Overland Kailash Manasarovar Yatra via Kodari

Overland Kailash Manasarovar Yatra via Kodari 13 days


Trip Length:
13 days

Grade:
Moderate to strenuous

Accomodation:
Hotel and guesthouse

Season:
May to September

Group size:
Minimum 17 pax
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Mt. Kailash [6714 m, 22156 ft.] is situated in the southwestern part of Tibet. On the lap of Mt. Kailash is Lake Manasarovar. A visit to this holiest place was something of a dream for mankind  in the past. Now the network of motorable roads has turned the dreams into reality. Journey begins with scenic drive from Kathmandu to Nepal-Tibet border, Kodari. From here coaches take you to Kailash Manasarovar  to achieve your ultimate goal. We take parikrama (circumambulation) of Manasarovar by coach and of Mt. Kailash on foot..

It is believed that a ritual bath in the sacred Manasarovar  will deliver a pilgrim to Brahma's paradise and a drink of its waters relinquishes the sins of hundred lifetimes. Conventional wisdom says a single circuit "parikrama" of Mt. Kailash wipes out the sins of a lifetime. It is indeed a rare opportunity and privilege for all those devotees who have been dreaming to be close to the home of the gods in this world.

Kindly note: The route to Kailash Manasarovar via Kodari for overland journey has been closed since 2015 following the damage caused by earth quake. Considering the trade between Nepal and China through this route and tourist traffic in the past, Chinese government is likely to open it in 2019. However, no official announcement in this regard has been made yet. As such, this tour is subject to opening of Nepal-Tibet border at Kodari by Chinese Government in 2019.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Evening – detail briefing on Kailash Manasarovar Yatra .

Day 02: Visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. PM – Free for Kailash tour preparation. Stay at hotel.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalamu via Kodari. Stay at hotel. 04: Rest day at Nyalamu for acclimatization. Stay at hotel.

Day 04: Drive to Dongba. Stay at Guesthouse.

Day 05: From Dongba drive to Hor Que, shore of Lake Manasarovar. Stay at guesthouse.

Day 06: AM - Puja, Homa, Tarpan etc. PM - Drive to Darchen. Stay at Guesthouse.

Day 07: Drive to Yam Dwar (Tarboche) and start parikrama of Mt. Kailash on foot to reach Diraphuk. Stay at guesthouse.

Day 08: Continue parikrama and reach Zutulphuk. Stay at guesthouse.

Day 10: Walk for about 3 hours and drive to Dongba. Stay at guesthouse.

Day 11: Dive from Donga to Nyalamu. Stay at hotel.

Day 12: Drive from Nyalamu to Kathmandu via Kodari. Stay at Hotel.

Day 13: Transfer to airport for departure flight.

1. PLANNING FOR THE YATRA

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.

2. CLOTHING

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.

A. Footwear

1. Warm comfortable trekking boot – 1 OR Good well worn-in walking shoes – 1.

B. Clothing

  •  Wool shirts – 3
  • Cotton shirts-3
  • Thermal underwear-1
  • Trousers/shorts for men-2
  • Monkey cap/mittens/gloves-1
  • Wool and cotton socks-5
  • Towel-1
  • Sleeping clothes-2 .
  • Skirts/coulettes/trousers for women – 2 .
  • Wind and rain gear with hood – 1 .
  • Sun hat – 1
  • Sweaters – 2
  • Track suit – 1

3. ACCESSORIES AND PUJA SAMAGRI

Accessories

  • Personal first-aid.
  • Toilet kit – 1
  • Flash light/torch with extra batteries – 1
  • Sun glasses – 1
  • Repair kit (needle, thread tape etc) – 1
  • Water bottle – 1
  • Note book, pens, pencils.
  • Pocket knife – 1
  • Plastic bags for reading material, cameras etc. – 1
  • Binocular (optional)
  • Sun block cream and lip salve – 

  Puja Samagri    

  • Camphor
  • Agarbatti (insence sticks)
  • Samidha (for Hawan)
  • Bel patra
  • Kumkum .
  • Rice
  • Wicks dipped in ghee .
  • Moli (red threat)
  • Bell
  • Small Diya
  • Prayer book etc.

4. ACCOMMODATION

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.

5. DAILY ROUTINE

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.

6. INSURANCE

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.

7. VISA

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.

8. CONSULTATION WITH DOCTOR

Consult 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.

9. MEDICINES RECOMMENDED FOR KAILASH TOURS

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.

MOUNTAIN SICKNESS :

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.

ANTIBIOTICS :

Triethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole – Bactrim Dsor Septra DS- Double Strength (160mg/800mg) – 20 Tab

DIARRHEA :

  1. Loperamide Hydrochloride - 2 tab one time only – 10 Tab.
  2. Fasigyn DS - 1 tab two times a day for 3 days – 6 Tab.
  3. Jeevan jal - with plenty of water – 3 Pkt.

ACHES (HEAD, BODY, MUSCLES) :

  1. Tab. Calpol - 3 to 4 times a day – 10 Tab
If above is not effective,
  1. Cap. Proxyvon - 1 cap 2 to 3 times a day – 10 Tab.

FEVER :

1. Tab Calpol as above – 10 Tab.

VOMITING :

Tab. Domperidon (Don - 1 ) - one tab 2 to 3 times a day – 10 Tab.

COMMON COLD :

1. Tab. Terfenadine 60m (Terf / Zenad) - 2 times a day – 15 Tab.

SAFETY MEASURES:

  1. Handy Plast
  2. Cotton
  3. Crepes etc.

10. HEALTH PRECAUTION

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.

11. 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 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. Transfer to hotel. Evening – detail briefing on Kailash Manasarovar Yatra .

Day 02: Visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. PM – Free for Kailash tour 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. 8 hrs). Stay at hotel.

Day 04: Rest day at Nyalamu for acclimatization. Stay at hotel.

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). Continue driving to Saga (14080 ft, 4267 mt). Have lunch after crossing Saga. Further drive through the windswept territory passing many villages and camps of Yak herders with distance view of snow capped mountains takes you to Dongba. (14180 ft, 4300 mt), Total distance 376 Kms, 235 miles (approx. 9 hrs). Stay at Guesthouse.

Day 06: From Dongba drive to Mayum river (15280 ft, 4630 mt) for 112 Km, 70 miles and have lunch. After this continue drive crossing Mayum La pass (17160 ft, 5200mt). Have the first sight (Darshan) of Mt. Kailash and drive to Hor Que (15000 ft, 4573mt). Total distance covered 299 Km, 187 miles. Stay at guesthouse. Approx 6 hrs

Day 07: Puja, Homa, Tarpan etc. Drive to Darchen taking "parikrama" of Lake Manasarovar by bus. Darchen (15098 ft, 4575 mt), is located beneath the majestic holy Kailash. Stay at hotel. 116 Km, 73 miles. Approx 2 - 3 hrs.

Day 08: Drive to Tarboche (15200 ft, 4606 mt), 9 Kms , 6 miles. Then trek through Shersong, the rebuilt Chukku Gompa, Dambing Donkhang (16137 ft, 4890mt.) and to Dirapuk (16200 ft, 4909mt). Distance 9 Km, 6 miles drive and 14 Km, 9 miles walk. Approx 6 hrs walk. Overnight in tent at Dirapuk.. Those not willing to do the "parikrama", will drive to Darchen and wait here for the "parikrama" group. 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, 5630mt (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 20 Km, 12 miles. Approx 10 hrs. Stay at guesthouse.

Day 10: Trek along the Zhong Chu river to a bridge, cross it and climb a little before descending to 15213 ft, 4610mt from where you will have a good view of Rakshas Tal. Drive to Darchen, meet the rest of the group members and drive to Hor Que check post, 53 Kms, 33 miles. From here drive to Dongba. 299 Km, 187 miles. Stay at guesthouse.

Approx 6 hrs

Day 11: Dive to Nyalamu via Saga and Peigutso once again. Total distance 376 Kms, 235 miles (approx. 9 hrs). Stay at hotel.

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: Transfer to airport for departure flight.

Tour leader discount

For a group booking of minimum 15 paying pax, we will offer one pax (16th person) complimentary as tour leader.

Cost Include

  • Arrival, departure transfers and sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by private car/van/coach as per the program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu at hotel for 3 nights on full board with vegetarian meals. .
  • Accommodation in the hotels/guesthouses in Tibet on room sharing 4 – 8 bed in a room.
  • All transfers and sightseeing tours in Tibet by coach with English speaking guide and baggage, equipments by truck.
  • In Nepal, Kathmandu / Kodari / Kathmandu by coach.
  • All vegetarian meals throughout the tour in Tibet (breakfast and dinner is served hot in the dining room and picnic lunch is served in the hot-cases).
  • All equipments for camping (tent, mattress, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent etc is carried to use under unavoidable circumstances only)
  • Duffle bag (big bag for keeping personal clothes and equipments).
  • Warm jacket.
  • Jerry can for taking Manasarovar jal home.
  • Steel hot cases for buffet lunch.
  • Experienced tour leader / coordinator with each group.
  • Services of sardar, cook, kitchen boys and camping helpers (accompanying the group from Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
  • Oxygen cylinder.
  • Pulse and Oximeter.
  • Gemow bag (life saving bag at high altitude) and basic First-Aid box.
  • Tibet visa fee and permit fee for Kailash and Manasarovar.
  • Certificate on successful completion of the tour.
  • Yaks and Yak-men to carry baggage, food, fuel etc while making parikrama of Mt. Kailash.
  • Porterage for Kodari-across the border-Kodari only.

Cost Exclude

* Sleeping bag (not required as guesthouses provide beds with blankets).

  • Extra cost of transportation, porterage etc involved due landslides, snowfall, political and natural disturbances and any other unforeseen conditions.
  • Extra cost of accommodation and meals in Kathmandu for staying more than 3 nights as per the program to match the flight schedule or for any other reasons.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as insurance, beverage, telephone calls, tips etc.
  • Charges of pony and driver and porterage if required to ride on for Kailash parikrama.
  • Any other cost not mentioned as included.
1. GROUP SIZE

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 be forfeited. However, if tour is cancelled for any reasons beyond our control, deposited amount to confirm the 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 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.

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.

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