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Kailash Pilgrimage Tour

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  • Destination: Tibet
  • Group Size: 1 +
  • Maximum altitude: 5634m
  • Best Season: Sep - Nov, Feb - Sept
  • Grade Info: Hard
  • Transportation: Jeep / flight
  • Total Days: 14
  • Walking Hour: Apprx 5- 6 hrs/day

Kailash Pilgrimage Tour provides the opportunity to make the “ultimate pilgrimage journey” to the holy Mt. Kailash and the Lake Manasarovar. Commencing from Kathmandu in Nepal the Kailash Pilgrimage tour is inclusive of an overland journey to the sacred Manasarovar Lake and Mount Kailash. Camping by the ethereal waters of the holy lake Manasarovar with a three -day Kora (journey) around Mt. Kailash is a special and very spiritual journey in a holy and beautiful land of Tibet.

Kailash pilgrimage tour includes rigorous overland driving, trekking and camping through the remote regions of Western Tibet, at the altitudes of 2,745m/ 9,000ft and 4,880m/16,000ft, hiking to a maximum of 5634m/18,400ft. The Nature Trails team with Sherpa, a cook and a guide are on hand. All camping equipment is provided. Clients carry a small daypack and the pace is easy. Equipment and luggage are carried by the porters and pack-animals.

Tour to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar is considered as the world’s holiest experience in Tibet. This unparalleled pilgrimage is considered to be the path of “Salvation” and at the same time is regarded as the greatest and hardest of all earthly pilgrimages. The 11 nights and 12 days Mount Kailash Manasarovar tour will take you to the eternal bliss towards spirituality. The trip starts with a city tour in Kathmandu. Next day morning we drive to Kyurung and keep continuing our overland journey to Mount Kailash. Each night we stay in the guest house and tented camps as per Itinerary.

Trip Highlights of Kailash Pilgrimage Tour

Wonderful Lake Manasarovar, Snowcapped Mt. Kailash, awe-aspiring Tibetan plateau and large number of different monasteries, Mt. Kailash Parikrama – a lifetime experience. Visit Lhasa, Potala Palace ( The winter residency of Dali Lama ) Explore Unique Lhasa,

Important information and things for Kailash Pilgrimage Tour

Down jacket, sleeping bags, drinks, the expense of personal natural like tips, photography charge, and any type of travelling & medical insurance. Emergency evacuation cost, extra charge for hiring an extra horse, yaks &porters during kora, extra charge for hiring porter &extra transportation incase of natural calamities like & slide, flood snow fall which is beyond our control & Nepal re-entry visa fee.

Passport details (passport photo copy) with full name, nationality, passport number, sex, date of birth & occupation should be reached to our office at least 20 days prior to the departure date.” you have advised having your own full travel insurance &medical insurance. Your policy no. &type should be mentioned with full contact address by filling up the forms before departure”.

Important Note:

Foreign Passport Holders need to arrive in Kathmandu three Working days before the date of departure, for the Chinese Visa (Saturday and Sunday are not considered as working days). For Indian Passport, we will need their passport 07 working days before the trip in our sister concern office in Delhi. Please make sure that the Indian Passport Holder’s have Voters Card with them.

Clothing & equipment:-
Down jacket, light feather. Down sleeping bag &well insulated.
Woollen pull over, flannel shirts.
Woollen Socks or thick cotton socks
Warm light gloves.
Warm woollen cap or scarf”(with ear covering)
Thermal inner wear(trousers & shirts)s
Towels including small hand towel.
Wind proof jacket.
Comfortable trekking boots or sports shoes 2 pairs (water resistant is better.
Rain coat with the hood.
Long scot for ladies for open toilet during days drive.
Light weight trekking back pack (for valuables, cameras &toiletries)
UV protection sun glasses
Sun screen lotion, creams & Chap Stick.
Torch light with extra batteries
Swiss knife
Hot water bottle

Level of oxygen is lesser at higher altitude in compare to sea level. The inclement weather & high altitude induces certain illness generally not encountered over the plans, like a headache, nausea, lassitude, lethargy, breathlessness, and general uneasiness (malaise) high irritability. Loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence &insomnia is a few. The best idea is deliberately slow down all the activities & follows the following rules:-

Take rest
Relax-do not exert, don’t be excited.
Reduce Talking.
Walk slowly-adopt one-third of your normal speed &space keep your load light.
Whenever you fell uncomfortable, just stop rest & relax.
Ignore the sudden outbursts of fellow pilgrims & avoid arguments.
Observe silence with a smile’ never go too high too fast.
Avoid smoking, alcohols, drugs & intoxicants.
Consume plenty of liquids, never
Proceed with & empty stomach.
Listening to your favourite music, bhajans, chanting etc will be a great idea while trekking.
Be careful not to catch a cold. Always listen to your guide or the one with experience. Never leave the Group.
Route and climatic conditions
The road from Kathmandu to Kodari (Nepal and China border) is quite narrow but black topped and the last 25 km before Nepal Tibet before is bit adventure in the sense that most of its part is bumpy and dusty with lots of landslide areas. The other side of the border (i.e. in Tibet) till NYALAM is the same mountainous road with so many twist and turns. The terrain in the high Tibetan plateau is also not in a good condition with lots of bumps, dust and some part of the road is gravelled but most of its terrain is made by vehicles. Tibet is cold, dry, windy and dusty.N it is even colder than the day. Heavy rain and strong icy winds are common features during monsoon in High Mountain. Flooding rivers and landslides are frequent. The average elevation of the Tibetan plateau is around 4000 meters.

We do have Fix departure / Group joining dates are available for both itinerary, Please click here

Option 01:

Day 01:Drive Kathmandu- Kyirung.

Day 02: Rest Day in Kyirung.

Day 03: Drive Kyirung to Saga/4450m- 232 km

Day 04: Saga to Paryang (4558m)  to Mansarovar (4600m) 507 km 8-9 hrs.

Day 05: Drive to Darchen (14975ft) 40km

Day 06: Trek to Dira-Puk/5000m.

Day 07: Trek Dira Puk-Zuthul Puk, 18km, 6-7 hrs, 550m ascent, 600m descent.

Day 08: End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Saga.

Day 09:  Drive back to Kyirung (232km) 6-7 hr.

Day 10: Kyirung to Kathmandu 150 km.

Option 02:

Day 01 : Kathmandu Arrival (1400m) 

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Fly to Nepalgunj (150m) – Overnight in Nepalgunj After Breakfast 

Day 03: Fly Nepalgunj – Simikot (2900m) & Heli to Hilsa (3700m) & Drive to Taklakot (3900m) – Overnight in Taklakot Early Morning

Day 04: At Taklakot (3900m) – Rest Day – Overnight in Taklakot

Day 05: Drive to Manasarovar Lake (4550m) – Overnight in Mansarovar

Day 06: 1st Day of Parikrama – Drive to Darchen (4650m) & Yama Dwar & Trek to Dirapuk (4880m) – Overnight in Dirapuk After Breakfast 

Day 07: 2nd Day of Parikrama – On to Zuthulpuk (4670m) via Trek to Dolma La Pass (5700m) – Overnight in Zuthulpuk After Breakfast Day 08: 3rd Day of Parikrama – Trek to Darchen – Drive to Hilsa via Taklakot – Overnight in Hilsa / Simikot After Breakfast 

Day 09: Fly Hilsa – Simikot – Nepalgunj & Fly back to Kathmandu – Overnight in Kathmandu Day 10: Transfer to Kathmandu Airport.

Day 10: Transfer to Kathmandu Airport.

Day 01:Drive Kathmandu- Kyirung.

We drive from Kathmandu to Nepal Tibet border along a scenic highway.  After immigration formalities at the border, you meet our Tibetan guide & driver. After some briefing we drive to O/N at Guest House.

Day 02: Rest Day in Kyirung.

Acclimatize in Kerong before further driving. Free afternoon look around. O/n at Guest house.

Day 03: Drive Kyirung to Saga/4450m- 232 km

First day with a long drive on the desert terrain. Driving past nomad camps and sheep and yak herds. We can see Gaurishankar, Shishapangma and Langtang Himal from the pass. Continue drive through Khunmen Tso, Sinling, Karru Ongchen and Peiku tso Lake (4400m). We will be crossing river Brahmaputra ( “Yarling Tsangpo” in Tibetan ) to reach Saga (4600m). O/n in guest house.

Day 04: Saga to Paryang (4558m)  to Mansarovar (4600m) 507 km 8-9 hrs

Watching the mountains in distance and driving through road we pass through the small town of Zhongba before reaching  to Paryang.. Offering the first view of mt kailash and the holy lake only after several hours of drive. As you approach this serene and sacred lake, historic Chiu Monastery becomes visible on the North West shore of the lake. From this vantage point, you can have a glimpse of majestic Mount Kailash. Manasarovar , the highest  fresh water lake with turquoise complexion - surrounded by  mt Kailash, Mt. Gurula-Mandata and  Lake Rakchyas is simply heavenly. O/n at tented camp or a guesthouse.

Day 05: Drive to Darchen (14975ft) 40km

After some peaceful hours at the shores of the sacred Lake Manasarovar with the snowy massif of Gurla Mandhata 7694m just across the lake, we drive 40 km to Darchen which serves as the base for Mt kailashkora ( circumambulation).  The Kora is 53 km in total and completed in three days. O/n in a guesthouse.

Day 06: Trek to Dira-Puk/5000m

It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs and waterfalls with some clouds in the clear blue sky.  The 15 km trail takes almost 7 hrs. O/n intented camp/Guest house.

Day 07: Trek Dira Puk-Zuthul Puk, 18km, 6-7 hrs, 550m ascent, 600m descent.

Hardest but Holiest day of your pilgrimage trek , cross Dolma La pass at 5670 m. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget you. By the late afternoon you will arrive at Zuthul Puk where the great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles. O/N at local guest house/Tented camp.

Day 08: End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Saga

Complete the kora and drive to  back to Saga. O/n in  Guest house.

Day 09:  Drive back to Kyirung (232km) 6-7 hr.

Day 10: Kyirung to Kathmandu 150 km

Driving further to Nepal Tibet border, complete the immigration formalities, get your Nepal visa. Say good bye to your Tibetan guide and driver. You will be received by our guide from Kathmandu and drive to Kathmandu.  End of the services.

Option Two:

Day 01 : Kathmandu Arrival (1400m) – Overnight in Kathmandu Your Arrival Time – Airport pickup and transfer to your Hotel. Evening – A short briefing about Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Meal: Dinner at Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Fly to Nepalgunj (150m) – Overnight in Nepalgunj After Breakfast 

 Half day sightseeing of Pashupatinath and Shakti Peeth. Afternoon  Flight Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (1hr) & Transfer to Hotel in Nepalgunj and stay overnight at Surkhet depending upon situation. Meal: Breakfast & Lunch in Kathmandu, Dinner at Nepalgunj | Hotel: Hotel Batika / Sneha or similar

Day 03: Fly Nepalgunj – Simikot (2900m) & Heli to Hilsa (3700m) & Drive to Taklakot (3900m) – Overnight in Taklakot Early Morning

Flight Nepalgunj to Simikot (1hr). Rest for few hours at Simikot. Morning  Take Helicopter to Hilsa (20 min – 12kg weight limit) & wait for other members to arrive at Hilsa (since it is a group visa and everyone have to enter Tibet side in one group) Afternoon – From Hilsa drive to Purang border to Taklakot and stay at Hotel. We will stay overnight at Taklakot. (On the way we have to pass upto 3 Checkpoints where checking might take upto 1 hr in each post) Meal: Breakfast at Nepalgunj / Simikot, Lunch at Hilsa, Dinner at Taklakot | Hotel: Guest House

Day 04: At Taklakot (3900m) – Rest Day – Overnight in Taklakot All Day  Entire day free for Acclimatization Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Hotel: Guest House

Day 05: Drive to Manasarovar Lake (4550m) – Overnight in Mansarovar

After Breakfast  Drive towards Manasarovar Lake (95 km). On the way you will have to pass the first checkpoint. Then after driving for 70 kms from Taklakot we will reach Rakshas Tal. On the right of Rakshas Tal you will see Gurla Mandhata Parvat & first view of Mount Kailash and Manasarovar lake. Drive from Rakshas Tal to Manasarovar Lake (25 km). Start Parikrama of Manasarovar Lake (90 km – 3hr by Private A/C Coach). Take holy dip & perform Puja. Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Hotel: Manasarovar Lake Side Mud House

Day 06: 1st Day of Parikrama – Drive to Darchen (4650m) & Yama Dwar & Trek to Dirapuk (4880m) – Overnight in Dirapuk After Breakfast 

Drive to Darchen (35 km – 1 hr) and Yama Dwar (8 km) – the starting point for Kora. We will trek to Dirapuk for 14 km. You will visit the North face of Mt. Kailash and touching the feet of Mt. Kailash (Charan Sparsha). Travelers who do not want to trek around (Parikrama) Mt. Kailash can go back to Darchen wait for rest of the group to arrive from Parikrama. Meal: Breakfast at Manasarovar, Lunch & Dinner on the way during Parikrama Hotel: Mud house on the way during Parikrama or Stay in Dormitory Guest House at Darchen NOTE: If you are not doing Parikrama, then you will still be waiting at Darchen (4650m)

Day 07: 2nd Day of Parikrama – On to Zuthulpuk (4670m) via Trek to Dolma La Pass (5700m) – Overnight in Zuthulpuk After Breakfast

Trek from Dirapuk to Dolma La Pass (8 km). About 3 kms before reaching Dolma La Pass is steep hill and quite difficult to walk. Also descending from Dolma La Pass is the same for upto 3 km. While descending you can see Gaurikund on the right. After walking for about 2 – 3 hrs we will reach Phedi. After some rest we will start trek to Zuthulpuk (12 km trek for 6 hours). Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Hotel:  Stay at the Mud House (Zutulpuk) NOTE: If you are not doing Parikrama, then you will still be waiting at Darchen

Day 08: 3rd Day of Parikrama – Trek to Darchen - Drive to Hilsa via Taklakot – Overnight in Hilsa / Simikot After Breakfast 

After short easy Trek (8 km – 3 hrs), we will reach our Private A/C Coach pick up point. Then drive to Darchen (3 kms) and merge with other members who were waiting. From there drive to Hilsa (also we will take helicopter to Simikot based on situation) Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Hotel: Guest House

Day 09: Fly Hilsa – Simikot – Nepalgunj & Fly back to Kathmandu – Overnight in Kathmandu

Fly to Hilsa to Simikot (20 mins) by Helicopter – Fly from Simikot to Nepalgunj (around 1 hr)/ Surkhet and fly back to Kathmandu (or proceed to Lucknow by Road) Meal: Breakfast at Simikot, Lunch at Nepalgunj, Dinner at Kathmandu | Hotel: 5 Star Hotel – Yak & Yeti / Annapurna or similar

Day 10: Transfer to Kathmandu Airport.

You will be free till your flight time. We will drop you at Airport 1-2 hour before flight time (30 mins drive).

Trip Cost US$ 2200 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • 9 night’s accommodations on B/B board Basis in Tibet on group sharing basis using guesthouse.
  • 4 night deluxe hotel on B/B in Kathmandu before the trip. Twin sharing.
  • Permits for Manasarovar and Kailash Kora (Parikrama).
  • Tibet Tourism Board (TTB) approved guide.
  • Transportation by  Comfortable van as per the group size.
  • Transport - Nepal side by Jeep
  • Kailash Permit, Tibet (Chinese) visa fe
Cost Excludes:
  • Yak / Pony Charges during the kora / Parikrama.
  • Lunch and Diner
  • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses like shopping, phone calls, extra drinks, laundry, yak etc.
  • Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities, flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, accidents etc.
  • Tips to drivers, hotel staff.
  • Extra cost of transportation, Porte rage etc involved due landslides, snowfall.
  • Services other than specified. Extra days stay at Kathmandu / any other place.
  • In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of tour, landslides, landslide & other uneventful event the extra charge for porters and transportation should be borne by you at the spot.
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Kailash pilgrimage

Absolutely amazing!!! Subash had everything so well organised. Literally just had to book my flight and everything else was arranged. I’m so happy with my trip and can’t wait to come back to Nepal with these guys next year. Highly recommend if your looking to trek in Tibet or Nepal as these guys will make it so easy, no need to search for hotels etc. I stayed in a great hotel (hotel access) for 4 nights before my trek and all included in the package. Was so impressed. Really really happy with how good it was

Big Jim, usa

Pigrimage to Kailash with exciting Nepal Trek

A fantastic Tour and planning all over! Worth doing and excellent service support!
I did 1 week Langtang Trekking (1600 – 5100m),
2 week Kailash pilgrimage – my main purpose – and
1 week monasteries around Nepal.
The exciting Nepal Treks Manager Subash convinced through very professional and reliable Email- Phone-communication in advance of the tour, so that I dared to fly to Kathmandu by myself without having permits for China. As promised by him, he managed the Visa excellent.

He provided a very empathic, good English speaking personal guide (Shuman) for my Langtang trekking. There I was deeply impressed by the beauty of the nature and the stroke of the earthquake, form which the people still are suffering.

The following 12 Days Tibet-tour to Kailash and Guge via Kyerong was carried out through a Lhasa-Agent with a different group. The choice of the hotels on road could have been a bit more carefully. The Kailash Kora was a deep spiritual experience lead by a very experienced tibetan guide form China, who took great care of every team member.
Subash provided good recommendations for my wish on a Ktm monastery stay and showed extraordinary engagement to find a special monastery, which I wouldn’t succeed in without his help. Always listening and fulfilling to personal needs.
The commercial handling was easy, trustful and professional. I didn’t compare prices. He works together with Hotel Access Nepal in Thamel.

All in all I was very satisfied and would organize a tour again with him. Enjoy it, if you do it as well.

lubeck2018, Memmingen, Germany

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