Days: 15 / Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate)
Mt. Kailash, considered to be a physical embodiment of the mythical Mt. Meru, is believed to be the most sacred mountain in the world. Its snow dusted rock pyramid is located in the scenically rich area of western Tibet
, which lies between the Himalayas and Karakurum ranges. From its peak, one can enjoy the views of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nepal
. It is considered most auspicious to make a religious pilgrimage around its fifty-three kilometers circuit (32 miles parikrama). In fact, the entire region of Mt. Kailash is of important religious significance and includes the two turquoise-blue, pristine high-altitude lakes of Mansarovar and Rakshesa. Mt. Kailash is regarded holy by followers of several religions. To Hindus, Kailash is the abode of Shiva and nearby Manasarobar Lake, the soul of Brahma. Tibetans call Kailash Kang Rimpoche. Jains worship it as Mt Ashtapada, the peak from which the religion's founder, Rishabanatha, achieved spiritual liberation. And the followers of Bon-Po, the ancient pre-Buddhist shamanistic religion of Tibet
, revere Kailash as the soul of Tibet
. This holy region is known as navel (center) of the universe, attracting scholars and researchers from all over the world. Mt. Kailash (also known as the 'Sumeru Parbat' in Hindu epics) provides a spiritually enriching, naturally unique and a truly rewarding journey of a life-time!Itinerary in detail
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and meet with SFT representative at the airport and transfer to Hotel. Welcome drink and short briefing about Tibet
Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley with our fluent English speak and experience Tour Guide by private car, Overnight in Hotel. (In the morning Tibet
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Nyalam 3750m.
Journey begins at 5:30 am. The road follows the river valleys of the Sunkosi and Bhotakosi Rivers, passing through green mountains and cliffs. By the afternoon we get to the Tibetan boarder. Depending on the road conditions, we may stay in Zhangmu. If road conditions permit, we will continue 30km to Nyalam.
Day 04: Rest Day for acclimatization.
A leisure day gives us a chance to relax and acclimatize at the high altitude.
Day 05: Drive to Saga 4200m.
The road climbs up to the, La Lung (5124m) then drops down before heading western part of Tibet
. Road to east goes to Lhasa, capital city of Tibet
. The driving is difficult, but the stunning views of the Himalayas and particularly Shisha Pangma (8012m) more than make up for the rough travel. By late afternoon we will cross the Bhramaputra River and will be reached to Saga for shelter.
Day 06: Drive to Lake Manasarover 4560m.
Our jeep passes through the gigantic valleys following the various rivers through the eye-catching view of grazing lands of yaks and sheep and Himalayan goat (Chyangra). The landscape is highlighted by snow capped peaks rising out of the distant sand dunes. We start the yatra after having breakfast. By late afternoon the drive through the green pastures and huge valleys gives way to the first view of Mt Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. We will drive to Thogu holiest bathing gate of Manas. It is believed that the holiest Lake Mansarovar is the source of four great holy rivers Ganges, Brahmaputra, Sutlej and Indus River. It is said that Lord Vishnu floated in it for an eternity, dreaming, until the life force stirred, and out of the water's infinite potential sprang forth all of creation.
Day 07: Drive to Tarchen 4600m.
This day offers a wonderful opportunity to see the great lake Manasarover with Mt. Gurula Mandhata (7728m) on south and Holy Kailash on the north. After bath and Puja drive to Tarchen (The base camp of Mt.Kailash ) via Chiu monastery and hot spring. Those who want to visit Astapad, they can consult with our Nepali team leader at extra expenses.
Day 08: Drive to Tarboche (5 km) trek to Dirapuk 4900m.
Parikrama around Kailash begins at Tarboche. Our way of trekking passes numerous Chortens as well as the sky burial site of the 84 Mahasiddas. We will also have wonderful views of cascading creeks, streaming water falls and the mighty west face of Kailash. We will pass the Chukku Gompa and in about 6 hrs we will reach to Dirapuk Gompa where we will set up camp or stay at the guest house on the basis of availability.
Day 09: Trek to Zutulpuk Gompa 4790m.
Today is the hardest but holiest day of the pilgrimage. We will cross through a rocky expanse dotted with stone cairns draped with the clothes offered by pilgrims as a spiritual sign of death. Gaurikunda is one of the holiest sites to view/ visit from the top. Further hiking brings us to the accent up to Dolma -La pass (5630m). After a nice break at the top of the pass we will head down the steep trail to our eventual campsite at Zutul-Puk Monastery (the cave of miracles where Milarepa meditated).
Day 10: Trek to Tangsar and drive to Mansarovar.
Trek to Tangsar Tangmar and drive to Manasarovar Hor a 3 hrs walk brings us to where the river emerges onto the Borkha plain. Our jeeps will be waiting to transport us to our camp at Lake Mansarovar.
Day 11: Drive to Old Dongba. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 12: Drive to Nyalam. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 14: Full day Sightseeing in Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square with our Tour Guide by private car, Overnight in Hotel.
Day 15: Departure to International Airport.
Our Tour Package Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 4 Nights accommodation with breakfast at Standard hotel in Kathmandu.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary.
* 10 Nights accommodation during the Tibet
* Guide, Cook, Sherpa, Porters in Tibet
* Daily fresh cooked meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trip.
* Porters/Yaks during Parikrama to carry luggage and equipments only.
* All Sightseeing Trip in Tibet
and entry fees.
* A local English speaking guide for the Kailash Khora.
* Meals (Bed and breakfast) during the Tibet
* All transportation in Nepal
Travel Permit and all necessary permits.
* Tourist service charge, Vat.
* Office Service charge.
* Tour Guide for sightseeing trip in Kathmandu and his insurance and salary.
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Lunch and Dinner during the Tibet
* Photographic charges in the monasteries.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal
Tourist Visa fees and Nepal
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides,
political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Note: The package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste. For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Important: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.