On first arrival at Kathmandu-Nepal international airport, our staff and guide will receive with traditional welcome. A short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, on checking into your nice rooms. After getting refreshed from the jet-lag, join at the hotel lobby and at meeting room for trek briefing provided by our guide or leader. Information about the hotel, lodge on tour with full details of Tibet and Kailash driving routes. Including food and accommodation in Tibet and Kailash tour. As well with do’s and don’ts with welcome group dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurants with local cultural program along with Nepali meals.
Morning after breakfast, the city / cultural guide will meet you at the hotel for tour around Kathmandu World Heritage Sites. As well visiting interesting places of historical sites and culture. After the tour back at the hotel, preparation for Kailash & Manasarover Lake Tour. As well to obtain the Tibet visa and permits, our staff and guide will arrange, before leaving for Tibet and Mt. Kailash.
Early morning an exciting drive on 138 k.m / 86 miles to Syabrubesi town to start Kailash & Manasarover Lake Tour. The road follows on winding ups past Nuwakott district reaching Rasuwa, around Langtang Himal range. Drive leads to main town at Dhunche, the headquarters of the Rasuwa district. As well the entrance of Langtang National Park, the drive heads downhill on winding road to Syabrubesi for overnight stop.
The drive in the morning from Syabrubesi leads on a newly built hilly dirt road that links Nepal and Tibet / China. As the drive follows on few bumpy rough tracks to reach Rasuwagadhi at 1,800 m. Covering a distance of 15 km in an hour drive from Syabrubesi. After completing the custom and visa formalities reaching the other side of the border in Tibet / China. Here our Tibetan guide will receives you for short drive to our overnight stop at Kyirong a small town. Where another visa and passport formalities should be completed on the Chinese immigration.
The drive leads to a nice town of Kyirong for two overnights in a nice simple guest house or a lodge.
Kyirong located right behind massif Ganesh Himal, called Yangri in Tibet, as well on the north side of Langtang Himal. An extra day in Kyirong for acclimatization before heading higher terrain. At Kyirong relax and enjoy views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal, the place is also a religious and historical site the home of 11th Century great saint Guru Millerepa.
Our real and true adventure starts from here onwards, morning drive leads into a river gorge. As the drive continues reaching a wide exposed areas entering the windswept landscapes and Tibetan plateau. Drive heads close to a large Paigut-Tsho Lake, where roads from Nylam and Kyirong joins on route to Saga and beyond.
The journey continues over high ridges and passes then coming across a bridge over Brahmaputra River or Yarlung Tsangpo. Then reaching overnight stop in the town of Saga, this is where road of Shigatse and Lhasa branches off.
Saga, a small town but slowly turning into a city with tall buildings and wide roads, the main entrance to Kailash and beyond. At Saga transfer into a nice hotel or in a local Tibetan lodge.
Leaving Saga town after an hour of good drives, reaching a high pass, and then down towards Tibetan dry plateau. An exciting drive facing views of snow peaks that borders Nepal and Tibet. The drive leads past villages and small settlement of nomads and yak herders’ camps. Then reaching a windswept desolate village of Parayang, after a refreshing stop. The journey continues crossing over Mayum-la 5,150 m, from here down and on winding road to Lake Manasarover.
Staying overnight in a simple Tibetan lodge or guest house near the shores of Manasarover Lake and below Chu-Gompa. Located on a high ridge of an overhanging red cliff cave.
A pleasant rest day for acclimatization with options for short walks and perform the puja, and religious rites. For those who joined for a holy pilgrimage, enjoy views of Mt. Kailash; and peaks of Gurla Mandata 7,694 m in the south.
Manasarover floats beneath the shadow of holy Kailash as the lake formed in the mind of Gods. As Manas word comes from ancient Sanskrit means mind or soul of a god. For interested people who likes to cover the whole circuit of Lake Manasarover is in late autumn and early spring. When the streams and rivers flowing into the lake will be low and shallow to cross on drives. Takes nearly four hours on drive for full circuit of Manasarover Lake. Covering a distance of 110 k.m distance round trip, for hike takes four days. Time permitting visit Chu Gompa tucked high above in an overhanging cliff cave, offers grand views of Manasarover Lake and the surroundings.
From Manasarover, short drive on Barkha valley wide plain, as ride leads close to Darchen. The main town of Ngari province and Kailash areas, has many hotels and guesthouses, a busy place. During pilgrimage time of Saga Dawa festival, Darchen is flooded by thousands of pilgrims.
Darchen located South Face of Mt. Kailash, where most Parikrama or Kora starts and ends. The drive heads further west to a holy spot at Taboche, a place with tall flag pole, and a highly revered as sacred. Located West flank of Mt. Kailash, the walk heads above a stream with sparse vegetation. As the trail slowly leads to Dhiraphuk, a small grand spot with magnificent North Face of Mt. Kailash.
Dhiraphuk a settlement with few lodges and shop for pilgrims, check into a basic lodge for overnights. The lodge provides simple meals to enjoy, but an exciting place in the close shadow of Mt. Kailash.
After a pleasant stop in Dhiraphuk, start the morning walk carrying packed lunch for the long day. From Dhiraphuk cross over a small wooden bridge, and then starts the climb on steep uphill for few hours. The finally reach on top Dorma-La, one of the most holy spot, as well the highest point of the adventure.
Stand in front of Mt. Kailash North Face, the top with a huge boulder represents goddess Dolma / Dorma (Tara). The pass adorned with thousands of prayer flags and offerings, after a glorious moment. A long descend to the base of Dorma-La pass reaching Lamchu Valley. The walk on gradual flat trail to Zutulpuk for overnight stop, Zuthul means a cave. Located near a big cave where saint Millerepa stayed meditating in the 11th Centuary. His footprints remains on the roof of a cave, overnight in the comfort of simple lodge.
Rise early morning for a long day drive to Saga, and enjoy the last day of holy Parikrama or Kora. Having breakfast the walk is easier on wide gentle path follow the Karnali River that flows towards Western Nepal. The walk takes about 3 hours to reach at the end of Kora, the holy walk. On completing the walk near east side of Darchen, then board in a vehicle for long exciting drive to Saga.
The drive of more than 4-5 hours, reaching Saga by evening for dinner time and in the comfort of a nice lodge or hotels.
From Saga after a long drive of previous day, todays a fairly short ride to reach Kyirong County. After a good breakfast, the drive leads on the same route over the bridge, and then enter a river gorge. On leaving the high and dry Tibetan plateau, the drive follows through few smaller villages then reaching Kyirong.
Enjoy the last overnight around Tibet, staying in the comfort of a nice lodge with good delightful foods.
Leaving Kyirong around Tibet / China, a short drive to the frontier on Chinese side for visa formalities. At the border bid farewell to our Tibetan guide and drivers, the walk across towards Nepal at Rasuwagadhi. A short stop at the border to complete the visa and paper works, then taking a Nepali vehicles. After crossing the border, and back into greens with tree lines. As drive leads to Syabrubesi village, and then few hour uphill drive to Dhunche town for overnight halt.
After a wonderful time in Tibet and at Dhunche town, morning drive on a scenic, exciting highway to Kathmandu. The drive leads beyond Dhunche, Ramche towns and near Trisuli Bazaar. On reaching Kathmandu, transfer to your hotels, rest of the day at leisure after an enjoyable, marvelous adventure on Kailash & Lake Manasarover Tour.
After an enjoyable and most mesmerizing time in Kailash & Lake Manasarover, as well in Nepal. As time for departure, our staff transfers you to international airport for flight homeward bound or to next port of call.
Generally is about 52 k.m. / 33 miles starting and ending at Darchen town, but due to motorable road. Instead of walking from or ending at Darchen, to make the trip a slightly shorter. Covering only 42 k.m / 27 miles, this is due to simple and basic lodge facilities for overnight comfort.
As this is a high altitude journey within harsh terrain, with simple lodge for overnight stops. The age limit is above 16 years to 70 years, but all needs has to be physically fit. As well in sound health to cope high altitude and steep ups and downhill walks. Rest of the tour leads to moderate walks, includes long drives for some days.
Yes, it can be arranged but needs to inform our Tibetan local guide at least few days. It will be at extra cost, can charge from US$ 100 to US$ 200 each days includes horsemen, or yak men to accompany you. The mentioned price in US$ equivalent to Chinese Renminbi Yuan, For 1 US$ is about 7 Chinese Yuan.
The best for Kailash and Lake Manasarover Tour is from late spring of April to autumn season of September and October. Including the monsoon time of June to August months, as Tibet falls in rain-shadow, gets few rains. This is why the country is dry most of seasons, can get snowed in sometimes.
Nearly all villages, towns with hotels and lodges have electricity from Hydro or Solar power. Where one can charge their electronic items, as for internet and cell phone communications, every lodges have the Wi-Fi and internet services, but can be quite disturbing sometimes due to landscapes and altitude wise.
For better connection, one can buy local Chinese SIM in Saga town, which is more efficient for use of cell-phone and internets.