Combination of Kailash-Mansarovar with Muktinath Yatra is a very rare opportunity in a life time. This yatra can be achieved by only the real devotees of Lord Shiva. Invitation from home of Lord Shiva is must of Kailash and Muktinath Yatra.
We have had so many opportunities to take yatris in this ultimate journey. We truly believe that devotion and belief on Lord Shiva is very important to make the journey to Kailash Manasarovar and Muktinath accomplished.
Kailash Mansarovar is the holiest of the holy places on earth. It is journey of a life time and experience unmatched to anything else on earth or beyond. Kailash Manasarovar is the most sacred site from Hindu, Buddhist, Bon and Jain religion.
Muktinath- Mukti mean Salvation. Nath mean God. God who provides salvation and freedom from cycle of birth and death. Similar to Kailash Mansarovar, Muktinath is also the sacred site for Hindu and Buddhist. It is also believed that after completing Chardham Yatra of India, one should visit Muktinath and achieve salvation.
Before starting this journey of Kailash-Mansarovar with Muktinath Yatra, you will have opportunity to get blessing from Pashupatinath and then visit Boudhanath. Both of these sites are declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
You will be briefed about this journey of Kailash-Mansarovar with Muktinath Yatra by our expert team who have more than 30 years of experience in this field.
We first visit Kailash Manasarovar. After being in home of Lord Shiva, we visit Muktinath. Place where we relinquish. You get Mukti (freedom) from all troubles.
Kailash-Mansarovar with Muktinath Yatra is of 16 nights and 17 days.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. 1370 m.
Day 02: AM- Visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. 1370 m.After lunch – Detail briefing on Kailash Mansarover Yatra. Rest of the day free for preparation.
Day 03: Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Nyalamu via Zhangmu. 3534 m.
Day 04: Rest day at Nyalamu for acclimatization.
Day 05: Drive from Nyalamu to Dongba. 4600 m.
Day 06: Drive to Hor Que (east shore of lake Manasarovar). 4590 m.
Day 07: Perform Pooja, Homa. Drive to Darchen taking “parikrama” of Lake Manasarovar. 4575 m.
Day 08: Drive to Sersang Valley and start Kailash "Parikrama" (circumambulation). Diraphuk. 4909m.
Day 09: Cross Dolma La and arrive Zutulphuk. Passing Highest altitude of our yatra 5630 m. Camping at 4790 m.
Day 10: End "parikrama" and drive to Paryang. 4610 m.
Day 11: Drive from Paryang to Nyalamu.
Day 12: Drive from Nyalamu to Kathmandu.
Day 13: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Enroute visit Manakamana Temple.
Day 14: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom. Drive from Jomsom to Muktinath. Drive back to Jomsom.
Day 15: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Sightseeing in Pokhara.
Day 16: Drive/Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 17: Transfer to airport for departure flight.
TIBET IS A UNIQUE AND INCOMPARABLE TRAVEL ADVENTURE. But its remoteness,undeveloped infrastructure, and high altitude conditions require a traveler to make adequate preparations. Wise preparatory exercise for this tour, therefore, would include lots of walking and stairs climbing. Jogging for those so inclined, is also good physical conditioning for such a trip.Consult with your doctor regarding the fitness of your health. If you have a habit of smoking and taking alcoholic beverages we strongly advise you to reduce it as much as possible. Some people are hit harder by altitude sickness. It has nothing to do with age or physical fitness. Due to high altitude travelers may face minor high altitude sickness as headache, loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, diziness.Consuming heavy meals should be avoided, since extra oxygen is diverted for digestion. Light carbohydrate meals are best. Snacking is good. Sweets are fine, but chocolate should be avoided towards evening because of its caffeine content, thus aggravating sleeplessness.Drink lots of fluids because the amount of one's breathing increases at higher altitudes in order to take in more oxygen, more moisture than usual is lost from the body. Once again, the single mostimportant precaution you can practice is to TAKE IT EASY . Your body will begin acclimatingnormally if you give it a chance. Do not panic if you feel dizzy or short of breath, relax, breath in and out.
While driving to Kailash, it will be warm inside the vehicle but very cold outside. Mornings and evenings will be generally cold and warm clothing will be required. Temperature varies from 0 degree C to -24 degree C. Cold wind blows at the speed of 50 to 60 Km per hour at some places. We recommend that you bring the following clothing and accessories with you. Please note – all the items and number of pieces recommended in the list are not mandatory. As such, you may decide the items and pieces as per your choice and need. However, you should not forget to bring warm clothes and rain gear. We are providing wind-proof warm jacket, sleeping bag, duffle bag and back pack.
1. Warm comfortable trekking boot – 1 OR Good well worn-in walking shoes – 1.
Accommodation in Kathmandu is provided in a 4 star hotel on twin bed sharing basis with attached bathroom. But in Tibet it is in the guesthouses (mud houses) in dormitory style (4-8 beds in a room) without attached bath room. Please note that mud houses in Tibet have very basic facilities and one should not expect it to be like a guesthouse in anywhere else. Our staffs will always be there to help you if you face any difficulties.
The daily routine that we have found to be best is to rise early each morning (at 6:30 AM we provide bed tea) and after a hot drink and breakfast begin the days drive/trek. Trekking is only for 3 days when you do parikrama around Mt. Kailash, rest is all drive. Lunch is served in lunch boxes between 11 AM - 2 PM (approx.). With lunch completed, the rest of the days drive/hike commences and the night camp is usually reached by 7 PM. Tea, biscuits, etc. will be served upon arrival at the destination. Sometimes the truck carrying the parties equipment and duffel bags may reach the site an hour or so after your arrival. It is therefore wise to have packed in your day pack a dry shirt and something warmer to put on as well as anything else that may be required.
To protect against unforeseen circumstances, we advise you to take a trip cancellation and medical insurance policy in your home country. The policy should also include coverage of transportation cost in the event of helicopter or surface evacuation being required. We regret, such policies are not available in Nepal.
Scanned copy of passport (page containing name, photo, date of birth, passport No., nationality) should reach us at least 6 weeks before the commencement of tour. This copy of passport is required to process for visa authority (not for obtaining visa). Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry in Tibet. We carry all the procedure to get permit and visa.
your doctor regarding the fitness of your health. Consider use of the
drug Acetazolamide (Diamox) as one treatment for mountain sickness. Talk
to your physician about its use and side effects.Aspirin (without
caffeine) is OK to use for headaches and sleep. There are certain
medicines,which though not designed for altitude sickness, do seem to
help some persons alleviate the symptoms. DIAMOX and DACADRON are two
such drugs. People with blood pressure problems,
for example, should NOT use DIAMOX, because of negative reactions.
All participants are advised to have health check up by a reputed doctor to insure that they are fit to take Kailash Manasarovar Yatra.
We recommend following medicines, but you MUST consult your doctor, as some of the medicines might not suite you.
Diamox 250 mg - ½ tab twice a day for prevention before starting the high altitude trip. 1 tab twice a
day, once mild symptoms are noticed – 20 Tab.
Triethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole – Bactrim Dsor Septra DS- Double Strength (160mg/800mg) – 20 Tab
Some people are hit harder by altitude sickness. It has nothing to do with age or physical fitness. Due to high altitude travelers may face minor high altitude sickness as headache, loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, dizziness.Consuming heavy meals should be avoided, since extra oxygen is diverted for digestion. Light carbohydrate meals are best. Snacking is good. Sweets are fine, but chocolate should be avoided towards evening because of its caffeine content, thus aggravating sleeplessness.Drink lots of fluids because the amount of one's breathing increases at higher altitudes in order to take in more oxygen, more moisture than usual is lost from the body. Once again, the single most important precaution you can practice is to TAKE IT EASY . Your body will begin acclimating normally if you give it a chance. Do not panic if you feel dizzy or short of breath, relax, breath in and out.
Heritage Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd. will put every efforts up-to their limitation under the circumstances to conduct the Yatra as smooth and comfortable as possible. We however act as intermediary between the concerned airlines, hotels, tour operator in Tibet and local offices providing service. Heritage Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd. is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage sustained by pilgrim including those occurring due to unavoidable situations like landslide, flood, political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay in issue visa and permit, sickness, accident or any other circumstances beyond our control.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Meet, assist and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.
PM – detail briefing on Kailash Manasarovar tour and preparation.
Day 03: Early morning drive from Kathmandu (4500 ft, 1371 mt) to frontier town of Nepal, Kodari.
From here walk a short distance across the friendship bridge to meet the guide from our Tibet agent. Then drive for about ½ hour (12 Km) to Zhangmu (7545 ft, 2300 mt). After custom and immigration formalities, drive to Nyalamu (11660 ft, 3534 mt). Total distance 157 Kms, 98 miles (approx. 7 hrs). Stay at Guesthouse.
Day 04: Rest day at Nyalamu for acclimatization.
Day 05: Drive to the first high pass of Lalung La (16665 ft, 5050 mt).
From here a superb view of high Himalayas can be seen from Gaurishanker, Shishapangma to Langtang himal. Drive past Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and arrive Peigutso (14540 ft, 4406 mt). Drive to driving to Saga (14080 ft, 4267 mt). Continue driving through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with distance view of snow capped mountains and arrive Dongba (14973 ft, 4565 mt). Total distance 377 Kms, 235 miles (approx. 7 hrs). Stay at Guesthouse.
Day 06: From Dongba drive to Paryang and then to Mayum river (15280 ft, 4630 mt) for 132 Km, 82 miles.
Continue drive crossing Mayum La pass (17160 ft, 5200 mt) and have the first sight (Darshan) of Mt. Kailash. Further drive takes you to Horque, the eastern shore of Lake Manasarovar (15055 ft, 4590 mt). Total distance covered 330 Km, 206 miles (Approx 7 hrs). Stay at guesthouse.
Day 07: Take holy bath, perform Puja, Homa, Tarpan at Lake Manasarovar.
Taking "parikrama" (driving around) of Manasarovar arrive Darchen (15098 ft, 4575 mt), located beneath the majestic holy Mountain Kailash. Stay at Guesthouse. Total distance 90 Km, 57 miles (Approx 4 hrs). Stay at guesthouse.
Day 08: Drive to Sersang valley (15200 ft, 4606 mt), 8 Kms, 5 miles.
Then trek through Shersang, the rebuilt Chukku Gompa, Dambing Donkhang (16137 ft, 4890mt.) and to Dirapuk (16200 ft, 4909mt). Distance 8 Km, 5 miles drive and 11 Km, 7 miles walk. Approx 6 hrs walk. Overnight in tent at Dirapuk. Yaks will carry our food, baggage and equipments. Those not doing the Parikrama, will drive to Darchen from Sersang and wait here for the parikrama group and stay at guesthouse.
Day 09: Climb through a moraine to a meadow
At 17193 ft, 5210mt and then pass rock cairns to emerge to Dolma La at 18579 ft, 5630 mt (highest altitude on this Yatra). From the pass descend via Guari Kunda Lake to the La Chukkir Villy at 16995 ft, 5150mt where you should look for the foot prints, which pilgrims believe belonged to Buddha. Descend further along, a long gentle path to Zutul-Puk Gompa (15807 ft, 4790mt.), where there is a cave in which the saint Milarepa is said to have meditated. Total distance 23 Km, 14 miles. Approx 10 hrs. Stay at tented camp.
Day 10: Trek along the Zhong Chu river to a bridge
Cross it and climb a little before descending to 15213 ft, 4610 mt from where you will have a good view of Manasarovar Lake. Meet the rest of the group members at the pick-up point and drive to Paryang. Walking distance 11 Km, 7 miles (approximate 5 hrs). Total driving distance 281 Km, 175 miles (approximate 5 hours)
Day 11: From Paryang to Nyalamu.
Total distance 476 Kms, 297 miles (approx. 9 hrs). Stay at Guesthouse.
Day 12: Drive from Nyalamu to Kathmandu via Zhangmu.
Immigration formalities will be done at Zhangmu (Chinese Immigration office) and at Kodari (Nepalese Immigration office). Stay at Hotel. 157 Km, 98 miles. Approx 7 hrs.
Day 13: Drive to Pokhara.
Enroute visit Manakamana Temple by Cable Car. 200 km. 8 hrs. Stay at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 14: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 20 min.
Drive from Jomsom to Muktinath 45 min. Walk for 25 min. to reach Muktinath at 3710 mt. 12172 ft. Perform Puja, make offering and take holy bath in 108 natural water flow. Same way come back to Jomsom. Stay at hotel in Jomsom.
Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara.
After refreshment, take half day sightseeing to Seti Gorge (One of the deepest gorge in world), Vindhyabasini temple (Temple of Devi having links to Vindhyachal in Inida), Devi's fall (Underworld Falls) and Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave (Natural cave with temple of Lord Shiva). Stay at hotel in Pokhara
Day 16: After breakfast, drive/fly back to Kathmandu.
Evening time free for personal activities. Stay at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 17: Transfer to airport for departure. End of tour.
Note: Above itinerary is subject to change under unfavourable weather condition and unavoidable circumstances. Any cost as a result of such conditions, has to be paid extra by the participants. We strongly suggest to keep your departure from Kathmandu at least 2 -3 days later than the schedule given above to avoid the hassle and cost to reschedule your flight home in the event of delay of your arrival in Kathmandu from Nyalamu.
Our group size in minimum 17 pax on group joining basis. There is no limitation of maximum size.
2. ACCOMMODATION AND FOODING
We provide 4 star hotel in Kathmandu with twin sharing rooms and single room with additional cost. All vegetarian meals are provided throughout the trip. Breakfast and dinner is served hot while staying in the hotels/guesthouses. We use hot cases for carrying lunch and try to keep it as warm as possible. All vegetables \ fruit (and even the dishes) are washed in a mild disinfectant solution. All water for hot drinks and other drinks is fully boiled. Water bottles may be filled with boiled water at night so that the water is cool to drink the next day. We will provide mineral throughout the trip. Please bring supplementary food/snacks like protein bars,dry nuts, dry fruits, biscuits of your choice, chocolates, chewing-gum etc for yourself or friends.
3.WHAT YOU CARRY :
We provide each client with down jacket, sleeping bag,day pack bag,traveler duffle bag.As we provide duffle bags please try to avoid suit-cases as far as possible for your own comfort and easy access.Your back pack (provided by us), a small soft. light pack will be sufficient and must be comfortable since it is you who will be carrying it. It should contain small amount of cash, snacks, sunblock lotion, monkey cap, scarf, dust mask, woolen gloves, small towel, knife, torch, sunglass, small first aid kit, camera,binoculars - optional, reading/reference books, note book/pencil, safety pins, water bottle, toilet paper,raincoat gear and extra sweater or light jacket. Your money belt should contain money, passport,itinerary, travel agents address and telephone number, important telephone numbers, pen, copy of visa,mountain sickness medicine, reading glasses (if needed).Your duffel bag that the truck carries will not be possible to get during the day and so be sure that you carry all the necessary things in your back pack that you require in the day’s trip.
4. BOOKING AND CONFIRMING THE TOUR
Tour bookings are accepted until 45 days prior to the date of arrival in Kathmandu. Unless other prior arrangements have been made, bookings are confirmed only after receiving scanned copy of passport along with non-refundable deposit of INR 10000.00 per person for Indian Nationals and US $ 200.00 per person for Foreign nationals/NRI .Unless other prior arrangements have been made, balance of the total tour cost must be paid to us at least 30 days prior to the date of arrival in Kathmandu from India/abroad. Failing which, booking shall stand cancelled and initial deposit payment (INR 10000.00 / US $ 200.00) shall beforfeited. However, if tour is cancelled for any reasons beyond our control, deposited amount to confirmthe booking will be refunded in full.
5. RISK AND LIABILITY
Heritage Tours & Travels Pvt. Ltd. will put every efforts up-to their limitation under the circumstances to conduct the Yatra as smooth and comfortable as possible. We however act as intermediary between the concerned airlines, hotels, tour operator in Tibet and local offices providing service. Heritage Tours &Travels Pvt. Ltd. is therefore not responsible for any loss, injury or damage sustained by pilgrim includingthose occurring due to unavoidable situations like landslide, flood, political unrest, cancellation of flight,delay in issue visa and permit, sickness,accident or any other circumstances beyond our control.
6. TIBET PERMIT AND VISA
A. All tourists willing to visit Tibet must buy a package tour from the local agent in Kathmandu directly or through their agents abroad and Tibet visa is issued only for the duration of the tour or trekking booked and confirmed by Tibet travel agent. Chinese Embassy, Kathmandu issues Tibet visa for tours and trekking in Tibet. But for Indian nationals willing to go to Kailash Manasarovar, Tibet visa is issued by Chinese embassy in Delhi. For other than Indian nationals (passports) Tibet visa will be issued by Chinese embassy in Kathmandu. Application for Tibet visa must be made by the government recognized travel agency in Kathmandu.
B. Scanned copy of passport (page containing name, photo, date of birth, passport No., nationality) should reach us at least 6 weeks before the commencement of tour. This copy of passport is required to process for visa authority (not for obtaining visa). Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry in Tibet.
C.Visa is issued by Chinese Embassies only after receiving visa authority letter from Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB), Lhasa or Foreign Affiars office.
D. Visa section in Kathmandu is open from Monday to Friday from 0900 hrs till 1100 hrs for submitting and collecting passports. But in Delhi it is open from Monday to Friday from 10 AM till 11.30 AM. All passports seeking visa must be submitted with the embassy. Copies of passports are not accepted for granting visa.
E. Only group visa on a sheet of paper is issued to ensure their Tibet entry and exit together. One passport size photograph is required for group visa for other than Indian nationals. Individual Tibet visa on passport is not issued at all. However, even a single person also can get visa on a sheet of paper.
F. Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB) sends visa authority on the request of the local agent in Lhasa. They also issue travel permit as per the program of tour/trek booked and confirmed by the agent.
G. Local agent requests for visa authority and travel permit only after receiving passport details and full payment in advance.
H. Once visa authority is sent, there will be cancellation charge in case of cancellation.
Note : For Indian nationals entering Tibet from Nepal for Tibet tours or Kailash, Manasarovar tours and trekking, permission from Foreign Ministry of Indian Govt. is not required.Similarly, Indian nationals do not need Nepal visa. But for identification, they either must have passport or election card in their possession.
With the grace of Lord Parameswara the trip to his own holy place / abode was fantastic & lifetime experience. We are happy to say that the “Heritage crew” was a gift to us from the lord himself. In his own place / abode. Early in the morning the wake-up call would be with bed tea. The breakfast, lunch & dinner were all perfect & hot too even when it was snowing outside. We have made many trips earlier & this has been a remote corner in the world; with homely affectionate gestures. “Overall it was a very nice experience”.
I have no words to thank you and Kishor for the lovely arrangements you had made for the trip. I thought that you had gone way out to make every one as happy as possible, despite it was a business venture. Especially the way you concluded the trip was something very special but not business like. It was more like a family reunion.
Frankly, I no longer think of Nepal as a foreign country any more. With you and Kishor, I feel like having a couple of family members in Nepal.