- Destination: Tibet
- Trip Grade: Strenuous
- Departure from: Kathmandu
- Group size: 2 & more
- Best Seasons: April to October
- Accomodation: Hotel/Lodge
Mt. Kailash (6638m), the holy sacred mountains was once only a myth to the outside world. Assumed to lie somewhere between the vast expanse of China and the subcontinent of India, it lay hidden within the forbidden land of Tibet. To the Tibetans it is Khang Rimboche (Precious Snow Mountain) and is revered not only by Buddhists but also by millions of Hindus, Jains and followers of other traditional faiths.
Today it is known primarily as the abode of Lord Shiva. The name Kailash appears in the epic “Mahabharata” as well as the “Ramayana”. It is believed the four great rivers of Asia: Karnali, Indus, Sutlej and Brahmaputra had their source at the foot of Mt. Kailash.
Mt. Kailash is also the ultimate pilgrimage site for Hindus, Buddhists and followers of other traditional faiths who believe that by circling the foot of the mountain, they will be cleansed of all earthly sins and reach the ultimate spiritual freedom.
Day 01: Fly to Kathmandu (1350m/4423ft):
Arrive in Kathmandu. Upon arrival meet and transfer to hotel. O/N at Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu (1350m/4423ft):
Tibet permit and visa processing and Explore Kathmandu valley. O/N at hotel
Day 03: Kathmandu (1350m/4423ft):
Tibet permit and visa processing and Explore Kathmandu Valley. O/N at hotel
Day 04: Drive to Kerong (2300m/7544ft) 170 km, 5hrs:
Drive to Kerong 170Km., cross the Friendship Bridge and meet Tibetan escort, drive to Korong town. O/N at Hotel in Kerong
Day 05: Acclimatisation day in Kerong. (2300m/7544ft) O/N at Hotel in Kerong
Day 06: Drive to Saga(4640m/15875ft)190km, 3-4 hrs:
Drive approx. 3-4 hours to the huge lake called Peiku-tso crossing two high passes. After a quick stop at bank of Peiku-tso Lake, continue drive to Saga along many small lakes and cross the Yarlong Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) river on the way. This scenically rewarding drive provides plenty of opportunities for photography. O/N at hotel in Saga
Day 07:Drive to Lake Mansarovar (4558m/14950ft) 560km, 9hrs:
Today drive more than 500km. towards Paryang which is almost 450km drive from Saga. O/N at Guest House in Lake Mansarovar
Day 08: Drive to Tarpoche (50km, 1 hr). Trek to Dirapuk (4900m/16072ft.)
Drive about 50km towards Tarpoche, the Base Camp of Kailash or the starting point of Kora where begins first day walk about 6-7 hrs, towards Kailash. Meet, team of yaks and Tibetan yak drivers who will escort the Kora. Further ahead from Tarpoche, you have to trek past verdant meadows and picturesque streams to Lha Chu Valley. The trail overlooks Turquoise River cascading over a narrow canyon with high steep cliffs. En route, north face of Kailash comes into vision. The trail will approach 13th century monastery of Dirapuk. We spend an overnight in Dirapuk.O/N at Guest House in Dirapuk
Day 09: Trek Tarpoche to Zutulpuk. Cross Dolmala Pass (4790m/15711ft):
Lha Chu Valley blurs as you turn towards Drolma Chu Valley. Looking forward to the amazing Mount Kailash, ascend to Drolma La (5630m), the highest point of the trip. Enjoy the breathtaking view of Thukpe Dzingbu Lake, known as the Lake of Compassion at the summit, this is tough and challenging ascent, indeed very worthwhile and fruitful. Several prayer flags can be seen at the summit. Further on, the trail descends to the flat fields of Zuthulpuk which houses a monastery and several fascinating caves. The caves at this locale are most popular for meditation; Milarepa’s cave being one of them with Milarepa’s footprints and elbow prints believed to be imprinted all over this cave of Mani stones. After a tough challenging day walk of approximately 10 hours, reach Zuthulpuk. O/N at Guest House in Zuthulpuk
Day 10: Finish Trek. Drive to Saga (4840m/15875ft) 590km, 10 hr:
The Last day of Kailash Parikrama/ Kora is easy walking on beautiful valley. Today about 4-5 hours walk to where vehicle will be waiting. We continue driving today about 590 km stretch of road to Saga through dusty town of Zhongba. O/N Hotel in Saga
Day 11: Drive to Kerong (2600m/8528ft)190km, 3-4 hrs:
Drive along PekuTso and arrive Dzonkha (Kyirong Xian), drive further 70 km cross high pass Yangdo La 5326m/17470ft to Nepal border town of Kyirong. O/N at Hotel/ Guest house in Kerong
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft) 170 km, 7-9hrs:
Drive 25 km to the border and the immigration point. After Chinese Immigration formalities, cross into Nepal by foot and meet Nepali representative and vehicle at the Nepal side called Timure, Rasuwa Ghadi. Complete Nepal immigration formalities, drive to Kathmandu. It is a interesting combination drive of dirt and paved road along the Langtang national park through smaller town of Syabrubensi and Dunche (ideal place for lunch) and finally reach the main national highway at Galchi. You will experience more traffic along the road. Overnight at hotel
Day 13: Kathmandu (1350m/4423ft):
Free day in Kathmandu. O/N at hotel
Day 14: Kathmandu (1350m/4423ft):
Free until departure. Transfer to airport and fly back to home country
Day 15: Arrive home country
– Need three full working day in Kathmandu for the process of China /Tibet Visa
What is included:
- All arrangement in Nepal
- Twin sharing accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- One English speaking Nepali guide
- English speaking Tibetan Guide.
- Transportation as per the itinerary by necessary vehicle.
- Tibet Travel permits.
- All entrance fees.
- All necessary entrance permits.
- Yak and yak herder.
- Bottled mineral water in the vehicle.
- 2 bottle of 4L poisk oxygen cylinder in the vehicle.
- Gamow bag for in case of emergency.
- Service of Porterage while crossing Friendship Bridge (Nepal-China border).
- Trip briefing by Tibet expert & entertain question.
- Trip Information pack.
- Gift pack (prayer flag or string of flag & paper prayer Lungtha).
- Tibet Visa Fee
- Transportation: Kathmandu- Kyirong – Kathmandu.
What is NOT included:
- International air ticket.
- Insurance of any kind (Travel, emergency evacuation & medical)
- Expenses during any rescue operation.
- Nepal re-entry visa fee.
- Alcoholic beverages & bar bills.
- All expenses of personal nature, phone calls, laundry etc.
- Gratuity to staff.
- Services of porterages and other vehicles in between in case of landslides and other natural calamities beyond our control and expenses incurred during rescue services.
- Extra charge for hiring yak and yak herder personally.
- Duffle bag, Down Jacket (We provide on loan basis)
- Oxygen charges if used.
- Services not mentioned herein.
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