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Mount Kailash Tour

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Trip duration:15 days
Starts at: Kathmandu
Ends at: Kathmandu
Highest altitude: Over 5600 m
Best season: April to September
Trip category: strenuous

Mt  Kailash tour - amazing as well as challenging trip to the pristine lake Manasarovar and Holy Mt.Kailash in remote western Tibet.

Mt. Kailash TourIn the far western corner of Tibetan Plateau lie two spectacular tourist desnations –mount Kailash and lake Manasarovar.This is a very remote part of Tibet ,  reachable after four days of continuous drive across the vast Tibetan plateau ( or after a week of interesting trek from Simikot in western Nepal).At the end of the drive we reach  a  extremely beautiful  turquoise  lake with the floating swans and the  spectacular mount Kailash .For Hindus Mt Kailash is the abode of  Lord Shiva . Both Lake Manasarovar and Mt Kailash have relogious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists.Four great rivers originate from Lake manasarovar – the Indus , Karnali, Bramhaputra and the Sutlej.

Mt Kailash  6741 m , is a black mountain with four sheer walls and snow capped top .The 53 km periphery is the trail for circumambulation around this holy mountain and takes 3 days .The Kora or circumambulation starts at Darchen some 30 Km from lake Manasarovar.  During this tour , we enjoy great view of world's highest mountains, meet the nomad sheep herders  and enjoy  the unique beauty of Tibetan desert . We travel on 4WD jeep and our belongings are carried on trucks .We sleep in guest houses wherever possible and in tented  camps at other places .Food is cooked by our camp cook. Back at Kathmandu, we celebrate your Mount Kailash tour with farewell Nepali dinner.

Mount Kailash Tour Itinerary

(Starting from and ending  at Kathmandu )

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu , transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Guided tour in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive  Kathmandu 1350 m  to Zangmu/  Nyalam (150km), 3300m
Day 04: Rest Day at Nyalam, 3300m
Day 05: Drive Nyalam to Saga/4450m- 232 km
Day 06: Saga to Paryang (4600m) 230 km 7-8 hrs
Day 07: Drive Paryang to Manasarover (4558m) 277km 8 hours
Day 08: Drive  to Darchen (14975ft) 30km
Day 09: Trek to Dira-Puk/5000m
Day 10: Trek Dira Puk-Zuthul Puk, 18km, 6-7 hrs, 550m ascent, 600m descent.
Day 11: End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Manasarovar
Day12: Drive to Paryang (277km) 7-8 hr
Day13: Drive Paryang to Saga (230km) 7-8 hrs
Day14: Drive to Nyalam or Zhangmu: (245km) 6-7 hr.
Day15: Zhangmu to Kathmandu  123 km
Day 16: Fly back home / onward destination

Tour cost: Write us with the number of persons in your group, the category of hotels you want to stay with and any special requirements of yours . We will then quote you the price  which is always reasonable one .

Tibet / China visa fee:  USD 114 extra per person for European passports, USD 198 for US passport holders

Manasarovar LakeService included:

In Nepal

  1. Arrival and departure transfers from and to the airport on private car
  2. Transfer to /from Tibet boarder to Kathmandu on private car/ van
  3. Visa and permit arrangements.
  4. Accommodation at 3 star hotel ,  twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis in Kathmandu, twin sharing room , bed and breakfast .
  5. Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, all entry fees .

Services included inside Tibet

  1. English speaking Tibetan guide, driver and land cruiser . ( 4500 cc , with 4 persons in one land cruiser)
  2. All tours as per itinerary, entry fees
  3. Twin sharing accommodation at best available hotels/ guest houses along the highway to mt Kailash. Three days on tented camps . Bed and breakfast on other days but full board for three days during Kora .
  4. Yaks & yak helpers / porters during Kailash kora to carry the  luggage ( not for riding use)
  5. All necessary permits, their arrangements
  6. Environment protection fee

Service not included:

In Nepal

  1. Anything not mentioned above like the lunch and dinner, tips, personal nature expenses etc

In Tibet

  1. Tibet group Visa fee (USD114) for Europeans, USD 198 for US passport holders
  2. Donkey or mule or horse ride arrangement service in case you will be too tired (but you need to pay around US$50 per person per day for this if you need)
  3. Meals which you can easily explore on your own (or your Tibetan guide can help you find good suitable restaurant in the local place per meal USD 5-10)
  4. Personal natural expense like Laundry, IDD calls, etc
  5. Travel insurance .
  6. Tips for guide, driver

Important points to note

If you enter Lhasa form Hong Kong or mainland China, you do not require to take the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa . If you want to start it from Lhasa , visit Kailash and  end the tour  in Kathmandu, we have an alternative Itinerary as mentioned below.

The visa days in Chinese embassy in Kathmandu is Monday, Wednesday and Friday . If you have time constraints and do not want to lose the days waiting for visa in Kathmandu, make it such that you arrive Kathmadu either on Sunday , Tuesday or Thursday so that  you will apply your China visa next day and fly/ drive to Lhasa the day after. Further , ask us and make sure  there is no Chinese government holidays during these visa days.

Below is the alternative itinerary for this trip.

Mt Kailash Tour  from Lhasa

Day 01 - Arrive Lhasa (3660 meters), rest / acclimatize
Day 02 - Sightseeing tour in Lhasa
Day 03 - Sightseeing tour in Lhasa
Day 04 - Drive to Gyantse (3950m)
Day 05 - Sightseeing tour & drive to Shigatse (3900m)
Day 06 - Sightseeing tour & drive to Lhatse (4050m)
Day 07 - Drive to Saga (4600m)
Day 08 - Drive to Paryang (4750m)
Day 09 - Drive to Manasarovar (4560m)
Day 10 - At Manasarovar (4560m)
Day 11 - Drive to Tarboche (4750m)
Day 12 - Trek to Dira-puk (4900m)
Day 13 - Trek across Droma La (5630m) to Zutul-Puk (4790m)
Day 14 - Trek to Darchen (4560m) & drive to Manasarovar
Day 15 - Drive to Paryang (4750m)
Day 16 - Drive to Saga (4600m)
Day 17 - Drive to Nyalam
Day 18 - Drive to Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 19 - Kathmandu sightseeing tour
Day 20- Fly back home , onward destination .

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