MT KAILASH YATRA MANSOROVAR - LHASA
The Kailash Gang Rinpoche, which means Jewel of snow is striking in the way it rises high above the surrounding range and always remains snow - capped. Mount Kailash has a unique and distinct shape, with four sheer faces matching the cardinal points of the compass. It is also free standing, solitary. Regarded as the earthly manifestation of mythic Mount Meru or Sumeru, the spiritual centre of the universe in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cosmology, Mount Kailash is also believed to be the source of four life-giving rivers.
To Tibetan Buddhists, Kailash is the abode of the tantric meditational deity Demchog. Hindus see Kailash as the throne of the great god Shiva, while the Jains revere Kailash as the site at which their first prophet received enlightenment. A pilgrimage to Mount Kailash and a bath in the Mansarovar is believed to bring about salvation (Moksha).
Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu
Day-2:Full day guided sightseeing
Day-3. Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)
Day-6: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m)
Day-7: Gyantse to Shigatse 90km
Day-8: Drive to Lhatse
Day-9: Drive to Saga
Day-10: Drive to Paryang
Day-11 : Drive to Horchu
Day-12: Visit Darchen
Day-13: On Trek
Day-15: On Trek
Day-16: Complete the trek (15kms / 03 to 04 hrs).
Day-17 : Drive back to Paryang
Day-18: Drive back to Saga
Day-19: Drive to Kyirong County
Day-20: Cross the border (Kerung)- Kathmandu
Best: May to October
Tour: 22 Days
A combination of very long days with steep paths, boulders and mountain scrambling. Glaciers and snow may be encountered at high altitude. There is no need for technical climbing experience. Medium risk of altitude sickness. Altitudes up to 6000m. Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill walking. Backpacks will weigh about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Trek weight loss in the region of 4kg. Fully Portered
Day-1Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day-2Full day Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Day-3. Kathmandu to Lhasa (3660m)Transfer to the airport for the hour-long flight across the main Himalayan range. Afternoon at rest to acclimatise to Lhasa's high altitude.
Day-4: LhasaWe will visit Lhasa's many monasteries and sites, such as the Sera Monastery, and the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.
Day-5: LhasaWe visit the Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery founded in the 14th century, and once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. The afternoon, is a time to relax or further explore the area.
Day-6: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m)Travelling by jeep along the Friendship Highway we cross the Khamba La (4794m) and continue westwards over another high pass the Karo La (5045m) with incredible glacial views. We spend the night in a Hotel at Gyantse. [261km]
Day-7: Gyantse to Shigatse 90kmAfter breakfast, visit the Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. The Dzong is a fort dating from the 14th century from which there are amazing views of Gyantse and the surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. The Kumbum is a large gold-domed Stupa and its many small chapels house an impressive array of Tibetan Buddhist murals. We then drive to Shigatse, second largest city in Tibet. We explore the local market and visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day-8: Drive to Lhatse(4050 meters). (150kms, 5hrs). Camp
Day-9: Drive to Saga(4600 meters). (290kms, 9hrs) , 4600meters. Camp
Day-10: Drive to Paryang(4700 meters). (252 kms / 8 hrs). Camp
Day-11 : Drive to Horchu(4500 meters. (290 kms / 8 to 9 hrs). Camp
Day-12: Visit Darchen(4580 meters) and prepare for the trek. (40 kms / 01.5 hrs). Camp at Guest House
Day-13:Today we start the trek up to an altitude of 4800m. It will take us about 7 hours to complete a distance of 14kms, due to the altitude. Camp overnight.
Day-14:Today, we will drop in altitude as we trek about 24kms over 9 hours to about, 4680meters. Camp
Day-15:On this final leg of the trek, we will walk for 15km in about 3-4 hours and then drive on to Darchen and explore the surrounding area of Mansarovar Lake . (4500 meters). (40kms, 1½ hrs). Camp
Day-16 : Drive back to Paryang(4700 meters). (292 kms / 08 to 09 hrs). Camp
Day-17: Complete the trek and drive to SagaEarly morning after breakfast, we complete our trek and then set off by road to New Dongpa or Saga
Day-18: Drive to Kyirong County(270 kms / 5.5 hrs. Guest House.
Day-19: Cross the border (Kerung) and drive to KathmanduToday we say goodbye to the Tibetan guide and driver and walk to Nepalese Immigration Control in Kerung where our Nepalese staff will meet us. After completing the re-entry formalities we continue the drive to Kathmandu, which, depending on road and weather conditions, should take about 8-9 hours. Hotel Overnight.
Day-20:Free at leisure to explore Kathmandu. Hotel Overnight.
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Price includesAirport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
Tibet travel permit
Flights: Kathmandu to Lhasa
Teahouse trek arrangement (staying in lodges), breakfast only
Camping on trek
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek
Guide and porter (s) on trek; their wages, insurance and expenses
Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural show
Duffel bag on trek
Price ExcludesInternational flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Meals while staying at the hotels in Kathmandu (only breakfast is included along with accommodation).
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa $50
Rescue and evacuation
Tips and gratuities
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $35 per night)
Single supplements if applicable
Cost for giving up the trek (and any unused portions which are not refundable), additional hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as a result or costs incurred for changing the itinerary, if applicable, extra costs incurred for landslides and delays beyond our control etc.
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Start in Kathmandu, fly to Lhasa
Altitude of 6340m
Not as steep at Everest base camp trek
Higher average altitude than base camp Everest
One route options
High altitude risk of sickness
Do not summit the mountain
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Altitude of 5000m
More difficult and remote than via Lhasa
Several route options
Circuit trek only
Do not summit the mountain
Also known as Kailash Mansarovar
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Altitude of 5000m
Very remote sections with steep mountain passes
Extended and strenuous cycling
Possibility of snow en-route
Dramatically contrasting scenery
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Altitude of 5000m
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