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.
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.
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
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
1. Tab Calpol as above – 10 Tab.
Tab. Domperidon (Don - 1 ) - one tab 2 to 3 times a day – 10 Tab.
1. Tab. Terfenadine 60m (Terf / Zenad) - 2 times a day – 15 Tab.
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.
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,
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.
* Sleeping bag (not required as guesthouses provide beds with blankets).
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.