Round Mt. Kailash Tour
Reference Code: RMKTCN
Trip Start: Kathmandu
Trek Start: Nyalam
Trek Days: 12 days
Season: Spring and Autumn
Accommodation: Hotel and Lodge
Service: Full Board
Trip End: Kathmandu
Trek End: Nyalam
Trip Durations: 17 days
Group Size: 2-20
Meals: Breakfast only
Mt Kailash Tour is the most visited sacred destination in far-west inTibet and Hindus believe Mt Kailash to be the abode of Lord Shiva. It is considered holy center of the universe among both Hindu and Buddhist religious group. Mt Kailash is not allowed for climbing anyone and it is just can be visited as KORA (circuit) 52 Km long walking round by visitors and devotees. According to legend, immortal Hindu Lord Shiva lives at Kailash where he had spent his time practicing yogic austerities, making joyous love with his divine companion Parbati and smoking sacred herb marijuana (ganja).
Mt Kailash Tour drawn to many pilgrimage groups from all over the world to have divine glimpse of Lord Shiva’s abode to attain release from the clutches of ignorance and delusion. Since then many holy people- saints and sages are also consider this pristine site most be visited to pay their attention to Lord Shiva. According to Buddhist scripture Lord Buddha had magically visited Kailash in the 5th century BC and they also believe the Buddhism was entered in Tibet from Nepal and India, in the 7th century AD afterward. Mt Kailash Tour allow to visitors to wonder about magical natural rewards of around and colorful reflections of religious belief of people.
Mt Kailash Tour along covers circuit around the holy mountain-clockwise for the Buddhists, anti-clockwise for Bon adherents are known as a Kora or Parikrama (Circuit) and normally it takes three days. Along the Mt Kailash Tour visitors take a short plunge in the nearby sacred site Manasarovar Lake. The word 'manas' means mind or consciousness sarovar means holy lake simply we call it Lake of Consciousness and Enlightenment which also signifies the spirit of Brahma creator of universe. The holy Manasarovar Lake looks incredibly fascinating on moonlit nights especially during the full moon, coveting areas of 88-km circumference, its depth is 90m and total area 320-sq-kms around. There is another neighboring lake which is called Rakshas Tal, also known as "Ravan Kund", which covers is 122-km area of circumference.
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Namaste! And welcome to Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting on arrival at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport. Our staff will welcome you and pick you to your accommodated hotel. Please seek our company palmplate to find our staff at the main exit gate of the airport. Rest of the day you can relax at the hotel or short evening walk around local market on your own as per your wish.
Approximate Driving Hours: 30 minutes
Meals include: None
Day 02 Rest and Tibet visa procedure day
In this day we will proceed for Tibet visa.
Day 03 Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu via Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Shoyambunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and evening visit to Thamel area
Drive to Nylam (150km), 3750m
Morning after breakfast leave Kathmandu to commence yatra to Nyalam [3750M]. We reach Friendship Bridge [Nepal – China Boarder] by mini-coach. Walk along for 10 minutes to cross the bridge and there get acquainted with Chinese guide and land cruiser drivers. They will give a brief information regarding the further trip then proceed the journey to Zangmu, where all the immigration and custom formalities are ought to be accomplished. After the accomplishment of all formalities, we proceed to Nyalam. Arrival at Nyalam and overnight.
Day 05 Rest day
Rest Day at Nylam, 3750m: It is more a day for acclimatization.
Day 06 Drive to Saga 4450m.
On the first long driving day over the sandy and rocky land of Tibet, other things like lake, nomads chasing thousands of yaks and sheep keep you busy. By the late afternoon you will cross Bhramha Purtra River way to typical Chinese and Tibetan town, Saga for night.
Day 07 Drive to Paryang (4600m) 230 km 7-8 hrs
Jeeps and trucks roll on the wide valley following rivers and grazing land of yaks and sheep. Far south you can see snow covered peaks near by you, lots of rocky peaks and sand duns give you an ideal world. Depends on season, nomads and other mobile shopkeepers are attired by beautiful traditional costume, waiting your arrival with hot tea and other supplies along with big smile.
Day 08 Drive to Manasarover (4558m) 277km 8 hours
The longest driving day starts with full of excitement, by the late afternoon you can have the first sight of Holy Kailash Parbat and Manasarovara. Hore, a small village near by Lake Manasarover. The highest lake of fresh water with turquoise complexion in the world is full of fishes and swans. Holy Kailash Parbat, Mt. Gurula-Mandala, Lake Rashekshi are lying on its surrounding. The region is considered rich for gold and other mines, hot springs and hundreds of wild living creatures. Night will be spending at Chu Gumba.
Day 09 Puja and drive to Darchen (4,560m) 40km
Manasarovara is the lake of compassion, tranquility and bliss. After completing the memorable morning Bath and Puja we will be heading towards Tarchen. It is considered as a base camp for the Holy Kailash Parikrama.
Day 10 Trek to Dhira Phuk/5000m
It is one of the exciting days walking along the beautiful rocky cliffs; water falls with some clouds in the clear blue sky make you feeling that Great God Shiva is every where with tons of blessing to you.
Time to time the face of Kailash Parbat will be keep on appearing. For 15 km trail it takes almost 7 hrs.
Day 11 Trek to Zutul Phuk by crossing Dolma La 18600ft
Yamasthal should be crossed to reach the Shiva-sthal while your steps go closer to the pass. Once you reach the top, just do the holiest offering and sit down for meditation to forget yourself. Once your steps go down, Parvati-stal and Gauri Kunda are on the way. By the late afternoon you will arrive Zutul Phuk (the cave of Miracles). The great ascetic Milerappa is supposed to have performed miracles here).
Day 12 End of Kailash Parikrama and drive to Manasarovara/Paryang
After walking 3 hours, all the driving crew will be waiting for your arrival. By the late afternoon you will be at your lodge/Hotel
Day 15 Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast, scenic drive to Zhang Mu (2,300 m)(32 km) and check out from the Chinese and Nepalese immigration – Drive back to Kathmandu with a private bus (123 km) 4-5 hrs – Transfer to your hotel and rest.
Day 16 Rest and final shopping day
This is the final day in Nepal. A chance to do some shopping, explore at leisure or merely relax by the hotel. We enjoy a final night together, reliving the trek and our extraordinary achievements.
day 17 Final departure
We say 'Namaste' for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. For your final departure, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport approximately 3 hours prior to your international flight time.
5 night’s hotel at Kathmandu
Transfer to Kodari (Nepal – China - Nepal) by Jeep or Van.
Tibet side: accommodation in Budget Guest House or a dormitory and during parikrama in a fixed tented camp.
Tibet side Transportation by private Van.
English speaking Tibetan guide in Tibet part.
Tibet Travel Permit
Kodari (Nepal – China border) land tax.
Bus Fees of Lake Mansarovar Parikrama.
International airfare with airport tax.
Lunch and Dinner throughout the trip.
Chinese Visa Fee.
Nepal entry and re-entry visa fee (please take multiple entry visa while coming to Nepal).
All beverages, Photography charges and Telephone calls.
Travel Insurance of clients
Emergency evacuation expenses.
Riding Yak/Horse for Kailash Parikrama (direct payable to Yak/horse herder)
Extra cost in the event of landslide for hiring additional transportation
Expenses of personal urgent visa fee etc & Services other than specified
We don't charge extra for the parikrama. If you wish to take help of a yak or horse, the cost will be approx USD 200 for horse payable directly to the yak man. All pilgrims are advised to hire one. You have to understand that the yaks are not domesticated but are meant to carry luggage.
Clothing and Equipments List
» Pack to pack out - bring enough waterproof bags to carry all non-biodegradable rubbish back down the mountain.
» Remove all unnecessary packaging before leaving home.
» Bring enough warm dry clothes so that you can wrap up rather than burn firewood in the evenings.
» If you are going to trek higher than 5000m or you know it will be cold, buy an aluminum water bottle which can also be used as a hot water bottle at night.
» The easiest way to keep hydrated while trekking is to buy a 1 x liter platypus-drinking bladder to carry in your day pack.
» Make sure to buy proper trekking socks. Don’t buy synthetic socks as these promote sweating and can give you blisters. Always carry a few blister pads in your first aid kit and keep them handy in your day pack.
» Walking poles are very useful while trekking and helpful when descending.
» Please remember that waste disposal and recycling facilitates are limited in Nepal. When buying batteries make sure they are rechargeable and/or high quality so they last longer, and take them home to recycle.
There is no definitive list. What you bring will vary according to the area, time of year and the length of your trek. Below is a suggested check list which you should adapt to your own needs. Ask yourself: Will there be snow/how long /high is the trek/are we camping?
» Good quality trekking boots with ankle support
» Lightweight shell/raincoat with hood
» Detachable fleece liner or separate fleece
» Fleece trousers
» Shorts and / or convertibles trousers- quick drying
» Sun hat and warm hat(good quality)
» Spare T-shirt x 3
» Sweat towel x 2
» Spare socks x 3 ( walking sock and thin inner sock)
» Small day sack
» Sun cream
» Small water bottle aluminum doubles as a hot water bottle.
» Iodine or water purifying kit,
» Soluble vitamin tablets to taste water or powder fruit drink
» Talcum powder
» Walking sticks or Trekking poles(good quality)
» Camp shoes/trainers/flip flops to wear in evening.
» Spare underwear 3
» Toilet kit
» Pen knife
» Bum bag
» Head torch(good quality)
» Biodegradable washing liquid / soap
» Ear plugs
» Sleeping bag liner(good quality)
» Sleeping bag(good quality-30)
» Bin bag/ gasbag to keep kit dry
» Small towel
» Lip balm
» Available in KTM
Personal First Aid (Aids Kit)
» Blister plasters
» AMS medication like Diamox
» Eye drops – it can get very dusty on trails
» Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen
» Rehydration sachets, Imodium and antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea
» Sterile dressing
» Sticking plasters and tape
» Throat lozenges / sweets
» A sewing needle etc.
This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.