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Kailash Mansarovar Pilgrimage Tour

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Mount Kailash a holy mountain stands at 6714 meters (22,028 ft) a very popular mountain prominently in a remote southwest corner of Tibet, Mt. Kailash also known by the name of Kang Rinpoche which is Tibetan name which means Jewel of the Snows. This mountain is a sacred site for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bons taken as the centre of the physical and metaphysical universe. Believed to be the axis of the earth Mount Sumeru or Meru, Mt. Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva and Kang Ringboche of Tibetan Buddhism. For the Hindus, the mountain represents the seat of Shiva. For the Buddhists, a terrestrial projection of the cosmic mandala of Dyani Buddhas and Boddhisatvas (which represents the Wheel of Life).

Global Holidays Adventure organize the best Mt. Kailash Overland Tour for the devout pilgrim a visit to Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar forms the ultimate realization of their spiritual pursuit, and for the adventure-lovers it offers rugged beauty, remoteness and solitude. Every year, many pilgrims from around the world visit to pray in the shadow of the holiest of mountains. It is believed by pilgrims of several religions circulating Mount Kailash (52km) on foot will remove sins and bring good fortune. Despite its remote and stark location it is also a popular destination for all adventure lovers. Mount Kailash is flanked by two neighbouring lakes, Mansarovar and Rakkshas Tal. The lakes are the highest bodies of fresh water in the world, with Lake Manasarovar (330sq.km), at 4,556m, about fifteen metres higher than Rakkshas Tal. It is believed by Buddhists that Queen Maya (Buddha's Mother) was carried to Lake Manasarovar by the gods. A Kailash pilgrimage is completed when one has bathed in the sacred Lake Manasarovar.

If your tour to Mount Kailash during the month of May it gives you the opportunity to face Buddhist festival of Saga Dawa while most of the other trips are planned to arrive at Mt. Kailash during the full moon period to give all participants a rare experience. A journey you can truly call as once-in-a-lifetime.

Trip Facts:

Country: Tibet
Accommodation : Hotel / Tea House
Max Altitude: 5600 M (Dolma La Pass)M
Group Size: 01 - 12
Trip Duration: 16 Days
Best Season: Mar - May | Sep - Dec
Trip Grade: Moderate to Adventurous
Transport: Drive in - Drive Out

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, O/N at Hotel on BB Basis(Kathmandu).
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sight Seeing Tour, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 03: Visa and Trip Preperation Day, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 04: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam(3600m, 133km), 4/5 Hrs, O/N at Hotel.
  • Day 05: Acclimatization day at Nyalam, O/N at Hotel.
  • Day 06: Drive to Saga (4450meters) via Lalung La Pass (5050meters), 250 km, 6/7 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
  • Day 07: Drive to Paryang (4600m),185 km, 5/6 hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
  • Day 08: Drive to to Manasarover (4558m) 277km, 7/8 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
  • Day 09: Drive to Darchen (14975ft) 40km.
  • Day 10: Trek to Dehara Puk(5000m), 15 Km, 6/7 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
  • Day 11: Trek over Dolma La Pass (5600meters) and trek down to Zudulpuk (4800meters), 8/9 Hrs, O/N at Tenthouse.
  • Day 12: Kailash Kora end and Drive to Darchen to Manasarover, 4 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
  • Day 13: Drive to Saga,(417km) 10 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
  • Day 14: Drive to Nyalam, 296 Km, 7 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
  • Day 15: Drive Back to Kathmandu, 4/5 Hrs, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 16: Transfer to Airport for your final Departure.
  • [NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.
  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, O/N at Hotel on BB Basis(Kathmandu).
    Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport Global Holidays Adventure representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip.
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sight Seeing Tour, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
    Today after breakfast you will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' Swayambunath and Buddhists shrine of Bouddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world and Mediavel city Patan.
  • Day 03: Visa and Trip Preperation Day, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
    Today, This is day for Visa preperation. Normally it will take two and half days for Urgent visa. Top urgent visa we can take with in one days but it will be little expensive. Today is your trip preperation day.
  • Day 04: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam(3600m, 133km), 4/5 Hrs, O/N at Hotel.
    The trip commences from Thamel around 6 AM, driving along the Arniko Highway enjoying the beautiful Nepalese countryside to Kodari on the Nepal Tibet border. After completing the necessary border formalities at the both the Nepalese and Tibetan sides you will change your vehicle and start the two hours adventurous uphill drive to Nyalam.
  • Day 05: Acclimatization day at Nyalam, O/N at Hotel.
    Today is your first acclimatization day of your trip. Today you are in 3600m after breakfast you will have acclimatization walk near by the Nyalam.
  • Day 06: Drive to Saga (4450meters) via Lalung La Pass (5050meters), 250 km, 6/7 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
    After breakfast we start enjoying the grand view of Mt. Shishapangma(8021meters), Gauri shanker and other high mountains from Lalung la Pass (5050meters). A packed lunch will be served at the sacred Lake Pigutso.
  • Day 07: Drive to Paryang (4600m),185 km, 5/6 hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
    Jeeps and trucks roll on the wide valley following rivers and grazing land of yaks and sheep. Far south you can see snow covered peaks near by you, lots of rocky peaks and sand duns give you an ideal world. Depends on season, nomads and other mobile shopkeepers are attired by beautiful traditional costume, waiting your arrival with hot tea and other supplies along with big smile.
  • Day 08: Drive to to Manasarover (4558m) 277km, 7/8 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
    The longest driving day starts with full of excitement, by the late afternoon you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Manasarovara. Hore, a small village near by Lake Manasarover, .Holy-Manasarovara: At 4950-ft/ 4558m. The highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Kailash Parbat, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rashekshi are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures.
  • Day 09: Drive to Darchen (14975ft) 40km.
    Manasarovara is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning Bath and Puja we will be heading towards Tarchen. It is considered as a base camp for the Holy Kailash Parikrama.
  • Day 10: Trek to Dehara Puk(5000m), 15 Km, 6/7 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
    It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; water falls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is every where with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will be kept on appearing.
  • Day 11: Trek over Dolma La Pass (5600meters) and trek down to Zudulpuk (4800meters), 8/9 Hrs, O/N at Tenthouse.
    Today is your most important day of your trip. Today we are going to climb at Drolma-la pass (Pass of Tara), filed with five-colored praying flags. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget yourself. Once your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. This is the most difficult part of our way. Then we start the descending to Dzutul-puk. Very attractive lake Thugje Zinbu (Lake of Compassion) opens to our eyes. Some ancient meditative caves are visible here.
  • Day 12: Kailash Kora end and Drive to Darchen to Manasarover, 4 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
    After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting your arrival. On the way we visit Zuthulphuk Gompa and drive to Horr Chu to collect holy water of Lake Mansarovar to bring back
  • Day 13: Drive to Saga,(417km) 10 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
    Today, we have a long drive from Mansarovar to Saga. We pass by the sacred and historic Chiu Monastery. Continue driving past Hor Quo and across the Mayum La pass (5200 m). Pass by the small towns of Zhongba and Paryang. It's 270 km from Mansarowar to Paryang. From Paryang, it's 255 km to Saga. From Saga instead of going toward Lhasa, we drive along a different route toward Kathmandu.
  • Day 14: Drive to Nyalam, 296 Km, 7 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse.
    Cross the Yarlung Tsangpo or Brahmaputra River and then drive to Nyalam. Pass by a huge lake Paigu-Tso with Mt. Shishapangma (8027m) in the background. Don’t miss the sight of Everest as the road climbs the Lalung La at 5124m. After crossing another pass, the Tong La at 5120m, we finally reach border town Zangmu.
  • Day 15: Drive Back to Kathmandu, 4/5 Hrs, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
    Drive to the border check point. Go through the custom formalities. After reaching Friendship Bridge, we'll be leaving our Tibet side vehicles, and will walk for approximately 10 minutes towards Nepal. From Kodari it takes another 4/5 hours drive to Kathmandu.
  • Day 16 : Transfer to Airport for your final Departure.
    Global Holidays Representative will transfer you to the Airport for your Final Departure.
  • [NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]
“So What you are Paying For?”
What you are paying for, we would like to explain to you. We are a local company providing world-wide travelers with internationally qualified services. We provide you with the lowest cost possible for fully inclusive trips that have no hidden fees. We guarantee your safety, satisfaction, and long-lasting memories of your experience of Nepal Journey.

Cost Include

  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast.
  • Tibet Visa and Travel Permit.
  • Temple and monasteries Entry Permit Fee in Tibet.
  • Twin Sharing accommodation at star category Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • One day kathmandu full sightseeing by car.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Professional Tibetan English speaking tour leader, guide.
  • Sleeping Bag and Duffel bag for during Trekking period.
  • Guesthouse / Camping arrangement supporting by our crew.
  • Full board vegetarian meal from Manasarovar to Darchen. Accommodation with B plan in other parts.
  • All transportation by wheel drive with 4 sharing basis.
  • Supporting truck.
  • Special Kailash Parikarma Parmit.
  • One down jacket each pilgrim on returnable basis plus Certificate on successful competition of Holy Yatra which retains nostalgic memories even years after undertaking this once-in-lifetime pilgrimage tour.

Cost Exclude

  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
  • Bar bills and Personal Expenses.

Tibet Visa and Documentation
All foreign nationals willing to undertake Kailash Mansarovar Yatra including Indians require a VISA to enter Tibet. One must be in possession of a valid passport for another six months to obtain Chinese VISA. We will require a scanned copy of your passport at the time of booking the trip which should be at least 45 days in advance). In case of Indian passport holders, we shall require original passport while arriving at Kathmandu to apply for the group VISA in India however passports of foreign nationals shall be required in Kathmandu itself as their VISA shall be applied in Kathmandu – Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu issues VISA only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. From Monday to Friday (excluding holidays). Kindly be informed that the VISA is not stamped on your passport rather it will be on a separate piece of paper issued by Chinese Embassy because it shall be a Group VISA.


Accommodation in Kathmandu

We will provide standard rooms at three star hotels or similar category hotel in Kathmandu, including breakfast on twin sharing basis. Lunch and Dinner will not be provided in Hotel. There are many restaurant outside of the hotel so for the Lunch and Dinner you can go best restaurants of your choice in the city with the different authentic cuisine.


Accommodation in Tibet
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra falls probably in the world's most remote part. Most of the times, you would be away from modern civilization. One must be well equipped and self-contained. The group shall overnight in guest house / hotels/ tent camp. Use of candles inside the tents is strictly prohibited as tents and sleeping bags / quilts might catch fire due to any negligence. Guest house accommodation wherever available will be very simple with a cozy room (dormitory at most of the places) with common bathrooms and toilets. Hot water will be provided in every room for refreshing and for drinking by our Sherpa team.

Nyalam Hotel has common toilet facility. New Hotel Saga or equivalent in Saga have attached toilet facility however hot water is available by buckets.

Guest house in Darchen does not have toilet / shower facility – one will have to use either our toilet tent or shall use the open space to answer the call of nature.

Chui Gompa Guest house at Mansarovar is without toilet / shower facility – one will have to use either our toilet tent or shall use the open space to answer the call of nature.

Dirapuk and Prayang Hotels have common toilet facility – one will have to use common toilet tent.

Zuthulpuk Fixed Tents are without toilet / shower facility – one will have to use common toilet tent or shall use the open space to answer the call of nature.

Foods and Beverage
The food will be supplied from our side while in Tibet including breakfast, lunch & dinner with occasional tea break. While camping or while in guest houses, meals would be served to you in our dining tent. This tent also serves as our meeting place & living hall. Toilet tents will be put up near the campsite, wherever feasible. Pressurized Lamp shall be used to lighten camp area. Bed tea will be served in your tent/guest house with a wake-up call. Hot breakfast will be set at dinning tent. Once Sherpa team pack-up their equipment, please get one thermos flask filled with hot water for entire route journey and then you'll move to your next destination. A light packed lunch will be served on the way. The food will be very simple and pure vegetarian.

Transportation
From Kathmandu till Kodari Border, the transportation will be provided by A/c tourist bus or van depending upon your group strength. From Friendship Bridge onwards you will be carried by jeeps (4-WD vehicles like Toyota Land Cruiser). If the road between Friendship Bridge and Zhangmu gets washed away, we may have to trek for about 2 hrs. There will be a separate support truck to carry the camping equipments and sherpa staff members. During the Kailash Parikrama, we will provide Yaks to carry the camping equipment & your personal heavy gears (one bag per person only). A Yak or pony can be hired for you to ride on direct payment basis. (Yaks are not fully domesticated and thus not trained to ride on them).

Guide and Staff
A Tibetan/ English speaking guide will escort the group throughout the trip from Kodari Border till Kodari Border including few Nepali staffs who shall be taking care of your food requirements etc.

Clothing & Accessories
Tibet is a dry cold country as such weather may change unexpectedly at any time. Plan your clothing in a way that you can wear layers of clothes. Depending upon the season, during June, July, August till September, day time will be pleasant and quite warm with about 15-20 degree Celsius, during afternoon time 1-4 pm can be windy. The morning and evening will be chilly between minus 2 to 0 degree Celsius. We recommend to carry one warm thick pull-over, one thin pull-over, two warm pants, two light loose cotton pants, one warm windproof cotton jacket, four cotton sleeve T-shirts, two thermal under pants, two thermal vests, one rain coat, one pair each of light tennis shoes & light rubber sandal, six pairs of warm woolen socks, one light cotton or silk scarf, one large cotton or silk scarf, one pair of warm gloves, soft paper tissues, monkey cap & sun hat, two towels, Wind - Rain Jacket and a sun hat. Proper clothing will be required for both extremes of climate, for hot sun when trekking through the lower foothills to freezing temperatures at night while camping in the high valleys. Well fitting, comfortable shoes are preferred over normal shoes.

Altitude Sickness
Acute mountain sickness is a frequent problem in the Himalayan region. The altitude of the peaks and trails between them are among highest on earth. Acclimatization to altitude above 3000 meters takes time. The body undergoes a number of physiological changes some of which are immediate like increased pulse rate & respiratory rate. Others appear more slowly over a period of weeks like the change in acid base balance and production of extra red blood cells. These changes plus the effect of intense sunlight, walking hard & dehydration may cause a number or mild vague symptoms such as Loss of appetite, fatigue, headache, nausea, dizziness, palpitations, sleeplessness, mild shortness of breath with exercise.

The best treatment is prevention! Avoid rapid ascents; take acclimatization symptoms seriously using rest days or Diamox tablets. If symptoms are severe and the patient is ill DESCEND IMMEDIATELY, 300 meters of descent or more should be sought. This usually gives rapid improvement.

To minimize altitude sickness, never rush into things, walk slowly and firmly. The uneven ground, steep slopes and slushy banks are full of potholes. Do not combine walking and sightseeing together. Inspect your track in front and trek slowly.

Health and Experience Requirements
Before booking for this Kailash Mansarovar Yatra trip with us, clients should be in sound good health preparation for this trip. We advise bit of exercise like morning or evening walk or jogging. Each pilgrim should ensure that he/she is medically fit and is not suffering from high-blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, heart disease or epilepsy since such conditions might prove fatal at high altitudes. Medical fitness is of utmost importance. Pilgrims should complete the medical tests and seek expert medical opinion regarding their fitness to undertake the pilgrimage at high altitude from their respective doctor. We would require a medical certificate from every individual stating that the person traveling is not suffering from any such decease as mentioned above and is fit to travel at high altitudes.


Insurance & Emergency Expenses
We highly recommend all clients to be insured against medical, accidents & necessary emergency evacuation. Please ensure that your insurance covers evacuation at high altitudes. Also be informed that air evacuation (evacuation by helicopter) is not possible in Tibet as such guest requiring emergency evacuation will be transferred by surface to nearest evacuation point in Nepal side after giving the necessary first aid. Any Emergency arrangement other than regular straight forward tour itinerary service should be borne by the clients themselves.

Please note: our Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Tour Package does not include any rescue or evacuation expenses in emergencies hence it is advised to be properly insured against any kind of risk.

Before starting Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra:
1) If you are asthmatic or have any kind of breathing problem, you should not travel.

2) Take advise of your doctor before undertaking this high altitude pilgrimage & always keep your usual/prescribed medicines (if any) along with beside basic medicines for fever, nausea, dehydration, vomiting body ache and headache

3) Use very strong and rough bags to pack your belongings & don't keep the fragile items in your bag which has to be carried on the Yak. A duffel bag is advisable.
4) Don't forget to carry some eatables like sweets, chocolates, glucose, candies, mints, khakra, laddu / pinni (Indian sweets) etc.

5) If possible, engage yourself in some fitness exercise like aerobics every morning.

6) Don't et all expect luxury on this tour however as far as possible, our Sherpa team will ensure you the best journey/stay with us in this tough terrain.

7) It is always advisable to insure yourself against personal loss, injury/accident, death and emergency evacuation. Make sure that your policy covers Emergency
Evacuation by Helicopter at high altitude treks.


8) As there is no Hindu Temple at Holy Lake and Mt. Kailash as such no priest is available. If you want some spiritual activity to be performed, please make sure that your personal priest accompany you from your own country or from Nepal. Do carry essential Havan Samagri, Havan Kunds etc. if you are willing to engage yourself in some spiritual ceremony like Havan (Yagna).

9) If possible, arrange your Chinese Yuans (which you might require to buy some souvenir or to pay for pony etc.) in your own country or in Nepal as on the borders, exchange rate might differ. Alternately, you can carry US$ with you which can be easily converted but Indian Currency notes are not acceptable in Tibet. Do not carry Indian Currency Notes of 500 & 1000 denominations as these are not acceptable in Nepal and can not be exchanged.

10) Upon arrival at immigration desk at Tribhuvan International Airport, please request the immigration officer to put an entry stamp in your passport otherwise you'll have to unnecessarily pay INR 500-1000 at Tibet immigration.

11 ) Don't take too much of clothes along with.

Prior to Mount Kailash Parikarma:
1) Before embarking on such a tour, please check with your physician and perhaps show him/her a part of this write-up. We have found that many of our clients start to take a medication such as DIAMOX at least 2 days before starting your journey - once every morning after the breakfast for 3-6 days. This is to minimize altitude sickness.
2) Drink at least 3 litres of mineral water everyday till you complete the Holy Yatra.
3) Avoid riding Yak during Kailash Parikarma. A pony is preferred over Yak.
4) Advise your requirements for Pony Hiring (available at an additional cost) to your tour guide at least a day before the beginning of Parikarma.

During Mount Kailash Parikarma:
1) Walk gradually, don't compete with any one and never loose your temper as this is going to be the toughest journey you could have ever made so far.
2) Incase you feel any kind of breathlessness during parikarma, immediately inform our tour guide or sherpa staff & follow their advise.
3) On the second day of parikarma, you come across the maximum height at Dolmala Pass where Oxygen level is very low as such don't stop/wait there for more than 5 minutes.
4) During parikarma, you'll come across rivers and streams, you must wash your face occasionally with cold water. Avoid drinking water from streams or rivers enroute.
5) As far as possible, try to walk. But, if you are riding a pony during parikarma, make sure that you hold it properly.
6) On the second day of parikarma, you will see several clothes lying on the rocks, please don’t touch these.
7) Guard yourself from slipping or falling to prevent fractures, sprains and muscle pulls.
8) Do not combine walking and sightseeing together. Inspect your track in front and trek slowly.
9) Travel in the group and do not leave any one behind unless escorted.


While on the Holy Mansarovar Lake:
1) Don't take a Holy dip in Holy Mansarovar Lake while it is windy.
2) Never take a dip in Rakshas Tal (Lake) as its not auspicious.
3) If you face altitude sickness, do not proceed for parikarma because once you leave Mansarovar or Darchen and wish to come back from Parikarma due to any reason, there are no facilities available like stretcher etc. Even for Helicopter evacuation, it may take minimum 10 hrs. to a couple of days depending upon weather conditions.
4) Don't forget to collect some stones from The Holy Lake as each stone is treated as "Shivlinga".

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