Kailash Manasarovar Tour
Mount Kailash (6714m) is the most holy mountain in Asia. It is believed to be the physical personification of the fabulous Mount Meru, said to be the centre of the universe or ‘navel of the world’. Mount Meru is depicted as a Mandala, and its image occurs throughout both Buddhist and Hindu parts of Asia. Mount Kailash is holy to followers of four religions. To Hindus, Kailash is the abode of Shiva and nearby Manasarovar Lake is the means or soul of Brahma. Tibetans call Kailash Kang Rimpoche. Jains worship it as Mount Ashtapada, the peak from which the religion’s founder, Rishabanatha, achieved spiritual liberation. Followers of Bon-Po, the ancient pre- Buddhist shamanistic religion of Tibet, revere Kailas as the soul of Tibet. For Hindu, it is domain of Shiva; it is also the abode of Samvara a multi-armed, wrathful deity worshipped in the Chakrasamvara Tantric cycle of Tibetrian Buddhism The joins of India also reverse the mountain as the site at which the first of their saints emancipated. And in the ancient Bon religion of Tibet, Kailash was the sacred nine storeys Swastika Mountain, upon which the Banpo founder Shenrab alighted from haven. The 53 kilometres Kailash circuit is the holiest of all-Hindu as well as Buddhist pilgrimages and the beacon, which draws most travellers to western Tibet. It is said that a single Parikrama erases the accumulated sins of a lifetime, while 108 circumambulations will achieve Salvation. Kailash Manasarovar Tour is best pilgrimage tour because Kailash is home of Lord Shiva and along the follow Manasarovar lake holy lake. It makes great to pilgrimages.
Kailash Manasarovar Lake: At an altitude of 4510m, is more important to Hindus than to Buddhists. Hindu pilgrims make an 85 kilometre circuit around Manasarovar that is made longer and more difficult by marshes and complicated stream crossings. Kailash Manasarovar Tour is Tibetans, being more pragmatic, often make a circuit of the lake in the winter when the streams are frozen and the route is shorter. Near Manasarovar is another large lake, Rakshas Tal, the ‘Demon Lake’ that holds far less spiritual significance.
highlight of the Kailash Manasarovar tour:
Sprawling below Mount Kailash is the sacred Lake Manasarovar (4580m), where ritual bathing will deliver a pilgrim to Brahm’s paradise and drink its water relinquishing the sins of a hundred lifetimes. Kailash Manasarovar Tour is best pilgrimage tour for Hinduism and Buddhism. Most of the Indian Hinduism pilgrimage does this tour and they like to do trip.
Day 1:Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and a representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Trek will welcome and transfer you to your selected hotel by private vehicle.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by private vehicle with an expert tour guide.
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
- Boudhanath Stupa (Large white Buddhist Stupa)
- Pashupatinath (Hindu Temple)
- Patan Durbar Square (Ancient city)
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square (55-window palace)
Day 3: Drive to Nyalam (150kms), 3750m: After breakfast leave Kathmandu to commence Yatra to Nyalam (3750m). We reach the Friendship Bridge (Nepal – China Border) by mini-coach. Walk along for 10 minutes to cross the bridge and become acquainted with the Chinese guide and land cruiser drivers. They will give brief information regarding the trip then proceed to Zhangmu, where all the immigration and custom formalities are to be accomplished. After the formalities, we proceed to Nyalam Arrive at Nyalam staying overnight at a guesthouse or in tented camp.
Day 4: Rest Day at Nyalam, 3750m: It is a day for acclimatization.
Day 5: Nyalam to Saga (4500m): (Labug-La 5050m, Peku-tso and Saga, 232kms) – After breakfast, drive from Nyalam to Saga. On the first long drive over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keep you busy. By the late afternoon you will cross Bhramha Purtra River way to typical Chinese and Tibetan town, Saga. Stay overnight in tent camp or guesthouse.
Day 6: Saga to Paryang (4600m) 185kms 7-8 hrs: 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 nearby you, lots of rocky peaks and sand dunes give you an ideal
Day 7: Drive Paryang to Manasarovar (4558m) 277kms 8 hours: The longest driving day starts with full of excitement, by the late afternoon you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Manasarovar. We will spend the night at Hore, a small village near Lake Manasarovar.
Day 8: Holy-Manasarovar (4558m): The highest fresh water lake in the world with a turquoise complexion is full of fish and swans. Holy Kailash Parbat, Mount 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. Night will be spent at Chu Gumba.
Day 9: Puja and drive to Tarchen (4575m) 40kms: Manasarovar is the lake of compassion, tranquillity 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): It is an exciting day walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky, make you feel that Great God Shiva is everywhere with tons of blessing to you. Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will keep on appearing. For the 15 kilometre trail, it takes almost 7 hours.
Day 11: Hardest but Holiest day of your pilgrimage Yatra with Dolma-La (pass) of 5670m between two valleys: Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation. Once you step down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By the late afternoon you will arrive at Zuthal Puk (the cave of Miracles). The great ascetic Milarepa is supposed to have performed miracles here.
Day 12: Zhulthulphuk to Paryang (4600m) – We will trek down to Darchen and our tour starts back for Kathmandu following the same route and same system applies for all subjects of our accommodation and meal.
Day 13: Paryang to Saga – Drive back to Saga.
Day 14: Saga to Nyalam- Drive back to Nyalam, which will be your last stay in Tibet.
Day 15: Nyalam to Kathmandu – After custom formalities we will be picked up on the Nepal side and continue the drive to Kathmandu for about 5 hours and check into your selected hotel.
Day 16: Souvenir and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 17: A representative ofUnique Nepal Adventure Trek will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport by private vehicle.
Estimate for Additional Activities:
- Horse for personal ride on kora days is around US$200.
- Extra ride for day trip to Astapad US$45.
- Extra day in Kathmandu INR 1800 for Indian and US$45 for others with 2 meals and accommodation.
- INR 2200 for Manakamana day trip including both way cable car tickets and transportation.
- Muktinath and Manakamana day trip INR 16500 per person including one night in Pokhara, one night Jomsom round trip flight with meal, transport.
- Airport pick-up and drop off by private vehicle.
- Sightseeing by private vehicle with tour guide.
- Four nights in your selected Kathmandu hotel with breakfast.
- Transfer from Kathmandu to Kodari by tourist bus.
- During Tibet tour full board e.g. (lunch, dinner and breakfast with hot drinks)
- When camping we provide two-man tents, mattresses, sleeping bag and camping equipment like dining and toilet tents.
- Pure vegetarian meals, Japanese land cruisers (4WD) and support trucks.
- English speaking Tibetan guide.
- Nepali tour leader, professional cook with assistant cook and items for helper according to our group required.
- All item expenses.
- Gamow bag, oxygen, basic first-aid kit.
- Kailash permit & normal Tibet/China visa fee.
- Kodari land tax.
- Airfares from Home – Kathmandu – Home.
- All beverages, photography charges and telephone calls.
- Your own travel Insurance.
- Emergency evacuation expenses.
- Riding Yak/Horse for Kailash Parikrama (directly payable to Yak/horse herder).
- Extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring additional transportation.
- Expenses of personal urgent visa fee etc and services other than specified.
- Donation, tips and personal expenses.
What we provide to our clients:
- Sleeping bag, down jacket, Gamow bag and Oxygen.
- We don’t charge extra for the Parikrama. If you wish to ride on a yak or horse, the cost will be approx US$80 for Yak and US$200 for horse payable directly to the yak herder. All Indian pilgrims are advised to hire one. You have to understand that the yaks are not domesticated but are meant to carry luggage.
Important Pre-Departure Information:
Casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes are the rule of Tibet. Be sure to bring warm clothing as nights and early mornings can be quite chilly to downright cold. For Indian Pilgrims strictly no Sari. Bring all the film, medicine, cosmetics, personal toilet items etc. that you will need from home as these are difficult if not impossible to obtain on the way. A small first aid kit is also a good idea. Also quite useful is a route map, to know where you are going and have been each day.
Winter wear: Gore-Tex material, is highly recommended. Down jacket, raincoat or windbreakers, thermal under wears, jackets, warm trousers and woollen shirts (cotton will also do), warm sweaters, woollen gloves, sun hat, comfortable shoes, light leather boots in case of snow, woollen balaclava (‘monkey cap’) and scarf/dust mask to protect your eyes & nose from dust.
Bring with you:
Snacks along the way chocolates, dry fruit, toffees, glucose; ‘namkeen’ etc Strong water bottle and water purifying tablets. A personal medical kit also containing Diamox tablets (for high altitude). Sun glasses (to protect your eyes from UV, which is especially strong at high altitudes). Sun block or sun screen lotion, wet tissues (fresh-ones are excellent to wipe off the dust), clothes-line/clips, needle and thread, deodorant-spray (handy for smelly boots/feet and for a round of spray in the toilet tent!), toilet paper, torch and spare batteries, daypack (small shoulder bag), camera and binoculars.
This is one of the toughest high altitude road journeys on earth. You must be physically fit – no two ways about that. Generally patients with asthma & heart problems have a problem acclimatizing to high altitudes. In your interests it is essential you should be examined by your doctor to know about your health condition and your ability to cope up with the rigors of high altitude travel for days in ‘no road’ conditions, extreme cold, dust, trekking to an altitude of 19500ft during the Parikrama, etc.
As you are travelling over high terrain, you are likely to experience symptoms and discomfort of altitude sickness (headache, loss of appetite, nausea, exhaustion, sleeplessness, breathlessness etc.) until your body adjusts to the elevation. This can take a couple of days or more depending on an individual. For this reason alone, we have made it mandatory to stay two nights at Nyalam (3750m) and a night in Simikot and for those who take the journey of a Helicopter before moving on to the higher altitudes. Drink plenty of water, be calm, and do not exercise. Do not drink alcohol or smoke prior to and during the tour. We also recommend you carry a strip of Diamox tablets. Do consult your physician on the dosage. We provide a Gamow bag (a special equipment to prevent sickness from high altitude) on this tour.
The unit of Chinese currency is Yuan USD 1 = 10.00 Yuan. 1 Yuan = INR 6.50 approx; money can exchanged at Bank of China at Zhangmu or from the locals at Zhangmu or Kodari. Exchange all you’re remaining Yuan at the end of the trip at Zhangmu itself before re-entering Nepal.