Kailash Tour

Mt. Kailash (6714 meters), known in Tibet as Kang Rimpoche (Jewel of Snows) is the home of the Hindu God Shiva and his consort Devi, for Tibetans, it is the home of the God Demchog and his consort Dorje Phangmo. It is here, according to legend that Milareppa, a great Tibetan Yogi and master of Tantric Buddhism, vied with Naro-Bonchung, a grand master of Bon to prove the superiority of Buddhism. Many contests took place but the final one was to see who could first reach the summit of Mt. Kailash at the crack of dawn. Riding his damaru (ritual drum) Naro - Bonchung flew towards the peak of Mt. Kailash only to be overtaken at the last second by Milarepa. Naro-Bonchung was so astonished that he let go his drum which crashed down the mountain leaving a vertical scar - a distinctive feature of the south face.

Two lakes, Manasarovar (Mapam Tso) and Rakas Tal lie at the southern foot of Mt. Kailash. Takas Tal is associated with the forces of darkness whereas Lake Manasarovar is represents the forces of light. Also, the vicinity of Mt. Kailash is the source of four great Rivers (the Indus, The Sutlej, the Bramhaputra and the Karnali) which water the four quarters of the earth. Tibetan scriptures also speak of the four rivers issuing from the world mountain.

Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar remained unknown to the Western World until the eighteenth century, hidden behind some of the greatest natural barriers on earth. The First European to travel through the region was an Italian Jesuit missionary, Father Ippolito Desideri. In the winter of 1715 he crossed Western Tibet, a vast, sterile and terrible desert, following the course of Tsangpo river all the way to Lhasa. On the way, he passed Lake Manasarovar and a cloud-hidden mountain (Mount Kailash) that he reported was sacred to the powerful Tantrik wizard \'Urghien\' or Padmasambhava. 

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Duration: 13 Days Trip Code: AT-TT-TT03
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Group size: 1 to 15 Pax Max-Altitude: 1310/5600 m.
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Arrival on: Kodari - Zhangmu - Nyalam Departure from: Nyalam - Zhangmu - Kodari
Trip grade: Moderate and Fairly Strenuous 
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Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m)
Arrive, meet, welcome at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Our representative will greet you and escort you to the hotel for check-in and stay overnight at three start hotel named "Hotel Marshyangdi" or similar hotel. In the evening we meet at 5:00PM at hotel and brief youa bout your program, collect your orginal passport for visa and two passport size photos. (D)

Day 02:
Kathmandu – Kathmandu temples visit
After breakfast at 9:00AM, we go for half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. Visit Pashupatinath Temple and Budhanilakantha. Return to hotel for lunch. After lunch we will allow free time for final preparation for Kailash pilgrimage tour i.e. checking the equipment which will be used during the tour. If our clients need to buy a few things or rent something, our staff will assist them. In the evening Chinese visa and Tibet permit will be handed over and briefing about the trip will be organized. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. (B, L,D)

Day 03:
Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam 3750 m (150 km)
After early breakfast we drive through Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel and reach Friendship Bridge (i.e. Nepal-China border). From here we walk for about 10 minutes to cross Friendship Bridge and meet our Tibetan guide and landcruiser drivers. After all the immigration and custom formalities at the Chinese check post here, our journey continues for another 35 km which can take almost 3 hours through the up-winding road to Nyalam with beautiful scenery. Then, you will be transferred to the guest house in Nyalam (3700m). The facilities of the guesthouse are very simple and basic. We stay free and spend overnight here. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. O/N Nyalam Guest House.

Day 04:
Nyalam – day free for acclimatization.
Today is free for acclimatization. We will be going for short trek which is in preparation for Kailash Parikrama and it helps us to acclimatize fast. Overnight stay at Nyalam guest house. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05:
Nyalam – New Dongba 4600 m. (390 km)
After breakfast drive to Paryang. Passing through many villages and camps of yak herders. Far south you can see snow-capped mountain peaks. Most of the time you will be driving on plains, hence a comfortable drive. Arrive in Paryang and enjoy hot tea. Overnight stay at guest house. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner. O/N Hotel.

Day 06:
New Dongba – Mansarovar 4558 m (277 km)
Early breakfast and get ready for longest driving day. Late afternoon you can have first view of Holy Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. Hore – a small village is situated near Holy Mansarovar Lake. Holy Mansarovar (14950 ft/4558m) – the highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Mt. Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rakshash are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Night will be spending at Chui Gompa. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07:
Mansarovar – Tarchen (40 km)
Holy Mansarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning bath and puja we will be heading for Holy Mansarovar Parikrama by landcruiser with packed lunch and continue drive towards Tarchen (Darchen). If time permits, we visit Chui Gompa. Tarchen is considered as a base camp for Holy Kailash Parikrama. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place will be flooded with pilgrims with hundreds of tents all around. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. O/N Hotel Kailash.

Day 08:

Tarchen – Tarboche (13 km drive) – Dirapuk (4860 m.) (7 km trek / 5 – 6 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Tarboche – starting point of Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also known as outer “Asthapath”. It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is every where with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will be kept on appearing. For 7 km trail it takes almost 7 hrs. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner. O/N Government Hotel.
Day 09:
Dirapuk – Zuthulpuk (4760 m) (18 km trek / 9-10 km) (passing through Dolma-la pass 5,200 m). O/N Government Hotel.
Today you will be climbing to Drolma-la (Dolma-La 18600 ft) and than descending gradually to Zuthulpuk (4760m). Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass.
Today is the most difficult day of the trek. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget in eternity. Once your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By late afternoon you will arrive in Zuthulpuk (the cave of Miracles, the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have preformed miracles here). Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10:
Zuthulpuk – Tarchen (Darchen) (10 km / 4-5 hrs) – Mansarovar- Dongba (end of Kailash Parikrama). O/N Hotel in Dongba.
Morning free time to explore the caves, temples and shrine around Milarepa cave. After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting for your arrival. By late afternoon you will be at your lodge ion Dongba. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11:
Drive Dongba to Nyalam (376 km) 7-8 hrs.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Overnight at Nyalam Guesthouse

Day 12
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Drive to Kathmandu (150 km) 5-6 Hrs
Early morning, we will depart Saga and drive to border town of Zhangmu where we will clear customs and continue our journey to Kathmandu by a private bus and over night at “Hotel Marshyangdi” or similar hotel. This day we will serve you "Farewell Dinner" with special Nepal culture show program (if you are interested otherwise we will serve you at the same hotel or elswhere). (B,L,D)

Day 13:

Farewell Friend:
We are saying good bye to the mountains/Mt.Kailash Tours as journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Alliance Trekking will take you to the airport. On your way home you\'ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. (B)
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Included

  • International airport pick up and drop service
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • 3 night\'s accommodation at a 3 Star hotel in Kathmandu on twin share basis with breakfast
  • One day Kathmandu valley sight seeing by a private coach
  • Accommodation in Tibetan lodges or tents
  • All Vegetarian Meals while on Yatra
  • English Speaking Nepali Tour Leader and Tibetan Guide
  • Tibet Visa & Permit Fee
  • Yaks & Yak men for luggage during Parikrama
  • Ground transfers in Tibet using Toyota Land Cruisers
  • Sherpa staff (trekking guides, porters, cook, etc)
  • Portable altitude chamber bags
  • Oxygen cylinders in each Land Cruiser
  • Sleeping bag (return upon completion of journey)
  • Down Jacket (returned upon completion of journey)
  • Duffle Bag (returned upon completion of journey)
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Not Included

  • Airfares from Home – Kathmandu – Home
  • All beverages, photography charges, web usage, and Telephone Calls
  • Extra nights in Tibetan lodges (except mentioned in itinerary)
  • Travel Insurance of Client
  • Extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring additional transportation and porters
  • All Lunches while in Kathmandu
  • Horse rental while on Parikrama (approx Cost US $200) or personal porter (Approx Cost US $100)
  • Emergency evacuation costs (cost for rental of Land Cruiser) (medical and rescue insurance is recommended). We advise you to purchase insurance with zero deductible.
  • Any additional meals in Kathmandu except mentioned in the itinerary
  • Staff and Driver Tips

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