Kailash and Manosarovar Lake Yatra

Trip Highlights

  1. UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  2. Sacred Mt. Kailash
  3. Sanctified Lake: Manosarovar
  4. Tibetan lifestyle and culture
Kailash and Manosarovar Lake Yatra
Photo Sacred Mt. Kailash, Tibet.
Trip Duration: 12 days(s)
Max Altitude: Dolma-La Pass 5943m
Lodging: Guest House, hotel, lodge and camping
Transportation: Private / Public vehicle/ Flight
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any
Best Season: April - October

Trip Overview

According to Hindu Mythology, supreme deity Shiva sits for the meditation with his wife Parvati on the peak of the sacred Mt. Kailash. So it is taken as the sacred mountain and the final place of the souls and the divine point of the universe. Similarly, Manosarovar Lake is also taken as the pure and sacred lake and also the place of the Hindu devotees from all parts of the world.  According to legend, who takes the dip on the Manosarovar lake and drinks the water is assumed to purify all sins throughout his life.

It is the life time experience for those who explored the sacred places of Mt. Kailash and Manosarovar Lake and gives them a  sensation of serenity and harmony and also remind them a appearance of Lord Shiva throughout their lifetime. The sensational loveliness and peacefulness of these spots is actually exciting and gives the sensation of being with mighty Shiva. A person who strolls about 32 miles on the periphery of the sacred Mt. Kailash is renowned as Parikarma, whereas Tibetan people perform to the clockwise direction circumambulation called Kora. However, both the words have the same meaning: Pilgrimage. The Kora or Parikarma of the sacred mountain is very important aspect of the trip. Similarly, you can do trekking to the long trail also.

Outline

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Half Day sightseeing of Kathmandu and prepare for tomorrow flight to Tibet
Day 03: Drive to Nylam (6 hrs):
Day 04: Free day for acclimatize:
Day 05: Drive to Saga (5-6 hrs)
Day 06: Morning dip on Lake, explore Raksas Taal,
Day 07: Drive to Raksas Lake via Manosarovar area (4564 m)
Day 08: Parikarma to Dehara Puk (5000 m)
Day 09: Second day of Parikarma to Dolma-La Pass (5943 m)
Day 10: Drive to Saga (6 hrs)
Day 11:  Drive to Kathmandu. (6- 7 hrs)
Day 12: Final Departure

Service includes

  • 3 night's accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis.
  • Fully guided city tour.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guest House in Tibet full board basis.
  • All transfer in private vehicle.
  • Camping arrangement.
  • Travel Permit.
  • Yak & Yak men to transmit loads during Kailash Kora.
  • Tibet Visa Fees.

Service does not include

  • International flights ticket.
  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Meals in Kathmandu.
  • Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
  • Cost of personal nature like drinks, tipping, laundry bills, bar bills etc.
  • Extra cost arises due to unpredicted incidents like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
  • Personal gears.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu, you will meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal and transfer to the hotels.

Day 02: Half Day sightseeing of Kathmandu and prepare for tomorrow trip.
Today, after delicious breakfast you can explore the some of the World Heritages Sites in Kathmandu including Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and prepare for tomorrows trip at the remaining time. 

Day 03: Drive to Nylam (6 hrs):
After breakfast we move towards the border of Tibet. We have our lunch there and clear all the formalities and customs and walk about 15 minute to Friendship Bridge towards Tibet where your passport and visa will be check and after all the formalities we begin our journey by Land Cruise. After about 30 minutes of drive from Kodari to Zhangum, we will again stop for the formalities and from here about 4 hours of magnificent picturesque drive we reach to Nylam. We will stay overnight at Nylam.

Day 04: Free day for acclimatize:
This is a free day. On this day after breakfast we explore the Monastery and settlements of Nylam.

Day 05: Drive to Saga (5-6 hrs)
Today after breakfast we begin our trip through the bumpy roads. On the way we can see the scenic natural beauty as well as the stunning view of the snow covered Himalayan range. Also, we pass the Lalung La Pass at an altitude of 5000m from where we can see the Langtang, Shishapangma and Gaurishanker Himal. After that we cross the sacred and renowned Brahmaputra River.  We will stay overnight at Saga.

Day 06: Morning dip on Lake, explore Raksas Taal,
Today is one of the propitious days for all of us as we have the magnificent first glance of the sacred Mt. Kailash and holy Lake Manosarovar. Here, you can have a dip on the sacred lake, which is your life time experience and visit the periphery of Manosarovar. Overnight stay at tented camp.

Day 07: Drive to Raksas Lake via Manosarovar area (4564 m)
Today we explore the Manosarovar Lake and visit the Raksas Taal. After the sightseeing of the area, you can move towards the Ustapad and stay overnight at guest house. After that we pack everything for coming Parikarma days.

Day 08: Parikarma to Dehara Puk (5000 m)
Today is the most exciting day and we feel as we are in paradise and permitted us to see the home of lords. On this day we walk about 18 km through the gorge which is lead by the sacred River Gange on our left side and Mt. Kailash on our right side. This is the feelings which can’t be expressed but only experienced by you. However, you can catch the pictures of the stunning view if the sacred Mt. Kailash. We stay overnight in tented camp or guesthouse.

Day 09: Second day of Parikarma to Dolma-La Pass (5943 m)
Today is the second day of the Parikarma. On this day we cross the Dolma La pass which is situated between the two valleys: Yamasthal and Shivasthal. First we cross the Yamasthal to arrive at Shivasthal. When you arrive at the apex you can perform the holy offering and can do some meditation. On the way we can see the Parvatisthal and Gauri  Kunda. After that we will reach at the cave of Miracles- Zuthal puk by the afternoon. We stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 10: Drive to Saga (6 hrs)
Today is the last day of the Parikarma. After 3 hours of walking we will meet the driver and other supporting crew members. From there we move towards Saga by driving 6 hrs. At Saga we have our lunch and continue our drive to Zhangum. We stay overnight at Zhangum. 

Day 11:  Drive to Kathmandu. (6- 7 hrs)
Today after breakfast we start our journey for the border of Zhangum. We clear all the customs and formalities and continue our drive until we reach at Kathmandu.

Day 12 Final Departure:
Finally our Kailash and Tibet trip concludes effectively. Today on the way to airport for final departure we will share our experiences and feelings about the long trip. We hope you enjoy the every moment of the trip with us. Final Good Bye and Hope to see you again for next trip!!

Trip FAQs

When is the best time to visit Tibet?
May to October is considered the best time to visit Tibet, especially the Everest base camp trip in Tibet.

What's the weather like in Tibet?
Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri – Nyalam have good weather throughout the year besides in peak winter as there is snowfall.
Mt.Everest Area: May to October is the best time as there is not snowfall and the temperature is comparatively warmer during this time of the year.
Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar: May to October is the best time as other time of the year the weather is Harsh most of the time with snow and rainfall. May to October also the weather can be bad sometimes but not bad enough that tours can’t be operated.
Eastern Tibet: Don't go to this area in July or August (the rainy season) because the rain could ruin the road, and make terrible landslides. In winter, the road could be frozen.
Northern Tibet: With the average altitude of 4,500m, this area offers very limited time for tourists. Summer (July to August) is the prime time to enjoy the great plain in northern Tibet.

What should I bring to travel in Tibet?
It pretty much depends on where in Tibet you are going.  If you are travelling in May –June casual thirsts and pants are enough with light jackets for the evening and the morning. If you are travelling to high altitudes or Everest region we recommend warm clothes and jackets.  Having sun glasses, sun blocking cream, moisture scream is a must to protect from the not so friendly environmental conditions of Tibet.

What is high season? What is the definition for high season, shoulder season and low season?
High season marks the most popular times of the year for travel in Tibet, due to the weather, holiday periods or other reasons. Therefore hotels, airlines and travel agencies are heavily booked, and prices are higher than at other times.
The seasons are usually defined as follows:
High season: July 1 to October 15.
Shoulder season: May 1 to June 30.
Low season: October 16 to April 30.
Travelers should also be aware that the peak holiday periods: first week in May, first week in October, and Chinese Spring Festival (often takes place in late January or early February) are particularly busy. Prices and bookings will be even higher than usual.

What currency do I have to use in Tibet?
Chinese Yuan or RMB is the currency in Tibet. Foreign currencies are not accepted in any place. You can exchange money in Nepal or at Banks and hotels in Tibet.

Are there ATM machines in Tibet?
Big cities in Tibet like Lhasa and Shigatse have ATM machines in major squares. Smaller towns and villages don’t have ATM so if you are travelling beyond Lhasa and Shigatse having cash is the best idea.

What credit cards are accepted in Tibet?
IN the big cities of Tibet all kinds of credit cards are accepted by some  hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. You can use Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's club, and the JCB card of Japan. Again if travelling to villages and remote areas having cash along with you is the best thing.

What documents do I need if I am planning to travel to Tibet?
You need to have a valid passport, a valid China visa and a Tibet travel permit (sometimes people call it Entry permit or TTB, or Tibet visa).

Do I need Visa for China?
All visitors traveling to mainland China, whether for business or pleasure, require a visa. No Visa is required prior to enter Hong Kong; a Visa will be issued upon arrival. If you travel beyond Hong Kong, even for a few hours, you will need a China visa to enter China.

What is Tibet Travel Permit?
Tibet travel permit is the official document issued by Chinese government to visit Tibet for foreigners.

Does the hotel room have access to internet?
Very few.

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