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Mount Kailash Tour/ Yatra - 16 Nights/ 17 Days

Mount Kailash Tour/ YatraMount Kailash is very popular sacred mountain located in Tibet and mansarovar is a holy lake at foot of mount kailash. Kailash mansarovar is a holy tour for once in a lifetime experience and must doable holy tour for Hindus and Buddhist Pilgrimage. Kailash tours are not only popular for pilgrimage, but also once in a lifetime tour for foreigners too.

Mount Kailash is a holy tour that is very popular pilgrimage tour/kora/Yatra for Hindus and Buddhist religious people. Mount Kailash tour start, after a brief sightseeing of Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu, where you also complete China / Tibet permit formalities; along with our Nepalese crew, drive and cross into Tibetan plateau slowly acclimating. Additional day halt is provided at Nylam to get properly acclimatized. Kailash tour Journey will be arranged With 4 WD deluxe Land cruisers 4500/80, drive along the dirt road parallel to the snow capped peaks of Himalayas to south and Tibetan mountains to your north. Kailash Tour journey also involves crossing Bramhaputra River (Yarlung Tsangpo) by ferry and driving through several other smaller streams. In kailash tour, it also cross several high mountain passes (averaging of 5000m/16,400 ft) that offers splendid views before finally arriving at the holy Lake Manasarovara. Hindus consider as the female energy, or "yoni" of the universe, in contrast to the male energy or "lingum" of Kailash.

Mount Kailash tour are so scheduled that you are at the holy lake on the full moon day and if you are a Hindu or Buddhist pilgrim, you may want to perform puja ritual here. Others can just drive around the lake and enjoy the scenery, and watch the rituals. Continue drive to Darchen, and not so far from there, you embark on a 3 days sacred kora trek (53 kms/34 miles) including a crossing of the 18,600-foot Drolma La. The pack animals (Yaks) carrying supplies including your gears are accompanied by our Nepalese and Tibetan crew. The first two days take between 6-7 hours trek but the last day of the trek is an easy 2-3 hrs walk down on to the Barga plain.

After completing the trek, retrace drive all the way to Kathmandu. Those seeking extension to Lhasa, will split from Saga. From Saga, you will reach Lhasa in 4 days with stops in Lhatse, Shigatse and Gyantse.

Mount Kailash Tour/ Yatra - Day to Day itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu . (D)

Meet our representative at the airport and transfer to hotel. Free day at leisure. Welcome dinner with cultural performance. Accommodation in a deluxe 5 star hotel.

Day 02: At Kathmandu

while we apply your Chinese visa, you will explore the ancient medieval arts and architecture of Katmandu. Visit Pashupatinath, holiest of the Hindu temples, Bodhanath-the biggest Buddhist stupa and medieval principality of Bhaktapur as known as the city of devotees. Free afternoon for you to prepare for the trip. Overnight hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Nyalam (B/L/D)
Altitude 12,333 ft; distance 97 miles and about 6-7 drive

Depart Kathmandu early in the morning. Breakfast stop in Dhulikhel hill resort. In total, Kathmandu-Tibet border is 113km through the villages, roadside bazaars and terraced hills that takes total of about 4 hours to the Tibetan border. On an inclement weather day, there may be some landslide spots which you have to walk across and change to a locally available vehicle. After clearing immigration formalities in both the Nepal and China side, we will continue to Nyalam. Meals and accommodation in guesthouse.

Day 04: Rest in Nyalam (B/L/D)

Rest day for proper acclimatization. You can visit the Nyalam Pelgye Ling temple associated with great Milarepa, the Tibetan yogi. Overnight guesthouse.

Day 05: Nyalam-Pelku-Tso -Saga (B/L/D)
Altitude 13,973 ft, distance 157 miles / about 6 hours drive

Today drive and cross two high passes and midway we arrive at Pelkutso lake for lunch. Lablung La (5030m/16,498ft) offers spectacular views of Mt. Sishapangma (8021m/26,309ft), Gaurishanker and many other peaks, all of which are dwarfed by the Tibetan plateau. You will cross the Bramhaputra River just before Saga. Overnight in tents at Saga.

Day 06: Saga-Zhongba-Paryang (B/L/D)
Altitude 14,891 ft, distance: 160 miles/about 8hrs drive

It is at Saga where you will connect the main road from Lhasa . We continue across the vast dry plains to the small Tibetan town of Zhongba and drive further to Paryang for overnight stay. Overnight in tents.

Day 07: Paryang-Lake Manasarovara (B/L/D)
Altitude 14,957 ft, distance 157 miles about 8hrs drive

Today's drive involves crossing of several rivers but has some of the most panoramic scenery. The crews will set your camp by the sacred Manasarovar Lake -which according to Hindu mythology was formed in the mind of Brahma-the creator of the world. Today you will have the first Darshan (view) of holy Mt. Kailash from Horqu. Overnight in tents.

Day 08: Halt at Lake Manasarovara

Halt at Manasarovara Lake for holy dip, puja and other ritual performance. You can take leisurely walk or excursion along the lakeside. Overnight camp.

Day 09: Lake Manasarovara-Darchen (B/L/D)
Altitude 15,285 ft, distance 20miles/about 2 hrs drive.

It's a short drive of about 2 hours to Darchen. After lunch, you may want to prepare yourself for the three days trekking ahead. Crews will be organizing pack animals (yaks) gears and supplies for the trek. Overnight guesthouse.

Day 10: Darchen-Dira Phuk Gompa (B/L/D)
Altitude 16,102 ft, about 6 hrs trek

Tarboche, marked by Tibetan flags is the starting point for kora and it is the site for Tibet's most important annual Saga Dawa festival. Walk up the Lha Chu Valley through beautiful green meadows and streams with Mt Kailash towering above us. We follow the river, which enters a narrow canyon with high, steep cliffs and spectacular waterfalls. Continuing up the valley, the north face of Kailash comes into view before we reach the 13th century monastery at Dira-phuk. Overnight camp.

Day 11: Drira Phuk Monastery-Zuthul-Phuk (B/L/D)
Altitude 15,711 ft., about 7 hrs trek

Bid farewell to Lha Chu Valley and prepare to fight the toughest part of the kora. You will enter the Drolma Chu Valley, heading up towards a high pass, the Drolma La [5,630m/18,466 ft] that is marked Tibetan prayer flags. The rest of the day's walk is mostly downhill and flat land. On descent, you will pass by one of the highest lakes in the world, Thukpe Dzingbu Lake (Gauri Kunda), known as the Lake of Compassion. Zuthulphuk monastery is built at the site of a famous cave, which is believed to have been created as a result of contest between Milareppa (Buddhist Yogi) and Naro Bonchung (Bon Saint). Overnight camp.

Day 12: Trek to Darchen (B/L/D)
Altitude 4,560m/14,956 ft, about 3 hrs trek.

The final day of the kora is rather short and easier. It takes merely 2 ½ to 3 hours that involves crossing of several streams and follows an impressive gorge from where you can look back for fabulous views. Overnight guesthouse.

Day 13-14: Darchen to Paryang to Saga (B/L/D)
Retrace your way back to Paryang to Saga. Overnight Camp

Day 15-16: Saga to Kathmandu.(B/L)

If you are extending trip to Lhasa, you will split with crews at Saga and head eastwards. Otherwise, retrace drive to Kathmandu via a stop in Nyalam.

Day 17: Departure (B)

Transfer to airport for international flight back home.

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