Program Code: GA-TST02
Duration: 15 days
Start point: Nyalam
End point: Zhangmu
Starting elevation: 3,500m (11,975 feet) at Nyalam
Apex elevation: 5,943m (19,500 feet) at Dolma La Pass
Mode of Travel: Flight/Land
When to go: May to Mid-October
Mt. Kailash Tour is a one true spiritual and religious journey of a lifetime. Mt. Kailash is regarded as one of the most sacred mountain in Asia and is located in far west side of Tibet at an elevation of 6,638 m (21,778 feet). Mt Kailash, with its snowcapped magnificence provides an awe-inspiring sight which is deified by Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and the ancient Bon religion of Tibet. Mt Kailash is the most popular and important pilgrimage site and has been given different names; Tibetan Buddhists entitled this mountain as Kang Rimpoche, meaning ‘Precious Jewel of Snow.’, Jains call Mt Kailash ‘Mount Astapada’ believing that it is a place revered as Rishaba (twenty-four Tirthankaras) meaning attaining salvation and is also place where their first prophet achieved enlightenment. For Hindus it a sacred place, abode of deity Lord Shiva and Parvati and for ancient Bon religion this is the place where their founder Shanrab descended from heavens and they are the only ones who circumambulate Mt Kailash anti-clockwise. It is believed that circumambulation of Mt Kailash which is a distance of 53Km also locally known as doing Kora completely removes one’s whole lifespan sins. Mt Kailash tour is spiritually as well as scenically rewarding tour. Along the way to Mt Kailash which itself is an enchanting sight you will be entertained by beautiful landscapes, vivid prayer flags and lucky chortens, fantastic views of glaciers, rivers, Himalayas and monasteries. You will also pass through some places mentioned in legends like sky burial site of 84 mahasiddhas which once were only used for lamas and monks. Sky burials are traditional ceremonies in which the corpse is left in the open for vultures to consume; the belief is that the body is thus returned to the sky. You may encounter sky burials going on while you are at Mt. Kailash but remember not to venture into the area and disturb the proceedings. They are extremely private and foreigners with cameras are not welcome.
Another main highlight of this tour is Lake Mansarovar, situated at an altitude of 4,590 meters (15,060 ft.) and only 30 km from Mt. Kailash. Lake Mansarovar lies in front of Mt Kailash and is called Mapam Tso in Tibetan, meaning invincible. For Hindu’s it is believed that a plunge into the freezing waters of Lake Mansarovar and circumambulation around lake erases the lifetime of sins while Tibetans believe they are cleansed of their wrongdoings just by walking. To the Tibetans, Lake Mansarovar is the holiest in the land, believed to be where the gods washed Buddha’s mother before she gave birth. According to the Hindus, Brahma created the lake for his sons to bathe in while they medicated on Mt. Kailash. Whether Asian pilgrims or western traveler, one can see Lake Mansarovar’s holy origins reflected in its breathtaking beauty. It’s ringed by mountain peaks and filled with clear, bright-blue waters that look just a breathtaking. The lake was once surrounded by eight monasteries, which symbolized the eight points of the wheel of Dharma, but red guards destroyed most of them during the Cultural Revolution. Restoration is in the works.
Mansarovar is home to many other Buddhist mythological landmarks, as well. There’s the Memmo Nanyi, a peak where the goddess of wisdom lives. The lake also represents the sun or lightness, while its smaller neighbor, Lake Rakshas Tal, is its complementary moon or darkness. According to Tibetans, it’s a good omen when the waters of Lake Mansarovar flow into the Rakshas Tal, and while the Lake Mansarovar’s waters are healing, Rakshas Tal’s are poisonous.
The view of Lake Mansarovar from hilltop Chiu monastery which lies on the northwest corner of Mansarovar is enchanting. Chiu Monastery also consists of a cave that is considered one of Guru Rimpoche’s meditation sites.
Day 01:Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam (3500m) 165 km /8 hrs.
Day 02: Drive Nyalam to Paigutso (4850m) 221 km/ 7-8 hrs.
Day 03: Drive Paigutso to Saga (4640m) 115 km /6-7 hrs.
Day 04: Drive Saga to Paryang (4540m) 185km/7-8 hrs.
Day 05: Drive Paryang to Darchen (4700m) 290km /7-8 hrs.
Day 06: Start Kailash round to Dira Puk (4909m) 18 km/7-8 hrs trek.
Day 07: Continue over Domala pass (5943m) to Zuthul Puk 22 km 7-8 hrs.
Day 08: End Kailash round near darchen (4700m) 14km/3-4 hour
Day 09: Full Day excurssion to Lake Mansarovar.
Day 10: Drive Lake mansarovar to Paryang (94540m) 277km/7-8 hrs
Day 11: Drive from Paryang to Saga (4840m) 185km/8 hrs.
Day 12: Drive from Saga to Paigutso (4850m)-115km 6-7 hrs
Day 13: Drive from Paigutso to Nyalamu
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
This day is your arrival day in Kathmandu and our team will welcome you at the Airport. We will receive you from Tribhuvan International Airport and drop you to your Hotel. Later, we will be briefing you about our tour and the next day we leave for our destination early morning.
Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Nyalam. Elevation: 3900m; Drive: 6 hrs
Beginning our adventure to Mount Kailash, we drive from Kathmandu to the Nepal Tibet Border observing the scenic roads. Once we are done with the immigration formalities at the border, we then drive till Nylam with the Tibetan landscaped around us.
Day 03: Rest at Nyalam. Elevation: 3900m
We rest at Nylam today and explore the surrounding with short hike around. This will help us to acclimatize properly.
Day 04: Drive Nyalam to Dongba. Elevation: 4400m; Drive: 7 hrs
Driving over the smooth roads, we cross Lung La, a 5000m pass from where we capture great Himalayan panoramas along with Mount Sashibangma. We also move across luring Peiku Lake, Saga and Brahmhaputra River.
Day 05: Drive Dongba to Mansarovar. Elevation: 4540m; Drive: 7 hrs
We travel via Prayang to Mansarovar and on our way, we move through Mayum La Pass (5200m). Then, we arrive at Hor Quo. Having lunch on our way, we now step ahead for Mansarovar Lake by drive and go around it. From this point, you will get the very first glimpse of Mount Kailsh and sacred lake. Mansarovar. We stay at Chu Gompa for overnight.
Day 06: Drive from Lake Mansarovar to Darchen, Base Camp of Kailash. Elevation: 4620m; Drive: 1 hr
We take a holy bath on Mansarovar and worship after which we have our lunch then move towards Darchen, the base camp of Mount Kailash. Here, if you would to go around Mount Kailsh, horses and porters are available and you can confirm your interest travel with the Guide. We stay on a tented camp this day.
Day 07: First Day of “Parikrama” to Diraphuk. Elevation: 4860m; Drive: 30mins; Walk: 5 hrs
Early morning, we drive for Yama Dwar where you can find yaks and yak men. We load all of our stuffs on yak and start going around. On our way, we will get to catch the West Face of Mount Kailash and as we reach Dirapuk, we will be able to catch North face of Kailash. We stay on a tented camp this day.
Day 08: Second Day of “Parikrama” to Zuthulphuk. Elevation: 5850m; Drive: 30mins; Walk: 8 hrs
We trek uphill to Dolmala Pass, 5850m and then trek down to the valley. We visit Gauri Kunda, another religious lake. This is the toughest day for encircling Mount Kailash as we need to cross the pass and walk more. We then arrive at Zuthulphuk. We stay on a tented camp this day.
Day 09: Third Day of “Parikrama” to Dongba. Elevation: 4400m; Drive: 5hrs; Walk: 3 hrs
The third or the last day we around Mount Kailash, we start via the winding track. Upon reaching at Chongdo, our vehicle will be picking us up and we drive back to Dongba.
Day 10: Drive Dongba to Nyalam. Elevation: 3940m; Drive: 7 hrs
After having our breakfast, we start our drive back to Nyalam taking back the mesmerizing memories of Mount Kailash Tour.
Day 11: Drive Nyalam to Kathmandu. Elevation: 1350m; Drive: 6 hrs
From Nyalam, we drive back via the friendship bridge at Kodari, we go through some immigration formalities and drive to Kathmandu.
Day 12: Depart from Kathmandu
As we have come to an end of Mount Kailash Tour, we have the breakfast at the hotel and then our team member would drop you to the Airport. We bid our good bye hopefully to catch you up next time again in Nepal.
Mt Kailash Tour
– Airport/Hotel/Airport pickup and drop by private car/van/bus.
– Hotel in Kathmandu as your requirements,
– Everest National Park permits,
– Trekking Map of Everest region
– Full Board Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, tea or coffee) during trek,
– Nepali Cultural Program with dinner,
– An experienced licensed holder Guide and required porters
– Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for guide and porters,
– Transportation by bus, car or by flight,
– Medical kit box
– TIMS (Trekkers Information Management Systems)
– Trekking Equipments
– All government tax
– All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees
– All necessary transportation while sightseeing
– Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu,
– Your travel insurance,
– International flight and departure tax,
– Any expense of personal nature,
– Nepal entry visa fee,
– Any kinds of Bar bills,
– All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks,
– Rescue operation.
When trekking in Nepal Himalayas “Altitude related Problems” are the important factors to be considered because there is always a real danger of mild to serious problems related to altitude and it is important for trekkers to understand that they will be affected to a greater or lesser extent when they ascend to altitudes over about 3000 meters. Altitude sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevation above 3000 meters. The victim can develop severe symptoms very rapidly if the mild effects are ignored.
We advise our clients to remember the following suggestion when you are on trekking in the high altitude areas above 3000 meters. The following are the basic symptoms of the altitude sickness and to avoid such sickness we recommend few important points.
1. Basic Symptoms:
2. Medium Symptoms:
3. Serious Symptoms:
What to do about Altitude Sickness?
Altitude illness can be prevented by acclimatization; that is, by a graduate rate of ascent (not more than 400 – 500 meters), allowing sufficient rest at various intermediate altitudes. The dry air of the mountains tends to dehydrate you so an increased fluid intake is necessary. Try to drink at least four liters of water a day. On the trail you can drink hot garlic soup that will help you to some extent. When we reach to our destination it is better to make some hiking up to a bit higher point and come down to the camp or hotel. This is a really good way to get acclimatization. You may take Diamox 250mg tablets the night before flying / going to high altitude. Sometimes the symptoms often disappear and the trek can be resumed.
If you feel obviously suffering from the serious symptoms of AMS then descent should not be delayed even if it means going down in dark. In such case, should an emergency situation arise, horse, or porter will be arranged; or we carry you and run to lower (descend) altitudes. There is communication facility at Namche Bazaar; Doctors at Khunde hospital in the Everest Area and HRA Clinics and in some trekking areas also have the Gamow Bag. The hospital or the clinic will take fees or charges for such services. We can arrange for immediate evacuation, by horse or helicopter, depending on the severity of the case.