Mt.Kailash (the Holy mountain) claims as the apex of the Hindu religion. It is also one of the highest mountains in Tibet at 6,700 meters. And Lake Mansarovar lies at 4,556 m above mean sea level, making it the highest fresh-water lake in the world. Certainly, a difficult region to reach due to the variable and extreme weather conditions. The mountain is located in a particularly remote and inhospitable area of the Tibetan Himalayas.
Every year, thousands of a pilgrimage go to Mt.Kailash. Following a tradition going back thousands of years. Pilgrims of several religions believe that circumambulating Mount Kailash on foot is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. Hindus and Buddhists make the peregrination in a clockwise direction. The path around Mount Kailash is 52 km (32 mi) long.
The distance from Lhasa is approximately 2000 Km. Road conditions are difficult much of the time. Therefore, we have to make much preparation to ensure that chance of reaching Kailash. We need to bring our own food and camping equipment. As per Chinese regulations, transportation ( 4WD Jeep) and a Chinese/Tibetan guide are a must to hire from China/Tibet. Whereas we will send Nepalese staff for camping and cooking arrangement. The Nepalese kitchen crew will prepare the food of your taste.
To travel for days on this remote plateau with the chance encounters of nomads herding their sheep or yaks. This view transforms you into another way of life. And become a part of such a devout pilgrimage as shown by pilgrims around Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar. It gives to put some aspects of our western way of life into proper perspective. We begin the tour by traveling from Kathmandu and departing by road to the Nepal/Tibet border.
Welcome to the group with flower garlands and transfer to hotel, welcome drink served & check in rooms, overnight in a hotel
After breakfast we do a half day sightseeing in Kathmandu and you get a tour briefing at hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Kodari (Nepal-Tibet border) where we meet the Tibetan/Chinese guide with transport. Drive further 8 km uphill to Zhangmu (2220m) where we will have to complete the Chinese immigration and custom formalities. Drive further to Nyalam for overnight stay.
Rest at Nyalam for acclimatization. Nyalam is a small Tibetan town. It is the county seat of Nyalam County in Xigaze Prefecture (part of the historical Tsang Province of the old Tibet). Nyalam is situated at 3,750 metres (12,300 ft) above sea level. A town of stone buildings and tin roofs. Overnight Camp.
Drive to Thong-La (4990m), stops for a while to see the breathtaking views Of Mountain range then drive further to Saga via Paiku-Tso o/n in camp.
Drive to Dzongba, stop for lunch and continue to Paryang (4540m) o/n in camp.
Drive towards Mayum-La (5010m) and continue the drive to Chiu Gompa, on the west bank of Lake Mansarovar where you can have a shower at the hot spring. Overnight camp near Chiu Gompa. Lake Manasarovar lies at 4,556 m (14947.5 ft) above mean sea level, making it the highest fresh-water lake in the world. It is relatively round in shape with a circumference of 88 kilometres (55 mi). Its depth is 90 m (300 ft) and its surface area is 320 square kilometres (120 sq mi). The lake freezes in winter and melts only in the spring. Like Mount Kailash, Lake Manasa Sarovar is a place of pilgrimage, attracting religious people from India, Nepal, Tibet and the neighboring countries. Bathing in the Manasa Sarovar and drinking its water is believed to cleanse all sins.
Drive to Darchen (4700m).
The circuit around Mount Kailash typically begins and ends in Darchen, where foreigners must register and pay an admission fee to the Kailash area. Overnight at camp.
Rest at Darchen for acclimatization.
Drive to trek-starting point then start the trek around Mt. Kailash (6656 m). It is said that one trip around the sacred mountain will wipe away all the sins (bad karma) of one’s current lifetime. The rugged path around Mount Kailash is 32 miles (52 km) long, following a blue mountain stream much of the way. Overnight at camp Dera puk at the base of Dolma-La.
Trek over the Dolma-La (5600m) then descend for a while and continue to Zhutul Puk.The walk which is a steep climb to Dolma La Pass is 6 km. Dolma La is thehighest point at 5550 meters (18.600 ft) we touch during our entire journey. It is most difficult phase of the parikrama. Overnight at camp.
Finish the trek and drive to Hora. Camp on the bank of lake Mansarovar
Drive to Parayang via Mayum-La (5010m). Overnight at camp.
Drive back to Saga via Dzongba. Overnight at camp
Drive to Nyalam via Paiku-Tso and Nyalam Thung-La. Overnight camp.
Drive to Zhangmu, after finishing immigration formalities, drive back to Kathmandu.
Beakfast and fee day for shopping, overnight at hotel
After breakfast transfer to international airport.