Mt Kailash and Mansaravor Tour is a pilgrimage. Both Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar are considered as pilgrimage sites in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. According to Hindu and Buddhist Mythology this is the mountain where god Shiva resides. The lake is located near Mansoravar lake. God Shiva would sit for his perpetual meditation in this mountain with his wife Parvati. This mountain is also stand for power and prosperity. Many pilgrims believe that the pilgrimage on foot round the Mt. Kailash brings good fortune in life. The distance round the Mt. Kailsah is 52 km. And the people believe that they have to accomplish this pilgrimage in one day which is sometimes challenging. The stairways in this mountain lead people to the gate of Heaven. Because of inconveniences and altitude sickness, people feel hard to complete this journey in a single day.
Manasarovar is a high freshwater lake fed by glaciers from Mt. Kailash. This lake is considered to be the first lake created by god Brahma. Hindus and Buddhists believe that if people have chance to drink water or wash their body with the water from this lake, they will cleanse all sins of their life and they will go to heaven. This lake also a personification of purity, wisdom and knowledge. Buddhists also claim that lord Buddha sat for meditation near this lake and got enlightened.
Mt. Kailash and Manasoravara Tour is connected by both Kathmandu and Lhasa. If we choose to fly from Kathmandu , we cang get lfight from Kathmanud to Lhasa and then we have a drive to Mt. Kailsah. If we choose to drive from Kathmandu to Lhasa, that is alos possible.
So, this tour is purely a pilgrimage tour to two holy sites located in Tibet. They carry a great religious and cultural significance.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery.
Our guide will inform on details regarding trip to Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarover.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, preparation for the trip to
Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarover.
Day 03: Drive to Nylam 3, 450 m via Zangmu 2,300 m – 06 hrs.
Early departure from hotel drive towards Kodari (Tibet / Nepal border) through scenic countryside, with brief stop at scenic Dhulikhel town then continue drive to Nepal frontier at Kodari and then to Zhangmu, after completion of immigration formalities at Kodari and Zhangmu, continue drive for another two hours to Nylam town through winding uphill road passing enchanting the last of the green forest, after Nylam all tree lines disappears, in Nylam and check into the best available guest house, lodge or hotels.
Day 04: At Nylam rest day for acclimatization.
A necessary acclamatisation day, at Nylam one can go for a short walk and visit the 11th Centaury poet saint Milereppa Cave and its monastery which is about an hour walk or short drive.
Day 05: Drive to Drive to Saga 4,400 m -5 hrs.
Morning after breakfast drive continues on the wide and vast Tibetan windswept plateau passing high passes of Lalung-La at 5,050m with great view of Mt. Shishapangma 8,013 m – Mt. Gaurishanker 7,134 m and
Mt. Langtang Lirung 7, 234 m with other mountain range, the drive continues with some small stop through numerous villages and farm fields and nomads camps with sheep’s and yak grazing, then the journey turns south west heading towards most remote corners of Tibet passing many farm villages and passes. The drive reaches the bridge over the great Yalung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) River which flows from the source at Mt. Kailash.
Saga a growing town into city with several lodge, hotels and restaurants, on arrival check into the best available hotels or guest houses.
Day 06: Drive to Paryang 4,550 m. – 05 hrs.
Starting the morning drive leading past Saga in complete wilderness, after few hours’ drive the road winds and climbs to a pass of about 4,900 m and then descends to a long stretch flat area, on a clear day great views of the distant snow capped peaks towards North West Nepal, after few hours of scenic drive then reaching a windswept village at Paryang for overnight stop.
Day 07: Drive to east Manasarover Lake 4,550 m – 05 hrs.
Today’s drive leads to more barren, arid landscapes with few stops and through many small farm villages and nomads camps with large Tibetan tents serving as teahouses and restaurants, drive continues on this vast flat land and then climbing up to the pass at Mayam-la at 5,050 m the road meanders to a long ascend the road gains altitude rapidly at first, then levels crossing the barren base below the pass and with a gradual drive of few hours reaches at the shore of Lake Manasarover for the overnight stop.
Day 08: At Manasarover acclimatization and rest day.
Another leisure and rest day for acclimatization at holy Lake Manasarover, located in West Tibet between Mt. Kailash 6,714 meters and the Gurla Mandhata Mountain Range at 7,694 meters. Lake Manasarover floats beneath the shadow of holy Kailash as the lake formed in the mind of God.
In any language, this is the holiest and famous lake in Asia; the best time to go around Lake Manasarover is in late autumn and early spring when the streams and rivers are low. It is then possible to walk very near the shoreline, an optional drive around Manasarover Lake can be done on request which takes about four hours.
Day 09: Drive to Tarboche trek to Dhirapuk 5,010 m – 05 hrs.
After a rest day, morning starts with a short drive on the Barkha windswept valley to near Darchen town, which is a busy place with bazaar, during auspicious time this place is flooded with Tibetan and Indian pilgrims for kora, parikrama or holy circuit walks.
Our journey continues further from Darchen town to Tarboche, one of the holy spot of this region with views of West Face of Mt. Kailash, from here our holy walk begins leading north on the wide arid terrain to Shershong, and with gradual climb and pleasant walk reaches to our overnight stop at Dhiraphuk Gompa, with magnificent view of holy Mt. Kailash North Face. Here depending upon the season with pilgrim’s crowd either in guest houses or tents with our camping.
Day 10: Trek to Zutul-Puk 4,790 m – 06 hours.
From Dhiraphuk with the highest camping of this trip, morning walk continues on the uphill trail onto moraine for more than two hours, then with a steep climb at Dromo-la at 5,630m /18,525ft the highest point of this awesome journey, here a big boulder represents the goddess Dolma or Dromo (Tara) festooned with thousands of prayer flags and ritual offering by both Hindu’s and Buddhist pilgrims.
This holy spot as well a physical and spiritual high point for the pilgrimage or kora, after a nice break here walk leads to descend towards a wide valley a flat area, on reaching the bottom of Dromo -la pass then the walk is pleasant reaching at Zutul-Puk Gompa for overnight stop.
Zuthul means cave in Tibetan, this place is named after a holy cave in which poet, and saint Milareppa meditate in the early 11th century, his footprints can be seen on the cave roof top.
Day 11: Trek near Darchen and drive near Mayum-la 5,050m.
Today the last day of this holy circuit and kora, morning walk leads to a nice gradual walk for few hours on the winding trail, reaching at a narrow valley
Gorge, from here our walking route turns west towards Darchen, just an before Darchen ending this holy trek for a drive towards near Mayum-la pass base for overnight camping, around this area chances of spotting some wild life and the beautiful Kang a wild ass can be seen herds around this place.
Day 12: Drive to Saga 4,500m – 06 hrs.
Morning drive over the high Mayum-la pass at 5,050 meters, then reaching the other side of the valley with interesting drive and parallel snow capped mountains views that borders Nepal and Tibet, this long scenic drive reaches at Saga town for overnight stop, probably in the comfort of nice guesthouses and hotels after passing couple of towns like Paryang, Saga town a growing place with more building construction, this town which is situated on the bank of great river Yamdrok Tsho or Bhramaputra River.
Day 13: Drive to Nyalam 3,560 m – 05 hrs
From Saga onwards gets closer to Nepal border as the drive leads just on the other side of the snow capped mountains in Tibet that straddles the border with Nepal, an interesting drive today with panorama of snow clad mountains on the vast valley overlooking great views of Langtang mountains with Mt. Shishapangma.
The drive leads towards high pass of Laylung-la at 5,050 meters with awesome panorama of high central Himalayan range of mountains from Langtang, Dorji Lakpa, Shishapangma, Gaurishanker to Numbur, all these mountains borders with Nepal, from here the drive descends along with the altitude passing through interesting countryside, villages and farm fields then finally reaching at a moderate size town at Nyalam for the last overnight stop in Tibet.
Nylam is the starting and ending point of large Tibetan Plateau from here onwards to Nepal border getting back to lush vegetation and pristine dense forests of rhododendron, oaks and pines tree lines.
Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu via Tibet / Nepal border – 06 hrs.
Today the last day in Tibet, our morning drive leads on the downhill on the winding road coming across green vegetation and dense forest of pines -rhododendron and oak tree lines, the road narrows into a river gorge looking at several beautiful waterfalls cascading form high steep rocky cliff shelves, drive follows Bhoti Koshi River most of the way towards Nepal side, then reaching at Zhangmu the frontier and border town here on completing passport- visa formalities, farewell to Tibetan staff driver and guide then heading back to Kathmandu with a nice and pleasant scenic drive to Kathmandu after a great drive reaching at Kathmandu and then transfer back to respective hotels, after a long fascinating trip to Far North West of Nepal and Tibet.
Day 15: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
We have reserved this day to relax and enjoy your last day in Kathmandu with another sightseeing tour in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to hotel.
Day 16: International departure homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal with wonderful memorable time in Nepal and Tibet with a trip to Mt. Kailash & Lake Manasarover with Team Himalaya and transfer to airport for the flight back home or to respective destination.