Kailash Overland Tour

Kailash Overland Tour

KAILASH-MANASAROVAR OVERLAND TOUR: 13 DAYS (12 NIGHTS)

Kathmandu: 3 nights
Tibet: 9 nights
Transport by: Bus (17 passengers in one Bus)

Over the centuries pilgrims have constantly been braving their way to Mt. Kailash in order to attain spiritual enlightenment despite the harsh weather and frequent bandits attack in the gone days. The journey/yatra itself burns out the sins collected in one’s lifetime. You won’t be surprised to find yourself a renewed person after your journey of a lifetime. A drop of water from beautiful and serene Lake Manasarovar sets you free from our poisonous world. The Lake lies 30 km further from Mt. Kailash and is the source of four great rivers in Asia: the Indus, the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), Karnali and the Sutlej.

The Hindu scriptures reiterate that those who take the holy dip at Manasarovar and carry out the Parikrama around Kailash are absolved of their sins through generations and is absorbed into the Supreme Finality. To him, there is no rebirth, sorrows or joys: he is one with the ultimate – He is one with Shiva: He becomes the Shiva. SHIVOHAM. SHIVOHAM.

The awesome view of Lake Manasarovar, Gulra Mandhata and Ravana Lake bewilders the onlooker into subliminal aura. Ravana, the great actor in Hindu Ramayan epic, is claimed to have prayed at this lake (Ravana Tal / Rakshas Tal) and had the audience with Shiva. Manasarovar was created by Brahma at the request; of the great Rishis. This mind born lake contains the essence of all the Vedas. This is the place for holy ceremonial bath: oblations to the ancestors are offered here. Both of the lakes are full of swans.

The entire area echoes with spiritual vibrations. Even the agnostics shall discover new Balance amidst that fathomless serenity. One has to experience it. It is widely believed that those who are ordained only could be there.

Organizing Trek:
As this sacred place happens to be located in absolute remoteness a visit for mankind was something of a dream in the past. Now the dream has turned into reality by making it possible to reach there due to a network of motorable roads and major highways. Adventure begins with a sweeping panoramic flight over the magnificent Himalayas to Lhasa – the capital city of Tibet or drive straight from Kathmandu to Zangmu, the borderland of Tibet. From here a drive in a 4WD Land Cruiser will take us to the holy Lake Mansorover and Mt. Kailash for the pilgrimage circumambulation and to achieve our ultimate spiritual goal before returning back to Kathmandu.

This divine journey commences from Kathmandu after spending initial two days there. Before setting off for this sacred trip; we reckon, it makes sense to have kind blessings from shri Pashupatinath and Sleeping Bishnu (Shesh Narayan); as well as plead for a successful yatra. So, the second day, we spend our entire time visiting Shri Pashupatinath temple, Mata Guheswari temple, and Sleeping Bishnu temple (also called Budhanilkantha Narayan or Jal Narayan or Shesh Narayan).

During the morning hour, group members who are interested to go for the Everest flight can proceed to the airport. The flight operates every morning from Kathmandu and total duration of flight is approximately 45 minutes to an hour. After taking off from Kathmandu, if we found the weather cloudy, hazy, and rainy; as a result mountains are not visible; in such case we will get full refund from the airlines. This is an optional activity.

The third day, early morning we commence an overland journey to Kodari (Nepal/China border) that takes about 4 & half hours from Kathmandu. In Kodari, we should go through the immigration formalities, and afterwards we walk to the Friendship Bridge, cross the boarder and enter in China.

The day to day activities have given below, please check.

12 MAY/ DAY 01: ARRIVAL KATHMANDU
Arrive Kathmandu. We meet you at the airport & transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure or activity on your own.

– Overnight Hotel

13 MAY/ DAY 02: SIGHTSEEING TOUR
A full day sightseeing tour within Kathmandu. You will visit Pashupatinath temple, Guheswori maataa temple, Budhanilkantha temple (sleeping Bishnu or sesh shaya Vishnu) and Shwoyambhunath temple (monkey temple). Evening, we will organize a tour briefing program in hotel.

– Overnight Hotel
– Evening tour briefing and distributing down jacket.

14 MAY/ DAY 03: KATHMANDU- NYALAM
Morning, you should be ready to leave at 5.30 a. m. from Kathmandu. Today, we have to cross an
extensive distance with immigration formalities both in Nepal and China. We provide packed-breakfast in hotel. The journey from Kathmandu to Kodai (the border town of Nepal) takes about 4 hours. The distance to cross is only 115 km, but it is a mountain highway so it takes long time.
All baggage and logistic supplies will be ferried to other side by our border crew. You have to bring your personal bag-pack with valuable belongings and warm clothes/rain coat. Once you leave your baggage in the border (Nepal side), you will get them in Nyalam in the evening. So, keep all valuable belongings, water bottle, tidbits, and warm clothes with you.
After completing immigration formalities in Nepal side, you will walk through the friendship bridge, where you will meet our Chinese guide waiting at the other end. He will receive you then bring you to the Chinese immigration for checking visa & permit and other custom formalities as per their law. Depending on the traffic of tourists, the immigration formalities in China may take long time. If there is a huge crowd, it may take hours some times.
After crossing immigration, you will board on vehicle then start for Zhang Mu then continue Nyalam. You will reach Nyalam only in the evening.

– Overnight Guesthouse (Dormitory room with common Tibetan toilet)
– Kathmandu to Kodari: 115 km, 4 hours drive.
– Nepal immigration to the Chinese side: 10 minutes walk.
– Chinese immigration to Nyalam: 32 km, 1 & half hours.
– Elevation of Nyalam: 3750 m./12300 fts.

15 MAY/ DAY 04: REST & ACCLIMATIZATION IN NYALAM.
– Overnight Guesthouse (Dormitory room with common Tibetan toilet)
– Elevation of Nyalam: 3750 m./12300 fts.

16 MAY/ DAY 05: DRIVE, NYALAM TO OLD DONGBA OR NEW DONGBA
Morning after breakfast, you will set off from Nyalam at around 8.00 am. After driving for an approximately 10 km, you will stop to visit Milareppa cave Monastery. The Monastery is situated 10 minutes downhill walk from the roadside. The legend of this monastery is connected with a famous Tibetan YOGI / Scholar / Poet Milareppa, who had meditated here for some time. There is a tiny rock cave in this rocky cliff, where YOGI Milareppa meditated. Later on, his followers built the Monastery here. You can see a rick there with the foot-print of Milareppa inside the Monastery.

From here, your journey starts for Lablung La (5100 m.) where you will take a short break to take pictures and see the stunning views. You can see the entire Himalayan range on southern direction from this point. On the west direction, you can see the tallest mountain of Tibet, the Mt. Shishapangma (8013 m. / 26289 ft). After Lablung-La, you will immediately cross over another high pass (Thong-La), the same height of Lablung La then leave the main Highway and head out towards west through the Shishpangma grassland. Lunch will be served in Lake Peiku Tso, from where you can see the magnificent view of Ganesh Parvat.

After lunch continue drive to Saga crossing over two small high passes and the River Brahmaputra. The river origins in Kailash and flows eastward to Lhasa, Tsangpo George then drops down to Arunchal, then eventually merges in the bay of Bangal via Asham. This is the longest river of Asia.

From Saga, we continue drive to Dongba. The distance between Saga and Dongba is about 150 km. The drive takes about 2 hours to reach Dongba from Saga town.

– Overnight Sishapangma Guesthouse or similar (dormitory bedroom)
– Nyalam to New Dongba: 377 km (6 hrs drive).
– Elevation of Dongba: 4500 m. / 14760 fts.

17 MAY/ DAY 06: DRIVE FROM OLD DONGBA TO MANSASAROVAR (CHIU GOMBA SITE)
Early morning, we will depart from Dongba for our further destination, the lake Manasarovar. Today, we will take holy dip & perform pooja in Lake Manasarovar on the way, so we have to pack your clothes and other stuff accordingly.

The River Bramhaputra (also known as Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibetan) will appear again on the way, we will drive along its bank for a while then she will vanish behind mountains. Before reaching Paryang, we will traverse through a couple of high passes, wide pastures both sides and some sand dunes. Paryang is a small county where the Chinese military force has its regional base. There are a couple of hotels and guesthouses to stay for Indian pilgrims/tourists. From Paryang, we keep on driving for another 2 hours then we reach to a military barricade where they will inspect our vehicles and check travel documents. We will stop for lunch break after crossing this check post and driving for another 15 minutes. Picnic lunch will be served.

After lunch, you will drive over Mayum La pass that is 5200 m. high from the sea level. This is the highest pass that you will be crossing on vehicle. From Mayum La, you will drive another 2 hours to reach lake Manasarovar. On the way, you will be passing through pastures, small lakes and Tibetan villages.

We have to swap our vehicles in Lake Mansarovar. Pollution free vehicles have been operating by the Chinese government since 2013. The main motive of this project is to keep the area neat & clean. It will take half an hour or so, to swap vehicles and purchase entry tickets for driving around Lake Mansarovar. The duration of this drive is an approx. 1 hour. En route, if time permits, we will take holy dip and perform pooja. In fact, it also depends on weather condition.

– Overnight Guest House on the western shore of Lake Manasarovar (dormitory bed rooms)
– New/Old Drongba to Lake Manasarovar: 325 km (5 hrs drive)
– Elevation of Lake Manasarovar: 4550 m./14924 fts.

18 MAY/ DAY 07: LAKE MANASAROVAR TO DARCHEN
Today, we have to drive only for 45 minutes to reach Darchen, the foothill of mount Kailash, so we depart from Lake Manasarovar late after breakfast. Some of us can take holy dip again in the lake or make an uphill trek to Chiu Gompa Monastery. This will help to develop stamina into your body, if you are willing to attend parikrama (trekking around mount Kailash).

Darchen is the administrative headquarter of local area and the main base of mount Kailash. Generally, tourists/local devotees/Indian pilgrims stay overnight here and commence their further journey around mount Kailash the next day. The Chinese government has established Police and Military posts here to check all travel documents.

In compare of other places that we passed through en route, Darchen has more choices of Hotels & Guesthouses. Horses, porters and yaks for parikrama (trekking) should be managed from here only.

– Overnight Guesthouses (dormitory bedroom)
– Manasarovar – Darchen: 35 km, 45 minutes.
– Elevation of Darchen: 4664 m./15,285 fts

19 MAY/ DAY 08: DRIVE, DARCHEN TO YAMA DWAR THEN START TREKKING TO DHIRAPUK
Darchen is the gateway of trekking around mount Kailash. It is situated on the foothill of mount Kailash, below the south face. Asthapad is situated 4 km up in the mountain and Tarboche (Yama Dwar) is 7 km west from Darchen. A complete circumambulation of mount Kailash commences from this point and ends here. The total circumference of mount Kailash from Darchen to Darchen is 52 km. Darchen offers an array of accommodation-quality than any other places en route to Kailash.

As usual, we will be ready to move on from Darchen to Tarboche (Yam Dwar) after breakfast. The drive takes about 25 minutes to reach Yam Dwar. Yam Dwar is an ideal vantage point that provides splendid views of south and west faces of mount Kailash. This is probably the best place to have a closed view. Those; who are not undertaking circumambulation trip are advised to visit Tarboche.

Tarboche is the place where our horse/s, yak/s and porter/s are gather and accompany us for trekking part. Those, who are participating for circumambulation, will move ahead to Deraphuk from this point and rest will return to Darchen and wait until the people return from parikrama. The complete trek around mount Kailash takes 3 days. The distance of first day’s trek (from Yama Dwara to Deraphuk) is about 10 km. only and it takes 5 to 7 hours approx. to cover the distance.

The entire trail up to Deraphuk is reasonably flat with gentle ascend, however due to its extreme elevation, we may feel very exhausted, and need to have break on the way very frequently. The last legs of the journey is tough with rapid ascend. But, it is only for half an hour.

Deraphuk stands at an elevation of 4920 m. The north face of mount Kailash is just a few thousands meters away from here. This is the only place to have a close view of north face.

– Overnight Guesthouse
– Tarboche (Yama Dwar) to Deraphuk: 10 km, 5 to 7 hours walk.
– Elevation of Deraphuk: 4920 m./16138 fts.

20 MAY/ DAY 09: TREK TO SHIVASTHAL, GAURIKUNDA (5620 m) THEN ZUTULPHUK
Today is the toughest & longest journey of this trip. We have to trek almost 22 km through rugged highland to reach Zutulphuk. Literally, we have to pack up our gear and set off from hotel at 5 a.m. Chinese time. Initially, it is an uphill trek from Deraphuk but after walking for an hour or so, the trail turns into mild ascend. Half of the trail passes through an elevation of 4900 m./16,000 ft. or above, so there is no wonder if we get suffered from breathlessness or headache. Though, we should try to keep our pace slow & steady.

Please do not forget to carry water bottle, down jacket, raincoat and some dry fruits & chocolates with you. Everybody has different pace of walking. People might not be around when you them. So, you have to be self-dependent in basic things.

After making an up hill trek for about 4 hours or so, we will reach to a high pass where we will find Tibetan prayers flags fluttering. This is called ‘Dolma La pass’ (5800 m.). This is the highest point that we will be crossing over during this divine trip. After making a gentle descend from the pass, we will find our self near a tine glacial lake. This is ‘Gauri Kunda’.

From Gauri kunda, the trail leads us rapidly down through the area full of boulders and loose pebbles. Going down can be difficult and painful than coming up. If we have taken horse, we can’t even use it in this bit. After trekking down for another 1 & half hour or so from Gauri Kunda, we will eventually reach to the valley floor. From this point on, the trail is easy & flat. It is another 2 hours easy-walk to reach Zutulphuk from here.

– Overnight Norpel Guesthouse or Monastery guesthouse (Mud house) – dormitory.
– Deraphuk to Zutulphuk: 22 km, 9 hours,
– Elevation of Zutulphuk: 4820 m./15810 fts.

21 MAY/ DAY 10: TREK, ZUTULPHUK TO TREK ENDING POINT, & DRIVE TO DZONGBA
Today is the last day of this divine circumambulation. Morning after breakfast, we pack up our gear and move on to Darchen. The entire trail is easy and flat. The trek takes about 3 hours to complete.
Our Vehicle is waiting for us at the final point; which is before Darchen. We board on the Bus then start our journey to further destination. First, we reach to the point (eastern shore of manasarovar) where we had left our vehicle. We board on the same vehicle and move ahead.
We will traverse through Mayum La pass, military barricade, Paryang country, sand-dunes area then eventually get to old Dzongba in the evening. Picnic lunch will be served somewhere near before or after Mayum La Pass.

– Zutulphuk to Darchen: 8 km, 3 hours walk.
– Darchen to Dzongba: 350 km, 5 hours.
– Elevation of Dzongba: 4500 m./14760 fts.

22 MAY/ DAY 11: OLD DZONGBA TO NYALAM
Morning after breakfast, we pack up our belongings then set off for Nyalam.Today, we traverse approximately 450 km through arid plateau to Nyalam. On the way, we drive through Saga, cross over the bridge of river Brahmaputra then drive towards Peiku lake then eventually get to Nyalam.

– Overnight Guesthouse (Dormitory room with common Tibetan toilet)
– Distance: 377 km, 6 hours.
– Elevation of Nyalam: 3750 m./12300 fts.

23 MAY/ DAY 12: RETURN BACK TO KATHMANDU
After breakfast, we drive down to Zhang Mu. The drive takes about one and half hour to reach the friendship bridge. After completing the immigration formalities both in China and Nepal side, we continue drive to Kathmandu.The drive takes about four hours to reach Kathmandu. Evening free for independent activities.

– Overnight Hotel
– Nyalam to Zhang Mu: 32 km, 1 hour.
– Kodari to Kathmandu: 115 km, 4 hours.

24 MAY/ DAY 13: DEPARTURE
Transfer to international airport for your flight back home.

TOUR PRICE: INR. 1,15,000/- per person.

PRICE INCLUDES:
[01] Three nights Hotels in Kathmandu on twin sharing with all vegetarian meals.
[02] International arrival and departure transfers.
[03] Half day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath, Guheswori Mata temple & sleeping Vishnu.
[04] Vegetarian Indian meals prepared by our cook during Kailash yatra
[05] Guesthouse accommodation in Tibet (dormitory) for the entire journey
[06] Kathmandu- Kodari border- Kathmandu transfers by private Non A/c Bus
[07] Nepali staff (experienced Tour Leader, Professional Sherpa Guide and cook and helper boys).
[08] Transfer in Tibet by Luxury Bus
[09] Supporting truck in Tiber for carrying foods & equipment.
[10] Transportation in Kailash-Manasarovar area by Green vehicle (pollution free vehicle)
[11] Manasarovar Parikrama by Eco vehicle
[12] Necessary travel permits, entry permit & other necessary documents.
[13] Kitchen equipment and fuel.
[14] Yak & yak-man for Parikrama part (ratio of yaks: 3 passengers = 1 yak).
[15] Environmental protection fees
[16] Basic medical kit (first aid) during the trip.
[17] Oxygen cylinders for emergency use.
[18] Drinking water during the tour (3 bottles each per day).
[19] Tibet group visas for all group members and Nepali staff.
[20] Salary, foods, accommodation, transport for staff
[21] Down jackets for all members during the trip.
[22] Asthapad visit for those who are not taking part in Parikrama (by walk only)
[23] All applicable taxes & service charges

PRICE EXCLUDES:
[01] International flight ticket.
[02] Personal horse & horse-handler during the Parikrama (if you would like to take this service)
[03] Porter during mount Kailash parikarma (optional)
[04] Bottled soft drinks and beverages (coke, fanta, energy drinks, etc.)
[05] Personal expenses, laundry, telephone etc.
[06] Nepal visa fees for NRI’s.
[07] Tips & gratitude’s for staff
[08] Personal medicine, personal travel insurance and insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation.
[09] Any extra expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances and natural calamity.
[10] Visa splitting charge & transport cost in case of early return.
[11] Extra night hotel charge in Kathmandu incase of early return from Tibet

HOTELS / GUESTHOUSES WE USE DURING THE TRIP:
PLACES NAME OF HOTELS REMARKS

PLACES

NAME OF HOTELS

REMARKS

KATHMANDU  
NYALAM SHISHPANGA GUESTHOUSE OR SIMILAR DORMITORY ROOM WITH COMMON TOILET. NO SHOWER.
DZONGBA SHISHPANGA GUESTHOUSE DORMITORY ROOM WITH COMMON TOILET. NO SHOWER.
LAKE MANASAROVAR PARAMARTH GUESTHOUSE OR SIMILAR DORMITORY ROOM WITH COMMON TOILET. NO SHOWER.
DARCHEN HOTEL SHANG SHONG OR SIMILAR DORMITORY ROOM WITH COMMON TOILET. NO SHOWER.
DERAPHUK SHISHPANGAM GUESTHOUSE DORMITORY ROOM WITH COMMON TOILET. NO SHOWER.
ZUTULPHUK NORPEL GUESTOUSE OR MUDHOUSE DORMITORY ROOM WITH COMMON TOILET. NO SHOWER.

OVERLAND DEPARTURE DATES FOR 2016:

MONTHS

DATES

MAY 12 (full moon), 16 (full moon), 21 & 25
JUNE 11 (full moon), 15 (full moon), 20 & 24
JULY 10 (full moon), 14 (full moon), 19 & 23
AUGUS 09 (full moon), 13 (full moon), 18 & 22
SEPTEMBER 07 (full moon), 11 (full moon) &16

NOTE: All departure dates are arrival dates in Kathmandu.

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