Mt. Kailash & Manasarovar Lake Trek - 13 Days
In the far west of Tibet is Mt Kailash, the most sacred mountain in Asia, which is venerated by Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and the ancient Bon religion of Tibet. From it flow four great rivers; the Karnali, the Indus, the Sutlej and the Brahmaputra; which drain the vast Tibetan Plateau. It is an important site for Buddhist , Hindu , Jain , Tibetan and Indian pilgrims who make a 53 kms circuit, or kora, of the mountain. This circumambulation, clockwise for Buddhists and Hindus and anti-clockwise for Bon followers, is said to erase the sins of a lifetime. The mountain itself is 6714m high and with its four sheer walls and snow capped peak is an awe-inspiring sight. Only 30 kms from Mt Kailash is another important pilgrimage site, the beautiful Lake Manasarovar. According to mythology it was formed in the mind of Brahma, and Indian and Tibetan pilgrims can also be seen circumambulations this lake, a distance of 90 kms .
For the devout pilgrim a visit to Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarovar forms the ultimate realization of their spiritual pursuit. And for the adventure-lovers it offers rugged beauty, remoteness and solitude. The May tour to Kailash during the annual gives the opportunity to face Buddhist festival of Saga Dawa while most of the other trips are planned to arrive at Mt. Kailash during the full moon period to give all participants a rare experience.
The tour offers rigorous overland driving, trekking and camping, passing the remote and wild western Tibet, in altitudes between 2745m and 4880m and hiking to a maximum of 5600m
Group Size :||02 - 12 people
Fitness level : ||Moderate
Trip Season :||Spring (Mar - May) / AUTUMN (Sept – Nov)
Departure from : ||Kathmandu
Accomodation :||3 star standard hotel
Trip Mode :||Tea House + Camping
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- What’s Included
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DAY 01: KATHMANDU-ZHANGMU-NYALAM 3800m
We will meet the group at Friendship Bridge and transfer them up to the Zhangmu border custom and help them to go through the custom formalities and after lunch continuously drive to Nyalam. The road condition from where we meet and up to Nyalam is bumpy and tough we can keep only 40km/per hour driving speed following a winding road up with a quick gaining of altitude from Zhangmu border 1700 meters to Nyalam 3800 meters. But so far we still have a view of green mountains and many water falls. The weather in this area is damp in the summer time, moisture degree is high so it gets many rains especially in summer season causing troublesome water flood and landslides. So what we will remind our clients to be fully prepared for this first day tough trip. And what if our vehicle and not come down to Friendship bride even to Zhangmu border because of the landslides then we will have to hire porters or trucks to bring us up to meet our team at the other side of landslides then our clients are due to pay all the extra cost. O/N Hotel
NYALAM- Rest for acclimatization
DAY 03: Nyalam- SAGA 4640m
Drive through an exotic valley then a hauntingly beautiful vista opens in about an hour. The cross-country drive over the undulating landscape with no human in sight will give us a Wild West impression. We meet a better smooth gravel topped road and the drive will be very enjoyable until when we approach uphill and downhill drive to the bank of the Brahma Putra. So serene and beautiful is the whole area that all will enjoy immensely. We cross the river by ferry then drive through the military town of Saga We shall stay quiet. On the ground we shall see a lot of red flowers. We will find a campsite to camp overnight.
DAY 04: SAGA-PARYANG 4540m
Start to drive early morning having going through the village of Gaqoi, we shall come to a ridge and a new visit opens in front of us. We get off the vehicles and walk down the sandy slope while our vehicles will trundle down. We see innumerable sand dunes. They are semi- circulars in shape. Beyond the waters of a lake and the Brahmaputra glitters and beyond as the backdrop are the Himalayas. The whole scenery walled village of Paryang.
DAY 05: PARYANG- MANASAROVAR 4700m
We drive on the undulating plain for about an hour then reach the river valley and drive along the west bank and reach a cross section of roads when a vista will open. Manasarover so huge and blue with Gruel Mandata Himal 7728 on the left and Kailas, THE MOST SACRED MOUNTAIN on our right. We shall stay in a camp.
DAY 06: Full day excurtion to Manasarovar / camp
We walk downstream viewing the eastern face of Kailas and arrive at Darchen and begin our trek from Darchen, a sleepy little town at 4450 meters. Collect our left luggage, have light lunch then proceed to Manasarover, hopefully to camp at the beach, but in case of the inclement weather, we shall stay at Camp at Zuthulphuk.
DAY 07: MOUNT KAILAS trek sorround towards Dira Puk 4909m
Early in the morning, having had the breakfast, we stroll west from our lodge and our yaks and staff shall follow us. At 4700m, . In about an hour we come to a chorten, a collection of prayer flags fluttering in the air. We then descend to Lhachu River valley then head northerly direction towards to the 13th century Dira Puk Monastery. We climb onto a high moraine, then into a grassy meadow, where we camp at about 4500m near a river.
DAY 08: Continue parikrama over Dolmala pass 5650m
we walk for 8 hours and cross boulder fields and ascend a windy trail to cross the stunning Dolma pass, at 5630 meters. After savoring the view and the rarefied air, we descend into a beautiful gentle valley and camp beside a river at Zutrul Phuk monastery, which is located on the sight of a cave where the Buddhist sage Milarepa camped in 1100 AD. The quiet solitude of this place makes one feel that not much has changed since then.
End Kailas trek near Darchen 4700m 14 kms about 4 / 5 hrs over night guest house.
Darchen- Paryang 4540m 277 kms about 7 / 8 hrs camp.
Paryang – Saga 4840m 185 kms drive about 8 hrs.
Saga - NYALAM 3220m 9 hrs.
Nyalam - DRIVE TO FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE AND EXIT TO NEPAL 125 kms about 5 / 6 hrs.
- Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
- All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
- Meals as specified in the itinerary;
- Local tour Transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable Tourist Vehicle according to Group Size.;
- Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group;
- Comfortable Hotel Accommodations;
- Service Charge & Government Taxes;
- Arrangements include planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
- Welcome Dinner in local restaurant when group members meet in Lhasa
- Free Airport shuttle transfer between Lhasa Gongar airport and Hotel on designated time.
- Group tours only include a welcome dinner after your arrival in Tibet.
- Tibet Handy Map
- Drinking water Provided during the trip
- One shared big Oxygen tank in the car;
- Tourist accident/casualty insurance.
- International flight to and out of China;
- Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price.
- Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself.; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
- Tips to tour guide and driver, you are suggested to tip them 7 USD/day in total.;
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks etc.