15 Days Fixed Departure Overland tour to Kailash Mansarovar From Lhasa
Detailed itinerary for 15 Days Overland tour to Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2018 by jeeps: Fixed Departure Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Tour from Nepal side
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
Take off for The Kailash Yatra!.
Arrive Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport who will assist you to transfer to your pre booked hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02 Temple visit in Kathmandu
After breakfast, proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath Temple and Budhaneelkantha. Evening at leisure in Kathmandu. We'll obtain your Chinese VISA in Kathmandu for Foreign Nationals only on this day whereas VISA for Indian nationals shall be done in Delhi well in advance however your travel permit for Tibet would be applied well in advance by us. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03 Kathmandu / Lhasa (3650 m)
After breakfast, in time transfer to the airport to board flight for Lhasa. Upon arrival at Gonggar Airport, the group shall be met by our local representative and transfer provided to your hotel in Lhasa. The group will reach the Hotel in about 2 hrs. The first day will be spent resting to acclimatize with the altitude because Kathmandu is at 1200 m above sea level and Lhasa is at 3650 m. So it needs some time to acclimatize with the altitude. Overnight at hotel in Lhasa.
Day 04 Lhasa - Visit Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery and Norbulinka Temple Jokhang Temple
The Jokhang temple, a massive building consisting of three floors and an open roof all filled with chapels and chambers, has undergone extensive reconstructions and additions since the 7th century, particularly during the 17th century reign of the fifth Dalai Lama. While parts of the existing temple structure date from earlier times, most of the murals are from the 18th and 19th centuries and few statues (with the notable exception of the Joyo Sakyamuni) are older than the 1980's. The temple was sacked several times during Mongol incursions but its worst treatment has been at the hands of the Chinese since their occupation of Tibet in 1959. The Jokhang is the most celebrated temple in Tibet. Because the temple is not controlled by a particular sect of Tibetan Buddhism it attracts adherents of all the sects as well as followers of Bon-Po, Tibet's indigenous religion. Three pilgrimage circuits exist in Lhasa, each directing pilgrims to the JowoSakyamuni statue: the Lingkhor, which encircles the citys sacred district; the Barkhor, which encloses the Jokhang temple; and the Nangkhor, a ritual corridor inside the Jokhang. Every day throughout the year hundreds of pilgrims circumambulate each of these three circuits. Some pilgrims will cover the entire distance by prostrating every few feet, and others will walk slowly, chanting sacred mantras and spinning hand-held prayer wheels. For more than a thousand years millions of pilgrims have trod these sacred paths with devotion in their hearts; this cumulative focusing of intention and love has charged the Jokhang with an enormously powerful field of sanctity. Barkhor Street: The center of the old Lhasa, Barkhor is a circular street, which is the oldest street in Lhasa and remains very traditional. It is a place where Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble and a place to which a visit must be paid. It was said that in the seventh century when SongtsenGampo, the first Tibetan King (617 or ?-650) who unified Tibet, married Chinese Princess Wencheng and Nepal princess Tritsun. Later Princess Tritsun built Jokhang Temple to accommodate the JowoSakyamuni aged 12 brought to Tibet by Princess Wencheng. Barkhor is the road which pilgrims tramped out around Jokhang Temple through centuries. Buddhist pilgrims walk or progress by body-lengths along the street clockwise every day into deep night. They comprise most of Lhasa's floating population. Norbulinka Monastery:The park was begun by the 7th Dalai Lama beginning in 1755. The Norbulingka Park and Summer Palace were completed in 1783 under Jampel Gyatso, the Eight Dalai Lama, on the outskirts of Lhasa and became the summer residence during the reign of the Eighth Dalai Lama.The stables of the Dalai Lamas in Norbulingka, photographed in 1986.The earliest building is the Kelsang Potang Palace built by the Seventh Dalai Lama which is "a beautiful example of Yellow Hat architecture. Its fully restored throne room is also of interest." The 'New Palace' was begun in 1954 by the present Dalai Lama and completed in 1956. It contains chapels, gardens, fountains and pools. The gardens are a favourite picnic spot and provides a beautiful venue for theatre, dancing and festivals, particularly the Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival', at the beginning of August, with families camping in the grounds for days surrounded by colourful makeshift windbreaks of rugs and scarves and enjoying the height of summer weather.The palace is located three kilometers west of the Potala Palace which was the winter palace. Additional buildings were added to the park during the first half of the 20th century. There is also a zoo at Norbulingka, originally to keep the animals which were given to the Dalai Lama. Overnight at hotel Mansarovar or similar in Lhasa.
Day 05 Drive to Shigatse (3900 m) - 350 km/ 7-8 hrs
After breakfast, visit drive to Shigatse. Shigatse is the second biggest city in Tibet, 90KMs away from Gyangtse. Visit the famous Tashillunpo Monastery in Shigatse, seat of the Panchan Lama, one of the six important Gelupa Monasteries in China, was built in 1447 by the first Dalailama. Overnight at hotelGetsar or similar in Shiagtse.
Day 06 Drive from Shigatse to Saga (4640 m) 460 km / 9-10 hrs
After early breakfast, leave for Saga (460 km. / 9 hrs.). Packed lunch will be served en route. Overnight at hotel in Saga.
Day 07 Drive Saga to Chui Gompa (4560 m) 478 km/ 8-10 hrs. drive
After breakfast, drive to Prayang for about 250 km, post lunch we continue driving crossing Mayum La pass (5200 m) and then drive to Hor Quo (4560 m). Here group shall leave its vehicle and the group members along with the baggage shall be shifted to battery operated Eco Buses provided by CIPSC as a conservation effort. Group shall drive to Chui Gompa by doing MansarovarParikarma by the Eco Bus.
Today is the day of lifetime, as we will have the first sight (darshan) of Holy Mt. Kailash and Holy Lake Manasarovar. Stay in a guest house on the bank of Holy Mansarover Lake.Overnight at guest house in Chui Gompa.
Day 08 Drive to Darchen (4620 m)
After breakfast, it is a day for Puja and Holy bath in the holy lake. We will continue our drive post lunch by be Eco Buses to reach Darchen (4620 m). Darchen is located beneath the majestic holy Mount Kailash, a small town with couple of guesthouses and a few hotels as well. During the auspicious pilgrimage time, this place is flooded with Pilgrims with hundreds of tents/guest houses all around. Darchen is the beginning and end point of the Kora. Overnight at a guest house in Darchen.Theis a place from where your guide shall coordinate for all your yaks and ponies alongwith yak-men and pony-men / porters however you will have to inform your requirement for Pony / Porter while you are at Mansarovar.
Day 09 Drive to Tarboche (13 km) and trek to Dirapuk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hrs
After breakfast, drive approx. 13 Kms. to Tarboche by Eco Buses, the trek starting point of Kailash Parikrama. Tarboche is also known as the outer "Asthapath". The first day of our Kora is a gradual walk with multitudes of other local pilgrims chanting and praying. The trail leads us to few ups and downs till we reach our camp/guest house at Dirapuk (4860 m) 7 km/ 5 - 6 hours trek.Overnight at Dirapuk Hotel / Guest House.
Those not feeling comfortable to continue parikarmashall stay back at Darchen and wait for the Parikarma group to return.
Day 10 Trek to Zuthulphuk (4760 m) 18 km/ 9 - 10 hrs.
Today our circumbulation (Kora) leads to much higher side of the holy path just beneath the Holy Mount Kailash. The walk will bring us to one of the highest point at Drolma La, 5,200 m. before descending to the gradual field towards Zuthulphuk for the overnight stay after 5-6 hours walk. Zuthulphuk (4760 m) 18 km/ 9 - 10 hrs.
After early breakfast, group will set off as the sun's rays break over the ridges above. After the footbridge the trail rises up a rocky slope. Take this gently but steadily. It soon reaches a level walk. The peak of Mount Kailash rises to the right and can now be seen linked to a long spur, which joins the eastern ridge. This is the top edge of the glacial valley from which the Lhachu ("Divine River") flows.
This day is the climax of this holy journey & is the most difficult day of our journey. One has to pass through Drolma La Pass 5200 m - highest altitude on this tour. Physically it is the most arduous day. At the pass is a large boulder depicting Tara, festooned with prayer flags. Here too Tibetans leave a memento of themselves such as a tooth, a lock of hair or even a personal snapshot.
After perhaps 30 minutes, we descend a steep, rock-strewn path to the valley below. Just below the pass is Lake Tu-jeChenpoDzingbu (Gauri Kund) i.e. "The Pool of Great Compassion". Take great care now because it is easy to sprain your ankle or worse. You must negotiate steep staircases down to a snowfield. The only way down is to jump from boulder to boulder across a large rock fall. On the ridge above is a formations known as the Lekyi Ta-ra ("Axe of Karma"), as though one's moment ripen in an accident, suffering or death.
A final steep descending staircase brings you to the valley floor. From here it is still about 5 hours to the day's destination with no shelter in between. It is vitally important to remain on the right hand side of the river, the West bank. If not, you will get trapped, unable to cross it. The walk now becomes very pleasant and relaxing (as long as the weather is clear and there is no howling gale.) The path follows the gentle slope of the valley over grassy fields and clear brooks for several Kilometers before it narrows and turns further south to merge with another valley before reaching Zuthulphuk, the "Miracle Cave" of Milarepa. Overnight in Fixed Tents.
Day 11 Zuthulphuk to Darchen trek 10 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. and 8 drive to Saga
Te morning can be spent exploring the caves and visiting the temples and shrine that has been built around Milarepa's cave. A married elderly couple supervises the temple, which is usually an active residence for over half a dozen Tibetan devotees, helpers, or relatives who continuously busy themselves with the tasks of maintaining the buildings.
One imagines Milarepa's disciples meditating here. Many of the caves contain meditation platforms, self-contained by dry stonewalls which divide them from their cooking partitions and entrance areas. It is well worth the short climb up to these caves before beginning the final stage of the trek. The winding gradual tracks finally ends our holy pilgrimage walk 10 km/ 4 - 5 hrs. Once we reach at the trek end point near Darchen, our Eco Bus will be waiting to take the group back to Chui Goempa Information centre from where the group shall board its luxury bus for return journey to Lhasa.
Overnight at Hotel in Saga.
Day 12 Drive Saga to Shigatse
After breakfast, drive to Shigatse. Overnight at hotel in Shigatse.
Day 13 Drive Shigatse to Lhasa
After breakfast, drive to Lhasa and the day is free to relax after a tough journey! Overnight at hotel in Shigatse.
Day 14 Fly back to Kathmandu
In time transfer to International Airport to board your onward flight to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. Stay Overnight at Soaltee or Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 15 Fly back fromKathmandu
In time transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport to board your onward flight from Kathmandu.
We are pleased to inform that we are the ONLY Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Operator having our associated chain of hotels at Mansarovar and Dirapuk which no other operator has.
AS PER RECENT REGULATIONS, INDIAN PILGRIMS ABOVE 65 YRS. ARE NOT ALLOWED TO UNDERTAKE KAILASH YATRA.
Oriental Vacations and Journey’s advantages during Kailash Yatra:
· The only Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Tour Operator to have its associated guest houses / hotels / fixed camps at Mansarovar, Dirapuk and Zuthulpuk hence guaranteed comfort.
· Services of an accompanying experienced Nepalese escort through out Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Land Cruiser.
· Pure vegetarian meals prepared by our expert chefs well experienced in cooking Gujarati, North and South Indian cuisine - ample variety during meals (except during Kailash parikarma).
· Gemow bag / medical oxygen cylinders / first aid kit during Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Land Cruiser.
· Down jacket on returnable basis to all pilgrims.
· Duffel bag to each pilgrim on complimentary basis.
· Yatra completion certificate to all successful pilgrims who undertake the Holy Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by Jeep.
· ZERO casualty record since its inception - the best in the industry!
The tour cost for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by jeep via Nepal for 2018 is as below:
Foreign Passport Holders (Other than US) – NET
10 – 12 PAX US$ 2068 per person
13 – 14 PAX US$ 1975 per person
15 + 1 PAX US$ 1947 per person
17 – 20 + 1 PAX US$ 1892 per person
*VISA Fee supplement for US Passport Holders would be US$ 120 Per person
(Twin sharing / single occupancy will only be applicable in Kathmandu whereas at all other places, dormitory / twin / triple / quad sharing accommodation would be provided)
The above cost for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by jeep via Nepal for 2018 includes:
· Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
· One half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley covering Patan Durbar Square and Boudhnath Stupa with a local English speaking guide and entrance fee as applicable.
· Transportation Kathmandu / Tibet Border / Kathmandu by Non A/c Coach.
· Three nights accommodation on twin sharing basis at 4* Hotel in Kathmandu (Shanker / Vaishali or equivalent) with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner (pure vegetarian).
· Two nights accommodation on sharing basis in Nyalam in basic hotel with common toilet facility.
· Two nights accommodation in New Hotel Saga or equivalent on sharing basis in Saga with attached toilet facility.
· One night accommodation in basic guest house in Darchen without toilet / shower facility.
· Two nights accommodation at Hor Quo/ Chui Gompa Guest house (basic guest house) at Mansarovar without toilet / shower facility.
· One night accommodation at Dirapuk Hotel (best available hotel / guest house) at Dirapuk without toilet / shower facility.
· One night accommodation at Zuthulpuk Guest House / Camps without toilet / shower facility.
· Camping arrangement backed by Nepalese Sherpa crew on full board basis (European Style Meals) – except inside Nepal, all the meals in Tibet side shall be cooked and provided by our Sherpa staff.
· Services of an English speaking Nepalese team leader from Kathmandu and an English speaking Tibetan guide from Kodari Border onwards.
· Transportation inside Tibet by 4WD jeeps (4 pax per jeep basis).
· A support truck to carry food / camping equipments etc.
· Necessary Yak & Yak men to carry your luggage (one piece per person only) for Kailash Kora.
· Applicable entrance fees to visit Monasteries.
· Normal China / Tibet Single Entry Visa fee.
· One duffel bag per person on complimentary basis.
· One down jacket per person on returnable basis.
· Yatra completion certificate to each pilgrim upon successful completion of yatra.
· Insurance for our sherpa team / team leader.
· First aid-kit with medical oxygen cylinder and Gamow Bag.
· Pulse Oxy meter.
· 1 Roaming Phone with the Team Leader for communication in case of emergency.
The above cost for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by jeep via Nepal for 2018 excludes:
Booking Conditions for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by jeeps via Nepal for 2018:
Cancellation Policy for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by jeeps via Nepal for 2018:
Special Notes for Mount Kailash Mansarovar Yatra by jeeps via Nepal for 2018:
+ If you are asthamatic or have any kind of breathing problem, you should not travel.
+ Take advise of your doctor before undertaking this high altitude pilgrimage & always keep your usual/prescribed medicines (if any) along with beside basic medicines for fever, nausea, dehydration, vomiting body ache and headache.
+ Use very strong and rough bags to pack your belongings & don't keep the fragile items in your bag which has to be carried on the Yak. A duffel bag is advisable. No hard shell suitcases please.
+ Don't forget to carry some eatables like sweets, chocolates, glucose, candies, mints, khakra, laddu / pinni etc.
+ Engage yourself in fitness exercise like aerobics every morning. Two things would help. 1. Breathing exercises (to increase your lung capacity. Pranayam would help) 2. Running/ fast walking. It would be good if you can do this on treadmill on incline. Like they say, “the more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. Though this is certainly not war, working out will help you enjoy the trip a lot more.”
+ Please do not expect luxury on this tour however as far as possible, our Sherpa team will ensure you the best journey/stay with us in this tough terrain.
+ It is always advisable to insure yourself against personal loss, injury/accident, death and emergency evacuation. Make sure that your policy covers Emergency Evacuation by Helicopter at high altitude treks.
+ As there is no Hindu Temple at Holy Lake and Mt. Kailash as such no priest is available. If you want some spiritual activity to be performed, please make sure that your personal priest accompany you either from your own country or from Nepal. Do carry essential Havan Samagri, Havan Kunds etc. if you are willing to engage yourself in some spiritual ceremony like Havan (Yagna).
+ If possible, arrange your Chinese Yuans (which you might require to buy some souvenir or to pay for pony etc.) in your own country or in Nepal as on the borders, exchange rate might differ. Alternately, you can carry US$ with you which can be easily converted but Indian Currency notes are not acceptable in Tibet. Do not carry Indian Currency Notes of 500 & 1000 denominations as these are not acceptable in Nepal and cannot be exchanged. Also, they are not considered legal. PLEASE DO NOT CARRY THEM
+ Upon arrival at immigration desk at Tribhuvan International Airport, please request the immigration officer to put an entry stamp in your passport otherwise you'll have to unnecessarily pay INR 500-1000 at Tibet immigration.
+ Don't carry too many clothes.
+ Always carry your passport, visa and insurance with you & keep the passport handy while traveling. Leave a copy of passport with us and another one at home.
+ Please always carry your sweater / fleece, windcheater, waterproofs & water bottle.
+ Please carry your water bottle to the dinner table for a refill. Always have water with you.
+ Warm clothing & few other things can be bought in Nepal, they are of good quality.
+ We advice all our guests to read the notes on acute mountain sickness carefully. Please note that this trip will take you to very high altitudes & one should take all the precautions seriously.
+ We strongly advice all our guests to get an international travel insurance policy with evacuation provision.
+ Please note that the Airport taxes on departure from Katmandu are not included in the cost.
Prior to Mount Kailash Parikarma:
+ Start taking DIAMOX at least 2 days before starting your journey - once every morning after the breakfast. It should be taken for 3-6 days. This is to minimize altitude sickness.
+ Drink at least 3 litres of mineral water everyday till you complete the Holy Yatra.
+ Avoid riding Yak during Kailash Parikarma. A pony is preferred over Yak.
+ Advise your requirements for Pony Hiring (available at an additional cost) to your tour guide at least a day before the beginning of Parikarma.
During Mount Kailash Parikarma:
+ Walk slowly, don't compete with any one and never loose your temper. This probably is going to be the toughest journey you have ever made so far.
+ In case you feel any kind of breathlessness during parikarma, immediately inform our tour guide or sherpa staff & follow their advise.
+ On the second day of parikarma, you will reach a height at Dolmala Pass where Oxygen level is very low. Do not stop/wait here for more than 5 minutes.
+ During parikarma, you'll come across rivers and streams, you can wash your face occassionally with cold water. Avoid drinking water from streams or rivers en route.
+ As far as possible, try to walk. But, if you are riding a pony during parikarma, make sure that you hold it properly.
+ On the second day of parikarma, you will see several clothes lying on the rocks, please don't touch the same.
+ Walk carefully and guard yourself from slipping or falling to prevent fractures, sprains and muscle pulls.
+ Do not combine walking and sightseeing together lest you fall or get hurt. Inspect the track in front of you and walk slowly.
+ Travel in the group and do not leave any one behind unless escorted.
While on the Holy Mansarovar Lake:
+ Don't take a Holy dip in Holy Mansarovar Lake while it is windy.
+ Never take a dip in Rakshas Tal (Lake) as it is inauspicious.
+ If you face altitude sickness, do not proceed for parikarma because once you leave Mansarovar or Darchen and wish to come back from Parikarma due to any reason, there are no facilities available like stretcher etc.
+ Even for Helicopter evacuation, you will have to drive to Nepal border, before evacuation can be organized and that too will depend on weather conditions.
+ Don't forget to collect some white ringed stones from The Holy Lake as each stone is treated as "Shivlinga".
General during Kailash Yatra:
+ If you smoke or consume alcohol, avoid it throughout the journey.
+ Satellite phone being provided by us on use and pay basis is primarily to facilitate you during any emergency as such avoid making calls to your well wishers because charging facilities for satellite batteries are very limited and in case of excess usage, the satellite phone might be useless at the time of any emergency.
+ While in tents, make sure that it is properly zipped and your luggage (which is kept inside the tent) is not touching the tent's outer surface otherwise in case of rain you might find water inside your tent.
+ Try and stay indoors while it is too windy or sunny.
+ While staying in the guest house, avoid using public toilets (if available) as these are very dirty. It is advisable to use open area or our own toilet tents for toilet purpose.
+ Travel during Kailash Yatra with the TEAM SPIRIT and help your group members in case of any need or emergency.
+ Please do not expect excellent vehicles in Tibet. The terrain being rough, vehicles are bound to break down but do not panic, the drivers are expert enough to repair it. Repairs may take few minutes to a couple of hours but please maintain patience as we cannot leave group members behind.As tents and other camping equipments move in trucks, it will take about 2 hours for our sherpa team to pitch-in tents once they reach camp site. Please have patience as truck speed cannot be matched with your land cruiser's speed.