tailor your approach based on your personal health, fitness level, and specific requirements.

What type of accommodations are available during the yatra?

During the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Trek, the types of accommodations available can vary depending on the route and the arrangements made by the tour operator. Here are some common types of accommodations you may come across during the trek:

  • Lodges: Along the trekking route, there are lodges available at various intervals. These are basic accommodations with shared facilities such as common rooms, dining areas, and bathrooms. The amenities may be limited, and the facilities can vary in terms of cleanliness and comfort.
  • Tea Houses: Tea houses are small guesthouses that provide basic accommodations, particularly in the Tibetan Region. These establishments offer rooms with simple beds, basic amenities, and shared bathroom facilities. Tea houses may also serve meals and hot beverages.
  • Guesthouses: In some towns or settlements along the trek, there may be guesthouses or hotels available that offer more comfortable accommodations. These options can vary in terms of amenities, cleanliness, and services provided.

It's important to note that the availability and quality of accommodations can vary from season to season and may be limited in remote areas. It is advisable to check with Trekking Planner Nepal senior representatives about the specific accommodations included in your package and make any necessary arrangements in advance. Packing a sleeping bag and other camping essentials may be necessary if camping or staying in basic accommodations is part of your itinerary.

What type of foods are available at Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Trek?

During the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra trip, the types of foods provided can vary depending on the tour package you choose and the facilities available along the route. Here are some common food options you can expect during the journey:

  • Vegetarian Meals: As Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is considered a holy pilgrimage, vegetarian meals are the norm. You can expect a variety of vegetarian dishes prepared with local ingredients. Staples may include rice, lentils, vegetables, chapatis (Indian bread), and dal (lentil soup).
  • Indian Cuisine: Since the yatra starts from India, Indian cuisine is commonly provided during the trip. You can expect dishes such as curries, biryanis (rice dishes), rotis (Indian bread), sabzis (vegetable preparations), and sweets.
  • Tibetan Cuisine: As you enter Tibet during the yatra, Tibetan cuisine may also be offered. This can include dishes like thukpa (noodle soup), momos (dumplings), tsampa (roasted barley flour), yak-based dishes, and butter tea.
  • Packed Lunch: During the trekking or long travel stretches, packed lunches consisting of sandwiches, fruits, energy bars, and snacks are often provided. These are easy-to-carry meals to keep you nourished during the journey.
  • Hot Beverages: Tea and coffee are commonly available during the yatra to keep you refreshed and warm. In the high-altitude regions, herbal teas such as ginger tea or lemon tea may also be served.

It's important to note that the availability and variety of food can be limited in some remote areas along the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra route due to the challenging terrain and limited infrastructure. However, tour organizers typically make arrangements to provide nutritious meals to the best of their abilities, considering the dietary preferences and requirements of the participants.

Can we get altitude sickness during Kailash Manasarovar?

Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), can be a concern during the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra due to the high altitude you will encounter. The yatra takes you to elevations of over 5300 meters (feet), which can lead to symptoms of altitude sickness in some individuals. Here are some key points to be aware of:

  • Symptoms: Altitude sickness can manifest in various ways and may include headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. These symptoms can range from mild to severe, and it's important to pay attention to your body and report any discomfort to your tour guides or medical staff.
  • Acclimatization: Adequate acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude sickness. The itinerary of the yatra usually includes gradual ascent to allow your body to adjust to the altitude. It is important to follow the recommended acclimatization schedule and not rush the journey. Take rest days, hydrate well, and avoid strenuous physical activity during the initial days of the trip.
  • Medication: In some cases, your healthcare provider might prescribe medication to help prevent or alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before taking any medication and to strictly follow their guidance.
  • Hydration and Nutrition: Staying well-hydrated is crucial at high altitudes. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, and avoid alcohol and caffeine as they can contribute to dehydration. It's also important to maintain a nutritious diet during the yatra to keep your energy levels up and support your body's adaptation to the altitude.
  • Precautions: It is important to listen to your body and be aware of any symptoms of altitude sickness. If you experience severe symptoms or if your condition worsens, it is advisable to descend to lower altitudes and seek medical assistance. Your tour guides or medical staff will be equipped to handle such situations and provide the necessary support.

Remember that altitude sickness affects individuals differently, and some people may be more susceptible than others. It's crucial to be well-informed, follow the guidance of your tour organizers and medical professionals, and prioritize your health and safety throughout the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.

Local culture and tradition at Kailash Manasarovar

The Kailash and Manasarovar pilgrimage tour is a journey through the heart of Tibetan Buddhism. The tour takes in some of the most sacred sites in Tibetan Buddhism, including Mount Kailash, Lake Manasarovar, and the Yarlung Tsangpo River.

You will meet locals and learn about their culture and traditions along the route. Tibetan Buddhism is a vast and complicated tradition with a lot to learn. You will have the opportunity to tour monasteries, temples, and sacred locations, as well as learn about the history and philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Kailash and Manasarovar pilgrimage Tour is an unforgettable chance to immerse yourself in different religious and spiritual beliefs, primarily Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Bons, Tibetan Buddhist culture and heritage. It is a journey that you will remember for the rest of your life. Some aspects you may encounter on the trials are:

  • Tibetan Buddhism: Tibetan Buddhism is important in the culture and traditions of the region. Along the pilgrimage route, you may see monasteries, prayer flags, and prayer wheels. While circumambulating Mount Kailash, the locals frequently engage in prostration, chanting, and other devotional rites.
  • Hindu Rituals: Mount Kailash is considered to be Lord Shiva's residence by Hindus. Many pilgrims perform rituals like as Parikrama (mountain circumambulation) and take a sacred plunge in Lake Manasarovar's waters. These rites are thought to be deeply cleansing and spiritually uplifting.
  • Jains and Bons: Mount Kailash is also revered to Jains, who associate it with their first spiritual teacher, Rishabhdev. The mountain is also important to the Bons, a pre-Buddhist religion indigenous to Tibet. Their ceremonies and beliefs enrich with the unique cultural tapestry of the pilgrimage tour.
  • Handicrafts and Art: The region is well-known for its intricate art forms and handicrafts. Thangka paintings, wood carvings, and Tibetan carpets are highly valued and showcase the region's unique cultural legacy. You may be able to witness craftspeople at work or purchase traditional goods as keepsakes.
  • Exploring the local cuisine is a delicious way to immerse yourself in the culture. Tibetan food, such as momos (dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), and butter tea, is widely accessible in the area. These culinary marvels provide a one-of-a-kind gastronomic experience.
  • Festivals: If you plan your vacation carefully, you may be able to witness or participate in local festivals that are widely celebrated. Festivals such as Saga Dawa, which commemorates Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death, are especially important and feature colorful processions, mask dances, and religious rites.

The Kailash and Manasarovar pilgrimage tour is a truly unique and unforgettable experience. It is a journey that will allow you to experience the culture and tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in a way that is not possible anywhere else in the world.

What are the permits required to travel to Mount Kailash?

If one is planning to visit the sacred Mount Kailash and Mansarovar lake various permits are required. To provide information and develop an understanding of the travel permits and documents, Trekking Planner Nepal has put together a brief description of the permits.

  • Tibet Travel Permit: It is one of the essential travel permits for Kailash. Acquiring the Tibet Travel Permit (TTP) allows foreigners to enter Tibet. Without TTP one cannot get access to Tibet including Mount Kailash. The TTP is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau which can be managed by Trekking Planner Nepal Pvt. Ltd.
  • Aliens Travel Permit: The Aliens Travel Permit is required to travel to areas outside the Lhasa region. Mount Kailash which is also located outside the Lhasa region, Tibet requires this permit for entrance. The alien's travel permit is authorized by local authorities and can also be applied by Trekking Planner Nepal.
  • Military Permit: A military permit is required to visit certain areas that are handled by the Military. So, in the Mansarovar area, Kailash, Mansarovar, and Chamdo are handled by the military so a military permit is required. The military permit is issued by the military authorities which in Nepal can be obtained with contact from licensed travel agencies like Trekking Planner Nepal.
  • Foreign Affairs Permit: Foreign affairs is required accompanied by a Military permit. The foreign affairs permit enables travelers to visit some of the remote and sensitive areas of Tibet including Mount Kailash.
  • Inner Line Permit: The inner line permit is a travel permit for Indians that helps them to travel to specific areas inside the country. Indian government issues the inner line permit which allows Indians to travel to Kailash directly from the India-China border.

Note: No individuals are allowed to take in any religious items inside Kailash. Any books, paper, photographs, maps, audiovisual products, or handicrafts relating to religion are not allowed. Certain check posts in the route thoroughly check for such items.

    Itinerary
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    • Accommodation3 star Hotel
    • MealsWelcome Dinner

    You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Our airport representative will greet you once you clear your immigration process outside the terminal building. Whether the company owner or our office representative will escort you safely to your destination hotel room. Once there our representative will help you with the check-in, you will then have plenty of free time to rest and relax.

    Later, we will have a briefing session regarding the doubts, queries, or any interests regarding the trek. As the meeting ends, we will go for a welcome dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurant with the whole group to savor some delicious Nepalese cuisine while seeing cultural dances and music. After dinner, you will be transferred back to your hotel where you will spend an overnight in Kathmandu.

      After waking up and having breakfast, you would be picked up from the hotel lobby by a representative of Trekking Planner Nepal for a scenic drive, and there would be a short briefing about the day trip.

      After the session, you will spend the day sightseeing in some of the prominent cultural and religious places in Kathmandu. Some of the attractions for options are as follows:

      Swoyambhunath Stupa: Also known as the Monkey Temple, this ancient Buddhist temple is situated on a hilltop overlooking the city. It is known for its white dome and golden spire, as well as its resident monkeys. The blend of Buddhism and Hinduism can be seen in the stupa premise. Various sculptures, shrines, temples, paintings, and the Tibetan monastery museum are explored here.

      Boudhanath Stupa: This enormous Buddhist stupa is one of the largest in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists. The Ajima Temple, Guru Lhakhang Monastery, Jhamchen Lhakhang Monastery, and Samtenling Monastery are present here.

      Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath is a Hindu temple complex that is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world for Hindus. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Mukhalinga, Guhyeshwari Temple, Gorakhnath Temple, and Western Cremation Ghats can be explored here. A lot of Sadhu Babas with saffron color clothes and ash in the forehead and body can be seen here which can give you blessings of happiness and longevity.

      Durbar Square: This complex of palaces, temples, and courtyards was once the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to many important historical and cultural landmarks, including the Kumari Palace and the Taleju Temple. So, one can blend in and understand the rich historical and architectural marvels of the place.

      Narayanhiti Palace Museum: This museum is housed in the former royal palace of the Nepalese monarchs and offers a glimpse into the country's history and culture. The former palace now turned museum, is open to the public and tourists.  There are Courtyards, Fountains, a Military Barack, a Hindu Temple Spire, a Reception Hall, a Throne Room, and many more attractions here. The tickets to enter the museum are available only up to 2 P.M.

      Pilgrimage option:

      • Pashupatinath temple: We can arrange a special pooja or Havan in Pashupatinath per request. Havan or pooja is a sacred purification ritual that will be performed in Pashupatinath as well as in any other places by chanting mantras and worshipping different Gods and Goddesses. There is a hallowed fire in the center, and the priest and the attending members would sit around it.
      • Doleshwor Mahadev: This is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Bhaktapur, Nepal. The temple is famous for its intricately carved wooden struts and its beautiful pagoda-style architecture. The temple is considered to be one of the oldest temples in Bhaktapur, with some records indicating that it was built in the 15th century.
      • Sanga Shiva Statue: A giant statue of Lord Shiva located in Sanga, Nepal. The statue is made of copper and stands at a height of 143 feet, making it one of the tallest statues of Lord Shiva in the world. The statue was constructed between 2004 and 2010 and is located on top of a hill, providing a panoramic view of the surrounding area. The statue has become a popular tourist attraction in Nepal, drawing visitors from all over the world.

      After finishing the trip, the representative of Trekking Planner Nepal would be escorting you toward the hotel. You can have lunch at any suitable place of interest. Similarly, after returning you will have dinner at the hotel where you spend the night.

        Start the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Afterward, you will be picked up from the hotel lobby and driven to Jal Narayan Bishnu Temple, which is also known as Budhanilkantha Temple in a private vehicle. Upon reaching the temple you will explore the places and you can buy some religious ornaments for praying. Similarly, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, one of the three principal deities in Hinduism, and is a popular pilgrimage site for both locals and tourists. The main attraction of the temple is a large stone image of Lord Vishnu lying on a bed of snakes in a pond, which is believed to have been carved during the 7th or 8th century. Many pilgrimages come together to worship and offer flowers and other offering to please Lord Vishnu.

        After finishing the trip, our representative will bring you back to the hotel, where you will have dinner and spend the night.

        An Option with extra cost (in case of Mountain flights)

        If one wants to look at the Himalayan range of Nepal from a different perspective, we have the option of Mountain flight. Early morning, an hour before your flight, Nepal's representative would be there to pick you up from the hotel and escort you towards the airport; usually around 6:30 or 7:00 am, you will have a mountain flight. Normally, the flight takes about an hour and covers a distance of around 200 km. The plane flies around 20,000 feet above the ground and provides panoramic views of the Himalayas.

        One can see Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna range, and Langtang range. In addition to these peaks, several other peaks as well as various glaciers, traditional villages, hilly landscapes, and rural communities can be seen through Mountain Flight in Nepal.

        • MealsBreakfast+Lunch+Dinner

        As we begin our day early, after breakfast one can take a packed breakfast from the hotel. Later, we drive from Kathmandu to the Tibet border along a scenic highway with a representative from Trekking Planner Nepal. After reaching the border the representative will help you with the immigration formalities at the border. During the formality, our entire visa and passport will be checked at the Nepal immigration office located at Ghatte Khola. So be sure to carry all the necessary documents and permits.

        After completing immigration formalities, we continue driving or walking for 15 minutes to reach the Rasuwagadi Bridge, cross the Nepal-China Friendship Bridge, and head towards Tibet. One needs to stay in line during the process so be patient and wait for the turn to cross the border and clear the Chinese immigration side. You will then meet our Tibetan guide and driver. After the meeting followed by some briefing, we drive towards Timure which takes about half an hour. Upon reaching Timure, continue towards Kerung which is 24 kilometers from the Nepal-Tibet border guest house and takes about an hour to reach from Timure. On arrival at Kerung check in at the accommodation option, and rest. You will wait for dinner and after dinner, you can take some rest at the hotel at night. Stay overnight at Kerung.

        • MealsBreakfast+Lunch+Dinner

        So today we begin our day with breakfast. This day is acclimatization day in Kerung which means you will rest and adapt your body to the existing lower oxygen level. We need to acclimatize in Kerung before further driving since we will be going from Kathmandu (1300 m) to 2700 m, so acclimatization is a must. So, explore the local town and markets, and observe the traditions and cultures of the place in and around Kerung.

        In the morning you can take a short hike at a higher elevation, spend some time there, and return to Kerung. Doing so your body will adjust with the lower oxygen that is on the higher elevation. Upon returning, you will have a free afternoon where you can look around the vibrant city of Kerung.

        Later in the evening get back to the hotel. You can have dinner at the hotel or any place of interest in Kerung. After dinner rest, and spend the night at the guest house.

        • MealsBreakfast+Lunch+Dinner

        As you wake up, have breakfast or take a packed breakfast depending upon your interest. Today is your first day with a long drive on the desert terrain where you will continue towards Saga. The drive, which takes 5 to 6 hours, goes past Salt Lake with beautiful views of the Tibetan landscape and its nomadic communities. After a short drive of 10 km, you can see the famous Milarepa Cave, then you can drive across the Thong-La pass on the way. A warm lunch box will also be served on the way. Eventually, you will cross the Yarlung Sangpo (Brahmaputra) River before reaching Saga. Driving past nomad camps and sheep and yak herds. We can see Gaurishankar, Shishapangma, and Langtang Himal from the pass. Drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen, and Peiku Tso Lake (4400m). We will be crossing the Brahmaputra ("Yarling Tsangpo" in Tibetan) to reach Saga (4600m).

        Upon reaching Saga, settle in an accommodation place and have dinner. After dinner, rest and spend the night in Saga.

        • MealsBreakfast+Lunch+Dinner

        Today after breakfast, you will continue on the Kailash Mansarovar route. Watching the mountains in the distance and driving through the countryside, we pass through the small town of Zhongba before reaching Paryang and eventually Mansarovar.

        Along the route, we will reach Mayumla Pass where we show our permits again. After the formality, we will have lunch and cross the Mayumla Pass and Paryang. Afterward, we can see the first view of Mt. Kailash and the holy lake only after several hours of driving. As you approach this serene and sacred lake, the historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the northwestern shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can catch a glimpse of the majestic Mount Kailash. Manasarovar, the highest freshwater lake with a turquoise complexion, surrounded by Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandata, and Lake Rakchyas, is simply heavenly.

        Note: As described in the Ramayana, it is said that the person who moves around the Manasarovar Lake and bathes in its pure water reaches heaven directly after death. Similarly, it is written that the person who drinks the water of this lake recognizes "Shivalok," the palace of Lord Shiva. Kailash Parbat is situated about 58 kilometers north of Manasarovar Lake. The Brahmaputra River flows eastward from Manasarovar Lake. So many people want to visit Kailash Parbat and Manasarovar Lake at least once in their lives.

        • MealsBreakfast+Lunch+Dinner

        This morning, we start the parikrama of Manasarovar (Mapam Yumco and Darchen are Bagaxiang in Chinese) by bus, covering approximately 88 km. The roads are reasonably good. The total time taken for the parikrama and the holy dip and pooja is nearly 3 hours. The water is really cold, but after the first dip, you will not feel the cold. We will do our traditional three dips and collect the water in pet bottles. We advise you not to stay wet for more than a few minutes and see the panoramic view of Rakshas Tal (Demon’s Lake) situated on the other side of Lake Manasarovar.

        After some peaceful hours at the shores of the sacred Lake Manasarovar with the snowy massif of Gurla Mandhata 7694m just across the lake, we will then drive 40 km to reach Darchen, which serves as the base for Mt. Kailash Kora (circumambulation). The Kora is 53 km in total and completed in three days.

        Upon reaching Darchen explore the area and visit the small market. Afterwards, settle in an accommodation place, and have dinner. Then as you finish the dinner, rest and spend overnight in Darchen.

        • MealsBreakfast+Lunch+Dinner

        Today you will wake up early have breakfast and head towards Tarboche. You will drive towards Yamdwar and continue the Mount Kailash Parikrama towards Dirapuk. The highest point on the trek is the Drolma La Pass, which is located at an altitude of around 5,630 meters (18,471 feet). From there, you will descend to Dira-Puk, which is located at an altitude of around 5,000 meters (16,404 feet).

        Similarly, it is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs and waterfalls, with some clouds in the clear blue sky. The 15-kilometer trail takes almost 7 hours. Once you are allotted porters or ponies, you will do 3 parikramas at Yamadwar and start off to Diraphuk. You also leave behind what is precious to you at Yamadwar as many trekkers try to leave behind something as a token. A feeling of peace and calm descends on you. The distance from Yamadwar to Diraphuk is about 15 km and will take about four to five hours. You have beautiful views of Mt. Kailas on this leg of the journey.

        The trek to Dira-Puk is challenging due to the high altitude and the difficult terrain. It is recommended that trekkers undertake some physical training before attempting this trek. It is also important to acclimatize properly before ascending to higher altitudes. While on the trek, it is important to stay hydrated and keep warm. It is also important to pack warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, and a sturdy pair of hiking boots.

        Upon reaching savor the view of the North face of Mt. Kailas from Dirapuk. Settle in an accommodation place and have dinner at the hotel. After breakfast rest and spend overnight in Dirapuk.

        • MealsBreakfast+Lunch+Dinner

        On the hardest but holiest day of your pilgrimage trek, cross Dolma La Pass at 5670 m. We set out early in the morning after a quick breakfast with a packed lunch. This is the hardest leg of the parikrama, covering a distance of more than 20 kilometers. You will initiate by going steep uphill to the Dolma La Pass at 5800 m and then a steep descent where mules can’t be used. It is really cold due to the altitude. On this leg, one can get glimpses of Mt. Kailas, but not as many as other days.

        Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget you. By the late afternoon, you will arrive at Zuthul Puk, where the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles. You can also see the Zutul Puk Monastery which is located on the East side of Mount Kailash. You can also see the Milerapa cave and on the monastery around the cave, you can see the footprints of Sambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal.

        After the exploration, settle in a hotel or teahouse near the monastery. The hotel here is very basic, like a shed that can serve Chinese cuisine, tea, and noodles. The accommodation place is basic with basic rooms which can be crowded during peak season. Have dinner and rest to spend overnight in Zuthul Puk.

        • MealsBreakfast+Lunch+Dinner

        Today after breakfast at Zuthul Puk we will begin the return journey. We will trek from Zutul Puk to Manasarovar and we will take a drive back from Manasarovar to Saga. You will continue on the same trail as the beginning and continue your back to Mansarovar. Upon reaching Mansarovar, just sit back in the seat of your tour vehicle and say farewell to the holy lake.

        Afterwards, we will move back to Saga through the drive along the remote trail passing through some beautiful towns and enjoying the views along the way. Don’t forget to stop along the way to take some of the best pictures of the trip. Upon reaching Saga settle in an accommodation place, have dinner, and spend overnight in Saga.

        • MealsBreakfast+Lunch+Dinner

         Today as you wake up, have breakfast in Saga. Afterwards, take a drive from Saga and head towards Kerung which will be your final day in the Tibetan area. The drive will take about four to five hours depending upon the traffic condition.

        As the return journey continues you will see the familiar landscapes, hilly terrains, and similar traditional settlements. You will see the Kerung waterfall along the way and a short dive ahead of the waterfall leads you to Kerung.

        Upon reaching Kerung settle in an accommodation place and have dinner. After dinner, rest and stay overnight in Kerung.

        • MealsBreakfast+Lunch+Dinner

        This is your last day in Tibet, so after breakfast, you will continue the drive from Kerung to reach Kathmandu- the capital city of Nepal. Driving further to the Nepal-Tibet border you will again complete the immigration formalities. Similarly, the travel time and method of transportation can vary depending on a few factors, such as weather conditions, road conditions, and your mode of transport. After completing the immigration process the road trip takes about 6–8 hours, depending on the traffic and road conditions. Alternatively, you can also have the option of taking a helicopter or small plane from Kerung to Kathmandu, which would significantly reduce the travel time.

        It's important to note that if you are traveling from Kerung to Kathmandu, you will need to cross the Nepal-Tibet border. Make sure you have all the necessary travel documents and permits for crossing the border. It's also a good idea to check with the local authorities about any travel restrictions or advisories that may be in place.

        Upon reaching Kathmandu, a representative from Nepal Trekking Planner will escort you to your hotel. As you reach the hotel, settle in and have some rest. Later in the evening you will meet the company owner and explain about the experience regarding the trek. After the brief meeting, you will have a farewell dinner where you will enjoy a delicious meal with the company members and celebrate your success of Kailash Mansarovar trekking.

        Afterward, we will drop you back at the hotel where you will rest and spend the night.

        • MealsBreakfast+Lunch+ Farewell Dinner

        As you wake up, have breakfast. This is the ultimate day of your trek in Nepal. Trekking Planner Nepal’s representative will drive you back to Tribhuvan International Airport safely. You will then board the flight to fly back home carrying memories that will mesmerize your imagination forever. We hope to provide a fascinating experience and service to meet further in the future. Best wishes!!

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        Inclusions
        What's Included
        • All airport Pick up drops 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 aid 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, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your tour 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 airfare 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.
        Departure Dates
        • This trip is fully customizable.
        • We can customize the trip as per your need, please contact us.
        • This trip is available on both Fixed Departure and Private Group Basis.
        • This trip can be booked privately if you’re traveling solo or privately or with family.
        • Have a big group? We can help as per your needs.
        • We can help you make it fit your budget.
        • We accept the instant booking and online payment.
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        Essential Info

        Permits that are required in Tibet

        • Tibet travel permit

        Visiting Lhasa, Shigatse, Lake Namtso, and places around this region require a Tibet travel permit.

        • Aliens travel permit

        To visit the base camp of Everest and the place called Nyingchi, travelers need an alien travel permit, and a Tibetan guide is compulsory, which will be arranged by the travel agency.

        • Military area permit

        For visiting restricted areas, a military permit is required for places like Nang country, Naidong, Gajah, Shannan, Bome, and Rawu (Rakwa Tso) a military permit is required.

        Note that some locations are restricted and cannot be visited in Tibet, like Nanyi Valley, Yatung (Yadong), the Brahmaputra Grand Canyon, Tsonag Chamdo, tombs of the Tibetan kings, and Shanan Lhamo Lhatso.

        Note - Tibet cannot be visited at the Tibetan New Year, known as Lhosar in Nepal. During this period, Tibet was closed to the outside world as this was the time when the country was celebrating. Still, it opened back up again after the new year.

        Things Not To Do In Tibet

        • Don't take photos of the locals without their permission.
        • Don't take any photos inside the monasteries.
        • Don't take pictures with yaks and Tibetan mastiffs as an attraction.
        • Don't wear hats and sunglasses while entering the monasteries.
        • Don't touch the sculptures and statues of Buddha or any other gurus.
        • Don't wear short clothes while visiting holy areas.
        • Don't touch and don't place your foot in the mani stone.
        • Don't touch any Tibetan civilian heads.
        • Don't carry any books.
        • Don't carry any statutes.

        Things To Avoid At The Tibet Border

        • Transporting or organizing trips and people without valid border passes or approval from the relevant areas.
        • Surveying and mapping equipment.
        • Mining, logging and blasting equipment.
        • Scientific investigations and mountaineering.
        • Carrying traditional books, even books related to Tibet or any religion.
        • Audiovisual books related to religion.
        • Don't carry any statues.
        • Don't carry any pictures.
        • Photos and videos on your phone that are offensive or related to religion.

        People With These Things Cannot Travel To Tibet

        • Travelers with poor health conditions cannot travel to Tibet.
        • Pregnant women are advised not to visit Tibet.
        • People without travel permits cannot travel to Tibet.
        • Tibet cannot be traveled solo. A guide or small group of an agency is required.
        • Journalists who intend to do journalism in Tibet must ask for permission.
        • Diplomats cannot travel to Tibet.
        • Indian passport holders cannot travel to Tibet.
        • People without a detailed travel itinerary is required to visit Tibet.
        • Tibet travel cannot be done independently.
        FAQs
        • When trekking to Tibet and Bhutan, it's always compulsory to take a guide as it makes things more accessible, and since the laws, rules, and regulations keep changing, having a guide helps make the trip successful and hesitation-free.

        • Mount Kailash and Manasarovar Lake, located at the base of Mount Kailash, are considered sacred and essential in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bon religions.

        • Trekking planner Nepal arranges the permit for Kailash and Manasarovar Lake. Trekking planner Nepal checks the specific permit requirements and procedures, as they keep changing according to Tibetan law. Passport must be submitted at Kathmandu; it takes at least 12-24 hours to get the visa and all the necessary permits.

        • The ideal time for the Kailash and Manasarovar Pilgrimage is generally from May to September when the weather is favorable, and the visa is provided to the travelers for the tour.

        • Kailash and Manasarovar Yatra involve little physical fitness and strength. All age groups can do it, and a beginner or regular fitness level is required for the Kailash Manasarovar trek.

        • There are no age requirements for the Kailash Manasarovar pilgrims tour and Manasarovar Lake yatra.

        • Packing essentials include warm clothing, trekking gear, a good pair of walking shoes, necessary medications, and personal items. It's crucial to pack light but be prepared for changing weather conditions. Don't pack any stuff related to culture, tradition, and religion, no books or statues.

        • Obeying the order of the guide and following the guidelines given by trekking planners in Nepal is crucial; not wearing short clothes, respecting the monks in the monasteries, and not pointing fingers or showing any hand gestures are the things to consider.

        • Accommodation during the Kailash and Manasarovar yatra is basic in some regions. It is basic in some areas and comfortable and attached in some areas. Still, the accommodation is arranged prior, and the information about accommodation is provided upfront before the yatra.

        • Altitude sickness is a potential concern due to the high elevation. Acclimatization days are required, and we have an acclimatization day at Kerung on day 5 to get acclimatized. Going slowly and taking time helps to get acclimatized and avoid altitude sickness during a trip to Kailash and Manasarovar yatra.

        • Trekking Planner Nepal offers the flexibility to extend your stay in Kathmandu or Tibet and can arrange the facilities and services accordingly. Check with our senior representatives to make the necessary arrangements before heading to Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.

        • The Kailash Parikrama trek is approximately 52 kilometers (32 miles) and usually takes three days; however, it takes 14-15 days, including the trip to Kailash and the traveler's time in Nepal with arrival and departure. Still, it is always better to have some days extra.

        • Participants are advised to dress in layers to accommodate changing weather conditions. Warm clothing, waterproof jackets, and sturdy trekking shoes are essential. Avoiding short dresses during the trek and short clothes at monasteries are compulsory at Kailash and Manasarovar.

        • Yes, you can bring cameras and electronic devices. However, checking and respecting local restrictions is crucial, especially in sacred areas where photography might be restricted. Permission must be taken and seen before taking any photographs during the trip. Listening to guide advice before clicking the picture is recommended.

        • The Dolma La Pass is the highest point on the Kailash Parikrama trek and holds great religious significance. Pilgrims believe that crossing this pass cleanses them of their sins. It is a pleasant walk that takes travelers and trekkers to Zutul-Puk Gompa for overnight stops.

        • Trekking Planner Nepal arranges transportation and all the services, and it includes a combination of flights, drives, and, in some cases, trekking as well as a guide.

        • Various food options are available during the stops and launch places during the Kailash Manasarovar yatra.

        • Family members can participate, but due to the challenging nature of the trek and high altitudes, it's essential to consider the physical fitness and age appropriateness for children. Check with Trekking Planner Nepal for specific guidelines.

        • The local currency in Tibet is the Chinese Yuan (CNY). Credit cards may not be widely accepted in remote areas, so carrying sufficient cash in Chinese Yuan is advisable.

        • Medical facilities are limited in remote areas, so bringing a basic first aid kit is essential. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions should consult their healthcare provider before the journey and inform trekking Planner Nepal about any pre-historic medical conditions.

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          Mt.Kailash - Mansarovar and Mt. Everest Base Camp Trip

          Wonderful experience 🔥
          Thank you Deepak and his Trekking Planner team (Roshan, Vishwa, Abhishek, Rajkumar, etc...) for best service to make our 18days Yatra (Pilgrimage) most memorable. We ran into several issues especially during the Tibet travel but Deepak resolved them very quickly working with other agency operating in Tibet. All travel arrangements while in Kathmandu with helicopter, plane and road rides were handled very professionally with his network of people going to Muktinath, Kanakpur and around Kathmandu temples and sightseeing places.
          Guides were amazing locally as well as on Tibet side ❤️. I would recommend Trekking Planner for such type of yatra.

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          Girish AUnited States,Sep 27, 2023
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